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COVID-19 / Coronavirus Travel Update – Which countries are open for tourism?

Coronavirus travel update. Welcome to the YPT COVID-19 / Coronavirus travel updates page. With this page we aim to give up to date travel advice on which countries are open to tourism during the current pandemic.

As you might imagine one of the most frequent questions we are getting asked right now is which countries have open borders and where can I travel to during coronavirus?

While the COVID-19 pandemic still refuses to die down in many parts of the world, there is an increasing number of countries that are now open or opening to tourism.

Group tours are particularly hard during this period, although we are managing to run some. Many countries though are open to independent tours, which of course we can arrange.

With this page we aim to answer the following questions;

Which countries are open for group tours?

Which countries are open for independent tours?

Which countries are open?

Which countries are open to tourism?

Which countries are open to travel?

What are the travel requirements to enter various countries?

Which countries are allowing in people who have been vaccinated?

Will there be a travel passport?

Please note this page will be continuously updated with border closures and openings, but we also recommend doing your own independent research, as well as checking with your own government regulations on travel.

In the meantime, you can still sign up for our YPT membership if you want to secure discounts on tours in 2021 and beyond, and all tours are only a €50 deposit.

Table of Contents

Which countries are open to group and independent travel?

Which countries can I travel to now? We have compiled the following list of countries that are currently open to tourism and that YPT can arrange independent travel to. We have listed the requirements for each country. If you are interested in travelling to any of these destinations please contact us.

Africa Travel – Coronavirus travel update

  • Algeria – While previously closed Algeria have announced they are reopening to tourism. Guests will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 36 hours of arrival into the country. We are currently re-planning our January tour to Algeria.
  • Burkina Faso – Is Burkina Faso open to tourism? Yes, it is. A negative COVID-19 test took no earlier than 72 hours before landing is necessary. Land borders remain closed to tourism. Now is a great time to visit this West African nation.
  • Egypt – Is Egypt open to travel? Egypt has removed almost all travel restrictions to the country and merely require a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. We are now offering independent tours to Egypt.
  • Libya – Is Libya open to tourism? Libya is open to restricted group tours. We can now offer Libya Tours. Read more about the procedure to visit Libya here.
  • Mali – Is Mali open to tourism? Mali is open to tourism and independent travel. We can organise independent tours starting now. Unfortunately, due to the threat of violence in Dogon Country, it is completely closed off to tourism.
  • Mauritania – Is Mauritania open to tourism? Mauritania is fully open to travel. A negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival has to be presented and YPT can arrange independent travel to suit your needs. Check out our 5 Reasons to Visit Mauritania.
  • Morocco – Is Morocco open to tourism? Morocco is now partially open to tourism. As of 14th June, Morocco has opened its doors to tourism and resumed international flights. Countries are split into an A and a B list. A list people merely need to show proof of vaccine, or a negative PCR test was taken within 48 hours of entry. B list country citizens require “exceptional travel authorisation”. In addition, as of the13th November, you will also have your temperature taken and be asked to do a rapid antigen test (provided free of charge) immediately upon arrival in Morocco.
  • Somaliland – Is Somaliland open to tourism? The unrecognised country of Somaliland is now fully open to tourism. Visitors need a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival. We are currently arranging independent tours to Somaliland.
  • South Sudan – Is South Sudan open to tourists? South Sudan is currently open to tourism. If you hadn’t heard, this is the newest country in the world and is now safe to visit. We are currently arranging independent tours to South Sudan inclusive of visas.
  • Sudan – Is Sudan open to tourism? While Sudan is realtively open with regards to Covid requirements, the recent coup has made the current situation unstable. This is a situation we are currently monitoring . YPT can organise independent travel to Sudan and also Bir Tawil – the only truly unclaimed piece of land in the world, which we wrote a book on.

Asia Travel – Coronavirus travel updates

  • China – Is China open to tourism? No, it is not. China is currently not issuing any tourist visas. China has launched a “travel passport” for Chinese citizens to travel abroad. They have also announced that people who have received a Chinese vaccine can “apply for visas as normal”. Tibet recently reopened for tourism, with us now arranging Tibet tours for China-based travelers. Long-term China have just announced they will not be allowing in tourists for the Winter Olympics, making any Chinese opening before April 2022 very unlikely.
  • Bali open to tourism? – Bali have announced that they will be opening to flights from New Zealand, China, Korea and Japan. All countries either closed to travel, or at best discouraging it. Arrivals will also need to spend 8 days in quarantine at their own expense. While this move is obviously a positive one, it is also far from a game changer.
  • Hong Kong – Is Hong Kong open to tourism? Hong Kong is partially open, albeit with heavy restrictions on travellers from nearly all destinations. Quarantine is mandatory for a certain period, depending on your vaccination status and whether you come from an A, B or C tier risk country.
  • India – Is India open to tourism? India have now fully reopened their country, without need for quarantine.
  • Mongolia – Is Mongolia open to tourism? Mongolia resumed international flights on 1st June. To enter the country you need to have been vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to your trip, as well as have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entering the country. Without these, a 14 day self-isolation period upon arrival is required. We are exploring resuming tours to Mongolia by flight.
  • Nepal – Is Nepal open to tourism? Nepal recently reopened its borders to tourists. YPT can organise Himalayan treks and Maoist Civil War adventures in this truly beautiful country. A negative COVID test within 48 hours is required on arrival.
  • Palau – Is Palau open to tourism? Palau is now open to tourists who have been vaccinated within 14 prior to arrival and produce a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of arrival into the country. Upon arrival, there is a compulsory 5 day quarantine with tests on day 1 and day 5. This makes Palau the first country in the Pacific to open to tourism.
  • Singapore – Is Singapore open to tourism? Singapore has introduced vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) — with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. This essentially allows vaccinated travellers from these countries. The city-state have also stated it will take 3-6 months for them to be ready to fully open.
  • Sri LankaSri Lanka has announced a programme whereby vaccinated adults, as well as children 12 years and under that have not been vaccinated, may enter and travel freely. Unless fully vaccinated, a negative PCR test is required on arrival in the country.
  • Thailand – Is Thailand open to tourism? From November 1st Thailand will open to fully vaccinated travellers from 46 countries. Visitors will also need a negative PCR, as well as a test on arrival. There will potentially be a travel corridor with Cambodia opening soon.

Central Asia – Coronavirus travel updates

  • Afghanistan – Is Afghanistan open for tourism? Afghanistan was previously open to tourism “as normal”. This has obviously changed since the victory of the Taliban. Currently you cannot travel as a tourist to Afghanistan. If though tourists are eventually allowed into the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, we will certainly be exploring options.
  • Kyrgyzstan – Is Kyrgyzstan open for tourism? Yes, it is. All foreign nationals arriving at Osh International Airport or Manas International Airport must have a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours before their arrival or can opt for a PCR test at the airport. Land borders are not yet open for Kyrgyzstan.
  • Pakistan – Is Pakistan open to tourism? It is now possible to visit Pakistan, however, most people will need to produce a negative PCR test on arrival. There are a few countries exempt from the test requirements. However, anyone who arrives with symptoms will then need to take a test and if found positive will have to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Tajikistan – Is Tajikistan open for tourism? Tajikistan is now allowing tourists to enter the country, but only through Dushanbe International Airport. Tourists wanting to visit Tajikistan can once again use their relatively simple E-Visa process online. In order to travel to Tajikistan, you’ll need either a negative PCR test that is less than 72 hours old or a vaccination certificate that is more than 1 month old. Land borders remain closed to foreign travellers until the government deems it safe to reopen. Almost all arrivals will need to come through Istanbul or Dubai.
  • Uzbekistan – Is Uzbekistan open for tourism? Anyone can now visit Uzbekistan, but with some restrictions. Depending on where you’re coming from you may need to have a negative PCR test before arriving. If you test positive on arrival you’ll need to self-fund a 14-day quarantine for $3200USD. Click here for more details.

The Caribbean and Americas – Coronavirus travel updates

  • Argentina – Is Argentina open to tourism? Argentina have announced a full re-opening to tourism as of November 1st. This means we will be able to take guests to Antarctica. You can read the full story here.
  • Belize – Is Belize open to tourism? Belize airport opened to international travellers on 1st October. Visitors are now required to either have proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test was taken within 72 hours of arrival. Guests are also required to fill out the Belize Travel App. Tourists are also required to use “Gold Standard Operators” and hotels, as set out by the government. We are currently planning a group tour to Belize.
  • Brazil – Is Brazil open to tourism? Brazil is currently really struggling with the pandemic, but amazingly is pretty much fully open to tourism. All guests are required to have a negative PCR test, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Canada – Is Canada open to tourism? Canada has announced a tentative opening to fully vaccinated tourists in October. This though will include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca, not Chinese vaccines that have World Health Organization (WHO) approval, nor Russian made Sputnik.
  • Colombia – Is Colombia open to tourism? Visitors to Colombia who are vaccinated do not need to present a test or quarantine, though those that are not vaccinated must take a test upon arrival and quarantine until the results are given.
  • Cuba – The Cuban Tourism Ministry has announced that restrictions will begin to be lifted effective from 15 November 2021. As a result, fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to quarantine or take a PCR test as long as they have a recognized Covid-19 vaccine pass. For those not vaccinated, it is a requirement to quarantine in a government hotel for 5 nights. A PCR test must be taken in one’s home country and then you will be given another PCR test on arrival in Cuba. Once the airport test result is received some hotels will allow the use of the hotel pool, bar etc, but visitors must await another PCR test before leaving the hotel, making a total quarantine period of about 1 week.
  • Mexico – Is Mexico open to tourism? Yes, it is. Mexico is open to tourists of all nationalities arriving by air. The US – Mexico border is now open to vaccinated travellers, but remains closed to unvaccinated travellers. Not all areas of the country are open though. Currently, no negative test is required, although if you come from a high-risk country you may be screened and quarantined. The border with Belize also remains closed.
  • United States – Is the USA open to travel? The US is open to travel from a number of countries, with quarantine only required for those from certain nations. Ironically vaccine tourism has now become a thing – which you can read about here. The USA has now fully opened to vaccinated tourists as of November 7th – which also allow people to transit the country.

Eastern Europe Travel – Coronavirus travel updates

  • Albania – Is Albania open for travel during COVID-19? Albania is open for travel provided you have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 test.
  • Armenia – Is Armenia open to tourism? Yes, it is. Foreign travellers are now allowed to enter Armenia but will need a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to entry. Alternatively, visitors can get a test on arrival and isolate until they get the results.
  • Belarus – Can you travel to Belarus during COVID? Belarus requires either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test followed by 7 days of self-isolation. Belarus’s land borders are currently sealed to foreigners without residency permits, so entry via flight is required. You can also visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Belarus.
  • Bulgaria – Bulgaria is open to travellers holding a vaccine certificate or a negative PCR certificate took within 72 hours of arrival. We are currently running private tours to Bulgaria. Restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions are operating as normal. We are currently running a range of private tours to Bulgaria – contact us for more information. Travel however remains restricted to travellers from ‘Red Zone‘ countries, with some exceptions such as EU citizenship.
  • Bosnia – Anybody wishing to travel to Bosnia must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours from the moment of entry. Tests cannot be taken on arrival. We are currently running private tours to Bosnia.
  • Croatia – Can you travel to Croatia during coronavirus? Croatia is open to EU and EEA nationals, as well as to people who have been vaccinated at least two weeks prior to coming to the country. Proof of vaccination is required.
  • Estonia – Is Estonia open to tourism? Estonia is only open to people who have received an approved vaccine, unless it is for essential business.
  • Georgia – Is Georgia open to tourism? Georgia is open to tourists with proof of vaccination. If travelling with a negative PCR test, then you will need to take a second test three days after arrival in the country.
  • Latvia – Can I travel to Latvia? A negative PCR, or vaccine certificate is required for travel to Latvia from high-risk countries, while those from low-risk countries may visit regardless of vaccination status.
  • Lithuania – Can I travel to Lithuania? A negative PCR, or vaccine certificate is required for travel to Lithuania. There are restrictions on some countries, such as the UK, where a 10 day quarantine is required regardless of vaccine status.
  • Moldova – Is Moldova open for travel during COVID-19? Yes Moldova is now open to vaccinated travellers. Moldova is currently open to travellers who either produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, OR have been vaccinated two weeks prior to coming to the country.
  • Poland – Is Poland open for travel during COVID-19? Poland is open to travellers who hold a negative PCR test certificate or evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine. Otherwise, a mandatory quarantine is required.
  • Russia – Is Russia open for tourism? Russia is now open to some tourism again from some countries, with required negative PCR tests within the previous 72 hours. This is currently an evolving situation. You can read the original story here.
  • Serbia – Anybody wishing to travel to Serbia must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) not older than 48 hours from the moment of entry. Tests cannot be taken on arrival. We are currently running private tours to Serbia.
  • Transnistria – Is Transnistria open to tourism? Tourists are now being allowed into PMR if they have been vaccinated, or have presented a negative PCR in Moldova. This is so far confirmed from the Moldovan entry point to Transnsitria. It is now possible to travel from Odessa to Tiraspol again showing proof of vaccination.
  • Ukraine – Is Ukraine open for travel during COVID-19? Yes, it is! Upon arrival, all foreign nationals will be required to provide proof of valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 observation and treatment for the duration of their stay. All travellers will also need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. We have currently resumed groups tours to Ukraine. For independent tours to the country, check out our private tours to Ukraine.

Middle East Travel – Coronavirus travel updates

  • Iraq – Is Iraq open to tourism? Iraq is now open to tourism and visa rules have just been relaxed, making this the easiest time to visit Iraq in recent memory. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival must be provided to visit the country. You can join our next Iraq tour here.
  • Iraqi Kurdistan – Is Iraqi Kurdistan open to tourism? Iraqi Kurdistan is open to travel during coronavirus. Kurdistan has since announced a full opening to people who have received any vaccination (including Sputnik), or a negative PCR taken within 48 hours prior to entry. You can read more about the new policy here.
  • Saudi Arabia – Is Saudi Arabia open for tourism? As of August 1st Saudi Arabia has begun issuing tourist visas. You will require a negative PCR, as well as proof of vaccination. You can read more about it here. We currently have a Saudi Arabian tour planned for October.
  • Syria – Is Syria open to tourism? Syria recently announced it would be reopening to tourism. We can now offer independent tours to the country and are currently planning two group tours for early 2022.

Countries allowing tourists with a Covid-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus travel update. Which countries are allowing tourists who have had the coronavirus vaccine to enter? As the rollout of the vaccine has moved much than expected in many countries, this is a situation in constant flux. It now looks more than likely that we will see a number of so called “travel passports” being launched.

  • Cyprus – Cyprus is now completely open to vaccinated travellers, as well as for those who have taken a negative PCR test within 72 hour of arrival – although there are restrictions from some high-risk countries.. Travellers are required to fill out the the online Cyprus Flight Pass before entering the country. We can therefore arrange independent tours to both Northern and Southern Cyprus for those that have been vaccinated.
  • The EU – Will the EU allow tourists that have been vaccinated? In short yes. The EU have announced an extremely ambitious whereby any person who has been vaccinated within the preceding two weeks will be able to visit the EU as a tourist. This is related to the Digital Green Pass (travel passport) which you can read about here. For more information on the EU opening to tourism click here.
  • Greenland – Will Greenland allow tourists who have been vaccinated? Despite being part of Denmark, tourism to Greenland largely flows from and follows Iceland. Iceland have now announced that they will allow people into the country who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. With the EU announcing its opening to tourism, it is hoped this will allow cruises to Greenland to resume.
  • Iceland – Is Iceland open to tourism? Iceland is now fully open to vaccinated visitors. With most Greenland tours leaving from Iceland we are hopeful this will lead to a resumption of Greenland cruises.
  • Israel – Will Israel allow vaccinated people to travel there? Is Israel open to tourism? Israel is now open to those with proof of full vaccination. Currently a small travel corridor has been set up between Israel, Cyprus and Greece.
  • Moldova – We have mentioned Moldova in a previous section, but now much like neighbouring Romania, Moldova will now waive negative PCR tests and quarantine for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine course needs to have been completed at least two weeks prior to entering the country. Current advice is that Moldova will also allow in tourists who have received at least dose of the vaccination. This is a situation we are currently monitoring.
  • Romania – Will Romania allow tourists who have been vaccinated against coronavirus? Romania was one of the first countries to announce they would let in people who have received the vaccine. People who have not been vaccinated must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entry to the country, as well as leave within 48 hours of arriving. We can arrange independent tours to Romania. As an EU country, Romania will likely be taking part in the EU Travel Pass.
  • Seychelles – Will Seychelles allow tourists who have been vaccinated against coronavirus? Yes, they will. Tourism counts for 65% of the economy of the Seychelles, and tourists who have been vaccinated will be allowed into the country.
  • The United Kingdom – The United Kingdom is for all intents and purposes now open to vaccinated travellers. There now remains 0 countries on the UK “red list”, which also means UK citizens are allowed to travel freely.

Which countries are expected to open for tourism soon?

Coronavirus travel update. Eastern European countries expected to open soon

  • Russia – Russia is open to tourists from 70 countries but all visitors need to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical certificate for COVID-19 antibodies.

What future tours need to be booked in advance?

Antarctica coronavirus travel updates

Can I take a cruise during coronavirus? All cruise lines have essentially ceased operations. SAGA a company who specialize in the over 50’s demographic have recently announced that they would only allow customers who had been vaccinated. It is our option that this is likely to become an industry standard. As of now there is no indication if this will be the rule for Antarctica, or Svalbard cruises. As there is no central governing body for Antarctica, it will likely fall on the cruise industry to mandate.

  • Antarctica –With Argentina announcing they will open from November 1st this means Antarctica will also reopen for tourism We still have places available on our. Antarctica Expedition in December 2021. This is the cheapest trip to Antarctica ever.

Asia

  • Bhutan – Is Bhutan open to tourism? Bhutan is closed to all tourists. The dynamics of travel to Bhutan mean it is likely to be one of the last countries to open to tourism.
  • Myanmar (Burma) – Is Burma open to tourists? No it is not. Following the recent coup and violence in the country, Myanmar is unlikely to open to tourism in 2021.
  • North Korea – North Korea remains closed to tourists. Our North Korea 2022 tour programme is available for bookings. You may read more about our North Korean travel updates. We are confidently looking at tourism resuming in North Korea in 2022. All booked tours to North Korea can be swapped should the situation dictate it.
  • South Korea – Is South Korea open to tourism? South Korea is almost completely closed to all but returning residents and nationals. Those who do return are required to undergo quarantine. While it is possible to visit, visa-free travel is restricted and all arrivals must present a negative PCR test and take a Covid test upon arrival. Vaccination is not certain quarantine exemption, as this must be applied for.

Nordic

  • Svalbard – Is Svalbard open to tourism? Svalbard is currently not open for tourism; our 2021 programme has been postponed and moved to a new date and ship in 2022. You can check out the itinerary here.

Central Asia Covid-19 travel updates

  • Turkmenistan – Is Turkmenistan open to tourism? It is currently closed. Like North Korea, this is one of the few countries least afraid to shut its borders to the outside world. All Turkmenistan Airlines flights have been cancelled. As of 2021 the situation remains unchanged.

Middle East Covid-19 travel updates

  • Syria – Is Syria open to tourism? Syria has now moved to an open to tourism status.

Western Asia Covid-19 travel updates

  • Iran – Is Iran Open to tourism? Travel to Iran is possible with proof of vaccination or with a negative PCR test taken before arrival.

Global Covid-19 Travel Updates

Africa Travel updates

  • Angola – Is Angola open to tourism? Travel to Angola is possible, though heavily restricted. A negative PCR test is required to travel and another test must be taken upon arrival and departure. For those on tourist visas, a seven day quarantine remains in place. Flights to and from Angola have restarted again, though land crossing remains closed.
  • Eritrea – Is Eritrea open to tourism? Partially. Eritrea’s borders do not currently permit tourists to enter by land. It is however possible to travel by air, requiring a negative PCR test, a test upon arrival and mandatory five-day self-isolation for non-vaccinated individuals.
  • Sao Tome – Is Sao Tome open to tourism? Yes. Flights have resumed to Sao Tome. Tourists must prepare a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departing on their flight to Sao Tome. We can arrange independent tours to Sao Time and Principe.

Americas travel updates

  • Argentina – Is Argentina open to tourism? Argentina has partially reopened to international travel from most nations. All arrivals must provide proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test and medical insurance with Covid-19 coverage. Due to the “Red List” status Argentina currently holds for many nations, it is unlikely that these positive developments shall affect Antarctica tours as things currently stand.
  • French Guiana – Is French Guiana open to tourism? No it is not. Entry to the French territory is currently restricted to essential travel, also requiring negative tests and quarantine.
  • Guyana – Is Guyana open to tourism? Guyana is essentially open to travel, but with limited flights going into the country. Visitors are required to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. People with tests older than 72 hours will be required to take a new test at their own expense. For more information click here.
  • Suriname – Is Suriname open to tourism? Suriname has reopened to tourism, with all travellers required to provide at least a negative PCR or antigen test. Quarantine for 7 days is required for all passengers except those with proof of full vaccination.
  • Venezuela – Is Venezuela open to tourism? Venezuela is not open to tourism. This includes both land borders and international flights. The country is also not currently issuing tourist visas, although there have been anecdotal stories of those with existing visas being allowed into the country. Returning Venezuelans are also subject to testing and quarantine.

Central Asia travel updates

  • Kazakhstan Although there are some exceptions for people on work or residency visas, it is still not possible to visit Kazakhstan as a tourist. Click here for more details.
  • Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan is now open for travel, though a negative PCR test is required upon arrival, with the exception of those who can provide evidence of full vaccination.

Southeast Asia travel updates

  • Cambodia – Is Cambodia open to tourism? Cambodia has reopened for fully vaccinated travellers without mandatory quarantine. A negative PCR test must be provided prior to arrival and one must be taken upon arrival, at which point travel is unrestricted.
  • East Timor – Is East Timor/Timor-Leste open to tourism? No it is not. All tourism is currently banned, with only Timorese, or those with family connections allowed to enter the country. With the recent opening of Bali (to a limited degree), this help change the situation in East Timor.
  • Laos – Is Laos open to tourism? Despite being one the last countries to close and having a relatively low infection rate, Laos remains closed to tourism. There is hope of a travel bubble with Cambodia, and/or Vietnam being opened.
  • Philippines – Is the Philippines open to tourism? The Philippines is currently only allowing returning nationals, OFWs, spouses of nationals and parents of Filipino nationals to enter the country (after getting a visa. You can read more about the policy here. The country is currently looking at reopening for vaccinated travellers.
  • Vietnam – Is Vietnam open to tourism? Vietnam is completely closed to tourism. In fact Vietnam have taken some of the toughest measures in the region regarding Covid-19 , as well as having vaccinated a limited amount of the population. Vietnam recently announced tentative plans to open some islands to tourism along the Thailand model, but are not planning on opening the country fully.

Oceania

In 2019 there was a severe outbreak of measles in the Pacific. This lead to many nations insisting on a proof of measles vaccination before entering their countries. Therefore the Pacific Islands are likely to be some of the last to open to tourism during coronavirus, or at a minimum insist on proof of vaccination. Currently this means that while our Least Visited Countries Tour is less likely for 2021, we are extremely confident it will go ahead for 2022.

  • Australia – Is Australia open to tourism? As well as a travel corridor with New Zealand the country recently announced they would remove restrictions on people leaving the country for tourism. Australia will though remain closed to tourists, with only residents and their families allowed to return. These policies will come into affect from November.
  • Fiji – Is Fiji open to tourism? Fiji, which acts as a gateway for travel to much of the Pacific Islands, was reopened on Dec 1, 2021 to fully-vaccinated travelers from select countries with sufficiently high vaccination rates. You can read the specifics of the policy here.
  • Kiribati – Is Kiribati open to travel? Kiribati is currently fully closed to tourism. Again, as one of the least visited countries on earth it is unlikely to open soon.
  • Nauru – Is Nauru open to tourism? After North Korea, Nauru was one of the first countries to lock down. There has been a travel corridor opened with Australia, but for all intents Nauru is closed to tourism.
  • New Zealand – Is New Zealand open to tourism? New Zealand has opened a travel corridor with Australia which consists of multiple flights between the two countries. They are not yet open for other international outbound, or inbound travel.
  • Palau – Palau has now moved to the open to tourism list.
  • Papua New Guinea – Is Papua New Guinea open to tourism? Foreign tourists remain banned from entering the country. Authorities require arrivals to receive a negative PCR test within seven days of travel. No travellers can enter the country via land and sea border crossings. The self-governing Bougainville government requires passengers to seek approval from the Bougainville State of Emergency Controller before travel and obtain a quarantine medical clearance certificate 48-72 hours before departure.
  • Tonga – Is Tonga open to tourism? No it is not. Tonga is completely closed to inbound travel to all but returning nationals. There are now some outbound flights for foreign nationals stuck in Tonga.
  • Tuvalu – Is Tuvalu open to tourism? No it is not. Tuvalu only has flights to Fiji and Kiribati, both of which are closed to tourism. Tuvalu is expected to open to tourism when Fiji does.
  • Vanuatu – Is Vanuatu open for tourism? All international flights in and out of Vanuatu have been suspended. The country is currently under a state of emergency. Tourist insiders within the country have touted Q3 of 2022 as the most likely time they will be accepting tourists.
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