It’s not yet time to dust off the passport – but some countries are slowly starting to open up during the coronavirus pandemic, a travel tips website shows.
The Points Guy UK has put together a gigantic guide to the international travel status of countries around the world and reports that ‘while very few countries are currently open to tourism, the good news is that some provide timetables on when travel might be possible again “.
Below are some of the key global findings …
The United States Department of State discourages international travel
“Some states are slowly reopening,” says The Points Guy UK, “but most still do not welcome tourists. In fact, Maine and Hawaii both have strict 14-day quarantine requirements for all out-of-state visitors. ‘
The site also points out that the CDC has “a strong warning against nonessential travel within the United States” and “the United States Department of State also advises against international travel.”
The Points Guy UK says: “Canada remains closed and the border between the United States and Canada is closed. Canada has also banned travel from province to province, jeopardizing summer tourism in places like Ontario. ‘
All visitors, he adds, must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. It is not yet clear when that will be lifted.
The Points Guy UK explains that some Mexican states, including Quintana Roo – home to Cancun’s tourist mecca – are planning to reopen on June 1 and that the president of the country said tourism is one of the key industries opposed to May 17 reopen.
The site adds, “A tourism resurgence will depend on the reopening of the region’s air hubs in Cancun, Cozumel and Chetumal, and tourists are being advised that improved screening and cleaning procedures are in place.”
The Belize borders will remain closed to all visitors until at least June 30, but this may take longer, the site explains.
“Nicaragua never really closed,” reveals The Points Guy UK. ‘Football matches, food festivals and beauty contests are still taking place. There have never been house-to-house or socially distant orders here – movements that have been criticized by groups like Human Rights Watch.
“The borders of Nicaragua remain open, and local sources have reported that the government is discouraging Nicaraguans, including health workers, airport workers and police officers, from wearing masks.”
There is still a ban on foreign tourists in Costa Rica
“Costa Rica began easing some coronavirus measures on May 1, allowing theaters, cinemas, hair salons, gyms, and athletic centers to reopen under reduced hours and strict sanitation guidelines,” the site says. “This move came after the country’s active infections subsided for 11 consecutive days.”
At the time of writing, there is still a ban on foreign tourists.
The nation is quarantined across the country until at least May 25, says The Points Guy UK, and travel between regions is also very limited.
The nation is quarantined across the country until at least May 25, says The Points Guy UK, and travel between regions is also very limited.
And there are currently no commercial options available to return to the UK from Peru.
Useful information for tourists can be found here.
President Jair Bolsonaro denies the need for quarantine restrictions in Brazil
Brazil has the most coronavirus cases in South America – over 128,000, the site says. A travel ban for foreigners was extended to May 28 in late April, although there are some exceptions.
The Points Guy UK adds, “The government has not officially imposed quarantine restrictions and President Jair Bolsonaro denies the need for it and insists that only the elderly and other high-risk populations stay at home.”
The Chilean government closed its borders on March 18 for foreigners and residents who re-enter the country must be quarantined for two weeks. The country is also closed to cruise ships, the site notes.
Argentina has one of the world’s strictest travel bans, The Points Guy UK reveals, that all international commercial flights will be limited to September 1, 2020.
Every Caribbean country has temporarily closed its airports, The Points Guy UK reports.
The Bahamas is under emergency orders through May 30, the site says. No international visitor may enter or exit Bahamas for any reason, including transit.
Cuba has suspended international travel for tourists until further notice.
All airports and seaports will be closed to incoming international passengers through May 31, the site reports.
“India announced in March that it will no longer allow foreigners to enter the country,” said TPG. “A suspension of international flights has been lifted, but only for humanitarian or essential travel.”
Tourists from the US, Italy, Germany, Spain and France will no longer be allowed within the borders of Cambodia from March 14
All foreigners must obtain a visa before arrival, says TPG UK. Tourists from the US, Italy, Germany, Spain and France are no longer allowed from March 14 within national borders. The ban remains in effect until further notice. The site adds that while there is no formal ban on others, you should have a legitimate need to visit.
China, ground zero for the outbreak, does not welcome tourists from outside the country and there is no timeline when that could change, TPG UK writes.
It adds, “China allows South Koreans to travel to a number of Chinese cities on business, but strict measures have been taken to ensure that outbreaks don’t spread.”
The Points Guy UK writes: “As of March 25, all non-residents of Hong Kong arriving by plane will be refused access to airport facilities until further notice. All non-residents of Hong Kong who come from mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into Hong Kong, but entry is denied as the non-resident of Hong Kong to overseas countries or regions in the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong.
“Talks are underway to allow some quarantined travel between Hong Kong, Macau and parts of China, but nothing is fixed yet.”
Japan is in a state of emergency, stepping up border controls and banning visitors from 70 countries – or anyone who has visited those countries in the past 14 days, TPG UK says.
“Just seven weeks ago,” says the Points Guy UK, “there were the same number of cases in the United States and South Korea, but South Korea had fewer than 300 deaths in early May compared to more than 70,000 in the US.
“South Korea will remain closed to people traveling for” nonessential “reasons, and it is unlikely that Americans will be welcomed as tourists soon.”
Singapore’s borders are now completely closed to visitors and it does not allow transit passengers either. There is no end date for the restrictions
The Points Guy UK says, ‘Singapore was an early leader in the fight against the corona virus – conducting screening of foreign visitors and some of the first quarantines. Contact tracking kept the number and number of deaths low. It was also one of the first countries to soften its lock, after which widespread testing and tracking led to a drop in the number of cases. But a revival of business has now forced her to impose severe restrictions.
Singapore’s borders are now completely closed to visitors and it does not allow transit passengers either. There is no end date for the restrictions. ‘
Thailand closed its borders in late March, the site says. It adds, “There is at least a state of emergency in place through May, and analysts don’t expect a revival of tourism in Thailand until 2021.”
Vietnam is slowly reopening, says TPG UK, but foreigners are not welcome and there is no timetable for when that could change.
For the time being, no foreigners are allowed to enter the country, including Bali, the site says.
Tourists are not recommended to go and all international arrivals, including Malaysian nationals, must be quarantined for 14 days.
Taiwan has banned international travelers from March 19, TPG UK says, including all transit passengers passing through the country on their way to other destinations.
Foreigners are not allowed to enter the country.
The Maldives are an irresistible lure for tourists, but they are currently not welcome
Paradise is virtually off-limits. The Points Guy UK writes, “Travelers from China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Bangladesh, Germany, Spain, France, Malaysia, the UK and Sri Lanka are currently not allowed in the country.”
Fiji is closed to tourism.
The Points Guy UK says: ‘Foreigners are banned, except for some emergency exemptions that must be released in advance, and prospective citizens and non-citizens are subject to a 14-day quarantine. Australian leaders have said that October is probably the earliest to allow international travel again. ‘
New Zealand has eased restrictions internally, but is actually closed to tourists
Hairdressers inside may be open, but a full ban on foreigners is now in place, says The Points Guy UK, and the border is effectively closed to foreign tourists.
On March 18, the government announced that foreigners should not enter Israel. There are currently no plans to reduce that limitation, the site says.
The Points Guy UK says: ‘The United Arab Emirates is starting to ease some strict closing measures, but still doesn’t welcome tourists and a curfew remains in place. There are some flights between the UK and Abu Dhabi. And on Wednesday, May 13, Dubai-based Emirates said it will resume service to nine international destinations, including London, Chicago and Melbourne, among others. Face masks on Emirates flights are now mandatory.
Qatar, with a death toll of 12, banned incoming flights on March 18, except for cargo and transit flights. Tourists are not welcome.
There is no timeline about the country’s opening to tourists yet.
Although Malta is starting to reopen, the country’s tourism department does not recommend immediate short-term bookings, the site says.
Greece is one of the few bright spots for tourism in Europe – it may be open to them again in July
We hope the country will be open to tourists on July 1, reports TPG UK.
The Points Guy UK writes: ‘Passengers arriving in France from non-Schengen Member States are not allowed to enter the country. It is unclear how long that ban will last.
“The European Union ban on most foreigners will expire on May 15, but is likely to be extended.”
Spain has announced that all visitors must be quarantined themselves for 14 days if they are allowed back in
TPG: ‘The national emergency is expected to be extended to May 23 and possibly longer.
“The country has announced that it will have to quarantine all visitors themselves for 14 days.”
International visitors are not welcome.
Tourism remains prohibited.
TPG UK says: “All travelers who have access (there are strict restrictions) must quarantine themselves for 14 days.”
Entry to Germany for tourism is strictly prohibited.
TPG UK reports: “The Austrian government says it plans to ‘cautiously’ reopen the country’s tourism industry to foreigners this summer.”
Tourism is not on the agenda for the time being, but the country is slowly reopening.
Foreigners are prohibited and locals are allowed to return, but must be quarantined for 14 days.
Hungary has banned foreigners, TPG UK writes, although Wizz Air operates some flights between the UK and other European destinations for essential workers and Hungarian citizens.
Russians need a travel permit and foreigners are not welcome, TPG UK reports.
The Czech Republic allows visitors from nearby countries, TPG UK says, but they must give a negative Covid-19 test result at the border.
Russians need a travel permit and foreigners are not welcome
The UK has pursued an open border policy, says TPG UK. About 15,000 passengers arrive at UK airports every day.
London’s Heathrow Airport will soon be testing new screening methods, including ultraviolet plumbing, thermal facial recognition and contactless security.
The welcome mat is currently under lock and key. TPG UK writes, “Locking restrictions will only be lifted gradually, and welcoming tourists may initially be for UK residents only.”
The Points Guy UK reports: ‘Ireland is in the midst of a five-stage reopening. Hotels, museums and galleries will reopen on July 20, but pubs will reopen on August 10.
Hotels and hostels can open as early as July 20, but with limited occupancy.
“Yet prospective foreigners, with the exception of people from Northern Ireland, have to isolate themselves for a fortnight.”
The country is undergoing a slow reopening, but that still doesn’t include tourists, TPG UK says.
The borders with Denmark will be closed to foreign visitors until 1 June at the earliest, TPG UK notes.
Norway eases the closure and some hotels are opening
Some hotels have been partially reopened, TPG UK says, but it still does not welcome many tourists and international tourists are unlikely to be admitted this summer.
There is currently a complete EU entry ban for non-Europeans, including Americans.
Finland does not accept tourists and has strict border controls, the site says.
The Points Guy UK writes, “Some Europeans are allowed to enter the country, but Americans will not be welcomed until June 15 and probably later.”
Slovenia has just reopened its borders and lifted restrictions on visitors, says TPG UK, but there will be health checks for all arrivals.
Latvia is reopening partially, TPG UK says, and will allow citizens of Estonia and Lithuania to move freely across borders.
Some tourist sites have reopened, but there is no timetable for international visitors.
Iceland will welcome international travelers no later than June 15, TPG UK reports.
Egypt has started to open its hotels to domestic tourists
Egypt has started reopening, TPG UK reports. It begins by opening its hotels to domestic tourists under the strict condition that they cannot use more than 25 percent capacity until the end of May and increase to 50 percent capacity by June 1.
This island state remains banned for tourists.
Since March 25, all international flights to and from Kenya have been suspended by the Kenyan government.
Morocco will remain closed until at least May 20, TPG UK reports.
Foreign visitors are banned until at least June 1, and masks are required in public places.
It is not yet clear when normal commercial flights will be allowed to take place again.
The original article, posted earlier this week, can be found here – thepointsguy.co.uk/guide/reopening-soon-a-country-by-country-guide-to-coronavirus-recovery.
Read more about TPG UK’s story here.