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Mauritius, Italy, Oman, Albania, Thailand… an update on the new travel formalities

Oman: the destination reopens, health passes in hotels and restaurants

Following the reopening of its borders on September 1, Oman is resuming the issuance of all categories of visas. French nationals have the option of applying for a visa online on this site, which is recommended, or upon arrival in the territory, indicates the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on its Travel Advice site. As of September 1, French nationals holding a valid visa (residence or short-stay) or who can apply for a visa on arrival are authorized to travel to Oman provided they present at their boarding the airline and upon arrival in Omani territory a vaccination certificate with a QR code, proof of medical insurance and a certificate with a QR code attesting to the negative result of a PCR test. Travelers must also register on this platform and download the Tarassud application. Children under the age of 18 are not subject to the obligation to be vaccinated to enter Oman or to undergo a PCR test, nor to register on the Tarassud application.

Also to know: the Omani authorities have announced the need to present a QR code attesting to a complete vaccination to be able to go to public places, administrations, shopping centers, hotels and restaurants in Oman from September 1, 2021, also reports the Quai d’Orsay in its Travel Advice.

As a reminder, Oman is currently classified in red on the map established by France. This means that non-vaccinated travelers will have to show a compelling reason and comply with certain health formalities, including a ten-day quarantine controlled by the security forces upon their arrival in France. Vaccinated travelers are not subject to these obligations. Travel to so-called “red” zones is still discouraged by the government.

Italy: additional health measures in Sicily, Puglia and Campania

Until September 30, 2021, people (even with the Sanitary Pass) who arrive in Sicily from France, Greece and the Netherlands, including all those who have stayed and/or transited through these States in the 14 days preceding their arrival in Sicilian territory, will have to undergo the rapid test, indicates the Quai d’ Orsay. Please note: being vaccinated or having carried out a test before departure does not exempt you from this obligation. If positive, the passenger will be placed in isolation, then accompanied to a hotel or Covid home to complete their quarantine.

In addition, some municipalities impose the wearing of masks both outdoors and indoors, prohibit gatherings in public spaces and have introduced the obligation of tests for banquets and ceremonies.

In the Puglia, travelers must register before their trip on this site.

In Campania finally, wearing a mask is compulsory outdoors, except in isolated places, says the Quai d’Orsay in its Travel Advice.

Albania: new formalities from September 6

As of September 6, 2021, Albania requires all persons over the age of six entering its territory and travelers in transit to present proof of a complete vaccination schedule for at least two weeks or a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or antigen of less than 48 hours or even a medical document attesting to contamination with Covid-19 then a cure during the last six months, details the Quai d’Orsay. Certain restrictions and sanitary measures are imposed in Albania, it is specified. Wearing a mask is compulsory in closed public places and gatherings of more than fifty people are prohibited. A curfew is in effect from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Mauritius: gradual reopening to foreign tourists

Mauritius is gradually becoming accessible again to foreign tourists. Since September 1, Vaccinated travelers can stay in a Covid-19 certified hotel, subject to presenting a PCR test carried out between 5 and 7 days before arrival in Mauritius. Once there, 2 PCR tests will have to be carried out, on arrival and on the 7th day. During the first week, travelers will stay within the resort. From the 8th day, they will be able to move freely around the island.

The list of COVID-19 certified hotels is available on the Mauritiusnow website. The situation will change again from October 1st. From this date, Vaccinated travelers will have unrestricted access to the island subject to producing a PCR test of less than 72 hours on arrival. Unvaccinated people will have to book a quarantine stay in an official quarantine hotel and carry out several screening tests before their arrival in Mauritius and on site (details here).

Thailand: the visa application becomes 100% electronic

Following the introduction of the electronic visa (E-Visa) system in June 2019, the Royal Thai Embassy in Paris will launch the stickerless visa application at the end of September 2021, as reported by Action -Visas. “This means that the visa application procedure will become 100% digital, so the applicant will no longer need to deposit or collect their passport at the Embassy”, indicates the Royal Thai Embassy in Paris on its Facebook page. In detail, applicants who finalize the application in the E-Visa system from September 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. will receive their visa directly in the E-Visa system. The visa will be ready for download from September 30, 2021.

Applicants who finalize the application in the E-Visa system before September 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. will receive their visa still as a sticker on their passport. They must then drop off the passport at the Embassy according to the date and time indicated on the convocation (E-Appointment) but in any case no later than Monday September 20, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., even if they have obtained an appointment. you after that day.

Note: the E-Visa system will not be accessible from September 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. until September 27, 2021 at 01:00 a.m. due to computer maintenance, warns the Royal Thai Embassy in Paris.

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