A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question by email about where to stay this winter in Europe or Asia, preferably without a quarantine requirement.
Here’s the question from a reader:
Just wondering if you know of any countries in South-East Asia and Europe where the borders are actually open, and ideally no formal quarantine requirement upon arrival (self-isolation I’m okay with).
I currently live and work in China but am planning to leave in the next several weeks and I’m trying to figure out where to spend the winter. I want to avoid going back to my home country of Canada at this time of year.
This is an interesting question, as I am also contemplating where to spend the first half of 2021.
The Covid-19 rates are rising across Europe. Most EU countries are closed for out of block arrivals or even internal ones if they are in lock-down mode. I assume that the situation in Europe won’t get much better before the spring of 2021.
As the reader is currently in China, it opens up some travel options within Asia. The reader could enter Singapore using the Air Travel Pass (ATP) that requires the arrival Covid-19 test, and you are free to roam when the results come as negative.
The new bubble arrangements with Hong Kong would allow the reader to travel there too after spending a minimum of two weeks in Singapore.
Thailand entry would be possible with a visa but currently requires a two-week quarantine. Indonesia allows arrivals with a visa with quarantine too.
I would utilize the ATP and first travel to Singapore and, from there, perhaps to Hong Kong. The only issue is that the reader can only stay 30 days with a Canadian passport in Singapore visa-free when most western nationals can do 90.
It cannot take too long for Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia to allow travelers from countries deemed safe of Covid-19 that then would then allow the reader perhaps to spend more time with less expensive locale.
I also wouldn’t rule out South Africa and Latin American countries that are already welcoming foreign visitors.