Where will the French be able to travel this summer?

Despite concerns about the sub-variants of Omicron – which bear the charming names BA.4 and BA.5 – Covid-19 seems to be gradually loosening its grip on the daily lives of the French. Two years of the pandemic have hit global tourism, but this summer may usher in a new era. Where can you put your suitcases? What destinations require a PCR test? Which countries have reopened their borders to foreign tourists? 20 minutes answers you.

Flexible rules in Europe

From Gaudi’s fantasies in Spain, to reindeer in Finland and the turquoise waters of Crete, Europe offers a myriad of potential destinations. If you are tempted, know that no country on the continent imposes quarantine, even though many countries require a valid health passport (Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, etc.).

Conversely, some countries have chosen to completely remove access restrictions. This is especially true for the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden and the Baltic countries, but also for more Mediterranean destinations such as Greece, Croatia and Albania. For those who want to taste chocolate and enjoy the Swiss mountains, Switzerland requires no formalities to enter its territory.

China and Japan with padlock

Since March 2020, the Kingdom of the Middle East has no longer issued tourist visas. China’s policy is extremely strict. Since the start of the pandemic, Beijing has used the “zero Covid” strategy, resulting in incarceration and quarantine as soon as a few cases occur, but also PCR testing on lobster or disinfection of entire streets. For holidaymakers who dream of setting foot on the Great Wall of China, the wait can be long. If it is impossible to establish a reopening date, Beijing has given up on hosting the Asian Football Cup, which is scheduled for … June-July 2023.

The story is similar in Japan, where the French will not be able to leave this summer a priori. The issuance of a visa is in fact subject to a compelling reason – yes, more convincing than an indomitable desire to visit Kyoto and bring back lots of kawaii memories. But the land of the rising sun opens the door for hand-picked travelers. Only tourists from Australia, USA, Thailand or Singapore who are triple vaccinated and negative for the anti-Covid test upon entering and leaving the territory are allowed.

North Africa opens the door

Morocco has abolished the obligation of the PCR test to enter its territory to promote the return of foreign tourists and support a vital sector of the national economy, according to a government press release published on Tuesday night. On the other hand, the health card remains mandatory for access to Moroccan territory. Only 3.7 million foreign tourists visited Morocco in 2021 compared to 13 million in 2019, according to official statistics.

Tunisia, for its part, rejects travelers who have not received an injection. For others, however, the vaccination certificate is sufficient. And if you would rather dream of admiring the last wonder of the world that still stands, then know that Egypt requires a vaccination certificate. For non-vaccinated tourists, however, it is possible to enter the country with a test performed seventy-two hours before arrival.

America quite accessible

On the other side of the Atlantic, many countries have eased their conditions for entering the territory. Mexico, Jamaica and Chile no longer ask tourists to show their credentials: vaccinated or not, you are welcome. Canada, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina require a vaccination certificate, and Peru and Colombia add an anti-Covid test.

Things are getting a little more complicated for the US, Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. These countries prohibit access to the territory of unvaccinated tourists. For those who have received the injections, it will be necessary to present the certificate as well as a test against Covid from less than 72 hours – or even the day before boarding to the USA.

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