More and more countries open up their borders

De plus en plus de pays ouvrent leurs frontières

Andrea Valeria and
Jean-François Gibeault

Will you be able to soon achieve the travel that you have had to surrender because of the COVID-19 ? There is hope. Several countries have started to gradually reopen their borders to foreigners. For example, it is already possible to go to Mexico. To go to the United States via a land border crossing, this will not be before the 21st of July, at the earliest. In Europe, most countries now accept the coming of citizens of neighbouring countries, but not yet the presence of travelers from other continents. The Journal presents to you today an overview. But be careful, the countries that agree to receive you can also impose other conditions that could spoil a trip, such as the observance of a period of quarantine, or a medical examination.


Canada is one of the countries most strict in the world for international travellers who would like to enter. For the moment, no date for the reopening of the canadian border for non-essential travel has been announced. The closure of the land border to enter Canada through the United States has been extended until 21 July. Canadians returning to the country and some other foreign nationals are permitted, such as temporary foreign workers, must be placed in quarantine for 14 days to their arrival.

United States

It will be impossible to enter the United States by land until the 21 of July, at least. According to the web site of the american embassy in Canada, canadian travellers can go to the United States by air. The travellers who have stayed in China, in Iran, in Europe (Schengen countries), the United Kingdom, Ireland and Brazil over the past 14 days still can not enter the country.


Mexico has opened its borders to travelers since the 8th of June, but its land border with the United States remains closed until 21 July. The hotels that cater to tourists are now open to 30 % of their capacity, the restaurants, 25 % of their capacity, and the beaches are still closed to the public except for some hotels which have direct access to the water.

Republic dominican

From the 1st of July, the hotels, restaurants and airports will be able to open to 100% of their capacity in the dominican Republic. International flights will recommence and tourists will again be allowed on the island. The sanitary protocols that will be deployed in different tourist places remain to be clarified.


The country has still not been given a date for the opening of the borders to tourists. Local authorities estimate that they will be able to specify a date more official if the déconfinement which begins this week, which includes the opening of hotels and restaurants to 50% of their capacity does not increase in case of coronavirus.


The borders cuban would remain closed until at least 1 August, according to a tweet from the U.s. embassy in Havana. The cuban government did not release the official date. He clarified, however, that when tourists will again be admitted into the country, they may not make it to Havana, since it is the city that has had the most cases of COVID-19. The tourists will also have to all be tested for coronavirus and their body temperature will be taken at their arrival in the country.


Since 15 June, Iceland welcomes travelers from most European countries and could open up to more countries on the 1st of July. Arriving in Iceland, passengers have the choice between a quarantine period of two weeks, or pass a screening test. Children born after 2004 need not comply with this protocol.

United Kingdom

The borders are open for all foreign travellers. With the exception of persons coming from Ireland, the isle of Man and the Channel islands, foreigners must observe a quarantine period of 14 days to their arrival, and provide the authorities of their itinerary and contact information.


The country will open gradually its borders from the 1st of July. Travelers from the eu can already enter France since the 15th of June. According to the ministry of the Interior, travellers from the european zone will not have to place it in quarantine. Travellers from outside of this area and the Uk will be required to place themselves in voluntary quarantine, and those with symptoms of the coronavirus in mandatory quarantine.

European Union

Several european countries have re-opened in June their borders to most of the neighbouring countries. Entry restrictions can vary, however, from one country to the other. From 1 July, the european Union will open gradually its borders to more countries, but no indication has yet been given for Canadians who would like to go there. According to the New York Times, the organization should submit in the beginning of next week the list of countries that it recommends are allowed to enter. The United States, Brazil and Russia would be excluded from this list.


Surprisingly, Portugal has prioritised the opening of its borders to Portuguese-speaking countries, such as Brazil, which is currently one of the hotbeds of the most important of the spread of the coronavirus. The passengers of most of the neighbouring european countries, the United States, Canada, Venezuela and South Africa also are allowed to enter. Flights from Spain are still not accepted, and the land border with this country should reopen on 1 July. For visitors to be admitted, there is no quarantine period to comply.


Travellers from 29 countries can go to Greece since the 15th of June and the authorities are already forecasting that this number could increase as early as 1 July. This list includes several European countries, but also countries of Asia and Oceania. Unfortunately, Canada is not a party for the moment. Tourism represents about 20 % of the country’s economic activity.


Spain opened its border to most of its neighbouring countries since June 21, except Portugal. The travellers do not have to be put in quarantine. Nationals of other countries will progressively enter into the Spanish territory from 1 July.


In principle, airspace should reopen as early as 1 July in Thailand. However, tourists may need to wait until October to visit again the country, according to local authorities. The entry of foreign nationals will be permitted gradually, starting with the countries that have managed to better control the outbreak of COVID-19.


Travelers will probably not be able to return to Japan anytime soon since the country has not given an opening date for the borders to tourists. Since June 18, the country has, however, started to accept business up to a maximum of 250 people per day from Vietnam and Thailand.


Since 8 June, international flights to China resumed in a very limited way. Each airline can operate a flight per week to the destination of a chinese city. Passengers will be required to submit to a screening test for the coronavirus when they arrive.

New Zealand

The border is completely closed to international travellers. Recall that New Zealand had announced the eradication of coronavirus on its territory at the beginning of the month of June. Since then, few cases are, however, reappeared.

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