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UPDATED: A country-by-country guide to where you can travel with no COVID-19 test and/or vaccine required

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Editor’s note: This story is regularly updated with new information on COVID-19 entry requirements.

Coronavirus-related restrictions are falling right and left, and more and more countries are once again opening their doors to visitors thanks to decreasing COVID-19 case numbers and increasing vaccination rates.

Some countries still require unvaccinated travelers to submit a pre-arrival test or test upon arrival. However, many countries treat all travelers the same, regardless of vaccination status, and have eliminated entry requirements as a result.

Of course, the U.S. remains the large exception to the rule, still requiring a test within a day of departure for all who come into the U.S. (except those under 2 years old).

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Here’s our guide to the countries you can visit that no longer require tests for most visitors.

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North America

Canada

For travelers hoping to head up north, you’re in luck: Canada dropped the pre-arrival testing requirement for vaccinated travelers arriving in Canada via land or air on April 1.

Although arrival testing requirements remain in place for unvaccinated travelers, as of April 25 unvaccinated children between the ages of 5 and 11 can skip the arrival testing requirement, provided they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

Also as of late April, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to worry about wearing a face mask in public, nor do they need to quarantine if another traveler in their group develops COVID-19 symptoms. What’s more, these people do not need to document a list of close contacts and places visited throughout their time on the ground in Canada.

Otherwise, all travelers 12 and older who are not vaccinated may continue to enter Canada by showing results of a negative antigen test taken within one day of arrival, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or proof of a positive PCR test taken within 10 to 180 days of entry.

Everyone must complete an online form via ArriveCan ahead of arrival. Know that you can be randomly selected for testing upon arrival at four airports.

Related: More COVID-19 restrictions are removed for visitors to Canada

Mexico

Although Mexico briefly added COVID-19 restrictions in early 2022, the entire country is now designated as “green,” indicating a low risk of contracting COVID-19 based on government data.

As a result, minimal COVID-19 restrictions are only enforced by specific states. The only major popular tourist destination currently enforcing a pandemic restriction is Puerto Vallarta, where masks remain mandatory. Elsewhere, travelers shouldn’t expect much in the way of enforcement.

Incoming travelers are not subject to any entry requirements related to testing or vaccination proof to visit Mexico, though the U.S. Embassy in Mexico says health screening procedures may be in place at certain airports and other ports of entry.

Related: Going to Mexico for spring break? The US has this travel warning for you

Puerto Rico

On March 10, the requirement to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test was dropped for domestic travelers to Puerto Rico, regardless of vaccination status, per updated travel guidelines issued by Discover Puerto Rico.

Just note that international travelers are still expected to adhere to the aforementioned U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing rule, as well as submit proof of vaccination (with a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization) to their airlines.

Capacity limits and vaccine requirements for both private and public establishments no longer apply, though individual businesses may choose to implement their own guidelines related to health and safety.

Additionally, visitors to Puerto Rico are no longer required to fill out the travel declaration form.

Related: Puerto Rico follows the lead of most US destinations and drops all COVID-19 restrictions for domestic visitors

South America

Chile

As of April 21, travelers to Chile do not face travel restrictions related to testing or proof of vaccination.

Instead, travelers must complete an online travel affidavit form within 48 hours of boarding for Chile and show proof of health insurance covering up to $30,000 worth of COVID-19-related expenses.

Other than those two requirements, you can enjoy Chile without taking any extra steps to visit, but remember that you may be randomly selected to take a test upon entering the country, per Chile Travel.

Central America

Belize

On March 1, Belize dropped testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers to enter the country; Belize also removed all curfew mandates and outdoor mask mandates, per updated guidance issued by the Belize Tourism Board.

Unvaccinated travelers 5 and older (or those without vaccine proof) must continue to show results of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours.

Regardless of vaccination status, all international visitors must continue to purchase specific travel health insurance to visit the country as of April 7, per the tourism board.

In addition to purchasing the insurance, travelers must complete an online customs form provided on all flights to Belize and book their stay at a hotel or accommodation that has been approved by the tourism organization.

“Keeping abreast of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic remains our priority. Eliminating criteria that were no longer relevant, such as a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated visitors, will stimulate additional travel to Belize,” Belize Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations Anthony Mahler told TPG via email. “We are cognizant that reducing costs for travelers is pertinent, as this is an important element in their consideration process when selecting a destination.”

Costa Rica

As of this month, travelers to Costa Rica have zero predeparture steps to consider, thanks to the elimination of the online health pass and travel insurance policy which were both formerly required for foreign visitors.

Even so, Visit Costa Rica still recommends travelers age 18 and older carry a travel insurance policy covering potential COVID-19-related expenses.

Currently, many public spaces — including sports venues, cultural and academic institutions and nightclubs — are operating at full capacity without vaccination requirements.

Americans do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. However, they must possess a valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days, per the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, D.C.

El Salvador

As of Nov. 17, 2021, the Salvadoran government dropped all testing and vaccination requirements for U.S. citizens to enter, per the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador.

Unlike most countries on this list, El Salvador has been open for quite some time, having resumed international commercial flights on Sept. 19, 2020, without quarantine requirements for incoming passengers. Local businesses remain open as they did pre-pandemic and no curfew is currently in place.

The only pandemic-related precautions travelers can expect to see are temperature checks upon arrival at airports, such as Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador.

Europe

Croatia

Summer 2022 is a great time to visit Croatia since the underrated European destination has removed its previous requirement for non-EU citizens to show proof of vaccination to enter.

Therefore, as of this month, there are no longer any pandemic-related restrictions for Americans visiting Croatia, though face masks are encouraged on public transportation.

Americans can visit Croatia without any of the predeparture or on-the-ground steps that were previously required.

Based on my personal travels, I would recommend visiting the Croatian islands of Vis and Split, though Game of Thrones fans may be partial to cities like Hvar.

Germany

Earlier this week, Munich city leaders announced the country’s famed Oktoberfest would return this year after a two-year COVID-19-induced hiatus, which is good news for vaccinated Americans hoping to join in on the fun come this fall.

However, entry requirements are set to change Oct. 1, when the country will only allow Americans who can show proof of receipt of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter. This means you’ll need to be boosted at least three months after your second dose.

“Please verify that you qualify as fully vaccinated before attempting to enter Germany, as the definition of fully vaccinated in Germany is different from in the United States,” according to the U.S. Embassy in Germany’s entry and exit requirements.

Entry requirements apply to all incoming travelers ages 12 and older, meaning proof of vaccination is required for this group to enter Germany by air, land, or sea.

Vaccination rules do not apply to children ages 6 to 11 who, if accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, may enter by presenting a negative COVID-19 test (either a PCR or antigen test) taken within 48 hours of arrival. Alternatively, this group can present proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the preceding six months.

Travelers under age 6 are not subject to any entry rules.

Note that travelers who have been in a virus-variant area in the 10 days before travel must present a negative PCR test, regardless of vaccination status. The U.S. is not currently considered high-risk or virus-variant area.

Read more: Oktoberfest returns to Germany this fall

Italy

In line with much of Europe, entry to Italy has only become easier in time for summer travels.

As of May 1, tourists to Italy are no longer asked to show their version of a vaccine passport, known as a “green pass,” which was previously required to access most places throughout the country such as restaurants bars, hotels, museums and ski lifts.

This means vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers alike can enjoy those places equally without having to present proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

However, unvaccinated travelers must still submit a negative predeparture test taken within 48 hours of entry to the country, while vaccinated travelers may enter by showing proof of vaccination within the last nine months.

Even with the relaxed requirements, masks are still to be worn on public transportation and in certain indoor spaces, including theaters, cinemas, concert halls and sporting events, through at least mid-June.

Read more: You’ll no longer need a ‘green pass’ to move throughout Italy

Cyprus

As of April 18, fully vaccinated and boosted travelers can visit the island of Cyprus without any predeparture or post-arrival testing, according to a press release issued by the Republic of Cyprus Ministry of the Interior.

Cyprus’ Interior Ministry considers travelers fully vaccinated if they are boosted and if nine months have elapsed since receipt of a final COVID-19 vaccine dose. Unvaccinated travelers may enter the country by showing a negative COVID-19 test, either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or a rapid test conducted within 24 hours.

Entry protocols do not apply to passengers younger than 12. The Cyprus government outlines current entry protocols based on color code designation here.

France

France made headlines throughout the pandemic for its inconsistent implementation of COVID-19 entry protocols for travelers, but it seems to have reached a conclusion regarding the steps tourists need to take to visit.

As of March 14, only unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Americans are expected to present results of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for France, or a rapid test conducted within 48 hours of travel.

On the other hand, fully vaccinated travelers no longer have to take any entry steps beyond submitting proof of full vaccination (including a booster) to airlines and customs officials. France considers you “fully vaccinated” if you are vaccinated and boosted with vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson.

Additionally, all travelers must sign a document attesting they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and complete an online EU Digital Passenger Locator Form ahead of travel.

Otherwise, based on my recent trip to Paris, things are seemingly back to normal, especially since masks are no longer compulsory indoors or on public transit.

Read more: Here’s how to travel to France right now and what it’s like once you arrive

Greece

Despite the confusion surrounding Greece’s reopening plans earlier this month, the country no longer imposes vaccination requirements as of May 2, meaning travelers heading to Greece this summer can do so without worrying about showing proof of vaccination or adhering to previous testing requirements.

Although Greece no longer requires proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test to access any indoor or outdoor venues, an indoor mask mandate is expected to remain in place through June 1.

Thus far, unvaccinated travelers have been able to enter Greece but were restricted from accessing certain public spaces indoors, including dining venues, museums, nightclubs, theaters, cinemas and stadiums.

Related: This time it’s for real: Greece to lift entry restrictions for travelers starting May 1

Ireland has scrapped almost all of its remaining restrictions related to COVID-19. The predeparture test requirement for vaccinated tourists was dropped earlier in 2022, but unvaccinated Americans still had to submit a negative test to enter.

As of March, however, all travelers may enter Ireland, regardless of vaccination status, and no testing at any time is required, according to U.S. Mission Ireland.

In theory, this means your trip to Ireland should resemble what travel was like before the pandemic.

Related: Ireland ditches most of its COVID-19 rules: Americans welcome just in time for St. Patrick’s Day

The Netherlands

Although the Netherlands dropped all entry protocols for travelers within the European Union and some countries deemed “safe” by the Dutch government, travelers from all other countries, including the U.S., remain subject to vaccination requirements as of early April.

At the moment, only vaccinated Americans are eligible to enter the country, according to guidance issued by Dutch officials, and they can do so without submitting a negative COVID-19 test.

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must show proof of a booster shot if more than 270 days have elapsed since the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccination requirements are outlined here.

Otherwise, the only exception to the vaccination requirement is applicable to travelers who can show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the six months prior to entry in order to visit.

Additionally, all incoming travelers must complete an online health declaration form.

Norway

Norway became the first country in the EU to lift COVID-19 restrictions for both locals and visitors to the mainland. As of Feb. 12, all previous testing, quarantine and registration mechanisms are null.

Do note that pre-arrival and upon-arrival testing requirements remain in Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago situated between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

Otherwise, expect Norway to look like it did before the coronavirus reared its ugly head — sans social distancing, masks or anyone asking for your vaccination proof.

Slovenia

As of March 8, Americans are no longer subject to any testing requirements to enter Slovenia. However, U.S.-based travelers older than 12 who visit the country for nonessential purposes, such as tourism, must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to enter, as well as to attend indoor cultural events, per the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia.

Specific vaccines are permitted for entry, including Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated seven days after the second dose of Pfizer and 14 days after the final dose of both the Moderna and J&J vaccines.

Additionally, N95 or surgical masks remain required in indoor public spaces and outdoors where social distancing isn’t possible.

Related: Norway joins the list of countries no longer requiring travelers to quarantine

Spain

As of April 7, Americans are able to enter Spain by showing proof of full vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19. Spain considers travelers fully vaccinated if they are boosted within 270 days of receiving their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier this week, the Spanish Ministry of the Interior quietly extended current entry protocols for travelers through at least June 15.

Even so, unvaccinated travelers ages 12 to 18 may still enter by taking a predeparture PCR test within 72 hours of departing for Spain.

Testing and vaccination rules do not apply to travelers younger than 12. Despite announcing on April 6 that the country would ease restrictions for unvaccinated travelers, Spanish officials rolled back plans to change current entry protocols for this group.


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All passengers (regardless of age) arriving in Spain by air or sea, including transit passengers, must complete an online Health Control Form before leaving for Spain.

Related: Spain extends current COVID-19 vaccination and booster entry protocols through June 15

Sweden

After previously reopening to travelers coming from within the EU, Sweden has finally welcomed back non-EU travelers.

“As of April 1, there are no COVID-19-specific entry restrictions,” says the U.S. Embassy in Sweden. “Regular rules for entering Sweden will be applied.”

This is long-awaited good news for travelers, meaning no pandemic-related entry requirements, such as testing or vaccination proof, are necessary to enter Sweden.

Americans can freely visit Sweden without obtaining a visa, as noted by the Swedish police.

Switzerland

Switzerland dropped its remaining COVID-19 protocols on May 2, meaning Americans resumed tourist travel as normal without having to certify their vaccination status.

Although the country reopened to all tourists almost a year ago, the Swiss government restricted tourism travel to vaccinated Americans.

“The entry restrictions currently in place will be lifted from 2 May,” Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration said in a tweet on April 21. “As of that date, the usual rules for entering Switzerland will apply.” For U.S.-based travelers, this would refer to needing only your U.S. passport.

Read more: Switzerland to drop remaining COVID-19 entry requirements

United Kingdom

On March 18, the U.K. dropped its final remaining COVID-19 travel measures, including the passenger locator form and multiple testing requirements for unvaccinated passengers.

This means that no one traveling to the U.K. for vacation needs to take any predeparture or post-arrival steps, as previously required.

Although this is good news, it comes as COVID-19 case numbers rose once again in March across the U.K. due to the omicron BA.2 subvariant.

Read more: The final remaining travel restrictions in the UK will be scrapped

Austria

As of last week, travelers to Austria no longer need to show proof of vaccination, recent recovery or submit a negative test to enter, per the U.S. Embassy in Austria.

Although zero COVID-19-related restrictions remain in place in Austria, it has been a long road to get to this point, as the country changed course on protocols many times.

Initially, in August 2021, Austria was among the first EU countries to set an expiration date for vaccination proof, requiring travelers to show proof of a booster shot 270 days following one’s final vaccine dose. That winter, officials suspended tourism and implemented a country-wide lockdown, as many places around Europe and the U.S. experienced a surge in new case numbers due to the omicron variant.

It wasn’t until February 2022 that unvaccinated Americans were able to resume tourism to Austria by taking a predeparture test.

“The “3-G” rule (vaccinated/recovered or tested) for arrivals to Austria was lifted on May 16, 2022,” the Austrian Embassy in Washington said on May 16. “There are currently no COVID-19 related entry restrictions in effect for Austria.”

Related: Off the beaten path: Tips on visiting and exploring Austria

Balkans

Serbia

The eastern European nation of Serbia has officially removed all of its pandemic entry requirements and restrictions as early May, although select travelers, including Americans, have been able to visit for much of the pandemic since Serbia is not subject to EU-wide rules.

As of May 3, the country treats vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers alike, meaning there’s no need to show proof of vaccination to enter, nor do non-vaccinated individuals need to take a predeparture test within 48 hours.

While masks are still recommended for use in indoor public spaces but are mandatory on public transit, per the U.S. Embassy in Serbia.

Kosovo

Like its neighboring country, Kosovo also removed its entry requirements in early May, after previously allowing vaccinated travelers to enter without testing or quarantine while expecting unvaccinated passengers to undergo predeparture testing within 48 hours of entry.

“The epidemiological situation with COVID-19 is stable, in which case it is recommended to facilitate the existing measures,” Prime Minister Albin Kurti said on April 30.

Caribbean

Aruba

As of March 19, Aruba scrapped all of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including the requirement for incoming unvaccinated travelers to submit results of a negative COVID-19 test, aligning with its decision in February to ditch the requirement for vaccinated visitors.

No travelers need to take a test to visit Aruba, nor do they need to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, as previously required.

To enter, incoming passengers age 15 and older must purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance for a flat-rate fee of $15 per person per stay in order to cover COVID-19-related medical expenses. This insurance must be purchased prior to travel as part of the online application process, which remains in effect for travelers.

More information on updated travel requirements to Aruba is available via Visit Aruba.

Bonaire

The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire announced relaxed entry requirements for fully vaccinated visitors on March 20, according to guidance issued by the Public Entity Bonaire.

Currently, fully vaccinated visitors may enter Bonaire without submitting a predeparture test. The government considers travelers fully vaccinated if their final vaccine dose (either second dose or booster) was administered within the nine months preceding travel.

Testing requirements remain for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers, who can still visit Bonaire by presenting results of a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure or a PCR test taken within 48 hours. These testing rules do not apply to travelers age 12 and under.

All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must fill out an online health declaration form ahead of travel.

Curacao

Travelers to Curacao are no longer expected to submit a pre-arrival COVID-19 test as of March 10, as the Caribbean nation has eliminated its former risk classification system that once determined traveler entry requirements.

However, there are a few steps travelers must continue to take in order to visit, such as completing an online digital immigration card before departure and completing a passenger locator form within 48 hours of departure. Per the Curacao Tourist Board, visitors must either print or have a digital copy of the locator card available for review on the ground in Curacao.

Arriving passengers should be aware of health checks at Curacao International Airport (CUR) and note that you must pay to quarantine in your own accommodation should you test positive for COVID-19 while there. The tourist board continues to ask visitors to the island to social distance in public.

Grenada

Effective April 4, travel to Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique just got easier, says the Grenada Tourism Authority, which now allows travelers to visit the islands without any of the previous pandemic-related entry protocols.

Consequently, tourists can visit without having to worry about any predeparture or upon-arrival steps since no COVID-19 testing, vaccination or quarantine requirements are in place. Additionally, travelers don’t have to worry about completing an online health form ahead of travel, making this set of Caribbean islands a very attractive destination for travelers.

Jamaica

On April 16, Jamaica scrapped its predeparture testing requirement, meaning travelers to Jamaica do not need to take a COVID-19 test to visit the country.

With this news, travel to Jamaica should look very similar to what it did pre-pandemic, as travelers are only required to complete an online immigration card to enter the country, which can also be completed via a paper form on your flight.

Otherwise, prepare to enjoy Jamaica without thinking about COVID-19 until you return home to the U.S.

Related: Jamaica ends COVID-19 testing requirement for visitors

St. Lucia

As of April 2, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are welcome to enter St. Lucia via the country’s “Seamless Saint Lucia” protocols, which do not require a pre-travel test or quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors.

“Fully vaccinated travelers must provide a valid vaccination record as requested on check in, for boarding and on entry to Saint Lucia,” according to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. “Fully vaccinated means two weeks has passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or since a single-dose vaccine. Vaccine proof must be presented on entry to Saint Lucia.”

Otherwise, unvaccinated travelers age 5 and older may visit St. Lucia by presenting results of a negative PCR test taken within five days prior to arrival. This test must be administered by or supervised by a health care professional, as only proctored tests are allowed for use for entry. Consult this guide for more specific testing requirements.

All travelers must complete a health screening questionnaire before disembarkation in St. Lucia.

Related: This TPG reader tested positive while on vacation in St. Lucia; here’s what happened next

US Virgin Islands

Travelers to the U.S. Virgin Islands no longer need to submit a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to enter this U.S. territory located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico.

Travelers are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final dose of any WHO- or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, including Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.

As of March 7, unvaccinated travelers from the U.S. to St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island must still continue to provide results of a negative test taken within five days of travel. This test can be either an antigen or PCR test.

Outside of that requirement, all travelers must answer questions via an online travel screening portal ahead of travel, specifically domestic travelers age 5 and above and international visitors age 2 and above.

Masks remain compulsory indoors, including on public transit.

Turks and Caicos

As of May 1, visitors to Turks and Caicos no longer need to take a COVID-19 test or purchase travel insurance. On top of that, you no longer need to register before traveling, and the mask mandate has been dropped.

Even so, the island requires all visitors age 16 and older to be fully vaccinated to enter, meaning at least 14 days must have elapsed since your final dose of an approved vaccine.

Other than that, visitors to the Turks can expect to enjoy its beauty much like they did before 2020, as one of the now easiest countries to visit, just ask TPG reporter Sean Cudahy, who wrote about how easy of an experience it was to visit recently.

“That said, when it comes to Turks and Caicos’ restrictions, here’s the list of COVID-19-related steps I had to take to prepare for travel: Upload my vaccination card to an app as I checked in to my flight,” he wrote. “That’s it. That’s the whole list.”

Related: I just visited Turks and Caicos: 4 things you should know before you go

Africa

Mauritius

Located in the eastern Indian Ocean, the island of Mauritius was the first African nation to make this list. Mauritius relaxed entry requirements for fully vaccinated tourists on March 12, but still requires them to test upon arrival.

Although fully vaccinated foreign tourists no longer need to submit results of a negative COVID-19 test before departure to Mauritius, they must take a test on the day they arrive in Mauritius, which is technically considered day zero. Unvaccinated travelers must submit to arrival testing as well.

After the day zero test, fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to freely explore the island as they please, but unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for seven days in an accommodation of their choice before being able to enjoy the island.

Travelers age 17 and under accompanied by a parent or guardian do not need to show proof of vaccination to enter, per updated guidance via the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.

Regardless of age or vaccination status, all visitors must provide proof of COVID-19-related health insurance, to be uploaded as part of the completion of the online All-in-One form.

Seychelles

Like Mauritius, Seychelles no longer requires fully vaccinated visitors to show a negative PCR test upon arrival, per a March 15 announcement by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism.

Seychelles considers visitors fully vaccinated if they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine along with a booster within six months of completion of the primary series. For travelers ages 12 to 19, a booster shot is not required to be treated as fully vaccinated.

If you fail to meet either of those conditions and are therefore unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must present results of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure to Seychelles.

Please note that people who have tested positive within two to 12 weeks prior to travel are also exempt from pre-arrival testing as long as they possess proof of recovery.

Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers must apply online for the mandatory travel authorization up to 72 hours prior to the start of travel.

Middle East

Bahrain

As of Feb. 20, no passengers arriving in Bahrain need to take a PCR test upon arrival.

Although travelers can enter without submitting any pre-travel or arrival tests regardless of vaccination status, Americans must possess a visa to enter, which is available upon arrival, per guidance issued by the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain.

For more information about how to obtain a visa to visit Bahrain, the embassy says to consult the Bahrain Ministry of Interior.

Those visiting Bahrain should download the BeAware Bahrain app in advance of travel and you should expect health screenings at the airport.

Jordan

The government of Jordan no longer requires travelers to take a PCR test before or upon arrival as of March 1, according to the U.S. Embassy in Jordan.

Jordan still asks travelers to register and submit a pre-travel form, during which a QR code will be provided for presentation to airline personnel upon boarding your flight to Jordan.

Travelers should note that the Jordanian government requires social distancing and face masks in public establishments and on public transportation.

United Arab Emirates

As of March 10, vaccinated travelers to the United Arab Emirates via land borders and airports, including Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and Dubai International Airport (DXB), are exempt from submitting a PCR test before departing if they show proof of full vaccination via a certificate containing a QR code. The UAE considers vaccines approved by the WHO as valid, in addition to Sinopharm and Sputnik V.

Otherwise, unvaccinated travelers entering the UAE must continue to show results of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of entry or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 within one month from the date of travel. The recovery certificate must also include a QR code.

Once on the ground in the UAE, travelers must either obtain a Green Pass or show results of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours to enter public places, including local events, exhibitions and cultural and social activities.

In use since 2021, the UAE’s Green Pass system restricts access to indoor spaces to those with “green” status on the Al Hosn app, which verifies your COVID-19 vaccination status as well as any negative test results. Before travel, be sure to upload corresponding vaccination certificates and/or negative test results to the app for use on the ground in the UAE.

Travelers younger than 12 are exempt from submitting a PCR test upon arrival.

Consult the UAE government for additional details on traveling to the UAE currently.

Israel

Starting tomorrow, Americans traveling to Israel by air no longer have to take a predeparture or on arrival test, or quarantine, and the existing mask mandate on international flights will soon be lifted, per the Israeli Ministry of Health.

As of May 20, testing and quarantine requirements are lifted for air travelers, in addition to cruise passengers and those arriving at land borders.

“It will not required to isolate for 24 hours after entering Israel,” notes the Health Ministry. “The mask mandate for those entering Israel (who have been required to isolate until receipt of a PCR test result) in airports and maritime and land border crossings will be lifted.”

This means that as of May 23, the only predeparture step travelers must remember to take is completing an online entry statement within 48 hours of departure for Israel, per the U.S. Embassy in Israel, which notes that travelers should “receive a response immediately indicating whether you will be cleared or refused to board your flight.”

Until May 23, masks are required on flights to Israel but the previous indoor mask mandate is no longer in place.

Asia

Indonesia

Due to confusion over previously announced reopening plans, the Indonesian government released updated COVID-19-related guidance for travelers on April 5.

Among the changes, travelers from 43 countries, including the U.S., are able to enter Bali and other popular Indonesian destinations without the need for a visa. This applies if their stay is for tourism purposes exceeding no more than 30 days.

Therefore, Americans age 12 and older are able to enter Indonesia by showing proof of full vaccination and results of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure to the country.

Outside of predeparture testing, vaccinated Americans are no longer required to quarantine.

Note that international travelers may enter the country through 10 airports outlined by the government in its updated international travel protocols.

Additionally, keep in mind that travelers who are partially vaccinated may still visit Indonesia as long as they quarantine for five days. Minor travelers are expected to adhere to the rules their adult companions are adhering to. Domestic traveler restrictions no longer remain in place for vaccinated Americans, per the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia.

Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers should expect to undergo health checks on arrival.

Consult the embassy for the most up-to-date travel information applicable to U.S.-based travelers.

Related: Dream destinations: Bali and the Maldives loosen COVID-19 entry restrictions

Malaysia

Pre-arrival testing requirements were dropped for fully vaccinated travelers age 12 and older on May 1, according to the Ministry of Health of Malaysia.

However, testing requirements are still in effect for unvaccinated travelers age 12 and older, who must take both a PCR test within two days of departure for Malaysia and a rapid test within 24 hours of arrival. Additionally, these travelers age 18 and older must quarantine for four days upon arrival, a stipulation that was recently reduced from five days.

While face masks will become optional in outdoor public spaces, all visitors are required to wear face coverings in certain indoor spaces.

Consult the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s Twitter feed for the most up-to-date information.

The Maldives

On March 5, the Maldives dropped its arrival PCR test requirement. Vaccinated visitors can now enter the island nation by simply completing an online declaration of health within 48 hours of departure.

Following that, the country also removed previous testing requirements for unvaccinated travelers, per the Maldives Immigration website.

Americans will be issued a free 30-day tourist visa upon arrival as long as they submit the aforementioned health form.

Related: Dream destinations: Bali and the Maldives loosen COVID-19 entry restrictions

Nepal

Travel limitations to Nepal no longer exist as of March 10, meaning all travelers regardless of vaccination status can receive visas upon arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal.

Updated guidance recently issued by the embassy also indicates that fully vaccinated travelers to Nepal no longer have to present results of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departing for the country as long as they provide proof of vaccination.

Otherwise, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must continue to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Note that symptomatic travelers may be subject to on-arrival testing if deemed necessary.

“The Department of Immigration rescinded all previously issued orders regarding country-specific travel limitations as of March 10, 2022,” says the U.S. Embassy in Nepal. “All travelers regardless of vaccine status can receive on-arrival visas at the port of entry.”

On the ground in Nepal, face masks are required outdoors, and the Nepalese government has said that noncompliance may result in arrests and/or fines.

Thailand

Travel to Thailand became a whole lot easier in May, when the country announced it would welcome back unvaccinated visitors.

While unvaccinated visitors must still face testing constraints, they will be able to move freely upon entering the country without testing upon arrival by taking a PCR test within 72 hours of departing from their home country to Thailand. If these travelers fail to present a predeparture test, they must continue to quarantine for five days upon arrival before being released from quarantine upon receipt of negative PCR test results.

As of this month, vaccinated travelers to Thailand face zero restrictions upon arrival in the country, avoiding any sort of testing requirements before or during their trip.

All travelers must continue to apply for a Thailand Pass online ahead of travel and purchase COVID-19 insurance that covers any pandemic-related medical expenses up to $10,000.

Bars, pubs and karaoke clubs will also reopen in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chonburi, among other areas, starting in June, as the country gradually reopens nightlife venues.

Related: Thailand drops testing rules effective May 1; unvaccinated visitors have a choice

Vietnam

Despite much confusion over the exact date Vietnam intended to welcome back international travelers, including Americans, it should now be easier than ever for visitors looking to head to the Asian nation.

“Effective May 15, 2022, the Vietnamese Government no longer requires a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry into Vietnam,” per the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam.

This is particularly good news for those travelers who previously wanted to visit but perhaps were hesitant due to confusion over the country’s botched reopening plan, which was initially supposed to take place on March 16, though entry requirements were unclear regarding whether incoming travelers would be expected to quarantine.

Two months later, Vietnam removed all of the previously enforced testing, quarantine, health insurance and other entry requirements, so that travelers to Vietnam only need to complete the visa process ahead of scheduled travel, if applicable.

Americans will need to obtain a tourist visa before traveling to Vietnam.

“Effective March 15, 2022, the Vietnamese government has resumed pre-pandemic visa issuance policies,” per the Embassy. “All previous visa restrictions have been lifted.”

For U.S.-based travelers, the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington provides instructions on how to obtain a visa, while noting that it can be done online, in-person, by mail or by email.

Cambodia

Since March 2022, fully vaccinated travelers have been able to enter Cambodia without having to take any other predeparture steps, aside from obtaining a visa on arrival at both airports and land borders.

Vaccinated tourists to Cambodia, including Americans, can receive a visa upon entry, valid for use for 30 days. Unvaccinated travelers on the other hand, still have some hoops to jump through to enjoy Cambodia.

All unvaccinated travelers to Cambodia must continue to undergo a week-long quarantine at a location determined by the Ministry of Health, the charge of which depends on the type of visa issued.

After this seven-day isolation, air travelers must take a rapid test but travelers that entered via land borders will also be subject to a rapid test both pre and post-quarantine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.

Bottom line

A number of other destinations have eased COVID-19 protocols while still asking travelers to provide proof of vaccination or take a test before departing their home country.

Overall, it seems countries are opening up to the idea of welcoming back international tourists with fewer and fewer restrictions.

This guide will continue to be updated as more countries drop rules and regulations, making it easier for travelers and clearing the way for international travel to more closely resemble what it looked like pre-pandemic.

Although many Americans are hesitant to travel abroad due to the looming predeparture test required to get back into the U.S., government officials have not indicated any plans to loosen the current policy as of May.

 

Related: Travel is getting easier: Here are some of the countries that have eased COVID-19 protocols

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