The 8 Countries Open To Fully Vaccinated Travelers, Including Belize

by Carolee Chanona

As of March 26, Americans who are fully vaccinated (or those who can prove previous infection) can travel to Iceland, while vaccinated foreigners can sidestep testing and quarantining in Belize. Other countries are almost certain to follow suit in the coming months, especially as optimism sweeps the travel industry with vaccination rates rising globally. Once vaccinated and you ready to travel, pick places and trips that naturally encourage being outside and remaining socially distanced from strangers. Also: Wear a face mask whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. It’s the right thing to do.


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Caracol. © Duarte Dellarole Photography

This Central American paradise is now accepting vaccinated travelers, and you do not even have to get a COVID test done. You have to show your vaccination certificate/record, and you must have been inoculated at least two weeks before your arrival. However, the country reserves Download the Belize Health App, and fill in all required details before travel (72 hours before), and you are good to go. The country is also accepting unvaccinated travelers who can provide proof of having recovered from COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid within 48 hours, or PCR within 96 hours).

​Madeira, Portugal

The stunning island in Portugal is accepting travellers who are vaccinated. When entering Madeira, you will have to show an official certificate that shows your vaccination date. In Madeira, you can also be a digital nomad, provided you can prove that you have healed from the virus, and are employed. While the rest of Portugal is under strict rules, this is one place vaccinated travelers can visit.



The staggeringly beautiful country is now allowing fully vaccinated travellers. The country is allowing visitors from anywhere around the world. Travellers who have been vaccinated need to show a digital or paper certificate, and they will not be undergoing screening or get tested. The vaccine should be approved by the European Medical Agency.


Here too, those who are vaccinated will not be required to go under quarantine. The second dose of your vaccine should be not more than 10 days old from your arrival date in the country. Your document should be issued by a health unit in your country. Just make sure that you are still being cautious, and not breaking any rules related to the pandemic.


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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.


If you are permitted to travel to Poland, you can avoid quarantine by getting vaccinated. Travellers from certain countries might not be permitted to travel to Poland, so you will have to check on that first. The 10-day quarantine rule of the country will not apply to you if you happen to get vaccinated. You need to show an official proof of the vaccination.


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.


These recommendations will change accordingly as new evidence on the circulating variants and vaccine efficacy are made available. Before travel, be sure to check each country’s updated entry requirements.


Source: The Manual. Header image of Moho Caye, Belize by Duarte Dellarole Photography.

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