In Australia, the ban on overseas travel remains in place. Leaving Australia is only possible if you obtain an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs. After months of being stuck in their own neighbourhoods, Australian are looking forward to the roll out of the Federal Government's three-step-plan for easing and eventually removing COVID-19 restrictions. While the re- introduction is certainly on its way soon, this will vary immensely depending on the state. In Queensland, intrastate travel is possible, excluding some Indigenous locations that are protected. In terms of interstate travel, Queensland's borders remain closed. In New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria, both intrastate and interstate travel is possible. In Tasmania, intrastate travel is slowly being relaxed, with Tasmanians being allowed to visit National Parks that are located up to 30km away from their houses. Interstate travel has not been made possible yet. Some recreational activities such as camping and fishing are allowed in the Northern Territory. From June 5, all intrastate travel will be allowed. Interstate travel is still banned for non-residents. For South Australia and Western Australia, intrastate travel is allowed (except for biosecurity zones and Kimberley), while interstate travel bans remain.
It appears that New Zealand will be the first country to open its doors to Australian tourists. The idea has been brewing for a month now, after New Zealand's foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters suggested that Australians and New Zealanders should be able to travel within the Trans-Tasman bubble”, made possible by each country's success against the Coronavirus. This negotiation is still underway. It was announced on Tuesday June 2 that New Zealand may be lifting all lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures next week as the country has only 1 active case of COVID-19, and no new cases for the last 11 days.
While the state of emergency has been lifted in Japan, and life for citizens is slowly returning to normal, Australian tourists are still barred from coming. At the moment, the Japanese Government has restricted arrival airports for passenger flights from Korea and China to Kansai International Airport and Narita International Airport exclusively.
In Fiji, the government is keen for Australian and New Zealand tourists to resume visiting ASAP. They have formally requested to be part of the Trans-Tasman Bubble currently being negotiated between Australia and New Zealand. Like other popular islands to visit on holidays, tourism is FijiS main industry, bringing in 35% of GDP (about $2 billion). As of May 15, Fiji has only 3 active cases of coronavirus. Of the recorded 18 cases, 15 have made a full recovery from the virus.
From July 1, 80 countries including Australia will be welcomed back to Vietnam, proving themselves to be a leader in getting their international tourism back on track. Vietnam's domestic flights have resumed, and life seems to be returning to normal, with shops and restaurants back open.
The borders of Thailand remain firmly closed to international travellers for the rest of June, with no sign of opening up to Australia. There has been some discussion regarding opening borders to close by countries including South Korea and China that have demonstrated success against the virus.
Cambodia remains closed until June 30, with Deputy Prime Minister of Interior Sar Kheng increasing measures to keep Cambodians from travelling to Thailand, their neighbouring country which is still under a state of emergency. For citizens, on May 26, sports activity bans were softened.
Short-term visitors are not yet allowed entry back into Singapore. For Singapore citizens and permanent residents, they are allowed to return as long as they stay home for the 14 day quarantine period. For long-term pass holders/In-Principle Approval (IPA) holders (Students pass, Long-Term Visit Pass, work Pass), they will also be allowed entry into Singapore as long as they have obtained a valid approval letter for entry. While Singapore is doing better against the virus, the government is cautiously exploring opening up to nearby countries with low transmission rates (much like the Trans-Tasman Bubble). As people are returning back to work, a careful eye is being kept on the country's cases.
The Indonesian government plans on opening Bali, the Riau Islands and the cultural capital of Yogyakarta (on the island of Java) to international tourists this October. This plan will most likely follow through as long as there are no more major outbreaks of the virus. The tourism ministry of Indonesia is working on a major promotional campaign this June, and predicts that tourism should be back to normal by 2021.
Spain has announced it will be back open for international tourism from July 1. This will also be when they are lifting quarantine requirements for people arriving into Spain (no more 14 day isolation). The Spain-Portugal border is however remaining closed until further notice.
From June 8, international travellers will be allowed to come to the UK, but the 14 day quarantine for all new arrivals will still remain in place at this time. Much remains to be closed in the United Kingdom, with July 4 being the date where hotels, tourist attractions, pubs and theme parks will be opened back up again.
France is looking to open up with caution. The borders are scheduled to open June 15, but international visitors will still be required to self isolate for 14 days. Their emergency measures banning non-essential travel will remain in place until July 24.
Things are definitely looking a lot more normal in Italy, with overseas travellers being permitted to come back from June 3. Italy never formally closed its borders, but it did ban tourists. Travellers are keen to hear about this development. Cafes, bars and restaurants are currently open in Italy, with the 1.5m social distancing rule still in place. Beaches are also back open. On a local and state level, these governments reserve the right to restrict travel as they see fit in the areas in which they oversea.
Following Germany's announcement to open all borders and allow travel to commence by June 15, Switzerland as well as Austria and France have committed to this date. Borders will be opened as long as there are no major spikes in COVID-19 cases.