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While travel might not be the same as it once was, as of 2021 many countries have started to ease border restrictions and reopen for international tourists. 

So, where can you travel right now? And which countries are allowing tourists to enter? 

Here’s the complete list of countries that are reopening for tourism.

list of countries reopening for tourism

Editor’s Note: While this article was originally created in 2020, we’ve updated it to reflect new rules and reopenings for 2021. New vaccination rules and nations eager to capitalize on the summer 2021 season has created many new travel opportunities.

Bookmark this page, as we will be updating it as often as we can throughout all these openings, closings, restrictions, and relaxations.

*The reopening of tourism activities is dependent on the approval of each country’s government and could change without notice. Be sure to check with local and federal authorities before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse or encourage traveling while advisories are in place. All travelers should ensure they have proper travel insurance that covers covid.

Countries Reopening For Tourism

Last Updated: June 24, 2021
Recent Updates/Additions:  Colombia, Denmark, Spain, France, Morocco

Albania

Open Without Restrictions

Albania reopened borders for international tourism on July 1, 2020 and has stayed open the entire time.

All nations welcome. At this time there are only temperature checks at the airport. No tests. No quarantines. 

Albania is a great option for travelers who need a country to meet up in with no restrictions. 

Read all the details about Albania’s reopening for tourism

Andorra

Had Reopened –  but experiencing new restrictions/closures

2021 note: Andorra is experiencing temporary re-closures and restrictions due to the current situation. Tourism is not encouraged at this time.

Anguilla

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Anguilla reopened its borders for international tourism on August 21, 2020.

Under strict protocols, Anguilla will require visitors to get online approval with a PCR test before they arrive, as well as another once in the country. The fees for visiting are also quite astronomical at this point, around $500 USD for a couple staying 1 week. (Just for entry!)

As of April 14, fully vaccinated passengers can reduce their quarantine time from 14-days down to 7-days. Starting on July 1, 2021, Anguilla will remove the entire quarantine period for fully vaccinated travelers.

Read all the requirements for traveling to Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Open – with restrictions 

Antigua-and-Barbuda-Reopening-To-International-Tourists-on-June-4th

Antigua and Barbuda reopened to international visitors on June 4, 2020 and is still open in 2021.

Visitors will need to bring a negative PCR test with them, but not many other restrictions are in place. 

See the complete guide to Antigua and Barbuda reopening and all entry requirements

Armenia

Open – with restrictions 
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Armenia has reopened borders for international tourism on August 12, 2020

They’re accepting tourists from all nations, making Armenia a great option for many bi-national couples currently separated by travel bans.

As of mid-2021 -Arrivals can either bring a negative 72-hour PCR with them to circumvent quarantine – OR –  they can show proof of being fully vaccinated with at least 14 days having elapsed.

See all info about Armenia’s reopening 

Aruba

Open – with restrictions

Aruba officially reopened borders for international arrivals starting in June.

All travelers must present proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival. 

Aruba also has a mandatory insurance policy all tourists must purchase, which costs around $30 per person. 

Read the complete guide on Aruba reopening its borders including all entry requirements

Austria

Open –  with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Vienna Austria, now reopen to EU tourists

Austria originally reopened its borders to for tourism on June 16, 2020, but went into lockdown for most of fall 2020 and winter/spring 2021. Lockdown ended May 19, 2021 with another round of restrictions due to end July 1, 2021.

Currently, entry is only possible for EU/EEA and select third-party nationals. 

Passengers can bring proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, proof of recent recovery, or proof of vaccination.

Here’s everything you need to know about Austria’s reopening and entry rules

Bahamas

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers 

The Bahamas officially reopened for tourism in July, re-closed, and then reopened again in October 2020.

Tourists from all countries are welcome to visit the Bahamas at this time. A negative PCR test is required, taken no longer than 5 days before arrival, as well as another rapid test on-island for any stays longer than 5 days.

Starting May 1, 2021 The Bahamas will make exceptions to allow fully vaccinated passengers to skip PCR testing

For more information, read the Bahama’s reopening guide.

Barbados

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Barbados officially reopened for tourism on July 12020, allowing travelers from all countries and nations to visit.

While all nations are welcome to visit the island nation of Barbados, there are different entry requirements depending on where the travelers are coming from. USA, Canada, the UK, and other countries are currently considered ‘high-risk’, meaning 2-3 PCR tests are needed, as well as. a7-day quarantine.

Starting May 8, 2021Barbados is now softening some of its strict entry rules for vaccinated tourists. Passengers that have been fully vaccinated will still have to present a negative PCR test to enter but will have more relaxed rules once on the island, like shortening the mandatory 7-day quarantine down to 1-2 days.

See all of the entry requirements on our Barbados Reopening For Tourism Guide

Bali (Indonesia)

Closed For General Tourism – few exceptions for business visas

bali pagoda tourist attraction

While Bali (Indonesia) is still technically closed for general tourism, there are still ways to get in. 

Some longer-stay travellers have been entering under business visas, albeit with some steep costs and protocols.

Originally, the Governor of Bali  announced that the island would officially be reopening its borders for international tourism on September 11th, 2020, but that was retracted. Another rumor suggested December 1, but that also did not happen. 

General tourism is not expected now until late 2021.

Belarus

Had Reopened –  but experiencing new restrictions/closures

Covid-related entry requirements include: Quarantining for 10-days upon arrival if coming from a ‘high-risk’ country and as of December 21, 2020 bringing a 3-day PCR test as well. 

Read more on Belarus Reopening for Tourism

Belize

Open – with restrictions 
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Belize reopened borders on October 1, 2020. 

All nations can visit, but everyone will need to bring a negative test no older than 96 hours.

New in 2021: Vaccinated travelers are exempt from the PCR testing requirement for entry.

See more information on Belize reopening for tourism with all entry protocols

Belgium

Had Reopened –  but experiencing new restrictions/closures

On June 15, 2020, Belgium officially reopened its borders to tourists, first allowing select countries to visit. Then on January 27, 2021, Belgium shut its borders again for non-essential travel.

Now as of mid-2021, Belgium is once again allowing EU+ residents to visit, with more reopening news to come for June/July 2021.

See all the latest info on Belgium’s reopening for tourism

Bermuda

Open – with (many) restrictions 

bermuda reopening to tourists

Bermuda reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020 and is accepting tourists from all countries, as long as they adhere to health protocols set out by the local government, which include quite the list of requirements.

Depending on how long you stay, you could be required to take up to FIVE tests, one prior to arriving and up to 4 more on-island. 

There are also some other unique requirements, like the mandatory rule of bringing a thermometer and reporting daily temperature checks on a government app, and as of 2021, wearing a wristband for the duration of the stay. Some slight exceptions are being made for vaccinated travelers, but not enough to mention.

See all of the details for Bermuda’s reopening to tourists along with all entry requirements

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Open – with restrictions 

BiH has now reopened for ALL nations as of September 2020, with more options to enter as of June 2021.

EU members will need a 48-hour PCR test, non-EU a 72-hour PCR test, and if passengers have proof of being fully vaccinated or recovered under 180 days, they can skip testing. (Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia are also exempt from all)

Read all the entry requirements and details about BiH’s reopening 

Brazil

Openwith restrictions

Brazil officially reopened their borders for tourism on July 30, 2020

Starting on December 30, 2020 a 72-hour negative PCR test will be required by ALL for entry into Brazil. 

Read all the details on Brazil Reopening for Tourism

Bulgaria

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

In 2021, Bulgaria is one of the only EU nations accepting third-party travelers from places like USA, Canada, Israel, Turkey, UAE and more. As of May 2021, 80+ countries can enter for tourism!

Approved passengers will need to bring proof of: a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72-hours before arrival, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination.

Read more about Bulgaria’s Reopening

Cayman Islands

Not Open For General Tourism

The Cayman Islands were set to reopen in September and October, but both months saw delaysGeneral tourism is not expected until late 2021.

Currently, only specific types of approved travelers can enter (like long-stay digital nomads), and with a 15-day quarantine plus testing. 

Read all the details about the Cayman Islands reopening for tourism

Chile

Had Reopened –  but experiencing new restrictions/closures

Chile reopened for tourism in December 2020

A 72-hour PCR test will be required, as well as a contact tracing app, and as of January 1, 2021, Chile is now requiring ALL arrivals to complete a 10-day quarantine. 

April 2021 Update: Chile has re-closed borders for general tourism until further notice.

Read all of Chile’s reopening news and entry requirements 

Colombia

OpenWith Restrictions

Colombia reopened for international tourism on September 21, 2020

As of June 4, 2021 the requirement for a negative Covid-19 test has been removed.

Read all the updated info about Colombia Reopening For Tourism

Costa Rica

Open Without Restrictions

Costa Rica first reopened its borders for tourism on August 1, 2020, allowing tourists from Canada, United Kingdom and the European Union. Then, visitors from USA and other nations were welcomed as of November 1, 2020

As of 2021, there are NO tests or quarantines to visit Costa Rica. However, specific travel insurance is required.

Here’s everything we know about Costa Rica’s reopening and entry requirements 

Croatia

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

croatia reopened to tourists

As of April 2021 Croatia has reopened once again for tourism.

Passengers from third-party countries will have to show proof of paid accommodation, plus one of the following requirements:

  • Proof of negative PCR or antigen test
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Proof of recovery

Read all the details on Croatia reopening for tourism, plus all entry rules

Cuba

Open – with restrictions

Cuba has reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020, starting with select areas like Cayo Coco. As of December, the rest of Cuba, including Havana, reopened. 

Starting January 1, 2021 ALL passengers will also have to bring a 72-hour negative PCR test in combination with getting tested at the airport. 

For a list of countries that can visit and all other info, see our Cuba Reopening For Tourism guide

Curaçao

Open – with restrictions

Curaçao has reopened for all countries as of January 1, 2021.

72-hour PCR Tests are needed, plus a few other entry requirements. 

See all the details about Curacao’s reopening for tourism here

Cyprus

Open – with restrictions 

2021 Update: The introduction of a new 4-tier color-coded entry system that started March 1, 2021 will now enable tourists from over 40+ countries to enter without a quarantine period, with different testing requirements based on risk level.

Cyprus has also publicly stated they plan to start allowing vaccinated tourists to bypass testing requirements starting May/June 2021.

If you are arriving from a country on one of the lists, you will need to know the protocols for entry into Cyprus

Czech Republic

Had Reopened –  but experiencing new restrictions/closures

As of mid-2021, the Czech Republic is still not allowing entry for the purposes of tourism, even within the EU bloc. All passengers must have an essential reason for visiting at this time. Rules are expected to lighten in June 2021, news to follow.

Here is the full list of which countries can visit the Czech Republic

Denmark

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Denmark is open to EU+ countries with varying rules for testing based on risk. No tests or quarantines are required for fully vaccinated EU passengers, plus UK or USA tourists as of June 2021.

Dominica

Open – with restrictions

The island nation of Dominica is officially reopened for tourism on August 7, 2020

Tourists will have to bring a negative 72-hour PCR test them, have a rapid test on arrival, quarantine for 5 days, with another rapid test to remove quarantine. As of Jan 2021 color-coded wristbands are also mandatory.

Read all about Dominica’s Reopening For Tourism 

Dominican Republic

Open Without Restrictions

Dominican Republic beach with national flag

The Dominican Republic reopened to tourists starting on July 1, 2020

As of 2021, No tests or quarantines are required, and all nations can visit. 

 3%-10% of arrivals will be randomly tested at the airport, but it’s an easy, fast and painless breath-based test.

Find out more about the Dominican Republic reopening to tourists

Ecuador

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Ecuador has now reopened for tourism

As of March 2021 tourists will need to bring a negative PCR or antigen test, taken no longer than 3-days before arrival. (Exceptions are being made for vaccinated tourists and recovered tourists)

See everything we know about Ecuador reopening for tourism

Egypt

Open – with restrictions

Egypt first reopened its borders for tourism to seaside resorts starting on July 1, 2020 and later expanded to other areas. 

In 2021, arrivals will need to bring a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure of the last direct flight into the country. 

Here is everything we know about Egypt’s reopening so far

Ethiopia

Open – with restrictions

Ethiopia has reopened borders on September 23, 2020 and is now again allowing tourists and foreigners to enter the country.

All passengers, whether foreigners or nationals, must present proof of a negative PCR test before boarding their flight to Ethiopia, as well at customs upon arrival. The test needs to be taken with results available, no longer than 120 hours prior to the departing flight.

Read more about Ethiopia reopening for tourism here

Estonia

Open – with restrictions

Estonia officially reopened the border for tourism on June 1, 2020, starting with select countries within the EU. As of July, Estonia has now reopened for additional third-party countries and has launched its digital nomad visa program.

As of mid-2021, Estonia has finally started allowing a longer list of third-party countries, like the USA, to enter.

See a full list of countries that can visit, plus all other details about Estonia’s reopening

Finland

Had Reopened – now experiencing new restrictions

Finland first reopened for tourism to EU countries mid-2020, but due to second and third waves through Europe, has been closed for most of 2021.

Currently, as of mid-May 2021, very few visitors can enter Finland for leisure, as mostly only essential travelers are permitted to enter. This even extends to most EU residents, as higher-risk countries are not currently allowed to enter for the purposes of tourism, however this is expected to change in June/July 2021.

Find out which countries are permitted to travel to Finland

France

Open –  with restrictions

May 2021 brought many reopenings within France, including restaurants, museums, cinemas, and extended curfew times. However, still only EU+ nations are welcome, and with testing requirements.

June 9, 2021 is the official ‘tourism reopening’ date for France. Vaccinated travelers from most of the world can now enter for tourism.

Find out more about France’s entry requirements 

French Polynesia (Bora Bora and Tahiti)

Now Open – with restrictions

Bora bora overwater bunglaows reopening July 15

On July 15th Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo’orea and other French Polynesian islands reopened to tourists from all countries. In November they closed due to a surge, and May 2021 reopened again, but only for tourists from the USA.

Vaccinated or recently recovered Americans won’t need to quarantine.

See what’s required to travel to French Polynesia for tourism

Georgia

Open – with restrictions

Georgia officially reopened on July 31, 2020, but only first allowing 5 nations.

Now as of Feb 1, 2021, over 30+ countries can enter including the USA. 

Travelers have 2 choices: They can enter restrictions-free if they are vaccinated, or if not, they can do a double testing procedure. 

Read who can visit and all entry requirements on our Georgia Reopening For Tourism guide

Germany

Open –  with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Germany has reopened its doors for tourism and is hoping to revitalize its economy after being shut down due to the pandemic. On May 13, 2021, the German government even announced that tourists can avoid the 10-day quarantine if they can prove they are fully vaccinated, recently recovered, or have a negative 72-hour PCR test.

As of June 2021, more nations can now visit, notably the U.S.

Here’s more on Germany’s entry requirements 

Ghana

Open – with restrictions

Ghana has reopened for tourism as of September 1, 2020

All passengers must bring results of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure. The test must be taken in the country of origin.

Another rapid test may be performed at the airport upon arrival, at the cost of the passenger. News reports have suggested this test could cost up to $150 USD and will have results in around 30 minutes.

Read everything we know about Ghana Reopening for Tourism

Greece

Open –  with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Greece Beach with boats

Greece officially reopened to tourists starting in June, 2020, but closed again for the start of 2021. Now in May 2021, Greece has reopened to 50+ countries!

2021 Note: As of May 14, 2021, Greece has now reopened to additional countries outside the EU, like the USA for example. Tourists can either show a negative 72-hour PCR test, proof of recovery – OR – proof of vaccination.

Here are the restrictions and a list of all countries that can visit Greece.

Grenada

Open – with restrictions

Grenada has reopened borders for tourism as of July 15, 2020

All arrivals must bring a negative PCR test taken no longer than 3 days prior to arrival, and passengers from high-risk countries will take another on Day 5 of their trip.

See more about Grenada’s reopening for tourism

Guadeloupe 

Open – with restrictions

Guadeloupe reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020 allowing select nations to visit. 

The USA however remains banned until further notice.

Visitors must sign a sworn health declaration and bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. As of Jan 2021 a 7-day quarantine is also in effect.

Read all the entry requirements in our Guadeloupe Reopening for tourism guide

Guatemala 

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Guatemala has reopened its international airport for tourists on September 18th, 2020.

All nations can visit with testing. 

All passengers must have a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 3-days prior to the flight. Antigen tests are also permitted if PCR is not possible. 

As of Feb 2021, Guatemala is now allowing vaccinated tourists to enter restriction-free

Read all the entry requirements in our Guatemala Reopening for tourism guide

Haiti 

Open  -With Restrictions

Haiti has officially reopened for tourism and is allowing all nations to visit as of July 1

Starting on February 9, 2021 all passengers into Haiti will require proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival. 

Proof of recovery for entry is also possible. Two documents are needed: a previous positive test aged more than 14 days, plus a doctor’s certificate stating recovery. 

(Haiti previously had no testing requirements since reopening until Feb 9, 2021)

Read more about Haiti reopening for tourism 

Honduras

Open – with restrictions

Honduras has officially reopened airports and is now allowing international tourism to resume in the country as of August 17, 2020.

All countries welcome!

As of 2021, Tourists entering Honduras must present a Covid test (rapid, antigen or PCR) that was performed with negative results no older than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Read more about Honduras Reopening For Tourism 

Hungary

Re-closed for tourism 

On July 16 Hungary reopened for tourism but re-closed  borders for tourism on September 1. 

2021 Note: Lockdowns continue. Currently, only essential travel is permitted. Tourism is not allowed at this time. 

Iceland

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Iceland has reopened the country’s borders to tourists from June 15, 2020, and made further relaxations in 2021.

Iceland is allowing visitors from all countries to enter as of April 2021, as long as they are fully vaccinated or recently recovered. If a passenger wants to enter Iceland un-vaccinated, they will need PCR testings and will have to be from a EU+ nation.

Read more about Iceland’s Entry Requirements for 2021

Italy

Open –  with restrictions

Italy’s lockdown ended April 2021, prompting a tourism resurgence for summer 2021.

Those who can enter Italy as of June 2021 include EU+ nations, a list of third-party countries incuding Canada, the UK, and the USA. 48-hour PCR or antigen testing is needed to enter, with vaccine exceptions expected in July.

Get all the entry information on Italy’s entry requirements 

Ireland

Had Reopened –  but experiencing new restrictions/closures

Ireland first reopened borders on July 21, 2020, with lockdowns throughout late 2020 and early 2021. They’ve listed July 19, 2021 as their new tourism reopening date.

Technically all nations can visit Ireland right now with a 14-day quarantine – however – on November 29 a new ‘test to release’ program is now in effect, allowing visitors (even from high-risk areas) to take a test on Day 5 of quarantine to be released early. 

Here are all entry requirements and details about Ireland’s reopening for tourism

Jamaica

Open – with restrictions

Jamaica officially reopened its borders to ALL international tourists on June 15, 2020.

Starting March 11, 2021, ALL passengers arriving to Jamaica will need to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken no longer than 3 days before the flight.

See all of Jamaica’s entry requirements 

Jordan

Open – with restrictions

Jordan reopened its borders for international tourism on September 8, 2020.

General entry rules include bringing a 72-hour negative PCR test, and high-risk countries will be tested again upon arrival at the airport. Negative results will exempt the traveler from isolation.

Read all the details on Jordan’s reopening for tourism

Kenya

Open – with restrictions

Kenya Reopening Borders For Tourism on August 1st

Kenya reopened for international tourism on August 1st, 2020.

Passengers entering or transiting must bring a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 96 hours prior to arrival. 

As of Jan, 2021, tests must now be verified and must also be used for EXITING the country. 

Read more on Kenya Reopening For Tourism

Kosovo

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Kosovo first opened June 2020, and had no entry requirements like testing or quarantines. As of October 6, 2020 they started requiring a 72-hour negative PCR test from any passenger.

Now in 2021, they are making exceptions for PCR testing for passengers that are fully vaccinated.

Read more about Kosovo Reopening and everything else you should know before you go.

Kyrgyzstan 

Open – with restrictions

Kyrgyzstan officially reopened for tourism on August 21, 2020.

As of 2021, All countries can now visit with proof of a 72-hour negative PCR test.

Read more on Kyrgyzstan reopening and see which countries can now visit

Latvia

Had Reopened –  but experiencing new restrictions/closures

As of mid-2021, entry into Latvia for non-essential tourism is not permitted. Entry only for essential reasons, and only by EU+ residents is currently allowed. Tourism and non-essential travel is expected to reopen once again June/July 2021.

Here are all the entry requirements and details about Latvia’s entry requirements in 2021

Lebanon

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Lebanon reopened for tourism on July 1

Travelers must bring a negative PCR test within 96 hours of departure, carry travel insurance that covers covid and fill out a health declaration form. A quarantine of 72 hours upon arrival is required.

As of April 2021 vaccinated travelers are now exempt from quarantine and presenting a negative 96-hour PCR test to enter Lebanon. However, a second PCR test may be performed upon arrival at the airport.

See all the entry requirements for Lebanon’s reopening for tourism

Lithuania

Open –  with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Lithuania started reopening in June, 2020. 

EU nations and select third-party nations were welcomed with summer with very little restriction. As of 2021 a 48-hour PCR test and a 10-day isolation is required.

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.

See all the entry requirements for Lithuania’s reopening for tourism

Luxembourg 

Open –  with restrictions

Luxembourg officially reopened for tourism on June 15, 2020 to a list of EU nations and third-party countries that could visit with no testing or quarantine. However, with high cases in 2021, a 72-hour negative antigen or PCR test is needed to enter.

Read more about Luxembourg’s reopening for tourism 

Malaysia

Still closed for general tourism 

Malaysia opened for select types of approved travelers starting in July, 2020.

Later in September expat property owners, reciprocal green lane passengers and other categories were permitted entry. 

Here is everything we know about Malaysia’s Upcoming Reopening 

Maldives

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

The Maldives reopened borders for tourism on July 15, 2020 

Tourists from all countries will be able to enter the Maldives. 

Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure..

Starting April 20, 2021, fully vaccinated passengers can now skip the 96-hour PCR testing requirement. Instead of taking a test, inoculated travelers will bring their vaccination certificate showing they have received their last (or single shot for J&J) at least 14 days before entering the Maldives.

Read more on the Maldives reopening to tourism.

Malta

Open – with restrictions

June 2021 is the official reopening date for Malta, now the nation has reached herd immunity with 70% of the population having received at least the first shot of the vaccine.

Coming in July 2021: Fully vaccinated passengers coming from ‘Amber’ list nations can now use proof of vaccination to enter Malta without testing or quarantines. The Amber list includes countries inside the EU and outside of the EU like Canada, UAE, and Turkey, which can enter now with a 72-hour PCR test

Read more on Malta’s reopening to tourism in 2021 and which countries are permitted to visit.

Mexico

Open Without Restrictions 

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Mexico officially reopened for tourism on June 6, 2020 and has stayed wide open throughout the entire pandemic.

Since its reopening, Mexico has seen one of the greatest tourism recoveries in the world. All major tourist sites, cities, and hotels have reopened and are actively campaigning for visitors. 

No tests and no quarantines are required. All nations welcome. 

Read more information on Mexico reopening their borders to tourism

Montenegro

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Montenegro first reopened to tourists in June, 2020 accepting international arrivals from 131 countries

As of March 15, 2021, Montenegro allows 3 ways to enter: a 48-hour PCR test, proof of recovery from the virus, or being fully vaccinated.

All countries now welcome.

See the information about visiting Montenegro.

Morocco

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

As of 2021, Morocco is allowing tourists to visit from 120+ countries.

Visitors will need to fill out a public health passenger form, as well as provide proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 48 hours before the first embarkation point. Fully vaccinated travelers can skip testing.

Netherlands

Open –  with restrictions

On June 15th, the Netherlands reopened to tourists from countries in the European Union and the Schengen Area, and on July 1, to third-party countries suggested by the EU.

As of June 24, 2021, more third-party nations can enter, like the USA.

See all of the Netherland’s Entry Rules for 2021

Nepal

Open – with restrictions

Nepal had delayed reopening its borders for international tourism until December, 2020.

Only those issued permits before the closure will first be allowed to enter. Travelers arriving in Nepal must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure.

Nepal is now making some exceptions for vaccinated travelers. Travelers that can show proof of vaccination will be able to skip the mandatory 7-day quarantine, but will still have to show proof of a 72-hour PCR test for entry.

See more information on Nepal Reopening For Tourism

Nicaragua

Open – with restrictions

Nicaragua reopened for tourists on October 1, 2020

In fact, Nicaragua never really closed their borders for tourism in the first place, but flights were suspended, effectively cutting the nation off to tourists. 

In 2021, a 72 negative PCR test is needed to enter.

Read more about Nicaragua’s Reopening for Tourism

Nigeria 

Open – with restrictions

Nigeria has reopened for tourism as of September 5, 2020.

Even in 2021, entry rules are pretty strict – All arrivals will need to bring a negative 72-hour PCR test, quarantine for 7 days upon arrival, and then perform another PCR test on the 7th day to end quarantine. 

Read everything we know about Nigeria reopening for tourism 

North Macedonia 

Open Without Restrictions

The Republic of North Macedonia has officially reopened for international tourism July 1, 2020 and is now allowing tourists from all countries to visit, restriction free.

in 2021 – No testing and no quarantines are required. All nations welcome. 

See all the details about North Macedonia’s Reopening

Norway

Had Reopened –  but experiencing new restrictions/closures

As of mid-2021 – Norway is currently restricting almost all non-essential travel to the country. 

Currently, EU/EEA nations are only able to enter Norway if their trip is essential. Tourism and leisure travel does not qualify at this time. 

See the complete details and all of Norway’s Entry Requirements for 2021

Oman

Open – with restrictions

Oman starting slowly reopening to returning citizens and nationals in October, but now as of December 10, Oman is open for tourism to 100+ countries. 

They are allowing 100+ foreign nationals to enter for up to 10 days visa-free, including the USA, UK, Canada, and more. 

PCR testing, contact tracing, and proof of insurance are just some of the long list of requirements to enter.

See the complete details and entry requirements for Oman’s reopening for tourism

Panama

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Panama City Skyline at Night

Panama has officially reopened for tourism on October 12, 2020.

In 2021, All nations are welcome to visit, but they must bring a 48-hour negative PCR test.

Vaccinated travelers can show certification that they’ve received both doses of the vaccine, they can enter Panama without showing proof of a negative PCR or antigen test.

Read more about Panama reopening for tourism here

Pakistan

Open – with restrictions

Pakistan officially reopened its borders for tourism on October 5, 2020.

All passengers must provide proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before the first embarkation point. 

Read more about Pakistan reopening for tourism here

Paraguay

Open – with restrictions

Paraguay was one of the last tourism reopenings in the Western Hemisphere but as of late 2020, is accepting tourists to enter.

All passengers will need to bring a 72-hour negative Covid test, but thankfully Paraguay is accepting PCR, LAMP and Nucleic Acid tests. 

See everything we know about Paruguay reopening for tourism 

Peru

Open –  with restrictions

Peru reopened for tourism starting on October 5, 2020. 

Flights are currently permitted from other Latin American cities, plus some in the US and Canada. 

All visitors need to bring proof of a 72-hour negative PCR test. (Antigen tests and proof of recovery certificates are also permitted)

Read all we know about Peru Reopening 

Poland

Open –  with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Poland’s 7-month lockdown ended May 4, 2021 and has reopened again for tourism

Poland allows EU nations to visit, plus a list of third-party countries including Canada, U.S., and the UK.

All travelers entering Poland will need to complete a 10-day quarantine. However, travelers who are fully vaccinated, or who show a negative PCR test will be exempt from the quarantine.

Read more information about Poland’s reopening for tourism and entry requirements 

Portugal

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tourists welcome in portugal

On May 17, 2021, Portugal reopened for leisure and non-essential travel from the EU, UK, and a small list of third-party countries

All travelers will need to present a negative PCR test, performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival.

A further reopening to more countries and exceptions for vaccinated travelers into mainland Portugal is expected June/July 2021.

See the complete list of countries that Portugal is welcoming for tourism.  

Romania

Open –  with restrictions

Romania has reopened for tourism once again on June 1, 2021

Romania removed the ban on foreign arrivals and is now allowing all countries to visit based on green, yellow, and red country lists based on risk.

They are also making exceptions to testing and/or quarantine rules for passengers who are fully vaccinated or recently recovered.

Read more about Romania reopening for tourism

Russia

Open – with restrictions

Russia began reopening to a small list of nations on July 15, 2020, which has seen some additions over the past few months. 

35+ nations in total can now go, and they are quite a mix of countries!

72-hour PCR testing is required to avoid quarantine.

Here is everything you need to know about Russia reopening for tourism

Rwanda

Open – with restrictions

As of June 17, 2020 Rwanda has reopened for tourism, with no restrictions based on nationality or country of departure. 

Visitors will be required to present a negative PCR test (taken no longer than 72 hours before boarding) and will be retested upon arrival at a cost of approx $60 USD. A 24-hour quarantine is required while awaiting test results.

Here is everything you need to know about entry into Rwanda

Saint Lucia

Open – with restrictions 
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Saint Lucia began reopening its tourism industry in phases on June 4, 2020 and started making slight exceptions for vaccinated travelers June 1, 2021.

Visitors will be required to fill out an online form, present certified proof of a negative PCR test within 5 days of boarding their flights. For un-vaccinated travelers, the first 14-days on the island is quite restricted.

Read more details about Saint Lucia reopening their borders to tourism.

Serbia

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Serbia Has Reopened To Tourists

Serbia has officially reopened for tourism to all nations.

Starting December 20, 2020 ALL arrivals into Serbia will need to present a 48-hour PCR test.  

Read more about Serbia’s border reopening and what you should know before you visit.

Seychelles

Open– with restrictions

As of June 1st the Seychelles reopened to tourists from 19 countries, and since reopening, have now added another 20+ countries to the list.

All arrivals will need to bring proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departing their home country. 

See the complete list of countries that can arrive in the Seychelles for the purpose of tourism.

Slovenia

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Slovenia is reopen for tourism and allowing EU+ countries to visit.

All higher risk EU nations (which currently includes most of them) will have to bring a 48-hour PCR test or undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. 

Countries on the GREEN list (which only include 6 third-party nations)  can still visit with no tests or quarantines. 

Starting Feb 13, 2021 any EU resident/citizen who has proof of vaccination can enter Slovenia without testing or quarantine requirements. 

See who can visit and all other entry requirements on our Slovenia reopening for tourism guide

South Africa

Open – with restrictions

South Africa reopened for tourism on October 1, 2020.

All passengers will be required to present the negative result of a PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure.

Read everything we know about South Africa Reopening for Tourism

Spain

Open –  with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Spain’s official 2021 reopening date is June 7th

As of mid-2021 Spain has reopened to EU+ nations, with PCR testing. More countries, notably the USA and Canada, are allowed entry providing they can show proof of vaccination. Direct flights from the U.S. have returned following the news.

We have all the latest details on Spain’s reopening for international tourism here

Sri Lanka

After multiple delays, Sri Lanka has reopened its borders for international tourism in January 2021 The entry rules into the country are very strict and tourists will be limited on where they can stay and go within the country for the first 14 days.

St. Kitts & Nevis

Open – with vaccination restrictions

St. Kitts & Nevis reopened its borders for international tourism in October.

Now as of June 1, 2021, ONLY fully-vaccinated passengers may visit for tourism.

See all the details on St.Kitts and Nevis Reopening For Tourism

St. Maarten

Open – with restrictions

St. Maarten is Reopening For Tourism July 1

St. Maarten officially reopened for international tourism on July 1, 2020

All arrivals will need to bring a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 120 hours prior to arrival, as well as fulfill a few additional rules.  

See more details about St. Maarten’s reopening to tourists

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Open– with restrictions

St. Vincent and the Grenadines reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020, allowing tourists from all countries to visit.

Rules are strict – Arrivals must bring a PCR test taken no longer than 5-days before arrival, be re-tested again upon arrival, complete a 5-day quarantine, and then take a 3rd test.

Learn more about St. Vincent and the Grenadines reopening, plus which flights are already headed back to the islands.

 Sweden

Open – with restrictions

 Sweden has been a unique country during the pandemic because many services and establishments never actually closed down in the first place.

However, they still have an entry ban in place for countries outside the EU/EEA (with the exception of the EU’s small third-party list)

As of Feb 6, 2021 a 48-hour negative PCR test is needed for entry.

See more about Sweden’s reopening and which tourists can currently go.

 Switzerland

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Switzerland reopened to tourists from EU+ countries.

2021 Note: Passengers arriving in Switzerland must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the first embarkation point, or a 24-hour antigen.

Starting May 31, 2021, fully vaccinated tourists are exempt from testing.

See the complete list of countries that can travel to Switzerland. 

Tanzania

Open Without Restrictions

Tanzania reopened in 2020 allowing visitors to enter test free. Now in 2021, rules have changed.

A negative 72-hour PCR test is required from all passengers.

Read more about the Tanzania’s reopening, which flights have resumed, and everything you need to know before you go.

Thailand

Partially Reopen For Select Tourists

Thailand is beginning to cautiously reopen for tourism and start a long recovery process for its tourism sector. Only select tourists are allowed at this time under strict entry requirements, including a 14-day quarantine.

Thailand has plans to open certain areas to vaccinated tourists July 1

See more information on Thailand reopening to tourism

Tunisia

Open – with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

All arrivals into Tunisia will need to bring proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to the first embarkation point. Starting March 8 2021 a 2nd PCR test will need to be taken within 48 hours after arriving in the country (paid for and scheduled by the traveler).

See all of Tunisia’s Entry Requirements here

Turkey

Open with restrictions
Exemptions for vaccinated travelers

Turkey has reopened its borders to international tourism starting on June 12, 2020 and has stayed open into 2021

Passengers can bring a negative 72-hour PCR test, proof of recent recovery, or proof of being fully vaccinated to enter.

Find out more about Turkey reopening their borders to international tourists.

Turks and Caicos

Open – with restrictions

The Turks and Caicos Islands began reopening to tourists on July 22, 2020.

An online travel authorization is needed, plus the negative results of a PCR test, taken no longer than 5 days before arrival.

Read more on Turks and Caicos reopening

UAE (Dubai)

Open – with restrictions

Dubai, UAE officially reopened its borders for international tourism on July 7, 2020 – allowing travelers from all normally permitted countries to visit.

Travellers must bring a negative PCR test with them no older than 96 hours before boarding, download an app to monitor health conditions, and have travel health insurance. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Dubai’s reopening for tourism

Uganda

Open – with restrictions

On October 1, 2020, Uganda officially reopened both air and land borders and is once again allowing tourists to visit.  

All travelers will need a 120 hour negative PCR test to enter.

Read more about Uganda Reopening For Tourism 

UK

Had Reopened – Now experiencing restrictions

The United Kingdom reopened to international tourists in June, 2020. On January 18, 2021 the UK is now requiring ALL arrivals to bring a 72-hour negative PCR test. 

Now in May 2021, leisure travel has resumed with ‘Green, Amber and Red’ country categories. Find out more details on the United Kingdom entry requirements for 2021

Ukraine

ukraine is open to tourists

Ukraine first reopened its borders for tourism on June 15, 2020, but now in 2021, they’ve changed all entry rules and regulations for foreign arrivals, including discontinuing their ‘green’ and ‘red’ zone lists.

All foreign passengers must provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test that was performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival in Ukraine.

Starting June 2, 2021, Ukraine is allowing fully vaccinated passengers to skip testing.

See all the countries on the Green list, plus all other details of Ukraine’s reopening for tourism

USA

Partially Open – with restrictions

Passengers entering from the UK, Europe, Iran, Brazil and China are currently banned. Some types of visas from other nations are also not being accepted for entry at this time.

Starting January 26, 2021, a negative covid test (either PCR or Antigen) is required for all passengers entering the US, even citizens returning home.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Open – with restrictions

The U.S. Virgin Islands have officially reopened their borders for tourism on June 1st, allowing both American visitors and international visitors to enter.

They did re-close in August for an entire month due to a surge in cases but re-opened once again in September. 

Now, they require a PCR or nucleic acid test be taken no more than 5 days before traveling to the islands.

Read more about the USVI’s reopening for tourism, plus which flights and hotels have reopened.

Zambia

Open – with restrictions

Zambia has now officially reopened for tourism.

All nations welcome.

All tourists need to bring a negative PCR test taken within 7 days of departure, and they do not have to quarantine upon arrival. 

Reports are that Zambia still has their visa-on-arrival program suspended, so some travelers may need to plan and get an e-visa ahead of time. 

See more on Zambia reopening for tourism. 

Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe officially reopens for tourism on October 1, 2020.

All tourists need to bring a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure

Parks, safaris, adventure walks, game drives, and other attractions have reopened  

See more on Zimbabwe reopening for tourism. 

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List of Countries Reopening For Tourism:

  • Albania – July 1
  • Andorra – July 1
  • Anguilla – August 21
  • Antigua and Barbuda – June 4
  • Armenia – August 12
  • Aruba – July 1
  • Austria – June 16
  • Bahamas – July 1
  • Bali (Indonesia) – September 1
  • Barbados – July 12
  • Belarus – July 15
  • Belize – August 15
  • Belgium – June 15
  • Bermuda – July 1
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – July 16
  • Brazil – July 30
  • Bulgaria – June 1
  • Cayman Islands – October 1
  • Colombia – Sept 21
  • Costa Rica – August 1
  • Croatia – June 1
  • Cuba – July 1
  • Curaçao – July 1
  • Cyprus – June 1
  • Czech Republic – June 15
  • Dominica – August 7 
  • Dominican Republic – July 1
  • Egypt – July 1
  • Estonia – June 1
  • Finland – July 15
  • France – June 15
  • French Polynesia – July 15
  • Georgia – July 31
  • Germany – June 15
  • Ghana – September 1
  • Greece – June 15
  • Grenada – July 15
  • Guadeloupe – July 1
  • Guatemala – Sept 18
  • Haiti – July 1
  • Honduras – August 16
  • Hungary – July
  • Iceland – June 15
  • Ireland – July 21
  • Italy – June 3
  • Jamaica – June 15
  • Jordan – September 8
  • Kenya – August 1
  • Kosovo – June 28
  • Latvia – July 1
  • Lebanon – July 1
  • Lithuania – July
  • Luxembourg – July 1
  • Maldives – July 15
  • Malta – July 1
  • Mexico – June 8
  • Montenegro – June 1
  • Netherlands – June 15
  • Nepal – September 1
  • Nicaragua – October 1
  • Nigeria – September 5
  • North Macedonia – July 1
  • Panama – Oct 12
  • Pakistan – Oct 5
  • Poland – June 13
  • Portugal – June 15
  • Romania – July 7
  • Russia – July 15
  • Rwanda – June 17
  • Serbia – May 22
  • Seychelles – June 1
  • Slovenia – July 17
  • Spain – June 21
  • Sri Lanka- postponed
  • St. Barths – June 22
  • St. Kitts and Nevis – October 
  • St. Lucia – June 4
  • St. Maarten – July 1
  • St. Vincent and The Grenadines – July 1
  • Sweden – June 1
  • Switzerland – June 15
  • Tanzania – June 1
  • Thailand – August 1
  • Tunisia – June 27
  • Turkey – June 10
  • Turks and Caicos – July 22
  • UAE (Dubai) – July 7
  • Uganda – October 1
  • Ukraine – June 15
  • U.S. Virgin Islands – June 1
  • Zambia – July
  • Zimbabwe – October 1

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.

Originally Published: June 27, 2020 with frequent updates 


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Anthony Windle

Friday 27th of August 2021

Is Thailand currently open to US citizens traveling to Thailand if vaccinated? My fiance is a Filipino Citizen. Her and I plan on meeting in Thailand in Phuket and getting married, then applying for my 13A visa to move back to the Philippines to bypass the entry restrictions that seem neverending. In a post Covid19 world where lockdowns have proven absolutely useless, in don't understand why President Durterte is keeping the Philippines locked down so tight. If married to a Filipino Citizen it's ok for me to go back, but if not married it's not. Seems absolutely ludicrous.

Anthony Windle

Friday 27th of August 2021

What about the Philippines?

Jonathan Doucet

Thursday 26th of August 2021

Thanks Kashlee!!!

Tony

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Do you plan to update this again Kashlee? I appreciate your hard work and patience 🤣🙏

dennis bible

Friday 6th of August 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, thank you and the people helping you with all of this. It is nice being able to look at this and plan what country I’ll visit. You are much appreciated.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Hi Tony! Yes, we are actually working on it right now :) It should be done in the next few days, as it takes a while to look over government documents from each nation. Thank you so much for being an awesome reader!

Kings

Saturday 10th of July 2021

Is Kuwait and Qatar open for Tourism at the moment, if so are there any restrictions

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 11th of July 2021

No to both at the moment for general tourism