Covid-19 Travel Updates


Covid-19 Travel Updates

Last updated on 17 July 2020. 

Disclaimer:  The information provided is obtained from various sources. While we strive to provide accurate and up to date information, we cannot guarantee the correctness, completeness, and currentness of our content. Please do check with the concerned embassies or government portals for more accurate & update to information.

 

DUBAI

Current Status

Open to visitors of all Nationalities.
Tentative Opening  Opened from 7th July 2020
COVID-19 Status World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) gave Dubai the Safe Travel stamp last week, validating the safety protocols in place. No reported cases in Dubai, although few in UAE. On 7th July, Dubai closed the Covid-19 field hospital at World Trade Centre after discharging its last COVID patient
International Flights Currently, Emirates is flying from 50+ destinations. Other foreign carriers like Air Blue, Air France, Cebu Pacific, Gulf Air, KLM, Lufthansa and Philippine Airlines are also to resume operations at DXB soon.
Other Details Only Dubai has reopened -other emirates including Abu Dhabi remain closed. In Dubai, all tourist attractions, malls, cafes, restaurants have been given the green light.
Golf Courses Status All the golf courses are open to visitors under COVID specific guidelines

 

 

 

 

 

TURKEY

Current Status

Open to visitors of all Nationalities.
Tentative Opening  Opened from 12th June 2020.
COVID-19 Status Many countries like UK, Ukraine, Hungary & Germany have listed Turkey as a safe destination. Turkey has a detailed certification program for hotels for the Covid-19 pandemic. It must be noted however that Turkey is still registering around 1000 cases every day, in spite of a steady decline from June
International Flights Flights resumed between major European Airports. Turkish Airlines is also flying to a few North American destinations. More destinations are expected to be added once other countries ease restrictions
Other Details Golf courses, restaurants, cafes, bazars & tourist attractions have been granted permission to open from 1 July
Golf Courses Status All the golf courses are open to visitors under COVID specific guidelines

 

 

SCOTLAND

Current Status

Though much of the tourism infrastructure has been opened from 15th July, it is mainly for domestic travelers & EU Zone travelers. Scotland is still closed for many nationalities outside of UK & EU Zone
Tentative Opening  The Scottish government has announced that from July 10, visitors from 57 countries are exempt from the UK’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. This is for mostly EU zone countries and Hongkong, Taiwan, S. Korea, Vietnam, Turkey, and Caribbean Islands
COVID-19 Status 18000 cases so far, with most of them registered in March, April & May. There has been a steady decline in daily new cases from June with only single-digit daily cases being reported currently.
International Flights Scottish Airports are now connected to a few destinations in EU Zone. Outside EU Zone, they have flights between Dubai, Toronto, Istanbul, Doha. Easyjet has 27 European routes from Edinburgh on sale for July, while Ryanair will be flying to 56 destinations from the airport this month.
Other Details Ireland is exempted from the list of 57 countries
Golf Courses Status All the Scottish golf courses were allowed to reopen from 29th May & most of them are open now.

 

 

THAILAND

Current Status

Closed for visitors with an exception for medical tourists & business travelers.
Tentative Opening  Mid-September or October. Planned start with countries with effective containment like Australia, New Zealand, Hongkong, South Korea, Taiwan, etc.
COVID-19 Status Just 3,220 cases with 98% recovery rate & 58 deaths (2%). As on 16th July, there are no local transmissions in 7 weeks. However, a few cases from travelers.
International Flights Only repatriation flights are running currently. The same flights are also being used for medical & business visitors.
Other Details Soft opening in October through travel bubbles likely with countries in Europe, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asian countries that have managed well.
Golf Courses Status All the golf courses are currently open to visitors under COVID specific guidelines.

 

VIETNAM

Current Status

Currently closed for international tourists
Tentative Opening  No official date yet. On 25th June, the Prime Minister said that they are not in a hurry to open & will wait. Sources say it will be October by the time Vietnam starts allowing international tourists from selected countries
COVID-19 Status One of the best managed with zero deaths. No local transmissions for 90 days straight. On 15th July, 8 new cases registered from an incoming group.
International Flights Repatriation flights are running currently. Flights are being operated between Japan & China for business travelers.
Other Details Recently updated its list of countries eligible for E-Visa to a total of 80 countries. However, visas are not being issued to tourists yet.
Golf Courses Status All the golf courses are currently open to locals & expats under COVID specific guidelines.

 

CAMBODIA

Current Status

Open to international tourists but they have to pay USD 3000 to cover any potential COVID related expenses. Have to be in 1-day quarantine.
Tentative Opening  Though currently open to tourists, it may be sometime before the compulsory USD 3000 deposits & 1-day quarantine are taken off. Cambodia tourism chiefs have requested the government to look into this.
COVID-19 Status Total of 166 cases & zero deaths as on 16th July. There are no local transmissions for past weeks, with very few cases from repatriates, which are being effectively quarantined
International Flights Currently, very few airlines serve Phnom Penh & Siem Reap
Other Details All travelers must have a medical cover for USD 50000. If anyone tests positive on the incoming flight, all the passengers will be quarantined for 14 days
Golf Courses Status All the golf courses are open to visitors under COVID specific guidelines

 
 

CHINA

Current Status

Currently closed to all International Tourists. Please note that Singapore & South Korea are in a bilateral agreement with China for Business travelers.
Tentative Opening  Currently, there is a lack of sufficient information. A travel bubble with a few countries like Singapore, South Korea, and Indonesia is being worked on
COVID-19 Status Currently, China is reporting in only single digits when it comes to daily new cases with most being imported cases.
International Flights Repatriation flights are running between Chinese & other International cities. International carriers like Lufthansa, Delta, United Airlines have resumed limited flights to the Chinese Cities. All the connections are for commercial travelers or for repatriates
Other Details  On July 1, 2020, the European Union announced it would be reopening its external border to 15 countries outside of the bloc which includes China provided China reciprocates. China is yet to respond to this.
Golf Courses Status Golf Courses are open but only to domestic golfers

 

INDONESIA 

Current Status

Currently closed to all International Tourists. 
Tentative Opening  There is no announcement on the date of opening to international tourists. There is talk of planned opening by October. Bali as per its governor might open much before October.
COVID-19 Status More than 80,000 cases with deaths topping 3,600. More cases being registered every day.
International Flights Commercial flights are yet to be resumed. 
Other Details Bali separately is eying a travel bubble with its two top source markets - China & Australia. 
Golf Courses Status Golf Courses are open to locals

 

Disclaimer:  The information provided is obtained from various sources. While we strive to provide accurate and up to date information, we cannot guarantee the correctness, completeness, and currentness of our content. Please do check with the concerned embassies or government portals for more accurate & update to information.