Countries That Are Open to COVID-19 Vaccinated Travelers
Where vaccinated Americans can travel now and in the near future.
Editor's note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.
As travel has been largely put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rollout of the vaccine has become the game changer that'll hopefully help us resume canceled plans or even map out a whole new adventure soon.
Although the rate of the vaccine availability has varied around the world, some countries are jumpstarting their tourism industries by inviting fully inoculated travelers to visit.
Fortunately, some destinations previously closed to American tourists have opened their borders to those who are fully vaccinated. Travelers returning home from an international trip are required to test negative for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.
Below are the countries currently welcoming vaccinated Americans.
The Bahamas welcomes fully vaccinated travelers who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccines. Those who got the jab are exempt from any pre-arrival testing requirements as well as on-island testing protocols.
The Bahamas also welcomes unvaccinated travelers, but requires them to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before arriving, complete a daily health questionnaire, and take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test on the fifth day of their trip.
Children 10 and younger are also exempt from testing.
All travelers to the Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance.
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
Vaccinated travelers heading to Bermuda must apply for a Bermuda COVID-19 Travel Authorization — which includes a negative PCR test for COVID-19 — one to three days before departure, which must be submitted 24 hours before travel. Upon arrival they will be tested for COVID-19 and will be required to quarantine until they receive their results. Following a negative test result, vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine but must test on days four, eight, and 14 of their trip.
Belize will waive COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers who can show proof they have been fully vaccinated, according to the Belize Tourism Board. International travelers must book their stay at a "Gold Standard Hotel" and download the country's health app.
Belize is also welcoming non-vaccinated travelers, but requires them to have proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative rapid test from within 48 hours of travel. Alternatively, travelers can get tested upon arrival at the airport for $50.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands is welcoming fully vaccinated tourists with shorter quarantine measures in place. Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within five days of arriving, get tested upon arrival, and quarantine until that test comes back negative, according to the government.
They will not be required to get tested again.
Unvaccinated travelers are also welcomed, but must quarantine for four days and get tested again on the fourth day in addition to the pre-travel and arrival tests.
Croatia welcomes vaccinated travelers from countries, including the U.S., exempting them from pre-arrival testing or self-isolation requirements, according to Croatia's Ministry of the Interior. Vaccinated travelers must arrive at least 14 days after receiving their final shot of either a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Alternatively, Croatia also welcomes American tourists who have not been vaccinated but requires them to either show proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arriving or show proof they have contracted COVID-19 and recovered within the last six months. Children under 7 years old with a parent or guardian are exempt.
Denmark reopened to vaccinated travelers from specific countries (U.S. included) as of June 5. These vaccinated travelers do not need to take a PCR test for COVID-19 before their arrival, nor will they need to quarantine in Denmark. Denmark will only accept EMA-approved vaccines, which includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. Children who are not vaccinated but traveling with a parent, and women who are unvaccinated because they are pregnant or breastfeeding, can still visit Denmark but will have to take a COVID-19 test prior to entry.
Tourists with the COVID-19 vaccine can enter Ecuador and travel to one of its most popular island destinations: the Galapagos Islands. Unvaccinated travelers are also allowed to visit Ecuador and its famous island archipelago with proof of a negative antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.
Visitors are required to comply with social distancing regulations and wear face masks throughout their stay.
France reopened to vaccinated travelers from specific countries, including the U.S., on June 9, 2021. The French government is enforcing testing requirements based on your country of legal residence. Residents of "green" countries can come two weeks after their vaccination course finishes without taking a PCR test, while those from "orange" countries must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before arriving in France. All travelers entering France (including French citizens) will be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form, which can be done on the plane before customs.
Travelers can enter French Polynesia once they've received a complete vaccination course. Those who can show they have COVID-19 antibodies can also travel to the South Pacific archipelago.
Before visiting French Polynesia, foreign travelers must fill out an ETIS.pf form, uploading all the relevant information. Vaccinated travelers must have been in the U.S. for 30 days before heading to French Polynesia, and may be required to test on their first and fourth days in the country.
Germany started welcoming vaccinated American travelers as of June 21. Travelers must be able to prove they've completed a European Medicines Agency-accepted vaccination course. Alternately, they can show that they've recovered from COVID-19 between 28 days and six months ago, or that they've tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel.
Georgia welcomes U.S. travelers arriving by air who have received both doses of a vaccine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Georgia. Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to get tested prior to arrival or quarantine when they get there.
Unvaccinated travelers can also visit the country, but must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours, get a follow-up PCR test on the third day after arriving in the country, and complete an application with their contact details and travel history.
Greece is welcoming fully vaccinated tourists and other foreign visitors with coronavirus antibodies or negative test results. Travelers must bring their vaccination card, or negative PCR test, as well as the QR code provided by the Greek government once visitors fill out a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival. Vaccinated travelers must have completed their vaccination course at least two weeks prior to their arrival in Greece, or tested negative via PCR test no more than 72 hours before arrival.
Iceland welcomes fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. without requiring them to quarantine or undergo mandatory testing, according to the government of Iceland. Alternatively, the country will also welcome travelers who can show proof they were infected with COVID-19 and recovered.
Fully vaccinated American travelers can visit Ireland without quarantining upon arrival. As of July 19, 2021, Americans must show proof of their vaccination status when entering the country. The country will also welcome unvaccinated tourists, but they must arrive with a negative COVID-19 test and self-quarantine for five days. Tourists entering Ireland must fill out a Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours of travel.
Israel opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers — though only those who are part of select tour groups. All visitors to Israel will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test before boarding a flight as well as take an antibody test "to prove their vaccination upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport."
Italy is now welcoming vaccinated travelers coming from the U.S. and no longer requires them to quarantine upon entry. Vaccinated travelers should come to Italy with proof of their vaccination status, as well as a negative PCR test for COVID-19.
Malta is open to vaccinated travelers as of July 19, 2021. And after August 1, Americans will have to upload their vaccination information to an app to enter Malta and prove they're fully vaccinated.
American travelers (and tourists from other countries that Morocco has put on their "List A") can enter the country with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken 48 before arrival. A nationwide curfew is in place from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. in Morocco.
The Seychelles is welcoming fully vaccinated travelers to its pristine shores coming from any country. Travelers must prove two weeks have passed since they received their second vaccine (or first if they've gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). They must also show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at an accredited laboratory within 72 hours of traveling, according to the island's tourism board.
Travelers have to fill out a health travel authorization showing their certificate of vaccination, test results, flight confirmation, and accommodation details.
Spain's borders reopened to vaccinated travelers, no matter their country of origin, on June 7. However, those coming from the U.S. no longer have to show proof of vaccination to enter Spain. Unvaccinated travelers can visit Spain only if their country has a low enough risk of COVID-19 (based on tiers set out by the Spanish government). However, unvaccinated travelers will need a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to entry.
Following France's lead, St. Barts reopened to vaccinated tourists as of June 9. That said, vaccinated travelers must still come equipped with a negative PCR test for COVID-19, taken within 48 hours of their arrival.
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis, two idyllic Caribbean islands with consistently low COVID-19 numbers, is welcoming only fully vaccinated travelers to their islands. Travelers with vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca must wait until two weeks after their vaccine course before heading to St. Kitts and Nevis. Travelers will have to stay in an approved hotel for their first week on the islands while "vacation[ing] in place," and then take a second PCR test if they stay beyond a week.
Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Switzerland is welcoming vaccinated American travelers as of June 2021. Already open to travelers from the Schengen area, the country is now open to Americans and Canadians, too. Those North American travelers who have not yet completed their vaccination course must still show a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken 72 hours before traveling to Switzerland. Travelers who can prove they've recently recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies can also visit Switzerland.
The Thai island of Phuket just announced that they will reopen to vaccinated travelers in July. It's the first destination in Thailand to welcome foreign travelers without a mandatory quarantine — and in preparation, Phuket is working to vaccinate 70% of their population before reopening. Following Phuket's projected July reopening, the rest of the country hopes to waive quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers this fall.
Vaccinated travelers are now exempt from quarantining when they enter the UK. As of July 19, many of the UK restrictions have been lifted — their pubs and restaurants are now fully reopen. Travelers coming to the UK for countries on their "Amber list" will still need to take a PCR test for COVID-19 before arriving, and a second test after they've been in the UK for two days.
Qatar is now allowing fully vaccinated U.S. travelers to visit without having to quarantine upon arrival. Americans can visit for up to 30 days without a visa. Visitors must take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling to Qatar and must apply for entry on Qatar's 'Ehteraz' website at least 12 hours before their arrival.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.