This Week in Travel: October 30

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:

Mauritius Announces New Long-Stay Visa Program for Remote Workers

The East African country is introducing a new renewable travel visa that will allow travellers to live and work from the island for one year.

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Want a switch up from your home office? You could work from the lush jungles and silky sand beaches of a tropical island with the latest new visa program to be released. 

Announced by Mauritius officials earlier this week, the Premium Travel Visa is a new renewable travel visa valid for a period of one year. The program will be open to any non-citizen as a tourist, retiree, or a professional travelling with their family who is intending to work remotely from the East African island.

To qualify for the visa, applicants should meet the following:

• The applicant should not enter the country’s labour market.
• Their main source of income should come from outside Mauritius.
• They will need to supply documentary evidence to support their application (such as purpose of visit, accommodation details, etc.).
• They will have to meet immigration requirements.

According to government officials, an online platform for the e-Visa application “will be available shortly.”

Interested in learning more about the new program? Visit here!

Jamaica’s Launching a New Insurance Program for Travellers

For a $40 fee, travellers will be covered against illness, including Covid-19, and natural disasters during their visit.

Beginning in November, Jamaica will be launching a new insurance program for travellers. The initiative, “Jamaica Cares,” was recently announced by the country’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, and said to be “the first-of-its-kind in the world.” 

It comprises of two components — an all-hazard and a Covid-19 program — and is aimed at proving travel protection and emergency services to tourists coming onto the island, as well as protection for industry workers and Jamaican citizens. 

When the program launches, all international travellers will be required to pay a $40 fee to gain entry into the country. In turn, they will be covered against illness, including Covid-19, and natural disasters during their visit to Jamaica.

“The Jamaica Cares Programme represents another prong in our COVID resilience and has been designed very specifically and very deliberately,” Bartlett said. “As thought leaders, Jamaica is practically taking a vital role in recovering and rebuilding the spirit of travel by restoring the trust and confidence of travellers to our destination.”

According to the Minister, the country has welcomed over 150,000 visitors since its June 15 reopening and has not had any case of the virus among visitors or workers.

To watch the virtual press conference or learn more about the program, just visit here!

Peru to Reopen Machu Picchu and Resume More International Flights

From November 1, the country will reopen the major historic site and allow flights from 25 cities worldwide.

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According to the country’s tourism board, Peru will be resuming flights to 25 major cities as well as reopening its most famous archaeological site, Machu Picchu.

Beginning November 1, international flights of up to eight hours long will be allowed from 25 cities to Lima; including six in the United States and 19 others between Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, and Mexico. 

To enter Peru, travellers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before their flight as well as sign an electronic health affidavit. 

In addition, the U.S. Embassy in Peru states that “all passengers arriving to Peru must sign a sworn statement agreeing to comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine and attest they are symptom-free of COVID-19 upon entry.”

Machu Picchu will reopen to tourists on November 1 at 30% capacity. Other museums and archaeological sites in the country have already reopened in October and are operating at 50%.

Interested in learning more? Just head here

Costa Rica to Fully Reopen Next Month With No Testing Requirements

The country will be reopening to travellers from all nations with no testing or quarantine requirements.

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As of November 1, Costa Rica will be fully reopen to all countries in the world. 

According to the country’s tourism board, travellers from all nations will be able to enter “as long as they meet the visa requirements when required, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic.”

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

• Completion of the electronic health pass.
• Proof of medical insurance. This can be international or purchased in Costa Rica.
• A valid visa, if required.

Previously, travellers also had to present proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel. As of today (October 26), this requirement has been removed. 

Travellers will not need to undergo a quarantine period upon arrival. 

For more information on travel to Costa Rica, visit here!

Italy Introduced a New Questionnaire to Help Travellers Find Out if They Can Visit

The online form will also tell them what restrictions or pre-arrival testing would be in place.

With so many changing restrictions and entry requirements, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has introduced a questionnaire that can be used to help travellers determine if and how they can enter the country.⁠

To find out their result, travellers will have to answer a series of questions, including which country they plan on entering Italy from, where they have been in or passed through in the past 14 days, if they are an EU citizen or from a Schengen country, and if they are a legal resident in Italy.⁠

Based on the answers provided, the form will tell travellers if they can enter and/or under what circumstances they would be allowed in the country. It will also tell them what restrictions are in place, if they will need to undergo a quarantine period, or if they will need to do any pre-travel Covid-19 testing prior to entry. ⁠

It is important to note that the result does NOT guarantee travellers entry — this remains up to the assessment of the Italian border officials.⁠

Interested in taking the short survey? Just visit here! ⁠

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