COVID Vaccine Passport Programs by Country: Quarantine and Testing exemptions

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COVID vaccine passport programs exempting travelers from quarantine and, sometimes, testing, are starting to be adopted by countries around the world. Here are the countries currently which currently have vaccine passport programs in place and information on those that are coming soon.

Vaccine passport country list small but growing

Currently, only a handful of countries have lightened restrictions for those with vaccines. However, we anticipate this list to grow as the European Union and China both indicated that they were developing digital vaccine passports that would allow vaccinated travelers to enter without quarantine for leisure and business.

IATA Travel Pass Initiative

There have been various reports on the progress of IATA’s Travel Pass Initiative, set to launch this month. However, as mentioned last week, GA was not considered when putting this program together. We’re all over this with IBAC, NBAA, and other GA advocates and will keep you posted.

EU Digital Green Pass

EU officials estimate its “Digital Green Pass” will take three months to implement, just in time for the Mediterranean peak travel season.

EU Nations including Denmark, Greece, Italy and Portugal are not waiting for the EU and are forging ahead more quickly with plans for their own vaccine passport programs. Slovakia already has theirs active. Note several of these are Med hot spots for tourism.

China digital vaccine passport

Chinese officials have announced that they are considering a digital vaccine passport.

Countries where U.S. citizens  

The following countries have already implemented programs exempting vaccinated travelers from certain exemptions. This list will change rapidly, so please always consult with your team for the latest information.

Note: In general, vaccine passports and exemptions are effective two weeks from the date of the second shot. (As we learn more about requirements for the 1-shot vaccine, we will update this). For all countries, proof of vaccination is required upon arrival.

  • Antigua & Barbuda – Quarantine not required unless specifically requested by authorities with vaccine.
  • Bangladesh – No quarantine required with proof of second dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • Belize – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine.
  • Bermuda – Test still required but no quarantine with proof of vaccine.
  • Cayman Islands – Quarantine can be reduced from 14 to 10 days with proof of vaccine.
  • Croatia – No test required with proof of vaccine.
  • Cyprus – Starting May 1, 2021, UK travelers will be exempt from testing and quarantine with proof of vaccine. Note: Does not apply to U.S. citizens.
  • Ecuador – Exempt from testing with proof of two-dose vaccine.
  • Estonia – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine.
  • Ghana – Test still required but no quarantine with proof of vaccine.
  • Guatemala – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine.
  • Honduras – Test still required but no quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
  • Iceland – If you are an EU national and you’ve received the vaccination or can prove you’ve had COVID (and gotten through it), you can exempt quarantine.
  • Israel – Passengers with Israeli vaccination or proof of COVID recovery, exempt from quarantine.
  • Kuwait – Testing and quarantine still required, however, quarantine duration shortened from 14 to seven days with proof of vaccination.
  • Lebanon – Test still required but no quarantine with proof of vaccine.
  • Lithuania – No test or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
  • Libya – Test still required but no quarantine with proof of vaccine.
  • Mali – No test required with proof of vaccine. Quarantine still required.
  • Moldova – No test or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
  • Montenegro – No test or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
  • Panama – Exempt from testing with proof of vaccine.
  • Poland – No quarantine required with proof of vaccine for countries on the “allowed” list – U.S. not included.
  • Portugal – Crew are exempt from testing and quarantine with proof of vaccine.
  • Romania – No test on arrival or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
  • Seychelles – No quarantine with proof of vaccination and negative test.
  • Slovenia – No quarantine required with proof of vaccine. Test still required. Note: U.S. citizens not permitted entry to Slovenia.
  • Sweden – No test or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
  • Tajikistan – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine.
  • Thailand – Testing and quarantine still required, however, quarantine duration shortened from 10 to seven days with proof of vaccination.
  • Yemen – Exempt from quarantine with proof of vaccine.

 

 


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