The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes in almost every aspect of life by creating worldwide health, social, and economic issues. The travel and tourism sectors were severely hit by the pandemic and witnessed a record decrease in international demand due to global travel restrictions and closure of borders.
According to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer-2020, there was a 72% decrease in international arrivals (overnight visitors) from January- October 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. The pandemic resulted in close to a USD 935 billion loss in export revenues from international tourism during the first ten months of 2020. The loss is ten times more than the loss in 2009 due to the global economic crisis.
The global tourism market is craving for things to "go back to normal," as many countries have eased restrictions for travelers. The borders are now slowly opening, and people can now travel to certain places by adhering to recommended safety standards and guidelines. It is now possible to visit many tourist hot spots, but before you plan your journey, you must adhere to all the guidelines and be aware of the latest COVID-19 scenario of your destination city.
If you plan to travel to any of the below-mentioned cities, make sure to read up on the travel requirements before your departure.
New York City is resuming to bustle again as almost all the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted recently across the New York State upon 70% completion of the vaccination process. On August 03, 2021, the city Mayor Bill de Blasio made vaccines mandatory for all the employees and patrons of the city's indoor dining, fitness and entertainment venues due to the surge in COVID-19 Delta Variant. While endorsing the Centre for Disease Control and Protection's guidance, they recommended indoor masks regardless of vaccination status. The restrictions continue to remain in effect for large-scale indoor event avenues holding more than 5000 attendees. So, if you are planning to travel to New York City, here's what you will need to know about the city's travel requirements for travelers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Travelers who are asymptomatic and intend to enter New York city or any U.S. state or territory from different countries except Brazil, China, the European Schengen Area, India, Iran, Ireland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom have no need now to go for test or quarantine.
All those travelers who are not fully vaccinated or haven't recovered from COVID-19 during the last three months are advised to quarantine. The authorities also recommend three to five days of testing for the travelers upon their arrival to New York.
Air Travellers entering the United States need to test negative for the COVID-19. You are required to get tested before three days of your departure to the U.S. and produce all the documentation related to your lab test results and COVID-19 recovery report.
Dubai is opening again for tourists. The UAE authorities are committed to following all the COVID-19 safety measures and guidelines and expect the same from travelers. The Dubai International Airport remained the world's busiest airport for international travelers in 2019, once again opened its terminal one in June after remaining shut for 15 months. If you plan to travel to Dubai, you must adhere to the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and guidelines laid down by the authorities.
You are allowed to enter Dubai only if you are vaccinated by any two doses of the following four UAE approved vaccines:
- Sputnik V
The UAE has allowed quarantine-free travel for all travelers from Seychelles, Bahrain, Serbia, Italy, and Greece. Every passenger traveling to Dubai must produce a negative PCR test taken not before the 72 hours of departure. The mandatory additional test shall be taken upon arrival from travelers from different countries, including Argentina, Ghana, and Morocco.
The unvaccinated people are barred from entering the Federal Government Department until they produce the negative PCR result received not more than 48 hours. Live entertainment activities are allowed for a trial period and are strictly monitored while up to full occupancy to hotels, and 70% occupancy to entertainment avenues is allowed. If all guests and staff are vaccinated, up to 100 people can attend a wedding ceremony at wedding venues and hotels.
There is a green light for concerts, sports spectator events, social and institutional events by the authorities providing the audience and staff are vaccinated against COVID-19. It is also recommended that face masks be worn in public and private meetings, and people are advised to maintain at least a two-meter physical distance.
Pre-travel testing and quarantine are now not mandatory for domestic travelers, provided they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in the U.S. On August 10, 2021, the Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, issued new state-wide restrictions on social gatherings, bars, restaurants, and social establishments amid a surge in COVID-19 Delta Variant.
Unvaccinated Travellers traveling from different U.S. states, Canada, Japan, Philippines, Tahiti, and Taiwan, can evade the 10-day mandatory quarantine provided they produce negative COVID-19 test results or proof of U.S. vaccination. The state accepts the test results only from authentic and trusted testing and travel partners. Every traveler entering Hawaii must complete the online application form on the Safe Travels app collecting travel and health information for protection and safety. The app also enables you to upload your test results before departure. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Protection guidelines, travelers who have been to Brazil, China, the European Schengen Area, Iran, India, Ireland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom will not be allowed in the last 14 days to enter Hawaii. At the same time, travelers other than the above countries must go for a mandatory 10-days quarantine.
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