After more than a year-and-a-half sitting inside your home due to the COVID-19 lockdown, we are pretty sure you need a good break from working at home, eating, sleeping and repeating. While you could have taken a short break around your city or to a different state which would be less risky, there wasn't really a chance to take that long summer or a winter vacation abroad owing to the restrictions and travel bans by various countries.
However, with the situation getting better and precautions through vaccination and speedy RT-PCR tests and recovery in place, many countries have lifted their ban on travel for tourism purposes, and what can be better news than this?
Here are 8 international destinations that you can plan on travelling to post COVID-19:
Chilling at an island on the beach side with your favourite cocktail in one hand, a sun-blocking hat, your skin a bit oily with the all the sunscreen you just put on it and the coolest shades giving your eyes that coolness...well, ain't this a kind of vacation you have been looking forward to in the past years?
To make you feel even more relaxed yet excited at the same time, the wonderful island nation of East Africa, Mauritius, is finally open for your beachy-vacation. All you need is to get vaccinated, carry a negative RT-PCR test report, not more than 5-7 days old, and voila! There you are, living through your great holiday. The authorities might ask you to take the tests on arrival at Mauritius, but it isn't a big task if you have a relaxing vacation ahead. Or is it?
Photo Courtesy: Instagram (@mauritius.tourism)
Well, if you are still sitting with an image of Mauritius in your mind but do not want to go far away from Asia, we dare you don't let your mood down just yet! The celebrities' second home during COVID-19, Maldives, is once again open for the tourists. So, it is all dreams coming true, with us being there, making reels and vacay stories on Instagram and Snapchat, having the time of our lives.
All you need is a negative RT-PCR test and fill in a health declaration form 24 hours before boarding the flight. The form is available on Maldives' immigration portal. Well, can it be easier than this to travel right after the horrendous pandemic?
Photo Courtesy: Instagram (@visitmaldives)
3. Costa Rica
If not the American dream, you can have a little taste of the Latin American dream way more easily in Costa Rica. With very less fatality rate throughout the pandemic, Costa Rica can prove to be the wisest choice for the travellers, given the sustainability, conservation of non-renewable resources and the management for the Covid-19 containment.
Besides, what can be better than travelling into nature's arms and away from people as much as possible during these times? Famous for its scintillating flora and fauna, volcanoes and beaches, Costa Rica is one of the most promising destinations to make your vacation one to remember.
Photo Courtesy: Instagram (@visit_costarica)
If you want to experience a different world altogether in Asia itself, then hold on to your vodka glasses cause now you have Russians welcoming you to travel their country. Rich with history and culture, Russia has a thing for museums and if you are fond of them too, well, you got your match in the world's largest country!
With no restrictions for the Indians on travel to Russia, anyone vaccinated fully or not, with a negative RT-PCR report can have a holiday, planned or unplanned, in Putin's country. Quarantine in the country is subject to the development of symptoms in an individual. So basically, all the hard work you need here is to get a negative RT-PCR test report, book your tickets and fly all the way to Russia!
Photo Courtesy: Instagram (@Russia)
Moving on to Europe, you can travel to Serbia which is right at the crossroads of central and southeast Europe. The heart of the Balkans, Serbia has opened its borders for the tourists to enjoy and experience the natural environment that the country boasts. With exciting night life for the youngsters, the country is full of historic and cultural aspects such as museums, fortresses and other such architecture.
A mixture of old, modern and contemporary attractions, Serbia is a less talked about yet a must go destination. In the present times, the country will prove to be a long lost gem for the explorers who can travel there without much restrictions and in a hassle-free manner.
Photo Courtesy: Instagram (@serbiatourism)
If you are still making the Instagram Reels on La Vie En Rose, then my friend, you are way too much in love with the French! And guess what? Now, you can travel all the way to France since the country has opened its borders for all the lovers of the country.
There isn't much we need to guide you on when it comes to France. There's obvious travel to Paris, then there's Bordeaux, Nantes, Cannes and so on. Only thing you need to make sure of is that you are fully vaccinated and take a RT-PCR test before boarding the flight. So if you have been really waiting to experience everything French, take your vaccine jabs and say au revoir to your country!
Photo Courtesy: Instagram (@francefr)
Moving towards the North, you can now travel to the Land of Fire and Ice - Iceland. Yes, the dreamy scenes from the country are just a travel away for you with the new relaxation in the rules for the travellers from other countries.
With the hot springs, lava fields and glaciers, all there for your disposal, Iceland is one location away from the same old destinations where you can have an unforgettable experience. All you need is your vaccination and a negative RT-PCR test report to enter this heavenly destination.
Photo Courtesy: Instagram (@iceland.explore)
A visit to the animal kingdom doesn't seem like a bad idea in these times, so here's good news for all the wildlife lovers: Rwanda, the East African country, is now open for all the travellers.
With various national parks, lakes and volcanic parks, Rwanda is a place where you can experience nature to its fullest. A negative COVID-19 report and a PCR test on arrival is everything you will need to enter the country. So start planning your trip because the wildlife is waiting!
Photo Courtesy: Instagram (@rwanda)