It’s difficult to always have your finger on the pulse, to know everything that’s going on around the world. That’s why, each month, we put together a handy run-down of the situation in each of our destinations.
For each country, we have put together a brief, bitesize policy summary. We’ve also handpicked a couple of recent news stories – some related to the travel industry and some we just think you might find interesting.
But first, a brief summary of covid stats in each of our destinations:
Feel free to click on a country below to head straight there:
Mexico is open to travellers. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, though most resorts ask guests to fill out health questionnaires.
The land border between Mexico and the US remains closed for nonessential travel.
Mexico has a four-tier traffic light system of restrictions, with red signifying maximum restrictions, orange limiting capacity to 50% in tourist establishments, including restaurants, bars and shopping centres, yellow allowing for all work to resume and public gatherings to take place, and green meaning there are no restrictions in place.
Most states currently fall under orange, including Quintana Roo, where the popular tourist destination of Cancun is.
The Dominican Republic is open for tourism without any need for quarantine.
Some travellers do not even need to show a negative covid test depending on the country of origin. For example, visitors from the US don’t need to show a negative test, whereas visitors from the UK do.
There are some limited restrictions in place, including social distancing measures, the encouragement of mask-wearing, and a nighttime curfew from 11pm to 5 am.
The country is divided into colour-coded provinces with varying levels of restrictions. In dark-red zones (Bangkok), gatherings of more than 25 people are banned, dine in is limited to 75% capacity in non-air-conditioned venues, 50% in air-conditioned venues, and shopping malls can open until 8pm only.
Authorities in Thailand will look to ease restrictions over the coming weeks.
Thailand was recently placed on the red list for travellers from the UK, labelling it among the highest risk countries.
From 23 August, Ho Chi Minh City residents are banned from leaving their homes except for emergencies. Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An and many southern localities under the strictest social distancing order, “Directive 16”.
Many other localities across the country are imposing similarly strict measures in the hope of curbing the spread of the delta variant.
Indonesia has closed all borders to foreign visitors except for official visits, those with special permission and those under travel corridor arrangements.
Indonesia has its own level system for grading the risk in different areas, ranked from 1-4, called PPKM.
Jakarta is at level 3, while Bali is at level 4.
Measures under Level 4 include; all nonessential companies to enforce working from home, shopping malls open at 50% capacity for vaccinated, restaurants are open for dine-in at 25% capacity, small businesses permitted to open until 9pm, tourist destinations are closed.
Domestic travellers on flights must show proof of vaccination or provide a negative PCR test.
All schools nationwide are closed, and gatherings are banned. Varying measures of lockdown across the provinces according to the severity of the outbreak.
There is the possibility of entering Cambodia, but it is a complex process. Travellers must have valid medical certificates issued 72hrs before travel, proof of medical insurance worth up to $50,000, be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and undertake a 14-day quarantine with a re-test on the 14th day. They must also deposit $2,000 on arrival, from which certain costs (tests) will be deducted.
International scheduled and chartered flights are suspended.
Districts in Laos are divided into colour-coded zones until 2 September. Red zones are areas with 1 or more cases where contact tracing is not possible, yellow zones where contact tracing is possible, and green zones for COVID-free areas. Movement is highly restricted in red zones.