Relatively few countries currently have travel restrictions and pre-travel requirements for international travel. Some places are more accessible since the beginning of the month. Here are the latest Covid-19 travel protocol changes you need to know for July 2022.
United States Travel Restrictions
There are currently no travel restrictions for domestic travel between US states and territories. For example, US citizens no longer need to present a negative Covid-19 test result to visit the US Virgin Islands.
Mandate of the mask
The United States is currently not enforcing its previous federal mask mandate on commercial travel and in transit hubs. This policy is now being appealed through the court system and may return in the future.
However, individual carriers and transport terminals may require the wearing of a mask indoors. At this time, JFK, La Guardia and Stewart airports in New York still require a mask. Newark International Airport in neighboring New Jersey does not have a mandatory masking policy.
The United States has also dropped its mandatory travel test requirement for passengers arriving from another country. This requirement applied to returning citizens and visiting foreigners. However, international visitors who are at least 18 years old must be fully vaccinated to enter the country for tourist purposes.
Americans must be fully immunized to visit Canada by air, land or sea. The country also has a mask mandate for commercial travel and in transportation hubs.
Most of Latin America is open without restriction to fully vaccinated travelers for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Countries may still require the purchase of Covid-19 travel insurance, which may be part of the entry visa process.
Many countries still have travel restrictions for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people.
Several countries require unvaccinated people to test negative before arrival, including Belize, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama.
Mexico and Costa Rica are two popular vacation destinations with virtually no travel restrictions.
The Dominican Republic and Jamaica are the most accessible Caribbean islands for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, as you do not need to test negative before arrival.
Pre-arrival testing requirements are still relatively standard for many small islands seeking to protect their local citizens. But the Bahamas no longer requires pre-arrival testing if you are fully vaccinated. Also, a health visa is no longer required.
The Turks and Caicos Islands also dropped their testing requirements for vaccinated travelers. However, any adult must be fully vaccinated to visit.
Most of Western Europe is unrestricted and does not require proof of vaccination or pre-arrival testing to enter.
Portugal is one of the most recent countries to drop most of its entry protocols.
Unvaccinated travelers can also travel to most countries without restrictions. However, Spain and France require unvaccinated visitors to test negative before arrival.
Additionally, local restrictions and masking requirements may apply.
The ongoing Ukrainian conflict continues to impact travel to Central and Eastern Europe.
Australia opens to unvaccinated travelers from July 6, 2022. This is a remarkable change as regions of Asia and Oceania continue to have the strictest travel guidelines.
In addition, passengers no longer need to complete the digital passenger declaration. Other countries have also removed this paperwork requirement.
New Zealand currently aims to open to tourism at 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2022. Visitors must be fully vaccinated and undergo two tests after arrival. The first will take place on day 0 or 1 and the second on day 5 or 6.
Until the end of July, the country only issues work and student visas for non-citizens.
International travel is finally on the rebound, and the reduction in travel restrictions is a contributing factor. The Americas and Europe are the easiest to reach due to their proximity and political flexibility. However, there are also glimmers of hope in other pockets of the world.