As a lot of us feel left out of the Great Summer of 2020; we find ourselves dreaming listlessly of quaint towns in faraway lands or white sandy beaches while our boats float carelessly in the ocean. But what if we told you that you can actually take off to a summer destination of your choice and make your (day) dreams come true? Here are eight of the easily reachable countries in the world, that are accessible to those flying out of the UAE this summer.
The exotic island nation officially reopened to tourists of all nationalities on July 15. Its resorts are now slowly opening their doors again, with 43 resuming business in July, dozens more reopening in August, followed by at least 50 more in September and October. The new reopening plans will see visitors allowed to enter the country without prior testing or a mandatory quarantine period.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau opened the country to travelers from August 1 this year. Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo Ratmalana Airport, and Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport are now operating for tourist arrivals. All travelers entering the country must bring along a proof for negative Covid-19 test, taken within the past 72 hours. Travelers will also be tested at Sri Lanka airport. Results for the test are expected within 24 hours, although the time is expected to get faster in the future.
Egypt has reopened to foreign tourists and international flights to the country have resumed. Tourist attractions like the Great Pyramids of Giza are also open to the public again, while the compulsory curfew has been lifted. Masks are now mandatory in public places and on public transport.
Travelers from 33 low and medium risk countries are now able to visit Seychelles – including arrivals from the UAE. Passengers must undergo a Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours before departure.
The popular European destination reopened to international tourists in July. All foreign visitors must be able to have proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no longer than 48 hours before their arrival. Those who fail to produce this will be required to self isolate for 14 days.
Jamaica reopened to international tourists on June 15, nearly three months after closing its borders. Hotels and businesses within the area are allowed to reopen provided they have received a “Covid-19 Readiness Certificate”.
Montenegro is one of the few countries in Europe that has opened its borders for international arrivals. Aside from countries within the EU/Schengen Area, the country has compiled a list of green countries, arrivals from which don’t need to self-quarantine. This list already includes Jordan and the UAE.
Barbados began reopening its borders to international travelers from July 12. However, all tourists from “high risk” countries will be “strongly encouraged” to take a Covid-19 test at least 72 hours before departing for Barbados, meanwhile, those from “low risk” destinations can be tested a week before visiting the Caribbean island.