THE FEWER COVID-19 cases that are detected and the more people who have been vaccinated, the more countries will start lifting travel rules to their countries. They began to reopen their country to tourism, business, or education.

Although it is not yet fully free as it was before the pandemic, a number of countries have removed travel rules related to COVID-19 for travelers. The following four countries have removed travel restrictions for foreign tourists to their countries:

On September 26, 2022, the Canadian government officially removed the COVID-19 travel requirement. Canada is removing requirements such as quarantine, isolation and COVID-19 testing for anyone entering Canada starting October 1, 2022.

Reporting from the official website, all travelers entering Canada no longer need to send health information to the ArriveCAN app, provide proof of vaccines, conduct pre- and on-arrival tests and quarantine. Canada has also removed the requirement to wear masks on public transportation, but the use of masks is still recommended while in Canada for health reasons.

Brunei Darussalam
Brunei also lifted testing and vaccination requirements for arriving foreign tourists from September 15 and ended the requirement to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor areas. Travelers coming to Brunei no longer need to fill out health forms, but foreign nationals and permanent residents no longer need to be fully vaccinated before traveling.

However, insurance requirements for inbound and outbound travelers remain in effect. Travelers staying less than 90 days are required to take out a minimum of 20,000 Brunei dollars insurance.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced that from October 1 international tourists will no longer be required to present vaccine certificates and COVID-19 test results. Thailand will not only remove the restrictions, but will also extend the stay of visa-free tourists from 30 days to 45 days. This visa rule will take effect from October 1 to March 31, 2023.

New Zealand
New Zealand has lifted all pandemic travel bans, including COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements from September 12. Travelers will no longer be required to submit test results or vaccination certificates upon arrival, but will still be required to test on the first and fifth days and complete a travel statement prior to travel.

Anyone who tests and is found to be positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for seven days. The use of masks is also no longer required except when visiting medical facilities such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and elderly care facilities. Some businesses may also still require the use of masks.

Meanwhile, Indonesia is currently still implementing travel regulations. However, there has been an easing in which foreign tourists have been allowed to enter and return to use visa-free and Visa on Arrival. [sources/photo special]