This Week in Travel: September 3

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:

The Dominican Republic Will Offer Free Insurance for Travellers

The insurance will include coverage for Covid-19 testing, lodging for prolonged stays, and costs of changing flights in the event of an infection.

The Dominican Republic has announced a new plan to promote tourism on the island, which includes eliminating mandatory Covid-19 tests and offering free medical insurance for all travellers.

Starting September 15, it will no longer be an entry requirement to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. In addition, mass testing will no longer be carried out at the airport upon arrival, but will instead be done at random. 

According to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, all those visiting a hotel will be offered a temporary, free travel assistance plan until December 2020. Included in the plan is coverage for emergencies, telemedicine, prolonged hotel stays, and change of flights if a visitor was to contract Covid-19 during their stay.

The Dominican Republic reopened for international tourism on July 1 and is currently open to travellers from all countries.

Interested in learning more about the country’s new Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan? Visit here.

This Island Paradise Just Reopened – But Only to Those Who’ve Had Covid-19

Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha reopened yesterday, with a bit of a twist.

As of yesterday, Brazil’s popular Fernando de Noronha reopened to travellers — but with a catch. Only those who can prove they’ve had Covid-19 are allowed to enter.

According to a translated post on Pernambuco’s government website, the archipelago is only open to “tourists who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are already cured.”

The website goes on to say that those wishing to visit will have to prove they have had the coronavirus by submitting proof of a positive PCR test that is at least 20 days old, or a positive serology test, more commonly known as an antibody test.

Made up of 21 volcanic islands, Fernando de Noronha has been closed to travellers since mid-March because of the pandemic. It reopened to locals with homes there as well as researchers on July 31.

Head here for more on the reopening.

Egypt Has Updated Its Entry Requirements

Effective September 1, all local and international travellers will need to show proof of a negative PCR test.

Egypt has announced updated requirements for travellers looking to enter the country, which came into effect on Tuesday. 

On August 20, authorities announced that starting September 1, every passenger onboard a flight to Egypt, regardless of nationality, must show proof of a PCR test confirming that they tested negative for the coronavirus.

However, Egypt’s Ministry of Aviation recently told airlines operating out of vacation hotspots Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, Marsa Alam and Taba that visitors could get a PCR test upon arrival at these international airports for US$30, after fears that tourists would cancel their holidays because of the requirement.

According to them, the move is to enable travellers unable to present PCR certificates to enter the country, provided their test results upon arrival are clear. 

Since July 1, commercial flights and international tourism has resumed. The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into the country will be subject to a temperature screening, must provide proof of valid health insurance, as well as fill out a personal health card. Currently, there is no mandatory quarantine period.

Interested in learning more about travel to Egypt? Head here.

Countries That Have Reopened in the Caribbean

Wondering which countries have reopened to travellers in the Caribbean? Swipe through the Instagram post below to find out!

For more details on entry requirements and restrictions for countries in the Caribbean, visit here.

Ecuador Has Reopened With No Mandatory Quarantine

With proof of a negative PCR test, the South American country is no longer requiring travellers to quarantine.

Ecuador has reopened for international travel. 

The country recently announced they are no longer requiring a 14-day quarantine for those who bring a negative PCR test with them.

The test has to be taken within 10 days of arrival and will be at the expense of the traveller. Quick tests are not valid. In addition, all visitors will have to complete a Health Declaration form and present it to authorities upon arrival.

According to the Quito Tourism Board, the updated rules are a “great opportunity to reactivate the tourism industry in Quito and the region, to gradually increase visitation while protecting travellers, tourism staff and the local community as a whole.”

For more information on travel to Ecuador, just visit here! Please note, the Galapagos Islands have different entry rules and requirements — more details can be found here.

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