Covid Travel Updates
USA (returning flights):
Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.
With a negative PCR test done no more than 48 hours before the border crossing no quarantine is required.*
International health insurance is required. It can be purchased here: https://visitukraine.today/
* If a test is done upon arrival in Ukraine, the quarantine is required until the test results are available (in most of the cases 6 to 24 hours).
Traveling to Russia is not allowed at the moment (except Russian citizens and permanent residents)
Foreign travel is mostly not allowed, with exceptions to:
- If they hold a valid Foreigner's Residence Permit issued for work or need to travel to China for family reunions or private matters;
- If they hold an Invitation Letter (PU/TE) or Verification Confirmation of Invitation Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit issued by a provincial authority for cultural, economic, scientific, sporting, technological, or trade purposes;
All persons (including Chinese nationals) must provide a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 5 days before departure. The test should be a nucleic acid test performed by a provider recognized by the local Chinese embassy or consulate.
Foreign nationals with long term visas, irrespective of country of origin, may enter the Philippines, beginning 1 February 2021, provided they are qualified for entry under current IATF resolutions:
- With valid and existing visa at the time of entry (please contact the Philippine embassy to get the full list of qualified visas);
- With pre-booked quarantine accommodation for at least seven nights in an accredited quarantine hotel/facility;
- Subject to COVID-19 testing on sixth day from date of arrival; and
- Subject to maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.
Negative Covid test is not required for travel
NOTE: Currently, foreign nationals cannot qualify for a travel Visa to the Philippines UNLESS you are a Philippine citizen, permanent resident, or you are otherwise married to a Filipino or have a documented child in the Philippines. This is subject to change at any time. For more current information about travel restrictions for U.S. citizens please visit the U.S. Embassy for the Philippines Website.
Entry to Thailand is limited to nationals, permanent residents and a select number of exemptions for essential travel, including spouses.
As of December 8, the Thai government has agreed to allow in tourists from countries that apply for its Special Tourist Visa (STV) -- any country in the world can sign up for the scheme.
A PCR test must be taken on arrival, after which all travelers must quarantine for 14 days at government-approved quarantine facilities or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities. This can include luxury hotels, some of which have developed quarantine packages.
A full list of participating hotels and resorts, along with package rates, can be found here:Â asq.locanation.com.
Though not yet approved, the government is reportedly considering a plan to allow vaccinated tourists to visit without having to spend 14 days in quarantine.
The following requirements remain during the pandemic:
- Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at https://salud.go.cr
- This pass will be available 48 hours before boarding. It must be accessed in an updated browser (except for Internet Explorer). An individual form must be completed for every person, including minors.
- Purchase health insurance
- It is mandatory that tourists purchase travel insurance, covering their accommodations in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 illness. An explanation of one's travel insurance coverage, addressing Costa Rica's requirements, must be uploaded or entered into the HEALTH PASS in order to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. If more information on international insurance is needed, the Costa Rican authorities will contact the passenger at the email address indicated in the HEALTH PASS.
- In the case of international insurance, the tourist must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, noting at least three conditions, without forgetting to add it to the HEALTH PASS:
- Validity of the effective policy during the visit in Costa Rica.
- Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in cases of pandemic disease COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least US $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars of the United States of America).
- Minimum coverage of US $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to pandemic illness or trip interruption/cancellation due to illness, which covers the extra cost of the passenger due to quarantine.
- If you do not have international insurance, it is possible to opt for travel insurance from Costa Rican companies approved by SUGESE (General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica), which offer their services at Juan Santamar international airports (city of San Jose) and Daniel Oduber Quir's (city of Liberia).
- National insurances meet all the requirements to have coverage of medical expenses for illness, including COVID-19, for a minimum amount of $20,000 and coverage for extended lodging expenses or quarantine, due to pandemic illness, for a minimum amount of $2,000.
- Local insurance authorized for travelers can be valued at the following links. If you have doubts or queries about the requirements or conditions of the insurance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign travel is open
- From 7 January, according to the US and UK embassy pages, a negative PCR test issued within 96 hours prior to boarding will be required for all air passengers (children included).
- Travelers without a negative PCR test will need to fill out a written form explaining why they were unable to get a test or the results in time prior to being allowed to board by the airline. Passengers will be required to take the test upon arrival and self-isolate for 14 days or until a negative test result is received.
- Between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure, travelers must fill out the Check-Mig form, available on the Migracin Colombia website. You will need to also complete this form 24 hours before your departure from Colombia.
- Normal visa requirements apply. If you are a citizen of a country where a visa is required, you must obtain a visa before your trip
Foreign travel is restricted.
All passengers arriving in Peru, irrespective of nationality, have to quarantine for 14 days. This can be in a home or accommodation anywhere in the country, in liaison with the health authorities. When the quarantine is to be completed outside Lima, you must arrive there within 24 hours after arrival in Peru. If upon arrival in Peru you test positive, you will have to self isolate in the Villa Panamericana or any other temporary centre in Lima or in the centres that the regional government assigns. You may end quarantine after 7 days if you take a PCR test on your 6th day in country and the result is negative. If you receive a positive result, you will need to quarantine where the health authorities decide.
Currently, Peru requires inbound international passengers on commercial flights have either a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR), negative antigen test result, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge that is no more than 72 hours old after being issued and before boarding the plane.
*Travel in Peru: On 15 March 2020, Peru announced a national State of Emergency, which has now been extended until at least 28 February 2021.