Panorama of Florence, Italy
COVID-19 pandemic-related travel restrictions and entry requirements for international travelers have eased considerably in most countries or have been eliminated altogether with proof of vaccination dropped. Current airport mayhem aside, here’s a selection of some of your best options for a hassle-free holiday from summer 2022 and beyond.
Church in Oia (Santorini, Greece).
The UK lifted its remaining COVID-19 restrictions related to travel in March and London and other top tourist spots like Edinburgh, Cornwall and the Cotswolds appear to be back to pre-pandemic numbers. If travelling in the next month or so, consider one of the equally charming cities or towns that are less visited, like Warwick, the home of Warwick Castle, founded in 1068 by William the Conqueror.
There are currently no pandemic-related travel restrictions for Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Iceland and Turkey. It’s safe to add Santorini, Greece back on your bucket list. Stay at one of the classic white stone boutique hotels like Ikies near the charming village of Oia.
Italy eliminated entry requirements such as proof of vaccination on June 1 while France lifted its remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions on August 1, meaning travelers no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative test result to visit. Book that long-awaited trip to Venice, Florence and Rome. Start your Italian trip at Venice’s new hotel the St Regis on the Grand Canal for an opulent treat. Book with Devour Tours to see the two most important (and busiest) attractions in Florence. This VIP skip-the-line experience showcases Michelangelo’s David and allows access to the roof terraces of the famous Duomo, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.
Beach with palapas, Eagle Beach, Aruba
Aruba no longer requires proof of vaccination, a negative test or travel insurance to visit. Aruba’s Eagle Beach with its glorious white sands and crystal clear turquoise water always is at the top of any list of the world’s best beaches.
Jamaica ended its pre-travel testing requirements in April while the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands both eliminated COVID-related entry requirements by July. Lovango Resort and Beach Club, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ first new hotel in 30 years is a real gem, located between the islands of St. Thomas and St. John, Lovango Cay.
Zocalo Square and Mexico City Cathedral – Mexico City, Mexico
Visitors to Mexico don’t face any COVID-related travel restrictions. Check out Mexico City’s incredible art scene during ZonaMaco, Latin America’s biggest art fair held annually in February. Or head to the beach in Tulum, Zihuatanejo or Puerto Vallarta.
Egypt – Cairo – Ancient Memphis (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1979).
Egypt and South Africa both dropped COVID-19 travel restrictions in June. Now could be the time to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and last remaining of the original seven world wonders. Or take a safari in South Africa on one its many game reserves and national parks to see the “Big 5” (African Buffalo, Rhinos, Elephants, Lions and Leopards.
Beautiful landscape Halong Bay view from above the Bo Hon Island.
As of August 1, all travelers can enter Malaysia regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status and do not require a pre-departure or on-arrival test. The jungles of Borneo have some of the world’s most wildlife-rich rainforests and stunning landscapes.
Vietnam dropped COVID-related testing requirements for all international arrivals in May. Essential for any visit is Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital with its fascinating Old and French Quarters.
Panorama of Florence, Italy