Countries That Are Open to COVID-19 Vaccinated Travelers
Thanks to the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, travel has made a comeback in a big way within the last year. And while new variants are still posing concerns, physical or digital proof of vaccination has still allowed travelers to (tentatively and safely) resume their once-canceled plans. Although the rate of vaccine availability has varied around the world, some countries are jumpstarting their tourism industries by inviting fully inoculated travelers to visit.
If you're heading abroad, however, don't forget that travelers returning home to the U.S. 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. All travelers to the Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance.
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.
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.
Non-vaccinated travelers are welcome but are required to have proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative rapid test within 48 hours of travel. Alternatively, travelers can get tested upon arrival at the airport for $50.
Level 4: Do Not Travel
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.
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.
Vaccinated tourists must test negative for COVID-19 before traveling, carry paper copies of their vaccination records, and upload their documents to the ArriveCAN app or website.
Visitors must then wait two weeks after completing their vaccine course to enter the country. While Canada is now allowing travelers to enter, the U.S. is keeping its land border closed until at least Sept. 21. However, Americans who are returning from Canada are allowed back into the country.
U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated are exempt 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 2021. 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.
Finland has reopened to all vaccinated travelers — and Americans must show proof of vaccination. However, the country will allow unvaccinated visitors from low-risk countries to enter without having to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
France reopened to vaccinated travelers from specific countries, including the U.S., in June. And vaccinated travelers do not have to test for COVID-19 before entering the country. U.S. travelers who are unvaccinated must have an essential reason for traveling and have to test negative for COVID-19 before departure and quarantine for seven days on arrival. 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 this summer. 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. 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 summer 2021. Americans 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 Netherlands welcomes fully vaccinated U.S. tourists, but requires them to self-quarantine upon arrival and show proof of a negative test to enter, according to the government.The country has classified the U.S. as a "very high-risk area" and requires all vaccinated travelers to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure or proof of a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure. Americans must also self-quarantine for 10 days, but may be able to shorten that period if they get tested again on day 5.
Vaccinated travelers can visit Panama without presenting a negative COVID-19 test. However, prior to entry, travelers must complete an electronic affidavit, agreeing to comply with the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 measures in Panama.
Qatar is now welcoming fully vaccinated U.S. travelers and will not require them to quarantine upon arrival. However, fully vaccinated Americans still have to take a PCR test for COVID-19 prior to their arrival and apply for entry on the country's 'Ehteraz' website at least 12 hours before landing.
Singapore opened to vaccinated travelers only, as of mid-October 2021, allowing tourists to visit without quarantining. Passengers can apply for entry under the Vaccinated Travel Lane program. Currently, however the program only accepts U.S. travelers who have a SMART Health Card or other approved digital COVID-19 vaccination records.
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, this summer. 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). Unvaccinated travelers will need a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to entry.
Sri Lanka is open to U.S. travelers — but they are required to take a COVID-19 test prior to entry. Vaccinated travelers must then quarantine in a government-mandated hotel for one to two days while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test taken upon arrival. Travelers who are not vaccinated must quarantine at the government-approved hotel for a full two weeks.
Following France's lead, St. Barts reopened to vaccinated tourists this summer. 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 4: Do Not Travel
Switzerland is welcoming vaccinated American travelers as of summer 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 — vaccinated travelers do not have to test prior to entry.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is open to only vaccinated travelers, who have received a completed course of an approved vaccinate (Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneva, Comirnaty, Spikevax, and Vaxzevria). Vaccinated travelers still need to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel and complete paperwork including a health screening questionnaire and a certificate complying with privacy regulations.
The Thai island of Phuket reopened to vaccinated travelers without a mandatory quarantine in July, and recently, islands like Ko Samui have followed suit. Thailand is now continuing to open islands around the countries, while cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai remain closed.
Vaccinated travelers are now exempt from quarantining when they enter the UK. As of July Vaccinated travelers no longer have to quarantine when entering the UK, and vaccinated travelers can now skip getting tested before entering the country. Further, the test on the second day of your visit to the UK is no longer mandatory. Pubs and restaurants are fully reopen in the UK.
Level 2: Reconsider Travel
Zimbabwe is open to international travelers, and vaccinated tourists can even visit the country's iconic attractions, like Victoria Falls. The country is well on its way to herd immunity and has reopened their land borders to Zambia and Botswana.
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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.