As the world is battling with the novel coronavirus pandemic, almost all the countries had to enforce lockdown. The first industry to face severe consequences is the travel and tourism industry. Many travel agencies had to shut down owing to the suspension of tourism. Frequent travelers had to take the heat of not being able to enjoy their vacation packages.
After three long months, several countries are easing the restrictions for international tourism. Airlines started to operate international and domestic flights. Though a few nations are still under lockdown, some nations have managed to skip the drastic repercussions.
Travel experts and health officials urge people to give up non-essential travel plans. Yet, this could be the best time to undertake a good vacation. The below-mentioned destinations are unique as well as have reported fewer coronavirus cases. With strict health protocols in place, you can travel safely.
Antigua and Barbuda:
Antigua and Barbuda is a famous Caribbean destination. Unlike other countries located in the Caribbean, the island nation is revered for its distinct landscapes, and perfect sunsets. It reopened its borders for international tourism from June 04. An American Airlines flight from Miami was the first to bring the new set of tourists to Antigua after a three months break.
Tourists need not submit their COVID-19 test results to the airport authorities in the destination. People who visit Antigua and Barbuda will be tested upon arrival at the airport. It is mandatory to fill a health declaration form. Masks and social distancing are to be followed strictly.
The Half Moon Bay is ranked as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. True to its name, it looks like a half-moon; surrounded by the mountains on one side and facing the vast sea on the other. This tranquil beach offers the perfect solitary vibes. Vacation packages offer snorkeling adventures on this beach. Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is a renowned UNESCO site. It is the world’s longest operating dockyard. Tourists will love to see its stone warehouses. The Admiral’s House Museum is a must-visit. It traces back the Antiguan history since the 16th century.
Shirley Heights, Dickenson Bay, Fig Tree Drive, Frigate Bird Sanctuary, and Darby Cave are other important destinations tourists can visit.
Austria unlocked its borders from mid-June. Prior to that, the travelers had to compulsorily submit their health reports and travel history. People had to follow a 14 days quarantine despite negative results. But from June 16, the country has eased regulations for a number of European countries.
Large events are not allowed to be conducted until further notice. But tourists can visit other destinations provided they follow the social distancing rules.
The capital city Vienna is everything vintage. Tourists will fall in love with its imperial features. Its beautiful architecture, restaurants, cafés, and churches allure tourists with their intricate details. The Austrian Parliament and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral are the best examples of Australian architecture.
The view of the dominating Alps is the most beautiful when seen from Innsbruck. This city is cached amid the mountain ranges. It was once under the reign of the famous King Maximilian I. Its posh ski resorts are world-famous. Vacation packages offer many adventures for tourists in Innsbruck such as hiking, trekking, jungle trails, and walking tours. This is one of the few Austrian cities that are filled with youths and learners, which makes it a good place for a trip.
Salzburg, Hallstatt, Alpbach, Klagenfurt, Graz are other cities worth visiting.
Belize will open its gates from August 15. Travelers need to book everything in their vacation package prior. The documents will be checked by the officials in Belize. If tourists don’t submit their COVID-19 negative test report, then they will have to undergo a test at the airport at their expense. The government of this Caribbean country has urged hotels,cafés, bars, spas, and resorts to provide online booking services. Tourists will have to download the Belize Health app.
Belize is a marvelous destination with equal beauty found in its jungles, and the sea. Can’t make it to Australia this year? Belize will adore you with its Barrier Reef which is the second largest after Australia’s. Vacation packages offer the best snorkeling and swimming adventures in the translucent sea. The reef has a good amount of rare species and tropical plants.
The Belize Carnival conducted in September every year is an eye-catcher. The country’s Garífuna culture comes to life at that time. Caye Caulker, Altun Ha, Xunantunich, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary are some places likely to reopen for tourists from August.
Croatia reopened on June 01 for the European countries and member nations only. From July 01, it started to welcome tourists hailing from all countries without restrictions. Travelers have to submit the negative COVID-19 test for entry. People not subjected to any symptoms don’t have to quarantine themselves.
Croatia is a fabulous destination in the Balkan region. Visit the world’s smallest town to date located in this country. Hum is a tiny town constituting only about 17 to 25 people! The homeland of Nikola Tesla, the sea city of Zadar is considered as one of the excellent places on earth to admire the sunset.
Dubrovnik is an amazing city with medieval architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is revered for its happy-go-lucky charm vibes. Tour the marvelous fortresses, boutique shops, cobblestone streets, and the glamorous Adriatic Sea.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, contrary to the cities, is a natural attraction. The emerald blue water bodies surrounded by green plants and trees are a must-see. The National park is home to various animals and birds such as bears, foxes, falcons, eagles, and owls.
The Romanesque churches and cathedrals of Croatia have minimal details yet speak volumes. If tourists are interested in pilgrimage and spirituality, churches such as the Cathedral of St. Donatus, Church of St. Chrysogonus, and Cathedral of Anastasia are worth visiting.
Zagreb, Vis, Istria, and Rijeka are cities that are reopening for tourists.