Updated 20 July 2021
So you’ve had your COVID jab and after being stuck indoors for pretty much a whole year, you’re now thinking it’s about damn time you get to go out into the world and do some travelling once again.
There are destinations that currently view the vaccine drives currently being carried out in numerous countries as a means of relaxing their travel restrictions. Some countries have even gone so far as to allow entry for vaccinated international travellers without requiring testing or quarantine.
Masks are still the norm
Before we get into the list of countries, please keep in mind that while getting yourself inoculated does provide you with some degree of protection from succumbing to the coronavirus, experts are still uncertain whether or not vaccinated people are still capable of transmitting the virus to others.
For the sake of public health, please continue to wear your face mask on your travels.
Countries open for vaccinated travellers
There’s a good chance the list will only expand in the foreseeable future as COVID immunity passports become widespread. So, come back later for this updated list of countries open for vaccinated travellers categorized by regions.
The Bahamas is welcoming fully vaccinated tourists to spend their sedative Caribbean vacation by waiving all pre-travel testing requirements. Effective 1 May 2021, international visitors travelling to the Bahamas from other countries who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period will be exempt from testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism currently accepts Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca vaccines.
Vaccinated travellers have been given the go-ahead to once again travel to Barbados starting from 8 May. Requirements include proof of vaccination and proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within three days prior to departure. Upon arrival in Barbados, travellers are required to submit to a second test and must remain isolated until the results have become known.
Belize has become the first country in the Caribbean to allow vaccinated travellers to visit without a COVID-19 test. Vaccinated travellers now need only to present a vaccination record card, with full inoculation completed at least two weeks before their arrival into Belize. Please note that all passengers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide either a negative COVID test or documentation of recovery.
They must also download the Belize Health App and input the required health information within 72 hours prior to landing in Belize.
Vaccinated travellers may apply for the Bermuda Travel Authorization and make their way to the island. To avoid mandatory quarantine, vaccinated travellers must prepare a pre-departure negative test result. They must also test upon arrival, day 4, day 8 and day 14 while in Bermuda.
British Virgin Islands
Starting May 15, travelers can avoid quarantine in the British Virgin Islands for four days if they test negative before and after arriving (results are estimated to take 24 hours), according to a press release. They must also provide evidence of an “approved” vaccine — such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, it said.
Inoculated travellers are allowed to enter Ecuador providing they are able to show proof of vaccination at the airport prior to departure. Unvaccinated travelers may also visit Ecuador as well as the Galapagos Islands with a negative COVID-19 test taken up to three days before arrival. Survivors of coronavirus infection may also be granted entry so long as a month has passed since they first developed symptoms.
From May 1, vaccinated travelers will still need to test negative before and after arriving in Grenada and its dependent territories of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Quarantine periods will be reduced from a week to no more than 48 hours, if they are vaccinated.
Guatemala is now opening its borders to travellers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 for at least two weeks. Those who have not received their jabs may also enter the country but must provide negative test results obtained no more than 72 hours before arrival. Please note that travellers arriving from the UK and South Africa may not be granted entry.
Effective May 11, individuals fully vaccinated in the State of Hawaii may travel inter-county without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination.
St.Kitts & Nevis
The authorities of St. Kitts & Nevis have recently announced that the islands will only accept fully vaccinated travellers henceforth. All vaccinated travellers from any country are welcome to visit with the exceptions of Brazil, South Africa, India and the UK.
Fully vaccinated travellers can move within their approved hotel and interact with other guests, then upon passing a COVID-19 test administered on the ninth day, freely travel around the islands. Vaccinated travelers must also test negative to enter. International visitors must also submit their official Vaccination Record Card when completing their travel authorization process at the official online portal, in addition to their 72-hour RT-PCR test and other required arriving passenger documentation.
Provided you are not among the countries banned by the US, entry and transit through the USA requires a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA.
Everyone travelling to Andorra is exempt from having to serve quarantine. All tourists planning to spend three or more nights must have a negative test result issued within 72 hours before arrival. Alternatively, travellers may also provide a vaccination certificate issued by the competent authorities in the country of origin at least 14 days after the administration date for the last dose of the full vaccination schedule with a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the World Health Organization (WHO) or a drug regulation authority.
Arriving passengers are not required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Albania. Furthermore, there is no requirement to quarantine when arriving in Albania, however quarantine may apply in specific cases when ordered by health authorities.
Travelers entering Armenia are required to present the results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or submit to a PCR test at the airport. Arrivals exhibiting symptoms, or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Travellers do NOT have to fill out the pre-travel clearance form if they are entering from states or areas of low epidemiological risk, carry proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result according to the below requirements, and have not stayed in any other state or area than those of low epidemiological risk or Austria in the past 10 days.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Foreign nationals are allowed entry if they provide proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 (issued at most 48 hours before arrival if coming from Europe or 72 hours if arriving from other countries).
Fully vaccinated travelers (with a certificate showing they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival) and travelers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate (for the period of 14 to 180 days prior to arrival) are exempt from the test.
Bulgaria is opening up its borders for fully vaccinated travellers hailing from numerous countries. Travellers from the EU as well as a handful of non-European countries are allowed entry should they are able to produce a vaccination certificate confirming their fully inoculated status. Unvaccinated travellers may also enter if they can present either a positive result from a PCR or antigen test for immunity for COVID-19 for persons who had the coronavirus infection not more than 6 months from the date they enter the country; or a negative result from a PCR test performed within 72 hours of their entry into the country or a negative antigen test performed within 48 hours of their entry into the country;
Those who have been fully vaccinated (the final dose must be administered at least 14 days before arrival) and those who have recovered from the coronavirus infection are now welcome to visit Croatia. Those who can produce a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of arrival are also welcome. Additionally, travellers may also get tested upon arrival but will have to isolate until the results have been known. Those who are unable to get tested will have to isolate for 10 days.
In all cases, travellers will need to show proof of their accommodations in advance.
Cyprus is now welcoming vaccinated travellers and has removed quarantine and testing requirements for those who can prove they have had their Covid-19 jabs.
From April 1, travellers from the UAE can travel quarantine-free to Cyprus if they have been vaccinated. Visit Cyprus, the country’s tourism arm, states: “For persons travelling from certain countries, a vaccination certificate will be accepted as an additional facilitator for travel.”
All travellers who can prove that they have received the required doses of an authorised vaccine will not be required to undergo any tests to visit Cyprus, nor will they have to quarantine.
As per the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, fully vaccinated persons can now travel to and from Denmark. Fully vaccinated or previously infected people will no longer have to present a negative test prior to boarding flights to Denmark from yellow and orange countries.
Please note that to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’, a traveller must have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The traveller must also be a permanent resident of an EU/Schengen country and must have received the final dose of vaccination for at least 14 days, but no more than 180 days, before travelling.
Estonia, one of the pioneering countries of the travel bubble, is now open for tourists who have been vaccinated. The country recognizes all vaccines produced by the nine worldwide producers and not just the ones authorized by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna).
Travellers must be ready to produce their valid vaccination certificate detailing which vaccine was administered, who the issuer was and the batch number of the vaccine. The certificates must be in English, Estonian or Russian and must also be in one of the two standard alphabets, i.e. the Roman or Cyrillic alphabets. Please note that no more than six months can have passed since vaccination has been completed.
France has implemented its traffic light system categorizing countries to green, orange and red lists. Starting from 9 June, fully vaccinated travellers from countries on the green list will be able to gain entry into France without any restrictions and quarantine measures. Non-vaccinated travellers from the green list will have to present proof of a PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours before their arrival to France.
The list of green list countries are as follows:
- European Union and Schengen Area countries
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- the United States
As of 1 February, inoculated travellers are welcome to visit Georgia via international flights. Citizens of all countries, traveling by air from any country may enter Georgia if they present the document confirming the full course (two doses) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.
From 25 June, the GNTB has confirmed that international tourism will resume allowing vaccinated travellers from countries outside the EU to travel to Germany for business and leisure purposes. However, entry from countries and territories deemed as virus variant areas will still not be possible.
Vaccinated travellers will be able to enter Germany under existing visa regulations and are required to register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de prior to departing. Registration also includes uploading proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. A period of at least 14 days must have elapsed since receiving the last vaccine dose.
Travellers must also print out their proof of vaccination and carry it with them on their travels.
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are required to take an on-arrival test. If remaining in Gibraltar for more than 7 days, travellers will also be required to take a further Lateral Flow Test on Day 5 from the date of arrival.
Greece has lifted its entry restrictions and quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers. All travellers are required to present a certificate stating they have been fully vaccinated or have a valid negative test. However, eligible visitors will still be required to adhere to the same restrictions as locals, meaning restaurants and bars will remain off-limits, except for takeaways.
Iceland has allowed all vaccinated travellers to visit the country even those from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Schengen Area. This providing that said travellers are able to produce a valid vaccination certificate detailing which vaccine was administered, who the issuer was and the batch number of the vaccine.
An official document proving the vaccination must be in the form of an official document written in Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. The Icelandic government currently approves the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and AstraZeneca.
Taking a step towards the EU’s vaccination ‘green pass’ system, Lithuania has now eased travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers. Those who hold a medical certificate, a country-specific vaccination certificate, or an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have gone through a full coronavirus vaccination program will be not be required to produce a negative test certificate or self-isolate.
While Portugal’s mainland isn’t open to inoculated travelers yet, vaccinated travelers and Covid recoverees can enter Madeira, one of two autonomous regions of the country, without having to undergo Covid testing. The other region, the Azores, has no such provision.
The Mediterranean country is planning to open its beaches and medieval castles starting from June 1 to fully vaccinated travellers at least ten days prior to arrival. Eligible travellers will be able to skip quarantine and further testing requirements and will even be paid up to €200 ($240) to stay for more than two nights.
Montenegro allows inoculated travellers from a list of countries to enter its borders if at least seven days have passed since receiving the final dose. Having a vaccine certificate allows travellers to forgo the negative test requirement.
International arrivals to Poland will be exempted from quarantine requirements should they are able to prove that they have been vaccinated for COVID. However, all unvaccinated travellers from outside the Schengen area will have to isolate for 10 days.
All visitors and residents arriving at Bucharest International Airport from ‘red’ and ‘yellow’ zones can enter Romania using the ‘Green Lane’ dedicated to vaccinated visitors who can present a European EU Digital COVID Certificate. No quarantine requirement will be observed. Please note that Digital Covid Certificates issued by the UK authorities will not be accepted.
All passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A notarized translation to Russian is accepted. Quarantine will only be required if a passenger develops any symptoms of COVID-19.
Arriving passengers are required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Serbia. A negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival is required.
Slovenia will now exempt inoculated travellers coming from all other countries (including the ones on its red list) from its 10-day quarantine rule and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements. Travellers will have to provide proof of vaccination demonstrating that at least 7 days have elapsed since the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 14 days since the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, 21 days since the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, 14 days since the second dose of the Sputnik V, 14 days since the second dose of the CoronaVac and Sinopharm vaccines.
Spain is planning on opening its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from around the world starting from 7 June. The announcement came following the agreement of EU countries to open up to fully vaccinated travellers recently. Spain’s decision is also in light of the EU’s Digital Green Certificate planned to be implemented sometime in June.
Fully vaccinated travellers or those who have recovered from the infection in the last six months will be able to enter Switzerland without any quarantine and pre-testing measures. Vaccinated travellers must have received vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or one of the vaccines included in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. These include the Pfizer BioNTech, Sinopharm and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines.
All arriving passengers are required to present have a negative PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival.
Asia, Oceania and the South Pacific
French Polynesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and other “Islands of Tahiti”)
According to new guidelines Vaccinated travellers can avoid French Polynesia’s 10-day quarantine from May 1. Children aged 6 years old and over who are not vaccinated, not immune or tested positive to COVID-1 9 are subject to quarantine with an adult.
The Maldives is planning on launching its “vaxication” program in a bid to boost tourism. The program, dubbed the ‘3V’, will not go ahead until the entirety of the country’s 550,000 population has been fully vaccinated. The 3V program will allow tourists to ‘Visit, Vaccinate and Vacation.’ The Maldives is planning to offer visitors two doses of the vaccine which means that visitors would have to remain in the country for at least several weeks.
Sri Lanka has created a handy flowchart outlining travel protocols for vaccinated travellers. For them (and their kids aged 12 and younger), testing requirements are reduced, and they are free to leave Sri Lanka’s “bio-bubble” — which is designed to prevent tourists from mingling with locals. That’s provided they test negative about 24-48 hours after arriving.
Travellers travelling to Phuket with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival will not be subjected to quarantine. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covidshield, Janssen, Moderna , Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
MENA and Africa
All passengers regardless of their vaccination status must provide an approved PCR test certificate with a QR Code 48 hours before departure. All passengers from all countries must undergo the PCR test again upon arrival in the Kingdom of Bahrain and on the 10th day after arrival.
Fully inoculated travellers are welcome to visit Lebanon and exempted from quarantine requirements. Passengers who have been vaccinated with the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, a minimum of 15 days before their departure to Lebanon, are also exempted from conducting PCR tests at the countries of departure and shall undergo PCR test upon arrival at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BRHIA).
Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India are not allowed to enter.
Qatar has reopened its borders to international visitors who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with vaccines that are approved by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health, with no need to quarantine upon arrival. The approved vaccines are
- Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty)
- Moderna (Spikefax)
- AstraZeneca (Coveshield / Oxford / Vaxepheria)
- Jansen / Johnson & Johnson (only one dose)
The vaccine list also includes the Sinopharm vaccine. Those vaccinated with Sinopharm shall undergo antibody test upon arrival, if the result is positive, they shall be exempt from the quarantine requirements; if the result is negative, the passenger will be required to do a PCR test upon arrival and must undergo quarantine based on the classification of the departure country.
The country is welcoming all visitors from any part of the world as long as they have had a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure for Seychelles. Fully vaccinated travellers can enter Seychelles without quarantine.
COVID immunity passport
As the COVID passport is starting to achieve widespread use, the question of which vaccines are acceptable in which country and for how long is gradually becoming clearer.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) facilitates the safe and free movement of citizens within the EU and will eventually allow non-European travellers to safely visit the bloc and the continent.
As for EU countries, all 27 member countries of the European Union have been effectively connected to the EU Gateway along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The remaining non-EU countries yet to be connected are San Marino and Vatican City.