Covid-19 Travel Destinations

Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

With many of us anxious to get on the road again, we need to ask practical questions like “when will customs let me into another country?” or “what happens if I get stranded somewhere?” It’s natural to be worried about things beyond our control. But there’s another set of thornier questions that many are asking, like “is it really safe to be travelling?” or “aren’t there more important things to think about than a vacation?”

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts” – Mark Twain

Mr Hudson likes reading Mark Twain so much because he shows us how travel can liberate the mind, calm the soul, and make us more accepting and caring people — particularly in challenging circumstances.

Twain, in fact, took many of the trips that served as the fodder for some of the greatest pieces in literature during some of the toughest times his country ever faced. He moved west across the country all through the American Civil War, and then went to Europe to write his best-selling novel “The Innocents Abroad” in the heat of post-war Reconstruction.

Travel in hard times, it turns out, can not just be an escape but also a way to see the world differently, allowing us to appreciate our differences and similarities more carefully.

While we can’t help you write the great pandemic travel novel, we can help you answer the practical questions so you can start dreaming again. Mr Hudson also is very excited to be designing trips for pioneers like you that want to navigate uncertainty, rather than avoid it.

Talk to us, ask us how we can help, because we’re as eager as you are to continue broadening horizons for the entire Mr Hudson community.

Mark Twain

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Where and when you can travel in 2020

With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly behind us, explorers around the globe are now looking forward to the summer months in the hope that they might still be able to satisfy their wanderlust and reclaim their place in the sun. With major tourist destinations expected to reopen over the next few weeks, expectations are again on the rise that summer 2020 may not be solely made up of backyard barbecues and picnics in the park. Mr Hudson has been tracing travel restrictions and has created the below list, outlining which country borders are set to open and when.

Last updated: July 13

CountryOpen to travellers fromMore widely open fromSource
Antigua-NowCNBC
Argentina-Closed until at least September 1Experto en Hoteles
ArubaCanada, Europe & other Caribbean islandsAmericans welcome now but testing mandatory for 24 statesAruba info
AustraliaNew Zealand from SeptemberNot currently knownThe Guardian
Austria-Now, to some EU/Schengen countries onlySchengen Visa Info
Bahamas-Now to intl travellers (US included) with mandatory testingBahamas info
Barbados-Not before June 30Express.co.uk
Belgium-Now, to most of Europe onlySchengen Visa Info
Bolivia-Closed until at least July 31Universal Weather
Brazil-Closed until at least July 30Universal Weather
Bulgaria-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
CambodiaMedical certificate & travel insurance needed-Office Holidays
Canada-Not before July 21US Embassy
Cayman Islands-Tentatively September 1gov.ky
Chile-Closed until further noticeUniversal Weather
Colombia-Closed until at least August 1Universal Weather
Costa Rica-Closed until at least August 1migracion.go.cr
Croatia-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European & the USSchengen Visa Info
Cuba-Now, but will separate visitors from localsAfar
Cyprus-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Czech Republic-Now, to most of Europe & 8 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
DenmarkNow, to Germany, Iceland & NorwayNow, to most of Europe & 6 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Ecuador-Tentatively SeptemberUniversal Weather
Estonia-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
FinlandNow, to Nordic countriesNow to several EU and third countriesSchengen Visa Info
France-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
French Polynesia-July 15CNBC
Germany-Now, to most of Europe & 11 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Greece-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Guatemala-Closed until at least August 15Universal Weather
HungaryNow, to neighbour countriesNow to most of Europe onlySchengen Visa Info
IcelandNow, to EU and Schengen but with Coronavirus testsCurrently not knownSchengen Visa Info
Indonesia-Bali expects international visitors on September 11Escape
Ireland-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
IsraelGreece & Cyprus from JulyCurrently not knownDan's Deals
Italy-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Jamaica-NowCNBC
JapanThailand, Vietnam, Australia & NZ this summerNot currently knownTime Out
Letonia-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Lithuania-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Luxembourg-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Maldives-NowEscape
Malta-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
MexicoNow: Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, TulumUS-Mexico closed until July 21CNBC
Nepal-Not before July 1Nepali Times
Netherlands-Now, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
New ZealandAustralia from SeptemberNot currently knownThe Guardian
NorwayNow, to Denmark onlyJuly 15 to EU/Schengen countries onlySchengen Visa Info
Panama-Closed until at least July 22Universal Weather
Paraguay-Closed until at least June 30Universal Weather
Peru-Not currently knownCNBC
PolandNow, to most European countriesNow, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
PortugalNow, to most European countries ex SpainNow, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Puerto Rico-NowCNBC
RomaniaNow, to most European countriesNow, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Seychelles-NowEscape
SlovakiaNow, to selected European countriesNow, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
SloveniaNow, to most European countriesNow, to most of Europe & 15 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
South Africa-Aims SeptemberCNBC
SpainNow, to Schengen countries & UKNow, to most of Europe & 12 non-European countriesSchengen Visa Info
Sri Lanka-August 1Escape
St Lucia-Now, but testing is mandatoryAfar
SwedenNow, to most European countriesClosed to third-countries until August 31Schengen Visa Info
SwitzerlandNow, to all EU/EFTA & UK travellersNot currently knownSchengen Visa Info
Tanzania-NowWanderlust
Thailand-August to low-risk countries & to some specific locationsCNBC
Tunisia-June 27Arab News
Turkey-JulyCNBC
United Arab Emirates-Dubai now, but testing is mandatoryAfar
United Kingdom-Now to 59 countries without quarantineSchengen Visa Info
Uruguay-Closed until at least July 15Universal Weather
US Virgin Islands-NowDepartment of Health
Vietnam-July 1Vietnam Insider
Bermuda-Now to intl travellers (US included) with mandatory testingAfar
Blowing Bubbles

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Corona Corridors or 'travel bubbles'

Aircraft are flying again on a few international routes, creating a possible path to recovery for a battered industry. But with the virus still spreading, aspiring travellers will have to navigate a patchy network that might include COVID-19 tests and periods of quarantine. This is why some countries are working on creating so-called  ‘travel bubbles’, or corridors, that will allow the quarantine-free flow of people between them. Examples of such Corona Corridors include:

– Australia and New Zealand
– The Baltic States: Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia
– Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece
– China and South Korea
– Costa Rica and Panamá
– The Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia
– Greece, Cyprus and Israel

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