Although many countries around the world continue to discourage nonessential travel due to restrictions related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a number of international destinations are now open to tourists.
Popular tourist destinations such as Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, and Spain already lifted travel restrictions for tourism during the month of June, and a number of other countries around the world are now set to join the list.
Although relevant safety measures and precautions will still apply, the following international destinations are reopening their borders in July.
Barbados, from July 12th
On June 26th, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, announced that the Caribbean nation is reopening for tourists arriving by air on July 12th, although ‘a risk-based approach’ will be followed for the time being.
This approach will require all visitors to Barbados to take a COVID-19 test either in advance of departure or upon arrival on the island, depending on whether they are arriving from a country with a high number of COVID-19 cases.
Visitors will also be required to answer some health-related questions on an online Embarkation/Disembarkation form, and have their temperature taken upon arrival at Grantley Adams International Airport, the only entry point currently open to tourists.
Bahamas, from July 1st
The government of the Bahamas has announced that the country will be reopening borders to tourists from July 1st, as long as they first follow a few preventative measures.
These will involve the need to submit an electronic Travel Health Certificate online, and it will also be necessary to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in the Bahamas, taken no more than 10 days prior.
Temperature checks have also been set up at the borders, and it is still necessary to wear a face mask when out in public.
Dubai, from July 7th
The Government of the United Arab Emirates has announced that Dubai will be open to tourism once more from July 7th, on the condition that arriving passengers have valid health insurance.
Incoming travelers will also be required to present a recently-taken negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, or take a test at the airport, as well as undergo thermal screening.
Finally, tourists arriving in the city must also download and register their details on Dubai’s coronavirus tracking app, COVID-19 DXB.
Egypt’s Seaside Resorts, from July 1st
The government of Egypt has announced that its borders are reopening to air traffic from July 1st, but only to a select few seaside resorts.
These include tourist destinations in the Red Sea province, Marsa Matrouth, and the southern part of the Sinai Penninsula.
Malta, for Select Countries from July 1st
Malta is reopening its international airport from July 1st to travelers from a number of European countries, with the exception of visitors from some regions, such as Emilia Romagna and Lombardy in Italy, which have been heavily affected by coronavirus.
The Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, has said that the travel ban will be lifted for all other travelers from July 15th.
The Maldives, from July 15th
The Southeast Asian nation has published 27 pages of health and safety guidelines for all tourism-related establishments on the island ahead of the reopening to tourists on July 15th.
For the time being, all visitors wishing to obtain a visa for The Maldives will be required to have a confirmed reservation at a hotel or resort on the island in order for the travel authorization to be approved.
Vietnam, from July 1st
Vietnam is expected to lift its travel ban for tourists from July 1st, and recommence the issuance of e-Visas for citizens of roughly 80 countries from the same date. No preventative health measures have been announced yet.
An e-Visa for Vietnam allows entry to the country at 8 international airports, 13 seaports, and 16 land border checkpoints. Check visa requirements for Vietnam to see if citizens of your nationality are currently eligible to obtain an e-Visa to gain entry to the country.