These Countries Are Allowing Vaccinated Travelers to Visit

Here's your guide to traveling after vaccination

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TripSavvy / Ellen Lindner

With the vaccine rollout finally picking up steam, people are wondering not just when they will be able to travel again but where they can safely travel to. After many months of sheltering in place and local staycations, international travel is back on the table, and people are itching for some new stamps in their passports. 

However, the supposed “summer of travel” isn’t turning out to be quite as expected. Due to the Delta variant, slowing vaccination rates, and rising cases around the world, many places have brought back seemingly bygone restrictions that travelers need to be aware of. Even destinations that are open to vaccinated U.S. travelers—including many European countries—are imposing new restrictions throughout the summer like curfews and mandatory testing that could have major repercussions on your trip. 

There are a lot of tempting reasons to book a flight and go abroad, including sweet airline deals and fewer tourists in usually crowded destinations, but constantly changing restrictions can still throw a wrench in your plans. Flexibility is crucial, so it’s worth paying a little extra to be able to change flights if needed. Look for accommodations with lenient cancellation policies and consider focusing your vacation on just one country to minimize potential headaches.

If you do travel abroad, don't forget that to re-enter the U.S. you will still need a negative COVID-19 test result. That rule applies to everyone, even if you're a vaccinated citizen.


As of November 1, 2021, vaccinated U.S. travelers are able to enter Argentina without having to complete the mandatory seven-day quarantine. However, all travelers entering Argentina need to complete three separate COVID-19 tests at their own expense: one before departure, another one upon arrival, and a final one after being in the country for five days.


On September 15, 2021, Austria removed the U.S. from the list of "low-risk countries," but the extra obstacles for entering only apply to unvaccinated travelers. As long as you enter Austria with your CDC vaccination card, you don't need to take any extra steps. If you haven't been vaccinated, however, you must pre-register for travel clearance, present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, and also quarantine for 10 days.


The country of Belize has a lot in common with Cancun. They both have Mayan ruins to explore, Caribbean beaches with turquoise water, and they’re both open to U.S. travelers. The difference is that Cancun is open to all travelers without restrictions, while Belize is opening exclusively to vaccinated travelers and those with a negative PCR test result after enduring one of the toughest lockdowns in the Caribbean. Visitors show they’ve either been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks or have a negative PCR test result. International tourists also must stay in a Gold Standard Hotel, which are accommodations that the government has recognized for implementing high-quality safety procedures (there are over 500 options and counting). 


The restrictions for entering Bermuda are relatively strict for all travelers, but being vaccinated removes the lengthy 14-day quarantine from the equation. Even with the vaccination, you'll still need up to take up to four different COVID-19 tests—one before departure, one upon arrival, one on day four of your trip, and a final one on day 10 of your trip. As long as you're vaccinated, you won't have to quarantine (unless one of your tests comes back positive). Be sure to fill out the Travel Authorization form within 72 hours before departure and pay the $75 fee, which covers the costs for all of the tests you'll need.


America's northern neighbor has been closed to all non-essential travel since the beginning of the pandemic, but fully vaccinated foreign nationals can finally start planning a trip to Canada. Beginning August 9, 2021, American citizens and permanent residents who have been vaccinated—meaning at least 14 days since the final dose—are allowed to enter Canada for tourism. You'll also need a negative COVID-19 test result taken with 72 hours of your departure, but no other testing or quarantine is required if you're vaccinated. Travelers have to upload their vaccine information into the ArriveCAN app before entering the country.


Chile has had one of the most robust vaccination campaigns in the world with over 88 percent of the population fully vaccinated. Entering the country has been heavily restricted since the start of the pandemic, but things are loosening up on November 1, 2021. Foreign travelers entering the country must have a negative PCR test result, medical insurance that covers COVID, and be fully vaccinated. Additionally, you'll either have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport or quarantine for five days in your residence or hotel.Don't forget to upload your vaccination card onto the official website before departure to make sure you can enter without problems.

Costa Rica

If you're planning a trip to Costa Rica, you'll save money if you've been vaccinated. American travelers who have already been fully inoculated against COVID-19 can enter the country without any further restrictions, while unvaccinated travelers have to purchase additional travel insurance that covers any COVID-19 related costs.


Travelers entering Croatia can do so as long as they have a certificate showing they've been fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test, or a medical certificate of recovery. One catch to the vaccination exemption is that the immunization can't be older than 270 days, or about nine months. If you received your vaccination early, confirm the date to make sure your vaccine is still valid for entering Croatia, otherwise, you'll need to take a COVID-19 test before arrival. If you're not sure, the entry form that all travelers have to fill out will let you know.

Czech Republic

The U.S. is considered a "very-high risk country" for entering the Czech Republic, but the tough restrictions are lessened considerably for vaccinated travelers. If you haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19, you'll need to show a negative PCR test result before arrival, take another PCR test five days after arrival, and self-isolate in the meantime. But as long as you have that vaccination card, you can skip out on all of the testing and self-isolation requirements.


Even though most European countries opened up to vaccinated American travelers in June, the United Kingdom still required a strict quarantine for everyone entering the U.K.—until now. As of July 29, 2021, American tourists in England who have been fully vaccinated can bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine, making a vacation to London much more appealing. You will still need to take two COVID-19 tests: one before arrival and another two days after arrival. Keep in mind that the new rules only apply to England and not the entire U.K., so entrance to Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland is still restricted unless you’ve been vaccinated in the U.K.


Vaccinated travelers can enter France without any extra steps, and unvaccinated American travelers can enter as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test. Everyone entering France also needs to sign a form declaring they have no COVID-19 symptoms. Like Portugal, France requires a “green pass” to show that the holder has been vaccinated to enter restaurants, bars, cafes, tourist attractions, and trains. Unlike Portugal, tourists who received their vaccine outside of France can access that pass, called the ​​passe sanitaire. The process involves electronically sending copies of your vaccine card, passport, and roundtrip tickets to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will then validate the information and send you a QR code to use in France and also around the EU. The process has been backed up, so you should apply for the passe sanitaire as soon as you have your travel plans confirmed. If you're already in France and waiting for your QR code—or if you aren't vaccinated—you can show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours to enter establishments, instead.


If you’re looking to explore somewhere new and the country of Georgia wasn’t on your travel radar before, it should be now. Beginning February 1, 2021, any foreign nationals entering Georgia with a certificate showing they’ve received the full vaccination are exempt from the current restrictions of arriving with a negative test and self-quarantining. But that’s not to say that the only reason for visiting is the lack of obstacles. The Caucasus Mountains rival the Alps in terms of scenery and ski opportunities but at a fraction of the cost. When you get tired of the snow, the beaches of the Black Sea are just a few hours away. Between the two, don’t forget to make a pitstop at the Georgian vineyards in one of the oldest wine regions in the world. 


Germany opened to American travelers on June 20, 2021, as long as they entered with a negative COVID-19 test or a CDC vaccination card. However, Germany moved the U.S. to its list of "high-risk areas" on August 15, 2021, making entry for non-vaccinated travelers more difficult. Americans without vaccinations still need to enter with a negative COVID-19 test, but they'll also have to self-isolate in their hotel room for 10 days upon arrival. Vaccinated Americans are exempt from the self-isolation rule; just make sure to upload your vaccination card to the German health portal before your flight to avoid any hiccups at the airport.


If being homebound for over a year has you dreaming of lounging away on a Greek island, vaccinated American travelers can skip the testing requirements that Greece has in place. Unvaccinated travelers need at least one negative COVID-19 test to enter the country and then additional tests to travel around to the islands, but if you've already got your shots then you don't need to worry about testing at all. About one-fifth of the country’s GDP comes from tourism, so Greece has been particularly eager to safely welcome back visitors as quickly as possible. To keep locals safe, the government has been prioritizing vaccinations for workers in the tourism industry. 


Just across the border from Belize, Guatemala is allowing travelers who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks to enter the country without completing the mandatory PCR test before arrival (travelers who can show they’ve recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months can also enter the country). If getting your shots has you hankering for something adventurous, then Guatemala may be just what you’re looking for. Camp out at the base of an active volcano, try surfing on the black sand beaches of the Pacific Coast, or go for a swim in the underground caves of K’an Ba. 


The small island nation has had one of the lowest incidence rates of COVID globally, largely due to being naturally isolated and enforcing a strict double screening where visitors must take a PCR test on arrival, quarantine for five days, and then take another test. Since March, vaccinated travelers have been exempt from the testing and quarantine process, including those from the U.S. However, as of July 27, vaccinated travelers also need a negative COVID-19 test to enter Iceland, while non-vaccinated travelers still need to complete the five-day quarantine.


U.S. travelers can visit Ireland by showing proof of vaccination or a valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 180 days. If you have neither of those, then entry is much more complicated. Not only do you have to supply a recent negative COVID-19 test result from a PCR exam—rapid tests are not accepted—but you'll also have to self-quarantine for up to 14 days upon arrival and take an additional COVID-19 test. You'll also need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before arrival.


One of the worst-hit countries at the beginning of the pandemic, Italy suffered a long and strict lockdown in hopes that tourism would bounce back by summer 2021. American tourists were allowed to enter Italy throughout the summer as long as they were vaccinated or arrived with a negative COVID-19 test, but that changed on August 31 after the European Union removed the U.S. from its "safe list." Now, anyone coming to Italy who's been in the U.S. within the previous 14 days needs to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test (if you haven't been vaccinated, you'll have to quarantine on arrival for five days). You'll also need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form, which can be done before departure.

Additionally, Italy is requiring a green pass—the certificazione verde—in order to eat inside restaurants, enter museums, or attend festivals, among other activities. The Italian Ministry of Health has clarified that American tourists can use their CDC vaccine card in lieu of the Italian green pass. Beginning September 1, 2021, the vaccine certificate is also required to use public transport, including long-distance trains and domestic flights.


On October 22, 2021, the Netherlands downgraded the U.S. from a "very high-risk" country to a "high-risk" country, making it much easier for vaccinated Americans to visit. As long as you've received the full dosage of your vaccine, you can enter the Netherlands without any pre-testing or quarantine requirements (although taking a self-test after arrival is recommended). If you don't have a vaccination card, you'll need to enter with a negative COVID-19 test.Regardless of vaccination status, be sure to complete the pre-travel authorization form before departure.


Portugal was one of the first European countries to start re-accepting American tourists in June. In fact, Americans can visit Portugal whether they’re vaccinated or not, as long as they arrive with a negative COVID-19 test. However, Portugal is one of the countries making extensive use of the European digital vaccine pass, sometimes known as a “green pass,” which is available to residents in Europe to show they’ve been vaccinated. In high-risk cities—including Lisbon and Porto—you must either show a digital pass or a recent negative test to check in to your accommodation or eat inside a restaurant on the weekend. Because Americans don’t have a way to access this digital pass, even vaccinated travelers are effectively forced to take constant COVID-19 tests. 

Puerto Rico

Even though it's considered domestic travel, restrictions for entering Puerto Rico are much lighter for vaccinated travelers, even those coming from the mainland. If you already have the full dosage, just upload your vaccine information to the online portal before landing on the island and you're free to move around. Otherwise, you'll have to either enter with a negative COVID-19 test result, self-isolate in Puerto Rico until you obtain one, or pay a fine.Apart from the entry restrictions, you also need to show a proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, and other locales.


The first country to open its borders to vaccinated tourists was the Seychelles, the archipelago off the coast of East Africa that’s practically synonymous with paradise. Visitors need a certificate showing that at least two weeks have passed since being fully vaccinated—meaning both shots—and also bring a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Getting to the Seychelles may seem like a long journey, but after being cooped up at home for over a year, an escape to one of the most far-flung places in the world sounds better than ever. 


Since reopening to American travelers in June, Spain has had some of the most lenient entry requirements in the EU. However, the U.S. was removed from Spain's list of low-risk countries on September 6, 2021, meaning travelers must now enter with a vaccination card, a negative COVID-19 test, or a certificate of recovery. You'll also need to complete the Spanish health form up to two days before departure, so fill it out before leaving to minimize the wait time upon arrival.


While most of Thailand requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival, the island of Phuket is an exception for vaccinated travelers. Beginning July 1, visitors who are fully vaccinated and have a negative COVID-19 test can fly directly into Phuket without needing to self-quarantine. If this pilot program is successful in attracting tourists without causing case numbers to go up, the Thai government plans to expand it to other popular tourist destinations by October. If you want to explore other parts of Thailand without quarantining, you just have to start in Phuket and after 14 days you’re free to travel throughout the rest of the country.

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