FOR TWO and a half years, the world was almost closed to free travel. To travel, people need to queue for official PCR tests, print proof of vaccinations to fill out various forms as a condition of travel to prevent COVID-19. But now conditions are starting to change when many countries have relaxed their rules.

Over the past few months, most countries have abandoned their requirements for tests and vaccines. In fact, almost all European countries have removed restrictions related to COVID-19.

The last European country to require a COVID-19 test or vaccination is Spain. Travelers no longer need to be vaccinated, test negative or have recently recovered from COVID-19 to travel to Spain or anywhere else in Europe.

On the other hand, some COVID-19 restrictions for travelers remain in place in a number of countries, including the United States requiring anyone aged 18 years and over to be fully vaccinated, travelers to Hong Kong must be fully vaccinated and take tests to pass border control and Japan also still requires vaccinations for travelers as well as several documents that must be filled out.

Travelers to Singapore must be vaccinated twice or take a pre-trip test. Dubai and Abu Dhabi require proof of double vaccination, pre-travel PCR test or proof of recovery. Indonesia itself still requires proof of a complete vaccination or PCR test and a five-day quarantine upon arrival.

China is still somewhat closed to international travelers. There are also travel restrictions to the Seychelles, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cuba, Tunisia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Sint Maarten, Myanmar, Zambia, Kenya, Fiji, Nepal, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea. So, when you want to travel abroad, it’s a good idea to first check the terms and documents needed in the destination country. [sources/photo special]