Buenos Aires (Photo: Flickr-Matias Callone)

November 1 marked the return of new destinations to the list of countries once again open to vaccinated travellers. Argentina, India, Israel, Thailand and Tunisia are among the most anticipated destinations.

Latin America

Argentina has reopened its doors to all vaccinated travellers since 1 November. Travellers must be fully vaccinated, with the last dose administered at least 14 days before arrival in the country. The country requires a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entering the country and health insurance against Covid. The antigenic test on arrival is waived. Travellers are required to arrive at 20 designated border crossings including the airports of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Iguazu and Mendoza among others.

Chile has taken semi-measures to reopen. Foreign travellers can come to the country but must first register on a site by transferring a vaccination certificate. This is then validated by the Ministry of Health but it seems that this formality can take several weeks… 48 hours before departure, visitors must also fill in a declaration on their honour

of their health status. They must also have a negative PCR test less than 72 hours before the trip and present a medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30 000 USD. Upon entry into the country, they still have to undergo a 5-day quarantine (7 days without prior registration) and a new PCR test. Complicated measures and therefore rather dissuasive.

Panama is also open to foreign travelers. A complete vaccination certificate is required (last dose administered at least 14 days before entering Panama); a ” declaration on honour of health of travellers

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” set up by the Panamanian Ministry of Health, previously completed online. The vaccination certificate must be attached. Random tests may be required upon arrival in the country, while some areas are not open to international travellers. It is wise to get information before departure. Mumbai - Un nouveau grand quartier d’affaires à Bandra Kurla, le poids de tout un sous-continent ultra dynamique côté high-tech, mais des transports bondés et une mégapole qui oscille entre richesse et insalubrité : l’attractivité de Mumbai est pleine de contrastes.© Alain ParinetMumbai.© Alain Parinet


Cambodia has again revised these rules less than 10 days after announcing

a relaxation of the rules. Travellers will be able to stay in the kingdom without quarantine as of October 30. But they will have to stay 5 days in Sihanoukville and its surroundings on the coast. Before going elsewhere. The destination of Siem Reap (where the Angkor temples are located) will be open from January 1st.

India is opening its doors to individual travellers again from 15 November. The country was already accepting travellers arriving in groups on charter flights. Passengers can apply for an e-tourist visa. If the traveller is from a country with which India has reciprocal agreements for mutual acceptance of WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccines, he/she is exempted from quarantine and will only have to self-monitor his/her health status for 14 days after arrival if fully vaccinated. A PCR test less than 72 hours old and a prior declaration

must be made before departure.

Thailand is accessible with minimal formalities to vaccinated travelers. Just follow a few rules

including obtaining a travel permit, covid insurance and a mandatory day of quarantine to confirm the result of a PCR test). The medina of Tunis (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Middle East/Africa

Israel has been open to all vaccinated travelers since November 1, a first since March 2020. According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, people who have not stayed in a country defined as “red” ( i.e. with high morbidity in the two weeks prior to arrival are allowed to stay). They must show proof of full vaccination. However, a PCR test is required. Travellers who have recovered from the virus are also allowed to enter Israel if they present a certificate that is digitally verifiable by the Ministry’s systems and the results of a PCR test.

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Nigeria has exempted from quarantine business travellers vaccinated since October 25. A PCR test less than 72 hours old must be presented before the flight but must also be performed in-country on the second day after arrival.

Oman is also open to visitors who must apply for a visa online at https://evisa.rop.gov.om/, or free of charge on arrival only for stays of less than 14 days. A vaccination certificate with a QR code attesting to the administration of two doses of anti-Covid vaccine recognized by the Omani authorities is required. The second dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before the date of arrival. The vaccines approved in Oman to date are the following: Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Sputnik V, Sinovac, Moderna, Covaxin, Janssen

and Sinopharm; proof of medical insurance (also covering the costs in case of Coronavirus infection for a period of one month); a certificate with a QR code attesting to the negative result of a PCR test which must be carried out 72 hours before arrival for flights shorter than 8 hours including transit. The traveler must also register on the local tracking platform https://covid19.emushrif.om/ to record the QR code of the vaccination certificate and the negative PCR test.

Tunisia is open without quarantine to vaccinated visitors. A PCR test less than 72 hours old with QR code is however mandatory to enter the country. Random antigenic tests are also carried out on arrival, with positive persons then having to apply the mandatory quarantine. From December, the country will introduce a health pass to visit public places.

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