UPDATE: Here are the Destinations that will be Welcoming International Travellers Again
While it’s still recommended by many global governments not to travel internationally for “non-essential” purposes, many of the destinations we specialize in are starting to ease some of these border restrictions in an attempt to welcome international travellers back – some have opened as early as mid-July!
We are excited to be able to travel again in the near future, however, there could still be delays within the first year of travel due to enhanced cleaning protocols in place, which include frequent use of medical-grade cleaning materials for guest rooms, airports, public spaces and vehicles. As well, there have been updated guest contact measures and payment solutions to adhere to social distancing protocols. Best to always check with your travel advisor on the safety and health measures implemented by your visiting destination, airline, hotel and tour operator(s).
If you’re wondering when you will be able to travel again, here’s an update on each of the destinations we sell:
1. French Polynesia
The Islands of Tahiti and French Polynesia currently report having no active cases of the novel coronavirus since 29 May 2020. As a result, the country’s authorities announced that borders will be re-opening to international tourism beginning 15 July 2020.
2. The Cook Islands
The 15 islands are, and always have been, a COVID-19 FREE ZONE! A number of restrictions within the country have been lifted as of 27 April 2020. The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands announced that from 19 June the Cook Islands borders will be open for entry by New Zealand flights only. For travellers outside of New Zealand, including North America, officials are confirming a process and will make it available as soon as is practicable.
As of Friday 05 June 2020, Fiji has reported no active cases of COVID-19 and they are currently working on a plan to welcome international travel again. The Fijian Government is also preparing for the official launch of careFIJI –– a mobile application that will speed up contact tracing and, eventually, allow for the secure re-opening of the country’s borders.
A travel ban is still in place preventing all non-Australian citizens or non-residents from entering the country. If you do travel to Australia, you are required to quarantine for 14 days at a government-appointed hotel. Note: If Brisbane is your first point of entry into Australia, you would pay for your own 14-day hotel accommodations.
5. New Zealand
As of 08 June 2020, the New Zealand Government has announced that New Zealand has moved out of Alert Level 2 to Level 1. There is still a remaining border control for travellers entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, as well as a mandatory 14-day managed quarantine. Travel ban is still in effect for international travellers wishing to visit New Zealand.
6. Central America
We’re expanding! We are now selling travel to Central America in addition to the South Pacific, Asia and Africa. Here are the countries that will be opening:
- Panama began welcoming international visitors on 23 August 2020!
- Costa Rica will be welcoming international visitors 15 September 2020!
- Belize will be welcoming international visitors on 01 October 2020!
Out of our Africa vacations, here are the countries that have begun accepting international visitors:
- Kenya began welcoming international visitors on 01 August 2020!
- Rwanda began welcoming international visitors on 01 August 2020!
We plan to update this post once more information becomes available on the opening of any of the destinations we sell.
We hope everyone is keeping well and safe and we look forward to helping you plan epic travels once again – you can still contact us for 2021 pricing or to have one of our Destination Experts put together a vacation itinerary for you.