The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to travel, an important part of our lifestyle. Entry restrictions have been imposed by nearly every country on earth, insurance companies have stop covering COVID-19 related illnesses, airlines have stopped flying, hotels have closed etc. In this post, I keep track of the re-opening process and share the opportunities I come across.

 

Travel restrictions

Countries open to non-residents

United States – Open to all travellers, except for those who have visited the EU, UK, Ireland, Brazil, Iran and / or China in the previous 14 days. Do note that while the land border between Canada and the US is closed, there are no restrictions on air travel from Canada to the US. The same also applies to the Mexico and US border.

United Kingdom – Open to all travellers. A two week quarantine applies to all entries except for CTA (Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) and travel corridors countries (you can see the full list here).

Ireland – Open to all travellers. A two week quarantine applies to all entries, except for travellers from green list countries.

Schengen Area – Internal borders are, for the most part, open. External borders are closed to non-citizens / residents, except for the residents of the countries on the EU’s safe list. Do note that the residents of the countries listed are not necessarily eligible to enter all EU countries, different restrictions apply for each country. Also, do note that some countries have quarantine requirements for travellers from certain countries (irrespective of nationality).

Ukraine – Open to all travellers. Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is mandatory (a number of options are listed on this page). Travellers from high risk countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days (an opt-out from self-isolation is available for those testing negative upon arrival).

Serbia – Open to all travellers. No known restrictions.

Albania – Open to all travellers. No known restrictions.

Bermuda – Open to all travellers (with a negative test). No known restrictions.

Brazil – Open to all travellers. Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is mandatory (a number of options are listed on this page).

Turkey – Open to all travellers. No known restrictions.

Tanzania – Open to all travellers. No known restrictions.

Mexico – Open to all travellers. No known restrictions. Do note that region health measures may restrict what accommodation options are available.

Caribbean – A number of countries have reopened, including Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Jamaica, St Bart’s, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Aruba, Barbados and Grenada. Local rules and restrictions apply (for example, what type of hotels you can book and what nationalities are allowed in).

French Polynesia – Open to all travellers. A recent negative PCR test is required (must be less than 3 days old) and so is registration to the ETIS system. Travellers staying on Tahiti have to self-test 4 days after arrival.

 

Opportunities

Schengen Area via the UK – Some Schengen countries, such as France, impose restrictions based on origin, not nationality, so someone from a banned country could fly to the UK, complete a quarantine and then take a train to France.

 

Insurance

Remote Health (by Safety Wing) – This is one of the only policies that explicitly covers COVID-19 related illnesses AND that allows purchase after a trip has started. Unlike Safety Wing’s travel insurance product, Remote Health is a stand-alone policy that provides similar coverage to what government health care plans offer in most Western countries.

Seven Corners – Their Liaison Travel Plus option provides coverage for COVID-19 related illnesses. Residents of most countries can purchase this insurance and pricing is fairly reasonable.