6. Saint Lucia
Like many a picturesque island in the Caribbean Sea, Saint Lucia is home to exotic nature and scenic landscapes, with the addition of stunning beaches and resorts. Recently, the government of the island declared it would slowly start reopening Saint Lucia to international visitors on June 4. The island had no COVID-19 related deaths and 18 recorded cases of the virus.
Travelers will have to arrive with a negative coronavirus test and regular temperature checks will be conducted at the airport, as well as other public spaces, such as hotels and restaurants. Visitors will also be required to wear face masks and abide by social distancing guidelines while on the island.
7. Halong Bay and Other Destinations in Vietnam
Vietnam was the first Southeast Asian nation to resume its tourism industry in early May of this year, but only for locals. With just 270 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the country and no deaths, domestic travel to major tourist destinations, such as the Halong Bay, the Caves of Phong Nha, the hiking trails in Sapa, and the Ke Bang National Park has be possible for weeks now.
To prevent a second wave of the virus, domestic flights operate at a limited capacity. In addition, only groups of up to 10 people are allowed to visit the sites.
8. Machu Picchu
Peru is one of those countries that rely heavily on tourism, with the famous Machu Picchu alone attracting 1.5 million tourists in 2019. In an attempt to revive the tourist industry amid the economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peruvian government will reopen Machu Picchu and 54 other historical sites and 11 natural landmarks in the Amazon rainforest to both local and international travelers on July, 1.
Furthermore, admission will be completely free for locals and some international travelers to all of the above-mentioned destinations. As of May, Peru recorded over 70,000 COVID-19 cases and 2,000 deaths.
Another Mediterranean nation that is determined to open its borders to international travelers in the nearest future is Greece. The majority of businesses have been opened in the country in the previous weeks, and the next step the country is ready to implement is lifting the travel ban for international visitors around mid-June and reopen hotels in resorts on June 1.
Governmental officials pointed out that coronavirus testing will be mandatory at airports, and temperature checks will be conducted at airports, restaurants, and hotels. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Greece closed its borders very quickly and was relatively unscathed compared to its neighboring countries, registering only 2,836 cases of the virus and 165 deaths compared to its nearly 11 million population.