Can vaccinated people travel? This question has been top of mind for many Americans as millions receive the COVID-19 vaccine each day. After more than a year of social restrictions, canceled trips and postponed events, Americans are eager to start exploring again. But, of course, traveling should come second to safety.
Health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend fully vaccinated people act with caution when traveling internationally as more countries open to vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19, but there are still risks involved with international travel and even vaccinated individuals may be exposed to or could contract some COVID-19 variants. (The CDC considers a person fully vaccinated two weeks after his or her final vaccine dose, no matter which brand of vaccine received.) Currently, the CDC recommends vaccines developed by Pfizer (two doses), Moderna (two doses) and Johnson & Johnson (one dose). Vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Novavax are in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States. Depending on the country you’re visiting, you’ll need to supply documented proof of a vaccine (in the form of the record card you receive at your place of vaccination), as well as some additional information. This official documentation will typically allow you to bypass any testing or quarantine requirements.
Though vaccinated travelers will surely be safer than their unvaccinated counterparts when it comes to sharing public spaces like airplanes, vaccinated people should take special care when traveling, according to Dr. Tom Kenyon, the chief health officer at Project HOPE, an international global health and humanitarian organization. While the top-notch air filtration systems on airplanes and mask requirements lessen the concern of in-flight virus transmission, travelers should know “the situation you’re traveling to is more important than the flight,” Kenyon said. Vaccinated individuals can likely still bring disease (coronavirus and others) into other states and countries by traveling there. Beating the coronavirus is a global effort as much as it is a nationwide concern, Kenyon added, saying, “we’ll never control [the virus] here if it’s left uncontrolled everywhere else.” Vaccinated individuals should continue to practice safety measures, including social distancing, hand-washing and mask-wearing while traveling, according to the CDC.
If you are vaccinated and decide to travel, you’ll want to check with the State Department for information on returning from your visit. As of Jan. 26, the CDC requires all passengers, regardless of vaccination status, traveling to the U.S. from a foreign country (including American citizens) to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before their flight. In mid-April, the State Department updated travel advisories for dozens of countries to Level 4: Do Not Travel, warning Americans to reconsider international travel due to the ongoing pandemic. As of Aug. 30, the European Union removed the U.S. from its safe list of countries and advised member countries to reinstate travel restrictions. However, it’s up to individual countries to decide on restrictions for incoming travelers, so keep an eye out for official announcements from any European destinations as things are changing quickly. Visit the State Department website for additional details on travel advisories. Before embarking on your next journey, be sure to consult your physician and the CDC guidelines as well, which change often.
See below for a list of countries open to fully vaccinated travelers. (Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication and will be updated as additional information becomes available.)
Fully vaccinated travelers can bypass testing requirements when traveling to Albania as long as they show proof of vaccination. (Those who can prove they recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months can also enter without testing.) Expect health screening procedures in airports, and prepare to abide by social distancing guidelines and a curfew. Make note that on your return home, there are restrictions to what countries you can pass through, according to the embassy website.
As of July 1, only travelers who can prove they have been fully vaccinated at least three weeks before arriving can visit Anguilla. They will have to apply for entry to the island before traveling and upload results from a negative coronavirus test taken 72 to 120 hours before travel. Once on the island, they will be subject to additional testing and must remain at their place of accommodation until arrival test results come back negative. For more information, visit Anguilla’s tourism board website.
As long as they can provide proof of vaccination, immunized Americans can enter Armenia without taking a coronavirus test 72 hours in advance. They won’t be required to quarantine upon arrival. Learn more about the pandemic atmosphere in the country at the U.S. Embassy in Armenia website or the Armenian government’s travel restrictions website.
According to its website, which is updated frequently with information on travel restrictions, Aruba is welcoming U.S. vacationers to the island. Fully vaccinated Americans can travel to Aruba, but as of Aug. 25 they must also provide a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours. Regardless of vaccination status, all U.S. travelers must purchase Aruba Visitor Insurance to ensure they are covered if health issues arise during their stay. This insurance cost varies depending on each traveler’s age and length of stay; to find out how much it costs, check out the Aruba Visitor Insurance calculator.
Americans can enter this European nation by providing proof of vaccination (or proof of recovery from the coronavirus). Once in Austria, they can bypass the 10-day quarantine requirement. For additional info, see the embassy website.
Vaccinated travelers are welcome to enter the Bahamas. However, vaccinated visitors can no longer bypass the country’s testing requirements: As of Aug. 6, they must submit a negative coronavirus test result to the online health visa portal within five days of arrival. All travelers must still complete the Travel Health Visa application and provide proof of full vaccination upon arrival (and that two weeks have elapsed since vaccination). For more information, visit the embassy website.
Any fully vaccinated travelers arriving to Bahrain can bypass quarantine and pre-flight testing requirements by showing proof of vaccination. Because Bahrain no longer considers the U.S. a “red list” country, vaccinated travelers are also exempt from testing after arrival. Travelers must download the BeAware Bahrain app before travel. For more information, visit the embassy website.
As of May 8, vaccinated individuals can visit Barbados as long as they show proof of vaccination and proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before travel. Upon arrival in Barbados, they must also submit to a second test (either at the airport or at their accommodation). They must quarantine until they receive negative results which could be the same day as arrival or one to two days after. Because the country’s protocols can change at any time, visit Barbados’ protocol website before planning a trip.
Vaccinated Americans can bypass the seven- to 10-day quarantine requirement when they travel to Belarus. However, they will still be required to present proof of a negative test taken no more than three days before traveling. For the most up to date information, visit the embassy website.
As of Sept. 1, only vaccinated Americans can visit picturesque cities like Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp. American travelers can enter without taking coronavirus tests but must provide proof of vaccination. A test upon arrival and a period of self-quarantine pending receipt of a negative test result is also required, as is a second test again on day seven. Travelers will have to complete a Passenger Locator Form and submit to health screenings at the airport. For more information, visit the embassy website.
This Caribbean nation is open to fully vaccinated individuals from all countries, as long as they show proof their final dose was administered no less than two weeks before traveling. Travelers should present their COVID-19 vaccination record cards upon arrival. However, proof of vaccination does not mean vaccinated travelers can bypass testing requirements: As of Aug. 9, all must show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival. For more information, visit the country’s tourism board website.
All travelers regardless of vaccination status must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to visit Bermuda. Those who are fully vaccinated will take another test on arrival and quarantine for about 24 hours until they receive negative results. Unvaccinated travelers, on the other hand, must quarantine for 14 days after arrival at a designated hotel. For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy in Bermuda website.
Vaccinated visitors can enter by showing proof of a negative test taken 48 hours before arrival and a completed Health Declaration form. Bonaire has deemed the U.S. a “very high-risk” country, so all American travelers regardless of vaccination status must take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day of their stay. Unvaccinated travelers face additional testing requirements. Additional information is available on the Bonaire Crisis website, which outlines specifics for travelers.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
According to The U.S. Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, vaccinated Americans can enter the country as long as they can show proof of vaccination completed 14 days before arrival. There are no interstate travel restrictions once in the country nor quarantine requirements.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands requires vaccinated travelers to present proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than five days before arrival. They will also have to show proof of vaccination. However, vaccinated individuals can bypass arrival testing, quarantine requirements and payment for a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate. Some ports of entry, such as cruise ship stops at St. Thomas Bay Dock and Soper’s Hole Dock, are reserved for vaccinated travelers only. For more information, read the government’s official statement or visit the embassy website.
Bulgaria now considers the U.S. a “orange zone” country which means American citizens can once again travel from the U.S. to Bulgaria. Vaccinated travelers can enter by showing proof of vaccination with an EU Digital COVID Certificate and can bypass quarantine requirements. According to the embassy, at least 5% of all arrivals from orange zone countries will be subject to random rapid antigen testing upon arrival to Bulgaria. For the most up to date information, visit the U.S. embassy in Bulgaria website.
As of Aug. 9, vaccinated American travelers can travel to Canada. Visitors to this northern nation must be fully vaccinated with a Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J or AstraZeneca) and submit proof electronically through the ArriveCAN app. They must also show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering. Select travelers may also be chosen at random to complete a test upon arrival. Americans can fly to Canada or choose to cross at a land border. Anyone who submits false vaccination records can be fined up to $750,000 and potentially face jail time. For more information, check out the Canadian government updates here.
This South American nation is open to fully vaccinated tourists as of Oct. 1. In addition to proof of a full vaccination cycle, travelers also need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, complete an Affidavit for Travelers and have health insurance. They are also required to self-isolate for five days upon arrival. For more information, visit the Chilean tourism website.
Travelers both immunized and unimmunized can travel to Costa Rica. However, travelers who are vaccinated can enter the country without health insurance whereas others must purchase or show proof of health insurance to cover any COVID-19 costs. Visit the embassy website for the most up to date information.
This tourist hot spot in Eastern Europe now allows vaccinated visitors to enter without a negative coronavirus test. Visitors must present a certificate of vaccination that proves their final dose was administered at least 14 days prior. All travelers visiting Croatia for tourism purposes, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, must present proof of paid accommodation in the country. For more information, see Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior website.
Vaccinated travelers visiting Cyprus can bypass the country’s testing and quarantine requirements as long as they provide proof in the form of a vaccination card. However, they will still be required to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass which details each traveler’s personal information. After arrival in Cyprus, travelers may also be randomly tested, even if they are vaccinated. For more information, visit the tourism board website or read the government regulations here.
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Vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing requirements when entering the Czech Republic. However, all travelers regardless of vaccination status must complete a Passenger Locator Form. There are no quarantine requirements nor travel restrictions within the country. For the most up to date information, visit the Ministry of the Interior website.
As of June 5, fully vaccinated travelers who have received the final dose of a European Medicines Agency-approved vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to travel can enter Denmark. If you’re traveling with children who have not been vaccinated, they will need to provide proof of negative coronavirus test results. Vaccinated travelers can enjoy full access to all the attractions this Scandinavian country has to offer without curfew or other restrictions. For more information, visit the U.S. embassy in Denmark website.
Americans are allowed to visit Dominica if they answer a health questionnaire and present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Upon arrival, fully vaccinated Americans must take an antigen test, and if negative, they can bypass quarantine requirements and move freely about the island. Additional info on health and safety protocols for travelers is available here. More details are also available on the U.S. Embassy in Dominica website.
Travelers can visit Ecuador without pretravel testing as long as they show proof of vaccination at the airport before departure. Entry into Ecuador also means vaccinated visitors can explore the famous Galápagos Islands, though there are restrictions to travel here. At this time, unvaccinated people can also visit Ecuador as long as they show proof of a negative coronavirus test. For more information about visiting this country, see the U.S. embassy in Ecuador website.
While this Central American country normally requires proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before travel, immunized travelers can show proof of a full vaccination course instead of a test to enter. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Only vaccinated travelers can visit Estonia for tourism purposes. Those who have been immunized can bypass isolation requirements. Proof of vaccination must meet a set of requirements to be accepted. For example, documents must include the vaccine manufacturer and batch number, and they must be written in Estonian, English or Russian. Additionally, no more than six months can have passed since vaccination has been completed. For more information about traveling to Estonia, visit the country’s tourism board website.
Fully vaccinated travelers from all countries are now eligible to travel to Finland. There are no movement restrictions or quarantine requirements once in the country. However, there may be health screening measures in place at ports of entry. Learn more by visiting the embassy website.
Travelers can once again pay a visit to the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, wine regions, beaches and numerous other attractions in France. Entry will be granted to travelers who have completed a full vaccination course and show proof of vaccination at the airport. They must also obtain a French Health Pass, the details of which can be found here. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Vaccinated Americans can visit idyllic islands like Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora. They must present a negative COVID-19 test result – taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure – to their airline when boarding. They are then subject to an antigen test upon arrival before moving around the island. Vaccinated travelers do not have to quarantine; it’s recommended you bring your vaccination card with you as well. Unvaccinated travelers must have a compelling reason to travel here (tourism doesn’t count) and obtain government permission. Additional forms may also be required. Learn more about the current French Polynesian COVID-19 protocols on the tourism website.
Fully vaccinated travelers from around the world can visit the country of Georgia. Travelers just need to show proof that they received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (or one dose, in the case of the J&J vaccine) at the border checkpoints. For more information, read the country’s official entry regulations here.
As of Aug. 15, Germany considers the U.S. to be a high-risk country. This means anyone who has been in the U.S. within 10 days of traveling to Germany must be fully vaccinated. If not fully vaccinated, they must have an important reason for traveling to Germany – tourism is not considered important. For more information, visit the country’s Federal Foreign Office coronavirus website.
Vaccinated travelers from designated countries, including the U.S., can now enter this tourism hot spot without providing a negative coronavirus test result as long as they present a vaccination card proving it has been 14 days since they received their final dose. Meanwhile, unvaccinated travelers over the age of 5 must present a negative coronavirus test result. Everyone must complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to entering the country. Travelers should note that many restaurants, stores and nightclubs in Greece have started requiring proof of vaccination to enter. For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy in Greece website.
All travelers entering Grenada must be fully vaccinated. They are also required to show proof of a negative coronavirus test result taken three days before travel and fill out a Pure Safe Travel Authorization Certificate. However, unvaccinated travelers will face further restrictions and testing requirements while vaccinated travelers only need to quarantine for 48 hours upon arrival (pending the negative PCR test upon entry). For more specific information, read Grenada’s travel advisory website.
Vaccinated travelers can visit Guadeloupe for tourism purposes while unvaccinated travelers must have a compelling reason for travel. Visitors will have to provide proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test result (within 72 hours of travel) or negative antigen test result (within 48 hours of travel). Vaccinated travelers are also exempt from quarantine. They must also complete a statement swearing they have not knowingly been exposed to the virus. For more information, visit the nation’s reopening website.
This Central American destination is welcoming visitors who can provide documentation they have received their final vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to travel. Guatemala is also open to those who haven’t been vaccinated, but those individuals must test negative for the coronavirus no more than 72 hours before traveling. The vaccine documentation eliminates the need for a test. Once in Guatemala, there are health screenings at the airport, but there are no restrictions on interstate travel, dining or curfews. For more information on the country’s requirements, visit the embassy website.
Americans planning to visit Guyana must provide proof of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before traveling. They must also show proof of partial or full vaccination. Before arrival in this South American country, visitors must also complete a passenger locator form to ensure easy contact tracing in the case of infection. For more information, visit the U.S. embassy website.
If fully vaccinated, American travelers can present a vaccine card in lieu of negative test results to enter Honduras. Visitors should note there will be health screenings in place at the airport, curfews around the country, and restrictions on certain essential activities, such as shopping. Learn more about what your trip to Honduras will look like on the U.S. Embassy website or visit the Honduras government website for additional details.
Only vaccinated Americans can enjoy the many beautiful landscapes around Iceland. To enter the country, vaccinated travelers must show an official document (written in Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English) stating that the traveler has received one of four approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, J&J or AstraZeneca. Even if you’re vaccinated, you’ll still have to show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. There are no curfew rules or movement restrictions within Iceland, so once they arrive, vaccinated travelers can enjoy the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle and all other unique attractions at their leisure. For more information on traveling to Iceland, visit the government’s official website.
Vaccinated travelers with proper vaccination documentation are exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirements upon arrival in Ireland. Children traveling with vaccinated adults are exempt from quarantine as well. Also, keep in mind Ireland officials advise against all nonessential travel. See up-to-date information on the Ireland tourism board website.
Israel is open to groups of international visitors as long as they have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. Vaccinated individuals can bypass isolation requirements once they arrive in Israel. All travelers who do not reside in Israel must obtain a permit from the Israeli government to enter. Keep in mind, the State Department advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel here at the moment due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
For more information, visit the embassy website.
As of Aug. 30, individuals traveling to Italy must provide proof of vaccination (or proof of recovery from COVID-19) and proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of travel. Travelers must also fill out a passenger locator form. (Note: Children 6 and older accompanied by an adult must always provide a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test.) For more information, visit the U.S. embassy website.
American travelers coming from the U.S. can only enter Latvia if they can prove they are fully vaccinated. Testing is not required. To learn more about entrance to Latvia, visit the embassy website.
Vaccinated travelers can bypass the testing and quarantine requirements in Lebanon. Those who aren’t vaccinated must show proof of a negative test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival, test again upon arrival and quarantine for 72 hours. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Travelers who come to Lithuania with documented evidence of full vaccination are exempt from the testing and quarantine requirements. For more information, visit the official government website.
The small European nation of Luxembourg is now closed to third-country nationals (unless they fit one of the few exceptions) until Dec. 31. For more information, visit the embassy website.
As of July 19, Malta is accepting American visitors who come prepared with their official CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (as long as it has been 14 days since their final dose). As of Aug. 1, vaccination cards must be approved through the VeriFLY app. If you arrive without a vaccination card, you’ll be subject to testing and forced to quarantine for 14 days at a government-mandated hotel (or otherwise face a fine). There is no quarantine requirement in place upon arrival, but visitors can expect health screenings at ports of entry. For the most up to date information, check out Malta’s tourism board website.
Fully vaccinated travelers can bypass the seven-day quarantine requirement after entering Martinique. The country considers a person fully vaccinated if it has been two weeks since the final dose of a two-dose vaccine or four weeks since the final dose of a one-dose vaccine (J&J). All travelers must also present proof of a negative coronavirus test taken 48 to 72 hours prior to departure, depending on the type of test. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Americans can visit this island nation as long as they provide proof of negative test results taken between five and seven days of travel. They must also stay in an approved resort. While unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days, vaccinated visitors are allowed to move about the island after testing negative on day seven. Restrictions on vaccinated travelers are scheduled to drop on Oct. 1. For more information, visit the embassy website.
This Eastern European country allows American travelers to enter by showing proof of vaccination. Testing may be required in some instances. There are no quarantine requirements or travel restrictions once in the country. For more information, visit the embassy website.
As of Sept. 14, travelers to Montenegro can provide proof of vaccination (or proof of recovery from coronavirus more than 14 days prior but less than 180 days) in lieu of test results. For more information, visit the U.S. embassy in Montenegro website.
Immunized Americans visiting Morocco can provide vaccination certificates in lieu of negative test results. However, the government still recommends taking a test prior to travel. Travelers should also be prepared for sudden restrictions once in Morocco, such as curfew implementation or changes in interstate travel allowance. The country is in a “Health State of Emergency” until Oct. 31. Learn more about the rules applying to specific travelers on the embassy website; additional info is available on the Morocco tourism board website as well.
Nepal is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Vaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. They can bypass quarantine requirements, though. All travelers regardless of vaccination status must have travel insurance that covers health, immediate crisis or rescue for the duration of the trip; proof of accommodation in Nepal; a completed International Travel Arrival Form; and either a Nepalese visa or a recommendation from the tourism board. Learn more by reading the Nepalese government protocol form here.
As of early September, the Netherlands views the U.S. as a “very high-risk” country, so American travelers can only enter the country if they are fully vaccinated and comply with a mandatory 10-day quarantine requirement. In some cases, quarantine may be shortened with testing. As of Sept. 6, travelers must also present a negative coronavirus test or a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to departure. For the latest information, visit the embassy website.
Vaccinated tourists can enter Panama without abiding by testing and quarantine requirements. Everyone regardless of vaccination status must complete an affidavit before arriving in Panama. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Americans can enter Peru by showing proof of vaccination instead of negative test results. Passengers must complete an affidavit of health as well. There are also health screening measures in place at ports of entry. For more updated information, visit the embassy website.
Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and select other countries can now enter Poland. If you show proof of vaccination, you will be exempt from the mandatory 10-day quarantine. There are no testing requirements in place. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Vaccinated travelers can bypass the testing requirements by showing proof of vaccination when entering Portugal. Everyone must complete a Passenger Locator Card. For more information and updates, visit the embassy website.
As of May 28, travelers from the U.S. to Puerto Rico can present proof of vaccination instead of proof of a negative test. However, travelers coming from international destinations must still provide proof of a negative test even if they’re vaccinated. Travelers should note that many restaurants, hotels, bars and food courts in Puerto Rico have started requiring proof of vaccination to enter. For more information, visit the country’s tourism website.
All travelers to Qatar must take a negative coronavirus test no more than 72 hours prior to boarding. They must also apply for a permit before traveling. If vaccinated, you can bypass the 10-day quarantine requirement. For more information, see the country’s Ministry of Public Health website or the U.S. embassy website.
Fully vaccinated individuals can bypass the quarantine requirement in Romania as long as they provide documentation of vaccination. The proof must come in the form of a document issued by the health unit that administered the vaccine, whether from Romania or another country. Travelers also must wait at least 10 days after their final vaccine dose to travel. For more information, visit the Romania tourism board website.
As of Aug. 1, only vaccinated travelers can visit Saudi Arabia. All travelers regardless of vaccination status must have health insurance that can cover any coronavirus-related costs. Testing is required to enter. As of Oct. 10, everyone has to show proof of vaccination by a Ministry of Health-approved vaccine to enter any government and private establishments or take public transportation, according to the embassy website.
The island nation of Seychelles, off the eastern coast of Africa, is now accepting visitors from all over the world. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test (taken no more than 72 hours before travel) to visit. Visitors must also apply for a travel authorization and have sufficient medical insurance coverage. There are no movement restrictions, so travelers can enjoy the many attractions and beautiful beaches Seychelles has to offer. However, there is a curfew in place from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. For more information, visit the country’s official tourism website.
Americans can travel to Slovakia without prior testing, and vaccinated travelers can bypass the 14-day quarantine requirement that unimmunized travelers face. Learn more on the country’s immigration website.
Only Americans who can provide a certificate of a COVID-19 vaccination (or who can prove they have recovered from COVID-19) are allowed to enter Slovenia for non-essential purposes. Visitors must also prove their final vaccine was administered at seven to 21 days before travel, depending on vaccine type. To find out more information, visit the Slovenia tourism board website.
Vaccinated American travelers can now sip sangria and sample tapas in this popular European vacation destination. Testing is not required, but as of Sept. 6 showing proof of vaccination is mandatory to visit Spain. American travelers also need to obtain a QR code from the online Spain Travel Health portal to gain entry. For more information and updates, visit the U.S. embassy in Spain website.
Fully vaccinated Americans can visit St. Barts and bypass quarantine requirements as long as they show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before traveling. Travelers will also be required to complete a written statement explaining they have not had contact with an infected individual within two weeks of flying. Visit the embassy website for more information.
St. Kitts & Nevis
Only fully vaccinated American travelers can enter St. Kitts & Nevis. (Note: Unvaccinated travelers 18 or younger can still enter the country if they’re traveling with fully vaccinated guardians.) Travelers must complete a travel authorization form by uploading proof of vaccination as well as negative coronavirus test results taken no more than 72 hours before traveling; they must also submit to testing upon arrival. They also must vacation in place for 24 hours and can start venturing around the island once they receive negative results from their arrival tests. The St. Kitts tourism website and the Nevis tourism website are frequently updated with information regarding entry.
Armed with a negative coronavirus test taken no more than five days before their trip to St. Lucia, Americans (5 and older) can visit this picturesque island nation. Before arrival, travelers will have to fill out a travel registration form, confirm reservations at a certified property and upload their negative test results in an online portal. Fully vaccinated travelers are free to explore the island while unvaccinated visitors must stay in their approved facility for at least 14 days or the duration of their vacation. Visit the embassy website or the tourism board website before traveling to learn more specifics.
St. Martin – St. Maarten
This Caribbean nation allows Americans to visit as long as they provide negative test results taken no more than 72 to 120 hours prior to departure, depending on which airport they’ll be flying to. In addition, travelers must fill out a mandatory health authorization application prior to departure. St. Maarten also requires travelers to have health insurance coverage that will cover COVID-19 related expenses. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for seven days upon arrival, but vaccinated travelers can bypass this requirement. Find more details on the U.S. embassy website and the country’s entrance website, which is frequently updated with the most recent travel entry requirements.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Travelers who have been vaccinated can replace the required 14-day quarantine period with a 48-hour quarantine period in an approved hotel. However, they must still take two negative tests to enter the island: The first must be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in the island nation, and the second test will be administered upon arrival. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Switzerland is open to Americans who can show proof of vaccination. However, as of Sept. 13, all restaurants, bars and other venues within Switzerland will require guests to show a valid EU vaccination card. If you’re from the U.S. and only have an American vaccination card, you’ll need to be tested every three days of your trip. For more up to date information, visit the embassy website or the Swiss government website.
Vaccinated Americans can now enter Thailand provided they have proof of a negative coronavirus test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure. Keep in mind, only select vacation destinations in Thailand are open to travelers. Popular spots Americans can visit include Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phagnan and Koh Tao. As of Oct. 1, fully vaccinated visitors are required to stay within their first destination for seven days before traveling around the rest of the country. Travelers must complete a certificate of entry application and be approved before travel (this could take up to 15 days); travelers must also have health insurance that covers treatment and medical expenses related to COVID-19. Health screenings are in place upon arrival. Visitors will also be required to quarantine for 14 days after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status. Requirements and restrictions are changing frequently, so make sure to check details before you go. For more information, visit the U.S. embassy website. For more information, visit the country’s official tourism website.
Turks and Caicos
Only fully vaccinated travelers can visit these popular islands. They must also show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before travel, and complete a health questionnaire. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Trinidad and Tobago
As of July 17, fully vaccinated travelers are permitted to enter Trinidad and Tobago. They must take a negative coronavirus test before traveling, and they will be subject to health screenings upon arrival. There are some restrictions on interstate travel within the country, and there is a daily 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in place. For more information, visit the embassy website.
This North African country, known for its Mediterranean climate, is now open to American visitors. Americans must show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from the seven-day quarantine period upon arrival. Travelers should also note there is a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. every night. Learn more on the embassy website.
United Arab Emirates
All travelers arriving from the U.S. must still show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Each emirate has differing quarantine requirements for incoming travelers. There are advanced medical screening measures in place at the ports of entry. Additionally, there are varying measures in place depending which emirate you’re traveling to. For example, those who travel from the U.S. to Abu Dhabi must quarantine unless vaccinated. To help safely plan your trip to the UAE, visit the embassy website.
As of Aug. 2, fully vaccinated Americans can now bypass the 10-day quarantine requirement after arrival in the U.K. They can also skip the mandatory test after eight days in the country. However, they must still submit to testing on day two of their stay in the U.K. For more information, visit the U.K.’s coronavirus website.
While the countries outlined above are open to vaccinated travelers, there are also several other countries Americans can travel to regardless of their vaccination status. However, more restrictions are in place in those cases, which can include negative COVID-19 test requirements and days of quarantine, among other stipulations.
Kenyon explains that vaccinated individuals can take a coronavirus test (not an antibody test) before traveling to help further ensure they’re not infected. Also, while vaccinated individuals don’t have to quarantine when they return home, Kenyon still advises monitoring your health in the following days to ensure you’re not experiencing any symptoms.
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