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International Travel This Summer

If you’re wondering about the prospects for international travel over the next few months with the coronavirus pandemic perhaps ebbing, Elise Taylor at Vogue has reviewed travel restrictions around the globe. Some places are only allowing domestic visitors or those from carefully-screened nations where COVID-19 appears to be controlled, while some require mandatory 14-day quarantines on foreign travelers. On top of those issues, many airlines have reduced scheduled flights as much as 70 percent due to decreased demand.

You may be asking: Is there anywhere I can, let alone should, go? Here’s a summary from Elise’s article. Note that the U.S. State Department is still advising its citizens to avoid all international travel.

The United States is still off limits for travelers from Europe, China, and Brazil. The U.S.-Canada border is closed to non-essential travel and Canada is closed to most international visitors.

The Caribbean is beginning to re-open in June and July, but before you go make sure to check for any newfound visiting requirements, such as a negative COVID-19 test certification. Although beaches in Mexico have begun to open to foreign tourists, popular Central American tourist destinations, such as Costa Rica and Belize, remain closed to foreign visitors and Guatemala is under a strict 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Panama’s international flight ban presently extends through June 22.

In South America, several countries are experiencing pandemic peaks at present. A commercial flight ban is in place in Argentina. Chile’s borders are still closed. Brazil currently is not accepting any foreign visitors.

As for Europe, Greece is open to visitors from the E.U., China, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, and several other countries that seem to have their coronavirus outbreaks under control, but some destinations require a COVID-19 test on arrival. Many restaurants and bars have yet to open.

Italy, Germany and France are also slowly opening and have begun allowing in tourists from the E.U., the United Kingdom, and Monaco, although UK visitors to France are required to do a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Austria has re-opened all of its borders, except with Italy. However arriving airline passengers must show a negative COVID-19 test less than four days old or quarantine for 14-days.

Spain will start loosening restrictions in July.

Although much of Europe is out of bounds for U.S. travelers this summer, the U.K., Ireland, and Portugal will accept Americans. The U.K. and Ireland ask that visitors do a lengthy quarantine however.

The Asian nations of China and South Korea remain closed to outside visitors. Japan is considering letting in tourists from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand in the upcoming months. International flights to India remain suspended.

Domestic travel restrictions are loosening in some areas of Africa, but foreign traveler bans are still in place in popular destinations like Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.

Here’s a link to Elise’s full story at Vogue.com.