Although many nations still have Covid-related restrictions, 20 nations have completely scrapped all COVID-19 entry requirements within the last few months and have returned entry rules ‘back to normal’. As a result, travelers can enjoy the below countries without:
- proof of vaccination
- countries banned due to case numbers or variants
It’s essentially pre-pandemic ‘normality’ for entering these 20 countries:
Mexico was an outlier during the COVID-19 pandemic because it remained open with few entry requirements. However, the nation removed all remaining COVID-19 restrictions—which included a passenger locator form—months ago. Mexico remains the top destination for North Americans.
El Salvador became the first nation to accept bitcoin as legal tender; it also became the first nation worldwide to scrap all entry requirements on November 15, 2021. People refer to El Salvador as the ‘Land of Volcanoes’ for its incredible volcanic scenery, but now ‘Bitcoin Nation’ might start to become a more popular nickname.
If you fancy a Norwegian nature experience, now’s the best time to visit because there are no entry requirements. As of February 12, 2022, Norway ended all COVID-19 measures. As a result, it’s a fantastic place to visit if you’re a hiking enthusiast.
Slovenia is one of the least-known European nations despite its stunning beauty—including the iconic Lake Bled. However, Slovenia ended all entry requirements on February 21, 2022. The nation still mandates masks in indoor areas, though.
Iceland is a popular destination for all Western tourists, especially in the summer months. Better still, the iconic island nation has removed all entry requirements on February 25, 2022. In addition, Iceland has scrapped most of its internal restrictions.
Bahrain might not be the first place you think of when booking a vacation, yet the nation is full of superb architecture and history. The nation also removed all remaining COVID-19 entry requirements on February 26, 2022.
Jordan is a fabulous destination for travelers. The eclectic mixture of stunning desert and ancient temples—including Petra, which is one of the 7 new wonders of the world—makes it a great destination. Jordan also ended all entry requirements on March 1, 2022.
Ireland, largely thanks to Dublin, incredible road trips, and stunning coastline, is one of the most popular destinations for travelers. The nation removed all remaining COVID-19 entry requirements on March 7, 2022, as the government seeks to help Ukrainian refugees. Mask mandates have also been removed.
Hungary is home to Budapest—one of the greatest cities in Europe with a mixture of hot springs, glorious architecture, and underrated food. The nation ended all remaining COVID-19 entry requirements on March 7, 2022.
Romania is an excellent destination if you fancy an affordable European getaway with endless gothic architecture. And, as of March 9, 2022, the nation scrapped all remaining COVID-19 entry requirements.
Although Saudi Arabia isn’t a popular destination for North American tourists, the nation is attempting to build its tourism industry. The country scrapped all remaining COVID-19 entry requirements on March 9, 2022, but still has a few light internal rules in place.
Montenegro is a relatively unknown destination for most non-Europeans. However, the small nation in the Balkans is home to glorious nature and scenery. The country removed all COVID-19 entry requirements on March 10, 2022, and would make an excellent addition to anyone’s bucket-list.
Do you fancy a stunning Caribbean getaway? Curaçao may tick all the boxes for you. The Caribbean island nation removed all COVID-19 entry restrictions on March 10, 2022. It’s the perfect getaway for Americans and Canadians, with direct flights that will get you there faster than you think.
England has always been a popular destination for foreign tourists because of its history, greenery, and London. Still, England maintained most of its COVID-19 entry restrictions until recently. But, as of March 18, 2022, England has removed all COVID-19 entry requirements; there are zero internal restrictions as well, like masks for example.
It’s challenging to find a more idyllic, beautiful tropical destination than the Maldives. The nation ended its state of emergency on March 15, 2022. As a result, there are no entry requirements for any travelers, meaning everyone can enter test-free, vaccinated or not.
Aruba is a gorgeous Caribbean island with stunning beaches and a strong Dutch cultural heritage. The nation removed COVID-19 entry requirements on March 16, 2022. The only remaining rule is the digital passenger card which acts more like an online customs form.
Mongolia was closed for the entire COVID-19 pandemic. After some initial confusion, Mongolia has officially opted to remove all COVID-19 entry requirements on March 15, 2022. Although it’s an adventurous destination, Mongolia’s nature is utterly breathtaking.
Moldova is one of the most affordable and least known European nations. If you’re interested in the Soviet Union, you’ll find some of the best Soviet architecture here. The country ended all entry requirements as of March 16, 2022.
Gabon and Yemen
Gabon and Yemen removed all entry requirements on March 18, 2022. However, there’s little information on entry other than no testing, no proof of vaccination, or quarantine on arrival. While the U.S. State Department only issues a Level 2 for Gabon, Yemen is still a strict Level 4, Do Not Travel.
*Since publishing this article, Costa Rica has also removed all entry requirements, making the total count 21
As more and more nations remove their pandemic-related entry requirements, we will keep an updated list here: “Countries Without Entry Requirements or Travel Restrictions”
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