Many Americans are eager to start planning travel after receiving their full COVID vaccine and booster shots. And countries are once again open to international visitors—typically, with fewer entry requirements for those who are fully vaccinated. Some destinations, like Greece and Iceland, have welcomed vaccinated travelers for much of the last year, while others, like Australia and Morocco, are just beginning to reopen.
Read on for the places to travel after your COVID vaccine.
Newly reopened destinations
Vaccinated travelers can once again visit Australia. In addition to showing proof of vaccination, visitors must also have a negative PCR test result from within three days of departure or a rapid antigen test from within 24 hours. Travelers must complete a digital passenger declaration form.
Unvaccinated travelers can only enter the country if they apply for and are granted an exemption.
All travelers must also meet varying requirements set by individual Australian states and territories.
Papua New Guinea
Vaccinated travelers can once again visit the island nation of Papua New Guinea. Travelers must show proof of vaccination, complete an online health declaration form, and present a negative COVID test result from within 72 hours of departure. Travelers must also test upon arrival at their own expense.
Vaccinated tourists can travel to the Philippines without quarantining, but need to show a negative PCR result from within 48 hours of departure.
Travelers must also show proof of COVID travel insurance with at least $35,000 worth of coverage in case they get sick while in the country. The government is also asking travelers to self-monitor for symptoms for at least seven days after arrival.
Unvaccinated travelers can not enter the Philippines.
Morocco re-launched international air travel for vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and elsewhere in early February. In addition to proof of vaccination, travelers must show a negative PCR result from within 48 hours of departure and complete a passenger health form. Travelers may be subject to random testing at the airport.
The country is not open to unvaccinated travelers.
Travelers from the U.S. and all other countries, regardless of vaccination status, can once again enter Norway without additional requirements as of February 12.
As of late February, travelers can visit Slovenia, regardless of their vaccination status, without additional requirements.
While not its own country, Bali is one of Indonesia’s few destinations now open to U.S. travelers with no quarantine requirement. Travelers must also provide a negative PCR result from within 48 hours of departure, show proof of payment for at least four days at a government-approved hotel, and show proof of COVID health insurance with coverage of at least $20,000. Travelers must also test upon arrival, then wait at their hotel for the results; they must test again on the third day of their stay. The same rules apply for Batam and Bintan; vaccinated travelers visiting other parts of Indonesia must undergo a 24-hour quarantine and meet additional requirements.
Portugal is now open to vaccinated travelers. The country requires travelers to show an EU Digital COVID Certificate or a vaccine certificate from an approved third-country list, which does not include the U.S. As such, vaccinated U.S. travelers must show a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of departure or rapid test result within 24 hours. Travelers must also complete a passenger locator card.
Starting April 1, vaccinated U.S. travelers can visit South Korea without needing to quarantine. Tourists must register their vaccination records online before their trip.
Starting May 1, vaccinated U.S. travelers will be able to visit new Zealand. Until then, however, the borders are only open to people traveling for a “critical purpose,” such as to work in healthcare or to be with a close family member.
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