Updated 13 June 2022
In light of the fact that entry to many countries or destinations is largely contingent upon a traveller’s COVID vaccination status, like it or not, COVID-19 vaccines are now an almost indispensable part of travelling.
Still, if you’re unvaccinated and are looking to travel, there remain countries and destinations that do not impose COVID vaccination requirements upon international arrivals.
Here, we take a look at unvaccinated travel along with the countries allowing unvaccinated international arrivals to enter their borders.
Where can I travel unvaccinated?
Countries that do not require international arrivals to have been vaccinated are as follows. The countries listed here allow unvaccinated travellers to enter mostly without undergoing any other additional requirements. However, some countries may still require its travellers to undergo testing or quarantine procedures.
Please note that the list is subject to change.
- Austria- As of 5 March 2022, all Covid protection measures have been lifted except for mandatory FFP2 masks on public transport and in essential shops (supermarkets, post offices, banks, pharmacies).
- Belarus- Unvaccinated travellers must present a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before departing for Belarus. Individuals arriving from locations with confirmed cases of COVID-19 might have to undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival.
- Belgium- Belgium has done away with most of its COVID-19 related entry restriction since 23 May 2022. Travellers are not required to be fully vaccinated to enter and they no longer need to complete a passenger locator form. Belgium has also removed COVID-19 testing and quarantine after arrival.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina- Unvaccinated travellers arriving in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be required to present a negative PCR or antigen test result, no older than 48 hours.
- Bulgaria- As of 1 May 2022, the government of Bulgaria has lifted all COVID-19-related entry requirements. All travelers entering the country will not be required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Croatia- Entry restrictions to Croatia have been completely lifted, meaning that travellers can enter the country exempted from presenting a health certificate
- Cyprus- Travellers to Cyprus who are unvaccinated can enter the country by presenting proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure or an antigen test taken in the 24 hours before departure for the country.
- Czech Republic- Travellers to Czechia no longer need to show any proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results as the Czech Republic has now done away with all COVID-19-related requirements for all arrivals.
- Denmark- Travellers from every other nation can now visit Denmark under pre-pandemic rules. All visitors to Denmark are welcome under the same rules, regardless of their vaccination status. While inside the country all social curbs, including mandatory vaccine passes and mask usage, no longer apply. However, to enter Greenland, travellers will still need to prove that they are fully vaccinated or have previously been infected with coronavirus in the past 12 weeks.
- Finland- All travellers, including non-EU nationals, can enter Finland by presenting a vaccination or recovery certificate. However, different rules apply to unvaccinated and unrecovered persons. EU/Schengen Area travellers who do not hold a vaccination or recovery pass can enter Finland by presenting a negative COVID-19 test result.
- France- Travellers who are unvaccinated and over 12 years old, must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours pre-departure for entry to France.
- Germany- Since 11 June 2022, Germany has lifted all its COVID-19 entry restrictions. Travellers to Germany will again be permitted for all travel purposes without the need for proof of vaccination, proof of COVID-19 recovery or proof of testing.
- Georgia- Anyone arriving in Georgia will be required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours.
- Greece- Greece is now allowing unvaccinated travellers to enter without the need for a negative PCR or rapid antigen test. Furthermore, passenger locator forms are also no longer required. However, passengers will need to undergo an on-arrival rapid antigen test.
- Gibraltar– On 18 March, the entry requirements to Gibraltar changed. You no longer need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive in Gibraltar. You do not need to fill in a passenger locator form. You do not need to quarantine when you arrive.
- Hungary- As of 7 March 2022, there are no longer any coronavirus-related travel restrictions in Hungary.
- Iceland- Iceland has done away with all COVID-19 restrictions for all travellers. They are no longer required to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon arrival. In addition, the Icelandic authorities have also removed all of their domestic measures, meaning that travellers no longer need to follow any rules.
- Ireland- The Irish government has stated that travellers from other countries are no longer required to present proof of vaccination or recovery. Besides, they are also exempted from the requirement to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF). In case travellers develop COVID-19 symptoms during their stay in Ireland, they should follow the current HSE guidance.
- Italy- Since 1 June 2022, Italy has removed all COVID-19 restrictions. Travellers can enter the country regardless of their vaccination status. Travellers no longer need to get tested and there is no requirement for a Green Pass or any equivalent certification for entry into the country.
- Kazakhstan- All arrivals to Kazakhstan must present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours. However, all arrivals must obtain a visa in advance.
- Latvia- As of 1 April 2022, with no high-risk countries currently designated, Covid entry requirements for all travellers have been lifted.
- Lithuania – Unvaccinated arrivals to Lithuania over the age of 12, will be required to present a negative PCR, no older than 72 hours or an Antigen test, no longer than 48 hours. Either test must be performed in a lab. Non-vaccinated arrivals over the age of 12, arriving in Lithuania will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine may be shortened if testing is negative on the 7th day.
- Luxembourg- All arrivals to Luxembourg will be required to present a negative PCR, no older than 72 hours or an antigen test, no older than 48 hours. Either test must be performed by a lab.
- Moldova- International travellers planning on visiting Moldova will not be required to present any COVID-19-related documentation.
- Montenegro- From 10 March 2022, Montenegro does not require proof of a vaccine, COVID-19 test or a passenger tracking form to travel to the nation.
- Monaco- Health measures for entry into Monaco will vary depending on whether travelling from a green, amber or red country. Travellers over the age of 16 from a ‘green country’ can enter by presenting either a proof of vaccination, a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours, or evidence of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 6 months.
- The Netherlands- Only travellers from third countries who hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate are permitted entry to the Netherlands. Unvaccinated travellers are currently subject to an entry ban.
- North Macedonia- As of 21 April 2022, North Macedonia has once again removed all requirements.
- Norway –The Norwegian prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced on Feb 12 2022 there are no longer any requirements for vaccination certificates or testing when entering the country. Previous requirements to fill out a digital registration form prior to arrival have also been removed.
- Poland- On 28 March 2022, all remaining Covid entry requirements in Poland, including domestic mask and quarantining rules were lifted.
- Portugal- The mainland Portugal and Madeira are now open to unvaccinated travellers. Travellers to Portugal will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure for the country. To enter Madeira, travellers can provide proof of a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure and must register on the Madeira Safe traveller’s platform
- Romania- As of 16 March 2022, all Covid restrictions have been lifted.
- Serbia- Passengers to Serbia must provide a negative PCR test undertaken no more than 48 hours before departure or should present a vaccine certificate to be granted entry. Proof of recent COVID-19 recovery in the last 6 months is also accepted. Without these, they may be subject to a 10-day quarantine.
- Slovenia- Slovenia has done away with all COVID-19-related requirements for entry. The need to present a vaccine certificate, a negative result of the COVID-19 test and COVID recovery proof upon arrival has been abolished. The previously mandated quarantine requirement for arrivals from other territories is no longer applicable.
- Slovakia- As of April 6 2022, all testing, vaccine, and quarantine requirements have been dropped.
- Spain- Unvaccinated travellers can enter Spain if they are able to show proof of a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours before departure or an antigen test taken in the 24 hours before departure to Spain.
- Sweden- As of 1 April 2022, the ban on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA has been dropped. Additionally, the requirement to present vaccination and test certificates when entering Sweden has also been removed.
- The United Kingdom- The UK has done away with all COVID-19 entry requirements from 18 March 2022. There is no need for travellers to fill in a passenger locator form before travelling. In addition, unvaccinated travellers no longer need to take a pre-departure test. Vaccinated passengers do not need to present a vaccine certificate on arrival.
- Turkey- Since 1 June 2022, Turkey is allowing the entry of travellers without any COVID-19 restrictions. Travellers arriving in Turkey don’t need to present proof of vaccination or COVID-19 PCR test results.
Asia and Africa
- Afghanistan– As of 10 May 2022, Afghanistan has lifted all its entry requirements. However, many airlines require proof of vaccination to allow passengers to board their flights. Travellers are advised to check the requirements with their flight operator in advance.
- Angola– Arrivals to Angola will need to present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours and will need to get tested again upon arrival. All those who test positive for COVID will need to undergo institutional quarantine.
- Bangladesh– Unvaccinated travellers arriving in Bangladesh must present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours.
- Bahrain– As announced by Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA), all passengers arriving through Bahrain International Airport, regardless of their vaccination status, do not need to conduct a PCR test or undergo quarantine upon arrival. Additionally, it was also announced that people in contact with active cases, including those who do not hold a green pass on the kingdom’s BeAware Bahrain App app, no longer have to undergo a precautionary period of isolation. Testing will only be conducted for individuals experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms.
- Botswana– All travellers must have proof of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival and will have to quarantine at their own expense.
- Burkina Faso– All international travellers will need to present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate dated no more than 5 days prior to arrival in Burkina Faso.
- Burundi– Anyone arriving to Burundi will be required to present negative COVID-19 test results, no older than 72 hours and All travellers that arrive in Burundi will be tested upon arrival. Travellers also will be required to self-quarantine for 24 hours while awaiting test results.
- Cape Verde– All arrivals to Cabo Verde must present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours or an antigen test no older than 48 hours. Either test must be performed by a lab. However, anyone entering Cape Verde that has been exposed to a COVID-19 case or displaying symptoms might be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Comoros– A PCR test, undertaken less than 72 hours before departure, is required for entry into Comoros, regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status.
- Ethiopia– Travellers must produce proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia. Arrivals must then complete 7 days of mandatory self-quarantine.
- Gabon– As of 18 March 2022, all COVID-19-related entry requirements and on-site restrictions in Gabon have been lifted. This means that there are no longer any testing or quarantine requirements for entry into Gabon.
- Gambia– Unvaccinated visitors must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. Fully vaccinated arrivals are exempt from quarantine.
- India- All passengers arriving in India must upload either a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey or a certificate of completing the full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination. (The vaccination certificate can only be provided by some eligible countries).
- Lesotho- Anyone entering Lesotho will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, no older than 72 hours.
- Kyrgyzstan– A negative PCR test from no more than 72 hours before your arrival by air is now needed for foreign citizens to enter Kyrgyzstan regardless of vaccination status.
- Maldives-Revoking its public health emergency on 13 March 2022, Maldives is now allowing free entry for all travellers, irrespective of their vaccination status.
- Mali– To enter Mali you will either need to present a negative COVID test certificate taken 72 hours prior to arrival. You will need to get tested while arriving at the Bamako airport.
- Mauritania– If you cannot provide proof of vaccination, you must take a PCR test dated within 3 days before arrival and show evidence of the negative test result, with the date of the test clearly labelled. You should not use the NHS testing service to facilitate your travel to another country. You should take a private test
- Mozambique– Visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
- Mongolia- As of 14 March, Mongolia was one of the first countries in mainland Asia to open to all international travelers with no coronavirus health requirements.
- Namibia– All travellers arriving in Namibia will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken no older than 72 hours before departure. Travellers will also be required to possess proof of travel insurance valid for use in Namibia for the duration of their stay. Passengers must present a completed epidemiological questionnaire upon arrival.
- Nigeria– Prior to departure, passengers travelling to Nigeria must complete the online pre-boarding health declaration at the Nigeria International Travel Portal and upload a negative PCR test certificate taken within 48 hours of their departure. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to self-isolate but must be tested on day two after arrival.
- Oman– Oman has done away with all COVID-19 related entry requirements for inbound travellers to the country. Travellers can enter just like in pre-pandemic times: with no need to show proof of vaccination or undergo any COVID-19 testing regardless of the country they come from.
- Pakistan– Travellers who are 12 years and above need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel to Pakistan unless they fall under the category of ‘exemptions to the vaccination rule’.
- The Republic of the Congo- Travellers aged 11 and above need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours before arrival. In addition, all passengers will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival.
- South Africa– For unvaccinated arrivals, a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test must be presented to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. Fully vaccinated travellers can present their OCVID-19 vaccine certificate during travel and on arrival.
- Senegal– Travelers will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test from the country of departure, taken not more than 5 days before departure. All travellers to Senegal must fill out a passenger locator form before entry.
- Sierra Leone– All unvaccinated passengers travelling into Sierra Leone will be required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine at their own cost until proof of a negative PCR test, taken on arrival, is available.
- Sri Lanka– All travellers arriving in Sri Lanka will be required to present a COVID-19 negative PCR test, that was undertaken within 72 hours before departure. They can also present a negative Rapid Antigen Test (taken within 48 hours before embarkation). Unvaccinated individuals over 18 years will need to quarantine for 7 days and then undertake a PCR test on day-7 after their quarantine period.
- Sudan– All passengers over 8 years of age must possess a certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 test, which must be taken less than 72 hours before arrival. Some countries need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours before arrival.
- Tajikistan– Passengers over the age of 3 years must present a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before departure to Tajikistan.
- Tanzania– All passengers arriving in Tanzania will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate upon arrival. The test should be taken within 96 hours of departure for Tanzania.
- Thailand– Unvaccinated travellers to Thailand must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the health control officer at the point of arrival.
- Togo– All passengers travelling to Togo must show documentary proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than seven (7) days prior to boarding.
- Uganda– If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate issued no more than 72 hours before departure on arrival by land or air.
- Uzbekistan– To enter Uzbekistan you must be able to show a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for coronavirus taken no more than 48 hours before your arrival into the country. This includes people who are vaccinated. Those arriving from high-risk nations will need to quarantine themselves for 10 days.
- Zambia– All travellers to Zambia must produce evidence of a PCR COVID-19 negative test taken in the 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Travellers to Zambia are encouraged to be fully vaccinated but this is not mandatory.
- Zimbabwe– Tourists, residents and citizens entering Zimbabwe must possess a negative COVID-19 test result, issued no more than 48 hours before their departure to Zimbabwe. They will undergo a further PCR test on arrival.
Middle East and North Africa
- Algeria- All arrivals in Algeria, above 12 years of age, will have to present a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 36 hours before arrival. Passengers are also subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. If the test result is positive, travellers will be required to undertake a 10-day quarantine at their own expense. If they test negative, they will be allowed to continue with their journey.
- Egypt- All arriving international travellers over the age of 6, will need to present either a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 taken at the most 72 (96 hours for some countries) hours prior to arrival or a valid vaccine certificate.
- Iran- Arriving passengers over the age of 8 are required to submit a negative PCR test (in English) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or undergo quarantine for 14 days. Those arriving from high-risk countries must quarantine for 14 days.
- Israel- All COVID-19-related entry requirements and on-site restrictions in Israel have been lifted. This means that there are no longer any vaccine, testing or quarantine requirements for entry into Israel.
- Arrivals to Israel will be required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours. Israeli citizens and residents are exempt from pre-arrival testing. Arrivals will undergo a PCR test upon entry, at their own expense. Arrivals must also show proof of insurance covering treatment for COVID-19.
- Lebanon- All passengers traveling to Lebanon must fill out this health declaration form online before departure. Anyone arriving to Lebanon will be required to present a negative test, no older than 48 hours. A second PCR test will be is required upon arrival. All arrivals are required to have valid medical insurance.
- Jordan- All arrivals must apply for a health declaration a travel pass before flying and arrivals are not required to be tested for COVID-19 to enter Jordan.
- Saudi Arabia- Saudi Arabia does not require travellers to provide a vaccination certificate or negative PCR or antigen test certificate to enter the Kingdom. However, travellers arriving on visit visas must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related treatment costs during their stay.
- Tunisia- Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and above 18 years, will need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry) or rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before entry) when entering Tunisia.
- The UAE-
- Abu Dhabi – Fully vaccinated travellers to Abu Dhabi are not required to undergo any mandatory COVID-19 tests, however, they must present a vaccination certificate with a readable QR code. The Al Hosn App is mandatory to enter most public places and events in the Emirate.
- Dubai – Unvaccinated travellers to Dubai are required to hold a negative certificate for a COVID-19 PCR test that was performed no more than 48 hours before departure.
- Aruba- As of 19 March 2022, the Caribbean nation has removed all Covid-19 entry requirements.
- Belize- Mandatory testing is still applicable to unvaccinated travellers entering Belize, while international visitors must purchase Belize Travel Health Insurance and complete the Customs and Immigration form provided on all flights to the country.
- Brazil- travellers entering Brazil for tourism purposes must be fully vaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated can enter only under certain exempted reasons. These exempted unvaccinated travellers must present a negative PCR or antigen test administered a maximum of 24 hours prior to their departure.
- Bonaire- As of 20 April 2022, Bonaire has returned to its pre-pandemic travel requirements. As of 1 June 2022, travellers are no longer required to fill in a health declaration form to enter.
- Chile- Chile currently does not have any travel restrictions; however, there are some measures to be considered. Travellers must ensure that they complete the ‘Travel Affidavit’ form online at least 48 hours before boarding. Diagnostic tests will be carried out randomly at the entry points to Chile. Vaccine approval is voluntary.
- Cuba- As of 6 April 2022, travelers can enter freely provided they fill out a form and consent to the possibility of a random PCR test upon arrival.
- Curaçao– As of 10 March 2022, travellers testing for Covid upon arrival and again on the third day has been eliminated.
- Costa Rica– Starting 1 April 2022, Costa Rica has done away with the vaccine passport scheme and has lifted all remaining COVID-19 entry requirements for travelers. Travellers must, however, buy insurance with specific cover requirements and complete an advance epidemiological information form.
- El Salvador– Travellers to El Salvador are not required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country. They should, however, bring proof of immunization, as it may occasionally be required for entry to specific events.
- Grenada- Effective 4 April 2022, all entry requirements to Grenada have been dropped.
- Jamaica- As of 16 April 2022, testing requirements and mask mandates in Jamaica have been scrapped.
- Mexico– Mexico is one of the few countries that did not close its borders during the pandemic and one that has minimum entry requirements in the form of a questionnaire. Mexico does not currently request tests or vaccines for entry into the country.
- Haiti- Travellers over 12 years old travelling to Haiti will need a vaccination card proving that they have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Honduras- Passengers who cannot provide proof of full vaccination must hand-carry the negative test results for a PCR or rapid test taken less than 72 hours before entry into Honduras. Passengers must show the test results at check-in.
- Panama- Unvaccinated travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) taken within 72 hours before travelling to Panama or be tested at the airport at their expense. The travellers may need to quarantine at a hotel for 14 days. If the unvaccinated travellers have visited a high-risk country 14 days prior to their arrival in Panama, they will be required to complete 72 hours of mandatory hotel quarantine and will be tested at the end of the 72 hour period to end quarantine.
- Paraguay- Fully vaccinated travellers who are 12 years and above can enter Paraguay. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR, LAMP or NAAT) taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Travellers aged 11 years and under are exempt from presenting proof of vaccination.
- The Bahamas- All travellers who 12 years or older need to present a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than three days prior to the date of travel to The Bahamas.
- Venezuela- Passengers entering or transiting through Venezuela must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival and must register online before departure to generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival. Passengers will also be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
Can I still travel if I’m not vaccinated?
The short answer is yes. However, it also depends on where you’re looking to travel to.
As mentioned, there are a number of countries allowing unvaccinated travellers to enter their borders. But gaining entry into a country without being vaccinated doesn’t necessarily mean you can move about freely at your destination.
In any region, depending on which type of unvaccinated traveller you are, you may be denied access to restaurants, shopping malls, concert venues, theme parks, and other attractions. Those who are unable to receive the vaccine due to medical reasons could be granted entry.
Additionally, there are also countries that prohibit their unvaccinated citizens from travelling to some places, or at all. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan for example, limits access to air travel only to fully-vaccinated citizens.
Risks and downsides for unvaccinated travellers
Essentially, unvaccinated travel requires travellers to decide whether or not they’re willing to risk infection during their travels as well as subjecting themselves to more stringent requirements the likes of additional testing and quarantine.
That being said, most restrictions are falling rapidly across Europe and other regions. Travellers are ready to book their trips to countries that had been heavily restricted in Europe, Asia, and beyond.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that some countries can now consider conditionally relaxing the rules if they have high immunity rates, their health care systems are robust, and the epidemiological trends are going in the right direction.
While most travellers do reserve the option to not take the COVID jabs, the fact is that not being vaccinated will increasingly deny travellers privileges and options associated with a fully vaccinated status.