Where to travel abroad during the Covid period?

The coronavirus epidemic began in Wuhan, China. It was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. The epidemic has spread around the world with various crisis managements in different countries. The year 2021 began with the vaccine for many countries. While waiting for the entire world population to be vaccinated, the epidemic is experiencing new waves of contamination, including variants of the virus. This article gives you the Covid period travel restrictions for 2021. Mondassur now includes coverage in most of its international insurance for medical expenses related to Covid-19 and epidemics. This article is updated weekly.

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In which countries can we travel with the Covid epidemic?

Entering Germany during the Covid period

PCR tests for Germany: Yes, 72 hours before entering the country (until 12 May inclusive);
• If the person has stayed in a country with risk or high incidence, test 48 hours after entry and if the person has stayed in a country in a zone of variant concern: test 24 hours after entry

Quarantine requested for Germany: Yes, if staying in a 10-day risk zone, varying by region
Quarantine can be reduced to 5 days (depending on the region) if new negative Covid test
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• People entering Germany after a stay in a risk area, a high-incidence area or an area of variant concern within the last ten days must
o go directly to their destination after their entry
o self-isolate there for ten days (quarantine).
o After a stay in an area of variant concern, travellers must self-isolate for 14 days instead of 10.

Travelling in Germany: Open, no quarantine if not from a high-risk area
Studying in Germany: Open, no quarantine if not from a high-risk area
Working in Germany: Open, no quarantine if not from a high-risk area
Official reference site

Entering Canada during the Covid period

PCR tests for Canada: Yes, 72 hours before, and screening at the airport, screening kit given for home testing on the 8th day of quarantine

Quarantine requested in Canada: Yes, 14 days of quarantine, quarantine plan to be presented to the border officer. An “at home” test must be done on the 8th day.
Unless you have recently been reinstated from Covid 19 (positive Covid test to be provided as evidence taken between 14 and 90 days before travel)
Except Unaccompanied Minor

Travelling to Canada: Closed
Studying in Canada: Open, to return to Canada as a student requires a valid study permit or an introductory letter – meet all the previously mentioned transit conditions
Working in Canada: Possible with quarantine
Official reference site

Entering China during the Covid period

PCR tests for China: Yes, 48 hours before IgM antibody detection

Quarantine requested in China: Yes, 14 days depending on the city

General Info: China’s borders are closed unless visa dating back to November 2020, and unless diplomatic visa, service visa, courtesy visa or type C visa plus visa waiver. China accepts Americans who have been vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson.

Travelling to China: Closed
Studying in China: Closed
Working in China: Closed

Entering South Korea during the Covid period

PCR tests for South Korea: Yes, 72 hours before

Quarantine requested in South Korea: Yes, 14 days

General information: For people from Europe, immobilization between 6am and 24h or more with health questionnaire and temperature test, if positive test the travellers are taken to the hospital, if test negative, they are directed to their quarantine place. Suspension visa issuance for most nationalities.

Travellers holding a long-stay visa, not yet having an Alien registration card (ARC) and not benefiting from family accommodation cannot be accommodated in government quarantine structures.
They must seek accommodation for the duration of their quarantine, before arriving on Korean territory.
Since March 4, 2021, the Korean authorities no longer issue any visa, whatever the category, to French nationals and foreigners residing in France.

Travel to South Korea: Partially authorized
Studying in South Korea: Possible with restrictions
Working in South Korea: Closed
Official reference site

Entering Costa Rica during the Covid period

PCR tests for Costa Rica: No

Quarantine requested in Costa Rica: No

General info: Travellers must complete a digital epidemiological form and purchase medical insurance covering Covid. Opening of beaches every day, national parks, activities, restaurants and hotels open and respecting strict sanitary protocols.

Travel insurance: Compulsory in Costa Rica

Travelling to Costa Rica: Open
Studying in Costa Rica: Open
Working in Costa Rica: Open
Official reference site

Enter Dubai during the Covid period

PCR tests for Dubai: Yes, 72h (96h for Abu Dhabi) except children under 12 – on arrival for some countries. PCR test 72 hours before leaving the territory on site, obligation to extend the stay on site if test positive

• Passengers must obtain a valid COVID-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours of the date of collection and preceding the scheduled departure date of the flight.
• Only COVID 19 PCR test reports issued by accredited laboratories and containing a QR code corresponding to the original report will be accepted.
• Passengers must perform a COVID 19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai, followed by two more PCR tests on the fourth and eighth day of the quarantine period.
• Passengers must sign a 10-day quarantine compensation form at home or at the hotel from their day of arrival.
• Passengers must download the DXB COVID 19 app upon arrival at Dubai Airport and fill in all the requested information.

Quarantine requested in Dubai: yes, 10 days

General info: No curfew, restriction of groupings and gatherings. Closed for people from India.

Passengers who have travelled or have made a connection to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days are not allowed on flights to Dubai, even to make a connection there, from other cities, with the exception of UAE nationals returning to the country.

Travelling to the United Arab Emirates: Open
Studying in the United Arab Emirates: Open
Working in the United Arab Emirates: Open
Official reference site

Entering Spain during the Covid period

PCR tests for Spain: Yes 72 hours before arrival. From 1 July, health pass applicable.

If you come from a country or area at risk, you will need to test negative for active SARS-CoV-2 infection less than 72 hours before arrival in Spain.

Quarantine requested in Spain : Not except for some countries, 10 days of quarantine: Republic of India, Federal Republic of Brazil, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Union of Comoros, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Peru and Republic of Colombia.

You can go to Spain as long as you come from a country of the European Union, a country in the Schengen area or a third country with which Spain has reciprocal agreements. The third countries are Australia, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Rwanda, Singapore, and Thailand.

General information: Any passenger wishing to travel to Spain by air must complete a personal and non-transferable Health Check Form (FCS). Curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., theatres and restaurants open, meetings limited to six people, not living in the same household, Reduced mobility between autonomous communities (except the Community of Madrid, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands), which must be justified.

Travelling to Spain: Open
Studying in Spain: Open
Working in Spain: Open
Official reference site

Entering the United States during the Covid period

PCR tests for the United States: Yes, 3 days before and also 3 days before return (or proof of recovery of Covid in the 90 days prior to flight)

Quarantine requested in the USA: No

General Info: Suspension of multiple visas: “H1B” and “H2B” visas, several categories of “J” visas, “L” visas) until 31 May 2021.
Restricting access to the United States for travellers from or staying in the United States from France and other Schengen countries within 14 days of travel

U.S. health insurance mandatory for J-1 visa

Travelling to the United States: impossible if staying in a country at risk within 14 days of their trip
Studying in the United States: closed for now
Working in the United States: closed for now
Official reference site

Entering France during the Covid period

For persons arriving in France from “third” countries (outside geographical Europe), they must present a negative PCR test and complete a derogatory travel certificate and a certificate on the honour of non-contamination at Covid-19. From Saturday, April 24, 2021, strict quarantine for travelers arriving in France from “at risk” countries: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, India, South Africa, but also From Guyana. Travellers who do not comply with this isolation upon arrival will be liable to a fine of 1,500 euros.

PCR tests for France: Negative PCR test 72 hours before departure (for 11 and over). For Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India and South Africa: test of less than 36 hours before boarding.

Quarantine requested in France: Not for Schengen countries. Yes for some countries:
• 7 days of quarantine in a hotel designated by the French authorities: Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea
• United Kingdom: 7 days of quarantine “at home”, borders closed because of the Indian variant, entry allowed for important reasons
10 days of quarantine Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India and South Africa

General info: Statement on the honour to be presented at the border. Curfew at 9pm from 19 May and 11pm from 9 June, removal of curfew from 30 June, restaurants and cultural venues open, inter-regional mobility possible.

Compulsory Schengen insurance from a non-Schengen country for obtaining a visa.

Travelling to France: Open for EU countries.
Studying in France: Open for students, priority processing of your visa or residence permit application.
Working in France: Open
Official reference site

Entering Indonesia during the Covid period

PCR tests for Indonesia: PCR test 48 hours before departure (except less than 5 years)

Quarantine requested in Indonesia: 5 days in a government-designated hotel + 2 PCR tests

General info : Closed except: holders of diplomatic or service visas, residents (holders of KITAS/ KITAP residence permits), certain categories of visiting visas (kunjungan) allowing exceptional entry into Indonesian territory are visas valid for a single trip in the context of: an urgent professional mission; business discussions; purchase of goods/products; a proficiency test for a candidate for a position (foreign labor); a mission for medical or food assistance personnel; a stopover for crew members of a transport aircraft on Indonesian territory.) and nationals travelling under bilateral agreements (Travel Corridor Arrangement / TCA). Interregional travel is prohibited during the period from 6 to 17 May 2021, unless there is a compelling reason for doing so.
• Indonesian travellers who are students, migrant workers or civil servants on international missions will be able to stay free of charge in quarantine facilities designated by the Government. However, Indonesian travelers classified outside these three categories are forced to enter a quarantine hotel at their own expense.

Insurance: Mandatory

Travelling to Indonesia: Closed
Studying in Indonesia: Closed
Working in Indonesia: Open mission indispensable

Entering Mexico during the Covid period

PCR tests for Mexico: • For unvaccinated travelers: 1-3 days before travel
• For vaccinated travellers: No

Quarantine requested in Mexico:
• For unvaccinated travelers: Test 3 to 5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
• For vaccinated travelers: Test 3-5 day after travel
General information: No visa requirement for all EU and Schengen nationals for travel of less than 6 months. Archaeological sites, nature parks, beaches and museums open.

Highly recommended insurance because it is mandatory to have health insurance in Mexico to be admitted to a private hospital, unless you can pay cash.

Travelling to Mexico: Open
Studying in Mexico: Open
Working in Mexico: Open

Entering the UK during Covid period

PCR tests for the UK: Yes, 3 days before departure (except under 11 years)

Quarantine requested in the United Kingdom: Yes, 10 days in the place where you are staying and if you are from a country on the banned country list, quarantine is done in a government-designated hotel.

General Information: If you have stayed or transited in one of the listed countries (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19) in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.
You must book 2 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for the time you are in quarantine in the UK (on the 2nd and 8th day), unless your work exempts you from it. Provide your contact information by filling out the online passenger location form.

Travelling to the UK: Open (forty)
Studying in the UK: Open
Working in the UK: Open
Official reference site

EnterIng Singapore during the Covid period

PCR tests for Singapore: Yes, 72 hours before departure and PCR test on arrival

Quarantine requested in Singapore: Yes, 14 days in a dedicated infrastructure, PCR test at the end of quarantine.

Travelling to Singapore: Closed
Studying in Singapore: Closed except to people with a Student’s Pass (STP) visa
Working in Singapore: Closed except to people with certain visas: long term visit pass (LVTP), Work pass, Business travel pass (BTP)…
Official reference site

Entering Thailand during the Covid period

PCR tests for Thailand: Yes, 72 hours before departure

Quarantine requested in Thailand: Yes, 10 days in a state-designated hotel (before May 6) and 7 days for vaccinated people.
From 6 May, 14 days for all travellers (even those vaccinated)

General info: Each person entering Thailand must apply for an NCE 10 working days before leaving online on https://coethailand.mfa.go.th.

Insurance covering Covid required to enter the country with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.

Travelling to Thailand: Open (forty)
Studying in Thailand: Open
Working in Thailand: Open

Entering Vietnam during the Covid period

PCR tests for Vietnam: Yes, PCR 5 days before departure

Quarantine requested in Vietnam: Yes, 21 days

General Info: Vietnam has suspended the issuance of visas and entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals.

Compulsory international insurance to go to Vietnam.

Travelling to Vietnam: Closed
Studying in Vietnam: Open, prior authorization to be obtained from Vietnamese authorities
Working in Vietnam: Closed except diplomatic and embassy staff, business leaders, experts or highly skilled workers and their families

How to travel with the Covid epidemic?

Many countries have taken measures to control the arrivals of aircraft from affected areas and some countries have closed their borders to prevent the spread of the virus. These measures are: proof of vaccination against Covid-19, negative PCR test of 72 hours or quarantine. These details can be found by country on the website of the official international aviation agency IATA.

How much does a PCR test cost if you have to do one?

The World Health Organization, WHO, recommends following precautionary health measures in accordance with local instructions from each country. We must keep the “barrier gestures” for many more months.

The evolution of the situation is daily according to the progression of the epidemic, vaccination campaigns, the success of periods of deconfinement in different countries as well as the statements of the various governments. Some destinations remain completely closed, such as China, which makes it very difficult to enter its territory with the requirement of 2 PCR tests of less than 48 hours, a strict quarantine once there and conditions of access almost limited to the family rapprochement of the Chinese. Australia also remains completely closed until September 2021. Regarding the opening of EU borders with countries outside the EU, the list of non-EU countries is regularly updated. Here are some of the European Union’s regularly updated sites:

Check the borders of countries that are re-opening following Coronavirus.

Check out the main information on theevolution of the health situation in the world following Coronavirus.

What does quarantine mean in case of Covid?

Some countries have policies in place to welcome travellers with the confinement of new arrivals in quarantine (or fourteen) either systematically, in case of fever detection or positive Covid-19 tests on arrival at international airports. Travellers must then either be able to prove that they have accommodation to spend their quarantine, or they are placed directly in establishments dedicated to the reception of infected people. Some countries ask you to stay in a dedicated facility until you get the results of the tests carried out on arrival. S’ils sont négatifs, vous êtes libres de circuler.

Which countries are open for an international student during Covid?

The answer to this question changes daily. We invite you to go directly to the sites of the embassies of the country in which you wish to study or do an internship. You almost always have to show a negative PCR test for entry to a country. In broad terms, the countries of the European Union remain open for international students, with some of them the need for quarantine. You also need to do several PCR tests upon arrival in the country. Here are some examples of countries:

International student in the United States:

The United States has been issuing international student visas again since 1 April 2021, but it seems to be on a drip and for people already in the “queue”. This is a J-1 or F-1 visa for an international student or opt student wishing to extend his stay to do an internship in the United States. An official FAQ allows you to have some additional information but not necessarily very precise. In any case, a PCR test is essential to return to the United States.

International student in the UK:

Open with 10-day quarantine, 2 covid tests to be performed on site. More info on the checks whenstudents arrive in the UK.
Details on theimpact of covid on students in the UK
List of countries prohibited from going to the UK

International student in Canada:

In order to enter Canada as an international student,you must:
Have a valid study permit or introductory letter indicating that your study permit application has been approved
Attend a designated educational institution (EED) with an intervention plan in response to COVID-19 approved by the province or territory.
Mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 screening test and other requirements

International student in France:

The formalities differ depending on the country of origin. Changes in the health situation and variants in France are changing the way international students are welcomed in France on a weekly basis. Overall, a PCR test of less than 72 hours or even 36 hours for some countries before departure and certification on the honour of non-contamination (with mandatory quarantine depending on country of origin) is required. Travellers from Brazil and Guyana are no longer allowed to enter the country.

International student in Europe:

Germany remains open to international students with an obligation to carry out quarantine unless banned for some countries. More details on how to host an international student in Germany.

Spain remains open to international students with the need to produce a PCR test of less than 72 hours and the obligation to fill out a personal and non-transferable health check form to retrieve a QR code to keep on his laptop or to print.

International student in Asia and Oceania:

An international student may enter Asia and may be subject to a mandatory quarantine. In China, entry is prohibited. Russia is closed for international students.

Australia is closed to students until October 2021. More information to get a visa after reopening the borders for an international student in Australia.

What Covid insurance with international health insurance?

Mondassur offers various international insurances covering medical expenses related to Coronavirus. Some countries require you to have travel insurance covering the Covid-19. This list evolves regularly, here are the main countries known to date requiring a certificate of insurance to present before boarding the plane:

Africa: South Africa, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Namibia, Seychelles

Asia: Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, China, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Jordan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine,

Americas: Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, St. Martin, Dominican Republic

Oceania: French Polynesia, Seychelles

You will be covered by good international health insurance like those in our Gold range worldwide. You will also have the opportunity to be covered as soon as you join given the urgency that this infection may have. Mondassur advises you to take out international health insurance such as GoldExpat if you live abroad or GoldStudent if you are studying abroad. Simple repatriation assistance guarantees will not cover you. You will be covered in your country of expatriation and also if you return to France or if you are traveling.

Almost all of our international health insurance policies now cover Coronavirus-related medical expenses. We invite you to make a quote forthe most suitable travel insurance for your situation. You can of course contact us by email or phone explaining your situation for better advice.

What are the symptoms for the coronavirus outbreak?

Clinical symptoms are those usually observed during winter flu epidemics, such as diffuse muscle pain, fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain. In a second time, come fever and respiratory signs (cough, respiratory discomfort, chest pain). The incubation period is on average 5 days and the installation of the disease is gradually done in contrast to a more brutal flu. Latest findings indicate that the virus could be present in the body for up to 20 days. Depending on the severity of the clinical signs, maintenance is required in the hospital for 20 of the patients, 5 of whom are in resuscitation. In 30 to 60 people, infection causes little or no clinical manifestations. The major health crisis stems from the fact that complications of infection start very quickly and are very serious with a life-threatening condition requiring intensive hospital resources. These complications affect only a small part of the population, the majority of other people can carry the virus without being sick.

Coronaviruses (Cov) are a family of viruses that cause damage to your health ranging from a common cold to more serious diseases such as SRMO or SARS. The most vulnerable people are the most affected and should follow these precautions carefully. These include the elderly, people with chronic diseases, newborns and pregnant women. The case case rate is around 3 to 5.

Follow the evolution of the pandemic and the affected countries.

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