Destinations reopening for international travel

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While all international travel has been banned by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, some destinations are making plans to reopen their borders for travellers.

With only a small number of coronavirus cases, Bali hopes to reopen its borders to tourists by October. The Indonesian island is currently off limits to all foreigners except diplomats, humanitarian workers and permanent residents, who must undergo a swab test upon arrival. 

Disobeying the strict social distancing laws can earn residents up to one year in prison. Beaches, tourist attractions and most bars and restaurants remain closed. The strict tactics seem to be working, as the island has only 350 confirmed cases and just four deaths from the coronavirus. 

Greece will be opening it’s to visitors from a select 29 countries. Luckily, Australia has made the cut.

From 1 July, direct international flights to Greece will slowly resume. Seasonal hotels reopened on 15 June to accommodate travellers and hopefully kickstart the country’s tourism industry back into motion.

Hotels in Cyprus reopened on 1 June, and international air travel restarted on 9 June, though only travellers from select countries are able to enter.

Saying that this Mediterranean island nation is eager to get its tourism industry back is an understatement. In fact, the Cypriot government has proposed an incentive to lure cautious tourists to its shores. If you test positive for COVID-19 while on holiday in Cyprus, the government will pay for your accommodation, food, drink and medication.

A letter shared with the CNN stated: “The traveller will only need to bear the cost of their airport transfer and repatriation flight, in collaboration with their agent and/or airline.”

There is also talk of a 100-bed hospital to care for foreign travellers who come down with COVID-19, and a 500-room hotel designed to home the quarantining friends and family of the COVID-19 patient, according to Nine News

Travellers from permitted countries will have their temperature checked on arrival and throughout their stay. They will also have to provide a valid certificate proving they’ve recently tested negative to COVID-19. 

Having reopened cafes, restaurants, parks and sporting facilities on 1 June to prompt domestic travel, Turkey officially reopened boarders to international travellers on 18 June. Temperature checks, face masks and social distancing are a must for all visitors. Hotels are taking safety precautions such as 12-hour room ventilation post checkout to help keep tourists safe.

Phuket International Airport has been closed since Thailand banned international visitors in March. Having reported more than 3000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths, Thailand has been cautious about the prospect of reopening to visitors, making health its top priority. However, as restrictions ease, tourists may be welcomed back into the country, with limitations on what regions they can visit.

Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Yuthasak Supasorn told CNN Travel: “It is still dependent on the outbreak situation, but I think the earliest we may see the return of tourists could be the fourth quarter of this year.”

Would you feel safe exploring these international destinations? When would you next consider an overseas trip?

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Total Comments: 23
  1. 0

    No insurance ..poor hospital or medical standards…difficulties returning back to more quarantining at your own expense… I need to say more…pretty obvious this time.

  2. 0

    Some countries may let us in but will we be allowed to leave here? I have got a mail from the Swiss Consulate allowing me to travel there but as an Australian resident I would need permission from our Govt as well as isolation for 14 days upon return. I shall stay right here despite all our plans to see family over in Europe.

  3. 0

    So, if some international borders are opening does that mean Aussies will need to self isolate on their return?

  4. 0

    Could be a good time to visit Bali, with the night clubs and pubs closed there might be an opportunity to see the real Bali, but if you have to be isolated for 14 days on your return, then maybe not, I think I will be holidaying locally for the time being.

    • 0

      You do realise that even before COVID-19, you could go to Bali and not spend all your time in bars and clubs, right?

    • 0

      what do u mean clubs and bars closed…in Bali that’s dumb…I went to my bar Sunday to watch the NRL..SOME CLOSED SOME NOT…My beach is open…so much b/s info on here..It,s the stoppen of VOA,,,,and mandatory wearing of masks since April 1st,,,,this has helped heaps.Bali and QLD…should work something out,,,it’s Java and Jakarta are a mess/////cus of Muslums..
      o distancing,,,a lot of no masks…but Bali is Hindu….thank God..were all wearing masks…and disinfecting..cheers//

  5. 0

    Never been to Cyprus….food for thought here.

  6. 0

    Your joking of course .
    Why would any aged retiree go to any of these God forsaken covid-19 infested countries .

    You would be better off euthanasing yourself at least it would be painless rather than playing russian roulette because you feel some need to let your eyes look at a different view.
    Let’s be honest here.
    Many Australians along with the rest of the world are pretty dumb and ignorant and self centred these are the ones who feel the need to carry on life as usual without any thought of the damage they may be afflicting on innocent bystanders .

    From what I have seen I don’t hold out much hope for a change soon .
    If you think you can just get up and travel because some fool in the government says its ok then you are the dumb of the dumbest .
    Travel as we know it will never ever return to what we have known .
    Diseases and viruses will spread like wild fire, you think this is bad just wait for the next hit .

    But what can I say if you want to shorten your life go ahead I can promise you will not remember a damn thing after you are dead .

    • 0

      Totaly agree.

    • 0

      A bit overly pessimistic, Toby. You make some good points about travel not being the same again as before but we will get somewhere near it again but possibly because of our age we might not see it happen. Night clubs opening here and demos being allowed and encouraged presents a bigger problem right here than travelling to a relatively safe destination like Thailand as Alan mentioned below.

  7. 0

    Starting thinking about your own back yard ecomony, travel within, support your children etc I’m sure it’s not just the travel companies holding Australia together. I think our biggest economy support is our mining and agriculture.

  8. 0

    I plan to travel as soon as I am allowed provided I can go to a country that is of interest to me. Thailand with its excellent public health system and culture (where people look out for each other and abide by the rules) would be a start.

  9. 0

    I thought I heard last night on Tv that Indonesia has over 50,000 cases

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