Updated 6/9/21: Portugal expects to reopen to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors starting the week of June 14, although an exact date hasn't yet been confirmed.
Updated 6/6/21: Denmark has reopened to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors, along with fully vaccinated visitors from the UK and from OECD countries not on Denmark's red list.
Updated 6/2/21: Thailand will adopt a phased approach to reopening to vaccinated visitors, starting July 1, 2021
Updated 5/28/21: Ireland plans to reopen on 7/19/21 to vaccinated travelers from the U.S.
Updated 5/16/21: St. Barths has reopened to vaccinated travelers; negative COVID-19 PCR test results are still required.
French Polynesia, including Tahiti and Bora Bora, are open to vaccinated travelers with a negative COVID-19 test result, who are able to bypass the otherwise mandatory 10 day quarantine.
Where Can You Go If You're Vaccinated for COVID-19? As vaccination rollouts continue, many travelers are wondering which countries are open to them, without a mandatory quarantine. We've previously reported that Iceland is permitting vaccinated travelers to avoid COVID-19 testing on arrival and quarantine, although at time of writing, Iceland is only welcoming visitors from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, so this isn't relevant for Americans or other travelers from outside Europe.
Estonia is allowing vaccinated visitors from some third party countries with low COVID-19 rates, such as Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand, but not the U.S.
Here are the countries that are waiving quarantine requirements for vaccinated Americans for travel either now or later in 2021. As entry requirements can change quickly, please double check the country's entry requirements through the country's tourism and U.S. Embassy page before making travel plans.
Anguilla will require all visitors to be vaccinated as of July 1, 2021. Vaccinated visitors will still have to produce a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken 3-5 days prior to arrival, provide proof of vaccination and apply for entry permission, but they won't be tested on arrival and won't have to quarantine.
Effective May 1, 2021, the Bahamas is open to fully vaccinated travelers who arrive at least 14 days after their final vaccine dose, who do not need to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test or submit to COVID-19 testing on arrival or during their stay. All visitors 18 and older, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must apply for their Bahamas Travel Health Visa, which can take up to 48 hours to process.
Kids: Note that unvaccinated travelers age 11 and older must continue to take a COVID-19 PCR test within the 5 days prior to arrival and submit a negative test result, and for stays longer than 4 nights they will need to take rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.
Bali, Indonesia plans to reopen on August 17, 2021 (Indonesia's Independence Day) three tourist areas (Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua) to vaccinated travelers with a negative COVID-19 test result. Bali resorts have been vaccinating their staff since March 2021 using the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Belize is allowing travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit, as long as the final vaccine shot occurred at least two weeks prior to arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers do not have to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated travelers may visit if they have negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 96 hours prior to arrival; a COVID-19 test may also be taken upon arrival.
Kids: Children age 4 and under do not need to be tested. Children 5 and and older must present a negative COVID-19 test result as above.
As of June 4, 2021, fully vaccinated Americans may visit Denmark with no need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing or quarantine. Denmark's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the update, noting that the vaccine must be one approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the traveler must have received all required doses at least 14 days prior to travel. The exemption applies not only to Americans, but also citizens and permanent residents of OECD countries, as long as they're not on Denmark's “red list.”
Kids: Kids, pregnant women and breastfeeding women are exempt from quarantine if traveling with a fully vaccinated national who is exempt, but they still are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to travel. See Denmark's COVID-19 Country Categories.
Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
As of March 22, 2021 Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, allows fully vaccinated travelers with a valid vaccination card (as well as travelers previously diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, after at least one month since the onset of symptoms and with a medical certificate attesting to their full recovery and good health) to avoid pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine. See the Ecuador Entry and Exit Requirements on the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador page.
French Polynesia, Including Tahiti and Bora Bora
French Polynesia, including Tahiti and Bora Bora, permits vaccinated travelers who have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken with 72 hours prior to departure are able to bypass the otherwise mandatory 10 day quarantine. Note that travelers must complete a health form 30-6 days prior to their trip, and a rapid antigen test is administered on arrival.
Kids: Note that unvaccinated kids ages 6-11 are subject to French Polynesia's 10 day quarantine requirement, so Tahiti and Bora Bora are likely not in the cards for families with children this age. Children age 5 and under are not subject to quarantine if traveling with fully vaccinated parents.
As of Feb. 1. 2021, citizens from all countries are permitted to enter Georgia if fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Documentation is required. While not written as a requirement, we recommend allowing 14 days after receiving your second shot before arriving in Georgia, if your COVID-19 vaccine is of the type that requires a two shot regimen. Georgia is one of the few ex-Soviet countries we've yet to visit, known for its hospitality and wonderful wine and cuisine, including, of course, khachapuri.
Greece is open to fully vaccinated Americans, as well as visitors who provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to avoid the country's otherwise mandatory 7 day quarantine.
Kids: Unvaccinated kids, similar to unvaccinated adults, must present results from a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Greece. Kids 4 years and younger are exempt from this requirement.
Iceland is open to all fully vaccinated travelers, as well as travelers who have documented laboratory results showing a prior COVID-19 infection that they have completely recovered from, who meet the documentation rules. See Iceland Reopens to All Vaccinated Travelers. Qualifying travelers do not need to take a pre-flight COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival.
Kids: Note that there is no exemption for unvaccinated kids, even if their parents are vaccinated, if the trip is for tourism. Only foreign citizens who are entitled to exemption from travel restrictions due to essential travel (e.g. involved in Icelandic healthcare services, transportation of goods/services, diplomatic travel, etc) may bring their minor children if necessary.
Ireland plans to adopt the EU COVID-19 certificate that certifies a traveler has received one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and apply it to eligible vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and U.K. Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheál Martin noted that Ireland will not implement immediately all the features of the EU Digital Covid Certificate, which also permits travel by those who have recovered from COVID-19 or who have tested negative. Under Ireland's plan, vaccinated passengers from the U.S. won't need to quarantine, although unvaccinated U.S. adults will both need to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to travel and be required to quarantine until they take a second post-arrival test that is also negative.
Kids: Unvaccinated children aged between 7 and 18 must have a negative coronavirus test before arriving in Ireland.
Israel plans to only open to individual travelers starting in July 2021. Vaccinated travelers will still need a negative COVID-19 PCR test result prior to boarding a flight to Israel, and on arrival a blood test will be conducted to verify vaccination. The country is still considering a vaccine certificate that would be secure and replace the need for serological testing on arrival.
Effective May 16, 2021, Italy has reopened to Americans (including kids) arriving on COVID-Tested flights, which require negative COVID-19 test results prior to travel. See Italy Reopening.
The Maldives is now open to fully vaccinated travelers who arrive at least 14 days after their final vaccine dose. As of May 3, 2021 even vaccinated visitors must present negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to their first flight's departure en route to the Maldives.
Kids: Unvaccinated kids as well as adults are permitted, but all kids except those less than 1 year old must have negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test.
As we wrote in Seychelles Reopening to Vaccinated Travelers, vaccinated travelers from anywhere in the world may avoid quarantine, although they'll still have to produce negative test results from a COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to departure. Note that as of May 12, 2021, there's been a surge in new COVID-19 cases in the Seychelles, and 37% of recent cases had received two doses of vaccine (the Seychelles vaccinated its population with Sinopharm and Covishield/AstraZeneca).
Portugal Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira announced that he expected Portugal to reopen to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors (at least 14 days past their final dose of an EMA approved vaccine, such as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca) and noted that the reopening was expected sometime “next week,” referring to the week of June 14-20, 2021, although an exact date hasn't yet been confirmed.
Effective June 7, 2021, Spain has reopened to vaccinated travelers from all over the world, including fully vaccinated Americans, who received their final vaccine dose at least 14 days prior to entering Spain. It's also possible to enter Spain with a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain. All Spain-bound travelers must access the Spain Travel Health Portal and obtain a QR code.
Kids: Unvaccinated minors (under age 18) may accompany vaccinated parents, but children age 6-17 must have negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to arrival in Spain, just like their parents.
St. Barthelemy (also known as St. Barts and St. Barths) has reopened to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries except Brazil. It's still required to have negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 3 days prior to arrival in St. Barths.
Thailand has adopted a phased approach to reopening. Starting July 1, 2021, Phuket will open to fully vaccinated international visitors, with no need to quarantine. Starting October 1, 2021, fully vaccinated visitors will be permitted in Krabi, Phang Nga, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Pattaya, with no need to quarantine. Would-be fully vaccinated visitors to other parts of Thailand will need to wait until January 1, 2022. Note that even vaccinated visitors will need to have a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving and must activate the “Thailand Plus” app on their phone that shares their location throughout their stay. Each booked hotel, restaurant and activity must be certified by the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Safety and Health Administration.
Kids: Unvaccinated kids under age 12 may accompany vaccinated parents, but do need to have taken a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival. They will not be tested on arrival at the airport. Kids age 12-17 who are traveling from medium to low risk countries with their parents must both take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival and must take rapid antigen test on arrival at the airport in Thailand.
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