Safe and effective vaccines are all we need for a better tomorrow. We must continue doing the right things such as wearing masks, cleaning our hands, ensuring good ventilation indoors, physically distancing and avoiding crowds. When you travel to some countries, they have taken extra measures to protect their citizens and have stopped letting in visitors who are not vaccinated. See more Couvid-19 guidelines.
While many people are opening up to the Covid-19 vaccine, some have found it difficult to accept. There are, however, some countries people who are not vaccinated can travel. Here are a few of them. People from the UK are allowed into these countries without vaccination:
Spain lets in British travellers as long they can provide a negative PCR test. The test is taken within 48 hours after the arrival.
While Portugal’s mainland is off-limits, Madeira accepts visitors who are not vaccinated, but you must provide a negative PCR test. This test must be taken less than 72 hours before arrival and complete and submit a traveller questionnaire before departure.
Croatia opens its doors to unvaccinated travellers, but they must have proof of either a negative Covid-19 antigen test, taken in the space of 48 hours of their arrival or a negative PCR test taken in the space of 72 hours of their arrival, or they provide a doctor’s certificate of recovery after a positive test result between 11 and 180 days before their arrival.
Greece also lets in unvaccinated travellers/tourists as long as they provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours on arrival, a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test from a recognised laboratory, and undertaken within the 48 hours before your arrival, or proof that you’ve recovered from Covid-19.
Suppose you are going to Cyprus and you are unvaccinated. In that case, you must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before your departure, and you will have to take another PCR test when you arrive at Larnaca or Paphos airports. You are also to be isolated until the test result is received. After that, every seven days, you are to take an additional PCR or rapid antigen test.
If you are going to Slovenia unvaccinated, you must provide a Digital Passenger Locator Form, then either a PCR test taken within 72 hours before your arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours before your arrival. The PCR result is accepted if it turns out positive. A PCR test result less than six months old but older than ten days will also be accepted.
The United Arab Emirates
There has been a bilateral agreement between the UK and Indian governments that allows a certain number of flights to continue to operate between India and the UK. So if you’ve been vaccinated, you will not be quarantined when you arrive in India. And if you have not been fully vaccinated, you will have to take a Covid test before going, and on your arrival, you will be quarantined at home for seven days. Then, on the eighth day, you take another test and self monitor your health for seven days if the test result is negative.
Currently, Mexico does not request a negative PCR test or quarantine from visitors on arrival. Instead, you will be required to fill in a form before making your trip and have the QR code from that form with your arrival.
If you have no vaccination certificate, Turkey will require that you provide a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours before your arrival or a rapid antigen test result taken 48 hours before your arrival. If you have proof of recovery from Covid, it is also acceptable. There is no PCR test or vaccination certificate needed for children aged 11 and below.
Note that you are to complete an online declaration form within 72 hours before arrival.
The following countries accept people from the US coming in without vaccination:
As an American over the age of 6, you are to provide a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery from Covid-19, a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival, or a negative rapid test was also taken within 72 hours before your arrival.
Anguilla is not so accepting as permission is needed to enter. However, you will need to test negative on a PCR test taken within three to five days before your arrival. And on arrival, you will also be tested again but at no charge. You are to quarantine at home for 12 hours until you receive a negative result. Pregnant women and children who are not vaccinated may need to get PCR testing four days after arrival.
You are to present proof of being vaccinated or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before your arrival. If you have none of these, you can get tested at the airport for just a $40 test. After that, you are quarantined until you receive the results (within 24 hours). These requirements do not apply to infants under one year. The same goes for children under 6.
Austria throws its doors open to fully vaccinated Americans or those who have proof of recovery from Covid. Americans who are not vaccinated are to quarantine for ten days at a location of their choice. The quarantine will be cut short if they can provide a negative covid-19 test result after five days. Also, these requirements do not apply to children under 12. Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, U.S. citizens from Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica or Suriname are banned from travelling to Austria.
Going to the Bahamas, whether fully vaccinated or not, you will provide a negative pretest taken within the last five days. However, if you are vaccinated, you can choose between a rapid test or a PCR test. But if you are unvaccinated and over the age of 12, you must show a negative PCR result. For children 2 to 11, they are to choose between a rapid test or a PCR test.
Tourists who are not vaccinated and stay longer than four nights must also take a quick antigen test on their fifth day into the country and pay a fee associated with their Bahama Travel Health Visa. $40 if you stay up to four nights, and $60 if you stay longer. This includes your travel medical insurance and the cost of the Day 5 rapid antigen test.
Bangladesh permits U.S. citizens into the country, but they will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition, from the age of 10 and older, travellers will have to provide a negative test of PCR within 72 hours before they arrive and within 72 hours of leaving the country.
Three days before arrival at Barbados, travellers above age five will need to take a PCR test and show a negative result on arrival. From 24 of October, vaccinated visitors no longer require quarantine or taking a second coronavirus test. But if you are yet to be vaccinated, you must be quarantined at a government-approved accommodation for five days and take another test. You must also wear a monitoring bracelet. When the test comes back negative, they can move freely, without any bracelet. Children under 18 who have not been vaccinated, but are travelling with an inoculated parent, must follow the adult’s requirement.
For Benin, you do not need a coronavirus pretest to enter. Instead, you will take a rapid and PCR test when you arrive (at your expense). If you are staying 15 days or more, you create have to take the third test. And on your departure, provide a negative test result in the last 72 hours at the airport.
To get into Bermuda, you must have a negative PCR test result taken within four days before your arrival, and you will have to pay a $75 fee. If you are vaccinated, you will also be tested on your arrival on the fourth day and again on the tenth day. People who have a negative pretest will still be tested again on arrival and quarantined until a negative result to their appearance is confirmed. And if you have been vaccinated but without a pretest, you will be quarantined until you get a negative result o a test on the fourth day.
Children who have not been vaccinated but travelling with a vaccinated parent are expected to wear a red wristband until they are tested and have received a negative result on the eighth or tenth day. If you are on quarantine, you will stay for 14 days in one of three designated hotels and bear the cost. Then, on the 14th day, a test will be conducted and you will be free when the result comes out negative.
Americans are allowed into Botswana if they provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. They will also undergo a rapid test upon landing. The same applies when they leave the country and are to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure.
Brazil will throw open its gates if visitors have a negative RT-PCR laboratory test taken within 72 hours before take-off. Children aged 12 and below are excluded if all the adults travelling with them tested negative.
The British Virgin Islands
Going to the British Virgin Island, you will need to provide a negative antigen test taken within five days before arrival. You are also expected to pay a $35 fee. You will undergo a rapid test upon arrival and quarantine with any unvaccinated children until your negative result is out. Children aged 5 to 17 will undergo a test when they arrive and another test on the fourth day. Those who are fully vaccinated and not vaccinated need a pretest and pay a $175 fee. They must also quarantine.
Entering Burkina Faso, you should have a negative PCR test taken within five days before arrival. If you do not possess this, you will undergo a rapid test at the airport worth $45 and be detained until your results are out. The same goes for departure from the country. Again, a negative PCR test was taken within five days before you leave required at the airport.
In Colombia, Americans are not restricted. They are allowed in without any requirement. Thanks to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia.
Costa Rica also has its doors open to visitors. You are only required to complete a health declaration form 72 hours before your departure. And you must have insurance that covers medical and other expenses related to the coronavirus if you are unvaccinated.
Americans are allowed in Cote d’Ivoire by air as long as they have a negative PCR test within five days of arrival and when they are leaving.
Uganda is open to tourists who have gotten a negative PCR test taken within 120 hours before arriving in the country. However, they will be given another PCR test upon arrival at their own cost. About $65 or more, regardless of age. They will then be quarantined in a designated hotel or holding place until the result is out. Children aged three and below are excluded from these tests if their parents have a negative test certificate. Upon departing, the government requires that you present a negative test taken within 72 hours before your departure time.
Visitors coming into Ukraine must either be fully vaccinated, provide a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival, or provide a negative rapid antigen test. If you are not vaccinated and stay in the country for more than 72 hours, you are to either give a negative result to a coronavirus test within the 72 hours of your arrival or isolate yourself for ten days. Also, you should provide proof of medical insurance for Covid-19-related illnesses.
In Egypt, Americans aged six and above can enter provided documentation of a negative coronavirus test taken in the 96 hours of arrival. They are also to provide proof of health insurance. However, if they are going to Sharm el-Sheikh, they can get in without a PCR test, but they will have to be tested upon arrival and quarantined until a negative test result is received.
South Africa accepts visitors with a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their arrival. In the absence of this, they are to quarantine at their own expense.