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These int’l destinations are open to tourists

2021-06-28
These int’l destinations are open to tourists

Apparel Desk: The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, even though many of us are now itching to make plans to travel or to reunite with loved ones. It's up to you to decide whether travel to international destinations is a good idea. Keep in mind that not only must you pay attention to the guidance regarding countries you wish to visit or transit through, your home country may have COVID-19 testing or mandatory hotel quarantine you'll have to undertake on your return, reports CNN.

What follows is this list of countries and territories where it's still possible for most international passport holders to go for a vacation:

Albania

Set on the Adriatic Sea, Albania remains open. While there's no COVID-19 test requirements or quarantine to enter, expect a health screening. More info: albania.al.

Belize

Known for diving and jungle wildlife, this Central American nation is open. To enter, you must download the Belize Health App and input your information no more than 72 hours before arriving.

You can bring an official vaccine card reflecting that you've gotten inoculated at least two weeks before arrival. Otherwise, have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours of arrival or a rapid test within 48 hours of arrival. Or you can be tested upon arrival at a cost of $50. More info: Belize Tourism Board.

Bermuda

This Atlantic island requires each inbound passenger 10 and older to apply for travel authorization at the cost of $75 per adult and $30 for flight crew and children 9 and younger. Upon arrival, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than five days before departure.

You'll be tested again at the airport and quarantined while awaiting for those results. More tests are required on days four, eight and 14 of your visit. Click here for specific instructions for immunized travelers.

The island is under a week-long "Stay at Home" order until April 20. The airport and borders remain open and all non-essential businesses are closed.

British Virgin Islands

Visitors need a travel certificate that you can get at the BVI Gateway website. There's a $175 entry fee. You need a negative COVID-19 test result taken five days or less before travel to enter. You'll also get another test on arrival and must quarantine four days while waiting for results. More info: BVI government website.

Colombia

All arriving passengers to Colombia should either have a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before departing; take a test upon arrival and quarantine while waiting for a negative result; or go into mandatory isolation for 14 days. Find out more: Colombia's travel website.

Croatia

Croatia is once again open to leisure travelers, but access requirements are stricter than they had been previously and vary according to your country of origin. You must have proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test that's no more than 48 hours old upon arrival, or you can take a PCR test immediately upon arriving and self-isolate until getting a negative result. You must also have evidence of an accommodation paid in advance and in full. A reservation alone is not enough. More details: mup.gov.hr.

Egypt

Travelers to Egypt need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, taken no more than 72 hours before flight departure.

However, passengers traveling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt are allowed to extend that time period to up to 96 hours, due to long travel and transit periods.

Travelers must present paper copies; digital copies aren't accepted. Children 5 and younger are exempt. You may be required to show proof of health insurance. You may travel to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el Sheikh without a PCR test, but you must be tested upon arrival and quarantine until you get a negative result.

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