Where Can Vaccinated People Travel?
As the global vaccine rollout against COVID-19 continues its swift pace, everyone's asking: Once I'm vaccinated, where can I travel? A growing desire to "get back to normal" mixed with the cabin fever of being stuck at home for the last 12+ months means that people are more eager than ever to pack their bags and hit the road.
However, regulations remain in flux, with new information and updates coming out on a near daily basis. We put together this simple guide to where you can travel once you're vaccinated against COVID-19.
Note that some countries continue to impose full restrictions on tourists from the United States – vaccination certificate or not – so don't forget to double check details before you make travel plans.
This is an updated, more comprehensive version of this post published on February 17, 2021.
Where Can Vaccinated People Travel?
Starting May 8th, fully vaccinated travelers will be able to complete a shorter quarantine if they can demonstrate their vaccine status, take a COVID-19 test before arriving and after arrival, and quarantine while awaiting the final test results.
Travelers wishing to visit Belize will no longer have to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, as long as they have received both shots of a government-approved vaccine at least two weeks before arrival. Belize is the first Caribbean country to admit vaccinated tourists. Visitors must also download and fill out the information required in the Belize Health App within 72 hours of arrival.
Starting in April, vaccinated American travelers were eligible to forego Croatia's COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements. Travelers must be fully vaccinated, with the final dose (or a single dose, for one-shot vaccines like Johnson & Johnson) having been administered at least 14 days prior to departure.
Cyprus was the the first country to announce measures to allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter without the need to quarantine. Starting May 1, 2021, British travelers that can provide proof of vaccination on arrival won't have to present a negative COVID-19 test or be subject to quarantine. The country also published a press release in March that American tourists would be welcome as of April 1, 2021.
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 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.
However, acccording to the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, American citizens are not currently allowed to enter. Consult more detailed and updated information at Estonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Earlier this week, French President Emanuel Macron said his country will do everything it can to open France to vaccinated American tourists this summer. According to insiders, starting in June, vaccinated travelers from the United States, the EU, and the UK would be able to enter France without quarantine or further restriction, provided they’ve been fully vaccinated. In turn, French travelers to the U.S. would receive a similar reciprocal agreement.
However, the challenge of establishing a reliable "vaccine passport" program remains. According to reports, France is urging the European Union to move ahead with a "green passport" that would grant official status to vaccinated citizens who desire to travel.
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.
From March 18, 2021, Iceland announced it would allow the entry of eligible U.S. tourists. Entry will be granted to any visitor that can present valid proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. This includes vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
Visitors can present either an official paper copy or electronic vaccine certificate. Icelandic authorities have updated the requirements to reflect the information listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) certificate.
Travelers that have previously been infected with – and recovered from – COVID-19 will be permitted entry to Iceland without an obligatory quarantine period. Valid documentation for this includes either a positive PCR test dated beyond 14 days old, or a positive antibody test.
Starting in January 2021, international visitors arriving to Lebanon that could prove they’d received a COVID-19 vaccine were exempted from quarantine requirements. For extra precaution, however, arrivals must take a COVID-19 PCR test ($50, paid to the airline).
Travelers will still need to take a PCR test at least 96 hours before flying to Lebanon. American citizens are allowed to visit Lebanon, according to the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon.
Lithuania has reduced its restrictions on vaccinated travelers, which apply to those arriving with proof that they have completed the full course of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. Eligible travelers are exempt from testing upon arrival as well as self-isolation. All travelers must fill out this form before traveling to Lithuania.
However, as it stands, U.S. citizens are currently not allowed to enter Lithuania, according to the U.S. Embassy.
Malta currently plans to reopen to fully vaccinated British citizens as of June 1, 2021, with vaccination card as valid proof. There's a possibility that the country could reopen to American tourists shortly thereafter, but confirmation hasn't been made public.
The country is also looking for ways to revive its tourism industry. The island nation plans to offer incoming tourists a voucher of up to $238 if they book a local hotel through the hotel's website for a minimum of two nights.
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. According to the U.S. Embassy in Poland, Americans are still not allowed to enter the country.
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.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Romania, “The government of Romania has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.” However, Americans are still not allowed to enter Romania, except under certain conditions and not for tourism.
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.
Travelers to Slovenia are exempt from having to quarantine for 10 days on arrival if vaccinated. Each of the currently in-use vaccines has a different set of rules. For example, to be exempt from quarantine you must have had either; a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech at least seven days before arrival, or; a second does of the Moderna vaccine at least 14 days before arrival, or; a second dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine at least 21 days before arrival.
Note that according to the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia, American citizens are still not allowed to enter the country at this time.
Thailand plans on allowing entry to non-Thai travelers that have been vaccinated. Visitors arriving with valid proof of a COVID-19 vaccine would be exempt from the country’s current mandatory 16-day quarantine. For those with a taste for luxury, the Thai government also introduced the alternative of quarantining on a yacht rather than in a government facility.
American citizens are currently allowed to enter Thailand, but they must apply for a special visa. More information can be found through the Thai Embassy.