Best places to visit this year


Infographic showing which countries are subject to an EU travel ban

Source: DW.com

 

With coronavirus pandemic, this was a dead year for holidays but that doesn’t mean you have to give up. After couple of months of completely lockdown, some country have lifted travel restriction which mean we can go back to old habbits, sunny beaches in Spain, the golden sands in Egypt or any exotic location you can think off. First of all let’s check the list of countries that reopen their borders:

 

 

1. Croatia

Reopen: 9 May

Who can go in? Travellers from EU, Schengen travel zone countries.

International arrival need to fill this form and prove their staying (acommodation), unless you are from a  EU country with low transmision rate (eg. Germany, Austria).

 

 

2. Portugal

Reopen: 22 May.

Who can go in? EU travellers, Schengen travel zone, USA, UK, Canada, Brazil, South Africa

You will need to provide a negative test result or take a test there (which most probably you will have to pay) and wait 24h in your hotel for the result, hopping that will be negative.

 

 

3. Italy

Reopen: 3 June.

Who can go in EU travellers, Schengen travel zone, UK.

From 1 July, visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan.

 

 

4. Cyprus

Reopen: 1 June.

Who can go in? Travellers from A and B where travellers from set B must provide a negative test result from within 72 hours of arrival.

 

 

5. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Reopen: 1 June.

Who can go in? EU travellers, Schengen travel zone, UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, Algeria, Georgia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Tourists coming from countries with high transmission rates will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

 

6. Turkey

Reopen: 10 June.

Who can go in? The country has reopen majority of their borders following to restart international flights from and to UK, USA, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Austria, Greece, Albania, Belarus, Ireland, Jordan, Latvia Morocco, Slovakia and Belgium.

 

 

7. Spain

Reopen: 22 June.

Who can go in? Visitors from EU and Schengen member countries (and the UK too). From July 1, visitors from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Worth mentioning that all visitors will face no mandatory quarantine, but will have to go through three ‘health checkpoints’ which include an information form, a temperature check and a visual inspection.

 

 

8. The Netherlands

Reopen: 22 June.

Who can go in? Travellers from 30 countries within the EU and Schengen area, Sweden and UK are excluded. From July 1, visitors from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are also allowed in.

All visitors must show a valid reservation upon arrival otherwise you could be turned away if you haven’t booked an accommodation.

 

 

9. Greece

When did it reopen? 15 June.

Who can go in? As part of a new ‘spot check’ testing system introduced yesterday, all visitors must fill a ‘passenger locator form’ at least 48 hours before arrival., then they will receive a QR code to be scanned at the airport. Depending on their code, airport personnel will direct visitors either to the exit or to a testing area. If you test positive, you will be quarantined under supervision for two weeks, in a hotel paid for by the government.

 

 

10. France

When did it reopen? 15 June.

Who can go in? Citizens from EU and Schengen area. Travellers from the UK are subject to a voluntary 14-day self-isolation period. From July 1, visitors from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are also allowed in.

 

 

11. Poland

When did it reopen? 13 June.
Who can go in? Travellers from EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. From 1 July, visitors from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are also allowed in.

12. Iceland

When did it reopen? 15 June.

Who can go in? Visitors from EU, UK and Schengen member countries.

If you want to avoid a two-weeks quarantine, you need to be tested at the airport upon arrival.

From 1 July, the tests cost around £90, $113 or ‎€99.

 

 

 

13. Romania

When did it reopen? 13 June.
Who can go in? All travellers, however there are 17 countries that are exempt from a 14-days quarantine: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech, Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary, all of the other countries must self-isolate in their own houses or acommodations provided by government.

14. Malta

When did it reopen? 1 July.

Who can go in? Residents from 17 countries:  Austria, Czech Republic, Germany Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg and Italian tourists from Sicily and Sardinia.

From 15 July, the government said it would lift all restrictions on flights into the country.

 

 

 

15. Thailand

When did it reopen? 1 July.

Who can go in? Foreigners with work permits, residency or families in Thailand. People seeking certain types of medical treatment may also be allowed in and those travelling from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong  only for business.

However, all new arrivals will face 14 days quarantine.

 

 

 

16. Tunisia

When did it reopen? 27 June.

Who can go in? The country has split international arrivals into a two colour-coded system. Those travelling from nations on the ‘green list’ simply have to fill out an online form and can freely enter the country. This includes Australia, Austria, China, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland. Those coming from countries on the ‘orange list’, where transmission rates are higher, must present a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival. This includes Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Iran, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, South Korea and Spain. Travellers from countries not on either list are currently banned.

 

 

17. Egypt

When did it reopen? 1 July.

Who can go in? The country’s government has not clarified whether it will allow only certain nationalities, but airline companies are set to resume flights to and from countries including UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Italy, UAE and Canada.

Only resort areas and associated airports in southern Sinai and Red Sea province have reopened.

 

 

18. Bahamas

When did it reopen? 1 July.

Who can go in? Those with private yachts and planes have been able to travel to the Bahamas since June 15. All other travellers are allowed in from July.

 

 

19. Dominican Republic

When did it reopen? 1 July.

Who can go in? All travellers.

 

 

20. US Virgin Islands

When did it reopen? 1 June.

Who can go in? All travellers. From 11 July US traffic is allowed as well.

 

 

21. Uzbekistan

When did it reopen? 14 June.
Who can go in? At the moment, only visitors from China, Japan, South Korea and Israel will be admitted freely. Travellers from ‘mid risk’ countries including EU member states and UK will face a 14-day self-isolation period on arrival, while visitors from ‘high risk’ countries including Turkey, Iran and Russia will be quarantined by the authorities.
The country’s government says that if travellers catch Covid-19 during their trip, they will receive £2,400 , $3,000 or ‎€2,660  in compensation.

22. Jamaica

When did it reopen? 15 June.

Who can go in? All travellers.

All visitors will be asked to have their temperature checked on arrival.

 

 

 

23. Bermuda

When did it reopen? 1 July.

Who can go in? All travellers.

 

 

24. Cambodia

When did it reopen? Late May.
Who can go in? All travellers, however, from 11 June all travellers will have to pay £2,420 , $3,000 or ‎€2,680 deposit and only £134, $165 or ‎€150 will be deducted for a Covid-19 test.

 

Countries soon to be open for travels.

 

25. Dubai

When is it reopening? 7 July.

Who can go in? There aren’t any restrictions on where you can travel from. All international visitors must provide a recent negative test result ( within four days of arrival), or take a test at the airport.

 

 

26. Georgia

When will be reopening: 31 July.

Who can go in? The government claims it will welcome all international tourists. However, there will be some ‘zones’ that travellers have to stick to and land border crossings are still being negotiated.

 

 

 

27. Australia

When will be reopening? The tourism minister has said it’s international borders will remain sealed until the end of 2020, even longer. Just imagine the massive loss of money from tourism.

Who can go in? It’s too early to say. Discussions are under way to set up a ‘travel bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand that would allow mutual travel between the two nations.

 

 

28. Bali

When will be reopening: Late September.

Who can go in? There are no restriction for that however the governor says that he hope domestic tourism would return to normal by August.

 

 

29. Cuba

When will be reopening: Late August.

Who can go in? The government hasn’t specified any restrictions.

 

 

30. Hawaii

When will be reopening: 1 August.

Who can go in? All travellers. However, if you want to avoid a 14-day quarantine, you’ll have to provide a negative test result from within 72 hours of arrival. All visitors will still be subject to a health inspection and temperature check on arrival.

 

 

31. Costa Rica

When will be reopening: 1 August.

Who can go in? Only travellers from certain countries will be allowed in. The list of ‘safe’ nations hasn’t been confirmed yet but is expected to include Canada, countries from the EU, including UK.

 

 

32. Puerto Rico

When will be reopening: 15 July.

Who can go in? All travellers. Temperature checks and tests will be carried out at the airport on arrival, and some passengers may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of symptoms.

 

 

33. The Maldives

When is it reopening: July 15

Who can go in?  All travellers can enter without restrictions, however  a booking confirmation is required upon arrival.

Visitors will receive free visa on arrival and have to pass thro thermal screening for security.

 

34. South Africa

When will be reopening: During a government brief which took place on 27 May, the country’s Department of Tourism said it didn’t expect international tourism to return to normal until February 2021.

Who can go in? Too early to say.

 

Hope you found this article helpful, if so, subscribe for more interesting content and help us build a stronger community!

 

 

£1 Donation

Keep this blog alive by making a small donation from as little as £1.

£1.00

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: