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Which international destinations are being opened to tourists?



(CNN)— Although most governments still advise against “unnecessary” international travel, many popular destinations are beginning to relax their Covid-19 lock-in measures and border restrictions and are moving toward welcoming tourists.

As early as May, the European Union announced an action plan to open its internal borders in time during the summer, while countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania formed “travel bubbles” that lifted restrictions on each other’s citizens.

Caribbean islands like Jamaica have begun to open their doors again to foreign tourists, while destinations such as Mexico and Thailand plan to reopen by region in the coming weeks.

If you are one of the travelers who are eagerly waiting for news about this year’s travel locations, here are some guidelines, including the main destinations that are planned to reopen and some destinations that are still strictly closing the border.

Aruba

August 27, 2013, the beach of Oranjestad, Aruba. AFP Pictures/Louis Acosta (Photo credit should be LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Aruba is gradually opening up to international tourists.

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Tourists from the nearby Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Bonaire will be allowed to enter first, followed by tourists from Canada and Europe on July 1.

From July 10th, American tourists will be allowed to visit.

Although it was previously suggested that passengers do not need to take the Covid-19 exam on arrival or before travel, it now appears that this is no longer the case.

Like many other destinations, Aruba offers visitors the option to provide negative test results no more than 72 hours prior to their visit, or to be tested on arrival.

However, the test fees that must be paid in advance are borne by the passenger.

The island has also introduced a compulsory insurance, Aruba Tourist Insurance, which will cover all costs if the tourist is positive for the virus during the trip.

Non-essential businesses including shopping malls, movie theaters, beauty salons and outdoor restaurants were approved to reopen on May 25, while the island nation is at 10pm. By 5 a.m. early this month, the curfew had been completely lifted.

Although diners must leave before 10 pm and have a spa and sauna, the restaurant with indoor seating is now allowed to reopen.

In addition, the public health department also launched the “Aruba Health and Happiness Code”, which is a mandatory cleaning and sanitation certification program for all tourism-related companies in the country.

Lidao

On December 20, 2018, tourists prepare to surf at Uluwatu Beach, South Kuta, Patong Regency, Bali

In 2019, at least 6.3 million people visited Bali.

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Bali has achieved relative success in curbing the outbreak of coronavirus, with less than 1,500 confirmed cases and a total of 11 deaths at the time of writing.

Indonesia now hopes to welcome tourists back by October while the infection rate remains low.

Bali’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and the number of tourists has been growing in recent years, with 6.3 million visits in 2019.

“Coronavirus has destroyed Bali’s economy…Since then, the decline has been significant [mid-March] Bali’s tour guide Mangku Nyoman Kandia told ABC News in April: “If proper social alienation measures are taken, there will be no tourists and no money.

Currently, with the exception of diplomats, permanent residents and humanitarian workers, all foreign citizens are prohibited from entering Indonesia. Anyone entering the island must undergo a cotton swab test and provide a letter stating that they do not have Covid-19.

It is not clear if the restrictions will be lifted later this year, or whether Bali will accept travelers from areas severely affected by the pandemic, what the entry requirements will be.

Barbados

Visitors paddle near the beach in Bridgetown, Barbados on May 4, 2015

Barbados will reopen to tourists on July 12.

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Barbados announced that it will open its border to international passengers from July 12.

However, visitors must comply with some strict requirements.

A recent press release from the Barbados Tourist Board stated that tourists from all “high-risk” countries will be “strongly encouraged” to take the Covid-19 test at least 72 hours before departing for Barbados.

At the same time, those from “low risk” destinations can be tested a week before visiting the Caribbean island.

Visitors also need to complete an online boarding/boarding card (ED card), asking a series of health issues related to Covid-19 symptoms.

Those who do not provide negative results “from an accredited or accredited laboratory” in advance must be inspected upon arrival and quarantined at their own expense until the result passes. This may take up to 48 hours.

When traveling to the island, travelers must abide by local regulations, including maintaining a physical distance of one meter from others and wearing masks in public places.

British flag airline British Airways (British Airways) will restart services to Barbados on July 18, American airline JetBlue will restart on July 25, and Virgin Atlantic will start on August 8. Restarted on the 1st.

Cyprus

Aphrodite's Rock (Petra tou Romiou)-Cyprus Tourism Organization

Cyprus has pledged to provide vacation fees for Covid-19 positive tourists and their families.

Provided by the Cyprus Tourism Organization

Cyprus is very keen to bring its tourism industry back on track, and officials are willing to bear the cost of any travelers who test positive for Covid-19 during vacations in Mediterranean island countries.

According to a letter shared with CNN, the Cyprus government will pay for accommodation, food, drinks and medicines for tourists infected with coronavirus during the visit.

The five-page letter sent to the government, airlines and travel agencies on May 26 set out the detailed plans.

Officials also specifically designated 100-bed hospitals for foreign travelers who test positive, and will provide 500-room “quarantine hotels” for patients’ families and “close contacts”.

The letter reads: “Passengers only need to work with their agents and/or airlines to cover airport transfers and return flights.”

Hotels in the country began to reopen on June 1st, while international air travel restarted on June 9th.

After reopening the destination, only visitors from the selected country will be allowed to enter.

Inbound flights from Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania will be approved first.

From June 20th, Cyprus will also allow flights from Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic.

However, the list will expand to more countries in the coming months.

Travelers to Cyprus will need to provide valid proof to prove that they tested negative for Covid-19, and they will have a temperature check on arrival and a random check during the trip.

The destination has taken measures to protect travelers and residents, such as ensuring that hotel staff wear masks and gloves, regularly disinfect the sunbeds, and keep tables in restaurants, bars, cafes, and taverns at least two meters (6.5 feet) distance.

Egypt

On December 6, 2017, when tourists visited the pyramids of the Giza Plateau in the southern suburbs of the Egyptian capital Cairo, they saw Sphinx at the front desk

International flights to Egypt may restart in June and July.

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The tourism industry brings about $1 billion in revenue to Egypt every month, so the impact of travel restrictions caused by the pandemic is huge.

The government suspended passenger flights as early as March, and all hotels, restaurants and cafes were closed and a curfew was imposed.

These measures are currently being relaxed to hotels that meet certain requirements, such as opening clinics and resident doctors on site, and are allowed to open to domestic tourists with reduced capacity.

“Many global airlines have expressed their willingness to resume flights to Egypt in July, so we are considering gradually resuming international flights from the end of this month to the beginning of July.”

France

Dona Ana Beach, Lagos, Algarve, Southern Portugal, April 18, 2018

French residents will be allowed to stay in the country during July and August.

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, France was the most visited country in the world.

Now, as in other EU countries, restrictions are currently imposed on all unnecessary travel from outside the Schengen area (usually composed of 26 groups that usually have open borders).

Travelers who do enter the country, with the exception of EU citizens or those arriving from the UK, will be forced to undergo a 14-day quarantine quarantine until at least July 24.

Although the government is slowly lifting the blockade, now allowing cars up to 100 kilometers in length and the beaches to reopen, officials have made it clear that the country is not in a hurry to relax border restrictions on international travelers.

“Since the beginning of the crisis, border closure has been the rule, and cross-border authorization has been the exception.

He said at a press conference: “What is good for tourism is usually good for France, and what is good for tourism is a blow to France.”

Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes in the country have been approved to reopen on June 2.

It was announced on May 29 that the Louvre, the most visited museum in the country, would reopen on July 6.

Philip added: “The tourism industry is facing the most severe challenges in modern history.” “Because this is the crown jewel of the French economy, saving it is the country’s top priority.”

He went on to say that residents can vacation in France in July and August.

Once reopened, the country’s hotels will rely on domestic tourism, as all indications are that international travelers will not be able to enter in the foreseeable future.

A spokesman for the French hotel chain Accor told CNN Travel earlier this month: “When the locking measures are relaxed, French tourists may stay at home for a short period of time.”

“This is the moment when they rediscover their country and we will welcome them there.”

Georgia

This aerial photograph taken on August 26, 2019 shows the residential area of ​​Georgia's capital Tbilisi

Georgia’s goal is to welcome international tourists from July 1.

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However, due to the crisis, the country was forced to close winter resorts in March and banned all foreign tourists.

To reinvigorate tourism, the government said it plans to reopen to international tourists on July 1.

The next phase will allow domestic travel in special “safe” tourist areas, while the final phase will include reopening borders and resuming certain flights.

“[The] Tourism will first take emergency relief measures. “

Germany

View of Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) taken on March 3

As Germany prepares to revitalize its tourism industry, restrictions in Germany are gradually being relaxed.

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Despite the current ban on unnecessary travel to Germany, the land of poets and thinkers lifted restrictions on EU countries on June 15.

Officials are also considering allowing tourists from Turkey, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to enter, although a final decision has not yet been made.

The proposal has been listed in a document called “European Internal Tourism Empowerment Standard”, which proposes to replace the current travel warnings with individual travel recommendations related to each country.

It said: “The revitalization of tourism is important for travelers and the German tourism industry and the economic stability of their respective target countries.”

The Austria/Germany land border is also being reopened-from June 15th, travel between Austria and Germany will be possible-and restrictions across the country are being relaxed.

Greece

Athinios, Santorini

Greek officials hope to reopen the country on June 15.

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Tourism accounts for nearly 20% of Greece’s gross domestic product (GDP) and has one-fifth of job opportunities, so it’s no surprise that this Mediterranean country is eager to open to tourists as soon as possible.

This European country has managed to keep its number of coronavirus cases at a low level by implementing strict blockade measures as early as possible. The European country has already begun allowing some travelers to return.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Kyriakos Mitsotakis) announced on May 20: “The tourism industry will begin on June 15, when seasonal hotels can be reopened.

“Let’s take the end of this summer as [Covid-19] crisis. “

Mitsotakis continued to point out that from July 1, international flights to Greek destinations will be resumed directly, and tourists from 29 designated countries will no longer be expected to undergo Covid-19 inspection or quarantine upon arrival.

However, Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said health officials will conduct on-site testing when necessary.

Mitsotakis told CNN earlier this month: “This summer’s travel experience may be slightly different from previous years.”

“Maybe there may be no open bars or crowds, but as long as the global epidemic is declining, you can still get a wonderful experience in Greece.”

These 29 countries are Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.

Bars and restaurants are also allowed to open again, and City Hotel was originally scheduled to reopen on June 1, followed by the seasonal hotel in July.

Previously, all international passengers had to undergo Covid-19 testing or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Mitsotakis once suggested that visitors must be tested before visiting as a further precautionary measure in the future.

But this only seems to apply to travellers from countries that are not on the list. This is based on the EU Aviation Safety Agency’s global airport “located in a high-risk area infected by Covid-19.”

Iceland

People swim in the hot springs in Mifan, Iceland on April 12, 2017

Iceland has already begun to welcome repeat customers.

Via Getty Images’ LOIC VENANCE/AFP

Iceland recorded nearly 2,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and reopened it to tourists on June 15.

The move came a few weeks after the Nordic countries banned all foreign nationals (except nationals of the European Union and related European countries).

Until recently, all people from abroad were required to be quarantined for 14 days.

However, passengers can now choose to accept the Covid-19 test upon arrival, provide evidence of a negative test recently passed, or agree to a two-week quarantine.

Although these tests are currently free, they will be charged $112 starting July 1.
Visitors will also be encouraged to download the Rakning C-19 app, which is designed to help track the origin of the transmission and is available in seven languages-Icelandic, English, Polish, German, French, Spanish and Italian.

The Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, Soldis Korbrun Rekfjord Gilfadotil, said in an official statement last month: “When a traveler returns to Iceland, we want to have everything Mechanisms to protect them and make progress in controlling the pandemic.”

“So far, Iceland’s large-scale testing, tracking and quarantine strategies have proven effective.

“After all of us have experienced a difficult spring, we hope to build on this experience and create a safe place for those who want to change the landscape.”

Italy

On March 5, 2020, tourists wear masks in Milan Cathedral Square. 2020

Italy is abandoning mandatory quarantine for immigrants with “calculated risk” to attract tourists back.

Via Getty Images PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP

Italy has always been one of the hardest hit destinations by the pandemic, but because the infection rate has fallen, this popular European country is eager to flourish tourism.

Since June 3, travellers from the European Union, the United Kingdom and Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican have been allowed to enter the country without quarantine. The government called this a “risk.”

“We must accept it; otherwise, we will never be able to start again.”

Previously, visitors were asked to go through two weeks of quarantine before being allowed to enter.

All museums, including the Vatican Museums in Rome, have slowly reopened throughout May in accordance with strict social isolation regulations. On May 18, bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen, reducing the number of diners and using plastic shields to separate customers.

Jamaica

A boat is silhouetted on the beach during sunset in Negril, Jamaica, May 21, 2017

Jamaica opened its border to international tourists on June 15.

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Nearly three months after Jamaica closed the border, it reopened to international tourists on June 15.

A “resilient corridor” has also been introduced to limit the movement of tourists to the northern coast between Jamaica’s Negril and Port Antonio.

Visitors will also be required to follow local regulations, such as wearing masks or coverings in public places and social places.

In a statement, Donovan White, Director of the Jamaica Tourism Authority, said: “Tourism is the lifeblood of our local economy. With the help of international experts and specialized working groups, we have developed an agreement to enable us to be safe Reopen the border.”

“We believe that as the economy recovers, Jamaicans will work together to ensure a safe, stable and seamless experience for our tourist workers, their families and tourists, while preserving what travelers seek when visiting our coast Real experience.”

Jamaica receives more than 4.3 million tourists each year, and tourism accounts for 34% of its GDP.

Maldives

From June 1st, private jets and superyachts will be allowed into the Maldives.

From June 1st, private jets and superyachts will be allowed into the Maldives.

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The Maldives closed its borders and canceled all flights shortly after recording the first two coronavirus cases in March.

The island country is composed of more than 1,000 islands, and about 1,457 confirmed cases have been recorded so far, five of which died from Covid-19.

Although the destination was previously thought to be reopened by the end of this year, officials have advanced it to July.

A spokesperson for the Tourism Bureau has confirmed that the Maldives will be open to tourists of all nationalities from July.

Although the previous draft proposal indicated that travelers will need to present a medical certificate to confirm evidence of a Covid-19 negative test, the new plan will require tourists to enter the country without prior inspection or without a mandatory isolation period.

There are no new visa requirements or additional fees.

An official statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism on May 30 said: “We plan to reopen the border for tourists in July 2020.”

“We also want to assure guests that entering Maldives will not charge them any additional fees.”

The government is also considering issuing “safe travel permits” for tourist facilities that meet government regulations and certain safety requirements, such as having readily available qualified doctors and holding “sufficient” PPE equipment reserves.

However, the tourism bureau at the destination has confirmed that tourists will not have to commit to staying in the country for at least 14 days as previously suggested, nor do they need to confirm reservations in tourist facilities with “safe travel permits”. ”

The Maldives received more than 1.7 million tourists in 2019, and the destination was originally expected to increase to 2 million by 2020.

Malta

Malta will open its borders to tourists from at least 17 countries/regions on July 1.

Malta will open its borders to tourists from at least 17 countries/regions on July 1.

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Shortly after Malta registered its first Covid-19 case in March, it imposed a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine on all tourists entering the small Mediterranean countries.

Subsequently, outgoing flights to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland were suspended before the departure and arrival of all flights were prohibited on March 20.

Prime Minister Robert Abela recently confirmed that Malta will open the border to tourists from at least 17 countries on July 1.

Travelers from Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic will be allowed to enter without the need for self-segregation. Weeks.

The destination chosen was obviously the “safe” destination that the Tourism Malta considered to be related to the Covid-19 transmission.

However, according to officials, restrictions on all other flight destinations will be lifted from July 15.

Mexico

Aerial view of an almost empty beach in Quintana Roo, Cancun, Mexico

In the next few weeks, Mexico will begin to open by region.

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Mexico’s goal is to welcome tourists within a few weeks.

Although the country is still blocked and hotels and restaurants have not resumed business, officials plan to reopen the country bit by bit to get things back on track.

“The target is domestic travelers first, followed by travelers from the United States and Canada, and then travelers from other parts of the world.

The restriction was first announced in mid-March.

Although most international flights to and from Mexico’s major airports are currently suspended or substantially reduced, Delta Air Lines will increase and/or resume flights from the United States to Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerta in the coming weeks Varata’s various services.

The director of the Mexican Tourism Bureau, Minsol Vanegas, said that Quintana Roo is a state in the Caribbean region of Mexico. Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Countries like Tulum hope to reopen in mid-June.

She said: “We hope to revitalize the tourism industry and expect to open the attractions and hotels sometime between June 10 and 15, but we don’t know which attractions and hotels yet.”

“It depends on what the federal government allows us to do.”

Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of Los Cabos Tourism, said he hopes to receive international and domestic tourists by August and September.

However, Richard Zakyn, manager of public relations at the Riviera Nayarit Conference and Visitors Bureau, said that the beach destination in the north of Puerta Varata, Riviera Nayarit, does not currently have Plan to bring back tourists immediately.

Portugal

    Dona Anna Beach in Lagos in the Algarve region of southern Portugal

Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva (Augusto Santos Silva) recently announced that Portugal is open to “welcome tourists”.

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Portugal is eager to resume its difficult tourism industry, and Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva recently announced “welcoming tourists”.

With the exception of Italy and Spain, travelers from EU countries are now allowed to enter the country without quarantine.

However, a temperature check will be conducted upon arrival, and tourists will need to comply with local social grooming measures.

The land border between Portugal and Spain, which has been banned from tourists since March, is unlikely to reopen at least before July 1.

Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita (Eduardo Cabrita) said earlier this month: “We will gradually begin to consider deregulation at the border.”

In May, officials began to take measures to ensure that foreign travelers have full confidence in returning to Portugal.

Rita Marques, the country’s tourism minister, launched a “no cancellation, postponement” plan that allows tourists to reschedule any pre-arranged holidays to Portugal until the end of 2021.

This applies to all bookings made through approved travel agencies and hotels or Airbnb, and applies to travel from March 13 to September 30, 2020.

In addition, the National Tourism Administration of Turismo de Portugal has produced a free health certificate stamp to distinguish between “clean and safe” tourism companies to increase tourists’ confidence.

Enterprises must comply with hygiene and cleaning requirements to prevent and control Covid-19 to obtain stamps, which are valid for one year.

According to Santos Silva, the Portuguese airport will soon conduct health checks on inbound passengers, but will not impose mandatory quarantine on tourists

Spain

On May 25, 2020, a woman wearing a mask sits on Anthony Beach in Campere, in Palma de Mallorca

At least 84 million people visited Spain in 2019.

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The Spanish blockade is one of the strictest in Europe, but the restrictions have gradually been lifted.

The beach reopened in June, and hotels in certain parts of the country were allowed to resume business.

Now, this European destination welcomed a record 84 million tourists in 2019, and has now reopened ahead of schedule, allowing EU passengers to enter the country from June 21 without isolation for two weeks.

Although there is almost no mention of opening the border to travelers outside the European Union, Spain believes that Spain hopes to follow the leading position of destinations such as Lithuania and the Czech Republic by establishing safe corridors or “travel bubbles” and managing with nearby destinations Control the epidemic.

“Border problems will accompany the development of the health crisis.”

At present, people indoors and outdoors must wear masks in public places. [an interpersonal] distance. “

Santa lucia

See Pigeon Beach in Saint Lucia from Rodney Fort

Saint Lucia will reopen in phases starting June 4.

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St. Lucia is one of several Caribbean islands trying to restore tourism.

This tropical destination stopped orders for foreign tourists on March 23 and began reopening in stages on June 4, when it lifted entry restrictions on American tourists.

Passengers heading to the country must present the “proof” of Covid-19’s negative test within 48 hours of boarding the plane.

Visitors will also be screened and temperature checked by port health authorities, and must wear masks and maintain social distance during the visit.

Officials also adopted new safety measures for taxis to separate drivers and passengers.

Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee said in a statement: “We have carefully designed a new agreement that will build confidence among travelers and our citizens.”

“The Government of Saint Lucia remains determined to protect lives and livelihoods when it is determined to start economic development.”

If local enterprises have taken appropriate cleaning measures and measures to alienate society, they can also reopen.

The details of the second phase of the island’s reopening will begin on August 1 and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thailand

On May 19, 2020, in fear of the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, tourists wearing masks walked along the street shops in Hua Hin Beach, Thailand

Thailand plans to gradually reopen different regions by the end of 2020.

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Thailand has long been the destination of choice for tourists, receiving nearly 40 million foreign tourists last year.

However, due to the pandemic, tourists have been banned from entering Southeast Asian countries since March.

Although the number of cases here is relatively small compared to other destinations-Thailand has reported 3,000 confirmed cases and more than 50 deaths-officials have no chance to reopen Thailand.

Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), told CNN Travel: “It still depends on the outbreak, but I think we might see the return of tourists as early as the fourth quarter of this year.”

The governor continued to emphasize that once the restrictions are relaxed, it will restrict who can visit the country and which region they can go.

He added: “We will not open all at once.” “We are still on high alert and we cannot relax our guard.

“We must look at the country of origin [of the travelers] See if their situation has really improved. ”

This actually means that Thailand is unlikely to open the border to travelers who do not seem to have control of the coronavirus situation.

Those who are allowed to enter may get “long-term accommodation” in remote areas “easy to control health monitoring”, such as remote Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

However, the Thai border has been temporarily closed.

Recently, the ban on incoming international commercial flights (excluding repatriation flights) has been extended to June 30, and Phuket International Airport is still closed.

Like many other global destinations, Thailand is currently focusing on domestic tourism.

In fact, some resorts and hotels have been allowed to reopen-Hua Hin, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Bangkok, is one of them.

Large shopping centers, museums, markets and some tourist attractions have also been reopened, and the Grand Palace in Bangkok will resume business on June 4.

Turkey

People enjoy the beach in Oludeniz, Turkey on August 16, 2019.

Turkey’s goal is to receive international tourists from mid-June.

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Turkey received more than $34.5 billion in revenue from tourism in 2019, and this transcontinental country is eager to resume business.

Like many other countries, this popular destination chooses to restart domestic tourism before welcoming foreign tourists.

International routes to and from Turkey have gradually resumed throughout June, with Britain, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Hong Kong, and Switzerland among Turkey’s 40 countries.

While tourists are not required to undergo Covid-19 tests before their trip, all visitors will receive a medical evaluation, including temperature checks, on arrival.

“When foreign visitors come, they will be health-checked, and body temperatures will be measured. If there is a suspicion, tourists will be taken for a PCR test.

“These measurements will start in Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir, Istanbul airports, the country’s provinces with the most tourist attraction,” Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism for Turkey, said earlier this month.

The country has also set out new guidelines for its hotels and resort facilities, such as temperature checks at entrances and at least 12 hours of room ventilation after checkout. Guests will be required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

“The more transparent and detailed information we give, the more we will earn the confidence of tourists,” Ersoy previously said while revealing plans to open around half of Turkey’s hotels this year.

Meanwhile, restrictions on intercity travel have been lifted, while restaurants, cafes, parks and sports facilities are permitted to reopen from June 1, along with beaches and museums.

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest markets, reopened for the first time in two months on June 1.

United Arab Emirates

A picture taken on March 13, 2020 shows people on the beach in the area of ​​the Jumeirah Beach residence in Dubai.

Dubai hopes to welcome back travelers by September.

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When the UAE, which is made up of seven emirates, closed its borders in March, the stringent restrictions included withdrawing tourist visas and banning all outgoing flights.

Now the Emirati authorities are gradually scaling down these restrictions.

In the past few weeks, hotels have started to reopen for domestic tourists at a reduced capacity and under strict guidelines.

In Dubai, guests are required to wear masks at all times and can only check in to rooms 24 hours after the previous guest has checked out.
Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi, masks are also compulsory for guests and all returning employees be required to undergo Covid-19 screenings.
A number of shopping malls and restaurants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have been allowed to open their doors again, provided they follow strict sanitation and social-distancing rules, while Dubai’s public parks and hotel beaches are permitted to open for groups of up to five people.

Although flights remain suspended, the Emirates’ main airports are being reopened for connecting flights, while Emirates-based airlines Etihad, Emirates, flydubai and Air Arabia say they will recommence flight schedules in the coming weeks.

“We welcome the UAE authorities’ decision to re-open UAE airports for all connecting travelers. Emirates and Flydubai will shortly announce the resumption of passenger flights to more cities with connections to, and through, Dubai,” Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, tweeted on June 3.

“The decision includes Abu Dhabi International Airport, Dubai International Airport, and Sharjah International Port, and covers Etihad Airways, Emirates, flydubai, and Air Arabia.”

It was recently announced that Dubai will begin welcoming international tourists from July 7, provided they provide proof they’ve recently tested negative for Covid-19 or agree to be tested on arrival.

“The thing about this current scenario is it’s a global question: many airports internationally remain closed and it’s really about the bilateral discussions that are under way to have a coordinated approach to the reopening,” Helal Al Marri, the Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said during an interview with Bloomberg TV.

“We’re quite concerned about the timeline, that’s the main risk: is it going to be July when things open up? Is it going to be September?

“We just need to make sure we’re ready if things come earlier than expected.”

United Kingdom

Tourists stand near the Brandenburg Gate on March 13, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

A mandatory 14-day quarantine has been issued for all arrivals to the UK from June 8.

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While other destinations are relaxing travel restrictions and bringing in measures to lure travelers back, the UK is choosing to enact stricter regulations.

Under the new rules, which came into effect on June 8, all arrivals will have to provide an address, at which they must remain for two weeks.

Those who break the rules will be subject to fines of up to $1,218.

The decision, which is to be reviewed every three weeks, has quashed any hopes of rescuing international tourism here in the coming weeks.

It’s thought the move may discourage airlines from restarting flight operations swiftly, while officials have warned there’s little chance of UK residents being able to go abroad this summer.

“I’m saying, right now you can’t travel abroad,” Transport Minister Grant Shapps said during a BBC television interview when asked whether UK citizens should book flights in July.

“If you are booking it, you are clearly by very nature taking a chance of where the direction of this virus goes and therefore where the travel advice is in the future.”

At present, hotels are primed to open in early July, but as EU border restrictions are still in place, it’s likely the UK will be focusing on domestic travel for now.

Luxury country house hotel Beaverbrook is one of many establishments eagerly waiting to be given the go ahead to open their doors again while implementing major changes to protect guests and staff.

“We’re still awaiting further clarity from the government on when the hotel can reopen, but we have been working behind the scenes to adapt our operations to ensure extra safety for both our staff and guests when we do,” a spokesperson from the Surrey hotel told CNN Travel earlier this month.

“All visitors and staff will be required to submit a temperature check on arrival and be asked to sanitize their hands when entering all buildings on the estate.

CNN’s Kocha Olarn, Karla Cripps, Shivani Vora and Elinda Labropoulou also contributed to this article.




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