This Week in Travel: August 28

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:

Virgin Atlantic’s Providing Free Covid-19 Insurance to All Passengers

The insurance covers medical treatment, hotel quarantine, and even funeral costs.

Virgin Atlantic has announced it is now adding free of charge Covid-19 cover of up to US$654,000 (£500,000) to every booking, for travel between August 24, 2020 and March 31, 2021. 

Working with insurance company Allianz Assistance, the airline’s website says it will cover coronavirus-related costs including medical expenses, denied boarding costs, repatriation, quarantine costs, and in a worst-case scenario, up to $6,533 (£5,000) of funeral expenses. 

Virgin Atlantic’s social media wrote, “We could all use some extra peace of mind right now. So we are adding free of charge Virgin Atlantic Covid-19 Cover to every new and existing booking, for travel up until March 31st 2021. This means that if you have issues on your trip related to Coronavirus, you’re covered.”

Interested in finding out more about the insurance? Just head here.

You Can Apply to Live and Work From This Caribbean Island for a Year

Anguilla is the most recent country to tempt remote workers with its beautiful beaches and year-long digital work permit.

Anguilla is calling on those working remotely to consider moving to the island for up to one year with their digital work permit.

“On Anguilla, WiFi is plentiful and beaches are endless,” says the tourism board’s website. “You’ll find new inspiration in our renowned cuisine, rediscover happy hour with beach-side cocktails, and our private villas or resort hotels provide all the luxury you need to make work from home feel like a vacation.” 

On Friday, the country opened an online application, which all hopeful visitors (wanting to arrive no later than October 31) are required to complete as a first step to head to the island. Those planning to arrive after November 1 can apply at the end of September. 

Those wishing to stay in Anguilla for up to a year will have to pay $2000, which includes costs related to Covid-19 testing, additional health staff, as well as the digital work permit.

For more information, visit here.

Costa Rica Has Reopened and Will Now Allow Travellers From Six U.S. States

Having reopened to a number of countries in August, the Central American nation announced it would be extending the list to include travellers from select U.S. states.

Costa Rica has reopened for international travel! 

As of August 19, residents and citizens allowed to travel there include those from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, the United Kingdom; Canada; Uruguay; Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China; and New Zealand.

Beginning September 1, residents from the following six US states will be able to join them: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut.

At the current time, entry requirements to Costa Rica include:

  • Completion of the electronic health pass.
  • Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of travel.
  • Proof of medical insurance. This can be international or purchased in Costa Rica.
  • US travellers: A driver’s license that shows they live in one of the approved states.

Travellers coming from the permitted regions who meet all entry requirements will not have to quarantine on arrival. For more on travel to Costa Rica, head here.

Bali Has Moved Its Reopening Date

Originally set for September 11, the popular travel destination will not be reopening until 2021.

Announced by Bali Governor Wayan Koster on Sunday, the Indonesian island will not be reopening until 2021. 

Originally set to welcome international travellers by September 11, the governor stated, “The situation in Indonesia is not conducive to allowing international tourists to visit Indonesia, including Bali.” 

He added that “The central government supports (Bali’s) plans to recover tourism by opening the doors for international tourists. However, this requires care, prudence, not to be rushed, and requires careful preparation.”

An official reopening date has yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for updates!

Visit here for more information on the announcement.

Geneva’s Giving Visitors Free Gift Cards to Spend

With tourism having been impacted by Covid-19, the Swiss city’s offering travellers a financial incentive to encourage their return.

To help encourage tourism, Geneva is offering visitors 100 Swiss Francs (around US$110) to spend around the city.

According to the Geneva Tourism website, you can spend the gift card in 58 hotels and guesthouses, 66 bars and restaurants, and a variety of attractions — including at a yoga studio or on a chocolate tour. 

To get the gift card, all you have to do is book a minimum two-night stay at a participating hotel or guesthouse. 

Switzerland has eased its travel restrictions and is now open to visitors from countries deemed low-risk. Those coming from certain destinations with higher infection rates are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

For more information on the Geneva Gift Card and on travel to Switzerland, visit here!

Armenia Has Reopened for International Travel

On August 12, the country reopened to international visitors arriving by air.

As of August 12, Armenia has reopened to international visitors travelling by air, after being shut down since March. 

At the current time, there are no restrictions based on country of origin, but all travellers are subject to a 14-day quarantine, with the possibility (if they choose to) to take a PCR test at their own expense.

If the test comes back negative, travellers can end their quarantine before completing all 14 days and are free to explore around. 

To learn more about Armenia’s reopening, head here!

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