Updated 5/12/21: Italy plans to open to vaccinated Americans in June 2021.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Israel plans to start a pilot program May 23, 2021, permitting a select number of tour groups of vaccinated travelers to visit Israel. Individual travelers will need to wait until 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.
Italy plans to open to Americans who are vaccinated from sometime in June 2021, per Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. Italy hopes to open even earlier, in late May, to travelers from other European countries, the UK and Israel, if they're vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 6 months, or have tested negative shortly before arrival.
The Maldives is now open to fully vaccinated travelers who arrive at least 14 days after their final vaccine dose. These travelers no longer have to provide negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test (previously they still had to 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).
Thailand hasn't yet waived quarantine for vaccinated travelers, but plans to welcome vaccinated foreigners in Q3 2021, per the Bangkok Post. See the Thai Embassy page for information about obtaining the required Certificate of Entry to visit.
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