Measures to combat COVID-19 continue to be relaxed around the world. In the next collection, Dip.org.ua will talk about countries that have decided to ease restrictions on tourists.
Since March 28, the rule of mandatory wearing of masks in open spaces has been canceled in Georgia. So far, personal protective equipment should be worn only in public transport and indoors. Today, all restrictions on the number of visitors to food facilities, as well as sports, cultural and social events are being lifted.
From March 28, Poland is waiving the mask regime and mandatory quarantine for arriving tourists.
Almost all major quarantine restrictions related to the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted in Israel. Thus, local citizens and tourists no longer need a “green passport” to check into hotels, visit restaurants, shops and other public places. Such a document will only be required at “high risk” events, such as celebrations or parties with a large number of participants. Of the anti-COVID measures in Israel, only masks remained: the authorities extended the requirement to wear masks indoors until April 15, 2022.
Sweden lifts all covid restrictions for third-country nationals from 1 April. Entry is allowed without providing PCR and antigen tests and certificates of vaccination or recovery. Previously, such rules were valid only for citizens of the European Union.
Previously, Kenya lifted most of the restrictions, including the mandatory wearing of protective masks in public places and all types of quarantine for those who tested positive. According to ATOR, vaccinated tourists no longer need a PCR test before departure.
Unvaccinated travelers are still required to have a negative PCR test result 72 hours prior to departure for Kenya and undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival for a fee of $30. In case of a positive result, you will need to take a PCR test for $50. Children under the age of five are exempted from testing.
Republic of South Africa
South Africa has removed the requirement for PCR testing on arrival for vaccinated travelers. For entry, you will need a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours. Masks are no longer required in outdoor public places, but they are still required to be worn in malls, museums, restaurants and on public transport.
Since March 15, vaccinated tourists have been exempted from PCR tests before departure. Adults 18 years of age and older who have received the first two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, plus a booster dose if six months have passed since the primary vaccination, are considered vaccinated. Adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age should receive two doses of the drug.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors will be required to provide a negative PCR test result taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure, or a rapid antigen test no more than 24 hours old.
Hong Kong is reducing the quarantine period for international arrivals from 14 days to 7 days from April 1 if they test negative for COVID-19 on the sixth and seventh days of self-isolation.
Singapore will allow vaccinated travelers to enter for tourism purposes from April 1. Passengers who are vaccinated will not be required to quarantine upon arrival in Singapore, but they will need to take a PCR test 48 hours before departure.
In India, from March 31, all restrictive measures introduced due to the pandemic are lifted. At the same time, residents of the country must continue to wear medical masks and follow hygiene rules to prevent coronavirus infections.
In Indonesia, from March 23, foreign tourists are allowed to rest on the Indonesian islands, including Bali, without quarantine. No need to book a special hotel. PCR tests remain a mandatory requirement. The first test must be done within 48 hours before traveling to Indonesia, the second – upon arrival.
Earlier, according to ATOR, another 20 countries announced the cancellation or mitigation of anti-covid measures: Italy, Bulgaria, Moldova, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, the Netherlands, France, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Iran, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius , Namibia, Canada and Australia.