Over 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses have already been rolled out around the world.
Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that these successful rollouts are a step in the right direction.
As a result, a number of destinations are choosing to either drop border restrictions for travelers who’ve been fully vaccinated, or ease them significantly.
From Belize to Iceland, here are destinations reopening to tourists who’ve received the Covid-19 vaccine.
Vaccinated travelers headed to Belize must present a vaccination record card.
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Those who can prove they’ve had two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine at least two weeks before their trip no longer have to produce a negative PCR test before entering.
Non-vaccinated travelers are also welcome to visit the country, positioned on the eastern coast of Central America, as long as they provide a negative PCR test taken within four days of their arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel
Any visitors who are unable to produce a negative test result when they arrive will be tested at the airport at a cost of $50.
Late last year, Cyprus official revealed plans to drop restrictions for vaccinated travelers.
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Back in December, Cyprus became the first destination to announce plans to allow travelers who’ve been fully vaccinated to enter without having to go into quarantine.
While it was previously claimed that the new rules would come into effect on March 1, this was never confirmed by government officials.
It’s currently unclear whether this will be expanded to any more destinations just yet, but it’s been suggested that restrictions on incoming tourists from a selection of chosen destinations may be relaxed slightly in the coming weeks.
Currently travelers who are permitted to visit Cyprus have the option to either provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel, or undergo a test on arrival.
They must then go into quarantine for two weeks in government-assigned accommodation. The isolation period can be shortened slightly if travelers undergo a molecular test on their tenth day of quarantine at their own expense and receive a negative result.
Ecuador and the Galapagos
Vaccinated travelers can visit Ecuador and the Galapagos archipelago.
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Fully vaccinated travelers can visit Ecuador provided they produce a negative PCR test taken no less than three days before their arrival.
Vaccinated visitors are also allowed to travel to the Galapagos archipelago, which is part of Ecuador, but the rules are slightly more complicated.
Those who wish to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site once they’ve entered Ecuador must produce a test taken within 96 hours of their trip.
This means that travelers who plan to travel there more than 96 hours after arriving in Ecuador, will need to take another test at their own expense.
Travelers must also adhere to Ecuador’s Covid-19 protocols, such as wearing face masks in public places and maintaining social distancing and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, during the course of their visit.
EU travelers arriving in Estonia who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine.
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The European country is also accepting those with vaccinations from nine suppliers across the world rather than just Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca, the three that have been approved by the European Union.
Only vaccination certificates produced in Estonian, Russian or English will be recognized and visitors who’ve previously had Covid will need to submit a doctor’s certificate, as well as a recent PCR test indicating they are no longer infected with the virus.
Visitors who provide evidence they are fully vaccinated will be exempt from quarantine in Georgia.
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Georgia, which sits at the crossroads between Asia and Europe, has also opted to lift restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Georgia recently announced that all visitors who’ve received two doses of any Covid-19 vaccine are permitted to enter the nation without producing a negative PCR test.
Non-vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel and are also required to take a second test “at their own expense” on day three of their stay.
Those who’ve traveled to the United Kingdom within 14 days of their visit must undergo a 12-day mandatory quarantine upon entry.
In May, Iceland is ditching border restrictions for those who’ve had a full course of the Covid vaccine.
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From May 1, fully vaccinated travelers from European Union countries, as well as Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, can skip quarantine when they arrive in Iceland and will not be required to submit a negative PCR test.
Visitors who can provide a paper vaccination in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English proving they’ve had two doses of one of the three main Covid-19 vaccines will be exempt from border restrictions.
Non-vaccinated arrivals from destinations where travel to Iceland is permitted must take a Covid test on arrival, before going into quarantine for five to six days and taking a second test.
Exemptions will be made in some circumstances, such as those with a valid medical reason.
Latin American country Guatemala is also open to vaccinated visitors.
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Tourists who present a valid certificate confirming they’ve received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are allowed to enter the Latin American country without being required to quarantine or produce a negative test.
However, their second dose must have been administered at least two weeks before the beginning of their trip.
Tourists who have not received a Covid jab can still visit, but they must produce a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Evidence of having tested positive for coronavirus and subsequently recovered will also allow travelers to gain entry. Children under the age of 10 are exempt from these requirements.
The country, known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic,” is also welcoming those who can prove they’ve recovered from Covid in the past 90 days.
Before being allowed to enter, travelers must produce an official vaccination certificate that states the dates they received each dose of the vaccine.
Those who visit will need to follow Madeira’s current Covid-19 measures, such as wearing face masks in public places. The country’s restaurants, bars and casino are currently required to shut at 6 p.m.
Poland has been allowing travelers to enter without going into quarantine since December 28.
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Travelers from EU countries can visit Poland without undergoing its mandatory 10-day quarantine “on the basis of a certificate confirming vaccination against Covid-19.”
Those who provide a negative SARS‑CoV‑2 test on arrival are also exempt as long as there’s no more than 48 hours between the time they receive their test result and the time they cross the border.
Fully vaccinated visitors arrivijng in Romania can also avoid having to quarantine.
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All travelers arriving in Romania from permitted destinations who have been fully vaccinated from Covid have been exempt from quarantining on arrival since January 18.
The new rules were announced by the European’s country’s National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU), who stipulated that visitors and returning residents will need to show evidence that they’ve had two doses of the vaccine in order to avoid mandatory isolation.
The second dose must have been administered at least 10 days prior to their arrival.
Those who submit a PCR taken no fewer than 72 hours before entry must quarantine for 10 days.
The Seychelles is now open to all travelers, bar those from South Africa, regardless of their vaccination status.
And after a successful vaccine rollout, the remote destination situated off the coast of Tanzania, has relaxed restrictions even further.
“We are comfortable that we’ve achieved the immunity that we deserve,” Sylvestre Radegonde, minister of foreign affairs and tourism for the Seychelles, told CNN Travel earlier this month. “We’ve trained the establishments. We have the facilities in place.
“The health facilities are there and the measures we have implemented are working. So we’re comfortable to reopen.”