Many Americans are eager to start planning travel after receiving their COVID vaccine. 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 since this spring, while others, like Chile and Singapore, are just beginning to reopen.
But there’s still a lot to consider before deciding to travel to another part of the world, especially as the Delta variant continues to spread. With the health and safety of local communities in mind, for now, avoid traveling to countries with high infection rates, low vaccination rates, and overwhelmed medical infrastructure—all factors that can fluctuate rapidly. The CDC regularly updates its list of travel recommendations by destination, which categorizes countries by their local COVID-19 risk level: low, moderate, high, and very high.
Those considerations in mind, we've rounded up some of the destinations that are currently open and welcoming vaccinated visitors with no quarantine requirement. Travel guidelines continue to change, so travelers should check their destination country’s official government websites—and the CDC website—regularly before and during any trip. You may also want to consider purchasing travel insurance. In addition to rules about COVID-19 vaccination and testing, all of the below countries require travelers to follow local public health guidelines. Read on for the places to travel after your COVID vaccine.
This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.
Newly opened or soon to open
Armenia is once again welcoming visitors from the U.S. Vaccinated travelers can enter without restraint; all other travelers must show a negative test result from within 72 hours or take a test upon arrival, then self-isolate while they await results (tests at the airports are $40 and generally produce results within 24 hours).
Starting Nov. 1, travelers from the U.S. can once again travel to Argentina. All travelers to the South American country, regardless of vaccination status, need to take three COVID tests before and during their trip: one within 72 hours prior to arrival, another upon arrival, and a third between their fifth and seventh day in the country.
Unvaccinated travelers must also quarantine for seven days once they arrive in Argentina. Vaccinated travelers, however, are exempt from the quarantine requirement.
Unvaccinated travelers can visit Austria, however, they must show a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, then quarantine for up to 10 days at their accommodation (travelers can end their quarantine if they get a negative COVID-19 test result after five days). They must also pre-register online 72 hours before arriving.
Starting November 1, vaccinated travelers can enter Chile without quarantining if they take a PCR test 72 hours before arriving, then test again once they’re inside the country and isolate until a negative result comes back (the country is requiring a five-day isolation period for vaccinated travelers through October 31).
In addition, vaccinated travelers must complete an online traveler affidavit at least 48 hours before departure and obtain a mobility pass from the Chilean Ministry of Health, which they can apply for online with proof of vaccination. Travelers also need to show proof of insurance that covers at least $30,000 of COVID-19 related medical expenses. Visitors to Chile must also engage in a 14-day follow-up process that involves checking in daily via email to report their health status and current location.
Unvaccinated travelers are not allowed to travel to Chile.
Vaccinated U.S. travelers can travel to Denmark without needing to quarantine or test upon arrival (unless they are traveling from high-risk countries or regions, in which case travelers must test and isolate for up to 10 days upon arrival). The U.S. Embassy in Denmark recommends printing out the Danish government’s requirements and carrying them with you during your trip in case any issues arise.
Unvaccinated travelers can only enter Denmark for specific reasons outlined by the Danish government such as work, school, or traveling for a business meeting. They must also take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
Vaccinated U.S. travelers can visit the Netherlands without quarantining. Since the Netherlands considers the U.S. a “very high risk” area, vaccinated travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test result from within 24 to 48 hours of departure (depending on the type of test).
Unvaccinated travelers arriving from the U.S. must self-quarantine at their lodging for at least five days, then receive a negative test result, or for 10 days without any testing.
Nepal’s borders are once again open to travelers from the U.S. Vaccinated visitors do not need to quarantine once inside the South Asia country, but they must show proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of departure. They also need to show proof of lodging reservations and complete and print out an online international arrival form. If applicable, travelers also need to bring copies of any trekking or mountaineering permits needed for their trip.
Unvaccinated travelers can also enter Nepal with the same requirements but, in addition, they must also quarantine for 10 days upon arrival and get a negative test result on the 11th day before they’re free to move about the country. These travelers also need to get a letter of recommendation from a tour or trekking agent in Nepal and obtain a visa before the trip (vaccinated travelers can get visas upon arrival).
Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. can visit the Central European country of Slovakia with no quarantine nor test requirement. Travelers must register online before their trip and, if arriving by air, complete a separate passenger locator form; they also need to carry proof of vaccination.
Unvaccinated visitors also must register, and then quarantine for up to 10 days upon arrival (they can end their quarantine after five days with a negative test result).
Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and several other countries can now visit Singapore without needing to quarantine. Seven to 30 days before their trip, vaccinated travelers need to obtain a travel pass by providing proof of vaccination and other personal information via an online application. They must also get a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of departure, then test again at Singapore Changi Airport and isolate until the results come back negative. Travelers must also arrive on a designated flight and purchase insurance with a minimum of $30,000 worth of COVID-19-related medical coverage.
Singapore is not allowing unvaccinated travelers into the country, with the exception of unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who are traveling with a vaccinated adult.
Vaccinated U.S. travelers can visit England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland without needing to quarantine, so long as they book and pay for a test to be taken on or before the second day in the country and complete a passenger locator form 48 hours before arriving.
Unvaccinated travelers must take a COVID-19 test within three days before departure, book and pay for two COVID-19 tests to be taken after arriving (on or before the second day and on or after the eighth day), and complete a passenger locator form. Unvaccinated travelers must also quarantine for 10 days.
Countries that are already open to vaccinated travelers
Ghana’s land and sea borders remain closed, however, Accra Kotoka International Airport is open for international travel. All visitors to Ghana must show proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of departure and complete an online health declaration form. Travelers must also test upon arrival in Accra.
All travelers from the U.S. can visit Tanzania, regardless of their vaccination status. Within 24 hours prior to arrival, all visitors must fill out a health surveillance questionnaire online, then present their health code when they arrive in the country. All travelers to Tanzania must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from within 96 hours of departure; travelers from high-risk countries must also test upon arrival.
All visitors must produce a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of departure, apply for a health travel authorization online, and have travel and health insurance coverage for any potential COVID-19 costs. Travelers can only stay at government-approved hotels, but they’re not required to quarantine after arrival in Seychelles. Travelers who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and South Africa within the last two weeks are not permitted to visit.
The French-controlled Caribbean island of Saint-Barthélemy—St. Barts for short—is now open to vaccinated U.S. travelers. In addition to proof of vaccination, visitors must also show a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test from within 48 hours.
All U.S. travelers, regardless of vaccination status, can visit the Bahamas if they can show a negative test result from within five days of departure and apply for a travel health visa online. Unvaccinated travelers must take a daily health questionnaire for up to 14 days. All visitors must have COVID-19 health insurance for the entirety of their stay.
Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. can visit Costa Rica by showing their vaccine card. Unvaccinated travelers still need to show proof of a health insurance policy that will cover up to $50,000 worth of COVID-19 medical treatments and $2,000 for quarantine lodging in case they get sick while in the country.
All travelers need to complete an online health pass and show proof that they will leave Costa Rica within 90 days (such as a return flight or onward travel ticket).
Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers to this nation on the Caribbean coast of Central America must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of arrival (48 hours for a rapid test). Visitors can also take a COVID-19 test after arriving at the airport for $50.
Vaccinated travelers can now visit Ecuador without additional COVID-19 entry requirements. The country is also open to unvaccinated travelers with a negative COVID-19 test taken up to three days before arrival, as well as travelers previously diagnosed with COVID-19 (so long as a month has passed since they first developed symptoms). Ecuador only accepts RT-PCR tests and will not accept antigen tests.
To visit the Galápagos Islands, all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must also present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival. Visitors to the islands also need to apply online for a $20 transit control card issued by Galápagos authorities; the U.S. Embassy says travelers can also work with Galápagos tour operators to get a transit control card.
With a few exceptions, Guatemala is open to vaccinated U.S. travelers. The Central American country is also open to unvaccinated visitors with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, as well as those who have recovered from the virus within the last three months.
Other countries in the Americas that are currently open include Mexico, Colombia, and Canada. Read our complete guide to which Central and South American countries are currently open.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler