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September 2020:

Countries reopening for tourism
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August 31, 2020

If you are curious about the status of international travel, some countries are began to ease travel restrictions, but there are still many changes, many places are only allowing domestic visitors, others keep 14-day quarantines, airlines decreased the number of flights by up to 70 percent, but many are wondering about where we should go and can we go…so we completed a list of countries but you can also read the ones we prepared for Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos..we will soon have a full list of countries hoping to keep adding new countries that are opening, meaning the virus will be part of a old chapter..even though nowadays the situation is still so confusing and looks getting worse..but we know it will be ok. I hope we can inspire you and keep being optimistic.

 

Anguilla

Anguilla has announced it will reopen its borders for international tourism starting on August 21, 2020.

Under strict protocols, Anguilla will require visitors to get online approval with a PCR test before they arrive and as well quarantine at their accommodations for 10 days upon arrival.

Requirements:

International travelers wishing to visit Anguilla will now be “required to make a financial contribution to assist in covering the additional costs to government of testing and monitoring,” according to an update from the governor published late last week.

For those intending to stay for less than three months, the charge will be US$1,000 for individuals and US$1,500 for families of up to four persons, with an additional US$250 for every family member beyond four.

Those who are planning to stay longer than three months will be charged US$2,000 for individuals and US$3,000 for families of up to four persons, with an additional US$250 for every family member beyond four. This charge will include all labor and immigration fees.

While Anguilla’s borders will remain closed for regular passenger movements until Oct. 31 at the earliest, the island is accepting applications for entry from visitors wishing to travel to the island.

Evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no less than three days and no more than five days prior to the planned date of arrival is required for a receipt of pre-arrival approval from the Chief Medical Officer.

“Visitors from low-risk countries will be given preference; those from high-risk countries will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration their place of residence,” according to the Anguilla Tourist Board.

There is a mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days in a specified property approved by the Chief Medical Officer, as well as mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival, at the end of the quarantine period prior to discharge, or at any stage during quarantine if symptoms develop. A health insurance policy that will cover any medical expenses incurred in relation to COVID-19 treatment is also required.

There are currently no active or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Anguilla.

Passports

A passport valid beyond your departure date and return and onward tickets are required for all visitors to Anguilla.

Green cards

US Green card holders must have a valid green card and a valid passport from their country of origin. In some cases, visas are still required for entry into Anguilla.

Visas

Visas or Direct Airside Transit Visas to enter Anguilla are required by Nationals of the countries listed

here.For information on the visa application process from your respective country visit this website.

Bali

Not yet reopen for general tourism

Update:

The reopening of Bali to foreign tourists could be delayed until the end of 2020

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment,  Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has stated that the reopening of Bali could be delayed until the end of 2020.

Originally, the Governor of Bali  announced that the island will be reopening its borders for international tourism on September 11th, 2020.

Entry Requirements: All tourists arriving in Bali will be required to bring a negative Covid-19 test, otherwise they will be tested upon arrival at their own expense.

Countries Allowed: Has not been announced

The Indonesian government has not announced any other details on reopening the borders at this time.

 

 

Nepal (updated August 30th 2020)

Plans to Reopen Soon For Tourism

Nepal will be reopening its borders for international tourism on September 1st, 2020 as the blanket ban ends and international flights resume.

Update: Recent reports say this date could now be delayed by 3o days. 

The Nepalese government made the surprise announcement that all international and domestic flights would resume on August 17 but has since been rescheduled for September 1st.. The move comes just before the start of the autumn trekking season from September to November, which typically draws a third of the 1.2 million overseas tourists who visit Nepal on an annual basis.

From September, travelers arriving in Nepal must carry a health certificate proving they are free of Covid-19, but authorities haven’t yet given details on whether they will only accept PCR tests or the time limit on when the test was performed.

 

Singapore

Plans to Reopen Soon For Tourism

Singapore has announced it will reopen its borders for international tourists from select countries starting on September 1st, 2020.

This list is expected to grow but travelers who have spent the last consecutive 14 days in New Zealand and Brunei will qualify for an Air Travel Pass to enter Singapore.

 

Thailand

Plans to Reopen Soon For Select Tourism

Thailand began reopening its borders to select foreign tourists on July 1, 2020.

Travelers Allowed:

  • Businessmen
  • Skilled workers
  • Those with Thai family
  • Those seeking Thai health services

Important Thailand Reopening Update August 23:

The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Yuthasak Supasorn, made a statement on August 21st confirming the government’s plan to open Phuket for international tourism on October 1st.

Reopening Phuket for international tourists will act as a pilot program for the rest of Thailand.

There are many rules, including a mandatory 30 day stay, 14-day in hotel quarantine, and many PCR tests, but tourists will be able to enjoy hotel facilities and in some cases, the beach.

Costa Rica (Updated August 28th 2020)

Costa Rica has announced this week that residents from six additional low-risk US states will be allowed to travel to the country from September, opening its borders to residents from a total of 12 states.

From September 15, tourists from Colorado, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania will be permitted to enter Costa Rica, following residents from Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C, who will be allowed to visit from September 1. They join fellow US tourists from New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut who are also allowed travel to and vacation in the country from September 1.

Tourists from these states must present their driver’s licence or state ID at the borders as proof of residence. “We have included the license-plate requirement to minimize the likelihood that someone from a non-authorized state be allowed to enter,” tourism minister Gustavo Segura said. “We are minimizing our epidemiological risk.”

Travelers from the permitted states will not be required to quarantine upon arrival. However, under enhanced border controls travelers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test will be mandatory in the 72 hours before the trip. When visitors arrive, they will need to complete an online health form and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses.

Costa Rica began a staggered reopening of its tourism industry on August 1 with travelers from countries that have “controlled the spread of the coronavirus” allowed to enter, which includes visitors from Canada, New Zealand, Japan, the UK, and countries within the EU among others. The US, which accounted for 45% of all international visitors to Costa Rica last year, was not initially included in the list.

But now as the Central American country begins to throw its doors open a little wider, the Costa Rica Tourism Board says that it welcoming some US tourists back. “The entry of travelers from these 12 states is allowed because they currently have an epidemiological condition similar or lower levels of contagion to those of Costa Rica,” Segura explained. Hotels will be permitted to operate at 100% capacity, except for common areas, such as restaurants, gyms and swimming pools, which will operate at 50% capacity.

“We are taking very gradual and carefully analyzed steps in the direction of the revitalization of tourism that is very necessary for the protection of the social progress that Costa Rica has achieved through this industry,” he added.

Canada (updated August 28th 2020)

Canada will not reopen for international tourism for at least one more month as the current restrictions were extended until September 30th, 2020.

Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair announced the update on his twitter, Friday afternoon.

Please check back for updates or send an email to info@hauteretreats.com

 

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