Panama, one of the unintentional founding members of the UK’s Red List, celebrates the fact that UK travelers can visit the Central American country without having to spend 11 nights in hotel quarantine upon their return.
Monique Vega, Tourist Attaché at the Panama Embassy in London, said The independent: “Being on the red list was very difficult for us. We are delighted that all tourists come to visit and see what Panama has to offer.
Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru and Venezuela were also removed from the red list on Monday.
But the surveys of The independent show that the last seven nations to drop off the red list have tough rules for visitors.
Peru, traditionally the most popular South American destination for British tourists, requires PCR testing no more than 72 hours before flight departure.
Visitors should also check a box on a Ministry of Health form to “accept geolocation of my declared cell phone” – so that they can be tracked during their stay.
The Foreign Ministry warns: “Passengers must wear two face masks on flights to Peru. “
Double facial protection is also mandatory in trade fairs and markets in Peru, and at the airport on departure. The tourist office suggests a third layer of protection, saying, “It is recommended to wear a face shield. “
In addition, a 2-4 a.m. curfew prevails in the capital, Lima.
Returning to a previous health emergency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns that Peru has a risk of transmission of the Zika virus.
Crossing the northern land border from Peru to Ecuador is prohibited for tourists. Anyone flying to Ecuador will have their temperature checked upon arrival.
Cruises to the Galapagos, the Pacific archipelago of Ecuador, have resumed, but participants must have compulsory health insurance.
“Upon arrival in the Galapagos, travelers will pass through a disinfectant footbath and all luggage will be sprayed with disinfectant,” warns tour operator AdventureSmith.
Colombia is relatively light. Visitors must complete a “Check-Mig” form between 48 hours and one hour before their departure for Colombia, which is extremely difficult to find online; this is the right link.
The same form must be completed before leaving Colombia.
Air travelers should wear an appropriate surgical mask. To reduce congestion at Colombian airports, passengers can only access the terminals within three hours of international flights and two hours of domestic departures.
For Panama, travelers must complete an “Affidavit for Travelers to Prevent Coronavirus Disease” online. This includes checking a box that, in the event of a quarantine order, accepts: “I understand and agree that the health authorities will determine the location of the mandatory quarantine.” The choice of place is not left to me.
“I understand and accept that the facilities have the minimum basic conditions. “
Venezuelan authorities require a negative PCR test “performed within 48 hours of boarding the inbound flight” and that you take another on arrival for US $ 60 (£ 44) – payable in US cash uniquely.
The republic has been on the Foreign Ministry’s “no-go” list for years, not for medical reasons but “because of persistent crime and instability”. Standard travel insurance policies are void if cardholders visit against the advice of FCDO.
The two nations that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola have different rules.
The Dominican Republic, which is very popular with UK visitors, requires a PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before the arrival of people aged five or over who have not been vaccinated – which presents additional costs and hassle for families with unvaccinated children.
But arrivals who have passed a PCR test are exempt from being randomly selected for “a rapid diagnostic breath test” for Covid-19 upon arrival.
Haiti, like Venezuela, is on the Foreign Ministry’s no-go list “due to the volatile security situation and the current risk assessment of Covid-19”. The US State Department adds kidnapping, crime and civil unrest to reasons not to travel.
Travelers who are not discouraged must present a lateral flow test or PCR performed within 72 hours of leaving for Haiti.
On arrival, a nationwide curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. applies.