Changes & Updates to COVID Restrictions and Mandates

October 15th:

Costa Rica to introduce mandatory vaccine passport for all non-essential businesses. Source

September 24th:

Norway has ended all restrictions. Source

September 20th:

Newfoundland & Labrador: Mask mandate back into effect. Vaccine passport introduced for non-essential businesses.

September 17th:

Saskatchewan is putting in place mandatory masking requirements as well as implementing vaccine passports starting Oct 1st

September 15th:

Alberta: Starting Sep 20th, unvaccinated people will no longer be allowed inside non-essential service such as restaurants, bars and cinemas.

Slovenia: All businesses, establishments and services  are required to ensure their staff and customers meet one of the following criteria: are fully vaccinated, have a negative COVID-19 test, or have evidence of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days.

September 14th:

Hawaii: anyone entering bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theatres, museums, arcades, and other non essential businesses must present a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours or proof of full vaccination

September 12th:

France has banned unvaccinated American travellers.

United Kingdom has dropped it’s plans for a covid vaccine passport. Source

Switzerland now requires a vaccine passport for indoor non-essential businesses. Source

September 10th

Denmark has lifted all COVID restrictions, the first country in Europe to do so.

September 8th

Albania: Travellers 6 and up now require vaccine passport, negative test, or proof of recover from covid-19 up to 6 months after infection.

Austria: Masks now required in public for unvaccinated individuals only.

September 7th

Montenegro: Entry to indoor non essentials businesses and shops requires proof of one of the following: proof of vaccination, recovery from coronavirus (within no more than 180 days), a negative PCR or a negative rapid antigen test.

September 3rd

Bahrain enters green zone, most shops and restaurants now open. Cinemas and arenas opened to only vaccinated and those who have recovered.

Sri Lanka: Nationwide lockdown has been imposed until  September 13. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines may be arrested.

September 2nd

Portugal: Unvaccinated travellers from the EU, UK, US, Brazil, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada, will no longer have to quarantine, but show a negative PCR test within 72 hours or a Rapid Antigen test within 48 hours instead.

Italy: All travellers coming from US, Canada, Israel and Japan will have to present a PCR test regardless of vaccination status. If unvaccinated you’ll have to quarantine for 5 days.

September 1st

Puerto Rico: Proof of vaccination is now required for all patrons and employees of restaurants, food courts, bars, chinchorros, as well as hotels and guest houses.

Italy: vaccine passport now required for regional travel beginning September 1st.

Albania: From 1 September, a night time curfew from 11pm to 6am will be in place. Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces.

Zimbabwe: On August 25, the Government announced that other restaurants can open to customers who wish to dine in if they are fully vaccinated. Bars and night clubs are closed. Curfew in place between 6:30pm to 6:00am

Oman: Oman will lift its ban on travelers from all countries from September 1st, if they have proof of vaccination. From September 1st you need a vaccine passport in order to access government and private sector offices, shopping malls, restaurants and other non essential services

Pennsylvania: State-wide mask mandate for schools in effect Sept 7th.

August 28th

Canadian provinces have been added

Illinois: Effective, Aug. 30, individuals 2 and up must wear a mask in indoor public places, such as restaurants, gyms and grocery stores. The mandate applies regardless of vaccination status.

Texas: Many of the larger districts/counties are requiring masks in schools.

Massachusetts: Boston Mayor Kim Janey announced an indoor mask mandate in public settings within the city of Boston. Effective at 8 a.m. on Aug. 27, it applies to all individuals older than 2, regardless of vaccination status. Provincetown also imposed a mask mandate.

August 26th

Unvaccinated Americans can no longer enter Czech Republic: https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/news/before_you_travel_step_by_step_guide_on.html

Greece: tourists who aren’t vaccinated will only be able to enter indoor cinemas, theaters, museums, archaeological sites and gyms if they have a negative rapid test taken within  48 hours. Places will also be able to refuse access to the unvaccinated if they wish to do so.

August 25th

Texas has banned vaccine passports: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/25/greg-abbott-texas-vaccine-mandates-506898

August 24th

Oregon reimposed outdoor mask mandate: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/us/oregon-outdoor-mask-mandate.html

Montana bans vaccine passport mandates: https://www.kfyrtv.com/2021/08/23/montana-only-state-ban-vaccine-requirements-employees/

North Macedonia requires 72-hour PCR test, proof of vaccination or proof of recent recovery for all travellers starting September 1st.