The spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) is a worldwide concern at the moment. The safety of our volunteers and the communities where our volunteer projects are based is our top priority, and so we have created this guide with resources for anyone considering travelling abroad to minimise health risks and make an informed decision about their travel. This post will also be regularly updated as the situation develops based on the latest WHO advice.
The WHO has been providing daily updates on the virus, which can be found on their website; https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen
For British travellers, the FCO has on 4th July 2020 updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. You can find the list of countries here.
As of 6th August 2020, many nations across the globe continue to have their borders closed to tourists in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Many of our volunteer project destinations are thus still on hold. However, some countries are slowly opening and the following have announced that they are accepting tourists again:
Costa Rica: From 1st August 2020, nationals from the EU/EEA, the UK and Canada can enter Costa Rica. Tourists must fill in an Epidemiological Form and present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test, received within the 48 hours before their travel to Costa Rica. You can find more info here.
Croatia: EU/EEA nationals can now travel to Croatia for tourism purposes. It is necessary to present the confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment. Find more info here.
Greece: From 1st July 2020, international flights will once again be allowed into all airports in Greece. Visitors are subject to random tests upon arrival. Additional restrictions regarding certain countries will be announced at a later date. See the latest update here. International travellers will be required to fill in a detailed Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online at least 48 hours before entering the country. Read more about this here and here.
Kenya: From 1st August 2020, international travellers are able to enter the country. All travellers need to provide a PCR-based Covid- 19 negative certificate, no later than tested 96 hours before travel. All travellers will be screened on arrival; anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for the first 14 days of their stay. Some nationalities are required to quarantine upon arrival regardless of test results. Find more info here.
Portugal: Nationals from EU/EEA member states, as well as from the UK*, USA*, Canada*, South Africa*, Venezuela* and Portuguese speaking countries* are now allowed into Portugal. See the latest updates here and here.
*Provided that Portuguese nationals can enter these countries on same conditions.
Slovakia: From 20 July 2020, people coming from most EU/EEA countries, the UK, Australia, China (Hong Kong and Macau), Faroe Islands, Japan, South Korea, Monaco and New Zealand don’t have to go to into isolation nor have to present a negative test for COVID-19. Upon arrival from anywhere other than these countries, it is necessary to go to home isolation until obtaining a negative RT-PCR test for the COVID-19 disease, which should be taken no sooner than the 5th day of home isolation. See latest update here.
We are continuing to actively monitor the situation together with our local partners and provide advice to volunteers. If you are currently booked on a volunteer project, or are planning to join a project, please contact us for the latest advice, as the situation is rapidly changing and travel restrictions vary between countries.
We also have some general tips for people travelling (and at home) to keep vigilant;
This is a map which can be used follow the situation, created by a university in the US: https://gisanddata.maps.
For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals (some of which may affect travellers in transit), please see the International Air Transport Association website before you travel.
Please also see this link for the UK government’s latest advice on what to do when returning home from affected countries: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#returning-travellers
Please note! This advice is all given as a general guide, and because medical and travel recommendations differ from country to country and personal circumstances, we recommend you consult relevant WHO or CDC advice as well.