Each announcement of a border reopening or removal of quarantine requirements comes with a feeling of euphoria about international travel resuming and the world once again being open to us. Last week was a very good week in that regard and this week is shaping up nicely!
Yesterday, Spain reopened to fully vaccinated travelers (14 days after final dose). Proof of vaccination is required. Unvaccinated minors who belong to the same family unit as the vaccinated adults traveling to Spain will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test performed at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Children under 6 will not be required to show a negative COVID test. Upon arrival, travelers will no longer be asked to quarantine.
France and St. Barth
French President Macron stated that France and St. Barths will reopen borders tomorrow, June 9, to all fully vaccinated travelers from the US, Europe, and most other countries in North and Central America. You have time to reserve your villa, make reservations to your favorite restaurant, or secure your air tickets for the summer season.
Last week, the Irish government shared how they are planning to re-open the country to the US, UK and the EU on July 19. With proof of vaccination, no travel related testing or quarantine will be necessary. Ireland will broadly align itself to the EU approach to non-essential travel into the EU from third countries. Ireland will change the rules of entry if COVID cases and hospitalizations increase.
American leisure travelers can enter without quarantine if they travel on special COVID-tested flights. Italy is perennially one of the most popular destinations for Americans, with more than 3 million visiting in 2019. You can visit Rome, Florence, and Venice. Explore the beautiful regions of the lake country, Tuscany, and Puglia. Take in the breathtaking coastal areas such as Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast. How about visiting the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, Capri.
The special flights are on Delta, flying to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, Milan’s Malpensa, Naples’ Capodichino, and Venice’s Marco Polo out of select U.S. cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (JFK and Newark Liberty), Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Be aware that not every nonstop between these cities is one of the COVID-tested flights, so you can always check with us!
Additional European Countries that are open with no quarantine
The following countries are open to permanent residents of the US who have completed the COVD-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to their arrival.
Caribbean, Mexico, Central America
If you're considering a destination closer to home and you are fully vaccinated, the following countries and US Territories are open and you do not need to quarantine. Entry requirements vary by country, so when in doubt, visit the State Department advisory for that country or contact us.
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands - BVI requires 1 day of quarantine
St. Kitts and Nevis
Turks and Caicos
US Virgin Islands
The following countries are open to US travelers. Passenger must provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival. Country specific restrictions are in place and additional requirements are needed before arrival. Check the State Department advisory.
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
Additional Wish List Destinations that are open without quarantine
After staying at home for the past year, many of our clients are ready to travel again, but want to visit a location that's wide open -- a place or places where they can be physically distant from other travelers. If you're ready for an adventure, how about going on an African Safari to search for the Big 5, stay in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives or French Polynesia, or shop in the souks of Marrakech. If you travel this year, you'll get to experience these destinations with hardly any crowds.
When you're ready to plan your summer, fall, or 2022 getaway(s), we'd love to help you plan something spectacular!
We love delivering good news, so we’ll keep you posted as we learn about more re-openings!