The three most recent nations to declare last week that they are eliminating all Covid-related travel restrictions and entrance procedures for tourists are Guatemala, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Madagascar.
All Covid testing and vaccination proof requirements for incoming tourists will be eliminated as part of the restriction removal process and replaced with recommendations only.
We’ve got all the details below.
St Kitts and Nevis Removes Travel Restrictions
Starting August 15, 2022, all Covid-related entry requirements for travelers, including testing and proof of vaccination, have been officially scraped in the island nation of St Kitts and Nevis.
This is a big shift, as unvaccinated persons were not permitted to travel to the Caribbean nation under the previous guidance.
Before the announcement, all fully vaccinated travelers arriving in St Kitts and Nevis were required to present proof of vaccination and unvaccinated were prohibited from entry. Both of these restrictions have now been removed.
Now, all international arrivals to St Kitts are only required to fill out and submit the country’s official Online Immigration and Customs ED Form prior to travel and present the receipt upon arrival at the airport.
Travelers will need a valid email address in order to do this, as the form receipt will be sent via email where you can then download it to your phone or print as a paper receipt.
Guatemala Removes All Entry Requirements For Travelers
Effective August 12, 2022, all Covid entry requirements are now removed in the Central American nation of Guatemala. This news makes Guatemala the fourth country in the continent after Belize, Costa Rica, and El Salvador to remove all Covid-related entry requirements for international arrivals.
Here’s the latest updates and guidance for travelers in Guatemala:
- Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is no longer required to enter Guatemala by any international land or air border, or to access any services within the country.
- Travelers are no longer required to present a negative Covid test for entry into Guatemala.
- Everyone is advised not to travel if they are experiencing any Covid symptoms.
- It is still recommended to continue being vigilant with general public health measures, such as hand cleaning and maintaining physical distance when possible.
- Mask-wearing in public spaces is still recommended for everyone over the age of two.
While most tourist centers in Guatemala aren’t requiring travelers to mask up, mask-wearing is still required by everyone in the following areas:
- All public transportation
- Detention and arrest centers
- Hospitals, health centers, swab and vaccination posts, and care centers for the elderly
Guatemala partially reopened to travelers back in September of 2020 and entry restrictions have been back and forth ever since. Following last week’s announcement however, all official Covid-related restrictions in Guatemala are no longer in place.
Madagascar Removes All Travel Entry Requirements
In other travel news, Madagascar recently removed all of its entry requirements for international tourists, effective August 11, 2022.
Under the previous guidance since March 31, 2022, all international arrivals to Madagascar had to submit a negative pre-departure PCR Covid test and take a rapid antigen test upon arrival in the country. All of those with a positive rapid test result were required to quarantine for 7 days in a hotel or another approved accommodation.
As of now, those travel requirements have been officially removed.
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Madagascar is filled with natural wonders. From the trees at Baobab Avenue to the Tsingy limestone cliffs, there’s so much to see and do.
Madagascar might not be the first country on your travel bucket list (or maybe it is!) but there is definitely lots to see and do in this African island nation.