COVID-19 Travel Updates

While the future is incredibly unpredictable, we are seeing positive signs that travel will continue to become more accessible and enjoyable in 2022. We hope you are just as excited as we are! Our bucket list is full and we’re ready to explore!

We want to provide you with a roundup of recent travel information to make navigating travel easier! At the beginning of the pandemic, we created a Travel Now page to keep you updated on entry requirements for all the countries around the world. In addition, we’re now offering a blog that serves as a collection of important announcements to keep you informed about what’s going on in the world and anything that might affect your future travel plans.

Each update is categorized under its respective continent. If you’re curious about a country’s entry requirements and don’t find it listed below, please refer to our Travel Now page, or leave your questions in the comments and we’ll be happy to help you. We hope you enjoy this new feature and find it useful!

EUROPE


France

If your heart was set on consuming copious amounts of fresh French cheese and powder, fear not, there is plenty of cheese and snow available. And more good news, vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are welcome, with entry requirements!

Entry Requirements

If you are vaccinated and planning a trip to France, you’ll have to plan on visiting a French pharmacy to receive your QR code for your vaccine passport. Travelers can only receive codes through French pharmacies! At the pharmacy, you will need to show your passport & vaccination certificate. Make sure your vaccination certificate shows your full name, date of birth, vaccination dates, the number of doses, and the country where the vaccination occurred. Having this information handy will make the process of obtaining a vaccine passport that much easier. Then, you will be issued a QR code. To find a designated French pharmacy, use this map.  Along with obtaining a vaccine passport upon arrival, travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) performed 48 hours before departure.

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must provide a compelling reason for travel and a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) performed 48 hours before departure. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will be tested upon arrival and must quarantine for 7 days as well. If you test positive upon arrival, you will have to quarantine for 10 days.  At the end of the 7  or 10 day self-isolation period, you will be required to take another PCR test.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on France’s official government website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

Every corner cafe in France is worth a visit! Stop in for a cup of tea or coffee, and be sure to pick up a fresh-baked pastry!

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA


Cuba

If you’re interested in exploring Cuba like a local, check out artist Alejandra Glez, as she shares her hometown hits of Havana.

Entry Requirements

Vaccinated travelers no longer need to show a negative PCR test if they have a certificate to prove it. Unvaccinated travelers need to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on Cuba’s Tourism Portal and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

Aruba

While it is certainly chilly outside in Salt Lake City, Aruba may be the perfect escape if you’re longing for a destination that averages 82 degrees F every day. Doesn’t that sound nice? There are so many reasons why Aruba should be your next vacation, but here are at least 9 reasons Aruba is a great destination for snowbirds.

Entry Requirements

All travelers (including children) to Aruba are required to complete an embarkation/disembarkation card (or ED Card) prior to travel. This process can be done online and includes the following components: traveler information, personal health statement, negative COVID-19 test result, visitors insurance and declaring consent to Aruba’s mandates.

Travelers from high-risk countries (including the United States) must take a test within 2 days to 4 hours prior to arrival to Aruba. Travelers from very high-risk countries must take a test within 1 day prior to arrival to Aruba.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on Visit Aruba‘s website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

If you get the chance, go snorkeling off the beaches of Aruba. The clear, blue water is world-renowned!

ASIA


Thailand

We have great news to share, considering Thailand was once closed off to the entire world! Thailand is now open for tourism to 63 countries, including the United States. Hopefully, Leo makes it back to Maya Bay, where he shot a film and made famous this global attraction.

Entry Requirements

All travelers must receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours upon arrival in Thailand. Vaccinated travelers only need to spend one night in isolation while waiting for test results taken after arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days upon arrival. 

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website and on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

The Loha Prasat, a Buddhist temple complex, is known as the “metal castle” for its 37 iron spires.

India

If you visit India and choose to fly into Delhi, consider taking the Delhi-Kathmandu bus service. Kathmandu is the gateway to the Nepalese Himalayans — and 100% worth a visit if you can swing this side trip! This transportation service has ramped up again after services were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alternatively, fly into Kathmandu, Nepal, take the bus back to Delhi, and explore all the great things India has to offer!

Entry Requirements

All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must present a negative PCR test. Vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine, however, unvaccinated travelers are required to quarantine upon arrival for 7 days.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms for India on the U.S. Consulate General website.

Cambodia

Just like us, you’ll be eating all the delicious Khmer food when you visit Cambodia, but if you’re interested in a one-stop-shop for all things Khmer, you have to visit Our Village Store. This husband and wife team behind this foodie haven is stocking the shelves with authentic food while supporting the local food movement within the country. The proprietor, Tong Vengrong said, “Given their business concept, they feel the name ‘Our Village’ resonates well with it. It refers to the local characteristics of each type of product they take from each village, commune, district and province.” If you are in the area, it’s worth a visit!

Entry Requirements

Vaccinated travelers can enter without quarantine, with proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival. Unvaccinated travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in a government-approved hotel. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must test upon arrival and await results at the point of entry. Test results should be available within 15 to 20 minutes.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms for Cambodia on the U.S. Consulate General website.

Angkor Wat, located in northwest Cambodia, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in Cambodia and around the world.

Malaysia

If you’re thinking about traveling to Langkawi, check out these travel blogs for creative ideas on what to do, see, and eat — Will Fly For Food and Road Affair.

Entry Requirements

With reopening plans in the works, travelers can still expect entry requirements. For travel to Langkawi, travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test, taken no later than 48 hrs prior to departure and upon arrival, and remain in their hotel while awaiting a negative result. Travelers are required to remain in Langkawi for a minimum of 7 days and pass an additional series of tests before traveling elsewhere in Malaysia.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms for Malaysia on the U.S. Consulate General website.

Japan

If you had plans to travel to Japan over the holidays, and wish to bring the Japanese culture into your home, watch these Japanese Christmas movies (available on popular streaming services), to bring Japanese Christmas joy to you this year!

Entry Requirements

Travel to Japan is strongly discouraged. We are hopeful Japan eases entry requirements in 2022 and will welcome international travel.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on Travel Japan’s website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

CARIBBEAN


The British Virgin Islands

An exciting addition to the British Virgin Islands is underway, as the Bitter End Yacht Club is building the island’s first-ever overwater bungalows. Stay up to date on this and plan your travels accordingly if you’re interested in vacationing literally over the crystal clear, blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Entry Requirements

Fully vaccinated travelers can enter with proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival. Partially and non-vaccinated travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3-5 days of arrival, take an additional test upon arrival, quarantine for 4-7 days, take an additional test on day 4 or 7, and complete an authorization form.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on the British Virgin Island’s official government website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

The British Virgin Islands are known for pristine beaches, diving, and world-class sailing! 

Grenada

If you are island hopping through the Caribbean and limited on time, pack in all the best things to do in Grenada in 48 hours or less! The Spice Island offers visitors more than just sun-soaked beaches. While it is warm outside, grab an unassuming cup of hot chocolate at The House of Hot Chocolate. Next, stop by The Container Park, an unusual food court with a dozen or so walk-up restaurants housed in brightly painted shipping containers

Entry Requirements

Fully vaccinated travelers are required to present proof of vaccination upon arrival in Grenada, as well as a negative PCR test result taken within 3 days of arrival. There is no quarantine required upon arrival for fully vaccinated travelers. A Health Declaration Form is also required and can be found on Granada’s Ministry of Health website.

Unvaccinated travelers are required to quarantine for 7 days at an approved accommodation (the day of arrival being day zero) and on day 5 must do a repeat PCR test. Unvaccinated travelers must receive a negative PCR test after day 5 and clearance from public health officials in order to be permitted to leave their quarantine site.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on Pure Granada’s travel website and on the U.S. Consulate General website.

MIDDLE EAST


Israel

We look forward to the day Israel opens up to U.S. travelers! For now, we are patiently planning our Israel itinerary. If you are traveling to Israel to connect with its deep spiritual roots or looking to explore the lush forests, desert landscapes, or metropolitan cities, you’re going to the right place! For a complete guide on all the don’t miss spots in Israel, read this bucket list guide while you’re planning your trip!

Entry Requirements

Non-Israeli citizens are not allowed to enter Israel.

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on Israel’s Ministry of Health website on the U.S. Consulate General website.

The holiest city in the world offers travelers diverse scenery, historical attractions, world-renowned food, and so much more!

OCEANIA


New Zealand

New Zealand is the mecca for good views, Maori culture, and as you may have guessed, rugby! What you probably didn’t know is the New Zealand Department of Conservation is responsible for managing an extensive network of outhouses and proudly holds the title of “managing more toilets than any other organization in New Zealand.” We aren’t referring to smelly outhouses invested with flies, we are referring to remote outhouses that offer views you’ll find nowhere else (while sitting on a toilet!). Next time you find yourself in New Zealand, you’ll finally be able to check off an outhouse with a view from your bucket list! You’re welcome.

Entry Requirements

Currently, New Zealand is closed to US tourism with plans to open in early 2022. New Zealand was set to open without quarantine to New Zealand citizens and visa holders from Australia on January 17, 2022, however, this phase has been pushed back due to the spread of the Omicron variant. No further announcements have been made regarding the following phases of their plan, which was to ultimately allow all vaccinated travelers around the world to enter New Zealand. For now, we will patiently wait!

Find additional information on entry requirements, accommodation requirements, and other travel forms on New Zealand’s official government website on the U.S. Consulate General website.

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