So you want to travel but you don’t know which countries reopen borders to tourists? Here is a comprehensive list of who can visit where, when, and what entry requirements / restrictions foreign travelers should expect. All dates and details are pulled from local governments / reputable news sources. This COVID-19 travel guide will be regularly updated as the situation evolves.
Feel free to share any local updates from your region (preferably with relevant links) by commenting or tweeting me @the_HoliDaze
- EU now open to citizens of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.
Countries are listed alphabetically by region beginning with Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, the first to reopen for leisure tourism. African nations will be added as information becomes available. The Americas are largely still off-limits.
It is up to you to decide if it is safe to travel. The purpose of this guide is solely to provide information on when and where tourism is possible, as well as what restrictions, requirements and barriers to entry you should expect. I sure as hell wouldn’t recommend visiting the USA or Brazil anytime soon, but when those countries decide to reopen the information will be posted here.
* = entry restrictions applying to select nationalities only.
Isolation = hotels / homes; Quarantine = government facility.
TBA = To Be Announced
Benin Partially open — arrival by air only
Nationalities: All via air (land borders still closed).
Requirements: Mandatory COVID-19 testing ($165 USD) plus self-isolation for 48 hours while awaiting results. Positive coronavirus test results require a mandatory 14-day quarantine — travelers will be tested again after 15 days (for another $165, of course).
More information here: Gouvernement de la République du Bénin
Egypt Partially open
Nationalities: Constantly changing; check with the embassy.
Requirements: Travelers from countries with high rates of coronavirus infections need to be tested before coming to Egypt.
Foreign tourism is gradually resuming and currently limited to select destinations only. Tourist groups are limited to 25 people and hotels are limited to 50% capacity. Source: DW
The official date to reopen its borders is yet to be determined, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Source: Morocco World News
Rwanda OPEN — charter flights only
Nationalities: All. Charter flight only; land borders remain closed.
Requirements: Negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arriving in the country plus a second test before visiting any tourist attraction.
To encourage people to visit, special offers and discounted rates have been negotiated by Rwanda’s Development Board (RDB) and the private sector.
For example, popular tourist activities like Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda has been supplemented with discounted promotions making it more affordable than in previous years. Permits are still $1,500 USD (around R26,000) for international tourists but now they come with perks.
“Tour operators and hotel rates offer a 15% discount on each permit purchased, which includes one night’s accommodation and tourism activity,” the Board said. Source: RDB
Seychelles Partially open — private planes only
Nationalities: Low-risk countries. Private aircraft only.
Requirements: Negative COVID-19 submitted to the country’s health department prior to departing on their private plane for Seychelles. Travelers must also have hotel/resort accommodations and won’t be allowed to leave their resort to travel between islands.
Source: The National
South Africa CLOSED
There were rumors of South Africa reopening in September back in early June but the recent covid-19 surge is probably going to cause that reopening estimate to be extended.
As of June 1, South Africa entered alert level 3 on a five-level scale, with five referring to maximum alert/lockdown. There are no dates yet for when level 2 (when domestic leisure travel will resume) and level 1 (when restricted international travel can start) will be implemented. Source: Afar
Requirements: Negative COVID-19 test before arriving.
Aruba Mostly open
Nationalities: All Caribbean nations (except the Dominican Republic and Haiti) plus Canada and Europe.
Visitors from Canada, Europe and the Caribbean starting July 1. Tourists from the USA starting July 10th. Official opening dates for other markets like South and Central America “have yet to be determined,” officials said. Source: Caribbean Journal
Nationalities: All arriving via private boat or private aircraft. Borders reopened to commercial flights on July 1.
Requirements: Incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test upon arrival, no more than 10 days old. Additionally, all travelers will be required to fill out an “electronic health visa.”
Source: Caribbean Journal
Barbados Opens July 12
Requirements: A negative COVID-19 test.
Requirements: A certified negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure.
International commercial air service for visitors resumed on July 1. Source: Travel Pulse
Cuba Partially opens in late August
Allowing Cubans to travel domestically before welcoming international tourism in phase two, however Havana will be off-limits. Source: Time Out
Dominican Republic OPEN
Requirements: Negative COVID-19 test.
The entire country of the Dominican Republic opened up for international tourism on July 1. Source: Caribbean Journal
Jamaica OPEN — if you pass the online test
Requirements: You must pass Jamaica’s online travel authorization test.
Source: Visit Jamaica
Puerto Rico Opens July 15
Requirements: Negative COVID-19 test, obviously.
Puerto Rico will officially reopen to all international travelers on July 15. Although there are currently no restrictions on which nationalities can enter Puerto Rico once the island reopens, the tourism board has announced a series of rules and regulations to keep everyone safe.
St. Lucia OPEN*
Requirements: Tourists must present “certified proof” of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight.
Details of the second phase of the island’s reopening, which is to begin on August 1, will be announced in the coming weeks. Source: StLucia.org
Turks And Caicos Opens July 22
Nationalities: Canada, Europe, and the US starting July 22, as well as all private jet owners.
Source: Caribbean Journal
Nationalities: Only citizens and residents, as well as family of Armenian citizens
Requirements: 14-day self-quarantine.
On June 12, 2020, the Armenia State of Emergency was extended for an additional 30 days, through July 13, 2020. Source: NCDC.am
Domestic travel restrictions will begin easing after July 5th. Source: GOV.az
Georgia Opens July 31
Georgia wants to be one of the first countries to open up to international tourists, however they are still in the process of setting up safe travel corridors. Certain countries that were initially proposed, like Israel, have since been postponed due to their increased coronavirus numbers. The government is closely monitoring which flights and nationalities will be allowed in. Source: Agenda.ge
EUROPE & SCANDINAVIA
Nationalities: EU residents since June 15.
Requirements: Passengers must pass through a “disinfection tunnel” and undergo a temperature check. Anyone over 37.5°C “shall be interviewed by the company doctor.”
More information here: Tirana Airport
Austria OPEN* with medical certificate
Nationalities: Most EU and Schengen countries since June 16.
Requirements: Medical certificate proving a negative COVID-19 test no more than four days old. Additionally, travelers from the UK, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal must also self-isolate.
Entry by air is prohibited to citizens coming from countries outside the Schengen Area.
Nationalities: EU, UK and the four other Schengen countries — Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.
Non-essential travel to and from outside the EU and Schengen countries remains prohibited until July 1.
Bosnia and Herzegovina Partially open*
Nationalities: Only open to citizens of neighboring Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Nationalities: EU, UK and numerous other countries listed on the government web site.
Requirements: Tourists from Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, the UK, and any third nation must self-isolate for 14 days.
Tourists must acknowledge the have been informed of the country’s anti-epidemic measures and with risks associated with COVID-19 to health inspector at the border.
Nationalities: All EU and UK citizens on June 15.
Requirements: Accommodation reservation in advance.
Cyprus OPEN* — requirements based on risk
Nationalities: Most EU and Schengen countries on June 9.
Requirements: Authorities have created two lists of countries:
Travelers from Category A countries — Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland — face no restrictions.
Those from Category B nations — Israel, Poland, and Romania —must present a health certificate no older than three days.
Czech Republic OPEN* — requirements based on risk
Nationalities: EU and UK citizens on June 15.
Requirements: EU countries have been divided into colored groups depending on risk: green, orange, and red.
Travelers from green countries — Eastern and Baltic states, Finland and Norway — are able to travel to and from the country without any requirements.
Those from the yellow group — which includes France, Italy, and Spain — must have a valid health certificate to enter.
Visitors from the high-risk red group — Sweden and the UK — are still required to quarantine, even with a health certificate.
Denmark Partially open*
Nationalities: Germany, Iceland and Norway since June 15.
Requirements: Must show documentation of a valid booking on arrival.
The Danish Government will reopen the borders to Denmark for further countries on 27 June, based on a set of health measures and analysis. It will announce which countries meet its criteria for safe travel on Thursday June 25. Source: Visit Denmark
Nationalities: Travelers from EU, the Schengen area, and the UK since June 1.
Requirements: Those coming from countries with a high infection rate will have to self-isolate for two weeks.
Finland Partially open
Nationalities: Tourists from Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway since June 15.
Requirements: None for citizens from the countries listed above. 14-day self-isolation recommended for all others.
Entry restrictions (excluding transit) to Finland for tourists from countries outside the EU remain in place until at least until July 14. Source: Visit Finland
Nationalities: EU member states as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican since June 15.
Requirements: None for the nations listed above but passengers from Spain and the UK are asked to submit to a voluntary quarantine, “in reciprocity” to current regulations in place in both countries, France’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has explained.
President Emmanuel Macron has announced that international borders with countries outside the EU “where the epidemic has been controlled” will reopen on July 1.
Germany OPEN* with 14-day isolation
Nationalities: EU, UK and the four other Schengen countries — Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.
Requirements: Self isolation for 14 days.
Non-essential travel to and from outside the EU and Schengen countries remains prohibited until July 1.
More information here: Federal Foreign Office
Greece OPEN* — Phase 3 starts July 1
Nationalities: EU citizens since June 15.
Requirements: Mandatory COVID-19 testing for travelers from select airports. No mandatory testing or quarantine for tourists from the following 29 countries starting on July 1: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, and Switzerland.
Phase 3 of Greece’s tiered reopening is expected to start on July 1. International flights will be allowed into all airports in Greece however travelers will be subject to random COVID-19 testing upon arrival. “Additional restrictions regarding certain countries will be announced at a later date”, the Foreign Ministry says.
Hungary Partially open
Nationalities: Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Serbia on June 12.
Iceland OPEN* — COVID-19 test costs €100
Nationalities: EU and UK travelers on June 15.
Requirements: Tourists are tested upon arrival. A few hours later, they get the result on their phone, after downloading a tracking app. The test, although currently free, will cost 15,000 Icelandic Krona (€100) starting July 1. Iceland does not accept test results or health notices from other countries.
Ireland OPEN* with 14-day isolation
Requirements: Anyone coming into Ireland — except from Northern Ireland — must self-isolate for 14 days, upon arrival, including Irish residents. They must also complete a passenger locator form.
Nationalities: EU, UK, Schengen area plus Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City citizens on June 3.
Requirements: None — unless travelers have been to any other country than the above in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Italy.
Nationalities: EU and EEA countries, as well as Switzerland, since June 3.
Requirements: None if the country they traveled from has a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases not exceeding 15 per 100,000 population.
Flights to and from European countries where the number of cases per 100,000 within the last 14-day cumulative period is between 15 and 25 have also resumed.
More information here: GOV.lv
Nationalities: EU, EEA, Switzerland and the UK provided the incidence of COVID-19 in travelers’ home country does not exceed 25 cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days.
More information here: koronastop.lrv.lt
Nationalities: All European nations on May 15.
More information here: government.lu
Nationalities: Travelers from Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.
Requirements: Travelers have to sign a declaration that they have spent the past 30 days in a country on the “safe list.”
More information here: VisitMalta.com
Although the country is still closed, people whose yachts are permanently berthed in Port Hercule are now allowed to move freely through the country’s waters. Source: Monaco Tribune
Nationalities: The Montenegro government is keeping an up to date list of countries where people are allowed to enter from.
Requirements: No quarantine if coming from a country with a rate of transmission less than 25 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Netherlands Partially open*
Nationalities: Citizens of the EU, Schengen area and the UK, plus tourists from Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.
Requirements: “Responsible travelers” only. Accommodation reservations required. Travelers from any country not listed above must self-quarantine for 14 days.
More information here: government.nl
Nationalities: Denmark, Iceland, and Finland on June 15.
Requirements: 10-day quarantine.
The government will decide by July 20 whether travelers from other nearby countries can visit but the ministry of foreign affairs is, for now, advising against all non-essential international travel into the country until August 20. Source: Helsenorge.no
Nationalities: EU citizens on June 13.
More information here: GOV.pl
Nationalities: Citizens of EU countries and Schengen area plus passengers on flights from Brazil, Canada, South Africa, the UK, the US, Venezuela, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
Requirements: Quarantine required in The Azores and Madeiras island.
More information here: GOV.pt
Romania OPEN with 14-day isolation for tourists from outside EU / Schengen
Nationalities: People coming from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland can go in without the need to quarantine.
Requirements: Tourists coming from EU / EEA / Schengen countries not listed above must still self-isolate for 14 days.
No tourists allowed from outside the EU / EEA / Schengen area are allowed to visit yet. Source: Politia de Frontiera
Russia Partially opens July 15
Nationalities: Land borders opened for neighboring countries on June 8.
Russia plans to resume international air travel on July 15. Initially tourism will be limited to/from 15 countries — including China, South Korea, Turkey and European countries where the coronavirus crisis has eased — however this resumption would be contingent on the destination countries agreeing to accept flights from Russia. Source: The Moscow Times
Requirements: None (?)
Nationalities: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovenia, and Switzerland on June 10.
Requirements: Mandatory 14-day quarantine unless they test negative upon arrival.
More information here: MZV.sk
Slovenia OPEN with 14-day quarantine for tourists from select high-risk countries
Nationalities: Most nationalities.
Requirements: Anyone entering from a country with high levels of COVID-19 will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Regardless of citizenship or residence, a 14-day quarantine is imposed on all persons coming from the countries listed below, or those with permanent or temporary residence in these countries:
Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Gibraltar, Iran, Kuwait, Maldives, Moldova, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Qatar, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, UAE, UK, and USA.
Spain Partially open
Nationalities: EU, Schengen area countries and the UK on June 21 — except Portugal, scheduled for July 1.
Requirements: No quarantines will be imposed on travelers arriving after June 21.
While there’s been little mention of opening borders to travelers beyond the EU, it’s thought Spain is hoping to follow the lead of destinations such as Lithuania and the Czech Republic by establishing safe corridors, or a “travel bubble,” with nearby destinations that have managed to keep the outbreak under control.
More information here: Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo
Nationalities: EU citizens and select other nationalities.
Border restrictions only apply to non-essential travel from countries outside the EU / EEA, except the UK and Switzerland. This restriction came into effect on March 19 and has been extended until June 30.
More information here: Polisen.se
Nationalities: EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and the UK since June 15.
Requirements: None, however visitors must comply with the government’s hygiene and social distancing rules.
Air passengers from abroad are currently only able to enter the country through the airports at Zurich, Geneva and Basel.
More information here: State Secretariat for Migration
United Kingdom OPEN with 14-day isolation
Nationalities: All nations.
Requirements: 14-day quarantine — except for people traveling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Upon arrival, those who are required to self-isolate need to provide their journey and contact details. The government says these measures will be reviewed every three weeks.
More information here: GOV.uk
Israel Partially opens August 1
Nationalities: Greece starting August 1.
Source: Travel Daily Media
Lebanon will re-open Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport for commercial flights beginning July 1, but will keep air traffic at 10% of capacity from a year ago, according to the prime minister’s office. Source: Reuters
Nationalities: All — except Iran.
Requirements: Health check upon arrival.
United Arab Emirates CLOSED
UAE airports are open for connecting flights, however entry into the Emirates is strictly forbidden.
SOUTH / SOUTHEAST ASIA
Cambodia OPEN* with $3000 deposit upon arrival
Nationalities: France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain and the US since May 20.
Requirements: All visitors need to pay a $3,000 USD deposit to cover any corona-related costs they might rack up while on holiday (payable via cash or card) plus proof of valid health insurance valued at a minimum of $50,000 to cover any additional costs. A COVID-19 test will be conducted upon arrival at a cost of $165, to be deducted from your $3,000 deposit.
This fee include $100 for the test itself, $5 for transport to the testing center, and $60 for three meals and a night in a hotel while you wait 24 hours for the results.
If just one person on a flight tests positive, all other passengers will have to quarantine for 14 days at a cost of $1,280 per person to cover accommodation, meals, laundry and medical services.
For foreigners who tests positive, each night spent in hospital is $330. And if you happen to die from COVID-19 while in Cambodia, guess what? The government is going to charge you an additional $1,500 to cremate your body. For all the potential fees, take a look at the embassy’s comprehensive list of fees and treatment costs visitors may incur.
The Indonesian island hopes to welcome tourists back to Bali by October, provided its infection rates stay low. “Travel bubbles” with countries like Australia are likely to be the first. Source: afr.com
Laos CLOSED until after COVID-19
Once the coronavirus outbreak has been controlled across the world, normal visa policy will resume. Source: Visit Laos
Malaysia could partially reopen borders to tourists from select countries in July / August. The government has begun discussions with six “green” (low-risk) countries — Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. Source: The Star
However, any sort of agreement between Malaysia and those countries must be “mutual and reciprocal” — and a couple of those are unlikely to reciprocate, primarily Australia.
Maldives Opens in July
“We are planning to reopen our borders for visitors in July, 2020” according to the Ministry of Tourism. “We also want to assure our guests that they will not be charged any additional fees to enter the Maldives.” Source: CNN
South Korea OPEN*
Requirements: Mandatory COVID-19 testing upon arrival plus potential 14-day quarantine, depending upon nationality.
Nationalities: Australia, Brunei, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Requirements: Mandatory COVID-19 test (cost: $200 AUD). Essential travelers from the above countries need a SafeTravel Pass to be exempt from the SHN (Stay Home Notice).
A 14-day stay at a dedicated SHN facility costs $2,000 AUD. More information here: GOV.sg
Sri Lanka Opens August 1
Beginning with small groups of tourists. Source: Reuters
International flights reopened to business travelers starting July 1 but remains closed to tourists. The country is planned to reopen select “travel bubbles” with low-risk nations, possibly early as August, but only to select nationalities. Initially tourists will be restricted to five specific destinations predetermined by the Thai government — Phuket, Koh Phi Phi in Krabi, and Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao in Surat Thani.
The rest of the country will be inaccessible to foreign travelers and those with connecting flights in Bangkok will not be allowed to leave the airport. If this model proves successful in August, Thailand can expand tourism destinations available for international tourists to other provinces. Source: Bangkok Post
Nationalities: TBA — countries that have had no cases of coronavirus for 30 days.
E-visas to citizens of 80 countries resumed on July 1 under Resolution No. 79/NQ-CP. Details on the list of countries can be accessed here. Priority countries include Cambodia, Japan, and South Korea. Source: Reuters
Australia CLOSED until 2021
Australia’s Tourism Minister is warning the nation’s border is likely to stay closed until next year. Source: RNZ
French Polynesia Opens July 15
Nationalities: Europe and the US, possibly others TBA.
The country will begin opening up on July 3 when its citizens will be allowed to return and quarantine restrictions on arrivals will also be eased. From July 15, it will once again accept international tourism from its main markets in Europe and the United States. Source: Rappler
New Zealand CLOSED
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I feel you friend. It’s a shame because I was going to try out Thailand and stop in on you and other friends I have there. I also was interested in Vietnam, but I’m not sure now. Sadly it appears that Latin America is about my only option, after I get my passport renewed! Hope you are healthy.
Was really looking forward to crossing paths with you again later this year, Mike, such a shame the way things have spiraled out of control. I am doing okay — at least, as good as possible given everything — and hope you are staying safe and sane as well. And hey, look at the positive side: since only a handful of countries are accepting the US passport right now, the odds have increased that we will end up in the same one at the same time 😂