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When Will International Travel Resume?

by Inside Out

After almost a year of severely limited or no travel, we’re all itching to plan vacations for 2021. With the promise of a vaccine being rolled out by spring, there’s finally a glimmer of hope for international travel.

We can’t deny that travel in the post-pandemic world will be different from what we’re used to. After all, it’s going to take a while for the vaccine to become available worldwide. Until then, we will still have to factor in Covid-19 tests, new travel requirements, mandatory quarantines, and travel restrictions.

But it’s a start. For those wondering when will it be safe to travel again – we say with glee that it might be sooner than you think! In fact, we’ve rounded up some safe travel destinations that are currently welcoming international tourists, as well as places offering travel incentives.

If you’re dreaming about Caribbean vacations on the beach or discovering exotic cities, this one’s for you.

Travel safety

The question on everyone’s mind is, when will it be safe to travel again? With news of a Covid-19 vaccine being right around the corner, we’re truly confident that we can resume safe travel soon.

So what’s the latest with the vaccine?

In November, Pfizer/BioNTech announced that their vaccine proved to be over 90 percent effective during trials. Now, patients in the UK have officially started receiving the two-dose vaccine.

Meanwhile, two further vaccines are hot on their heels. We have Russia’s ‘Sputnik V’ and that of Massachusetts-based vaccine developer Moderna. Both of these are still undergoing trials; however, like Pfizer/BioNTech, they are slated as 95% effective.

While none of the above vaccines is fully approved for widespread distribution, the reports are encouraging.

The prospect of a vaccine being available next year opens the door to international travel and the opportunity to start making plans. Once we have a certified vaccination, we expect to see travel return to its full might.

Where can we travel right now?

We’re sure many of us also want to know exactly where can you travel right now?

While travel restrictions do remain in place, a number of countries have been declared ‘safe destinations.’ In fact, many have launched travel incentive schemes – which we’ll come to shortly.

Ultimately, your passport determines where you can travel right now. Stringent European travel restrictions remain in force for those who aren’t citizens of the European Union or the Schengen Area. Most recently, rules have eased for residents of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay.

All EU countries set their own rules, so if you intend to travel within Europe, please check the specific regulations. If you decide to book any international travel, you’ll need to evaluate the risks.

Do consider purchasing travel insurance at the time of booking. This way, you can claim your vacation money back if your passport is no longer accepted at the last minute. You may also wish to register with your embassy – this is something iVisa can support you with.

Where can Americans travel now?

US citizens, in particular, have felt the weight of international travel restrictions this year.

In light of efforts to create safe travel passages, countries have begun opening their borders to Americans. However, many impose a 14-day quarantine, which is not ideal for those with limited annual leave.

For all the wanderlusting US citizens wondering, where can Americans travel now – while these countries have travel safety measures in place, no quarantine is required.

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