(last update: 06.10.2020)
To go on hunting trips abroad is currently not always easy due to the coronavirus crisis. Before you embark on a trip, you can find out about the most relevant countries for hunting worldwide and read the current travel regulations. There is also a link for each country, under which more detailed information can be found!
There are no more border controls. Despite rising Corona infection numbers, we are not expecting strikter rules regarding boarder controls for the moment. You are allowed to travel to Germany from nearly every EU-country. Exceptions in Europe are currently only for the Balkan countries. A strict travel warning applies to them. (Coming back from vacation as a German citizen, you now have to present a negative corona test. Even flying to Germany is more and more possible. So hunting trips to Germany are possible without any restrictions.
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Any resident of an Austrian neighboring country and also third state, which are not classified as risk areas (like Coratia) can enter Austria without any problems. Vienna Airport is now being served again from almost all EU destinations, with the exception of high-risk countries. Entry as a third-country national is prohibited. Upon presentation of a tourist booking, including a hunting trip, there is sufficient reason to enter. On the airport there are free voluntary Corona-tests available for everyone. The trip to Croatia via Slovenia is possible for touristic and hunting reasons.
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The entry to Croatia is possible for tourist reasons, so also with the intention to take a hunting break. The only thing you have to show is a booking confirmation. Inland traffic through Slovenia is possible. This also counts for citizens of non EU-countries. Even though the number of infections has been slowly increasing, there are barely any problems, especially in the coastal regions, and tourism is still desired and wanted! However, measures such as wearing masks in closed rooms are strictly required and carried out. Most airports welcome flights from the European countries.
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Romania is still quite strict. There are still boarder controls. A 14-day quarantine is only mandatory for travelers who come from a risk area or from a third country., outside EU. Air traffic from save countries is slowly picking up agian. Residents oft the neighhbouring country Hungary need no more submission of a Corona test. For residents from other countires, entry is possible upon presentation of a negative test and a booking confirmation, for example for tourist reasons. Unfortunately, the Corona numbers are steadly increasing again and ist quite possible that stricter rules will be implemented again. In addation as a romanian tourist in most countries you need to do a compulsary 14-day quarantine.
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Since September 1st, foreign citizens are not allowed to enter Hungary for no particular reason. Citizens of the Visegrad countries are allowed to enter Hungary if they can show a negative coronavirus test that is not older than five days. The entry from non european states is prohibited. Longer-term bookings, like now for stag rutting season, can still be made without major restrictions. Anyone planning a hunting trip to Hungary in winter this year should wait and see how the situation develops.
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Poland has finally followed the others. All EU citizens can enter Poland without any problems. There are only random border controls, where the main focus is on corona symptoms. You no longer have to be in quarantine after entering the country. Just citizens from a thirdstate are currently not allowed to enter Poland. Air traffic is slowly starting again. Poland is open to its initially very strict course, especially to hunting tourism, and you are welcome in any case. From the current perspective it makes more sense to go on a hunting trip to Poland than to Hungary.
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Spain had the strictest regulations in Europe. Because of the spread of the virus, the country was one of the last ones, which was opening for foreigners. Since end of June it is possible to enter spain again for EU and other european citizens with exception of Balkan countries. There is no obligation for a 14 days quarantine anymore. These improvements bring a save summer hunting season in spain! A 14 day quarantine is not required any more. Recently there has been a local increase in the number of infected people. In these regions there can be spontaneous bans. But tourism is expressly desired and it is acted with great consideration. The only restrictions that could apply to you as a tourist could be actions by your home country when returning from areas where the virus has recently increased.
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The borders are blocked for both entry and exit. Russia is one of the countries where the first peak of the corona virus was reached relatively late. For other nationals it is actually not possible to enter the country. Travel between regions is also restricted also. A relaxation of the entry measures is not expected within this year.. It is certainly not safe to book hunting trips to Russia this year.
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Since end of June it is possible to travel between US and Canada again. Some of the provinces have their own measures. These include the popular hunting areas Quebeck, Northwest Territory and Yucon. In rural areas, however, new regulations regarding closer contact between people are being worked on. Furthermore, international air traffic is beeing offered at 4 airports. However, entry for tourist reasons is not yet possible. It remains to be seen when it makes sense again to travel to Canada as a non-resident of North America.
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The United States is still heavily affected by the very strong Covid19 virus. For tourist reasons, there is still no entry permit. The fall hunting season was canceled for toursim reasons entirely. Since the USA is known for its liberal course in terms of measures, it could be assumed that the winter hunt will be possible. American outfitters are currently also assuring their customers that offers in winter can be booked without any problems. Outfitter are also generous when it comes to postponing their booking.
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The hunting season in Africa is lucky because it goes late into the year. The outfitters are extremely accommodating when it comes to postponing the later hunting season. Africa is not so badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. So Tanzania already has its borders completely open for any kind of tourism. The opposite is Cameroon. It completely blocked the 2020 hunting season. Since October 1, 2020 traveling to South Africa is possible and the international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban were reopened. Namibia is also open again. All you need is a negative Covid 19 test, which has to be done in the last 72 hours before you go to Namibia. If you want to stay longer, you have to do a new Covid testing after 5 days.
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New Zealand / Australia:
New Zealand's borders are definitely closed until the end of September. The providers are already planning for the 21/22 season, as the later calendar year has few open times for hunting. The same applies to Australia. Wild boar hunts can be booked until December, buffaloes until October, so these two game species should be hunted with the entry requirements. Tourism is positive that the pandemic in Australia and New Zealand has recently seen a very sharp decline.
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All in all, it can be said that most countries are a lot more positive about the future than some months ago. Tourism is a major source of income for many countries and undoubtedly that includes hunting trips. We hunters can look forward to an exciting but also more relaxed late autumn and winter season!