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Countries That Accept Antigen Tests For Entry

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As travel starts to pick up throughout 2021, many travelers are wondering what countries they can visit if they only have access to Antigen-type testing. Antigen (or rapid viral tests as they are frequently called) have some pros over the ‘industry standard’ PCR tests. Antigen tests are typically less invasive, provide results in a much faster timeframe, and are less expensive than PCR tests.

Countries That Accept Rapid Antigen Tests For Entry

With international travel (especially with layovers!) being extremely hard to navigate during the past year, Antigen tests are easier to get on the go, especially as some provide results within minutes. They have become a favorite type of test for frequent travelers throughout the pandemic.

Below we’ve listed all the countries that as of mid-2021 are currently accepting Antigen tests for entry. They may also accept other types of tests, like PCR or NAAT for example, but we’ve had multiple requests to make a list of nations allowing entry with a negative Antigen test result.

This list is dynamic. It can change very frequently, so double-check the current rules before you head to the airport. In addition, if you know of a country that allows Antigen tests for entry that is not listed, comment below so we can add it.

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List of Countries That Accept Antigen / Rapid Tests For Entry

Austria

Antigen test results issued within 48 hours of arrival in Austria
EU+ or essential travelers only

Belize

Antigen test performed within 48 hours of the departing flight in Belize
Belize is open to all visitors

Bulgaria

Antigen test performed 48 hours before arrival in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is open to 80+ countries

Croatia

Antigen test performed within 48 hours before arrival in Croatia
Croatia is open to all travelers

Czechia

Antigen test performed within 24 hours before first embarkation point
EU+ or essential travelers only

Denmark

Antigen test performed within 48 hours of first embarkation point
EU+ or essential travelers only

Germany

Antigen test performed within 48 hours before arrival in Germany
EU+ or essential travelers only

Ecuador

Antigen test performed within 3 days before arrival in Ecuador
Ecuador is open to all travelers

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France

Antigen test performed within 48 hours before arrival in France
France is open to most vaccinated travelers worldwide

Finland

Antigen test performed within 72 hours before arrival in Finland
EU+ or essential travelers only

Guatemala

Antigen test performed within 3-days before departing flight into Guatemala
Guatemala is open for all travelers

Haiti

Antigen test performed within 72 hours from first embarkation point

Honduras

Antigen test performed within 72 hours before arrival in Honduras
Honduras is open to all travelers

Italy

Antigen test performed within 48 hours before arrival in Italy
EU+ or essential travelers only

Jamaica

Antigen test performed within 3 days of the travel date
Jamaica is open to all travelers

Lithuania

Antigen test performed within 72 hours of arrival in Lithuania
EU+ or essential travelers only

Luxembourg

Antigen test performed within 72 hours from the first embarkation point
EU+ or essential travelers only

Namibia

Antigen test performed within 7-days before departure from the first embarkation point.

Norway

Antigen test performed within 24 hours of departure from the first embarkation point
EU+ or essential travelers only

Panama

Antigen test performed within 48-hours of arrival into Panama.
Note: Some airlines will allow you to fly into Panama without the antigen test and take one upon arrival instead. Check with your airline to see if your flight qualifies.
Panama is open to all travelers

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Portugal

Antigen test performed at most 48 hours before the first departure point to Portugal.

Serbia

For US travelers only: Antigen results issued no longer than 48 hours before arrival in Serbia
Serbia is open for all travelers

Sweden

Antigen test performed within 48 hours before arrival in Sweden
EU+ or essential travelers only

Switzerland

Antigen test taken 24 hours before the first embarkation and another rapid upon arrival
EU+ or essential travelers only

Turkey

Antigen test performed within 48 hours of arrival.
Turkey is open for all travelers

UK

Antigen test performed within 3-days before departure of the last direct flight to the UK.
Entry into the UK is based on color-coded risk

Ukraine

Antigen test performed within 72-hours of arrival
Ukraine is open for all travelers

USA

Antigen test within 3 calendar days before the departing flight into the USA

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SV

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

This is outdated for Italy. They now require vaccine proof and an antigen or PCR test within 72 hours before arrival. Per it.usembassy.gov “Beginning on August 31 and valid until October 25, 2021, travelers from the United States may enter Italy if they present a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result carried out within 72 hours of arrival AND one of the following: -An Anti-COVID 19 vaccination certificate for an European Medicines Agency (EMA)-recognized vaccine. At present, EMA recognizes the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca. The date of the final vaccine dose must be at least 14 days prior to travel. Travelers vaccinated in the United States can prove this via the “white card” bearing the CDC logo. -A medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID dated no more than six months before departure.”

Emily Becker

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

@SV, I flew out of Milan to SFO via Frankfurt on October 2nd. Lufthansa did not accept my Ellume home test. It was even unfamiliar to the agent at check in. I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the pharmacy in the airport (Malpensa) downstairs and get a rapid test. I now see that I missed the part about having a proctor as the test is being done. I did not see the information anywhere on various websites before I left, and it is crucial information! PS: I tried to get a test at a pharmacy in Milan, but they were booked solid now that travel has opened up. So I recommend either making an appointment as early as you can (I can't speak to other countries), or follow the rules exactly as they are laid out for a home test which you take with you.

Heidi Scribner

Monday 13th of September 2021

Do you know if Kenya Airlines accepts the results for entry? Also, Uganda.

Ray Allen

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Any one who if Netherlands accepts Antigen test? On their website it says rapid tests are fine but doesn’t specify antigen.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 13th of September 2021

rapid-based tests are (usually) just another term for antigen

Devin

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Peru is only PCR now according to IATA

Dean Black

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

The Home antigen tests (i.e. Ellume or BinaxNOW) both say they are approved for returning to the US...but they don't say they are approved to LEAVE -- going to Italy in 3 days. Probably really basic, but what does EU+ mean under each country?