It’s not time to dust down the passport just yet – but some countries are gradually beginning to unshackle themselves from lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, as a travel tips website has revealed.
The Points Guy UK has compiled a mammoth guide to the international travel status of countries around the world and reports that ‘while very few countries are open to tourism right now, the good news is that some are providing timelines on when travel might again be possible’.
Below are some of the key global findings
‘Some states are slowly reopening,’ says The Points Guy UK, ‘but most are still not welcoming tourists. In fact, Maine and Hawaii both have strict 14-day quarantine requirements in place for all out-of-state visitors.
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When that will be lifted is not yet clear.
The Points Guy UK explains that some Mexican states, including Quintana Roo — home to the tourist mecca of Cancun — plan on reopening on June 1 and that the country’s president said tourism is among several critical industries that could begin reopening by May 17.
The site adds: ‘A rebound in tourism will depend on the reopening of the region’s air hubs in Cancun, Cozumel and Chetumal, and tourists are advised that enhanced screening and cleaning procedures are in effect.’
‘Nicaragua never really shut down,’ reveals The Points Guy UK. ‘There are still football matches, food festivals and beauty pageants taking place.
There were never any stay-at-home or social-distancing orders here — moves that have drawn criticism from groups like Human Rights Watch.
‘Nicaragua’s borders remain open and local sources have reported that the government is discouraging Nicaraguans — including health workers, airport staff, and policemen — from wearing masks.
‘Costa Rica began easing some coronavirus measures on May 1, allowing theatres, cinemas, hair salons, gyms and athletic centres to reopen under reduced hours and strict sanitary guidelines,’ the site says.
‘This move came after the country’s active infections declined for 11 consecutive days.’
And there are currently no commercial options available to return to the UK from Peru.
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The Points Guy UK adds: ‘The government has not officially imposed any quarantine restrictions and President Jair Bolsonaro denies the need for them, insisting that only the elderly and other high-risk populations should stay home.
‘India announced back in March that it was no longer allowing foreigners into the country,’ says TPG. ‘A suspension of international flights has been lifted, but only for humanitarian or essential travel.
The site adds that although a formal ban on others is not in place, you must have a legitimate need to visit.
The Points Guy UK writes: ‘As of March 25, all non-Hong Kong residents arriving by plane will be denied entry, including into the airport facilities, until further notice.
All non-Hong Kong residents coming from mainland China, Macau and Taiwan will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine after entering Hong Kong, but entry will be denied if the non-Hong Kong resident has travelled to any overseas countries or regions in the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong.
‘Just seven weeks ago,’ the Points Guy UK says, ‘the United States and South Korea had the same number of cases, but as of early May, South Korea had fewer than 300 deaths compared to more than 70,000 in the US.
But a resurgence in cases has now forced it to reimpose severe restrictions.
There is no end date to the restrictions.’
Thailand shut down its borders in late March, the site says.
It adds: ‘A state of emergency is in effect at least through May and analysts don’t expect a rebound in tourism to Thailand until 2021.’
Paradise is pretty much off-limits.
The Points Guy UK writes: ‘Travellers originating from China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Bangladesh, Germany, Spain, France, Malaysia, UK and Sri Lanka are not permitted within the country at this time.’
Fiji is closed to tourism.
The Points Guy UK says: ‘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 said October is probably the earliest they would again allow international travel.
The Points Guy UK says: ‘The United Arab Emirates is beginning to ease some strict lockdown measures, but is still not welcoming tourists and a curfew remains in effect. There are some flights between the UK and Abu Dhabi.
And on Wednesday, May 13, Dubai-based Emirates said it was resuming service to nine international destinations including London, Chicago and Melbourne among other destinations.’ Face masks on Emirates flights are now mandatory.
Although Malta is beginning to reopen, the nation’s tourism department doesn’t recommend immediate near-term bookings, the site says.
TPG says: ‘A national state of emergency is expected to be extended to May 23 and potentially longer.
Tourism remains forbidden.
TPG UK says: ‘Any travellers who are permitted entry (there are strict restrictions) must self-quarantine for 14 days.’
Entry to Germany for tourism is strictly prohibited.
Tourism is off the agenda for the time being, but the country is gradually reopening.
The UK has kept an open-border policy, says TPG UK.
About 15,000 passengers arrive at UK airports each day.
The welcome mat is under lock and key at the moment. TPG UK writes: ‘Lockdown restrictions will only gradually be lifted, and any welcoming of tourists may be for residents of the United Kingdom only at first.
‘Hotels and hostels can open as soon as July 20, but with limited occupancy.
There is currently a full entry ban into the EU in place for non-Europeans, including Americans.
The Points Guy UK writes: ‘Some Europeans are being allowed into the country, but Americans will not be welcomed until at least June 15 and it’s likely to be later.’
Latvia is reopening partially, says TPG UK, and will allow citizens of Estonia and Lithuania to come and go freely across its borders.
Egypt has started to reopen, reports TPG UK. It’s starting by opening its hotels to domestic tourists under the strict condition that they cannot operate at more than 25 per cent capacity until the end of May and can increase to 50 per cent capacity on June 1.
It is not yet clear when normal commercial flights will be permitted to operate again.
The original article, posted earlier this week, can be found here – thepointsguy.
Find more out about the TPG UK story here.