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Lockdown: Lifted/Lightened

Do we have lift off or lockdown still?

Over the last few months many living the global lifestyle have had plans radically disrupted in multiple ways. The lockdowns are being eased in some countries, while in others it is as intense as ever.

We will be updating this article regularly so that you can plan for your travels. DO NOT count on travel insurance to cover covid-19 related illness as most have FCO (UK) travel advisory notices or CDC travel levels. A viable and strong option is Nomad Health Insurance, which is the 2+ month short term or annual international medical insurance plans from Insured Nomads, chat on social media to get your questions answered. There are places without entry restrictions such as Gibraltar, but if you want to go to Moldova or Greece or fly into Belgrade....you can fly in as early as a week from now, or Iceland as of one month from now. Scroll down and check the latest status levels for entry.

As of the 23rd of June: Government warning levels

    Global: Avoid Nonessential Travel: CDC Warning Level 3 (highest)USA

    Global: Do not Travel restriction: AU Smart Traveler Gov't OfficeAustralia

    Global: All but Essential Travel: UK FCOUnited Kingdom

As of the 29th of July: Country Lockdown Status

     Most countries will allow re-entry of citizens, with required self-quarantine. Any other entry that is not citizen related is rare. Essential medical staff is a common exception.

➤ Antigua and Barbuda has lifted their ban on commercial flights, and officially incoming traffic resumed to VC Bird Int'l Airport. Passengers and crew who have been in Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Singapore or South Korea in the past 28 days are not allowed to enter. View details.

Argentina has restrictions in place until the 1st of September, borders are closed to all arrivals except Argentine nationals or residents.

Aruba has restricted the entry of residents and others through the 1st of July.

Australia has restricted int'l entry until the end of July, at the earliest.

Bahamas has said there is a possibility of lifting the ban on international entry by the 30th of September.

Barbados has inbound restrictions at least until the 30th of June and a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government facility for all persons entering Barbados. Citizens and residents of Barbados will be subject to a home-quarantine.

Belgium has limited entry from Europe in effect at least through the 1st of July. A 14 day self-quarantine is required for permanent residents and citizens upon entering the country. It does not apply to foreigners transiting through Belgium via air, land or sea. They must be able to enter and leave Belgian territory easily to continue travel to their destination. There is no quarantine required for travelers on essential business travel.

Belize has an indefinite lockdown in place.

Bermuda has no indication of when the lockdown will lift.

Brazil has a ban of foreign travelers through the 5th of July at this point. They do allow entry of immediate family members of Brazilian citizens, holders of a National Migration Registry card (formerly referred to as RNE), foreign professionals of an int'l organization, foreign employees and they still allow travelers to transition through Brazilian airports on connecting flights.

Bulgaria has restriction into the country denying the entry of most foreign nationals, including travelers from some European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, except for citizens of other EU or Schengen countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden).

Burkina Faso will life the lockdown on international entry as of the 1st of August.

Cambodia has now lifted the ban as of the 20th of May on travelers arriving from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain and the US, but a 14 day quarantine is required. A US$3000 deposit must be paid for COVID-10 testing. Foreigners desiring to travel into Cambodia must first obtain a visa from Cambodian missions abroad, the statement reads, adding that an individual must provide a medical certificate, issued by competent health authorities of their country no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, certifying that they are not tested positive for COVID-19. They also require a proof of health insurance with coverage.

Canada has restricted Canada-US border crossings until at least the 21st of July to non-essential travel (i.e. recreation and tourism) and foreign nationals or U.S. citizens arriving from the U.S. without COVID-19 symptoms may enter Canada for essential travel only (including work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, shopping for essential medical supplies, seeking medical care and medical personnel working in the healthcare field). Borders are closed otherwise with no date announced for change.

Cayman Islands has restricted international entry at least until the 1st of September.

Chile has restricted international entry until at the 30th of September at the earliest.

China has international entry restrictions in place indefinitely.

Colombia has a restriction on international entry until the 31st of August.

Costa Rica has incoming border closure through the 30th of June and does not restrict exit and any foreigner who leaves will lose their immigration status.

Cuba has suspended inbound and outbound commercial flights until the 31st of May.

Czech Republic (Czechia) announced they plan to open to all by July, currently they have some of the widest parameter for entry. Internationals whose visas or residence permits have expired, during the Coronavirus pandemic, are allowed to stay until the 17th of July. It has now been proposed that there will be a further easing of the lockdown starting the 8th of June, if they do ease it as desired those entering from low-risk countries, such as Austria, Croatia or Slovakia, would not need a negative test to enter the country.

Denmark anticipates easing restrictions as of the 1st of June, updates forthcoming.

Djibouti has a lockdown on international entry through the 1st of September.

Dominican Republic restricts international entry indefinitely.

Estonia has required self-isolation for 14 days for those arriving from countries where the infection rate is over 15 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. At this time this list includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the UK. View the country list here as it gets updated: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-quarantine-requirements-passengers

Finland anticipates limited border opening by the 14th of July, and full international entry allowed by July.

France has said that they will ease international entry restrictions on the 1st of July.

Georgia has not indicated when international entry will be lightened/lifted.

Germany has not given a date for non-essential entry, and will update by the 15th of June.

Gibraltar does not have restrictions or ban for travel to or from the country and airport operations remain open.

Greece has lifted restrictions on the 15th of June for non-essential travel for citizens of Albania, Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia.  Currently entry exceptions are allowed for health workers; those with a long-term visa in a European and Schengen country and those who have a travel permit from a Greek consulate; government, diplomatic, military, and humanitarian staff; and aircraft crews. The borders and ferry services with Albania, Italy and North Macedonia are closed until the 15th of June with the exception of trade and persons of Greek nationality or those resident in Greece. Cruise ships can port as of 1st of August.

Greenland has implemented the following: Upon check-in one must show a maximum 5-day-old negative Corona test.
The traveler must also show a confirmation of the completed Sumut form, a personal locator form, which advises where you will be visiting and whom you will come in contact with. The form can be downloaded at www.sumut2020.gl
Upon arrival in Greenland, a traveller must go directly into quarantine. Then, they must re-test on the 5th day after arrival at a major town’s hospital. If the new test results are negative, the quarantine ends.

Guatemala has said they will have an int'l entry lockdown at least through the 5th of June.

Honduras will allow citizens to return, but an indefinite lockdown on other entry.

Hungary allows entry.  A self-isolation/quarantine is required for  14-days. Exemptions are:
1. Hungarian residents and citizens of Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, and Slovakia.
2. Business travelers from Bulgaria, Japan, Poland or South Korea.

Iceland will allow foreign visitors to enter as of the 15th of June after being tested upon arrival. Visitors will either have to agree to be tested for COVID-19 or they will need to self-quarantine for two weeks.

India will be re-addressing the restriction status on the 31st of May.

Indonesia has suspended all commercial flights to and from the country until further notice.

➤ Ireland only has the following in place: on arrival, travelers must complete a form providing details related to the mandatory self-isolation. All arrivals, citizens or visitors, are required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. A traveler cannot leave Ireland before the end of self-isolation. Their definition of self-isolation is staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people, including not going to work or to public places, not taking public transport or taxis; and not having visitors in your home.

➤ Italy will allow entry of nationals of Andorra, EU countries, Ireland, Monaco, the Republic of San Marino, Schengen states, Vatican City State as of the 1st of July. Those who have travelled to third countries in the past 14 days will still have to undergo a quarantine period upon arrival.

Jamaica anticipates allowing non-Jamaicans in as of the 30th of June.

Japan has a restriction in place until the 30th of June banning the entry of foreigners that have visited the following countries in the last 14 days: 

  • Africa: Cabo Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, and Sao Tome and Principe.
  • Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, Uruguay and the US.
  • Asia-Pacific: Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong (China SAR), Indonesia, Macao (China SAR), Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea (all regions), Taiwan (China), Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Europe & CIS: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and Vatican City.
  • Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates

Kazakhstan restricts international entry at least through the 29th of July.

Malaysia has restricted the entry of foreigners at least until the 31st of August.

Malta anticipates opening of it's borders on the 1st of July, with a 14 day quarantine required.

Marshall Islands restricts international entry at least until the 5th of July.

Mexico has non-essential travel restrictions in place at the US border at least through the 21st of July.

Moldova restricts international entry at least until the 30th of June.

Mongolia has suspended all international entry until at least the 30th of June.

Mozambique has declared that until the 15th of June, entry into the country will be limited to persons on state business only (diplomatic or government personnel only) and health officials.

Myanmar has restricted international entry indefinitely and those who are allowed in (diplomats, residents, +) including Myanmar nationals, will be subject to a quarantine at designated facilities. All foreign nationals are required to present a health certificate confirming they have not been infected with COVID-19 (dated no more than 72 hours prior to departure), including for domestic flights.

Nepal has a restriction on international entry at least until the 2nd of June.

Netherlands has entry restrictions in place through the 15th of June banning foreigners with the exception of:

  • EU citizens
  • Nationals of the United Kingdom
  • Nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and members of their family;
  • Third-country nationals (TCN) who hold a residence card or residence permit
  • Third-country nationals (TCN) who have their right of residence from other European directives/national law of a Member State;
  • Those with a long-stay visa, including a temporary residence permit (MVV).
  • Other persons with an essential function or need, including: Personnel working in Health Care; Border workers; Persons employed in the transportation of goods, where necessary; Diplomats; Military personnel; Personnel of international and humanitarian organizations; Persons who have compelling reasons to visit their families; Transit passengers who wish to travel via the Netherlands to another third country; Persons in need of international protection; the border procedure applies in full; Persons who are admitted for humanitarian reasons.

Nigeria has declared lockdown through the 6th of August.

Norway requires a 10 day self-quarantine but no restriction on entry now.

Panama has suspended all international flights until at least 22nd of July.

Paraguay has an indefinite ban on international entry.

Peru has suspended all international entry until further notice.

Portugal is allowing entry as of the 1st of July to nationals of an EU member state and their relatives, to passengers of the Portuguese-speaking countries, from South Africa, Canada, the US, the UK under the transitional arrangement and Venezuela, as long as the principle of reciprocity is ensured in those countries to the Portuguese citizens, to Schengen associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland), to third-country nationals holding a residence permit or a long-stay visa issued by the national authorities, applicants for international protection and humanitarian reasons, nationals from the Portuguese-Speaking Countries under health protocols for urgent and pressing medical acts to people holding an identity document issued by the Foreign Affairs.

Puerto Rico has an indefinite ban on tourist entry. Once in, all passengers are required to self-quarantine for 14 days regardless of whether they are symptomatic. In addition, an islandwide curfew remains in effect from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Qatar has an indefinite ban on international entry of non-citizens.

Romania has not indicated when they will allow the entry of non-citizens.

➤ Rwanda has a mandatory quarantine facility (at the travelers cost) but entry into the country is allowed.

Senegal has suspended all flights and int'l entry at least until the 30th of June.

Serbia opened their borders to tourism and non-essential travel.

Slovenia has announced they will allow international passenger air traffic starting the 12th of May. While the airport in the countries capital of Ljubljana will receive international arrivals,  the country’s smaller airports will not be allowed to receive international flights until June 12.

While passengers will be able to enter through the capital, Ljubljana, international passenger planes will not be able to land at the country’s smaller airports until June 12.

Singapore updated today that Short Term Entry visitors are not allowed entry or transit still but Long Term stay (citizens and certain visa types) can enter with a 14 day Stay- Home Notice (SHN), read more/updates here.

Spain is still under lockdown, extended until the July. International arrival is still closed to all except Spanish citizens, those who are legally resident in Spain, frontier workers or those who can prove “exceptional reason” to enter Spain.

Switzerland anticipates lightening their entry restrictions on the 15th of June.

Thailand has extended their ban on international travel at least through the 30th of June. Visa relief for foreigners has been extended until August

➤Turks & Cacaos is planning on lifting international entry restrictions on the 22nd of July.

➤United Kingdom allows for international entry with a 14 day quarantine and tracking, with steep fines/penalty for breaking the quarantine starting on the 8th of June.

United States of America indicates no change in their blocking entry of non-citizens if within the last 14 days they have been to China, Iran, UK, Ireland, and the Schengen countries of Europe ( Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).

US Virgin Islands does not have entry restrictions but those entering the country will be screened and any showing symptoms will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

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