While, ‘normal travel’ was not expected to resume until 2023, we have started to think otherwise. More and more countries around the world are relaxing travel restrictions, while the others are in the process to ease their entry requirements. Amidst the pandemic, most countries had shut down their borders to avoid further spread of the virus. When corona virus cases started to reduce, these countries still continued to keep their borders closed, while others laid down stringent entry restrictions, much to the annoyance of travelers around the world.
However, things on the travel front are now changing, travel rules are easing up, countries are welcoming international tourists, travellers are looking forward to their much-postponed holiday plans. At the moment, the entire tourism industry, from aviation, hospitality to travel agents, suppliers and other travel service providers, is ready to open doors to welcome tourists back.
Here are the destinations that are currently easing up travel restrictions:
Starting 14 March, travellers visiting Bali are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival in Bali. Earlier, fully vaccinated travellers were required to quarantine for a period of five nights. The Government decided to roll back its costly travel rule due to the negative impact it had on the inflow of tourism. Bali waived off quarantine for tourists from over 20 countries. Travellers will only have to quarantine for a few hours until the result is ready.
Does this tempt you to plan your Bali trip right away?
With vaccinations rising and cases dropping, Thailand began to lift travel restrictions starting February. A haven for budget travellers, the land of smiles too took big steps for reopening the nation and relaxing entry restrictions for all international travellers under the Test and Go program. Fully vaccinated travellers who are traveling by air from any country will not be required to undergo a mandatory quarantine. They will only need to apply for their Thailand visa, take a COVID-19 test on arrival and quarantine in a hotel ill the results are out.
For travellers keen on visiting Malaysia, it is an exciting time. as the country is all set to reopen its borders for all fully vaccinated travellers starting April 1. Malaysia had laid some of the strictest restrictions since the spread of COVID-19. Under the new protocols, travellers are only required to take a RT-PCR Test 48 hours before departure and an antigen test upon arrival.
Malaysia is our absolute favourite when it comes to picking a South East Asian destination. The reason? It’s super easy to obtain the Malaysia visa online. Travellers can choose between the 15 days eNTRI visa or 30 days tourist eVisa. Both e-Visas require minimum documents and are processed within 3 days.
All the Swiss travel restrictions were been lifted on February 17. No requirement of any RT-PCR Tests or quarantine upon arrival. Moreover, travellers are no longer required to submit the entry (passenger locator) form.
Now that the European nation is travel restriction free, Switzerland definitely deserves a spot on your vacation calendar regardless of the time of year you plan to go. Furthermore, applying for a Switzerland visa gets you special access to visit 26 European countries such as France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands etc. who are part of the Schengen agreement.
Starting February 19, Slovenia scrapped all entry restrictions related to COVID-19, including the wearing of masks. It means all legal restrictions on requirement of PCR tests, quarantine etc. removed.
A visit to Slovenia may feel like a trip of a lifetime, thanks to the relaxed travel restrictions and easy to apply Slovenia visa process.
After a two-year closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam is all set to welcome tourists from 15th March. Earlier travellers were required to take a test upon arrival and on the third day of isolation, while staying in quarantine. Things are easing up in Vietnam, though the quarantine requirements remain unclear as the government has not issued specific guidelines. As per our sources, visitors are required to have their Vietnam Visa, proof of vaccination against Covid-19, a negative Covid test for entering Vietnam.
Regardless of the traveller’s vaccination status, the Ireland Government eliminated all COVID-19 travel restrictions. International travellers are not required to provide any Covid tests on arrival, nor show proof of vaccination.
One visit to the country, and you’ll understand why it’s high on most traveller’s bucket list: awe-inspiring landscapes, breathtaking castles, Irish adventures, music and festivals and scenic road trips among others.
The Government of Bahrain announced that it will allow all full vaccinated travellers to enter the Island nation without taking a PCR test, starting February 20. Travellers will however need to adhere to the other preventive measures such as wearing a mask at all times, maintaining social distancing, sanitizing etc.
One of the most visited countries in the middle east, the Island state of Bahrain is often referred to as the Pearl of the Gulf. Apply for your Bahrain visa to travel to the pearl nation and see it for yourself.
Iceland is the latest country to omit all COVID-19 related restrictions. No requirement of RT-PCR tests. In fact Iceland will welcome travellers irrespective of their vaccination status. Earlier, travellers were required to present proof of their vaccination certificate or booster shot but the Government has decided to do away with all quarantine requirements.
Iceland is one such country that evokes a heavenly response due to its pure and unspoiled beauty.
Egypt has withdrawn the RT-PCR Test since last year for fully vaccinated travellers. AstraZeneca and Covishield vaccinations are accepted by the country. Covaxin is still not acceptable in the country. All travellers need to fill a declaration form before arriving in Egypt.
From February 12, all international travellers, irrespective of their vaccination status, can enter Norway without any travel restrictions. The requirement to obtain a negative test prior to travel, register entry into Norway upon arrival or quarantine have been discontinued. Just apply for your Norway visa, book your travel arrangements and jet off.
Fully vaccinated travellers including children below the age of 12 years are no more required to present RT-PCR test on arrival in Turkey. A Passenger Information Locator Form PLF / Health Declaration Form must be filled out no more than 72 hours before going to Turkey.
Turkey is a country you shouldn’t miss. Apart from having a convenient Turkey visa online facility, it is the perfect blend of traditional and modern. If you never really had the chance to make the final decision and head to this Eurasian country, now is the time.
We’ve tried to cover all the latest countries easing COVID-19 travel restrictions, to help you plan your trip conveniently and safely. Please refer to the respective country tourism website for the latest entry requirements and the procedures to be followed for a hassle free visit. If you have any doubts or clarifications feel free to talk to us and we will help you to prepare for your visit.
So if you are thinking to travel abroad this festive season, you can choose from a dozen of countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Vietnam, Europe and so forth.
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