Updated April 2023
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.
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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 their travellers to undergo testing or quarantine procedures.
Please note that the list is subject to change.
- Armenia– The requirement to submit a PCR rapid diagnostic test and vaccination certificate when entering the country through land borders and checkpoints in airports has been removed.
- Bulgaria- the government of Bulgaria has lifted all COVID-19-related entry requirements. All travellers 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- Passengers travelling to Cyprus will not be required to present any sort of vaccination or recovery certificate, nor a negative COVID test result.
- 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.
- Finland- All travellers, including non-EU nationals, can enter Finland without any restrictions.
- Germany- 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- All entry requirements have been removed in Georgia.
- 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.
- Hungary- 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.
- Moldova- International travellers planning on visiting Moldova will not be required to present any COVID-19-related documentation.
- Montenegro- Montenegro does not require proof of a vaccine, COVID-19 test or a passenger tracking form to travel to the nation.
- North Macedonia- North Macedonia has removed all requirements.
- Poland- All remaining Covid entry requirements in Poland, including domestic mask and quarantining rules are lifted.
- Portugal- Portugal has removed all entry measures. Passengers entering the country (including Azores and Madeira) are no longer required to present proof of carrying out a COVID-19 test with a negative result or to present a COVID-EU digital certificate, vaccination or recovery certificate.
- Serbia- There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for travel to Serbia. Travellers do not have to present certificates of vaccination/testing for COVID-19 or to complete a Passenger Locator Form.
- Sint Maarten- Visitors will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or negative test result in order to enter the island.
- 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- All testing, vaccine, and quarantine requirements have been dropped.
- Sweden- 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.
- Turkey- 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
- 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.
- Malaysia– Revoking its travel restrictions, such as presenting proof of vaccination and negative test results.
- Maldives-Maldives is now allowing free entry for all travellers, irrespective of their vaccination status.
- Nigeria– 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.
- Sri Lanka– Travellers are no longer required to produce COVID-19 vaccination certificates on arrival in Sri Lanka. Pre-departure COVID-19 tests are also no longer required before 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.
The 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. Vaccinated travellers are exempt.
- Egypt- You don’t need to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry to Egypt.
- Jordan- All arrivals must apply for a health declaration and 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.
- The UAE- There are no entry, testing or quarantine requirements in place in the Emirates.
- Aruba- The Caribbean nation has removed all Covid-19 entry requirements.
- Belize- Belize has removed all entry restrictions for inbound travellers to the nation, which means that quarantine and health testing have also been removed. Purchase of Belize Travel Health Insurance is now optional for all visitors.
- Cuba- Travellers can enter freely
- Costa Rica– Costa Rica has done away with the vaccine passport scheme and has lifted all remaining COVID-19 entry requirements for travellers.
- Dominican Republic– No vaccination proof, negative test result or quarantine required.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Bahamas- All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, are no longer required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country.
- The United States- The United States has now dropped its vaccination requirements for travellers after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to end a requirement that most foreign air travellers be vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the few remaining pandemic travel restrictions that were still in place.
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. 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, limit 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 have been heavily restricted in Europe, Asia, and beyond.
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.