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15 Gorgeous Countries You Can Travel to WITHOUT a COVID Test. But Only if You’re Fully Vaccinated

You would still need a negative COVID test to enter the U.S.

The world is beginning to open up again for Americans after months of imposed travel bans. More and more European countries are letting American tourists in—especially those who are fully vaccinated—but still, it’s a task to navigate the ever-changing travel requirements for international destinations. Some countries have removed mandatory COVID testing upon arrival, while others still require health screenings for all incoming passengers. Some countries have relaxed their COVID restrictions entirely, while other countries have their own local or federal laws about social distancing and masking. Even the United States can be tricky to navigate as the country still requires arriving travelers—ages two and above—to show a negative COVID test report, regardless of vaccination status. Here, you will find a list of destinations that don’t require a COVID test before flying, as well as the various entry requirements you’ll need to know.

 

Note: The Delta variant is becoming an increased threat worldwide. We recommend you check on the caseload and vaccination rates for a destination before you plan your trip.

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Armenia

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated

Fully vaccinated travelers can now experience the rich culture and heritage of Armenia without undergoing a COVID test. There are no restrictions to movement or curfews in the nation, but face coverings are required on all public transportation and taxis. The US Department of State has issued a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) warning for Armenia due to COVID. Find more information here.

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Bahamas

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated

There is a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) warning for The Bahamas, but the nation with gorgeous islands and picturesque towns is still welcoming tourists. If you’re fully vaccinated, you don’t need to take a pre-arrival COVID test. Kids under the age of 12 are also exempt from testing. However, travelers have to apply for a travel health visa before their trip, which requires proof of vaccination and opt-in for mandatory health insurance. There are also curfews, travel restrictions, and mask mandates in the country, and fines will be imposed on those who don’t comply.

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Belize

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated

Known for its Mayan sites and access to the Belize Barrier Reef, this Central American country is open to fully vaccinated travelers without any COVID tests. There’s no mandatory quarantine, and the CDC has given Belize a Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions) warning. You will need to fill out immigration and customs forms on arrival, and Belize enforces mask rules and curfews throughout the country. In addition, you’d need to book “Gold Standard” hotels for your stay and use certified transportation providers. Travelers can move freely but are recommended to stay within the “Safe Corridors.”

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Bulgaria

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated or Those Recovered

After a year of being largely closed, Europe feels a flight away now. Bulgaria is allowing fully vaccinated U.S. travelers to visit without COVID tests. All indoor spaces and public transportations have mask mandates, but there are no mandatory quarantine, curfews, or restrictions on movement in effect. The State Department has issued a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) warning. You can find more information here.

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Croatia

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated or Those Recovered

Pre-arrival testing and self-isolation aren’t needed for fully vaccinated Americans or those who have recovered within 11 and 180 days of arrival. Travelers need to provide proof of accommodation paid in advance (only for the first location if you are planning to visit multiple destinations). You can fill out the travel form before arriving in Croatia.

Restaurants, cafes, and bars are open with restrictions. Nightclubs are closed, while casinos will close by 11 p.m. Mask covers are mandatory on public transport all across the country, as well as in all closed spaces. Find more details here.

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Denmark

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated

The Scandinavian country announced last month that it’s reopening for fully vaccinated American tourists without asking for a negative COVID test result. Self-isolation and mandatory quarantine are also scrapped for OECD countries, of which the US is a part.

To travel to Greenland, which is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, you will need to get tested and self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status. Passengers using public transport need to wear face masks, and those flying to Greenland need special paperwork. It is also on Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) status. More information can be found here.

 

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Ecuador

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated

The equatorial country is endowed with nature’s precious gifts, and American travelers can now experience its wonders without pre-arrival COVID testing. Travelers either need to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test upon arrival. Airports are also conducting rapid antigen tests, and those who test positive will have to quarantine in a government shelter. The requirements to travel to the Galapagos are different, and you can create a checklist based on information offered by the embassy here. Ecuador is on a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) warning.

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Georgia

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated

Although open to travelers arriving by air, Georgia is on a Level 4 (Do Not Travel) warning due to the community spread of COVID-19 it’s experiencing. The embassy website states those who have received their two jabs (or one Johnson & Johnson shot) may be admitted to the country with proof of vaccination. However, there are some exceptions you can read about here, including to those who have been to India recently. Flights to Georgia have resumed, health screenings are possible at the airports, public transport is functional (with masks), and curfews are imposed country-wide.

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Greece

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated

The European country has been advocating for vaccine passports and planning a reopening for months. Now it’s officially open to travelers from some countries, including the U.S. Fully vaccinated travelers can show proof of vaccination upon entry to Greece. All vacationers need to complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 48 hours before arrival, and there may be rapid tests conducted at the airport.

Restaurants, hotels, museums, and retail shops are operating (with some restrictions), and masks are still required indoors. Masks are also mandated on public transport, while taxis are limited to three passengers (excluding minors). Find the full list of dos and don’ts here. The U.S. Department of State has labeled Greece a Level 3, asking tourists to reconsider travel.

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Iceland

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated or Those Recovered

Iceland is open to travelers who can show proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID. From July 1, the rules have been further relaxed so that vaccinated and recovered travelers will not be screened. All passengers also need to pre-register here. The travel advisory for Iceland is still at Level 3 (Reconsider Travel), and you can get more information on traveling to Iceland from the embassy website.

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Morocco

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed for Fully Vaccinated

This North African country is famous for its rich culture and is slowly opening its borders to travelers again. It is in a state of emergency until July 10, but international flights have been permitted to enter Morocco. If you are a fully vaccinated passenger from a List A country (the U.S. is included), you can be admitted through your vaccine certificate. List B country passengers need a COVID negative test and have to undergo quarantine. There are restrictions and curfews that might interfere with your plans, so it’s best to know about these beforehand. The country is also enforcing social distancing, masking, and temperature checks.

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Mexico

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed

The U.S.-Mexico land border is closed until July 21, but travelers can still fly south. Mexico doesn’t ask for a COVID negative test or mandatory quarantine, so it’s one of the most accessible places for those in the U.S. Your resort may ask you to fill out a health questionnaire, and you will need to get a PCR test done before flying back to America. Also, note that the CDC has issued a Level 3 warning for Mexico, asking travelers to reconsider their trip. Fully vaccinated travelers may have a lower risk of contracting the virus or getting severely sick,  while unvaccinated people are discouraged from traveling to Mexico for leisure.

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Costa Rica

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed

The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Costa Rica: do not travel. The Central American country is accessible to tourists without a negative PCR test or quarantine, but you will need to complete their digital Health Pass. In addition, travelers also need insurance coverage that’ll cover the costs in case of medical expenses or quarantine. The country requires face coverings in all public areas. Most businesses are open, and national parks are operating at 50% capacity. You can also go to the beach from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information is available here.

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Albania

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed

This European country is not on most travelers’ bucket lists, but now may be the time to find it on the map, just north of Greece. The travel advisory for Albania is Exercise Increased Caution (due to crime), but the CDC has given it a Level 1 warning due to the low number of COVID-19 cases.

Albania doesn’t ask travelers to undergo a COVID test to enter; however, there may be health screenings at airports or other ports of entry. Travelers from the U.S. also don’t need to quarantine on arrival.

Note: there is a curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., and bars and restaurants aren’t allowed to operate during that time. Public movement will also be restricted at these hours. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, while masks are mandatory indoors. Beaches are open, and public transport is operational. More information can be found here.

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Dominican Republic

COVID Test Requirement: Not Needed

If you’re dreaming of Caribbean waters and piña coladas on the beach, remember that the CDC has a Level 3 warning set for the Dominican Republic, asking you to reconsider your travels. The country has reported 319,000+ COVID cases. Flights from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic are running, and you don’t need a COVID test, even if you’re not vaccinated. Travelers do need to fill a digital form, E-Ticket, when entering or exiting. At airports, the authorities conduct rapid tests and temperature checks, and you’ll be required to quarantine if you test positive. There’s also a curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. with a grace period until 9 p.m. Check out more details here.

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