Countries that are Open for Tourism
- by Luke Jansen
It’s essential to be familiar with some basic facts about any country before you travel. For example, is it open to foreigners? What are the COVID travel restrictions that it has in place at this time? Is there an increase in COVID cases and is the vaccine coverage of the majority of its population?
Which countries allow foreign travelers to visit? What COVID-related travel restrictions do you have?
You can find the most recent travel information by visiting the official website of your country or the state department page for the destination.
Figures and rates of vaccination for COVID-19 patients
The pandemic remains far from over. Therefore, it is wise to avoid visiting destinations where COVID-19 rates are high or increasing. This is especially important if your child has not been vaccinated. In addition, it’s essential to consider the percentage of residents who have been vaccinated. Traveling to a country that has low vaccination rates can put the local population at risk. Even if the vaccines have been administered, it’s a good idea for travelers to obtain negative COVID-19 testing before they enter.
Our World in Data is a simple-to-use tool that provides current data about COVID-19 and vaccination rates worldwide.
Which countries are closed, open, or have restrictions?
Canada: Full-vaccinated tourists can enter Canada from 7 September 2021. Non-vaccinated travelers are subjected both to quarantine and all testing requirements (pre-arrival/day 1, upon arrival/day 8) as well as the mandatory submission via ArriveCAN of travel, contact, and quarantine information.
Colombia: All land and water borders are open. International flights are now available with restricted destinations. The Ministry of Health announced, on the 4th of June 2021 (see US Embassy in Colombia website), that all inbound international travelers no longer need to submit a negative result from COVID-19. Instead, all eligible international passengers must submit an online application for immigration at least 24 hours before their flight. Colombian citizens who have had symptoms of COVID-19 or been in close contact and tested positive for the disease in the last 14-days are not allowed to enter.
Costa Rica: Read the requirements for entry. Visitors who can show proof that they have received double vaccinations within 14 days of their last visit to Costa Rica may enter the country without the need for mandatory insurance. All others will be required to have insurance that meets their specific requirements. In addition, all travelers must fill out an advance epidemiological info form. Find out if you will need a visa.
Croatia: UK nationals must travel to Croatia with one of the following documents. (See the “Demonstrating Your COVID-19 Immunization Status” section. Travelers from most countries may enter Croatia without having to undergo pre-arrival testing.
Egypt: The commercial flights to Egypt have been restarted. All Egyptian nationals arriving from overseas should have proof of either a complete COVID-19-vaccination (completed at the latest 14 days before arrival in Egypt) or a negative PCR (taken within 72hrs of departure). Children under six years old are not eligible. Acceptance of proof of COVID-19 compliance will not be granted. In addition, passengers are subjected to temperature controls, must complete a Public Health Card form, and have proof of valid medical insurance. Online visa portal Egypt allows you to check if you are eligible for a visa.
Greece: Passenger Locator Forms (PLF) must be completed by all travelers to Greece. One of the following is required: Proof of a negative COVID-19PCR test performed within 72 hours of your arrival in Greece, or proof from an authorized laboratory of a positive COVID-19 rapid-antigen test. Greece will accept evidence that you have been cleared from COVID-19 to allow you entry.
Ireland: Travellers from Great Britain who have been vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 180 days will not be required to undergo any travel-related testing. All travelers must fill out a Health Passenger Locator form and provide a negative CoVID-19 RTPCR test within 72 hours of their arrival in Ireland. Mandatory hotel quarantine applies to travelers from high-risk countries. Travelers from all other countries must be quarantined for 14 days at the place they reside. The Irish Government website has more information.
Italy: Beginning 31 August 2021, travelers will be able to enter Italy without being quarantined if they are fully immunized, have recovered from COVID-19, and have passed a negative antigen or PCR test. This must have been done within 48 hours of entering Italy. Travelers who don’t have proof of vaccination or who have failed a test must self-isolate. In addition, you must fill out an online digital form to generate a QR-code. If requested, you should present this code to your travel provider or Border Police. An electronic record is not required if you do have a paper device. To notify COVID-19 of your arrival in Italy, all visitors must also call the COVID-19 number for the region they are visiting within 48-hours.
It’s essential to be familiar with some basic facts about any country before you travel. For example, is it open to foreigners? What are the COVID travel restrictions that it has in place at this time? Is there an increase in COVID cases and is the vaccine coverage of the majority of its population? Which…
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