International Gathering and Event Regulations: What to Know

March 12, 2021

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Spain has reopened its ports to cruise ships and now allows vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and most other countries.

Updated June 7, 2021

As many parts of the world continue to battle coronavirus outbreaks, leaders there have paused the reopening process and announced new constraints on travel and gatherings. At the same time, other countries are easing their restrictions. Here's a roundup of what's happening around the globe.

In the latest news, Spain has opened its borders to vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and most other countries. Spanish ports have also reopened to cruises. France will also allow entry to vaccinated travelers from Europe, the U.S. and most other nations without requiring a Covid-19 test. The measures are part of a new traffic light system that took effect on June 5. The Netherlands will move to step three of reopening on June 9, with most venues able to host up to 50 people and higher capacities for larger facilities.

In Asia, as the opening of the Olympic Games draws closer, Japan has extended a state of emergency over several major cities until at least June 20. Meanwhile, Singapore has again tightened restrictions following a spike in Covid-19 cases. The gathering limit for business events has been lowered and an air-travel bubble with Hong Kong has been delayed again.

Canada
has extended the closure of its land borders with the United States for another month, until at least June 21. Meanwhile, the Bahamas is now allowing fully vaccinated travelers to skip the mandatory testing requirement.

Reopening status in countries that banned or restricted events

Aruba


Aruba opened to tourists from Europe, the Caribbean and Canada on July 1 and the U.S. on July 10, though all visitors are required to take a Covid-19 test prior to arrival or once they get to the Aruba airport. Those coming from a number of states must complete additional testing, uploading their negative results online within 72 hours before their flight. Travelers who choose to get tested at the airport will have to quarantine for up to 24 hours while awaiting results (which take an average of six to eight hours to come back), and those who test positive must remain in isolation until testing negative.

Australia


This country has slowly loosened lockdowns since its government announced a three-stage plan in May for easing restrictions. Melbourne, which has been under strict lockdown since July, loosened the rules starting Oct. 27. Restaurants, cafés and bars were allowed to reopen, and outdoor contact sports could resume. On Nov. 8, residents in Melbourne were longer restricted to traveling within 16 miles of their homes. Beginning Nov. 23, face masks are no mandatory in outdoor situations where physical distancing is possible and venues are allowed to host up to 150 people indoors and 300 people outdoors, depending on the size of the event space. In the rest of the country, public gatherings range from up to 20 people in New South Wales to 50 in Queensland, and 350 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors in Tasmania. Meanwhile, the International Convention Centre Sydney has been given approval from the New South Wales Department of Health to hold corporate events and conferences for up to 1,500 people. The gatherings must abide by the venue's EventSafe Operating Guide, with one person per four square meters and no more than 300 people per room.

Austria


The Austrian government have announced that from 19 May, hotels and restaurants, leisure and cultural facilities may reopen. All of these areas will open with clear security concepts. The basic requirement for entry everywhere will be the Green Pass, visitors need to be either tested, recovered or vaccinated.

Detailed information are currently only available in German. A hard lockdown is still in force until May 2, 2021, with stay-at-home restrictions applicable 24 hours a day. Museums, zoos, services provided in close physical proximity and most shops are closed. First steps towards a reopening have been taken in the province of Vorarlberg, where restaurants and cultural institutions have been allowed to open (subject to strict rules). Other provinces may take steps towards reopening in May (details are currently being drawn up)

Each person arriving in Austria must complete a Pre-Travel Clearance Form . Travelers can enter the country without restriction (without a test or quarantine) if coming from the following countries or if they stayed only in those countries and nowhere else in the past ten days: Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Vatican City.

For arrivals from the EU/EEA, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco and San Marino, travelers need a negative molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 (e.g. PCR) or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2. The test result must not more than 72 hours old and must be available in German or English.

The Bahamas


As of May 1, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to undergo Covid-19 testing before or after arriving in the Bahamas. Visitors must still apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa, which includes Covid-19 health insurance for the duration of their stay, and they must upload proof of vaccination. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines, or two weeks after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Travel updates can be found on the Islands of the Bahamas website.

Belgium


Easter pause will end on 26 April. As a result, people will be able to meet outdoors in groups of 10 from Monday onwards. shops will also be allowed to receive customers without an appointment. People are no longer required to shop alone but may be accompanied by one other member of the household. There is currently a 22.00-6.00 curfew in the Brussels region, a ban on consuming alcohol in public spaces and requirement for all shops to close by 20.00. The measures have been extended up to and including 7 May. Schools are also open again for the younger ones, while 2nd and 3rd stage of secondary education have 50% face-to-face education.The travel ban on non-essential travel within the European Union expired on 19 April. For travel outside the European Union, the European rules continue to apply. However, the existing advice will remain in place advising against all non-essential travel.Upon return, a stringent testing and quarantine regime is in place.

Events

The Consultative Committee also confirmed the previous decisions relating to the culture and events sectors as from May. This includes major events such as cultural and other performances, competitions and trade fairs.

As such, outdoor activities for up to 50 people are allowed during the month of May. In addition, a series of indoor test events will be organised.

During the month of June, outdoor activities are possible for up to 200 people. Indoors, the maximum room occupancy is 75% of the COVID Infrastructure Risk Model (CIRM), also with a maximum of 200 people. Both indoor and outdoor events must always take place with face masks and with respect for social distancing. At indoor events, people must sit down at all times.

Canada


As of Feb. 15, anyone arriving in Canada by land must show a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Currently, only Canadian citizens, permanent residents and essential travelers are allowed into the country. The land border between Canada and the United States has been extended by another month, now expected to remain closed until at least June 21. Nonessential travelers who enter Canada via land without a negative test result could be fined up to USD$2,362.

All travelers entering Canada by air are currently required to show proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test result before boarding the plane. In addition, air travelers must take a second Covid-19 test upon arrival and book a three-night stay at a hotel while awaiting the test results. All travelers must complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon entering the country, even if their test result is negative.

Many provinces and territories have restricted gathering sizes. The Canadian government has also released a risk mitigation tool for event planners.

China


The first country to be hobbled by COVID-19, China has been steadily reopening its economy, first its manufacturing sector and gradually expanding with the reopening of theme parks, hotels and other attractions returning, most recently cinemas and water parks.

Costa Rica


Beginning Sept. 1, U.S. travelers will again be allowed to visit the country, as long as they are residents of New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont or Connecticut. More states are expected to be added soon after. Previously, on Aug. 1, Costa Rica reopened its borders to residents of the European Union and Schengen Zone, the United Kingdom, Canada, Uruguay, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Czech Republic


On Thursday, 22 April 2021 the government discussed a detailed plan for the Opening of the country based on incidence of new cases per 100,000 people in seven days.

The Ministry of Health plans further restriction lifting in the event of favourable development of the epidemic on Monday, 3 May 2021.. In regions where the incidence of new cases does not exceed 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week, [...] galleries, museums and monuments without group tours might be opened and outdoor amateur sports for children up to 20 people permitted. If the numbers of newly infected people can be reduced below this threshold on a national average, all retail stores closed so far and the remaining range of outdoor markets and marketplaces will be opened under the established rules.

The next phase of the restriction lifting could then occur when the incidence falls below 75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week, which, according to optimistic scenarios, could take place in the second half of May. This restriction lifting should already be more extensive, including outdoor theatres and concerts, castles and chateaux, restaurant gardens, opening a quarter of the capacity of hotels and pensions, outdoor sports for 20 people, limited spectator entry to sports matches or increasing the number of people at weddings and funerals to 30 people indoors with a test and 50 persons outdoors without a test and with respiratory protection.

For example, the Ministry plans to open the interior of restaurants, swimming pools and wellness facilities, cinemas and theatre buildings in the next phase, as soon as the number of new cases falls below 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants per week. This could happen in June or July.

Denmark


The Danish authorities have announced that the country will start reopening its borders for travel to and from Denmark on April 21. The Danish authorities revealed that the country will open its borders for Iceland and some Norwegian regions. All persons entering Denmark from one of these areas will not be required to self-isolate upon entry and will be allowed to travel without an essential purpose.Additionally, the authorities are also planning on allowing entry for non-EU and non-Schengen countries that meet COVID-19 safety criteria.

Foreigners who are not habitually resident in or do not hold a valid residence permit for Denmark must have a worthy purpose to enter Denmark and must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry. Everyone, including Danish citizens, who travel to Denmark from abroad, will require testing and isolation for 10 days after entry.

As of 21 April 2021, restaurants, cafés etc. are open for serving both indoors and outdoors with requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Corona “passport” and table reservation 30 minutes before is required for indoor serving.Museums, art venues, libraries, etc. are open as of 21 April 2021. Corona passport must be presented

Gatherings:

The maximum number of people allowed to gather is 50 people outdoors and 10 people in public indoors places. The maximum number of people recommended to gather in private homes is also 10 people. An expert group appointed by the government published on the 19th of April its recommendations on for corona-safe, large-scale events. they must still be negotiated and agreed on politically before restrictions are finalised.

Dominican Republic


Beginning Jan. 26, the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Tourism and Public Health will offer free antigen testing to all international visitors staying at a hotel. The rapid tests will be administered by health professionals at the hotels. The destination also extended its free health coverage plan for all tourists arriving on commercial flights and staying at a hotel until March 31, 2021. The plan covers covers all medical emergencies, including those caused in the event of an infection or exposure to Covid-19 while in the country. Since late September, travelers arriving to the island nation have been subject to random Covid-19 tests upon arrival. Passengers are also required to complete an electronic entry and exit form in order to enter.

Finland


The Finnish Government decided to extend the restrictions on entry into Finland until 25 May 2021.

Finland welcomes residents of the following countries to travel to Finland for leisure: the Vatican, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand South Korea and Rwanda. There is no mandatory testing or quarantine for residents from the above mentioned countries on arrival in Finland. All travelers arriving in Finland from corona risk countries are tested for the coronavirus.

All domestic and foreign travel should be restricted to necessary travel only.Entry into Finland is only permitted for necessary and justified reasons, such as studies or family-related reasons. Business travel to Finland is only permitted in cases where it is necessary for the security of supply As of the beginning of May, restrictions on entry at the internal borders will be gradually replaced by health security measures at the border.

Depending on the rate of infections in the region restaurants, cafés and bar opening times vary. Some sights and attractions may be open.r websites for up-to-date information on opening times any specific safety considerations. There might be regional restrictions due to epidemic situation and customer numbers can be restricted below normal levels.

All indoor and outdoor public events and meetings will be prohibited for a fixed period. However, absolutely indispensable public events and meetings with at most 6 persons may be arranged, if their safety can be guaranteed in compliance with the instructions issued by the Ministry of Education The restrictions are in place until 16 May 2021.

From the beginning of July, indoor competitions, events and leisure activities that involve close contacts will resume.

France


France has announced plans to implement a new traffic light system for travel, which will allow vaccinated travelers from green and orange countries to enter without completing a Covid-19 test. The new measures are expected to take effect on June 9. Travel will be allowed from Europe, the U.S. and most of Asia and Africa. Travelers from red-list countries must have an essential reason for traveling, complete a Covid-19 test before departure as well as on arrival, and quarantine for seven days if fully vaccinated or 10 days if not vaccinated.

The country is slowly easing measures from a nationwide lockdown. Cafés, bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen on May 19. Only outdoor seating is allowed, at 50 percent capacity with no more than six people per table. Cinemas can allow visitors at 35 percent capacity, and museums can also reopen at partial capacity. In addition, the nationwide curfew has been pushed back two hours, and now runs from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Gatherings of six or more people remain prohibited. On June 9, the curfew will be moved back to 11 p.m., and indoor dining is expected to resume. A full reopening is expected on June 30 if Covid-19 conditions remain stable.

Germany


Restrictions vary across Germany, depending on regional Covid-19 rates. The country has loosened travel measures, so that visitors who have been vaccinated or recovered from coronavirus no longer have to take a Covid test or quarantine upon arrival, as long as they are not from a region with a high number of cases. In addition, non-vaccinated people can now end their quarantine early if their test is negative. According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, Germany plans to roll out digital vaccine passports by the end of June.

Greece


Greece is currently in lockdown and the government has already implemented a strict non-essential movement ban, in addition to travel restrictions. All non-essential travel between Greek prefectures will remain prohibited until Monday, May 10, at 6am.

The following travel restrictions and requirements for international arrivals will remain in place until Monday, May 3: The submission of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by all passengers of international flights to Greece remains mandatory. All travelers from abroad must submit a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival in Greece. All passengers entering Greece from abroad must self-isolate either at their home (for permanent residents) or at the place of temporary residence declared on the PLF, for 7 days. Travelers from the following countries qualify for exemption from mandatory quarantine: all EU member states and the members of the border-free Schengen area, the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Russia and Singapore, considering that they have been fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19. (See here for further information.)

Shopping malls and discount parks (outlet stores) opened in Greece under COVID-secure guidelines on Saturday, April 24, According to the “click away” method.

Greek restaurants, cafes, bars and F&B services are set to open outdoors on May 3 after Orthodox Easter with protocols to be announced in the coming days.

Hong Kong


The government has extended social-distancing measures until at least April 14. However, capacity limits for cinemas, theme parks and performance venues will be increased to 75 percent on April 1. Pools and beaches will also reopen on April 1. Gatherings of more than four people in public places remain banned.

Hungary


Now that Hungary has reached the 3.5 million vaccinated milestone, terraces of bars and restaurants may open until 9.30 p.m. and the curfew will start at 11 p.m.

When the number of vaccinated people reaches 4 million, immunity certificate holders will be able to visit theaters, cinemas, gyms, swimming pools, zoos, museums, libraries and sports events. Hotels and the indoor premises of restaurants may also welcome guests who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.Obligatory, universal mask-wearing remains in place and there must only be one customer per 10 m2 in shops.Shops may reopen between 5:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.Hairdressers and cosmeticians may reopen.Public areas and parks remain open.

Family and private gatherings are allowed up to ten people. Civil and church weddings may only take place with immediate family present and with no reception. A maximum of 50 people may attend funerals.

Iceland


Regulation on restrictions on gatherings due the pandemic shall apply as of 15 April and remain in force up to and including 5 May 2021.

The maximum number of people allowed in the same location is 20 persons, with certain restrictions, both in public and private locations.

Events with seated guests:

Up to 100 persons may be present during the ceremonies of religious and life stance ceremonies; stage, cultural and sports events; conferences; lectures; and comparable events provided that the following conditions are met.

Performing arts, cinema theaters and other cultural events may have up to 50 persons on stage, i.e. during rehearsals and shows. Up to 100 seated guests may be accommodated. Such guests must wear face masks.At the ceremonies of religious and life stance associations, up to 100 persons may attend. General restrictions apply to funeral receptions, confirmations and comparable events, i.e. 20 persons in the same area.

Restaurants where alcoholic beverages are allowed may stay open until 21:00 all days of the week with a maximum of 30 guests in each area and must maintain the 2 metre distance rule. All guests must be registered by name, ID No. and telephone number.

Greenland is the only country in the world that is not considered a high-risk area.Special rules apply when traveling to Iceland. unnecessary traveling from high-risk countries is banned. All travelers must pre-register before arriving in Iceland and confirm their departure day, if available. A negative PCR test certificate against COVID-19 must be presented.

Ireland


Ireland has lifted some of its Covid-19 restrictions including the 5km (3 miles) travel limit.People can travel anywhere within their county or up to 20km (12 miles) from home if crossing county boundaries.

People from two households can meet outdoors but are still unable to meet inside.

This does not include meeting up in private gardens, in order to avoid situations where people would gather indoors.

If the transmission of the virus reaches acceptable levels, the vaccination program progresses as planned and public health advice allows, further options that will be considered from 4 May are:

  • full reopening of construction activity
  • phased return of non-essential retail commencing with click and collect and outdoor retail, for example: garden centers/nurseries
  • recommencement of personal services on a staggered basis
  • reopening of museums, galleries and libraries
  • recommencement of religious services on a staggered basis


The government has released a detailed plan for the opening in the event industry, likely for the second half of the year.

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. The Government has introduced additional short-term restrictions on international travel. Visa-free travel to Ireland for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America has been suspended. With effect from 4 February 2021, a legal requirement to home quarantine was introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland. This 14-day quarantine must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. A negative or ‘not detected’ result(RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before arrival to Ireland is required too.

Italy


April 26, Italy began to ease restrictive measures as the country shows signs of falling infection numbers and the vaccine effort accelerates (16 million Italians have received the first dose and nearly 5 million are fully vaccinated). It has been confirmed that Tuscany will also return to "yellow zone" status. Regions and Autonomous Provinces are classified into four areas - red, orange, yellow and white - corresponding to three risk scenarios, for which specific restrictive measures are foreseen. Three-quarters of regions l dropped into the low-risk "yellow" categories.

The 10pm-5am curfew will remain in place until the end of May, when it will be re-evaluated.

Entertainment


Museums and exhibitions will reopen in yellow zones on April 26, but on a reservation basis at weekends.

Cinemas and theaters will reopen with 50 per cent capacity in yellow zones on April 26. No more than 1,000 spectators are permitted outdoors and 500 indoors. On April 26, restaurants and eateries can reopen for lunch and dinner, but only outdoors and in yellow zones. A maximum of four persons can sit together, while bigger groups are allowed if you all live together. From June 1, in yellow zones, restaurants may also sit diners indoors until 6pm. Shopping centers can reopen at weekends on May 15. Also in yellow zones, trade fairs, conferences and congresses will be allowed to resume on July 1.

The Italian government developed a technical information sheet contain operational guidelines designed to supply a clear summary of the general prevention and containment measures required to support a return to business compatible with client and employee health safeguards, please see here.

Jamaica


On June 15, the country began welcoming international visitors, conducting on-site health screenings at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Jamaica's government had previously announced a five-point recovery plan that will stagger the reopening of its attractions. Every hotel is required to designate a "COVID-19 safety point person" who conducts spot checks. Restaurants are open at 70 percent capacity, and gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted.

Japan


Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expanded Japan's state of emergency over several cities until at least June 20. The state of emergency covers Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima. Bars that only serve alcohol are required to close. Restaurants and bars that serve food must close by 8 p.m., and are not allowed to serve alcohol. Residents are advised to leave their homes only for essential reasons and must avoid gatherings.

Mexico


Mexican authorities have extended the closure of the U.S.–Mexico land border until at least April 21. Most of the country's tourist destinations have reopened to visitors, with some restrictions. The state of Quintana Roo began implementing the WTTC's "Safe Travels" health and safety standards for tourism-related businesses, including hotels, restaurants, bars and tour companies, requiring businesses to receive a certification indicating that it has met these standards before reopening. Beaches in the state are currently closed to all but resort guests. Los Cabos reopened to tourists June 15 and has been following its "A Safer Way to Get Away" plan, with destination-wide guidelines and certifications, and a partnership with Intertek Cristal's Protek Destination Assurance program. Mexico City continues to reopen, as businesses including bars, cinemas, public pools and museums now allowed to open, despite an uptick in cases.

Netherlands


The Netherlands will move to the third phase of reopening on June 5. Indoor recreational facilities, including casinos, amusement parks and zoos, can reopen. Indoor and outdoor events are allowed with assigned seating, although planners must abide by local rules and requirements. Most venues, such as museums, can have up to 50 people per room. Large venues with a capacity of 1,000 seats or more will be allowed to host up to 250 people with social distancing. Restaurants and cafés can remain open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with assigned seating and proper distancing between groups. The country is expected to move to step four on June 30.

Events

Most events are banned until further notice. Exceptions are: demonstrations, meetings and gatherings as defined under the Public manifestations Act (Wet open bare manifestation in Dutch) foodstuffs marketsSubsidy for cancelled events per 1 July 2021.

From 1 July 2021, events organizers will be able to organize events such as festivals and concerts again. If the event then has to be cancelled due to new coronavirus restrictions, the government will refund any costs incurred in the planning and organizing of the event: 80% will be a gift, the rest a loan. The scheme applies to events scheduled between 1 July and 31 December 2021. For further details of the scheme see Subsidy scheme for events cancelled due to corona measures.

New Zealand


After enacting some of the most stringent lockdown measures in the world, New Zealand had lifted restrictions on June 8, and went on to report more than 100 days without community transmission of the virus. But a recent resurgence of cases has led officials to raise Auckland to Alert Level 3, restricting how businesses interact with customers and limiting gatherings to 10 people or fewer, while the rest of the country remains on Alert Level 2, allowing for gatherings of up to 100 people. Physical-distancing measures and tight border controls will remain. On June 3, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that when the country shifts down to Alert Level 1, all current restrictions on businesses and gatherings will be essentially lifted.

Norway


The government implemented the first step of its reopening plan on Friday 16 April. Some restrictions will also be eased for events for children and adolescents under the age of 20, and within elite sports. Municipalities with a high rate of infection must consider implementing local measures before Friday. More details can be found here

Events

Events that gather people from several municipalities should be postponed or cancelled.

The rules for events are as follows:

A maximum of 10 participants at private events – unless this is in a private home – for example, a birthday celebration in a rented venue. A maximum of 20 participants outdoors.

A maximum of 10 people at indoor events without designated seating, albeit up to 50 people at indoor sports or cultural events for participants under the age of 20 from the same municipality.

A maximum of 100 people at indoor events where all of the participants sit in designated seating.

A maximum of 200 people at outdoor events, but 600 people (divided into three cohorts of 200 people each) if they sit in designated seating, and there is a 2-meter distance between each cohort.

In order to limit import infection, foreigners' access to Norway has been tightened sharply. Only those non-Norwegian citizens who are residents of Norway are permitted to enter the country. This also applies to citizens of the EEA.Everyone who travel on an unnecessary trip abroad, including Norwegian citizens and foreigners residing in Norway, must spend the entry quarantine at quarantine hotels. All travelers arriving in Norway must take a test at the border, and must present a negative test taken up to 24 hours before arrival in Norway.All travelers arriving in Norway must register before they cross the border.

Portugal


The Government of Portugal announced that the State of Emergency will end April 30. Please note that Portugal will maintain specific restrictions based on conditions in each municipality.

The Portuguese Government has set up a Lockdown Easing Plan, crossing several scientific criteria. The plan is divided into four stages with a two-week interval between each stage, to be able to assess the impact of the measures on the pandemic’s evolution

From 3 May, stage 4 will start with the following measurements:

  • Restaurants, cafés and bakeries (max 6 people per table or 10 in a terrace outdoors) without time restrictions
  • All sports
  • Exercise outdoors and in gyms
  • Major events outdoors and events indoors with restrictions in terms of number of attendees
  • Weddings and christenings, 50% of the allowed number of people in the facility


Travel restrictions:

All passengers, from all nationalities, must present proof of a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time. Only essential travel is allowed, please see for more information here

Saint Lucia


The island nation, which has been closed to international visitors since March 23, began the phased reopening of its tourism sector on June 4, with limited activities available when booked through registered hotels and travel providers. Hotels are required to meet specific sanitation and social-distancing criteria, and visitors will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of their flight, and they must use face masks and follow other precautions. Phase 2 should begin Aug. 1, with details expected to be released soon.

Scotland


Scotland moved to the highest level of its five-tier system of coronavirus restrictions since Jan. 4 to level 3.

Shops, gyms, swimming pools, pubs, restaurants and cafes in Scotland have reopened after a four month-long winter lockdown.Travel restrictions have also been eased, allowing trips to other parts of the UK for non-essential reasons.Ministers say restrictions can be eased as the most vulnerable people have been offered their first vaccine dose. Unlike England, pubs and restaurants will be able open indoors until 20:00 - but they will only be able to serve alcohol to customers seated outside.leisure and entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres, nightclubs and concert halls must stay close, but up to 50 people can attend funerals and weddings. The scottish government has released a detailed plan for the event industry, more details can be found here.

If everyone continues to follow the rules, we expect to move all of Scotland through the levels on the following dates:,

On 17 May it is hoped most, if not all, council areas will be able move from level three to level two, allowing much more normality.People should at last be allowed to meet up inside others' homes (although this could happen sooner) - initially in groups of up to four people from no more than two households.Cinemas, bingo halls and amusement arcades can now reopen.Outdoor and indoor events such as concerts can also restart, but capacity may be limited initially.

The hope is that from 1 June, all of Scotland can move to level one - and by the end of the month to level zero, the lowest category of the five tier system.

Singapore


Following a rise in Covid-19 cases, Singapore has issued new mitigation measures. The gathering limit for business events has been lowered to 100 people with pre-event testing, or 50 people without pre-event testing. Unmasking is not allowed at any meeting. Event organizers must also submit their plans to the Singapore Tourism Board for approval, and adhere to specific risk-mitigation measures. Under the new restrictions, restaurants must cease indoor dining and can only offer takeout and delivery. Capacity limits for museums and attractions have been lowered to 25 percent.

An air-travel bubble with Singapore has been delayed again. The program was expected to launch May 26, after the initial start date in November was postponed. A new date has not been set. The Singapore Tourism Board has launched the SG Clean initiative to audit the sanitation practices of all types of facilities; those who put the measures in place will earn a certification from the STB.

South Korea


After reducing the numbers of new cases, the government began to loosen its strict social-distancing rules on May 6. But a spike in new cases led officials to enforce stronger social-distancing restrictions for Seoul, Incheon and the nearby Gyeonggi province, prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. High-risk locations including nightclubs, karaoke rooms and computer gaming cafés have been closed.

Spain


A national state of emergency ended on May 9. Covid-19 restrictions vary by region, although social distancing and mask mandates remain in place for all public spaces. In Madrid, a nighttime curfew has been lifted and hotels, restaurants and bars can operate at 50 percent capacity. Cultural venues, such as museums and theaters, can welcome visitors at 75 percent capacity. Gatherings of more than six people indoors or outdoors are not recommended.

On June 7, Spain opened its borders to vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and most of the world. In addition, non-vaccinated travelers from the EU's 27 member nations are allowed entry with proof of a negative Covid-19 test result. Nonessential travel from Brazil, India and South Africa remains banned due to high Covid-19 rates. Spain also opened its ports to cruise ships on June 7.

Spain Lifts Travel Measures for Mobile World CongressParticipants. the Industry Association explained that the Spanish Ministry of Interior has decided to allow presenters, participants, sponsors, and partners to enter the country for the purpose of attending the event.

Sweden


The Swedish Government has decided to enforce restrictions on non-essential travel from other countries to Sweden. Foreign nationals need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, no older than 48 hours, in order to travel into Sweden. Students and frequent travelers to Sweden need to have a negative COVID-19 test result that's no older than a week. These restrictions are in effect until 31 May 2021. There is an entry ban for non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban is valid until 31 May.

Most public events have been suspended and venues like cinemas, theatres, and concert venues may only hold up to eight guests at a time. If a private gathering is held at an event venue, in a meeting room and at other rented premises, a maximum of eight people are allowed to attend.

the government has tightened a number of restrictions: A maximum of four people can sit together at the same table in restaurants.Unlike other countries in the region, Sweden's government avoided a significant lockdown, leaving shops, restaurants and bars open and asking that citizens voluntarily keep their distance from one another.

Switzerland


The Federal Council is continuing its strategy of taking cautious, gradual steps towards reopening. At its meeting on 14 April, it decided on further reopening measures. From Monday, 19 April, it will again be possible to hold events with audiences and spectators subject to restrictions, for example at sports stadiums, cinemas, theatres and concert venues. Indoor sports and cultural activities will also be allowed, as well as certain matches and competitions. Restaurants will be able to reopen outside seating areas. Although the situation remains precarious, the Federal Council deems the risk associated with these reopening steps to be acceptable. It is possible to wear a mask and maintain social distancing in all of the activities that are once again to be permitted, indeed, barring a few exceptions, it is a requirement. Furthermore, good progress is being made with the vaccination of at-risk groups, and testing schemes are continually being expanded. General Rules about entering Switzerland remain unchanged with a detailed list for special rules for high-risk countries.

Restaurants and bars will be able to reopen their outside seating areas from 19 April. Customers must be seated and masks may only be removed to consume food and drink. A maximum of four people will be allowed per table and each person’s contact details must be recorded. Tables must be 1.5 metres apart or have a screen placed between them. Clubs and discos remain closed.Publicly accessible leisure and recreation facilities will also be allowed to reopen under similar conditions to shops and museums.

Events with spectators: outdoors with 100 people, indoors with 50 people

Events with spectators or audiences will once again be allowed. The maximum number of visitors will be limited to 100 people at outdoor venues – such as at football matches or open-air concerts – and 50 people indoors – such as at cinemas, theatres and concerts. Furthermore, attendance will be limited to a third of the venue’s maximum capacity. There will be a seating requirement and masks must be worn at all times. A distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between visitors at all times, or a seat left free. Other events involving up to 15 people will also be permitted in addition to the private gatherings and sporting and cultural activities already allowed. These include guided tours at museums, club gatherings or other leisure and recreational events.

United Arab Emirates


Dubai has announced new coronavirus measures that will remain in effect through the end of February. During this time, all bars and pubs are closed. Restaurants and cafes are open, but must cease operations at 1 a.m. Hotels can operate at 70 percent capacity, and indoor seated venues are not to exceed 50 percent capacity.

United Kingdom


England has released its green travel list. As of May 17, anyone arriving there from one of the 12 countries with this status — including Australia, Iceland and Singapore — must take a Covid-19 test prior to traveling or before their second day after arrival. If the test is negative, they will not be required to quarantine.

Nearly 150 countries and territories, including the U.S., have been placed on the amber list; leisure travel to amber to these destinations is discouraged and visitors will only be allowed entry into England if they complete the passport locator form, quarantine in their home or hotel for 10 days, and pass a Covid-19 test prior to entry, as well as on or before day two after arrival and on or after day eight.

More than 40 countries have been placed on the red list. Only those who are British or Irish nationals, or have residency rights in the U.K., will be allowed into England after traveling through a red-list country. Those travelers must complete a passport locator form, pass a Covid-19 test prior to travel, quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 10 days and take two more Covid tests after arrival. Anyone who does not comply will face fines of up to USD$14,127 and potential jail time.

England is gradually easing restrictions as part of a four-step plan, and outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households are now allowed. The government has begun a pilot program for events to study how large a gathering can be without the need for social distancing. The third phase of the plan will begin no later than May 17, allowing entertainment venues and attractions to reopen. Some large events will be permitted with capacity limits. Indoor gatherings will be restricted to 1,000 people or 50 percent of the venue capacity, whichever is fewer. Outdoor seated events will not be allowed to exceed 10,000 people or 25 percent capacity. Other outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50 percent capacity, up to 4,000 people. Step four is scheduled to begin after five weeks and no later than June 21. It will include reopening the remaining closed businesses and removing all legal limits on social contact. The government also hopes to use findings from the pilot program to lift event restrictions in phase four.



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