20 Safest Countries to Visit during COVID according to CDC in 2021

safest countries to visit during covid by cdc

Biosafety is the new trendy keyword in the hospitality industry. Travelers from all corners of the world look to find a comfortable place where they can spend the holidays without the constant threat of COVID-19.

Official agencies like the United States Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) as well as multiple embassies keep people informed of the development of the pandemic worldwide. 

Thanks to the data provided, governments and people can assess the level of risk and plan accordingly. 

We have gathered some of the safest countries to visit during COVID

Morocco

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

This now popular tourist destination in the African Continent has reopened to tourists from several countries. 

How safe is Morocco to visit during Covid-19? – The CDC has recently categorized Morocco as a very safe place to visit during the pandemic with a “Level 1 Alert – Low”. As of today, Morocco is currently reporting around 200-300 new cases per day and 3 to 5 deaths.

Starting June 15, travelers from the U.K., all EU countries (except Lithuania), U.S., Canada, Russia, China and any UN member country that is not on Morocco’s list B, can visit the country with a few entry requirements. 

All arrivals need to submit both a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to boarding, and a vaccine certificate.

Check our full post: Morocco reopening for tourism from June 15

Malta

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

Malta
Malta

Malta, the Mediterranean island surrounded by crystal clear waters, is welcoming back tourists. 

How safe is Malta to visit during Covid-19? – This country should be visited not only due to its multiple outdoor activities, but also because it is one of the few countries worldwide reaching herd immunity against COVID-19. The CDC has just ranked it as one of the safests places on earth to visit

Malta unified its amber and green lists. This means that amber-listed countries will only need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival or agree to quarantine for 14 days.

Check our full post: Malta is open for tourists as one of the few places with herd immunity since May 24

Albania 

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

Lekursi, Albania
Lekursi, Albania

The Albanian Alps, forest, islands, beaches and urban attractions reopened for tourism from June 1. 

How safe is Albania to visit during Covid-19? – According to the CDC, Albania ranks as one of the safest places to visit during COVID-19 with a “Level 1 Alert – Low.” As of today, the country is reporting no more than 15-20 new positive cases per day and 0 to 1 deaths.

The Albanian Council has adopted a gradual lifting approach. As of now, EU visitors plus those coming from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity) are allowed entry without testing or quarantine restrictions.

This list is set to be updated every two weeks. 

Iceland

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

Travelers looking to run away from the current humid hot weather can now visit Iceland if they are fully vaccinated and come from a low-risk country.

How safe is Iceland to visit during Covid-19? – The CDC has recently ranked Iceland as a very safe place to visit with a “Level 1 Alert – Low”. As of today, the country is currently reporting around 5-10 new cases per day and 0 to 1 deaths.

All vaccinated visitors are allowed entry as long as they don’t come from a “deeply affected” country. Arrivals need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding, and an approved vaccine certificate.

Check our full post: Iceland is open for tourism from few selected countries  

American Samoa

Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19 in American Samoa

American Samoa
American Samoa

In pre-pandemic times American Samoa didn’t see lots of travelers a year, except for those visiting for the day from cruise ships. But this collection on U.S. islands is now becoming trendy since U.S. citizens don’t have lots of options to travel to, and COVID-19 is a concern in multiple “traditional” tropical hotspots. 

How safe is American Samoa to visit during Covid-19? – According to the CDC, the American Samoa is one of the few safest places on earth. As of today, this American territory has 0 active cases and 0 deaths. 

Entry restrictions are a bit strict. First of all, visitors must be cleared by Samoan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once in the country, visitors must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine for 15 days at a government approved facility.

The Samoan government will pay for accommodation, breakfast and lunch for Samoan citizens only. Dinner is at the visitor’s expense. (Source). 

Cayman Islands

Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19

Cayman Islands safe to visit - Covid-19

The Cayman Islands are like no other place on earth and at the moment also one of the safest countries to visit during COVID.

On one hand they offer adventure, natural beauty and luscious landscapes, and on the other all the luxuries of the modern world. Without a doubt, a perfect spot for digital nomads.

How safe are the Cayman Islands to visit during Covid-19? – According to the CDC, the Cayman Islands ranks among the places with the lowest level of risk for travelers. From the 578 cases reported up to June 2021, 578 had already made a complete recovery and only 2 people have lost their lives to the virus.

Right now, the islands are only open to a selected group of travelers. Hopefully, they finally take the plunge and open their borders to all countries by summer.

Also read: Cayman islands are open for tourism with testing and 10-14 day quarantine

British Virgin Islands

Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19

British Virgin Islands safe to visit - Covid-19

The British Virgin Islands are made up of 60 naturally preserved islands that gather the best of the Caribbean into one convenient destination for travelers trying to escape COVID-19. 

How safe are the British Virgin Islands to visit during Covid-19? – According to the CDC,  these Islands are a very safe place to travel. The rate of infection is incredibly low with only a handful of cases over the last couple of months. So far, 248 cases have been confirmed and only 1 person has lost their life to the pandemic.

Entry restrictions can be a bit tough. Visitors must bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and take a rapid one upon entry. Once visitors are in possession of two negative results, they must quarantine at a villa/hotel for 7 days while wearing a bracelet that pairs up with their phones to be monitored by the authorities. 

On day 5, visitors can take another COVID-19 test and if the results come back negative, they will likely be released. All of this at the visitor’s expense.

Most venues are open for business. Beaches, resorts, bars and restaurants are open but subject to current social distancing measures.

Fiji

Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19

Fiji safe to visit - Covid-19

With over 330 islands, Fiji offers its visitors an unlimited source of enjoyment. This country has always been at the top of the wish list for digital nomads, and it is not hard to know why. Its warm beaches and warmer people captivate travelers from every corner in the world.

How safe is Fiji to visit during Covid-19? – The CDC currently rates the country as a very safe place to visit. As of today, the country only has 806 infected people and has counted 4 deaths. A great milestone worth celebrating. 

Entering Fiji, it’s not an easy task at the moment but it’s still doable. As of yet, all travelers are required to ask for a special permission prior to travel at [email protected]

When a traveler obtains the permit, they must bring a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) taken 72 hours prior to arrival in Fiji. 

Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases the country had to suspend its commercial flights until May 30.

Also read: Fiji is not open for tourism and reopening remains unknown

Grenada

Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19

Grenada safe to visit - Covid-19

Grenada is a place that organically mixes nature, sun, relaxation, gastronomy and paradise beaches to work from.

How safe is Grenada to visit during Covid-19? – The CDC classifies this country among the safest in the world regarding COVID-19 infections and transmission. 

With devastating news coming from all over the world about the unstoppable contagion rate and the daily death toll, it is hard to believe that this small island country only has 1 active case and 1 death. 

Travelers only need to bring a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, download the country’s contact tracing app and complete a travel authorization form via Grenada’s Covid19 government website.

Thanks to the optimal epidemiology situation, the national curfew was lifted and visitors are now allowed to move freely around the country. Social distancing measures and wearing a face mask are still mandatory when in crowded or closed spaces.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19

Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis-safest-places-to-visit

The two islands that make up this country offer a multitude of the regular landscapes and sea activities you think of when you dream of the Caribbean. It also has a growing bridal industry that offers magical destination weddings. 

How safe is Saint Kitts and Nevis to visit during Covid-19? The CDC ranks Saint Kitts and Nevis as a destination posing the lowest level of threat to travelers. With 94 active cases to date and 0 related deaths it is fair to say that the country has managed the threat of COVID-19 incredibly effectively.

Saint Kitts and Nevis opened its airports to international travelers back in October. To check the requirements for travelers visit their tourism website.

Azores

Relatively safe

Azores-safest-places-to-visit

The Azores is an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic and one of the autonomous regions of Portugal.

The tourism industry at this place focuses on outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, and whale watching. The Azores also has unspoiled nature, breathtaking landscapes and incredible lagoons and beaches. 

How safe are the Azores to visit during Covid-19? Its blessed location relatively away from the continent has kept their people also relatively safe with only a few positive cases and deaths.

In order to be allowed entry, all visitors coming from “areas considered by WHO with active community transmission” pretty much, 99% of the world, must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a vaccine certificate. These documents will be accepted in digital or hard copies. 

Not presenting the negative result will result in authorities denying boarding. 

Israel 

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

Israel
Israel

Israel does not need an introduction since the vaccinations came out. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are always open for culture and nightlife events, not to mention its interesting old history, beaches, and natural beauty. 

Israel reopened to tourists from the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Iceland, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong from May 23. 

How safe is Israel to visit during Covid-19? With 6,645 active cases, 6,430 deaths, and 56.8% of its population fully vaccinated, Israel is considered as one of the safest countries to visit during COVID by the CDC. 

The country is set to reopen for individual tourists on July 1. To learn more about the new entry restrictions click here

Also read: Israel plans to fully reopen borders to tourists from July 1

Dominica

Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19 in Dominica

Dominica-safest-places-to-visit

This small island in the Caribbean is well known around cruise-traveler regulars. Usually they are the ones that enjoy its natural diversity, native history and culture, and water activities. 

How safe is Dominica to visit during Covid-19? The CDC has ranked Dominica as having a low risk level. The island only has 1 active case and 0 fatalities. 

Dominica’s requirements and restrictions depend on the level of risk of the country you are visiting from. But in general, Travelers from High, Medium, and Low-Risk countries are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 24-72 hours prior to arrival.

If they show any COVID-19 symptoms, they will be sent to a government-approved hotel at the traveler’s expense until they can produce a negative result.

Visit Discover Dominica for more info.

Belize

Level 1: COVID-19 Low

Belize Cay
Belize Cay

Ethical Travel Magazine recently ranked Belize as one of the top destinations to visit in 2021. And it’s no surprise this small country has started to call the attention of international publications given its world-class scuba diving and snorkeling activities on its barrier reef, and its ancient Maya ruins hidden in the heart of its rainforest.

How safe is Belize to visit during Covid-19 – The CDC ranks it as one of the safest destinations to visit -Level 1: COVID-19 Moderate-.

Regardless of the fact Belize is nestled between Mexico and Guatemala where the pandemic is out of control, this small country has managed to flatten the first curve and avoid the second one. So far the country only has 475 active COVID-19 cases. 

Also read: Belize Is Open for Tourism Via Air, Land Borders Remain Closed

Mauritius

Level 2: Moderate Level of COVID-19

Mauritius safe to visit - Covid-19

With fast internet connection and the possibility to easily meet other travelers or local friends, Mauritius, one of the East African island nations has everything remote workers and tourists need to feel safe during COVID-19.

How safe is Mauritius to visit during Covid-19? – The CDC ranks Mauritius as a moderately safe place to travel. Over the course of the pandemic, Mauritius has had 1,680 cases and 18 deaths. 

The country is not open for tourism just yet. All international commercial flights can only transport a few categories of travelers. Residents and/or tourists who need to extend their visas or resident permits must contact the Mauritian Passport and Immigration Office.

According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Kailash Jagutpal the country may be ready to reopen for tourism in August. “Once we’re at 60 to 70%, of course, we’ll reopen our borders,” he said on April 6. 

The island recently announced its new Premium Travel Visa which will allow remote workers to live in the country for up to one year.

Cambodia

Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate

Cambodia safe to visit - Covid-19

Its people, culture, food, landscape… There are a million reasons to visit Cambodia. You can confidently add safety from COVID-19 to the list.

How safe is Cambodia to visit during Covid-19? – Ranked as a quite safe country by CDC with 6,002 active cases and COVID-related 348 deaths, Cambodia is a moderately safe place to travel to right now.

Before you book your trip you should know Cambodia is enforcing a mandatory visa policy for all visitors and it is not open for tourism just yet. Only essential travel is permitted. Port authorities will ask you for proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19, a USD $2,000 deposit, and a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours.

After all this, travelers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

Also read: Cambodia is not open for tourism, only essential travel is allowed

Barbados

Level 2: Moderate Level of COVID-19 in Barbados

Barbados safe to visit - Covid-19

Barbados is a longtime favorite destination for travelers. Its decision to offer one-year long visas for digital nomads last July, in addition to positive ratings on its management of the pandemic have kept the country at the top of everyone’s travel lists this year.

How safe is Barbados to visit during Covid-19? – The CDC has ranked Barbados as a level 2 country, meaning that the threat of COVID-19 is moderate in their territory. 

However, the island authorities have been able to maintain their numbers low. With only 65 active cases and 47 deaths in one year of the pandemic, the figures support their claim as a safe destination regardless of what the CDC considers. 

Check full post: Barbados open for tourism with restrictions – [Updated]

Thailand

Level 3: High Level of COVID-19 in Thailand

Thailand safe to visit - Covid-19

Thailand has topped the rankings as a favorite destination for digital nomads and remote workers for a while now. This country not only offers a fascinating Buddhist culture and friendly people, but also an affordable comfortable living and plentiful of work resources.

How safe is Thailand to visit during Covid-19 – The CDC considers Thailand is not a very safe place to visit at the moment. With 41,320 active cases and 1,466 deaths, the country has not reached its 3rd-wave pandemic curve. 

Since April 3, Thailand has allowed some groups of tourists with a reduced 7-day quarantine. However, according to recent events, if a passenger tested positive for COVID-19 on a flight to one of the areas the country has reopened to some travelers such as Phuket, the government will demand the entire flight to undergo mandatory testing or quarantine. 

Also read: Thailand plans to reopen 5 tourist hotspots for visitors in July 2021

Seychelles

Level 4: COVID-19 Very High

Seychelles safe to visit - Covid-19

Are you planning to escape this winter to a paradise island? The Seychelles offer you over a hundred of them! This African destination is ready to accommodate all kinds of budgets and travelers.

How safe is Seychelles to visit during Covid-19? – The CDC has ranked the Seychelles as a high-risk travel destination even considering its low rate of COVID-19 cases and death toll of -only- 46 people. Like most countries on this list, the Seychelles has a strong combination of biosafety measures, testing and contact tracing. 

Visitors should expect to be held to the same safety standards so we recommend checking the Seychelles Travel website to learn the policies currently enforced on the islands.

Also read: Seychelles as one of the safest holiday hotspots to visit during COVID-19

Sri Lanka

Level 4: COVID-19 Very High

Sri Lanka - Elephants

Astonishingly beautiful beaches, tropical sun, and incredible Asian cuisine are only a few of the wonders Sri Lanka has to offer. 

How safe is Sri Lanka to visit during Covid-19 – The CDC has moved it to level-4 risk – Very High -. The country currently has 35,091 active cases and 2,136 deaths. 

Being granted entry is a bit of a hassle since visitors need a visa, health insurance, a negative COVID-19 test, and isolating in a “bio bubble” for 14 days, which is kind of a luxurious hotel. But once visitors are free from quarantine, they can enjoy a really good time.

Check the full post on Sri Lanka reopening tourism.