The list of places that’s welcoming vaccinated people is growing by the week. Proof of vaccines is easing travel restrictions to some places and is the only way travelers can gain entrance to others. NOTE: This list includes countries that are easing travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers. It does not include countries which are open to all travelers, vaccinated or not.
After a month-long closure due to a coronavirus outbreak in April, Anguilla reopened on May 22. Travelers vaccinated at least three weeks before arriving must quarantine for seven days; everyone else must quarantine for 10-14 days.
Visitors who upload a vaccination record before they arrive are exempt from a pre-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and a post-arrival rapid test.
Starting May 8, Barbados is reducing quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers to zero to two days. Children under 18 years old traveling with vaccinated parents are also allowed to enter.
Travelers can enter Belize if they test negative before or after arriving; vaccinated visitors needn’t test though.
While all travelers aged 10 and older must take Covid tests before and after arriving in Bermuda, immunized travelers who test negative can avoid a four-day quarantine once there.
British Virgin Islands
Starting May 15, travelers can avoid quarantine in the British Virgin Islands for four days if they test negative before and after arriving. They must also provide evidence of an “approved” vaccine — such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
Following a five-step reopening plan announced in July, the Cayman Islands will allow a limited number of vaccinated tourists to enter starting Sept. 9, subject to the territory vaccinating 80% of its residents.
From May 1, vaccinated travelers will still need to test negative before and after arriving in Grenada and its dependent territories of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Quarantine periods will be reduced from a week to no more than 48 hours if they are vaccinated.
From May 25, vaccinated Americans no longer need to test negative for Covid-19 before boarding flights originating from the U.S. Everyone else must either test negative before or after arriving; failure to upload test results within 48 hours of arrival can result in a $300 fine.
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis announced that from May 29, only vaccinated tourists can enter. Travelers immunized with U.S.- and European-made vaccines must test negative before arriving and “vacation in place” for three days.
Starting May 11, Hawaii residents can travel between islands without Covid-19 tests or quarantines if they have been vaccinated in Hawaii. The state is expected to loosen entrance requirements for vaccinated travelers from the mainland United States later this summer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated on July 15 that fully vaccinated Americans may be able to enter Canada as early as mid-August, followed by vaccinated travelers from other countries in September.
Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and other “Islands of Tahiti”
Visitors need a “compelling reason” to visit French Polynesia (colloquially referred to as “The Islands of Tahiti”) during the pandemic. From May 1, this reason can be for the purposes of tourism if travelers have been in the United States for 30 days before arriving, according to new guidelines that cite the “low circulation of Covid-19” in the U.S.
The European Union bloc
Some countries in Europe have separately announced or indicated plans to welcome vaccinated travelers, including:
Options abound here. Fully vaccinated travelers can enter without quarantine, as can those with negative Covid tests or proof of a past Covid infection. Everyone else can test upon arrival or self-isolate for 10 days.
From May 10, travelers from most of Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia and other countries can bypass Covid testing protocols if they are vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine or vaccines approved by the EMA.
Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and the U.K. can enter Denmark without having to quarantine or undergo pre-arrival Covid tests. Accompanying unvaccinated children can also enter, but they are subject to testing.
Estonia allows travelers to avoid testing and 10-day quarantines if they’ve had Covid-19 or been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past six months.
From June 9, vaccinated tourists from countries from most parts of the world can enter France without having to quarantine. Visitors must show proof that they received a vaccine approved by the EMA. Unvaccinated children traveling with vaccinated adults can also enter.
All fully vaccinated travelers can enter Georgia if two requirements are met: they must enter by air and have not been in India in the past 14 days.
Starting May 9, vaccinated travelers can skip Germany’s quarantine measures. Only vaccines that are on the website of the Paul-Ehlich-Institut are accepted, which presently does not include any Russian- or Chinese-made vaccines.
Greece is now welcoming travelers who present a negative PCR test or vaccination certificate upon arrival. Vaccines made in “third countries” such as Russia and China — which have not been approved by the EMA — are accepted.
Vaccinated travelers and Covid recoverees can avoid quarantines if they pass a Covid test upon arrival. Proof can be in paper or electronic format. Those inoculated with vaccines made in China and Russia will not be accepted. From June 1, less stringent measures are to apply to residents of low-risk countries.
Travelers from the EU and Schengen Zone, plus the United States, Israel, Japan and Canada, can enter Italy under the EU’s “Green Certification” program. Visitors must show one of the following: vaccination with a U.S.- or European-made vaccine, recovery from a previous Covid infection, or a negative test taken within 48 hours of entering Italy. Children under six years old are exempt from the testing requirement.
While Portugal’s mainland isn’t open to inoculated travelers yet, vaccinated travelers and Covid recoverees can enter Madeira, one of two autonomous regions of the country, without having to undergo Covid testing.
While the small Mediterranean nation of Malta has indicated it may accept vaccinated travelers this summer, it hasn’t formally announced this yet.
Tourists can enter if they show proof of being vaccinated, recovery from past infection or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours from entering.
Vaccinated travelers can bypass Poland’s 10-day quarantine if they hail from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, Israel and Australia.
Travelers from Slovenia’s “red list” of countries (155 in total) can avoid a 10-day quarantine by presenting proof of vaccination, including those made in Russia and China.
Tourists from the EU, Schengen Area and countries without a reciprocal agreement with Spain— namely, Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Israel, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand — have options when it comes to visiting Spain. Everyone else must be vaccinated to enter.
Israel in late May welcomed its first group of tourists under a pilot program to reopen to international travelers. Plans to welcome individual vaccinated tourists on July 1 have been delayed to August amid a rise in Covid cases caused the Delta variant.
While Jordan now accepts vaccine certificates from many countries, only those vaccinated in the U.S. and Canada are exempt from taking a PCR test upon arrival. From June 15, vaccinated visitors are also not subject to curfew restrictions.
For Lebanon, where travelers are vaccinated matters more than which vaccine they received. Travelers can avoid a pre-flight Covid test if they have been vaccinated 15 days before departing and received their second dose in Lebanon, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, parts of northern Africa, plus most of Europe and Asia. They must still take a Covid test upon arrival.
Vaccinated travelers, and their children aged 11 and under, can enter Qatar without quarantining. Travelers must be vaccinated with U.S.- and European-made vaccines or Sinopharm, test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of arriving and secure a permit to enter.
While Hong Kong is anything but open, it is easing boarding, quarantine and testing requirements for some immunized travelers. Starting May 12, vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries, such as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, must quarantine in designated hotels for seven (rather than 14) days, while those coming from medium- and high-risk places must quarantine for 14 days.
Pre-flight Covid testing and quarantines aren’t necessary for vaccinated travelers anymore — but their uninoculated kids will need a test. Unvaccinated travelers can also avoid quarantines if they stay on an island where 60% of the population is vaccinated.
From late June, vaccinated travelers can serve quarantine periods at home, rather than having to pay to isolate at designated hotels.
From July 1, travelers can enter Thailand’s largest island without quarantining provided that they are vaccinated, have not recently been in high-risk countries and are willing to follow the rest of the rules that make up Thailand’s “sandbox” reopening scheme.
The “teardrop island” created a handy flowchart outlining travel protocols for vaccinated travelers. For them (and their kids aged 12 and younger), testing requirements are reduced, and they are free to leave Sri Lanka’s “bio-bubble” — which is designed to prevent tourists from mingling with locals. That’s provided they test negative about 24-48 hours after arriving.
A pilot program to reduce quarantines for vaccinated travelers from 14 to seven days is expected to launch in May. Participation is limited, and applicants will have to be vaccinated one month prior and likely need three Covid-related tests before and after arriving.
Seychelles in January became the first nation to welcome vaccinated travelers from all over the world. By March it had opened to all visitors — regardless of vaccination status.
Travelers can show proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative Covid test to enter. Unvaccinated travelers (who must test negative prior to arriving) and those with proof of a prior recovery can also visit, and no one is subject to quarantines.
Vaccinated travelers can enter as can those with a negative PCR test (taken 72 hours prior to airport check-in) or proof of recovery in the past three months. Everyone aged 10 and above must show one of these and complete a health pass before arriving.