14 Countries Open for Fully Vaccinated Foreign Tourists
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Updated date : 26 April 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the entire world. The rising number of cases of coronavirus led to countries going into months of lockdown and closing their borders from international travellers. As a consequence, travel and tourism came to an indefinite halt. People were not allowed to travel from one country to another to curb the incessant spread of COVID-19. The global travel ban did ensure that the countries do not have to worry about foreigners bringing coronavirus with them, but it did destroy the tourism industry.
But a year after struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccines have been developed and countries have been vaccinating their citizens in their best capacity. Not only have the vaccine helped to assure people from across the world of protecting them against the coronavirus, but also gave a much-needed breather to the tourism industry. As a result, several countries have reopened their borders for international tourists who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.
However, health officials suggest people to wait for a minimum of two weeks from the date of their second vaccine dose before travelling to a foreign country. They also advise them to ensure COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, which includes social distancing, wearing a mask when outside, frequent hand washing and carrying a sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol content, in the country where they are travelling. This is important because vaccinated people may be protected against COVID-19 themselves but can still carry the virus and spread it to other non-vaccinated people.
14 Countries to Visit If You Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
As many as 14 countries are welcoming fully vaccinated foreign tourists. Most of these countries do not need fully vaccinated international tourists to spend a quarantine period on their arrival. However, travellers are required to follow the public health guidelines of the destination country, including quarantine rules, if any. Take a look at the 14 countries where fully COVID-19 vaccinated international are welcomed:
The European country of Iceland has reopened its borders for foreign tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by a vaccine approved by the European Medical Agency. Even tourists who have been previously infected with COVID-19 are allowed to travel to the country. However, the travellers would need to provide evidence of their vaccination or them being previously infected with COVID-19 before boarding their flight/ ship to Iceland in order to avoid showing a negative COVID-19 test report. Nonetheless, such travellers would need to undergo a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in Iceland. Once the test results are out and negative, they will be free to travel to any place in Iceland.
The Island country of Sri Lanka is welcoming international tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Foreign travellers who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed into the country. However, they must undergo a PCR test upon their arrival in Sri Lanka as well as on the seventh day of their stay. If the second test report is also negative, they will be free to travel across the country.
Poland is another country in Europe where fully vaccinated international tourists are allowed without the need for spending any quarantine period. All such travellers will have to show the official proof of receiving both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in their home country.
The island of Seychelles, which is located on the east coast of Africa, is open for vaccinated international travellers from across the world. Foreign tourists will have to provide their vaccination certificate issued by the national health authority of their country to verify their complete inoculation. This will enable them to skip spending any quarantine period upon their arrival in Seychelles.
However, all tourists must carry a negative COVID-19 test report, which should be conducted within 72 hours of their arrival in Seychelles. Moreover, international tourists should also compulsorily carry a travel insurance policy that would cover any incidental hospitalization and quarantine costs arising out of COVID-19.
The European country of Croatia has opened its borders to fully vaccinated international tourists. Such travellers will not be required to quarantine on arriving in Croatia unless they show any symptoms for COVID-19 or have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person. The traveller should have taken the second vaccine dose at least 14 days before arriving in Croatia. Even tourists who have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days before arriving in Croatia do not need to undergo the mandatory quarantine period. The only thing the tourists need to do is provide evidence of their full vaccination or previous COVID-19 infection to the authorities. Moreover, they also have to show proof of their accommodation in Croatia.
The country of Georgia is welcoming fully vaccinated tourists from all countries. Such travellers will not be required to spend any quarantine period after arriving in the country. However, they will have to present their vaccination certificate or card to confirm both the doses of their inoculation. However, foreign travellers will be allowed to enter Georgia only if they arrive via air.
The European country of Romania is allowing fully vaccinated international tourists to enter its borders. Tourists arriving in the country will not be required to undergo any quarantine period if they have received both their vaccine doses at least 10 days prior. Although, they will be required to show document proof of getting fully vaccinated, which has been issued by the national health agency in their home country.
The South American country of Ecuador is open to all fully vaccinated foreign tourists. The country is also welcoming previously COVID-19 diagnosed tourists a month after their first COVID-19 symptoms appeared. Both vaccinated and previously infected tourists are not required to spend any quarantine period after arriving in Ecuador, provided they show proof of vaccination or previous COVID-19 infection. But to visit the Galapagos Islands, all foreign tourists need to show a negative COVID-19 test report conducted not more than 96 hours before arriving on the island.
The foreign tourists will also have to take a rapid antigen test if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 after arriving in Ecuador. If the test results are positive, they will have to self-isolate themselves for 10 days and bear its expenses. Thus, it is advisable to buy an international travel insurance policy before commencing the trip to Ecuador.
The northern European country of Estonia has opened its borders for all vaccinated international tourists. Such travellers will not be required to undergo the mandatory quarantine period after arriving in Estonia. Even foreign travellers, who have recovered from COVID-19, will have their quarantine period waived off. However, the travellers do need to show proof of having received both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or recovered from the virus. Make sure that the vaccination certificate is in English, Russian or Estonian language and consists of details of the vaccine administered.
The west Asian country of Lebanon is also welcoming fully vaccinated tourists from other countries. Such travellers will not be required to undertake a PCR test and present a negative report to board their flight to Lebanon. However, they must have taken their second COVID-19 vaccine dose at least 15 days before arriving in Lebanon. Therefore, they will have to provide evidence of getting fully vaccinated to the authorities. Besides, they will also need to carry a travel insurance policy that covers them throughout their stay in Lebanon.
The Caribbean country of Belize, which is located on the east coast of Central America, has opened its borders for fully vaccinated international tourists. Such travellers do not have to provide a negative COVID-19 test report to travel to Belize. All they need to do is show their official COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate to the authorities. However, they must be fully vaccinated for a minimum of two weeks before arriving in Belize.
The central American country of Guatemala is open for all international tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The tourists should have received both the doses of the COVID-19 at least two weeks before arriving in Guatemala. They will have to show document proof of both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to travel to this country. Moreover, the country is also open for foreign tourists who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months of arriving in Guatemala. Such travellers will also have to present proof of their previous COVID-19 infection.
The European country of Lithuania has opened its borders to fully vaccinated tourists arriving from a foreign country. Such tourists will not be required to spend any quarantine period or undergo any COVID-19 test on their arrival in Lebanon. However, they would be required to provide proof of receiving both doses of their COVID-19 vaccine.
The southeast European country of Montenegro is welcoming international tourists who have received both the vaccine doses for COVID-19. The travellers must be vaccinated for at least seven days before arriving in Montenegro. Besides, they will be required to present evidence of being fully inoculated for COVID-19 to travel to Montenegro without any restrictions.
Summing It Up
The COVID-19 vaccine has come as a ray of hope for people across the world. Besides protecting people against the coronavirus, the vaccine has given confidence to countries to reopen their borders for fully vaccinated international tourists and revive tourism. The above-mentioned 14 countries are welcoming vaccinated tourists while at the same time protecting their own citizens from contracting with coronavirus. Thus, vaccinated folks can definitely plan a trip to these countries whenever they want.
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