As travel has been largely put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rollout of the vaccine has become the gamechanger that’ll hopefully help us resume canceled plans or even map out a whole new adventure soon.
Although the rate of the vaccine availability has varied around the world, some countries are jumpstarting their tourism industries by inviting fully inoculated travelers to visit.
Fortunately, some destinations previously closed to American tourists have opened their borders to those who are fully vaccinated. Travelers returning home from an international trip are required to test negative for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.
Below are the countries currently welcoming vaccinated Americans.
Belize will waive COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers who can show proof they have been fully vaccinated, according to the Belize Tourism Board. International travelers must book their stay at a “Gold Standard Hotel” and download the country’s health app.
Belize is also welcoming non-vaccinated travelers, but requires them to have proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative rapid test from within 48 hours of travel. Alternatively, travelers can get tested upon arrival at the airport for $50.
Tourists with the COVID-19 vaccine can enter Ecuador and travel to one of its most popular island destinations: the Galapagos Islands. Unvaccinated travelers are also allowed to visit Ecuador and its famous island archipelago with proof of a negative antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19.
Visitors are required to comply with social distancing regulations and wear face masks throughout their stay.
Georgia welcomes U.S. travelers arriving by air who have received both doses of a vaccine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Georgia. Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to get tested prior to arrival or quarantine when they get there.
Unvaccinated travelers can also visit the country, but must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours, get a follow-up PCR test on the third day after arriving in the country, and complete an application with their contact details and travel history.
Greece plans to welcome fully vaccinated tourists and other foreign visitors with coronavirus antibodies or negative test results just in time for summer travel.
The country hopes to officially roll out its welcome mat on May 14, Reuters reported. That’s just a few days before May 17, the earliest date at which the U.K. said it may allow residents to resume international travel.
Iceland is welcoming fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. starting March 18 without the need to quarantine or undergo mandatory testing, according to the government of Iceland.
Alternatively, the country will also welcome travelers who can show proof they were infected with COVID-19 and recovered.
The Seychelles is welcoming fully vaccinated travelers to its pristine shores coming from any country. Travelers must prove two weeks have passed since they received their second dose. They must also show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at an accredited laboratory within 72 hours of traveling, according to the island’s tourism board.
Travelers have to fill out a health travel authorization showing their certificate of vaccination, test results, flight confirmation, and accommodation details.
The country will reopen to all travelers — vaccinated or not — once the majority of its population is vaccinated.