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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.

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 01Jul20
Queensland will open its borders to other states, excluding Victoria, from 10 July 2020.

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.

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.

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 09Jun20
Moscow Domodedovo Airport has started offering an antibody test for COVID-19, at the airport’s medical care facility, located in the terminal.

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.  

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.

Asia

Singapore 26May20
Singapore Changi Airport allows transit passengers from 02Jun20. Transit passengers will “remain in designated facilities in the transit area and not mix with other passengers whilst at Changi Airport, however, it’s not allowed to browse the duty-free shops or kick back in the airline lounge.

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 24Jun20
The Maldives will be re-opening to international travellers from 15th July 2020. Tourists can enter Maldives without testing for COVID-19 nor quarantine periods, as per the current Travel Information and Charter Guidelines.

Sri Lanka 07Jun20
Sri Lanka will be open for business from the 1st of August 2020. As per the update, the airport will reopen on the 15th August 2020.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Travel Restrictions by Origin and Destination

Source from: Focus Asia