With 2020 firmly in the rearview and widespread vaccinations rolling out around the world, we’re starting to see a slow return to “normal.” Nowhere has this been more evident or more anticipated than in the world of travel. Whether it seems like a good decision or not, many U.S. states are wide-open or have at least relaxed restrictions for out-of-state travelers. Likewise, many countries are opening their doors to vaccinated international travelers. Here are a few of the best destinations vaccinated Americans can travel to right now in no particular order.
Everyone’s favorite adventure travel destination is accepting fully vaccinated U.S. travelers as of March 18, 2021. With proof of vaccination, travelers to Iceland can forgo quarantine or in-country testing on arrival. For Americans who previously had COVID-19 and recovered, you’re welcome to visit, too.
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Vaccinated Americans can now travel to Ecuador and, perhaps most importantly, the Galapagos Islands. The country is also accepting unvaccinated travelers who can provide proof of having recovered from COVID-19 or a negative antigen test that is no more than 72 hours old. The government is still requiring all residents and visitors to socially distance and wear face masks.
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Travel Belize, the country’s official tourism board, announced that it’s now welcoming immunized travelers from the United States. Visitors can alternatively provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours of travel or proof of a negative rapid test within 48 hours of arrival. The country is also offering rapid testing at the airport on arrival for a $50 fee.
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Seychelles, a tropical oasis off the coast of East Africa, is now welcoming vaccinated travelers from any country. Visitors must be able to demonstrate their last shot was administered at least two weeks prior to arrival. Proof of a negative PCR test at an official medical laboratory is also required within 72 hours of arrival.
The country of Georgia recently opened its doors to American travelers. Visitors arriving by air must have received both vaccine doses, with the last being at least two weeks before arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine or be tested beforehand. Non-vaccinated visitors can visit with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, plus a second test on their third day in-country. It should be noted, however, that the U.S. State Department lists Georgia with a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory, citing ongoing COVID concerns and civil unrest. If you go, be sure to use caution and plan accordingly.
The CDC has also made it clear that “[a]ll air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.”
Of course, just because you can travel to these places doesn’t mean you should. It’s worth underscoring that travelers should always check the latest CDC recommendations, as well as the government restrictions and safety measures for any international destination. Also: Wear a face mask whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. It’s the right thing to do.
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