Traveling during the devastation of the pandemic has been complicated over the last two years and full of paperwork, stress, anxiety and testing. However, when countries reopen borders, people start planning overseas trips again.
Anyone looking for inspiration could do worse than visiting the happiest countries in the world. It is mutually beneficial when some of them have lifted travel restrictions related to Covid, making sailing more hassle than ever before.
The UN Network of Sustainable Development Solutions has been working to locate the greatest happiness geographically since it first published its annual World Happiness Report in 2012. The emphasis is on supporting global development while providing a useful measure of what makes people happy and a healthy society.
Happiness Report 2022the tenth also looked at how governments supported their populations before, during and after the pandemic, concluding that “the pandemic brought not only pain and suffering but also increased social support and benevolence.” Its authors state that “when we fight the ills of disease and war, it is essential to remember the general desire for happiness and the ability of individuals to unite to help each other in times of great need.”
The results were surprising in many respects, as each Nordic country appeared at the top of the list for 2022, as has been the case since its inception – but this year Israel is in the top 10 for the first time and France in the top. 20.
In the list of the top 20 (20 to 11), France was in 20th place, followed by Belgium, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, the USA (16th), Canada, Germany, Ireland, Australia and Austria. By the way, for anyone looking for a hassle-free holiday with less administration, Ireland and the United Kingdom are now fully open to passengers without any travel restrictions related to Covid-19.
Here are the 10 happiest countries in the world with an overview of the current COVID-19 travel restrictions in force since mid-April 2022.
10th place – New Zealand
New Zealand had one of the lowest mortality rates during COVID-19, and in 2019 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced a budget for well-being, spending money on mental health, child poverty and supporting the Maori and Pacific population.
New Zealand reopens its borders in five stages and will be fully open until October 2022 for people with visas. Just in time for summer in the southern hemisphere.
9th place-Israel-Open, with testing
Israel has one of the lowest diet-related death rates and was one of the first countries to vaccinate most of its population during the pandemic. Conde Nast reported about how Israel completely reopened to international passengers on March 1, 2022 (after several wrong starts), regardless of the status of the vaccine, but testing is still ongoing.
Many airlines have been opening or renewed since May 6, especially from US cities, such as American Airlines from Dallas / Fort Worth non-stop to Ben Gurion. El Al is also renewing a continuous route from Boston to Ben Gurion, which was scrapped in March 2020.
8th place – Norway – fully open
Norway has a strong welfare state with plenty of natural resources to support a prosperous self-sufficient economy. Its citizens also have high confidence in their government and its institutions (often one of the key attributes of creating a happy society).
As of February 12, 2022, travel restrictions are completely lifted. How states the visitnorway website“You can travel to Norway without having to worry about anything more than just having fun!”
7th place – Sweden – completely open
Sweden reportedly had the highest number of Covid-19-related deaths of any Nordic country CNN Traveler, but the reason for constantly placing in the top 10 happiest countries is that it has a high GDP per capita. Emphasis is placed on work-life balance, including the fact that couples can share 16 months of paid parental leave with free childcare after the birth of their children.
On April 1, 2022 The Swedish government has lifted the ban on entry into non-EU / EEA countries which also means that the rule requiring the demonstration of negative tests for Covid-19 or vaccinations has been abolished.
6th place – Luxembourg
Luxembourg has a small population that benefits from a strong social security system that places a strong emphasis on work-life balance and takes good care of its retired people.
Luxembourg has recently extended its existing travel restrictions by the end of June (except for Ukrainian nationals), ie visitors from outside the EU / Schengen area must demonstrate vaccination status and, in some cases, negative test results.
5th place – The Netherlands
A UNICEF study found that Dutch children are some of the happiest in the world, and many of them have breakfast with their parents every morning (which is considered an indicator of a happy society). The Dutch have apparently maintained the same level of happiness since 2005.
there is the ban on entering the Netherlands still applies from outside the EU / EEA / Schengen area, although there are some exceptions, e.g. if you are traveling from a country on the EU safe list.
4th place – Switzerland
Switzerland the system of direct democracy works where residents vote on everything several times a year through a referendum, including how many days of vacation should be required for immigration. This creates a happy and inclusive society. And then there’s chocolate.
Certain travel restrictions still apply in Switzerland but is open to fully vaccinated passengers.
3rd happiest – Iceland – fully open
Iceland is famously breathtaking, with a small population and plenty of natural resources to support the economy. The Happiness Index found that many locals felt they had someone to turn to in an emergency, a situation that was especially tested during the financial collapse in 2007.
From Friday 25.2. The Icelandic border was completely open passengers without the need to demonstrate vaccination status, test results or quarantine.
2nd happiest – Denmark – fully open
Copenhagen has its own Institute of Happiness and has remained in second place. It is very important for renewable energy and all the metrics that make society happy, such as longevity, etc.
From March 29, 2022 Denmark has lifted all travel restrictions. However, the requirement to prove the vaccination status may still be required on boarding the aircraft, according to government guidelines.
The happiest country – Finland
Finland has been in first place for 5 years, mainly due to its highly respected education system. As he noted CNN TravelerThe love of wild, cold swimming can also play a role.
At present, there are no travel restrictions to Finland for anyone coming from the EU / Schengen area, nor for countries that are currently on the EU safe road list. Come current guidelines valid until 8 May 2022passengers from all other countries must be vaccinated or have an EU Digital Covid certificate.
By the way, Afghanistan has ranked as the most unfortunate country in the world, with Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Botswana in the top five. Ironically, as he mentioned ForbesFinland, the happiest country, shares a border with Russia, which ranked 80th.