When? The middle of 2021
The country is currently leading the charge when it comes to vaccinations. More than half of its population has received a first dose – higher than any other country in the world. What’s more, Israel has joined Greece in setting a precedent for a ‘vaccination bubble’, which Cyprus is also hoping to get in on. All arrivals between the countries can dodge quarantine on arrival with proof of immunity.
And the Israeli Government has made moves to expand the bubble later in the year. The Tourism Ministry has launched a new campaign, ‘Bring Tourism Back to Israel’, fronted by model Shir Elmaliach – they say they expect to open up to international arrivals “in the middle of 2021”.
When? Third quarter of 2021
Travellers currently have to undergo a 15-day mandatory hotel quarantine in Thailand – one of the strictest border restrictions of any country in the world.
However, the country is looking to lift restrictions for anyone who has been vaccinated against Covid-19. It is expected that, under the ‘Welcome Back to Thailand Again’ plan, anyone who can prove they have received both doses of the vaccine will be able to enter without quarantine by the third quarter of 2021.
Hungary’s government said it could require visitors to prove their vaccination status to gain access to the country via an app showing immunity to Covid-19. “The need for citizens to provide proof that they have gained protection against the coronavirus is increasing all over the world,” a government spokesperson has said.
Last month, Iceland became one of the first countries in the world to waive quarantine or testing measures for residents arriving back into the country with an international vaccination certificate. Those who can provide proof they have previously had a Covid-19 infection are also exempt.
“The aim is to facilitate the movement of people between countries so that individuals can present a vaccine certificate at the border and are then exempt from Covid-19 disease control measures in accordance with the rules of the country concerned,” said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.
This applies primarily to nationals and residents returning to Iceland, but also to third country nationals who are exempt from current travel restrictions (ie, travelling for an essential purpose). It is not a great leap to deduce that, once travel restrictions are lifted, all third country nationals will be able to enter the country, quarantine-free, with an international vaccination certificate.