The Pelorus round-up of destinations you can travel to today or in the coming months.
Lockdowns are lifting and travellers are looking forward to enjoying long-overdue escapes as soon as possible.
Updated regularly, this page is designed to answer your burning questions on where to visit and how to get there. Popular locations are already in high demand so do get in touch to start planning with our expert advisors today.
Please note that advice will vary depending on where you’re travelling from, so please get in touch for the most up-to-date guidance for you.
Last updated 12th April 2021
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From the rainforests to idyllic atolls, this rich epicentre of bohemian spirit is one of many Central American countries welcoming tourists. You must download the Belize Health App and present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. Or be tested at the airport for $50.
Pearl white beaches and crystal clear waters await you in the Caribbean islands. Currently, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos do not require quarantine, however do require a negative PCR test result on arrival – with differing test time requirements depending on destination. When visiting, most luxury hotels are helping with testing and where possible experiences are continuing where it’s safe to do so.
Tropical jungle, waterfalls and volcanoes, it is no surprise Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Air travel is now permitted from all countries and once here there are very few restrictions. Visitors will need to complete a Health Pass form within the 48 hours before departure and adequate health insurance is required, details of both can be found here.
Vivacious colour, the Amazon rainforest and a Caribbean coastline, Colombia simply oozes culture. Explore Cartagena or take a helicopter inland over the ‘Lost City’ for a cultural exchange with the indigenous tribes. To explore, you mustpresent a PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to departure, present email confirmation of a Migration Checking form filled out no earlier than 24 hours prior to boarding, take a test upon arrival and quarantine while waiting for a negative result.
Cuba’s Caribbean coastline is home to some of the best beaches in the world and some of the most pristine ocean-beds on the planet. Visitors to Cuba must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken with 72 hours before travel. On arrival at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, a further PCR test is required, before isolating and waiting for the result.
Whether it is the exquisite cuisine which entices you, or the winding roads revealing lush vegetation looming out of a blanketing mist, Ecuador is a relatively undiscovered country ready to be unveiled once again. Passengers are required to sign a health declaration form alongside their itinerary and local contact details. Either a negative PCR test for COVID-19, a negative antigen rapid test taken up to 3 days prior to arrival, or an official vaccination certificate must be presented.
To discover the South Pacific and the beautiful paradise of Fiji, visitors must arrive in private jets and rendezvous with their yachts immediately. Guests can cruise, swim, surf, dive and fall in love with the exotic islands (without disembarking), while meeting their quarantine requirements. A naval boat will ensure the completion of customs and health test requirements. Once cleared, superyachts can continue cruising Fiji’s crystal blue waters freely.
Isolated, 1000 kilometres from mainland Ecuador, the stunning Galapagos Islands are world-renowned for their vibrant flora and fauna. Visitors wishing to enter the islands must have proof of full vaccination or present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, taken 96 hours prior to the date of departure to the Galapagos Islands.
A patchwork of cultures and archaeological treasures, Greece is looking to be a top European destination this summer having announced that from May 14th, passengers who have been vaccinated or who provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival can enter. To explore villages soaked in authentic Greek culture and dive over sunken cities, visitors will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before travel.
Home to ancient ruins, expansive stretches of rainforest and colourful highland markets, Guatemala is the centre of the Maya heartland. Welcoming visitors, they are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival as well as registering with the Guatemalan Health Pass website prior to boarding and bringing a printed form with you.
Few spots on Earth compare to the hushed haven of the Maldives and it has proven itself to be the destination of choice over the last year. With excellent protocols, all you need to present is a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival and submit to additional screening methods on entry to enjoy these sunnier climes in a private villa or on board a luxury yacht.
Malta has an almost mythical quality to it that comes from its eerie underwater caves, stunning temples and medieval architecture. Malta’s vaccination program is full steam ahead and with free travel from ‘Green’ listed countries, Malta is well on its way to opening this summer welcoming vaccinated UK visitors from June. Currently, ‘Amber list’ countries, must provide proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta and designated ‘Red list’ countries are not currently allowed to enter Malta.
Mexico’s jungle-fringed Pacific coastline stands between some of the most incredible marine life in the world and the remains of an Aztec empire peppered across arid desert. Flights to Mexico are running, visitors are required to complete a health questionnaire form and scan the QR code it generates on arrival. Restrictions are dependant on their 4-tier traffic light system and where you find yourself, most states categorise themselves as ‘orange’ which sees fluctuating restaurant and bar restrictions.
Delve into the historic streets of Montenegro, be charmed by stunning vistas and wander quaint streets. Embark on a white water rafting adventure through canyons or hike verdant mountains for panoramic views over this Balkan land. The doors to Montenegro are open to visitors who have provided proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.
Panama is the undiscovered jewel of Central America. To unveil its tropical Caribbean hideaways and wild Pacific coast, brimming with marine life and vibrant corals, visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR tests on arrival. This must be taken no more than 48 hours before travel.
Renowned for its rich biodiversity, the Seychelles archipelago homes pearly-white beaches, coral reefs and the endangered giant Aldabra tortoise. Vaccinated visitors must show a certificate of vaccination by their country of origin’s health authorities, displaying two vaccine doses. Travelers must present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to travel, meeting these requirements will allow free movement. Non-vaccinated visitors from ‘permitted countries’ will be allowed entry, those from ‘high risk’ countries must arrive by private jet and movements limited.
Located off the coast of Yemen in the Arabian sea, the biodiverse island of Socotra is home to unique species of frankincense, cucumber tree, desert rose, and the eye-catching dragon’s blood tree, unique to the island. To venture to the white sand dunes of the southern coastline, secluded lagoons and private beaches of Socotra get in touch with our team to plan your trip.
With the winter season in South Africa approaching, this is one of the best times to see the Big Five. Following strict health protocols and vaccine roll out, South Africa has reduced its COVID alert status from level three to one. Major international airports have reopened and are operating international and connecting flights to other African destinations. To enter South Africa and avoid a quarantine period, visitors are required to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure as well as an online Travel Health Questionnaire.
Tanzania is a great melting pot of cultures. Where better for a post-lockdown escape than the Serengeti for the Big Five and the secluded underwater world of the Zanzibar archipelago? With commercial flights operating, passengers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours prior to boarding. Visitors should also fill out a Health Surveillance form to submit upon arrival. Temperature scanning is also required for all international arrivals.
Discover authentic Turkey this summer. Dine in ancient Byzantine mosaiced courtyards, stare in awe at ornate frescoes detailing palace walls and stroll through magnificently decorated Ottoman imperial mosques. With lockdown easing, passengers wishing to visit Turkey are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test and complete a passenger locator form. Flights to and from the UK are expected to return early summer.
The UK roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions across England is underway. From mid-April domestic travel within the UK and staying in private accommodation is possible along with experiences, where it is safe to do so. With a destination traffic light system anticipated to come in to play, summer adventures abroad to tropical realms are looking positive. It is expected that British travellers to ‘Green’ listed countries will not be required to quarantine on return to the UK, but will still need to test. Currently, international visitors to the UK will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test and must quarantine once on UK soil. Requirements vary across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Domestic travel presents a great opportunity for remote exploration, such a vast country offers so much wild beauty. With restrictions reducing, Pelorus advisors are well-versed in state regulations and are creating experiences across the country. Visitors to Alaska are no longer required to provide a negative PCR test. However, to embrace Hawaii’s Aloha Spirit you will need a negative PCR test and to download the Aloha Safe Alert App. International travel wise, if eligible to enter the USA, you must present a negative pre-departure test or proof of COVID recovery, self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID test 3-5 days in – the States are still currently closed to UK and Schengen zone travellers. However, international travel to the US is looking promising from August this year.
The 118 islands of French Polynesia seem to inspire as little activity as possible – lounging on the beach, taking a dip in azure waters and napping in an overwater bungalow – but this archetypal island paradise presents plenty of adventures to entice you away from more sedentary pursuits. To embark on the ultimate South Pacific adventure, the President has announced that French Polynesia hope to be welcoming back visitors from the 1st of May.
From May 6, Iceland will open its borders to all travellers from non-Schengen countries, including from UK, USA, Canada, Asia. Those who can present a certificate of either the full vaccination or previous COVID infection are exempt from COVID testing rules and quarantine. Other eligible travellers are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken before boarding, plus 2 tests upon arrival with 5-6 days of quarantine between tests – Pelorus will organise this for you. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt.
Steeped in history from three of the world’s central religions, Israel offers wonders from the undiscovered oasis of Ein Gedi to the reddish-tan cliffs of the Judean Desert plateau. Discover ancient monasteries and Bedouin tribes or venture to the cobalt-blue Dead Sea fringed by salt deposits for an invigorating dip. Currently deemed one of the safest countries in the world, Israel is set to welcome visitors with proof of their two vaccines by the summer.
Portugal and the Azores are shaping up to be the ideal destination for that long-awaited travel adventure. Indulge in exquisite local Portuguese cuisine or venture to the wild Atlantic coast sample the famed surf scene. The Portuguese government has recently announced that visitors who have had two doses of the vaccine and tested negative or are immune, can visit from mid-May. Portuguese officials are hoping that visitors will be allowed restriction-free travel.
We understand your worries and questions on safety. With help from our infection prevention advisor and COVID promise, you can plan with flexibility and confidence.
Our expertise stems from a British military background, therefore safety and planning down to the minute details is at the forefront of all Pelorus adventures, allowing us to adapt to any situation seamlessly and deliver the ultimate, bespoke experience for you and your group.
If you would like to explore this further, our expert team are only a call away and happy to chat this through with you.
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