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These Countries Are Open to Vaccinated Travelers

By Michelle Baran

Jul 17, 2021

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With well over 50 percent of the population now fully vaccinated, Iceland is calling.

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With well over 50 percent of the population now fully vaccinated, Iceland is calling.

Bermuda, France, Italy, and St. Bart’s are among the countries open to vaccinated Americans. Here’s the full list of countries open to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers.

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With the lifting of Europe’s U.S. travel ban, the vast majority of European countries are now open to American travelers, regardless of whether they are vaccinated. But some countries in Europe are still making it easier for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For instance, vaccinated U.S. travelers might be able to bypass a COVID testing requirement, depending on the country they are entering.

Elsewhere in the world, additional destinations continue to open up to vaccinated travelers, too. In some cases, just as with Europe, countries may be open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors, just with different entry requirements for each—in other cases, governments might only be letting vaccinated travelers to enter for the time being, or vaccinated travelers can forgo an otherwise prohibitive quarantine.

There are also a wide variety of exceptions for children who are too young to be vaccinated. Depending on their age, they may get a pass entirely when traveling with vaccinated or COVID-tested parents or guardians, or they may need to present a negative COVID test result and/or quarantine.

The global web of rules and restrictions remains a changing and complicated one, even as vaccination rates continue to increase in the United States and abroad.

Before traveling internationally, be sure to check the U.S. State Department’s detailed COVID-19 travel information and country-specific advisories for the destinations you are heading to because travel restrictions may change from what is listed below. And be aware that all international passengers age two and older flying into the U.S. (including returning U.S. citizens and permanent residents) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test procured within three days before boarding their flight to the United States, regardless of whether they are vaccinated.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has detailed recommendations for travel during the pandemic, both for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. 

The best destinations for vaccinated travelers in 2021

Before we get into the more comprehensive list of destinations open to vaccinated travelers, we wanted to call out our picks for vaccinated travel this year based on several factors.

With relatively simple entry requirements (especially for those who are vaccinated), promising vaccination campaigns, and COVID case rates, these destinations offer greater ease of mind amid the ongoing pandemic and are at the top of our postvaccine travel list.

In all of the countries listed below, at least 30 percent of the population had been vaccinated at press time, with Iceland at an impressive 67 percent, Bermuda at 61 percent, and Israel at 57 percent. The only exception is French Polynesia, which had a 22 percent vaccination rate at press time, but has only recorded very low (single-digit) new COVID cases for weeks.

With vaccination rates in parentheses (note that these typically inch up daily), followed by the CDC’s COVID risk assessment level, which is based on COVID cases and containment measures, these are our top picks for where to travel internationally in 2021:  

  • Anguilla (47.4 percent)—Level 1
  • Bermuda (61.1 percent)—Level 1
  • Croatia (31 percent)—Level 3
  • Curaçao (50.7 percent)—Level 1
  • Denmark (40 percent)—Level 3
  • France (36.4 percent)—Level 3
  • French Polynesia (Tahiti) (21.9 percent)—Level 1
  • Germany (42.7 percent)—Level 2
  • Greece (39.7 percent)—Level 3
  • Iceland (67 percent)—Level 1
  • Israel (57.4 percent)—Level 1
  • Italy (38.2 percent)—Level 3
  • Sweden (34.8 percent)—Level 3
  • Switzerland (40.1 percent)—Level 3

Countries open to vaccinated travelers

Whether or not you’re vaccinated, you can, of course, still travel. You can drive or fly to countless destinations across the U.S., and you can even venture farther afield to Mexico, Costa Rica, Kenya, Tanzania, and other countries where Americans are allowed to enter regardless of vaccination status, typically when armed with negative COVID test results.

In the following list, we’ve included some of the destinations that allow both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers to offer a more comprehensive picture of where vaccinated travelers can visit. We did not include any destinations that have a prohibitive quarantine requirement in place for vaccinated travelers based on the assumption that if there is a longer quarantine requirement, the destination is not conducive to leisure travel.

We caution and remind travelers that just because a destination is open to American travelers, it does not necessarily mean that they should go. Some of the destinations on the below list were experiencing COVID case surges at press time, including Botswana, the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Seychelles, South Africa, and Spain, among others. Travelers should continue to look at the entire picture when planning trips abroad.

These countries are among the dozens of destinations now allowing vaccinated U.S. travelers to visit:

  • Anguilla 
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic (Czechia)
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • France
  • French Polynesia (Tahiti)
  • Republic of Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Iceland
  • Ireland (effective July 19)
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • St. Bart’s
  • St. Lucia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania

Here are some more details on the entry requirements and travel restrictions for the countries granting entry to vaccinated U.S. travelers.

Anguilla

As of July 1, Anguilla is only allowing fully vaccinated travelers to visit the eastern Caribbean island—unvaccinated travelers cannot go unless they are citizens or residents. Vaccinated visitors will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and will be required to quarantine until they produce a negative result. There is no longer an entry application fee for fully vaccinated visitors (previously, vaccinated travelers had to pay a $300 fee). Anguilla’s tourist board has more information on the latest entry protocols.

Armenia

According to the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, international travelers entering Armenia must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 completed at least 14 days prior to arrival or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. Without these, they are required to take a COVID test upon arrival and quarantine until the results are received. Children under age one are exempt.

Austria

Travel from the U.S. to Austria is now allowed as long as travelers present a CDC-issued vaccination certificate indicating they received their first vaccine dose at least 21 days prior to travel; have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days; or present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result procured within 72 or 48 hours of travel, respectively, according to the Austrian government.

Bahamas

If you’re vaccinated, a Bahamas getaway no longer requires COVID-19 testing.

As of May 1, all international travelers who are fully vaccinated can enter the Bahamas without needing to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. They will be required to follow other safety protocols implemented by the government. Unvaccinated travelers will still need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before arrival in the Bahamas.

Fully vaccinated Bahamian citizens and residents have been exempt from testing requirements as of April 21. All travelers—both vaccinated and unvaccinated—are being asked to follow government-mandated face mask requirements and social-distancing efforts.

Barbados

Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers can travel to Barbados with a negative PCR test result from three days prior to travel and must then have a test done at the airport or at an approved hotel or resort accommodation. They must quarantine for one to two days as they await results. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for five to seven days and can’t leave their rooms at approved accommodations until their second negative PCR test result. Visit Barbados has all the latest COVID travel guidelines.

Belize

Have vaccine, will travel . . . to Belize.

In order to be permitted to travel to the Central American country of Belize, travelers must present a COVID-19 vaccine card that shows proof of complete vaccination at least two weeks prior to arrival. Those who have not been vaccinated must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to travel or a negative rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel. Children under the age of five are exempt.

Belgium

As of June 21, nonessential travel from the U.S. to Belgium is permitted, according to the U.S. Embassy in Belgium. Travelers from the U.S. do not need to present any additional health documentation as long as the U.S. is deemed a “green” or “orange” country— if it is “red,” a negative PCR test is required. At press time, the United States was classified as “orange” meaning no test or vaccine certificate is necessary to enter Belgium. Travelers entering Belgium do need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form no more than 48 hours prior to arrival.

Bermuda

Fully vaccinated travelers heading to the North Atlantic island of Bermuda may enter the British overseas territory but must still submit to several COVID-19 tests. 

Vaccinated visitors who arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 72 hours of flying to Bermuda must then take a postarrival PCR test and quarantine until a negative result is received. No additional quarantine is required, but additional tests must be taken on days 4, 8, and 14 of the stay in Bermuda. Vaccinated travelers who arrive without a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result must quarantine until they receive a negative result on their day 4 test in Bermuda. After that they are no longer required to quarantine but must still test on days 8 and 14.

Botswana

As per the U.S. Embassy in Botswana, all international arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test procured within 72 hours of departure for Botswana. All travelers leaving Botswana must also present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

British Virgin Islands

Swap your face mask for a snorkel mask in the BVI.

As of July 12, fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the British Virgin Islands are able to travel freely within the territory after taking an approved rapid antigen test upon arrival and receiving negative results (typically within 24 hours). Vaccinated travelers will still need to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result from within five days of travel and provide proof that it has been two weeks since receiving the second shot of an approved two-dose vaccine—including Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca—or one shot of a single-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson. Unvaccinated travelers will still be required to quarantine for a full four days after arriving, in addition to taking PCR tests within five days of travel and upon arrival. All non-resident travelers are required to have medical travel insurance that covers COVID-19 related costs. The BVI tourism board has more information on reopening guidelines.

Bulgaria

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Effective May 19, citizens and residents of the European Union and Schengen nations as well as those from a long list of additional countries, including the United States, can enter Bulgaria if they present a vaccination certificate that shows they have been fully vaccinated (so two doses, if two doses are required) at least 14 days prior to arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. They can also enter if they have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 no more than six months before entry, or if they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result procured within 72 hours of entering Bulgaria or a negative COVID-19 antigen test performed within 48 hours of entry.

Costa Rica

Americans, regardless of vaccination status, have been able to enter Costa Rica since last fall, as long as they had proof of health insurance. But starting August 1, the health insurance requirement will be dropped for vaccinated travelers.

Croatia

Come for the coastline, stay for Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As of April 1, anyone can travel to Croatia if they present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate (the final dose must be administered at least 14 days before arrival); can present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Croatia (if it’s a rapid test, a second test must be taken 10 days after the initial test if your stay in Croatia is longer than 10 days); or were diagnosed with and recovered from COVID-19 no more than 180 days prior to arrival. Children under seven years of age are exempt.

The U.S. Embassy in Croatia reminds travelers that tourists who meet the above requirements will only be permitted to enter Croatia if they provide evidence that they have paid for their Croatia accommodations in advance and in full prior to arrival at the border.

Cyprus

Effective July 1, Cyprus is following a color-coded system for COVID-9 travel requirements. At press time, the United States was classified as orange, meaning that travelers from the U.S. to Cyprus must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test procured within 72 hours of departure and complete an online Cyprus Flight Pass form.

Czech Republic (Czechia)

The Czech Republic considers the United States a country with low risk and as such travelers from the U.S. have no health-related entry requirements specific to the pandemic, according to the Czech government.

Denmark

Vaccinated U.S. travelers as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19 are welcome to enter Denmark and do not need to test or quarantine. Unvaccinated U.S. travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 72 hours of boarding and then get tested again upon arrival.  

Dominica

Prior to traveling to the Caribbean island of Dominica, all travelers must fill out an online health form at least 24 hours before arrival. At the link, those who have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to arrival will need to upload their COVID-19 vaccination certificate. They will also need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from within 24 to 72 hours of arrival. Vaccinated travelers will also need to take a rapid antigen test after arrival and if the result is negative, they will be cleared to continue with their stay. If it’s positive, they will need to take a PCR test and isolate until the results are ready.

Ecuador

Ecuador's wildlife-filled Galápagos archipelago is now available to vaccinated travelers.

On March 17, Ecuador issued new guidelines for entering the country that went into effect on March 22: Anyone can enter Ecuador as long as they have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, can present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than three days prior to arrival in Ecuador, or were diagnosed with and recovered from COVID-19 and are symptom free. Children under two years of age are exempt.

Visitors will be asked about and screened for symptoms (such as fever, cough, general malaise, loss of smell, loss of taste) upon arrival in Ecuador and will be evaluated by health ministry personnel. If there’s cause for concern, travelers will be required to take a rapid antigen test and, if it comes back positive, isolate for 10 days at their own expense. If the rapid antigen test is negative, the visitor can continue on their trip and will not need to isolate.

Travelers in Ecuador must abide by safety protocols, including mandatory mask wearing, maintaining a social distance, and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

Egypt

Regardless of vaccination status, U.S. travelers entering Egypt must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of their flight, according to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. Children under the age of six are exempt.

El Salvador

As of March 29, fully vaccinated U.S. travelers are no longer being asked to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test for entering El Salvador. But the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador cautions that travelers should verify with their airline that if they are vaccinated, they will be allowed to board without the negative COVID test result. 

Estonia

If you’re vaccinated, Estonia will have you.

Effective February 2, the northern European country of Estonia has declared that those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the country without having to submit to an otherwise mandatory 10-day quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements. The Estonian government has said that vaccinated travelers must still adhere to any public health measures that are in place in Estonia.

France

On June 18, France moved the United States to its “green list” of countries, which allows unvaccinated travelers to enter as long as they submit a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test that was taken within 72 prior to boarding. Previously, the United States was on France’s “orange list” of countries, and only vaccinated leisure travelers could enter from the U.S. carrying with them a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test.

Read more: France Has Reopened to U.S. Travelers—Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Visiting

Being on the green list means that vaccinated leisure travelers from the U.S. can enter France with no additional public health requirements (such as COVID testing) or quarantine. 

Unvaccinated minors traveling from the U.S. are allowed to enter France, but those age 11 and older will have to show a negative test.

French Polynesia

The French Polynesian islands of Tahiti reopened to vaccinated U.S. travelers on May 1. Travelers must show proof of having been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival. Between 30 and 6 days prior to travel, they must fill out an online form, where they will upload their vaccine certificate. Vaccinated travelers must also submit their Tahiti booking itinerary along with contact information for their accommodations and travel providers. A negative COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 3 days prior to travel is required for all travelers age 11 and older. Children under the age of 6 aren’t subject to quarantine and can travel with their vaccinated parents; children between 6 and 16 who have not been vaccinated or can’t show proof of immunity from a prior infection will have to quarantine with their family.

Georgia

Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains are accessible for those who have been vaccinated.

As of February 1, 2021, any fully vaccinated traveler from any country is allowed to enter Georgia as long as they present documentation confirming their COVID-19 vaccination status (if the vaccine required two doses, proof of both doses must be provided).

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, the European Union, Israel, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, or the United States must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 72 hours prior to travel at the Georgian border. On their third day in Georgia, travelers must submit to a second PCR test.

Germany

Germany now allows unrestricted access to U.S. residents, regardless of vaccination status, a policy that was established on June 20. Travelers from the U.S. heading to Germany must provide a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or proof of vaccination. Both PCR and rapid tests are accepted—the PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering Germany, and the rapid antigen test no more than 48 hours. For proof of vaccination, it must have been at least 14 days since the last vaccine dose was administered, and travelers must have a physical copy of their vaccine certificate. (A digital photo of a card will not be accepted.) A 10-day quarantine—previously mandated for U.S. travelers arriving in Germany—will no longer be required.

Greece

Effective April 19, travelers from the European Union, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Serbia, and the United Arab Emirates are allowed to enter Greece without having to quarantine if they meet certain conditions.

Those coming from the above countries who’ve received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival do not need to quarantine; they also are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Those who are not vaccinated will need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. Children age five and under are exempt.

Passengers can enter the country through nine airports: Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos, and Santorini. Land border entries are permitted at the entry gates of Promachonas and Nymphaio.

All travelers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form no more than 24 hours prior to arriving in Greece.

All international arrivals will be subject to random and mandatory health checks in Greece, which can include a rapid COVID-19 antigen test. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be transported to a quarantine hotel, paid for by the Greek government, where they will take a PCR test to confirm the results. For travelers who test positive again, they will remain in quarantine for at least 10 days after which they will undergo a new round of testing to determine if they are COVID-free.

Grenada 

The Caribbean nation of Grenada reduced quarantine from seven days to two days for vaccinated travelers.

Effective May 1, Grenada has reduced the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers who are two weeks out from their second AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna shot or first Johnson & Johnson shot. Vaccinated travelers will still need to provide a negative PCR test result from no more than 72 hours prior to travel, have another test done at the airport, and then quarantine until those test results come back (up to 48 hours). Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine up to seven days, with a PCR test administered on the fifth day. Travel authorization applications must be completed via travelauth.health.gov.gd. More information can be found via the Grenada Tourism Authority website and covid19.gov.gd.

Guatemala

Effective February 24, anyone entering Guatemala must present either a COVID-19 vaccine certificate with vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to arrival, a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof or having tested positive and recovered from COVID-19 within three months of arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. Children under 10 are exempt.

Iceland

Vaccinated Americans can now visit Iceland.

Iceland announced on July 1, that vaccinated travelers and those who have recovered from COVID-19 are allowed to enter the country with no testing or quarantine requirements. Those who are not vaccinated may travel to Iceland as well, but they will have to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure before boarding their flight to Iceland, and also submit to another PCR test upon arriving in Iceland, quarantine for five days, and then undergo a second test after the five-day quarantine. Everyone needs to preregister before visiting the country.

Travelers must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated (so two doses if two doses are required) with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medicines Agency, which includes the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Read more: Iceland Has Reopened to Travelers—Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Ireland

According to the Irish government, beginning July 19, Ireland will begin welcoming travelers from within Europe who have the EU Digital COVID Certificate—a digital health pass issued to EU residents who have been vaccinated for COVID-19, tested negative for the virus, or who have recovered from COVID-19. Travelers with the EU Digital COVID Certificate will not be required to quarantine.

Travelers from all non-European countries, including the U.K. and the U.S., will also be allowed to enter Ireland as of July 19 as long as the country is not on the European Union’s “emergency brake” list—countries that have new or renewed restrictions applied to them due to a worsening epidemiological situation. 

Travelers arriving from the U.S. will have to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to bypass otherwise mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine. Those without proof of vaccination will need to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival. They will then need to quarantine after arrival and take a second postarrival test.

Israel

The Israel Ministry of Tourism and the country’s Ministry of Health say that the country will begin welcoming vaccinated travelers back starting May 23. Full details of the guidelines are expected in due course, but the program will see a select number of tour groups allowed to visit at first. The number of groups will increase based on the success of the program. Individual travelers will likely be allowed in July. All visitors will still be required to undergo a PCR test before flying to the country, as well as a serological test to prove their vaccination upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.

“Sixty percent of Israel’s population has been vaccinated and with the United States and Israel using the same vaccines, we are hopeful that by summer we can open our doors wide and welcome every visitor to Israel who would like to come,” said Eyal Carlin, Israel’s tourism commissioner for North America.

Italy

Americans can now enter Italy as long as they are vaccinated for COVID-19, have recovered from COVID, or present a negative COVID test result. The Italian government’s new plan for U.S. travelers went into effect on June 21.

Read more: Italy Is Reopening to Travelers—Here’s Everything You Need to Know

In order to meet the new requirements for entering Italy, travelers from the U.S. must provide proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Italy (so you must have received your second dose, if two are required, at least two weeks before traveling). Italian officials said that they’ll accept the white CDC-issued paper vaccination certificate that Americans receive when they are vaccinated.

Alternatively, U.S. travelers can also present a lab-generated negative COVID-test result—either a rapid antigen or PCR test—that was carried out within 48 hours of departure for Italy (travelers must present certification from the laboratory that performed the test).

The third option is to provide proof of having recovered from COVID-19 “with a medical certificate outlining any necessary information,” according to the Italian government.

Kenya

Regardless of vaccination status, U.S. travelers arriving in Kenya must present a QR code obtained after completing an online health questionnaire, and they will be asked to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 96 hours prior to arrival. Arrivals will also be screened for a temperature and be asked if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Lebanon

U.S. travelers can bypass a quarantine in Lebanon if they provide proof of vaccination.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Lebanon and may bypass the otherwise required COVID-19 tests (one from 96 hours prior to arrival, and a PCR test taken at the airport after arrival), as well as the mandatory 72-hour quarantine while awaiting the results of the airport test, if they have been fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival. They can also bypass the tests and quarantine if they have recovered from COVID-19 more than 15 days prior to arrival.

Lithuania

As of June 1, fully vaccinated U.S. travelers can enter Lithuania—with no testing or quarantine required. Prior to arrival, visitors must fill out an online public health form and present the QR code to the airline before boarding.

Mexico

U.S. travelers can enter Mexico regardless of vaccination status and with no COVID test. They will simply be asked to submit to a health screening upon arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Montenegro

Montenegro is allowing in vaccinated visitors from any country, including the United States. Travelers must present either a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours or proof that they received the second dose of a vaccine more than seven days before their arrival.

Morocco

The United States is classified as a “List A” country by the government of Morocco, which means that travelers arriving from the U.S. can enter Morocco if they are fully vaccinated or if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result procured within 72 hours of entering Morocco. The U.S. Embassy in Morocco advises that even those who are vaccinated take a PCR test and be ready to present a negative result upon arrival in case they are asked for it.  

Nepal

A view of the Himalayas is available to the vaccinated.

Nepal is allowing in vaccinated travelers. All arrivals must show either a negative PCR result taken 72 hours before boarding or a document showing complete vaccination against COVID-19. They’ll also need either a visa or recommendation letter from the department of tourism, proof of travel insurance, and a barcode obtained via an online application. Nepal’s tourism board has a document outlining the latest protocols.

The Netherlands

As of June 24, Americans can freely enter the Netherlands—no vaccine, negative test, or quarantine required. They’ll just need to complete a health declaration (more information is available on the government’s website).

Poland

Fully vaccinated travelers (meaning it has been at least 14 days since their second dose if two doses were required) entering Poland, including those from the U.S., are exempt from an otherwise mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Portugal

On June 15, Portugal reopened to all COVID-tested travelers from the United States.

“Beginning June 15, non-essential (i.e., tourist travel) from the United States to mainland Portugal is permitted for travelers with proof of a negative COVID-19 test,” the U.S. Embassy in Portugal stated.

There is no COVID-19 vaccine requirement for travel to Portugal from the U.S. at this time. Instead, all passengers entering Portugal, except for children age 24 months and younger, must simply provide proof of a negative, lab-generated COVID-19 test result. It needs to be either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), such as a PCR test, performed within 72 hours of boarding, or a rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours of boarding. No additional testing or quarantine will be required for mainland Portugal.

Travelers should complete a Passenger Locator Card within 48 hours of traveling to Portugal.

U.S. travelers who want to visit the Portuguese islands of the Azores or Madeira should be aware that they both have their own rules for entry.

Romania

International travelers arriving in Romania, including Americans, can skip a 14-day quarantine requirement if they provide proof of vaccination (completed at least 10 days prior to arrival) or proof of recovery from COVID-19, according to the Romanian Embassy. Children 3 and younger are exempt. Children age 3 to 16 must provide a negative COVID PCR test from within 72 hours of travel.

Seychelles

The Indian Ocean island paradise of Seychelles is beckoning.

Seychelles was one of the very first countries to begin welcoming vaccinated travelers earlier this year. But now the island nation is welcoming all visitors regardless of vaccination status as long as they have a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of travel. There’s no quarantine requirement, but they must have travel insurance and need to stay at licenced establishments. Those traveling from South Africa, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan are currently restricted from entering.

Slovenia

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens or those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 can enter Slovenia, according to the Slovenian government.

Spain

For travel to Spain from the U.S., the requirement is simple: Fill out an online Health Control Form and present the resulting QR code upon arrival. No vaccination certificate, COVID test, or quarantine is needed.

Read more: Spain Has Reopened to U.S. Travelers—Here’s Everything You Need to Know

St. Bart’s

Fully vaccinated travelers can enter St. Bart’s with a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those under 10 are exempt. 

St. Lucia

Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers can enter St. Lucia after completing a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form. All passengers age five and older will also need a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from within five days of travel. Random testing and screenings may be conducted upon arrival. 

Sweden

The U.S.—along with Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macao, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Taiwan—is exempted from Sweden’s travel ban from June 30. Travelers who can now enter must “present a certificate showing a negative result for ongoing COVID-19 infection from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival.” People under 18, those with a long-term residency status, or visitors who satisfy a handful of other requirements can forgo the test. Vaccination doesn’t preclude you from needing the test, but it does mean you don’t need to undergo the recommended quarantine.

Switzerland

As of June 28, fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. can enter Switzerland and will not need to quarantine or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. They will just need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 72 hours of travel, or a negative COVID rapid antigen test result from within 48 hours of travel. 

Travelers, regardless of vaccination status, will need to fill out an online form before entering Switzerland.

Tanzania

U.S. travelers can enter Tanzania regardless of vaccination status. They must complete an online health form and present the resulting code upon arrival, along with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Arrivals may also be asked to take a rapid test upon arrival for a fee of $25, according to the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania.

This story was originally published on March 8, 2021, and was most recently updated on July 16, 2021, to include current information. Lyndsey Matthews, Tim Chester, and the Associated Press contributed reporting.

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