Which Countries are Open for Tourism During COVID-19?

When will it be safe to travel again? Get the latest information on how coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine and restrictions are affecting travelers around the world.

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La Castellana area of Bogota, which is usually packed, now deserted during the coronavirus lockdown Photo © Getty Images/Devasahayam Chandra Dhas

COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures updated 12 May 2022

Before you travel, you should know a few basic things about the country you plan to visit. Is its border open to foreign travelers? Does it currently have any COVID-related travel restrictions, and what are they? Is it experiencing a surge in COVID cases, and what percentage of its population is vaccinated? Below, you’ll find resources to help you get answers to those questions. 

Which countries are open to foreign travelers? What COVID-related travel restrictions are in place?

The best way to find the most up-to-date travel information is to visit your home country's embassy website or state department page for the destination you're traveling to.

  • Travelers from the UK can visit gov.UK for foreign travel advice.
  • Travelers from the US will find the most complete info by visiting US embassy pages, such as this one for Germany. US embassy pages often feature broader guidelines for international travelers as well as US citizens. Along with entry requirements, these pages also typically provide information on where to get a COVID-19 test at the destination, as well as any regulations and restrictions. 
  • At Reopen EU you can find out about restrictions for countries in the European Union depending on where you are entering from.
  • African Union has information and resources on Africa's Covid-19 case numbers and vaccination rates.
  • For travelers to Asia and South America, TravelBans has information on which countries are open to travelers as well as quarantine rules. 
  • Australian travelers can use the resources provided by Smart Traveller.

COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates

The pandemic is still far from over, so it’s wise not to visit destinations where COVID-19 cases are high or on the increase. This is especially important if you are unvaccinated. It’s also very important to look at the percentage of the local population that’s been vaccinated, whether or not you yourself have been vaccinated. Traveling to a country with low rates of vaccination puts the local people at risk of infection if you are COVID-positive. Even if you are vaccinated, it's always wise to have a negative COVID-19 test before entering. 

Our World in Data is an easy-to-use resource that provides the latest data on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates around the globe.  

We are unable to update a list of restrictions and border openings for every country in the world, but below we have listed the most popular countries to visit (alphabetically), with information on how you can find out more about travel restrictions, covid-19 cases numbers and vaccine rates. If you can't find what you're looking for here, please use the resources above.

Argentina: All travelers must fill in an electronic ‘sworn statement’ form within 48 hours of traveling regarding their vaccination and COVID-19 status. Non-resident foreign nationals must also have medical insurance with comprehensive cover for coronavirus.

Australia:
From 18 April 2022, travelers to Australia no longer require a pre-departure COVID-19 test to enter or transit Australia regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. All travelers arriving by airmust also complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD). You can complete your DPD via the iOS app, the Android app, or the online form on the Department of Home Affairs website. 

Canada:
 From 1 April, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada by land, air or water. The online tool, ‘Find out if you can travel to Canada’ will help you find out if you can enter. As of 15 January 2022, the exemptions in entry requirements for certain groups of travelers will change. 
All travelers (fully vaccinated and unvaccinated with right of entry) can choose between a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result (taken the day before their scheduled arrival) or a molecular test result (taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival) to meet pre-entry requirements. 
Further information is available on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.

Chile: The entry requirements for Chile change depending on the COVID ‘Alert Level’ in Chile, at the time of your entry. Chile is currently in Alert Level 1. A pre-departure test is recommended for all travelers arriving in Alert Level 1. At Alert Levels 2 and 3, all travelers over age 2 need a negative pre-departure PCR test SARS-COV-2 (rapid and antigen tests are not accepted), taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the final flight into Santiago. Non-resident foreigners are recommended to have a valid Mobility Pass (‘Pase de movilidad’). This is only optional in the lowest alert level (Alert Level 1) but is mandatory for entry in Alert levels 2 and 3. To apply for a Mobility Pass visit ‘MeVacuno website’. Non-resident foreigners need proof of travel insurance covering a minimum of $30,000 USD for COVID-related issues. All travellers need to complete an affidavit (Declaración Jurada) up to 48 hours before boarding.

Colombia: From 14 December 2021, all international passengers aged 18 and over must show proof of vaccination upon entry to Colombia, with the final vaccine dose having been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Unvaccinated foreign nationals who don't hold a Permanent Resident visa in Colombia cannot enter the country. International flights have resumed with limited destinations. On 4 June 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that all inbound international passengers no longer need a negative COVID-19 test result (See US Embassy in Colombia web page.). All eligible international passengers must fill out an immigration form online 24 hours before the flight. You cannot enter Colombia if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days.

Costa Rica: From 1 April 2022, the Health Pass and travel insurance policy requirements are no longer required, meaning there are no COVID-19-related entry requirements for Costa Rica after this date. Check the Costa Rica tourism board website for any changes.

Croatia: Travelers are no longer required to complete an online entry form before arriving in Croatia, and are not required to show a COVID-19 vaccine certificate, proof of a negative test, or a certificate of recovery. This also applies to those who are not vaccinated and to those who have had COVID-19.

Ecuador: From 1 December 2021, Ecuador is opening its land border with Colombia. The land border with Peru re-opened on 18 February 2022 for all travelers via the Huaquillas and Macará international border crossings, from 8am to 5pm. Upon entry to Ecuador, all travelers (except airline crew and children age two and under) must complete a Health Declaration Form with itinerary and local contact details and must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before entering Ecuador or present a COVID-19 vaccination card showing they have received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Ecuador. See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 status’. Alternatively, travelers who have had COVID-19 can present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery, as long as the onset of the COVID-19 symptoms occurred more than 30 days prior to arrival in Ecuador. As of 1 July 2021, fully vaccinated travelers do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the Galapagos. Travelers whose point of origin is Brazil must present a negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test carried out up to 72 hours before arrival in Ecuador, and self-isolate for 10 days even if the test is negative. This requirement does not apply to fully vaccinated travelers. The Ecuadorean government provides coronavirus-related information on the Coronavirus Ecuador website. The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) also provides an information page.

Egypt: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Egypt without needing to test or quarantine. All arrivals (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas must have proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Egypt) or a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to departure). Children under the age of 12 are exempt. Proof of COVID-19 recovery will not be accepted. Passengers are subject to temperature checks, must fill out a Public Health Card, and show proof of a valid health insurance policy. Find out if you require a visa and apply online via Egypt's Online Visa portal

France: From 12 February 2022, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result before travel. Fully vaccinated travelers aged 12 and over must continue to provide proof of vaccination and a sworn statement (déclaration sur l’honneur) self-certifying you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and haven’t been in contact anyone who has in the 14 days prior to travel.

On 24 January 2022, the “pass vaccinal” (vaccine pass) began, replacing the “pass sanitaire” for anyone aged 16 and over to demonstrate COVID-19 vaccination. Find further information on the French government’s website (in French) and the French Embassy in the UK’s website (in English).

Germany: All travelers to Germany who have spent time in the previous 10 days in a country designated at the time of entry as a high-risk or virus variant area, are required to complete pre-departure digital registration, regardless of vaccination status. From 3 January 2022, travelers aged six or over entering Germany must have proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test. From 20 February 2022, travelers entering Germany from the UK are no longer required to quarantine on arrival. A full list of German requirements and information needed as proof can be found in English at the Ministry for HealthTravelers from the UK to Germany who are not fully vaccinated may not currently enter Germany unless they are a German citizen; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a resident of Germany; serve in an important role; or have an urgent need to travel.

Greece: From 1 May 2022, travelers to Greece no longer need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a negative test, or a certificate of recovery. Passenger Locator Forms re also no longer necessary. Travelers are still required to wear a protective masks in all indoor spaces, including aircraft. Arrivals may be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival. Check Greek authorities’ advice for further information.

Iceland: From 25 February 2022, travelers there are no Covid-19 travel restrictions to enter Iceland.  All travelers must pre-register before arriving in Iceland. You must also present either a certificate of full vaccination or a certificate of the previous infection, at the border.  Without either of these, travelers must undergo 2 tests and quarantine for 5 days in between. 14 days must have to have passed since the second dose for a certificate to be valid. If the time is shorter than 14 days, travelers will be tested at the border and must follow the rules on home quarantine until they receive a negative result. Vaccinated passengers, and those with prior infection of COVID-19, must present a negative covid-19 test (either a PCR or Rapid antigen test) taken within 72 hours before departure. The fine for not presenting a negative PCR-test is 100.000 ISK. From 30 August 2021, travelers recently diagnosed with COVID-19 do not need to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test at the border. Instead, they need a positive PCR test that is more than 14 days (isolation completed) but fewer than 180 days. Find out more.

Indonesia: All travelers can apply for a 30-day visa on arrival, and this can be extended once.  Arrivals must install the Peduli Lindungi app, show proof of a full course of vaccination (if over 18) and proof of negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival. Find out more at the Indonesian Ministry of Health website.

Ireland: From 6 March 2022, travelers do not need to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, proof of negative test or Irish passenger locator form receipt. There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travel to Ireland. For more information, see the Irish Government website.

Italy: From 1 May 2022, travelers to Italy will no longer need to complete a passenger locator form (EU PLF) to enter or travel through Italy as a visitor. Until 31 May, all travelers (6 and above) must show one of the following:proof of vaccination OR evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Italy or a negative rapid lateral flow test taken within the 48 hours before entering Italy OR a COVID-19 recovery certificate, certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months. For information on all requirements go to the Ministry of Health.

Mexico: There are no entry requirements for Mexico regarding COVID-19 vaccination status, and if you are vaccinated against COVID-19, no proof is required. For the latest information, check the Mexico Government's COVID-19 website.

Morocco: To enter Morocco, travelers must present proof of vaccination, as well as a negative PCR test result, taken within 48 hours of boarding. All passengers must download, print and sign a passenger health form before arrival in Morocco.

Nepal: Travelers can get a visa on arrival if they can prove their vaccination status. For the latest information on visa fees/fines please check the Nepal Immigration website. Non-vaccinated people cannot get visas on arrival, and are advised to contact their nearest Embassy of Nepal before departure for Nepal. You should refer to this notice regarding visa services.

Peru: Travelers must wear two face masks on flights to Peru and complete an affidavit before travel. If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Peru without needing to test or quarantine. Travelers aged 12 and above, whose final destination is Peru, must show evidence of full vaccination received either in Peru or abroad. Unvaccinated arrivals aged 12 and above, must have proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry) when entering Peru.

Philippines: The Philippines’ Government Resolution 160B and 164A explain the detailed entry rules in response to COVID-19 for travelers. You must have proof of vaccination, a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours, and proof of travel insurance for COVID-19. Travels must also register for a Bureau of Quarantine One Health Pass.

Portugal: 
Travelers no longer need to complete an online passenger locator card, but must show proof of vaccination. If you're not fully vaccinated, you must show a negative COVID-19 test result certificate taken in the last 72 hours.For further information, check the Portuguese Airport authority passenger guide and Visit Portugal websiteDifferent measures apply for arrivals to Madeira and the Azores.

South Africa: If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to take a coronavirus test to travel to South Africa. You will need to present your vaccination certificate during travel and on arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

Spain: All travelers (including children under 12 years old), must show proof of vaccination, or show they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, fill in and sign an online Health Control Form. 

Sri Lanka: Travelers should apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka on the ETA websiteCOVID-19 travel insurance is mandatory for all visitors. You can apply and pay online. Travells must complete an online pre-travel health registration form. Details can be found on the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority website. Proof of vacciantion is required.

Switzerland: Travelers can enter Switzerland for any travel purpose if they are fully vaccinated and can present proof, and are no longer required to provide test results or complete an entry form.  More detail is available on the Swiss Federal Office of Health’s website. unvaccinated travelers who are not Swiss residents or carry a D visa or FDFA card or cross-border permit, cannot enter.

Tanzania: All passengers arriving in Tanzania must present proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated arrivals  must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. All passengers must complete an online Traveller’s Surveillance Form submitted no more than 24 hours before arrival. Travelers from countries listed on the Ministry of Health website will be tested for COVID 19 on arrival at their own cost of 10 USD (TZS 23,000) for Tanzania mainland. If found positive they will be tested with RT- PCR for confirmation, and allowed to self-isolate.

Thailand: From 1 May, fully vaccinated travelers can apply to enter Thailand via Thailand Pass and do not need to quarantine. RT-PCR tests before and upon arrival are not required. You must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before your date of travel and the vaccines must be approved by Ministry of Public HealthIf you enter Thailand through a land border, you must apply on Thailand Pass website. Everyone 18 or over must have a vaccination certificate. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme or you can be exempted from quarantine if you have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure.

Turkey: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Turkey without needing to test or quarantinebut must present proof. All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. All travelers must show proof of one of the following: a full course of COVID-19 vaccinations, recent recovery from COVID-19, a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours of arrival).

United Arab Emirates: From 26 February 2022, vaccinated travelers  and those with a COVID-19 recovery certificate less than 30 days old, do not need to take a PCR test. Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in the UAE must still have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than 48 hours before departure, and present the certificate at check in if they are not fully vaccinated and do not hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate. Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates webpage and on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

United Kingdom: Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine. Passengers must complete a passenger locator form before arriving. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 2 days before you arrive in the country, and book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test to be taken after arrival, and complete a passenger locator form before arrival. You must book the PCR test before you travel, and you will not need to quarantine, unless the result of the PCR test is positive. The UK Government border control website is useful. 

United States: Most fully vaccinated foreign citizens can enter the USA. The US authorities will accept any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before boarding a flight to the USA, most passengers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. From 29 November 2021, the US Government has suspended entry for non-citizens who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the USA. More details are on The White House website. Restrictions may change at short notice so you should check this regularly in case of further developments. You need to apply for a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. There are restrictions on who can enter or transit the USA

Vietnam: Entry requirements for Vietnam are the same for all travelers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. See All travelersFrom 15 March 2022, Vietnam has reintroduced visa waivers for 13 countries. Visa waivers allow for visits to Vietnam for up to 15 days without needing to apply for a visa. See Visas section for more information.Travelers over age 2 need proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to departure for RT-PCR tests or within 24 hours for rapid-flow antigen (lateral flow) tests. 

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If you are a World Nomads policyholder, read the latest insurance advice regarding COVID-19.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

What should I do if I am traveling overseas soon?

As borders begin to open, what can travelers do to lower their risk of spreading and catching COVID-19? Check out our tips for safe travel during the pandemic.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

  • If you fall under a high-risk category for COVID-19, which includes adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, follow the advice of your doctor 
  • In the days and weeks leading up to your planned trip, stay up to date with information from your airline or travel provider to see how your plans have changed or if your flights are affected
  • Be aware of mandatory quarantine requirements in your final destination. Come prepared with face masks if they are a requirement by the airline you are flying with, or mandatory in the country you are visiting
  • Follow the advice of local authorities wherever you do go. Not doing so may be a criminal offense and result in fines or imprisonment
  • If you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache or mild fever, stay home and self-isolate until you recover
  • Cases of COVID-19 are rapidly spreading in some countries while beginning to slow in others
  • Where restrictions have been lifted, the risk may still be present and you should continue to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines as provided by the World Health Organization:
    • Wash your hands consistently (carry hand sanitizer)
    • Try to avoid crowded places 
    • Maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and others
    • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and don't leave home until COVID-19 has been ruled out.

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15 Comments

  • Heinz said


    Thanks for the updated list! For us overlanders (travel the world by vehicle (car/bike) and sleep option (tent or similar) - it is not very helpful - land borders are still closed in many countrys.

    Heinz

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  • Marton said

    The information for Serbia is very outdated. Since more than a week ago all neighbour countries (Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and North Macedonia) can enter in Serbia without any restrictions or requirements. PCR test or quarantine is not required.
    Please also update the information for the USA

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  • Don said

    Hi...... a couple points: the info on Spain seems to indicate that anyone (regardless of citizenship country) arriving from a "high risk" country will be admitted subject to a negative PCR test. Is this true? You might want to fact check this with the Spanish authorities. Also, it appears that the entry situation for Canary Isl is different than the mainland. You might want to check this as well.

    The info on Sri Lanka seems to be out of date. I understand that SL is now open to tourists, but subject to strict covid protocols of course.

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  • Bruno said

    Please update more often. Indonesia's borders were supposed to open on Feb 8, but there's no info, whether they did.

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  • Otto Schmidlap said

    After clicking on this 'travel alert'...... and, reading the very, very, VERY first country listed:
    "The Caribbean, Anguilla " and it says : ....."sea and airports remain closed for regular inbound passenger movements until at least 12 DECEMBER ...... "...... (emphasis added)....
    This article posts on February 14, 2021. OVER 2 months after December 12, presuming 2020. In that all Covid rules and regs are very fluid and changing continually, this complete article is very very suspect, and I choose not to read any further than the very first country listing......
    Who/Whom is the author/editor ? Jeez Louise ........ what a waste of time.!!

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  • Bruno said

    Please update Indonesia again.

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  • Bruno said

    Thanks for Indonesia update. Now another issue - where's Estonia on the list ?

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  • Sarah Willoughby said

    The section on Grenada does not include the fact that visitors are required to have a five to seven day quarantine period after arrival. This is a HUGE oversight. This leads me to wonder what other critical details are missing in the whole article.

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  • Bruno said

    Thanks for adding Estonia.

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  • Mark said

    Hey guys, I booked a holiday package to Socotra Island, they are open to tourists, you should add it to the list.

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  • Chris said

    Please note that the information on South Africa is outdated. The "high risk country list" does not exist anymore: https://wild-wings-safaris.com/blog/sa-travel-update-only-22-high-risk-countries-on-south-africas-travel-ban-list.

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  • Shelli Saenz said

    Ecuador info outdated! July 1, 2021 new info posted on govt. website!!!

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  • Daniel luizzi said

    What about the Philippines? I sold my house to retire their ,and it's costing me a fortune in hotel bills!! I could really use some help.thanks USN retired.

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  • Berta said

    Your article regarding Nepal is not correct. Please recheck againhttps://www.immigration.gov.np/

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  • Dale Burdick said

    looking when know we can enter New Zealand. Alternative would be Fiji for a week and 2 weeks in AustrLIA

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