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Travel is hugely challenging if you’re unvaccinated at the moment. Although the world is slowly reopening, the vast majority of countries require you to be fully vaccinated.

But, with that said, there are some nations that allow you to enter if you’re unvaccinated or you’ve only received your first dose of the vaccine. 

Here are 14 nations you can enter right now if you’re unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

Travel Off Path is not Anti-vaccine and has created this article for those that do not have access to vaccines, may only be partially vaccinated or can’t be vaccinated for medical or personal reasons.

1. Mexico

Mexico is currently open to unvaccinated travelers. The nation has taken a relaxed approach to border restrictions since 2020. As a result, travelers from various nations can enter without requiring proof of vaccination. 

What’s more, travelers don’t need to provide evidence of a negative PCR test before arrival, which is something that most nations require. Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas are all popular Mexican destinations this winter.

2. The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is home to gorgeous tropical white-sand beaches and superb Spanish colonial architecture. However, it’s also open to unvaccinated travelers. Travelers also don’t need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. 

If you’re looking for a relaxing winter break without the hassle of confusing entry restrictions, this is an excellent option. The best destinations in the Dominican Republic include Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, and Puerto Plata.

Dominican Republic Flag

3. Costa Rica

Costa Rica — a nation of magnificent surfing, rainforests, and luxury resorts — is also open to unvaccinated travelers this winter. Better still, the nation doesn’t require evidence of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. 

The only requirement for unvaccinated travelers is mandatory travel insurance. You’ll need evidence of international travel insurance or Costa Rican travel insurance that covers accommodation costs in the event of quarantine.

4. Colombia

Colombia is a nation of excellent nature, vibrant cities, and fascinating Spanish colonial history. It’s also a nation that allows unvaccinated travelers to enter the country. Travelers don’t need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival either. 

However, if you’ve been inside India in the previous 14 days, you’re not currently allowed to enter Colombia. Bogata, the nation’s capital city, is where many first-timers to the country land, but we suggest checking out Medellin. Travel Off Path recently spent 3-weeks in Medellin and found it very affordable, trendy, and the weather can’t be beat.

Colombia-skyline-of-buildings

5. Croatia

Do you fancy a European winter vacation? As Europe increases restrictions from non-EU nations following the Delta variant — Croatia has kept its travel restrictions relatively low. The nation allows unvaccinated travelers to enter the country if they have evidence of a negative PCR test.

Alternatively, unvaccinated travelers can take a rapid-antigen test within 48 hours of arrival in Croatia. The rapid antigen test must meet EU requirements.

Tip: If you are headed to Dubrovnik in the off-season, prices are low and crowds are minimal. No matter what time of year you visit, be sure to book an unforgettable customized tour with Ivan at Dubrovnik Tourist Guide

6. Cyprus

The gorgeous Mediterranian island of Cyrpus is home to the stunning coastline, white-sand beaches, and amazing weather throughout the year. Unvaccinated travelers from the United States can enter Cyrpus if they take a negative COVID-19 test on arrival at their own cost. 

The requirement does not apply to travelers under 11. Furthermore, travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine on arrival regardless of their vaccination status.

Cyprus beach with tourists and blue water

7. The U.A.E

The U.A.E — home to the popular cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi — is open to unvaccinated travelers. However, travel restrictions within the country vary between Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. 

You should check for possible quarantine restrictions, documentation, and restrictions depending on the airport you arrive at. Nonetheless, the nation offers an excellent sunny winter break.

A 72-hour negative PCR test is required for entry.

Burj Khalifa

8. Jamaica 

Jamaica is a wonderfully beautiful island in the Caribbean. What’s more, the island also allows unvaccinated tourists to enter for a care-free vacation. However, travelers must not have been to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Paraguay, Peru, or Trinidad and Tobago in the previous 14 days. 

All passengers entering Jamaica will need to provide a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 3-days before arrival.

Tourists may need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival if they present any symptoms at all. If travelers have to take a test, travelers will have to wait in their hotel room until the test result comes back.

Montego-Bay-Jamaica-Beach

9. Russia (Excluding Canadians)

If you’ve ever thought about exploring Russia and its fascinating Soviet history, it’s a superb destination — albeit a cold one — to visit this winter. Unvaccinated travelers from the USA, UK and many other countries can enter Russia if they provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Russia. 

Furthermore, the negative PCR test must be in English or Russian, and travelers must fill out the COVID-19 testing form. 

Nice Russian Town On River

10. Brazil 

Brazil offers a fantastic exotic winter destination for U.S travelers this winter because of its position in the Southern Hemisphere. Unvaccinated travelers can enter Brazil via air, but land and sea borders remain shut. 

Travelers must also present evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Alternatively, travelers can enter Brazil if they have evidence of a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival. 

Brazil Coast

11. Romania 

Romania is an excellent destination to visit this winter if you’re looking for a budget destination with incredible gothic architecture. Unvaccinated travelers can enter Romania, but they must undergo a 14-day quarantine period. 

However, travelers can reduce their quarantine down to 10 days if they provide a negative PCR test on the 10th day. 

Proof of recent recovery (14-180 days) will also exempt the traveler from quarantine.

12. Turkey 

Turkey, a nation home to endless excellent cities, national parks, and gorgeous beaches, is open to unvaccinated tourists this winter. However, unvaccinated travelers must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. 

Alternatively, unvaccinated travelers can provide evidence of a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival. The requirement does not apply to travelers under 12. 

Hot air balloon flying over Cappadocia Turkey

13. Egypt 

If you’ve got a fascination with Ancient Egyptian history — and nobody would blame you — you’ll love visiting Egypt this winter. Furthermore, unvaccinated travelers can enter the country, but they must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken with 96 hours of arrival.

14. South Africa

South Africa is open to unvaccinated tourists this winter. In turn, that provides a fantastic sunny escape in the Southern Hemisphere. Travelers can enter South Africa by air only.

Travelers can provide evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test before arrival. If they don’t, travelers will have to take an antigen test on arrival at their own cost. If travelers test positive for COVID-19, the government will enforce a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

giraffe-south-africa

Final Thoughts

If you’re unvaccinated this winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t travel. It just means you’re going to face more restrictions.

This list isn’t exhaustive and travelers should check government websites before planning any travel.

Read More:

Travel Insurance That Covers Covid-19 For 2021

U.S. State Department Issues 16 New Travel Advisories For October

CDC Says Advice To Not Travel This Holiday Season Was An Error

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories


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Adam

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Peru should be added to that list. If you have negative PCR test you can enter without quarantine.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 18th of October 2021

Yes, it's not an exhaustive list, just our current top 14 recommendations

sheila

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

thanks for posting this info...am wondering though- have read your article countries that have re-opened for american tourists. That article lists a variety of countries which appear to allow the option of a negative pcr test OR vaccination (for example-Bosnia). Various countries with testing or proof of recovery (not ONLY vaccination) which are in the "countries reopened to american tourists" article are not included in the"14 countries open to unvaxxed tourists" article. So, is it still true that other than the 14 countries listed in this article... various countries do allow (at least US in the case of US citizens) people to enter with a negative PCR, quarantine, etc and not vaccine only? Or is it now down to these 14 countries only?

Christopher Hartley

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

@sheila, can a member of the community please provide some clarity into the antigen test for Brazil with the 24-hour window.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

No this is just a summary list of our top 14 recommendations currently, the list is not exhaustive.

Kior

Monday 11th of October 2021

Travel off path has been the go to website since our planet was plunged into more darkness. Thank you for bringing some light!

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 11th of October 2021

Thank you so much! Happy to help!

R

Monday 11th of October 2021

Thank you guys for writing this. Considering how terrible things have been with travel and restrictions, you guys always find a way to publish balanced and sane perspectives. So glad there are still options for people who decline the shot

Dee

Monday 11th of October 2021

“We are not anti-vaccine, but constantly allow looney comments from people to increase traffic and monetize and drive clicks.”

Including “personal reasons” is by nature supporting anti-vaccination efforts.

Even these comments here are silly and the blog seems to be engaging and supporting these efforts. “Serious side-effects”? SMH.

Christian

Thursday 14th of October 2021

@Dee, people who are anti-gene therapist aren’t necessarily anti-vaxxers.

Rick T

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

@Dee, You need to re-read what you just wrote. You speak of people needing to account for having a "first world mentality" and then you tell someone who you assume is Indian that their mindset is incorrect. This is a textbook example of having a first world mentality.

I sincerely wish that you could more love and kindness in this world. Your side is so convinced that segregation and discrimination are the way forward and you need to ask yourself: have pro-segregationists ever been on the right side of history?

Dee

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran,

That’s fine, we will agree to disagree. There is heavily selected screening recently, often with anti-vaxxers being the first to have approved comments.

You’ve posted in the past most of your traffic flow is American and you cater primarily to Americans, so it shouldn’t be surprising.

There is a big difference between actively spreading deranged, conspiratorial misinformation unrelated to posts at hand versus stating an opinion.

The reality is — this post is specifically catering to unvaccinated people by stating, “These are our favorite spots for unvaccinated travelers to go to.”

It’s fair that some people may interpret this as peddling in unsustainable and unethical tourism.

Just my opinion.

Dee

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

@Sanjay,

This is a blog about travel to countries with some countries having less civilized health care, infrastructure, more multi-generational households, etc. IMO, people should also account for moral and ethical decisions to make and drop the entitled, first world mentality as a right to enter countries unvaccinated because they view a communicable disease as not dangerous to themselves personally.

Given your name seems to Indian, and COVID ravished India because of the above, one would think you’d be able to convey a statement like “Covid isn’t dangerous” in more of a global mindset.

Doris Lee

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

@Dee, and thank you for not addressing the question which I raised underpins everything. You also inadvertently acknowledge that the virus isn't a concern seeing as the IFR is similar to the adverse reactions from the shots.

Please, we're just asking that you guys relax with wanting to force people to make medical decisions. The hatred you guys have for the "unvaxxed" is just not helpful.