Coronavirus pandemic changed so many things in this year 2020. Many of us, in fact, all of us, were stranded in our houses and neighborhoods when the pandemic hit. Strict laws were put in place by the governments of countries all around the world to restrict the movements of people in order to stop and combat the spread of COVID-19.
Our worlds, which used to be very large, have now become very small. We cannot freely book flights and travel like before, all of our movements are mostly within our neighborhoods and the grocery stores.
Zoom has become a new way of meeting with friends, business associates, and more.
Most people are getting tired of these restrictions. You are not alone in the unending feeling of boredom during this COVID-19 lockdown. In fact, many people have started to ask questions like, “Since the COVID-19 wave has reduced somewhat, can we travel again?” or another one like the heading of this article, “When can I travel again to other countries?” We all want answers. And we will try to answer your question in this piece.
1. Many Airlines have resumed flight operations already since July.
This point alone should tell you that traveling to other countries is somewhat possible right now. Since January 2020, many flight operations were stopped globally in response to COVID-19 containment.
It was only essential workers and citizens who were stranded that were allowed to use international flight services. But since July, many countries and their major airlines are beginning to open up their flight operations.
For example, the British Airways flight company planned to resume up to 50% of its flight operations in July in the continent of Europe. Also, in Europe, Ryanair has promised that 80% of their flights will resume back to full swing in September. EasyJet, another airline in Europe has begun flying a small number of routes since June 15th, 2020.
2. Tourists In Europe
In America, Airlines in North America like Delta Airlines, American Airlines etc., have also started flying since June. United Airlines, for example, has reopened routes going to Paris, Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Shanghai since June. Since July 1st, the European Union announced that the ban on international flights into Europe has been lifted.
Though many of these flights might not fly up to full passenger capacity, many air routes all over the world are gradually been reopened.
Tourists traveling to Italy to see wonderful attraction sites have been able to book flights to Italy since June 3rd, 2020 provided that they were traveling from within the European Union. Tourists that arrived were not mandated to undergo a 14-day quarantine as well. Many European countries have opened up to tourists in July and are still going to open up more in August.
If you are from the US, there are a number of places you can travel to as of August 6 for leisure. Countries like Jamaica, St Lucia in the Caribbean, Caicos in the Caribbean, Bermuda, United Kingdom, Croatia, Ireland, Mexico, Rwanda, and more. These countries have opened up to allow USA leisure travelers as of August 6th, 2020.
3. Traveling from Africa
South Africa still remains closed to foreign nationals as of August 4th, 2020. Also, all international flights out of the country are still suspended. Although, South African nationals and those with valid residence permits in South Africa can still return home from abroad but will be subjected to medical screening and a 14-day quarantine.
Nigeria’s airports still remain closed to international landings. Although local flights are allowed to operate in Lagos and Abuja. But all international flights in and out of the country remain closed as of August 6th, 2020.
With this summary of different countries across the globe and their travel updates in the COVID-19 era, you should be able to decide for yourself depending on the country you are a citizen of. Find out what the travel restrictions in your country are.
And stay safe.