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COVID-19: Country Reopening Updates

August 15, 2022

UPDATED: August 15, 2022

As angling destinations around the world begin to reopen, we are updating our programs on a daily basis. Here is an updated list of current and expected openings.

IMPORTANT: dates and parameters can change so please Contact Yellow Dog for the latest angling travel information!


Idaho: Open and fishing.

Wyoming: Open and fishing.

Montana: Open and fishing.

Louisiana: Open and fishing.

Alaska: Open and fishing.

Hawaii: No vaccination or testing requirements are required for entry as of March 2022.


Canada: Open and fishing. As of April 1st, 2022, travel to Canada will return to normal as pre-entry Covid testing will be dropped! Anglers will still need to be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada. Unvaccinated travelers can still enter Canada; however, they will need a valid reason for travel including a negative antigen test in hand upon arrival.

Mexico: The Yucatan and the Baja Peninsula are open to international tourists. No testing is required for entrance. This is hands-down one of the most open and easily accessible travel options for the near future!           


Belize: All Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Honduras: Open and fishing. There is a precheck questionnaire required. No more testing is required for being fully vaccinated.

Guatemala: Open and fishing.

Passengers who are Guatemalan citizens, foreigners, residents, accredited diplomats, or airline crew whose final destination is Guatemala must present one of the following:
  • For all travelers aged 12 and over:  Evidence of receiving a complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), with the final dose being administered at least two weeks before beginning your trip to Guatemala; or
  • For all travelers aged 10 and over:  Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab conducted no more than three (3) days prior to check-in at the airport or arrival at the land border.

Costa Rica: A fantastic family destination for its jungles and eco-tour opportunities, Costa Rica is open to all travelers regardless of vaccination status. As of April, travelers will no longer be required to purchase travel health insurance or complete the online health form – the country has officially dropped its internal Vaccine Passport system.


Bahamas: Open and fishing.

Bahamas removes Travel Health Visa requirements for all travelers and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers!

Effective at 12:01AM on Sunday, June 19, 2022:

The Government of the Bahamas has announced that travelers to the Bahamas are no longer required to obtain the Bahamas Travel Health Visa. In addition, travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to entry to the Bahamas. All unvaccinated travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 test – either a negative RT-PCR test or negative Rapid Antigen test – no more than 72 hours (three days) prior to arrival into the Bahamas. Proof of the negative test result will be required upon entry into the Bahamas. Vaccinated travelers will be required to present proof of vaccination.
Cuba: Open and fishing. No COVID testing or vaccine requirements. We recommend a COVID test prior to arrival as the Cuban Health Authorities may do random testing on arrival to Cuba.
Argentina: Open and fishing. Travelers will no longer be required to be fully vaccinated or present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Travelers will need to complete a ‘sworn statement form’ within 48 hours of travel and have proof of travel health insurance.
Chile: Open and fishing. Travelers will no longer be required to be fully vaccinated or present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Travelers will need to complete an Affidavit for Travelers and have proof of travel health insurance.
Bolivia: Bolivia is open and we have had travelers enter and exit the country with ease since May of 2021. To enter the country, you need to meet three requirements:

  1. A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of flying
  2. Non-vaccinated travelers are required to test again within 72 hours of arrival and must quarantine until they receive their results
  3. Proof of health insurance

Brazil: Brazil is open and we have had travelers enter and exit the country with ease. For fully vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccine is required with no testing and a DSV form is still in place. Unvaccinated travelers must qualify as “exempt” and would have to provide a test. Exemptions to the vaccination requirement for foreign travelers include:

    1. Brazilian citizens and permanent residents of Brazil;
    2. Those not eligible for vaccination due to age, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health website;
    3. Those with a health condition that contraindicates vaccination, certified by a medical report;
    4. Those arriving from countries with low vaccination coverage published on the Brazilian Ministry of Health website; or,
    5. Those approved for humanitarian exemption by the Office of the President of Brazil.

GuyanaOpen and fishing. Full vaccination is required. A negative PCR or Anigen test is required within 72 hours of arrival. 

Uruguay: Open and fishing

  • Vaccine required
  • Negative PCR within 72 hours of departure
  • Non-vaxed travelers have to quarantine for 7 days then take another PCR test
  • Health insurance required
  • Online form must be completed within 48 hours

CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Updated August 15, 2022)

Christmas Island: Christmas Island is closed for the foreseeable future.


Seychelles: The Seychelles are currently open and entry is allowed for visitors from all countries (with a few exceptions). As of March 15th, all fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to provide a negative PCR test. Unvaccinated travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 72 hours of departure from your home airport, and all visitors must complete the online Health Travel Authorization form prior to arrival. Pretty easy and actually fairly quick! All six of the out-island fishing operations in the Seychelles will operate this coming season, and we expect that things on the out-islands will be fairly normal and very smooth. Things are incredibly booked up for the next several years, so any plans for a Seychelles fishing trip need to happen early.
Tanzania: Currently open for entry. Our tigerfishing operations in Tanzania are planning to run and operate their fall schedules beginning in October of 2021. Emirates and other regional airlines have resumed services to Tanzania. All Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours before arrival to Tanzania. Tanzania also requires a rapid test upon arrival for all travelers. This test will be facilitated at the airport at the cost of $25 per traveler. This typically takes about 10 minutes for the results to come in.
Dubai: All passengers traveling to Dubai from any point of origin must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. You may need to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result.
St. Brandon’s Atoll: While Mauritius opened to foreigners and tourists on October 1, the remote out-island location of St. Brandon’s Atoll has not re-opened. The operators of the St. Brandon’s fishing location made the call to cancel the fall 2021 season, but we fully expect that the spring 2022 season will happen.


Iceland: Iceland is winding down from a great summer season and is already booking for the 2022 summer season. As of February 25th, Iceland has removed all Covid-19 entry requirements.


MongoliaOpen and fishing! 

The following now applies to ALL travelers entering Mongolia as of March 15, 2022:

  1. Anglers are required to fill out a short, medical declaration form upon arrival
  2. Mongolia has removed Covid testing upon arrival 
  3. No PCR or rapid test results are required to enter Mongolia
  4. No quarantine or self-isolation is required
  5. There are no additional requirements when traveling within the country and Mongolia’s provinces


New Zealand: From May 2, vaccinated travelers can enter NZ and self-test on arrival.

Australia: Open and fishing. Australia no longer requires a negative Covid test to enter the country. All incoming travelers need to provide proof of full vaccination.

Cook Islands: Travel from the rest of the world is open via New Zealand if you meet their border entry requirements. Dates for direct flights from Sydney and Los Angeles are still to be announced.


Oman: Travelers with a valid visa are allowed to enter the Sultanate without prior approval. All travelers coming to the Sultanate are required to present a medical certificate with proof of vaccination. All travelers coming to the Sultanate on long international flights (with a period of no less than 8 hours) with a pre-travel negative PCR test (within 96 hours) are exempt from quarantine as well as travelers on shorter flights with a negative COVID-19 PCR test.


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