So, summer vacation is approaching and there is no place to go? In fact, some beautiful countries are opening up again as tourist destinations. In many cases, you will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if you want to have a great vacation there.
Berlin, April 27, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) – So, do you want to sunbathe at Delaware Beach and visit the museums run by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC? Do you plan to take selfies in Times Square and experience some jaw-dropping Broadway musicals? Or do you want to rent a motorhome in Newark and sleep in the back, while your spouse drives you to Los Angeles? Forget it all. First of all, all Broadway plays are “on hold” until the end of May or later, thanks to the damn virus. Second, you are not even allowed to enter the United States.
Grizzlies and flowers
To enter the country, you will need to either take a bath in an invisible paint or be a US citizen. You can also enter with your Greencard, or if you have close relatives who are American. Or try to become any country’s ambassador to the United States. Oh, are you a UN official? No problem. They will be happy to greet you in the United States when you arrive at the passport control counter at JFK Airport. But if you’re a typical European, say goodbye to your dreams of a summer vacation in the United States.
No, you can’t even travel through the United States if you’ve been in a Schengen country, including Germany, up to two weeks before your trip. If you’re planning to come from UK, Ireland, Brazil, or South Africa, you’re screwed too. Forget about watching the Space Needle, meeting grizzly bears in the Rocky Mountains, or walking through tunnels built into giant trees in Yosemite National Park. Chicago and the Great Lakes? No, the valley of death? No, San Francisco? No, not even with flowers in your hair.
Barbados and Ecuador
Fortunately, the United States is not the only enjoyable travel destination in the world. More and more countries are opening up to tourists, especially those who are already vaccinated against COVID-19. One of them is Barbados. Vaccinated visitors are welcome, provided they also bring a negative PCR test and agree to be retested upon arrival. This rule will apply from May 8, 2021.
Or try Ecuador. Vaccinated European tourists will simply have to accept a quick Corona test upon arrival. Thailand? No problem, as long as you are happy to go to Phuket. From July 1 this is possible, but you need both a vaccination and a negative PCR test. Israel is yet another option. From May 23, small groups of tourists are welcome as long as all members have been vaccinated. At some point in the summer, vaccinated people traveling alone may also enter.
So, would you prefer to stay in Europe? Of course, it is a beautiful continent. With the new Uniform European Vaccination Proof, a sort of vaccination passport that the states of the European Union intend to issue soon, the Spanish island of Mallorca will welcome you in the summer. Corona tests will not be necessary, according to several media. But there is no date yet. It’s unclear whether this rule will apply to the rest of Spain as well, at some point during the upcoming summer season.
Cyprus is also an option, provided you have a full Corona vaccination and negative PCR test done up to 72 hours before your arrival. In Denmark, you also won’t need to quarantine yourself as long as you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. The flip side is that you cannot enter high risk countries. One of them is the Federal Republic of Germany.
Croatia and Slovenia
Too complicated? Try San Marino or Madeira. In Poland, Greece and Romania, things are easy as long as you are fully immunized. Croatia? No problem. Hvala liepa. Estonia, Lithuania or Slovenia? Go over there. But don’t forget to get the vaccine first. And check the details before you go. the Berlin Foreign Office has compiled a comprehensive list of travel advisories which includes information about the rules in most countries of the worldand links to national websites with details. The downside: the German webpage is not translated German only).
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