COVID-19 Travel Updates


In light of Covid-19, we are fully committed to providing safe guidance and expertise for each of our travel programs. In addition to lessons on culture, diplomacy and history, each traveler is now also educated on how to conduct touchless travel, optimum hygiene practices and managing their personal health, so they are empowered to travel with confidence. Please see the most current Covid-19 Updates:

 

Download the attachment below to view a list of frequently asked questions about Summer 2021 travel regarding the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Since our trips aren’t set to depart until June and/or July, we are not in a position to postpone or cancel any trip at this point. However, we are monitoring the geopolitical situation in the countries we send delegations to, as well as travel restrictions and policies from the American government on a daily basis and will be making any necessary changes or revisions to our Summer travel plans as needed.

As with any year, the health and safety of our travelers are paramount. We place a very high standard on our trips and want to keep the integrity of our trips and the expectations of the students, parents, and teacher-leaders intact. If we are unable to provide the kind of experience that our travelers have come to expect, we will be taking this into consideration and adjust trip plans as necessary. If there are any further questions or concerns that are not addressed below, please reach out to our office. Additionally, we will be making any announcements, alterations, or policy changes known immediately to all parties involved in 2021 travel as soon as they are made available.

COVID FAQs for Summer Travel 2021 Feb 2021

Austria

Austria has opened its borders to travelers arriving from the Schengen Area, or from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican. However, travel from outside of the EEA remains restricted for travelers who are not nationals of an EU/Schengen/ country or the UK, and flights remain suspended from certain areas.

Austrian nationals, permanent residents, D-visa holders, and EEA nationals and their immediate family members may still enter Austria. Diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, people traveling on business, healthcare professionals, and members of emergency/rescue/ambulance crews may also enter the country, and travelers with an immediate connecting flight may transit through the country.

All travelers arriving in Austria from countries other than Australia, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Uruguay and Vatican City must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Austria. They have the option to undertake PCR test or antigen test after 5 days of arrival, at their own expense. If the result is negative, they will no longer need to stay in quarantine. They must fill out and sign a quarantine form, ideally before their travel and will have to hand this in upon arrival.

Austrian residents without a valid medical certificate may enter the country, but will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. Coronavirus tests, which provide the medical certificate, are available for €120 per test on arrival at Vienna and Salzburg airports for travelers with a valid Austrian residence permit. Travelers can present a negative test result to shorten the self-isolation period.

 

As of January 26, 2021, Austria has a reported 15,875 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://at.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information#quarantined-regions

 

Belgium

Belgium has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not arriving from EEA Member States, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. Nationals, permanent residents, and long-term visa holders of EEA Member States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and their family members may still enter Belgium from outside of those countries, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Travelers arriving from Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand or Uruguay are also allowed to enter Belgium. Diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, and military personnel may enter the country.

As of January 26, 2021, Belgium has a reported 671,128 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://be.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

 

Croatia

Croatia has opened its borders to visitors from the EU/EEA and the UK. Nationals from outside the EU may also apply online for an entry pass. All other foreign nationals, including US citizens, may enter the Croatia for business, tourism, or other pressing personal reasons, if they provide relevant proof. Foreign national travelers must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours. Travelers whose test is older than 48 hours will be allowed to enter Croatia, but they will be issued a self-isolation order and will have to be tested again locally, at their own expense.

 

As of January 26, 2021, Croatia has a reported 3,232 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://hr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/

https://www.koronavirus.hr/en

 

Czech Republic

Starting on October 22, travelers are only allowed to enter the Czech Republic for essential purposes, such as business or study. The country will now allow travelers from countries it considers to be of low risk to enter without being required to quarantine.

According to Czech Tourism, “You can come to the Czech Republic as a tourist if you are from the green labelled EU or Schengen zone countries. You no longer need to show a negative Covid-19 test on the borders and quarantine won’t be required. If you are from an orange or red labelled country on the map, a test is still required on the borders. The countries are divided according to risk in relation to the Covid-19 virus by the Czech Ministry of Health.”

Starting on December 20, Czech Republic has introduced a mandatory quarantine period for travelers arriving from the UK, or spent more than 24 hours in the UK during the past 14 days. They should self-isolate, and take a Covid-19 PCR test between 5 and 7 days after their arrival from the UK. This is in response to evidence of a new variant of COVID-19.

As of January 26, 2021, the Czech Republic has a reported 109,828 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://cz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

 

Estonia

Travelers are not allowed to enter Estonia with the exception of Estonian nationals, residents and their family members, travelers entering as workers and students, as well as diplomatic, medical, humanitarian and transit flights.

Estonia has restricted most foreign nationals into the country with the exception of nationals and residents of the European Union, the Schengen area, the UK, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, and individuals with a long-stay visa, residents of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Uruguay, so long as they show no symptoms of COVID-19. Travelers arriving from a country where the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants has been more than 15 in the last 14 days are subject to a 14-day quarantine.

As of January 26, 2021, Estonia has a reported 10,069 active cases.

Resources:

https://ee.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.valitsus.ee/en/news/government-amending-covid-19-movement-restriction-regulations

 

Finland

Finland is easing a few more of its travel restrictions as of August. Finland’s borders remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals entering the country, with some exemptions. The Finnish Border Guard has is maintaining a list of countries with reduced border controls – travelers arriving from these countries will not need to self-isolate on arrival in Finland. Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom residing in Finland, and their family members may enter the country for some essential reasons.

As of 13 July, travel between Finland and countries in the EU/Schengen Zone and the UK as well as Algeria, Australia, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (provided that reciprocity is confirmed in the EU) will be permitted for work and other essential purposes for residents of these countries. Additionally, there is a special exemption allowing a quota of workers employed as berry pickers to travel from Thailand to Finland. Nationals and residents of the above-named countries who are returning to their home countries through Finland may also transit through the country. Travelers arriving from within the EU or a Schengen Member State may enter Finland if they are traveling for work or study in Finland. Healthcare professionals, transport personnel, diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, military personnel, travelers entering for imperative family reasons, and workers who commute to another country daily may also enter the country.

All travelers arriving at the Helsinki airport from abroad will be instructed to take a Covid-19 test. The test is free of charge. People arriving in Finland from countries other than those mentioned earlier will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

Non-essential travel is still prohibited from the U.S.

As of January 26, 2021, Finland has a reported 10,690 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://fi.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://thl.fi/en/web/thlfi-en

 

France and Monaco

France has updated its screening regulations. Arrivals by air routes will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ certifying they are not suffering from COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding two weeks. Travelers must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to departure. Travelers are subject to a 7-day isolation period and take another COVID-19 PCR test at the end of this period.

France has begun to ease its travel restrictions. As well as travelers arriving from states in the wider European area (EU, UK, Andorra, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), travelers may now enter France from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay without any requirement to self-isolate, or to demonstrate their travel is essential. However, travelers will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This is available in English on the site of the French Embassy London. Foreign travelers who are not nationals of the above countries or arriving from one of the above countries are still restricted from entering France.

Travelers arriving from outside of the countries listed above must have an International Travel Certificate to enter and transit France, showing that their travel is of an “essential” nature. This must be obtained prior to departure via the French consular offices abroad or online at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr. Travelers flying to airports in France from such areas will also be required to take a PCR test. They may either provide a negative test result taken less than 72 hours before departure. Whether this test is recommended or obligatory depends on the category your country of departure falls in to: Category 1 countries: For travelers from Bahrain, Panama, the UAE and the USA. Boarding will be refused if a negative COVID-19 test result is not presented. Those departing the US who have taken a test but do not yet have a result will be able to board with a consular ‘laissez-passer’ on condition they re-take a test on arrival.

As of January 26, 2021, France has a reported 2,761,658 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://fr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

 

 

Germany

Germany has restricted the entry of travelers who are arriving from outside the European Economic Area, except for nationals of Germany, residents with a residence permit, and D-Visa holders, and certain exceptions (detailed below).

As of June 25, travelers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom may enter Germany.

Germany has also lifted restrictions on entry for travelers coming from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand and Uruguay. Travelers must have spent at least 2 weeks in the above-listed countries prior to their flight to Germany. Restrictions will also be lifted for entry from South Korea, China and Japan if this can be agreed on a reciprocal basis. The list will be reviewed every two weeks.

Entry from any third country is possible for travelers who can demonstrate an important reason for their travel. The list of important reasons covers German and EU citizens and any third-country nationals with a right of residency in Germany. It also includes healthcare and social care personnel and health researchers, skilled workers whose economic activity is necessary and cannot be postponed or performed from abroad, freight and transport staff, seasonal workers, students who cannot continue their studies from abroad, travelers making visits for urgent family reasons, diplomats and staff at international organizations, and persons transiting Germany.

Travelers entering Germany after staying in a designated risk area abroad during the previous 14 days must undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19. The German government regularly updates its list of designated risk areas. Quarantine requirements in Germany differ depending on the German state. All travelers arriving from high-risk areas (over 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) are required to stay in quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Germany.

As of January 26, 2021, Germany has a reported 259,657 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://de.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/en/

https://www.rki.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html

 

Greece

Foreign travelers coming to Greece may not arrive from the United States unless they are in an essential category such as healthcare professionals, students, government members, diplomats, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers, airline crew, seasonal workers, travelers in transit, or travelers entering Greece for reasons authorized by the Greek embassy or consulate. Greece has however opened up to travelers arriving from the EU/Schengen countries, the UK, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the UAE, but those travelers must present a negative PCR test from 48 hours prior to arrival and be subject to another test upon arrival in Greece.

All travelers must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test results 72 hours prior to arrival.

In addition to the mandatory pre-travel testing requirements set out above, travelers arriving from the UK will be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival. Travelers are subject to a mandatory 7-day preventive quarantine.

 

As of January 26, 2021, Greece has a reported 52,260 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://gr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://eody.gov.gr/en/covid-19/

 

Hungary

Hungary has restricted the entry to most foreign travelers starting from September 1, except Hungarian nationals, residents, military, diplomatic, humanitarian, transit flights and foreign nationals attending or participating in some sports events. Travelers with a residence permit issued by Hungary with validity for at least 90 days may enter Hungary.

As of September 1, the Government of Hungary has reintroduced border protection measures in force during the first wave of COVID-19.

Travelers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

Travelers transiting through Hungary must provide proof that entering the border is for the purpose of traveling directly to another destination outside Hungary; state the reason for travel and provide proof that they are able to transit to their final destination, for example a hotel reservation or proof of address in another country, a travel ticket, or similar evidence.

As of January 26, 2021, Hungary has a reported 106,533 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://hu.usembassy.gov/covid-19/

https://koronavirus.gov.hu/

 

 

Iceland

Only European citizens of the Schengen zone are being allowed. According to the U.S. Embassy in Iceland, “All travelers entering Iceland, including Icelandic citizens and residents, must self-quarantine for 14 days or submit to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport.”

As of Aug. 19, 2020, Iceland will be imposing stricter entry restrictions for those eligible to travel there. This even applies to residents of Iceland, except for children born after 2005. Anyone entering will have to get a coronavirus PCR test at the airport upon arrival. Then, four to five days after this initial test, you’ll have to get a second COVID-19 test. During that time frame between tests, you must self-quarantine until the results of both tests come back negative. To even be eligible for this test, you must be a resident of the aforementioned countries (U.S. residents are not included at this time). As an alternative to the testing requirements, travelers can opt to self-quarantine for a full 14-day period.

As of January 26, 2021 Iceland has 84 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://is.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://utl.is/index.php/en/

 

Ireland

Effective from August 26, travelers who are 16 years or older must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before arrival.

Ireland is not currently implementing any entry restrictions, but all travelers arriving in the country from areas except Northern Ireland are required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form and self-quarantine for 14 days, except travelers with a diplomatic passport.

From January 16, all arriving travelers (except those arriving from Northern Ireland) must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to their arrival. Children aged 6 and under are exempt from this requirement. International transport workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors are also exempt from this requirement where they are traveling in the course of performing their duties. All travelers arriving from the UK and South Africa are subject to self-quarantine for 14 days, except travelers with a diplomatic passport, even if they take a second test after arrival.

As of January 26, 2021, Ireland has a reported 519,873 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://ie.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

 

Italy and Vatican City

Travelers arriving from EU countries (except Belgium, France, Netherlands, Czechia, Spain, the UK and Northern Ireland), Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City are allowed to enter the country without having to justify their reasons for travelling and without being required to self-isolate.

Individuals already in Italy who have been in the UK in the 14 day before December 20, must report to their local health authorities and take a Covid-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test. All foreign travelers must complete a self-declaration form and present it to the authorities upon arrival.

Travelers arriving from Belgium, France, Netherlands, Czechia, Spain, the UK and Northern Ireland must present a negative molecular or antigenic test result issued within 48 hours prior entering Italy.

Travelers wanting to visit the regions of Sardinia, Sicily, Apulia, Calabria must register on their websites before arrival and follow their travel regulations.

Regional governments in Italy may also impose restrictions on travelers from certain foreign countries, and travelers intending to travel or return to Italy are advised to check whether any new provisions have been introduced by their region of destination.

Travelers arriving from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are subject to a 14-day self-isolation.

Travelers from countries not listed above are only allowed to enter for specific reasons (such as work, health or study, or absolute urgency, returning to one’s home, domicile, or dwelling) and not for tourism. Travelers arriving from this group of countries will be required to fill in a self-declaration form specifying the reason for entering/returning to Italy and are subject to a 14-day self-isolation.

 

As of January 26, 2021, Italy has a reported 498,834 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://it.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.epicentro.iss.it/en/coronavirus/

 

Latvia

Latvia has restricted the entry of all travelers except for Latvian, Estonian, and Lithuanian nationals and permanent residents. Nationals and residents of EEA Member States and the UK may enter the country if they are traveling from within the EEA or the UK. Spouses or minor children of Latvian nationals, members of government delegations and passengers in transit may still enter Latvia.

From 17 September the period of self-isolation is reduced from 14 days to 10 for asymptomatic travelers. Travelers who have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected person or who work in Latvia in the medical professions, as teachers, or as social workers are still required to self-isolate for 14 days. The Government of Latvia is monitoring the rates of COVID-19 in these countries and travelers arriving from countries with more than 15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be required to self-isolate for 10-14 days upon arrival.

According to the U.S. embassy in Riga, U.S. residents residing in the United States will be banned from entering Latvia for non-essential travel (which includes tourism), nor will they be allowed to enter by arriving from a country on that list. Several exceptions exist, one of which is to enter with an EU passport if you have one.

As of January 26, 2021, Latvia has a reported 11,265 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://lv.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

 

Lithuania

Lithuania has begun to ease its travel restrictions. Although flights from outside of the European Economic Area are still suspended for everyone except for Lithuanian nationals and residents, travel restrictions from other countries in the wider European area have been lifted. From August 10, individuals traveling to Lithuania by air will need to complete a registration form prior to arrival to support Lithuania’s track and trace effort. Registration forms can be filled out on paper during the flight, or in advance online.

As well as Lithuanian nationals and residents, citizens and residents of countries in the European Economic Area, Switzerland or the United Kingdom may now enter Lithuania if the rate of COVID-19 incidence in their country of residence has not exceeded 25 cases/100,000 population in the last 14 calendar days. Those arriving from countries with a rate of 16-25/100,000 population must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

U.S. passport holders and residents are not allowed to enter at the moment. Several exceptions exist, one of which is to enter with an EU passport if you have one. If you are able to arrive at Lithuania from either the U.S., you are subject to a 14-day isolation upon arrival.

As of January 26, 2021, Lithuania has a reported 54,330 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://lt.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://urm.lt/default/en/important-covid19

 

Netherlands

The Netherlands has begun to accept tourists arriving from countries in the EU/Schengen area.

The Netherlands has restricted the entry of travelers arriving flights from outside of the EU, who are not nationals, residence permit holders, or long-stay visa holders of EEA Member States, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, or their families. Exemptions exist for some special cases, for example, travelers attending funerals or studying in an institution in the Netherlands. Non-EU nationals who are not currently resident in or physically present in the EU are still subject to travel restrictions and will not be allowed to enter the Netherlands for tourism.

From December 15, travelers who arrive from a country that is not on the EU ‘safe countries of origin’ list and who are exempt from the EU travel ban applicable to the Netherlands will need to produce the following documents: an official negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to arrival and completed and signed Negative Test Declaration. Children under the age of 13 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test results.

In addition, to the existing requirements for travelers, travelers from Ireland, the UK or South Africa must also show a negative result from a rapid test (antigen or LAMP test) or PCR test. The test must have been conducted no more than 4 hours prior to boarding the flight. Children under the age of 13 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test result. The test requirements do not replace the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival.

Travelers must be in possession of printed versions of both the negative test result and the declaration. It is not acceptable to show a digital version on a phone or tablet.

As of January 26, 2021, the Netherlands has a reported 931,262 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://nl.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-3/

https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/current-information

 

Poland

Nationals of the EU/EEA are no longer required to enter quarantine upon arrival.

Travelers entering Poland from any other country outside of the EU/EEA may be required to self-isolate for 10 days. There are exceptions, including for individuals vaccinated against Covid-19 and produce a certificate of vaccination, freight drivers, work permit holders, airline cabin crew, spouse and children of Polish citizens, train workers, agriculture workers, students and school pupils studying in Poland and members of diplomatic missions, Consulates or International Organizations and their families.

As of January 26, 2021, Poland has a reported 212,844 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://pl.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

 

Spain

Spain has reopened its borders to travelers from most EU and Schengen Area countries; however, entry remains restricted to travelers arriving from other areas, except for Spanish nationals and residents, and accompanying immediate family members.

Until February 2, Spain will not allow entry to inbound travelers that have been in the UK, with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain.

Spot checks may be carried out on arrival to confirm travelers have undergone a COVID-19 PCR, TMA or LAMP test and have tested negative. A minimum fine of €3000 may be issued to anyone who does not comply. Travelers will also undergo a temperature check and visual health assessment.

U.S. citizens are not allowed entry at this time.

As of January 26, 2021, Spain has a reported 2,293,743 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.boe.es/buscar/doc.php?id=BOE-A-2020-8099

 

Switzerland

Switzerland has begun to ease its travel restrictions. As well as nationals/residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein, as of June 15, travelers from countries in the EU, United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway may now enter Switzerland.

Travelers from other countries who have the necessary visas and permits to enter, and authorized healthcare professionals may still enter the country.

Special allowances also exist in some cases for travelers arriving from Germany or Austria.

American citizens are not allowed entry at this point.

As of January 26, 2021, Switzerland has a reported 182,269 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://ch.usembassy.gov/covid-19-info/

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html

 

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has reimposed national lockdown. Foreign nationals are subject to the ‘Stay at Home’ regulations. All travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result and are subject to a 10-day self-isolation upon arrival.

From January 4, National lockdown in England is in effect. Traveling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Travelers must follow all the rules that apply to them.

From November 20, Scotland restricted cross-border travels within the UK, only essential travels—which includes health reasons, work and for study—will be allowed to enter and leave Scotland. People living within Level 3 or Level 4 lockdown areas in Scotland are also not permitted to leave their area, and banned from traveling overseas, though people in Level 0-2 are not.

On January 18, travel corridors will be suspended, all travelers arriving in the UK from any foreign country except Ireland are subject to 10-day self-isolation. All travelers on flights to the UK must wear face coverings on aircraft and on public transport upon arrival thereafter. Passengers using taxis and private hire vehicles should also use a face covering for the duration of their journey. Drivers may refuse to transport passengers who do not follow guidance for safe travel.

As of January 26, 2021, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands) has a reported 3,520,301 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

 

South Africa

South Africa has restarted commercial flights into the country, including for Americans. Travelers must present a valid medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, must provide proof of accommodation and are subject to medical screening upon arrival. International air travel is restricted to the following airports: OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), King Shaka International Airport (Durban), Cape Town International Airport.

Travelers arriving in South Africa are subject to medical screening. Travelers who are symptomatic or been in contact with an infected person, they will be required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test, at their own expense. If the test is positive, they are subject to 10-day quarantine at a government-appointed facility, at their own expense.

Travelers must have a medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before traveling.

Travelers must complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa

 

As of January 26, 2021, South Africa has a reported 146,773 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://za.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/

https://sacoronavirus.co.za/

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has allowed all countries in the world to enter by air. However all travelers must complete a digital health pass 48hrs prior to boarding. Travelers must have travel insurance with coverage of COVID-19 treatment and accommodation costs.

 

As of January 26, 2021, Costa Rica has a reported 40,342 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://covid19.go.cr/

 

Japan

Japan will allow the entry of foreign nationals who need to move to Japan to study, work or join their family, subject to necessary visa requirements. Foreign nationals visiting for short-term business purposes are also permitted to enter, provided that they have a visa. However, the number of people permitted to enter Japan under these rules will be restricted, with priority given to those moving to Japan.

Starting November 1, all foreign nationals with the status of residence with a valid re-entry permit, are not required to obtain “the Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan” or “Receipt for Request of Re-entry” when re-entering Japan from countries designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan.

Travelers and airline crew who have been in the United States in the past 14 days must submit a quarantine questionnaire and undergo a PCR test upon arrival. All travelers entering Japan, including Japanese nationals, residents and dual national citizens, are required to take a PCR test at the airport and self-isolate for 14 days at a designated location (such as a hotel or own residence). In some cases, travelers may be asked to quarantine at an airport facility until test results return. During the 14 day quarantine period, travelers are not permitted to use any form of public transportation, including taxis, trains, and domestic flights.

As of January 26, 2021, Japan has a reported 71,499 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://jp.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.japan.travel/en/news/JapanSafeTravel/

 

Australia

Early lockdowns have been credited with keeping coronavirus relatively contained in Australia, but the country remains closed to foreign visitors. Australia has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals except New Zealand nationals who reside in Australia, and nationals of other Oceania countries who are transiting through to their home countries.

All international travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry, unless they’re granted an exemption upon request. Travelers who are not Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia. Quarantines take place in state-designated facilities and fees depend on the state, ranging from $2500 for one adult in the Northern Territory to $3000 for one adult in New South Wales. International flights are currently being diverted away from Victoria. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight.

Travelers planning to travel across Australian state borders should note that some Australian states also have domestic travel restrictions, border restrictions, and quarantine requirements in place. In the case of onward travel within Australia, travelers are advised to check in advance with their travel/accommodation provider.

As of January 26, 2021, Australia has a reported 1,872 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://au.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.australia.gov.au/

 

Fiji

Fiji has recorded very few cases so far, thanks in part to a strict lockdown as of March 15. The country is essentially closed to tourism with no signs of easing the lockdown anytime soon.

Fiji has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not nationals or residents of Fiji.

As of January 26, 2021, Fiji has reported less than 10 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://fj.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

http://www.health.gov.fj/

 

New Zealand

New Zealand has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals except for Australian nationals who reside in New Zealand and Samoan or Tongan citizens making essential travel. Those nationals are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

 

As of January 26, 2021, New Zealand has a reported 79 active cases.

 

Resources:

https://nz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://covid19.govt.nz/

 

 

 

**Information on this page was collected from the US State Department, the Centers for Disease Control, The Johns Hopkins University, Kayak, Reuters, ThePointsGuy.com, and CNN.

 

Resources:

https://nz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://covid19.govt.nz/

 

 

 

**Information on this page was collected from the US State Department, the Centers for Disease Control, The Johns Hopkins University, Kayak, Reuters, ThePointsGuy.com, and CNN.

 

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