Can vaccinated people travel? This question has been top of mind for many Americans as millions receive the COVID-19 vaccine each day. After more than a year of social restrictions, cancelled trips and postponed events, Americans are eager to start exploring again. But, of course, travelling should come second to safety.
See below for a list of countries open to fully vaccinated travellers. (Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication and will be updated as additional information becomes available.)
Starting May 8, vaccinated individuals can visit Barbados as long as they show proof of vaccination and proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before travel. Upon arrival in Barbados, they must also submit to a second test (either at the airport or at their accommodation). A one- to two-day quarantine is also required for vaccinated travellers whereas unvaccinated travellers must quarantine for five to seven days. Because the country’s protocols can change at any time, visit Barbados’ protocol website before planning a trip.
This Caribbean nation is open to fully vaccinated individuals from all countries, as long as they show proof their final dose was administered no less than two weeks before travelling. Travellers should present their COVID-19 vaccination record cards upon arrival. Proof of vaccine allows travellers to bypass the country’s negative coronavirus test requirement. Additionally, before landing in Belize, passengers are required to download the Belize Health App and complete a short form within, where they’ll fill in some personal information for contact tracing and location monitoring. For more information, visit the country’s tourism board website.
This tourist hotspot in Eastern Europe now allows vaccinated visitors to enter without a negative coronavirus test. Visitors must present a certificate of vaccination that proves their final dose was administered at least 14 days prior. All visitors to Croatia, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, must present proof of paid accommodation in the country. For more information, see Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior website.
Travellers can visit Ecuador as long as they show proof of vaccination at the airport before departure. Entry into Ecuador also means vaccinated visitors can explore the famous Galápagos Islands. At this time, unvaccinated people can also visit Ecuador as long as they show proof of a negative coronavirus test. For more information about visiting this country, see the U.S. embassy in Ecuador website.
Estonia will accept people who have received COVID-19 vaccines from any of the nine global suppliers, not just those approved by the European Union. Proof of vaccination must meet a set of requirements to be accepted. For example, documents must include the vaccine manufacturer and batch number, and they must be written in Estonian, English or Russian. Additionally, no more than six months can have passed since vaccination has been completed. This policy is a step forward for Americans who, if not vaccinated, are prohibited from travelling to Estonia. Note that while visiting this country, you’ll find many stores and restaurants are closed, and you’ll still need to abide by safety measures, including social distancing. For more information about travelling to Estonia, visit the country’s tourism board website.
Fully vaccinated travellers from around the world can visit the country of Georgia. Travellers just need to show proof that they received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (or one dose, in the case of the J&J vaccine) at the border checkpoints. For more information, read the country’s official entry regulations here.
This Central American destination is welcoming visitors who can provide documentation they have received their final vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to travel. Guatemala is also open to those who haven’t been vaccinated, but those individuals must test negative for the coronavirus no more than 72 hours before travelling. The vaccine documentation eliminates the need for a test. Once in Guatemala, there are health screenings at the airport, but there are no restrictions on interstate travel, dining or curfews. For more information on the country’s requirements, visit the embassy website.
Iceland has begun allowing fully vaccinated travellers to enjoy its many beautiful landscapes. Proof of vaccination must come in the form of an official document (written in Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English) stating that the traveller has received one of four approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, J&J or AstraZeneca. Providing a vaccination card means people can travel to this country without prior testing. There are no curfew rules or movement restrictions within Iceland, so once they arrive, vaccinated travellers can enjoy the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle and all other unique attractions at their leisure. For more information on travelling to Iceland, visit the government’s official website.
Without vaccine documentation, anyone entering Lithuania must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. However, with documented evidence of full vaccination, travellers are exempt from the testing and quarantine requirements. Travellers should be prepared for restrictions on interstate travel, dining and public gatherings once in Lithuania, though. For more information, visit the official government website.
If you received the final dose of a coronavirus vaccine at least seven days before arriving in Montenegro, you can enter the country without a negative test. Travellers should be aware that once in Montenegro, they must abide by a curfew and follow restrictions on interstate travel. Keep in mind, stores and restaurants are also operating on limited hours. For more information, visit the U.S. embassy in Montenegro website.
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Fully vaccinated individuals can bypass the quarantine requirement in Romania as long as they provide documentation of vaccination. The proof must come in the form of a document issued by the health unit that administered the vaccine, whether from Romania or another country. Travellers also must wait at least 10 days after their final vaccine dose to travel. For more information, visit the Romania tourism board website.
The island nation of Seychelles, off the eastern coast of Africa, is now accepting visitors from all over the world. Unvaccinated travellers must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test to visit, while vaccinated travellers can enter by showing a vaccination card administered by their country’s national health authority. There are no movement restrictions, so travellers can enjoy the many attractions and beautiful beaches Seychelles has to offer. However, there is a curfew in place from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. For more information, visit the county’s official tourism website.
Slovenia has a 10-day quarantine requirement for anyone arriving in the country. However, vaccinated individuals can bypass this requirement as long as they present proof of vaccination. Slovenia considers travellers fully vaccinated at least a week after their final dose. However, specific times depend on the type of vaccine a traveller received: Visitors can travel to Slovenia seven days after the second Pfizer dose, 14 days after the second Moderna dose or 21 days after the second AstraZeneca dose. For additional information, keep an eye on the embassy website.
Kenyon explains that vaccinated individuals can take a coronavirus test (not an antibody test) before travelling to help further ensure they’re not infected. Also, while vaccinated individuals don’t have to quarantine when they return home, Kenyon still advises monitoring your health in the following days to ensure you’re not experiencing any symptoms.