When the borders closed and the world went into corona shutdown, an unfamiliar situation arose: the distance was suddenly inaccessible. With a few exceptions, this was the case for many months.
But now more and more people are vaccinated and many countries are opening up to international tourists again. Which long-distance travel destinations will allow holidaymakers from Germany to return to the country in the coming winter? And what are the rules? An overview of the most important destinations for German travelers.
North America: Whether it’s a city trip to New York, a winter escape to the Sunshine State of Florida, a honeymoon in Hawaii or skiing in the Rocky Mountains: EU citizens will be able to take a vacation to the USA again from November – after a good one and a half year entry ban. According to the US government, tourists will need a full vaccination and a negative corona test in the future.
Also interesting for some winter sports enthusiasts with wanderlust: Neighbor Canada has already lifted its entry ban for fully vaccinated people with effect from September 7th.
Caribbean and Central America: The Dominican Republic is a popular Caribbean destination for German vacationers. Package travelers are drawn to the beaches of Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. The good news: tourists from Germany can currently enter. You don’t even need a PCR test, as the travel advice from the German Foreign Office shows. A health check may then be waiting at the airport. An e-ticket is also required for entry and exit.
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Cuba could be an alternative. The AA is currently warning that the health system is overburdened. The country is currently a high risk area. PCR tests are required before and after arrival for entry. And: Individual tourists have to stay in a quarantine hotel for at least five days after entering the country. According to plans, there could be relief in mid-November, provided that large parts of the Cuban population are vaccinated by then.
Mexico is also a popular and varied winter destination. The peculiarity: the country has hardly imposed any significant restrictions on foreign travelers during the entire pandemic. The border authorities do not require proof of vaccination or negative tests. In Mexico, however, the corona virus is still very rampant.
South America is opening up cautiously
South America: here regulations vary from country to country. Brazil allows foreigners with a negative PCR test to enter the country by air. In Peru, vaccinated travelers who have also tested negative are allowed into the country. In Ecuador, the following applies for entry: vaccination protection or negative test result. Argentina wants to open to foreign tourists in November, according to media reports. Chile is also planning to open it, but initially with little travel-friendly quarantine.
Africa: There are a few options on the African continent: Holidays in South Africa are possible with a negative corona test. In addition, the safari-and-tour-country with the metropolis Cape Town is no longer a risk area. The same applies to Namibia, which is popular with Germans. A negative PCR test is required to enter the country – even for tourists who are already fully vaccinated.
In East Africa, Kenya is an option, even if there is currently a travel warning. Foreigners who tested negative are allowed to enter, travelers from Germany do not have to be in quarantine. Holidays on Zanzibar in Tanzania are also possible with appropriate tests.
Indian Ocean: The Maldives have been open to foreign guests for a long time. Anyone who spends their entire vacation in one of the island resorts does not need to be vaccinated. According to the AA, travelers who stay on one of the inhabited islands need a vaccination. A negative PCR test is always required for entry.
Mauritius opens up to people with vaccinations: From October 1st, travelers who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to be in hotel quarantine. You can move freely around the island again. A negative PCR test must still be presented upon entry. Another feasible destination in the Indian Ocean is the Seychelles. The island state requires a negative PCR test and a health permit for entry, which must be applied for in advance.
Arab world: Granted, Egypt is more middle-haul than long-haul. The winter there is quite sunny and warm. It was not for nothing that the country before Corona was considered a direct competitor the Canary Islands in the cold season. Those who are not deterred by the travel warning can enter from Germany with a negative PCR test.
Traveling to Tunisia is theoretically possible. Constantly changing entry rules and quarantine regulations make a vacation less attractive. Morocco will probably not be a travel destination for the time being: According to the AA, travel connections are still limited with special flights for the time being. The airspace is closed.
The United Arab Emirates are also very popular as a winter destination. Important for travelers: The top destinations Dubai and Abu Dhabi have different entry regulations. A negative PCR test is always required, the details differ slightly. Travel health insurance abroad is also required.
South East Asia: Thailand in particular is of interest to German travelers. For weeks, the country has been following the motto: opening up in small and at the same time small-scale steps in selected parts of the country. Phuket and Ko Samui, for example, have been receiving fully vaccinated guests again since July, but the bureaucratic requirements are high. The rules also change frequently.
The latest status is: From October 1, fully vaccinated people only have to be in hotel quarantine for seven days instead of the previous 14 days. It’s ten days for non-vaccinated visitors. The opening of further regions has been postponed again for the time being. The fact that travelers who have been vaccinated cannot move freely in the country will remain a stumbling block for the time being.
Other countries in the region are still tight for travelers from Europe. This applies, for example, to Indonesia with the island of Bali. The AA writes that tourists are still not allowed to enter the country. Vietnam and Malaysia also do not yet allow foreigners to enter the country.
Singapore, on the other hand, recently allowed fully vaccinated travelers from Germany back into the country without quarantine. A special travel corridor (Vaccinated Travel Lane) has been set up for this purpose, which, among other things, requires the booking of certain direct flights.
Australia and New Zealand: Patience is required here: the two countries at the other end of the world – once popular destinations for tours and work-and-travel – continue to seal themselves off. The entry ban still applies.
What is fundamentally important: The individual risk A long-haul trip should be weighed up carefully. International travel health insurance is always important. In most countries, an immigration form or a health declaration must be completed prior to travel. Families should know from what age on exemptions from the entry rules apply, for example with regard to compulsory testing. The rules can also change from time to time. Travelers should find out about the current rules in good time, for example at the travel agency or the AA. (dpa)