Travelling is one of the major activities of man. There are many reasons why we travel, we travel either for vacation, business, social event, religious programs, political gathering and to visit a loved one.
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in late 2019 and early 2020 put a stop to all forms of movement and travelling due to the global lockdown enacted by governments of various countries that stopped all manner of traveling.
Only essential workers-health officials, were only allowed to move around and travelling was banned in lots of instances. As time went on, the lockdown was eased and people who moved around for a relatively stipulated time were mandated to wear face mask, use hand sanitizers and social distance.
With the development of vaccines, the lockdown was further eased for movement and travel.
The easing of the lockdown and the development of vaccines has enabled people to move around and travel for events such as Euro 2020, Tokyo Olympics and the birthday of President Barack Obama. With the mutation of a new variant which is called the Delta variant, strict protocols have been put in place by various countries to check the spread of this deadly virus.
Now if you are travelling to most countries there are some Covid-19 management protocols in place. This article will profile twenty countries which people travel to and the Covid-19 protocol these countries have put in place to ensure the safety of everyone. You may find the information handy before getting on the plane to any of these countries.
Due to the recent spike of the Covid-19 virus in Australia, lockdowns have been enacted in many cities of Australia that include Victoria, Sydney and Melbourne. Due to this phenomenon, sea and air borders are closed.
Only citizens, family members and permanent residents who have been in neighboring New Zealand can enter Australia and they must comply with Covid-19 protocols which include getting vaccinated, wearing of nose masks and quarantine for 14 days.
As at this moment, the border of Australia is closed for international travel.
With the low cases of Covid-19 in Canada, the government has announced that international travel into Canada will be allowed from September 7.
This means that before coming into the country, international travellers must be fully vaccinated and proof will be shown at the port of entry.
There is no quarantine procedure that has been put in place. But travellers must wear nose masks and embark on social distancing.
Denmark has categorized all countries into four different color category. Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. Depending on the country you are coming and your history with the virus, you will be mandated to follow protocols.
However, as long as you are fully vaccinated with the required vaccine, you are not at risk. However, wearing facemask and social distancing is still allowed in many parts of Denmark.
Like Denmark, France has developed a color system to categorize all the territories and countries in the world. If you are from the Orange, Green and Yellow countries, you are not mandated to vaccinate before coming into France.
People coming from countries categorized in the red zone must have an important reason for coming to France, embark on a Covid-19 test before leaving their country and also do a test upon arrival and they must be quarantined for 7 days.
Foreign traveler who is not vaccinated, must quarantine for 10 days.
For foreign nationals coming into Germany, they must have a tangible reason to travel down there, show proof that they have been vaccinated and if they had once contracted the virus, they must provide proof of recovery, likewise, their Covid-19 test must be negative.
Furthermore, people coming from high risk countries must quarantine or self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
It is no longer mandatory for travelers coming into Greece to self-isolate. People coming from Europe and countries that are under the European travel pact have also been exempted from quarantining.
As long as they provide a negative test that shows that they are free from the virus.
Since 20th of August, Americans and nationals from other countries, mainly from Europe and Thailand are mandated to self-isolate for a period of 21 days.
People coming from high risk territories are not allowed to come into Hong Kong.
Travelers coming from not high risk countries must present a Covid-19 test that is negative, which must be submitted via this website.
Vaccinated travelers can come into Ireland without undergoing a Covid-19 test and self-isolating. Foreign travelers that are yet to be vaccinated must undergo the test, self-isolate for two weeks and then take another test.
However, it is mandated for foreigners to fill a passenger locator form in order to know their whereabouts when in the country.
Visitors coming into Italy must tender a Covid-19 Certification gotten digitally. Visitors must show proof of vaccination and the result must be negative.
For people who had once contracted the disease, a certificate of full recovery from a renowned medical center must be presented.
For now, the government of Japan has banned travelling to Japan for leisure or tourism due to the high increase of the Covid-19 virus. You can only come into the country either for academic, business or for very important purposes.
The government has also created a list of countries whose nationals have been banned from entering except for special reasons.
And if you are coming into Japan to study, for business or other important related matters, there is a recommendation for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers.
International travel is allowed to Mexico. Foreign travelers do not need to show proof of vaccination nor is there a need to be quarantined.
It is compulsory for foreigners when moving around adhere strictly to Covid-19 protocols.
However, US-Mexico land border is currently closed for any sort of movement till the 21st of September, but air travel is currently ongoing between both countries.
Americans are mandated to take a Covid-19 test before coming back into the US.
People coming from these countries are not mandated to show Covid-19 test or self-isolate when on arrival. But for nationals whose countries are not on this list, they must show proof of being vaccinated and must quarantine for two weeks.
Due to the severity of the Covid-19 virus in New Zealand, the country is under a national lockdown. Furthermore, international travel will commence in 2022.
Visitors coming to Portugal for essential activities are mandated to get the EU digital Certificate before entering into Portugal. Quarantine is not compulsory.
Traveling is allowed in Scotland. Scotland has also adopted the traffic light system to categorize countries, according to the severity of the pandemic in those territories.
If you are coming from countries with low level of Covid-19, you only need to get the EU digital certificate.
But if you are a visitor from a country that is high risk, you take a test before coming, then you quarantine once you get to Scotland for ten days.
On the second day of your isolation, you do the second post arrival test.
Entry into Singapore for any sort of activity has been banned. Vaccinated citizens from Germany, Hong Kong, Brunei and Macao are allowed entry.
Added to this, 48 hours before coming into Singapore, travelers from these countries must provide a PCR test which must be negative.
Upon arrival in Singapore, they must take another test. On the third and seventh day of their arrival, they must also take the Covid-19 test.
Spain allows for international travel as long as visitors are vaccinated. However, unvaccinated travelers must show that the Covid-19 test they did is negative.
The government of Switzerland is allowing foreign visitors into their country. As long as they provide proof that they have been vaccinated, they do not need to take any test before coming nor do they need to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland.
Unvaccinated American travelers are allowed to tender a negative PCR test at the point of entry.
The United Kingdom is strict when it comes to Covid-19 procedure.
Countries under the red list who are at high risk are not allowed into the country except they are citizens or permanent residence and even at that, they must undergo the PCR test, quarantine and get vaccinated.
But visitors from low risk countries must tender a negative Covid-19 test and still embark on another one upon arrival, but quarantine is not mandated.
United States of America
Visitors coming into the United States must be vaccinated and it is mandated that they have along with them a PCR test indicating negative.
And the test result must not be more than 3 days old prior to boarding the flight.
The return of international travel is essential because the effect of the lockdown on the global economy is running into billions of dollars.
To curb the spread of the virus, strict protocols have been put in place by countries to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Furthermore, it is mandatory to use nose masks, embark on social distancing and use hand sanitizers when necessary. Even with the development of vaccines, the Covid-19 has mutated and another variant-the Delta Variant has emerged which is said to be deadlier than the previous ones. As economic and social activities gain trajectory, some countries have gone into another round of lockdown due to the outbreak of the Delta variant while some are still restricting international travel. From all indications, the virus has come to stay.