After more than a year of COVID-19, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. With vaccinations continuing to rise and more countries reopening their borders, international travel is finally making a return. For many of us, it’s been a long time since the last trip abroad, so a relaxing vacation is something that we all dream of.
And what would be a better time to travel than in summer when the weather’s nice in most of the world? Although things are still not quite back to normal, there are many options available for a safe holiday break.
Can’t decide where to go exactly? These 7 beautiful summer destinations will give you plenty of inspiration.
Greece is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and numerous islands. In May, the country officially launched its 2021 tourism season and reopened beaches and museums after a year of restrictions. As Greece has already resumed flights to all its major airports, it’s easy to connect to one of the country’s incredible islands, like Corfu, Mykonos or Santorini. Greece welcomes all travellers with a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours previously.
Historic cities, clear blue water and warm summer nights…sounds good, doesn’t it? Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, filled with an incredible coastline, waterfalls and stone towns. It’s also a place where you can spend a lot of time in nature and travel independently. All of this makes it a perfect choice for your first trip since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iceland is a country with a variety of amazing sceneries that range from blue lagoons to hot springs and rugged fjords. It’s an ideal place for both – a short weekend getaway or a longer stay. As Iceland has only a small population of 340,000 people, it allows everyone to travel without interacting with too many people. Upon arriving in Iceland, all travellers must present a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test.
Portugal is one of the most visited countries in Europe due to its affordable travel costs, ancient history and of course, famously beautiful beaches. This sunny country with picturesque towns and an idyllic climate has currently one of the lowest virus rates in Europe. All of this was achieved through a total lockdown for a 4-month period. All travellers entering Portugal must present a negative PCR test.
Looking for a wine and food escape? Or a unique adventure in beautiful nature? Georgia got you covered. Summer is definitely the best time to visit this friendly country, especially if you plan to travel around to discover the mountainous regions and beautiful canyons. Citizens of all countries may enter Georgia if they present the document confirming any COVID-19 vaccination.
Cyprus is an island that should definitely be on your travel list. From archaeological ruins to the lively resorts and mouth-watering traditional cuisine, this diverse country has something for everyone. As summer months are dry and warm, it’s the ideal time to enjoy Cyprus’ many beaches. The country is now welcoming vaccinated travellers and has removed quarantine and testing requirements for everyone who has had their COVID-19 vaccine.
Looking to go somewhere a bit further? Thailand is an amazing country of delicious street food, exotic culture and tasty cocktails. It recently began a four-stage plan to welcome back tourists and lift restrictions. From July 1st, some areas in Thailand plan to open to vaccinated travellers without a quarantine requirement.
Before booking your trip, don’t forget to check out the rules and restrictions of your travel destination. To stay safe, consider warnings from the government, and take recommended precautions such as mask-wearing and social distancing.