The last few months had seen travel come to a standstill due to the Covid-19 crisis. But as countries across the world and in India realize the importance and much necessity for travel to revive, each one is taking concrete steps in the positive direction all the while keeping the current situation and safety aspects in place.
We bring you in this blog, optimistic news world over updated as countries, travel organizations and airline bodies apprise us on the ongoing position. Follow us for the latest news alerts from the world of travel.
- Croatia: has opened its borders from 15.05.2020 to tourists from EU countries who can enter Croatia if they have a reservation from a hotel or apartment. Third-country citizens will only be able to cross the border after June 15. The 14-day self-isolation obligation is cancelled.
- Slovenia: declares itself Covid-19 free
- Greece :to restart tourism June 15, international flights July 1: Greece will restart its tourism season on June 15 in a key boost to the economy after the virus lockdown, and international flights would resume on July 1. Incoming travellers will not be required to undergo virus testing or quarantine, but sample tests will be carried out in tourist areas. Every International traveller to Greece will have to enter through Athens and submit to a health screening, which includes a rapid covid-19 test. To encourage tourism, Greece is also making travel cheaper by temporarily reducing value added tax (VAT) on all transport – flights, bus journeys and rail travel – to 13% from 24%.
- Tanzania: has opened its borders and are happy to welcome clients already. Tanzania is a great destination to travel, easy to maintain social distancing and offers visa on arrival
- Italy: plans to open its borders to International visitors from June 15th without the mandatory 14 days quarantine
- Iceland : now plans to reopen to International travellers by June 15. When it reopens to tourists in June, Iceland it will require all visitors to either take a covid-19 test, agree to a two-week quarantine or present official documentation of a recent negative test. Regardless of which option they choose, tourists will have to download a contact-tracing app. Iceland has tested more than 13 percent of its population, higher than any other country in the world.
- Belgium : Belgium is aiming to reopen to International tourists by 15 June, and is likely to make an announcement by the end of May. Currently, all arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days. Proof of residence and onward travel required for transit.
- Poland : Borders are likely to be open to International tourists from 13 June. Restrictions have been lifting gradually since 4 May, and travel to cities, national parks and beaches is now permitted. International flights are due to begin operating again on 23 May. Currently, all arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days. Hotels were permitted to open from 4 May (without catering). Museums, art galleries and remaining shops due to open 18 May. City bike schemes and some public transport operating. Face masks mandatory in public.
- Georgia : is opening on July 1st for International travel. Covid-19 test will be done on arrival.
- Seychelles : will be opening its International airport for commercial flights in June.
- The Bahamas: is targeting July 1 as opening date for International tourists
- The Caribbean islands : – St Lucia / St Kitts and Nevis – June 4th are planning on starting International arrivals.
- After the most difficult months of the crisis, Accor Hotels are moving steadily into recovery. Over the past weeks, they have re-opened more than 250 hotels.
- Marriott sees occupancy in China, Korea and Australia go up.
- 580 Relais & Châteaux Reopening Worldwide : The group is ready to welcome a different and far more demanding clientele. Measures will depend on respective country’s health and safety requirements, respect social distancing remains crucial. Protocols build the privacy imperative and will be adapted by hotel employees.
- Domestic flights in India to open up in stages from 25 May in a calibrated manner.
- Emirates resumes passenger flights to 9 destinations, including connections between UK and Australia. Current destinations for return flights from 21st May till 30th June include Chicago, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival in Dubai which includes: a mandatory DHA test on arrival; a mandatory 14 day quarantine and a follow up test before release.
- Qatar Airways: The airline is looking to resume flights to India by June, subject to regulatory approval. At present, the airline continues to operate flights to more than 30 destinations around the world.