Countries Open for Vaccinated Tourists: Latest Updates

Countries open for vaccinated tourists

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.  

In fact, Andrey Kovatchev, Deputy Chair of the Group of the European People’s Party has strongly denied that not being able to produce a Covid-19 vaccination certificate would imply any sort of discrimination but a different set of rules.

“There will be no restrictions or travel bans. People only need to decide for themselves whether they prefer a test and the possibility to remain under quarantine if the country requires it.” Stated Kovatchev.

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. 

In that regard, a recent preliminary study conducted by Pfizer showed Covid-19 Vaccine has little negative impact on the effectiveness of its vaccine, working as expected against the U.K and South African variants.

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. 

Estonia

Estonia

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.

Cyprus

Cyprus

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 policy is set to take effect early in March. The details about how visitors will demonstrate their immunity are yet to be announced.

Georgia

Georgia

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.

Guatemala

Atitlan, Guatemala

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

Ice cave, Iceland

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

Blue Mosque, Lebanon

Lebanon has an exceptionally rich history showcased in its multicultural architecture, unique cuisine and warm people.

International tourists can enjoy Lebanon once again since the country has lifted quarantine requirements for travelers who have been vaccinated (and have the document to prove it).

As of right now, visitors from all countries are allowed entry as long as they obtain a visa. Some categories of travelers can even get one on arrival. 

Non-vaccinated individuals will need to get tested twice (96 hours before departure and once again on arrival) and agree to a 72-hour quarantine.

Poland

Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland

Poland’s numerous museums and beautiful architecture, as well as its natural attractions are again easily available to immunized travelers.

Since December 28, all incoming travelers who can show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 are exempted from quarantine and testing.

The country is not fully open yet. It still maintains a list of approved countries and only nationals from said countries are allowed entry.

Visitors from approved countries who are not immunized but have proof of negative COVID-19 test results can also forgo quarantine requirements.

Romania 

Man biking in Romania

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. 

Seychelles

Seychelles beach

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 certificates are welcome to the country and do not need to quarantine, present any COVID-19 test or take any upon arrival.

Slovenia

Small island in Slovenia

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 before their trip. 

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.

Future Reopenings – Latest Updates

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.

Thailand

The government announced a new reopening plan for vaccinated travelers to Phuket by October 2021. Vaccinated travelers should be able to skip quarantine.

Taiwan

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.