After 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic, which took over 6.3 million lives around the world, all countries have issued various measures to deal with this problem. Whether it’s the country’s lockdown to make the zero-COVID, the relaxation lockdown, curfew restrictions, travel restrictions. This affects the economy and the lifestyles of people around the world differently. when people have been vaccinated, causing the severe situation of COVID-19 to begin to unfold, Countries all over the world have opened their doors to tourists in order to boost their domestic economies.
Based on analysis by Statista Q, a market research firm in Germany. It pointed out that global tourism in 2022 will return to up to 80% of pre-Covid-19 tourism, and it is estimated that by 2022 the global tourism industry will be worth up to 353 million euros, which is higher than in 2021, valued at 260 million euros, with a full recovery expected in 2024.
Last year, many countries around the world began to open to tourists, such as Greece, France, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Each country’s ability to open its borders is determined by the potential to deal with COVID-19 and vaccinate people in 2022, even though it started with the Omicron strain of COVID-19 at the start of the year. But there are also many countries that welcome foreigners.
The first interested country is Australia. For two years, this country has had one of the most stringent COVID-19 control policies in the world. The Australian government is attempting to entice tourists back by launching a $40 million advertising campaign ($28.7 million), as well as reintroducing airplane tickets. Although there are still fewer flights than before the pandemic,
followed by Singapore and Malaysia. It allows tourists who have received two doses of vaccination to enter the country without quarantine or testing beginning April 1, 2022. The difference is that Malaysia requires travelers to have travel insurance covering at least US$50,000 of COVID-19 treatment. Singapore does not allow people who have not received the full dose of the vaccine to enter the country.
Another popular country is South Korea. South Korea will announce the opening of the country’s welcome to tourists on April 1, 2022, allowing tourists from 46 vaccinated countries to enter South Korea without visas and without quarantine.
And since June 10, 2022, it has been open to tourists from the blue countries  who come as a tour group and have a guide. In order to know the exact route and number of tourists, they must have insurance to cover the cost of COVID-19 medical treatment and complete three doses of vaccination, which is included in the 20,000 daily arrivals quota. And it is expected that the reception of travelers who are not part of tour groups should take some time. Because there are still concerns about the return of the epidemic of COVID-19
New Zealand also announced the opening of the country earlier. Considering the sudden lack of skilled labor across the country, the government therefore decided to announce the opening of the country on July 2022, accepting people with all types of visas who have been vaccinated to enter the country without quarantine.
Lastly, in Thailand, the government announced the cancellation of Test & Go measures and began a full reopening of the country for fully vaccinated travelers from May 1, 2022, resulting in more than 400,000 tourists entering Thailand in May. The number of tourists is expected to increase to at least 900,000 a month after the cancellation of Thailand Pass registrations on July 1, 2022, and aims to reach 5–15 million tourists by the end of the year.
What tourists need to know is to wear masks in public places. Currently, there are many countries that do not require people to wear masks in public places. Because people are vaccinated, such as New Zealand, Switzerland, Iceland, Italy, England, Denmark (except public transport), France (except in crowded places), South Korea (except in places with more than 50 people), Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia (except inside buildings or mass transit systems), and Thailand (except crowded places).
even in the United States. A Florida federal judge has announced a cancellation on wearing a mask while using public transportation. This makes it possible for many airlines, such as Delta, American, Southwest, Alaska, and JetBlue, including the shuttle service companies through applications such as Uber and Lyft, to announce the cancellation of the mandatory wearing of masks.
However, the country that wears a mask even after opening its country is Japan. The group of tourists must have a follower or a guide from the travel agency at all times to make sure that the tourists wear masks. Another country that still has to wear masks in public is Malaysia.
World Health Organization (WHO) data as of July 1,
Japan divides tourists according to their risk level into 3 groups. These include the red group (high risk), such as Albania, Fiji, and Pakistan, which require testing and quarantine. Second, the yellow group (medium-risk), such as Bhutan, Cuba, Brunei, India, and Vietnam, those who have received 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine accepted by Japan do not need to be tested and do not need to be quarantined. and last, blue (low-risk) groups such as the United States, Britain, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand, which do not require testing and do not need to quarantine.
Data from TDRI research on measures to prevent and solve labor problems due to the COVID-19 outbreak