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U.S. Travel Ban: Where’s Newly Open? And Why It’s Looking Up For A Return To Europe

Many parts of the world are opening up their borders to American (and other foreign national) visitors. In November, African safari countries opened their borders and south American countries are doing the same, partly because of a fear of missing out on peak tourist season in the southern hemisphere.

Some countries have no travel restrictions for arrivals by foreign nationals (Tanzania, Brazil) whilst others require a negative PCR test within 48, 72 or 96 hours of arrival (Kenya, Belize, Chile). Others require quarantine (Rwanda is asking for 5 days) but access is open.

The EU, however, is still closing its borders further to try to curb the second wave of Covid-19 and many foreign nationals are still banned, except those on the approved EU travel list. This currently includes 9 countries outside the EU/Schengen area, of which, one is in the southern hemisphere–Rwanda, which has done well in keeping its Covid-19 infection rates low.

However, there is optimism this week with the commencement of trials of Covid-19-free planes between the U.S. and the U.K. There are two trials in operation–both of which are quite different, as reported by CNBC. There are also trials underway of a new health application to aid screening processes across borders.

Trial 1: United Airlines–Newark to London Heathrow

This trial is mandatory (all passengers who don’t want to participate in testing will be rebooked onto other flights).

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