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Indonesia: reopening to professional visitors

While waiting for the complete opening to tourism, Indonesia welcomes professional visitors again with a visa, and this, then on September 17, reports the representation of the Indonesian Tourist Office in France. Be careful however, it is advisable to find out about the types of visas authorized, and travelers must be provided with a letter of recommendation or an invitation. Visa applicants must also meet additional conditions, including providing proof of full vaccination against Covid-19. They must also commit in a letter to respect the health protocols in Indonesia, and justify proof of health insurance and travel insurance. If he is not covered by health insurance, the foreign visitor will have to be able to pay his medical expenses if he contracts the Covid in Indonesia, specify the Indonesian authorities. An 8-day quarantine and three PCR tests must also be carried out (before departure, on arrival at the airport and on the 7th day at the hotel). All health formalities are detailed on the Quai d’Orsay website, which updated its recommendations on September 21. Also to know: “new restrictions apply for intercity travel having a city of Java or Bali as their point of origin or destination, in particular the obligation to have received at least one vaccine injection before the trip and to having downloaded the Covid-19 monitoring and tracing application “PeduliLindungi” on his mobile phone. Until further notice, children under the age of 12 are not allowed to travel inside Indonesia,” according to the Quai d’Orsay. All information here.

If the health situation allows it, the protocols should be relaxed over the next few weeks, a reopening to leisure tourism is mentioned for the month of November.

Protocols evolve for Expo 2020 Dubai

A few days before its opening, Expo 2020 Dubai has just unveiled the latest health measures in force. Visitors aged 18 and over must present a vaccination certificate recognized by their country of origin or a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old. Non-vaccinated and non-tested ticket holders will have the option of performing a PCR test at a site adjacent to Expo. In addition, a network of test centers will be set up throughout the city (points available on the Expo 2020 website). The PCR test will be fully covered, upon presentation of a valid ticket (daily or multi-pass). During the event, “strict health measures include mandatory vaccinations for all Expo staff, volunteers, contractors and service providers, as well as international attendees. They also include disinfection stations throughout the site, the wearing of the mandatory mask indoors as well as outdoors as well as the maintenance of the rules of social distancing of two meters”, also indicates the destination.

Polynesia: gradual deconfinement

French Polynesia is in turn beginning a gradual deconfinement. The curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. remains applicable throughout French Polynesia. Weekend containment is maintained in Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti. It will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday. International tourists present in the islands concerned by the confinement applicable at the weekend, will be authorized to circulate from/or to the airport and the ferry terminal (provided with a travel certificate). They can also circulate within their tourist accommodation. Activities within tourist accommodation are authorized in compliance with barrier gestures. Activities in the lagoon adjoining the tourist establishment (beach, swimming, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, etc.) are authorized provided that they are carried out within a perimeter delimited by the host. Finally, it is possible outside your accommodation for professional reasons, health and for purchases of basic necessities. All of these measures do not apply to the Tuamotu Islands, Gambier Islands and Austral Islands, the confinement being lifted on these islands) as well as to the Marquesas Islands. All the measures that concern tourists are detailed in this document.

Japan: fortnight for travelers from France

“As of September 20, 2021, all travelers entering or re-entering Japan and having stayed on French territory in the 14 days preceding their arrival must respect a period of isolation of 14 days in the place of their choice (their place of residence on if applicable)”, warns the Quai d’Orsay in its Travel Advice. Travelers will also have to install a geolocation application on their phone to answer questions from Japanese authorities about their state of health during quarantine. They will also have to undertake not to use public transport or to leave their place of isolation, details the Quai d’Orsay. In the event of non-compliance with these rules, the visa and/or residence permit may be canceled and its holder expelled, he warns. (Details of entry requirements to Japan here).

Fiji Islands: reopening in sight to certain countries

Fiji, still in the grip of a Covid-19 epidemic, wants to welcome tourists again from November, in the hope of reviving an economy devastated by the pandemic. When 80% of the eligible population has been vaccinated, tourists from countries on a “green list” will be able to stay on the archipelago without having to quarantine. So far, 66% of residents have received two doses of the vaccine. The 80% mark should be crossed around November 1, the authorities believe. The countries currently on this list are Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, and parts of the United States. Visitors must be fully vaccinated and test negative before departure. Once in Fiji, they will need to stay in areas where everyone they come into contact with will have received two doses.

UK government relaxes travel conditions for vaccinees

The British government announced on Friday a relaxation of the conditions of entry into England for vaccinated travellers. From October 4, vaccinated travelers to England will no longer need to take a test before departing from a country that is not on the Red List, Transport Minister Grant Shapps tweeted. Then at the end of October, the PCR test required on the second day after arrival on English soil will be replaced by a “less expensive” antigen test, he said. Travelers who test positive will be required to self-isolate and then perform a confirmation PCR test, at no additional cost, which will be analyzed to identify new variants. The transport minister also announced that eight countries are leaving the red list – which imposes a costly mandatory hotel quarantine for 10 days – including Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives. The orange list, on which France currently appears, will disappear.

On the other hand, non-vaccinated travelers from countries not classified in red will have to undergo PCR tests before their departure and on the second and eighth day after their arrival, with the possibility of taking a third test to reduce the quarantine by 10 days. Also from October 4, the UK government will recognize the vaccination of 17 additional countries and territories, including Japan and Singapore. These provisions only apply for England, but Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish local governments have generally followed the same rules.

Switzerland: mandatory test for unvaccinated or uncured people

From September 20, 2021, the Federal Council has enacted new provisions relating to entry into Switzerland, reports the Quai d’Orsay in its Travel Advice. All unvaccinated or uncured persons must present a negative test (antigenic or PCR) upon entering Switzerland, regardless of their origin and the means of transport used. After four to seven days in Switzerland, they will have to carry out a second test at their own expense, the result of which must be sent to the competent cantonal authorities. Vaccinated or recovered persons with a Covid-19 certificate or other valid proof of vaccination or recovery will not be required to be tested. All persons entering Switzerland – vaccinated, cured or tested negative – must also complete the entry form (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF). Exceptions exist, refer here.

Romania: the French go into the “yellow zone”

Since September 19, France has been placed by the Romanian authorities in the “yellow zone”. In this context, travelers arriving from France must present upon boarding and upon arrival in the country either proof of complete vaccination for at least 10 days, or a negative PCR test, carried out less than 72 hours before embarkation, i.e. a positive PCR test, carried out between 14 and 180 days before entering Romania. “These vaccination and PCR test certificates must, as far as possible, be presented in the standardized form of the EU digital COVID certificate (the French health pass, which uses this European format, is well recognized). Otherwise, non-standardized certificates from official laboratories or vaccination centers may be accepted, on a case-by-case basis, if they include an English version, specifies the Quai d’Orsay in its Travel Advice. Travelers in transit (stay in Romania less than 24 hours), children aged 6 and under and pupils and students going to Romania for exams, registration formalities or other procedures necessary for their studies (on presentation of supporting documents) are not required to present these documents”, also indicates the Quai d’Orsay.

Malaysia: Langkawi island tests reopening to local tourism

Visitors rushed to the Malaysian island of Langkawi for its reopening to local tourists on Thursday, a first test for the Southeast Asian country after months of coronavirus restrictions. The country’s borders remain closed for foreigners but Langkawi has been chosen to experiment with a return of local visitors, provided they are vaccinated and tested, as the number of Covid-19 cases gradually drops in the country. If this “tourist bubble” is successful, other destinations could reopen in Malaysia.

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