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Spoiler… 3 of them are in the Caribbean.
International travel has been severely affected by the Covid pandemic. While travelers could roam the world freely before the virus emerged, the past two years have been a succession of travel bans, complex entry requirements and stringent testing regimes that have virtually halted tourism. Luckily , Now that Covid is under control, countries are finally reopening.
Although some economies may not have been severely affected by the crisis, as not all countries’ revenues depend primarily on travel, The others felt very upset. These states, where tourism makes up a large part of their GDP, were among the first to reopen and accept visitors — even before vaccines were introduced.
Based on a study by Bounce, we approximate Top 5 countries Most dependent on international tourism, they are now Eager to welcome tourists again After covid:
5. The Bahamas
The Bahamas ranks fifth on the list of places that rely on tourism the most, according to a recent study by travel experts on the Bounce luggage story app. According to experts, It was overtaken by only two other destinations in terms of tourism employmentwith more than 26% of the country’s workforce residing in this sector.
Furthermore it , Tourism accounts for nearly 19% of the archipelago’s GDPProof of an influx of tourist dollars is vital to the Bahamas. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that these paradise islands have recently relaxed entry requirements, making it easier for Americans and other foreigners to visit now that Omicron’s form has receded.
With revised rules, All tourists are welcome regardless of immunizationYou have to meet one simple requirement:
- Provide a negative Covid test result (PCR or Rapid Antigen) issued up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
A French-speaking archipelago off the coast of East Africa, Seychelles is an amazing destination where crystal clear watery beaches can be found against the backdrop of breathtaking African nature. Similar to the Bahamas, This small country owes a lot of its GDP to tourism moneywhich accounts for approximately 26% of its economy.
It is also open to tourism, and unlike the first entry on this list, Vaccinated foreigners can travel to Seychelles Without taking a Covid test before leaving. Recipients are also welcome, as long as they provide either a recent refund certificate, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, or a Rapid Antigen test issued in less than 24 hours.
Once in the country, tourists can enjoy more freedoms, such as:
- There are no tests after arrival
- No quarantine by order of the state
- No Covid check when visiting tourist sites
With tourism contributing nearly 30% of local employment rates, Aruba is one of the Caribbean countries most devoted to the development of tourism. In fact, the sector’s participation in its GDP is set at 27.64%, which is slightly higher than that of the Seychelles. However, Aruba decided to go a step further and recently eliminated all entry requirements.
Recognizing the need to revive tourism, the Dutch outpost Abolished all health-related travel protocols, returning to pre-2020 normality much earlier than other Caribbean hotspots will not follow suit until weeks later. From March 2022, Aruba’s pristine beaches and traditional colonial-era towns are once again open to enthusiastic explorers.
- There are no mandatory vaccination passports
- There are no pre-departure tests, apart from the COVID vaccination
- There are no tests after arrival
- No mandatory quarantine
- All nationalities are welcome
2. British Virgin Islands
Second on the list of countries most eager to welcome visitors, the British Virgin Islands relies heavily on the dollar. with Approximately 33% of GDP is related to traveler expendituresand an economy based on tourism, the Caribbean archipelago has remained open to visit throughout the crisis, albeit with strict protocols.
Some groups are pushing for a wider reopening, especially now that demand for international travel has soared, but the British Virgin Islands’ administration has remained conservative in terms of managing the pandemic. They may well admit that tourism is important, but Some entry requirements Must rid together to sit together.
Essentially, all entrants must submit a negative PCR or rapid antigen test, including:
- Vaccination certificate exempt from post-arrival examinations
- Travel insurance covering Covid infection and any treatment costs
Non-vaccinated travelers are exempted from further examinations and quarantine, while those who are not vaccinated are still subject to the Rapid Antigen test after access at a cost of $50. Those who test positive are then asked to quarantine for a full week; Those who are not are free to enjoy their time at the beach as soon as they leave the airport.
British Virgin Islands proof that, Although they are now looking to increase profits After Covid has been brought under control in the vast majority of the western world, this It does not necessarily mean the complete lifting of restrictions. Fortunately for the unprotected sun seekers, these five other Caribbean nations have reopened.
The Maldives leads the way, with tourism contributing nearly 39% to GDP, with a Bounce study finding that tourists bring more than $1 billion into the country annually. It is far, very far, The nation most excited now that Covid is the least of the global emergency.
Earlier this year, the Maldives became the 15th country to drop all Covid restrictions, meaning vacationers are welcome again under the 2019 entry rules. Along with Aruba, this island nation is one of two destinations on this list where a treat Covid effectively as an endemic disease: No health documents required at all when traveling.
From March 14the following applies to all travelers, regardless of country of departure or immunization status:
- There are no vaccination certificates
- No test before departure
- No test after arrival
- no quarantine
- There is no mandatory health insurance
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