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STATEMENT BY ANTOR

At this challenging time, ANTOR is committed to helping the industry to get back on its feet and re-start the economy. Tourism can be a platform for overcoming the pandemic. By bringing people together, tourism can promote solidarity and trust – crucial ingredients in advancing global cooperation that is so urgently needed at this time. ANTOR encourages destinations to put in place protocols of high hygiene standards and social distancing that allow visitors to enjoy the new travel experiences to be discovered during the covid recovery period in low-risk areas. 

ANTOR wishes to remind travelers to always remain vigilant and respectful of each destination’s covid protocols including the UK and Ireland's. It is easy when traveling on holiday to relax and forget the troubles of the world but until further notice, we need to be more sensitive to the global pandemic and how to avoid transmitting it.  Make informed choices, check the FCO travel warnings, health, and insurance requirements before you book and before you travel. Together we can still enjoy safe travel experiences.

 

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Visit Jersey

As we ease out of lockdown, it’s good to know there’s a getaway destination on your doorstep for a long lazy holiday or short break. Closer to home, Jersey is the perfect staycation to rebalance and from the 26 April 2021, we look forward to welcoming back visitors from the UK and Crown Dependencies again. 

Jersey falls within the UK’s Common Travel Area.  So visitors do not need to complete the UK Government Travel Declaration Form for travel to the island, however you will need to follow Jersey’s Safer Travel Guidance, adhering to testing and isolation requirements.

Before departure visitors should ensure they have the following:  

Regions within the UK are now categorised into three bands (Green, Amber and Red) with different testing and isolation requirements when arriving into Jersey.

  • Green -  Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10 PCR tests (if still in Jersey): all passengers have to self-isolate on arrival while waiting the first negative test result. Results are currently expected to be returned within an average of 12 hours.
  • Amber - Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10 PCR tests: Self-isolation until negative test result from your day 5 test.
  • Red - Day 0, Day 5 and Day 10 PCR tests: Self isolation until negative test result from your day 10 test.

Visitors to Jersey can opt to provide evidence of a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test conducted in their country of departure, replacing the need for a Day 0 test. Full details  of this option can be found here.

From 26 April, anyone arriving in Jersey from the UK or the other Crown Dependencies, will have to provide their travel history in advance, through the online portal, and undertake PCR tests on arrival and on days 5 and 10 after arriving. All other countries, including Ireland and mainland Europe, will remain under the red 10-day isolation regime.

The red, amber and green classifications will be reintroduced for travel to Jersey from all other destinations no earlier than Monday 17 May, when the United Kingdom reintroduces international travel.

Anyone arriving in Jersey before 26 April will be classified as Red and will have to isolate until they receive a negative PCR test on Day 10.

Anyone whose test result is positive will have to isolate for 14 days, in line with Public Health guidance.

  • Day 0 test results are expected within 12 hours.
  • To view the most-up-to date list of countries and regions, and their statuses, click here.
  • Agree to a PCR test upon arrival or self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Agree to be contacted by our contact tracing team for the duration of your stay.
  • Adhere to all public health guidance.

Prior to departures - procedure

  • Everyone planning to travel to Jersey is required to complete an online registration form before departure. Please click here.
  • Disclose all countries and regions visited, other than country of departure, within 14 days of your arrival into Jersey. For more information on declaring travel history, please click here
  • Ensure you have medical travel insurance.
  • Check with your transport provider to understand if they have any additional pre-departure requirements. Some carriers may require a negative test result prior to departure.

Tunisian National Tourist Office

The Tunisian government announced that travellers from all countries, including the UK, no longer have to self-isolate at a government-approved hotel for 14 days on arrival. Travellers must instead self-isolate at their accommodation (or their hotel) for 48 hours from their arrival and then take a COVID-19 PCR test.

with effect from yesterday, all travellers from the United Kingdom are allowed to enter Tunisia if they fulfil the following requirements :

  • Present a negative result RT-PCR test taken 72 hours maximum before boarding a flight to Tunisia,
  • Complete, print, sign and present the 02 sanitary e-forms available on the following app: https://app.e7mi.tn
  • Self-isolate for a period of 02 days in a place of their choice,
  • Undergo a second RT-PCR test 48 hours after arrival to Tunisia. If the result is negative, they will no longer be subject to the self-isolation requirement. In this regard, individuals need to book an appointment with one of the accredited Tunisian laboratories to take a RT-PCR test, via the following website: https://www.rdvtestcovid.tn

It is to be noted that:

  • Passengers randomly chosen at the point of entry will have to take a rapid test upon arrival to Tunisia.
  • These requirements are applicable to all travellers, regardless of Covid-19 vaccination.

These requirements remain in effect until March 28, the date of the next update.

Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board

Nassau Paradise Island is, and has always been, committed to the health and safety of our guests. To make your visit a comfortable, relaxing, and safe one, our partner hotels and resorts are adhering to or exceeding best practices recommended by The Bahamas Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our new guidelines include enhanced hotel cleaning and sanitation practices and guest protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The Bahamas is now open to visitors although not on the UK government's list of safe destinations yet. Individual hotel and resort opening dates may vary. As of Monday 1st November the following measures apply:

Effective 1 November 2020, The Bahamas will require all travelers to:

  • Obtain a COVID-19 RT PCR test five (5) days prior to arrival.
  • Apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs
  • Take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test on Day 5 of the visit (unless departing on day 5).
  • Always wear a mask and always social distance in public places.

 

In addition, beginning 14 November 2020, all visitors will be required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Health Travel Visa. The insurance will cover travellers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas including medical treatment and hospitalisation due to Covid. However, the policy does not cover Medical Evacuations and Repatriations to countries outside of the US and Canada.  Please ensure that your own travel insurance would cover this in the eventuality that you need to be repatriated as a result of Covid. 

We will continue to keep this page up-to-date with the latest visitor information so you’ll know exactly what to expect when you travel to The Bahamas. 

Please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates for important information before booking your trip.

We’ve missed you, we’re ready to welcome you, and we can’t wait to see you soon! 

NEWSFLASH!  Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will open its doors on 17th December and looks forward to welcoming guests back #ReturnToSpectacular

Spain

VISITFLANDERS

Flanders and Brussels are ready, willing and able to welcome visitors. As you would expect,some additional measures are currently in place, in order to ensure the safety of everyone. For the latest information, see                             Welcome to the VisitFLANDERS Trade Covid-19 Website | VISITFLANDERS

Below are some key points in place:

If you are travelling to Flanders, Brussels or elsewhere in Belgium for a duration of 48 hours or more, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, within the 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium. 

Wearing of a mask is compulsory for anyone over the age of 12 in confined public spaces, including shops, museums, theatres, on public transport, when moving about in restaurants, and in streets and other public areas in some cities; it is therefore recommended to carry a mask with you at all times. People are expected to keep a social distance of 1.5m (5ft). 

Most visitor attractions, bars, restaurants and cafés are now open, with extra safety measures. Some museums/galleries are only accepting visitors with advance reservations, therefore please check in advance the measures in place at specific places you plan to visit. It is strongly recommended to make reservations for restaurants. 

Click here for more detailed information regarding the safety measures in place across Belgium. It is also advisable to check the guidelines/requirements for travel from your own country’s government.

We hope to welcome you soon, with twice the heart, love and hospitality. As ever, you are most welcome! 

Warm regards,
VISITFLANDERS.

Dominican Republic Tourist Board

 

Dominican Republic Travel Resource Center

The Dominican Republic Travel Resource Center is an initiative from the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic (MITUR), in partnership with the country’s entire tourism industry to deliver accurate information to future visitors with the goal of assisting them in making future travel decisions to the Dominican Republic.

The mission of the Travel Resource Center is to engage in an open conversation with potential travellers to the Dominican Republic, giving them all the tools, guidance and peace of mind they need in the short and mid-term to select a destination. It is the best and most innovative way to deliver relevant, useful, and timely information to visitors with current reservations or those in the planning process.

The platform allows visitors to listen to industry updates from trusted industry sources and provides live assistance via chat to any questions that they might have.

At the Dominican Republic, our guests’ well-being has always been our priority. This has not changed. That is why we are hard at work to ensure that all future travel to the Dominican Republic is a safe and pleasurable experience.  Please see our Safe Travels and Bureau Veritas certified Covid-19 protocols:  https://www.drtravelcenter.com/ and Free Covid-19 Health Coverage Plan:https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/newsroom/coronavirus/

 

 

 


 

VisitDenmark

In Denmark, people are expected to keep their distance, sanitize their hands, and currently face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including shops. Visitors should be aware that there may be different restrictions in place in different parts of Denmark, and that border restrictions vary depending on their country of residence. All visitors are encouraged to check the latest restrictions before they travel on https://coronasmitte.dk/en.

A new scheme has been introduced to the Danish hospitality industry, called SAFE TO VISIT, which includes a range of guidelines that companies should live up to, such as safe distance and hygiene.

Find out more about life in Denmark during COVID-19 on https://www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/travel-essentials/safe-travel-denmark.

German National Tourist Office

For current information on visiting destination Germany during the Coronavirus crisis

FAQ's visit the German Embassy website

Specific Information for each Federal States protocols for handling Coronavirus can be found in the Corona Navigator

The Bahamas Tourist Office

For up to date infromation please visit our trave update page HERE

Austrian National Tourist Office

These are extraordinary times. The situation surrounding coronavirus naturally is front and centre for all of us right now, and we sincerely hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

For up to date information on the current situation in Austria, please visit our website here. We have also transformed our customer-facing website into a portal for exciting online and virtual experiences. Visit Mozart's home in Salzburg or discover Innsbruck's highlights. Just the right thing if you feel like escaping and travelling to Austria.

Gibraltar Tourist Board

Click HERE to find out about the latest safety measures that have been implemented when visiting The Rock.
Gibraltar’s safety has always been an important attraction for our visitors. Now more than ever it is important that visitors feel secure with us, when they decide to visit our magnificent destination. 


 

 

Visit Finland

Aruba Tourism Authority

Aruba’s diligent reopening will happen in phases, monitored closely by the Government of Aruba and the Department of Public Health, and the following are the most recently updated reopening dates by region and country:

June 15, 2020 – Bonaire & Curacao

July  1, 2020 - Canada

July  1, 2020 - Europe

July  1, 2020 - The Caribbean (Excluding the Dominican Republic & Haiti)

July 10, 2020 – The United States of America

Official opening dates for other markets, including South America and Central America, have yet to be determined.

Key health and safety protocol highlights below

  • Complete the Embarkation / Disembarkation (ED) Card to obtain your entry permit to Aruba. Visit edcardaruba.aw
  • Upload your Certified Negative PCR test as part of the ED online process or prepay for a PCR test to be administered on arrival at the Aruba Airport
  • Purchase the mandatory Aruba Visitors Insurance as part of the ED online process. For more information visit arubavisitorsinsurance.com
  • Download the Aruba Health App aruba.com/uk/aruba-health-app
  • Visitors will be required to show an approved online ED card at check-in or boarding

 

  • The Government of Aruba requires all inbound travellers to wear a mask in-flight to Aruba.

 

  • Health screening for visitors who uploaded a negative PCR test before departure
  • If no symptoms are detected, you are free to start your vacation
  • Testing for visitors who did not upload a certified negative PCR test before departure (Visitors will be asked to quarantine for a maximum of 24hrs pending test results)

The link to our website may also help with any other details https://www.aruba.com/uk/traveler-health-requirements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan Tourism Board UK

Please see link to Taiwan FCO Advisory - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/taiwan

  • Foreign nationals are permitted to enter Taiwan provided they are not entering for study, tourism or to visit friends. You will need to apply for a visa before travelling.
  • Foreign nationals entering Taiwan must provide a negative COVID-19 test report completed in the three working days prior to boarding their flight. Foreign residents of Taiwan are exempt from this requirement.
  • On arrival in Taiwan you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days if you have travelled from the UK.
  • Travellers from destinations designated as low risk by local authorities may be eligible for a reduced self-isolation period.
  • Limited transits are now permitted.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel. Also visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for further updates  - https://www.mofa.gov.tw/en/theme.aspx?n=635352E3900FFF8E&s=8A33013523400F35&sms=BCDE19B435833080

Visit Sweden

Information for travellers in regards to COVID-19

Travelling restrictions for Sweden

There is a temporary entry ban in place for non-essential travels to the EU via Sweden until 31 August, but travel from another EU country, a country part of the EEA, UK and Switzerland to Sweden is possible.

For more information, please visit:

Visiting Sweden during the covid-19 pandemic (krisinformation.se)

FAQ page of the Swedish Government

Sweden currently has no quarantine obligation for travelers. For more information about preventive measures recommended in Sweden, please visit the FAQ page of Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Life in Sweden

In general, the Swedish society has not been closed down to the same extent as many other countries. This involves for example the following:

  • Restaurants, bars and cafés are still permitted to operate, if adhering to new legislation (offering table service, adjusted seating, take-away, etc.).
  • Many shops and stores are open but may have limited opening hours.
  • Most museums and theatres are closed but open-air alternatives may be open (check opening hours before visiting).
  • Public transport is in operation, but may be limited. Please check regional services for details and follow the guidelines on domestic travel and public transport.
  • National parks are open. For more information, please visit the Swedish National Parks website.

 

Still, physical distancing applies and all businesses in Sweden must take precaution to reduce the risk of spreading covid-19. Read more about what physical distancing means and what measures to take at the covid-19 page of Public Health Agency of Sweden.

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Grenada Tourism Authority

Grenada Travel Advisory    Welcome to Pure Safe Travels

The travel advisory of Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean

We want to keep you informed of what is required to visit the islands of Grenada, Carriacou, & Petite Martinique during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following measures are in place for your safe and comfortable visit to Grenada.

What do I do before travel to Grenada?

  • Read and agree to country entry requirements and related costs (quarantine and testing).
  • Download, complete and sign Health Declaration Form which can be found at https://covid19.gov.gd
  • Download and register on Grenada’s Contact Tracing App at https://covid19.gov.gd. The App must be kept on your phone for the duration of your stay. Failure to comply will result in a fine of EC$ 1,000 or USD 370.
  • Passengers traveling from medium and high-risk countries must present a certified copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

Categorization of Countries for the Purposes of the Phased Reopening of Borders:

Low Risk- CARICOM Countries
Medium Risk- Canada, UK and other EU Countries
High Risk- Countries with active and widespread transmission

Requirements for Travelling From Low Risk Countries- Entry from July 15

  • Complete, sign and submit health declaration form
  • Download Grenada Contact tracing app
  • No tests required prior to entry
  • Present health form and proof of app download upon arrival
  • Rapid test upon arrival
  • Negative rapid test- you are free to enjoy your stay in Grenada
  • Positive rapid test- PCR test and placed in quarantine at an approved accommodation at passenger expense, for 2-4 days, pending PCR result
  • Negative PCR test – exit quarantine and enjoy your stay in Grenada
  • Positive PCR test- Remain in quarantine for a period of up to 14 days, subject to the discretion of Grenadian health officials, or until you have tested negative on PCR, which may be done twice within a 48-hour period

Requirements for Travelling From Medium Risk Countries- Entry from August 1

  • Complete Health declaration form
  • Download Grenada Contact tracing app
  • Negative PCR test results 7 days before departure
  • Present health form and proof of app download upon arrival
  • Rapid test upon arrival
  • Negative rapid test- proceed to approved accommodation with allowed limited movement.

**Limited movement-stay at approved accommodation, using certified transportation, visiting certified attraction sites and staying away from mass gatherings**

  • Positive rapid test- PCR test and placed in quarantine at an approved accommodation at passenger expense, for 2-4 days, pending PCR result.
  • Negative PCR test- exit quarantine and proceed to accommodation with limited movement for up to 14 days
  • Positive PCR test- Remain in quarantine for a period of up to 14 days, subject to the discretion of Grenadian health officials, or until you have tested negative on PCR, which may be done twice within a 48-hour period

Requirements for Travelling From High Risk Countries (USA) – TBD

  • Complete Health declaration form
  • Download Grenada Contact tracing app
  • Negative PCR test results 7 days before departure
  • On arrival, present health form, negative PCR test results and proof of app download.
  • PCR test on arrival at the airport or within 48 hours of arrival. Placed in quarantine at an approved accommodation, at passenger expense, for 2-4 days, pending PCR result.
  • All passengers- mandatory quarantine at an approved state facility for a period of up 14 days, subject to the discretion of the Grenadian health officials.

What are the associated costs of traveling to Grenada?

First Mandatory Rapid and /or PCR Test: Free
Additional Rapid Test: $30.00 USD
PCR Tests: $150.00 USD
State-approved quarantine: $50.00USD per night (does not include meals, and is subject to availability)

What will be required on arrival to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport?

On arrival in Grenada, you must wear face masks, adhere to physical distancing of 6 feet and use hand sanitizer. You will be met by Health Officials whom will conduct next steps according to the region you are travelling from. Temperature checks will also be conducted.

How do I get to my accommodation?

A Grenada Airports Authority dispatcher will be responsible for all airport transfers and the logging of transportation details.

How do I go about my visit in Grenada?

All Tourism Enterprises must be inspected and certified by the Ministry of Health and Tourism personnel must be trained and certified in the new health and safety protocols established. Every Tourism business will need this certification to operate so you can always request to see the certification.

What rules of engagement do I need to practice while in Grenada?

Every visitor will be required to be familiar with and comply with the regulations as it relates to the new health and safety standards that apply to Grenadians. For example, everyone is required to wear a face covering in public places and practice social distancing of 2 meters (6ft) at this time.

For further updates please visit the Ministry of Health site https://covid19.gov.gd.

We appreciate that you want to be safe and secure as well as enjoy a relaxing time in our beautiful Spice Island destination. We wish you a pleasant stay in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

NB: Kindly note that travel entry arrangements may vary from time to time as they are under constant review

 

 

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Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC)

You can now visit the Netherlands without having to quarantine on arrival from the UK or Ireland.

Whilst in the Netherlands face masks must be worn on all public transport including planes and ferries. 1.5m social distancing is in place (2 arms' length). Accommodation must be booked in advance of travel.  Many attractions are operating with time slots and limited availability, meaning that you need to book tickets in advance of visiting them. e.g. Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. 

Please visit this website for up to date information from the Dutch government:

https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/tourism-in-the-netherlands

 

 

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Miami is reopening and ready to be explored and rediscovered.
Here is what you need to know to help plan some fun family activities as Miami's main attractions, beaches, golf courses, museums and more re-open. Get out and enjoy Miami Seaquarium and Zoo Miami with the kids, head out to Everglades National Park for some hiking or kayaking, or just hit the beach for a much needed vitamin D fix. No matter your type of adventure, Miami is ready for you.

For the full details, click here

Israel Tourist Office

Israel's Covid-19 Policies:

Israel is currently not allowing international visitors and no date has been given for re-opening.  When it does open up, visitors will find every precaution for minimising the spread of the virus is being taken.

For all the latest from the Israel Ministry of Health, please refer to this link:  https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus-en/

For the latest FCO Advice about Israel, please use this link:  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/israel

You can also find details in the document section that lists the requirements Israeli businesses must follow in order to open.

 

Japan National Tourism Organization

Quarantine measures

From 4 July, Japan is exempt from the UK FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. However, foreign nationals who have visited any of 129 designated countries/regions including the UK within the last 14 days are currently unable to enter Japan, other than in exceptional circumstances. Visitors may be subject to undergoing of a PCR test and to self-isolation for 14 days on arrival at a designated location.

The Government of Japan intends to tentatively permit an entry into Japan for business travellers from the 14 countries/regions in the Asia Pacific regions where the spread of infections is comparatively contained. 

Latest information on covid-19 situation is available at https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/ .

Travel etiquette
While wearing face masks and keeping personal hygiene are standard practice in Japan, a number of guidelines in different sectors have been introduced in an effort to ensure that a steady return to travel is as safe and responsible as possible. 

Please read the full article introducing hygiene and social distancing measures taken below.
- Travel etiquette in Japan: https://www.japan.travel/en/uk/blog/a-new-normal-travel-etiquette-and-updated-guidelines-for-travel-within-japan/

- Airline safety initiatives: https://www.japan.travel/en/uk/blog/the-future-of-flying-airline-safety-initiatives-for-a-new-era-of-travel/


 

Samoa Tourism Authority

For the latest COVID-19 related information, visit our red alert page here

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