Much of the world is now seeing glimmers of hope following news of the first positive results from two vaccine trials. And a number of others may arrive soon. It could mean that the world can open up again and the travel industry can resume its operations. But things are not going to change overnight. Coconut palm tree on paradise white sand beach and turquoise sea. Many travelers now dream of such … [+] a scene. getty There’s going to be a wait for more data, official vaccine authorizations, and then of course the complicated process of getting the vaccine out to everyone who needs it. It may take months. What we also don’t know is whether getting the vaccine will mean opening more borders. It is likely that some countries will take this approach while others will not, and there will be a patchwork of policies until 2021 where some vaccines are accepted in some places but not in others, and so on. . The good news is that there are plenty of places to go for those of us who want to travel in the months ahead. And new countries are being added to the list even as infection rates rise in the Western world. This means that while we need to take a close look at the risks and be careful in planning trips, there are some great options for getting away from it all. Last week, we looked at several places where tourists are welcome and the COVID count is low. MORE FROM FORBEST These 8 Places Have Low Covid Rates and Open Borders By Gabriel Leigh As a follow-up, here’s a look at the six best places to consider for a December getaway, with some new additions included. Chile Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile getty A beautiful country full of incredible natural wonders, Chile is reopening its doors to travelers, and just in time for their summer too. Chile has been closed to non-residents for months, so this is great news for anyone hoping to travel to deep South America. If you can get a negative test result relatively quickly, this is a promising option. Entry requirements: From November 23, travelers will be able to enter Chile through its main airport in Santiago provided they bring a negative PCR test. Two important points to note, however. First, Chile has decided that during the first two weeks (until December 7), visitors who have been to high-risk countries, including the United States, will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, even with a negative test. So it might be worth waiting until next month. Second, the PCR test should not have been done more than 72 hours before arrival, which is a stricter schedule than for many other countries. This may mean that urgent treatment is needed to ensure that the test is close enough to start while maintaining the result over time. Current trend of COVID-19: stable. The number of cases has been fairly stable since June, and as Chile enters the summer, that will hopefully remain the case. Peru’s upscale Miraflores neighborhood, Lima, located atop cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. getty Peru offers a lot for your money in terms of proximity to the United States (only a five or six hour flight from Miami) and distance and difference. Another recently reopened country full of fascinating sights and great food, this is a good option and could easily be combined with Chile for longer trips. Entry Requirements: A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure. There is currently no quarantine requirement. Note that there is a national curfew at 11 p.m. Current trend of COVID-19: stable and improving. The photo at the moment is pretty good. Dominican Republic A mountain and sea landscape in the Dominican Republic getty As noted earlier, the Dominican Republic offers an excellent mix of beautiful scenery, good weather, easy entry, and low infection rates. If you are looking for a relaxing Caribbean getaway this probably is the one. Entry Requirements: No testing is required to enter although there may be a health check (such as temperature checks) upon arrival. Current trend of COVID-19: A few small peaks, but very low. Sailboat from French Polynesia in the seas of the islands of French Polynesia. The lush island of Bora Bora in the … [+] Context. getty It’s a relatively long flight from the US to French Polynesia, but there are several non-stop options from the west coast, and the scenery on arrival can be worth it. Entry requirements: proof of negative test passed no more than three days prior to arrival, plus a health record which can be completed here. An additional self-administered test is then required four days after arrival (the kit is provided upon arrival). No quarantine is required. Current trend of COVID-19: The number of cases has increased. Although in absolute terms, the figures remain relatively low. Definitely one to watch out for, but not necessarily a reason to cross it off your list. Hawaii A typical scene from the island of Kauai in Hawaii. getty Hawaii does not need to be presented, and after several months of mandatory quarantine, even for arrivals from the continental United States, it is now possible to skip that by bringing a negative test result. Additionally, there are convenient options for getting tested at multiple airports, in some cases facilitated by the airline you are traveling with. Entry conditions: negative test before travel to avoid quarantine. Those who do not have a test result can still leave, but will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Current trend of COVID-19: Relatively stable. Hawaii has seen small spikes lately, but nothing quite like many other states in the United States. Overall, infection rates have been very low and the situation well managed. England * If you are going to England, maybe forgo London and head straight to the Lake District. A view of … [+] the slopes of High Stile, looking towards Fleetwith Pike. getty This may seem like an unlikely choice at the moment and in fact it does come with a few caveats. England are currently in the midst of yet another lockdown due to end on December 2. It could end up being extended. They are also experiencing an increase in cases. On top of that, visitors from most countries are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. However, it is possible to enter the country even for Americans. And beyond that, many of the current obstacles may be only temporary. If things go well in the coming weeks, in other words, it might be a surprising country to add to the list in December. Here’s how to do it: Assuming the lockdown helps get the number of cases under control and lifted, the only remaining issue for visitors would be the 14-day quarantine (for those not on the list of “Travel lanes”, which currently includes most people). There is more potential good news on this front, with unconfirmed indications that Britain will reduce the quarantine time to 7 days for those who take a PCR test on day 5 and test negative. Uncertainty is everywhere, but there is hope. If we’ve learned anything since the start of this year, it’s that it’s very difficult to predict the course this pandemic will take. And with that in mind, planning a trip is subject to a lot of uncertainty and some risk. However, for those with the inclination and the right level of risk tolerance, it is still possible to plan trips. We are hopefully at the start of a period when vaccines are becoming more and more abundant, which will eventually get us out of the worst. For now, it is better to proceed with caution and remain as optimistic as possible. .