Can we travel now?
We just cannot wait to roam the globe again. With the Covid-19 started to get under control in more countries, the possibility of international travel is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. However, we must travel responsibly and precautiously because the pandemic is still out there.
To start preparing your trip again, check out these Muslim-friendly countries that are ready to welcome international tourists again!
To combat the spread of Covid-19, the Turkish government controls the border traffic with several restrictions. However, Turkey is open for leisure travel, and tourists from all countries are allowed to enter as long as they meet the immigration requirements.
All incoming tourists over the age of 6 must fill in a Traveler Entry Form and showing a negative Covid-19 result from PCR test performed in the last 72 hours or rapid antigen test taken in the last 48 hours. Tourists that are fully vaccinated and recovered patients can show their vaccine certificate (14 days after the second dose) or a medical certificate showing recovery in the last 6 months.
Good news for tourists who are fully vaccinated, you can apply for quarantine exemption that will allow you to skip quarantine when entering South Korea. With the social activities coming back, South Korea has partially opened public places, including restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.
All tourists must install the self-quarantine mobile app for their safety and complete some form of declaration to be presented upon arrival. You also need to show a printed negative Covid-19 test result that was issued 72 hours before departure at the latest.
Japan is currently still closed for any international tourist, both for business or leisure travel. Tokyo is under a new state of emergency until 30 September, as well as 18 other prefectures. At this point, only citizens, residents, and travelers with very specific circumstances are allowed to enter Japan.
International travelers must present a negative result of the Covid-19 test that was taken 72 days prior to their arrival. A vaccination certificate is also required to be shown during the health check upon arrival. All travelers must install PeduliLindungi mobile app for monitoring.
All foreign travelers must present proof of health or travel insurance that covers the quarantine or treatment expenses for Covid-19.
Non-Saudi Citizens that are family members or home workers of Saudi Citizens are allowed to enter the Kingdom directly if traveling with the Saudi Citizens. They don't need to spend 14 days outside the country in which the new strain of Corona Virus is spread but still need to provide a negative PCR test certificate issued from a verified laboratory that is issued within 72 hours prior to the departure.
Starting from 30 August 2021, all international tourists can visit UAE for leisure travel as long as they are fully vaccinated. However, they must take a PCR test upon arrival. Travellers wishing to receive the benefits provided to individuals vaccinated in the UAE can register information about their vaccination via the ICA platform
or the Al Hosn app
Holders of US, Canada, UK, and Australia passports are allowed to enter Thailand for leisure travel without a visa. While the tourists from other countries must apply for a Special Tourist Visa via the Thai consulate or embassy in their own country. However, all tourists must apply for a Certificate of Entry and download ThailandPlus application, as well as showing the QR code to be scanned by Thailand authorities upon arrival.
All tourists also need to present their negative PCR test results that are taken within 72 hours prior to departure and must be covered by their own health insurance, including treatment expenses for Covid-19 up to $100.000.
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