After two long years that felt like a decade, through strict protocols and health measures, many administrators are starting to regain their ground, slowly reopening tourism to its previous state, now with new normality. This is also good news for vaccinated travelers as policies are loosening up, which makes travel a more comfortable experience.
Reopen to international tourism is the result of restless efforts from global administrators in order to control their country’s covid-19 situation. Countless regulations, restrictions have resulted in a positive outcome as many regions, countries begin to prepare to reopen their tourism/travel gates to international visitors. Here are countries (by region) that have reopened or planning to, as of March 2022.
A modern, peaceful European country, Denmark is the epitome of Scandinavian culture. Currently, vaccinated guests are not needed to take any test, but a verified document will do the part.
The United Kingdom
The UK no longer requires fully vaccinated international travelers to have been tested prior to their arrival or after landing in the country. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine after arriving in England.
From 12 February 2022, there are no requirements for testing, quarantine, or registration upon arrival in Norway.
Iceland has lifted all Covid-19-related restrictions. Additionally, travelers no longer have to provide proof of vaccination or prior infection and there are no restrictions on social gatherings or quarantine requirements for those infected by Covid-19.
It’s common knowledge that the Bahamas are blessed with paradisiacal beaches and alluring waters. Visitors are required to obtain the Bahamas Travel Health Visa.
Mexico is the place to be for lovers of culture, gastronomy, and outdoor activities that had thrived long before the arrival of Columbus. A questionnaire for vaccination and destination traveled is presented for each tourist at their arrival.
The Dominican Republic is now reopen for travelers around the globe. Most travelers (for example, from the United States, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Panama, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Puerto Rico, etc.) do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to enter the Dominican Republic.
Costa Rica does not require arrivals to quarantine or present a COVID-19 vaccine certificate or tests for admission. However, all travelers to the country are required to fill out a health pass within 72 hours of travel.
Visitors entering Seychelles should have a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours or 48 hours (depending on the country of departure) before departure. Another health declaration on their government website seychelles.govtas.com is a must.
Papua New Guinea
International tourists who have been fully vaccinated and received the recommended booster vaccine may now enter Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is, however, mandatory to have had a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to departure and upon arrival, all visitors will be re-tested. Following a negative result, visitors will be able to continue their journey within PNG.
Australia has rolled out a red-carpet welcome to British travelers as the country reopens its borders for the first time in nearly two years. Australians and some others were allowed to return late last year, but most foreigners have had to wait.
After more than two years, New Zealand will reopen its borders to Australians starting April 12, and to international tourists from visa-waiver countries from May 1, the government announced on Wednesday, March 16. Arrivals from Australia will be able to enter without having to quarantine. Two and a half weeks later, vaccinated tourists from visa-waiver countries and those with valid visitor visas will also be able to enter quarantine-free.
The Maldives has ambitious plans of reopening by vaccinating visitors once they get to the location. Travelers need to complete a Traveller Health Declaration within 24 hours.
Fully vaccinated inbound travelers no longer need to take a PCR test before boarding their flight. They are, however, still required to show an official Covid-19 vaccination certificate with a readable QR code upon arrival.
Malaysia will reopen its borders to international travelers from April 1st. Under the new rules, fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine on arrival, provided they take a PCR test two days before departure and a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
Hong Kong has begun the process of reopening its borders in response to growing demands from the business community. A ban on flights from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and the Philippines will end on April 1st. At the same time, hotel quarantine for arrivals from those destinations will be cut to seven days from 14.