A global pandemic is something nobody could have predicted when the clock struck midnight and we celebrated the beginning of 2020. In the early throes of the year, when news reports of the novel coronavirus were surfacing, individuals across the world could never have foreseen the state the world would be today, barely six months later. As a result of the continued spread of the virus, boarders worldwide got closed, quarantine measures put in place and daily flights drastically reduced – resulting in travel plans being put on pause for the foreseeable future. But as the days go by, we continue to see the world slowly opening back up again.
“On May 23, Spain’s Prime Minister announced plans to reopen to international tourists from July, with Italy looking to do the same in the coming weeks. In Greece, thousands flocked to the seaside last weekend, while archeological sites, including the Acropolis in Athens, reopened; the country hopes to welcome tourists from July 1. In France, which aims to reopen its borders from June 15, beaches are welcoming bathers for the first time since March.”
And while we may be able to travel again soon, it’s important to note that the travel industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. Travel will without a doubt be different post-pandemic. Drastic measures will be put in place by airlines, hotels, tourism boards and all parties involved ensuring that we can travel safely without worry of contacting the dreadful virus. So, what are some of the best destinations to visit post the COVID-19 pandemic? We’ve researched a few places and came with up with the following.
Magnificent Belize is currently free of Covid-19, one of only 12 countries in the world that is, thanks to a pioneering in-house tracking, tracing, and reporting platform and swift government response to the outbreak. The country recorded only 18 cases to date and two deaths. Belize authorities hope to reopen its Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) on 1 July, pending any further reported cases.
Portugal has been relatively spared from coronavirus with up to 40 times fewer people infected than anywhere else in Europe. Some regions such as the Alentejo have been almost ‘Covid-19 free’ so far with only one death linked to coronavirus.
The huge plain of Alentejo, which sweeps over the southern half of Portugal, is dotted with picturesque castle towns and quiet, hilltop villages, olive groves and fields of cork oaks and sunflowers. This sleepy province is an ideal holiday spot for those seeking heat, relaxation and a little culture. To travel to Alentejo is to step 40 or 50 years back in time. Life rolls along at a treacly pace; there’s an unnerving stillness to the landscape. Reopening to travellers will be from July 1. No quarantine requested.
Greece is one of the European countries least affected by a coronavirus (recorded up to 50 times fewer infected people than in the most affected European countries). Sanitary measures were taken early in preparation for travellers to Preveza (four meters distancing between beach umbrellas, air conditioning filters changed between each stay in hotel rooms that are constantly disinfected).
With a mix of fascinating history and cosmopolitan pavement cafes, Preveza is a favourite getaway for those who love the beaches, the crystalline water and the languid way of life. Reopening to travellers will be from July 1. No quarantine requested.
The Azores Islands — like Portugal’s Algarve region — have been spared from the pandemic. The Azores are a group of 9 volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic; a visit here and you’ll have an edge-of-the-world feel.
Once you make it to this outermost point of Europe, you will be rewarded with some amazing opportunities for hiking, caving, scuba diving, canyoning, whale watching, and many more adventure activities. It also has a wonderful local culture that’s proudly different from the mainland of Portugal. Reopening to travellers will be on July 1. No quarantine requested.
Cyprus is so keen to get its tourism industry back on track; officials are offering to cover the costs of any travellers who test positive for Covid-19 while on vacation in the Mediterranean island nation.
According to a letter shared with CNN, the Cypriot government will pay for lodging, as well as food, drink and medication for tourists who are taken ill with coronavirus during their visit.
Travellers heading to Cyprus will need to provide a valid certificate proving they’ve tested negative for Covid-19, while they’ll be subject to temperature checks on arrival as well as testing at random during their trip.