The Latest Updates on International Gathering and Travel Restrictions

New Zealand will reopen its borders fully on July 31, three months earlier than it had previously announced.

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Updated May 11, 2022

As many parts of the world continue to adjust their Covid regulations, some leaders are keeping some constraints on travel and gatherings, while other countries are easing their restrictions. Here's a roundup of what's happening around the globe.

In the latest news, New Zealand will reopen its borders fully to travelers from all countries at the end of July, and cruise ships will be allowed to return to the country on July 31. Switzerland and Greece both dropped entry restrictions on May 2. Hong Kong lifted the ban on international inbound travel on May 1, allowing vaccinated nonresidents to enter the city if they comply with the government's Covid-19 and quarantine measures. 

Scotland has lifted its mask mandate. Jamaica dropped its mask mandate and testing requirements for international visitors. Canada has dropped pretravel testing requirements for vaccinated visitors.

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

 

Aruba

Aruba lifted all entry requirements for international travelers on March 19. Tourists will still be required to fill out an Aruba Embarkation/Disembarkation card and purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance prior to arrival. All local Covid-19 protocols have already been lifted.

Australia

Australia reopened to international travelers on Feb. 21. Restrictions were further relaxed on April 18, with travelers no longer required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to entry. However, all visitors must declare their vaccination status and those who are unvaccinated may be required to quarantine upon arrival.

Covid-19 restrictions vary by region. Travel updates can be found on the Australian Department of Health's website.

Austria

As of March 5, a negative test result is no longer needed for entry to events, bars, restaurants and other activities. Nightclubs are able to reopen, a midnight curfew for restaurants and bars ended, and limits on event sizes were removed. Masks are still required in certain settings, such as on public transportation and in pharmacies.

The Bahamas

Effective March 3, visitors to the Bahamas no longer have to take a rapid test on the fifth day after arrival. They must still take a PCR test within 72 hours before travel and apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, regardless of vaccination status.

Brazil

As of April 2, vaccinated travelers are exempt from taking a Covid-19 test in order to enter the country. Unvaccinated visitors must provide a negative a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 24 hours. 

Canada

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As of April 1, Canada no longer requires fully vaccinated visitors to complete pretravel testing. Unvaccinated visitors, however, must show proof of a negative antigen test taken within one day of their flight or their arrival at the land border, or show proof of a negative molecular test taken within 72 hours of the flight departure or arrival at the land border. Those who are unvaccinated are only allowed to enter the country if they have a valid reason for travel. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must complete the health questionnaire on the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours before entering the country. More details can be found on the Canadian government's website.

Quebec lifted nearly all restrictions on March 12. There are no longer capacity limits for restaurants, bars, casinos and other large venues, and proof of vaccination is not required for entry. The curfew for restaurants and bars was also lifted. The province is expected to require face masks in public spaces until the end of April. 

In Ontario, all capacity limits for indoor spaces were lifted on March 1. Proof of vaccination is no longer needed for restaurants, gyms and other public places. The mask mandate was lifted in most areas on March 21, except on public transit and in healthcare settings. All restrictions are expected to end on April 27.  

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. 

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

China

On March 12, officials in China urged the public not to leave Beijing where five new cases were reported. After 22 new cases were reported in Shanghai, the local government announced that schools would go back to online learning.

The lockdown in Xi'an in north-central China has been lifted. All travelers to China must quarantine for 21 days.

Denmark

Travel restrictions were lifted on March 29. The requirement to show proof of vaccination or present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 24 hours prior to arrival in Denmark has been removed. 

All other Covid-19 restrictions were lifted on Feb. 1. Masks are no longer required in restaurants, shops and on public transit. Social distancing and limits on indoor gatherings have been eliminated. The national Covid pass app is no longer required for events, although organizers can still choose to use it. 

England

Covid-19 restrictions for international travelers entering England were removed on March 18. Visitors no longer need to complete a passport locator form, and the requirement for unvaccinated visitors to complete Covid-19 tests prior to departure and on day two of arrival was dropped. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will adapt the same travel policies.

England is in the process of lifting its remaining coronavirus restrictions under Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "Living with Covid" plan. As of Feb. 24, people who test positive for Covid-19 are no longer required to quarantine. However, they are still advised to stay home and avoid contact with others for at least five days. Routine contract tracing has ended. On April 1, the government will remove its guidance advising venues to use Covid-19 passes.

Face masks are no longer required in public spaces, including on public transportation and in shops. The government still recommends wearing face coverings in crowded spaces, particularly when meeting strangers.

Fiji

As of Feb. 9, visitors from travel partner countries, including the United States, Australia and France, can take a rapid test instead of a PCR to enter Fiji. As of Feb. 7, businesses, venues and houses of worship no longer have capacity limits. High-risk businesses like bars, gyms and beauty salons must operate at 80 percent capacity and proof of vaccination is required. Indoor and outdoor sporting events can also be held at 80 percent capacity if all spectators wear masks. The curfew and limits on social gatherings have been lifted.

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

On March 14, France lifted the requirement to show vaccine passports for entry into restaurants, bars, events and other venues. Also, people no longer need to wear masks in most indoor spaces, including shops, offices and schools. However, face coverings still are required on public transportation.

Seated public events that require face coverings are now allowed to exceed the previous limits of 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors. On Feb. 16, nightclubs reopened and standing concerts were allowed to resume.

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 a three-step plan to end most Covid rules by late March. The first phase allowed private gatherings to resume, and ended the requirement to show proof of vaccination or recent recovery from the virus when entering shops. Phase two on March 4 ended the requirement for people to present proof of vaccination or recovery to access restaurants, bars and hotels. Night clubs also are allowed to reopen and outdoor events of up to 25,000 people can resume. On March 30, the final phase ended most of the remaining restrictions. However, face masks still will be required on public transportation.

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

Greece

Effective May 2, international visitors will not have to provide vaccination status or get tested prior to traveling. Greece is lifting many restrictions for the summer tourism season. Between May 1 and Aug. 31, proof of vaccination will not be required for outdoor and indoor spaces. The indoor mask mandate will be lifted June 1. All restrictions will be reevaluated in September.

Hong Kong

On May 1, the government will lift a ban on nonresidents flying into the city. Overseas travelers must be fully vaccinated, show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure and comply with Hong Kong's quarantine requirements. Vaccinated overseas travelers are currently required to isolate for 14 days in a designated quarantine hotel, or for seven days if they opt in to the early discharge program. In order to do so, travelers must take a PCR test on day five and rapid tests on days six and seven. All results must be negative in order to leave the quarantine hotel, and travelers are required to complete seven days of self monitoring afterwards. 

As of April 21, beauty salons, movie theaters and gyms can reopen and the gathering limit has increased to four people. Restaurants will be allowed to stay open until 10 p.m.

A vaccine pass is required at hair salons, shopping malls and supermarkets. Social-distancing measures in Hong Kong also have been extended. This includes the requirement to wear face masks, administer temperature checks and conduct contract-tracing. The latest updates on Covid-19 travel measures can be found on the government's website.

India

India lifted its ban on international flights on March 27. The country's borders had been closed to the majority of foreign travelers since March 2020, with the exception of special passenger flights from certain countries under air-bubble arrangements.

Indonesia

Indonesia lifted all quarantine rules for international travelers on March 22. Visitors still are required to present a negative PCR test before entering the country.

Ireland

Ireland removed all travel restrictions on March 6. Travelers no longer need to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result to enter the country. They are also not required to get tested or self-isolate upon arrival. Face masks do not have to be worn, but are recommended on public transportation. The latest travel updates can be found on the government's website.

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. 

Israel

On March 1, Israel opened its borders to unvaccinated travelers. All visitors, regardless of vaccination, must take a PCR test before departure. A second test is required upon arrival, and travelers must quarantine for up to 24 hours until they receive the test result.

Proof of vaccination is no longer needed for restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, hotels, event venues and nightclubs. Face masks must still be worn in indoor public spaces.

Italy

Italy has begun relaxing its green-pass system, which required users to upload proof of vaccination, a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of recovery from the virus within the past six months. As of April 1, green passes are no longer required for access to museums, outdoor dining, hotels and local public transportation. Until April 31, green passes are still needed for indoor dining, outdoor sporting events and long-distance public transport. Super green passes, which can only be obtained with proof of vaccination or recent recovery from Covid-19, are required for entry to cinemas, theaters, casinos and conventions until April 31. The requirement to wear face masks indoors and on public transport will also be lifted at the end of April. 

Travelers must present proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 within the past six months or negative results from a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival or a molecular test taken within 72 hours prior to entry. Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers must complete a passport locator form. Details and updates can be found on the government's website.

Jamaica

Jamaica lifted its mask mandate on April 15 and dropped the testing requirement for international visitors on April 16.

Japan

As of April 8, some international businesspeople and students are allowed to enter Japan. The country has not yet opened its borders to foreign tourists. Japan lifted restrictions on March 21, allowing more domestic travel and larger gatherings for those with proof of vaccination and a negative test result. Updates on travel guidelines can be found on the Japan National Tourism Organization's website.

Japan has announced plans to ease border restrictions on March 1. The number of people allowed into the country each day will increase from 3,500 to 5,000. According to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the country will also shorten the quarantine time for all arrivals from seven days to three days. The rules apply to international students, workers and business travelers.

Mexico

Some popular tourist destinations have begun to implement tighter restrictions. Effective Jan. 14, the state of Jalisco, which includes Puerto Vallarta, will require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test for bars, clubs, concerts and stadiums for people 18 and older. Tlaxcala will also require customers to be vaccinated for hotels, shopping centers, supermarkets and taquerias.

The U.S.-Mexico land border was reopened for nonessential travelers who are fully vaccinated on Nov. 8. They also have to provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of traveling to the U.S. Mexican travelers are also allowed to enter the country via ferry as long as they have proof of inoculation. As of January, essential travelers crossing the border are 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

Morocco lifted the suspension of all incoming flights on Feb. 7. Travelers must provide proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure.

The Netherlands

Beginning March 23, travelers to the Netherlands do not have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. Additionally, the digital Covid-19 pass is no longer needed to enter nightclubs and large events, and face masks are no longer required on public transit. Face coverings are still required on airplanes and behind security screening at airports.

As of Feb. 18, bars and restaurants are allowed to stay open until 1 a.m. Sporting events and theaters can operate at full capacity, and nightclubs have reopened with a testing requirement. Effective Feb. 2, travelers who received a booster shot at least seven days prior to entering the Netherlands are exempt from the quarantine rule. Those who have not gotten the booster still must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.  

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

New Zealand will reopen its borders to all tourists and visa holders in July, three months earlier than the previously announced October timeline. Vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry under the Accredited Employer Work Visa from July 4. All other visitors and visa holders will be allowed to enter the country beginning July 31. The ban on cruise ships will be lifted on July 31. 

As of April 12, tourists from Australia are able to travel to New Zealand. Travelers from visa-waiver countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, are also allowed entry as of May 1. 

All visitors to New Zealand must be fully vaccinated and have proof of a negative Covid-19 test. A rapid test must be taken no more than 24 hours before departure, while PCR tests are required to be taken within 48 hours. In addition, travelers must complete two rapid tests on arrival.

Restaurants, bars, retail shops and other businesses no longer need to require vaccine passports for entry, although they can continue using them if they so choose. New Zealand is currently in the orange zone of its traffic-light system, meaning masks must be worn indoors but there are no capacity or social distancing limits on venues. 

The latest updates on travel and Covid-19 can be found on the government's Unite Against Covid-19 website.

Norway

As of Feb. 12, masks are no longer required in crowded places and social-distancing rules have been lifted. Self-isolation requirements also have been replaced with a recommendation that infected people stay home for four days. Norway dropped its quarantine rule for unvaccinated travelers on Jan. 26. However, they still must get tested before departure and upon arrival. On Jan. 13, Norway reversed its ban on selling alcohol in restaurants and bars, although sales must stop at 11 p.m. Learn more at the government's page on Covid-19 restrictions.

Philippines

As of March 1, restaurants, businesses, movie theaters, shopping malls and public transport are allowed to operate at full capacity. Starting Feb. 10, international tourists and business travelers from more than 150 countries are allowed to enter the Philippines for the first time in nearly two years. Fully vaccinated travelers do not have to quarantine in government-designated centers if they test negative prior to arrival. The government had previously planned to open borders on Dec. 1, but postponed it due to the Omicron variant.

Portugal

Vaccinated tourists do not have to provide a negative test to enter Portugal. Nightclubs and bars reopened on Jan. 14. A negative Covid-19 test is no longer required for entry to business events, cultural shows, nightclubs, sporting events, tourist attractions and local accommodations.

A mask mandate is in place for all indoor spaces. Details on the latest gathering and travel restrictions can be found on Visit Portugal's website.

Scotland

Scotland's indoor mask mandate was lifted on April 18. Face coverings are no longer required in shops and restaurants, or on public transport. As of Feb. 28, Covid passports are not needed for nightclubs and sports venues. Scotland lifted most of its Covid-19 restrictions on Jan. 24. Nightclubs were allowed to reopen, large indoor events resumed and the social-distancing rules were dropped. Restrictions on outdoor events were lifted on Jan. 17. 

Details and updates can be found on Visit Scotland's website. Travel restrictions have been lifted in coordination with England and the rest of the U.K.

Singapore

Quarantine requirements were lifted for vaccinated travelers on April 1. The country also lifted the outdoor mask mandate and now allows groups of up to 10 people to gather socially. As of March 15, there is no capacity limit for events with a mask requirement and fewer than 1,000 people. Events with 1,000 people or more are limited to 50 percent capacity of the venue. The latest Covid-19 guidelines can be found on the Ministry of Health's website.

The government delayed the launch of new vaccinated-passenger travel lanes due to the 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.

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.

South Africa

On March 23, South Africa lifted the outdoor mask mandate, increased capacity limits to 50 percent of indoor and outdoor venues, and dropped the testing requirement for vaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated visitors still will need to present a negative PCR test. Proof of vaccination is required at concerts, sporting events and theater shows. 

As of Feb. 1, anyone without Covid-19 symptoms can live life "normally." Even those who have been exposed to the virus, but are asymptomatic, do not need to get tested or isolate. For those who do have symptoms, the isolation period has been shortened from 10 to seven days. Schools can now operate as they did before the pandemic, with no social-distancing requirements. Face masks are still required in public spaces and on public transport. The government has made these changes now that the population has such a high level of immunity: About 80 percent of South Africans have been vaccinated and/or have recovered from Covid-19.

Spain

Spain lifted its outdoor mask mandate on Feb 10. Covid-19 restrictions vary by region, although social-distancing and mask mandates remain in place for all public indoor spaces. In Madrid, a nighttime curfew has been lifted and hotels, restaurants and bars can operate at full 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.

Sweden

Sweden dropped all remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions on April 1. Travelers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination and a negative test result prior to arrival.

Nationwide measures to curb the pandemic were lifted on Feb. 9, including restrictions on public and private gatherings, leisure venues, sports, restaurants and more. The requirement to wear face masks on public transportation and the work-from-home advisory also were removed. 

Switzerland

Switzerland is dropping all remaining Covid-19 restrictions on May 2. Travelers from all countries will be allowed to enter the country and will not have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result. Switzerland also will eliminate use of the Covid-19 certificate and its mask mandate, including on public transportation. Travel details and updates can be found on Switzerland Tourism's website.

Thailand

Starting April 1, vaccinated visitors do not need to take a Covid-19 test before traveling to Thailand. They still need to take a PCR upon arrival and a rapid test on the fifth day in the country. 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 country's "Test and Go" program was reinstated on Feb. 1. The latest updates can be found on Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

United Arab Emirates

As of Feb. 26, fully vaccinated international travelers do not have to provide a negative PCR test upon arrival. Unvaccinated people can visit the UAE, but must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure. Physical-distancing requirements have been eliminated in public spaces. Masks remain mandatory indoors, but are optional outdoors.

Events can be held without capacity limits.

All citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi must show proof of a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated, and must maintain 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.

The latest updates on travel and Covid-19 restrictions can be found on the government's website.

United States Virgin Islands

As of March 7, fully vaccinated domestic travelers can submit proof of vaccination to enter the U.S. Virgin Islands. Unvaccinated visitors from the United States still must provide a negative PCR or rapid Covid test taken within five days of arrival. International travelers are required to have both proof of vaccination and a negative test.

Vietnam

Vietnam dropped its quarantine requirements for international visitors on March 16. Visitors now only need to provide a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival. Vietnam lifted all restrictions on international flights on Feb. 15, restoring the prepandemic schedule.