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The Nations Returning To Full Normality

After two years of travel nightmare, various countries have dropped all internal COVID-19 restrictions. That means no social distancing, no mask mandates, no limits on gatherings, and all indoor and outdoor entertainment and venues open without restrictions and curfews.

Therefore, these destinations are perfect for travelers in 2022:

(We will continue to update this article as new countries remove all internal covid restrictions, so be sure to check back often!)

The United Kingdom 

The United Kingdom dropped all internal COVID-19 restrictions on July 19, 2021. The nation lauded it as ‘Freedom Day.’ After Omicron’s emergence, the British government enforced masks in shops and public transport and vaccine passports for events with over 10,000 people. As of last week, the British government has ended the mask mandate and vaccine passports. 

  • No laws on social distancing 
  • Zero vaccine passports 
  • No mask mandates in England 
  • Zero limits on social gatherings 
  • All tourist attractions open without restrictions 
  • No limits on opening hours 
  • All bars, nightclubs, and restaurants remain open 

However, currently, you still have to self-isolate for 5 days (if you meet certain conditions) if you test positive for COVID-19. The British government will end this restriction in March. Therefore, if you test positive for COVID-19 in the United Kingdom—you won’t need to self-isolate anymore.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “As Covid becomes endemic, we will need to replace legal requirements with advice and guidance, urging people with the virus to be careful and considerate of others,”

“The self-isolation regulations expire on March 24, at which point I very much expect not to renew them.”

Current Entry Requirements:

From February 11, the British government no longer requires fully vaccinated travelers to take a test on or before arrival. Therefore, the U.K. is a test-free country. However, if you’re unvaccinated, you must book a PCR test before departure. You do not need to quarantine unless the test is positive. 

Ireland 

Ireland has ended most internal COVID-19 restrictions. From January 22, Ireland has ended the 8 pm curfew on bars, restaurants, pubs, and theaters. Visitors will no longer need to show proof of an EU Digital COVID certificate either. However, Ireland will still require masks in most buildings and public transportation. Ireland will reconsider its face mask laws on February 9. 

  • All tourist attractions are open 
  • No social distancing laws 
  • All bars, restaurants, and pubs are open 
  • Zero curfews 
  • No restrictions on travel within the country 

Current Entry Requirements: 

Ireland has scrapped most of its entry requirements. Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to take a PCR test or an antigen test no longer than 72 hours before arrival. However, Ireland has recently added the booster shot to its fully vaccinated requirement. If you haven’t had your booster yet and your last dose was over 9 months ago, the Irish government classes you as unvaccinated. 

Denmark 

Colorful Houses In Copenhagen Denmark With Danish Flag Flying

Denmark became the first EU nation to remove all COVID-19 restrictions last week. The Scandinavian nation—which has endured strict restrictions—has abolished all COVID-19 restrictions, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and the presentation of health passes for entry into places.

  • All bars, restaurants, and cafes are open 
  • No social distancing laws 
  • Zero restrictions on gatherings 
  • No mandatory masks 
  • No restrictions on travel within the country 
  • Zero curfews 

Current Entry Requirements:

Denmark doesn’t require fully vaccinated travelers to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. Unvaccinated travelers from outside the EU must take a test within 24 hours of entry and stay in self-isolation for 10 days.

Sweden 

Sweden has joined its Scandinavian neighbors today and removed all COVID-19 restrictions. The Swedish Prime Minister will announce an end to all restrictions on February 9. They will still recommend people stay at home if they’re ill and unvaccinated people should continue to apply special precautions.

  • No mandatory masks 
  • Zero curfews 
  • No restrictions on travel within the country 
  • All tourist attractions are open 

Sweden will remove all remaining restrictions, including minor restrictions on events and gatherings, by mid-February.

Current Entry Requirements:

If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Sweden with no testing requirements from January 21. If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll need to take a test no more than 72 hours before departure. Sweden accepts PCR tests and antigen tests.

Norway

Norway becomes the first European nation to remove ALL covid-19 restrictions, both internal and external.

Prior to February 12, 2022, Norway had removed most internal rules, but still required masks in indoor spaces and public transit, so it didn’t quite make the list at first. Now as of Feb 12th, all restrictions and rules have been discontinued.

  • No mandatory masks
  • No curfews or gathering limits
  • No vaccine passports in effect
  • No social distancing

Current Entry Requirements:

None. Entering Norway as of February 12, 2022 is like entering in 2019 pre-pandemic.

Tanzania

While Tanzania still has some border rules in place, internal restrictions have been removed or downgraded to ‘recommended’. Mask wearing is only a strong suggestion by the government, but no country-wide mandate exists.

Current Entry Requirements:

Testing plus form. All travelers entering Tanzania need proof of a 96-hour negative PCR or NAAT test, plus filling out the “Travelers Survellience Form” before entry.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the only nations in the world to never really enact a catalog of covid-related restrictions. From the start of the pandemic they kept the borders open while many other Latin countries slammed shut, they never put gathering limits in place, and mask mandates have never really been enforced.

Current Entry Requirements:

Testing. All travelers entering Nicaragua need proof of a 72-hour negative PCR test.

Dominican Republic

Colorful Houses In The Dominican Republic

While the Dominican Republic didn’t have many restrictions in the first place, the president announced on February 16, 2022, that all remaining rules will be discontinued, effective immediately. The wearing of masks and any use of vaccine passports are no longer in effect.

Current Entry Requirments:

No tests, no quarantines, no proof of vaccination required. However, there is still a 5-10% random sampling of arrivals undergoing a rapid ‘breath’ test, and a health form to be filled out, both of which may also be very soon discontinued.

Iceland

Iceland is the 5th country to remove all entry requirements, including internal rules, starting February 25.

The government of Iceland has removed internal restrictions, including:

  • No mandatory masks
  • No curfews or gathering limits
  • No vaccine passports in effect
  • No limits on hours for restaurants and bars

Current Entry Requirements:

None.

Countries That Have Removed All Internal Covid Restrictions:

  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Tanzania
  • Nicaragua
  • Dominican Republic
  • Iceland

Countries That Almost Made The List

The following nations almost made the above list, but still have a few restrictions left, even if things have mostly returned to normal.

Mexico

Mexico removed all entry requirements, including the mandatory health form, on January 1, 2022. However, Mexico still has various internal restrictions—including mandatory masks in most indoor spaces, social distancing rules, and self-isolation rules.

So, despite the removal of entry requirements, Mexico doesn’t make this list because of internal restrictions.

El Salvador

statue in El Salvador

El Salvador was the world’s first country to remove all entry restrictions and requirements in November 2021. Travelers to El Salvador no longer need negative COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination.

However, El Salvador still has various internal COVID-19 restrictions. So it didn’t quite make the list.

South Africa

South Africa has become one of the first nations in Africa to remove almost all COVID-19 restrictions. This week, the government removed mandatory self-isolation for people with no symptoms and removal of self-isolation for people who come into close contact with someone who’s tested positive. If you have symptoms, you only have to self-isolate for 7 days instead of 10 days.

The only restrictions remaining in place are mandatory masks in public spaces and public transport. Although the nation is taking massive steps towards normality, there are still internal restrictions. So it didn’t quite make the list.

Slovenia

On Feb 21, 2022, Slovenia became the 2nd EU nation and the 4th country worldwide to remove all border rules and most of their internal restrictions.

While they did remove the RVT rules (recovered/vaccinated/tested) for accessing things like restaurants, museums, cinemas, resorts, and other activities, they kept a few rules in place.

Mask mandates for indoor spaces are still in effect, as well as the RVT rule for prisons or healthcare facilities.

Looking for countries with NO entry requirements like testing, quarantines, etc? Check out: Countries Without Any Travel Restrictions Or Entry Requirements

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Lanie Bisschoff

Sunday 6th of February 2022

Great info

Laurie Mitchell

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hello! I'm a U.S. citizen (not experimentally vaccinated) planning a trip to Sweden, can you please clarify if testing is still required for entry? The wording here seems to require one, although an article from a few weeks ago (link) says no testing is required. Any clarification is helpful, thank you!

Jenny B

Friday 11th of February 2022

@Laurie Mitchell, Can you believe that the Canadian GOV has not allowed anyone not experimentally vaxxed (congrats - a very smart person!) to leave their countries to go anywhere for 2 yrs!!!

Obsidian

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hi Kashlee, thanks for making this article. I have recommended many people to this site on forums with my comments that have gotten hundreds of upvotes. I continue to support this site because you provide a valuable reference tool for us world travelers and digital nomads. Thanks again and keep up the great work!

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for the support, we really appreciate it :)

Christian

Saturday 5th of February 2022

It will be difficult for Mexico to remove internal restrictions as it is governed under a federal system in which State governors can keep their restrictions for eternity. But in practice nobody cares.

ajdj

Friday 4th of February 2022

congrats to these countries. lead the way to a brighter tomorrow

Mona

Sunday 13th of March 2022

Absolutely!!!