Lifting visa restrictions due to COVID-19: where you can travel
August 6, 2021
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Due to the pandemic, countries around the world were forced to close their borders. But thanks to the global vaccination of the population, restrictions on the entry of foreigners are gradually being lifted. Conditions vary from state to state, but authorities are developing new immigration strategies that will boost economies, affected by COVID-19, without endangering public health.
Canada still does not allow anyone other than its citizens and residents to enter the country. At the same time, the authorities are accepting applications for permanent residence and work visas. Vaccinated tourists from the United States can visit the country starting from August 9. On the same day, the government's requirement for all foreign visitors to observe self-isolation is lifted. Tourists from different countries will be able to visit Canada as early as September 7.
The United States is ready to accept certain categories of foreigners: those who come to the country from Canada for medical treatment, truck drivers or for studies. Restrictions will be lifted as of August 21. At the same time, the United States will suspend entry for tourists from China, Iran, European states of the Schengen zone, Ireland, Great Britain, India, and South Africa. U.S. citizens and their family members, who do not have U.S. citizenship, are allowed to cross the country.
The United Kingdom
As of July 19, foreign visitors from the Yellow List are exempt from quarantine, but they must pass the COVID test twice upon arrival. A single test will be required for travelers coming from Green List states. These include Antigua and Barbuda, the Cayman Islands, and Australia.
Applicants under the Global Talent Visa and Start up/Innovator Visa will be able to apply even if the approval for a visa from the state authorities has expired. In this case, the requirement for foreigners is that approval must be received from the government between January 2020 and January 2021.
EU and Schengen Area
EU leaders proposed to ease visa restrictions for a number of countries as of July 15:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Brunei Darussalam;
- New Zealand;
- and others.
The EU also recommended that tourists get vaccinated against COVID with EU-recognized vaccines. Foreigners, who have had the virus in the past six months and have fully recovered, can travel to EU and Schengen states by showing test results. Residents and citizens of the European Union must provide an EU digital COVID-19 certificate. The document confirms that the person has either been cured of the virus or has been vaccinated twice, or has tested negative.
The authorities of the country keep the borders closed to everyone except Australian citizens and those with documented proof of permanent residence. New arrivals are required by the government to undergo a 14-day quarantine in designated areas. The only exception is New Zealand tourists, unless they are residents of the nearby islands of Cook and Niue.
As of July 1, Turkey lifted its curfew and long-distance travel ban for citizens and residents. Restrictions on entry still exist for representatives of some countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, India, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Foreigners, who have visited Afghanistan or Pakistan in the last two weeks, will be sent to a ten-day quarantine upon arrival in Turkey. Those, arriving from the United Kingdom, Egypt, Singapore, and Iran, are required to submit a negative PCR test before departing for Turkey. Most travelers with other types of visas will need to test for COVID before and after arriving in the country, but requirements are likely to change.
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