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Thailand Drops Quarantine Rule for Vaccinated U.S. Travelers Starting Nov. 1

Thailand will lift all quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers from the United States in November, allowing American tourists to travel anywhere in the country unrestricted.

Starting Nov. 1, fully-vaccinated U.S. tourists will be able to skip quarantine if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken before their trip and get tested again upon arrival, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The decision comes weeks after Thailand laid out a phased reopening plan, including allowing vaccinated travelers to head to Bangkok on Nov. 1. The country already allows fully-vaccinated tourists to travel to Phuket and Ko Samui, but requires extensive paperwork, including securing a Certificate of Entry, showing proof of insurance that would cover up to $100,000 in potential COVID-19 treatments, pre-booking a stay at an SHA Plus-certified hotel for at least seven nights, and booking and prepaying for all required on-the-ground testing. Travelers must

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Hawaii to Waive Testing Requirements for Fully Vaccinated U.S. Travelers Starting Next Month

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Hawaii will allow fully vaccinated domestic travelers to skip pre-arrival testing and quarantine requirements, the state’s governor said Thursday.

Starting July 8, all travelers were vaccinated in the United States will be allowed to upload their vaccination card to Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program in lieu of the previously-required COVID-19 PCR test, Gov. David Ige’s office announced.

By that date, Ige said he expects Hawaii will have reached a 60% statewide vaccination rate. Currently, 62% of all residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 57% are fully vaccinated, according to Hawaii’s Department of Health.

“Our residents have sacrificed and worked hard to get to this point, but we still have more to do,” Ige said in a statement. “Please get vaccinated to protect yourselves and your loved ones. We are close to achieving a 70% vaccination rate, at

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Ireland Will Welcome American Tourists Starting July 19

American tourists will be welcome once again in Ireland next month, the latest European country to allow foreign travelers just as the summer travel season kicks off.

Ireland will look to ease border restrictions for U.S. and UK travelers starting July 19, Reuters reported, soon after the country plans to begin implementing the European Union’s COVID-19 certificate.

view of crowded Grafton Street in the center of Dublin

view of crowded Grafton Street in the center of Dublin

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Currently, Americans are allowed to travel to Ireland, but must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival and must quarantine for 14 days, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ireland.

When the country does relax restrictions, all travelers from outside the EU — including from the U.S. — will have to show proof of vaccination. The country will also welcome unvaccinated tourists, but they must arrive with proof

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Visitors to Kauai Can Test Out of Quarantine Starting Next Month

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The Hawaiian island of Kauai will rejoin the Aloha State’s Safe Travels program next month after temporarily opting out of the policy, which allows visitors to skip the mandatory quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 prior to arrival.

Travelers to Kauai will once again be allowed to roam the island in search of waterfalls and coral reefs when the island rejoins the program on April 5, Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige confirmed on Friday. The statewide testing program was first launched in October and requires visitors to get tested at a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory.

In December, Kauai temporarily opted out due to increasing COVID-19 cases before instituting a “resort bubble” system that would allow travelers to avoid quarantine if they tested negative before coming, stayed at an approved property, and tested negative for a second time more than 72 hours after arriving.

“The increased restrictions

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