This Week in Travel: October 9

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:

Uganda Is Now Welcoming International Travellers Back

On October 1, the “Pearl of Africa” reopened both its air and land borders to international visitors.

Uganda’s borders are now open to all international travellers. The African country, best known for its diverse landscapes, welcoming locals, and abundant wildlife, reopened on October 1.

As part of the entry requirements, all travellers must:

  • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Uganda. Note: The Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda has advised all airlines not to allow the passenger to board without this. If the airline does allow it, customs will deny the traveller entry and demand the airline to return them.
  • Undergo a temperature screening upon arrival.
  • Have their fingerprints scanned under the instruction of the Immigration Officer.

Uganda is not currently requiring that travellers quarantine, so long as they are not showing any symptoms of the virus.

Note: Unlike many of the other countries that have reopened, Uganda also requires that travellers present another negative PCR test result before their departure. According to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, this certificate must be issued within 120 hours of travel. 

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Madagascar Has Partially Reopened to Foreign Travellers

For the first time in over six months, the African country has reopened its smaller island of Nosy Be to international visitors.

As of October 1, Madagascar has reopened its island of Nosy Be to international travellers. 31km off the mainland’s north-west coast, the island is best known for its national parks and scent of ylang-ylang, which is why it’s commonly called the “Perfume Island.”

According to their Ministry of Tourism, to enter Nosy Be travellers will need to:

  • Show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival.
  • Complete a health form.
  • Sign a letter of commitment, acknowledging the Covid-19-related health measures in Madagascar.
  • Follow airport procedures, which will include undergoing a temperature check and using a disinfectant corridor.
  • Have a return ticket 

In addition, travellers will have to carry a local phone card so that they can be easily monitored in the event that a case is suspected. At the current time, travellers will be limited to the island of Nosy Be and will not be permitted to travel to the mainland of Madagascar.

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Pakistan Reopened to Travellers on Monday

After closing its borders in March, the country has reopened with no mandatory quarantine in effect.

As of October 5, international travellers are being welcomed back to Pakistan. 

The government has separated countries into two lists: Category A and Category B. 

Travellers from the 38 countries currently on the Category A list are exempt from mandatory testing, which includes Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, and Sweden. 

All other countries are on the Category B list and require travellers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours of departure.

Additionally, all incoming visitors will need to download the country’s PassTrack app and register their contact information within 48 hours prior to arrival. 

As of right now, travellers are not required to quarantine upon their arrival.

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The Bahamas Is Eliminating Mandatory Quarantine in November

The new protocols being introduced will allow visitors to skip quarantine if they test negative for Covid-19 before and during their stay.

The Bahamas will be introducing new travel and testing protocols for all visitors and returning citizens. Starting November 1, it will no longer be a requirement for travellers to quarantine for 14-days upon arrival.

As part of the new measures, all travellers will need to:

  • Show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than seven days before their arrival. 
  • Apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa.
  • Undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival.
  • Take a second rapid antigen test 96 hours after arriving, provided they are staying longer than four nights and five days on the islands. 

Until November 1, all visitors must “Vacation in Place” for 14 days or the duration of stay (whichever is shorter). They will have to get a PCR test before their arrival and remain in their hotels, but are still able to use the amenities and resort facilities.

Curious about the Bahamas’ new updates? Just head here for more information!

You Can Now Apply to Work Remotely in Antigua and Barbuda for Up to 2 Years

The new long-stay visa program is open to remote workers earning at least US$50,000 a year.

Antigua and Barbuda is the latest country to join the list of destinations looking to attract remote workers. 

The dual-island nation recently announced its new “Nomad Digital Residence,” a long-stay visa program allowing remote workers to live and work on the island for up to two years. ⁠

Now accepting applications, the program is open to remote workers earning at least US$50,000 a year. The cost for a single application is $1500, whereas for couples it is $2000, and for families of three or more it is $3000. ⁠

According to its website, “The long-stay program will allow persons and their dependents to reside on the island of Antigua, enjoy the ease of working from a ‘COVID-controlled’, luxury destination, and also be able to enjoy all the wonderful amenities that the island has to offer.”⁠

For more on the country’s new program, check out here!⁠

Panama Is Reopening to Visitors From All Countries This Month

Come October 12, international travellers from all countries will be able to visit the Central American country.

After shutting down their borders in late March, Panama will be welcoming travellers back again on October 12! 

The Central American country will be open to anyone — there are no arrival restrictions based on nationality or country of departure. 

As part of the new entry requirements to Panama, all travellers must:

  • Present a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival. If the test is over 48 hours old, the traveller will have to take a rapid test at the airport at their own expense (around US$30).
  • Complete an electronic affidavit agreeing to comply with health measures in Panama.

Currently, there is no mandatory quarantine period for travellers not showing symptoms. For those deemed to have the virus, the Panamanian government will pay for them to quarantine for seven days at a hotel. They will be tested again at the end of the seven days.

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