This Week In Travel: August 20

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:

Anguilla’s Covid-Free and Will Be Taking Applications for Entry

The Caribbean island will be reopening in phases — allowing those who wish to travel to the destination to apply.

Officially declared Covid-free, Anguilla will be reopening to travellers this month. 

Those wishing to visit the Caribbean island will have to apply, with interested travellers able to start the application process as early as tomorrow (August 21). 

Application requirements include:

  • A home address
  • Desired travel dates
  • Proof of a negative PCR test, taken 3-5 days before arrival
  • A health insurance policy that would cover medical expenses related to Covid-19 treatment

Once approved, an electronic certificate authorizing travel to Anguilla will be issued. Those coming from low-risk countries will be given preference, while those from higher-risk destinations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

As part of this first phase of reopening (lasting until October 31), another PCR test will be given to travellers upon arrival and a second test will be done on day 10. Visitors are expected to remain at their approved villas during this time, free to explore the island once the second test returns negative.

For more information, just head here

Iceland Is Now Introducing Double Testing for All Travellers

Beginning August 19, travellers wishing to visit the country will have to choose between two Covid-19 screenings or a 14-day quarantine.

Starting today, Iceland is introducing updated measures for travellers wishing to enter the country. 

Upon arrival, visitors will now be given the decision to either:

  1. Undergo two Covid-19 tests, separated by five days of quarantine until the results of the second test come back. For this, travellers will have to pay ISK11,000 (US$80) for the first test, but the second test will be free. 
  2. Quarantine for 14 days upon arrival (and not have to do any border screenings).

In addition, travellers will have to pre-register by filling out an online form with health information, their contact details, where they have been, and where they intend to stay during quarantine.

Visit here for more information on Iceland’s updated measures!

Serbia Has Reopened to Travellers From All Countries

No quarantine or mandatory testing is necessary for most travellers.

Serbia has reopened its borders. While they have been welcoming back travellers since May, they recently announced some updates to their entry requirements on August 14.

Those wishing to enter Serbia from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, or Romania will need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within the previous 48 hours.

For travellers coming from elsewhere, there are currently no requirements for testing or quarantine.

While travelling in Serbia, all visitors must adhere to the following measures implemented by the government:

  • Wear a face covering in all indoor locations, as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.
  • No more than one person per 4 square meters is allowed indoors.
  • Not gather in groups involving 10 or more people, indoors or outdoors.

To read more on Serbia’s requirement update, head here

These Countries Now Require International Health Insurance to Enter

Typically separate from your standard health insurance, many countries are now requiring proof of an international plan.

Whether it’s a negative Covid-19 test or a mandatory quarantine, many countries have increased the number (and stringency) of entry requirements for travellers. As part of them, a growing number of popular destinations have now made it mandatory for travellers to show proof of international health insurance, including:

🇦🇼  Aruba: Requires visitors to purchase a pre-determined healthcare policy from the Aruban government with coverage for up to US$75,000 in hospital expenses and multiple Covid-19 tests.

🇨🇷  Costa Rica: Mandatory for all visitors to have proof of international health insurance that also covers lodging for quarantine and medical expenses.

🇸🇽  Sint Maarten: Requires all travellers to have proof of health insurance coverage. Their government also “strongly recommends” additional travel insurance covering Covid-19 related expenses.

🇵🇫  Tahiti and French Polynesia: Visitors must fill out a digital entry form attesting that they have acquired international health insurance, and that they agree to be held liable for all local costs of care deemed necessary during their stay.

🇹🇨  Turks and Caicos: Requires visitors to submit evidence of insurance as part of a three-step process for travel authorization, “which covers Covid-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.”

🇦🇪  United Arab Emirates: Requires proof of healthcare insurance coverage. Most international flights arrive in Dubai, which has its own specific health requirements in place.

Interested in learning more about each of the destinations and their requirements? Just visit here

St. Kitts and Nevis Is to Reopen in October

Authorities say the dual-island nation is expected to reopen its borders for international travel in October, allowing for the resumption of air and sea commercial traffic.

Another Caribbean destination will be soon reopening their borders to international travel. St. Kitts and Nevis, the dual-island nation located south of St. Barts, is set to begin welcoming travellers back in October.

In preparation for the reopening, an expansive training program is being conducted by local tourism authorities in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Civil Aviation. According to their Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, “It aims to train 5,000 persons in the industry at no cost to participants.” 

The training, which is designed to educate stakeholders in the health and safety protocols, must be completed in order for businesses to obtain the “Travel Approved” seal that will be required for them to operate. 

Restrictions and regulations for incoming travellers have yet to be announced. Stay tuned for updates!

For those wanting more details on the reopening, just head here.

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