Just when we got used to COVID-19 testing requirements for travel, the vaccine rollout is changing countries’ entry protocols. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and vaccines become more widely available, more countries are swapping out negative test results for vaccination cards. Instead of producing a negative test result to gain entry or avoid quarantine, travelers are increasingly being allowed to show proof of vaccination in countries around the world. This regularly updated list shows which countries are welcoming vaccinated travelers.
Croatia is opening its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from any country — that means anyone who has received both doses of a two-dose vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot, and waited the necessary two-week period. No negative test or quarantine will be required upon arrival. In addition to vaccination, travelers will also have to show proof of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private rental, or rented vessel paid in advance. A reservation alone will not be sufficient.
Estonia’s 10-day self-isolation period is no longer mandatory for those who have received a COVID-19 vaccination and no more than six months have passed since its completion. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 no more than six months ago will also be allowed to skip quarantine. For more information, visit the official tourist information website.
Citizens of all countries traveling by air are allowed to enter Georgia if they show evidence of being fully vaccinated. Travelers who do so will not be required to self-isolate. Otherwise, a negative PCR test will be mandatory to avoid quarantine. For more information, visit the official Travel Georgia website.
Greece is taking steps to open the country to vaccinated visitors, beginning with tourists from the EU, UK, US, Serbia, Israel, and the UAE. Starting April 19, incoming citizens from these designated places will not be required to quarantine as long as they have been vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19. If this phase proves successful, Greece will open to more countries in the future. Airports will also be reopening in Kos, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu, Athens, Thessaloniki, and Crete, making it easier for travelers to access the country.
For those previously eligible to enter Iceland with a negative COVID-19 test, proof of vaccination will now be accepted. Travelers entering Iceland with proof of full vaccination from an EEA/EFTA country (the 27 EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) will be permitted to skip the border screening and quarantine. As of March 18, all vaccinated travelers, including those from the US and UK, will also be admitted without any testing or quarantine requirements. Further details are available online.
Montenegro is now allowing fully vaccinated travelers from certain countries to enter without any quarantine requirements. All you have to do is prove that you’ve been fully vaccinated for at least seven days. Montenegro is also allowing visitors who can show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours.
Travelers to Poland will now be allowed to skip the mandatory 10-day quarantine, as long as they can prove that they have been fully vaccinated. Keep in mind that only citizens of countries already permitted to enter with a negative test will be eligible for the vaccine exemption. These countries are subject to change but currently include EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Australia.
South America, Central America, and the Caribbean
Instead of providing a negative COVD-19 test, travelers to Belize must now only present a vaccination record card, proving that they received full inoculation at least two weeks before their arrival to Belize. They must also download the Belize Health App and input the required health information within 72 hours of arriving in Belize. Travelers who haven’t yet received their vaccines must still show a negative COVID-19 test to enter, taken within 96 hours of travel. A rapid antigen test, taken within 48 hours of travel, is also acceptable. Failing to produce a test will result in a mandated test upon arrival at the airport at a cost of $50 per person. Airport testing is also available for travelers who need a test to return to home countries that require it. A list of approved testing sites is available on the Belize Tourism Board website.
To enter Ecuador, travelers previously had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test or evidence of recent recovery from the virus. Now, while a negative test is also acceptable for entry, proof of vaccination will be enough to enter Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Details are a bit hazy right now, but presumably a traveler must have taken both doses of a two-dose vaccine — or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson — and wait the required two weeks for full immunization.
Guatemala is now open to travelers who can prove that they are fully vaccinated, which includes a two-week waiting period after the final shot. The country is also open to anyone who tests negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival, and those who have recovered from the virus within the past three months and can prove it with an antibody test.
The Middle East
Starting May 23, Israel will begin welcoming vaccinated visitors as part of a phased approach. In the first phase, a limited number of tour groups will be allowed to visit, and that number will increase based on the country’s COVID-19 situation. At a later date in July, individual vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter. Regardless of phase, all vaccinated visitors are still required to show evidence of a negative PCR test before entering, and a serological test upon arrival to prove vaccination. The latter requirement will likely be lifted once a standardized vaccine passport is approved.
A version of this article about countries open to vaccinated travelers was previously published on March 15, 2021, and was updated on April 15, 2021, with more information.
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