After being stuck at home for so long, you probably can’t wait to travel and explore the world. But as you make plans to fly out of the country, you’ll want to factor in how the spread of the COVID-19 virus could affect your itinerary, especially now that the delta variant is surging across the globe.
Countries have different travel restrictions. There are some countries that are newly opened or remain open to vaccinated travelers. Other countries are open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, but they have respective entry requirements that travelers should take note of.
Some countries have even added a COVID testing requirement for vaccinated travelers to ensure everyone’s safety in light of the recent Delta variant surge. And others might only be letting vaccinated travelers enter for the time being, or vaccinated travelers can forego an otherwise prohibitive quarantine.
Remember thattraveling during a pandemic requires a more detailed and cautious approach than before. It is also best to know which countries are now open to vaccinated travelers.
Before traveling internationally, make sure to check the COVID-19 travel information and country-specific advisories for the destinations you are visiting because travel restrictions may change from what is listed below.
For those who decide to travel, health officials recommend to follow the COVID-19 precautions diligently like wearing masks, social distancing, hand-washing, and avoiding crowds.
Health officials also recommend for individuals to wait for at least two weeks after receiving full vaccination.
In the US, those who are fully vaccinated are not required to self-quarantine after returning to the country, but all travelers still need a negative COVID-19 test to board flights to the US.
One must assess the situation and conduct thorough research on the COVID situation in the destination he or she is planning to visit. It is a must to avoid traveling to countries with high infection rates, low vaccination rates, and overwhelmed medical infrastructure.
In this list, we’ve included some of the countries that allow both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers to offer a more complete picture of where vaccinated travelers can visit. It is very important that those travelers who are planning to fly out of the country should continue to look at the entire picture when planning trips abroad.
Georgia is now open to fully vaccinated tourists of many countries, including the U.S.
Fully vaccinated travelers who will arrive in Georgia by land or sea are required to show proof of vaccination, and a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. Meanwhile, travelers arriving by air are required to show proof of vaccination.
Visitors from an approved country, though not yet vaccinated, should travel directly to Georgia. They must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival, and are required to take a follow-up test on their third day in the country.
Those who have been in India within the last two weeks, regardless of their vaccination status, must show a negative test result and quarantine for two weeks upon arrival in Georgia.
Croatia is open to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers, as well as previously infected travelers, some partially vaccinated travelers, and those who can show a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 to 72 hours (depending on the type of test) of arrival.
All visitors are also permitted to enter Croatiaif they take a COVID-19 test immediately upon arrival. In case the traveler tests positive, he or she will be asked to isolate until a negative result comes back. Travelers who cannot get a test upon arrival are required to self-isolate for 10 days.
All travelers with anEU digital COVID certificate can enter Croatia without requirements or restrictions. Tourists are also required to show proof that they have paid for their accommodations in advance.
Travelers from all countries can now visit Iceland. Aside from proof of vaccination or previous infection, travelers must also provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before boarding a flight or ship to Iceland, but they are not required to take a test upon arriving in the country.
Those who are not yet vaccinated can also visit Iceland. All they have to do is to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure to Iceland, take a test upon arrival, quarantine for five days, then take another test that produces a negative result before they can travel freely around the country.
Visitors are allowed quarantine in a home or approved lodging facility, or they can stay in specific government-run facilities for free. These rules are also applicable to travelers who have spent more than 24 hours in a high-risk area within the last two weeks.
Italy allows fully vaccinated travelers as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, and travelers who can produce a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of departure.
Meanwhile, those who have been in higher-risk countries within the last 14 days are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken within three days of departure. They will also be asked to quarantine for five days upon arrival, then take another test.
All travelers will also be asked to complete a digital passenger locator form.
Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to visit Greece without additional requirements. All other travelers over the age of 12 will be asked to show a negative test result from within 72 hours before arrival.
Fully vaccinated travelers can visit France as long as they can present a proof of vaccination and a sworn statement confirming they do not have symptoms and have not been in recent contact with anyone who has COVID-19.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated travelers can enter the country if they can present a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure and the same sworn statement.
Travelers are also required to show a “health pass” to be able to enter restaurants and other establishments in France, as well as for long-distance bus and train rides.
France considers travelers to be fully vaccinated four weeks after receiving a one-dose vaccine, one week after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, and one week after receiving one vaccine dose after recovering from COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated travelers as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months, are allowed to Turkeywithout any additional requirements or restrictions.
Those who are yet vaccinated and not previously infected travelers can enter Turkey as long as they can show a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 to 72 hours of departure, depending on the test type. Meanwhile, travelers from certain high-risk countries must follow additional testing and quarantine requirements to be able to enter the country.
Thailandis now reopening to travelers in phases. Fully vaccinated travelers from approved countries can get a certificate of entry to visit Thailand’s Phuket province if they can show proof of full vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of departure, a health insurance policy that will cover at least $100,000 of medical expenses if a traveler gets sick while in the country, and proof of a paid booking at an approved hotel.
Travelers who are fully vaccinated from many countries can now visit Egyptwithout additional requirements or restrictions. All unvaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test from within 96 hours of departure.
Meanwhile, those who are traveling from countries with coronavirus variants will need to take a COVID-19 test upon arriving in Egypt.
Ghana’s Accra Kotoka International Airport is now open for international travel. Travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure and they are required to pay in advance for a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival in Accra.
All travelers are now allowed to visit Tanzania, regardless of their vaccination status. Within 24 hours prior to arrival, all visitors must fill out a health surveillance questionnaire online, then present their health code when they arrive in the country.
It is required that travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure, then take a $25 rapid test once they arrive in the country.
Seychelles is a small Indian Ocean nation with more than 100 islands off the east coast of Africa. It is now open to all travelers, vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, provided that they produce a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure, apply for a health travel authorization online, and have travel and health insurance coverage for any potential COVID-19 costs.
Travelers can only stay at government-approved hotels, but they’re not required to quarantine after arrival in Seychelles.
Meanwhile, travelers who have stayed in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and South Africa within the last two weeks are not allowed to visit Seychelles.
St. Barts is now open to fully vaccinated travelers. Aside from proof of vaccination, visitors must also present a negative RT-PR COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 48 hours.
Travelers who are fully vaccinated can visit the Bahamas without the need to present a negative COVID-19 test. Those who are not yet vaccinated are required to show negative test results taken within five days of departure.
All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are asked to apply for a travel health visa online and secure COVID-19 health insurance for their entire stay.
Fully vaccinated travelers can visit Costa Ricaby showing their vaccination card. Those who are not yet vaccinated must show proof of a health insurance policy that will cover up to $50,000 worth of COVID-19 medical treatments and $2,000 for quarantine lodging in case the travelers get sick while in the country.
They also need to complete an online health pass and show proof that they will leave Costa Rica within 90 days.
Travelers must bring their official COVID vaccination card or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of arrival. Visitors can also take a COVID-19 test after arriving at the airport for $50.
However, travelers from India or Bangladesh are not allowed to enter the country.
Travelers who are fully vaccinated are now allowed to visit Ecuador without additional COVID-19 entry requirements. Unvaccinated travelers are also welcome provided they present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to three days before arrival.
However, all visitors traveling from Brazil and India, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of arrival, then, they will have to be quarantined for 10 days once they arrive in Ecuador.
Guatemala is open to fully vaccinated travelers and unvaccinated visitors with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. They also welcome those who recovered from the virus within the last three months.
However, travelers who have stayed in Brazil, the U.K., or South Africa within the last two weeks will not be permitted entry into Guatemala.
Country by country, these places are open to travelers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 but all travelers must still watch out for any further restrictions and requirements.
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