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Country reopenings continue

July 26, 2020

by Mark Beaman

As time passes since the pandemic started, and a chunk of our lives go with it, it has become obvious that quite a number of you have become pretty desperate to get out into the world again and go birding. Probably plenty of you felt like I did – like a trapped Tiger patrolling its compound. Thankfully, I can now start to travel again. It is like seeing the first hint of dawn after a long, dark night.

Progress with border opening was glacial until June, but since then things have greatly changed. Borders have reopened throughout most of Europe and a considerable number of other countries have already reopened or are planning to do so. Turkey, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, the islands of the Lesser Antilles, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius and Réunion are recent examples of places that have already reopened or which are soon to do so. This summer has seen our first clients go on tour since our last tour departed in March, which is quite a milestone. More countries will reopen before year-end.

It is important to bear in mind the progress that has been made in many countries when we are constantly bombarded with media stories from a minority of countries that are, sadly, still experiencing major problems with the virus.

We fully understand that there are Birdquesters who need to shelter from the virus, particularly owing to age or health conditions or both, and we entirely understand your situation and appreciate the need for special caution. You are doing the right thing.

However, there are also Birdquesters, many of whom are less at risk, who feel more confident about travelling when entry restrictions come down, certainly to countries with lower numbers of Covid-19 cases. Indeed, there are plenty of countries that have had far lower numbers of cases per million than in some European countries and in the United States. In a lot of countries there is simply no comparison and, statistically speaking, you are much less at risk there than at home.

If you fall into the latter category, it is time to start thinking about overseas birding again.