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These 5 Countries Have Eased Covid Entry Requirements This Week

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Are you glad COVID-19 feels like history? Many nations have dropped all travel restrictions for Americans — including Greece, Mexico, The United Kingdom, Costa Rica, and Jamaica — but that’s not the case for all nations. 

Some nations still have strict COVID-19 restrictions in June 2022. 

With that said, these nations have eased or removed COVID-19 entry requirements this week:

1. South Korea 

South Korea has had very strict COVID-19 entry requirements since March 2020. Although the nation hasn’t removed entry requirements, they’ve significantly eased them this week. 

The nation is now issuing short-term travel visas for the first time in two years. Foreign visitors can now apply for C-3 visas, which allow international visitors to enter South Korea on group or individual tours. 

Previously, South Korea only allowed international tourists to apply for a C-3 visa if they met specific requirements — such as diplomacy, conducting government affairs, or preparing treaties.

The nation will now lift its regulations on international flights, so it’ll be more straightforward to fly to South Korea from North America.

Bukchon Hanok Village With Modern Building In Seoul South Korea

In addition, South Korea has lifted the 7-day quarantine requirement for unvaccinated tourists.

However, South Korea will maintain the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test before entry and a PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival, regardless of a traveler's vaccination status.

Prime Minister, Han Duck-soo, said: “While there was a 7-day quarantine obligation for non-vaccinated foreign arrivals until now, such requirement will be eliminated from June 8 regardless of their vaccination status,”

However, face coverings are still mandatory on public transport in South Korea. The police may issue fines of around $70 for not wearing face coverings

2. Bosnia & Herzegovina

Although Bosnia & Herzegovina isn’t the most popular nation for American tourists, many backpackers love the Balkan nation. Better still, the country removed all COVID-19 entry requirements last week.

Therefore, visitors no longer need to:

  • Undergo testing.
  • Undergo mandatory quarantine.
  • Show proof of vaccination.
  • Complete passenger locator forms. 

The nation is back to complete normality and ideal for Americans. 

Bosnia & Herzegovina has also removed almost all COVID-19 internal restrictions — including mandatory face masks in indoor areas. 

3. Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan joined a growing list of nations worldwide to end all COVID-19 entry requirements on June 8, 2022. As a result, all tourists will no longer need to:

  • Undergo testing.
  • Undergo mandatory quarantine.
  • Show proof of vaccination.
  • Complete passenger locator forms. 

Therefore, Uzbekistan is back to normality for American tourists in regards to entering the country.

However, there are still some internal COVID-19 restrictions, such as mandatory quarantine for positive COVID-19 tests. Anyone who breaches the mandatory self-isolation after testing positive could face ten years in prison or fines of up to $1000. 

The government no longer mandates masks face masks.

4. Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan also joined a growing list of nations worldwide by ending all COVID-19 entry requirements from June 10, 2022. Therefore, tourists no longer need to:

  • Undergo testing.
  • Undergo mandatory quarantine.
  • Show proof of vaccination.
  • Complete passenger locator forms. 

According to local media, “The Interdepartmental Commission made the decision to cancel requirements due to the stabilization of the epidemiological situation in the country and worldwide.”

In addition, the nation has removed almost all internal COVID-19 restrictions, including mandatory masks in most indoor places (other than medical facilities.)

5. Tunisia 

Tunisia is a relatively popular destination for European tourists, but it’s not as popular with Americans compared to other North African destinations, such as Morocco. With that said, Tunisia significantly eased its travel restrictions this week. 

Unvaccinated tourists no longer need to self-isolate on arrival in the country. Instead, unvaccinated tourists will require proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival or a negative lateral flow test taken within 24 hours of arrival. 

However, fully vaccinated visitors don’t need to undergo testing requirements. 

All travelers may be subject to random testing on arrival. 

Tunisia still requires travelers to wear face coverings in indoor spaces, mandatory temperature checks, and sanitizing upon entry. Travelers also need proof of vaccination to enter many public places. 

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Thursday 9th of June 2022

I used to travel to South Korea with a free visa on arrival before the pandemic I want to ask,is it the same now? or is the C-3 visa different? Can I travel by myself or need to be in a tour group? Thank you