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 has opened its borders to travelers arriving from the Schengen Area, the UK, 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 a 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.

As of December 1, 2020, Austria has a reported 61,946 active cases.





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 December 1, 2020, Belgium has a reported 557,987 active cases.





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

“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.

As of December 1, 2020, Croatia has a reported 23,573 active cases.




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-labeled 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-labeled 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 a medium risk, meaning they must provide a recent Covid-19 test.

As of December 1, 2020, the Czech Republic has a reported 68,268 active cases.





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 December 1, 2020, Estonia has a reported 4,615 active cases.




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, Czech, 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 on 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 the arrival.

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

As of December 1, 2020, Finland has a reported 7,114 active cases.






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.

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 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 December 1, 2020, France has a reported 2,017,326 active cases.






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 December 1, 2020, Germany has a reported 317,709 active cases.





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.


As of December 1, 2020, Greece has a reported 77,737 active cases.





Hungary has restricted 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 December 1, 2020, Hungary has a reported 146,171 active cases.





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 December 1, 2020, Iceland has 193 active cases.





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 December 1, 2020, Ireland has a reported 46,528 active cases.




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. At this time, Americans are not allowed into Italy for tourism, but only for work, study, or absolute urgency and are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

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

As of December 1, 2020, Italy has a reported 789,308 active cases.





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 December 1, 2020, Latvia has a reported 14,649 active cases.





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 populations in the last 14 calendar days. Those arriving from countries with a rate of 16-25/100,000 populations 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 a 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 December 1, 2020, Lithuania has a reported 43,674 active cases.





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.

As of December 1, 2020, the Netherlands has a reported 505,347 active cases.





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 the 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 December 1, 2020, Poland has a reported 418,574 active cases.





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, the 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 December 1, 2020, Spain has a reported 1,433,164 active cases.





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 December 1, 2020, Switzerland has a reported 91,569 active cases.




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.

From November 5 to December 2, National restrictions in England are in effect. Traveling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education.


From November 20, Scotland restricted cross-border travels within the UK, only essential travels—which include 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.

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 December 1, 2020, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands) has a reported 1,547,340 active cases.






Morocco’s borders are open only to returning Moroccan residents and citizens (tourists, students or residents stranded abroad), foreign nationals who are visa-exempt if they have a hotel reservation confirmation or an invitation from a Moroccan company. Travelers must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to travel and completed a health form. Flights to Morocco are suspended at the time.

Foreign nationals conducting official government business or those with an invitation from a Moroccan company can enter the country, if they can present a copy of their invitation letter. This letter must be sealed by the company and signed by a manager with all the relevant information concerning the traveler included (passport number, the purpose of visit, accommodation details).

As of December 1, 2020, Morocco has a reported 45,375 active cases.





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 and are subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival.

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 December 1, 2020, Namibia has a reported 723 active cases.




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 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 without a valid medical certificate with negative COVID-19 PCR test results are subject to quarantine at a government-appointed facility, at their own expense.


As of December 1, 2020, South Africa has a reported 40,353 active cases.




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 December 1, 2020, Costa Rica has a reported 50,412 active cases.





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 December 1, 2020, Cambodia has a reported 14 active cases.





China has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals except Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passport holders. 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 in 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 December 1, 2020, China has a reported 970 active cases.





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.

Japan has restricted the entry of travelers who have been in or transited through the United States. Nationals of Japan, their spouses and children who can present proof, travelers with Special Permanent Residence Permits with re-entry permits from a regional immigration officer, and US military personnel may still enter the country.

As of December 1, 2020, Japan has a reported 23,312 active cases.





Vietnam has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals.

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 a 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. Citizens of Italy, South Korea, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and passengers with a British passport are no longer visa-exempt. Travelers with a Certificate of Visa Exemption issued by Vietnam residing in China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Norway, Spain, Sweden, or the United Kingdom are no longer visa-exempt. Citizens of Belarus, Japan, and Russia with a normal passport or Certificate of Visa Exemption are no longer visa-exempt.

As of December 1, 2020, Vietnam has a reported 127 active cases.





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.

Foreign nationals may transit through Australia if the connecting flight is within 72 hours of the arriving flight. They must either have a transit visa or be nationals of a visa-exempt country.

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

As of December 1, 2020, Australia has a reported 1,397 active cases.





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 December 1, 2020, Fiji has reported less than 10 active cases.




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 December 1, 2020, New Zealand has a reported 69 active cases.






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


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