Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations, and countries were forced to introduce travel restrictions. With the pandemic slowing down around the world, many countries have started to ease border restrictions and reopen for international tourists.
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European Union and Schengen countries have slowly eased internal travel restrictions once the first wave of the COVID-19 was over. The goal of the EU was to reopen the travel within the Schengen by the end of June and for the rest of the world in July. European officials failed to reach a decision on which countries will be banned from entry after the external borders open, however, the list should be concluded soon.
Austria first opened its borders to Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Hungary on June 4. On June 16, Austria allowed all EU residents, except the UK, Sweden, and Portugal, to enter. Visitors from the approved EU countries can visit Austria without a quarantine period or testing.
Croatia will not be allowing non-EU citizens to enter until at least July 1. On June 1, 2020, Croatia reopened to tourists, by allowing visitors from countries only within the European Union. Croatia currently does not require a negative test to enter the country.
Hotels in Cyprus began to reopen on June 1, while international air travel restarted on June 9. Cyprus started allowing travel from certain European countries, including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and Switzerland with no negative test required. However, passengers from Israel, Poland, and Romania will have to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travel from the US and the UK is not permitted.
Interestingly, Cyprus has said the country would cover all costs for travelers if they test positive for coronavirus while visiting.
Greece opened to visitors from the EU, China, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, and several other countries that have their coronavirus outbreaks under control. So far, no quarantine period is required but random testing at the airport is possible.
France lifted restrictions on travelers from the EU on June 15, no longer requiring them to have an international travel certificate or a quarantine period. However, passengers from the UK and those coming from Spain by air will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Iceland never closed its borders to travelers from the EU, however, a 14-day quarantine upon arrival was required. On June 15, the country started allowing EU travelers to take a free COVID-19 test to avoid the quarantine. Starting July 1, the COVID-19 testing will no longer be free, instead, passengers will have to pay around $100.
Passengers can travel to Montenegro without quarantine, as long as they are arriving from countries with a rate of transmission below 25 per 100,000 inhabitants. They are updating this list daily and you can find it here.
Malta will be first reopening for tourism on July 1st, allowing visitors from more than 20 nations to enter the country without an isolation period. The countries allowed in the first wave of the reopening include Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Greece, and Croatia.
In the second stage of the reopening Malta will be welcoming tourists from all over the world starting July 15, 2020.
French Polynesia will be reopening for international arrivals starting July 15, 2020. There will also be no requirement for self-isolation. Passengers will be required to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and show a negative test on arrival.
Spain opened its borders to members of the EU’s Schengen Zone and the UK on June 21. Passengers from other, non-Schengen countries will be allowed into the country without the obligation to self-quarantine starting July 1.
The UK never closed down its borders for international travel. However, on June 8 they implemented a rule that requires visitors to quarantine for 14 days with the exception of those traveling from Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.
South Korea, China, and others remain closed for international travel, and there is currently no set date or a plan for reopening. However, some countries have announced reopening plans.
Domestic tourism in Bali will resume on July 9, 2020. If the local transmission is low, Bali will reopen its borders to foreign tourists in October according to the Bali government.
The United Arab Emirates has announced that starting July 7, 2020, they will allow foreign visitors into Dubai. All Tourists will be required to present a recent Covid-19 negative certificate or undergo testing at Dubai airports. Those who test positive will be obligated to isolate for 14 days. Another requirement for tourists will be the Covid-19 DXB app and they should register their details.
The Maldives will reopen its borders to international passengers on July 15. Thirty-day, a free on-arrival visa will be issued to all tourists with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the country. The entire holiday has to be booked at a single facility except for transit arrangements. There will be no mandatory quarantine or testing on arrival. Tourists will only have to complete a health declaration form.
The Caribbean will be reopening for tourists starting mid-June and July.
Aruba announced the official reopening of the borders for international travel for different countries between June 15 and July 10, 2020. Passengers from Canada, Europe, and the rest of the Caribbean will be allowed to enter after July 1, and US travelers can enter after July 10. If you are considering visiting Aruba you should have negative test result taken no more than 72 hours before their visit, or receive a test on arrival with a fee.
The Bahamas will officially be reopening for tourism on July 1, 2020, for tourists from all over the world. If travelers have not been exposed to the virus, nor showing any symptoms, they will be granted entry with no quarantine period. Passengers should fill out an online electronic health declaration form and bring a negative test no older than 10 days.
Bermuda will start accepting international arrivals on July 1. Passengers will need to have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, health insurance, and wear face masks on the plane and in the airport. Once arrived, visitors will have to take another COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive the results.
Jamaica reopened to international tourists on June 15. All arriving passengers to Jamaica will be required to have a Travel Authorization prior to check-in for a flight to Jamaica which you can find here.
Many of the popular tourist destinations are still closed with no reopening date announced. However, Cancun and Playa Del Carmen have officially reopened to tourists as of June 8.
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