While the number of vaccinated people in the US continues to grow, more travel opportunities are beginning to open up to in far away places. And while most of the places on our list are also open to unvaccinated travelers, it still is a whole lot easier than taking multiple PCR tests and worrying about catching or spreading COVID while abroad. Read on to learn more about where you can travel hassle-free with the vaccine!
Iceland is the only country on our list that is currently only open to vaccinated travelers. In order to enter, you will need to show proof of vaccine. Of course, those vaccinated tourists who choose to visit will be heavily rewarded. Not only are flights currently very cheap to this bucket list destination, there are sure to be very few tourists visiting at the moment.
Georgia (No, we don't mean the state) is quickly becoming the new 'it' destination for travelers looking for something off-the-beaten path. Not only does the country have beautiful landscapes, it is also very affordable. And it is currently open to vaccinated travelers, hassle-free!
Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to get tested prior to arrival or quarantine when they get there. While unvaccinated travelers can also visit the country, they must submit a negative COVID-19 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.
We recently reported that Ecuador is allowing vaccinated tourists into the country without providing a COVID-19 test. Any traveler who visits Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, will either need to provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 10 days before travel (and 96 if visiting the Galapagos) or provide proof that they have been vaccinated.
Vaccinated tourists traveling to Belize can skip all testing requirements, according to the Belize Tourism Board. Belize is also welcoming non-vaccinated travelers, but requires them to have proof of a negative PCR 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.
Thailand is scheduled to reopen the island of Phuket to international tourists who have been vaccinated on July 1st. Thai Tourism Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, stated that Phuket will be an experiment and if all goes well, they hope to open other Thai destinations from October.
While Greece is not open just yet, the country plans to reopen to vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists alike in May. This means a European vacation might just be in the cards for summer 2021. You can read more about Greece's plans to reopen to international tourism here.