It’s fair to say Covid has completely changed the way we travel and in most cases has made the simple act of taking a flight an intimidating journey for many. From borders being closed, flights being cancelled, different types of testing requirements, varying vaccine requirements to mandatory quarantines, almost all countries have some sort of restriction in place when it comes to international travelers.
While some countries have began to loosen restrictions, almost all still require invasive last minute Covid testing that could bring back a positive result meaning the end of your vacation before it has even started. Thankfully for those who want to avoid the stress of testing, quarantines and border closures, there are a few countries left that have no travel restrictions in place.
The following 3 countries DO NOT require proof of a negative test or vaccination and do not require travelers to quarantine upon arrival. While there are still some basic online forms to fill out, they can be done online in a matter of minutes. If you’re looking for a stress free trip this winter where you don’t have to worry about testing, vaccine or quarantines, then these 3 countries are your best bet.
What Americans And Canadians Need To Know Before Booking A Trip
While the 3 countries below do not require testing for entry into the country both Canadians and Americans will require proof of a negative-19 test to board their flights home.
Vaccinated: All vaccinated Americans returning home must present a negative rapid test no older than 72 hours before boarding their flight home.
Non-Vaccinated: All unvaccinated Americans must present proof of a negative rapid test no older than 24 hours before boarding their flight.
All Canadian travelers returning home from abroad will be required to present proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada.
The testing rules for both the United States and Canada apply to all travelers regardless of vaccination status.
The Last 3 Countries Without Restrictions
Mexico has been the tourism king throughout the entire pandemic hosting tens of millions of Americans due to its relaxed entry requirements. Travelers from all countries are able to enter Mexico without needing a negative Covid-19 test or having to quarantine upon arrival. This goes for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
The only requirement for travelers entering Mexico is to fill out an online form called the Vuela Seguro. The form must be completed less than 12 hours before your flight and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Travelers should be aware that there has been a recent uptick in crime in the Riviera Maya including the shooting deaths of 2 tourists in Tulum resulting in the National Guard being deployed to protect tourism in the area.
Colombia has been an up and coming destination for years as the country has worked hard to shed itself from its notorious past. Colombia currently does not require any Covid-19 testing before arrival and there are no quarantines. This goes for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
The only requirement to enter Colombia is to fill out an online form called the Check-Mig. This form must be filled out within 48 hours of arrival and presented to airlines and border authorities upon arrival.
Destinations in Colombia such as Medellin and Cartagena are seeing large increases in tourism but travelers should be aware of safety issues while in these new tourism hot-spots.
The Dominican Republic is currently open for tourism under regular visa rules and does not require travelers to present a negative covid test or quarantine upon arrival. This goes for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
All travelers must fill out an online form called the E-Ticket before arriving or departing the Dominican Republic. While there is no mandatory testing that must be presented upon arrival, Dominican authorities have stated that they are random testing a very select few people at entry but will account for less than 5% of arrivals.
What About Costa Rica?
While Costa Rica made out initial list of top winter destinations with no travel restrictions, we have now removed them due to a new vaccine passport that will come into effect starting December 1st.
Costa Rica does not require a negative test or proof of vaccination to enter the country but once inside, rules become very strict.
Unvaccinated tourists will not be able to enter hotels, accommodations, bars, restaurants, malls, casinos and spas.
While the list of countries with no travel restrictions continues to shrink, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic have hundreds of beautiful destinations to explore. To avoid testing, quarantines, vaccine passports, closed borders and cancelled flights, they are your best bet for a getaway.
Wherever you decide to go, these are crazy times and travel interruptions should be expected. Make sure to get your trip covered with proper insurance and only book changeable flight tickets.
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