Croatia, Ecuador and Ghana are the latest in a line of destinations to receive the global safety and hygiene stamp launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The endorsements have come from many major holiday destinations around the world, such as Turkey, Portugal, Kenya and Mauritius, among others.
Ecuador received its WTTC “Safe Travels” stamp following a major government announcement that will see international travelers arriving with a negative test taken within the previous 10 days, exempt from its 14-day isolation. This move will help reopen its travel and tourism sector and provide a significant boost to the country’s economy.
Croatia is one of the few countries in Europe that is currently accepting American travelers. All foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, may enter Croatia for business, tourism, education or other pressing personal reasons if they provide the relevant proof and meet the requirements set forth by the Government of Croatia. As of July 10, U.S. citizens arriving to Croatia for tourism, business, urgent personal reasons, or educational purposes must present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing). This is also valid for passengers and crews traveling by yacht.
WTTC, which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, created the “Safe Travels” stamp in May this year, to allow travelers to identify destinations and businesses around the world that have adopted the global standardized health and hygiene protocols. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomed the WTTC “Safe Travels” stamp, which place the safety and hygiene of travelers as top priority.
As part of its “Safe Travels” protocols, the worldwide measures provide consistency and guidance to travel providers and travelers about the new approach to health, hygiene, deep cleansing and physical distancing, in the “new normal” of a COVID-19 world.