As each month passes, the constantly fluctuating travel restrictions change according to infection rates around the world. From October 1, these countries are opening their doors to international travelers for the first time since lockdown, providing that visitors meet the required entry criteria.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will open its borders October 1 to both incoming and outgoing passengers.
Visa application offices will be reopened and visitors may enter, according to Business Insider, if they have a recent negative Sars-CoV-2 test (less than 72 hours old) and have installed a government contact-notification application.
Three airports will be open to foreign travelers—Johannesburg’s OR Tambo, Cape Town International, and King Shaka outside Durban. Overland travellers will be able to enter via one of the few border posts that remained open during lockdown.
Ramaphosa added that some countries might be put on a “red list” after opening the borders, from which travel would be restricted. He didn’t give details on which factors would be used to put countries on such a list.
Most countries use a 7-day infection rate per 100,000 people in the population. The U.K. use 20 per 100,000 as the cut off point, whilst the Germans use 50.
South Africa currently has a rate of 18.5 per 100,000 people but it hasn’t been taken off either Germany or the U.K’s restricted list, as yet.
Time Out reported that South Africa will announce its decisions in the next few days over how it will work and which countries are involved.
St. Kitts and Nevis
From October 1, the Caribbean island will be open to tourists although it’s unclear, according to Time Out, if there will be country by country restrictions introduced.
The criteria is clear in that incoming travelers must provide proof of valid insurance that covers all Covid-19 issues during their stay. A negative test is also required within 72 hours of arrival or mandatory quarantine will be enforced for 14 days, before visitors will be allowed to leave the country.
The country is considering how it might open up in October and is working through two schemes, according to Time Out. The first is called “Safe And Sealed”, where you would be able to fly to Phuket and stay in a beach resort for 14 days, in quarantine. There would be a test upon entry and a test after two weeks—if the latter was negative, visitors could travel throughout the island freely.
Another scheme is for a long-term visa, rather than a short-term holiday. Visitors could arrive and stay in a state-approved facility for 14 days, after which they could travel around the entire country for 90 days, renewing the visa twice more, both for the same period of time. Proof will be required of long-term accommodation reservations.
It isn’t yet clear if visitors from certain countries would be excluded.
According to the Minister of Transport and Communications Carlos Estremadoyro and reported by News 18, Peru is opening up airline routes on October 1 between Chile and Mexico, with which it forms the Pacific Alliance Trade Bloc with Colombia.
It is also in talks with the U.S., Spain and Brazil to discuss under what health conditions they can reopen air routes—he added that a negative test would be required within one week of arrival.
Estremadoyro said that Peru would “start with a limited number of flights” to the U.S.
Lonely Planet reported that Mauritius is evaluating a three-phase reopening in October, possibly classifying travelers on the length of stay, confining short-stay visitors to their hotels in ‘resort bubbles’. The island off the east coast of Madagascar has had 356 cases of Covid-19 and 10 deaths, the last one being on April 29.
These Four Countries Are Opening Up In October – Forbes