On January 14, Seychelles became the first destination in the world to open its borders to vaccinated travelers from any part of the world.
Travelers who can show that they have taken two doses of any of the four main vaccines currently on the market, are able to enter Seychelles with no quarantine requirements. The second dose will need to have been administered at least two weeks before arrival in the country.
Visitors need to submit a certificate from their national health authority as proof they have been vaccinated, along with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel.
From mid-March, the Indian Ocean archipelago will open its borders to all visitors, vaccinated or not, as long as they have a negative PCR test, taken less than 72 hours prior to travel. By this point, the majority of the adult population of the Seychelles is expected to have been vaccinated against the virus.
Thailand’s health ministry revealed that in a pilot project for vaccine passports, the Southeast Asian nation will allow COVID-immunized foreigners to visit its biggest island for tourism without having to undergo quarantine.
Romania became the first country in Europe to exempt vaccinated travelers from having to quarantine upon arrival, as long as they fly in from a destination on Romania’s “yellow list”, which is updated regularly.
Visitors need to have completed two doses of the vaccine, at least 10 days prior to arrival, and need to show proof from the health unit where it was administered.
The northern European country has eased restrictions for visitors who are assumed to have acquired immunity to Covid-19 – either by having been infected and then recovering from the virus, or by being vaccinated.
According to Estonia’s ministry of foreign affairs, as of Monday, February 1, a 10-day self-isolation period and negative PCR test are not required for those who “have recovered from Covid-19 and no more than six months have passed since they have been declared cured” and / or “have undergone Covid-19 vaccination and no more than six months have passed since its completion”.
Travelers who have recovered from Covid-19 will need a doctor’s certificate, while vaccinated visitors will need to provide a certificate or immunization passport, although these have yet to come into being.
Everyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to PCR testing and quarantine, including all United States citizens.
Travelers entering the country must provide proof of full vaccination with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medical Agency such as Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson’s single dose, and Moderna vaccines, as well as requirements defined by the chief epidemiologist of Iceland and Icelandic regulations.
Georgia has lifted all entry restrictions for foreign travelers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Citizens of all countries, travelling by air from any country may enter Georgia if they present the document confirming the full course (two doses) of any Covid-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.
Poland’s borders are currently only open to residents of European Union member states and EFTA member states, as well as Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia and Australia. Visitors from these countries can avoid quarantine and Covid tests if they can provide a vaccination certificate proving they have completed two doses.
The central European country of Slovenia currently has a long list of countries both within Europe and outside of Europe on its so-called red list, or list of countries with an unstable epidemiological situation. The list of more than 150 countries includes the United States.
Anyone who enters Slovenia from any of these countries must quarantine for 10 days, unless they provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test procured within 48 hours of departure, or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before departure.
Another way to bypass the quarantine is providing proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. (You won’t be allowed entry until at least 7 days after having the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine administered, at least 14 days after the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, or 21 days after the AstraZeneca vaccine.)
The Thai island of Phuket has announced plans to reopen to tourists who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 by October. While the plan still needs government approval, it would waive the island’s current 14-day quarantine requirement.
At present, a number of business groups, including the Phuket Chamber of Commerce and the Phuket Tourist Association, are looking at pooling funds to vaccinate 70 per cent of the island’s population above the age of 18. It is hoped that this will mean the local population achieves herd immunity, while making Phuket an attractive destination for foreign visitors again.
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has announced that it is planning to remove quarantine and testing requirements for travellers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, by March