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COVID-19: Country Reopening Updates

October 22, 2020

UPDATED: OCTOBER 22, 2020

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 and to learn of our BACK ON THE WATER promotion.

UNITED STATES

The United States, Canada, and Mexico have extended their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel until June 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.

Idaho: Open and fishing.

Wyoming: Open and fishing.

Montana: Opened to travel and fishing on June 1st.

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

Canada: Reassessing non-essential travel until further notice.

CENTRAL AMERICA

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

Belize: Phillip Goldson International Airport opened on October 1, 2020. American Airlines will offer flights five days a week and United Airlines plans to offer flights on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Delta Airlines is currently planning to resume flights to Belize in late November 2020 at this time. This is a significantly higher volume of flights than anticipated and will once again, make Belize a straightforward option for many anglers. Many Yellow Dog favorite destinations have achieved the Tourism Gold Standard of Recognition for Reopening

Rapid testing will be available on arrival but Yellow Dog recommends that all travelers take a PCR test within 72 hours of travel utilizing local or mail-in testing to expedite the arrival process. The Belize Tourism Board has developed a distinct plan for reopening available for review here.

Honduras: Potentially opening in the near future (As of October 2020). 

Guatemala: Borders opened on September 18th. Requires printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 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 26th, 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.

CARRIBEAN: BAHAMAS AND CUBA

Bahamas: Currently open to the European Union, United Kingdom, and Canadian travelers. On October 15, 2020, The Bahamas entered Phase 3 of their Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan ahead of the busy holiday season, which will include the reopening of beaches and major hotels as well as the entry of US citizens who provide 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 October 12th, airports are open and SOME INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS HAVE RESUMED BETWEEN CANADA AND CAYO COCO (CCC) The Havana Airport (HAV) is slated to open in early November 2020.

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina: Currently closed to foreign travelers. Awaiting word on the start of the fall 2020 and 2021 season.

Chile: Currently closed to foreign travelers. Awaiting word on the start of the fall 2020 and 2021 season.

Bolivia: Access to all indigenous areas and fisheries – will be 100% closed for the entire 2020 season and likely into 2021.

Brazil: Access to all indigenous areas and fisheries – will be 100% closed for the entire 2020 season and likely into 2021.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND

Christmas Island: Closed until further notice.

SEYCHELLES, DUBAI, and AFRICA

Seychelles:  The good news is that the Seychelles is open to citizens of more than three dozen countries. The bad news? The United States is not yet on this list. We do expect an update by late-September, 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 the fall of 2020 (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: Open and fishing.

ICELAND

Iceland: Open to travelers with testing or screening required upon arrival

KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA

Kamchatka: Actively booking trips for the foreseeable future.

NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA

New Zealand: Closed until 2021.

Australia: Freshwater and Saltwater. Closed until 2021.

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