Top 8 Countries that are Reopening for Travel


Since the spread of COVID-19, travel has remained a distant dream for a world that quickly went under what felt like never-ending isolation. It literally brought the world to a standstill. However, as some countries begin to ease their restrictions, lift their lockdowns, and embrace a “new normal”, tourism seems to be slowly creeping back.

But what countries are open — and to whom? What are their health and safety protocols? Here’s what we know.

1. Costa Rica

Ziplining in Costa Rica's cloud forests of Monteverde
Monteverde in Costa Rica is one of the best destinations for ziplining anywhere in the world.

Unless you’re a Costa Rican national — or a long-term resident of Costa Rica — you’re currently prohibited from entering the country. The country’s health minister has recently said that, as of 1 August, they’ll be opening their borders to foreigners from unspecified countries who have “controlled the spread of the coronavirus.”

When it reopens, you’ll be in for a treat — Costa Rica is beautiful. There are stunning national parks, rainforests and beaches, as well as a food scene that focuses on fresh, healthy ingredients.

  • Quarantine: 14 days on arrival
  • Test: On arrival (if displaying COVID-19 related symptoms)

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2. Croatia

Croatia is one of the first countries to open in the EU after COVID-19
Croatia is offering you an opportunity to travel for the first time in almost four months.

Croatia is one of the first European countries to open its doors to tourists. As of 10 July, Croatia has given the green light to potential visitors — EU and Schengen citizens, as well as third-country nationals; the latter are required to bring evidence of testing negative for COVID-19 or can opt for 14 days of self-isolation at one address.

With the UNESCO-recognized old towns of Dubrovnik and Split, complete with Roman ruins, the beautiful island of Hvar, and numerous beaches, Croatia offers a much-needed slice of laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle.

  • Quarantine: Not required
  • Test: No testing

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3. France

Cannes is one of the best cities in France
Cannes may be most known for the film festival by the same name, but there is so much more to do than just be star struck.

If you’re from anywhere in the EU zone, you can travel to France with no restrictions — no quarantine, nothing. Travel to France from elsewhere, however, is restricted; you'll likely be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. EU citizens can travel freely within metropolitan France. Traveling responsibly is urged.

The sheer thought of strolling through the vineyards in Champagne, the Loire Valley, and Bordeaux, experiencing the high life in Cannes, tasting the amazing food in Lyon and Marseille, indulging in history and grand streets in Paris, and soaking in the dramatic coastline and sites for World War II buffs in Normandy, are enough to embrace all the travel precautions.

  • Quarantine: Not required
  • Test: No testing

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4. Germany

City tours are one of the top things to do in Munich
Built between 1867 to 1909, New Town Hall is a famous landmark in Munich that is a must visit when in Germany.

Starting 2 July third-country nationals from countries with low infection rates such as Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand and Uruguay are able to visit Germany freely. This list, however, is constantly changing; it depends more on where the individual was traveling previously, rather than their nationality.

Since 21 June, EU, UK and Schengen citizens have enjoyed unrestricted travel in Germany. That's good news because Germany is gorgeous — think chocolate-box houses, glassy lakes and mountains in Bavaria (and beer in its capital, Munich), the hipster neighborhoods of Berlin and Hamburg, as well as hiking in the Black Forest.

  • Quarantine: Not required
  • Test: No testing (but expect more scrutiny and questions)

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5. Iceland

glacier tour on jokulsarlon in iceland
Take in the stupendous view of Jokulsarlon glacier in Iceland.
Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland is a popular tourist attraction
No matter time of the year you visit, Gullfoss will leave you astounded. This is why it is a popular stop in the Golden Circle route.

The land of Vikings, this island nation is known for its glaciers and stark, beautiful landscapes; for its hot springs, the sun that shines bright at midnight in summer, and its charming towns.

And the country has recently reopened its borders. Travel restrictions have been dropped since 15 June to welcome visitors. Depending on what country you’re from, you’ll be exempt from testing or quarantine on arrival (EU+); if your country isn’t on the list, you can choose between having a test or self-isolating for 14 days.

Children aged five and under — as well as those who haven't travelled to a "high risk" country 14 days prior — are exempt.

  • Quarantine: 14 days on arrival, depending on the country you are from
  • Test: Required depending on the country you are from

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6. Italy

A visit to the best cities of Italy must include a visit to Venice.
The City of Bridges, Venice is definitely the most sought after destinations among Italy's finest cities.
Portofino is a fishing village and is a picture perfect location in Italy.
Enjoy the view of boats and yachts bob continuously in the iconic U-shaped port in Portofino.

Italy, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, has recently reopened to tourists from the EU and Schengen regions. The country started lifting its strict lockdown in May and is currently welcoming arrivals from the EU, Schengen, Andorra, Monaco, and the UK. Non-essential travel to Italy is still not accepted from other countries; however, the list is constantly changing, with Serbia and Kosovo recently added.

A trip to Italy could be the perfect cure right now — with far fewer tourists in a usually bustling summer season. Imagine hiking the stunning coastline of Cinque Terre, seeing the sights of Florence (birthplace of the Renaissance), getting a selfie with Pisa’s leaning tower, exploring the sights of ancient Rome, and eating authentic pizza in Naples. The list goes on and on.

  • Quarantine: Not required
  • Test: Body temperature check of all arrivals

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7. Spain

The Canary islands is an archipelago of eight stunning islands in Spain.
No matter what your travel style, there is always an island in Spain for you that suits your style.

Good news for Spain-lovers: this country is open for business. Those from the EU, Schengen regions and the UK (excluding Portugal) will be allowed to enter Spain for a vacation with no restrictions. Their state of emergency lasted from 14 March to 21 June.

You’ll be able to travel to the volcanic Canary Islands, the beautiful party-and-hippie-centric island of Ibiza, explore the Gaudi architecture of Barcelona, see Muslim history at Granada — and enjoy tapas galore as you go. A facemask is required in public, however.

  • Quarantine: Not required
  • Test: Temperature check and visual health assessment on arrival

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8. Tanzania

Wildebeest Migration involves crossing rivers
Witness herds of Wildbeest cross the Mara river to reach Kenya from Tanzania.

The famous Serengeti National Park is possibly the biggest draw of Tanzania. And no wonder — it’s cited as one of the ten natural wonders of the world, famed for the million-strong herds of wildebeest as they make their epic migration. Combine your travels here with a visit to Zanzibar, with its storied history and gleaming beaches, for an amazing adventure.

Travel restrictions have eased from 7 June. Currently, commercial flights are operating to and from Tanzania. Facemasks must be worn at all times, and social distancing measures are in place.

  • Quarantine: Not required (those with symptoms will be asked to quarantine for 14 days)
  • Test: Temperature checks on arrival

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If you have missed traveling in the past lockdown-months and have promised yourself to take a vacation when it finally ends, the time has come. Keep the promise, do yourself a favor, and go travel!

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