For many people, as soon as they are vaccinated the travel itch has fully set in. With more and more destinations opening up weekly to vaccinated tourists there you’ll be able to choose from several different options. It is important to pay attention to what local laws are no matter where you go. Just because you are vaccinated doesn’t mean you no longer have to follow local mandates.
In some cases, countries are allowing tourists but still require the wearing of face masks. There may be other quarantine restrictions, testing requirements, or re-entry requirements when you return. If you’ve been dreaming of an international vacation, there are many “bucket-list” spots that are open to tourists. It’s a good idea to look into all of these factors before you book one of these great places to travel once you’re vaccinated.
Best Places to Travel Once Vaccinated
This island paradise is one of the most popular destinations in the world. You can enjoy beautiful beaches and picture-perfect sunsets as you lounge on white sand and blue water. And if you're traveling with your kids, this place has something to suit everyone's needs – from relaxing beach vacations to family fishing trips! Plus, it's easy to see why people love exploring these islands when they've made them their home now for centuries.
Greece was one of the first countries in Europe to open to vaccinated travelers. You will need to present your vaccination card or negative PCR test to be allowed entry. The vaccinations themselves need to have been completed two weeks prior to travel and the Greek government requires visitors to fill out a passenger locator form.
Morocco has a two-tiered system for visitors. They have published a list of A countries and B countries. Both are allowed entry however there are different rules regarding quarantine for B list countries. While it is a little confusing, in most instances travelers from North America and Europe are allowed entry with proof of a vaccine at least a month prior to entry. Visitors also will need to fill out a health form on entry.
Iceland allows vaccinated travelers entry to their country with proof of vaccination. They also allow you to enter if you can show proof you have had COVID and have recovered. You’re also likely to find some decent airfares to take you there! Iceland is a major bucket list destination for many travelers and now could be a great time to make that trip happen.
Ecuador and its famous Galapagos Islands are open for vaccinated (and unvaccinated) individuals. You can show your vaccination proof to enter or a negative PCR test was taken no more than 72 hours before departure. There are no quarantine requirements however face masks are required in Ecuador.
As a part of the United States, Puerto Rico has some of the same travel requirements as the contiguous United States. This makes a trip to this Caribbean island one of the easier trips to take on. If you’re looking for a tropical destination this is a great option to consider.
St. Kitts and Nevis
While many Caribbean islands are cautiously reopening, St. Kitts and Nevis is one that is fully open to vaccinated individuals – and only vaccinated individuals. Your full vaccination course must be completed two weeks before entering the country. For the first week on the island, you do need to stay in an approved hotel. After the first week, a second PCR test is required before moving on.
This country is best known for its biodiversity, which means you'll find something new around every corner. It's got fertile land that produces an abundance of fruits and vegetables while also boasting a rich underwater life with unique species to discover. There are some great beaches here too if you want to relax on the sand or go surfing – plus many other active activities like biking through rainforest trails or hiking in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Cruising Once Vaccinated
Cruises are slowly resuming however different lines can have very different requirements. As well as looking at cruise lines you’ll want to look at the cruise ports to make sure you are following local regulations. Review the different cruise line policies before making your decision. This guide from The Points Guy is a great starting point with many cruise lines listed. Don't forget that Disney Cruise lines recently released their sail dates.
Although you may be a little nervous to start traveling again, keep in mind that most places have made changes and adjustments to accommodate the pandemic. In most cases, you’ll have more opportunities to wash your hands, receive hand sanitizer, and keep yourself protected from the virus. Hotels and restaurants are ensuring their staff are properly dressed, not sick, and maintaining cleanliness while on the clock.
As a reminder, always check with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns. Take note of how the places you plan on visiting are operating. And, make an awesome itinerary so you can have a great time! There are many more destinations that are opening up weekly and sometimes daily. If you have a travel locale in mind that isn’t open yet it may be worth waiting and watching for it to open.