Covid-19 Updates

In this article, Sphere Travel Club gives updates on the current Covid-19 situation and the travel restrictions by country.

EUROPE

Austria – updated on 16/07/2020

Austria has opened its borders for these 23 european countries. Those entering the country for an essential purpose do not need to adhere to the 2 week quarantine so long as they are not showing symptoms of COVID 19. Non-essential travellers must take the COVID test or adhere to the 2 week quarantine. In order to enter Austria you  must be a citizen or resident of the following countries. 

Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia,Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Vatican and Cyprus

Belgium – updated on 16/07/2020

As of July 1st, the country has entered phase 4 of their 5 step process. Belgium is now allowing travel from within the EU for non essential travel. While the 14 day quarantine is not mandatory for those without symptoms it is encouraged. Face coverings are still required on public transportation and social distance should be implemented wherever possible.

Croatia – updated on 16/07/2020

As of July 1, 2020, all EU/EEA nationals and permanent residents in the EU/EEA countries can enter Croatia freely, without restrictions and without doing the 2 week quarantine. 

All other foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, may enter Croatia for business, tourism, or other pressing personal reasons if they provide the relevant proof and meet the requirements set forth by the Government of Croatia. 

France – updated on 16/07/2020

Travel to France is possible without any restriction from countries in the European zone, EU Member States. There is no need for the 2 week quarantine unless you are showing signs of COVID 19, although it is recommended. 

 A 2 week quarantine measures remain if you are arriving from the United Kingdom.

Germany – updated on 16/07/2020

From 2 July 2020, unrestricted travel to Germany is possible for EU member states and for the following countries, all which have low rates of infection:

  • Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

There is no need no for the 2 week quarantine unless there are symptoms of COVID 19 however it is recommended. 

Greece – updated on 16/07/2020

Currently Greece is open for tourism to all of the EU member states and any country with reciprocal conditions. There are a few entry restrictions such as the US. 

Face masks are required for public transport and in enclosed spaces such as shops.

You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands. If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and may undergo a temperature check.

Italy – updated on 16/07/2020

Currently, EU member states are welcomed to the country without 2 week quarantine unless COVID 19 symptoms are present.

A few examples of things that are open include: Sports events and competitions or outdoor spaces are open. Businesses are open as well if they can operate in compliance with the safety protocols issued by the relevant federations, to prevent any possibility of contagion.

Luxembourg – updated on 16/07/2020

In Luxembourg, EU member states citizens are free to move around as they wish. Most shops can reopen as well as cultural places. Restaurants, bars and other leisure facilities will only reopen if the health situation permits. Face masks are required on public transport.

Portugal – updated on 16/07/2020

Currently in Portugal, EU member states are allowed in the country without the 2 week quarantine measures but it is recommended. Those displaying symptoms prior to arrival are not allowed in the country.

There are no restrictions on mobility within the Portuguese territory or to cross land borders, but social distancing rules are in effect as is the use of face masks. Enclosed spaces will only be open if the social distancing can be respected.

Slovenia – updated on 17/07/2020

The Slovenian borders are open for tourism without the 2 week quarantine measures unless symptoms become present.

A maximum of 50 people may gather and socialise in public at the same time and same place. In addition,  hotels can be open if more than 30 people can be accommodated and the same goes for other service providers such as spa accommodations, wellness centres, gyms, swimming pools, and water activities.

Spain – updated on 17/07/2020

On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the EU and UK will not be required to do the 2 week quarantine however, the following three requirements must be upheld: 

  • Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel
  • Temperature check
  • Undergo a visual health assessment

Turkey – updated on 17/07/2020

Currently, those arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be immediately transported to a hospital. 

If an individual is found to have the virus then all who were in the aircraft/vehicle/vessel, will have to have additional information forms completed upon arrival will be used to identify others who have been in contact with them; those individuals will then be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine.

UK – updated on 17/07/2020

Anyone entering the country (apart from those entering from Ireland) will be isolated for 14 days in a private residence regardless of whether symptoms are present or not. After the 14 days, if no symptoms are present you may, it is highly recommended that you keep 2 meters apart at all times.

You must provide the address which you intend to self isolate in and there must be a separate bathroom in the case that you are sharing the location with others.

AMERICAS

North, Central and South America

Canada – updated on 17/07/2020

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to come back to Canada. Currently, direct family members are also allowed in the country. Travellers entering Canada by air or by land must:

  • Complete a 14 day quarantine regardless of symptoms
  • Provide basic information using the traveller contact information form, available through:
  • the ArriveCAN mobile app an accessible web-based form, or a paper form undergo a screening by a border services officer or quarantine officer to assess symptoms

Mexico – updated on 17/07/2020

Currently, Mexico is in the process of slowly reopening with the prospective reopening of many of the businesses in the tourism sector. The US-Mexican border remains closed.

To date, there are no restrictions for people without symptoms wishing to enter Mexican territory. A temperature control will be done at the airport. Quarantine is necessary for those showing symptoms.

USA – updated on 17/07/2020

Entry to the USA as a traveller is prohibited. Those who are permitted to enter are citizens, permanent residents and some foreign nationals with permits. With specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States. 

  • China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Brazil

Some businesses have begun to open and the criteria for ‘essential business’ differs from state to state. Most states have opened restaurants and non essential shopping as long as social distancing can be maintained.

Anyone returning to the USA after being abroad is subject to a 14 day isolation whether symptoms are present or not. Everyone is subjected to a mandatory health screening upon arrival in the US.

Venezuela – updated on 17/07/2020

Currently, Venezuela has an entry restriction for non-citizens and non-residents and the border is closed. All flights are suspended. Anyone entering the country is subjected to mandatory 14 day quarantine and will have their temperature checked at the airport.  

ASIA

Sri Lanka – updated on 17/07/2020

Citizens and residents can now enjoy a few non-essential activities as long as social distancing can be maintained.  

The country plans to reopen borders to a small number of tourists as of August, these travellers will need to carry ‘virus free’ certification at all times. The main tourist season for Sri Lanka is around November and best efforts are being made to open the country before then. Travellers will also be subjected to a 14 day quarantine upon entry.


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