Travel Restriction Updates Post -Covid-19

Destinations

Oceania

Trans-Tasman 01Jun20
Trans-Tasman flights are not permitted at present except for returning citizens with 14 days quarantine.

Australia

Gold Coast 17Jun20
Village Roadshow has announced that it has decided to progressively start reopening its Gold Coast theme parks from the end of June. Movie World, Outback Spectacular, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild are set to reopen from mid-July.

Queensland
03Jun20
Queenslanders can holiday in the state from 1st Jun and Gold Coast playfully showcased in “preparing for your return” video!

Whitsundays 02Jul20
Daydream Island Resort and Living Reef has become the first island in the Whitsunday Islands region to welcome back guests ahead of QLD borders re-opening from July 2020.

New Zealand

Pacific Islands

Tahiti 09Jun20
There have been no active cases of COVID19 since May 29th in French Polynesia. Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and other French Polynesian islands will be re-opened to international tourism from 15th July 2020. However, flights from Hawaii, AustraliaNew Zealand and Japan expected to resume between August and September. The mandatory 14 day isolation period will not be required. There will still be strict measures in place to keep everyone safe which includes:

  • Compulsory COVID 19 test 72 hours before the departure to French Polynesia. Travellers will have to provide a medical certificate.
  • A panel of travellers will randomly be tested for COVID 19 during their stay.
  • Proof of travel insurance is required.

You can visit the Tahiti Tourism website for further details.

Fiji 13Oct20
Nadi Airport has been shut to all scheduled passenger traffic since 26 March 2020. This has allowed Fiji to successfully manage any outbreaks of covid-19 in passengers returning on repatriation flights.
At present, here are the updates from airline partners:
Fiji Airways: international flights suspended until 31 October 2020.
Qantas: international flights suspended until 31 July 2021.
Air New Zealand: international flights suspended until 31 October 2020.

Europe

Monaco 07Jun20
The Café de Paris Monte-Carlo was reopened on Tuesday 2 June 2020, together with the inauguration of the new Casino Square.

2021 Monaco Grand Prix 01Jun20
The 78th Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held from 20May21 – 23May21. Along with the Formula 1, Monaco will host another TWO Grand Prix in the lead up to their premier event.
The 12th edition of the Historic Grand Prix will run from 23Apr21 – 25Apr21, and the 4th Monaco E-Prix will be a week later on the 8th of May.

Madeira and Porto Santo 01Jun20
Madeira and Porto Santo will be open to international travellers from 01Jul20. All people travelling to the islands will have to present a negative test done within 72 hours prior to departure or be tested upon arrival, paid for by the Government.

Georgia 02Jun20
Georgia opens up for domestic tourism from 15Jun20 and the country will be ready to receive international tourists from 01Jul20. Georgia is doing this by opening safe corridors on land borders. Also, Georgia started making negotiations with its neighbored countries which are touristically important for it. Georgia will be one of the first countries to open safe tourist corridors and tourist infrastructure in order to receive international guests.

France 02Jun20
France enters the 2nd phase of reopening on 02Jun20. Beaches, parks, gardens, lakes, gyms, swimming pools, museums, monuments, campsites, holiday villages and other tourist accommodation will reopen in the green zones and on 22Jun20 for the orange zones. Cafes & restaurants will reopen too except in Paris (Ile-de-France region) where only terraces will be reopening.

In the EU 02Jun20
Borders are still closed, but restrictions and travel between the European countries will be lifted from 15Jun20, without 14-day quarantine. However, “reciprocal” voluntary 14-day quarantine requirements will likely be in place for visitors arriving into France from countries who have their own quarantines requirements (notably the UK and Spain). Italy is set to reopen their borders for EU tourists starting on 03Jun20. Spain is set to reopen its borders to tourists on 01Jul20 without a quarantine requirement.

Iceland 03Jun20
Iceland will open up for tourists on 15Jun20.

London 05Jun20
Not only have the dates been confirmed for Wimbledon 2021 as 28th June to 11th July but No 1 court and Centre court have brand new Debenture facilities. The new luxury bars and self-service restaurants are only available to debenture ticket holders. You can enjoy uninterrupted play all day with the new retractable roofs on Court 1 and Centre Court. The interest has increased in these tickets and the price list is not fixed.

Russia 11Aug20
Russia has started opening its borders – from August 01 – with UK, Turkey. No quarantine is required on arrival although reference on COVID absence is to be submitted at the border.

Denmark 03Jul20
Denmark’s borders have reopened to most of Europe and from the 4th of July also a select number of third countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand). For now, tourists from Sweden and Portugal will not be able to come to Denmark. All tourists who can come to Denmark have to stay for a minimum of 6 nights (this does not apply to visitors from Norway) and provide proof of their reservation on entry.  

Canada 27Jul20
Canadian rail tour company Rocky Mountaineer has decided to suspend the remainder of its 2020 travel season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued government travel and health restrictions including all departures through to October 11.

America

The Dominican Republic 19Jun20
SiThe Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) recently announced that the country is to welcome international tourists from July 1, 2020.

Bahamas establishes lockdown and strict travel restrictions again 27Jul20
The Bahamian government issued a mandatory lockdown starting the same day through Sunday, July 26. All travellers irrespective of the country they are flying from would require to undergo 14-day quarantine as well as undergo a PCR COVID-19 test at the end of their isolation period at their own expense before embarking on their vacation.

Hawaii 25Oct20
Hawaii has finally reopened its borders for foreign tourists. As per the latest Hawaii guidelines, tourists can travel to the Hawaiian Islands without having to undertake mandatory 14-day quarantine by producing a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight.

Asia

Singapore 03Sep20
Starting September 1, Singapore has slowly opened its borders. However, short-term visitors are not allowed entry into Singapore, except those coming in under the Green/Fast Lane arrangements, the Air Travel Pass or with special prior approval.

14Sep20
Singapore starts approving pilot Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) events of up to 250 attendees from 1 October 2020.

India 01Jun20
India resumed domestic commercial flights from 26May20. The Airports Authority has indicated in communication to airport managers to expect 30% flight capacity to facilitate social distancing.

Vietnam 02Jun20
Vietnam to Grant E-Visas to Citizens from 80 Countries from 01Jul20. Eligible countries include Belgium, Germany, India and South Korea. Read more here.

Maldive 08Sep20
As per the latest Ministry of Tourism guidelines, the Health Protection Authority of Maldives has made it mandatory with effect from 10 September for all tourists and short-term visitors to present a Negative PCR certificate on arrival.

Sri Lanka 07Jun20
The Government of Sri Lanka has taken a decision to delay the airport opening on the 1st of August. A decision on the precise date will be reviewed in the coming few weeks.

Hong Kong to remain closed until late September for visitors 05Jun20
The territory’s borders will remain closed to foreign visitors even though the airport has reopened for transit passengers. The ban will remain in place until September 18th along with social distancing after a surge in local infections. Anyone arriving into HK are tested for Covid19 before going home for a mandatory 14 day quarantine period.

Nepal 24Jul20
The Government of Nepal has decided to resume all international and domestic flights from August 17, 2020. All tourism-related activities including mountain climbing are to commence in the upcoming Autumn season. Hotels, restaurants and travel agencies will open from July 30, 2020.

Bali 25Aug20
Bali has decided to remain closed for international tourism until the end of 2020.

Myanmar 03Sep20
Suspension of the issuance of all types of visa (including social visit visa) to all foreign nationals, except diplomats accredited to Myanmar, United Nations officials resident in Myanmar and crew of ships and aircraft operating to and from Myanmar until August 31, but there has been no further advice as of this writing.

Thailand 01Sep20
Thailand has announced that it is planning to reopen Phuket for tourism on the 1st of October, with a long list of requirements.

Brunei Darussalam 03Sep20
Since 14 August 2020, all foreign travellers arriving at Brunei Darussalam are also required to bear the cost of the COVID-19 laboratory testing of BND 350 (USD 258) per person. Travellers will bear all cost for self-isolation and testing.

Cambodia 03Sep20
The e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs are currently suspended. Cambodian Embassies are not issuing tourist visas at this time. The only applications being accepted are for diplomatic, official, and “sponsored” business-linked visas at this time. All travellers must present a valid visa issued by a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate.

Indonesia 03Sep20
President Jokowi has banned all foreign arrivals and transits. Only travellers with a valid working permit and diplomats are allowed to enter until further notice.

Laos 03Sep20
Issuance of the tourist visa is currently suspended, but the following travellers can enter the country:
– Companies that are involved in investment projects are now allowed to bring in foreign technical staff, but they must comply with the procedures imposed by the relevant ministries.
– Lao nationals in foreign countries who wish to return to Laos are required to register with a Lao PDR embassy or consulate in the country of their residence to determine how their return can be facilitated.
– Lao state agencies wishing to bring in foreign experts or students for essential reasons must also submit a document to the Secretariat.
– People who already have a valid entry visa can now use it to enter Laos. Those who do not have one should apply for a visa from a Lao embassy or consulate in their country of origin to begin the process of approval to visit the country.

Malaysia 03Sep20
International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials and repatriated citizens. As of July 1, Malaysia has allowed medical tourists to enter the country. But patients only from Brunei, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are allowed.

Philippines 03Sep20
International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials and repatriated citizens. As of July 1, Malaysia has allowed medical tourists to enter the country. But patients only from Brunei, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are allowed.

Africa

Seychelles 02Jun20
Reopening in 2 phases. Phase 1 effective as of 01Jun20, will include the lift in air travel restrictions on the destination subjected to maximum control. It will be compulsory for all visitors to take a Covid-19 test 48 hours prior to disembarking on the Pointe Larue International Airport. A health fee of fifty dollars will be incurred to cover further local health procedures. Phase 1 will also limit the movement of visitors around the inner islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. In order to ensure maximum control, all-inclusive resorts and islands resorts will be recommended to visitors as they provide the opportunity to have guests in a self-contained environment and respecting the social distancing measures.

Mauritius 25Jun20
Since 11 May 2020, this Indian Ocean island has reported no confirmed cases of COVID-19. The suspension on international commercial flights will remain in place until 31 August 2020. International travel will be reopening from 1 September 2020.

Rwanda 25Jun20
The Republic of Rwanda has approved tourism charter flights into Kigali International Airport and will continue to asses the current global situation before opening its airspace to scheduled commercial flights.  International travel will be reopening from 17 June 2020.

Tanzania 25Jun20
The government of Tanzania announced on 18 May 2020 that it will lift the ban on international flights arriving and departing from the country. All hotels and other tourist facilities in the country must go through a COVID-19 certification process, and official documents must be placed at the entrances of all facilities. The Tanzanian government has also directed all the country’s tourism entities to appoint and adequately train COVID-19 liaison officers to be the point of contact with its Health Ministry. International travel will be reopening from 1 June 2020.

Egypt 31Jul20
Egypt’s airports re-opened as of 01 July 2020, and international flights gradually resumed trips with countries that have also re-opened their borders.

Middle East

Dubai 24Jun20
Dubai’s government announced the reopening of its borders
to international travellers on the 7th of July 2020. It comes with several conditions of entry, among which you will find PCR tests and the subscription to medical travel insurance. The conditions and procedures are available here.

Airlines

Qantas plans to fly its Boeing 787 Jets to Tokyo and Johannesburg next year 02Jun20
The Boeing 787 comes with 128 fewer seats. It’s a solid win for Business travellers with a combination of the Business Suite and Boeing 787’s comfortable and jetlag- minimizing travel experience. But travellers need to be aware that the time table will no doubt be different from what was expected and travel won’t automatically snap back to its 2019 state.

Qantas has decided to cancel all international flights until late October with flights to New Zealand as the only exception. 19Jun20

Qantas will reopen a number of its domestic and regional lounges 01Jul20
Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra will open from 1 July 2020, along with regional lounges in Alice Springs, Kalgoorlie, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Broome, Karratha and Launceston. Queensland and Victoria’s lounges are scheduled for progressive reopening from 10 July 2020 as current gathering restrictions are eased. Chairmans Lounges are scheduled to open in August 2020. All Qantas Lounges at international airports both in Australia and overseas remain closed.

Qantas will add two NSW routes between Sydney and Byron Bay (Ballina), Sydney and Orange from 20 July 2020. 02Jul20

Singapore Airlines 13Aug20
Singapore Airlines is starting to fly to Perth, from August 18 2020, 3 times per week, with its modern Boeing 787-10 aircrafts offering business class and economy.

South African Airways may fly again with 1.8 billion Government Bailout 05Jun20
The embattled national airline will need 17 billion rands to go toward creditors and 4 billion rands will go towards retrenchments and working capital. The draft plan is for discussion purposes and has until June 8 to finalise a rescue proposal. The coronavirus was the final nail in the coffin for SAA which last made a profit in 2011. Since then they have racked up $2 billion in losses. The funding agreement has yet to be finalized.  

Delta Air Lines 18Jun20
Delta Air Lines confirms to restart services from Los Angeles to Sydney on 4 July, initially operating on a three-times-weekly basis.

Qatar Airways 18Jun20
Qatar Airways has extended its newest route Doha to Brisbane until late October 2020. The jet is configured with 46 Qsuite business class seats and 281 seats in economy.

26Aug20
Qatar Airways have resumed flights from Adelaide, boosting its Australian network to 23 flights a week including Sydney and Brisbane.

30Sep20
Qatar Airways extend Brisbane flights and go non-stop to Auckland.

American Airlines 03Jul20
American Airlines will resume booking its flights to capacity starting 1st July 2020.

Emirates 17Jul20
A380 are back into the skies to serve customers on flights to London and Paris from 15 July 2020.

Virgin Australia 05Aug20
Virgin Australia has resumed its flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island from 4th August 2020.

Hotels

Cruises

Paul Gaugin Cruises 18Jun20
Paul Gaugin Cruises will resume operations in the South Pacific, offering two 7 night sailings to the local market on 11 and 18 July and then a 10-night voyage available to international markets departing 29 July.