Yes, the world is getting back to travel, and yes, there has been an uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout the world. Because of this, governments and travel suppliers are still welcoming travelers while exercising precautions to keep everyone's safety and health a top priority. Guidelines seem to be changing on an daily basis. Here are some important updates to keep track of as you plan your next travels.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean is adhering to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's pre-cruise COVID-19 testing requirements, and are requiring all guests to do the following starting September 13, 2021:
All vaccinated guests must present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken no more than 2 days prior to sailing (RCI is offering an at-home test for guests that can be shipped to their home in two business days or less with 15 minute results).
Unvaccinated children 2-11 must present a negative PCT test result taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing (they are no longer allowed to present negative antigen test results).
Royal Caribbean's protocol has already been that all guests ages 12 and older must present proof of vaccination with their final dose administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. Children ages 2-11 may be required to take additional tests depending on the length of the cruise. If a negative test is required for re-entry into the country, the cruise line will provide tests for guests as well and will receive information about registering while on board. More information can be found here.
Celebrity Cruises has adopted similar guidelines, but may also require additional information.
Atlas Ocean Voyages
When the World Navigator sets sail on October 4, 2021, all passengers will have been required to show proof of COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to embarkation. All guests must also provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to embarkation and proof of a negative antigen test taken no earlier than 48 hours prior to embarkation. The cruise line provides more information on its website.
Starting October 1, all passengers aged 18 and over traveling to Antigua must be fully vaccinated or have at least one dose of the two-dose vaccine. In addition to showing proof of vaccination, all travelers ages 5 and over must show a negative PCR test taken within four days of arrival. Those passengers who are fully vaccinated (the second does was administered at least two weeks prior to arrival) and show proof of the same may stay at "certified" accommodations. Those who have been partially vaccinated may only stay at COVID-19 certified accommodations and quarantine for 14 days. More information may be found here.
Anguilla & Barbuda
Anguilla has lifted its four-day self-quarantine requirements for international visitors. They will, however, be tested on arrival and must remain at their resort (or hotel or villa) until they receive their test results. Upon the negative result, they are free to travel about the beautiful Caribbean island. Travelers will again be tested on the fourth day of their visit. This is a cost of $200 that travelers must include in their budget. Unvaccinated travelers are not allowed to enter Anguilla unless they are 17 years or younger or pregnant. Anguilla requires its travelers to have their second dose at least 21 days prior to arrival, and travel authorization is required to enter the country. Find more information on the island's official tourism website.
Since September 13, only fully vaccinated U.S. and Canadian travelers are allowed to travel to Switzerland. Even recovered and tested U.S. travelers who are not vaccinated will no longer be able to travel to Switzerland. Testing is also mandatory for travelers over the age of 16. Read more about Switzerland's travel requirements here.
Effective September 6, 2021, Spain is requiring all travelers to provide one of the following:
Proof of full vaccination or recovery;
a negative NAAT test taken within 72 hours of arrival; or
a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
Children under 12 are not required to present a negative test result. The Spanish government is also requiring all travelers, whether vaccinated or not, to provide specific information electronically. You can find out more by visiting the Spanish Ministry of Health website.
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Effective September 4, 2021, The Netherlands is requiring all travelers to self-quarantine for 10 days, and may have a shorter quarantine period after providing a negative COVID-19 test after 5 days. The Netherlands had previously announced that non-vaccinated U.S. travelers were not permitted to enter Amsterdam (although there may be some exceptions for essential travel). If travelers are fully vaccinated, they must provide proof of full vaccination prior to boarding their flights -- this goes for travelers whose final destination is Amsterdam and those with connecting flights in Amsterdam.
All travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no earlier than 48 hours prior to travel or a negative antigen test no earlier than 24 hours prior to travel. Travelers who are entering Amsterdam for a connecting flight do not have to provide a negative test result. There are specific zones for connection flights that travelers must stay within. Children under 12 are exempt from providing negative test results. However, all travelers age 13 or above are required to complete certain printed forms at the time of boarding. More information can be found on the Government of the Netherlands COVID-19 site.
Although the European Union has cautioned its countries not to allow unvaccinated travelers from the U.S., Portugal has decided that they will still allow vaccinated U.S. travelers entry into the country upon providing negative PCR or NAAT test results taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to boarding for entry into Portugal. Children under 12 will not have to provide test results or show proof of vaccination. Each individual traveler will also need to complete a Passenger Locator Card. get more information at the Visit Portugal site.
All travelers ages 6 and older, regardless of vaccination status, will be requested to provide a negative antigen or molecular test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy. If unable to obtain a negative result, they must cancel or rebook their flight. Italy will not allow travelers to test or self-quarantine once they are in Italy. Unvaccinated travelers may enter Italy but must self-quarantine for five days and will no longer have to quarantine after a negative test. You can find more information on traveling requirements to Italy, along with Malta and Slovenia, at the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form site.
Starting September 15, Austria is only allowing U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated and those who recently recovered from COVID-19. Unvaccinated U.S. travelers who wish to travel to Austria All travelers ages 6 and older, regardless of vaccination status, will be requested to provide a negative antigen or molecular test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy. If unable to obtain a negative result, they must cancel or rebook their flight. Italy will not allow travelers to test or self-quarantine once they are in Italy. You can find more information on traveling requirements to Italy, along with Malta and Slovenia, at the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form site.
Starting September 12, non-vaccinated travelers will only be allowed to enter for essential travel as set forth by France as long as they provide specific documents required. Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to travel to France with proof of vaccination and a declaration form. Get more information here.