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In the wake of COVID-19, many popular tourist destinations are beginning to reopen their borders to tourists from around the world.
Each destination has a different set of rules for travel. Some of these areas will allow people from all countries, while others are more specific about only allowing people from low- or moderate-risk areas.
Many of the destinations require a COVID-19 PCR negative test result a few days before arrival, some require a test or even a second test upon arrival,and some do not require a test at all. Many countries are only performing health screening.
Almost all countries have social distancing measures in place, and most require masks in public areas.
If you plan to travel to any of these destinations, make sure to check their website for the latest information as many of these countries are changing their regulations as the virus progresses.
Antigua and Barbuda began reopening to tourists on June 1. Visitors over 12 must have documentation of a COVID RT-PCR test taken in the past seven days before arrival and may be monitored for up to two weeks.
Visitors arriving by boat may be asked to quarantine. Visitors are required to wear masks and practice social distancing in public areas.
Aruba began its reopening in mid-June, and since July 10th, it has opened its doors to tourists from Canada, Europe, most of the Caribbean, and the US.
Aruba has not set a date for visitors from other areas. The island has a strict procedure for testing before entry, and tourists from certain states are required to be tested both before and after arrival.
The Bahamas reopened on July 1st but closed to most US visitors three weeks later after seeing a surge in cases of COVID-19.
The Bahamas has reopened again to US visitors at the end of July with stricter requirements. Visitors must now present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR taken in the past ten days and must quarantine for 14 days once in the Bahamas. Face masks are required.
Barbados opened its borders to international tourists on July 12. If you live in the US, flights to Barbados won’t resume until July 25th and August 5th.
If you want to get into the country quickly, you will need documentation of a COVID-19 RT-PCR taken within 72 hours of arrival. Otherwise, you will have to get a test upon arrival.
Bermuda opened its borders to visitors on July 1st. Starting on July 11th, the island is requiring all visitors over the age of 10 to have a PCR COVID-19 negative test within seven days before arriving in the country.
If parents do not want children ages 10-17 to be tested, they must quarantine for 14 days upon entering.
Cruise ships and other boats are also restricted from docking on the Cayman Islands until at least September 1st. Currently, the only non-residents allowed into the islands are those considered essential travel.
Cuba is planning to reopen its airports and hotels sometime in early August, but most American airlines won’t be able to fly into Havana until August 25th.
Cuba plans to test everyone entering the country and will use contact-tracing. Face masks will be required in all public spaces, and the country recommends you bring your own sanitizer into the country.
Dominican Republic opened its doors on July 1. Starting July 31st, visitors over the age of five must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within the last five days or will have to take a test when arriving.
These tests will be free. The area has a curfew in place from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM on weekdays and 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM on weekends.
Grenada is slowly opening its borders to visitors. On July 15th, they began allowing flights from the Caribbean as long as the country was labeled low-risk. On August 1st, flights from medium-risk areas like Canada and the UK were allowed. Visitors from other areas may only enter through chartered flights.
Jamaica reopened its borders to tourists on June 15. The country no longer requires testing for all visitors entering the island, but visitors may be subject to testing based on the level of risk in their home state or country. Tourists will be screened at the airport and then tested based on risk.
Puerto Rico opened its borders to tourism from all countries, also US citizens. All passengers must provide proof of a negative PCR Covid test on arrival.
St. Lucia began reopening on July 9th. If you are traveling from their designated travel bubble, you may explore the island. If you are traveling from anywhere else, you must stay at a COVID-19 approved hotel and may only participate in activities organized by the hotel.
All visitors over the age of three must have a COVID-19 PCR test no more than seven days before travel, even if traveling from the bubble.
Only visitors from France and a few other areas on the safe list art allowed in St. Martin. Travelers to St. Marteen will need documentation of a COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before travel.
Belize plans to reopen to tourists starting August 15th (but it might be probably postponed). If you are not a citizen, you will be expected to have documentation of a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before your flight.
Visitors may have to take a second test upon arrival. Foreign guests are required to stay at an approved hotel and may only participate in activities organized by the hotel.
UPDATE:all countries are welcome to Costa Rica, no testing or quarantine is required!
Costa Rica reopened its three airports to foreign tourists on August 1. Currently, visitors are only allowed from Canada, the EU, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.
You must have taken a COVID-19 PCR test and received a negative result within 48 hours of travel and have traveler’s insurance in case of quarantine.
Loved by backpackers and hikers! Guatemala is available again 🙂
The Guatemalan government has decided to reopen its borders on September 16th to ALL countries but with few restrictions. All visitors need to proof a negative COVID test taken not more than 72 hours before the flight.
You currently do not have to undergo a COVID-19 test before entering Brazil, but you can expect to be screened for symptoms before entering the country. You are required to have a traveler’s health insurance for the entirety of your stay.
Update: Colombia reopened its border in September to ALL countries without a COVID test or quarantine.
Colombia has struggled with COVID but the government decided to start reopening local flights and lifting the lockdown, in order to save the economy of the country.
Since mid-August Ecuador changed the rules and requesting 14-day quarantine for all travelers but they have to arrive with a negative PCR test made no longer than 10 days before the trip to Ecuador.
Jordan began welcoming tourists from select countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia during the first week of August. Travelers from outside these 22 countries can still enter Jordan after spending at least 14 days in any of the approved countries.
You must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in the country and will receive another test at the airport. You will have to stay at the airport until your test results come in.
The government announced the procedure of entering the country. Everybody, must take a test on arrival and stay in quarantine for one week. After the week take another test.
Israel had promising plans to reopen on August 16th but unfortunately, after easing the restrictions within the country they experienced a spike in the cases. There, the decision to open for international tourism has been postponed indefinitely. They are applying new social distancing rules and “
Anti-covid” measures and hoping to get situation under the control.
Bali is not currently welcoming international travelers. The resort plans to reopen on September 11th but is keeping track of the situation and may change that date based on the number of cases. Bali began accepting domestic tourists on July 9th.
UPDATE: Thailand opened borders for long-term tourism to Phuket! All visitors will need to apply for an STV visa, get tested on arrival, and stay in a hotel until the results. For more info, check here.
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Thailand has a three-phased proposal to opening up its borders to international tourism. The country is hoping to allow international travelers by August 31st but is closely monitoring the situation to determine when travel will be safe.
There has not been confirmed whether you will need to test or quarantine. Domestic travel is now allowed.
First of all, travelers can only enter for business reasons only and from a very limited number of countries. Those countries are the ones that have political or economical ties with Japan and also COVID situation under control. At the moment, these countries are Vietnam, China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.
Despite above information, it might change from September to later stage of this month. Japan is experiencing second wave after easing the restrictions.
Olympics that supposted to happen in 2020 are postponed to July, 24th 2021 if everything goes well with the Covid situation until then.
China started reopening borders since mid. August!
Currently, 37 countries can enter China, mostly European countries. They need to apply for a visa in their native country, the same as usual (before COVID). Unfortunately, there are more restrictions in place.
Even if you coming from the listed countries, you have to stay in quarantine for a period of 14 days and get tested on arrival and also on the 14th day.
Therefore, if you’re not planning to stay for more than a month, it’s better to wait with your travel plans.
South Korea has managed COVID very well and they kept the numbers very low! They were on of the first countries to start lifting local lockdowns and were able to return the country back to normal already in April/May.
South Korea also fully reopened the borders to ALL countries but with very strict rules and there is no way to avoid 14 days quarantine even if you get tested 2x.
As of August 1st, all visitors are required to have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. There is no quarantine period, but social distancing measures and mask-wearing are in place.
Countries at the green level are considered low risk and do not have to undergo testing or quarantine. Countries on the orange list are moderate risk and must take a PCR test 72 hours before arrival. If your country is not on either list, you are not permitted to enter.
Morocco has reopened its borders in September and allows all the countries that are VISA-free to enter during a pandemic. You can find a full list of the countries in our full post about Morocco reopening!
Requirements: Negative COVID-19 test, hotel reservation or business travel confirmation.
Austria changed its rules for visitors entering the country on August 1. Visitors are only allowed from EU members, the UK, the Schengen area, and a few small European countries.
Austria states that these rules will be in place no longer than September 30th. If you are going to visit, you will need proof of a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry, and you must plan to self-isolate for ten days.
Albania started a gradual reopening of the country to visitors on June 1st and began allowing all visitors starting July 1st. You can now enter the country by air, land or sea.
While you do not have to undergo a COVID-19 test before entering Albania, your temperature will be screened at the airport, and you may be denied entry or have to quarantine.
Bulgaria opened itself to tourists on July 31. However, visitors are limited to a handful of countries. While there is no required quarantine, visitors from certain areas of higher risk must provide documentation of a COVID-19 PCR test no longer than 72 hours before travel. US visitors are still not allowed.
Croatia started to reopen for tourists on July 1. Travelers from the EU, EEA and Schengen areas are not required to have a negative PCR test or quarantine.
Visitors from outside these areas must either have documentation of a negative PCR test taken in the past 72 hours or must quarantine for 14 days.
The Czech Republic began welcoming back tourists on June 15. Visitors from countries that are considered low-risk are allowed into the Czech Republic with no required tests or quarantine.
Travelers from medium- and high-risk areas must have a negative test. Face masks and social distancing measures are in place while you are in public areas.
If you are from the UK, you are welcome to enter, but you must quarantine for 14 days. If you live outside the European area, France is still closed but hopes to reopen as the virus wanes.
Georgia began its reopening on July 31. Residents of Germany, France, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia may enter with no restrictions other than a temperature scan.
Georgia is allowing other nations of the EU to enter, as long as that country is also allowing Georgians. These travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Georgia.
Germany opened its borders on June 15 to visitors from 31 countries. These countries are mostly EU and Schengen members. The country added eight more countries on July 2nd, including Australia and Canada, but is still not open to visitors from the US. If you are traveling from a risk area, you may be asked to undergo a COVID-19 test.
Greece has started to open its borders to travelers in the last month. Currently, the country is only open to visitors from the EU and Schengen members and a handful of third-party countries that have been deemed low-risk.
Most visitors do not have to submit to a COVID-19 test other than passengers flying in from Romania or Bulgaria.
Members of the EU and Schengen agreement, the UK, and several outside countries are allowed to travel to Italy. However, if you have traveled through a high-risk area within 14 days, you will have to quarantine for 14 days.
If you are from outside the accepted countries and wish to visit, you can spend 14 days in any of the approved areas or get a health permit from the Malta Health Authorities.
The Netherlands began its reopening process on June 15. If you are traveling from places in the EU, Schengen agreement, the UK, or one of the other EU-approved third-party countries, you are welcome to visit without a test.
However, if you are coming from a moderate risk country, you are asked to quarantine for 14 days.
Portugal entered its final phase of reopening on June 1. Visitors from the EU, Schengen area and a handful of places approved by the EU are currently welcome, with the country hoping to allow more visitors soon. No test or quarantine is required unless you are traveling to the Azores or Madeira Islands.
Spain opened its borders to members of the EU and Schengen agreement on June 21. On July 4th, they began to allow visitors from the EU-recommended third-party countries.
Quarantine and testing not required, but your temperature will be scanned at the airport. Every 15 days, the list of approved countries is reassessed, with countries being added and removed as necessary.
Sweden never closed its borders to EU and EEA countries. On July 4th, they also began to allow visitors from the EU-approved third-party countries list.
Sweden is planning to allow travelers from all countries after August 31st. Most places in Sweden are open, with social distancing measures in place. There is no required quarantine if you are traveling from any of the approved countries.
You can expect to get a health screening upon arrival, but you do not have to have a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Since some areas are experiencing a surge in cases, people traveling from those areas may be asked to quarantine for 10 days.
Beginning on June 12, Turkey reopened its borders to visitors from all countries. No quarantine or testing is required, but you may undergo a health screening.
On July 27th, the country announced that visitors from several countries in Africa and the Middle East who were experiencing increasing positive numbers of COVID-19 are now restricted from entering.
Update (17th of November)
Since October 15th, Hawaii is open to tourists from other US states. Islands of Hawaii have seen over 200,000 visitors in the first month of reopening.
Update: (27th of August) Hawaii’s local government has decided to postponed reopening again from the 1st of September to the 1st of October.
The good news is that are considering reopening only with the requirement for negative COVID test, 72hours prior to boarding the flight.
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The local government of Hawaii was about to start opening for international tourists in August but due to a spike in COVID cases, they decided to postpone to the 1st of September.
14-day quarantine even affects local people traveling between the islands of Hawaii. Wearing a mask and social distancing rules are all over the islands and most of the beaches are closed.
French Polynesia opened itself to travelers from all countries on July 15. The country does require travelers ages six and older to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before boarding the flight.
Visitors will also need to take an additional PCR test four days after arrival. Masks are recommended in most areas and mandatory in some.
The Maldives opened to tourists from all countries on July 15. You will not need a test or have to quarantine, but you may be required to a health screen if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Tourists are limited to approved resorts only at the time. Budget houses reopened on August 1st.