Last Updated on October 1, 2020
The full list of countries reopening for tourism.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the tourism industry to a standstill, and no one knows when everything will be back to normal again. But the good news is that several countries are now slowly opening up and others are providing timelines on when they will be welcoming tourists again.
If you’re interested to know which countries you can travel to, check out this list of countries that are reopening their borders for tourism.
Latest Update – Starting September 1, all travelers must present negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results upon arrival to the country.
As of July 1st, 2020, Egypt resumed international flights and opened its popular seaside resorts. It was in mid-March when the country closed its borders and temporarily shut its famous attractions to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Egypt is one of those countries that received the “Safe Travels Stamp” from the World Travel and Tourism Council. This certification is given to destinations that have adopted the new protocols to protect the health and safety of travelers.
Here’s everything you need to know about Egypt’s reopening to tourists.
International flights to Kenya will resume operations on Aug. 1, 2020. This was according to the statement released by President Uhuru Kenyatta last Tuesday, July 7. Like most countries around the world, Kenya shut its airspace to commercial travel in mid-March. This has led to the collapse of the country’s tourism revenue, which contributes 10% of the country’s annual economic output.
But the president warned that the reopening would be conditional, as another wave could force them to impose the lockdown again. Resorts will be required to implement strict social distancing among its guests, and hygiene measures must be put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The government also ordered all bars and nightclubs to be closed and has imposed a nighttime curfew.
Check out the details about Kenya’s reopening for tourism.
On October 1, 2020, Mauritius has officially reopened its borders to foreign visitors. Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter, but they must submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that’s taken no more than 7 days. All visitors must also show proof of travel package purchase that includes accommodation at a designated hotel for the mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine. Upon arrival at the airport, visitors will be retested for Covid-19. On the 7th day of their stay, another test will be performed, and one more test on the 14th day. Those with a positive result will be transferred to a medical institution for treatment at their own expense.
Morocco has reopened its borders for international visitors on September 10. However, it will only allow visitors from visa-exempt countries. These visitors must have an invitation letter from a Moroccan company or a confirmed hotel reservation. There is no need to quarantine on arrival. However, all foreign visitors need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test that’s taken no longer than 48 hours.
Check out all the details about Morocco’s reopening for tourism.
On September 1st, Namibia has reopened its major airport, the Hosea Kutako International Airport, allowing foreign tourists to visit again. All visitors must submit a negative result of a Covid-19 PCR test that’s taken 72 hours before arrival. A mandatory quarantine is required on arrival. After seven days in quarantine, visitors will be asked to undergo another Covid-19 test. If the result is negative, they can end quarantine and start their holiday.
Here’s everything you need to know about Namibia’s reopening to tourism.
Rwanda is among the earliest countries to reopen for tourism. As early as June 17, 2020, the country has resumed all international travels through charter flights, while commercial flights will resume on August 1, 2020.
To ensure the well being of all travelers, passengers arriving on commercial flights will be required to present a COVID-19 PCR negative test that was carried out by a certified laboratory. The test must be taken within the past 72 hours. Upon arrival, another PCR test will be conducted and results will be available within 24 hours. During which time, the passenger must remain in designated hotels at their own cost.
Here are more details about Rwanda reopening for tourism.
After weeks of battling the deadly Covid-19 disease, Seychelles will soon reopen its door to tourists. The small island paradise will be welcoming commercial flights starting August 1, 2020. To ensure the safety of all visitors, the Public Health Authority in Seychelles and the Tourism Stakeholders has put in place certain guidelines.
Prior to boarding their flight, all passengers will be required to present a proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Any passenger who arrives in the country without this proof will not be denied entry.
Find out more details about Seychelles tourism reopening.
South Africa is scheduled to reopen its borders for tourism on October 1, 2020. The plan is to gradually and cautiously ease the restrictions on international travel. It’s not yet clear if they are allowing visitors from all countries or from select countries only. There’s no mandatory quarantine, however, visitors will be required to submit a negative result of the Covid-19 PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure.
Check out all the details about South Africa’s reopening to tourism.
As of June 2020, Tanzania has been accepting tourists into the country with no mandatory quarantine. However, temperature checks, wearing of mask, and social distancing has been strictly observed.
As early as May, President John Magufuli has been encouraging foreign tourists and investors to visit Tanzania for normal holidays and business. Since the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has gone down tremendously, the president has directed the country’s Ministry of Tourism to invite airline companies to fly foreign tourists to Tanzania.
Here’s everything you need to know about the reopening of Tanzania to tourism.
Tunisia’s borders have been reopened to international travelers since June 27, 2020. Businesses have reopened since May and public transport has resumed as well. The nationwide curfew was lifted since June, but wearing of facemasks is mandatory in public places.
Depending on the risk of Covid-19 infection, countries were categorized as green, orange, and red. Green countries are those with low cases and can enter without the need to submit a medical test. Meanwhile, orange countries are those with medium risk and are required to go on quarantine for 14 days. However, those belonging in the red category, which is considered high risk, are totally banned from entering the country.
Check out the latest updates about Tunisia reopening for tourism.
Uganda has reopened to tourists on October 1, 2020. Any passengers arriving into the country must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken by an accredited laboratory of its country of origin. The test must be conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled departure. Tour operators and local partners will need to ensure that passengers proceed directly to their stay and limit interaction with Ugandans. There will be no requirement to self-isolate.
Zambia has reopened its doors to International visitors on July 29. All incoming passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 14 days before arrival in the country. There is no need to quarantine upon arrival. However, some reports stated that the visa on arrival program of Zambia has been suspended. Therefore, foreign visitors who need a visa to Zambia may have to apply from a Zambian embassy.
Check out all the details about Zambia reopening for tourism.
After shutting its borders in March, Zimbabwe has officially reopened for tourism on October 1, 2020. This means foreign visitors can now visit the African nation and explore its attractions, which include the Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls. Authorities have imposed requirements that all visitors must fulfill. These include presenting an official certificate that proves they tested negative for Covid-19. Visitors that do not fulfill the PCR test requirement will be subject to quarantine at a government facility for 14 – 21 days.
On August 21, Anguilla reopened its borders for international tourism. But before tourists can fly into the country, they are required to register in advance. Visitors must register at the Anguilla Tourist Board’s website and wait for the approval. Aside from getting approval, they are also required to submit a proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test that’s taken 3-5 days prior to arrival. Furthermore, proof of health insurance is required, which should cover any medical expenses that will be incurred if they get infected with Covid-19.
Here’s a complete guide to Anguilla’s tourism reopening.
Antigua and Barbuda
On June 4, 2020, Antigua and Barbuda welcomes travelers back into the country. All visitors arriving by air must submit a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR TEST taken within seven days before their flight. Those arriving by sea are subjected to quarantine, according to the guidelines set by Port Health.
All travelers will be subjected to assessment by the country’s Ministry of Health for any signs and symptoms. A series of checks will be conducted, and passengers will be asked to submit a health declaration form upon arrival.
Aruba is among the Caribbean countries that have already reopened for tourism. On June 15, the country first opened its borders to travelers from nearby countries. On July 1st, Aruba opened its borders to visitors from Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean. Visitors from the United States were allowed to visit the beautiful island nation starting July 10.
Some of the country’s top hotels and resorts will also be reopening while applying new practices to ensure the safety of their guests. These include in-room check-in, social distancing, enhanced sanitation, and reduced capacities at bars and restaurants.
The Bahamas officially reopened to international travelers on July 1, 2020, but has put in place a handful of guidelines. Tourists who plan on holidaying in this Caribbean island must present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. The test must be taken no more than 7 days before the trip.
All arriving passengers will be subjected to temperature checks. Anyone who is showing Covid-19 symptoms will be brought to a separate area for testing and evaluation. All passengers must wear facemasks and should follow the physical distancing guidelines. Atlantis, the most popular hotel in Bahamas, will resume operations on July 30.
Recent Update: Effective July 27, The Bahamas has required all arriving visitors to complete a 14-day quarantine at a state-run facility.
As of August 3, the Bahamas have slightly relaxed their entry requirements. The 14-day quarantine can now be done in the visitor’s private accommodation instead of the government-state run facility.
Check out the latest about the Stricter Safety Measures Bahamas Is Imposing.
Barbados is welcoming back visitors on July 12, 2020. Just like with the other countries that are opening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, visitors have to adhere to a set of guidelines when visiting this Caribbean island.
Those who came from high-risk countries are highly encouraged to undergo the COVID-19 test. Travelers from countries that have less than 100 new cases in the past week can take their test a week prior to their trip. All visitors will be asked to fill out the Embarkation/Disembarkation Card to answer health questions related to COVID-19 symptoms.
Here are all the details about Barbados reopening to all travelers.
After postponing its border reopening for the second time, Belize has finally reopened its borders to foreign tourists on October 1, 2020. Currently, authorities have not imposed travel bans on any country, so visitors from all countries are allowed to visit. However, all travelers must follow the guidelines imposed by authorities. These include downloading the Belize Health App and filling out the required information. All visitors must also present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that’s taken within 72 hours before boarding. In addition, all tourists must have pre-booked accommodation at an approved “Gold Standard” hotel. Depending on the health screening results, travelers might be randomly selected for testing at the airport. Those who will turn out positive will be sent to medical facilities for treatment at their own expense.
Bermuda has reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020. All travelers must submit a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of departure. They must also possess health insurance and wear a mask at all times. All visitors will also be required to fill out a traveler screening form.
Travelers who don’t have a pre-departure negative PCR COVID-19 test result will be tested upon arrival and will be required to isolate in their respective accommodations for three days. They will be tested again on the third day, and if both tests are negative, they will be free to explore Bermuda. But if the test will turn out positive, they will be asked to isolate at their accommodation for up to 14 days.
Find out the latest travel restrictions regarding the Bermuda reopening for tourism.
Brazil has officially reopened its borders for tourism on July 29, 2020. This comes as a surprise since the country is experiencing a rapid increase of coronavirus cases daily. What’s more, Brazil will only require visitors to have travel insurance that can cover their medical costs. As of now, they are only allowing arrivals by air. Those traveling by sea or land are still barred.
Here are all the details about Brazil reopening for tourism.
Canada is presently closed to travelers visiting for tourist purposes. However, exceptions are in place for citizens, residents, visiting family members, and others who are visiting for essential purposes. All arrivals are required to go on a mandatory 14-day quarantine. It’s not yet clear when Canada will reopen for tourism.
For now, here’s the latest on Covid-19 regulations for domestic travels in Canada.
On September 19, 2020, Colombia has resumed international flights with Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, and the United States. It allows visitors from all countries to enter. However, all visitors will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than four days prior to the travel date. All visitors must wear a protective face covering at all times.
The Health Minister of Costa Rica has announced that it will open its borders for tourism on August 1, 2020. However, the country will only allow flights from those countries that have successfully controlled the spread of Covid-19. They have not yet provided any details on which countries will be included in the list. However, the Costa Rica Tourism Board has earlier revealed that they will first allow visitors coming from Europe, UK, and Canada.
The government of Costa Rica is already in the process of finalizing its protocols for arriving tourists. Its international airports will also be adopting some measures to ensure the safety of visitors and locals. These health protocols will be put in place under the supervision of respective health authorities.
Here’s everything you need to know about Costa Rica’s border reopening.
On July 1, 2020, Cuba has reopened for tourism. However, the areas that tourists can visit are very limited. These include Cayo Largo Del Sur, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa María and Cayo Cruz. Cuba allows travellers from all countries to visit. On October 15, Cuban authorities will reopen Varadero for tourism.There’s no mandatory quarantine on arrival, except for those who are showing symptoms. All visitors will undergo free COVID testing on arrival and must isolate while waiting for the result, which will be available in 24 hours.
Curacao has reopened for tourism in mid-June, allowing tourists from selected Caribbean nations. On July 1st, Curacao allowed more tourists to visit coming from several other countries including Canada, France, Italy, and some other European nations. All visitors are required to submit COVID-19 test with a negative result taken at most 72 hours prior to arrival on the island. This must be presented upon check-in.
On August 7, 2020, the beautiful island nation of Dominica will officially reopen for tourism. Dominica is one of the few countries in the world that has zero cases of Covid-19 infection. To further protect the island, authorities have imposed travel requirements for all tourists. First, they must present a negative PCR test and undergo a rapid test on arrival. Those with a positive result will be quarantined at a government facility.
Find out more about the official reopening of Dominica for tourism.
Recent Update – Starting August 1, Dominican Republic will now require all visitors to present a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed to enter the country.
The Dominican Republic has reopened for international tourism on July 1st. According to Lucien Echavarria, the director at the Ministry of Tourism, about half of the hotels will start their operation in July. The rest will resume operations in November. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of its guests, hotels and resorts in Dominican Republic will apply enhanced health and safety protocols.
The new protocols include placing alcohol-based gel dispensers on the premises and making them accessible for tourists and workers. They have also designated areas to isolate people who are showing symptoms of Covid-19 infection. The Dominican Republic has recorded more than 30,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 754 deaths.
On August 16, Ecuador has officially reopened its borders for tourism. Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter without the mandatory quarantine. However, all visitors must submit a negative COVID PCR test, taken no longer than 10 days before arrival. Those who cannot submit a PCR test will be tested on arrival and must go on quarantine while waiting for the results. Tourists who plan on visiting the Galapagos Islands will have to undergo another test on arrival in Ecuador.
Find out the latest travel restrictions regarding the reopening of Ecuador to tourism.
El Salvador will be opening its borders to international visitors on September 19. Starting that day, International flights at El Salvador International Airport (SAL) will resume. Authorities are allowing visitors from all countries to visit. Travelers are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that’s taken no more than 72 hours of arrival. But the good news is that no mandatory quarantine is required for all visitors for as long as they can present a negative Covid-19 test result and are not showing any symptoms.
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On July 15th, Grenada has officially reopened for tourism. However, it only allowed visitors from the 15 CARICOM nations. On August 1st, the island allowed more visitors to enter coming from countries like USA, UK, Canada, and many more. To ensure the safety of its citizens and visitors, Grenada has implemented strict requirements for entry. These include submitting a health declaration form online, downloading the Grenada contact tracing app, and undergoing rapid test on arrival. If the result is positive, a PCR test will be conducted. And if it turns out positive again, a mandatory quarantine is required, at the visitor’s expense.
On July 1st, Guadeloupe reopened its borders to welcome tourists. However, it only allowed visitors from selected countries to visit. Visitors from the United States are still banned, including those coming from countries with high cases of Covid-19 infection, such as Brazil, India, and Russia. All passengers are required to complete a health declaration form and present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.
On September 18, 2020, Guatemala has reopened its borders to international visitors, allowing travelers from all countries to visit. All visitors are required to present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who cannot provide a PCR test will be asked to go on a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Haiti has reopened its borders for international visitors. It’s allowing travelers from all countries to visit. The airport resumed commercial flights on July 1st, including flights coming from the United States and Canada. There are no mandatory quarantine and Covid test imposed on travelers, however, officials have put in place several safety measures at the airport. All travelers will be subjected to medical screening and have to present a completed Health Declaration on arrival.
Here’s everything you need to know about Haiti’s reopening for tourism.
Honduras reopened its borders for international visitors on August 17. Commercial flights have resumed in its airports and visitors from all countries are welcome to visit. However, there are certain requirements that visitors must fulfil before they can enter. These include presenting a negative Covid test, which was taken 72 hours prior to arrival. Rapid test or PCR test will be accepted.
Read all about the entry restrictions of Honduras reopening for tourism.
Jamaica has reopened its borders for international tourists on June 15, 2020. All arriving passengers will be asked to undergo a temperature check and must adhere to the protocols set. They will also be asked to fill out a travel authorization form within 72 hours of flight departure and must be willing to undergo a Covid-19 test upon their arrival.
All visitors to the Caribbean island are required to follow local protocols such as wearing facemasks in public places. Social distancing must also be maintained. The government has also introduced a resilient corridor, which limits the movement of visitors within the areas between Negril and Port Antonio. Only hotels and establishments in this area will reopen, but only if they have the Covid-19 Readiness Certificate.
Here are the latest updates on Jamaica’s reopening for tourism.
The Mexican Caribbean has reopened for tourism on June 8, 2020. This area encompasses the state of Quintana Roo, from Isla Holbox in the north to Chetumal in the south. It is where the country’s popular destinations are located, such as Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. The government has implemented a “light system” to categorize the number of infections in every region. Only when the region is categorized under “orange” that it will be allowed to welcome visitors and restart tourism activities.
Mexico is among those countries that were given the Safe Travels Stamp. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) awards this certification to countries that have set protocols to ensure the safety of its workforce and visitors. WTTC has set general protocols and measures for the travel and tourism industry to follow to ensure a safe, secure, and seamless experience to travelers during their visit.
Here’s everything you need to know about Mexico reopening for tourism.
On October 15, 2020, Panama has reopened its borders to all travelers, including foreign visitors from all countries. All visitors will undergo health screenings at the airport upon arrival and must present a negative result of a Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours before arrival. Visitors who cannot show a negative test result will be tested for Covid-19 at the airport. If the result returns positive, they will have to quarantine at a government-approved facility. After seven days, they will be tested again for Covid-19. If the result is negative, the visitor can leave quarantine. However, if the result is positive, the visitor must quarantine for seven more days.
On July 15, 2020, Puerto Rico has officially reopened its borders for tourism. However, after a surge of coronavirus cases, the Puerto Rican government has decided to put tourism activities on hold. Beaches will only be open to those doing solo sports or exercise training from 5 AM to 7 PM. Restaurants and museums have resumed operations but at 50% capacity.
On September 12, Puerto Rico has once again reopened for tourism. Check out the latest entry restrictions regarding the reopening of Puerto Rico.
St. Barths, a gorgeous Caribbean island known for its white sandy beaches, has officially reopened its borders to tourists on June 22. Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter and the only requirement is to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Those who are staying on the island for seven days or more will be required to take another test on the seventh day.
Just like with the other countries in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia reopened its tourism industry in phases. It started last June 4, and visitors were required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours before boarding. As of Sept. 29, authorities in Saint Lucia have amended their COVID-19 related travel restrictions. They would now require all travelers outside of the designated “Caribbean Bubble Countries” to provide proof of an accommodation reservation in a government-approved facility for the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period. All travelers must also submit a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than seven days from arrival.
Travelers coming from the so-called “Caribbean Bubble” countries are exempted from the mandatory quarantine, but they must provide a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than seven days from arrival. All visitors must go through a temperature check on arrival, and those who are showing symptoms will immediately be isolated and tested. If the result is positive, the passenger will be transferred to the Respiratory Hospital for treatment and care at their own cost.
St. Maarten has reopened for international tourists on July 1st. However, it will only start accepting visitors from the US on July 15. But since July 1, the country has been welcoming flights from Europe and Canada. This was part of the country’s phased reopening process.
Restaurants, bars, hotels, and other establishments are already open, however, wearing a facemask is mandatory for everyone. The government of St. Maarten is constantly monitoring global developments to guarantee the safety of the visitors and its citizens.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines have officially reopened for tourism on July 1st. This means that the country has allowed all tourists to visit. The country adopts a two-stage reopening process. Beginning July 1st, all visitors arriving in the country will be tested. However, starting on August 1st, the COVID test will only be performed on visitors coming from high-risk countries.
The government of St. Vincent and The Grenadines has laid out some rules for all visitors to follow. First, visitors must fill out the VICNY COVID questionnaire before arrival. Those who will undergo the PCR COVID test upon arrival must quarantine in a hotel for 24 hours while waiting for the results to come out.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos will reopen to tourists on July 22. However, the country has set a specific mandate that visitors have to meet. International travelers must be certified by TCI Assured, a quality assurance portal that’s available on the website of the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. Visitors must present their TCI Assured certifications upon arrival to be allowed entry.
The TCI certification will only be given to visitors who can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, which must be performed at least 72 hours before arrival. Furthermore, visitors are also required to present proof of medical insurance and complete a health-screening questionnaire.
Read all the details about Turks and Caicos reopening for tourism.
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands has reopened its borders to tourists on June 1, 2020. It is allowing all international visitors to enter, including those coming from the United States. The government has prepared Health and Safety Guidelines for the USVI Tourism Industry, which covers procedures for operating cleaning and housekeeping, reception and concierge facilities, managing dining rooms, and providing technical and maintenance services.
Arriving tourists will be subjected to temperature checks and health screening. Anyone who does not show any symptoms of Covid-19 infection will be allowed to enter without the need to undergo mandatory testing and quarantine. However, random testing is being conducted at the airport.
Not many people are aware of this, but the United States did not close its borders to any country. However, they suspended the issuance of tourist visas and banned visitors from China, Brazil, Iran, and Europe. So it’s one of the few countries that tourists can still visit for leisure travel. However, it’s worth noting that nearly all states have implemented travel restrictions and limit intrastate travel.
Travelers must exercise extreme precaution when traveling to the US. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country has surpassed the 3 million mark, and the number of deaths is now more than 100,000.
On August 12, Armenia has reopened its borders for international visitors. The country allows travelers from all countries to enter. However, visitors are required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. The quarantine can be shortened if they will undergo a Covid-19 PCR test while on quarantine. If the result turns out negative, they can end their quarantine and start exploring Armenia without any restrictions.
Here are more details about Armenia’s reopening to tourists.
Bali is preparing to open its doors to foreign visitors on September 11. The island has banned international travel for several months to curb the spread of COVID-19. A three-step phase of reopening will be implemented, and the government will adopt new policies to adhere to the “new normal”.
However, the Governor of Bali has emphasized that this plan is not yet final. They might postpone the reopening at a later date, depending on the development of the Covid-19 situation on the Indonesian island. If local transmissions remain low, then they might push through with the September reopening.
Japan is one of those countries that many tourists are looking forward to visiting. And although the Japanese authorities have not yet revealed when they will reopen their borders for foreign tourists, there have been reports that the country will be opening its doors for tourists this September. According to reports, the country will be accepting foreign visitors in stages. First, they will accept visitors on essential travels. The second stage will be students and other education-related visits. Tourists may have to wait a little bit longer because Japan will only start accepting general tourists on the third and final stage of its border reopening.
Read on to find out more about Japan’s reopening plans for tourism.
Latest Update – As of September 8, Jordan has officially reopened its borders to tourists.
Jordan has revealed plans to open its doors to tourists on August 5. However, they will only allow visitors coming from countries that are considered “low risk”. They have also imposed strict travel rules and requirements that tourists must follow to be allowed entry into the country. Aside from a negative result of the PCR test that’s taken within 72 hours of departure, travelers must also sign a health declaration form, present travel insurance, and download a contact-tracing app.
Read on to find out more about the travel entry requirements of Jordan’s Reopening to tourism.
On August 21, Kyrgyzstan has officially reopened its borders for tourism. Currently, the country is allowing visitors from 31 countries to visit. There is no mandatory quarantine or testing for all visitors for now, although the government might recommend PCR testing. All arriving passengers will be subjected to health screening. If symptoms are detected, they may be required to quarantine.
Here’s everything you need to know about the reopening of Kyrgyzstan for tourism.
Lebanon has reopened its doors to international travels since July 1st. Commercial flights have resumed but at limited capacity. All passengers are required to complete a health declaration form online prior to departure. A negative COVID-19 PCR test result that’s issued no more than 96 hours before arrival must also be submitted. Upon arrival, all passengers will be asked to undergo another COVID-19 PCR test. All foreign visitors are also required to have a travel insurance policy that can cover the cost of treatment in case they turn out positive for coronavirus disease.
Nepal has just confirmed that it will be reopening its borders for international visitors on August 17, just in time for the climbing season. According to the country’s Tourism Ministry, they will resume all tourism-related activities in the middle of August while making sure that health and safety protocols are followed. They are currently in the process of finalizing the safety protocols that will be put in place once they start opening to tourists.
Here’s what you should know about Nepal reopening for tourism.
Latest Update – With effect from 10th September, all tourists and short term visitors must present a Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken within the last 72 hours prior to arrival to the Maldives.
The Maldives will open its borders to international tourists from all countries on July 15. Tourists are not required to quarantine upon arrival to the island. All resorts and hotels will also resume their operations, except those that are in inhabited islands.
All international visitors to the Maldives will not have to pay any additional fees or produce paperwork as proof that they have tested negative for Covid-19. Those who are not showing any symptoms of the disease don’t need to quarantine. However, anyone who has a history of contact with a confirmed case and has displayed symptoms will not be allowed entry into the country.
Read more about Maldives reopening to tourism and what to expect on arrival.
Singapore has reopened its borders for non-essential travels, but will only allow visitors from a few countries. On September 8, they allowed the entry of travelers from Brunei and New Zealand, and on October 8, visitors from Vietnam and Australia (except those from the state of Victoria) will be allowed to enter. Travelers can enter with no need to quarantine, however, they will be asked to undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival. They will also need to apply for an Air Travel Pass at least seven days before their intended date of arrival.
Find out more about Singapore’s reopening for tourism.
Latest update – As of July 14, Sri Lanka has further delayed the August 1 reopening of its borders. A new reopening date will be announced soon.
The Tourism Promotion Bureau of Sri Lanka has announced that the country will reopen to international tourists on August 1. All travelers entering the country will be asked to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must be taken 72 hours prior to departure.
All travelers will also be asked to undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival and will be tested again 5 – 7 days later. Those who will test positive have to shoulder the cost that will be incurred while on quarantine in hotels or hospitals.
Thailand has revealed that it will be opening for international tourism on August 1, 2020. However, they will only allow foreign tourists who came from countries with a low-risk level of Covid-19 contagion. Also, tourists will only be allowed to visit specific routes and follow itineraries booked through small agencies.
During the first phase of reopening, tourists can only visit Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Pattaya, and Phuket. The limits will be relaxed in the second phase if the government finds it deemed to do so. In the third phase, the government might lift all restrictions so tourists will be free to visit any areas they want.
On June 12, Turkey has officially reopened for foreign tourists. The government announced the opening of its international air, land, and sea borders. They will be accepting tourists from all countries under normal travel regulations. Hotels, restaurants, parks, and cafes were given a go-signal to open on June 1st, along with museums and beaches.
Passengers must wear masks at all times while in the airport and for the entire duration of all flights in and out of Turkey. Prior to arriving in the country, passengers will be asked to fill out a passenger locator form.
Here’s everything you need to know about Turkey’s reopening.
United Arab Emirates
Dubai has officially reopened for tourism on July 7, 2020. However, certain requirements will need to be met for international tourists to be allowed entry. First, they must have valid health insurance. They must also download the COVID-19 DXB app and input their details to it.
Tourists coming from countries with high number of Covid cases are required to undergo a PCR test at least four days before their departure to Dubai. They must present proof of a negative result upon arrival. Otherwise, they will be asked to undergo a PCR test on arrival at the airport. All passengers must go through thermal screenings, and if they are showing any symptoms, they will be asked to undergo a test.
On September 24, the UAE authorities have started allowing tourists to visit Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates. Each of the emirates has different policies for inbound and outbound passengers. Arrivals into Abu Dhabi will be required to undergo a PCR test and will be given a tracking wristband that they must wear for their entire 14-day quarantine.
Read more about Dubai reopening to tourists and the new travel requirements.
Although Vietnam has not yet officially announced when it will open to international tourists, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has revealed that it is planning to resume all international flights to and from Vietnam on July 31, 2020. However, they will only welcome countries that have no new cases of Covid-19 for the past 30 days.
Passengers will be required to present a negative Covid-19 certificate that’s taken three days before their scheduled flight to the country. They must also undergo a PCR swab test upon arrival at the terminal in Vietnam and shoulder the fees. If they will turn out positive, they will be asked to quarantine for 14 days and will have to pay for the accommodation and meal costs.
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On June 22, international flights have resumed in Albania. However, the country will only welcome tourists from EU countries. Upon arrival, all passengers must pass into a “disinfection tunnel” and undergo a body temperature check. Those with a temperature that’s higher than 37.5°C will be interviewed and checked by a doctor. Curfew hours have already been lifted, but social distancing guidelines are still in place. Passengers taking public transport must wear a mask at all times.
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On July 29, Andorra has officially reopened its borders for tourism. It allows visitors from all countries to visit, but the entry requirements will vary. All visitors from EU nations will be able to enter without the need to quarantine. However, visitors coming from a non-EU country will be asked to undergo a 15-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
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On June 4, Austria opened its borders to visitors coming from Slovenia, Slovakia, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Hungary. The country reopened its border with Italy on June 16 but banned those coming from the region of Lombardy. There are no travel restrictions in place for those coming from countries in the European Union, except for visitors from Portugal, Sweden, and the UK. Travelers coming from these countries are required to submit a medical certificate and must self isolate on arrival. Visitors coming from any other country must present a certificate proving that they are negative of COVID-19.
On July 15, Belarus has reopened its borders for international tourism. Some of the travel entry requirements include submitting a PCR test taken within 48-hours and travel health insurance that can cover the medical expenses that will be incurred if the visitor tests positive for the coronavirus. As of August, several travelers coming from various countries have been allowed to enter Belarus.
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Belgium has officially reopened to tourists on June 15, 2020. However, the country will only welcome travelers from Europe and the UK. Several restrictions are in place, especially in the hospitality industry. These restrictions will remain in place until July 1st. There will be no testing or quarantine requirements for as long as the visitor is not showing any symptoms. As of now, it’s not yet clear when Belgium will open its borders to the rest of the world.
Here’s everything you need to know about the reopening of Belgium to tourists.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina has reopened for tourism since July 16. It allows travelers from certain countries to enter, but with entry requirements. Citizens and residents of the European Union and Schengen nations can enter but are required to submit a negative PCR test taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival. The country will allow visitors from third party countries but only if they spent the last 14-days in an EU/Schengen country and has a negative PCR test.
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Bulgaria has opened to international travel as of June 1st. However, it only allows tourists from 30 countries. These include Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway. Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the Vatican City. Travelers from these countries will not be placed under a 14-day quarantine when entering Bulgaria.
Here’s a detailed guide about the reopening of Bulgaria to tourists.
Croatia has reopened to tourists on June 1, 2020. However, it will only allow visitors who are coming from the European Union. The country has also lifted restrictions for residents of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany, and Slovakia. Visitors from these countries can come to Croatia without having to provide any reason. The borders of Croatia are also open to UK citizens without the mandatory quarantine. However, those coming from Spain and France are still banned.
Cyprus reopened its airports to international visitors on June 9. The Cypriot government has categorized visitors according to the number of Covid-19 cases in their countries. Those who belong in travel Group B must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate before they will be allowed entry into the country. These countries are Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Holy See, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, and Uruguay.
The Czech Republic has opened its doors to travelers from Europe on June 15. Citizens who came from low-risk countries can enter the country without the need to undergo a Covid-19 test or go on quarantine. However, visitors coming from Spain, Italy, and France, must be able to present a negative Covid-19 certificate upon entry. On July 1st, Czech Republic welcomed tourists from countries outside the EU, such as Canada, Thailand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand.
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On June 27, Denmark’s borders have opened to visitors coming mostly from European countries. However, the country’s borders to Portugal and Sweden are still closed. On July 4, Denmark has opened its borders to a selected number of “third countries” including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, and Thailand. Wearing of facemask is not mandatory in Denmark. However, people must keep their distance for at least 1 meter apart when visiting public places.
Read about the latest rules and restrictions regarding the reopening of Denmark for tourism.
On May 15, Estonia opened its borders to its Baltic neighbors. It started welcoming visitors from the rest of the EU countries and those belonging in the Schengen area on June 1st. Medical symptoms will be checked at points of entry, and travel documents must be submitted. Those who came from countries with a high infection rate of Covid-19 will be asked to self-isolate for two weeks.
Here are the latest updates on Estonia reopening for tourists.
On June 15, Finland has welcomed travelers from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Iceland, Denmark, and Norway. Visitors coming from these countries are no longer required to quarantine. On July 13, restrictions for countries coming from Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Ireland, Cyprus, and Croatia will be lifted. Visitors from France, Belgium, and Spain are still banned.
Here are the latest updates on Finland reopening to tourists.
On June 15, France has reopened its borders to EU member countries, including Iceland, Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, San Marino, and the Vatican. Travelers from these countries can enter France without the need to present a certificate of negative Covid-19 test or go on quarantine. However, travelers from the UK and Spain are required to go on a voluntary quarantine. This is in reciprocity to the regulations in place for both countries. On July 1st, France has opened its borders to 15 more countries outside of the EU.
Here’s everything you need to know about France reopening for tourism.
Georgia has postponed its reopening date from June 15 to July 31st, due to the rapid increase of coronavirus cases in its neighboring countries. However, its local tourism services have already started operating since June 15. Hygiene and safety measures were put in place for the safety and wellbeing of travellers. On the first stage of its reopening, Georgia will only allow tourists to visit its “Green Zones”. These are areas considered as Covid-free. The country has one of the lowest coronavirus cases in Europe, with less than 1,000 confirmed cases.
July 31, Georgia has officially reopened its borders but only to selected nationals. Find out more about Georgia’s reopening.
Germany officially reopened to tourists on June 15, allowing travelers from 31 EU/EFTA countries to enter its borders for leisure travel. On July 1, Germany allowed selected third-party countries outside of the EU to enter as recommended by the EU Council. These countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea. Any visitor coming from these countries will not have to present a negative COVID Test nor isolate upon arrival.
Here’s the latest about Germany’s reopening for tourism.
On July 1, 2020, Greece has officially reopened its borders to some foreign visitors. This comes after other European nations have opened their borders to certain nations in their “safe travel” list. All flights to Greece have resumed, except those countries where a high number of Covid-19 transmissions have been recorded. Travellers from the UK and Sweden will only be allowed to enter the country by July 15. There will be no quarantine restrictions. However, before boarding, all travellers must fill out an online form and must be willing to submit themselves for the Covid-19 test upon arrival, which is done in random.
Find out more about the travel restrictions to Greece and the list of all countries that can visit.
On September 1st, Hungary has to temporarily close its borders to all visitors due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.
As of October 3rd, the border closure of Hungary will be extended for another month due to a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country. Only travelers coming from the Visegrád Group (Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) are allowed to enter but they must present a negative COVID-19 test result.
On June 21, Hungary opened its borders with no restrictions to visitors coming from the European Union and the European Economic Area, excluding the UK and Switzerland. Serbian citizens are allowed to enter Hungary while Ukrainians can enter up to 24 hours for as long as they remain within 30 km from the border. Visitors coming from South Korea and Japan will only be allowed entry on business purposes.
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Iceland eased its travel entry requirements on June 15 and has started welcoming visitors from Europe, with an option to undergo a COVID test at the airport or go on a 14-day quarantine. Travelers will also complete a pre-registration form before arriving in the country. On July 1, Iceland has welcomed 15 countries outside of the EU Zone, upon the recommendation of the EU Council. These include Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, New Zealand, South Korea, Tunisia, China, Uruguay, and Thailand.
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On July 21, 2020, Ireland has officially reopened for tourism. It allows travelers from 15 “Green Nations” to enter without the need to quarantine. But for those coming from other countries, a mandatory 14-day quarantine is needed. All visitors are also required to download a COVID Tracker App for easy contact tracing in case someone gets infected. Wearing of masks on public spaces is also required in Ireland.
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On June 3, Italy has reopened its borders to visitors from the European Union and the Schengen Area for unrestricted travel, after closing its doors for months due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, the country is still not allowing the entry of travelers from non-EU countries, including those from the United States. On July 1, Italy welcomed travelers from 15 countries outside of the EU, as per the recommendation of the EU council. But this does not include travelers from the United States.
Here are all the details about the reopening of Italy for tourists.
Latvia opened its borders to its Baltic neighbors on May 15. On June 1st, all travel restrictions to the country have been lifted and there are no longer border checks. On June 3rd, travelers from EU and EEA countries, including Switzerland, can enter the country without going on a 14-day quarantine for as long as they came from countries that have no new COVID-19 cases for the past 14 days. On July 1, Latvia reopened its borders to the rest of the world.
In June, Lithuania reopened its borders to visitors coming from EU nations. It also allowed the entry of travelers coming from outside EU countries with an infection rate lower than 16 cases per 100,000 in population in the past 14 days. Tourists coming from these countries, as well as those from within the EU, are not required to undergo testing. Visitors from high-risk areas are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, which can be reduced to 10 days if a test taken after 8 days of self-isolation will turn out negative. Lithuania updates its list of “safe countries” regularly, depending on the epidemiological situation.
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On June 15, 2020, Luxembourg has officially reopened its doors to tourism, allowing travelers from EU nations to enter. As per the recommendations of the EU Council, Luxembourg permitted the entry of travelers coming from selected countries outside of the EU starting July 1st. There’s no mandatory test or quarantine for travelers coming from the allowed countries unless they show symptoms.
Here’s everything you need to know about Luxembourg reopening borders for tourism.
Macedonia has reopened its borders for tourism on July 1, 2020. It allowed visitors from all countries to visit. There are no testing or mandatory quarantine requirement at the moment. However, in August, the country has required visitors coming from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to show a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival to the country. Furthermore, temperature checks will be conducted at the airport and anyone showing symptoms will be barred from entering the country.
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Malta has reopened for tourism in two phases. On July 1, it will only allow residents from 22 European countries to visit. From July 15, visitors from the rest of the world will be welcome. All visitors will not be required to self-quarantine upon arrival, although thermal screenings will be conducted at the airport. They must also fill in a self-declaration form upon arrival, which includes details of their movement in the past 30 days.
Here’s what you need to know about Malta’s reopening.
Montenegro has reopened to tourists on June 1, accepting tourists from more than 130 countries. Visitors who came from countries where the rate of active cases is less than 25 for every 100,000 inhabitants can enter the country without the need to self-isolate or go on quarantine. For others, COVID PCR testing will be conducted upon arrival. If they will test positive, they will be asked to self isolate in a facility and will be monitored by competent epidemiological service.
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Norway officially reopened its borders to tourists on July 15, 2020. It started by allowing travelers from European nations including the UK to enter. However, it has excluded visitors from Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, and Luxembourg due to the high rate of COVID-19 infection in these countries. And unlike the other EU nations that have allowed entry for travelers coming from some countries outside the EU, Norway will not allow any third-party countries to enter at the moment unless it’s for essential purpose.
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On June 15, 2020, Poland has opened its borders to international visitors and lifted the mandatory quarantine for residents of 26 European Union countries. International flights to and from within the EU have also started. However, it’s still not clear when Poland will open its borders to non-EU countries. Face covering is no longer mandatory for as long as social distancing is observed. However, wearing of facemask is required in public transportation and stores.
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On July 1, Portugal has reopened its doors to tourists from within the EU. It also eased travel restrictions to increase commercial flights in and out of the country. The country has also allowed travelers from non-EU countries as per the recommendation of the EU council. Some travelers, including those coming from the United States, will be asked to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken no older than 72 hours before departure. Land borders with Spain have also been opened.
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Romania has officially reopened for International visitors, allowing tourists from EU nations and a few countries outside of the EU as well. The country is open to welcoming travelers from many more countries in the coming weeks, depending on the situation. Countries that have been categorized as “Green Zones” do not need to quarantine upon entry in Romania. Meanwhile, those belonging in the “Yellow Zones” have to isolate upon entry.
Here are all the details about the travel restrictions to Romania.
On May 22, 2020, Serbia reopened for tourism and welcomed visitors from all nations, making them one of the few countries that have opened early to tourists. Furthermore, a proof of a negative COVID-19 test is no longer mandatory for all travelers. The country is now operating under the normal border regulation, so travelers from all countries could visit Serbia without any restrictions. Air Serbia, the country’s flag carrier, has also resumed its commercial flights.
In August, Serbia imposed new travel restrictions, and requires travelers from four nations to submit a proof of the negative COVID-19 test.
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest travel restrictions on the reopening of Serbia.
Slovakia has officially reopened for tourism in June. It started by allowing visitors from 16 countries in Europe, such as Liechtenstein, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Latvia, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. In July, Slovakia has added more countries to the list, including non-EU countries as recommended by the EU council. Tourists coming from the “safe countries” will not need to submit a Covid-19 test or undergo a mandatory quarantine. However, those who came from countries considered high-risk will be asked to undergo a COVID-19 test and must go on quarantine.
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Slovenia has reopened for tourism and allowed travelers from selected countries to visit. In June, Slovenia only allowed visitors coming from its neighboring EU countries to enter with no restrictions. However, in July, the Slovenian government followed the advice of the EU council to open its borders to visitors coming from third-party countries. Slovenia is now implementing a color-coded three-tier system in implementing travel restrictions to foreign visitors.
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Spain has officially reopened for tourism on June 21, 2020. International flights are now operating at the country’s major airports, including in Madrid and Barcelona. However, the country is only accepting travelers from European Union and Schengen Area countries, including the United Kingdom. There’s no quarantine requirement for all travelers. Travel restrictions are still in effect for other countries, except for Australia, Georgia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Montenegro, Serbia, Rwanda, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Uruguay.
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Sweden has remained open for tourists from European Union Member States and EEA nations even when the Covid-19 pandemic started. However, the government has banned visitors from other nations to enter for non-essential travels. On July 4, the government started allowing tourists from third-party countries to enter as per the advice of the EU council. There’s no mandatory testing or quarantine required for visitors, except for those who are showing symptoms.
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Switzerland has reopened to tourists on June 15, 2020, but it has only allowed visitors from 30 countries. These are travelers from European Union member countries, EFTA countries, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and the UK. On July 20, Switzerland will start allowing travelers from non-EU countries, such as Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. Travelers from the high-risk regions will be asked to register with cantonal authorities and go on self-quarantine for 10 days at their own cost upon arrival.
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On July 1, the Netherlands has opened its borders for non-essential travels to citizens of EU countries. However, tourists coming from Sweden and the UK must go on a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. All tourists must adhere to the rules in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. Visitors must book their accommodation ahead of time before arriving in the Netherlands.
Here are the rules and restrictions about the Netherlands reopening to tourists.
United Kingdom (UK)
The United Kingdom has not closed its borders to foreign travelers. However, visitors coming from foreign countries will be asked to go on a 14-day quarantine, except for those who came from countries covered by the travel corridor exemption. If you came from these countries, you no longer need to self-isolate. Before arriving in the UK, passengers will be asked to fill out a passenger locator form. This form must be presented upon arrival in England.
Here are the latest updates on United Kingdom reopening for tourism.
Latest Update – On September 28, Ukraine has once again reopened for non-essential travels after temporarily closing borders for a month..
On June 15, Ukraine has officially reopened its borders to tourists. All commercial flights in and out of the country have already resumed. However, tourists coming from the “red zone” countries or those with more than 40 cases per 100,000 population, will be asked to go on a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Meanwhile, travelers from the “green zone”, or those with less than 40 cases in every 100,000 population, will no longer need to go on quarantine.
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On July 15, French Polynesia’s borders will officially reopen to international tourists coming from all countries. All travelers will be asked to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test performed within three days before arriving in the country. Visitors will also be asked to register at the Electronic Travel Information System and will be required to show a receipt of the health registration upon entry.
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