For travelers who have seen their free-movement rights denied due to the coronavirus pandemic, here is a list of countries that currently allow visitors to enter without a COVID-19 test or quarantine or with very few restrictions.
Also, find countries that have dropped all or most of their local Covid-19 restrictions.
Notice that governments can and will change entry restrictions depending on economic, political, and epidemiology factors. As of today, these are the ones welcoming back tourists, no questions asked.
Countries Dropping Covid Mandates And Restrictions
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
As of April 1, 2022, visitors to Latvia will no longer be required to provide a vaccination certificate, undergo testing or quarantine, or fill out the passenger locator form.
The decisión means that travelers to the country no longer be required to present a Covid-19 test, proof of vaccination, or undergo quarantine.
“Conditions allow us to proceed with the suspension of the protection measures put in place from May 1st,” said the minister.
Read our full post: Greece To Lift All Entry Restrictions From May 1 To September
Visitors to Bonaire no longer need a negative PCR test or evidence of vaccination or recovery to enter the island.
Between 24 and 12 hours prior to departure, all international tourists will be asked to fill out a health declaration, form that can be found here.
The document must be digitally signed and sent to the authorities of Bonaire.
Slovakia is one of the most recent countries in Europe to remove all pandemic restrictions.
Travelers will no longer be required to take a Covid 19 test, fill out a registration form, or provide proof of vaccination before entering the country.
The Czech Republic has also dropped all entry restrictions for overseas arrivals.
The new rules went into effect on April 9, according to the local news outlet Prague Morning.
Chile is another South American country ready to drop testing and vaccination entry rules. From April 14 all travelers can enter without covid mandates but local restrictions still apply.
Health Minister Tanos Plevris announced in Delphi, where the VII Foro Economico is being held, that all visitors will be allowed to enter Greece without testing restrictions from May 1 until September regardless of their vaccination status.
“Conditions allow us to proceed with the suspension of the protection measures put in place from May 1st,” he said.
Read our full post: Greece To Lift All Entry Restrictions From May 1
Jamaica will drop pre-departure Covid-19 testing for all, vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors starting April 16.
“We’re optimistic that these will serve to increase the appeal of Jamaica as a premier destination and keep us moving toward a stronger recovery for the tourism sector and our economy as a whole,” said Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism.
As a Caribbean local media outlet reports, the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba has lifted all pandemic-related entry requirements for visitors.
This means that travelers no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the country.
However, travelers must still complete an embarkation/disembarkation card before arriving in Aruba.
The “no jab, no fly” policy for international travelers will be lifted from May 1st. Speaking about the move, the Air New Zealand’s chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said:
“This is the first step in welcoming international visitors back to our shores and we couldn’t be more excited for both New Zealand and Air New Zealand.”
Croatia (no entry requirements for EU residentes only)
EU citizens can enter Croatia without any requirements, while those arriving from other countries are required to produce a negative PCR (taken 72 hours before arrival at the border) or Antigen test (taken 24 hours before arrival at the boarder).
A vaccination certificate, a booster shot certificate or proof of recovery within 270 days is also valid.
Argentina is the latest country to drop Covid entry restrictions for travelers. Restrictions will be phased out within the next few days and weeks, announced the Argentinian government.
The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) said in a statement that inbound passengers no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID -19 test or a vaccine certificate to enter this Caribbean island.
Authorities have also removed the night curfew, mask mandate and proof of vaccination for large-scale events.
“Globally, we are seeing a shift from pandemic to endemic, and while the safety of our travelers will always be a top priority, we’re thrilled to have adapted our entry requirements and measures to align with the evolving travel environment,” said Hugo Clarinda, CTB’s deputy CEO.
Poland has dropped all Covid-related entry requirements, including the requirement to wear a mask indoors and the need to self-isolate when infected with Covid-19.
Therefore, anyone entering Poland, whether from an EU or non-EU country, no longer needs to provide proof of COVID -19 – vaccination, recovery or test certificate to be granted entry.
Those traveling to Denmark are no longer required to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon entry, regardless of the reason for the visit.
All travelers from the EU/Schengen area may also visit Denmark without restrictions. As of March 1, 2022, travelers from the EU/Schengen area may enter Denmark without having to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
Overseas visitors to Sweden will no longer be subject to entry requirements as of April 1.
Furthermore, the Swedish government has announced that the ban on entry for travelers from outside the EU/EEA (European Economic Area) will not be extended.
Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test is no longer required to enter Slovenia. Most services no longer require people to be RVT (recovered, vaccinated or tested).
This includes activities such as tourism and hospitality, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, congresses, visits to public institutions such as museums and galleries, ski resorts, public transportation and other activities.
Grenada said Tuesday that various restrictions under Quarantine COVID regulations will be lifted, making travel to this Caribbean country a lot easier.
All passengers traveling to Grenada will no longer be required to undergo Covid-19 testing, complete a health declaration form prior to or upon arrival, or undergo quarantine.
Read our full post: Grenada To Drop ALL Entry Restrictions for International Travelers On April 4
Mongolia has removed all Covid-19 restrictions. Negative Covid-19 PCR testing before and after arrival is no longer required for overseas tourists.
The Mongolian-Chinese border will be closed until further notice.
Montenegro removed all COVID -19 travel restrictions on March 10. International passengers no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID -19 test upon arrival.
Moldova has lifted all its Covid-19 entry restrictions. But, authorities have been compelled to shut the country’s airspace until at least April 25, due to the crisis in Ukraine.
The closest airport from which travelers can get a flight out is in Romania, 150 km from Chisinau.
England, home to the greatest mix of iconic sights and all kinds of hidden gems, has abolished ALL entry restrictions for visitors regardless of their vaccination status.
“All remaining Covid travel measures, including the Passenger Locator Form and tests for all arrivals, will be stood down for travel to the UK from 4 am on 18 March,” tweeted, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.
That means travelers are no longer requested to present pre-departure or post-arrival Covid tests or quarantine.
Heathrow Airport has also removed the requirement to wear masks, and a number of airlines have followed suit.
Read our full post: England Announces Date For Removing All Entry Restrictions For Foreign Tourists
Home to stunning snow-capped mountains, green woods, vineyards as well as Black Sea beaches, Romania is now open for tourism without any Covid-19 restrictions.
As of March 9, visitors will no longer require a Green Pass to enter the nation or patronize indoor establishments.
The obligation for unvaccinated tourists to submit a negative Covid-19 test before departure and after arrival has also been removed.
Visitors to Romania still need to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), but it does not include any Covid-19-related questions.
Read our full post: Romania Lifts All Entry Covid Restrictions For International Visitors
Those heading to the countless festivals in Ireland are no longer subject to Covid-19 entry restrictions.
“There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travelers to Ireland. Travel carriers will not ask to check a PLF receipt prior to traveling to Ireland,” the Irish government said in a statement.
“Any individual that develops Covid-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE (Health Service Executive) guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate,” the Irish government pointed out through a statement.”
Keep in mind that passengers visiting Northern Ireland must still adhere to all UK travel regulations.
Inbound travelers to Hungary no longer need to show proof of vaccination or recovery certificate to enter the country.
They are also exempted from submitting a negative Covid-19 test result prior to departure as pandemic restrictions have been removed.
On March 4, the government published decree No.77 of 2022 confirming that most Covid-19 measures established during the last couple of years are no longer in effect.
“It is possible to enter the territory of Hungary by public road, railway, water and air traffic – regardless of citizenship and protection against the coronavirus –, but other general conditions of entry (e.g. a valid travel document) must be provided.”
This amazing country, dubbed “an open-air museum,” is open for tourism and has removed pre-departure and post-arrival testing as well as proof of vaccination for foreign visitors, as of March 1.
Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers to Jordan must register on the Gateway2Jordan platform site and follow the Jordanian government’s guidelines.
Most visitors need a visa to enter Jordan. Click here for additional information on visa requirements.
This island nation has removed PCR testing and quarantine for all overseas visitors, regardless of vaccination status, as of Feb. 20.
Vaccinated visitors are eligible to obtain a ‘Vaccination Certification Card’ on arrival which allows them to use indoor public services while in the country.
To receive the card, travelers must provide a vaccination certificate with a QR code unless it was issued in the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, or Israel.
Even if Bahrain does not, some airlines may demand customers to be vaccinated. It is highly recommended to check with your airline before purchasing your tickets to Bahrain.
Switzerland removed all COVID-19 entry restrictions as the government no longer believes that a second wave of Omicron infections would overwhelm the healthcare system.
“Health-related measures for persons entering the country are to be lifted. It will no longer be necessary to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test or complete an entry form,” the Council announces.
Visitors still need to wear a face covering when taking public transport or while visiting healthcare facilities.
Travelers who test positive for COVID will be required to quarantine for five days.
Read our full post: Switzerland Enters The List Of Countries Removing All Travel Restrictions
Travelers no longer need to present a vaccine certificate or proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country, said the Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
The obligation to complete a digital registration form prior to arrival has also been removed.
“We can ease the measures because omicron does not cause as serious a disease as previous variants. Even though the infection is rising, the proportion who end up in hospital is low. We are well protected with the vaccine,” said Støre.
For the time being, travelers should be aware that testing rules for traveling to Svalbard remain in effect.
[No test, No Quarantine, No Vaccine]
This Central American country has been open for tourism without restrictions since August 1, 2020.
Traveler no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test . However, unvaccinated arrivals must present proof a medical insurance that covers medical treatment in the case of a COVID-19 infection in the amount of USD 50,000.
All visitors must also complete an online Health Pass 48 hours prior to travel to Costa Rica.
[No test, No Quarantine, No Vaccine]
Mexico does not require a negative COVID-19 PCR test or quarantine for entry and all countries are welcome to visit.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has moved Mexico’s travel advisory rating from Level 3 (“high” risk for Covid) to Level 4 (“very high” risk).
Also read: Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now?
[No test, No Quarantine, No Vaccine]
The Dominican Republic only requires its visitors to agree to random COVID-19 rapid tests upon arrival in case travelers feel unwell.
Visitors must be aware of the strictly enforced curfew that goes from 6 pm to 5 am (with a grace period for movement until 9 pm.)
[No test, No Quarantine, No Vaccine]
The Government of El Salvador lifted all COVID-19 related entry restrictions such as a negative COVID-19 test, proof of vaccination, or health insurance, on November 17, 2021.
To minimize issues at their departure airport, travelers should confirm with their airlines that they understand and have implemented the changes.
Countries With Easy Entry Restrictions
Most countries are reopening their borders for international travel but entry restrictions vary from testing or no testing, quarantine or no quarantine, and even vaccination status. Find out which countries are open with only 1 or 2 entry requirements.
[No test, No quarantine, only vaccination card]
The French government lifted the requirement for inbound travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test before or upon arrival.
“Proof of vaccination will be sufficient to come to France whatever country you are coming from, just as it was before the spread of the Omicron variant”, a government statement said.
Masks are no longer required at bars, restaurants, cafés, ski lifts, cinemas, theaters, tourist attractions, large events, gyms, concert halls, and libraries.
Unvaccinated travelers must still present a negative test before travel, although quarantine and on-arrival testing are no longer required if they come from a “green-listed” nation.
[No test, but vaccination card]
Effective Dec. 14, all international arrivals 18 years and over must present a vaccine certificate to be allowed entry.
When passing through Colombian Immigration, travelers should be prepared to provide an original physical vaccination card or digital certificate.
After almost 2 years without entry restrictions and almost no restrictions, Colombia has started to request everyone to present a COVID-19 Vaccine Passport to access stadiums, cultural events, bars, and restaurants from Nov. 16.
The country has been ranked as “Level 4: COVID-19 Very high risk of transmission” by the CDC.
Read our full article: Colombia To Mandate Vaccine Passport For Public Places And Events
Water sport and beach lovers will no longer be required to submit a PCR Covid-19 test upon arrival provided that they are fully vaccinated.
Furthermore, the requirement to wear a facial covering in most indoor settings has been scrapped.
“Wearing masks is now optional, except in hospitals and health care centers, and should the COVID-19 positivity rate go above 20% in any island,” said Maldives’ president, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
Hungary has ditched all domestic COVID-19 restrictions for locals and tourists. Although some health experts have expressed concerns about it, the administration has firmly expressed its rejection to reintroduce any mandatory COVID-19 measures.
For instance, wearing a face mask is not mandatory even in public transportation.
“[Our] services are a safe choice for everyday travel, as regularly disinfected vehicles -as several national and international studies have shown- people have a much lower risk of getting sick than in public spaces where people spend long periods of time,” said the Center for Budapest Transport (BKK).
Hungary visitors only need to present a PCR test if entering the country via air. Quarantine or proof of vaccination is not required.
The government has imposed entry restrictions on visitors from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe for the time being.
Portugal is open to most countries excluding visitors from Brazil, India, Nepal, and South Africa who can only visit for essential reasons.
In order to be permitted entry, this colorful and welcoming country only require visitors to bring one of the following,
- The EU Digital Vaccination Certificate that most European citizens already have, or
- A PCR test, taken at least 72 hours before boarding, or
- A rapid antigen test (TRAg), taken within 48 hours of boarding
Keep in mind that all types of accommodations will also require one of the above-mentioned negative COVID-19 tests to check-in.
Portugal also offers the possibility to take a rapid test at the airport. However, we do not recommend going for this option because when visitors test positive for COVID-19 they need to undergo mandatory quarantine at their own expense.
So better safe than sorry!
The United States of America
The United States reopened for tourism on November 8.
A negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours before departure and proof of vaccination is all tourists need to be permitted entry.
The best part is the U.S. accepts multiple types of tests, from (RT-PCR) to (RT-LAMP), (TMA), (NEAR), and (HDA) tests. But if it sounds too complicated, a self-test a.k.a home test is also enough!
Check the specific requirements for home tests.
The US has barred travel from multiple African nations, including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
Albania used to be one of the few countries in the world that did not require a test, vaccine, or quarantine for people to visit it. Not anymore, but the good news is that entry is still easy.
Starting September 6, 2021, travelers must meet one of the three following conditions.
- Bring a vaccine passport showing the date of full vaccination is no later than 14 days from the date of entry in Albania.
- A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours, or
- Proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the 6 months preceding travel.
One negative COVID-19 test is all travelers need to be allowed to visit Tanzania and its Serengeti National Park.
The government only requires visitors to present a COVID test taken within 72 hours before arrival and to fill out an online Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours before entering the country.
Once visitors complete the form they will receive a Unique Health Code (UHC), which they must present to health officials at the airport.
No quarantine is needed!
Fully vaccinated visitors who do not appear in Bulgaria’s red list are welcome to enter without a COVID-19 test or quarantine.
Turkey is open to most fully vaccinated visitors without test or quarantine requirements. Arrivals need to submit a vaccine certificate showing they received the last curse of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Turkey or that they recovered from the virus in the last six months.
However, due to concerns about the spread of Omicron variant, said benefit does not apply to everyone yet.
Starting Nov. 27, Turkey imposed travel restrictions from South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Passengers must spend 14 days in quarantine regardless of their vaccination status or recent infection with the virus. A negative PCR test will be required to end isolation in places determined by the local government.
Travelers visiting Greece will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival beginning Sunday, December 19, 2021.
The measure applies to all travelers regardless of their vaccination status.
For the time being, visitors will need to present proof of being fully vaccinated issued by a registered health care institution. The last dose must not be more than six months prior to entry.
A negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or a positive PCR or a rapid antigen test older than 10 days, and not older than 6 months also is also needed.
As of January 21, 2022, travelers entering Sweden from the EU/EEA must present the EU Digital COVID Certificate or a similar certificate demonstrating that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative within 72 hours of arrival, or recovered from COVID-19 in the previous six months.
Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA may only enter the Sweden if they qualify for one of the entry ban exemptions.
To see if you can apply click here.
This European country gives visitors 3 easy options to enter.
- Visitors can bring a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or a rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours. Or
- Proof of recovery from COVID-19. Visitors who have passed COVID-19 can bring either a medical certificate or a positive PCR or rapid antigen test performed in the last 12-180 days. Or
- A vaccine certificate. What is special about Croatia is that authorities accept “any vaccine.” This means that people immunized with the Russian and the Chinese vaccines are also welcomed.
To make things even easier, passengers can upload their information and attachments to Enter Croatia web so the screening process at the airport is faster.
Visitors from all countries are welcome to visit Panama without quarantine or vaccination restrictions. To be permitted entry, travelers only need to present either a negative COVID-19 PCR test or an antigen test, which is certainly cheaper and easier to get.
Visitors can also arrive in Panama without a test and take one at the airport. This is a convenient option but it’s not very recommended because in case they tested positive for COVID-19 they would need to quarantine.
Also, all visitors must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit prior to check-in. But that would be all.
Tourists are allowed entry only by presenting a PCR or a serology COVID-19 test. Proof of vaccination is not required and there’s no mandatory quarantine.
Long-haul travelers from Japan, China, Thailand, United States, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris, and Frankfurt are permitted to bring a test certificate performed 96 hours prior to their flight departure.
People traveling to Sharm El Sheikh don’t even need to arrive with a PCR test. They can take it upon arrival.
Egypt has also imposed travel bans on Southern African nations.
Check also: Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Ecuador is open to most visitors and only requires a PCR test taken 3 days prior to arrival to allow them in.
Also, visitors who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine 14 days prior to the flight date can enter the country without having to present the PCR test.
The internationally celebrated islands reopened for tourism on July 1.
Commercial flights resumed operations on August 3. To enter the islands passengers will be requested to bring either a PCR test or proof of vaccination.
Starting Feb. 8, 2022, all COVID related entry restrictions will be lifted when entering from another EU/EEA country + Switzerland.
The rest of the world will have to wait until Mar. 31, 2022, to benefit from the same policy.
Fully vaccinated travelers are welcome to Spain without quarantine restrictions. This includes not only EU visitors but also Americans and even some South American countries.
The Spanish Government has banned unvaccinated UK British tourists. The new regulation applies to all tourists excluding children under the age of 12 years old.
All arrivals regardless of their nationality or age must complete a Health Control Form to obtain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal. It will be needed to board aircraft and to pass health controls on arrival in Spain.
Most Spanish “Comunidades Autómas” or states now request people to bear a COVID-19 Vaccine Passport to access restaurants, bars, and similar venues.
Check our full post: Spain Reopening for Tourism – Latest Updates
From Machu Picchu to the Inca Trail to one of the most luxurious train trips in the world, Peru is open for tourism and has dropped most of its entry COVID-19 restrictions.
To be granted access, foreign tourists 12 years of age or older are required to present either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. The quarantine upon arrival has been lifted.
Everyone should also fill out an affidavit of health, and that’s all, you’re in.
Countries and Places Dropping All Covid-19 Domestic Restrictions
Those eligible to visit these countries or territories will be shocked to notice how life looks quite similar to pre-pandemic times. Check them out!
With one of the nation’s highest vaccination rates and lowest case rates, California is open to welcome visitors.
The state scrapped the color-coded tier system that restricted limited capacity for nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and other venues.
Visitors can now enjoy temperatures of around 70℉ wherever they go without most of the limiting Covid-19 restrictions.
The state’s mask mandate as well as the social distancing restrictions have been lifted for vaccinated visitors, allowing most businesses to resume normal outdoor and indoor activities.
Officials in Los Angeles and the Bay Area are currently discussing lifting the rest of the Covid restrictions as transmission in their regions plummeted.
The United States is not only listed here as a country with easy entry requirements but also it has states the size of European countries where Covid-19 restrictions virtually do not exist or are even forbidden.
In Florida, for instance, people can freely walk around or enjoy inside establishments without wearing a mask or keeping social distancing. This is not only permitted but protected by Gov. DeSantis’s administration.
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