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14 Countries Where You Can Travel if You’ve Been Vaccinated

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Your Shot at Travel?

If your passport is burning a hole in your pocket, good news: The world is reopening to international tourists in fits and starts — especially if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. Several popular destinations will wave in American travelers who can show proof of immunization, but take note: Wherever you go, you’ll still need to get tested no more than three days before flying back to the U.S. and show the negative results to the airline, or you’ll be denied boarding.


This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Information on COVID-19 travel restrictions is changing rapidly; be sure to double-check regulations in your potential destination before booking.


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Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas.
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Bahamas

Craving some island time? Fully vaccinated travelers who received their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel can enter the Bahamas without testing. You’ll have to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa online, uploading proof of vaccination. 


COVID-19 in the Bahamas: Level 4 (very high)

Even though the Bahamas is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going there. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Belize

Belize was the first Central American country to allow vaccinated travelers without COVID-19 testing, according to Travel + Leisure, opening its borders back in mid-March. You’ll need to bring proof of vaccination showing your last dose at least two weeks prior to arrival, and some travelers may be randomly selected for secondary screening that includes testing at the airport.


COVID-19 in Belize: Level 2 (moderate)

The CDC warns against nonessential travel to Belize for those who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19, and recommends all travelers be fully vaccinated before they go. 


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Bulgaria

Fully vaccinated travelers who received their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel can enter Bulgaria without testing as long as they’re from an approved list of countries that includes the U.S. 


COVID-19 in Bulgaria: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Bulgaria is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Costa Rica

You can head to Costa Rica and soak up that pura vida regardless of vaccination status, and you won’t be required to test for COVID-19 or submit proof of vaccination. However, you must fill out a health pass online before traveling, and you’ll be required to provide proof of travel health insurance that would cover at least $50,000 in medical expenses and $2,000 in lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 treatment or quarantine. 


COVID-19 in Costa Rica: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Costa Rica is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Croatia

One of Europe’s most tourism-dependent nations, Croatia welcomes fully vaccinated travelers who received their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel, no testing required. You will need to provide proof that you’ve already paid for lodging and fill out an entry form, too.


COVID-19 in Croatia: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Croatia is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Dominican Republic

Travelers to the Dominican Republic don’t have to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. However, some travelers may be required to undergo rapid testing upon arrival, with quarantine required for those testing positive. 


COVID-19 in Dominican Republic: Level 4 (very high)

Even though the Dominican Republic is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Ecuador

Fully vaccinated travelers who received their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel can enter Ecuador without testing. However, there’s a catch: If you’re planning on traveling to the popular Galapagos Islands, you’ll have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the past three days.


COVID-19 in Ecuador: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Ecuador is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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France

France says that beginning June 9, vaccinated Americans will once again be able to wander the streets of Paris or sip wine in Provence. However, you will need a health pass, the details of which are still murky. 


COVID-19 in France: Level 4 (very high)

Even though France is opening to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Greece

Fully vaccinated travelers who received their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel can enter Greece without testing, so long as they are from a handful of countries including the U.S. Travelers must have proof of vaccination and may be subject to random health screenings. 


COVID-19 in Greece: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Greece is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Iceland

Fully vaccinated travelers have been welcome in Iceland since April, but note that you’ll still need to undergo a screening test upon arrival, and quarantine if that result is positive. Travelers have to pre-register here before arriving. 


COVID-19 in Iceland: Level 3 (high)

Even though Iceland is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Mexico

Much to many Americans’ delight, tourist-dependent Mexico never fully closed to tourists, and travelers don’t have to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Note that land borders remain closed to non-essential travel, however. 


COVID-19 in Mexico: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Mexico is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico recently dropped testing requirements for fully vaccinated U.S. travelers. And unlike the other destinations on this list, since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, you won’t need to show proof of a COVID-19 negative test to board a flight back to the States.


COVID-19 in Puerto Rico: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Puerto Rico is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


Related: Things You Didn’t Know About Puerto Rican Food Culture


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Romania

Picturesque churches, castles, and countryside await in eastern Europe. Romania won’t require U.S. travelers to quarantine or test for COVID-19 if they can present proof of vaccination.


COVID-19 in Romania: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Romania is open to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Spain

Fully vaccinated Americans “are more than welcome” in Spain starting June 7, officials say. Travelers must fill out a mandatory health form at Spain Travel Health before arriving. 


COVID-19 in Spain: Level 4 (very high)

Even though Spain is opening to travelers, the CDC recommends against going. COVID-19 levels are very high, the agency says, and even fully vaccinated travelers could be at risk of getting or spreading the virus. 


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Notable Places Where Testing, Not Quarantine, Is Required for Vaccinated Travelers:

Japan
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Notable Destinations That Are Still Restricted:

  • Argentina remains closed to travelers from most countries, including Americans.

  • Australia remains closed to travelers from most countries, including Americans.

  • Canada remains closed to travelers from most countries, including Americans.

  • China allows American travelers, but they still have to test for COVID-19 and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

  • Much of the European Union, including Germany, Ireland, and other popular destinations, remains a no-go for Americans, though the EU says it is working toward opening fully to vaccinated travelers soon

  • India is in the midst of a severe COVID-19 outbreak, and tourists are banned in most cases. 

  • Japan remains off limits for Americans and travelers from all but a short list of countries despite being slated to host the Olympics starting in late July. 

  • The Philippines requires U.S. travelers to quarantine for two weeks, including the first 10 days at an accredited hotel. 

  • Russia remains closed to travelers from most countries, including Americans.

  • South Korea allows American travelers, but there is a mandatory two-week quarantine.

  • Thailand allows American tourists but requires them to quarantine for two weeks.

  • New Zealand, which has kept its infection rates famously low, is off limits for most travelers, including Americans.

  • The United Kingdom allows American travelers, but they have to both test for COVID-19 and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.