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Where can you go or fly on vacation? List of countries that have defrosted the tourism (COVID-19)

Where can you go or fly on vacation? List of countries that have defrosted the tourism (COVID-19)

Since mid-May 2020 more countries have been deciding to gradually lift the travel restrictions. Defrosting tourism is surely great information for everybody who is planning holidays and foreign travel. That’s why we have prepared for you a list of the countries that have already lifted or are about to lift restrictions in travelling for tourism purposes. Below, you can find information that we managed to collect, and that will surely be useful when planning the trips.

Which countries can be visited?

Lifting restrictions refers to allowing entry or exit into a certain country for travel purposes. The list is constantly updated based on the official announcements of the governments.

Warning! Some countries, which are not listed below, allow entering into their territory, but only for the living, business, or scientific purposes. Those countries (e.g. Finland) don’t allow to enter people who come only for tourism purposes.

List of the countries that have officially confirmed opening the borders for tourists and lifting the compulsory quarantine.

Before you plan your trip, we recommend you to carefully check the official announcements of the authorities of the country you are planning to visit.

Country Lifting restrictions for tourists Additional information
Aruba From 11 July, borders open to foreigners. -
Austria From June 15, open borders with the Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Hungary. -
Bahamas From 1 July, borders open to foreigners. -
Belgium From 15 June, borders open to citizens of EU countries and the UK. -
Bermuda From 1 July, borders open to foreigners. -
Bulgaria From May 22, borders open to citizens of EU countries and the Schengen area. -
Costa Rica From August 1, open borders for citizens of low-risk countries. The list of low-risk countries yet to be announced.
Croatia From May 29, open borders with Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. -
Cyprus From June 9, open borders for 19 European countries. From 20 June, borders open to citizens of another 13 countries. In the second phase - June 20, the borders of Cyprus opened to citizens of Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Germany, Slovakia, and Lithuania - without the need for a certificate of negative COVID-19 test. Czechs, Estonians, Swiss, Romanians, and Croats will not be released from this obligation.
Czech Republic From June 15, open borders with Austria and Germany. By May 25, Czech Airlines will resume scheduled flights between Prague and Amsterdam, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Kyiv, Odessa, Paris, and Stockholm.
Denmark From June 15th borders will be opened for tourists from Germany, Norway, and Iceland. -
Dominican Republic From 1 July, open borders for foreign travelers. -
Egypt From 1 July, open borders for foreign travelers. The list of countries will be announced soon.
Estonia From June 15, open borders with Latvia. -
Finland From 13 July, open borders for citizens of 18 European countries and 11 countries from other continents. -
France From June 15, open borders for citizens of the EU countries. -
Germany From 15 June, open borders for citizens of EU countries, the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. -
Georgia From June 31, open borders for foreigners. -
Greece Domestic travels without restrictions. From June 15, lifted restrictions for foreign travels. International flights resume from July 1. Resuming direct connections to the UK from June 1.
Grenada From August 1, open borders for foreigners. -
Hungary From June 15, open borders for citizens of the EU countries. -
Iceland The borders will be open from June 15. -
Indonesia From September 11, Bali island will be opened for foreigners. -
Italy From June 3, open borders with EU countries, Monaco, and Switzerland. -
Jamaica From June 15, borders open to foreigners. The negative COVID-19 test confirmation non-mandatory, but authorities control the health of tourists at airports.
Jordan From the beginning of August, borders open for foreigners. The list of countries yet to be announced.
Kenya From August 1, borders open to foreigners. -
Lithuania From June 1, open borders with 27 countries, including 24 without quarantine. The list currently includes Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Latvia From June 15, open borders with Estonia and Lithuania. -
Maledives From 1 July, borders open to foreigners. -
Malta From 1 July, open borders for citizens of Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland. With the exception of some parts of France (Île-de-France), Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont), and Spain (Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castile, and León). 
Montenegro Borders opened from June 1 for the following countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Albania, and Greece. Citizens of some countries from the mentioned list could be not allowed to cross the border without the negative COVID-19 test confirmation.
Norway From 15 July, open borders for citizens of European countries recognized as safe ones by Norwegian authorities. -
Poland Domestic flights allowed from 1 June, international flights allowed from 16 June. From 13 June, open borders for citizens of EU countries. -
Portugal From 1 July, the tourist regions (including Madeira and Porto Santo) opened for foreign travelers. -
Puerto Rico From 15 July, borders open to foreigners. The negative COVID-19 test confirmation is mandatory.
Romania From 7 July, open borders for foreigners. -
Slovenia From May 15, open borders. -
Serbia From June 1, open borders with Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania. -
Spain From 21 June, open borders for the Schengen countries with the exception of Portuguese citizens (open border with Portugal from 1 July). -
Sri Lanka Planned opening borders for foreigners. The negative COVID-19 test confirmation will be mandatory.
Switzerland From June 15, open borders for citizens of EU countries, the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. -
Tunisia From 27 June, open borders for foreign travelers. Travelers could be not allowed to cross the border without the negative COVID-19 test confirmation.
Turkey From 15 June, open borders for citizens of Albania, Belarus, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates. -
United Arab Emirates From 7 July, Dubai will be opened for foreigners. Borders of the other emirates still closed. The negative COVID-19 test confirmation is mandatory. Foreigners are required to wear special bands which allow authorities to track them.
United Kingdom From 10 July, the quarantine not required from citizens of particular countries. -

[What is more, Belgium, Denmark, and Iceland should also announce official dates of opening borders.

Turkey will start easing restrictions and opening its borders with Asian countries including China and South Korea. This is to take place in mid-June. Borders for European citizens will be opened in the next stage, but not earlier than at the beginning of July.]

What about flight connections?

Airlines make decisions about resuming flight connections on their own, based on information from the state authorities and the demand for flights. [For example, the largest airline in Europe - Ryanair, announced the return of up to 90% of routes from July 1 (this year), and Wizz Air has been slowly restoring connections since May. Airlines from Lufthansa Group will resume connections in the first half of June.] While planning the trip to any of the previously mentioned countries, check whether the flight connections are restored on the preferred route.

Popular airlines resuming flight connections
Airline Date of return Additional information
Ryanair Planned return form 1 July.  In the first stage: 40% of planned summer flights.
Wizz Air Return from May. -
easyJet Return form 15 June. In the first stage: only domestic flights in the UK.
Lufthansa Return from 1 June. In the first stage: 106 routes.
Other airlines also return their operations. If you would like to check out available connections, use the eSky flight search.

If you want to check whether there are any connections on the route you chose, check our flight search.

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