This Week in Travel: July 23

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:

Turkey is Open for Travel

The country has reopened to visitors from many countries, including the U.S. and Canada, as of June 11.

Turkey is welcoming international visitors back once again, including those from the U.S. and Canada. Reopening their borders from June 11, visitors arriving in the country do not need to bring any health documentation or proof of negative testing with them to be granted entry. 

Travellers will, however, be temperature-screened upon arrival. Those showing coronavirus-related symptoms will be transported to a local hospital for treatment and quarantine.

At this time, face coverings are mandatory in many public areas (including supermarkets, marketplaces, and malls) as well as on all forms of transportation with at least two people inside. 

For more information on the reopening, visit here.

Barbados Wants You to Work From Its Beaches for a Year

The island’s new work visa initiative is targeting remote workers who want to trade in their home office for the beach.

Barbados is calling upon those working remotely to consider moving to the island under the country’s new visa program. Named the “Barbados Welcome Stamp,” the initiative allows workers to live on the Caribbean island and work remotely for their employer, regardless of where they are based, for up to a year.

The program is open to anyone earning more than US$50,000 and is designed to help boost the island’s economy, which relies heavily on tourism. It also comes at a time when many work patterns have been changed due to the pandemic.

“We recognise more people are working remotely, sometimes in very stressful conditions, with little option for vacation,” said Prime Minister Mia Mottley. “Our new 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp is a visa that allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations.”

Applications are now being accepted — check out the details here!

The Empire State Building Reopened on July 22

The New York attraction will require temperature screens, face masks, and an online reservation.

New York City’s iconic landmark reopened to the public on Monday, with a few changes to its operations. 

Located on the 80th, 86th and 102nd floors, access to the exhibits and observation decks is by appointment only. Visitor capacity is being reduced by over 80% to allow only 500 guests at a time in the enormous 70,000 square foot space (which equates to over 18 feet of separation between parties). Operating hours of the attraction are also being reduced from 8am to 11pm for the first few weeks.

To be permitted entry, guests will have to bring their own face coverings, be temperature screened upon entry, and follow social distancing guidelines. 

The Empire State Building has also installed a new air purification system as part of a $165 million observatory redevelopment, which according to their website, “improves air quality and reduces the risk of virus transmission.”

For more information on the reopening, visit here.

Iceland Is Inviting Travellers to Scream Away Their Lockdown Stress

Named the “Let It Out” campaign, it’s also designed to encourage tourism.

As part of a new campaign to help relieve coronavirus-related stress and encourage Icelandic tourism, Promote Iceland’s “Let It Out” initiative is inviting people to record their screams to be released on speakers in remote spaces across the country. 

To take part, people are instructed to record their scream directly on the website, where information on the benefits of scream-therapy is detailed. They can choose where it will be broadcasted, from the Westfjords to the Reykjanes peninsula. 

“We want to draw prospective tourists’ attention to the fact that it’s relatively safe to travel to Iceland and that here you can experience beautiful nature without crowds, which is something that we think people will seek out when interest in travel increases again,” Sigríður Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, the tourism director, said.

Iceland’s borders have remained open to other EU and Schengen countries throughout the pandemic, with some entry requirements. On July 15, Iceland lifted restrictions for an additional 12 countries, including Canada, Japan, and Australia. To learn more on this, visit www.covid.is.

For more information on the initiative or to record your own scream, head here!

Kenya Is Reopening to Travellers Next Month

Tourism authorities have also announced reduced entrance fees to all of the country’s Wildlife Service game parks and reserves.

After four months of lockdown, Kenya will be lifting restrictions for travel in and out of the country. According to a statement from the president, international flights will be resuming from August 1. Domestic flights began operations again on July 15. 

Entry requirements to Kenya have not yet been confirmed. However, a curfew from 9pm to 4am has been extended for an additional 30 days, with the warning that if the outbreak worsens, more stringent restrictions may have to be set.

As they prepare for the reopening, The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has announced they will be offering reduced entrance fees to all of the country’s Wildlife Service game parks and reserves. This is now in effect until June 30, 2021. 

For more information on the reopening, visit here.

Costa Rica Announces a Reopening Date

The Central American country will be reopening its borders and resuming international flights beginning in August.

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According to Costa Rican health authorities, the country is planning on reopening its airports for international travel on August 2.

Included in the reopening are Juan Santamaría in Alajuela and Daniel Oduber Quirós in Guanacaste, the country’s two major international airports. 

The Health Minister has stated that only travellers from countries who have “controlled spread of the coronavirus” will be allowed in, but has yet to indicate which. An announcement with details regarding this and their protocols is expected soon, so stay tuned!

For more information about the reopening, head here

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