Destinations reopening their borders + Testing requirements

With spring edging closer and summer on the horizon, it may be time to think about that long-overdue holiday. Many countries and territories that were difficult and in some cases impossible to travel to throughout the pandemic are planning to reopen borders for international tourism.

In light of these recent changes, we’ve provided a shortlist of destinations with newly opened (or soon to be opened) borders to consider.


1. Australia

Uluru, Australia

The inaccessible country has finally begun easing its restrictions. Closed throughout most of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia is reopening to travellers from 21st February 2022. All fully vaccinated visa holders will be able to travel to Australia whilst unvaccinated visitors must apply for travel exemption.

This is a major step for Australia which is likely to see families reconnecting after two years of isolation. Once again holidaymakers will be able to visit the famed sites it’s well known for, whether this means touring the Sydney Opera House, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef or exploring the sacred sandstone monolith Uluru.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Australia:

Vaccination Status:
  • Fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to and from Australia

  • Unvaccinated must apply for Travel Exemption


Test type / Time frame required:
  • A Covid-19 PCR or test within 3 days or Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of departure.


Quarantine upon arrival :

Any additional paperwork:


2. Thailand

Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand

After various curfews and restrictions were issued from April 2020 to the present, travel restrictions and quarantine requirements were eased by the Thai government on 1st February 2022. They’ve introduced the Test and Go and Sandbox programs allowing vaccinated travellers to enter the country without quarantine. Unvaccinated international travellers will be required to undergo the mandatory alternative quarantine of 10 days in quarantine hotels.

Visit the turquoise-blue waters and towering limestone cliffs of Railay beach in the Krabi province, or the Gilded Grand Palace in Bangkok. You might also enjoy a Pad Thai from Chiang Mai's Sunday Night Walking Street.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Thailand:

Vaccination Status:
  • Fully vaccinated allowed to enter under Phuket Sandbox / Samui Sandbox and Test and Go programmes.

  • 1 dose of vaccine + certificate of recovery to show under Test and Go or Sandbox schemes


Test type / Time frame required:
  • A Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Unvaccinated or vaccinated under an unapproved vaccine programme required to stay in quarantine for 7 or 10 nights in an approved hotel.


Any additional paperwork:


3. Bali

Bali, Indonesia

Bali has been reopened for vaccinated travellers despite rising infection rates as a means to 'reinvigorate' the economy. A Visit Visa must be granted for travellers to enter the country and a five day isolation period will be required in one of 66 hotels, which includes some of Bali’s most luxurious resorts.

Once this isolation period is done, trek the 1,700-metre summit of Mount Batur to catch the sunrise over mist-shrouded mountains and visit the picturesque cliffside, Uluwatu Temple. You might also like to explore some of the local museums and galleries celebrating Balinese art and culture in the town of Ubud.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Bali:

Vaccination Status:
  • Required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • A Covid-19 PCR test with QR code within 48 hours before departure.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • A minimum of 120 hours required after entry.


Any additional paperwork:
  • Visit Visa including proof of health insurance/travel insurance including COVID-19 health coverage, proof of USD 1500 and above, Proof of accommodation including payment.

  • A letter stating willingness to obey Indonesia's health protocol including quarantine requirements.

  • Indonesian Health Alert Card



4. Philippines

Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Closed to international travellers since March 2020, the Philippines announced plans to reopen on 10th February to vaccinated travellers from the UK and over 150 more countries who test negative on a PCR test.

Visit Makati City which never sleeps or the active Mayon Volcano in the Albay province on Luzon Island. The Philippines also boasts many shipwrecks to explore for the adventurous, as well as a breathtaking Underground River in Puerto Princesa flowing to the South China Sea.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Philippines:

Vaccination Status:
  • Required for foreign nationals.


Test type / Time frame required:
  • A Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure.


Quarantine upon arrival:
  • Vaccinated - not required, instead, self-monitor for seven days after arrival and report any symptoms.

  • Unvaccinated foreign nationals - 14 days.


Any additional paperwork:


*This blog post was published on 23rd February 2022 and so contains information relevant at that time. As details concerning government guidelines in this post are subject to change we always recommend checking our travel map and/or relevant government pages for the latest information.*

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