Published on Dec 29, 2020Updated on Jul 17, 2023
Due to the ongoing pandemic, you may have had to shelve your travel plans. However, with businesses across countries taking adequate precautions, you can begin planning to travel once again.
Incidentally, there are quite a few safe places to travel during COVID and enjoy the vacation you deserve. First and foremost, you may consider taking a vacation within India itself - India has some amazing places like Goa, Rajasthan, Kerala, Gangtok, Pondicherry, and so on. However, if you are looking to travel abroad, there are some options you can explore. Some of these countries decided to close their borders as soon the first few cases started to get detected and therefore they are comparatively in a better state.
If you are falling short of funds, you may want to explore a personal loan for travel being offered by SMFG India Credit. You can get upto Rs 25 lakhs* and funds can get disbursed within 72 hours. Without much ado, let us check out the top 10 safe places to travel during the COVID pandemic:
A recently released study by Deep Knowledge Group revealed that Switzerland tops the list of safest countries in the world post COVID. Though it was near to the epicentres of the initial COVID spread, the mortality rate and new cases continue to decline. Switzerland is a perfect romantic getaway for couples to spend some quality time with their loved ones. Places like Zurich, Lucerne, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, Lausanne, Davos, etc. are some of the best places to visit in Switzerland.
Turkmenistan is a Central Asian country that is bordered by Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, which are all corona infected countries. However, Turkmenistan closed its borders in early February and stopped all the incoming flights. They even diverted some of its international flights to Turkmenabat, which is the second-largest city of the country. They created a special quarantine zone to test the flight passengers for symptoms.
The Vatican City is close to Rome and as per the reports, Rome was highly infected by the COVID pandemic. But Vatican City was declared to be COVID-free on June 6, 2020, as soon as the 12 patients had been recovered from the virus. There have been no cases of COVID in this city after the recovery of those 12 patients. It is definitely worth checking out the Vatican City.
Vanuatu is an island nation based in the South Pacific Ocean. Because of the strict policies that had been implemented in February in this country, there haven’t been any cases of Covid19. People who were travelling from other countries had to provide a medical certificate and the ones who were travelling from infected countries had to go through quarantine for entering. So, if you are planning to take a holiday loan, then this place is worth visiting.
Micronesia is made up of the island states of Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae, and Pohnpei. They banned the people from entering who are travelling from any country that has a confirmed case of coronavirus from February. Micronesia doesn't allow its citizens to travel to any of the affected countries to keep itself away from the rest of the world. Due to all these stringent measures, the island nation has been successful in keeping itself COVID-free from the beginning.
Georgia could be called one of the least-affected countries because of the COVID pandemic. Tbilisi, the capital city, is a perfect destination for architecture, diversity, gastronomy, and culture. Georgia has taken all the necessary measures to stay COVID-free and there is no need for quarantine if you are visiting Georgia. This is the perfect time to explore this hidden gem.
Vienna in Austria is a pretty popular travel destination in the entire world. It is an ideal place for everyone ranging from culture buffs to nature lovers as there are plenty of things to do in Vienna. One can witness classical architecture, savour delicious pastries in quaint coffee houses and explore museums. You need to carry a health certificate along with you for travelling to Austria.
Croatia is arguably one of the most beautiful countries to explore across Central and Eastern Europe. You would be surprised to know that there are 1000 islands to explore in Croatia. You would be spoilt for choice while considering places to visit including Plitvice Lakes National Park, historic sites such as Stradun and the Pula Arena and gorgeous towns like Rovinj, Istria. The medical facilities available in Croatia are way better as compared to the majority of European countries. Some cases came in earlier, but they were handled and now it is one of the safest places to vacation during COVID 19. There is no need for quarantine while travelling to Croatia.
Alentejo, Lagos, and Algarve are the regions of Portugal that are nearly COVID-free. This country is a perfect getaway during this pandemic, and you get to enjoy everything from the traditional architecture and vibrant streets to lapis lazuli waters and golden rugged cliffs. The best part is that the country is safe too during this pandemic and there is no need for quarantine.
Corfu is an island in Greece which is popular for historic sites, museums and beaches. It is perfect for budget friendly travellers. There are a host of activities which one can enjoy ranging from visiting quaint villages, hiking, shopping and avail unique experiences such as going on an olive oil tasting tour.
Covid19 cases are comparatively less than most European countries and this is the reason why they have put up a conditional quarantine policy. Except for people from certain countries, every individual has to go through quarantine.
However, do remember that we are living in the new normal and therefore shouldn’t take things for granted. Ensure that your loved ones and you take adequate precautions and have a great time during your vacations.
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