As Omicron shifts the idea of what it means to be fully vaccinated, several travel destinations are requiring boosters to enter or fully enjoy the destination, or are making entry easier to those with COVID-19 booster shots. We recommend a Moderna booster if you're eligible for one (see Covid Booster Shot: Moderna or Pfizer) regardless of whether you plan to travel anywhere or not, but here's a roundup of the destinations that you should definitely plan on having had a COVID-19 booster for at least 14 days prior to visiting:
France: from 1/15/22
While France isn't denying entry into the country for visitors who haven't had a booster shot, visitors who are eligible for a booster but haven't had one will need to get a negative COVID-19 test every 24 hours in order to be able to obtain a French Health Pass (“pass sanitaire”) that is required for all age 12 and older to enter restaurants, cafes, long distance trains, domestic flights, museums, theaters, etc. Since there are few visitors who won't want to access restaurants during their visit, the French Health Pass is essentially required for a visit to France.
As of 1/15/22, all adults 18 and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster must have one, in order for their Health Pass to remain valid. Specifically, a person must have received a booster shot if seven months or more have passed since receiving the second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or 2 months or more have passed since receiving the Johnson & Johnson shot, otherwise they won't be eligible for a Health Pass.
It's also likely that the French Senate will approve a bill to make the health pass into a vaccination pass, eliminating the option to test negative in order to obtain the pass. The Senate is still debating the bill, but is considering making the vaccination pass applicable only to adults 18 and older.
Visitors vaccinated outside the EU with an EU-approved vaccine/booster, as is the case for most Americans, must visit a pharmacy that, for a fee, can review your vaccine card record and provide a valid French QR code, in order to obtain a Health Pass.
Maui: from 1/24/22
As of 1/24/22 (delayed from the original 1/8/22 implementation date in Maui's Public Health Emergency Rules), all those eligible for a booster (age 12 and up, who are at least 6 months after a second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or at least 2 months past a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) will be required to have one in order to be considered fully vaccinated in order to dine indoors at restaurants and bars or visit shared indoor spaces such as conferences, concerts, indoor sports venues, etc.
Mayor Ige has said that Hawaii Safe Travels may also change to require a vaccine booster for visitors and returning Hawaii residents to be considered fully vaccinated, but as of time of writing, no change has been announced. Such a change would need to be announced several weeks in advance of implementation, to allow visitors with booked trips to get booster shots.
Spain: from 2/1/22
Starting February 1, 2022, U.S. travelers visiting Spain must be fully vaccinated. If their last dose of vaccine was received more than 270 days prior to arrival in Spain, they must show proof of having received a COVID-19 booster shot at least 14 days prior to arrival.
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Austria: Boosted Visitors Don't Need a PCR Test
While as of this writing Austria doesn't require visitors to have had a COVID-19 booster shot, as of 12/20/21, Austria has made it easier for visitors who have been boosted, as they don't have to present negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test. Those who are fully vaccinated but haven't had a COVID-19 booster must have negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours (or no more than 48 hours, for virus variant countries) prior to entering Austria. See Austria Entry Regulations.
Czech Republic: Boosted Visitors Don't Need a PCR Test
As of 12/27/21, all foreign visitors must provide negative results from a PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in the Czech Republic, unless they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received a COVID-19 booster shot. Children under 12 and children 12-18 who have been vaccinated (even if not boosted) are exempt from the PCR test requirement.
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