06 Jan 2022


Want to know when you can go on holiday abroad again? Read our coronavirus travel updates guide for the latest news and advice on when you'll be allowed to travel, fly and cruise again.

When will Coronavirus travel restrictions be lifted?

Each country’s approach to travel is changing on a case-by-case basis. Generally, domestic and international travel bans are being lifted once the number of coronavirus cases have plateaued or begin to decline. Below, we list the countries that are now planning to ease lockdown measures.


Parts of Europe, including Holland, are returning to states of lockdown.


A number of countries in Europe, including AustriaLatvia, parts of Germany and The Netherlands have re-implemented full lockdown measures for the next few weeks. 

The UK has re-introduced its travel "red list" that bars arrivals from certain countries and has mandated that all travellers must now quarantine after arrival until a PCR negative test result is produced.

From January 9, vaccinated and recovered tourists from all countries except Ethiopia, Mexico, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, UAE, UK, and US can travel to Israel.

The current travel ban on foreigners arriving into Japan is expected to be in place until early 2022.


Japan could open borders at the start of 2022.


New Zealand has announced that it will be opening a quarantine-free travel corridor with Australia from January 16, 2022. It has already opened a corridor with South Pacific nations Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Vanuatu and Niue but has temporarily paused the agreement with the Cook Islands.

An entry ban is in place in Sweden for tourists from countries outside of Europe, such as the US, until January 31, 2022. Travellers from an EU or EEA country are now allowed to enter but will need to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test result on arrival.

The government of Vietnam has suggested that the tourism industry will be fully reopened by early to mid-2022.


Vietnam has announced a full reopening of the tourism industry in 2022.


Which countries are open for travel?

More and more countries have begun to restart their tourism industries - albeit in a tentative and cautious manner.

Mandatory hotel quarantine is no longer implemented for fully vaccinated arrivals in New South Wales, Australia. However, all travellers still need to isolate in accommodations for 72 hours and take tests after arriving.

The US has reopened international borders to vaccinated travellers from all countries.

Antigua and Barbuda is still open to foreign tourists but has re-introduced some travel requirements. Arrivals must now have had at least one dose of an approved vaccine and a negative PCR test to enter.

Chile is now allowing vaccinated tourists to return to the country, with travel requirements in place. Many other countries in South American have adopted similar rules.

Canada has now opened borders to all fully vaccinated travellers, with no quarantine requirements.


The British Virgin Islands have reopened to vaccinated travellers.

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Vaccinated and recovered travellers from the UK and from the US can now travel to Ireland without restrictions. Unvaccinated travellers from these areas are also welcome but must show proof of a negative test result on arrival.

Specific regions in Thailand, including Phuket and Koh Samui, have now been reopened to international travellers, with reduced restrictions for vaccinated arrivals.

The tourist board for the British Virgin Islands has announced that fully vaccinated travellers from all countries will no longer need to quarantine or provide a negative test result on arrival. They will however need to take a PRC or rapid test within five days of their arrival in the country.

France has reopened to vaccinated travellers in Europe and further afield such as the US, meaning that tourists can now visit for leisure purposes without quarantining. Some vaccinated travellers from certain countries will still need to show negative tests results on arrival, however.


All vaccinated tourists can now travel to Denmark, Greenland and the Faroes without restrictions.


A number of countries in Europe including Cyrpus, Spain, GreeceItaly, Portugal, Austria, Monaco, Belgium, Montenegro, Iceland, Norway and Finland have eased travel restrictions. This means that tourists travelling from certain regions and those that are vaccinated do not need to quarantine on arrival in these countries, though may need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Travellers from certain countries arriving in Turkey will not even need to present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival and will not have to quarantine either.

Denmark has announced that fully vaccinated travellers or those who have recovered from COVID-19 can now enter the country (including its territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands) without needing to quarantine or provide negative test results on arrival.

The same policy now applies to vaccinated/recovered travellers to Germany unless they are arriving from a "red list" country.


Vaccinated travellers to the Bahamas won't have to present a negative test on arrival. 


According to the Croatian tourist board, travellers from the EU and Schengen states can enter without restrictions. Travellers from other countries are allowed without restrictions if they have been fully vaccinated.

Further afield, all foreign travellers can now visit The Bahamas without the need for a COVID-19 test if they are fully vaccinated.

The British Virgin Islands and St Kitts and Nevis are the latest Caribbean countries to open for tourists. They join BarbadosJamaicaBermuda, DominicaSt BartsThe US Virgin islandsSt Lucia, St. Maarten, Arbuba and the Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesTurks and Caicos and CuraçaoEach of these countries have varying restrictions and protocols in place concerning how travellers can arrive.


French Polynesia has reopened borders.


The tourism board website for French Polynesia has announced foreign tourists can now return to the islands.

In Central America, countries including BelizeCosta RicaEcuador and Guatemala have reopened borders to vaccinated travellers from specific locations.

Mexico has opened borders to travellers without the need for a COVID-19 test or quarantine.

Most places in the Middle East remain closed. However, Dubai is now open to international tourists. Arrivals will need to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate, and will also be tested on entry.


Dubai is open for travel again.


The Middle Eastern country of Oman has resumed the issuing of tourist visas, but travellers are only allowed to stay for a maximum of 10 days and will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival.

The Seychelles has reopened to all tourists, with no quarantine period required. All travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival.

The African countries of Morocco, EgyptTanzania, Kenya and Tunisia have also recently reopened their borders again to international travellers. Rwanda and South Africa are also open but travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test result from a certified laboratory on arrival. Zanzibar is also open and is testing all travellers upon arrival onto the island.


Some African countries, including Morocco, have now opened international borders.


The borders of South Korea are now open too, but all new arrivals are required to undergo quarantine for 14 days.

In the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has now also reopened borders, as have the islands of the Maldives. The Maldives has also specified that tourists who have received two doses of a vaccine two weeks before departure will not need to test or quarantine on arrival.

Cambodia has reopened borders to tourists from certain countries. However, all foreign nationals arriving into the country must pay a $3,000 deposit at the airport to pay for what Sao Wathana, director of the Phnom Penh International Airport, has called "virus prevention services”. Those who test negative for the virus will only be charged the fees for the test and will receive back the rest of the deposit.


The Maldives has reopened to tourists. 


When can we fly again?

Tourists can now resume travel to Chile but will only be able to enter via Santiago airport. 

Very few international flights are allowed into New Zealand. Currently, Air New Zealand is only operating flights to and from Sydney, Brisbane, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Niue, as well as a one-way only service to Singapore.

Most other airports across the world have now restarted international flights, even if operating at a limited schedule. The few countries where airlines remain grounded include IndiaMyanmar and some South American countries.


International flights to mainland Greece have now resumed.


When will international flights resume in the UK?

Regular flights between countries are once again beginning to pick up after the UK formed 'air bridges' with a number of different destinations.

Airlines which have now resumed flights to and from the UK include Emirates, TAP Portugal, Virgin Atlantic, BA Wizz Air, Easy Jet, Ryanair, Oman Air and United.


Most airlines are flying, but still operating on a reduced schedule.


When will international flights resume in the US?

Though some airports are still operated at reduced capacity, a number of US airlines have announced plans to restart flight schedules.

American Airlines has now resumed international flights, with procedures in place that will allow passengers on full planes to switch to less crowded flights at no extra cost.

Southwest, which operates domestic flights in the US and international flights to the Caribbean, has restarted flights to almost all of its regular destinations (except Nassau in the Bahamas) with special procedures in place.

Delta is still not operating its full flight schedules, but plans to resume flights to most destinations shortly.

United Airlines has continued to fly to Europe and South America throughout the pandemic at a reduced capacity and is now begining to resume flights to other international destinations.


Delta and United Airlines are back to flying from the US to various international destinations.


When can we cruise, sail or charter again?

A number of countries are allowing yachts and charters to sail their waters before allowing international flights to land. For more guidance on charter restrictions, read our updates here or take a look at our superyacht marina guide. Below, we list the countries that have announced the reopening of their waters.

Australia and New Zealand have announced the opening of a Trans-Tasman travel bubble with a special sea border exemption which means superyachts with NZ$50,000 in service or refit bookings are now welcome to travel between the two destinations.

Having already opened international borders, Costa Rica has now announced that it is also easing restrictions for charter yachts. Superyacht broker Fraser has been working with the Costa Rica Marina Association to help amend the country's charter laws, which will now allow for luxury charter vessels over 24 metres to charter legally and remain in Costa Rica for up to one year.


Yachts are now free to charter in Costa Rica.


As Thailand begins to slowly reopen its tourism industry, the government has announced that yacht owners will be allowed to undergo their quarantine period on board. According to Seal Superyachts agency in Phuket, owners can either arrive in the country by boat or fly in and travel to their yacht to begin their quarantine. After this has been completed and negative test results have been presented, passengers and crew will be free to move through the country unrestricted. 

After many months of lockdown, APS has announced that Indonesia is once again welcoming visiting superyachts on a new type of e-visa. The e-visa allows for 60 days and is extendable up to 180 days. Crew and guests will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, along with some other documentation, but will not be required to quarantine upon entry.


You can now quarantine on board your superyacht in Thailand. 


Antigua and Barbuda has reopened borders to international marine traffic and is actively encouraging the yachting community to return, with plans afoot to execute all of the yachting events on the racing calendar.

Fiji opened its borders to superyachts and other foreign-flagged vessels, despite remaining closed to tourists arriving by air travel. The only port of entry to the country will be Port Denarau Marina, and new arrivals will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before disembarking.

The Maldives is open to land and sea travel for vessels from all countries travelling in the indian ocean, while In the South Pacific, French Polynesia is also welcoming international vessels with those on board required to present negative COVID-19 test results before and after arriving.


The only port of entry for yachts arriving in Fiji will be Port Denarau Marina. 


According to brokerage firm IYCCroatia is now open again for chartering, with “charter clients / guests allowed to enter the country without any quarantine requirements”. The firm has also announced that Greece is open for yachting and chartering, but has nonetheless encouraged clients to book charter superyachts without a cancellation fee. Other European yachting grounds now open for travel include Cyprus, Monaco and Italy.

Those hoping to undertake a northwest passage journey may have to put their plans on hold. Vessels carrying more than 12 passengers will be barred from entering Arctic coastal waters of Canada (including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast) indefinitely. However sailing is allowed in inland rivers and lakes in the Northwest Territories of Nunavut and Yukon.


Croatia is once again welcoming charter yachts.


What are travel corridors?

Much like 'travel bubbles', 'air bridges' or 'travel corridors' are the result of an agreement between two countries that travellers from either location will not need to quarantine upon arrival. The UK had previously created air bridges with over 70 different countries which it has deemed  ''no longer pose an unacceptably high risk'' for travellers but these have no been temporarily closed.

Countries with high case numbers of COVID-19, including the US and most of South America, will still need to quarantine. To see the full list of locations which have agreed to a UK travel corridor, click here.


Travellers from the UK's 'air bridge' list no longer need to quarantine upon arrival.


What are travel bubbles?

Countries with low numbers of reported coronavirus cases are now working together to create so-called 'travel bubbles' with one another. This means that people who live within the bubble will be allowed to cross borders without the need to go into quarantine upon arrival. Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania created the first European travel bubble when they opened borders to each other back in May.

Most recently, Australia and New Zealand agreed to begin operating a trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Officals have announced that a travel bubble will be created between Hong Kong and Singapore so that travellers between the two destinations will no longer have to quarantine. No date for the begnning of this bubble has been announced yet, however.

Canada has announced the recent introduction of a travel bubble with the neigbouring provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, which means that arrrivals from these areas will not have to undergo quarantine.


New Zealand has agreed on a 'travel bubble' with Australia.


When will hotels reopen?

European countries including the UKCroatia, Turkey, Monaco, France, Greece and Italy have already begun reopening some of their hotels to international visitors with social distancing measures in place. In regions like the US and Asia, which remain closed to international travellers, hotels have for now been reopened for locals to enjoy staycations.

For more information on which luxury hotels are now welcoming guests, read our comprehensive luxury hotels openings guide.


Italy has reopened some hotels.


Which countries have the lowest cases of Coronavirus?

If you’re thinking about which countries will be the safest to travel to after lockdown, then you’ve probably been searching for which countries have the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

Countries with some of the lowest case numbers are in the Caribbean and South Pacific, including St Kitts, Anguilla, Dominica, The British Virgin Islands, St Barts and Fiji.

Mediterranean countries with the least COVID-19-related deaths include Monaco, Cyprus and Malta.


Monaco has seen some of the lowest numbers of covid cases in Europe.


The Nordic countries of Iceland and Greenland have some of the lowest numbers in Europe- so now might be the time to start planning that once in a lifetime arctic adventure.

In Asia, it looks like Macao, Cambodia and Laos, which have all reported minimal COVID-related deaths, may be the safest places to travel to once lockdown lifts.

keep checking back here for the latest travel updates of when coronavirus travel restrictions will be lifted and, while travel may not be possible, check out our roundup of the best virtual travel experiences to transport you abroad now.