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.

Worldwide

The IATA (International Air Transport Association) has created an incredible interactive map showing the travel restrictions in every country at a glance, with details for every country available at a click. Check it out here.

Argentina

The Government of Argentina has ordered a countrywide mandatory quarantine until at least June 28th. 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

Australia has been able to relax its restrictions but this has been done at the discretion of each state and territory. Nationally, the recommendations are to practise social distancing, avoid large gatherings and practise good hygiene. All international travel is banned and domestic travel is to be avoided. Some state borders are still closed and/or require travellers to undertake a two-week quarantine.

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, foreigners are not allowed to enter Brazil by air. This ban will be in place until at least June 21. 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

France has been able to relax its previously severe lockdown measures and travel within the country is now permitted, although residents are encouraged to only travel if necessary. Schools are gradually reopening and working from home is still recommended. The restrictions vary from one region to the next. Foreign travel remains 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 closed its borders to foreigners. Its restrictions and social distancing measures are largely based on trust. Most shops and businesses are still open. 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

Travel to Indonesia is extremely restricted. The government has imposed large-scale restrictions and various quarantines. Testing and infection control facilities are very limited. The health system is under immense strain.

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

Ireland

Ireland is gradually easing its restrictions. Current requirements:

  • Stay local – within your county or within 20 kilometres of your home.
  • Limit excursions out of your home and maintain social distancing at all times
  • Limit contact with others when out and about and keep close contact with just a small number of people
  • Practice good hygiene as per current health advice
  • Work from home if possible
  • Travel into Ireland is very restricted

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

Italy

Italy has been able to reopen in many regards, although international travel is still fairly limited. Those in Italy can now travel freely throughout the country. Other safety and health measures vary from region to region. Social distancing protocols are still in place in public areas, e.g. using face masks and maintaining physical distance.

For more information, the best English-language resource is the US Embassy website.

Japan

Japan lifted its state of emergency on May 25th and there are no restrictions on domestic travel. Various social distancing measures are still in place. Foreigners from most nations are not permitted to enter Japan, or are required to quarantine for two weeks, and flight options are minimal.

Japan Travel has an excellent COVID-19 information page.

Kenya

Kenya currently has a mandatory, nation-wide curfew between the hours of 9pm and 4am. Many lockdown measures are still in place. Social distancing and additional hygiene practises are advised for all residents. International travel is extremely limited and those entering Kenya must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility.

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

Madagascar

Recent updates on the situation in Madagascar are still lacking. As of March 20, a state of emergency has been declared across Madagascar and it seems to still be in place. The island nation’s borders are closed and international flights have been suspended.

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

Mongolia

Flights to Mongolia have been suspended until at least June 30. Various social distancing measures have been put in place, and schools, kindergartens and universities are closed until September 1. Museums, bars and nightclubs are expected to reopen on July 1, and most other businesses are now operating normally.

This website is updated daily with the latest information in English, and Australia’s Smartraveller page has useful information, too.

Morocco

A ‘Health State of Emergency’ has been announced and will remain in effect until July 10, at the time of writing. Stay-at-home, social distancing and other protocols are in effect, with most inter-provincial travel still banned. All commercial flights to and from Morocco remain indefinitely suspended.

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

Namibia

A state of emergency was declared in Namibia in March and is still in effect, although many measures have now been eased. Within Namibia, travel is unrestricted and schools are gradually being reopened. 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

New Zealand has eliminated COVID-19 and is now at Alert Level 1. Residents can return to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and get together with as many people as they want. The government advises that people keep track of where they’ve been, isolate if sick, and practice careful handwashing and additional hygiene measures. International travel is closed to everyone except citizens and residents of New Zealand.

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

Portugal

Portugal has downgraded from State of Emergency to a ‘State of Calamity’, allowing many social and travel restrictions to be lifted or eased. Face masks are mandatory in crowded, enclosed spaces and gatherings of more than 20 people are banned. Border restrictions have been extended until June 30, so flights are still extremely limited.

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

Scotland

Current requirements:

  • stay at local
  • avoid unnecessary travel and social interactions
  • 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 and the Scottish Government website.

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 at least June 21, meaning movement throughout the country is banned and all public transport services are restricted. However, confinement measures are gradually being relaxed and will vary from region to region. Face masks are mandatory in enclosed spaces and public areas where it’s not possible to maintain a social distance of six feet. Spain’s borders remain closed for entry, with limited exemptions.

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. International flights into and out of Tanzania are available, although limited.

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

United States

America has various coronavirus guidelines in place, although there has not been widespread acceptance of these measures. Protests have at times become violent and as a result, curfews are in place in some cities. The nation has suspended entry for foreigners who have travelled to or reside in certain COVID-19 affected countries.

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

Wales

Current requirements:

  • stay local
  • avoid unnecessary travel and social interactions
  • 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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