Every Country Open to Vaccinated Travelers—and Why You Should Go
Iceland, Belize, and more are open—so long as you’re vaxxed.
Editor's Note: We know COVID-19 is continuing to impact your travel plans. As of April 2021, official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention states that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk, though safety precautions are still required. Should you need to travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the CDC's latest guidance as well as local requirements/protocols/restrictions for both your destination and home city upon your return. Be safe out there.
After more than a year with little-to-no travel, we can practically hear our suitcases calling out our names, begging us to dust them off and take them on a ride. (Soon, sweet suitcases! Soon.) Luckily, with vaccinations going like hotcakes and COVID-19’s grip on the US beginning to wane, we’re starting to see more and more countries open their doors to tourists—so long as they’ve gotten their shots.
You can also head to places like Mexico and the Caribbean so long as you test negative for COVID right before the trip, or quarantine on arrival. But considering we’re all soooooo close to being fully vaxxed, the CDC recommends waiting until you’ve gotten all your necessary shots to book a flight.
For those of you who have received both doses and are looking to travel: Welcome back! Here’s every country open to vaccinated travelers—plus what’s actually open, and why they’re each worth a visit.
Keep in mind that the situation is changing all the time; we’ll keep this updated on the regular, but it’s a good idea to thoroughly research travel restrictions and closures before you hit the road.
As of April 22, 2021, all incoming travel to Anguilla is on hold due to a small coronavirus cluster, but here’s what will apply once travel is back.
Who can go? Anguilla’s protocols are hefty—but hey, better safe than sorry. Along with providing proof of vaccination, all travelers must: (a) apply for entry, (b) provide a negative test result before arrival, (c) test again after landing, and (d) quarantine upon arrival. More info here.
What’s open? The island has designated property “bubbles” that visitors can traverse freely. For example, the Meads Bay Bubble gives you access to nine properties, several restaurants, and the span of beach between Frangipani Beach Resort and Carimar Beach Club. Full list of openings here.Why should I go? Just 35 square miles and 15,000 people strong, there’s a reason so many celebrities decide to spend their off days here. The quiet island is home to some of the world’s best beaches, bomb Caribbean food, and opportunities to explore caves filled with rock carvings, ancient places of worship, archeological dig sites, and more.
Who can go? Our fully-vaxxed friends who’ve waited the two-week immunity period can enter the Bahamas without testing or quarantining upon arrival. You’ll just need to fill out a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application. More info here.
What’s open? The Bahamas has 16 main islands to explore—which also means there are 16 islands experiencing the ups and downs of the pandemic. Conditions may vary depending on your island of choice, so check the status of what’s open before you book.
Why should I go? Just a three-hour flight from New York, the Bahamas are one of the easiest island getaways you can reach from the East Coast. Visit the pristine cays of Exuma, wander the Versailles Gardens in the capital city of Nassau, go diving with tiger sharks off the famous Tiger Beach, and let the islands' technicolor architecture transfix you.
Who can go? Fully-vaxxed travelers must also test negative for COVID within three days of travel, test again upon arrival, and quarantine until you receive your test result. More info here.
What’s open? Restaurants are open for in-person dining, bars and boats can operate at 50% capacity, and beaches and parks are all open with a 7 pm curfew. Go forth and sunbathe.
Why should I go? Everyone should visit Barbados at least once to give thanks to the island for blessing us with Rihanna. Go spelunking in Harrison’s Cave to spot stalagmites and underground waterfalls; stroll by boats and vendors in Bridgetown; and devour mahi-mahi (specifically at Oistins), macaroni pie, conch, black cake, and rum to your heart’s content.
Who can go? To visit St. Barths, travelers over the age of 18 will need to provide both proof of full vaccination and proof of a negative test taken no more than three days before arrival. More info here.
What’s open? Since June 9—the day that tourists were welcomed back to St. Barths—everything on the island has been open. Hotels, beaches, restaurants, bars, boutiques, activities, and more are all back in business.
Why should I go? Dear reader, have you ever wanted to feel rich as hell? Well, now’s your chance. On the French-speaking Caribbean island of St. Barths (or St. Barts—you decide), you’ll probably spot celebs, spend days laid out on white-sand beaches, and easily manifest a ride on somebody else’s yacht. All jokes aside, there’s hardly a better treat yo’self trip on the planet. Best of all? The summer months are actually the cheapest time to visit.
Who can go? All travelers are welcome to visit Belize so long as they test negative for COVID within 96 hours of travel. Vaccinated travelers must provide proof indicating a final dose received at least two weeks prior to travel. More info here.
What’s open? Although they can move freely around the island, visitors are encouraged to stick to the Tourism Safe Corridor, where you’ll find Gold Standard hotels, tour operators, and transportation companies. There’s also a 10 pm curfew islandwide.Why should I go? If you’re looking to squeeze as much nature as possible into a trip, Belize can make that happen. The Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest on earth, is home to more than 500 marine life species. When you’re not staring out across the ocean—though it’s hard to tear your gaze away from spectacles like The Great Blue Hole—turn towards the country’s interior, where dense jungles conceal ancient Mayan ruins.
British Virgin Islands
Who can go? To get into the BVI, you’ll need quite a few things. First, a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate, which’ll run you $105, as well as proof of vaccination and a negative test taken 3-5 days before arrival. Then, you’ll need to take yet another test and quarantine until you receive a negative result—yes, even if you’re vaccinated. More info here and here.
What’s open? Travelers will be happy to hear that things in the British Virgin Islands are open and operational: businesses (with social distancing measures in place), beaches, spas, ferry services between major islands, the whole nine yards. So long as you stay masked in public areas, the islands are yours to explore.Why should I go? Much like Anguilla, the Bahamas, Barbados, and Belize before them on this list, the beaches are likely why you’re in the British Virgin Islands. Hit The Baths in Virgin Gorda, a white sand beach lined by enormous boulders that basically looks like heaven, sail, snorkel, and stroll in Cane Garden Bay on Tortola, or explore 300+ shipwrecks on Anegada. No matter what, you win.
Who can go? So long as you can present proof of full vaccination, including the two-week immunity period, you can enter Bulgaria. Easy! You can also provide proof of recovery from Covid or proof of a negative test taken up to three days before arrival. More info here.
What’s open? Things are largely back to normal in Bulgaria. Beaches, restaurants, hotels, bars, and more are all open in Sofia (some at reduced capacity), and public transportation is running as usual. So long as you keep masking up and adhering to social distancing guidelines, you should be good to go.Why should I go? First, Bulgaria is one of the most inexpensive European countries to visit—so if you’ve got anything left over from your stimmy, you know what to do. On top of that, the whole country is gorgeous and crazy underrated: enjoy a city break in Sofia or Plovdiv, take in unusual architecture like that of the Rila Monastery, and bask in the beauty of the Black Sea’s coastline and the mountains of Central Balkan National Park.
Who can go? Americans must complete an entry form and provide either proof of receiving a final dose at least two weeks prior to travel, or proof of recovery from COVID within the past 180 days. More info here.
What’s open? Hotels are open, as are restaurants, cafes, and bars with outdoor seating, all national parks, beaches, and tourist sites like Plitvice and Dubrovnik Old Town. You can’t buy booze past 11pm. Get full deets here.
Why should I go? If you—like about 13 million other people—spent most of the 2010s watching Game of Thrones, you’ll likely recognize Dubrovnik, Croatia’s capital, as King’s Landing. But beyond what is now arguably one of the most iconic old towns in the world, Croatia boasts a wealth of history, Balkan culture, and seaside bliss in towns like Split and Hvar Town. Plus, the country’s national park game goes wild. One look at Plitvice Lakes will have you booking a trip in seconds.
What’s open? Restaurants with outdoor seating, museums, galleries, and archaeological sites are open, while bars and clubs remain closed. Unfortunately, beaches—arguably one of Cyprus’s main draws—and natural trails are only open for exercise. There’s also an island-wide curfew in effect after 11 pm. Find a full list of openings here.Why should I go? Tucked between Greece and Turkey, Cyprus brings the best of the Mediterranean to one island. Once part of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Cyprus’s history reaches back as far as 1100 BC, meaning there's no shortage of ancient sites (like Kourion and Salamis) worth checking out. Even the gods love it here: Aphrodite’s Rock and Beach is said to be the goddess’s birthplace.
Who can go? As of June 5, American travelers are welcome to visit Denmark so long as they can provide proof of full vaccination, including the 14-day immunity period. Velkommen tilbage! More info here.
What’s open? Heaps! Along with the usual offerings—world-class restaurants, eco-friendly hotels, pastries that’ll make you wanna slap your mama—Denmark’s been working on quite a few projects during the Covid tourism lull. A new Hans Christian Andersen museum, Michelin-starred pop-ups at Tivoli Gardens, and more are all in the works for visitors.
Why should I go? Ah, Denmark: that Scandinavian paradise whose design sensibilities, penchant for hygge, and universal healthcare system we can’t help but lust after. Its capital, Copenhagen, is perhaps the ideal summer destination: not too hot, not too cool, but juuuust right for three months of blissful bike rides and drinking beers along colorful canals.
Who can go? As of March 2021, travelers can enter Ecuador with either proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19. To visit the Galapagos, you must have a safe travel document (salvoconducto), as well as a negative test taken within 96 hours prior to travel (even if you are vaccinated). More info here.
What’s open? Restaurants, parks, and other public spaces are open in Quito—but the current coronavirus situation in the capital has left many hospitals overwhelmed. All national parks and reserves are open for business.
Why should I go? About a six-hour flight from New York, Ecuador is an underrated and inexpensive nature escape, and the jumping-off point for the Galapagos Islands. Hit Cotopaxi National Park for glimpses of the (highly active) Cotopaxi volcano, hike the Andes, or visit Papallacta Springs outside of Quito for a geothermal soak. Added bonus: the country uses the dollar.
Who can go? Along with proof of vaccination, you’ll need to provide either (a) a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure or (b) a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure to get into France. You’ll also need to fill out a health declaration form. More info here.
What’s open? As you may recall, France has seen its fair share of lockdowns over the past year—in fact, the most recent lockdown has only just begun to ease up. But life is slowly returning: Museums (including the Louvre) and bars are open. Hotels are taking guests. Plus, restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor seating—and where better to experience France than a sidewalk cafe? Note that as of early June, there’s still an 11 pm curfew in place.Why should I go? We doubt that, after more than 2,000 years of existence, we still need to explain to you why everyone is obsessed with Paris. But beyond the City of Love lies a wealth of beauty in the rest of France: the romantic shores of the French Riviera, the underground scene in Nantes, the fairytale villages of Alsace, Provence's lavender fields. And the wine. Wine everywhere!
Who can go? Our vaxxed friends will need to fill out two forms to enter: an ETIS health registration form and a quarantine or exemption form. You’ll also need to provide proof of complete vaccination and a negative test. Once you land, you’ll also be required to take an antigen test, as well as a virological self-test four days into your trip. More info here.
What’s open? Things like restaurants, bars, hotels, beaches are open throughout French Polynesia. But on its two most popular islands, Tahiti and Moorea, there’s still a curfew in place between 11 pm to 4 am.Why should I go? It’ll probably take you a few planes and over 24 hours to reach the French Polynesian islands, and specifically Tahiti, the largest and best-known of the bunch. But once you’re there, you’re in for a waterfall, palm tree, and crystal cove-filled paradise. Scroll up a bit. Look at that picture. Imagine that’s you, headed back to your ocean bungalow. Convinced yet?
Republic of Georgia
What’s open? A 5 pm curfew (yes, really) is still in effect, so you’ll have to wake up early to explore. As of April 2021, museums, gyms, theatres, markets, indoor restaurants (and live music in restaurants!) are back in action. Check for more openings here.Why should I go? Georgia straddles the border between Europe and Asia. Between the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountains, you can go from a beach vacation to a ski break in a matter of hours. It’s one of the oldest wine making countries in the world. The food rocks (have you seen khachapuri!?). And best of all, it’s super inexpensive.
Who can go? Beginning June 25, Germany’s doors will reopen to international travelers. You’ll need to provide either proof of vaccination (including the two-week immunity period), proof of recovery from Covid within the last six months, or a negative test result taken within 72 hours of travel. You’ll also need to register for entry. More info here.
What’s open? As of mid-June, life in Germany is growing closer to normal: hotels, museums, and theaters are open, cafes, bars, and restaurants can serve guests indoors again, and outdoor events like festivals have resumed. (Clubs are kind of open, but not really.) Rules and regs may vary depending on what region you visit, so check local conditions before you arrive.
Why should I go? Welp, if you’re ready to make up for a year-plus of lockdown by partying for a week straight, we’re guessing you’ve already booked flights and accommodations for your trip to Berlin. But beyond the capital’s chaotic-but-cathartic parties—which should be experienced, along with its abundant green space and history lessons—Germany’s castles, wine hikes, and underrated small towns will easily remedy a pandemic-weathered soul.
Who can go? As of April 19, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers can visit Greece without quarantining, so long as they provide proof that they’ve completed vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel and fill out a Passenger Location Form. More info here.
What’s open? Bars, restaurants, cafes, and many shops are still closed, but to-go options are available (hello, beach picnics!). Outdoor archaeological sites like the Acropolis and the Parthenon have reopened to visitors. A 7 pm weekday, 9 pm weekend curfew is in effect nationwide.Why should I go? Once we’ve gotten our shots, we’re not going to walk, but run to Lindsay Lohan’s club in Mykonos. (Just kidding. Kind of.) The birthplace of democracy, a hotbed of ancient history, and—with crystal blue water, idyllic islands, and seaside towns—a trip that’s very easy on the eyes. Go live your best Mamma Mia life.
Who can go? You’ll need to provide proof of full vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to travel, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within three months of arrival. You’ll also need to fill out a health pass. More info here.
What’s open? Things are open but not necessarily business as usual. Attractions like Semuc Champey and Tikal are open to visitors. In places like Guatemala City and Antigua, most public spaces—including parks, lakes, beaches, markets, and more—are operating at limited capacity and close between 6-8 pm. All food must be taken to-go.Why should I go? Not only are the cities beautiful—we’re sure you’ve seen Antigua’s Santa Catalina arch framing Volcán de Agua—but across the country, ancient manmade structures and nature blend seamlessly together. Visit the Mayan ruins at Tikal, bask in the waterfalls and limestone structures at Semuc Champey, get a glimpse of paradise at Lake Atitlán, and take a dip in the Caribbean—all in a country that’s about the size of Tennessee.
What should I know first? Travelers must provide proof of full vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19. More info here.
What’s open? The Blue Lagoon recently reopened at limited capacity, and business closures, including in Reykjavik, fluctuate. But considering most of Iceland’s most popular attractions are outdoors and HUGE, your trip can pretty much go off without a hitch.Why should I go? Colossal waterfalls, jet black beaches, and glacier lagoons surrounded by frost-bitten mountains—the whole joint looks like it was made up by J.R.R. Tolkein. And again, given Iceland’s wide-open spaces, anyone feeling antsy about crowds post-pandemic will be nice and comfy here.
Who can go? On June 21, Italy reopened to American travelers. To get in, you can provide either proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from Covid-19, or proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours of travel. You’ll also need to fill out an EU Digital Passenger Locator form. More info here.
What’s open? Restaurants, bars, museums, shops, hotels, public transportation, and more are all open with some restrictions. More info here.Why should I go? There are many good reasons your friend from college won’t stop talking about their semester abroad in Italy even though it’s been damn near a decade since. The Amalfi Coast’s colorful beaches. Rome’s ancient everything. Milan’s fashion. Florence’s art and architecture. Venice’s canals (although for heaven’s sake, let them continue to recover from overtourism). And, need we even mention, the food and wine throughout!
Who can go? You must provide proof of full vaccination more than 15 days prior to travel, take a $50 COVID test upon arrival, and download the “covidlebtrack” app. More info here.
What’s open? Restaurants, cafes, and more are operating at 50% capacity with a 9 pm curfew. Many of Beirut’s main attractions—the National Museum of Beirut, the Sursock Museum, and the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque—are open to visitors, as are archaeological sites around the country. Stay up to date here.Why should I go? Between coronavirus and the warehouse explosion that rocked the Port of Beirut last August, Lebanon is still in damage control mode. But the country has a long history of resiliency and a multicultural, uber-hospitable population that loves fun. Along with its capital Beirut, explore Lebanon’s archaeological sites at the Roman ruins at Baalbek, the ruins of Tyre, and Byblos, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities on Earth.
Who can go? The good news: Malta has reopened to Americans. The bad news: they haven’t reopened to all Americans. Only residents from 38 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) are allowed in for now. To enter, those folks will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of travel, as well as a completed EU Digital Passenger Locator form (regardless of vaccination status). More info here.
As for our friends from Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming—sorry, you’ll need to wait a little bit longer!
What’s open? Beaches, pools, restaurants, and more across Malta have reopened, though it’s important to note that masks are still required in most places. Alas, nightclubs remain closed!Why should I go? Malta packs everything you’re looking for in a European vacation into a single, bite-sized package: medieval walled cities perched on craggy cliffs above crystalline seas, architecture from across historical periods, and ancient sites that date back as far as 4000 BC. Plus, 70% of their adult population has received at least one vax dose, which you love to see!
Who can go? If you can provide proof that you’ve received your final dose at least seven days prior to travel, you can enter Montenegro. More info here.
What’s open? Stores, restaurants, and bars are open but operating with curfews and restrictions. (Hotels are exempt!) Public transport, ski resorts, museums, theaters, galleries, and national parks are all open and ready for your enjoyment, but nightclubs remain closed. Full info here.Why should I go? Just as balmy and ancient as its more popular peers, Montenegro has the same seaside beauty of the Italian coast and the Game-of-Thrones-esque ancient towns you love about Croatia, plus an interior boasting wild forests, mountains, and national parks.
Who can go? To visit Morocco, you’ll need either proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. More info here.
What’s open? Just about everything is open with safety precautions in place, including restaurants, beaches, hotels, museums, tours, and more. Keep in mind that intercity travel is still restricted, though, and a nationwide curfew is in place from 11 pm-4 am. More info here.Why should I go? A unique blend of Berber, Arabian, and European cultural influences brought to life the vibrant colors and architecture of Morocco: the medinas and courtyards of Marrakesh, the blue city of Chefchaouen, the frankly unbelievable Hassan II Mosque that towers above the sea in Casablanca. Plus, the landscape spans everything from the sands of the Western Sahara (best explored by camel, of course) to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
Who can go? You’ll need proof of full vaccination (or proof of having recovered within the last 90 days before travel); a negative test result upon arrival; plus a slew of other entry documents, like proof of accommodation and travel insurance. More info here.
What’s open? The Nepalese government reopened Mount Everest and seven other mountain trails to tourists earlier this year. Since, nearly 400 climbers have been granted licenses to scale the world’s tallest peak, face masks and hand sani in tow. In Kathmandu, the capital city, hotels, restaurants, and businesses have reopened.Why should I go? Nepal is the place for adventurous travelers. When you’re not devouring dal bhat or momos, visiting Kathmandu’s thousand-year-old temples and six UNESCO World Heritage sites will keep you busy. But the real draw lies outside the city, where you’ll find miles (and miles, and miles) of treks through the Himalayas—including the world’s most famous mountain expedition. (Bonus: if you’re an astrology nerd, have we got news for you.)
Who can go? Currently, you can enter Portugal by providing a negative Covid test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. The country is expected to introduce proof of full vaccination as an acceptable entry method in the coming weeks. Either way, you’ll need to fill out a Passenger Locator Card. More info here.
What’s open? As of early June, restrictions in Portugal are still easing up. Restaurants, cafes, and concert halls are all open with some restrictions and curfews; beaches are open but subject to social distancing rules; shops and public transportation are operating normally, and bars and clubs remain closed. Additional restrictions are in place in Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Azores. Get more info here.Why should I go? If you’ve been on the lookout for a remote work-friendly outpost, odds are you’ve probably lusted after Portugal’s laid-back lifestyle and culture. Once overlooked for Spain next door, the country has really hit its stride in recent years. First step: Brush up on your Portuguese. Then, work from the sand on some of the world’s best beaches, go to seafood heaven in Lisbon, or marvel at Porto’s amazing medieval skyline.
What’s open? Restaurants, spas, swimming pools, and other public facilities remain closed. But if you plan to spend your time lounging on the shores—highly likely—you’re good to go: All beaches are open to the public and as freakishly perfect as ever.Why should I go? If you can get past the price tag and the 24+ hours it takes to get there, the Seychelles are essentially the definition of paradise. Every island looks like a Windows desktop background. And the seafood! You will not regret it.
Who can go? Spain reopened to vaccinated travelers in early June. So long as you provide proof of full vaccination (including the two-week immunity period) and fill out a health questionnaire, you’ll be allowed entry without being required to quarantine. More info here.
What’s open? Although curfews and capacity restrictions in some places continue to linger, most of the things you’re coming to Spain for—restaurants, bars, museums, beaches, and even clubs—are open and ready to be enjoyed!
Why should I go? There are many reasons Spain consistently ranks as one of the world’s most visited countries. The medieval walls and cobblestone streets of Toledo; the ornate architecture of Seville; Madrid’s incomparable art and art history; Barcelona’s internationally recognized beaches and nightlife; and endless groves of olive trees, mountains, and sweeping seascapes throughout. Not to mention: tapas!
Who can go? Starting June 28, travelers who can provide proof of full vaccination will be allowed to enter Switzerland without having to quarantine or provide negative test results. You will need to fill out an entry form, though. More info here.
What’s open? Aside from some minor restrictions, most things in Switzerland are back to normal. That includes restaurants, shops, public transportation, museums, activities, and—most importantly—those cool panoramic trains that show off the countryside!Why should I go? As one of the few places that have managed to unseat various Scandinavian nations as the happiest country on Earth, you can imagine that Switzerland is home to a lot of good stuff. It’s the birthplace of copious cheeses. The chocolate is so good, it’ll turn you into Augustus Gloop. Most of the towns look like fairytale villages, but if that’s not your thing, they’ve also got the H.R. Giger Museum. And—as non-confrontational types may know—it’s notoriously peaceful. That’s rare to find these days!