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.

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.

Serbia – Open to all travellers. No known restrictions.

Mexico – Open to all travellers. At this point, entry is only allowed for Quintana Roo (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum).

Schengen Area – Internal borders have, for the most part, reopened. 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.

Ukraine – Open to all travellers. Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is mandatory. Travellers from high risk countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

Opportunities

Schengen Area via the UK – I know of a number of non-EU passport holders who have traveled to Portugal from the UK without any issues (mid-June). More datapoint are needed but this seems like a way in for non-EU citizens / residents.

Schengen Area resident visa – The EC is pushing for EU countries to restart issuing visas as soon as July. If you want to protect your access to the zone, in case travel restrictions are reimposed, I strongly recommend that you apply for a resident visa as soon as possible.

 

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.