Covid Restrictions: Where Can You Travel?

Covid restrictions are the most used search keyword on Google and all search engines by tourists and travelers. After many months of constraints and prohibitions, finally, some countries have removed the Covid restrictions that prevented travel for tourism.

The news that gives us hope today (September 21, 2021) is that the largest country in the world (U.S.A.) has finally removed the Covid restrictions on travel for tourism, and it will be possible to enter the country by showing a vaccination certificate and a negative swab test.

Great news that encourages optimism and rekindles the hope of a return to normalcy. All travel enthusiasts hope to soon return to a reality where travel between nations and continents will again be free from all Covid restrictions.

Waiting to find serenity in a world where we will once again be free to travel to all countries, we must consult the laws, regulations, and norms in force in the country from which we depart and in the country we wish to reach.

Covid Restrictions: how and where to find information on the current regulations?

Every country in the world has been hit by the pandemic and since 2020 travel for tourism has been banned in many countries.

For a long time, air connections (and with all means) were suspended and for some terrible months many nations in the world have self-isolated, preventing arrivals and departures.

Travel for tourism was banned and in many cases, you could only cross the borders for “work”, “study”, or “health” reasons.

Now that the U.S.A. has removed the Covid restrictions, we can hope that many other nations will adopt the same measure and that we can return to normalcy as soon as possible.

But how to find out if it is possible to travel to the chosen destination? How to be sure to have accurate information regarding the Covid restrictions in force?

Social networks are flooded with conversations in which travelers exchange news but, as often happens, you find conflicting information that too often turns out to be wrong and unreliable.

Let’s see what are the certain sources where you can find the necessary information to undertake travels avoiding setbacks or, in the worst case, the possibility of being blocked at customs and having to give up on the trip.

 

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Covid Restrictions: Websites to Consult from Italy Ministry of Health

The first website I recommend consulting from Italy is that of the Ministry of Health, where you can easily find the lists of countries (A, B, C, D, E) with their respective Covid prescriptions in force.

From the very beginning of the pandemic, countries have been placed on lists based on the spread of the virus on their territory and the chances of getting infected by traveling to their territories based on the contagion rate and the number of infected.

The lists are still used to distinguish countries based on the conditions of virus spread in their territories and regulate incoming and outgoing travel.

Let’s see what the Covid restrictions are for traveling to the countries on the lists:

Group A (Vatican City and the Republic of San Marino) no Covid restrictions are foreseen, not even the presentation of the Passenger Locator Form. Group B: Countries where you can move without any reason, even for Tourism. Group C: Countries where you can travel (even for Tourism) provided you have not been (in the 14 days prior) in Group D or E countries. Group D: even just “transit” in one of the countries on this list obliges the traveler to a series of requirements, the most important of which are:

  • Presentation of the Passenger Locator Form
  • Molecular or Antigenic swab within 72 hours before arrival at customs
  • Presentation of the Vaccination Certificate In case of failure to present the required documentation, a fiduciary quarantine of five days is foreseen.

    I recommend reading the details of the Covid prescriptions in force on the Ministry of Health’s website.
    Group E: In these countries, it is not possible to travel for Tourism.

    Entering or leaving Italy requires justifying the travel and proving that it is motivated by one of the reasons for which travel is allowed: Work, Health, Study.

    I recommend reading the details of the Covid prescriptions in force on the Ministry of Health’s website. There are specific Covid restrictions for some countries not on the lists: Japan, Canada, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka.

    I recommend reading the details of the Covid prescriptions in force on the Ministry of Health’s website.

There are Covid Tested Flights that are regulated with specific regulations that I suggest you evaluate based on your particular needs.

Travel Safely

Immediately after the Ministry of Health’s website, the Travel Safely website is the one I recommend you consult before setting off on your journey.

This site also provides accurate and reliable information on the Covid restrictions in force. Consulting it before setting off on a journey is of utmost importance.

You will find all the updates on the measures taken by the Italian government regarding the Covid restrictions in force. Among the first information available, you will find the link to download the App Immuni, which, despite the failure, is still considered an “essential” device for travelers.

Immediately after, the site advises to travel with the “Green Pass” which, although not recognized by all the countries of the world, is useful for movements within the European Union borders. On the “Green Pass” page, you will also find a very useful sitography with all the references to laws and decrees in force.

The “Travel Safely” site also indicates the lists of countries in groups A, B, C, D, E with the specific provisions for each list.

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Touring Club Italy

The website of Touring Club Italy has recently published an article titled: “Coronavirus and travel: where Italians cannot go” that I recommend you consult because it contains a very useful list of all European states and many non-European ones with the detail (state by state) of the Covid restrictions in force (entry and exit) and with useful references to the government websites of all the states.

It’s really very useful: you just need to search the list for the country you want to travel to find immediately described the Covid restrictions in force and the references to the institutional sites of the governments that have issued them.

The description of the Covid restrictions and how they must be executed is well done and detailed, and the presence of institutional links offers you the opportunity to verify and contact the relevant bodies in case of necessity.

Skyscanner

The most popular site among more experienced travelers (which I talked about in my post dedicated to how to buy airline tickets) and always in search of new destinations to reach has added a very useful page entirely dedicated to the Covid restrictions in force.

Using the Skyscanner website is simple and intuitive and is the best I recommend you consult if you want to quickly find information on the Covid restrictions in force in the country you have chosen as your travel destination.

You can choose the country from which to depart and the one to arrive in. You will immediately see four different lists (Low, Moderate, High, and Unknown restrictions) what are the Covid restrictions in force in over 160 countries (those where it is possible to fly with airlines).

Moreover, the function that allows you to choose the country of departure as well as the country of arrival gives you access to information related to all countries in the world!

Therefore, in addition to the information related to travels departing from Italy to other 160 countries, information (and the Covid restrictions in force) for departures from any of the countries in the list to all the others are also available.

In practice, you have access to a database with information on all the Covid restrictions in force in the world!

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Europa.eu

If instead of traveling by plane you use other means, I recommend you consult the Europa.eu website, where you will find detailed guides on the Covid restrictions in force for travelers arriving and departing by ship, train, bus, or with their own means.

Vueling

Vueling has also added a function similar to that of Skyscanner with the possibility of inserting any country of departure and arrival and immediately viewing the Covid restrictions in force.

Airlines Websites and Google

Almost all airlines’ websites have followed Skyscanner’s example and offer the possibility to view the covid restrictions in force between the countries connected by their flights.

EasyJet , for example, offers the possibility to refine the search by declaring to be “fully vaccinated” and therefore only viewing the Covid restrictions in force for those who have already received the vaccine. Compared to the Skyscanner site, it offers the visualization of countries by colors and gives a more immediate idea of the situation. To find detailed information, it is necessary to click several times, but the site is still useful and easy to use.

Google

Simply searching for information related to the trip you want to make can sometimes be enough to find everything you need. For example, Norway has published a very useful guide for all tourists intending to visit the country: Visitnorway.it  is in Italian, easy to use, and very useful!

Covid Restrictions: Conclusions

The situation of Covid restrictions worldwide is constantly evolving, and we will have to live with it for a long time.

We must learn to find the information and be prepared for any requirement necessary for departure and to complete the journey safely.

All countries, airlines, tour operators are already committed to making the necessary information for traveling immediate, correct, available, and useful.

Just as we got used to anti-terrorism measures after the September 11, 2001, attack, we will get used to those necessary to contain the contagion.

We will return to travel as and even better than before!

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