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‘Dramatic’ surge in bookings as more of the world opens up

T.The eight new additions to the non-quarantine list, effective from November 14th (yesterday), are: Bahrain, Chile, Iceland, Cambodia, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turks & Caicos. Among the eight, these are the most feasible or soon will be goals for a vacation:

Dubai: after December 2nd you can visit. Here’s the FCO advice: Travelers coming to Dubai from the UK have the option of either presenting a negative Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test prior to departure, which is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test , or perform a test PCR test upon arrival at Dubai Airport. Travelers to the rest of the UAE must have completed a test within 96 hours and received a negative result prior to departure. Depending on your port of entry, you may also need to take a second test upon arrival, wear a government-provided armband, and complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.

Chile: Not quite yet, but on Thursday the Chilean authorities announced that Santiago International Airport (no land borders) will be open to international visitors from November 23, subject to a number of protocols (including a negative Covid test certificate) – but without Quarantine time. The timing is perfect.

Iceland:: All passengers can either self-isolate for 14 days on arrival or have two Covid-19 tests, one on arrival and another 5-6 days later. In the meantime, you have to self-isolate, which makes outings quite difficult. The test fee is 11,000 ISK or 9,000 ISK if pre-booked. The second test is free. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and self-isolation.

Cambodia: There are plenty of tires to jump on and you have to be careful where you switch planes (Kuala Lumpur is fine; Singapore is not) If you want to enter Cambodia you must:

  • Get a visa before your arrival – the visa waiver policy, visa on arrival and e-visa regulations are suspended indefinitely
  • Obtain a medical certificate from a competent health authority at least 72 hours before departure, stating that you do not have Covid-19. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange a private test.
  • Have proof of insurance that includes at least $ 50,000 for health insurance

Turks and Caicos Islands: If you are visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands, you must obtain authorization through the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal prior to travel. This requires proof of a negative Covid-19 test from a reputable facility carried out within 5 days of arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands, proof of health / travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage, and a completed questionnaire for health screening. However, the only flights to the islands are via the USA, which is not on the list of travel corridors. Today’s news could of course inspire airlines to launch direct flights. Take a look at this area.

Bahrain: Bahrain International Airport is still open, including for transit and transfer passengers. On arrival, visas for 68 nationalities including the UK have been reintroduced. All arrivals in Bahrain must undergo and pay for the Covid-19 Extended Arrival Test Procedure and must self-quarantine pending test results. Anyone staying in Bahrain for 10 days or more must repeat the test on the 10th day after arriving in the Kingdom. You must download the BeAware app before testing. You should check the Visa portal in Bahrain for the most up-to-date information.

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