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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Updates 2021

Countries are slowly lifting their travel restrictions and allowing travelers (like you!) to enter their countries again. However, each country has a different pace, and COVID-19 challenges that travel restrictions and rules can get quite confusing.  

Your safety and convenience are our priority! We are sure you can’t wait to pack your bags and start exploring the world again. But before you book your favorite travel destination, read about these important reminders and know when and where you can travel.

Standard Documentation Requirements

Countries have different documentation requirements before allowing tourists to enter their borders. However, it is best to have these documents with you at all times, regardless of where you are traveling to and what travel restrictions those countries have:

  • Negative COVID-19 test (validity may vary depending on the country of origin; some countries allow 48 hours while others require at most, 72 hours validity. You may visit that country’s official website for more)
  • Vaccination Card – if you are vaccinated, congratulations! It is best to always bring this with you whenever you travel. Some countries may skip PCR testing or quarantine altogether if you present your vaccination card.
  • VISA – this is a standard requirement, even pre-pandemic. However, VISA may only be issued if certain conditions were met and presented (such as a negative COVID-19 test result and/or proof of vaccination)

Countries without International Travel Restrictions

These countries allow vaccinated travelers and travelers from low-risk countries to enter their borders. However, these countries will require additional documents upon entry. 

  • Bahrain
  • Maldives
  • South Africa
  • Mexico

Local Travel Restrictions

Once permitted entry (and quarantine protocols are completed), you can start traveling within the country without any restrictions. 

Here are some quick notes:

  • There is no lockdown in effect.
  • Transport is operational.
  • Tourist shopping is open.
  • Tourists are allowed to participate in local events.
  • There are some restrictions with restaurants and bars.

Countries like India and Brazil, where COVID-19 cases are high and continuously rising, allow entry. In addition to the standard documentation requirements mentioned above, it is best to check with your country’s and destination country’s consulate for any changes in travel restrictions. 

Traveling to the US and Canada

The US is opening its borders to travelers! To help you with your travel, here are some important reminders:

Travel Restrictions
  • Vaccinated travelers are partially permitted if they hold a vaccine certificate.
  • For vaccinated travelers coming from these countries, present a negative COVID-19 test result valid within 72 hours, and you have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • China, 
    • United Kingdom, 
    • Ireland, 
    • Brazil, 
    • South Africa, 
    • India, 
    • Iran, and 
    • European Union
  • If you contacted COVID-19 but have recovered, you must present documents proving you have recovered from COVID-19. You must have recovered in the past three months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • Travelers must wear a face mask and have to maintain social distancing.
  • Tourist with negative PCR tests requires for all the countries valid within 72 hours.
  • In The US, some states like California have a partial lockdown. But shopping is open while transport along with restaurants and bars are restricted. Events are partially permitted.  

Where should I wear a face mask?

Last January 29, 2021, the CDC released an order requiring the public to wear face masks in public transportation hubs and or inside public transportation, even for fully vaccinated individuals.

Most states follow this guideline and further recommend wearing face masks in health care settings, congregated housing settlements, public indoor settings, and public outdoor settings when social distancing is not possible. 

Because different states have different face mask requirements, it is prudent and more convenient to wear a mask in public indoor and outdoor settings, regardless of your location. 

State-specific Travel Guidelines and Restrictions

California 

All travelers are coming to California from other states or countries should follow the travel guide of the CDC. 

  • All travelers with positive Covid19 or who develop some symptoms of COVID 19 must isolate and follow public health guidelines. 
  • Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19 and can travel safely within the United States and California.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers must follow the travel guidance provided by CDC
  • Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to undergo test or quarantine before or after travel unless they have COVID 19 symptoms.

New Hampshire

Quarantine is not required if you are coming from a different state within the US. Travelers, however, have to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel guidance. 

Mask Requirements

New Hampshire does not issue mask mandate. However, business establishments may require the wearing of masks before entry. 

In addition, these counties and towns in New Hampshire have not lifted their mask ordinances. 

  1. Enfield
  2. Hanover
  3. Lebanon
  4. Lyme (the wearing of facemask is mandatory when social distancing in public areas is impossible)
  5. Portsmouth
  6. Franconia (required when entering business establishments and government buildings)

Maine 

Since Maine authorities lifted the restriction of indoor and outdoor gatherings, residents and travelers alike can enjoy the beauty the State has to offer. 

However, protocols differ for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. 

Vaccinated travelers will not be tested and will not undergo quarantine unless they show symptoms. 

Unvaccinated travelers must undergo testing if they arrived in Maine within 3-5 days from arrival to the US. 

Mask Requirements

Maine follows CDC’s guidelines on the use of face masks in transportation hubs and conveyances. The government also recommends the public to wear face masks in public indoor settings, healthcare establishments, and “congregate living settings.” 

This rule exempts fully vaccinated individuals. To avoid any inconvenience, it is best to have your vaccination card with you at all times. 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts has lifted its travel restrictions and allows fully vaccinated travelers to travel without the need for quarantine, except if symptomatic. 

Mask Requirements

Following the US CDCs face mask guidelines, face masks are not mandatory for fully vaccinated individuals, except for specific locations where it is mandatory. 

However, unvaccinated travelers will be required to wear face masks in public transportation, congregated dwelling places, public indoor settings, and public outdoor places where social distancing is impossible. 

If you are traveling to Massachusets, visit their official website for the latest guidelines and mandates. 

Vermont

With a high vaccination rate, Vermont is easing its way to the new normal. Vermont will no longer require travelers coming from different state to undero testing na quarantine. 

International travelers must undergo testing and quarantine, especially unvaccinated travelers or vaccinated travelers with unapproved vaccines by the FDA. 

Mask Requirement

Vermont follows the CDC requirement for the use of face masks. 

You must wear a Face mask when riding public transportation, health care settings, and long-term care facilities. 

Canada 

Currently, Canada only allows travelers under exceptional circumstances, even fully vaccinated travelers.

Travel Restrictions

According to Canada’s official website, They do not allow travelers going in the country for the following purpose:

  • leisure, tourism, visiting friends
  • social gatherings, weddings
  • being a property owner in Canada

For all others, Canada will grant special permits depending on the purpose of travel. 

Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers entering Canada must have a negative COVID-19 Test result valid within 72 hours from the test date. 

Upon entry, travelers may be required to proceed with quarantine and get tested on the 8th day upon arrival. 

As quarantine restrictions may change, be sure to check with your embassy for any news and updates. 

Mask Requirement

Travelers must wear face masks 14 days from the date of arrival. 

Travel Restrictions in Other Countries

This section lists essential facts, news, and reminders when traveling to other countries in Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

Europe

Different countries have different travel restrictions. However, if you are an EU resident or citizen and will travel within the EU, fill out the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DDC). DDC shows if a passenger is vaccinated, has contacted and recovered from COVID-19, or has a negative test result. 

Otherwise, always have your COVID test result with you, together with your vaccination card. Countries within the EU have different travel restrictions and may require additional documents other than these two. 

UK

Currently, COVID-19 cases in the UK are rising, caused by the Delta variant. Despite this, UK has lifted its lockdown restrictions, allowing businesses to operate. 

Should you need to travel to the UK, here are a few reminders. 

  • Britain will permit fully vaccinated people to travel except travelers coming from with the highest COVID-19 risk. 
  • Social distancing and wearing of face masks are required in indoor settings and public transportation conveyance. 
  • Countries are categorized into red, amber, and green list. Restrictions and quarantine protocols differ depending on the country’s category. However, regardless of country of origin, you must bring a negative COVID-19 test result before entering the country. 

Italy 

Italy implements travel restrictions depending on the passenger’s country of origin. 

All travelers are required to fill out you must download and fill out the digital European Passenger Locator Form.

In addition, you must ensure that the following have been complied with to allow entry:

  • EU residents, Schengen VISA holders, US, Japan, Canada, Israel 
    • Vaccination Card or proof of vaccination
    • Negative test results (maximum of 48 hours validity for passengers coming from US, Japan, Schengen, Israel, and Canada)
    • Proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 and termination of medical isolation
    • Travelers from the UK must present a negative test result taken 48 days before the travel date and undergo five days of isolation and health surveillance. 
  • Other countries except for Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
    • Negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours before the date of travel
    • Ten days isolation and health surveillance.
    • Test on the 10th day of isolation
    • Private transportation arrangements to reach your final destination

As of July 2021, lockdown restrictions have been lifted all over Italy. Face masks are only required in indoor and enclosed public places, including public transportation. 

You must also observe social distancing with a minimum distance of 1 meter. 

France 

France has strict restrictions for travelers. The government recently changed its policy about travelers entering the country. Country of origin and vaccination status are taken into consideration. 

  • EU nations and countries on the “green” list are allowed to enter France. Only unvaccinated travelers from these countries must submit a negative COVID-19 Test result valid for 72 hours. 
  • Countries under the amber list are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result. Unvaccinated travelers can only travel if they have compelling reasons to go to France. 
  • Countries under the red list are required to submit a negative COVID-19 Test result, must provide a compelling reason to travel, and must undertake quarantine. Vaccinated travelers are required to quarantine for seven days, while ten days for unvaccinated travelers.  
  • Lockdown has been lifted, and public places are but under partial capacity.  

Ireland

Ireland has one of the longest lockdowns in the EU, which is why lifting restriction is a much-needed boost to the economy and morale of the citizens. 

Starting July 19, international travelers are allowed to enter the country. Ireland will slowly align with EU regulations when it comes to non-essential travels. 

  • Without DCC, you must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival.
  • Countries without “Emergency Brake” applied (not restricted countries) 
    • Vaccinated travelers – no RT-PCR test required, no quarantine
    • Unvaccinated travelers – negative RT-PCR test valid for 72 hours, self-quarantine and post-arrival testing required.
  • Countries with “Emergency Brake” applied (restricted countries) 
    • Vaccinated – negative RT-PCR test valid for 72 hours, self-quarantine and post-arrival testing required.
    • Unvaccinated – negative RT-PCR test valid for 72 hours, hotel quarantine and post-arrival testing required.

Businesses will reopen at the end of July. The government will also lift restrictions and allow indoor activities and public gatherings subject to certain conditions such as vaccination status, number of people or audience, and location. Be sure to visit Ireland’s official advisory to keep up-to-date.

Germany

Germany restricts entry to travelers to members of the EU, Schengen Visa Holders, and low-risk areas as determined by the EU. Apart from this list, entry is restricted to fully vaccinated travelers unless there is a compelling reason to go.

Travel Restrictions

Here are a few reminders:

  • A negative COVID-19 test result is mandatory for some countries.
  • Self-quarantine for ten days is mandatory if you are traveling from countries that have high COVID-19 cases. 
  • Germany has a partial lockdown in effect. That means transport is operational with restrictions. Events are partially permitted. Shopping is open for all.
  • Restaurants and bars are only available for take-out and delivery. Dine-in is not allowed.

To get the latest update, be sure to visit Germany’s official website.

Australia

Australia has been in and out of lockdown since the pandemic started. Because of the low vaccination rate, they are restricting entry to avoid the spread of the virus. 

Thus, if traveling to Australia, please note the following:

  • Tourists are not permitted to enter unless they are nationals of Australia, and their immediate family members are permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand. 
  • Travelers are not allowed to go from Australia to New Zealand, except for travelers who were granted exemptions. Travelers have to quarantine for 14 days before their flight to Australia from New Zealand and vice versa.
  • Airline crew is subject to self-isolation until their next flight.

Asia

Travel restrictions vary depending on which country you plan to travel, and the country you are coming from. 

Dubai 

  • Tourist entry is partially permitted.
  • a Negative RT-PCR Test is required for travelers coming from countries identified as low-risk areas. 
  • In addition to the negative test, quarantine and self-isolation will be required for travelers from high-risk areas.

India

All international scheduled commercial passenger flights to and from India will suspend till June 30.

  • According to the official circular, International all-cargo operations and flights are approved by the DGCA. 
  • Circular added that international scheduled flights are allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis. India has air bubble pacts with multiple countries like Japan, the US, the UK, France, Germany, where the flights are operating under the bilateral air bubble agreements.

Philippines

While the rate of vaccinated citizens is still low compared to other countries, and COVID-19 cases remain high, the Philippines has opened its doors to visitors. However, travel restrictions are in place for certain travelers coming to specific countries. 

  • Indian travelers are banned because of the surge of the Delta Variant.
  • The Philippines currently does not allow all foreign nationals.
  • The government will allow foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens provided valid VISAs are presented.
  • Foreign nationals can enter the country provided that they present a compelling reason. 
  • Quarantine Period: Philippines government nominated facility where 14-day quarantine is mandatory for all travelers.  

China  

  • China has announced that travelers coming from 36 European countries must apply for visas to enter China.
  • Beijing has partially reopened air travel permitting international flights from 8 countries; Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden. The only passengers allowed to board the flights will be citizens of the flight’s origin country or Chinese citizens.

Africa

The following information helps you in your trip planning to Africa.

  • You must check your airlines, transit countries, and your final destination, the most updated travel requirements (such as mandatory COVID-19 test requirement and quarantine protocols).
  • Fully vaccinated US airline passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test valid within 72 hours from when they took the test. 
  • Travelers without a valid test result will need to take an antigen test and undergo a mandatory quarantine for ten days upon arrival.
  • Travelers diagnosed with COVID-19 must prove that they have recovered and is COVID-free for the last 90 days. 
  • Fully vaccinated people do not require self-quarantine after returning to the United States.
Travel Restrictions

FAQ

What is a DCC?

A DCC is a digital document available for EU countries. It provides a record if the traveler has contracted COVID, the negative result of the test and if the traveler has been vaccinated.

What is the EU digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF), and which countries require it?

dPLF is a tracking or contract tracing app for travelers within the EU. Currently, the only countries requiring it are Malta and Italy, but other EU countries may soon adopt it. 

Other countries may have different forms of PLF (the UK and Greece have their own PLF). Be sure to check with your destination’s official website page to stay up-to-date with all the requirements. 

If I’m Vaccinated, do I need to wear a face mask?

It depends on where you plan to go. Certain countries require the wearing of face masks or any face coverings, while other countries are a bit more relaxed. 

What are travel restrictions in India for tourists?

India does not allow tourists, but you can visit if it is an emergency. You have to quarantine for 14 days regardless of any country. 

Is there any ban on travel restrictions in the Philippines? 

Philippines allow tourists. But the Philippines health department will give you health tests regardless of coming to any country. Travelers are required to undergo quarantine for 14 days.

What are travel restrictions in China for tourists?

China allows passangers depending on the reason of travel. A negative PCR test is mandatory for tourists from all countries.

Is quarantine is mandatory in China?

Yes. Quarantine for 14 days is mandatory in China for tourists coming from any country. 

What are the New Hampshire travel restrictions during the Covid19 pandemic?

 Travel restrictions are slightly relaxed due to the high vaccination rate. The cases of COVID-19  are trending down in the state.

Is there any quarantine for tourists coming from Northern Ireland?

No, if you are coming from Northern Ireland, no quarantine is required.

Is a travel declaration form needed in Australia for tourists? How can I get it?

 Travelers have to present a “Travel Declaration” form and carry it at the time of check-in to the departure of Australia.

What are the countries with green, orange, and red list rules in France for traveling?

Travel Restrictions
  • Green list countries: European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, and Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. 
  • Orange list countries: Countries except for green and red list upon boarding, 
  • Red list countries:  Countries like Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Turkey, and Uruguay. 

In Germany, what is the difference of area of variant concern, high-incidence area, basic risk areas, and no risk areas?

According to Germany’s official website, the following are the differences under each classification. 

  • Area of variant concern – “areas at particularly high risk of infection due to widespread occurrence of variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus”
  • High-incidence area – “areas at particularly high risk of infection due to a particularly high incidence of spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.”
  • Basic risk areas – “areas at increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

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