Which Countries are Reopening their Borders

There is hope. Several countries have gradually started to reopen their borders to foreigners, that  had to postponed because of COVID-19. Now  already possible to go to Mexico. To go to the United States via a land border, it will not be before July 21, at the earliest. In Europe, most countries now accept the arrival of citizens from neighboring countries, but not yet the presence of travelers from other continents. The Journal gives you an overview today. But beware, countries that agree to receive you may also impose other conditions that could ruin a trip, such as respecting a quarantine period or a medical examination.

Canada

For the moment, no date for the reopening of the Canadian border for non-essential travel has been announced. The closure of the land border to enter Canada via the United States was extended until July 21. Returning Canadians and certain other authorized foreign nationals, such as temporary foreign workers, must be placed in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

United States

It will be impossible to enter the United States by land until at least July 21. Travelers who have stayed in China, Iran, Europe (Schengen countries), the United Kingdom, Ireland and Brazil for the past 14 days still cannot enter the country.

Mexico

Mexico opened its borders to travelers since June 8, but its land border with the United States remains closed until July 21. Hotels that welcome tourists are currently open to 30% of their capacity, restaurants to 25% of their capacity, and the beaches are still closed to the public except for certain hotels with direct access to water.

Dominican Republic

From July 1, hotels, restaurants and airports will be able to open at 100% of their capacity in the Dominican Republic. International flights will resume and tourists will be admitted to the island again. The health protocols that will be deployed in the various tourist places remain to be specified.

Morocco

The country has still not given a date for opening borders to tourists. The local authorities estimate that they will be able to specify a more official date if the deconfinement which begins this week, which notably provides for the opening of hotels and restaurants at 50% of their capacity, takes place without increase in cases of coronavirus.

Cuba

The Cuban borders would remain closed until at least August 1, according to a tweet from the US Embassy in Havana. The Cuban government has not released an official date. However, he said that when tourists are admitted again, they will not be able to travel to Havana, since it is the city that has had the most cases of COVID-19. Tourists will also all have to undergo a coronavirus test and their body temperature will be taken upon arrival in the country.

Iceland

Since June 15, Iceland has welcomed travelers from most European countries and may open to more countries on July 1. When arriving in Iceland, passengers have the choice between a two-week quarantine period or a screening test. Children born after 2004 do not need to follow this protocol.

United Kingdom

The borders are open for all foreign travelers. With the exception of people from Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, foreign nationals must observe a quarantine period of 14 days upon arrival, and provide the authorities with their itinerary and contact information.

France

The country will gradually open its borders from July 1. Travelers from the European zone can already enter France since June 15. According to the Interior Ministry, travelers from the European area will not have to quarantine themselves. Travelers from outside this area and from the United Kingdom will be placed in voluntary quarantine, and those with symptoms of coronavirus in mandatory quarantine.

 

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There is hope. Several countries have gradually started to reopen their borders to foreigners, that you had to postpone because of COVID-19.

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