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:

Austria
As of late May, the Austrian government now requires proof of clean health in the form of a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV2 test, which applies to the small number of third-party nationals who are allowed to enter Austria right now. The test must be written in German or English and dated within 72 hours of the travel departure date.

There had been reports that no travel would be allowed until there is a vaccine, but the government has backed away from that suggestion. European Union citizens and residents will be allowed into Austria, but must be able to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival and will be subject to a mandatory quarantine. Third-country nationals (including Americans) will not be allowed by air from outside the Schengen area.

However, if you are a foreign national (U.S. traveler) and go to Austria for essential travel, you’ll need a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old. In addition, you’ll also need to self-quarantine for ten days too, in addition to the negative PCR test.

Austria has opened its borders to travelers arriving from EU member states, the Schengen Zone, the United Kingdom, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican.

Austria released that they have not seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases since reopening.

As of September 28, 2020, Austria has a reported ~31,000 total 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 countries, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom. Nationals of Belgium or those same countries may still enter, but may be required to quarantine.

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 entering Belgium from outside the Schengen area or any high risk area must present a completed Health Declaration Form upon arrival. Belgium has created a ‘traffic light’ system to track countries and regions which are experiencing high incidence rates of COVID-19. Travelers from “red zones” will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Belgium, while those entering Belgium from “orange” regions are asked to be vigilant.

Diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, and military personnel may enter the country. Nationals of Andorra, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City may enter Belgium with proof of connection travel to their home country

As of September 28, 2020, Belgium has a reported ~115,000 total cases.

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

 

Croatia
Croatia is one of the few European nations open to Americans.

Croatia is reopening. “As of July 1, all EU/EEA nationals and individuals holding permanent residence in the EU/EEA countries can enter Croatia freely, without restrictions,” the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb said. Incoming travelers from the U.S. must produce a negative COVID PCR test taken less than 48 hours before arrival in Croatia. This new requirement supersedes the previous one, which stated that travelers hoping to avoid quarantine could produce a negative test swabbed 48 hours or less prior to departure from the original country.

You can still enter the country with a negative test taken before that 48-hour window, but you’ll be required to take another COVID test and quarantine upon arrival until you receive the negative results.

Travelers who arrive in Croatia without test results will be required to quarantine for 14 days, but this can be reduced to seven if you test negative in the country after you arrive.

As of September 28, 2020, Croatia has a reported ~9,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://hr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/
https://www.koronavirus.hr/en

 

Czech Republic
The Czech Republic began permitting international travel on June 15, however Americans are still not allowed to enter the country. They judged allowance of entrance by using a system to classify countries by their coronavirus risks.

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.” Travelers from Belgium and Great Britain are deemed medium risk, meaning they must provide a recent Covid-19 test.

As of September 28, 2020, the Czech Republic has a reported ~65,000 total cases.

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

 

Estonia
“On June 1, the Government of Estonia reopened borders to passengers arriving from other countries of the European Union, the Schengen Zone and the United Kingdom. Travelers must be symptom free and must have been present in one of the approved countries for the previous 14 days,” according to the U.S. Embassy in Estonia.

Like other European nations, Estonia is asking visitors who have signs of the disease to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. You may be required to quarantine based on which country you depart from and the ratio of positive cases per 100,000 people. So far, if the ratio is under 16 per 100,000, you would not be required to self-isolate. This includes Americans.

As of September 28, 2020, Estonia has a reported ~3,300 total 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. More information is available at the Finnish Border Guard website. People arriving in Finland from countries other than those mentioned earlier will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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

As of September 28, 2020, Finland has a reported ~9,800 total cases.

Resources:
https://fi.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://thl.fi/en/web/thlfi-en

 

France and Monaco
France has been hit hard by the coronavirus, but it has continued to reopen. The country opened cafes, bars, and restaurants, as well as schools and public transportation. Even the Louvre is now open. France still requires face masks and social distancing of one meter.

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. 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 September 28, 2020, France has a reported ~550,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://fr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

 

Germany
Germany has relaxed its entry restrictions for travelers arriving from the European Economic Area, the UK, and Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, and Uruguay. Testing and quarantine regulations may apply to travelers arriving from high-risk areas. Hotels, museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and parks have begun to open up again in Germany, but with limited capacity and times available for opening.

As of September, the United States is still considered a ‘high risk’ area for 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. Travelers who need to be tested have the choice to either present a valid test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival, take a test on arrival at the airport, or take a test after returning to their place of residence in Germany, by reporting to the local health office. The test is free of charge if taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers with a negative test may be exempted from the 14-day self-isolation requirement, but some German states require a second negative test before granting an exemption from quarantine. 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 September 28, 2020, Germany has a reported ~290,000 total 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.

As of September 28, 2020, Greece has a reported ~18,000 total 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 September 28, 2020, Hungary has a reported ~25,000 total 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 September 28, 2020, Iceland has a reported ~2,600 total 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.

Hotels, hostels, museums, galleries, churches, castles and restaurants reopened on June 29. Tour buses and public transportation are open as well.

As of September 28, 2020, Ireland has a reported ~35,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://ie.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

 

Italy and Vatican City
Italy has been among the hardest-hit countries during this pandemic. Travelers arriving from member states of the European Union, states party to the Schengen Agreement, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City may enter Italy and will no longer be required to self-isolate unless they have stayed or transited through a country where Italy continues to require self-isolation. Generally, countries within the EU are exempted from isolation requirements; however, as of July 24, people who have been in Romania and Bulgaria within the past 14 days are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival in Italy.

Italy has restricted entry to most foreign travelers until at least October 7. On May 18, museums, libraries, shops and restaurants were allowed to reopen under social distancing rules. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is insisting that social-distancing rules will be in place for months. He also said church services remain banned.

Rome-Ciampino Airport (CIA) and the Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) in Florence and other Italian airports have all reopened.

As of September 28, 2020, Italy has a reported ~310,000 total 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.

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 September 28, 2020, Latvia has a reported ~1,700 total 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 September 28, 2020, Lithuania has a reported ~4,500 total 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

“The Dutch government is strictly enforcing the EU travel restrictions banning all non-essential travel from outside the EU,” the U.S. Embassy’s website in the Netherlands states. The list of countries whose travelers will be allowed to enter the EU will be reviewed every two weeks.

As of September 28, 2020, the Netherlands has a reported ~117,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://nl.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-3/
https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/current-information

 

Poland
Poland is now accepting travelers arriving from the EU, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Australia.

Poland has resumed flights into the country from countries in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as Georgia, Japan, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, South Korea,, Tunisia, and Australia. All other flights remain suspended until at least July 14, except humanitarian and medical flights, flights to protect public order, emergency flights, flights at the order of the Prime Minister, and repatriation flights performed by foreign air carriers at the order of foreign states.

Nationals of the EU, EEA and UK are no longer required to enter quarantine upon arrival.

Travelers entering Poland from any other country outside of the EU/Schengen area/UK may be required to self-isolate for 14 days. There are exceptions, including for 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.Hotels are reopening, and most shops, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries are also open. Face masks mandatory in public.

As of September 28, 2020, Poland has a reported ~85,000 total cases.

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

 

Spain
Spain has been among the hardest-hit countries in the world. A strict lockdown began to ease in early May but a resurgence in the number of new cases has the government reconsidering the timeline for reopening.

Spain has restricted most travelers arriving from outside the EU/Schengen, the UK, and countries with reciprocal agreements for accepting travelers.

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

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

As of September 28, 2020, Spain has a reported ~750,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://www.boe.es/buscar/doc.php?id=BOE-A-2020-8099

 

Switzerland
As of June 15, Switzerland is now open to European travelers. The government has implemented safety and cleanliness standards to instill a sense of confidence in tourists. American citizens are not allowed entry at this point.

As of September 28, 2020, Switzerland has a reported ~52,000 total 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 British government has now opened up its borders to 75 countries and its overseas territories — but American travelers (and most others) must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, or they risk a fine. All travelers entering the United Kingdom must present a completed “Public Health Passenger Locator Form” to immigration upon arrival. The United Kingdom announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers which started on June 8. Freight workers, medical professionals traveling to help with the fight against coronavirus, and travelers arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

Several airports in the U.K. are now requiring travelers to wear face masks and gloves.

Heathrow Airport in London (LHR) is set to test new screening methods soon including ultraviolet sanitation, facial recognition thermal screenings and contactless security. The quarantine rules do not apply to international passengers transiting the airports.

As of September 28, 2020, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands) has a reported ~440,000 total cases.

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

 

Morocco
Morocco’s borders are open to Moroccan nationals and long term residents.

Family members accompanying an eligible traveler may enter Morocco, but require a “livret de famille” (family register) to travel. Travelers needing this should contact their nearest Moroccan Consulate before traveling. Anyone entering Morocco must undergo COVID-19 testing within 48 hours of departure. They must show a PCR test AND an antibody test. These two tests will be required at boarding when traveling by air. Those who travel to Morocco by sea will have the choice between providing the results of their own tests when boarding OR undergoing testing on the ferry.

Upon arriving in Morocco, the travelers will undergo a clinical examination: a temperature check and examination by a doctor. They will have to sign a statement on oath, and download the tracking app ‘Wiqaytna’. Anyone who presents symptoms of COVID-19 will be accommodated for 7 days in dedicated structures. All others will have to sign a declaration of voluntary isolation at home and to repeat a PCR test after 7 days, which must also prove to be negative.

As of September 28, 2020, Morocco has a reported ~120,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://ma.usembassy.gov/25161/

 

Namibia
As of September 1, Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek) reopened for commercial flights. Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before departure, subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival and 7 days quarantine at their own cost.

International travelers must proceed directly from the airport to an establishment or accommodation that has been registered with the Namibia Tourism Board and has been certified by the Ministry of Health for this purpose. A COVID-19 test will be conducted a few days after arrival, and continuation of the itinerary in the country will only be permitted on receipt of a negative result.

All individuals entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Namibia.

All individuals intending to travel to Namibia must notify the nearest Namibian Embassy or High Commission of their intent to travel to Namibia no less than two weeks prior to departure.

Travelers entering Namibia must enter quarantine in an approved facility at their own cost for a period of 7 days. A PCR-test will be taken on day 5, results should be received on day 7, those with a negative result will be discharged.

As of September 28, 2020, Namibia has a reported ~11,000  total cases.

Resources:
https://na.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
http://www.mhss.gov.na/corona

 

South Africa
South Africa, one of the hardest-hit countries in the world from COVID-19 began to ease restrictions on May 1 after five weeks of one of the world’s strictest lockdowns. The eased restrictions will allow for more exercise time and restaurants will be allowed to reopen, but only for delivery. Social distancing rules and masks in public will remain mandatory.

South Africa has suspended all commercial flights into the country, but is expecting to reopen its borders to international commercial flights on October 1 from certain areas.

South Africa has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits.

Travelers can transit without a visa to South African international airports on their way back to another country, providing they remain airside and have not been in any ‘high-risk’ countries since March 15, 2020. However, travelers should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited. Travelers cannot transit South African airports on their way to third countries, if traveling from any ‘high risk’ countries. Nationals of South Africa who arrive in the country will be subject to medical screenings including temperature measurements and will need to quarantine for 10 days. Airline crew will also be subject to quarantine laws as applicable.

Travelers are now able to apply to self-isolate at a place of their choosing as long as it complies with the criteria set out by the Department of Health. This application must be submitted 72 hours prior to the intended date of travel to the Department of Health

As of September 28, 2020, South Africa has a reported ~670,000 total cases.

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

 

Costa Rica
Costa Rica has relaxed its entry restrictions to allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, the Schengen Area, the UK and certain parts of the US to enter Costa Rica. As of September 21, 2020, residents of the following states are allowed to enter Costa Rica: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, and Wyoming. This list is subject to frequent changes.

Costa Rica has relaxed its entry restrictions to allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, the Schengen Area and the UK to enter Costa Rica.

Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 certificate obtained 72 hours before departure, as well as specific Costa Rican insurance, and must complete an online epidemiological information form.

As of September 28, 2020, Costa Rica has a reported ~73,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://covid19.go.cr/

 

Cambodia
Cambodia is beginning to open back up to visitors, however the upfront cost isn’t cheap. Foreign travelers arriving in Cambodia must pay a deposit of $2000 upon arrival, for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services.

Cambodia has suspended all visa exemptions, visas on arrival, and e-visas. All arriving travelers except for Cambodian nationals and diplomats must have official medical certificates issued by their origin countries no more than 72 hours prior to travel certifying that they have not tested positive for COVID-19. They must also purchase a local health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment for $90. A positive test result carries serious financial and social consequences, involving hospitalization, medical care and the 14-day quarantine of all fellow inbound flight passengers and additional affiliated expenses.

As of September 28, 2020, Cambodia has a reported under 300 total cases.

Resources:
https://kh.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

 

China
The Chinese government says it has passed the peak of the outbreak. China suspended entry for nearly all foreigners and slashed the volume of international passenger flights to and from the country in March and strict anti-travel measures remain in place.

People who are proven healthy can generally move around within their own cities now, but they are being closely tracked via their cellphones and temperature checks in public are common.

Foreign nationals coming to the mainland of China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Travelers arriving at Beijing (PEK), Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shenzhen (SZX) or Xiamen (XMN) are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

As of August 26, 2020, China has a reported ~87,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/covid-19-information/

 

Japan
Japan has lifted the state of emergency for all of Japan and is undergoing a reopening of its economy, but is still holding onto its entry ban for a large number of countries and regions – including the United States.

The government is currently planning to prioritize access for business travelers first and will plan to open the country up to more groups as it sees fit. It is also planning to expand the list to other countries like China, South Korea and the U.S. depending on circumstances.

The government has also announced that foreign travelers are required to submit a PCR test taken before their departure and upon their arrival in Japan and will also need to submit a detailed itinerary that includes accommodations and places they intend to visit. Visitors are asked to refrain from using public transportation as well.

As of September 28, 2020, Japan has a reported ~82,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://jp.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://www.japan.travel/en/news/JapanSafeTravel/

 

Vietnam
Vietnam has restricted all entry to travelers except for citizens, diplomats, and highly skilled workers, experts, business managers, and others who were approved by the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control. Those traveling for official purposes will be subject to medical examination at the border before entering Vietnam. Starting from July 28 and continuing for at least 15 days, all commercial flights to and from Da Nang are suspended. All travelers are subject to a 14-day quarantine and must fill out a quarantine form prior to arrival. All visa issuances are suspended.

Some tourist attractions have reopened, and there is some good news to report. Domestic tourism within Vietnam is now open again, and Vietnam is in talks with several other countries to created so-called “travel bubbles’ allowing citizens of trusted neighbors to visit. In addition, the government is planning to resume international commercial flights to certain regions.

As of September 28, 2020, Vietnam has a reported ~1,000 total cases.

Resources:
https://vn.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
https://vietnam.travel/things-to-do/information-travellers-novel-coronavirus-vietnam

 

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.

Foreigners are banned except for a few emergency exemptions that must be cleared in advance, and arriving citizens and non-citizens are subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Australian leaders have suggested foreign travel for Australians might not even be possible until 2021.

As of September 28, 2020, Australia has a reported ~27,000 total 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 September 28, 2020, Fiji has a reported 32 total cases.

Resources:
https://fj.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
http://www.health.gov.fj/

 

New Zealand
New Zealand has been praised for its early and tough restrictions that kept cases of coronavirus low in the country. It restricted travel from Wuhan, China, by February 3.

A complete ban on foreigners is now in effect and the border is effectively closed to foreign tourists. From the government website: “The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travelers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The travel ban applies to all arrivals into New Zealand whether it is by air or sea.”

New Zealand and Australia are now allowing flights from their neighbor, and tourism is expected to resume as soon as September.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said of a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, “Both our countries’ strong record on fighting the virus has placed us in the enviable position of being able to plan the next stage in our economic rebuild and to include trans-Tasman travel and engagement in our strategy.

As of September 28, 2020, New Zealand has a reported ~1,800 total 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.

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