Which countries are opening or are taking steps to reopen post-coronavirus?

Updated: May 4th, 2021

Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out in over 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories.  Samoa becomes the first, and currently only country to require vaccination for entry from July 1st, 2021, with Seychelles requiring vaccinations from certain nationalities. Travel bubbles remain prevalent, and many countries maintain an open-door policy for certain classes of business travelers.  Usually these visits come with additional requirements, such as a Covid-19 test taken within a few days before entry, a travel form, insurance requirements, testing on arrival, and/or possibly quarantine.  

Going forward, LHA Travel will be updating this opening blog in lieu of the travel restrictions advisory, since it appears from our research that the height of travel restriction is behind us. Changes are occurring on an hourly basis, so we encourage you to check with your airline or travel agent for availability prior to making travel plans. Check our Web App for the latest update on each country’s Covid-19 requirements, visa status and procedures, and vaccination information.

AFGHANISTAN – Air borders reopened. Border with Iran and Pakistan reopened.

ALBANIA – Borders reopened. 

ANDORRA – Borders with France and Spain reopened.  Those who are able to visit France or Spain may also enter Andorra through its open border.

ANGOLA – Air border reopened. Flights from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria, and the UK are suspended.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – Borders reopened. 

ARMENIA – Borders reopened.

ARUBA – Borders reopened. 

AUSTRALIA – Borders reopened to New Zealand. International students and certain classes of business travelers may return to Australia. Request for exemptions to travel can be made no less than four weeks before travel.

AUSTRIA – Borders open to EU/EEA and Schengen countries and residents, as well as to Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Republic Korea, Singapore, and the Vatican City.

AZERBAIJAN – Air border reopened on a limited basis.

BAHAMAS – Borders reopened. 

BAHRAIN – Borders reopened to eligible nationalities. Visa on arrival resumed.

BARBADOS – Borders reopened. 

BELARUS – Air border open. Visa-free regime resumed.

BELGIUM – Borders open to EU/Schengen members and Australia, South Korea, Rwanda, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand.

BELIZE – Air border reopened. Cruising to resume in August, 2021.

BENIN – Air border reopened.  

BERMUDA – Borders reopened. 

BOLIVIA – Borders reopened, except for land border with Brazil.

BONAIRE, ST EUSTATIUS, AND SABA – Borders reopened to low and medium risk countries. Flights to the U.S. excepted to resume in May, 2021.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Borders reopened. 

BOTSWANA – Borders reopen. 

BRAZIL – Air borders reopened (except those who have been in the UK the previous 14 days).

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Borders reopened.

BRUNEI – Limited reopening of air border. 

BULGARIA – Borders reopened to the EU, Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, the Republic of Belarus, and Turkey.

BURKINA FASO – Air border reopened.

BURUNDI – Air border reopened.

CAMBODIA – Borders reopened.  E-visa and visa on arrival suspended, and only non-tourist visas are issued at this time.

CAMEROON – Borders reopened to those with visas. 

CANADA – Temporary foreign workers, international students, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. All of Canada’s states are reopening in different phases, depending on the severity of the outbreak in their state. 

CAPE VERDE – Borders reopened.

CAYMAN ISLANDS – Borders reopened to authorized international arrivals.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – Borders reopened. 

CHAD – Air border reopened. Passengers from the UK are barred from entry.

CHINA – Borders open to those with valid visas (direct flights from the UK is suspended). Additional requirements and restrictions are in place prior to and on arrival. Visa applications may be facilitated for those who has received a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine.

COLOMBIA – Air and sea borders reopened. Flights from the UK and Brazil have been suspended until further notice. 

COMOROS – Borders reopened. 

CONGO – Borders reopened. 

COOK ISLANDS – Borders open to those who have previously been in New Zealand in the past 14 days, in addition to residents and essential travelers.

COSTA RICA – Borders reopened.  

COTE D’IVOIRE – Air border reopened. 

CROATIA – Borders reopened to the EU/Schengen countries and countries on the EU’s recommended list. Tourists with confirmed bookings are also permitted to enter.

CUBA – Borders reopened.  

CURACAO – Borders reopened.

CYPRUS – Borders reopened to countries listed here: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Borders reopened to countries listed here: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Notification-of-the-Ministry-of-Health-issuing-a-list-of-countries-or-their-parts-with-a-low-medium-and-high-risk-of-COVID-19-transmission-from-26th-April.pdf.  Passengers from Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are barred from entry until May 31st. 

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Borders reopened. 

DENMARK – Borders opened to countries in the green and yellow category: https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations/entry-into-denmark/categorization-of-countries.

DJIBOUTI – Borders reopened. Passengers from Brazil, India and South Africa are barred from entry.

DOMINICA – Borders reopened. 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Borders reopened.

ECUADOR – Air border reopened.

EGYPT – Borders reopened. 

EL SALVADOR – Borders reopened.  

EQUATORIAL GUINEA – International airport reopened to business travelers. Travelers who have been in the UK are barred from entry.

ERITREA – Air border reopened.

ESTONIA – Borders reopened to those in the following list: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-quarantine-requirements-passengers. Non-tourist visa issuance is available for all other countries.

ESWANTINI – Borders reopened.

ETHIOPIA – Borders reopened. 

FAROE ISLANDS – Travelers from Denmark’s open countries list may enter. 

FINLAND – Sea borders open pleasure crafts from all Schengen countries. External borders open to the Vatican, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

FRANCE – Borders open to the EU and Schengen countries, the UK, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. 

FRENCH POLYNESIA – Borders open to non-tourism travels. 

GABON – Air border reopened.

GAMBIA – Borders reopened.

GEORGIA – Borders reopened to the countries listed here: https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/newsFeed/nId/247.

GERMANY – Borders open to EU and Schengen countries, and Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, and China, Hong Kong, Macau based on reciprocity. Those who arrive from a high risk area (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html) are subjected to additional requirements after entry. 

GHANA – Air border reopened. 

GIBRALTAR – Borders open to Spain.

GREECE – Borders open to residents of EU/EEA/Schengen member countries and UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, and United States. 

GREENLAND – Travelers from Denmark’s open countries list may enter. 

GRENADA – Borders reopened. 

GUATEMALA – Borders reopened.  Travelers who have been in the UK, Brazil, or South Africa in the past 14 days shall be denied entry.

GUINEA – Borders reopened.

GUINEA-BISSAU – Borders reopened.

GUYANA – Borders reopened.

HAITI – Borders reopened.  

HONDURAS – Borders reopened. Visitors who have been in the UK or South Africa in the past 21 days, or South America in the past 15 days, shall be barred from entry.

HONG KONG – Airport transit service through Hong Kong resumed. Visitors from mainland China, Australia, Macao, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan, and who have remained there continuously in the past 14 days may enter. Travelers who have been in the Brazil, India, Ireland, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, the UK or South Africa for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days shall be barred from entry.

HUNGARY – Border open to those with the Hungary Immunity Certificate and to business travelers with invitation.

ICELAND – Borders open to anyone fully vaccinated with a vaccine certified by the European Medical Agency from April 6th.  The vaccines approved are Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.  

INDIA – Limited reopening of air border to business travelers. 

INDONESIA – Borders reopened to those with valid KITAS/KITAP visas.  

IRAN – Air border open to those with permission. Travelers from the UK are currently barred from entry.

IRAQ – Air border reopened.

IRELAND – Borders reopened with additional restrictions. 

ISRAEL – Border reopened to those with permission.

ITALY – Italy is reopened the EU, Schengen member states and Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. Visitors from Brazil, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka are currently banned from entry. 

JAMAICA – Borders reopened. 

JAPAN – Borders reopened, but only for approved travelers from the following countries: Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and China. For additional information, please visit: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page22e_000921.html.    

JORDAN – Air border reopened to some low risk countries.  Direct flights with India are suspended. Limited reopening of land borders.

KAZAKHSTAN – International flights resumed to China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey, however entry is limited to certain class of business travelers. Visa-free travel is suspended until at least May 2021.

KENYA – Borders reopened. Flights from the UK suspended. 

KIRIBATI – The borders open to those who meets health entry criteria (see here https://mhms.gov.ki). 

KOSOVO – Borders reopened.

KYRGYZSTAN – Air border reopened. 

LAOS – Borders open to those with long-term visas. 

LEBANON – Borders reopened. 

LIBERIA – Borders reopened. 

LIECHTENSTEIN – Borders with Austria and Switzerland are open. The same travel rules that apply in Switzerland applies in Liechtenstein, since Switzerland handles immigration and customs matter for Liechtenstein. 

LITHUANIA – Many border crossings reopened including borders with Latvia and Estonia. Anyone from the UK, EU, EEA, Schengen area, and those on the EU recommended list may also enter, with additional requirements: https://nvsc.lrv.lt/en/information-on-covid-19/for-arrivals-from-abroad/list-of-countries-affected-by-covid-19-and-requirements-valid-from-26-april-up-to-2-may.

LUXEMBOURG – Borders reopened to countries listed here: https://covid19.public.lu/en/travellers/visiting-luxembourg.html.

MACAU – Borders reopened to those who, in the previous 21 days, been in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. 

MALAWI – Air border reopened. 

MALAYSIA – Air border reopened to certain business visitors. Flights from India is suspended. 

MALDIVES – Borders reopened. Visa on arrival resumed.

MALI – Borders reopened. 

MALTA – Borders reopened to “safe corridor” countries. A list of the countries may be found here: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/travel.aspx

MAURITANIA – Borders reopened. Visa on arrival resumed. 

MEXICO – Air and sea borders open. 

MOLDOVA – Borders reopened.

MONACO – Borders reopened to those permitted to enter France.  

MONGOLIA – Borders reopened to those with visas.

MONTENEGRO – Borders reopened. 

MOROCCO – Borders reopened to visitors from 67 visa-exempt countries with invitation or reservation. However, currently flights from the Europe, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Croatia, DRC, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, New Zealand, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the UK are suspended. 

MOZAMBIQUE – Borders reopened.

NAMIBIA – Borders reopened.

NAURU – Borders open to those with permission to enter and to travelers from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

NEPAL – Air border reopened visa holders, including for tourism. 

NETHERLANDS – Borders reopened to visitors from the EU/EFTA/Schengen Area. Visitors from third countries recommended by the EU (https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/eu-list-of-safe-countries) may also enter.  

NEW ZEALAND – Borders open to those with permission. 

NICARAGUA – Borders open. 

NIGER – Borders reopened.

NIGERIA – Borders reopened.

NORTH MACEDONIA – Borders reopened. 

OMAN – Air border reopened those with visas. Travelers who have been in Lebanon, Sudan, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, and Ethiopia in the past 14 days will be barred from entry.

PAKISTAN – Air and sea borders reopened. Twenty-two category C countries are banned from entry:https://covid.gov.pk/intl_travellers/current_policies.

PALAU – Air border open but flights are limited.

PANAMA – Borders reopened. Non-resident travelers who have been in the UK or South Africa in the past 20 days shall be barred from entry.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Air border reopened to those with entry permission. 

PARAGUAY – Borders reopened.  

PERU – Borders reopened.  Flights from South Africa, the UK and Brazil are suspended until May 9th.

PHILIPPINES – Borders reopened to those with valid visas. 

POLAND – Borders reopened to travelers coming from European Union/Schengen countries, UK, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Australia. 

PORTUGAL – Borders open the EU/Schengen Area (if the country has an incidence rate of 150 cases per 100,000 or less), as well as Australia, China and autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macao, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. 

QATAR – Air border reopened to returning residents and certain category of travelers. Land border with Saudi Arabia reopened.

ROMANIA – Borders reopened to EU/EEA and Schengen countries, and Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and China (based on reciprocity). 

RUSSIA – Air border open to those with valid (non-tourist) visas.

RWANDA – Air border reopened.  

SAMOA – Limited reopening. Travelers from UK or South Africa are barred from entry. From July 1st, travelers including crew members, must be fully vaccinated for entry.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE – Borders reopened. 

SAUDI ARABIA – Borders to reopen fully from May 17th

SENEGAL – Borders reopened to travelers from countries that do not restrict travelers from the Senegal.

SERBIA – Borders reopened.   

SEYCHELLES – Borders reopened. Those who have been in South Africa and Brazil in the previous 14 days are barred from entry.

SIERRA LEONE – Borders reopened to those with permission. 

SINGAPORE – Borders reopened to passholders and business visitors with permission. Currently Singapore has safe lanes travel arrangements with Australia, Brunei, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

SLOVAKIA – Visitors from the EU/Schengen zone and “low risk countries and territories” may enter without restriction. Low risk countries include Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.

SLOVENIA – Borders reopened to countries not on the red list without restriction; those on the red list can be found here: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/.

SOLOMON ISLANDS – Border open to those with valid visa or permission. 

SOMALIA – Borders reopened.  

SOUTH AFRICA – Borders reopened (including nearly half of all land borders). 

SOUTH KOREA – Borders open.  Direct flights from the UK has been suspended until May 6th, 2021.

SOUTH SUDAN – Borders reopened. 

SPAIN – Borders with EU/EEA/Schengen countries reopened. Borders also reopened to the countries on the EU commission’s recommended low-risk third country list.

SRI LANKA – Air borders reopened to those with visas. 

ST BART – Borders reopened.

ST HELENA – Borders reopened.

ST KITTS AND NEVIS – Borders reopened. 

ST LUCIA – Borders reopened.

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Borders reopened. 

SUDAN – Borders reopened. 

SWEDEN – Borders are open to EU/EEA/Schengen visitors, and Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

SWITZERLAND – Borders reopened to EU/Schengen states as well as other low-risk countries, found here: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/sem/aktuell/entry-restrictions-to-third-countries.html.

SYRIA – Air border reopened.

TAIWAN – Air border open to travelers with permission. Flights from China are suspended. 

TAJIKISTAN – Air border reopened. 

TANZANIA – Borders reopened. 

THAILAND – Air border reopened.

TOGO – Air border reopened. 

TUNISIA – Borders reopened.  

TURKEY – Borders reopened (except for land border with Iran). 

TURKS AND CAICOS – Borders reopened.

UGANDA – Borders reopened. Travelers who have been to India in the past 14 days are barred from entry. 

UKRAINE – Borders reopened.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Borders reopened. 

UNITED KINGDOM – Borders open to all except those on this list: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19.

UNITED STATES – International airports remain open to all except visitors who have been to Iran, China, Schengen, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, and Brazil in the previous 14 days.  Land borders with Mexico and Canada are only open to essential travel. 

UZBEKISTAN – Borders reopened. 

VANUATU – Limited air services resumed.

VENEZUELA – Borders reopened to those with visas. Limited commercial flights resumed. 

VIETNAM – Borders open to permitted business visitors.  

WALLIS AND FUTUNA – Border open to New Caledonia.

ZAMBIA – Borders reopened.

ZIMBABWE – Borders reopened. 

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