This Week in Travel: October 16

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:

Cape Verde Reopened to Travellers This Week

Those looking to enter the West African country will have to bring proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test.

Cape Verde’s air and sea borders have now reopened! The African archipelago, formerly a Portuguese colony, is best known for its diverse volcanic landscapes, lively music, and stunning powdery white sand beaches.

To enter, travellers will need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test done in the last 72 hours. Without one, they will not be permitted into the country.

Additionally, those visiting will need to complete both an Airport Security Tax Form as well as an online health surveillance form. 

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Japan Eases Entry Restrictions to Welcome Long-Stay Travellers

The country is reopening in phases, now allowing in those with permission for long-term stays.

Japan has started the gradual reopening of its borders. The country will be accepting travellers in three phases. 

The first phase, which occurred in July, allowed for essential workers and business travellers to enter. 

From this month, during the second phase, “visitors will be allowed entry to Japan if they are coming on a three month visa or longer, this is aimed at those with either cultural, business or educational reasons eg. foreign students,” a spokesperson from the Japan National Tourism Organization told Lonely Planet. 

The third phase will allow international travellers to enter for tourism purposes. An official date has yet to be confirmed for this, so stay tuned for updates!

For more information on Japan’s phased reopening approach, visit here.

Curaçao Has Reopened and Will Now Allow Travellers From Three U.S. States

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

The Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao has reopened for international travel. Known for its beautiful beaches, hidden caves, and colourful colonial architecture, Lonely Planet calls it “a little piece of Europe at the edge of the Caribbean.” 

Curaçao is currently open to travellers from low and medium-risk countries, including many Caribbean islands as well as Canada, China, and European countries like the UK, Germany, Netherlands, and more.

Starting the first week of November, the island will also be reopening to residents from the U.S. states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. 

Travellers from countries considered low-risk are required to complete an online digital immigration card as well as a Passenger Locator Card (PLC) form within 48 hours before departure. They must carry printed proof of the PLC form with them.

Those visiting from medium-risk countries also have to complete the above, as well as submit proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within a maximum of 72 hours of their departure. Note: Those from the U.S. will also be required to present a state-issued I.D. as proof of residency.

To see the full lists and learn more about Curaçao’s entry conditions, visit here.

Ethiopia Is Now Open to International Visitors

The East African country reopened to all nations on September 23 after being closed for six months.

Ethiopia is welcoming all international visitors back once again. Reopening their borders on September 23, travellers will have to follow their new requirements for entry.⁠

⁠To enter, all visitors must:⁠

  • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours from the date the sample is given. Any person who tests positive will be prohibited from entering the country.⁠
  • Undergo a temperature screening upon arrival.
  • Complete a health screening questionnaire.⁠
  • Complete seven days of mandatory self-quarantine.⁠

Learn more about travel to Ethiopia by heading here!

Costa Rica Is Reopening to All U.S. States Next Month

Initially only residents from certain, lower-risk U.S. states had been granted entry to the Central American country.

Effective November 1, residents and citizens from all U.S. states will be welcome back for travel to Costa Rica.

⁠The announcement was made by the country’s tourism board earlier this week after residents from only certain, lower-risk states were granted entry during September and October. ⁠

In addition to the U.S., Costa Rica has reopened to residents and citizens from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China, Australia, and New Zealand. On November 1, citizens and residents of Central America and Panama will also be permitted to enter.⁠

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

  • Completion of the electronic health pass.⁠
  • Proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.⁠
  • Proof of medical insurance. This can be international or purchased in Costa Rica.⁠
  • U.S. travellers: a driver’s license that shows they live in one of the approved states (only necessary until Nov. 1)⁠

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!

Cuba’s Reopening Another Area of Its Country to Travellers

Varadero will reopen to international visitors starting October 15, with a new ‘safe tourist corridor’ put in place.

Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero announced that most of the country would be reopening to international tourism by October 15, including its Varadero beach resort area. ⁠

To maintain separation from the locals, authorities have created a ‘safe tourism corridor,’ where visitors to Varadero will be required to remain during their trip.⁠

In the roundtable discussion broadcast to the nation, Marrero said thirteen of Cuba’s sixteen provinces will now be open to tourism. This does not include the country’s capital, Havana, which remains closed.⁠

“We will open the possibility of international flights for all the provinces that are in this third phase,” Marrero stated, also noting that all arrivals would be tested.⁠

Currently, travellers to the Caribbean nation must take international charter flights to⁠ select destinations. All international visitors must have their temperatures checked and undergo a PCR antigen test upon arrival. Those who test negative are not required to quarantine.⁠

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