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With countries around the world continuing to either relax – or completely remove – their Covid-19 entry requirements for international visitors, five more nations have done so recently.

Here is all you need to know about each of the countries that have made changes to their entry requirements for tourists in the last week or so.

Rice field and river, NinhBinh, in Vietnam

Three Nations That Have Recently Removed All Of Their Entry Requirements

Joining what is becoming a considerably long list, three of the five countries in question have in fact removed all of their Covid-related entry requirements for international visitors.

These countries are Israel, Austria, and the Southeast Asian nation of Vietnam.

A cable car taking visitors up to Salzwelten, Hallstatt, Austria

So, basically for each of these three countries there is no longer a requirement to show proof of vaccination, undergo any Covid-19 testing or complete any quarantine whatsoever.

In fact, visiting these three nations is now the same as what it was in pre-pandemic times.

Israel

Beautiful landscape of Israeli Judean Desert mountains

Since Saturday (21 May), Israel no longer has any Covid-related entry requirements that international visitors have to adhere to in order to enter the country.

Prior to this, all visitors had been required to show proof of a negative Covid test result upon their arrival.

Night view of Tel Aviv, Israel.

And, for those flying into the nation’s Ben Gurion International Airport there was also previously a requirement to undergo Covid testing when arriving at the airport, as well as a need to quarantine for up to 24 hours – or until they received a negative result from their Covid test.

However, all of these requirements have now been removed.

A view of the sea and beach in Israel

It is important to note, though, that travelers are still required to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 48 hours prior to their planned departure to Israel – which was also an entry requirement in pre-pandemic times.

Austria

Having been one of the strictest countries to enter throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Austrian government recently announced that the country was removing all of its Covid-related entry requirements for visitors.

A beautiful lakeside town in Austria

This means that travelers entering Austria no longer need to show at least one of the following upon their arrival into the country – which were previously applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals:

  • proof of vaccination
  • a Covid-19 recovery certificate
  • a negative Covid PCR or Rapid Antigen test. 

Vietnam

Rice fields in Vietnam

A country that is hugely popular with backpackers from around the world, Vietnam has recently removed all of their Covid-19 entry requirements – making them the first Southeast Asian nation to do so.

Although Vietnam had not required visitors to declare their Covid-19 status since reopening for tourism on 15 March, those wanting to enter the country were required to:

Couple Of Tourists Pictured Gazing At Some Karst Mountains In An Unspecified Location In Vietnam
  • show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result – this could’ve been either a PCR or Rapid Antigen test result
  • complete an online health declaration form
  • download the government’s ‘PC-Covid’ app 
  • purchase Covid-19 travel health insurance.

However, since a week ago, none of the above is needed in order to enter the country – and so the process of entering Vietnam is the same as it was before the pandemic began.

Woman On A River Boat In Ninh Binh Mountains Of Northern Vietnam

American and Canadian travelers will need to obtain a tourist eVisa, though, which is an extremely easy and straightforward process – and which can be purchased at a cost of US$25 by clicking here.

This Country Is Now Allowing Unvaccinated Americans To Enter

Cala Tarida in Ibiza, Spain

Just a matter of days ago we reported that Spain was to begin allowing unvaccinated non-EU (European Union) citizens – which includes Americans, Canadians and Brits – to enter the country if they show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result upon their arrival.

Visitors must show either a negative PCR test result – which must have been issued no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain, or alternatively present a negative antigen test result – which must have been issued less than 24 hours before your planned entry into the country.

Beach and walkway in Benidorm, Spain

Fully vaccinated non-EU travelers wanting to visit this beautiful and sun-kissed European nation can do so without the requirement to undertake a pre-departure Covid test.

However, to be considered as ‘fully vaccinated’ a traveler coming from a nation that is not part of the EU will need to have received their booster shot – if their initial vaccine dose had been administered more than nine months ago.

Young Woman On Vacation Overlooking The City Of Cadaques, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain

Spain is also allowing unvaccinated travelers – that have recently recovered from Covid-19 – to enter the country, as long as they have a proof of recovery certificate that has been issued in the last 6 months.

All travelers that do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate – or an EU equivalent – must complete the mandatory Spain Travel Health Form.

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Fully Vaccinated Travelers No Longer Need A Covid Test To Enter Indonesia (Including Bali)

Last week we reported that fully vaccinated travelers wanting to visit Indonesia – which includes the popular backpacker destination of Bali – can do so without having to undergo any Covid-19 testing whatsoever.

Female traveler overlooking stunning beach in Bali, Indonesia

In fact, travelers that have received their full vaccination can now easily enter the nation by:

  • presenting proof of vaccination – you must have received the second dose of your vaccine at least 14 days prior to your arrival to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’
Arrival Hall at Bali's International Airport
  • downloading, and registering your details on, the Perduli Lindungi app before your planned departure
  • purchase Covid-19 travel insurance
  • obtain a visa on arrival – which is available for visitors from 60 nations, including the US, Canada and the UK
  • register your e-CD (Electronic Custom Declaration) – if you’re arriving into Bali’s international airport you can do this by clicking here. For passengers arriving into Jakarta’s main international airport, you will need to complete the form online here
Bali's International Airport
  • showing the booking confirmation details of your flight out of Indonesia.

As of right now, however, individuals that are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are unable to visit the nation for non-essential reasons – including for tourism purposes.

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Marina T.

Friday 27th of May 2022

Of course, everyone is tired of the endless restrictions and it is so wonderful that some countries are starting to relax their entry requirements because I think that it is quite acceptable in many cases. To tell the truth, I was surprised that Austria is in this list because this country had serious requirements for visiting and it is very pleasant news. In my opinion, this decision to remove all of its Covid-related entry requirements for visitors is quite reasonable and justified because it is important to move forward, giving the tourism sector more prospects for development. To tell the truth, I really like Spain’s tactic and it is so wonderful that now unvaccinated non-EU (European Union) citizens can visit this country because it will open new opportunities for travelers. I really like in what direction Spain is moving to fight COVID-19 because this country cares about its citizens and weakens measures when it is truly appropriate. // Marina Teramond

Adam

Tuesday 24th of May 2022

I think it's important to clarify what "fully vaccinated" means. Some countries have different perception of that. Sometimes it's 6 months since last booster, sometimes 9 months, some consider 2 doses of Pfizer a full vaccination. It's a mess sometimes.