This Week in Travel: November 13

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:

Botswana Is Beginning a Phased Reopening of Its Borders

The southern African country began its reopening plan on Monday.

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Botswana has begun reopening its borders. Known as one of the best safari destinations in Africa, the country is ready to start welcoming travellers once again. 

Last week, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi announced a phased reopening plan, which began taking effect on Monday when air travel resumed at several of Botswana’s major airports, including Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone. On December 1, the country expects to reopen its key land border crossings and international air travel at the Phillip Gaonwe Matante International Airport in Francistown.

According to the statement, all travellers must:

  • Present a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of their departure.
  • Undergo a health screening upon their arrival.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms and remain in contact with local health authorities for 14 days.

Those showing symptoms of the virus upon arrival will be subject to additional testing and possible quarantine. 

To learn more about Botswana’s reopening, head here.

This Maldives Resort Is Offering Travellers Unlimited Stays for US$2,500 a Month

With this limited time offer, guests will be able to come and go as they please for the duration of 2021.

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From hotel discounts to new travel visas and digital nomad programs, those in the tourism industry are thinking of many creative ways to attract travellers to return. Most recently announced is a deal aimed at those in need of a lengthy tropical retreat.

Anantara Veli, a luxury five-star resort in the Maldives, just announced a new “Unlimited Stays in Paradise” package where travellers can book unlimited nights for a one-time fee. Valid for stays from January 1 to December 23, 2021, travellers can come and go as they please. 

Included in the package is:

  • Luxury accommodation in an over-water bungalow
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • Shared return transfers between Anantara Veli and Malé as often as required
  • 25% savings on dining and the spa

The package costs an upfront fee of US$30,000 (which averages out to $2,500 per month or just over $80 a night) and includes all taxes and service charges for two people. The offer is only available until November 30, so be sure to book fast if you’re interested.

Find the details here!

Colombia Is Reopen to Visitors With No Mandatory Testing or Quarantine

Last week, the country removed its previously mandatory entry requirement that travellers provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

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As of November 5, arriving travellers in Colombia are no longer required to show proof of a negative PCR test result to enter the country.

The Colombian Ministry of Health announced the changes in a statement last week, adding that all visitors must still complete the online immigration form, ‘Check-Mig,’ between 24 hours and 1 hour before their departure. 

According to the country’s tourism website, travellers to Colombia must also download the CoronApp for tracking and monitoring purposes, as well as follow all mandatory mask-wearing requirements.

Currently, there are no Covid-related entry restrictions based on nationality or country of departure. Travellers are not being required to quarantine upon arrival.

Learn more about travel to Colombia here!

You Can Now Take a Covid-19 Test at Home Before Your Trip to the Caribbean

Starting November 16, preflight testing will be available for all American Airlines flights to Belize, Grenada, and St. Lucia.

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American Airlines is expanding its current preflight testing program to include more destinations than any other U.S. carrier. Starting November 16, preflight testing will be available for all its flights to Belize, Grenada, and St. Lucia, which currently all require proof of a negative Covid-19 test result before entry.⁠

In partnership with an at-home testing provider, LetsGetChecked, travellers will have the ability to pre-test using a PCR testing kit sent to their home. A medical professional will observe the test via a virtual visit, with results expected in 48 hours on average. ⁠

“Our initial preflight testing has performed remarkably well, including terrific customer feedback about the ease and availability of testing options,” Robert Isom, President of American Airlines said in a statement.⁠

The cost of the test is US$129, which the traveller is responsible for covering. Those who do not wish to take the at-home test can still visit a testing site in person. ⁠

To read the press release and learn more about the program, visit here!

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