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May 27, 2022 Travel
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International Travel Restrictions & Entry Guidelines by Countries – 2022

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Planning to travel internationally? Know all about travel restrictions and Covid status of 32 countries. From flight status to border reopening and traveling bans, this article gives you all the insights to plan your international trip. Learn about country-specific entry rules and requirements such as the border status, COVID-19 testing & regulations, vaccination certificate and quarantine rules. Many countries are reopening their borders for international travel. Find out which countries are open to vaccinated travelers.

Important highlights:

  • Carry all your vaccination documents and proofs along for your convenient travel to the country you are visiting.
  • The new vaccination rules apply to almost all the countries.
  • Most countries allow international travel with vaccination certificates, as it’s the best way to travel safely
  • Some countries also ask for a PCR test on arrival
  • Entry guidelines for unvaccinated travelers differ from country to country

It’s time to fly off to new horizons, are you ready?

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Travel Restrictions & Entry Guidelines for North American Countries:

 

CountriesInternational Flights StatusForeign Tourism StatusExceptionsCovid StatusEntry GuidelinesSources
USAOpenOpenNAIn control (only rising in some states)· A vaccination certificate is required (only approved in the USA). Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travelers don't have to quarantine.
· For unvaccinated travelers, a COVID-19 negative report is required for entering the country.
· If you are traveling domestically within the USA - individual states and territories may have their quarantine requirements.
https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry"Customs and Border Protection

https://www.usa.gov/states-and-territories
3. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa

Travel Restrictions & Entry Guidelines for European Countries:

 

CountriesInternational Flights StatusForeign Tourism StatusExceptionsCovid StatusEntry GuidelinesSources
NorwayOpenOpenNAIn control· All the travel-related restrictions are removed.
· A negative certificate in Norway is subject to special conditions.
· You don't need proof of vaccination or negative test results for traveling to the country.
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/NOR/7001
FranceOpenOpenUnvaccinated travelers from Covid hit countries may have to take a random testSlight rise in cases· No need to test on arrival.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination is required with a pre-departure test in some cases.
· A Covid booster vaccination pass is not required to enter the country.
· For unvaccinated travelers, a covid negative test is required subject to a special category.
· France is ready to connect with the EU digital COVID certificate gateway.
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/
SpainOpenOpenNo countries on the risk listIn control (slight rise in hospitalizations)· Vaccinated travelers will have to show proof of vaccination with approved vaccines by the European Nation.
· For unvaccinated travelers, a negative COVID test within 72 hours of travel but no mandatory quarantine.
· EU digital certificate for easy entry.
https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/spain-prolongs-existing-covid-19-entry-restrictions-until-may-15-heres-what-travellers-should-know/

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ESP%22%3ERe-open%20Europe/7001
SwedenOpenOpenNAIn control· Sweden lifts all the covid travel requirements to allow free entry.
· Vaccinated or unvaccinated, negative test results, or vaccine certificates are not required to enter Sweden.
· The EU digital covid certificate is required in special cases.
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/SWE">Re-open Europe/
ItalyOpenOpenNAIn control (slightly rising)· There is no need to fill out the EU passenger locator form for entering the county.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination is required but in special cases.
· For unvaccinated travelers, a negative test certificate is required on arrival.
· The country is ready to connect with EU digital.
https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ITA">Re-open Europe
UKOpenOpenNAIn control (moderate)· No COVID test or passenger locator form is needed when traveling to UK.
· No need for quarantine when you arrive.
· Vaccinated travelers have to show a vaccine certificate under the UK vaccination program.
· Unvaccinated travelers will need to take a PCR test on the same day or Day 2 after arrival.
· If you test positive on arrival, you may have to follow strict 7-day isolation at your own accommodation.
https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19#full-publication-update-history
CanadaOpenOpenNAIn control· Pre-arrival COVID test requirement suspended for entering Canada.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccine is required (as approved in Canada).
· For unvaccinated travelers, a negative PCR test 72 hours before the flight or rapid antigen on arrival.
· If found positive, need to self-isolate for 10 days.
https://ca.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-canada-3/

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start

https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2022/04/25/canada-covid-19-entry-rules-changing-today/?sh=3b83de8f4259
DenmarkOpenOpenNAIn control· There are no COVID restrictions in Denmark.
· A COVID negative certificate is required for entering the country in special cases.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination is required but only in special cases.
· For unvaccinated travelers, there is no need for testing.
https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations
AustriaOpenOpenNAIn control· 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered, and testing rule lifted from 16th May).
· For vaccinated travelers, no proof of vaccination except for travelers from the UK, vaccination proof in special cases.
· For unvaccinated travelers, the PCR test is valid up to 72 hours.
https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information/entry-regulations
GermanyOpenOpenNAIn control (rising in some areas)· Digital entry registration is required for entry in Germany.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination is required (vaccines approved by the EU)
· For unvaccinated travelers, a COVID test is required (only exceptional cases allowed)
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/visa-service/EinreiseUndAufenthalt
RussiaOpenOpenNAIn control (slight rise)· Travelers who have visited high-risk zones are not permitted to enter the country.
· A negative covid certificate is required on arrival.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination is required.
· For unvaccinated travelers, testing on arrival is required.
· There are no quarantine requirements.
https://www.skyscanner.co.in/travel-restrictions/russia/29475334
Switzerland OpenOpenNAIn control· Travelers from all over the world can enter Switzerland without vaccination, covid test certificate, or recovery certificate.
· Only a valid passport and visa are required.
https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/switzerland-has-now-removed-covid-19-entry-restrictions-for-all-travellers/

 

Travel Restrictions & Entry Guidelines for Asian Countries:

 

CountriesInternational Flights StatusForeign Tourism StatusExceptionsCovid StatusEntry GuidelinesSources
IndiaOpenOpenNAIn control· 2% of passengers per flight will be randomly tested upon arrival. If found positive, they will have to follow self-isolation rules.
· For vaccinated travelers, a vaccination certificate is required for entering the country.
· For unvaccinated travelers, a covid negative report is required.
· Countries that exempt Indian citizens (vaccinated with nationally recognized or WHO recognized vaccines) are allowed for relaxation.
https://www.newdelhiairport.in/covid19

https://www.cgisf.gov.in/news_detail/?newsid=42
ThailandOpenOpenNeed advance permission to travelIn control (level 3)· PCR test is not required on arrival.
· Fully vaccinated travelers don't need to apply for Thailand's Test and Go sandbox scheme.
· Unvaccinated visitors need to show a negative PCR test report on arrival or stay under a 5-day alternate quarantine scheme.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand

https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/thailand-travel-restrictions
Hong KongOpenOpenNoneIn control (downward trend)· Hong Kong Government has ended Covid 19 entry ban from May for all the foreign nationals.
· PCR or RAT test is required for all the visitors at the airport on arrival.
· Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Hong Kong with a vaccination record.
· Unvaccinated visitors will need a negative PCR certificate for entering the country.
· If you test positive, you may have to stay in Government isolation facility for a minimum of 7 days. Family members of the positive person may also be placed in a Government quarantine center. Read more about Hong Kong quarantine rules at https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/COVID19.page
https://www.timeout.com/hong-kong/travel/travelling-to-hong-kong-heres-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/hong-kong
MalaysiaOpenOpenNAIn control· Governmenthas ended COVID testing and insurance requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.
· Fully vaccinated travelers need to carry a vaccination certificate on arrival.
· Unvaccinated travelers will have to take a COVID test within 24 hours of arrival or quarantine for 5 days.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malaysia/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/malaysia
SingaporeOpenOpen· If not traveling on VTL flights, requirements will vary depending on your vaccination status.

· If not fully vaccinated you cannot enter unless you are a citizen.
In control
(stabilized)
· Singapore Government has introduced a new vaccination travel framework for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
· Vaccinated travelers traveling from non-restricted destinations can enter without tests and quarantine.
· Unvaccinated passengers will be tested for COVID upon arrival and will need prior approval and travel insurance.
· If you test positive on arrival - you will have to opt for a 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at the declared place of accommodation. Read more about the quarantine rules at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/singapore/entry-requirements

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/singapore
IndonesiaOpenOpenNAIn control· Government has lifted quarantine requirements for international travelers.
· Fully vaccinated visitors can enter the country by showing the certificate.
· Unvaccinated travelers need to take a PCR test on arrival or carry a negative test result.
· If you test positive, you will be referred to a designated Indonesian health care center or hospital run by the government, but at your own expense.
https://covid19.go.id/

https://www.indonesia.travel/gb/en/news/covid-travellers-faq
Saudi ArabiaOpenOpenNAIn control· Every visitor must be vaccinated with an approved vaccine to enter the country.
· With full vaccination, you don't need to quarantine.
· In special cases, unvaccinated visitors need to provide a negative PCR report or take an antigen test on arrival.
https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/saudi-arabia/
UAEOpenOpenNAIn control· PCR test requirements are lifted for fully vaccinated travelers.
· Vaccinated travelers have to show a valid vaccination certificate with a QR code.
· Unvaccinated travelers need a negative test to enter the country or take a rapid test. Self-isolation at own accommodation if found positive.
https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/united-arab-emirates/
KuwaitOpenOpenNAIn control· Travelers must download the Shlonik app before traveling to Kuwait.
· Fully vaccinated travelers need to show a vaccine certificate approved in Kuwait (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna).
· Unvaccinated travelers require a negative test report for entry.
https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/kuwait/
QatarOpenOpenNAIn control· A negative test is not required to enter the country.
· Fully vaccinated travelers need to undergo rapid antigen upon arrival.
· Unvaccinated travelers need to undergo 5 or 7 days of home quarantine.
https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx
BahrainOpenOpenNAIn control (moderate)· A COVID negative test report is required for entering the country.
· For vaccinated travelers, the vaccination certificate must contain a QR code if not issued from - the UK, USA, European Union, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, or Israel.
· For unvaccinated travelers, self-isolation of 7 days if tested positive on arrival in antigen test.

·
https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/bahrain/
TurkeyOpenOpenNAIn control· Arrival may be subject to random tests.
· You need to wear face masks at the airport.
· Fully vaccinated travelers don't require testing on arrival.
· For unvaccinated travelers, a negative test report is required for entering Turkey.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements
JapanOpenOpenNAIn control (slight increase)· Negative certification is required for entering Japan.
· For vaccinated travelers, vaccination proof is required.
· For unvaccinated travelers, PCR rest is required or quarantine at home.
· Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are subject to similar self-isolation rules upon testing positive.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html
ChinaOpenOpenInternational travel is exempt due to covidRise in cases but in control due to lockdown· A negative PCR test is required on arrival.
· For vaccinated travelers, valid vaccination proof is required.
· For unvaccinated travelers, testing and screening - both are required.
· Arrivals that test positive will be sent to Government facilities for 7 to 14 days (once international travel is permitted)
https://www.skyscanner.co.in/travel-restrictions/china/29475326

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china/entry-requirements
Maldives OpenOpenNAIn control· A negative COVID certificate is required for entry.
· A PCR test is no longer required.
· Vaccination proof, if applicable.
· For unvaccinated travelers, there may be testing on arrival.
· There is no quarantine on arrival.
· However, if you test positive, you will be placed in Govt isolation center for 14 days at your own expense, read more about the quarantine rules at https://mv.usmission.gov/covid-19-information/
https://www.tourism.gov.mv/covid19

Travel Restrictions & Entry Guidelines for Australian Countries:

 

CountriesInternational Flights StatusForeign Tourism StatusExceptionsCovid StatusEntry GuidelinesSources
AustraliaOpenOpenNAIn control (slightly rising)· You do not require a negative COVID test before traveling to Australia, or - on arrival.
· All travelers must complete a Digital Passenger Declaration before they travel to the country.
· For vaccinated travelers, it is important to declare their vaccination status and present it on arrival.
· Unvaccinated visitors need to show a medical certificate as proof of being unvaccinated.
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-international-travellers

http://www.australia.gov.au/
New ZealandOpenOpen· Some travelers may be exempt from vaccination if they are traveling from countries with no access to vaccines.

· Countries exempt from pre-departure testing:
American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated State of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Soloman Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Afghanistan (if you are a citizen and you are being evacuated), Ukraine

In control (slightly rising)· Travelers need a negative COVID test to enter the country - either PCR or rapid antigen on arrival.
· For vaccinated travelers, showing proof of vaccination is important.
· For unvaccinated travelers, there can be testing on arrival.
· If you test positive in the RAT result, you need to isolate for 7 days and then get a PCR test.
https://www.health.govt.nz/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-travellers#ifunvacced

 

Travel Restrictions & Entry Guidelines for African Countries:

 

CountriesInternational Flights StatusForeign Tourism StatusExceptionsCovid StatusEntry GuidelinesSources
Mauritius OpenOpenNAIn control· Acovid negative certificate is required for entering the country.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination is required, and covid testing is required on arrival.
· For unvaccinated travelers, antigen test on arrival, self-isolation for seven days.


· Digital entry registration is required for entry in Germany.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination is required (vaccines approved by the EU)
· For unvaccinated travelers, a COVID test is required (only exceptional cases allowed)
https://mauritiusnow.com/mauritius-travel-advice/
South Africa OpenOpenNAIn control (slightly rising in some parts)· A negative COVID test or rapid antigen test is required for entry.
· For vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination is required.
· For unvaccinated travelers, a valid PCR test report is required, and travelers will be screened for covid symptoms on arrival.
· For quarantine, proof of accommodation address is required.
https://www.gov.za/covid-19/individuals-and-households/travel-coronavirus-covid-19

 

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