Travel After Covid Vaccine, Where?

Travel after getting the Covid vaccine is safer than before but safety precautions should still be taken. Are you fully vaccinated or will be soon? Interested in knowing where you can travel? Keep scrolling to see the answers! This is a growing list with several additional countries rumored to be making this change but nothing official just yet from France and the rest of the EU. This list is geared to travlers who are US Citizens. List updated April 28.

Iceland

Where to travel after getting the COVID vaccine: Iceland. Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Iceland without being subject to border measures, such as testing and quarantine. Travelers who are fully vaccinated will need to show proof of a full vaccination with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medical Agency as well as requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist of Iceland and Icelandic regulations. All travelers will need to fill out a pre-registration form online before departing for Iceland, you can do that here.

“Passengers who submit a vaccination certificate or a certificate of a prior infection will be required to undergo one test upon arrival to the country. ?The requirement of testing individuals carrying a vaccination certificate, or a certificate of prior infection, is adopted due to indications that those individuals can pass on infections. They are required to stay in quarantine until a negative result from the test is obtained. The requirement is temporary and will be reviewed before the 1st of May. Once you arrive and clear customs with your vaccine card you can fully explore the beautiful country.”

Belize

This small nation just south of Mexico is now open to all travelers! If travelers are fully vaccinated they do not need to show proof of a negative COVID test like other travelers to enter. One caveat is you must be fully vaccinated 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Belize. Travelers will also need to download the Belize Heath App 72 hours before arrival and you must stay at a Gold Standard Hotel, these are hotels that have meet the safety requirements set by the Belize government. To read more about safe travel to Belize, the requirements to enter, and to download the Belize Health App click here.

With direct flights from 10 US cities a trip to Belize is a no-brainer for vaccinated travelers.

Croatia

This beautiful eastern Europe gem is open to most travelers with proof of a negative test or proof of vaccination being fully completed a minimum of 14 days prior to arrival. All travelers are advised to fill out the arrival form online before arriving at the border. Click here for the form. You must also show proof that you have paid for your accommodations in advance, in full prior to arrival at the border- a reservation form is not proof enough. One good thing for families traveling is there is no requirement for children under the age of seven.

Greece

It’s official, fully vaccinated US citizens can travel to Greece! With proof of being fully vaccinated 2-weeks before arrival travelers will not need to quarantine or present a negative COVID test to enter. The vaccination certificate must be in English, issued by a public authority, and demonstrate that vaccination was completed at least 14 days before arrival to Greece. However, PCR tests may still be required for transit points. All travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering Greece. To fill out the form click here.

Things to know: A nighttime curfew is in effect from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am throughout the country until May 3. There is a travel ban between different regions of the country, set to lift on May 15. Starting May 3, restaurants and cafés will be allowed to reopen for outdoor service. Masks are required indoors and outside throughout Greece.

Guatamala

If entering Guatemala with proof of being fully vaccinated more than 2 weeks before arrival you will not need to show proof of a negative COVID test to enter. Visitors must complete an online Heath Pass before arriving, click here for the Health Pass. There is a restriction for travelers who have visited the UK, Brazil, or South Africa you may not be permitted to enter. 

Restrictions and regulations are changing rapidly. Please make every effort to stay informed before making any travel plans by checking the Guatemalan Government website before making a travel plan and traveling to Guatemala.

French Polynesia

Where to travel after COVID vaccine: Honeymoon destination! French Polynesia is opening to travelers on May 1! But unless you are fully vaccinated you will need to quarantine on arrival in Tahiti for 10 days. Travelers will upload a copy of their vaccine card to get approval for travel and will still need a negative test before boarding the flight to Tahiti. Travelers will also take a test upon arrival in Tahiti. Testing upon arrival and during the stay will be at travelers’ expense as soon as the payment plan will be implemented by the Government. The test will cost 5,000 XPF for vaccinated travelers.

Please ready more about traveling to French Polynesia on the Tahitian Tourism Website. Please review the graphic below before traveling to French Polynesia.

Maldives

Travelers with proof of full vaccination 2-weeks before arrival will not need to quarantine and will not need to submit a negative COVID test to enter. The Maldives will provide a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival. International arrivals must submit a Traveler Health Declaration 24 hours prior to travel, click here for the declaration. Inbound foreign travelers must reserve accommodations at approved lodging establishments; split stays between facilities must be approved by the Ministry of Tourism.

For updates and instructions visit the Maldives Immigration Website.

Ecuador

Ecuador is open to vaccinated travelers. If you show proof of vaccine you will not need to show proof of a negative test for entry. However, if you do show symptoms of COVID you could be stopped and required to test or quarantine. One exception is if you plan to visit the Galapagos Islands. To enter the Galapagos Travelers will need proof of a negative test no more than 96 hours prior to arrival and a specific form provided to you by your tour agency. There are some restrictions and curfews in place in some areas of the counties. For the most up-to-date information click here.

Bahamas

Effective May 1, 2021, visitors traveling to The Bahamas who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel. Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to upload proof of vaccination confirming they have passed the two-week immunity period. Travelers are required Bahamas Travel Health Visa, here.

As part of the Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee.

Other countries you can travel to some needed a negative COVID test to enter and some do not include Mexico, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Seychelles, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and South Africa.

Even when traveling after being fully vaccinated it is important to practice safety measures and rules in each country your visit. You can check the travel guidelines set by the CDC here.

As a Travel Advisor part of my job is to help my clients navigate the COVID rules and regulations in the countries they travel to and the rules when traveling home. Contact me today to help plan your getaway by filling in this form.

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Krista Suletic

Full-service, luxury Travel Advisor/Agent. Travel Blogger. Married, dog mom, plant-based. Based in San Jose California but often traveling the world.

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