While we’re all excited to see domestic travel resuming in Australia, many of us with itchy travel feet are also wanting to know when a trip to our favourite overseas destinations will be back on the cards.
The good news is, the world is starting to open up again, with many countries announcing plans to roll out the welcome mat.
Here’s what we know so far about when different countries will be open for travellers.
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But before you go adding dates to your holiday calendar, remember that overseas travel bans imposed by the Australian Government still apply, so our ability to visit these countries is still subject to Australia’s own restrictions. Also, getting to these destinations depends on airports reopening and flights resuming. For the latest information, head to the Australian Government’s Smartraveller website.
New Zealand will most likely be the first country Australians will be able to visit, thanks to a trans-Tasman travel bubble being negotiated between the two governments.
Indonesia’s tourism ministry has indicated Bali will reopen to travellers some time between June and October.
Thailand’s international flight ban has been extended until June 30 however the country is in talks with allowing travel between nearby countries such as China and South Korea. Domestic flights restarted on May 15 and the country’s hospitality staff are being in deep cleaning and hygiene procedures.
Vietnam has emerged as the leader in pulling its tourism industry out of the coronavirus slump. Domestic flights are now back in operation, and Vietnam Airlines is said to be in discussion with the government to resume some international flights in June. Restaurants and retail outlets are back open.
Japan has lifted its state of emergency however Australian tourists are still unable to visit.
The United Kingdom’s borders have never been closed, but travel in and out of the country has been, and remains, strongly discouraged.
A 14-day quarantine for all incoming overseas travellers will be imposed from June 8.
UK campsites, hotels, holiday parks and tourist attractions are planning for a July 4 reopening as well as pubs and accommodation.
Although Italy never formally closed its borders, it did ban tourists. International travellers will be welcomed back from June 3, and will not need to self-isolate on arrival. Restaurants and cafes have reopened as have its beaches.
France is scheduled to reopen its borders on June 15 however its emergency measures have been extended until July 24 with non-essential trips banned and visitors required to self-isolate.
The restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 are relaxing in Germany. From May 30 all federal states permitted hotels to accept bookings for the purpose of tourism. Cafes, restaurants and shops are open. Germany’s borders remain closed and travel restrictions will be reassessed after June 15.
Ireland will not open its borders to outside travellers until August 10. Cafes and restaurants are slated to reopen on June 29 while museums, galleries and hotels to reopen on July 20 while pubs will be allowed to reopen their doors on August 10.
Greece will reopen to international travellers on June 15. Major year round hotels will reopen from June 1 in major cities and regional provinces. The reopening of seasonal hotels is scheduled for June 15. Restaurants, cafes and bars are scheduled to open to the public with new rules from May 25. 500 of the country’s beaches opened to the public on May 16 with social distancing in place, thought to be a trial for when the country reopens.
There is no set date, but Spain’s prime minister says the country will open its borders to tourists sometime in July and will lift its quarantine requirement for those entering the country from July 1.
Portugal’s borders remain closed to international tourists however hotels will be able to open from June 1, alongside bars, nightclubs, shopping centres and gyms. The country’s three-stage plan to lift its lockdown started on May 4. Museums and galleries opened on May 14 and beaches opened on May 15.
As of June 15, Iceland will welcome international tourists, but they will need to take a compulsory COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport, or self-quarantine for two weeks.
Canada will not open its borders until at least June 23, and even then, they will remain shut to the United States.
Some Mexican states, including the popular holiday spot of Cancun, will reopen to international visitors on June 1. Arrivals into Mexico can expect advanced screening procedures to be in effect.
Peru has extended its border closures until June 30. It has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in South America. Beginning on May 25, the mandatory nightly curfew hours will be reduced in Lima and much of the country, with curfew beginning at 9pm and ending at 4am.
Dubai wants to start welcoming tourists back by July, according to the tourism director general.
Seychelles will welcome tourists back on June 1.
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