The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the global tourism industry heavily in 2020 and is expected to be struggling with its recovery after COVID-19 ends. The international routes almost returned to zero, a series of countries saw a sharp decline in domestic tourism and the majority of borders remained closed.
WeSwap – Britain’s largest tourist currency exchange platform has commented on some of the countries that are likely to restart the tourism industry soon, including Vietnam, Fiji and others countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus had the first confirmed case in Vietnam on January 23, 2020. Measures to isolate, monitor and restrict people from epidemic zones, close border gate, immediately implement the medical declaration. Some places take body temperature measurements, equip antiseptics, give out masks for free, and tighten controls. Thanks to the right and timely policies, Vietnam has become a country with very low risk of Covid-19 despite its border close to China.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is preparing plans to welcome visitors from countries and territories in anticipation of recovery and disease control in key markets like Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia.
The southern Pacific nation of Fiji, made up of about 300 small islands, heavily dependent on tourism, accounts for 40% of the gross national product (GDP). Fiji has been COVID-19 free for nearly five months and is considered one of the safest destinations in the world with the total 32 cases of COVID-19 recorded in Fiji, two people died.
Fiji has launched an initiative called “Blue Lane” to welcome tourists arriving by yacht. More than 70 yachts have used a special provision to enter Fiji as part of its plans for a “Bula bubble” to kick-start the country’s tourism industry. Crew and guests who have not been at sea for 14 days have to quarantine at a local hotel at their own cost, or on board in the confines of the marina, which is a short drive from Nadi International Airport. Wealthy individual superyacht owners can fly in, but must enter the country with a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before departure. They then undergo another test upon arrival.
Somes countries have opened their borders to welcome tourists after the number of Covid-19 infections has been stabilized in the community.
Since the 15th of July, the borders to the paradise islands opened to all tourists again with no quarantine restrictions. As the world recovers from the current situation, the government made the decision to reopen the borders, fully confident in the safety measures and preparations to ensure the protection of all visitors and people working in the tourism sector itself. The health and safety of visitors have always been paramount, and the resumption of the tourism industry was only given the go-ahead following extensive protocols after important consultations with health professionals and relevant stakeholders
Barbados has had seven reported deaths from 174 cases of Coronavirus, but no reported deaths since May. The government of Barbados has officially reopened its borders to international travel on July 12th 2020.All travelers from High and Medium-Risk countries must arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR Test or will possibly be denied entry into Barbados. Travelers from Low-risk countries are encouraged to arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival but can be tested upon arrival.
CDC (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention) also provides a list of countries with low risk of Covid-19 for travelers.
- New Zealand
- Cayman Islands
- Isle Of Man
- New Caledonia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
During your trip, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation such as airports and stations.
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.