A number of popular tourist destinations abroad began to loosen social restrictions and welcome back tourist arrivals.
Earlier this month, the European Union launched a plan to reopen its internal borders in the summer.
Meanwhile, countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have formed “travel bubbles”, which allow for travel between these countries.
A number of islands in the Caribbean are also preparing to open doors for foreign tourists in June. While destinations such as Mexico and Thailand plan to reopen their territory gradually in the coming weeks.
Reporting from CNN International and Insider, here are a number of favorite tourist destinations abroad that have begun to accept the arrival of foreign tourists:
1. Aruba, Caribbean
The Caribbean island of Aruba plans to open its doors for tourists between June 15 and July 1.
However, the travel agency for the Caribbean island, said that the date could still change if Aruba chose to impose additional precautions to adjust the pandemic situation there.
Although there is no mention of the Covid-19 testing requirements for the visit, travelers will be asked to undergo a temperature check on arrival.
Shopping centers, theaters, beauty salons and outdoor restaurants are permitted to reopen on May 25, but curfew rules from 10 to 5 am continue to apply.
In addition, the local Department of Public Health has also introduced the “Aruba Health & Happiness Code” program which is a hygiene and health certification, and is required for all businesses related to tourism.
The Maldives closed the border and closed all flights, shortly after the country recorded the first two cases of the corona virus in March.
The island nation, which consists of more than 1,000 islands, has recorded about 1,457 confirmed cases and five deaths from Covid-19.
Previously it was estimated that tourist destinations would reopen at the end of the year, but local officials had proposed reopening in July.
Visitors will again be permitted to enter the country without undergoing prior testing or mandatory quarantine periods. Also there are no new visa requirements or additional fees.
The government is also considering issuing a “Safe Tourism License” for tourism facilities that comply with government regulations and certain safety requirements, such as having certified medical personnel and having an adequate PPE stock.
Quintana Roo, a state on the Caribbean side of Mexico hopes to reopen its tourism sector between June 10 and 15.
This was revealed by Marisol Vanegas, secretary of tourism in the state of Quintana Roo. “That depends on permission from the federal government,” he said.
Meanwhile, Los Cabos will embark on a five-phase plan to revive tourism in June.
Georgia experienced a significant increase in the tourism sector before the corona virus pandemic occurred, with five million tourists registered to visit in 2019, up 7 percent from the previous year.
But the country was forced to close its winter resorts and bar all foreign tourist visits in March because of the crisis. The government also plans to reopen its tourist destinations for international tourists on July 1.
Officials have prepared a three-phase “anti-crisis” plan, which includes a marketing campaign designed to promote Georgia as a “safe destination.”
The next phase will allow for domestic travel in a special “safe” tourism zone, while the last phase involves reopening the border and several flights.
The Spanish Lockdown is one of the toughest in Europe, but the restrictions are slowly being lifted.
The beach will reopen in June while hotels in some parts of the country have been permitted to resume operations.
Starting July 1, Spain will give permission for EU tourists to enter without having to be quarantined for two weeks.
“We have to guarantee, when international tourism is opened, that people who come to Spain are safe people,” Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto recently told the local newspaper El Pais.
Home to Europe’s most severely affected corona virus, Italy underwent the longest lockdwon on the continent, with 62 million residents isolating themselves at home from March 10 to May 4.
According to the Evening Standard, a country that relies heavily on tourism now allows people to travel in and out, without having to be quarantined.
The Italian island of Sicily has offered to pay half of visitors’ flight costs and a third of hotel fees, if tourists will visit later this year.
Portugal, came out of lockdown by reopening several shops and restaurants in mid-March. They became one of the first European countries to welcome returning visitors, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
Portugal will officially allow air travel from European Union countries except Spain and Italy from 6 June. Santos Silva, Portugal’s foreign minister, said that health checks would be carried out at the airport.
Caribbean Journal reports that Jamaica plans to welcome returning visitors on June 15, becoming the largest Caribbean tourist destination to reopen.
He also said that the newly developed COVID-19 health and safety protocol in Jamaica consisted of more than 100 pages. This includes health regulations for everything from transportation to tours, hotels and restaurants.
The Icelandic prime minister said that the island nation aims to be opened to tourists on June 15.
The country also plans to test all tourist arrivals with the COVID-19 test, allowing travelers who carry out negative test results to skip quarantine.
However, anyone who is found positive for Covid-19, must carry out isolation independently for 14 days.
Cyprus plans to start welcoming tourists back on June 9.
However, opening the tour only allows visitors from countries that are considered “safe,” and who have the same low infection rate. There are 19 countries on this list, such as Germany, Austria, Greece, Finland, Denmark, and Norway.
Furthermore, Cyprus is said to pay for accommodation, food and medicine from every tourist affected by COVID-19 while visiting the country.