Countries That Are Open to COVID-19 Vaccinated Travelers

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Los Angeles, CA - May 13: Boxes of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine sitting in freezers, photographed at Kedren Community Health Center, in Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Thanks to the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, travel has made a comeback in a big way within the last year. And while new variants are still posing concerns, physical or digital proof of vaccination has still allowed travelers to (tentatively and safely) resume their once-canceled plans. Although the rate of vaccine availability has varied around the world, some countries are jumpstarting their tourism industries by inviting fully inoculated travelers to visit.

If you’re heading abroad, however, don’t forget that travelers returning home to the U.S. are required to test negative for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.

Below are the countries currently welcoming vaccinated Americans.

Level 4: Do Not Travel

The Bahamas welcomes fully vaccinated travelers who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccines. Those who got the jab are exempt from any pre-arrival testing requirements as well as on-island testing protocols. All travelers to the Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance.

The Bahamas also welcomes unvaccinated travelers but requires them to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before arriving, complete a daily health questionnaire, and take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test on the fifth day of their trip. Children 10 and younger are also exempt from testing.

Level 4: Do Not Travel

Belize will waive COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers who can show proof they have been fully vaccinated, according to the Belize Tourism Board. International travelers must book their stay at a “Gold Standard Hotel” and download the country’s health app.

Non-vaccinated travelers are welcome but are required to have proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative rapid test within 48 hours of travel. Alternatively, travelers can get tested upon arrival at the airport for $50.

Level 4: Do Not Travel

Vaccinated travelers heading to Bermuda must apply for a Bermuda COVID-19 Travel Authorization — which includes a negative PCR test for COVID-19 — one to three days before departure, which must be submitted 24 hours before travel. Upon arrival they will be tested for COVID-19 and will be required to quarantine until they receive their results. Following a negative test result, vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine but must test on days four, eight, and 14 of their trip.

British Virgin Islands
Level 4: Do Not Travel

The British Virgin Islands is welcoming fully vaccinated tourists with shorter quarantine measures in place. Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within five days of arriving, get tested upon arrival, and quarantine until that test comes back negative, according to the government. They will not be required to get tested again.

Unvaccinated travelers are also welcomed but must quarantine for four days and get tested again on the fourth day in addition to the pre-travel and arrival tests.

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Vaccinated tourists must test negative for COVID-19 before traveling, carry paper copies of their vaccination records, and upload their documents to the ArriveCAN app or website.

Visitors must then wait two weeks after completing their vaccine course to enter the country. While Canada is now allowing travelers to enter, the U.S. is keeping its land border closed until at least Sept. 21. However, Americans who are returning from Canada are allowed back into the country.

Level 4: Do Not Travel

U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated are exempt from pre-arrival testing or self-isolation requirements, according to Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior. Vaccinated travelers must arrive at least 14 days after receiving their final shot of either a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Alternatively, Croatia also welcomes American tourists who have not been vaccinated but requires them to either show proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arriving or show proof they have contracted COVID-19 and recovered within the last six months. Children under 7 years old with a parent or guardian are exempt.

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Denmark reopened to vaccinated travelers from specific countries (U.S. included) as of June 2021. These vaccinated travelers do not need to take a PCR test for COVID-19 before their arrival, nor will they need to quarantine in Denmark. Denmark will only accept EMA-approved vaccines, which includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. Children who are not vaccinated but traveling with a parent, and women who are unvaccinated because they are pregnant or breastfeeding, can still visit Denmark but will have to take a COVID-19 test prior to entry.

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Tourists with the COVID-19 vaccine can enter Ecuador and travel to one of its most popular island destinations: the Galapagos Islands. Unvaccinated travelers are also allowed to visit Ecuador and its famous island archipelago with proof of a negative antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19. Visitors are required to comply with social distancing regulations and wear face masks throughout their stay.

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Finland has reopened to all vaccinated travelers — and Americans must show proof of vaccination. However, the country will allow unvaccinated visitors from low-risk countries to enter without having to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Level 4: Do Not Travel

France reopened to vaccinated travelers from specific countries, including the U.S., in June. And vaccinated travelers do not have to test for COVID-19 before entering the country. U.S. travelers who are unvaccinated must have an essential reason for traveling and have to test negative for COVID-19 before departure and quarantine for seven days on arrival. All travelers entering France (including French citizens) will be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form, which can be done on the plane before customs.

French Polynesia
Level 4: Do Not Travel

Travelers can enter French Polynesia once they’ve received a complete vaccination course. Those who can show they have COVID-19 antibodies can also travel to the South Pacific archipelago. Before visiting French Polynesia, foreign travelers must fill out an form, uploading all the relevant information. Vaccinated travelers must have been in the U.S. for 30 days before heading to French Polynesia, and may be required to test on their first and fourth days in the country.

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Germany started welcoming vaccinated American travelers as of this summer. Travelers must be able to prove they’ve completed a European Medicines Agency-accepted vaccination course. Alternately, they can show that they’ve recovered from COVID-19 between 28 days and six months ago, or that they’ve tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel.

Level 4: Do Not Travel

Georgia welcomes U.S. travelers arriving by air who have received both doses of a vaccine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Georgia. Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to get tested prior to arrival or quarantine when they get there.

Unvaccinated travelers can also visit the country, but must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours, get a follow-up PCR test on the third day after arriving in the country, and complete an application with their contact details and travel history.

Level 4: Do Not Travel

Greece is welcoming fully vaccinated tourists and other foreign visitors with coronavirus antibodies or negative test results. Travelers must bring their vaccination card, or negative PCR test, as well as the QR code provided by the Greek government once visitors fill out a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival. Vaccinated travelers must have completed their vaccination course at least two weeks prior to their arrival in Greece, or tested negative via PCR test no more than 72 hours before arrival.,50285821.html

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