Countries Without Coronavirus

Dear TAs,

There are currently seven countries who have declared that they are free of Coronavirus and have never had any reported cases.  This information is self-reported and may not be accurate when compared to reporting from official sources, such as the World Health Organization and the CDC. 

However, it is interesting to note what precautions were taken to prevent the widespread infection that has affected most of the world.

North Korea

North Korea was the first country to close its borders. The country closed its borders in January 2020 and haven’t re-opened since. It implemented strict measures for those coming into the country (foreigners and nationals) including a one- or two-month quarantine.  While the North Korean authorities report zero cases, one should consider the likelihood of China’s nearest neighbor being completely free of the virus.


Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. All the bordering countries have reports of coronavirus infections. Most of the land borders have been closed, and in early February 2020 Turkmenistan cancelled many flights, and all flights to and from China. It has been noted that the official statement of zero cases may not accurately reflect the number of infections and the country was advised by the WHO to act as if there were infections within the country and take necessary precautions.  

Kiribati, Tonga, Palau, Tuvalu, Nauru – Oceania

As of April 5, 2021, these countries have no reported cases of COVID-19.

There have been no cases in Kiribati, but a state of public emergency has been declared. Tonga has been strict with travel rules since February 2020. Since Fiji’s first reported case of coronavirus, Tonga closed its borders to foreigners and only allowed flights for foreigners to travel back to their own countries.  Tonga began repatriation flights in mid-July to get Tongans back from Fiji. The flight was limited to less than 60 people, all of whom were under strict quarantine at the same hotel.

As one of the least visited countries in the world, Tuvalu sees fewer than 200 tourists per year. This has prevented an outbreak in this country.  Nauru is a country so small that you can walk around it in one day.  Along with Tuvalu, it holds the record for being one of the least visited countries in the world.

The above information is proof that travel agents should do research and find accurate information about the number of Covid cases in all destinations, and also, the limitations and restrictions imposed by certain countries for travelers.


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Cruise Status

Dear TA’s,

The timing for U.S cruising to return is still uncertain. However, there have been several itinerary announcements recently.

As I have outlined in a previous blog post, ships classified as “green” are viewed as unaffected by COVID based on self-reported information, including the report or no confirmed cases of COVID during the previous month, adherence to proper quarantine procedures, and the filing of current paperwork. “Yellow” ships were previously “green” but are awaiting results of a potential positive test. “Red” ships had a positive COVID test onboard or violated a government regulation or protocol.

Lindblad has announced that it will begin Alaska and Galapagos sailings in June for vaccinated guests. Royal Caribbean also announced three Caribbean itineraries will sail the week of June 5th, and due to the inability to sail from the U.S., has moved three ships from U.S. waters. To date no other cruise lines have moved their ships from U.S. waters.

The Royal Caribbean itineraries set to sail from the Caribbean in June include Adventure of the Seas, which will sail from The Bahamas, Vision of the Seas from Bermuda, and Celebrity Millennium from St. Maarten. These new itineraries will require guests and crew to be vaccinated and will make stops at Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay.

Carnival Cruise line has announced that there are currently no plans to move its ships away from U.S. homeports. They currently have 31 ships across all brands operating or planning to resume operations in U.S. waters. All of their ships are classified as “green” which is unchanged from previous reporting.

Royal Caribbean currently has 20 ships operating or planning to operate in U.S. waters during the initial phase. Adventure of the Seas has moved from U.S. waters. 100% of Royal Caribbean’s ships are currently classified as “green.”

Norwegian Cruise Lines has 5 ships operating or planning to operate in U.S. waters.  They have recently introduced the ship Norwegian Sun. Their ships all have an unchanged classification of “green.”

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