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COVID-19: Country Reopening Updates

January 11, 2021

UPDATED: January 12, 2021

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: Opened to travel and fishing on June 1, 2020.

Louisiana: Open and fishing.

Alaska: Requires printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the start of your travel itinerary to Alaska. Both the results and a completed travel declaration need to be submitted upon arrival in Alaska.

Hawaii: Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will have the option to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival and show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. Evidence of a negative test result must be provided upon arrival in Hawaii.


Canada: Reassessing non-essential travel until further notice.

Mexico: The Yucatan and Baja Peninsulas are open to international tourists.


Belize: The Belize Tourism Board announced more friendly testing timelines and options for travelers in the immediate future. Since Belize reopened for international travel on October 1, 2020, Yellow Dog has worked with dozens of anglers to plan and execute straightforward trips to Belize was smooth travel and great fishing opportunities. Continue reading here.

Honduras: Open and fishing. A negative COVID-19 test is required for travelers.

Guatemala: Borders opened on September 18, 2020. Requires printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours prior to the start of your travel itinerary to Guatemala. Both the results and a completed travel declaration need to be submitted upon arrival.

Costa Rica: Costa Rican authorities recently announced that all residents of the United States, regardless of their state of residence, will be allowed to visit the country starting November 1. As of October 26, 2020, no COVID-19 test required for travelers. However, there are insurance policy requirements and PCR test requirements that will be checked carefully by Costa Rican officials upon entry into the country. Please contact Yellow Dog for additional details.


Bahamas: Currently open to the European Union, United Kingdom, and Canadian travelers. On November 1, 2020, the Bahamas entered Phase 4 of their Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan, which included the reopening of beaches and major hotels as well as the entry of US citizens with proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than five (5) days prior to arrival. Read more about Phase 4 reopening plans by clicking here.

Cuba: As of December 2020, international flights have resumed to Havana (HAV). We are accepting reservations for the 2021 season for travel planned in May 2021 and beyond.


Argentina: Borders are partly open for Argentinian resident travel. Tentative tourism re-opening is January 31st, 2021.

Chile: On December 29, the Chilean government announced that starting on December 31, all travelers, including Chileans, foreign residents, accredited diplomats, and foreign tourists, must complete an obligatory 10-day quarantine upon their arrival to Chile.  They will be able to leave quarantine with a negative PCR result based on a test taken on or after the seventh day in quarantine.  Travelers must remain in quarantine while they await their result.

Bolivia: Open and fishing for the 2021 season.

Brazil: Starting December 30, Brazil is banning entry by land and sea (with a few exceptions) and put stricter measures on visitors by air, who must fill out a health declaration and present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken with 72 hours of boarding the flight.


Christmas Island: Closed until further notice.


Seychelles:  The good news is that the Seychelles has officially re-opened to citizens of more than three dozen countries. The bad news? The United States is not yet on this list. We do expect updates in the weeks to come, and we’re hoping that the U.S. will be added to this list. We expect the US citizens will be able to enter and fish the Seychelles beginning sometime in early 2021 (with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the start of your travel itinerary to the Seychelles).

Africa Jungle Programs: Most are planning to run and operate their fall 2020 schedules beginning in October of 2020.  Emirates and other regional airlines have resumed services.

Dubai: Travelers 12 and older must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 96 hours of departure. Even with a negative test, you can still expect a mandatory quarantine and a follow-up test.


Iceland: Currently closed to US and Canadian passport holders. 


Kamchatka: Actively booking trips for the foreseeable future.


New Zealand: Closed until further notice.

Australia: Freshwater and Saltwater. Closed until further notice.


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