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Where can you travel right now? Here are all the countries that have reopened

Want to know where you can go on holiday? These are all the countries that have already reopened their borders – plus all those planning to soon

By Huw Oliver
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Thankfully for weary, housebound globetrotters, countries around the world are now in the ‘de-escalation’ phase of lockdown. That means shops and restaurants are reopening, internal travel is getting up and running again, and politicians are reopening borders – and in doing so, rebooting their struggling tourism industries.

But when exactly will we be able to travel again? Well – for quite a lot of us – right now in fact. Governments across the world may still be advising their citizens to stay put, but many countries are still opening up in an effort draw visitors through to the end of the year.

Nations across the Mediterranean were among the first to welcome tourists again in May and early June, while destinations across the Caribbean and Asia have also confirmed they will reopen borders, lift travel restrictions and allow commercial flights to resume at fuller service throughout October and November. In other words: we’re thrilled to say that sun-splashed getaway may well be on the cards in 2020.

Want to know where you can travel and go on holiday right now? Here’s the lowdown on all the countries that have already reopened – and all those are that are planning to soon.

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

Where can you travel right now?

Velebit mountain, Croatia, Zavizan
Velebit mountain, Croatia, Zavizan
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Croatia

When did it reopen? May 9

Who’s allowed in? All travellers.

FYI: Visitors should provide an accommodation booking, fill out this form and, if travelling from outside Europe, bring a negative test result from within 48 hours of arrival (or quarantine for 14 days). Note that the country was recently added to the UK’s ‘quarantine list’, meaning British travellers now have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return home.

8 Lisbon and Porto: Sintra
8 Lisbon and Porto: Sintra
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Portugal

When did it reopen? May 22

Who’s allowed in? Visitors from EU and Schengen travel zone countries, as well as the UK (though note that British travellers will now have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return home). Citizens and residents of Australia, Canada, China and a handful of other nations outside Europe are also allowed in.

FYI: Visitors to the Azores must bring a negative test result from within the past 72 hours, or take a test and wait 48 hours in self-isolation. Same goes for Madeira, but test results take 12 hours.

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Views over Vilnius (with hot air balloons) in Lithuania
Views over Vilnius (with hot air balloons) in Lithuania
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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

When did they reopen? June 1

Who’s allowed in? All three countries have officially opened their borders to EU and Schengen-area nations, as well as the UK and around a dozen other countries around the world. However, tourists coming from countries with high transmission rates will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

FYI: The list of nationalities not subject to quarantine will be revised weekly, and will change depending on which countries have 15 or fewer citizens per 100,000 inhabitants infected.

Cyprus
Cyprus
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Cyprus

When did it reopen? June 1

Who’s allowed in? Travellers from two sets of countries. Set A includes: Australia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand. Set B includes: Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Sweden and the UK. Travellers from set B must provide a negative test result from within 72 hours of arrival.

FYI: The Cypriot government is reevaluating the two lists on a weekly basis.

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Ischia, Campania
Ischia, Campania
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Italy

When did it reopen? June 3

Who’s allowed in? Travellers from EU countries, the UK and the Schengen travel zone. From July 1, visitors from Canada, Japan and a handful of other countries outside Europe are also allowed in. Note that the country has now been added to the UK’s ‘quarantine list’, meaning British travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return home.

FYI: The EU is revising its list of ‘safe’ countries on a weekly basis. Arrivals from certain nations, including the UK, must provide a negative test result from within 72 hours of arrival.

Gros Piton in St Lucia
Gros Piton in St Lucia
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St. Lucia and Antigua

When did they reopen? June 4

Who’s allowed in? All travellers.

FYI: You must present a negative test result from within seven days of arrival, and stay at an authorised hotel for your entire trip.

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Zanzibar
Zanzibar
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Zanzibar

When did it open? June 6

Who’s allowed in? All travellers.

FYI: The Tanzanian island says all visitors will be screened on arrival and only those who display symptoms will have to provide a recent negative test result. You must also hold valid health insurance.

 

A harbour in Turkey
A harbour in Turkey
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Turkey

When did it reopen? June 10

Who’s allowed in? The country has reopened the majority of its borders. It restarted international flights gradually through the summer – including to and from the UK, the USA, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Austria, Greece, Albania, Belarus, Jordan, Morocco, Latvia, Ireland, Slovakia and Belgium.

FYI: The country says more flight routes will reopen soon. If you show symptoms, you will be tested on arrival and, depending on the result, may be quarantined.

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Gdansk harbour
Gdansk harbour
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Poland

When did it reopen? June 13

Who’s allowed in? Travellers from EU countries and the other nations in Europe’s passport-free Schengen area, as well as the UK. Travel is currently restricted from a handful of European countries due to rising cases. From July 1, visitors from Canada, Georgia, Japan and South Korea are also allowed in (as recommended by the EU). 

FYI: Europe is revising its list of ‘safe’ countries on a rolling weekly basis. Note that the country has now been added to the UK’s ‘quarantine list’, meaning British travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return home.

Red Beach
Red Beach
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Greece

When did it reopen? June 15

Who’s allowed in? Residents of EU and Schengen member states, plus the UK and around a dozen other countries around the world, can now get into the country. Travellers from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Israel must all provide a negative test result from within the past 72 hours.

FYI: All visitors must fill out a ‘passenger locator form’ at least 24 hours before arriving. This requires ‘detailed information on [passengers’] point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece’. They may also face random testing.

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Provence France
Provence France
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France

When did it reopen? June 15

Who’s allowed in? Residents and citizens of EU member states or countries that fall in the free-movement Schengen area, plus the UK. France is also allowing in visitors from the EU’s ‘safe’ list of around a dozen other countries outside EuropeAs of August 15, the UK is quarantining travellers on their return from France due to rising numbers of cases.

FYI: The EU is revising its list of ‘safe’ countries on a rolling weekly basis.

JAMAICA
JAMAICA
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Jamaica

When did it reopen? June 15

Who’s allowed in? All travellers.

FYI: Visitors will be tested for Covid-19 on arrival. They should also fill out this form before departure. Anyone arriving from certain ‘high-risk areas’ will have to provide a negative test result from within ten days of arrival. Note that as of August 29, anyone returning to the UK from Jamaica must self-isolate for 14 days.

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A view over a coastal road in Iceland
A view over a coastal road in Iceland
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Iceland

When did it reopen? June 15

Who’s allowed in? Visitors from the EU, UK and Schengen travel area. From July 1, visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan and a handful of other countries outside Europe are also allowed in. Note that the country has now been added to the UK’s ‘quarantine list’, meaning British travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return home.

FYI: You can avoid a two-week quarantine by being tested at the airport when you touch down. From August 19, even if you test negative, you must then self-isolate for five days before taking a second test.

Amsterdam canal houses
Amsterdam canal houses
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The Netherlands

When did it reopen? June 15

Who’s allowed in? Travellers from within the EU and Schengen area, plus the UK. From July 1, travellers from Australia, Canada, Japan and a handful of other countries outside Europe are also allowed in. Travellers from certain nations with high infection rates, including Sweden and the UK, will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

FYI: All visitors must show a valid reservation when they arrive, and the authorities say you could be turned away if you have no pre-booked accommodation. Note that the country was recently added to the UK’s ‘quarantine list’, meaning British travellers now have to quarantine on their return home too.

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Frigiliana, a village in Andalucia, Spain
Frigiliana, a village in Andalucia, Spain
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Spain

When did it reopen? June 22

Who’s allowed in? Visitors from EU and Schengen member countries (and the UK too). From July 1, visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan and a handful of other countries outside Europe are also allowed in. As of July 25, the UK is quarantining travellers on their return from Spain due to rising cases.

FYI: Visitors will face no mandatory quarantine, but will have to go through three ‘health checkpoints’: an information form, a temperature check and a visual inspection.

Tunisia
Tunisia
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Tunisia

When did it reopen? June 27

Who’s allowed in? The country has split international arrivals into a two-tier colour-coded system. Those travelling from nations on the ‘green list’ simply have to fill out an online form and can freely enter the country. This includes China, Cyprus and New Zealand. Those coming from countries on the ‘orange list’, where transmission rates are higher, must present a negative test result from within 72 hours of arrival. This includes Canada, Germany, Poland, Portugal and South Korea. Travellers from countries not on either list are currently banned.

FYI: The lists are updated on a weekly rolling basis.

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Bahamas
Bahamas
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The Bahamas

When did it reopen? July 1

Who’s allowed in? Those with private yachts and planes have been able to travel to the Bahamas since June 15. All other travellers were allowed in from July 1.

FYI: Visitors must fill out an ‘electronic health visa’ before they arrive and provide a negative test result from within five days of arrival. All arrivals must ‘vacation in place’ for 14 days.

Isla Saona, eitw
Isla Saona, eitw
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Dominican Republic

When did it reopen? July 1

Who’s allowed in? The country says it has reopened its ‘land, air and sea borders’ to all travellers.

FYI: Flights in and out are still limited and only 40 to 50 percent of hotels are welcoming guests. All visitors have to fill out a ‘health declaration’ form in advance.

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Valletta street
Valletta street
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Malta

When did it reopen? July 1

Who’s allowed in? Residents and citizens of EU and Schengen-area countries will now be allowed in, along with travellers from the UK, Australia, Canada, Japan and around 15 other nations around the world.

FYI: You can expect temperature checks on arrival. Anyone from Malta’s ‘amber list’ of countries must provide a negative test result from 72 hours of arrival. Note that the country was recently added to the UK’s ‘quarantine list’, meaning British travellers now have to quarantine on their return home.

Egypt coastal resorts
Egypt coastal resorts
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Egypt

When did it reopen? July 1

Who’s allowed in? EgyptAir has resumed flights to and from countries including the UK, the USA, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Italy, the UAE and Canada. All passengers will have to present a negative test result from within the past 72 hours.

FYI: Only certain resort areas and associated airports have reopened. There will be health screenings on arrival. You may have to quarantine, depending on test results.

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Stonehole Bay Beach, Bermuda
Stonehole Bay Beach, Bermuda
Photograph: Courtesy Bermuda Tourism Authority

Bermuda

When did it reopen? July 1

Who’s allowed in? The British overseas territory has reopened to all international air travel.

FYI: Visitors are required to show a negative test result from within 72 hours of arrival, and you should bring appropriate health insurance.

Dubai Landscape
Dubai Landscape
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Dubai

When did it reopen? July 7

Who’s allowed in? There aren’t any restrictions on where you can travel from.

FYI: All international visitors must present a negative test result from within 48 hours of arrival, or undergo testing at the airport. You must also bring valid health insurance.

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Barbados
Barbados
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Barbados

When did it reopen? July 12

Who’s allowed in? All travellers. Note that you’ll have to present a negative test result from within the past two days – or get tested – on arrival. Anyone arriving from a ‘high-risk’ country will also have to quarantine for seven days at a hotel at their own expense, before taking another test.

FYI: If you don’t bring a test result, you’ll have to pay $150 for a test on arrival (and self-isolate for 48 hours while awaiting the results).

French Polynesia
French Polynesia
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French Polynesia

When did it reopen? July 15

Who’s allowed in? Only visitors from Europe and the USA.

FYI: To visit islands including Tahiti and Bora Bora, you will have to fill out a ‘health declaration’ form and bring a negative test result from within three days of arrival. You will also have to present yourself for self-testing on Tahiti four days into your stay.

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Maldives
Maldives
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The Maldives

When did it reopen? July 15

Who’s allowed in? All international travellers.

FYI: There are no quarantine requirements. Tourists must, however, stay on designated ‘resort islands’ and book their entire stay at one establishment. There are exemptions only for transit to and from your accommodation. All arrivals must also provide a negative test result from within the past four days.

Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos
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Turks and Caicos

When did it reopen? July 22

Who’s allowed in? All travellers.

FYI: Airlines across Europe and North America have restarted routes to the British overseas territory. All visitors must bring a negative test result from within four days of arrival. Note that, as of August 15, the UK is quarantining travellers on their return from the Turks and Caicos Islands due to rising numbers of cases.

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Tbilisi, Georgia
Tbilisi, Georgia
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Georgia

When did it reopen? July 31

Who’s allowed in? Travellers from Germany, France, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. 

FYI: You must fill out this form before leaving. There will be temperature checks on arrival, and depending on your reading, you may have to take a PCR test.

Seychelles beach
Seychelles beach
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The Seychelles

When did it reopen? August 1

Who’s allowed in? Visitors from countries classified as ‘low or medium risk’: Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. You will need to provide a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of arrival, or an antigen test.

FYI: The country is reevaluating this list on a rolling weekly basis.

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Costa Rica's Cloud Forest
Costa Rica's Cloud Forest
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Costa Rica

When did it reopen? August 1

Who’s allowed in? Tourists from the EU, Canada, the UK, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, New Zealand, Australia and Uruguay. US travellers from all states will be able to join them from November 1.

FYI: Before entering the country, you’ll have to fill out this form, and on arrival, provide a negative PCR test result from within the past 72 hours.

Kenya
Kenya
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Kenya

When did it reopen? August 1

Who’s allowed in? All travellers.

FYI: Tourists will have to bring a negative PCR test result from within the past four days, while ‘passenger locator cards’ will be used to trace all travellers entering the country in the event of an outbreak. There will also be temperature checks at the airport.

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Petra in Jordan
Petra in Jordan
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Jordan

When did it reopen? September 10

Who’s allowed in? Visitors from around 40 countries, rated either red, yellow or green.

FYI: Travellers from ‘green’ countries will have to present a negative test result and take another on arrival. Travellers from ‘yellow’ countries, which includes the UK, will have to do the same, followed by a 14-day quarantine. Travellers from ‘red’ countries, which includes the US, will also be fitted with a tracking bracelet to be worn during their quarantine period. All arrivals must provide a negative test result from within the past 72 hours.

Columbia, Botoga
Columbia, Botoga
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Colombia

When did it reopen? September 21

Who’s allowed in? All nationalities.

FYI: Make sure to fill out this ‘Check-Mig’ form. As of October 1, you must also provide a negative test result from within 96 hours of arrival.

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South Africa
South Africa
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South Africa

When did it reopen? October 1

Who’s allowed in? Anyone who’s from one of the countries on South Africa’s ‘high risk’ list – found here.

FYI: All new arrivals in South Africa will be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure or face quarantine on arrival. Visitors will additionally be screened for symptoms and required to register with South Africa’s contact tracing app.

Where can you go on holiday in October?

A beach in Thailand
A beach in Thailand
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Thailand

When is it reopening? October.

Who’s allowed in? The country’s government says it will admit long-term visitors to the whole country under a new visa scheme. Only visitors from particular ‘low-risk’ countries will be allowed in.

Which destinations aren’t reopening until 2021?

BALI, INDONESIA
BALI, INDONESIA
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Bali

When will it reopen? The island’s governor has announced that wiill keep its borders closed until next year due to rising numbers of cases across the country.

Who’s allowed in? It’s too early to say.

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge at sunset
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge at sunset
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Australia

When will it reopen? The country’s tourism minister has said its international borders will remain sealed until the end of 2020, and perhaps longer.

Who’s allowed in? It’s too early to say. However, discussions are under way to set up a trans-Tasman ‘travel bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand that would allow mutual travel between the two nations.

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