The second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has profoundly affected a large number of countries worldwide, has pushed world countries to tighten their preventive measures and impose travel bans so their citizens can feel safe and protected.
Following, find who can enter in some of the world countries, including in those which are considered to have a high infection rate, like the majority of the EU Member States, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the countries that have best managed the pandemic and kept the levels low, like Japan, Singapore, and even China.
European Union Member States
While the number of infections keeps increasing, the list of countries outside Europe, citizens of which are permitted to enter the European Union countries keeps narrowing down.
The European Union Council on its latest list, published on October 22, listed only nine countries as epidemiologically safe, advising the Member States to reopen the borders to the citizens of these countries, VisaGuide.World reports.
These countries are Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, China, (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).
However, different countries in Europe apply different rules regarding the bans and travel restrictions, taking into account the epidemiological situation in other territories as well as the map published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC).
The United States authorities have also imposed travel bans and entry restrictions for other countries, including those in Europe.
Due to the Coronavirus situation, President Donald Trump had signed several proclamations in a bid to contain the virus from spreading.
The first proclamation was signed on January 31, through which it was banned the entry for all internationals wishing to enter the US from China. Later, citizens of Iran were banned from entering the US since the second proclamation signed by President Trump on February 29.
Whereas on March 11, authorities in the US banned from entering, travellers from the 26 Schengen zone countries. Therefore, citizens of the following countries Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, France, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland and Sweden are not permitted to enter the US, amid the ongoing pandemic situation.
President Donald Trump, on March 14, signed the fourth proclamation which clarified that citizens of the United Kingdom and Ireland due to the COVID-19 situation.
However, in November, the US’s administration stressed that it might soon lift travel restrictions for European Union countries as well as the United Kingdom.
Citizens of Brazil are banned from entering the US territory since May 24. Such a decision came into force after estimating that the COVID-19 situation in Brazil had worsened.
Since July, the United Kingdom’s government has been maintaining travel corridors between England and a number of countries, the citizens of which can enter the territory of England, while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have separate rules.
According to the UK govt, citizens of the following countries can currently freely enter England: Anguilla, Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahrain, the Azores, Barbados, Bhutan, Bermuda, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, British Antarctic Territory, Botswana British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Brunei, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Cuba, Chile, Falkland Islands, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Gibraltar, Finland, Greek islands: Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos.
Citizens of Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel and Jerusalem, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Caledonia are also included on England’s travel corridor list.
All persons coming from any of the following countries can enter England, as they are also included on the travel corridor list; New Zealand, Norway, Northern Mariana Islands, Pitcairn, Henderson, Qatar, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Solomon Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
Sri Lanka, together with the countries mentioned below was also permitted to travel to England; St Barthélemy, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Pierre and Miquelon, Thailand, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turks and Caicos Islands, St Lucia, United Arab Emirates, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Vietnam, Vanuatu.
Authorities in Japan have placed an entry ban on all internationals coming for tourism and other non-essential purposes. According to the local authorities, the ban could be lifted in spring; however, such a decision has not been officially decided yet.
Internationals who are eligible to enter Japan will be required to undergo the testing procedure and follow quarantine rules. Internationals will also be required to show a negative result of the Coronavirus test not older than 72 hours before their flight to Japan.
On March 19, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country would ban from entering all internationals, in an effort to stop the further spread of the disease.
“Protecting New Zealanders from Covid-19 is our number one priority. In recent days it has become increasingly clear that the spread of the virus in other parts of the world means we need to take even stronger border measures,” Ardern pointed out back then.
Currently, New Zealand has lifted all its imposed restrictions as the country doesn’t register a single active case of COVID-19 infection. However, internationals are still banned from entering New Zealand as the country’s authorities announced that their borders would remain closed for citizens outside the country.
Rwanda’s government temporarily suspended all arriving as well as departing air travel, on March 20, 2020, amid the ongoing pandemic situation.
However, on August 1, Rwanda’s authorities announced that Kigali International Airport would reopen for internationals. All arrivals must present a negative result of the PCR test, not older than 120 hours.
According to the announcement, land borders continue to be closed, excluding citizens of Rwanda wishing to return to the country, as well as the country’s legal residents.
In the early months of the pandemic, Singapore in April imposed a two-month partial lockdown. Since then, the country has increased its testing capacities.
During last month, the country announced that it made COVID-19 tests available for all persons who need to take the Coronavirus test, while from December 28, Singapore announced that it would start to ease its imposed COVID-19 restrictions.
In contrast to other countries, South Korea is planning to tighten its imposed COVID-19 restrictions, in a bid to prevent a third wave of infections.
South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun, on December 14 noted that the government “won’t hesitate in making a bold decision” after the country marked an increase in the COVID-19 new cases during the weekend.
The Prime Minister refrained from introducing another nationwide lockdown.
“[Adopting] the level 3 social distancing scheme should be our last resort as it requires cautious deliberation,” Chung Sye-Kyun pointed out.
Following the example of many countries, China also imposed bans and restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.
The Chinese embassy in Manila, previously announced that the temporary suspension of internationals’ entry into China includes all internationals from “all foreign countries.”
Currently, a total of 73,895,841 COVID-19 cases of infections have been registered worldwide, while 1,643,970 persons have died, according to the statistics published by Worldometers.