If You’ve Gotten the COVID-19 Vaccine, Where Can You Travel?
Now that people around the world are starting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the prospect of non-essential international travel has re-emerged on the horizon. With 1.6 million shots being administered daily in the United States and over 15 million vaccinated in the UK, things are definitely looking up.
While a true return to "normal" is an unlikely possibility (for the time being, at least), several countries have updated and adapted their entry requirements to accommodate travelers that have received the vaccine. The possibility of bypassing an obligatory quarantine without a doubt renews our hopes for a return to leisure travel.
Read on for more information about where you can travel around the world if you're vaccinated against COVID-19.
Where You Can Travel If You've Had the COVID-19 Vaccine
Cyprus was the the first country to announce measures to allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter without the need to quarantine. Additionally, visitors that provide proof that they've received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be permitted to enter without providing a negative PCR test result on arrival. These measures will likely only apply to those arriving from destinations on the country's safe travel list. Cyprus also recently announced a deal with Israel to allows vaccinated people to travel between the countries without restriction.
You're exempt from quarantine if you can provide valid proof of vaccination. This means travelers to Estonia must show a vaccine record that includes both the manufacturer and batch numbers for their vaccine in English, Russian, or Estonian. If you haven't been vaccinated but did recover from COVID-19 in the last six months, a valid doctor's note certifying as such is also accepted by authorities. Consult more detailed and updated information at Estonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
A perfect excuse to visit the country with one of the world's oldest winemaking traditions! If you can demonstrate that you've received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can enter Georgia from abroad. Note that different rules apply to international travelers depending on their country of origin. You can consult more information at the website of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Northern Lights, here you come. Iceland allows qualifying travelers to skip both testing and quarantine if they can prove that they've received the COVID-19 vaccine. You will need to produce an approved digital or paper vaccine certificate in either Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, or English to bypass screenings. Note that not all vaccinated people are guaranteed entry, given that non-EU citizens remain barred from entry to the country. Follow along with detailed travel updates for Iceland here.
Demonstrate to the Polish authorities that you've been vaccinated against COVID-19, and you won't have to quarantine upon arrival. However, restrictions and limitations against travelers from certain countries remain in place. Consult all the updates and details at Poland's official coronavirus updates website.
Travelers that have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are allowed entry to Romania without quarantine. At least ten days must have passed between the application of the second dose and arrival to Romania; travelers must provide valid proof of vaccination. More information can be found here.
Travelers that have both a vaccine certificate and valid proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure are permitted to visit the Seychelles. However, you will only be able to enter two weeks after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. Prior to departure, travelers must upload the vaccine certificate and negative test result to the Seychelles’ Travel Authorization application portal, along with passport information as well as flight and accommodation details. Visit the Seychelles Travel Advisory page for more details.