As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, some countries are making light of the situation by encouraging travellers NOT to come for a visit.
Nations including China, Iran, Italy and the U.S. have closed their borders and airports to international travellers. In Canada, international airline arrivals have been restricted to just four airports across the country.
But Estonia says travellers are welcome to come visit — just not right now.
— Visit Estonia (@visitestonia) March 14, 2020
“Please stay safe and stay home,” the official Twitter account for the northern European nation tweeted over the weekend, even using swear words in their hashtags to drive home the point.
The move — and the now-trending hashtag — have many on Twitter saying Estonia’s been bumped to the top of their travel list once it’s safe to vacation again.
Other locations, including Iqaluit and Norway, are encouraging people to visit “remotely” for now, but come in person another time.
In Telemark we’ ve been blessed with breathtaking nature. Here from beautiful Jomfruland in Kragerø. Go have a look once we’re back to normal. For now, enjoy it through your screens😉#StayHome #Visitlater #telemark #jomfruland pic.twitter.com/vp4hzac5HA
— Visit Telemark (@visittelemark) March 16, 2020
Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell and City Council are asking that visitors delay their travel to Iqaluit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to Iqaluit and the rest of Nunavut. https://t.co/UcZTPjB1mv
— City of Iqaluit (@CityofIqaluit) March 15, 2020
Even Ireland isn’t about to let people miss out on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, with their Twitter feed showing #GlobalGreening to let those staying at home capture the Irish spirit.
We know that people are observing the #StayHome advice, we’ll be sharing some of the wonderful #GlobalGreening images from around the world that we’re receiving. This is the Arabian Desert near Dubai ☘️ pic.twitter.com/kWokjCm0nj
— Tourism Ireland (@TourismIreland) March 16, 2020
Did you have to cancel a vacation due to the COVID-19 outbreak? Have any of these #VisitLater destinations shot to the top of your bucket list?