X|TRAVEL: Here's the List of Countries Reopening For Tourists this Month
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda reopened to international visitors on June 4th.
The same day, the island welcomed its first international flight since the island shut its borders due to the outbreak.
See the complete guide to Antigua and Barbuda reopening
On May 8th, the Government of Aruba announced a tentative reopening of the borders for international travel between June 15 and July 1, 2020.
the Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A) and the Department of Public Health announced the ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code,‘ a stringent cleaning and hygiene certification program that will be mandatory for all tourism related businesses across the country.
Read the complete guide on Aruba reopening its borders.
The Bahamas is targeting July 1st to reopen its borders to international tourists said Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.
The Bahamas is entering phase 2 of its reopening strategy, with the fifth and final stage allowing its to resume international travel and tourism operations.
More information the Bahamas reopening to tourists.
There is no official date that has been announced by the Indonesian or Bali governments. Bali tourism authorities have speculated between July and October.
“If the infection curve continued to improve, the tourism ministry is looking to revitalize destinations and do promotional work for some parts of the country, including Bali, between June and October,” Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, secretary of the ministry, said in the statement.
For more information, read our guide on everything you need to know about Bali reopening to tourism
As of June 1 2020, Croatia has now reopened to tourists, first by allowing in visitors from countries within the European Union.
All European Union countries are currently allowed to enter Croatia, however they are divided into two separate lists, based on risk and similar epidemiological stats.
Read the difference between Croatia's two lists and how it will impact arriving travelers.
Cyprus will reopen to tourists from a list of countries starting in June.
Once the destination reopens, visitors from only chosen countries will be allowed to enter. The country lists are divided into 2 categories.
If you are arriving from a country on one of the two lists, you will need to know the protocols for entry.
The Dominican Republic will reopen to tourists starting on July 1st, The Minister of Economy, Planning, and Development has confirmed.
International airports in the Dominican Republic will also restart all operations beginning In July.
Social distancing and face-covering requirements remain in effect to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Find out more about the Dominican Republic reopening to tourists.
The Prime Minister of France announced on Twitter that the country will begin reopening to tourists starting on June 15th.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that France will initially allow countries from Europe to enter the country without a 14 day quarantine however there are some exceptions.
Find out more about France reopening their borders.
French Polynesia (Bora Bora and Tahiti)
On July 15th Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo’orea and other French Polynesian islands will reopen to tourists from allcountries and will not be requiring a mandatory 14-day isolation period for visitors. (But yes, tests are needed to enter)
On June 5th during a press conference by the President and the High Commissioner of French Polynesia, it was concluded they’ve successfully protected themselves and are getting ready to reopen.
Georgia has announced it will be ready to receive all international tourists starting on July 1st to set zones of the country.
Georgia will reopen local tourism services from Monday, June 15, and will be ready to welcome international tourists on July 1st the country's National Tourism Administration said in a statement.
Georgia is setting up tourist safe zones where travelers will be able to arrive.
Germany just announced that it will be officially reopening to tourists on June 15th, allowing 31 countries to cross its borders for the purposes of tourism.
Even though Germany is opening on June 15th to visitors from 31 countries, the government has clearly stated that countries might be removed from the approved list if their case numbers get too high. Germany's list is expected to be updated often.
Greece will officially reopen to tourists in June and is welcoming visitors from all countries.
Beginning on June 15th, Greek officials said that the country will not restrict travelers coming from 29 countries.
Those not on the list of 29 countries could face a 1 to 2 week quarantine.
Here are the restrictions and everything you need to know before traveling to Greece.
The prime minister of Iceland has announced plans to reopen the country's borders to tourists from June 15.
Each traveler will be given a free COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport and receive results right away — those who test negative will be free to enjoy their time in the country, and those who test positive will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
If you can prove that you've already tested negative with official documentation, you won't be required to undergo another test.
Read more about Iceland reopening to tourism
Starting Wednesday June 3rd, Italy reopened its borders to tourists from 26 countries without any restrictions upon arrival.
According to the Italy Tourism Agency, tourists arriving from the 26 other members of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City will not face any restrictions upon entering Italy.
Read more information on Italy reopening their borders.
Jamaica is officially reopening its borders to ALL international tourists on June 15th said the honorable Edmund Bartlett, head of the Ministry of Tourism.
Unlike some countries opening throughout the world, Jamaica is not restricting incoming travellers from any particular countries. Starting June 15th, Jamaica will be accepting tourists coming from any origin.
The Maldives is aiming to reopen to tourists starting this July as the tourism minister Ali Wahed pleads “We cannot keep our borders closed for long” in a recent statement.
The first idea is a mandatory 2-week stayfor any arriving tourist, which could get seriously expensive in a place like The Maldives, which is already one of the most expensive tourist destinations on the globe.
The second protocol would include submitting either a negative antigen test or a positive antibody test 1 week before their arrival, PLUS another test upon arrival at the cost of $100
Read more on the Maldives reopening to tourism.
Popular Mexico destinations such as Cancun and Playa Del Carmen officially reopened for tourism on June 8th.
The Mexico government has launched a “light system” to categorize the amount of covid-19 infections in each region. Until each region turns orange, cities do not have permission to restart tourism activities.
Read more information on Mexico reopening their borders to tourism.
As of June 1st 2020, Montenegro has now reopened to tourists and accepting international arrivals from 131 countries. For many people looking to still enjoy a European summer vacation, Montenegro might serve as the perfect country.
On June 15th, the Netherlands will be reopening to tourists from countries in the European Union and the Schengen area.
The announcement made on June 3rd stated that foreign tourists from countries where the health risks were similar or lower than the Netherlands would be admitted into the country for tourism and recreation purposes.
The Netherlands will remove its border closure rules on June 15th to 30 countries who are part of the EU, Schengen or EFTA.
As of June 2020, Portugal has reopened its doors for tourism from select countries. Unlike some other countries now accepting tourists, mainland Portugal is not requiring a confinement/isolation period for the new arrivals.
Portugal’s Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva recently made a statement saying:
“Tourists are welcome in Portugal,” and explained that some health checks will be introduced at airports but there will be no compulsory quarantine for those flying in.
See the complete list of countries that Portugal is welcoming for tourism.
Saint Lucia began reopening its tourism industry in phases on June 4, 2020, said Dominic Fedee, the destination’s minister of tourism.
Visitors will be required to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding their flights, and upon arrival in St. Lucia, they must continue to wear facemasks and practice social distancing.
Read more details about Saint Lucia reopening their borders to tourism.
As of June 1st the Seychelles have reopened to tourists from 19 countries, with another 17 countries being considered.
The first 19 countries currently being allowed into the Seychelles for the purposes of tourism are quite the mixed bag.
They vary from countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific, but they all share something in common; they’re all are considered ‘low risk’ due to low incidences of cases, responsiveness from the countries health system.
Spain will be reopening its borders to international tourists in July ending one of the world's strictest Covid-19 lockdowns, announced the Prime Minister on Saturday.
“From July, foreign tourism will resume in safe conditions. We will guarantee tourists will not take any risks and will not bring us any risks,” Sanchez told a televised news conference, without giving further details.
Read more information on Spain reopening its borders to tourism.
Switzerland is reopening to tourists on June 15th 2020, starting by allowing visitors from 30 countries.
Switzerland’s official government tourism site posted an announcement on June 5th 2020 stating: “Switzerland will open the borders to all EU and EFTA states and Great Britain on June 15.”
See the complete list of countries that can travel to Switzerland.
The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said that tourism could return in the fourth quarter of this year.
“It is still dependent on the outbreak situation, but I think at the earliest, we may see the return of tourists could be the fourth quarter of this year,” Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand told CNN
Even then, there will likely be restrictions on who can visit and where they can go said Yuthasak.
See more information on Thailand reopening to tourism
After more than three months with its borders being locked down, Tunisia will reopen its sea, land and air borders to tourists starting June 27.
The borders will first be opened to all countries in Europe and Algeria, reported Arab Weekly.
However, a lot will depend on when European nations reopen their borders to non-EU countries.
Forbes recently listed Tunisia as one of 7 countries for becoming a top tourist destination in a post-covid world.
Learn more about traveling to Tunisia when borders reopen.
Turkey is aiming to reopen its borders to international tourism by the middle of June.
According to Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the destination plans to restart domestic tourism by the close of May and hopes to receive international visitors from mid-June.
Restaurants, cafes, parks and sports facilities are permitted to reopen from June 1st, along with beaches and museums.
Find out more about Turkey reopening their borders to international tourists.
Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos Islands will begin reopening to tourists on July 22nd with new safety protocols in place.
The destination’s airline partners will resume flights from the U.S., Canada and Europe when the Providenciales International Airport opens on July 22, tourism officials said.
We are eager and excited to reopen our borders and safely welcome travelers back to the picturesque Turks and Caicos Islands later this summer,” said Pamela Ewing, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board.
Read more on Turks and Caicos reopening
The United Kingdom will be reopening to international tourists in June with new covid-19 prevention measures set by the UK government.
Starting on June 8th, all visitors arriving from other countries will be able to enter the UK but will face new strict quarantine measures before any vacation or traveling can begin.
International visitors will be permitted to enter the United Kingdom but they'll be required to self-isolate for at least 14 days.
The new measure also applies to citizens returning from overseas.
Find out more details on the United Kingdom reopening their borders.
Although there have been no official announcements, Vietnam could be reopening to international tourists this summer.
The country updated their visa program and will start issuing e-visas to citizens from 80 countries starting on July 1st according to Vietnam's government website.
This does not mean borders will open July 1st but does hint the government is planning for reopening.
Learn more about the expanded e-visa program that will launch with the reopening of borders.