Lots of misinformation on social media has wreaked havoc regarding some potential discrimination against people who, for a variety of reasons, will not be able to take the coronavirus vaccine.
It’s been said that such individuals may be revoked their rights to freely book tickets and travel around. Well, so far, there is no baseline data to claim that governments around the world are planning to do so.
Powerful economic blocs such as the European Union expect that 70% of its citizens will be vaccinated by spring or summer. So, there is no plenty of room for potential discriminations.
On the other hand, most countries have the imperative need to vaccinate their inhabitants before the new highly-contagious strains of COVID-19 make their ways to their territories.
Thus, in a bid to restart their economies, here is the list of countries that have already announced or reopened for tourism for vaccinated travelers.
15 Countries That Already Opened Borders for Vaccinated Tourists
Ecuador it’s the 15th nation to join the growing club of countries allowing vaccinated visitors to bypass the quarantine requirement. Starting March 22, all visitors who can produce a COVID-19 vaccine certificate issued 14 prior to arrival will be welcomed not only to the mainland but also to the renowned Galapagos Islands without quarantine.
According to the latest decree published on March 17, other non-vaccinated travelers are still allowed entry but need to submit a negative COVID test result and agree to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Also people who have recovered from COVID-19, 30 days prior to arrival (and can prove they have already recovered) will have the same treatment as vaccinated travelers.
Montenegro is open for vaccinated tourists without any travel restrictions from March 15. Travelers can skip quarantine and proof of negative COVID test by showing proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.
The 2nd dose of vaccination must be taken at least 7 days before arrival in Montenegro.
Estonia has dropped mandatory 10-day quarantine for vaccinated travelers and also those that can prove the recovery from COVID in the last 6 months.
The country accepts vaccinations from 9 different suppliers (including Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca). The certificate must be in English, Russian or Estonian language.
Those arriving with a doctor’s certificate of recovery will also need a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72-hours before arrival.
Effective June 1, the country will also admit people without COVID-19 symptoms who arrive from the Schengen area or the United Kingdom. The mandatory quarantine will depend on the infection rate in the travelers’ country of departure. (Source).
Belize has announced that -under Regulation 25- the country waived entry testing restrictions to travelers who can produce proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
The government also mentioned that American tourists -their most important tourists market- are now allowed to enter the country with no restrictions only by presenting a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after being immunized.
“…This card includes medical information about the vaccine you received, the date of vaccination, and where you were vaccinated,” the report reads. Notice that visitors should demonstrate that the last dose was administered at least 2 weeks prior to the arrival date.
These vaccinated travelers can now upload their results before boarding to make their check in easier. Visitors should consult their airline regarding this matter.
The policy was set to take effect early in March. However, the government has now said that the country will allow vaccinated travelers from Israel on April 1, and from the UK on May 1, only. The date on which other countries will be included is yet to be confirmed.
Widely known for its warm weather and bewildering beaches, Cyprus was the first European Country to openly announce its plans to lift quarantine and testing requirements for all vaccinated visitors.
According to Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos, The government expects to increase the number of international visitors and to “further boost the interest of airline companies to carry out additional flights to Cyprus and improve connectivity.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that all vaccinated travelers can enter Georgia by air, from February 1.
They will need to provide proof of their 2-shots vaccination. No quarantine or additional COVID-19 tests are required.
Effective March 10, all people visiting Lithuania who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus “on the basis of a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test or antigen test result,” can visit the country without testing or quarantine restrictions.
However, from the same date on, all visitors, residents or returning nationals will be requested to submit a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival if they cannot produce a vaccination certification.
All these documents must be translated into Lithuanian, English or Russian.
Please note that this vaccination exemption only applies to EU and Schengen area visitors and 7 third-party nations suggested by the EU. (These countries will be updated regularly, travelers must consult with their embassies).
This country in Central America is the first one of the region to lift all movement and entry restrictions for travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID.
These travelers will need to show the document that certifies that they have received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before their arrival in the country.
All other travelers will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained in the 72 hours before their arrival. In addition, all those who have been to the U.K. or South Africa in the 14 days prior will need to self-isolate in their chosen residence.
Iceland is open to vaccinated travelers without quarantine or COVID-19 test. However, due to some confusion on international regulations exempting vaccinated travelers from non-schengen countries, visitors from these countries will have to wait until, at least, April 6 to be able to bypass these requirements. This temporary ban includes vaccinated travelers coming from the United States and the United Kingdom.
Cold-weather-but-warm-people Iceland has already set its reopening without quarantine or COVID-19 restrictions to May 1.
Visitors must be able to demonstrate what type of vaccines they took, how many doses and when. Border Control officials will make sure that travelers who have taken only one coronavirus shot will not be allowed entry without restrictions.
Those who choose not to get vaccinated, will need to pre-register, take two COVID-19 tests after arrival and undergo mandatory quarantine until the end of the whole process.
Lebanon has an exceptionally rich history showcased in its multicultural architecture, unique cuisine and warm people.
Starting on March 5, people who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to enter the country without restrictions. This includes visitors from “high-risk countries”. Visitors from these countries are normally not permitted to enter the territory.
On the other hand, also effective on March 5, all allowed visitors must bring a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival. If they don’t, they will be forced to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Home to snow-capped mounts, forests, Black Sea beaches and a haven for the biodiverse ecotourism, Romania is one of the most biogeographically fascinating countries in the entire European Union.
Heavily impacted by COVID-19 in terms of economy and lost lives, Romanian government has decided to open up its doors again to all tourists who have taken the second dose of a coronavirus vaccine 10 days upon arrival.
Blessed with tropical weather all year round, exotic cuisine, and world-class scuba diving, the 115 islands in the Indian Ocean that make up Seychelles are a must-see for all active travelers.
On Jan. 14, the country announced that it has reopened for vaccinated tourists from all over the world. All incomers must show proof of an “authentic vaccination certificate.” It must reflect the visitor has already taken 2 doses of one of the four most popular vaccines.
Travelers able to produce such a certificate are welcomed to the country, however, they will need to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
On February 12 Slovenia announced that visitors from the EU and Schengen area who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can freely enter the country, no quarantines or tests required. This also applies to people who have recovered from the virus and bring proof (certified by a doctor).
They will need a certificate showing they have received both doses, the last one, at least 14 days after the second dose of Moderna, 21 days after the AstraZeneca, and 7 days after the Pfizer-BioNTech.
Travelers from other countries will still need to abide by the restrictions and regulations for now. Many countries are still banned and others are required to quarantine for 14 or 10 days depending on their epidemiological situation.
Countries open for vaccinated tourists – Coming soon
As vaccination campaigns advance worldwide travelers can expect this list to grow in the weeks to come.
Public and private representatives of the tourism industry in countries like Denmark, Greece, Nepal, and Australia have stated that vaccinated tourists are not a risk and could be allowed entry.
The government announced a new reopening plan for vaccinated travelers to Phuket by October 2021. Vaccinated travelers should be able to skip quarantine.
As of now, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that the country will gradually ease its entry restrictions. The government plans to start by reducing the mandatory 14-day quarantine to 3 days. The official date of this first phase is still yet to be confirmed.
Taiwanese Health Minister has stated that the plan to start reopening for vaccinated travelers is on the table. All visitors will need confirmation of two-shots of vaccination and a negative PCR Covid test.
Some other governments would rather wait until a good chunk of their population is immunized against the virus before lifting their current restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.
According to deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo, the
Indonesian government is actively working on creating travel bubbles that allows them a bigger reopening by October.
The country is set to reopen some “green areas” in Bali by July but this is more than that.
The government expects to establish reciprocal agreements with countries with low rates of infection and high vaccination rates. Local news are reporting that vaccinated travelers would be among the first people to be allowed back in the country.