This year hasn’t gone quite to plan so far. Just when we thought we were very much in the ‘de-escalation’ phase of lockdown, for many of us, everything seems to be heading in the wrong direction again – especially when it comes to travel.
Borders are closed and travel restrictions still in place all over the world. Moving freely from one country to another feels almost like a thing of the past. Now there is even talk of needing ‘vaccine passports’ to get into certain destinations.
So the question is: when will we actually be able to get out there and explore the world again? Well – for some of us at least – right now in fact. Governments across the world may still be advising their citizens to stay put, but many countries are still opening up in an effort draw visitors over the coming months.
Nations across the Mediterranean were among the first to welcome tourists again in May 2020, while destinations across the Caribbean and Asia also lifted travel restrictions and allowed commercial flights to resume at fuller service through the summer and autumn. (Note that other destinations, including Bali and Australia, are yet to reopen at all, with the latter saying it might not welcome international visitors until the end of 2021.)
So, want to know where you can travel and go on holiday right now? Here’s the lowdown on all the countries that have already reopened – and all those that are planning to soon – along with information on testing and vaccination requirements for travellers.
Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.