New developments in international travel
A new development for international travel is heralded for the next few weeks. This means that people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or who have been proven to have survived an infection will be able to cross the border to other countries without any requirements such as mandatory testing or quarantine. While a corresponding regulation and vaccination certificate for travelers is still being discussed in the European Union, a few countries and travel destinations have already partially reopened their borders for tourism.
Estonia: No quarantine requirement
Estonia’s government announced that it will waive quarantine requirements for travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or who can prove that they have survived a corona infection in the past six months. Medical evidence must be presented in both cases. However, Estonia has strict regulations for holidaymakers arriving from countries with an incidence of over 150 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a two-week period. You have to present a negative corona test upon entry and then be in quarantine for ten days with the option of doing a new test from the seventh day. If this is negative, you can leave the quarantine. The Foreign Office communicated these restrictions in its travel and safety information.
Georgia: No restrictions on vaccinated people
The German Foreign Office recently published new regulations for travel to Georgia. From now on it is possible for travelers who have been proven to have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to enter the country without restrictions. Care is also taken to ensure that if a vaccine has to be injected twice, the second vaccination has actually been given. All other vacationers still need a negative test to enter Georgia. According to the Foreign Office, however, this is not enough, as another test must be carried out on the third day after arrival – at your own expense. However, there is no quarantine requirement for the time in between.
Madeira: No more compulsory testing for vaccinated people
The responsible health authorities have issued new entry regulations for the Portuguese island of Madeira and the local tourism office published them on February 22nd. Accordingly, tourists are now allowed to enter the country without showing a negative test result, provided they have already been vaccinated against the virus. Entry is also possible for all other travelers. However, these must still be able to produce a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours. Alternatively, you have the option of being tested free of charge at the airport. The vacationers then have to go into quarantine until the result, which should be available within twelve hours.
Moldova: No quarantine for vaccinated people
In Moldova, vaccinated people do not have to be quarantined. However, there is a general entry ban for holidaymakers who want to enter from risk countries. Anyone entering from a non-risk country must then be quarantined for a total of 14 days. An exemption only applies to vaccinated people who can provide official confirmation that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Foreign Office announced the new regulations in its travel and safety information.
Iceland: Special scheme for vaccinated and convalescent people
Before the introduction of the new travel regulations, people who traveled to Iceland had to adhere to the six-day quarantine and be able to present a negative corona test result upon arrival. For those who have recovered and travelers with the appropriate vaccination certificate, these restrictions no longer apply, as the Foreign Office informs. There is one catch, however, because Iceland only accepts two vaccines so far. On the one hand, tourists entering the country have to provide evidence of two vaccinations with an interval of 19 to 42 days from BioNTech in order to benefit from the special regulation. Another possibility is that two doses of the active ingredient of Moderna were given with an interval of at least 28 days. But not only people who have been proven to be vaccinated can look forward to unrestricted entry. Those who have demonstrably recovered from a corona infection are also currently entitled to visit the country.
Israel: Only conditional entry ban for tourists
Israel is also giving people who have already been vaccinated some freedom if they intend to visit the country on the Mediterranean Sea. According to the Foreign Office, there are exceptions to the test and quarantine requirement for travelers who can prove that they have already been vaccinated or have already been sick with COVID-19. However, Ben Gurion Airport was closed until February 21, 2021, and all foreign travelers will be banned from entering the country even after it has reopened. Exceptions only apply to people who can prove that they have a primary residence in Israel. It remains to be seen when the special regulations also apply to foreign travelers.
Romania: Quarantine obligation conditionally lifted
Like many other countries, Romania also lifts the quarantine requirement as soon as it can be proven that travelers have been vaccinated. Since February 25, they have been allowed to travel to the country under certain conditions. On the one hand, the second vaccination dose must have taken place at least ten days before entering the country and proof of this must be presented. On the other hand, recovered travelers have the opportunity to prove that they have already survived corona disease, so that they are no longer obliged to quarantine. However, a positive test result must be available for this in the last 90 days before entry. People who have not yet been vaccinated must still be in quarantine for 14 days after arrival, informs the Foreign Office.
Seychelles: No quarantine for travelers from risk areas
New travel regulations have been in effect in the Seychelles since January 20th. As the Foreign Office informs, tourists who have been vaccinated against the virus in advance do not have to comply with the quarantine obligation. The new regulation applies even if travelers come from a risk area. In order to be able to enter, however, they must be able to provide an official document to prove that they have not only been vaccinated, but that the second dose was given at least two weeks ago. In addition, a negative PCR test no longer than 72 hours old must be submitted. Travelers who are not vaccinated are currently required to present a negative PCR test upon entry and are subject to a ten-day quarantine upon arrival.
Other countries are to follow
Other countries are also currently working on new travel regulations for vaccinated and recovered people. It is currently only possible to travel to Greece with a negative PCR test result. But the country wants to make easier entry with tests or vaccinations possible for the summer months at the latest. In countries such as Spain, Portugal and Malta the EU vaccination pass is being discussed more and more, and in Australia a vaccination may be compulsory for travelers in the next few weeks.
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