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Which Countries Allow Visitors Who Have Been Vaccinated?

Country by country, these places are open to travelers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19—but watch out for other restrictions and requirements.

Last update: April 29, 2021

The widespread availability of Covid-19 vaccines has given world travelers the first glimmer of hope since early 2020.

Some nations have already announced plans to drop quarantine requirements for tourists who can prove they have been immunized.

That doesn't mean borders will be wide open. Even countries that allow vaccinated visitors might still require visas or might forbid nonessential travel—though such restrictions could be dropped in time. Also, unvaccinated children will not be permitted in most cases.

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Additionally, there may be other restrictions depending on your origin country or the passport you're traveling with—some countries are still observing lockdowns and regional travel bans. And you might still be required to provided additional documentation about your medical status. 

That's more easily said than done, because there is no international standard for proof of immunization. It's up to each traveler to provide proof in the form demanded at each destination, to comply with all requests for ancillary documentation, and to obey any virus-related restrictions that are in place during a visit. 

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Many countries are open to non-vaccinated visitors as long as a mandatory quarantine period is observed, but the Centers for Disease Control in the United States is still not recommending international travel, even for its vaccinated citizens.

Still, the ever-growing list below is a great starting point. In one fashion or another, the places on this list have announced that they're accepting vaccinated visitors—or that they intend to. 

Update, April 25: The president of the European Commission told the New York Times that she expects vaccinated Americans to be granted "free movement" in the EU's 27 member states by this summer. No other specifics have been confirmed. 

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Belize

Belize now allows visitors from any nation who have completed their vaccinations at least two weeks before arrival. All visitors must first download and complete the Belize Health App.

More info: Belize Tourism Board

Croatia

Tourists may visit without quarantine provided at least two weeks have elapsed since receiving their final vaccination dose. Residents of countries outside Europe must also show proof that their accommodation reservations have been paid in full.

More info: Croatia Ministry of the Interior
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Cyprus

Vaccinated visitors from Britain and other European countries will be welcomed beginning May 1, 2021. As of now, many nationalities, including Americans, will not be admitted.

More info: Visit Cyprus

Ecuador

Ecuador's largest daily newspaper, El Universo (Spanish language) reports that visitors with proof of vaccination may now explore the country, including the Galápagos Islands. (Nonvaccinated visitors must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test that is no older than 72 hours.) 

More info: Ministry of Tourism


Estonia

Estonia is allowing visitors who have received the vaccine within the last six months. Also welcome are visitors who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and have recovered within the last six months.

More info: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

France

President Macron told French newspapers that the country will start accepting vaccinated visitors from outside the European Union on June 9. It is expected that they will have to apply for France's Pass Sanitaire to prove they've received the vaccine. Macron warned that the plan could be rolled back if infections spike. At this stage there are no more details.

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Georgia

Starting February 1, the country began admitting visitors who completed their courses of vaccination. Further proof of a negative Covid-19 test is not required.

More info: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Greece

On May 14, Greece opens to all travelers who have been vaccinated, can prove they have antibodies, or present a negative PCR test.

More info: Greek National Tourism Organisation

Guatemala

All passengers arriving in Guatemala must present evidence of either a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival or  a Covid-19 vaccine course completed at least two weeks before arrival. There are some restrictions; visitors who have been to South Africa or the United Kingdom in the past 14 days will not be admitted.

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More info: Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud)

Iceland

Iceland now allows visitors who have completed their vaccination doses, but only for certain vaccine formulations. Click here to see the most current list of allowed vaccines. 

More info: Visit Iceland

Israel

As of May 23, Israel will admit vaccinated tourists provided they 1) are part of a group, 2) submit to a Covid-19 test before boarding their arriving flight, and 3) isolate upon arrival until a second negative Covid-19 test result is obtained. If this protocol is successful, it may be expanded to independent tourists.

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More info: Ministry of Tourism

Lebanon

As of January 11, Lebanon dispensed with its quarantine requirement for arriving visitors who have been vaccinated. However, that must be supplemented with a negative Covid-19 test no older than 96 hours.

More info: U.S. Embassy in Lebanon  

Lithuania

Visitors who can prove they have been vaccinated by producing a valid certificate are permitted to enter without isolation requirements.  

More info: Lithuania Ministry of Health

Mauritius

Officials from this tropical island nation located in the Indian Ocean have announced that vaccinated visitors will soon be permitted to enter the country without quarantining. So far, a start date has not been determined. Mauritius offers free Covid-19 vaccination to international visitors who qualify for its Premium Visa, which is good for stays of up to a year.

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More info: Mauritius Tourism Promotion Agency

Montenegro

Visitors who can prove they completed their vaccinations at least seven days before arrival may enter. Children may show a negative Covid-19 test, except for children under the age of 5, who are exempt.

More info: Ministry of Health (Ministarstvo zdravlja)

Poland

On December 28, 2020, Poland announced that individuals who have been vaccinated are exempt from quarantine; however, the country adjoins several EU member nations that have not issued similar proclamations.

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More info: Republic of Poland

Romania

Romania (pictured above) will accept vaccinated visitors if at least 10 days have passed since the final dose. An advance visa is still required for many tourists.

More info: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Seychelles

This island getaway in the Indian Ocean opened borders to vaccinated travelers in January. But effective March 25, visitors only need to provide negative Covid-19 test results that are no older than 72 hours. There will be no vaccination or quarantine requirement. 

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More info: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism https://www.slovenia.info/en/plan-your-trip/all-you-need-to-know-for-a-healthy-and-safe-vacation-in-slovenia

Slovenia

This partly Alpine country on the Adriatic Sea between Italy and Croatia now allows vaccinated visitors to skip quarantine. Rules vary according to the vaccine that was administered, so to be on the safe side, wait at least three weeks after completing vaccination before travel.

More info: Slovenian Tourist Board 

Spain

At a tourism industry conference in late April, the Spanish tourism minister announced that beginning in June, his country would begin to admit vaccinated travelers without a quarantine requirement. Details have not yet been confirmed.

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More info: Instituto de Turismo de España

Thailand

On July 1, the country of Thailand plans to open the resort island of Phuket to international tourists who have been vaccinated. No quarantine will be required, and if the reopening is successful, other areas may follow. In preparation, the government is now immunizing the population of Phuket.

More info: Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C

United States

Hawaii plans to be the first U.S. state to allow quarantine-free visits by people with proof of vaccination. Details have not yet been finalized, but authorities reportedly hope to start the program by the summer. Until then, a negative Covid-19 test is required before entry to bypass quarantine.

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More info: Hawaii Tourism Authority


Photo at top of page: Bran Castle, Romania

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