Countries opening up for Tourism &Travel – COVID 19 Travel Alert 2021.

Welcome to the 2adventurous Nomad Covid-19/Coronavirus travel updates we aim to give up to date travel advise on which countries are open to tourism during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

As you might imagine one of the most frequent questions we are getting asked right now is which countries have open borders and where can I travel to during corona virus?

While the COVID-19 pandemic still refuses to die down in many parts of the world, there are an increasing number of countries that are now open, or opening to tourism.

Please note this page will be continuously updated with border closures and openings, but we also recommend doing your own independent research, as well as checking with your own government regulations on travel.

Which countries can I travel to now? We have compiled the following list of countries that are currently open to tourism and Travel . We have listed the requirements for each country.

Africa Travel – Coronavirus travel updates

  • Burkina Faso – Is Burkina Faso open to tourism? Yes it is. A negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before landing is necessary. Land borders remain closed to tourism. Now is a great time to visit this West African nation.
  • Mali – Is Mali open to tourism? Mali is open to tourism and independent travel. We can organize independent tours starting now. Unfortunately, due to the threat of violence in Dogon Country, it is completely closed off to tourism.
  • Mauritania – Is Mauritania open to tourism? Mauritania is fully open to travel. A negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival has to be presented and
  • Somaliland – Is Somaliland open to tourism? The unrecognized country of Somaliland is now fully open to tourism. Visitors need a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival. We are currently arranging independent tours to Somaliland.
  • South Sudan – Is South Sudan open to tourists? South Sudan is currently open to tourism. If you hadn’t heard, this is the newest country in the world and is now safe to visit. We are currently arranging independent tours to South Sudan inclusive of visa.
  • Sudan – Is Sudan open to tourism? Sudan is currently open to tourism
  • Tanzania – Is Tanzania open for tourism? Yes , generally Tanzania has been one of the Covid-19 sceptic since the outbreak back in 2020 so it openly never closed its borders and everything is normal there .. For many who love visiting islands, Zanzibar is widely open and ready to receive tourists at any day .

  • Kenya – Is Kenya open for tourism? Partially yes, Kenya is one of the few countries on African continent and the all world at large that have fought hard to combat the spread of Covid-19 through their borders by imposing strict measures like curfews, regional lockdown until current. Amidst all of this,Travel and Tourism is back in Kenya but still on a low passe compared to the past normal . A traveler will need a pcr test certificate to enter its borders.

Asia Travel – Coronavirus travel updates

  • China – Is China open to tourism? No it is not. China are currently not issuing any tourist visas. However we can arrange independent travel for people based in Mainland China.
  • Nepal – Is Nepal open to tourism? Nepal recently reopened its borders to tourists. YPT can organise Himalayan treks and Maoist Civil War adventures in this truly beautiful country. Negative COVID test within 48 hours is required on arrival.
  • Sri Lanka – Is Sri Lanka open to tourism? Yes it is, somewhat. At the moment there are a list of approved hotels and tourist sites, travellers must stay in an approved hotel and can only visit approved sites. Negative covid test is required on arrival and another test will be given on arrival to allow travel to approved sites. After 14 days in the country and no positive test you are then free to travel around and stay where you like. We can arrange indepenent tours to Sri Lanka.

Central Asia – Corona virus travel updates

  • Afghanistan – Is Afghanistan open for tourism? Afghanistan is open for business “as usual”, or as close to it as is possible. Afghanistan requires no quarantine or COVID tests on arrival, however you will need a COVID test to leave the country. We can arrange independent tours of Afghanistan as well as the Covid test to leave the country.
  • Kyrgyzstan – Is Kyrgyzstan open for tourism? Yes it is. All foreign nationals arriving at Osh International Airport or Manas International Airport must have a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours before your arrival or can opt for a PCR test at the airport. Land borders are not yet open for Kyrgyzstan.
  • Pakistan – Is Pakistan open for tourism? It is now possible to visit Pakistan, however most people will need to produce a negative PCR test on arrival. There are a few countries exempt from the test requirements. However, anyone who arrives with symptoms will then need to take a test and if found positive will have to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Tajikistan – Is Tajikistan open for tourism? It is possible for some people to travel to Tajikistan for tourism now, depending on which country you are from and where you’ve recently been. However, there is a 14 day quarantine program in place for most people.
  • Uzbekistan – Is Uzbekistan open for tourism? Anyone can now visit Uzbekistan, but with some restrictions. Depending on where you’re coming from you may need to have a negative PCR test before arriving. If you test positive on arrival you’ll need to self-fund a 14 day quarantine for $3200USD. Click here for more details.

Caribbean countries that have opened up .

Dreaming on an island vacation in 2021? It might actually be in the cards this winter, if you’re willing to read through the fine print.

  • Cuba – Cuba is open for tourism for travelers from any country. However, as of mid-January 2020 there are some severe restrictions, including prohibition on travel between provinces and restaurants being allowed to serve only take-away customers. Tourist travelers will be given a PCR test on arrival in Cuba and are required to self-isolate until a negative result is received – typically around 48 hours, though it can be longer, especially for weekend arrivals. Additionally, all travelers to Cuba will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate from their country of origin, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Cuba.

Haiti: A health declaration form must be completed in-flight and presented to immigration authorities upon arrival. Temperature screenings are mandatory upon arrival. 

Jamaica: Travelers will need a negative test taken within ten days departure (children under 12 are exempt) and a completed travel authorization form. On the island, tourists can stay in a “resilient corridor” where they can leave the resort to visit certified tourist attractions.

Aruba: Aruba currently allows visitors from Bonaire and Curaçao. Tourism from other Caribbean nations (except the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada will begin on July 1. United States tourism will begin on July 10. 

Bahamas: Travelers who wish to skip the island’s mandatory quarantine must test negative for COVID-19 within five days of departure and apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa which requires you to opt-in to mandatory Covid health insurance. A second, rapid antigen test must also be taken on day five of the visit. Children 10 years old and younger do not need to be tested prior to arrival.

Barbados: Visitors from high-risk countries such as the U.S. are required to take a COVID-19 test three days before arrival, upload the negative result online before departure, and bring it to the airport. Travelers will then have to quarantine at their hotel for two days and be retested four to five days after the first test.  

Anguilla: The Caribbean island is open to pre-approved tourists from certain countries. It requires prospective travelers to apply in advance and submit a negative test before arriving. Once on the island, visitors must remain in an approved location for at least 10 days.

Antigua and Barbuda: Visitors 12 years old and older are required to arrive with a negative test from within seven days of their flight. All travelers will be monitored for Covid symptoms for up to 14 days.  

St Kitts and Nevis: Visitors must fill out an entry form online, download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing app, and present a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine at an approved hotel, but will be able to move around the hotel’s property and participate in hotel activities. On the seventh day, visitors will get re-tested and, if they test negative, can book excursions through the hotel.

St. Lucia: If visiting St. Lucia, you will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of arrival and complete a pre-arrival registration form. Visitors must also have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation for the duration of their stay.

Saint Marteen: Be prepared to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 120 hours of your arrival and fill out an online immigration card prior to travel. 

Bermuda: To travel to Bermuda, visitors must show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than five days before departure (children nine and younger are exempt) as well as fill out a travel authorization form online and pay a $75 fee (children nine and younger are $30). Travelers will also be tested at the airport and have to quarantine at their accommodation until the results are ready, which typically takes about a day. Visitors will then be tested every few days while on the island and be required to take their temperature twice each day and report it online.

British Virgin Islands: Travelers must register online at least 48 hours before departure, submit a negative test taken within three days of departure and have medical insurance that covers Covid to obtain a Traveler Authorization Certificate. Upon arrival, visitors will undergo another test and must download a contact tracing app before using approved transportation to get to approved accommodations to quarantine for four days. And the end of quarantine, visitors will take another test, and if negative, be allowed to visit select locations. A fee of $175 is required to cover the two tests, a contact tracing bracelet and the app. 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Travelers will have to complete a pre-arrival form online, present a negative test taken within five days of arrival, and take another test upon arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine for five days in an approved hotel and be retested between day four and five of quarantine.  

Puerto Rico:  A negative test, taken 72 hours prior to arriving, and a travel declaration form are required for entry after which visitors will receive an Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR code. 

St Barts: Upon arrival, visitors will have to show proof of a negative test that was taken within 72 hours of departure as as well as a sworn statement you haven’t had symptoms of the virus or been in contact with someone with a confirmed case (children under age 11 are exempt). Travelers who stay longer than seven days will be required to take a second test on the eighth day.

Eastern Europe Travel – Corona virus travel updates

  • Albania – Is Albania open for travel during COVID-19? Albania is open for travel, it’s one of the few European countries operating with minimal restrictions. Commercial airlines are operating from Tirana. Public transport and taxis are operating as normal. There is the addition of a 22:00 curfew each evening.
  • Armenia: Is Albania open to tourism? Yes it is. Foreign travelers are now allowed to enter Armenia but will need a negative Covid test within 72 hours of entry. Alternatively you can get a test on arrival and isolate until you get the results.
  • Belarus – Can you travel to Belarus during COVID? Belarus is one of the few countries where COVID-19 restrictions are almost non-existent. Do keep in mind that whilst passing through immigration not to present yourself as a journalist as they are turning away anyone who will potentially report on the political events regarding their recent election. Visa-free entry still stands for most nationalities. Some might say this is the perfect time to visit. You can visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Belarus.
  • Bulgaria – Although currently under a mild lockdown, Bulgaria is open to travelers holding a negative PCR certificate taken within 72 hours of arrival. We are currently running private tours to Bulgaria, but restaurants and bars are closed until the 1st of March. Takeaway services are offered instead.
  • Croatia – Can you travel to Croatia during corona virus? If you are an EU citizen, then yes! The Balkan country of Croatia reopened on the 9th of May 2020. Travelers from within the EU and EEA (except the UK) are allowed in.
  • Moldova – Is Moldova open for travel during COVID-19? For citizens of certain countries, Moldova is open for travel during Corona virus. Foreigners coming from ‘red zone’ countries face restrictions on entering Moldova. However, for foreigners coming from countries with less than 50 cases of corona virus infection per 100,000 people, the country is open for travel. The separatist territory of Transnistria, however, is not open.
  • Poland – Is Poland open for travel during COVID-19? Poland is open to travelers from EU countries and the Schengen area provided the country is not suffering from a high amount of Corona virus cases such as the UK. Additionally, visitors from Canada, Georgia, Japan, and South Korea are also allowed to visit Poland. We currently run regular private tours to Poland, for a sample itinerary check out our tour.
  • The Baltics – Can you travel to Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia during corona virus? Again, you can if you’re from the EU or some select other countries around the world. All three countries are open to citizens from EU, Schengen-area nations, and a few select other countries. However, tourists coming from countries with high transmission rates, such as the UK, will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. We are currently running private tours to the Baltics, for a sample itinerary you can check out our Soviet Baltic itinerary.
  • Ukraine – Is Ukraine open for travel during COVID-19? Partially. Ukraine is open to travel but currently enforcing entry measures at borders. Upon arrival, all foreign nationals will be required to provide proof of valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 observation and treatment for the duration of their stay. Whether you have to self-isolate on arrival depends on whether your journey involved travel from or through “red” or “green” zone countries. The final decision on a person’s eligibility to enter Ukraine rests with the Ukrainian State Border Service. The entry requirement policies of foreign governments are imposed and enforced at their discretion. For independent tours to the country.

Countries that have opened up in Middle East.

  • Iraqi Kurdistan – Is Iraqi Kurdistan open to tourism? Iraqi Kurdistan is open to travel during corona virus. Unlike Southern Iraq, Kurdistan is visa-free for most nationalities, has not been affected badly by COVID 19, as well as being politically stable. If you have not been here yet, it is a must-see destination both as an unrecognized country and a highly fascinating part of the Middle East.

COUNTRIES ALLOWING TOURISTS WITH A COVID-19 VACCINE.

Which countries are allowing tourists who have had the coronavirus vaccine to enter? As the vaccine starts to roll out a few countries are starting to announce changes to their inbound travel policies. The list s currently quite few, with most nations concentrating more on prevention rather than cure. We do expect more countries to join the list as time goes on.

  • Cyprus – Will Cyprus allow tourists who have been vaccinated against corona virus? Not yet. The country were the first to announce the new measures back in December. It is planned to be in place by March. We can arrange independent tours to North and South Cyprus.
  • The EU – Will the EU allow tourists who have been vaccinated against corona virus? As stated from Romania opening, there is no standard EU format yet. There are a lot of discussions about making a common “health book”. This will mean those who have been vaccinated will be able to travel throughout the EU.
  • Iceland – Will Iceland allow tourists who have been vaccinated against corona virus? Not yet. The country have announced plans to waive quarantine requirements for those who have already received the vaccine, as well as those who have had the virus. There is no set date on when this will be implemented. This will also hopefully result in a resumption of cruises to Greenland.
  • Romania – Will Romania allow tourists who have been vaccinated against corona virus? Romania was one of the first countries to announce they would let in people who received the vaccine.
  • Seychelles – Will Seychelles allow tourists who have been vaccinated against corona virus? Yes, they will. Tourism counts for 65% of the economy of the Seychelles, and tourists who have been vaccinated will be allowed into the country.

WHICH COUNTRIES ARE EXPECTED TO OPEN FOR TOURISM SOON?

Eastern European countries expected to open soon

  • Russia – Russia is currently closed to foreign visitors with limited flights operating into and out of the country. Currently, the country is only open to Russian citizens or foreigners with special permission to enter the country. However, it’s expected that the country will open soon with the introduction of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine. Quite how the current protests will affect things is unknown.
  • Transnistria– Due to the current restrictions on one of our most popular European tours, we are still awaiting the ease of restrictions before resuming tours to Transnistria. Although the country recently eyed up reopening in late December, the appearance of a mutant Covid-19 strain in the UK dashed those plans. However, it is a positive indication that the breakaway state will soon be open.

Other destinations that have not opened to tourism.

Antarctica

Can I take a cruise during coronavirus? All cruise lines have essentially ceased operations. SAGA a company who specialize in the over 50’s demographic have recently announced that they would only allow customers who had been vaccinated. It is our option that this is likely to become an industry standard. As of now there is no indication if this will be the rule for Antarctica, or Svalbard cruises.

  • Antarctica – Can I travel to Antarctica during corona virus? Antarctica is currently not open for tourists and its fate is largely linked to that of the wider cruise ship industry. We have arranged our group tour far enough in advance that hopefully COVID-19 will be a thing of the past. We are taking bookings for our Antarctica Expedition in December 2021. This is the cheapest trip to Antarctica, ever.

Asia

  • Bhutan – Is Bhutan open to tourism? Bhutan is closed to all tourists. The dynamics of travel to Bhutan mean it is likely to be one of the last countries to open to tourism.
  • Myanmar (Burma): Is Burma open to tourists? No it is not. All commercial flights are suspended until 31 May at the earliest. How the recent coup in Burma will affect things is unknown.
  • North Korea – North Korea remains closed to tourists.

Nordic

  • Svalbard – Is Svalbard open to tourism? Svalbard is currently not open for tourism, but on the same theme,

Central Asia

  • Turkmenistan –Is Turkmenistan open to tourism? No it is not! Like North Korea, this is one of the few countries least afraid to shut its borders to the outside world. All Turkmenistan Airlines flights have been cancelled for 2020. As of 2021 the situation remains unchanged.

Middle East

  • Syria – Is Syria open to tourism? Although the COVID situation in Syria is relatively stable, the country isn’t taking any risks to reopen their border as of yet for tourism. At this point we are still planning tours for later this year. Please get in touch with us for more information.

Western Asia

  • Iran – Is Iran Open to tourism? Whereas Iran would like to welcome tourists back, the country is in its 3rd wave of COVID-19 and has suffered worse than most, we don’t expect tours to open until the spring of 2021 at the earliest.

Africa Travel updates

  • Angola –Is Angola open to tourism? No! Totally restricted to tourists. Only Angolans are allowed to enter the country. Although flights to and from Angola have restarted again.
  • Sao Tome – Is Sao Tome open to tourism? Yes. Flights have resumed to Sao Tome. Tourists must prepare a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departing on their flight to Sao Tome. We can arrange independent tours to Sao Time and Principe.

Central America travel updates

  • Belize – Is Belize open to tourism? Belize airport opened to international travellers on October 1st, but with understanding they stay in certain hotels. Land borders remain closed, as does renting our private island.
  • Mexico – Is Mexico open to tourism? Yes it is. Mexico is open to tourists of all nationalities arriving by air. The US – Mexico border remains closed to tourism. Not all areas of the country are open though. Currently no negative test is required. Although if you come from a high-risk country you may be screened and quarantined.

Central Asia travel updates

  • Kazakhstan  Although there are some exceptions for people on work or residency visas, it is still not possible to visit Kazakhstan as a tourist. Click here for more details.
  • Kyrgyzstan  Kyrgyzstan is still closed to tourists from all countries.

Southeast Asia travel updates

  • Cambodia – Is Cambodia open to tourism? Cambodia is not currently open to tourists via the e-visa and visa on arrival program. All arrivals need to have a visa, government approved health insurance, and undergo quarantine, as well as pay a refundable $2000 deposit. For more information click here.
  • East Timor – Is East Timor/Timor-Leste open to tourism? No it is not. All tourism is currently banned, with only Timorese, or those with family connections allowed to enter the country.
  • Philippines – Is the Philippines open to tourism? The Philippines is currently only allowing returning nationals, OFW’s, spouses of nationals and parents of Filipino nationals to enter the country (after getting a visa. You can read more about the policy here. The country have stated they will need even consider opening to tourism until July 1st of 2021 at the earliest.
  • Thailand – Is Thailand open to tourism? Technically Thailand is “open to the world”. In actual fact things are a bit more complicated. A negative Covid test is required, a 14 day quarantine and bookings in sanctioned hotels. To read a specific update on Thai restrictions click here.
  • Vietnam – Is Vietnam open to tourism? Vietnam is completely closed to tourism. In fact Vietnam have taken some of the toughest measures in the region regarding Covid-19. Optimistically we can hope for the second half of 2021, or at best a travel corridor being open with other ASEAN nations.

Oceania

In 2019 there was a severe outbreak of measles in the Pacific. This lead to many nations insisting on a proof of measles vaccination before entering their countries. Therefore the Pacific Islands are likely to be some of the last to open to tourism during coronavirus, or at a minimum insists on proof of vaccination.

  • Fiji – Is Fiji open to tourism? Fiji which acts as a gateway for travel to much of the Pacific Islands is currently closed to tourism.
  • Kiribati – Is Kiribati open to travel? Kiribati is currently fully closed to tourism. Again as one of the least visited countries on earth it is unlikely to open soon.
  • Nauru  Is Nauru open to tourism? After North Korea, Nauru was one of the first countries to lockdown. There has been a travel corridor opened with Australia, but for all intents Nauru is closed to tourism.
  • Papua New Guinea – Is Papua New Guinea open to tourism? Foreign tourists remain banned from entering the country. Authorities require arrivals to receive a negative PCR test within seven days of travel. No travellers can enter the country via land and sea border crossings. The Bougainville government requires passengers to seek approval from the Bougainville State of Emergency Controller before travel and obtain a quarantine medical clearance certificate 48-72 hours before departure.
  • Tonga – Is Tonga open to tourism? No it is not. Tonga is completely closed to inbound travel to all but returning nationals. There are now some outbound flights for forein nationals stuck in Tonga.
  • Tuvalu – Is Tuvalu open to tourism? No it is not. Tuvalu only has flights to Fiji and Kiribati, both of which are closed to tourism. Tuvalu is therefore not open for tourism.
  • Vanuatu – Is Vanuatu open for tourism? All international flights in and out of Vanuatu have been suspended. The country is currently under a state of emergency.

Guidelines to follow if you are to travel abroad.

  • If you fall under a high-risk category for COVID-19, which includes adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, follow the advice of your doctor first and foremost
  • In the days and weeks leading up to your planned trip, stay up to date with information from your airline or travel provider to see how your plans have changed or if your flights are affected
  • Be aware of mandatory quarantine requirements in your final destination. Come prepared with face masks if they are a requirement by the airline you are flying with, or mandatory in the country you are visiting
  • Follow the advice of local authorities wherever you do go. Not doing so may be a criminal offense and result in fines or imprisonment
  • If you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache or mild fever, stay home and self-isolate until you recover. Some airlines are turning passengers away at check-in if they present even mild symptoms of COVID-19
  • Cases of COVID-19 are rapidly spreading in some countries, while beginning to slow in others
  • Where restrictions have been lifted, the risk may still be present and you should continue to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines as provided by the World Health Organization:
    • While in public wash your hands consistently (carry hand sanitizer)
    • Try to avoid crowded places as best you can
    • Maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
    • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor) and don’t leave home until COVID-19 has been ruled out.
If you have traveled to an affected country recently

If you have traveled to a country where COVID-19 is present, or suspect you have been in contact with someone who is infected and are experiencing the following symptoms: feeling tired, having difficulty breathing, have a high temperature, cough and/or sore throat, isolate yourself as much as possible and call your doctor to rule out the possibility of coronavirus.

World Health Organization (WHO) Health Alerts

To increase access to reliable information, WHO has partnered with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a WHO Health Alert messaging service. This service will provide the latest news and information on COVID-19, including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves. 

To access it, send the word “hi” to the following number on WhatsApp: +41 798 931 892 or check out the official WHO website.

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