Need a vacation after everything happened in 2020? Here are the overseas destinations that you can visit!
Are you up for a vacation and willing to travel soon in 2021? After what all happened in the year 2020, every heart beats to explore the world is set to plan and leave for a holiday. Isn’t that true? The covid-19 infection has left us estranged from people and places.
But now as the transport has opened soon, it is time to travel again keeping safety in mind. Every year don’t you look for places that are must-visit, safe, and suit your budget? If you are planning your vacation overseas this year, these are the places you can consider visiting.
- Mongolia. Nomadic by nature.
You can think of visiting Mongolia for its wide range of birds, fish, Siberian Ibex, Gobi Bear, and Snow Leopard. It is the land of blue skies and fascinating landscapes. The country holds the prestigious Guinness World Record for wrestling competition. It is a safe place to visit in terms of crime. But talking of the covid impact, the nation has 3000 cases, of which 2330 have recovered. The death toll is 2, with 670 active cases as of 1st week of March 2021.
Some of the places you can visit when in Mongolia are:
→ Ulaanbaatar: Famous for surviving as well as ruined Buddhist monasteries, Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia.
→ Altai Mountains: If you have a taste for wildlife, you will see a great variety in this site. The mountains offer a scenic view that appeals to your eyes.
→ Gorkhi Terelj National Park: The place is famous for a wild national park with hot springs.
→ Khuvsgul Lake: If you like a stroll alongside the freshest water lake, be here to enjoy the scenic beauty.
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COVID regulations: You can plan a trip after 31st March 2021 because all the flights are suspended as a response to COVID-19. Other passengers must have a medical certificate and negative coronavirus test results done within 72 hours of travel. Keep in mind that quarantine is required on arrival in Mongolia and on return to India.
- Palau. Rainbow’s end!
Palau is the safest place to visit if you are planning your vacation. It is a destination that is kid-friendly and famous for outdoor activities. So far, there have been zero cases of Covid-19.
Palau is an archipelago of 500 islands that is full of nature and parks.
These are the famous places in Palau that you must go to:
→ Jellyfish Lake: The lake is the major attraction in Palau for snorkeling adventures. You can try scuba diving and experience the most incredible interaction with fish.
→ Milky Way: The Milky Way is a beautiful lagoon where you can swim and can take a Rock Island Tour.
→ Ngardmau Falls: Though getting to the falls is tricky, but the way is beautiful. You can swim or enjoy the view of falling water.
→ Palau Aquarium: If you are visiting with family, then plan a trip to Palau Aquarium. It has the most diverse collection of beautiful fish.
COVID regulations: If you plan a trip to Palau, you must not have been to China, Hong Kong, or Macao 14 days before. You must own a quarantine certificate obtained before departure. Also you will have to produce a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Nepal. On the top of the world.
Nepal is one country that fascinates visitors every year for many reasons. Some are attracted by the mountains and some by the culture. Many go to Nepal to experience Everest base camp. The country has around 4000 active cases of covid as of the first week of March in 2021, so travelers need not worry but be cautious when they are in Nepal.
Some of the places to explore when in Nepal are:
→ Kathmandu: A popular city and capital of Nepal, it is famous for its historical attractions. It has Durbar Square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
→ Bodhnath Stupa: It is one of the largest stupa and a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. People visit here for enlightenment. We all need to find some peace after the pandemic, so this becomes a must-visit.
→ Pokhara: If you have a love for nature, Pokhara is the place for you. It lies in the foothills of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna. The city is the starting point if you want to trek to the Himalayas. Fresh air, guaranteed!
If you love trekking and don’t want to leave the country, check out the top places to visit for trekkers in India.
→ Chitwan National Park: For wildlife lovers, Chitwan National Park is a wonderful place to spot Rhinos, leopards, gaur, deer, sloth bears, and critters.
COVID regulations: The passengers traveling to Nepal must have a medical certificate with a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR and SARS-CoV2 NAAT result. The tests should be done within 72 hours of the travel. You will also have to quarantine yourself on arrival. Here is the list of certified quarantine hotels in Nepal.
- Kyrgyzstan. The land of Santa Clauses!
Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central Asia and is surrounded by Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and China. The place has around 1500 plus active Covid-19 cases(March 1st week, 2021). This pushes the tourists to take care when they are out for a holiday.
Some places to visit in Kyrgyzstan are:
→ Ala Archa Gorge: You will take 45 minutes to reach Ala Archa Gorge from Bishkek, the capital city. The National Park is in Tian Shan mountain and is an excellent place for hikers.
→ Issyk-Kul Lake: For crystal clear water, you must plan to take a tour of this lake. It is one of the most beautiful lakes situated on an elevation. You can stop here for camping.
→ Mountain Sulaiman-Too: If you are interested in hiking, then this mountain will give you an excellent view.
→ Osh Bazaar: After trekking and camping, you must think of some shopping. Buy some locally grown vegetables and fruits or souvenirs from the Osh Bazaar.
COVID regulations: Be prepared to take a Cobid-19 test upon arrival. You will also have to quarantine yourself until the tests. Travel is possible only if you meet strict entry regulations.
- Madagascar. A genuine island, a world apart.
Madagascar is the island country in the Indian Ocean which is the second-largest island country in the world. The country has around 250 active covid cases so the tourists need to take care of themselves.
Places to visit in Madagascar:
→ Avenue of the Baobabs: The raw beauty of tall Baobab trees catches the attention of many tourists. These trees are called the “Queen of the Forest”.
→Tsingy of Bemaraha: These are the beautiful fossil deposits and the colossal monoliths that are dramatically carved. The place is popular for adventures also.
→ Ranomafana National Park: Ranomafana refers to ‘hot water,’ and the park has many hot waterfalls. You can see endangered golden bamboo lemur here.
→ Zahamena National Park: It is a rainforested national park that is home to a variety of birds. Get the best view of wildlife and birds. Here is an introduction to how to do bird watching.
COVID regulations: To enter Madagascar, you must have a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of travel. You will also have to take a test at Ivato International Airport and self isolate yourself until the test results. In case you are tested positive, you will be sent to a state-arranged facility. Largely, flights from all the parts of the globe are allowed with a condition of medical measures, screening, and monitoring on arrival.
Essential Things to Carry when traveling overseas:
When traveling overseas for vacation, you must carry these:
- Covid-19 negative certificate issued within 72 hours of travel. The test must be done by an authorized lab.
- Travel Insurance is another important document you must have. The policy will save you from undue expenses of delay or cancelation of flights in the current scenario. So far, no country has opened-up entirely, and hence it is better than you buy a policy to avoid unexpected costs.
Other than this, a Travel Insurance Policy will also pay you for medical emergencies that include cover for Covid, loss of baggage, loss of passport, and cash.
- Covid protection gear.
- All documents of bookings, passport, visa identity certificates, and cash.
- Medicines as you need but that are permissible.
- Antibacterial wipes.