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COVID-19: Country Reopening Updates

October 7, 2021

UPDATED: October 11th, 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!

UNITED STATES

Idaho: Open and fishing.

Wyoming: Open and fishing.

Montana: Open and fishing.

Louisiana: Open and fishing.

Alaska: The Land of the Midnight Sun is fully open, and we are just wrapping up an incredible 2021 summer season. The lodges operated from start to finish this summer in sold-out capacities, and availability for quality lodge and outfitting operations has been at an all-time high. No testing or quarantine requirements were in place for the 2021 summer, and we don’t expect that this will change for next season. We can tell you that the summer season for 2022 is already filling quickly, so if you have any plans to fish in Alaska NEXT season, you need to book now.

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 AND MEXICO

Canada: The US/Canadian border opened up to non-essential travel and tourism entering in to the country by commercial air on August 9, 2021. Border crossing by vehicle still remains closed until September 21, 2021 but that should change shortly. Many of our outfitters and lodges are up and running for the remainder of the 2021 fall season and are already booking dates for the 2022 season. With many anglers delaying their trip until the border was open, Canada will also be a destination for the 2022 season where space will be limited and spots will fill early!

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!           

CENTRAL AMERICA

Belize: Since Belize’s re-opening in October 2020, we have continued to see a steady flow of international travelers, with many Yellow Dog travelers returning with very successful fishing reports from throughout the region. Belize has also continued to take consistent and effective steps in protecting locals and travelers alike from COVID-19 with mask use, social distancing, temperature monitoring, an evening curfews. The country is also continuing to see a rise in vaccinations. As of August 9, 2021, Belize is requiring all international tourists to have a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel. The country is also still requiring all international travelers stay at a certified “Gold Standard” hotel, lodge, or resort. Beginning September 1, vaccinations will be required for all Turneffe Flats guests. Exceptions will be available on a case-by-case basis for those not eligible for a vaccination.

Honduras: Open and fishing. There is a precheck questionnaire required in addition to the proof a negative test before entry

Guatemala: Offshore opportunities for sailfish, marlin and dorado abound in Guatemala, and travel and entry are easy with open border. Travelers are required to complete a Guatemalan Health Pass and must obtain a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to entry or documentation of vaccination.

Vaccine requirements: Vaccinated individuals ages 10 and up may enter Guatemala by air or land but need proof the last shot was administered at least two weeks before arrival.

Testing requirements: Guatemala will also accept proof of a negative test completed within 72 hours prior to check-in at the airport or documentation from a licensed health care provider attesting the visitor recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to travel. Covid tests are available for return travel to the US.  

Costa Rica: A fantastic family destination for its jungles and eco-tour opportunities, Costa Rica is open to all travelers regardless of vaccination status. Travelers are required to complete a Health Pass digital (on-line) form prior to arrival into the country. Depending on your vaccination status, you may or may not be required to purchase a health insurance policy provided by a number of different Costa Rican insurance companies that covers you while in country.

CARIBBEAN: BAHAMAS AND CUBA

Bahamas: The Bahamas are fully open to travelers from all countries, with no anticipated changes. Currently, all travelers are be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR) taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival in the Bahamas. In addition, all travelers must obtain a Bahamas Travel Health Visa (easy online process) prior to travel. While the Bahamas was recently added to the CDC’s travel advisory list as Level 4, the Bahamas has health protocols in place and has not announced any travel restrictions. Our lodges in the Bahamas are open for business, and are excited about the 2022 fishing season. Prime availability for late fall, winter and spring is filling up quickly!

(As of August 6th, 2021) All fully vaccinated travelers to the Bahamas will be required to obtain a negative COVID Test (Rapid Antigen or PCR), taken no more than FIVE (5) days prior to arrival into the Bahamas. Unvaccinated travelers to the Bahamas will be required to obtain a negative COVID PCR Test (swab), taken no more than FIVE (5) days prior to arrival into the Bahamas.

Cuba: One of our favorite fisheries in the Caribbean and arguably one of the most rested fisheries in the world since April of 2020 and the early days of the pandemic. Cuba has announced reopening its borders on November 15th, 2021 (and along with it commercial flights). 2022 is bound to be an amazing year for fishing in Cuba. We have been sending anglers to Cuba for over a decade and understand the ever-changing details and requirements for a trip to the island. As the lucky anglers who fished Cuba in 2021 can attest, 2022 and beyond should provide nothing short of a remarkable experience for anglers.
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SOUTH AMERICA
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Argentina: Reopening to international tourism on November 1st, 2021!

  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19
  • Proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of traveling
  • A second test between 5 – 7 days of arrival in Argentina
    • Lodge operators will coordinate this test on your behalf
    • This test can also satisfy the US requirement for re-entry  
  • **Non-vaccinated travelers can enter the country but must quarantine, and take a test on the 7th day**

Chile: Chile has officially announced that it will be opening its borders with no quarantine beginning November 1. Chile has one of the highest vaccination rates of any country in the world, and we are excited to hear that the upcoming 2021/2022 season will be happening in its entirety! After almost two years of rest, we expect the fishing to be fantastic, and our partners are looking forward to welcoming anglers back to Chilean Patagonia. Incoming international travelers are required to present proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Travelers headed to Chile will have the additional requirement of obtaining a PCR test upon arrival in Chile. This is an evolving process and we’ll be updating as new information becomes available.

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 four requirements:

  1. A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of flying
  2. 10-day isolation period (all of our Tsimane lodge fishing packages meet this requirement)
  3. Proof of medical insurance if you were to get COVID while in Bolivia (there are policies available for under $30 that satisfy this requirement).
  4. Completion of a signed statement saying that you have not been exposed to CV-19 (supplied by airline upon entry)

Brazil: Brazil is open and we have had travelers enter and exit the country with ease. To enter the country, you need to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of commencing travel, and you must fill out a “Travelers Health Declaration (DSV)” confirming that you have not been recently exposed to CV-19.

Guyana: The Government of Guyana announced an update of the COVID-19 measures on August 9, 2021. All adult passengers traveling to Guyana must show proof of vaccination (at least one dose) and a negative Covid PCR test.

Uruguay: October opening is the rumor. Entry by land is currently allowed with a negative PCR test and proof of vaccination. We are very optimistic that Uruguay will open to US travelers along the same timeframe as Argentina and Chile.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND

Christmas Island: Planning to reopen to international travel January 2022

SEYCHELLES, DUBAI, and AFRICA

Seychelles: The Seychelles are currently open and entry is allowed for visitors from all countries (with a few exceptions). You must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 72 hours of departure from your home airport, and 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.
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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 travelling 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: Iceland is winding down from a great summer season and is already booking for the 2022 summer season. The country is open to international travel with proof of vaccination or travelers who’ve had the COVID virus previously. A negative COVID test is currently required at the end of your stay for re-entry back into the US. We foresee the country remaining open for the 2022 season, and we are already working with our outfitters to on the calendar for next season. If Iceland is on your list for the summer 2022 season, we definitely recommend planning your trip early!

KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA

Kamchatka: Russia has reopened its borders for international travel. Yakutia Airlines, which flies from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, will resume service with 8-to-10 weekly flights for the 2022 summer. Tickets plan to be available for sale this November. In addition, Russia is now processing visas for U.S. citizens. At Yellow Dog, we are here to help aid our clients with this process. With the return of flights and processing of visas, the 2022 Kamchatka fly fishing season is officially on. If you’re interested in booking a Kamchatka fly fishing trip for 2022, availability will be tight due to roll-over trip dates. 

MONGOLIA

Mongolia: The government of Mongolia announced that the country would reopen for international travel for all travelers on July 1, 2021. Be aware that commercial transportation to and from Mongolia has been cut back and is difficult. All travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test that should be performed within 72 hours of arrival in Mongolia. In addition, travelers arriving in Mongolia are also currently required to submit to PCR testing upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar’s international airport. The 2021 summer and fall season has been canceled by our outfitters, and we are now looking ahead to and booking the 2022 season.

NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA

New Zealand: New Zealand remains closed at the present time. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced in August of 2021 that New Zealand will open its doors to vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries beginning in early 2022. The government has not yet confirmed which countries which be classified as low, medium or high risk, but this is a major step in a positive direction for angling travel in 2022! Stay tuned for more updates, as we do expect that a late-season 2022 fishing window will happen. We are anticipating that the 2023 season will be fully open to vaccinated travelers and we are currently booking the 2023 season with all lodges.

Australia: Australia remains closed to all outside travelers at this point, although we are hearing that there is likely to be a path for entry by mid-2022. When Australia does open, it will likely be to outside travelers who are fully vaccinated.

Cook Islands: We recently found out that most of the population on the Cook Islands is fully vaccinated. The Cook Islands have no set date to reopen at this stage, and will most likely follow travel protocols of New Zealand for opening to outside travelers that are fully vaccinated sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.

OMAN

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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