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Here Is the List of Countries Where Vaccinated Americans Can Travel Without Restrictions

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The European Union is still ironing out its plans to open up the borders, but vaccinated Americans don’t have to wait. They can travel to quite a few places nowadays and avoid hassles like PCR-testing and quarantine.

While all restrictions are burdensome, some of them suck more than others. Here is what I mean.

  • Having to quarantine at your destination is not just frustrating – it’s a non-starter in my book.

  • Having to take a PCR test within 2-4 days of your flight is possible but still frustrating. Yes, rapid (albeit costly) PCR tests are available in most places, but you’ll still be worrying about missing your flight.

You know what else is frustrating? That so many publications print (reprint probably) unverified information without consulting primary sources.

For example, some of them claim that Estonia is open to vaccinated travelers, but that’s not how I read it. My understanding is that Americans – vaccinated or not – can’t travel to Estonia yet. Maybe I’m not seeing something but I doubt it.

Information on countries and restriction on freedom of movement requirements for passengers

​My methodology

I’ve compiled my own list from multiple sources and excluded countries that still have bothersome restrictions for vaccinated travelers. It’s turned out to be short, but I’ve personally verified entry requirements for every country using their own official data. Some countries I’ve left out for other reasons. Guatemala, for example, is open but not very touristy (or safe due to crime and the steep rise of infections). Ecuador is open too, but if you’re dreaming about Galapagos, there are more hoops to jump through, and if you want to board a cruise, there are more still. Nepal is evacuating Everest climbers due to recent outbreaks. Those are just a few exceptions. So my list might be a little shorter than others, but it’s also more realistic, I think.

Where Vaccinated Americans Can Travel in the Americas

​The Bahamas

Atlantis: Photo by Forest Simon on Unsplash

No tests are required for fully vaccinated travelers, but you must apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa that includes Covid insurance ($40).

More info

​Belize

Photo by reisetopia on Unsplash

No tests are required for fully vaccinated travelers.

More info

Where Vaccinated Americans Can Travel in Europe

Croatia

Island Visovac: Photo by Hrvoje_Photography 🇭🇷 on Unsplash

One would think that a country as dependent on international tourism as Croatia would scream from the rooftops that they’re lifting their crucial travel restriction. But what do you know! It’s very frustrating to wade through their Ministry of Internal Affairs website, but after you persevere, you’ll finally find what you need.

Please note: In addition to a proof of vaccination, you must “have a certificate of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private renter or rented vessel and other form of tourist accommodation.” The payment must be made in advance and in full. Simply booking a room isn’t enough.

​Cyprus

Nissi beach in Ayia Napa: Photo by Miriam Eh on Unsplash

No tests are required for fully vaccinated travelers.

More info

​Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia: Photo by Denis Arslanbekov on Unsplash

No tests are required for fully vaccinated travelers.

More info

​Greece

I’ll admit, I was very tempted to post a picture of Santorini here, but then I thought — surely there must be life in Greece outside Santorini? 🙂

Rhodes: Photo by Serhat Beyazkaya on Unsplash

No tests are required for fully vaccinated travelers.

More info

​Iceland

If you thought the Blue Lagoon was awesome, here is the new kid on the block.

Courtesy of Sky Lagoon, Iceland

No tests are required for fully vaccinated travelers.

More info

​Montenegro

Kotor’s Bay: Photo by olga brajnovic on Unsplash

No tests are required for fully vaccinated travelers.

The site I’ve linked it to keeps disappearing, so here is the quote and a screenshot:

Montenegrin citizens and foreigners [SNIP] can enter Montenegro across all border crossings [SNIP] with the proof that at least seven days before entering Montenegro they have been immunized with the second dose of vaccine against the new coronavirus, issued by the authorized health institution.

I’ve redacted the text that’s not relevant and only makes it difficult to read. You’re welcome. 🙂

I do have the PDF file, so message me if you want it.

Note that the seven days stipulation is a bit unusual. Other countries require at least 14.

Where Vaccinated Americans Can Travel in Asia

Without considerable hassles – nowhere ecxept Nepal, but the Phuket government is promising to open the island by July 1.

More info

If that happens, after seven days in Phuket you’ll be able to travel elsewhere in Thailand, presumably.

​To recap

Every country on this list is worth visiting, including Montenegro and Georgia, which are sadly not on many people’s radar. Of course, the EU is promising to open up its borders in the summer, so you might have a better choice of destinations soon, but let’s not forget that each European country can still impose their own restrictions. The countries from this list, in the mean time, are open right now, and vaccinated travelers can currently fly there without undergoing any testing requirements. That counts for something, IMHO.

Of course, we know that this pandemic is unpredictable. There are countries that saw great success containing Covid that quickly turned into a nightmare when some restrictions were lifted. So there are quite a few questions all of us should ask ourselves before we start packing.

  • What’s the Covid situation there right now?
  • Do they have lockdowns and / or curfews in places I’m planning to visit?
  • What’s open (tourist attractions, beaches, restaurants, clubs) and in what capacity?

Keep in mind that things can go bad very fast. And get the best travel and medical insurance money can buy that does cover Covid – even though you’re vaccinated. Better safe than sorry.

Any thoughts, plans, or bookings? Please share in the comments.

 

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