Countries around the world continue to ease international COVID-related travel restrictions, with the European Union dropping its mask mandate for air travelers starting next week.
And COVID travel warnings are also removed. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed all remaining countries from its “Do Not Travel” list.
“More and more people are once again traveling to destinations around the world and enjoying all that comes with travel,” the agency said Thursday in a statement shared by spokesperson Tom Skinner.
While many warnings and restrictions around the world have been eased, the CDC said travel can still increase the risk of exposure to the virus.
“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC are working with the White House and other federal partners to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the American public while safely returning to more normal routines” , the CDC continued. “Travel requirements are established using the best available scientific data.”
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New Zealand will open to all tourists by July
New Zealand will reopen its borders to tourists from all countries by July, allow cruise ships to return and ease the immigration of skilled workers as it looks globally again after the COVID-19 pandemic. 19, the government announced on Wednesday.
New Zealand slowly reopened, first to Australians last month and then to tourists from the United States, Britain and more than 50 other countries earlier this month. Wednesday’s announcement will allow tourists from China, India and other countries to come from July 31.
The government has said it also plans to end the need for people to undergo pre-departure COVID-19 tests by the end of July.
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Israel to drop arrival test requirement for US visitors
Starting May 20, all American travelers arriving in Israel by air will no longer have to take a PCR test upon arrival and will no longer have to self-quarantine.
That said, pre-departure testing will remain a requirement, as the easing of restrictions will allow even more visitors to enjoy our country.
Laos reopens to international visitors after more than 2 years
The landlocked Southeast Asian nation of Laos reopened to tourists and other visitors on Monday, more than two years after imposing strict restrictions to fight the coronavirus.
Thipphakone Chanthavongsa, head of the government’s COVID-19 control agency, announced the reopening date on Saturday, the latest in a three-phase plan, the official KPL news agency reported. She said vaccination certificates or testing for the virus will still be required for Lao citizens and foreigners entering the country.
Travelers 12 years or older without a vaccination certificate must be able to show negative ATK tests taken within 48 hours of departing for Laos.
As part of the easing of restrictions, entertainment venues, including karaoke lounges, will be able to reopen, but must comply with COVID-19 control regulations. All border crossings have been reopened.
Myanmar issues tourist visas
Myanmar announced on Thursday that it would resume issuing visas for visitors in a bid to help its moribund tourism industry devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and violent political unrest.
From Sunday, tourist “e-Visas” will be provided online in a move also aimed at harmonizing tourism with neighboring countries, according to a government notice published in the official Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
Visitors need a vaccination certificate, negative results of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken shortly before their flight, and a travel insurance policy. They must also take a quick ATK test after arriving.
On April 1, Myanmar had already resumed issuing business visas, and on April 17 it dropped the ban on international commercial flights. It had stopped issuing visas and suspended flight arrivals in March 2020.
The Czech Republic is also easing all travel restrictions
Last month, the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Health relaxed travel protocols for international visitors and Czech citizens.
“There are no more coronavirus restrictions for entering the Czech Republic,” CzechTourism said on its website on April 14.
Jamaica eased some restrictions in April
Jamaica lifted its COVID-19 entry restrictions in April hoping easier entry would attract more tourists.
The Jamaica Tourist Board announced last month that the Caribbean island would drop its indoor mask mandate and COVID-19 PCR test requirement before departure.
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When planning to travel, consider all restrictions and recommendations
While planning a trip, even if restrictions ease, the CDC recommends all travelers stay up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines and “follow all national and international travel requirements and recommendations.”
And, every week, the health agency updates its travel health advice to alert travelers.
Additionally, CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Health Advisories are updated weekly to alert travelers to the COVID-19 situation at international destinations and advise them on how to protect themselves before, during, and after the outbreak. travel.
Contributor: Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY and The Associated Press