This Week in Travel: November 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:

Want to Travel to Thailand? Here’s How You Can Visit

The Southeast Asian country is now offering a 60-day visa that travellers from all countries can apply for.

Photo Credit: @mitana__ via Instagram

After introducing a 90-day visa to only select ‘low-risk’ travellers in October, Thailand is now accepting applications for a new 60-day tourist visa open to travellers from all over the world. 

If approved, international travellers will be able to stay up to 60 days in the country, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days at an ‘alternative state quarantine’ (ASQ) hotel upon arrival. 

Some of the requirements include the following:

  • Passport with at least six months validity
  • Completed visa application and Certificate of Entry (COE) form
  • Proof of a health insurance policy that covers Covid-19-related medical expenses with coverage of at least $100,000 USD
  • Proof of accommodation booking for ASQ at an approved hotel

Note: Requirements may vary across different countries and embassies. Previously, on some embassy websites, a requirement was providing “proof of adequate finance,” where a bank statement was needed that showed a minimum balance of 500,000 baht (approximately $16,500 USD) maintained at all times in the last six consecutive months. According to Lonely Planet, “it appears that requirement has been dropped.” 

For more information on travel to Thailand, head here! To find the Thai embassy in your country, visit here

These Are the Best Destinations for 2021, According to National Geographic

Their 25 top destinations were split into five themes: Adventure, Culture, Nature, Family, and Sustainability.

Looking for some inspiration for your future travels? National Geographic released their list of ‘Destinations on the rise for 2021,’ meant to “inspire future journeys and remind us why we love to travel.” 

To find the full list and details on each of the destinations, head here!

Travelling Soon? Here Are the Airports Offering Covid-19 Testing On-Site

Are you travelling soon? With an increasing number of destinations requiring Covid-19 tests as an entry requirement, it can be helpful to know where you can actually get one done.

A growing number of airports are now offering testing on-site, either to all passengers or to those on specific flights or heading to certain destinations. Find a list of those offering the service below!

U.S. Airports:

Alaska

  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) | Anchorage
  • Juneau International Airport (JNU) | Juneau
  • Ketchikan International Airport (KTN) | Ketchikan

California

  • Oakland International Airport (OAK) | Oakland
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) | San Francisco

Connecticut

  • Bradley International Airport (BDL) | Windsor Locks

Florida

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) | Tampa

Massachusetts

  • Logan International Airport (BOS) | Boston

New Jersey

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) | Newark

New York

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) | New York City
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA) | New York City

Vermont

  • Burlington International Aiport (BTV) | South Burlington

International Airports:

Austria

  • Vienna International Airport (VIE)

France

  • Paris Orly Airports (ORY)

Germany

  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
  • Munich Airport (MUC)
  • Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

India

  • Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR)

Italy

  • Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Japan

  • Narita Airport (NRT)
  • Haneda Airport (HND)

Philippines

  • Mactan Cebu International Airport (CEB)

Singapore

  • Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)

Turkey

  • Istanbul Airport (IST)

United Arab Emirates

  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB)

United Kingdom

  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

For more airports and details on things like pricing, directions, and turnaround time on results, visit Travel + Leisure and AFAR!

Chile Is Reopening to Travellers From All Countries This Month

After being closed since March, the South American country is planning on opening its borders to all international visitors beginning November 23.

Photo Credit: @roamandthrive via Instagram

As of November 23, international travellers will be allowed to visit Chile once again. 

Those wishing to visit will have to fly through Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, as well as meet all entry requirements set by authorities.

To enter, travellers will need to:

  • Show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. Only tests from recognized laboratories will be accepted. 
  • Complete an online health declaration form.
  • Agree to report their symptoms and location through a contract tracing app.
  • Adhere to all local curfews and mask-wearing requirements.

Quarantine will not be required for those who meet the above criteria. To read more about travel to Chile, head here.

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