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Which countries are ready to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S.?

Times are tough for travellers. But with the world preparing to reopen in 2021, we're here to keep you dreaming and planning for your next adventure - whether that's a staycation or flying off to parts unknown. Until then, we've got the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates to keep you up to date and ready to go.

The list of countries accepting fully vaccinated travelers changes almost daily. You don’t have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel internationally, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends it and some destinations allow you to skip quarantines or testing requirements if you’re fully vaccinated.

Even with proof of a vaccine, though, it’s dizzying to keep up with all the restrictions and requirements. You don’t want to book a flight or hotel only to find out you’ll be quarantined when you arrive.

That’s why, in addition to our coronavirus travel guidance, we’re offering this list of countries that are welcoming vaccinated travelers from the U.S. All information is up to date as of May 17, 2021, and all dates mentioned throughout the article are for the current year.

There are some countries—such as Mexico and Costa Rica and several countries in Africa and Eastern Europe—that are welcoming all Americans regardless of vaccination status. We’re focusing here on countries that are specifically open to fully vaccinated travelers.

We’ve broken the list into two sections:

  1. Countries that currently welcome fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. with no extra testing or quarantine requirements upon arrival. (jump to the section)
  2. Countries that welcome COVID-free travelers from the U.S. but require tests and/or quarantine. (jump to the section)
Fully vaccinated travelers still need to be aware of local restrictions at their destination.

We’ll update this list regularly as rules and guidelines for international vaccinated travel evolve. Bookmark this page for the latest, use our interactive global map to see whose borders are open and sign up to receive email updates. Also, be sure to make flexible travel plans if you can.

We strongly recommend that you check official international travel guidance for your destination before booking. The U.S. Department of State still lists many of these locations in its “Level 4 Travel Advisory—Do Not Travel” category due to COVID-19 conditions on the ground. The CDC, and the World Health Organization (WHO) are also frequently updating their guidelines.

Keep in mind that there may be additional travel requirements, such as filling out a passenger locator form or booking accommodations in advance, even if travelers are vaccinated or show proof of a negative test result. Also, regardless of your destination or vaccination status, you’re still required to show a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a plane to return to the U.S.

Countries welcoming fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. (without restrictions)

The list of countries currently open to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. without any restrictions is relatively short. But with Europe planning to re-open to Americans this summer, this list could grow quickly.

Here’s an alphabetical list of the countries where you can skip quarantines and extra testing with proof of having been fully vaccinated. Most of these destinations won’t consider you fully vaccinated until 14 days after your final dose.

Bahamas

As of May 1, fully vaccinated travelers who have passed the two-week immunity period are exempt from testing requirements. This applies not only to entry from other countries but also to inter-island travel.

The Bahamas is open for international and inter-island travel.

Belize

Belize may be one of the easiest destinations for Americans to visit right now. Travelers simply need to show proof of vaccination from two weeks or more prior to arriving in the country. Those without proof of vaccination can show a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours of arrival, or a rapid test within 48 hours of travel. You can also purchase a test at the airport upon arrival for USD $50 per person.

Belize and its famous Blue Hole is one of the easiest places for fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. to visit right now.

Croatia

You’ll need a vaccination certificate showing your second dose was more than 14 days prior to arrival, or a negative PCR or rapid antigen test. Residents of countries outside Europe must show that their accommodation has been paid in full before entering the country.

Cyprus

As of May 10, fully vaccinated travelers from most of Europe, the U.S., Canada, Russia and other countries can skip COVID-19 testing and quarantines. You’ll need to upload your vaccine certificate before departure, but it will be accepted the day that the final dose has been administered.

Republic of Georgia

Eager to visit one of the crossroads of Asia and Europe? Travelers arriving by air who present a vaccine certificate don’t need to provide further proof of a negative test. If you’ve visited India in the last 14 days you won’t be allowed in the country.

Greece

Tired of your own homemade loukoumades? It might be time for the real thing. The Greece tourism minister announced that the country will be opening its borders as of May 14. All travelers over the age of five must present a negative PCR test unless they have proof of vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. However, all tourists regardless of vaccine certification may be subject to random mandatory health screening and testing upon arrival.

Greece is preparing to re-open to travelers for the summer tourist season.

Lebanon

Travelers under the age of 12 and those with documented proof of full vaccination more than 15 days prior to arrival are exempt from testing and quarantine. All others travelers must show a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours of arrival, submit to an additional PCR test when they land and undertake a 72-hour quarantine.

Montenegro

Visitors who can prove they completed their vaccinations at least seven days before arrival may enter. Children may show a negative COVID-19 test, except for children under the age of 5, who are exempt.

Countries welcoming vaccinated travelers requiring COVID-19 tests and quarantine

There are many countries that are allowing international travelers from the U.S. even if you don’t yet have the vaccine. In most cases, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 PCR test before you leave and when you arrive, and to go through some sort of quarantine. Many of these countries require tests or quarantines even if you can show proof that you’re fully vaccinated.

Keep in mind that these requirements are constantly changing, so check the rules for leisure travel in your destination and stay up-to-date on the U.S. CDC guidelines for international travel.

Anguilla

This small Caribbean island east of Puerto Rico announced that it will re-open to visitors on May 25, after a month-long closure to contain a recent cluster of COVID-19 cases. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you’ll have to quarantine for seven days, and the last dose must be administered three weeks before arrival on the island.

Anguilla requires fully vaccinated travelers to still quarantine for seven days after arrival.

Barbados

One of our pre-pandemic top 10 cheap weekend getaways is open to visitors. Fully vaccinated travelers must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to the airport or approved accommodations. You’re not required to quarantine as long as the test comes back negative, but you could be quarantined up to two days until your test results are ready.

Bermuda

Even if you’ve received the vaccine, you’ll need to take a PCR test before arrival and another one upon arrival, and then quarantine until a negative result comes back. You’ll also need to test on days 4, 8 and 14 of your stay.

British Virgin Islands

Not to be confused with the U.S. Virgin Islands—one of our top domestic locations to visit this May—the British Virgin Islands require a passport but are also open to Americans. Fully vaccinated travelers must take a PCR test within five days of travel. You’ll also have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and must quarantine until you get a negative result back from the arrival test.

Ecuador

One of the country’s largest newspapers reported that fully vaccinated travelers can enter the country and travel to the Galapagos Islands—one of the best ecotourism destinations in the world. In addition to proof of vaccination, travelers must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their trip.

The Galapagos Islands are open to fully vaccinated travelers.

French Polynesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora, etc.)

Travelers who have been in the U.S. for at least 30 consecutive days before arriving to the islands aren’t subject to quarantine, but all travelers need to produce a negative PCR test result taken no more than three days before arrival. Passengers will take a nasal antigen test when arriving at the airport and they’ll need to take another PCR test on their fourth day in the country.

Grenada

“The Spice Island” is always on our radar as a top island destination, and it has been open for a while now. Fully vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 48 hours, pending a negative PCR test upon entry into the country. You also have to show a negative PCR test result within three days prior to arrival, apply for travel authorization and pay online for the on-island PCR test.

Visitors to Grenada need to quarantine while waiting for a negative COVID-19 test.

Guatemala

There are plenty of reasons to choose to visit Guatemala over its more popular neighbors Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. All travelers must show an antigen or PCR test no more than 72 hours before boarding their flight. Your last dose of the vaccine has to have been administered at least two weeks prior to the start of your trip.

Iceland

With nearly 24 hours of daylight, summer is one of the best times to visit Iceland, and it’s officially open to visitors again. Travelers need to pre-register at covid.is and they must undergo at least one COVID-19 screening even if fully vaccinated or previously infected. You have to quarantine while waiting for your screening results.

Soak up nearly 24 hours of sunlight in Iceland this summer.

Israel

The Health and Tourism ministries announced the country is open to fully vaccinated travelers starting on May 23. However, they’re only allowing individuals traveling as part of an official tourist group in the first phase. You’ll have to take a PCR test before boarding the flight, and a PCR and an antibody test upon arrival at the airport. Israel doesn’t currently recognize any foreign vaccination certificates, so fully vaccinated travelers must quarantine until they receive their test results.

Maldives

Those traveling from abroad or internally across the islands must quarantine for 14 days, and there is currently no exception for those who are fully vaccinated.

Nepal

Mt. Everest is high on our post-pandemic bucket list. All travelers must have either a negative PCR test 72 hours before boarding the flight or a vaccination certificate. Additionally, travelers must have a visa, hotel booking confirmation, proof of travel insurance for the duration of their travel and a barcode generated from the country’s Online International Travel Arrival form.

Seychelles

All travelers, vaccinated or not, must show a valid negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel. All visitors must also have a valid Health Travel Authorization, which is available through the Seychelles online portal. Visitors who have been to South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Brazil in the 14 days before arrival cannot enter the country.

Sri Lanka

Fully vaccinated travelers and kids under 12 have less requirements than non-vaccinated travelers. As long as they test negative upon arriving, they can leave Sri Lanka’s “bio-bubble”—a specific set of hotels and tourist attractions designated to keep tourists separated from locals.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Vaccinated travelers must test negative to enter and then “vacation in place” for nine days instead of the 14 days required for other travelers. After passing a COVID-19 test on the ninth day, travelers are free to travel around the islands.

Thailand

While the country is open for tourism, the government recently announced a 14-day quarantine for all travelers, regardless of nationality and vaccination. It might be best to travel from your kitchen until things open up a bit more.

Vaccinated Travelers: Check local requirements before booking

Travel restrictions and requirements are changing daily, and more changes are likely to come with the summer travel season. Be sure to check the latest requirements for your destination before you book your flight or accommodation—including making sure that the vaccine you received is acceptable for that particular country—and make copies of your vaccination records so they’re easily accessible when you need them.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test and quarantine when I return to the U.S.?

According to CDC guidelines, all air passengers coming to the U.S.—including fully vaccinated travelers—must have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than three days before travel. The CDC also recommends getting tested 3-5 days after returning and monitoring for COVID symptoms, but no quarantine is required.

Where can I find official guidance on my specific destination?

The U.S. Department of State issues official travel advisories for every country in the world with details about the latest situation on the ground and relevant links to official government policies, regulations and resources. Wherever you’re planning to go, it’s a good idea to search the travel advisories for official guidance.

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