covid-19 travel restrictions

Covid-19 Travel Restrictions for TGW Destinations

Covid-19 has hampered everyone’s 2020 travel plans. Flights have been grounded and most countries’ borders have been closed for tourists. Countries that were affected by the pandemic earlier and have it under control are already starting to open their borders. Here is a list of TGW Travel Group destinations based on the Covid-19 Travel Restrictions per country.
Please keep in mind that requirements and restrictions can change at anytime without notice and this article is only for general informational purposes only.It is recommended to  speak with your closest consulate of the destination you are traveling to before booking in order to ensure you have the correct and most up to date information in this rapidly changing environment. Additionally it is important to check with your home country & state and city of residence to see if there is also a quarantine in effect upon your return back home from any of these countries.  We do not endorse traveling against government travel advisories and recommend that you consult with your physician prior to traveling during the pandemic. 
Spain
Portugal
Greece
Croatia
Germany
Iceland
Brazil
Colombia
Peru
Argentina
Chile
United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
United States

Spain Travel Restrictions

Are the borders open? Yes, with limitations. 

Can I fly to this country? As of August 24, You can travel to Spain if you are travelling from the European Union, from a country in the Schengen area, or from another country which has a reciprocal agreement with Spain for accepting travellers. This last group comprises of Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. All travelers must fill in a public health form, online at www.spth.gob.es, or use the free app SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH (SpTH). After completing the form, passengers will obtain a QR code which they must present on arrival in Spain. All passengers arriving by air or sea must undergo a temperature check, which must be below 37.5 degrees Celsius.

Can I enter this country without being subject to a mandatory quarantine? Yes.

May I enter this country without a medical certificate, such as a negative test? Yes but travelers are subject to temperature checks. Certain countries have established restrictions or quarantine periods on people arriving from Spain. These countries are: Germany (unless arriving from the Canary Islands), Austria (unless arriving from Canary Islands), AustraliaCanadaSouth Korea, China,  DenmarkSlovenia,  FinlandGeorgia, GreeceItalyNorwayJapanNetherlandsUnited Kingdom Switzerland (unless arriving from Canary Islands), Uruguay, and Tunisia. Other countries have established restrictions or quarantines only for travellers arriving from certain areas of Spain. This is the case for Belgium.We recommend always checking the requirements and recommendations of your home country. You can also consult this map published by Spain’s Ministry of the Exterior (available in Spanish).

It is highly recommend to always check the requirements and recommendations of your home country. You can also consult this map published by Spain’s Ministry of the Exterior (available in Spanish).

Can US Citizens Travel for tourism: No

Portugal Travel Restrictions

Are the borders open? Yes, with limitations. 

Can I fly to this country? Yes, with limitations. Yes for EU countries, Schengen associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom), and approved non-EU countries (Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay). American citizens are NOT allowed entry at this time.

May I enter this country without being subject to a mandatory quarantine? Yes. Specific Information for Madeira islands EN, Specific Information for Azores.

May I enter this country without a medical certificate, such as a negative test? Yes, unless you are traveling to Azores or Madeira Islands.

Can US Citizens Travel for tourism: No

Greece Travel Restrictions

Are the borders open? Yes, with limitations. 

Can I fly to this country? Yes, with limitations. Entry from EU countries and from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions, with the exception of Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden. Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta  and passengers of flights from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia  will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. Before entering everyone must fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

May I enter this country without being subject to a mandatory quarantine? Yes.  All visitors from air, land, or sea, will be subject to random tests upon arrival. Upon being tested, travelers move to their final destination. In the event of a positive result, they will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state. 

Can US Citizens Travel for tourism: No

Croatia Travel Restrictions

Are the borders open? Yes. 

Can I fly to this country? Yes, All EU/EEA nationals and persons with permanent residence in EU/EEA countries, plus their family members, can enter Croatia freely. However, all travelers are advised to fill out the form on the ENTERCROATIA website. Citizens of other countries can enter as well, but will need to provide PROOF of TRAVEL RESERVATIONS & Negative Covid-19 Test that is not older than 48 hours of entering country. Citizens of other countries can enter as well, but if they are connecting in other countries, must check to see if they can connect. 

Can I enter this country without a medical certificate, such as a negative test?EU/EEA nationals YES. Members of other countries need to present a negative PCR result of a nasal and throat swab for SARS-Cov-2 at the border crossing point, which is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point).

May I enter this country without being subject to a mandatory quarantine? EU/EEA nationals YES. Citizens of other that do not show a negative Covid-19 Test within 48 hours of entering will be allowed to enter Croatia, however, they will be obligated to self-isolate and re-test themselves in Croatia at their own expense. Self Isolation will be for 14 days. 

Can US Citizens Travel for tourism: YES, but will need to provide PROOF of TRAVEL RESERVATIONS & Negative Covid-19 Test that is not older than 48 hours of entering country.

Germany Travel Restrictions

Are the borders open? Yes. 

May I fly to this country? Citizens of the EU, Schengen States: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein and passport holders of Australia, Georgia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay can enter. Citizens of Japan, South Korea and China may be able to enter at later date. 

Can I enter this country without being subject to a mandatory quarantine? Yes, with limitations. For travelers arriving from a country that is classified as a risk area according to the Robert Koch Institute website, a mandatory 14-day quarantine applies in almost all federal states. This measure can only be dispensed with if travelers have a medical certificate that confirms that there is no evidence of infection with the SARSCoV-2 coronavirus. The medical certificate must come from a member state of the European Union or another state published by the Robert Koch Institute and must not be older than 48 hours upon arrival. Proof must be provided when entering Germany.

Can I enter this country without a medical certificate, such as a negative test? Yes. The federal police do not require a medical certificate upon entry. The federal and state governments have agreed on the basic principles of uniform quarantine regulations for incoming and return travelers. The federal states are responsible for the concrete implementation of the measures. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) identifies international risk areas, so that travelers who have been in one of these areas within the last 14 days before entering the country may be required to self-isolate.  More information can be found HERE.

Can US Citizens Travel for tourism: No

Iceland Travel Restrictions

Are the borders open? Yes, with limitations.

Can I fly to this country? Yes

May I enter this country without being subject to a mandatory quarantine? No. As of August 19, all arriving passengers must choose between: a 14-day quarantine or a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days.

Those who test negative in the second PCR-test (on day 5-6) are no longer required to take special precautions. Those who test positive must self-isolate.

Mandatory Travel Documentation: Passengers are required to fill out a pre-registration form before departure to Iceland, which requires to provide personal details and contact information, flight information, travel dates, address(es) during their stay in Iceland and information on countries they have visited before arrival. Passengers are also encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19, which contains important information on COVID-19 and how to contact the health care service in Iceland.  CLICK HERE for more information

May I enter this country without a medical certificate, such as a negative test? Yes, but you do need to take a test upon arrival and choose between the two quarantine schemes (above).

Can US Citizens Travel for tourism: Yes but you must quarantine based on the guidelines mentioned above.

Brazil Travel Restrictions

Effective August 26, Brazil extended the restrictions on entry of foreigners by land (unless for transit) and sea, through at least September 24.  The entry of foreign visitors traveling by air is currently permitted.

Per the new policy, foreign travelers by air to Brazil, for a short stay of up to 90 days,  must present proof of purchase of health insurance, in English or Portuguese, that is valid in Brazil for the entire period of the trip with minimum coverage of 30,000 Brazilian reais to an airline agent prior to boarding. Failure to provide this could result in the denial of entry by Brazilian authorities.  CLICK HERE for a recommended company that currently may include coverage for COVID-19 related illness.

Foreigners who are in a land border country and need to cross the border to embark on a flight back to their country of residence may enter Brazil with authorization from the Federal Police and must follow the below steps:

– The foreigner must obtain an official note from the embassy or consulate of the country of citizenship (U.S. citizens should reach out to the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate General for assistance
– When crossing the border, the air tickets for the flight to the home country must be presented to the immigration official; and
– After approval of the request, the foreigner must go directly to the airport after crossing the land border.

Colombia Travel Restrictions

Are the borders open? Yes, with limitations.

Can I fly to this country? Yes. Limited international flights have started as of September 21 to Colombia’s four busiest airports: Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin and Cali.

May I enter this country without being subject to a mandatory quarantine? Yes, however, arriving passengers should obtain a negative PCR test result no more than 96 hours before departing to Colombia. Colombia-bound travelers without the required test may be denied boarding or entry into Colombia, and if permitted to enter would have to self-quarantine for 14 days. City specific requirements may be in effect.

Can US Citizens Travel for tourism: Yes but they must follow the guidelines above.

All passengers need to fill out the online migration form called “Check-Mig” between 24 hours and 1 hour before the flight. This form will help pre-screen arrivals and speed up time at customs.

Peru Travel Restrictions

State of Emergency will be in force until September 30th, 2020. 

Argentina Travel Restrictions

International commercial flights have been suspended until further notice. There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for any travelers arriving from countries that are affected by COVID-19. The government has a nationwide Curfew up to at least 11th October. 

Chile Travel Restrictions

Chile is closed to all foreign tourists and currently has a nationwide curfew. 

United Arab Emirates (Dubai) Travel Restrictions

Are the borders open? Yes, with limitations. Please note that entry into Abu Dhabi may have additional restrictions and this information if for Dubai only.

Can I fly to this country? Yes. You must adhere to the rules below and check if you need a visa prior to arriving.

May I enter this country without being subject to a mandatory quarantine? Yes, however tourists must take a PCR test up to four days prior to their date of arrival in UAE and have a printed certificate. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Certain exceptions exist, consult the UAE authorities for information.

If a tourist does not have a test one will be carried out upon arrival at the airport. It is advised to have a test as you may be denied flying without the test by the airline.  Travelers must also complete a health declaration form prior to departing and download an official APP. You must may download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App here… iOSAndroid  .

Additionally, travelers must fill out the  quarantine undertaking form. Please you may need to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.t, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result.

Can US Citizens Travel for tourism: Yes but they must follow the guidelines above.

United States

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. For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the relevant proclamations in the links below.

  • China
  • Iran
  • European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil 

After arriving at the United States from one of these countries, the CDC recommends that travelers stay home and monitor their health for 14 days.

Please keep in mind that Covid-19 Travel Restrictions can change at any given time without prior notice. This page is deemed to be reliable but is for general information purposes only. Please consult with the consulate of the country where you are traveling to for updated COVID-19 travel information. This page was last updated on September 18th, 2020. 

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