Seven more countries around the world have now further eased their travel restrictions this week. The easing of Covid-19 related restrictions in these countries follows the trend of more and more worldwide destinations dropping all their restrictions completely. In light of the situation improving around the globe, and is set to make travel not only much easier for travelers, but also much more desirable than it was at the start of the pandemic.
The latest updates feature a wide range of restrictions that are set to be either changed or removed completely, from countries all over the globe. From mask-wearing mandates finally being dropped to vaccine passports and quarantine requirements being removed at long last, here’s a closer look at which countries are amongst the latest to ease their Covid-19 related travel restrictions, and what exactly is set to change in those countries.
Flying around and into New Zealand is about to get much easier for travelers. Air New Zealand recently removed its vaccination and testing requirements for domestic flights, whilst those on international flights heading into the country will benefit from the airline’s “no jab, no fly” policy being removed from May 1st. Speaking about the move, the airline’s chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said:
“This is the first step in welcoming international visitors back to our shores and we couldn’t be more excited for both New Zealand and Air New Zealand.”
Austria is set to join the rapidly-growing list of countries that have removed their mask mandates. The mandate will be dropped from April 17th, but the use of masks will remain essential indoor areas such as the health sector, supermarkets, and public transport. Previously, those in the country were required to wear masks in all public indoor spaces, making the change a big win for travelers.
Also set to see its mask mandate lifted is Scotland. The last nation in the UK to have the mandate still in place, the legal requirement to wear face coverings in many indoor settings in the country will be lifted from April 18th, coming at long last after having been delayed twice before. The move will make travel across the UK much simpler, with uniform mask policies now in place across the country.
Cyprus is set to make several changes to its restrictions. From April 18th, travelers will no longer have to have a Cyprus Flight Pass to enter the country, whilst vaccinated travelers will also be able to enter without having a negative test result – making visiting the country much easier. Just last week, Cyprus removed its outdoor mask wearing policies, as well as scaling back the use of vaccine passports in the country.
At present, in order to be able to leave the country, unvaccinated Australians must apply for a travel exemption. However, from April 18th, unvaccinated Australians will no longer have to apply for permission to leave the country – news that is bound to be welcomed by both Aussies themselves and by countries that will soon be seeing an influx of travel-starved Australian travelers.
South Korea is set to remove several of its Covid-19 related restrictions – a landmark moment for the usually strict country. Social distancing requirements are to be lifted, as are the limits on public gatherings. Whilst mask mandates are set to stay for the time being, the country’s Prime Minister said the outdoor mandate could be lifted in just a few weeks.
Travelers planning on visiting California this year have been boosted by news that those who test positive for Covid-19 will no longer be required to isolate provided they remain asymptomatic. This change in rules is bound to put California back on the map as a top destination for domestic travel this summer, as travelers will no longer have to worry about their trip being cut short.
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