Which Countries/Regions Are Open For Travel?
When Will International Flights Resume?
Here are some of the latest development in the Tour and Travel sector around the world. You will find the updated news about the international travel restriction you must follow before entering any particular country.
When will the border reopen? Which countries are open to travel? What are the international flights resumed? Find all the more information in this travel reopening schedule down here.
Which countries are now open to travel?
As of November 23, more than 50 countries have opened their borders to international tourists, some of which have strict restrictions, and some have not too many restrictions. The status is as follows:
Countries that do not have mandatory isolation requirements on arrival
- Entry is allowed to travellers with a valid visa.
- Self-isolation at home is advised for 14 days in case of high temperature on arrival.
- Internationational commercial flights resumed on June 15.
- Health screening at airports, if found symptomatic, testing, and quarantine may follow at the discretion of health officials.
- Masks are mandatory at all indoor and outdoor spaces for everyone above 11 years old.
- Aruba has opened its borders to all countries, other Dominican Republic, Haiti, all Central American countries, and all South American countries (except for Venezuela) which are slated to be welcomed from December 1.
- Entry is allowed following the online Embarkation and Disembarkation (ED) program where you’ll be issued an ED card.
- No quarantine mandatory but instead you’ll need to carry a negative RT-PCR test report taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival.
- Alternately, you may also get yourself tested on arrival, however, you’ll need to quarantine till your results arrive.
- The Aruba Visitors Insurance is mandatory for all.
- The Bahamas reopened for tourism on July 1 but required all travellers to complete a 14 day quarantine period in any accommodation (hotel/boat/private property) of their choice. This ‘Vacation in Place’ policy has now been eradicated from November 1 with no mandatory quarantine for any traveller.
- All tourists must apply for Travel Health Visa on the official website and upload their negative RT-PCR test reports.
- Your test results shouldn’t be older than 5 days when you arrive in the Bahamas.
- All those who are staying in the Bahamas for more than 4 nights / 5 days must take the rapid COVID-19 Antigen test.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) started reopening its borders in phases on June 1 and is now open for all countries.
- A 48-hour PCR test is the only obligation travellers must be adhering to.
- Check more details on entry, border crossing, and visa requirements at BiH Border Police (website in Croatian).
- Brazil lifted its travel restrictions for air travellers on July 29 to revive the pandemic-hit dwindling economy of the country.
- Although cases are high, there aren’t any restrictions for travellers as such.
- Only if you are experiencing symptoms, you are advised to stay in isolation for 15 days.
- Colombia resumed its international tourism sector on September 19.
- A negative COVID-19 test certificate is no longer obligatory from November 4 for international arrivals in Colombia.
- If you are symptomatic, you will be denied boarding.
- For a smooth immigration process, fill out the online form CheckMig around 24 hours before your journey.
- From November 1, tourists from around all countries are allowed to enter Costa Rica.
- While 14-day quarantine is not mandatory, travellers have to fill out an online form called “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass).
- A PCR test for COVID-19 is no longer required for entry into the country from October 26.
- Traveller’s Medical Insurance – international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute is mandatory.
- Cuba announced the reopening of international tourism back on July 1 but it wasn’t until early September before commercial flights started operating to the island for tourists.
- Testing is mandatory and free for all arrivals.
- Travel for international visitors is mostly restricted to the Cuban Keys including Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Cruz and Cayo Santa María, with the latest addition being Varadero.
- From November 15, the Havana area and airport are also open for tourism along.
- The country reopened for international travellers from July 1.
- No restrictions like PCR test certificates or mandatory quarantine.
- On arrival, randomly chosen passengers from the pool will be subjected to a COVID test and if found positive, the quarantine will follow.
- Curfew on weekdays from 9 pm to 5 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 pm to 5 am.
- Masks are mandatory and if seen without one in public, you may be penalized.
- Commercial flight operations resumed in Ecuador on June 1.
- You may either carry a PCR test report taken in the past 10 days or opt for a test on arrival (charges payable by you).
- No mandatory quarantine unless you are symptomatic.
- Entry into Galapagos Islands requires a separate negative PCR test report (shouldn’t be older than 96 hours at the time of entry), “transit control card” (TCT) obtained from the immigration office of Galapagos, or Quito and Guayaquil airports and travel insurance for the islands.
- There may be some local curfews and restrictions in certain places.
- Egypt reopened borders for international tourists from July 1.
- Valid paper copy negative RT-PCR test certificate is mandatory for all passengers above 6 yrs old. The test shouldn’t be older than 72 hours (extendable up to 96 hours for those arriving from the USA, Canada, etc. with a long transit interval).
- If you fail to bring a valid negative COVID certificate, you will be subjected to a test on arrival and until the results arrive, isolation in a hotel is required.
- Incoming tourists must show proof of health insurance upon arrival.
- French Polynesia reopened on July 15 and now doesn’t require any of the travellers to undergo mandatory quarantine.
- An RT-PCR molecular test taken before 3 days of departure is mandatory.
- Complete online health registration within 3 days of your flight.
- While filling out the application, you will be prompted for Travel insurance. In case yours doesn’t cover COVID-19 related costs, you must agree on bearing all the health costs incurred in French Polynesia in the event of infection.
- Ghana reopened on September 1 and does not require travellers to quarantine.
- You have to carry a negative PCR report not older than 3 days as well as undergo a test on arrival at your own cost.
- If your travel duration is less than 7 days, you may skip the pre-test documents part.
- International commercial flights reopened on September 18.
- A negative PCR or antigen test certificate conducted 72 hours before arrival at max is required for entry.
- Fill out the health pass in advance.
- All tourist places are now open but masks are mandatory in public spaces.
- Honduras restarted international flights from August 17.
- All passengers must carry a negative COVID test certificate conducted less than 72 hours before your entry.
- Quarantine is not obligatory unless you exhibit symptoms upon arrival.
- You must also complete the immigration pre-check form within a 48-hour of your journey’s start.
- Kenya restarted operating international commercial flights from August 1 with no mandatory quarantine in place.
- Within 96 hours of your travel, you must have conducted a PCR COVID test.
- If entering from the port, fill out the Port Health form available on the Jitenge MoH Kenya app.
- Travellers are advised to venture out during the night curfew, which is in effect from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am.
- Kosovo reopened its international borders on June 28.
- COVID-19 related entry restrictions such as quarantine and testing are not required for entering Kosovo.
- The Maldives has been open for tourism since July 15 with no mandatory quarantine requirement.
- All passengers must fill out the Traveler Health Declaration (THD) a day before you arrive in addition to carrying a negative RT-PCR certificate.
- Random testing will also be conducted on incoming passengers at the airport and if you test positive, only then you’ll have to quarantine.
- Male city, Hulhulmale, Villimale, Thilafushi, and Gulhifalhu have curfew restrictions that keep changing from time to time.
- Malta reopened for tourism from July 1 for a safe list of countries as mentioned on Malta International Airport’s website.
- Anyone (even non-nationals and non-EU visitors) who have stayed in these countries for the past 14 days can enter Malta without mandatory quarantine requirements.
- You have to fill out the Public Health Travel Declaration Form and the Passenger Locator Form.
- No COVID-test reports required.
- Travel buffs around the world can travel to Mexico which opened its borders on June 8.
- None of the travellers needs a COVID certificate for entry nor do they have to stay in mandatory quarantine.
- Health screening is in place and if you do not abide by the regulations, you may end up getting fined, jailed, or deported.
- Morocco is allowing international visitors from visa-exempt countries since the first week of September.
- You need to have an invitation from a Moroccan company or a reserved booking to enter the country.
- A COVID test report from the past 48 hours is mandatory for entry.
- While no quarantine period is in effect, COVID health screening will take place at the airports.
- Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter Northern Macedonia for tourism purposes as it officially reopened on July 1.
- No mandatory quarantine for travellers.
- Except for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia, no visitor needs to carry a negative COVID report for entry.
- Reopening of international borders for tourism on October 12 with “Safe Travels” badge from the World Travel & Tourism Council.
- Mandatory PCR/ antigen test for entry in Panama, taken no earlier than 48 hours before arrival.
- If your test was conducted before that, you’ll be tested again at the airport at your own expenses (test costs USD 30).
- Completion of an electronic affidavit is also necessary.
- Masks are mandatory at airports and all public places.
- From October 5, Pakistan is welcoming visitors from all countries without any mandatory quarantine regulations.
- Civil Aviation Authority’s SOPs divide all countries into categories A and B. While travellers from category A may enter with no restrictions at all, category B travellers must carry a COVID-19 test report taken no earlier than 96 hours before departure.
- Entry is allowed to those passengers who have downloaded the Pass Track app and entered their details on it.
- If found symptomatic on arrival, a mandatory COVID test follows at a cost of around 6000 to 9000 PKR.
- Puerto Rico reopened international borders on July 15.
- No quarantine is needed if you carry a negative PCR test report (taken 72 hours before a). If you fail to carry one, you will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days or take the test to get an early release.
- The curfew will remain in place till November 13 from 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM.
- All travellers (18 years and older) must fill out the online Travel Declaration Form and upload test results online.
- Beaches, museums, and natural reserves are open but attractions and tours remain closed.
- Saint Barts reopened on June 22 for all international tourists with no mandatory quarantine regulation.
- A negative PCR test report (taken at max 72 hours before arrival) and a sworn statement are mandatory to be able to fly to Saint Bart’s.
- For longer stays, you have to take a COVID test on the 7th day and pay 135 Euros for it.
- Sint Maarten has opted for a phased reopening for international tourists from July and is now accepting tourists from all Caribbean countries, USA, Canada and all European countries
- No quarantine is mandatory but you must fill out the application form.
- A negative COVID-19 certificate is also mandatory (taken no earlier than 72 hours) and must be uploaded online.
- Serbia lifted the state of emergency in May, opening its borders to international tourists.
- Quarantine or COVID testing isn’t mandatory but instead, all travellers must take a self-assessment test as this determines what COVID-19 protocols they need to follow once they reach Serbia.
- The self-assessment test must be taken again on the 10th day of stay.
- Only travellers arriving in Serbia after transiting via North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, or Romania should be carrying a negative COVID-19 test report taken within 48 hours before due travel.
- Tanzania had reopened its international borders in June without any testing or quarantine requirements.
- All travellers must, however, fill out the Health Surveillance Form.
- Turkey has been welcoming international tourists since June 12 with numerous countries now having scheduled and non-scheduled flights to Turkey.
- Currently, no mandatory quarantine or COVID test requirements are in place.
- Wearing masks is obligatory in all provinces with some charging a fine as high as 900 lire (122.5 USD approximately) for not wearing one.
Turks and Caicos
- Turks and Caicos reopened for international tourists from July 22 with uniform travel guidelines for all.
- All tourists must register on TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal, as failing to do so will result in entry denial.
- COVID-19 test, taken no earlier than 5 days of departure, is mandatory for travellers.
- You must also have any travel or health insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 treatment.
- All passengers are subjected to health screening and questioning at the airport on arrival by the airport officials.
- From October 1, Uganda has opened its borders for international tourists with no mandatory quarantine.
- A PCR COVID-19 test, taken no earlier than 72 hours before your departure must be produced on arrival.
- Since health screenings are mandatory, if you exhibit symptoms, you’ll need to undergo a test and stay in isolation until the results arrive.
- Ukraine is accepting international tourists from September 28.
- It classifies countries into Red and Green zones, depending on which travellers meet with testing and quarantine regulations.
- While no self-isolation is required for travellers from green zones, if you are travelling from red zones you can evade the mandatory 14-day quarantine by undertaking a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of your due arrival.
- Valid health insurance from any Ukrainian firm or a foreign company with a branch in Ukraine, as available on the official website, must be availed of before travelling.
- Carry your ID and masks when in Ukraine.
- Zimbabwe resumed international tourism on October 1 without mandatory quarantine regulations.
- You must be carrying a negative RT-CR test report no older than 48 hours.
- Only if you fail to bring a valid COVID-19 test, it will result in a quarantine requirement of 14-21 days.
- Wearing masks in public is a legal obligation.
- Countries with partial/selective quarantine requirements on arrival
- Andorra has lifted its travel restrictions, however, travel to Andorra has to be done through Spain or France, which still have restrictions in place
- 15 days quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling from high-risk areas.
- Mandatory use of masks and social distancing from September 22 with a cap on 5 people in groups.
- Travellers need to fill out and submit the Online Immigration/Customs form 24-72 hours before entry into Barbados (available here).
- Countries are categorized into high-risk, medium-risk, low-risk, and very low-risk, which further decides the testing and quarantine regulations.
- Travellers from high and medium risk countries must carry a COVID-19 certificate taken 3 days before arrival. Flying from low-risk countries doesn’t mandate a pre-test but you are strongly urged to get one (validity of test 5 days before arrival) to avoid testing on arrival. No testing required for travellers from low-risk countries who haven’t transited through any of the countries in other categories.
- Passengers from High-Risk and Medium-Risk countries must also undergo a second test on arrival after 4-5 days of their previous negative test. While the high-risk category must quarantine at a government-designated facility till then, there is no movement restriction for the medium-risk category. Monitoring (daily temperature checks and reporting to officials) will continue for 7 days for either case.
- Belarus has opened its borders for international tourism to almost 70 countries.
- Rules are changing fast, with countries being added or removed from the list of mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements (check for updates here).
- PCR certificate for COVID-19 recommended but not mandatory.
- Belize reopened for international leisure travel from October 1.
- Download the Belize Health app and register on it 72 hours before arrival in Belize.
- A PCR test is recommended. If you aren’t carrying one, you will be tested at the airport (pay USD 50) and asked to stay in isolation at your hotel until results arrive. If you test positive, you will need to quarantine for 14 days there itself.
- All tourists receive a Safe Corridor “Welcome to Belize” wristband with stay being permitted only at accommodations with Gold Standard Certification. This means you may now only visit your hotel’s beachfront and take private tours offered by your hotel with minimum to interactions with the locals.
- All long-stay non-nationals, and those with business concerns, however, have to quarantine for at least 10 days.
- Curacao reopened for international tourists from the Caribbean in mid-June and has since allowed more countries like Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, USA tri-state, etc. to enter without 14-day quarantine (find the list here).
- You must complete the online Digital Immigration card before travel.
- Fill out Passenger Locator Card (PLC) online and carry a printed copy with you.
- Travellers must also upload and carry negative PCR test reports taken no earlier than 72 hours of your travel.
- For travel from high-risk countries, quarantine for 14 days is required.
- Croatia reopened its borders on July 1.
- Travellers from EU and Schengen Area member countries, UK, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican may enter without any quarantine or testing requirements.
- Tourists from other countries must carry a negative PCR test report (taken 48 hours before arrival) or face mandatory quarantine for 7-14 days (you are allowed to take a local COVID test 7th day onwards to cut short your quarantine stay).
If entering for emergency personal reasons, you’ll need to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
- Opened its borders on July 15.
- Submission of an online health questionnaire is required by all travellers no later than 24 hours before the journey.
- Unless you are travelling from a country within the CARICOM Travel Bubble, a pre-entry COVID test taken within 24 to 72 hours of your arrival is mandatory for all. You must also upload the results online.
- Dominica classes countries into low risk, medium risk, and high-risk zones which decide the testing, monitoring (interview and assessments), and quarantine requirements of the travellers.
- From low-risk countries, only 7 days of monitoring is in place which for medium-risk countries, extends to 14 days of monitoring in addition to a rapid test on arrival. The time can be trimmed down if you take a PCR COVID test on day 5.
- Travellers from high-risk countries are subjected to a mandatory rapid test on arrival, followed by a quarantine stay at a Government facility or certified private property for at least 5 days. After 5 days, you may go for a PCR test for an early release.
- The airport in Grenada reopened for charter flights from July 1 and commercial flights from August 1.
- Open for all countries but travellers from only CARICOM travel bubbles and other low-risk countries are exempted from quarantine.
- Minimum 4 days quarantine mandatory for travellers from high-risk countries like the USA after which travellers can take a test and leave quarantine.
- COVID test report (timeframe is within 7 days of travel) mandatory for all international tourists outside the CARICOM bubble.
- Ireland reopened for tourism on July 21 although the government has requested passengers to travel for only essential purposes.
- Ireland requires you to stay in quarantine for 14 days unless you belong to its list of green countries (in the latest update, no country made it to the list).
- Completion of the online COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before arrival in Ireland is required.
- Jamaica reopened for tourism with the introduction of a program called Resilient Corridors (areas in the country prepped for avoiding coronavirus transmission) to ensure safe tourism.
- You must complete the travel authorization process before entering Jamaica.
- With the latest travel guidelines for international tourists, you can take a PCR or antigen test and present it at the airport on arrival (no need for uploading it at the airport).
- Testing again at Jamaica airport at the discretion of the officers and must stay in quarantine in the hotel room while awaiting test results.
- If you decide to stay outside the safe corridor region, you must be in isolation for 14 days.
- International flights have resumed services from September 8, allowing tourists to visit the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
- It is mandatory for all passengers to fill out the Visit Jordan form and must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate (test no older than 72 hours before the scheduled journey).
- All travellers have to undergo a COVID test in Jordan on arrival, the price of which is 40 Jd, and must be paid while submitting the Visit Jordan form.
- You must quarantine at home for 7 days and 14 days respectively if travelling from a yellow or red country. In either case, you have to take a COVID test at your own costs on the seventh day (for those in 14-day quarantine, a test also on the 14th day). Those from green countries do not have to undergo quarantine.
- It is also obligatory to have the Aman app downloaded on your mobile device.
- Montenegro reopened back in June for international tourism.
- Depending on the country of your origin, you may enter Montenegro without restrictions, with a COVID test report (negative PCR and positive antibody both accepted, but no older than 72 hours), or with mandatory 14-day isolation.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is currently operating in phase 4 of reopening from October 1.
- Depending on the country (high, medium, or low risk) you’re flying from, you may need a mandatory test certificate, a quarantine stay of 2 days or 4 days (extendable at the discretion of the health officials), or none at all.
- For arrivals by sea, if you have a COVID-19 negative certificate from the last 72 hours, you are free from any mandatory quarantine.
United Arab Emirates
- UAE has started reopening for tourism one by one with Dubai reopening as early as July 7.
- Travel guidelines are varied across the emirates.
- While Dubai requires no quarantine unless you are asked to get tested on arrival depending on the country you are travelling from, Sharjah has mandatory testing on arrival and unless the results are out, quarantine stay is required. Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, requires all passengers to stay in self-isolation.
U.S. Virgin Islands
- The island country reopened again in September after shutting down for a month on August 19 for international tourists owing to escalating cases.
- All visitors aged 5 and above must be carrying a negative PCR test report.
- Antibody test reports from the last 4 months are also acceptable as an alternative.
- In case, you are not carrying any COVID-19 test results, only then, you will need to stay in self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Temperature checks and health screenings at the airport.
- Uzbekistan is not only open for tourism but also promises travellers (who visit as part of a group tour led by a local guide) a sum of $3,000 (£2,400, A$4,400) in compensation if they become infected with COVID-19 during their trip.
- Quarantine on arrival since Uzbekistan depends on the country of your stay in the past 10 days. No testing or quarantine for those from the green category of countries.
- For yellow and red, a COVID RT-PCR test taken before 72 hours of arrival is mandatory. 14 days home quarantine for those from yellow countries, and institutional quarantine for those from red countries.
- Countries with quarantine requirements on arrival
- Anguilla reopened borders in Phase One from August 21 and eyes the return of most tourists from November.
- You need to get a ‘travel authorization ticket’ by filling out the application on the official Anguilla Tourism Website.
- COVID test taken before 3 to 5 days of arrival is obligatory.
- You must also be carrying health insurance.
- A second PCR testing will take place upon arrival.
- Quarantine mandatory for all travellers 10 days after arrival at only approved properties listed on the tourism website.
- Another test will be conducted on the 10th day and depending on its outcomes, you’ll get a release.
Antigua and Barbuda
- Open for tourists since June 4 although a state of emergency will remain in place till October 31
- A health declaration form will have to be filled by all passengers on incoming flights.
- Negative COVID-19 report mandatory to carry for entry, the test being no older than 7 days before the flight
- Monitoring for 14 days after arrival at government-approved accommodation
- Port Health guidelines applicable to those arriving by the water
- Curfew hours between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. when only essential services will be available
- International borders open for tourism purposes since August 12
- While 14-day self-quarantine is mandatory for all incoming international passengers, you can take a COVID test during the stay to cut short your quarantine
- Entry through land borders is banned for non-Armenians
- Wearing masks in public is mandatory and if caught without one, you can be charged a fine of up to 10000 drams
- Tourists from as many as over 180 countries are now allowed to enter Bahrain from September 4.
- COVID testing on arrival is applicable for all travellers and until the results come out, self-isolation is mandatory for all.
- For longer stays, a second test on the 10th day is mandatory with the total cost of the 2 tests amounting to BD 60.
- Has the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ app downloaded on your phone?
- Restaurants and cafes have opened their outdoor services but indoor dining will be allowed from October 24 onwards (now only pre-booked private dining for groups of 10-20 allowed).
- Gatherings restricted to 5 people maximum in public places.
- Bermuda, a “Safe Travels” destination as per the World Travel & Tourism Council, is open for tourists since July 1.
- A PCR test certificate (can be taken anywhere between 3 to 7 days before departure) is mandatory for all travellers above 9 years of age, in addition to a second test on arrival.
- Fill out the mandatory Travel Authorization form and pay the fee of USD 75 which covers the cost of the test on arrival.
- Quarantine is mandatory for all passengers for around 24 hours before the test results arrive.
- You also have to take follow-up tests on the fourth, eighth, and fourteenth days of your visit.
- Haiti reopened its international airports and border crossing in July.
- Declaration of COVID-19 health status is a must before entering.
- A self-quarantine of 14 days was obligatory for all travellers but the reports on its enforcement have been varied, with some stating it is no longer applicable.
- Rwanda has been open to international tourists since June 17.
- Before you travel, you must fill out the Passenger Locator Form.
- In the form, you’ll need to show your booking details since quarantine is mandatory for all passengers for a period of 24 hours.
- Carrying a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report (taken within 5 days of the journey) is obligatory for all visitors in addition to being subjected to the mandatory test after reaching Rwanda. For the latter, you’ll be paying USD 50 and will need to wait in quarantine for the results to arrive.
- Take note of a curfew from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM. throughout the nation.
- Saint Lucia is accepting international tourists but with a 14-day obligatory quarantine period.
- Travel Authorization Form should be filled out by all travellers (18 and above).
- A COVID -19 PCR test report, taken no earlier than 7 days before arrival is indispensable for any visitor above 5 years of age.
- For quarantine, you must stay at any COVID-certified accommodation or government facility at your own expense. Stay is allowed at up to 2 different properties during the period.
- You can tour only a few select attractions which are currently open. Bookings for the same can be done with certified tour operators.
- Zambia is open for international tourists since the end of June.
- Quarantine is mandatory for 14 days but you have the choice of going to a government facility or private accommodation.
- For the latter, regular follow-ups with the Ministry of Health officials are necessary.
- You get your e-visa here for entering Zambia.
Since 2017, Saba Ghani has been the chief content writer for Pakistan Tour and Travel & EMHI Solutions. You can catch her at [email protected] or