It has been a long year of sitting at home and dreaming of the days we can travel freely again. There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Many countries are desperate to reopen their borders for tourists and start rebuilding their economies that have been devastated by the pandemic.
With inoculations for Covid-19 underway worldwide, it was only a matter of time before nations began opening their borders for travelers that have been vaccinated.
This is the complete list of countries that are open or planning to open for travelers who have received the Covid-19 vaccine. We will update this list constantly with any new announcements so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often!
While some countries have chosen to open their borders for vaccinated tourists without any entry requirements such as testing or quarantines, other countries are taking a more precautious route.
Being vaccinated for Covid-19 does provide protection for the traveler but immunologists are unsure if those who have been inoculated are still able to transmit the virus. Vaccinated tourists should still wear a mask and do everything they can to prevent unknowingly spreading the virus.
Countries That Are Open For Vaccinated Travelers
Last Updated: March 2, 2021
Recently Added: Lithuania, Thailand, Moldova
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that starting February 1, 2021, all international tourists who wish to enter Georgia by air may now do so, as long as they have received both doses of their Covid-19 vaccine and can provide their certificate of proof.
Travelers who have been vaccinated can enter Georgia without testing or quarantines.
In February 2021 Guatemala updated its official entry rules to include travelers who’ve been vaccinated.
Tourists can enter restriction-free (no tests/quarantines) if they can present evidence that they have received 2 full doses. The last dose must have been administered no less than 2 weeks prior to the date of travel.
The government of Iceland has announced that all travelers in the EU and approved third party countries who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will have restriction free entry beginning on May 1st, 2021. Travelers who present an international certificate of vaccination will not need to undergo testing or quarantine measures.
Before May 1st, certificate of vaccination does not exempt travelers from the current travel restrictions.
Lebanon has announced that tourists who present proof of a vaccination certificate will not need to quarantine upon arrival. All nations will be able to visit Lebanon under regular visa requirements.
Vaccinated travelers must still present a negative Covid-19 test no older than 96 hours to board their flight to Lebanon. A second PCR test will be performed upon arrival at the airport.
Lithuania, as of Feb 22, 2021, is now allowing fully vaccinated passengers to be exempt from the 48-hour pre-flight PCR test as well as the 10-day isolation requirements.
Currently, this vaccination exception only applies to travelers from countries that are currently permitted to visit, which includes fellow EU nations as well as 7 third-party nations suggested by the EU.
Moldova is now making exceptions for travelers holding a certificate of administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, most countries can visit Moldova with a 14-day quarantine, but vaccinated tourists will get to bypass the quarantine completely. Moldova also publishes a list of ‘red’ countries every 2 weeks of which entry is not allowed, but they have also made vaccination exceptions for ‘red’ nations as well.
The Polish government has announced that all travelers coming from approved countries who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 will be exempt from the mandatory 10 day quarantine.
Vaccinated travelers will need to present proof of an international certificate of vaccine.
Romania has lifted all travel restrictions for tourists who have been vaccinated within the EU. Previously, all incoming travelers had to quarantine for 14 days but a recent announcement by Romanian authorities states that travelers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will bypass the quarantine.
Travelers will need to wait a minimum of 10 day after their second shot of the Covid-19 vaccine before traveling to Romania.
The Seychelles has opened their borders for vaccinated tourists without having to quarantine for 10 days. Inoculated travelers must wait a minimum of 14 days before arriving in the Seychelles and will still need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test no older then 72 hours from arrival. Vaccinated tourists from all countries are now welcome under regular visa requirements.
See the complete details on Seychelles reopening for vaccinated travelers.
Starting Feb 13, 2021 any EU resident/citizen who has proof of vaccination can enter Slovenia without testing or quarantine requirements.
Currently, it is only for fellow EU travelers, and not third-party countries.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that the country will begin to allow vaccinated tourists with a shorter quarantine and may even waive it entirely. TAT Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn said that the program for vaccinated tourists will be introduced step by step. The first step being a reduced quarantine from 14 days to 3 days or waiving it entirely he explained. Although no confirmed start date for the program was given, the Governor told Reuters “We have to be fast because we want to start welcoming tourists in the third quarter,”
Government officials in both Denmark and Greece are discussing plans to loosen restrictions for travelers that have been vaccinated. They will be added to the list once an official statement is made regarding dates of implementation and entry requirements.
Israel has been a world leader with its vaccination rollout with more than 25% of the population receiving their first shot. Sharon Bershadsky, director of the Israel Tourist Office in the UK said “Israel is working hard to open its borders to tourists as soon as possible.”
Cyprus – Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos stated that as of March 1st, 2021 Cyprus is planning to reopen for vaccinated travelers without restrictions, however the change was not official made. While it may be delayed, Cyprus is still expected to make exceptions for vaccinated travelers soon.
This list will be updated frequently but travelers need to be aware current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your airline, 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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Originally written Jan 28, 2021 with updates