Updating all of you on the latest openings. Besides the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and Croatia, more international countries have now opened up for foreign travelers, which includes US Citizens. Please read the listing summary below and what is required.
U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Albania without showing any test results or being required to quarantine, this follows the return of commercial flights to the country on June 15.
Albania requires masks be worn in shops and supermarkets as well as elevators of buildings. Restaurants and cafes in the country are open.
Brazil reopened its borders to international passengers traveling by air on July 29.
Foreign visitors are not required to quarantine, but those who are coming for up to 90 days do have to show their airline proof they have valid health insurance.
U.S. and other foreign travelers can take advantage of the amazing temples in Cambodia, but it will cost them. The country will require visitors to pay a hefty $3,000 travel deposit before entering to cover any potential coronavirus-related costs.
Travelers who test negative while there will only be on the hook for about $165 for the mandatory test.
Those who do go to Cambodia will also be required to show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than 72 hours before traveling, proof of medical insurance coverage for at least $50,000, as well as undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in an official facility until the results are ready.
If someone on their arriving flight does test positive for the virus, all passengers have to quarantine for 14 days at a location chosen by Cambodian authorities. If all travelers test negative, they have to self-isolate for two weeks at their lodging.
Ecuador opened its borders to commercial flights on June 1. Since Aug. 15 travelers have been allowed to skip the mandatory quarantine if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than ten days before arrival and exhibit no symptoms. Travelers who don’t have a negative test can get one upon arrival and quarantine at a hotel until they receive negative results.
Egypt allowed international tourists and flights to come into its seaside resorts on July 1, including southern Sinai and the Red Sea province. This follows the suspension of international flights in March.
U.S. tourists must secure a visa to visit Egypt and as of Aug. 15, any foreign visitors must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Tourists traveling to some areas -- the Red Sea, South Sinai, and Matrouh -- are exempt.
Tourists must also show proof of health insurance upon arrival.
French Polynesia, known for the crystal clear waters of Tahiti and Bora Bora, reopened its borders for international tourism on July 15, including from the U.S.
Tourists coming to the islands will have to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and show those negative results before boarding a flight. Travelers will also be required to have a travel insurance policy. On the fourth day after arrival, travelers will have to perform a self-sampling surveillance test.
Americans looking to take advantage of the luxury of overwater bungalows need look no further than the Maldives, which reopened to international tourism on July 15. The island nation first reopened its uninhabited islands, followed by inhabited islands on Aug. 1.
Visitors don’t have to pay any additional fees or show negative tested results and those who don’t have any symptoms also won’t have to quarantine themselves. But travelers do need to have a confirmed booking before arrival and submit an online health declaration form within 24 hours before departure.
The country’s Skopje International Airport reopened to international flights on July 1, requiring passengers to disinfect their hands and wear a mask inside the terminal. Screenings with a thermal camera will also be taken.
Travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 120 hours before their flight. Upon arrival, visitors have to quarantine for at least 24 hours in a hotel and undergo a second round of testing. Once they receive a negative result, they can leave quarantine.
Travelers must also fill out a Passenger Locator Form with passport information, travel details, and booking confirmation.
When travelers are ready to leave the country, they must test negative for the virus once again within 120 hours of their scheduled departure.
Rwanda currently has a nightly curfew but has reopened restaurants, hotels, and shops, along with national parks to visitors with a negative COVID-19 test.
The suspension on international flights to Tanzania has been lifted, and travelers are expected to fill out a Health Surveillance Form on the plane.
Turkey started opening some international air, land, and sea borders on June 11. Upon arrival in Istanbul, passengers at the airport undergo a temperature check with a thermal camera. Visitors are not required to show any health documentation to enter or leave the country.
Masks are required to be worn in public areas throughout Turkey, including Istanbul.
United Arab Emirates:
Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, allowed foreign tourists to return to the bustling city starting July 7, requiring visitors to download the city’s COVID-19 DXB app and register. Tourists have to either arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than four days before departure or get tested at the airport upon arrival.
Visitors are also required to have medical travel insurance that covers COVID-19.
The airport will also implement thermal temperature screenings.
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