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 on a daily basis and so much variation in countries’ travel rules and restrictions, we decided to create this article as a resource for those who are considering (or have booked) a horse riding holiday. 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.

*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 Argentine Government announced that effective November 1, 2021, foreign tourists are permitted to enter, but must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before their arrival in Argentina. Along with proof of vaccination, travellers must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight, fill out an electronic health declaration form no more than 48 hours prior to their flight, and take another PCR test between five and seven days after arrival in Argentina.

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

Australia

Covid related restrictions and regulations vary state by state. Some state borders are still closed and/or require travellers to quarantine on arrival. Australia’s vaccination rate is now over 90%, and international travel is possible for vaccinated Australians. If the vaccination rate remains high and the global situation improves, it is likely that international visitors who are fully vaccinated will be welcomed back to Australia without needing to quarantine sometime in 2022.

For health advice and links to each state’s COVID-19 website, visit the Australian Department of Health.

Botswana

Although international visitors can now travel to Botswana as long as they provide negative COVID test results from no more than 72 hours prior to departure, we do not recommend visiting Botswana at this point in time. This is because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Botswana: do not travel.

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

Brazil

Foreigners can now travel to Brazil by air for stays of up to 90 days as long as they complete a Traveller’s Health Declaration (DSV) and provide a negative COVID test result from no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Most visitors also need to present proof of vaccination, but there are a number of exceptions. Land borders are still closed to foreigners who do not have a close connection to Brazil or a Brazilian citizen.

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

Canada

Canada is now allowing fully vaccinated international travellers who have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to enter the country. There are a number of tightened entry requirements due to the latest Omnicron variant. You will need to use ArriveCAN to log your vaccination details and your quarantine plan (don’t worry, if all goes smoothly, you won’t need to quarantine), and on arrival you’ll need to present a negative PCR or molecular COVID test from within 72 hours of your flight’s departure (or your planned entry into Canada by car).

For more information and health advice, visit the Canadian Government website.

Chile

Chile is now allowing fully vaccinated foreigners to enter with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Chile. Travellers must also present a completed ‘affidavit of travelers’ form, a ‘mobility pass’ (this may take 2-3 weeks to process) and proof of health insurance that covers them for COVID-19 and health-related issues during their stay in Chile, to the minimum value of USD $30,000. Upon arrival in Chile, all foreign visitors must take a PCR test and quarantine for five days or until they receive a negative PCR test result, whichever comes first.

For more information in English, visit the U.S. Embassy or the Chile Travel website.

France

France has created four categories in its approach to international travel: scarlet, red, orange and green. Travellers coming from green countries can enter France with a negative antigen or PCR test performed no more than 48 hours before their flight. Vaccinated travellers must present proof of vaccination, while unvaccinated travellers must sign a statement agreeing they may be retested upon arrival in France. For orange countries, the rules for vaccinated travellers are the same, while unvaccinated travellers require a ‘compelling reason’ to enter France, a negative PCR or antigen test and a seven-day quarantine. The rules for red countries are the same as orange countries, except the quarantine period for unvaccinated travellers is 10 days. All travellers from scarlet countries must provide a compelling reason for their visit to France, provide a a negative PCR test not more than 48 hours old or an antigen test not more than 24 hours old, complete this form, be screened and tested on arrival, and then quarantine for 10 days.
Proof of vaccination is required for restaurants, hotels, long distance transportation and cultural venues. Most places accept CDC cards, but it’s recommended that visitors attain a digital French health pass, which is universally accepted. Please also note that visitors aged 65 or older who were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine must provide proof that they have had a booster shot.

For more information, you can visit the French government’s coronavirus webpage, the U.S. Embassy or Australia’s Smartraveller website.

Iceland

For vaccinated travellers from all countries except those deemed high risk, Iceland requires either proof of vaccination or proof of full recovery from COVID-19, along with a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Unvaccinated travellers need to present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure, take a test upon arrival, quarantine for five days and take another test at the end of the quarantine period.

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

Indonesia

While essential services are available in Indonesia, public activities are still very limited and it is still mandatory to wear a mask in public. Many public spaces require proof of vaccination to enter. Anyone arriving in Indonesia must undertake a seven-day quarantine at facilities designed by the government. You will be given a PCR test upon arrival and after six days of quarantine. International travellers who are fully vaccinated must show proof of vaccination; those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical conditions will be exempted as long as they present supporting documentation.

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

Ireland

From December 3rd, regardless of their vaccination status, all travellers to Ireland must present negative antigen test results not more than 48 hours old, or negative RT-PCR test results not more than 72 hours old. Travellers also need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form prior to departure. If you have been vaccinated or have fully recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, you will also need proof of this. People arriving in Ireland do not need to quarantine, unless they have been in certain countries in southern Africa. All arrivals should take a daily antigen test for the first five days upon arrival.

For health advice and detailed information, visit the Irish government website or Citizens Information website.

Italy

Italy has opened its borders to visitors from most countries; for the full up-to-date list, visit the Italia COVID-19 website, which explains the restrictions and requirements for each country. Generally speaking, visitors from most countries do not need to quarantine, but need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival and present proof of either vaccination or full recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. Negative test results from no more than 72 hours before your flight may also be required.

For more information, visit the Italia COVID-19 website.

Japan

Although there are no restrictions on domestic travel, 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 is an excellent source of information.

Kenya

Kenya has now reopened its borders to tourists and business travellers, regardless of their vaccination status. Travellers need to fill in a health declaration and take a PCR test no more than 96 hours before your flight to Kenya departs. On arrival you’ll need to present your negative test results and your health declaration. As long as you have a temperature higher than 37.5° C or show symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, you will not need to quarantine.

The Kenyan e-visa website offers clear information.

Madagascar

To visit Madagascar, foreign travellers currently need to present negative PCR test results performed 72 hours or less before their flight; take another PCR test on arrival; present a letter of commitment to stay in self-isolation until they receive the test result (and to quarantine for 14 days if the result is positive); present proof of payment for at least one night at a hotel room for self-isolation, and a hotel booking for at least two nights; and complete a travel tracking form after their self-isolation period ends.

The Madagascar Tourism website is the best source of current information in English.

Mongolia

The current status of “heightened emergency preparedness” is extended until December 31st. Most travelers are not allowed to enter Mongolia. Travelers must apply for a special entry permit from the Mongolian Immigration Agency. International passenger flights remain restricted.

This website is updated daily with the latest information in English, and the U.S. Embassy website has useful information, too.

Morocco

Due to the outbreak of the Omnicron variant, Morocco has suspended all international flights until January 31st. Once flights resume, travel conditions will be based on the categorisation of countries in to three lists (A, B and C). To read about the requirements for each country, visit the Moroccan Tourism website. At the moment, regardless of which list the country you are travelling from is on, you must present proof of vaccination to enter Morocco.

For more information, visit the Moroccan Tourism website or the U.S. Embassy.

Namibia

All foreign travellers to Namibia must present a negative PCR test result from their country of departure that is not older than 72 hours. From December 1st, only COVID-19 certificates obtained from providers participating in the Trusted Travel platform or verified on the Global Haven system will be valid for entry into and exit from Namibia.

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

New Zealand

International travel is closed to everyone except citizens and residents of New Zealand and those who can prove they have a critical purpose to enter New Zealand. A trans-Tasman bubble with Australia may be introduced in the first quarter of 2022.

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

Portugal

All travellers to Portugal must present a negative test no more than 48 hours old (Rapid Antigen Test) or 72 hours old (RT-PCR test) at the time of their flight’s departure, regardless of their vaccination status. They also need to present either a valid EU Digital COVID certificate (confirming the person has fully recovered from COVID-19, received a negative test result or been fully vaccinated), or a valid recovery certificate issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions.

Please visit Portugal’s tourism website for more details.

Spain

Spain is allowing vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers to visit provided they fill out a health control form (FCS) via the online Spain Travel Health portal and comply with any other requirements that may be in place depending on the risk factor of the country they are coming from. Those coming from a country/area considered at risk for COVID-19 must present a certificate or document certifying vaccination, an active infection diagnostic test (AIDT) or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

For more information in English, visit the Spanish government website or TravelSafe Spain.

Tanzania

Foreign visitors to Tanzania need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed no more than 72 hours prior to boarding their flight, complete a Traveler’s Surveillance Form and present it to the Port Health Authorities upon arrival and, if they come from a country considered at high risk (including the United States and the United Kingdom at the time of writing), take a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. All travellers will have their temperature taken upon arrival and if they show symptoms of COVID-19, they will need to quarantine in a government-designated facility at their own expense. The same applies for travellers from high risk countries whose antigen test results are positive.

Explore Tanzania and Tanzania Visas are two excellent sources of information in English.

United Kingdom (Scotland and England)

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have their own health policies, but at the moment England, Scotland and Wales are welcoming international travellers. However, in response to the newest Covid variant, if you are fully vaccinated, before embarking on your travels you’ll need to book and pay for a PCR test on or before your second day in the United Kingdom and submit a passenger locator form. Upon arrival, you’ll also need to self-isolate in your chosen location until you receive your negative PCR test results. Unvaccinated travellers need to do all of the above, however they must quarantine for 10 days and take a second PCR test on or after the 8th day of quarantine.

For more information, visit the UK government website.

United States

In response to the Omnicron variant, the United States has prohibited foreign travellers from entering the country if they have been in certain high risk countries in the 14 days before their arrival. For the full list of countries this applies to, click here. Travellers who are not coming from one of these countries are still welcome, but those who are over the age of 18 must provide evidence of full vaccination unless they qualify for an exemption. All travellers must provide negative COVID-19 test results from no more than three days before they boarded their flight. US states have their own quarantine requirements for new arrivals from overseas and/or for domestic travel from other US states. Further information can be found on the websites of the individual states.

For more information, visit Travel.State.Gov or the CDC COVID-19 website.

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