The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world and put many industries at a stand-still. Thousands of businesses, particularly in the tourism and hospitality industry, have either reduced their capacity significantly or closed their doors completely. This leads to a ripple effect for many Americans who want to travel.
At the same time, unpredictable lockdowns, mask mandates and social distancing protocols have caused a lot of stress and hesitancy among travelers.
However, in the latter half of 2021, Americans are slowly getting back to normalcy.
Although each country has its own policy to set vaccination requirements for travelers, the CDC has its own recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans who are traveling.
Fortunately, the efficacy of vaccination is yielding positive results and many countries are slowly allowing vaccinated travelers for personal and business trips.
In today’s article, we will provide you a list of destinations for vaccinated travelers and discuss which countries have temporarily closed doors for the unvaccinated. Read on!
List of Destinations for Vaccinated Travelers
Many countries have now opened doors for tourists and travelers. These countries require specific entry requirements that could include Americans having their COVID-19 vaccines.
Here is the long list of destinations that U.S. vaccinated travelers can visit:
- British Virgin Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- French Polynesia
- Republic of Georgia
- The Netherlands
- St. Bart’s
- St. Lucia
Although these countries allow tourists, make sure you check the requirements before you book your trip. Each country will have its own policy for Americans traveling to their country. It will still be recommended (or mandatory) that you still wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow other hygiene practices.
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List of Banned Destinations for Unvaccinated
The travel scenarios have confused millions of people worldwide due to the locking and unlocking of countries’ borders as they make efforts to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial to keep an eye on updates to rules regarding travel and tourism so you can plan your trip accordingly.
While some countries have strict rules requiring travelers to spend at least two weeks in quarantine, others have entirely banned unvaccinated tourists (as of 7/24/21).
The purpose is to protect the country’s citizens from getting infected with the novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, and its variants.
Moreover, Canada is another county that had closed its land and air borders for unvaccinated tourists. The Canadian government has established strict policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and traveling.
Update: If you are a vaccinated U.S. citizen, you are allowed to enter Canada AS OF August 9, 2021.
Other countries that have banned unvaccinated American travelers are:
- St. Kitts and Nevis
Are you ready to travel again?
As travel resumes around the world and countries re-open their borders, many have begun to achieve their travel goals by conscientiously planning for and adhering to entry and indestination protocols. This may include vaccinations and/or testing.
Ensure you do your research and gather all the necessary information before planning to travel to any of these destinations. Research is crucial because any country on this list can change its travel policies depending on the severity of COVID-19 cases. Stay tuned to our articles for the latest updates. Or, call one of our experienced agents at 1.800.992.8064 and they can help you book your next vacation.