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All Saints’ Day holidays: with the Covid-19, in which countries can we travel without risk?

Many destinations will not yet be possible for the world, such as Australia, Argentina or Japan (©Eagle / stock.adobe.com)

Barricaded due to the health crisis, the world is gradually reopening its borders. With the vaccinationtourists are reconnecting with travel and attendance at certain destinations is back to figures similar to those seen before the crisis, according to professionals in the sector.

The All Saints holidays, scheduled from Saturday October 23 to Sunday November 7, 2021, should therefore be an opportunity for many to get some fresh air far from France. According to TUI France, a travel and tourism company, “reservation trends are rather encouraging on these holidays, we are following the same tremor as on the summer holidays”.

At an international level, which countries are considered safe in terms of health? Conversely, what are those to avoid ? We take stock, based on the French classification of countries based on health indicators.

Classification of countries based on health indicators (as of 10/14/2021)
Classification of countries based on health indicators (as of 10/14/2021) (©Government)

Green (safe) countries where you can travel

The French authorities have listed countries and territories in which no active circulation of the virus is observed and no variant of concern is identified. It includes the whole of the European Union, Australia, Chile, Canada, Saudi Arabia and even Japan.

“To travel within the European Union, it is currently not necessary to justify the reason for his trip, but prior testing and quarantine obligations may apply”, according to the government.

Since July 1, 2021, the health pass is legally recognized for travel within the European area, in the form of a European certificate.

The health pass came into effect on Monday August 9, 2021.
The health pass came into effect on Monday August 9, 2021. (©Adobe Stock)

Spain still offers very pleasant weather in the fall. It is therefore no surprise that this country is one of the popular destinations for All Saints’ Day holidays, especially the islands (Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, etc.).

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To travel to Spain you must complete a health control form, and an up-to-date health pass is required. That’s to say :

  • Either proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 dating back at least 14 days
  • Either a PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigen test of less than 48 hours.
  • Or a Covid-19 recovery certificate.

Children under 12 are not affected. If you are traveling to the Canary Islands, despite the ongoing eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, more restrictive measures are in place.

>> Website of the French Embassy in Spain

  • Italy, Portugal, Greece…

Like Spain, southern European countries (Portugal, Italy, Greece) enjoy undisputed tourist appeal. In these territories, the requirements are generally the same as with us, but consult the sites of the French embassies to check the national specificities:

>> Website of the French Embassy in Italy.

>> Website of the French Embassy in Portugal

>> Website of the French Embassy in Greece

the Canada, which is adorned with magnificent colors in the fall, attracts many French people. The country has opened its borders to vaccinated tourists since September 7. No quarantine is not required.

>> More information on the website of the French Embassy in Canada

Quebec in the fall
Quebec in the fall (©Louis-Michel DESERT)

“Orange” countries (not recommended) where you can still travel

Almost all of Africa, much of the Americas and Asia have been classified as “orange” by the French authorities. In these countries, we observe “an active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions, without the dissemination of worrying variants”.

For several weeks, the Covid-19 has continued to do damage to the UK. With 40,000 positive cases per day, i.e. 10 times more than in France, the health situation remains very delicate with our British neighbours. For this reason, the country remains in orange.

However, it is possible to go there if you are vaccinated.

> More info on the website of the French Embassy in the United Kingdom

It’s official: the UNITED STATES will reopen their borders to vaccinated travelers from November 8, the White House announced, 18 months after closing the borders.

This new system will apply both to travelers arriving by air and to those crossing land borders with Canada and Mexico.

>> More information on the website of the French Embassy in the United States

New York City
New York City (©Tierney / Adobestock)

Considered one of the top destinations for All Saints holidays, according to TUI, the Morocco remains hard hit by the epidemic. But ithe last few days, with the sharp drop in contaminations and deaths, the country, all like Tunisiawas removed from the red lists of France.

If the occupancy rates remain far from those that these countries had known before the crisis, the return of tourism will do them a lot of good.

For Morocco, a complete vaccination schedule of more than 14 days, as well as a PCR test are required. For Tunisia, the vaccine is strongly recommended (mandatory test).

>> More information on the website of the French Embassy in Morocco

>> More information on the website of the French Embassy in Tunisia

  • The Dominican Republic

In heart of the caribbean, the Dominican Republic has something to seduce us for a lazy stay. To get there, the conditions are very flexible: no need for a vaccine or a PCR test.

“Airports and other points of entry will administer travelers on arrival a random rapid breath test to a number between 3% and 10% of passengers”, specifies the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

>> More information on the website of the French Embassy in the Dominican Republic

Saona Island in the Dominican Republic
Saona Island in the Dominican Republic (©marcink3333 / Adobestock)

“Red” countries, where you can travel, strongly discouraged

As of October 14, 10 countries have been classified red by France. It is therefore strongly advised not to go there. due to active circulation of the virus and presence of variants of concern.

These are Afghanistan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Suriname and Turkey.

the largest south american country is one of the most affected in the world by the epidemic, with more than 10% of the total deaths (600,000) and the worrying presence of variants.

However, entry into Brazil is much less restrictive than elsewhere: only a PCR test of less than 72 hours, as well as a traveler’s health declaration are required. The vaccine is therefore not compulsory.

>> More information on the website of the French Embassy in Brazil

If you are vaccinated, you can to go to Turkey, where the epidemic situation has remained very tense since the end of August. The PCR test is not mandatory.

>> More information on the website of the French Embassy in Turkey

Countries where you cannot travel at the moment

Many countries have chosen to close their borders to tourists, although some are classified as “green countries” by France. Only foreign residents, diplomatic travelers, or people forced by a compelling reason can go there.

  • Countries that have closed their borders

Finally, others should open their borders soon such as Singapore, Vietnam, Madagascar or India.

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