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Quarantine Requirements At A Glance

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Quarantine Requirements In Detail

Click on your desired country and get its complete information about quarantine requirements, travel restrictions, COVID tests procedures & more.

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No matter how you look at it, quarantine is definitely a deal-breaker when it comes to travelling. What’s the point of travelling to an exotic location if you’re just going to be cooped up inside your hotel room for days (even weeks) on end? Might as well stay home, right?

Sadly, in light of current events, most countries and destinations worldwide that have opened their borders to foreign visitors are still imposing on-arrival quarantines. These quarantines may last anywhere from 7 to 21 days depending on which country you’re visiting.

But there are countries adopting a different approach, in a sense that no on-arrival quarantine measures are in place for visitors, provided that they have been tested negative for COVID-19 among other requirements.

The following is a list of quarantine-free countries where you may opt to spend the remainder of this year’s summer, from our IATA-based global travel restrictions:

Asia

Most Asian countries are still under strict lockdown and international flights are barred from entering their borders. Although there have been slightly encouraging news on Bali reopening, the island’s provincial government has stated that their efforts to flatten the curve would still take precedence over tourism revival.

The following Asian countries are currently open or rescheduled to reopen, while not having quarantine measures put in place upon arrival.

Afghanistan

Entry is allowed to travellers with a valid visa. Self-isolation at home is advised for 14 days in case of high temperature on arrival.

The Maldives

The Maldives has now reopened to tourists and vacationers. Upon arrival, inbound travellers will be granted a 30-day tourist visa and be exempted from having to self-isolate. Travellers will be expected to fill out a health declaration card and wear masks at all times for the duration of the flight.

However, all non-tourist arrivals to the Maldives by air (such as residents and returning students) are required to self-isolate for 14 days and register on the Haalubelun portal.   

Pakistan

Symptomatic travelers will be required to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and its results submitted to the designated Pakistani authorities within 48 hours of arrival. In cases found positive for COVID-19 based on a test upon arrival, travelers may be required to comply with isolation procedures.

United Arab Emirates

Please note that quarantine requirements vary across the Emirates.

In the case of Dubai reopening, foreign travellers have been able to visit the city since July 7. No quarantine will be imposed on arrivals should they are able to meet the necessary requirements. Among others, all arrivals must have a valid insurance policy and filled out a Health Declaration Form prior to embarking. Health screenings will also be performed on all passengers, with mandatory quarantine imposed should they are tested positive for COVID-19.  

More on Dubai reopening here.

 

Africa

South Africa

Travellers arriving in South Africa must be in possession of a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. In the event of failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative COVID-19 test, such traveller will be required to do an antigen test at his or her own cost and if he or she tests positive to COVID-19, he or she will be required to quarantine at his or her own costs.

However, be advised that travellers from high-risk countries travelling to South Africa for non-essential/tourism purposes will not be granted entry. 

Benin

Passengers will be subjected to PCR test at their own expense. They will also need to fill in health declaration form.

Egypt

All international travellers arriving in Egypt, including Egyptian nationals, are required to present a negative PCR test certificate issued within the preceding 72 – 96 hours prior to departure. Those unable to produce said certificate will be tested on arrival. Should a traveller test positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to them to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within their hotel.

Djibouti

Travellers older than 11 years of age arriving in Djibouti will be subjected to COVID-19 test and must remain at the point of entry until the results have become known. Should travellers test negative for the virus, they will be allowed to continue on their way. Should the results are positive, travellers must serve a quarantine period in a government-designated hospital or hotel.

Ghana

Individuals who test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ghana will not be required to quarantine. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ghana, asymptomatic or not, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine and treatment at a designated health facility or isolation center, for seven (7) days at Government of Ghana expense. All passengers who are in quarantine will undergo a repeat COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival, also at Government of Ghana expense.

Kenya

Kenya restarted operating international commercial flights from August 1 with no mandatory quarantine in place.
Within 96 hours of your travel, you must have conducted a PCR COVID test. If entering from the port, fill out the Port Health form available on the Jitenge MoH Kenya app. 

Tanzania

The Government of Tanzania is implementing temperature scanning for all international passengers arriving into Tanzania. Travellers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, may be required to take a test. Should the test reveals a positive result, travellers may be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Uganda

Quarantine is not required for arriving foreign nationals who have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result done by an accredited laboratory in the country of origin, unless the person exhibits signs or symptoms of an infectious disease. Such individuals will be transported to an isolation center for a COVID-19 test where they must remain, at their own cost, until the results of the test are received. Travelers who test positive will be taken to a Ministry of Health facility for treatment, or given the option to be repatriated (for foreigners), at their own cost.

Namibia

Travellers entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival in Namibia. If the negative result is less than 72 hours old, there is no quarantine requirement. If the negative result is older than 72 hours but less than 7 days, then you will need to quarantine for 7 days – quarantine may be at home or in an approved tourist facility.

Zambia

Business and leisure travel to Zambia are available. Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement for visitors to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days before their arrival.

 

The Americas

Mexico

Mexico is currently open for international tourism, meaning that travellers can fly to Mexico and visit select beaches, including the one in Los Cabos, with no mandatory quarantine period upon arrival. The Mexican government strongly advises locals and visitors to continue practicing COVID-19 preventive measures which include social distancing and proper hand hygiene practices among others.   

Antigua and Barbuda

The country is open for tourists since June 4 although a state of emergency will remain in place till March 2021. A health declaration form will have to be filled by all passengers on incoming flights. Negative COVID-19 report mandatory to carry for entry, the test being no older than 7 days before the flight. Monitoring for 14 days after arrival at government-approved accommodation (take note that this is not quarantine). Port Health guidelines applicable to those arriving by the water. Curfew hours between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. when only essential services will be available

Aruba

Aruba has opened its borders to all countries, other countries such as Dominican Republic, Haiti, all Central American countries, and all South American countries (except for Venezuela) which are slated to be welcomed from December 1. No quarantine mandatory but instead you’ll need to carry a negative RT-PCR test report taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival.

Entry is allowed following the online Embarkation and Disembarkation (ED) program where you’ll be issued an ED card

Bahamas

From November 1, travellers with no history of COVID infection and do not exhibit symptoms may avoid mandatory quarantine. It is mandatory for all tourists to apply for Travel Health Visa on the official website and upload their negative RT-PCR test reports. Your test results shouldn’t be older than 5 days when you arrive in the Bahamas.

All those who are staying in the Bahamas for more than 4 nights / 5 days must take the rapid COVID-19 Antigen test.

Brazil

Brazil is currently open for international travellers and does not impose quarantine measures for arrivals. However, should travellers are tested positive for COVID-19, they will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine. Additionally, those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are recommended to self-quarantine for 15 days.  

Belize

Belize has reopened for international leisure travel from October 1. Download the Belize Health app and register on it 72 hours before arrival in Belize. A PCR test is recommended. If you aren’t carrying one, you will be tested at the airport (pay USD 50) and asked to stay in isolation at your hotel until results arrive. Only if you test positive, you will need to quarantine for 14 days there itself. All tourists receive a Safe Corridor “Welcome to Belize” wristband with stay being permitted only at accommodations with Gold Standard Certification. This means you may now only visit your hotel’s beachfront and take private tours offered by your hotel with minimum to no interactions with the locals. The rules are now slightly relaxed, so you may take your own decisions regarding car rentals on the island. Night curfew from 8pm to 5am starting on December 20th.

Chile

Starting from 23 November, Santiago Airport has reopened to non-resident foreigners possessing the following documents:

  • negative PCR Sars-Covid2 test (rapid tests are not acceptable), taken not more than 72 hours before boarding the final flight into Santiago)
  • declaration form Pasaporte Sanitario, completed before entry
  • health or travel insurance that covers COVID-related medical care up to a minimum of US$ 30,000 for the duration of the visit

Please note that travellers from the UK will not be granted entry.

Colombia

Starting from October 1st, travellers eligible for entry into Colombia will need to provide a negative PCR test conducted no longer than 96 hours prior to departure to avoid quarantine. 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s borders are open to travellers departing from anywhere in the world. While a 14-day quarantine is not mandatory, travellers will have to fill out an online form called “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass). A PCR test is no longer necessary to enter Costa Rica, but travellers are required to have a valid insurance policy. 

Dominican Republic

The country reopened for international travelers from July 1. No restrictions like PCR test certificates or mandatory quarantine. On arrival, passengers exhibiting symptoms along with randomly chosen passengers will be subjected to a COVID test and if found positive, the quarantine will follow. Curfew on weekdays from 9 pm to 5 am, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 pm to 5 am. Masks are mandatory and if seen without one in public, you may be penalized.

Ecuador

Ecuadorian government mandates that all travellers arriving without a negative PCR test will be subjected to self-isolation in hotels or private accommodations. However, those over the age of 65, children and pregnant women are allowed to serve their quarantine at home.

Guatemala

Entry to Guatemala is permitted so long as travellers are able to produce a negative PCR test issues no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival. Travellers without said negative PCR test will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine.

Guyana

Travellers arriving in Guyana with a test completed within 72 hours will not be subjected to any other safety precautions and allowed immediate entry without restrictions. Travellers with tests taken within four to seven days prior to arrival will be subjected to a second PCR test at the point of entry but will be allowed to self-isolate in their hotel or home until a negative result is obtained.

Honduras

All passengers must carry a negative COVID test certificate conducted less than 72 hours before your entry. Quarantine is not obligatory unless you exhibit symptoms upon arrival.

Nicaragua

No quarantine is mandatory for travellers arriving in Nicaragua. Arrivals with a negative COVID-19 certificate will be allowed to enter Nicaragua without having to undergo quarantine.

Panama

International arrivals will be tested at Tocumen International Airport. Those who test negative will not be subjected to quarantine measures. 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico reopened international borders on July 15. No quarantine is needed if you carry a negative PCR test report (taken 72 hours prior). If you fail to carry one, you will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days or take test to get early release.

Turks and Caicos

All tourists must register on TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal, possess a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 5 days of departure and have travel or health insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 treatment.

St. Barts

A negative PCR test report (taken at max 72 hours before arrival) and a sworn statement are mandatory to be able to fly to Saint Bart’s. For longer stays, you have to take a COVID test on the 7th day and pay 135 Euros for it.

 

Europe

A city in Turkey. © unsplash.com

With travel bubbles being pioneered in some locations, Europe is set to gradually open itself to travellers once again. But there are complicated border-related issues that may impede movements even between EU countries.

Albania

Internationational commercial flights resumed on June 15. Health screenings are performed at airports, if found symptomatic, testing, and quarantine may follow at the discretion of health officials. Masks are mandatory at all indoor and outdoor spaces for everyone above 11 years old.

The Ministry of Health announced that until 6 January 2021, a mandatory 14-day quarantine (self-isolate) will be imposed on all travelers who enter Albania by air, land, or sea who initiated their travel from Great Britain.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) started reopening its borders in phases on June 1 and is now open for all countries. A 48-hour PCR test is the only obligation travelers must be adhering to. Check more details on entry, border crossing, and visa requirements at BiH Border Police (website in Croatian).

Kosovo

Kosovo reopened its international borders on June 28. If permitted to enter Kosovo without a negative RT-PCR test taken within the last 72 hours, travelers are required to self-isolate for 7 days.

Malta

If you have spent the last 14 days and is visiting Malta from a country included on the Green List, you can enter Malta without undergoing swab test and mandatory quarantine requirements. You have to fill out the Public Health Travel Declaration Form and the Passenger Locator Form. No COVID-test reports required.

North Macedonia

Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter Northern Macedonia for tourism purposes as it officially reopened on July No mandatory quarantine for travellers. Except for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia, no visitor needs to carry a negative COVID report for entry.

Serbia

From 20 December until 10 January, all visitors to Serbia must arrive with a negative PCR test taken in the 48 hours before arrival. You will be refused entry if you do not have a negative test result. Tests cannot be taken on arrival.

Serbian nationals and foreign nationals with temporary and permanent residence must either present a negative PCR test taken in the 48 hours before arrival or spend 10 days in self-isolation at home following entry to Serbia.

Turkey

All travellers arriving or transiting from the UK, South Africa and Denmark will be required to serve a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Travellers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Turkey at locations selected by the local Turkish authorities. Travellers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72hrs of departure to Turkey.

Other than the aforementioned, Turkey’s international land, sea and air borders are currently open. All travellers meeting Turkish immigration requirements are granted entry without quarantine regardless of nationalities provided that they have submitted a PCR test within 72-hours of boarding their flight. Although no quarantine measure is being imposed, travellers will be subjected to tests and screenings upon arrival. Should they test positive for the infection, travellers will be required to quarantine

Ukraine

Ukraine is accepting international tourists from September 28. It classifies countries into Red and Green zones, depending on which travellers meet with testing and quarantine regulations. While no self-isolation is required for travellers from green zones, if you are travelling from red zones you can evade the mandatory 14-day quarantine by undertaking a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of your due arrival. Valid health insurance from any Ukrainian firm or a foreign company with a branch in Ukraine, as available on the official website, must be availed of before travelling.

Carry your ID and masks when in Ukraine.