COVID-19 Information for Globetrotting Destinations

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COVID-19 information for Globetrotting destinations - Globetrotting horse riding holidaysWith the COVID-19 situation evolving more or less on a daily basis and so much variation in the accompanying rules and restrictions, we decided to create this article as a resource for those of you who are considering (or have booked) a Globetrotting ride in the future. Here you’ll find all the relevant information and updates on COVID-19 in all of our Globetrotting destinations, as well as links to trustworthy websites for more detailed information.

We will do our best to keep this article updated with current information over the coming months, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your holiday. And while we’re on the subject of coronavirus, we highly recommend checking out this article, where we’ve shared links to other useful articles and websites, information on travel insurance and postponing or cancelling your trip, and more.

*DISCLAIMER: while we will try to update this article as regularly as we can, information and regulations are changing by the hour. To ensure you’re getting the most accurate and up-to-date information, we recommend checking the relevant government websites and/or the reputable sources we have listed for each country.

Argentina

The Government of Argentina has ordered a countrywide mandatory quarantine until at least April 26th. Limited quarantine exemptions include movements to obtain food and medical care, and travel to the international airport for ticketed passengers. Movement within Argentina is extremely restricted.

For more information in English, the U.S. Embassy website is a good place to start.

Australia

Current requirements:

  • All Australians are required to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go outside
  • Australians are permitted to leave home for the essentials, such as shopping for food, exercising outdoors, medical needs, work or study
  • All international travel is banned and domestic travel is to be avoided
  • Practise good hygiene and social distancing

For health advice, visit the Department of Health website.

Botswana

Botswana has declared a State of Emergency to address COVID-19 until further notice. Movement outside of the home is restricted to essential services and the transport of essential goods. All flights in and out of Botswana have been suspended and borders closed.

There is little information available on the government website, but the U.S. Embassy and the Australian Smartraveller website are both quite helpful.

Brazil

From 23 March 2020, flights into Brazil are not permitted for foreigners travelling from a number of countries, including Australia, regardless of their nationality. This Brazilian government ban is currently due to be in place for 30 days. International transit through Brazil is permitted, provided you do not leave the international transit area in the airport. There are no entry restrictions for visitors arriving by sea, but this may change with minimal warning.

For more information in English, we recommend the Australian Embassy website.

Canada

Current requirements:

  • All Canadians are advised to stay home unless they have to go to work, and avoid all non-essential trips
  • Travel into Canada is extremely restricted for all foreign nationals and Canadians are advised to avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Practise good hygiene and social distancing

For health advice, visit the Canadian Government website.

Chile

Chile is in Phase 4 of the outbreak, i.e. uncontrolled and widespread community transition. Chile has closed its borders to foreign nationals. Movements are highly restricted, especially in established quarantine areas, which may be expanded with little notice. There is a nationwide curfew. Essential services continue to operate, but at limited capacity.

For regular updates in English, head to the U.S. Embassy’s Alerts and Messages page.

France

The French medical system is under severe strain and everyone is required to stay at home. Outings are only authorised, with a certificate, to go to work, if necessary; shop for food; attend medical appointments; take children to daycare or care for an elderly person; and exercise.

You need a government certificate to travel to France, even if you’re just transiting, and commercial options to leave France are increasingly limited.

For more information, you can visit the French government’s coronavirus webpage (although it seems to be infrequently updated), the U.S. Embassy or Australia’s Smartraveller website.

Iceland

Iceland has not imposed a full national lockdown, but it has closed its borders to foreigners. Its restrictions and social distancing measures are largely based on trust. Most shops and businesses are still open. 10% of the population has been tested for coronavirus, the largest percentage of any country in the world. A combination of rigorous testing and tracing have helped Iceland flatten the curve despite not imposing a lockdown, and the healthcare system is thus still able to function effectively.

Iceland’s official COVID-19 website has a lot of helpful information.

Indonesia

You can no longer transit Indonesia or enter the country as a tourist. The government has imposed large-scale social restrictions and various quarantines. COVID-19 has spread to most Indonesian provinces, including Bali. Testing and infection control facilities are extremely limited. The health system is unlikely to be able to cope with the extra strain anticipated due to COVID-19.

For more information, we suggest heading to the U.S. Embassy website.

Ireland

Current requirements:

  • Stay at home – this measure will be in place until at least May 5th.
  • Only leave home to work as part of an essential service, to buy food and medicine, to exercise within 2 kilometres of your house, to attend medical appointments and to care for children, elderly or vulnerable people.
  • Practice good hygiene as per current health advice
  • Travel into Ireland is extremely restricted and citizens are advised to avoid all non-essential travel.

For health advice and detailed information, visit the government website.

Italy

Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries in this pandemic. Residents have been in lockdown for over 5 weeks and the restrictions are only just starting to be moderately eased in some regions. The daily death toll is now falling and the number of patients in intensive care is decreasing. However, the healthcare system is still severely overburdened and it is of course not possible to travel to Italy.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 page on Italy’s official tourism website.

Japan

On April 7th, a state of emergency was declared in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures, to remain in place until May 6th. Residents are advised to avoid nonessential trips within and outside the designated areas, but there are no restrictions on domestic travel. However, foreigners from most nations are no longer permitted to enter Japan and flight options are rapidly decreasing.

Japan Travel has an excellent COVID-19 information page.

Kenya

Kenya currently has a mandatory, nation-wide curfew between the hours of 7pm and 5am. Movement in and out of Nairobi and the regions of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa is restricted to try to limit the spread of coronavirus to and from these areas. Mass testing has begun in Nairobi. Social distancing and additional hygiene measures are advised for all residents. There is an international flight ban until May 7th.

The Kenyan Ministry of Health and the U.S. Embassy offer complementary sets of information.

Madagascar

A state of emergency has been declared across Madagascar. Antananarivo, Tamatave and many other parts of the country are under lockdown and on top of the isolation measures, a total curfew is in place between the hours of 20:00 and 05:00. The island nation’s borders are closed and international flights have been suspended until at least April 19th. As of April 22nd, there have been no updates regarding this suspension.

The U.S. Embassy website is the best source of current information in English.

Mongolia

Flights to Mongolia have been suspended until at least April 30th. The country responded to COVID-19 early, closing its borders to China and Russia and restricting flights between countries with major outbreaks before the pandemic was even declared. As of April 16, there are 31 new coronavirus infections in Mongolia. All of them are imported cases, and there have been no community-spread cases. Various social distancing measures have been put in place, but a lockdown has not been introduced as yet.

This website is updated daily with the latest information in English.

Morocco

A ‘Health State of Emergency’ has been announced and will remain in effect until April 20th, at the time of writing. Citizens are required to stay at home, leaving only for work, shopping, pedical purposes and emergencies. There is a 6pm to 6am curfew. All commercial flights to and from Morocco have been indefinitely suspended.

For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy.

Namibia

Namibia is in lockdown and recently extended this order until May 4th. A state of emergency was declared in March and all residents are required to stay at home, leaving only for essential purposes. International travel is banned and the country’s borders are closed.

The Namibian U.S. Embassy is the best source of detailed information.

New Zealand

Current requirements:

  • Alert Level 4 means you can only have in-person contact with the people in your household
  • stay at home as much as possible, only leaving to exercise, access essential services, go to work if you are an essential worker, or visit or stay at another residence in your household group
  • stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people at all times
  • practice careful handwashing and additional hygiene measures to prevent germs entering the household

For detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19 in New Zealand, visit the official COVID-19 website.

Portugal

Portugal has declared a State of Emergency and the police are conducting random purpose-of-travel checks on roads and highways. everyone is required to stay at home, with the exceptions of accessing essential services, going to work if unable to work from home, caring for a vulnerable person, medical reasons and exercising for short periods. Most international flights to and from Portugal have been suspended. The State of Emergency could be eased or lifted quite soon.

For more information, we recommend the U.S. Embassy.

Scotland

Current requirements:

  • stay at home
  • only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons
  • stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
  • wash your hands regularly
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

For health advice, visit NHS Inform.

Spain

Spain’s land, air and sea borders are closed to non-residents until at least April 22nd. A State of Alarm is in place until April 26 (likely to be extended until May 9), meaning movement throughout the country is banned and all public transport services are restricted. The vast majority of travellers’ accommodation closed on March 27th. Residents are required to stay at home, leaving only for essential purposes. A distance of 1-2 metres must be maintained between people at all times while outside of their homes.

For more information in English, the U.S. Embassy is the best resource.

Tanzania

The Tanzanian government has put a range of measures in place to slow the transmission of coronavirus through the country, but the transmission rate has still been high. All international commercial flights have been suspended since April 11th.

The U.S. Embassy has the most information available in English at present.

United States

The coronavirus guidelines for America have been extended until April 30th. These guidelines ask that residents:

  • stay home if they are elderly, if they or their children feel sick, if someone in the household has tested positive for coronavirus, or if they have a serious underlying health condition
  • work and engage in schooling from home whenever possible, unless they work in a critical infrastructure industry
  • avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people
  • avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, food courts, etc
  • avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits
  • do not visit nursing homes or retirement centres unless providing critical assistance
  • practice good hygiene

For more information, visit the government’s official coronavirus website.

Wales

Current requirements:

  • stay at home
  • only go outside for food, work or health reasons
  • stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

For health advice, visit the Welsh Government website.

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