A roundup of COVID-19-related updates, including closures and reopenings.
Looking for the latest travel news from around the world? You’ve come to the right place.
Each week, we’re rounding up the top headlines and news stories to help you stay in the loop on all things travel. From tourism reopenings to restriction updates, we’re here to help keep you informed on the latest.
Here’s what you need to know from the past week:
Singapore’s Making Travellers Wear Quarantine Tracking Devices
All incoming arrivals must quarantine at home with electronic monitoring devices.
As of yesterday, Singapore is requiring all incoming travellers to quarantine at home with electronic monitoring devices.
According to the country’s Ministry of Health, the devices use GPS and 4G/Bluetooth signals to determine if those serving their 14-day ‘Stay-Home-Notices’ are within range of their quarantine locations. The devices do not store any personal data and do not have any voice or video recording function.
All incoming travellers over the age of 12, including returning residents, will be required to wear the device. After clearing immigration, travellers will have to pick up their monitors and activate them after arriving at their quarantine locations.
During the 14 days, the device may send notifications to the wearers which will need to be promptly acknowledged. Attempts to leave the quarantine location or tamper with the device will send an alert to the authorities, who will conduct a follow-up investigation (except when the wearer is leaving for their Covid-19 test).
To read more about Singapore’s quarantine measures, head here.
Spain’s Canary Islands Are Offering Free Covid-19 Travel Insurance
The policy launched early August and will be in place for the next 12 months.
In an effort to kickstart tourism, the Canary Islands are offering travellers free Covid-19 insurance.
Already in effect, the policy covers all expenses relating to the coronavirus — including medical bills and the cost of accommodations for mandatory quarantines.
All Spanish and international tourists are covered, but only under the condition they did not know they had contracted Covid-19 prior to their travels. Those who already have personal travel insurance will also not be covered.
“The Canary Islands are making further progress in their commitment to strengthen and increase the safety and peace of mind of tourists,” Yaiza Castilla, the Canary Islands’ tourism minister, said in a statement.
If you’re interested in learning more about the insurance, visit here.
Sint Maarten Is Now Open to American Travelers
Sint Maarten has officially reopened its borders to U.S. visitors, following its reopening to Canadian and European travellers in July.
As of August 1, the Caribbean destination Sint Maarten is officially open to American travellers. The country reopened in phases, welcoming back both Canadian and European travellers last month.
At the current time, only Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, has reopened to Americans. The French side of the island, Saint Martin, has kept its borders closed to the Dutch side, meaning that travellers are unable to visit that side of the island for the time being.
As part of Sint Maarten’s entry requirements, travellers must complete a health declaration form online and take a Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their arrival.
Visit here for more details on the reopening!
Estonia Launched a Digital Nomad Visa
The new visa allows workers to stay in the country for up to a year, while they freelance or work remotely for a foreign company.
Estonia is the most recent country to offer an incentive for remote workers. The small Baltic nation launched a new Digital Nomad Visa that allows remote workers to live in Estonia and legally work for an international employer or as a freelancer for up to a year.
You can apply for the visa if you meet the following requirements:
- You are a “digital nomad” meaning that you can work independent of location and perform your work duties remotely using telecommunications technology.
- You either have an active employment contract with a company registered outside of Estonia, conduct business through your own company registered abroad, or work as a freelancer for clients mostly outside of Estonia.
- You can provide proof that your income met the minimum monthly threshold during the six months preceding the application (which is currently €3504 — approximately US$4,130 — gross of tax).
The application fee is €80 for a Type C (short stay) visa and €100 for a Type D (long stay) visa.
According to the Digital Nomad Visa website, applications are now open! To learn more or to apply, just head here.