The Latest Updates on International Gathering and Travel Restrictions

England and Scotland are dropping testing requirements for vaccinated travelers, while Abu Dhabi now requires residents to get a booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

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Updated Jan. 25, 2022.

As many parts of the world continue to battle Covid outbreaks, some leaders have paused the reopening process and announced new constraints on travel and gatherings. At the same time, other countries are easing their restrictions. Here's a roundup of what's happening around the globe.

In the latest news, England and Scotland are dropping testing requirements for vaccinated travelers. Also, residents of Abu Dhabi in the UAE now need a booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated, but international tourists do not. China is tightening restrictions in Beijing ahead of the Olympics, and Ireland has removed nearly all of its Covid measures. France has announced plans to ease gathering restrictions and lift the outdoor mask mandate on Feb. 2, but is now requiring booster shots for vaccine passports to remain valid. Japan has tightened restrictions on restaurants, bars and event venues in 13 regions, and the country has extended the ban that blocks foreign visitors from entering until the end of February.

Meanwhile, Thailand will ease entry requirements for vaccinated travelers next month. England will roll back Covid-19 restrictions on Jan. 26, dropping the public mask mandate and no longer requiring Covid-19 passes for entry to large venues and events. Hong Kong has banned flights from 150 countries and territories. Also, Italy has reinstated its outdoor mask mandate.

Following are updated reports by country. We are also constantly updating our list of state-by-state gathering restrictions.


 

Reopening status in countries that banned or restricted events

Australia

On Nov. 29, the government announced that it would pause the next step of reopening its borders. Vaccinated students, critical workers, and people with humanitarian, business-investment or working-holiday visas were expected to be allowed into Australia without quarantining on Dec. 1. This was pushed back until Dec. 15, so the government could gather more information on the Omicron variant. The reopening to travelers from Japan and South Korea was also postponed until at least Dec. 15. All arrivals to Australia must show a negative PCR test result and complete the necessary travel documents. Travel from African countries where the Omicron variant has been detected have been halted. Australian citizens and permanent residents returning from these destinations must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Western Australia has announced that border restrictions will be eased once 90 percent of the population aged 12 years and older is fully vaccinated. The state, which covers the western third of the country, is expected to reach this goal by late January or early February 2022. At this time, international and interstate travel will resume, with testing and vaccination requirements. Interstate arrivals will need to be fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to departure and take another test on arrival. Meanwhile, international arrivals will need to be fully vaccinated, show proof of a negative PCR test result taken with 72 hours of departure, take a second test upon arrival and complete 14 days in quarantine at a designated facility. Face masks remain required in high-risk indoor settings like on public transportation, and proof of vaccination is needed for entry to large events with more than 1,000 people.

Health minister Greg Hunt has lifted outbound travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Australians. As of Nov. 1, residents who have been fully inoculated no longer need an exemption to leave the country and can return without restrictions. This marks the first phase of reopening Australia's borders. Phase two will allow students and critical workers to enter the country, followed by a reopening of general tourism at a later date.

Covid-19 restrictions vary across the country. The lockdown in Melbourne was lifted on Oct. 22. Restaurants, clubs, entertainment venues, weddings and funerals can have up to 20 fully vaccinated people indoors and 50 outdoors. Home gatherings have been increased to 10 people inside and 15 people outside. There is no longer a curfew or travel limits.

Vaccinated travelers who test negative for Covid-19 no longer have to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days upon arrival in Sydney. The lockdown in Sydney was lifted on Oct. 11. Restaurants, pubs, gyms and retail stores are open at a reduced capacity to vaccinated customers. The unvaccinated must remain at home until Dec. 1. The limits on home and informal outdoor gatherings in Sydney will be lifted and masks will no longer be required indoors on Dec. 1.

Travel updates can be found on the Australian Department of Health's website.

Austria

Austria lifted lockdown restrictions in most of the country for vaccinated people on Dec. 12. Rules now vary by region. Shops, theaters, and other cultural and entertainment venues are open in most places. Some areas can reopen restaurants and hotels. However, restaurants must close by 10 p.m. and masks are required in indoor public spaces and on public transportation. Unvaccinated people still are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons. The government also has announced that a national vaccine mandate will take effect on Feb. 1, requiring everyone over the age of 18 to be fully inoculated.

Brazil

As of Dec. 11, all travelers arriving in Brazil must provide proof of vaccination. The government had previously announced that vaccination was not mandatory, but visitors would have to quarantine for five days. Many cities in Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, have postponed Carnival celebrations due to the Omicron variant.

Canada

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As of Jan. 5, indoor dining, bars, gyms, museums and other entertainment venues are closed in Ontario. Indoor meeting and event spaces must close unless they have outdoor space. Outdoor facilities, and weddings, funerals and religious services, are limited to 50 percent capacity. Social gatherings have been reduced to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors. Non-urgent medical procedures have been paused as record-high cases of Covid-19 threaten to overwhelm the province's health-care system. The new measures will remain in effect until Jan. 31. Beginning Feb. 1, certain indoor establishments can open at 50 percent capacity like restaurants, bars, gyms, retailers, and meeting and event spaces. Arenas and concert venues will be able to hold events at 50 percent capacity or up to 500 people, whichever is less. Gatherings will be permitted with 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. Beginning Feb. 21, capacity limits will be lifted for indoor spaces that require proof of vaccination. Social gatherings will increase to 25 people indoors and 100 outdoors. All capacity limits for indoor spaces are expected to be lifted on March 14. Up to 50 people will be allowed at indoor social gatherings and there will be no limit on outdoor gatherings. Proof of vaccination and masking requirements will remain in place.

In Quebec, restaurants and bars are closed. Proof of vaccination is required for health facilities, theaters, bars, liquor stores and indoor sport venues. Places of worship have been capped at 50 percent capacity and proof of vaccination is required. The province also reversed its decision to allow 20 people at private indoor gatherings beginning Dec. 23; the limit remains at 10 people.

All travelers flying in from the United States must now be tested upon arrival and have to quarantine until they receive a negative result. Canada has banned all visitors traveling from Egypt, Malawi and Nigeria. Ottawa has also banned travelers from seven countries in southern Africa.

The U.S. lifted travel restrictions with Canada on Nov. 8. Fully vaccinated Canadians are able to enter the country via the land border or by ferry for nonessential reasons. Proof of vaccination is required, and those who are not vaccinated are not allowed to enter. Essential travelers from Canada also need to show proof of vaccination. Canadian travelers can currently fly into the U.S. with proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 24 hours prior to travel.

All trains between provinces, as well as all airplanes leaving Canada, require proof of full vaccination. Cruise ship passengers also will be subject to these requirements, when sailings resume in 2022. In addition, all employers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors must establish vaccine mandates for their employees.

Canada's borders are open to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries not specifically mentioned otherwise. Eligible travelers must meet Canada's pre-entry testing requirements, be asymptomatic upon arrival and upload their vaccination information to the ArriveCAN system. More details can be found on the Canadian government's website.

Many provinces and territories have restricted gathering sizes. The Canadian government has also released a risk mitigation tool for event planners.

China

In Beijing, officials said they would conduct a second round of mass testing of the 2 million residents in the Fengtai district, where the majority of the capital's 40 Omicron cases have been found. Anyone who buys any fever, cough or certain other medicines will be required to take a Covid-19 test within 72 hours. 

The lockdown in Xi'an in north-central China has been lifted. All travelers to China must quarantine for 21 days except for Olympic athletes, coaches and team officials.

Denmark

As of Jan. 16, theaters, museums and entertainment parks have reopened. Limited spectators are allowed at indoor and outdoor sporting events. Denmark tightened restrictions on Dec. 8 to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant, including closing nightclubs and requiring bars and restaurants to close by midnight. As of Nov. 29, proof of vaccination is required at museums, theaters, sporting events and cultural venues with more than 100 people indoors and more than 1,000 people outdoors. It is also required at schools, hair salons, bars and for indoor dining. Face masks are required in grocery stores, shopping centers and on public transportation. On Oct. 25, Denmark lifted its requirement for having a "worthy purpose" to enter the country. Unvaccinated U.S. travelers still must take a Covid-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for 10 days. Self-isolation can end with a negative PCR test taken four days after traveling. Denmark has moved the United States to its orange list of travel restrictions.

Due to Denmark's high vaccination rates, health minister Magnus Heunicke announced that the government will no longer consider Covid-19 a "socially critical disease" as of Sept. 10. The country lifted all remaining pandemic restrictions on this day, becoming the first in the E.U. to do so. A coronavirus passport system, which has been required for entry to bars, restaurants, culture attractions and events, was phased out. Details and updates can be found on the government's website.

England

Beginning Feb. 11, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer have to take a lateral-flow test upon arrival in England. They can verify their vaccination status by filling out the passenger locator form. Unvaccinated travelers will not have to isolate or get tested on day eight after arrival, but still will have to provide a negative test taken two days before departure and take a PCR test on arrival.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England will move from Plan B to Plan A on Jan. 26, relaxing many of the country's Covid-19 restrictions. Face masks will no longer be required in public spaces, including on public transportation and in shops. The government, however, still recommends wearing face coverings in crowded spaces, particularly when meeting strangers. Also under the new rules, Covid-19 passes will no longer be mandatory for entry to large venues, although organizations can continue to require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result if they so choose. Currently, Covid-19 passes are needed to enter nightclubs, unseated indoor venues that hold more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues for more than 4,000 people and any event hosting more than 10,000 people.

The work-from-home advisory has been dropped and people can now return to the office. In addition, Johnson announced that the quarantine period for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 will expire on March 24. If cases continue to decline, the government might seek to lift the self-isolation guidelines earlier.

The testing requirements for travel were simplified on Jan. 5, with predeparture tests no longer required for entry into England for those who are fully vaccinated. However, travelers still are required to take a PCR test by the second day of arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 on or after arrival is required to quarantine for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. The latest travel information can be found on the government's website

Fiji

Fiji welcomed its first foreign travelers in more than 600 days on Dec. 1. The Pacific nation is pushing ahead with reopening plans, despite the threat of the Omicron variant. However, Fiji Airways implemented extra screening to ensure the passengers flying in from Sydney hadn't recently visited any high-risk countries. The country is expecting 75,000 tourists over the next couple of months.

France

The government has announced plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions in February. Starting Feb. 2, masks will no longer be required outdoors and the work-from-home mandate will be eliminated. In addition, seated public events that require face coverings will be allowed to exceed the current limits of 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors. On Feb. 16, nightclubs can reopen and standing concerts can resume. 

As of Jan. 24, everyone 16 and older is required to have received a booster shot in order for their vaccine passports to remain valid. The passes are needed to access restaurants, bars, museums, concerts, events, nightclubs, tourist attractions, domestic flights and long-distance trains.

Nonessential travel is still banned for the unvaccinated and they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Depending on the country of origin, fully vaccinated travelers might need a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 24 to 48 hours of departure. The latest travel updates can be found on the government's website.

Germany

Germany has announced new restrictions intended to curb the spread of Omicron. As of Jan. 7, people must now have received either a booster shot or a negative test result, in addition to being vaccinated, to enter bars and restaurants. Germany has shortened the isolation period for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 from 14 to 10 days if they no longer have symptoms. That can be cut to seven days if they test negative. Effective Dec. 28, nightclubs must close, private gatherings are limited to 10 people, and soccer matches and other sporting events must be held without an audience.

As of Dec. 19, France and Denmark are considered "high-risk areas" and unvaccinated travelers from these countries must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Germany added the United Kingdom to its "virus variant list" on Dec. 18. Anyone traveling from the U.K. must quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.

Germany announced a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated on Dec. 2. They are banned from most places except essential businesses, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, and can only meet with two people from another household. Bars and clubs must close in areas with an infection rate of more than 350 cases per 100,000 people over a one-week period. Large events also are limited. The plan is backed by both outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor, Olaf Scholz. They also both approved mandatory vaccinations for all citizens, which could take effect in February if approved.

Germany's disease-control center has been urging people to either cancel or avoid large events since November as infection rates continue to climb. If events can't be avoided, getting tested beforehand is encouraged.

Only fully vaccinated travelers or those with an essential reason for visiting can enter the country. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Other restrictions vary across the country, depending on regional Covid-19 rates.

Greece

Masks are required both indoors and outdoors in Greece. The country also requires all travelers to present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival, as well as on the second and fourth days after arrival Greece has lifted quarantine restrictions for visitors from all E.U. member states, Britain, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Israel. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, non-E.U. members that are part of a European travel pact, are also exempt. As of last April, travelers flying into Greece from one of these countries are no longer required to complete a seven-day quarantine, if they show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival.

As of Sept. 13, 2021, unvaccinated people are banned from certain indoor venues like cafes, restaurants and bars. They can enter some places like gyms, theaters and museums with a negative Covid-19 test taken within the past 48 hours. These rules will remain in effect until March 31, 2022.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is banning flights from 150 countries and territories starting Jan. 16 until Feb. 15. Flights from the U.S. and seven other countries, including Canada, France and Australia, already had been banned since Jan. 9. Gyms, bars, beauty salons and other facilities are closed, and indoor dining is prohibited after 6 p.m. until Feb. 3. Social-distancing measures in Hong Kong have also been extended. This includes the requirement to wear face masks, administer temperature checks, conduct contract-tracing and more at catering premises, bars and entertainment venues. Full details can be found here. Gatherings remain restricted to no more than four people.

The government also announced that international travel restrictions will be tightened to be more in line with the policies of Mainland China, which will allow for quarantine-free travel between the two destinations. Details have not yet been released. The latest updates on Covid-19 travel measures can be found on the government's website.

India

On Nov. 15, India began allowing fully vaccinated tourists to enter the country. All travelers must test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their flight and, depending on the country they're flying from, some will have to get tested again upon arrival. Visitors from countries with agreements for mutual recognition of vaccine certificates with India — such as the United States, the United Kingdom and many European countries — will not have to undergo testing at the airport.

Indonesia

To enter Indonesia, travelers must have proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. They must also quarantine for seven days upon arrival. Travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini and Nigeria are no longer banned from the country. Indonesia reopened the airport in Bali to international flights from several countries on Oct. 14, including South Korea, China, Japan, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. The facility was closed for more than a year. The government is finalizing the list of countries with direct flights to Bali.

Ireland

Most Covid-19 restrictions were removed on Jan. 22. This includes capacity and social-distancing restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings, as well as early closing times for hospitality and events. Restrictions on nightclubs have also been eased and the work-from-home advisory has been lifted. Covid-19 certificates will no longer be required for access to restaurants, bars and other venues. However, the mask mandate will remain in place until Feb. 28. Face coverings must be worn in indoor public spaces, such as shops, restaurants and museums, as well as on public transport.

Vaccinated travelers no longer need to take a predeparture Covid test before flying to the Emerald Isle. The unvaccinated still need a negative PCR result taken within 72 hours of arrival. The latest travel updates can be found on the government's website.

Israel

Beginning Jan. 9, vaccinated visitors from Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Hungary and Nigeria are allowed to enter Israel. Tourists from the United States and the United Kingdom are still banned. Israel will allow the immunocompromised and people 60 and older to receive a fourth vaccination, becoming the first country in the world to offer a second booster shot. Israel had previously announced on Nov. 28 that it would ban all foreigners from entering the country, making it the first to completely close its borders amid the rise of the Omicron variant. Israeli citizens are required to quarantine upon entry, regardless of vaccination status.

Italy

Italy reintroduced its outdoor mask mandate, in addition to the longstanding indoor mandate. The country is also now requiring FFP2 masks, which offer more protection than cloth or surgical masks, to be worn in theaters and cinemas, as well as at sporting events and on public transit, whether indoors or outdoors. Italy has banned outdoor events and closed nightclubs until the end of January. Unvaccinated people are now prohibited from museums, exhibitions and amusement parks, which they could previously enter with a negative test. As of Dec. 14, all European Union nationals visiting Italy must provide a negative test both before traveling and upon arrival, regardless of vaccination or recovery status. Unvaccinated travelers will also have to quarantine.

A new Green Pass was introduced on Dec. 6 just for people who are vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 within the past nine months. The new pass makes it so the unvaccinated will no longer be able to use public transportation or go to restaurants, bars, theaters, gyms, sporting events and more. Originally set to expire on Jan. 15, the rule was extended until March 31.

Unvaccinated travelers from the United States must now quarantine for five days upon arrival in Italy before being tested for Covid-19. Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers must present proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. These rules will be in effect through at least Oct. 25.

The Italian government has continued to ease Covid-19 mitigation measures and all of the country is now in the white zone, the least restrictive level of Italy's color-coded map of restrictions. In white zones, the curfew has been lifted and bars and restaurants have reopened. Trade fairs and conferences were allowed to resume as of June 15, 2021, but must comply with safety protocols.

Japan

Japan will tighten Covid-19 restrictions in 13 regions, including Tokyo, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Niigata, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Kagawa, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Miyazaki. Food and drink establishments that have not been certified in Covid-19 prevention protocols must close for in-person dining at 8 p.m., and are not allowed to serve alcohol. Meanwhile, Covid-certified restaurants and bars can stay open until 9 p.m. Local governments can prohibit certified establishments from serving alcohol if there are a high number of Covid-19 cases in the region. Also under the new restrictions, event organizers and venues are required to prepare transmission-prevention plans. Venues with a capacity of fewer than 20,000 people can operate at full capacity if their plan is approved from the local government. Properties with a capacity of more than 20,000 people must limit attendance to 20,000 guests or less. The 13 regions join Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Okinawa, which have been under tightened restrictions since Jan. 9. Details and updates can be found on the government's website

Japan has extended a ban that prohibits all foreign visitors from entering the country until the end of February. Japanese citizens returning to the country must quarantine for 10 days. Updates on travel guidelines can be found on the Japan National Tourism Organization's website.

Mexico

The U.S.-Mexico land border was reopened for nonessential travelers who are fully vaccinated on Nov. 8. They will also have to provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of traveling to the U.S. Mexican travelers will also be allowed to enter the country via ferry as long as they have proof of inoculation. In January, essential travelers crossing the border will also be required to be fully vaccinated. Air travel from Mexico to the U.S. is currently allowed with proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

The Mexican Ministry of Tourism has implemented the Clear Point Quality Seal certification system to indicate restaurants, bars, hotels and other tourism providers that are following the highest safety protocols.

Morocco

Starting Nov. 29, Morocco is suspending all incoming flights until Dec. 31 due to the spread of the Omicron variant. The Foreign Ministry said in a tweet on Sunday that the decision was made to "preserve the achievements realized by Morocco in the fight against the pandemic, and to protect the health of its citizens."

The Netherlands

In response to rising Covid-19 cases, the government is tightening restrictions. As of Dec. 19, the country is under a nationwide lockdown. All restaurants, bars and non-essential stores are closed until Jan. 14. Schools and universities will be closed until Jan. 9. Residents are only allowed to have two guests in their homes, except for Christmas and New Year's Eve when they can have four. Residents are advised to work from home as much as possible, avoid busy places and maintain social distancing. Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces where coronavirus entry passes are not used, including amusement parks, shops, airports and on public transport.

In addition, entry into more locations will require a coronavirus pass, which shows proof of full vaccination or recovery from infection, or a negative test result taken within the past 24 hours. As of Nov. 6, coronavirus passes are required for restaurants, bars, museums, theaters, business events, cultural events and sporting activities. The government has said that it is also considering requiring the use of coronavirus passes for employees in hospitality and other sectors.

The Netherlands is open to fully vaccinated travelers outside of the EU. Those coming from very high-risk areas must also show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result. Details on entry restrictions can be found on the government's website.

New Zealand

The last restrictions of Auckland's alert level-three lockdown were lifted on Dec. 3. Bars, restaurants and gyms are now allowed to reopen. However, vaccine passes are required in most places and gatherings are limited to 100 people. Auckland will reopen its borders to the rest of the country in mid-December.

On Nov. 28, New Zealand began restricting travel from nine countries in southern Africa: Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Seychelles and Malawi. The government has announced plans to begin easing border restrictions in 2022, with fully vaccinated citizens allowed to return without quarantining from Australia on Jan. 16 and from other countries after Feb. 13. International tourists will be allowed to enter the country beginning April 30. All visitors must be fully vaccinated, take a Covid-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for seven days.

In addition, one-way, quarantine-free travel will be expanded with the Pacific Islands. Currently, quarantine-free travel is allowed with the Cook Islands and Niue; fully vaccinated travelers from Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tokelau now will not need to provide a negative test result or isolate after arrival in order to the enter the country.

The government plans to ease restrictions further and rely more on home isolation for fully vaccinated international travelers in Q1 of 2022. Full details and the latest updates on travel and Covid-19 can be found on the government's Unite Against Covid-19 website.

Lockdowns in the rest of the country were lifted on Sept. 8, when all other areas moved to alert level two. Event and entertainment facilities can reopen, and there are no restrictions on the number of people who can attend events, but gatherings that are not held at an event facility are limited to 100 people in a defined indoor or outdoor space.

Norway

Effective Dec. 15, bars and restaurants are prohibited from selling alcohol, working remotely is mandatory where possible, the mask mandate in shops and on public transportation has been extended, and access to gyms is restricted. After 561 days, Norway has lifted its Covid-19 restrictions on Sept. 25. Social distancing is no longer required, which allows restaurants and sports venues to operate at full capacity and nightclubs to reopen. Approximately 67 percent of the country's population is fully vaccinated and 76 percent have received at least one dose. Travelers from countries including the U.K., Switzerland, New Zealand, Singapore and the E.U. can now visit Norway. Vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine upon arrival. Unvaccinated travelers who have a negative PCR test must isolate for 72 hours.

Portugal

The government has announced new restrictions in response to the Omicron variant. Beginning Dec. 25, bars and nightclubs must close. People are advised to work from home and test regularly for Covid-19. A negative Covid-19 test will be required for entry to business events, cultural shows, sporting events, tourist attractions and local accommodations.

A mask mandate is in place for all indoor spaces, and digital vaccination certificates are currently required for entry to bars, clubs, hotels and seated events. Details on the latest gathering and travel restrictions can be found on Visit Portugal's website.

Scotland

Scotland has adopted the same travel restrictions as England, with lateral-flow tests upon arrival no longer required for fully vaccinated travelers, starting Feb. 11. They can verify their vaccination status by filling out the passenger locator form. Unvaccinated travelers will not have to isolate or get tested on day eight after arrival, but will still have to provide a negative test taken two days before departure and take a PCR test on arrival.

Scotland lifted most of its remaining Covid-19 restrictions on Jan. 24. Nightclubs are allowed to reopen, large indoor events can resume and the social distancing rules were dropped. Restrictions on outdoor events were lifted on Jan. 17. However, face coverings are still required in public indoor settings and on public transportation. In addition, Covid passport requirements will remain in place for entry to nightclubs, unseated indoor events with 500 people or more, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 people or more, and all events with 10,000 people or more. Attendees must show proof of full vaccination or present a negative rapid/PCR test taken within 24 hours.

Through Feb. 10, predeparture tests no longer required for vaccinated travelers. However, visitors must take a PCR test within two days of arrival and quarantine until they receive a second negative test result. Details and travel updates can be found on Visit Scotland's website.

Singapore

The government announced that it will delay the launch of new vaccinated-passenger travel lanes due to the new Omicron variant. Some vaccinated travel lanes are already in effect, allowing inoculated travelers from Malaysia, Canada, the United States and a handful of other destinations to enter Singapore without quarantining. However, users of those lanes must still complete a PCR test before departure, on arrival, on day three and on day seven. A date has not yet been announced for when the additional travel lanes will be launched.

Singapore has eased gathering restrictions, as the local vaccination rate rises. As of Aug. 19, seated business events of up to 1,000 people or non-seated receptions of up to 500 guests are allowed if everyone is fully vaccinated. Events are limited to 50 people if not everyone is vaccinated. The latest Covid-19 guidelines can be found on the Ministry of Health's website.

Event organizers must submit their plans to the Singapore Tourism Board for approval, and adhere to specific risk-mitigation measures. The Singapore Tourism Board has launched the SG Clean initiative to audit the sanitation practices of all types of facilities; those who put the measures in place will earn a certification from the STB.

Spain

Spain reinstated its outdoor mask mandate on Dec. 24. The country also has imposed a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all visitors traveling from seven southern African countries: South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Covid-19 restrictions vary by region, although social-distancing and mask mandates remain in place for all public spaces. In Madrid, a nighttime curfew has been lifted and hotels, restaurants and bars can operate at 75 percent capacity. Cultural venues, such as museums and theaters, no longer have capacity limits.

On June 7, Spain opened its borders to vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and most of the world. In addition, non-vaccinated travelers from the EU's 27 member nations are allowed entry with proof of a negative Covid-19 test result.

Switzerland

Effective Dec. 20, travelers who are vaccinated or who have recently recovered from Covid-19 can show a negative rapid test taken within 24 hours of arrival to enter Switzerland. Previously only PCR tests taken within 72 hours were accepted. They are also exempt from taking a second test between four and seven days after entering the country. Switzerland opened its borders to vaccinated travelers from North America on June 26. 

Effective Sept. 13, a Covid certificate — which provides proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a recent negative test result — is required for indoor venues like restaurants, bars and museums. Covid certificates will be in use until the end of January 2022. In addition, events that use Covid-19 certificate forms to verify attendee vaccination status or test results will have no capacity limits or restrictions. Meanwhile, seated gatherings without a Covid-19 certificate cannot exceed more than 1,000 people. Events with no seating requirement and no Covid certificate will be limited to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. The latest updates and information on what's open can be found on Switzerland Tourism's website.

Thailand

Thailand will ease entry requirements for vaccinated travelers from all countries beginning Feb. 1. The country's "Test and Go" program will be reinstated, this time requiring visitors to undergo two PCR tests after arrival. They will have to take a PCR test on the first day, await results in their hotel room. Visitors don't have to quarantine if the first test is negative, but they must take another test five days later and await those results at their hotel, as well. They must also download a tracking app.

Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, take another PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 10 days. The latest updates can be found on Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

United Arab Emirates

All citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi must show proof of a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated and maintain a "green status" on the government's health app. However, the new rule does not apply to international tourists, who must be vaccinated but do not need a booster shot to enter the city-state.

Vietnam

On Nov. 20, Vietnam welcomed more than 200 tourists to the resort island of Phu Quoc. The vaccinated travelers from South Korea were the first to return since Vietnam closed its borders in March 2020. They were tested upon arrival and don't have to quarantine. Ninety-nine percent of Phu Quoc's adult residents are vaccinated, including all staff members of service facilities. The island plans to vaccinate children ages 12 to 17 beginning in December.