Is international travel allowed yet? See when Jamaica, St. Bart's, Austria plan to reopen borders
Americans with a bad case of wanderlust may have to wait until later this summer to go on vacation abroad - and while some countries, including Spain, have announced planned reopening dates, the selection will be limited for a while.
Coronavirus restrictions are scheduled to reopen in parts of Mexico and the Caribbean in early to mid-June, and the Bahamas plans to open on July 1. However, Europe will lag behind and open up to other citizens of the European Union and the countries of the Schengen area before welcoming international visitors at a later date.
However, at least one EU member state has announced a target window: the Spanish prime minister has announced that his country will be reopened to foreign tourists sometime in July, although he has not given a date.
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Iceland has announced that it will reopen its borders to foreign tourists on June 15, although there is a catch: visitors must either agree to be tested for COVID-19 or self-quarantine for two weeks.
It is worth noting that the U.S. State Department and disease control and prevention centers have not lifted or downgraded their travel warnings. The State Department's global travel warning, first published in March, is still in effect. For the United Kingdom, Ireland and most of Europe, as well as China and Iran, the CDC still has the highest travel warning.
While this isn't a complete list, here's an update on some of the countries most popular with American travelers:
When does the border open? Only on June 23, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. He confirmed that his country's land border with the United States will remain closed for another 30 days. Trudeau and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the announcement two days before the end of the non-essential travel border closing order.
However, there is a big gap: The US embassy in Ottawa said the arrangement currently does not apply to "air, rail, or sea travel, but to commuter and ferry travel."
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"We will be very, very careful when we reopen international travel, including in the United States, before we feel it's time," he said in April when he announced the previous extension.
What can travelers expect once they have access? Trudeau said Canada "is reviewing stronger measures to ensure that we adequately track people who come by" to prevent a second wave of infections.
When does the border open? On Tuesday, Acting Minister of Internal Security, Chad Wolf, announced that the land border with Mexico would remain closed until June 22.
But like the U.S. Canadian closure order, the Mexican version does not apply to air, rail, or sea travel, except for commuter and ferry trips.
Mexico announced late last week that it would lift quarantine restrictions in less affected regions as of Monday and reopen the rest of the country on June 1. However, the Ministry of Health recorded 2,500 new cases on Saturday, the country's largest increase to date.
When will it open its borders again? Sometime between June 15th and July 1st, according to a "preliminary" estimate by the Aruba Tourism Authority. "The reopening goal above may change as we may consider taking additional precautions if necessary," he warned.
When will it open its borders again? On July 1, the island nation announced May 29 in a press release from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. The date is preliminary and may change due to the COVID 19 trends as the country's general improvement "deteriorates".
When will it open its borders again? Jamaica's tourism agency said the Caribbean island will welcome international tourists again from June 15.
What can tourists expect? Visitors are screened for fever and coronavirus symptoms, and those who have both may be subjected to additional screening, including a COVID-19 test. Any visitor who shows symptoms may need to be quarantined. The tourism authority says their health logs are checked every two weeks.
When will it open its borders again? Tourists are already welcome in the United States.
What can tourists expect? According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Agency, all incoming commercial flights have been diverted to San Juan, where incoming guests will need to undergo a health checkup upon arrival, including a short interview and temperature control. After admission, all passengers must quarantine themselves for 14 days, regardless of whether they are symptomatic. In addition, an island-wide curfew applies from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. to May 25.
The French territory will reopen to international tourists from June 22, according to its Facebook page. However, to enter the island, visitors must schedule an RT-PCR Covid-19 test and deliver a negative result within 72 hours of arrival. Alternatively, they can choose to be tested within 24 hours of arrival and maintain strict quarantine until the test is negative. Visitors who stay longer than seven days must take a second test. Anyone who tests positive will be taken to the quarantine center near the Stade de St Jean for surveillance.
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When will it open its borders again? Flights from the United States will return to the East Caribbean island for the first time from June 4, the government said in its reopening plan.
Visitors must provide certified evidence of a negative COVID-19 test that was performed within 48 hours of boarding their flight. There they have to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
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When will it open its borders again? Hopefully by June 1, according to a press conference by Governor Albert Bryan Jr. on May 18, who said he was working with the tourism and health departments and other groups on a rollout plan.
When will it open its borders again? Austria plans to host visitors from European countries other than Sweden, the UK, Portugal and Spain on June 16.
According to the country's official tourism website, visitors who come to Austria from other Schengen contracting countries are required to present a medical certificate, which results in a negative COVID-19 test that was issued in the last four days. Tourists from outside the EU are not yet allowed to fly to Austria.
Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg also said on Wednesday that the southern Italian border would be open without any conditions, but warned Austrian citizens against traveling to Lombardy. The northern Italian region was the epicenter of the Italian epidemic and saw three-digit growth in daily infections, while much of the rest of the country counted a handful or less.
Austria's reluctance to open its common border with Italy, which opened its borders on June 3, was a sore point between the neighbors, especially at the beginning of the summer tourism season.
When will it open its borders again? Greece will welcome visitors from June 15th, but only from 29 countries. The Greek Ministry of Tourism announced that travelers from the approved countries can take direct flights to Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki. Visitors are subjected to a corona virus test.
"Our goal is to welcome any tourist who has overcome their fear and can travel to our country," Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said on aerial television.
The 29 countries include: Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea , Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.
The list will be expanded to include additional countries on July 1, the ministry said.
When will it open its borders again? Tourism Minister Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir announced earlier this month that Iceland, which is part of the European Economic Area but not a member of the EU, will begin easing restrictions on foreign tourists by June 15 at the latest.
The prerequisite for admission is that visitors must either be tested for coronavirus or remain in quarantine for two weeks. However, citizens of countries that produce government documents that document a clean health certificate can choose to submit them, Reuters reported.
Regardless of which option visitors choose, they’ll be asked to download a contact tracking app.
"Iceland's strategy of large-scale testing, tracing, and isolation has so far proven to be effective," Gylfadottir told Reuters of the country's relatively low infection and death rate, as well as its rapid recovery.
When will it open its borders again? Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday that the country would be open to international tourism from July, Madrid-based newspapers El Pais and Reuters reported.
"Spain needs tourism and tourism needs security," said Sanchez.
According to The Financial Times, tourism accounts for 12% of Spain's gross domestic product. It welcomes 80 million tourists every year.
When will it open its borders again? Italy, one of the European countries most affected by the coronavirus, will relax its border restrictions on June 3rd. At this time, Italians can travel between regions or to other EU countries and the United Kingdom, and citizens of these countries can travel to Italy.
When will it open its borders again? French citizens can travel within 100 kilometers of their place of residence, but the borders remain closed for now.
When will it open its borders again? Germany continues to restrict entry to non-EU citizens until June 15.
When will the rest of Europe open its borders again? Only after June 15th and probably later than for non-EU citizens.
Earlier this month, the European Union proposed that members of the Schengen area and associated countries keep their borders closed to non-EU citizens until June 15 so that they can continue to coordinate the continent's response to the pandemic. Almost all 30 countries involved have accepted the proposal.
In mid-April, the Commission presented the European Union with a step-by-step roadmap, initially aimed at restoring free movement between Member States and in the second phase easing restrictions on external borders.
Good news for UK citizens who yearn for travel: The EU also said that UK citizens will continue to be treated as EU citizens until the end of the transition period and can travel once internal borders are relaxed.
From June 8, travelers can enter the UK, but must provide contact information and isolate themselves for 14 days, or be fined.
When does the border open? According to a statement by the country's chief physician, Brendan Murphy, on April 23, no longer for at least three more months. And the only mention of international travel in Prime Minister Scott Morrison's reopening plan is in the final stages, when the country will consider adding other Pacific Islanders and international students.
When does the border open? The country where the pandemic started in December briefly opened its borders to non-nationals before closing it again in late March due to the influx of new cases. No time has been said when it plans to relax these restrictions.
When does the border open? In a statement dated May 31 published on the Ministry of Tourism's website, the Maldives announced that it would open its borders to tourists in July, although no specific date was given.
"Tourists are welcomed," Ali Razzan, senior director of the ministry, wrote in the statement. "And there are no additional fees for tourists visiting the Maldives."
Contributors: Associated Press
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Coronavirus trip: Jamaica, St. Bart's, Austria share reopening plans
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