We return to travel for pleasure, leisure, sightseeing and a spirit of exploration. Not just for anymore «work, health reasons, study, absolute urgency, return to one’s own home, home or residence, even if not cohabiting, with whom there is a stable and proven emotional relationship». The pandemic Covid has drastically reduced travel and commuting for two years. But now, it is slowly returning to normal. Now, in fact, specific “tourist corridors” have been set up to regulate departures and arrivals for globetrotters. From the Green pass to the swab, it is necessary to remember that it is necessary to demonstrate that one is not infected and contagious.
Indonesian, Balinese – The Indonesian authorities today announced the reopening to tourism of the island of Bali, after more than a year of closure due to the coronavirus. Luhut Pandjaitan, in charge of restrictive measures to stop the spread of the virus, stressed that the new directive allows entry to Bali and the Riau Islands of travelers from 19 countries. These include China, India, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Poland. Pandjaitan made it clear in a statement that the authorities believe that these countries have put the pandemic “under control” according to the parameters established by the World Health Organization (WHO). Tourists from these countries will only be able to enter Indonesia via these islands, which also include Bintan, near Singapore. However, they must have a vaccination certificate and a negative test, as well as a hotel reservation. Those with work permits or other visas will instead be able to enter the country through Jakarta and Manado once the established measures are respected. Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, has gradually lifted the restrictive measures since last July. In recent weeks, the number of infections has decreased significantly.
Thailand – Thailand will reopen its borders to vaccinated tourists on November 1st. This was announced by the prime minister of the Asian country, Prayut Chan-o-cha, underlining that from 1 December the entertainment venues will also reopen. You must show a negative swab with a validity that exceeds 72 hours prior to departure. You must also show your Visa and Certificate of Entry, issued by the Thai Embassy upon request (request here). You also need health insurance that covers the whole world, or Thailand anyway. This insurance must cover all expenses related to the treatment of Covid19 and have a maximum limit of not less than $ 100,000.
Seychelles – “The Seychelles are happy to welcome Italian tourists to spend a relaxing holiday and live an unforgettable experience in total safety”. This was stated by Danielle Di Gianvito, Marketing Representative Seychelles Tourism in Italy, after the green light for Italians who wish to spend a holiday in one of the splendid islands of theIndian Ocean. It will finally be possible, thanks to the Covid free tourist corridors, to reach the Seychelles also for tourism with Green Pass and negative buffer made up to 48 hours from departure. Tourists can stay in selected accommodation facilities with specific security measures. Thus, also upon returning from the trip, any obligation of quarantine or fiduciary isolation falls, but only if, upon boarding for the return journey, the negative result of a further test carried out 48 hours before the trip will be presented and if, upon arrival at the airport, one will undergo a new, last swab.
Maldives, Dominican Republic, Aruba – It serves the certification certifying the completion of the vaccination cycle or, alternatively
certification of successful healing. You can then show the Green Pass. When departing, a molecular or antigen test must also be performed: it must be negative in the 48 hours prior to departure. If your stay abroad exceeds 7 days, you must undergo an additional molecular or antigen test on site.
Before returning to Italy, in the 48 hours prior to boarding, it is necessary to undergo another molecular or antigenic test, conducted with a swab and negative result. Finally, upon arrival at the airport in Italy, it is necessary to undergo a further molecular or antigen test, with a negative result.
Egypt – Only the destinations Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam are open. The rules are like those for the Maldives.
Fiji Islands – The paradise island is set to reopen its borders from December 1, 2021, to fully vaccinated travelers. The tampons on arrival and departure must be valid for at least 72 hours. Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 can travel but only if accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
What has changed?
On 29 September, it should be remembered, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, signed an ordinance establishing on an experimental basis, and with precise safety protocols, Covid-free tourist corridors for tourist destinations outside the European Union.
The selected countries are the following: Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, Egypt (limited to the resorts of Sharm El Sheik and Mars Alam).
The movements from Italy to abroad (and vice versa) are still governed by a Dpcm and a series of ordinances of the Ministry of Health, which divide the States into five categories, according to the epidemiological risk that involves a movement to and from that territory.
The countries still considered at risk are those in E list: they are all listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where it is essential to consult before leaving. In these countries it is still allowed to travel only for: work, health or study reasons, absolute urgency, return to one’s home, home or residence. Another important information: the Green pass is not enough. It is always necessary to take into account having to exhibit negative results of recent molecular or antigenic (48 hours).
On 8 October 2021, the European Council also updated the list of third countries for which travel restrictions due to Covid-19 should be lifted. The list includes: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile (subject to confirmation of reciprocity), Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay. Travel restrictions are also expected to be gradually lifted for the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.
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