Covid and travel: which countries have borders still closed?

Two years after closing access to its territory due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand fully opened its borders from August 1. In the world, there are still some refractory countries, which we have listed in this article.

With the Covid pandemic, traveling has become difficult. Many countries have closed their borders and the lifting of measures is gradual. This is especially the case in New Zealand, which fully opens its borders to foreigners on Monday, August 1, recalls Western France. But some countries are still divided.


According to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted by our colleagues from CNewsrestrictions began to relax on March 1.

From this date, it became possible to “request to enter the territory of Japan for a short or long stay”, as long as it is “justified by a professional reason (work visa, students)”.

Note: these authorizations are only given to people who “can justify a certificate of acceptance or management of an organization located in the territory of Japan (company, university, etc.”).

Then, on June 1, the Japanese authorities allowed a quota of 20,000 entries per day for tourists. Japan is gradually issuing visas, on the condition that people who want to go there “be part of an organized group directly or related to a tourist agency established in Japan that can guarantee the on request. visa”. Today, the country still applies these rules and is therefore only partially open.


No tourists can be seen in the country since March 2020, remember CNews. According to Foreign Affairs, “only foreigners who need to go to China for urgent reasons can apply for visas at embassies and consulates”.

Those who manage to get this permission must do “two PCR tests within 48 hours before boarding, in different laboratories”. Quarantine is also enforced upon arrival.

Severe restrictions were also imposed on Chinese nationals living abroad. In fact, for more than two years, they were actually quarantined for twenty-one days, before it was reduced to ten days (seven days in the hotel and three at his home) on June 28, 2022.


Even today, entry is completely denied to foreign nationals. Foreign Affairs has determined that, as of June 15, “only Taiwanese nationals, their spouses and minor children as well as holders of a residence permit (ARC, APRC, diplomatic card) or a visa that issued for duly justified professional or humanitarian reasons (excluding tourism, for example)”.

Those entering the territory of Taiwan are subject to “a saliva PCR test upon landing in Taipei, as well as one or more self-antigen tests during the quarantine period”, which lasts for three days. Isolation is followed by four days of “self-monitoring” where a “negative self-test of less than 48 hours allows exit for essential reasons (going to work, making a basic shopping), but does not involve many public places.


Even today, the country remains in complete lockdown. Entry is prohibited to anyone from outside the country, without exception.

How is the situation in France?

The system put in place by the new health bill provides that if there is the appearance of a new variant of the particularly dangerous Covid, the government can impose the presentation of a negative test on board, and not one you pass sanitary.

The same device can be used for trips from or to communities abroad, “if there is a risk of saturation” of their health system. The government can carry out this health control by order within two months. Beyond that, a vote of Parliament is required.

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