COVID Vaccine Passport Programs by Country: Quarantine and Testing exemptions
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.
Countries with vaccine restriction exemptions
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.
- Anguilla – Testing and quarantine still required but length of quarantine is reduced with proof of vaccine. Starting 01July21, travelers who have been fully vaccinated, and with the last dose administered at least 21 days before arrival, will no longer be required to quarantine nor be tested upon arrival. They will continue to be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken three-five days before traveling.
- Antigua & Barbuda – Quarantine not required unless specifically requested by authorities with vaccine.
- Austria – Pre-arrival COVID test required but no test on arrival or quarantine with proof of vaccine or recovery.
- Bahamas – Effective May 1, 2021 – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine (plus two weeks).
- Bahrain – Effective 26 May 21, passengers who have not been in a red list country (Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, or Bangladesh) within 14 days of arrival AND who can prove they are fully vaccinated and have received the vaccine from the UK, a member state of the EU, the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, or Canada are exempt from quarantine and a pre-departure PCR test. They will still have to take the test on arrival and self-quarantine until they receive the results (usually within 24 hour). Travelers from Gulf Cooperation Council Countries are exempt from testing and quarantine with proof of vaccine.
- Bangladesh – No quarantine required with proof of second dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.
- Barbados – Effective May 8, 2021, vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to quarantine. Testing before and on arrival still required.
- Belize – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine.
- Bermuda – Pre-arrival COVID test is needed, vaccination card, travel authorization, test on arrival (quarantine until results are known – about 24 hours) and then can move around.
- British Virgin Islands – Effective May 15, immunized travelers will be tested on arrival. Once arrival test result is known, immunized traveler will be exempt from 7-day quarantine.
- Bulgaria – U.S. persons are permitted effective May 1 as long as they show a vaccination card (14 days must pass since the last dose) or proof of recovery along with a negative PCR test obtained 72 hours prior to arrival or an antigen test obtained 48 hours prior to arrival.
- 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. Starting 10May21, vaccinated travelers from the US, EU, and others can enter.
- Denmark –Denmark opened to fully vaccinated travelers from orange and yellow EU and Schengen countries plus Canada, United Kingdom and USA will be allowed to travel to Denmark. No testing or quarantine required.
- Ecuador – Exempt from testing with proof of two-dose vaccine.
- El Salvador – No quarantine. Travelers with proof of COVID-19 immunization are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test result for entry.
- Estonia – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine.
- France – Open to fully vaccinated non-EU citizens for tourism. Vaccinated travelers from the U.S. will be able to enter France for any reason. In addition to proof of your vaccination, you will be required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours upon boarding. Non-vaccinated travelers will require a compelling reason for entry. Our blog article has the full details.
- French Polynesia – Effective 01May21, immunized US travelers will be allowed entry with negative PCR test taken 3 days prior, complete online ETIS form (upload vaccination certificate), take antigen test on arrival and must self-test for COVID-19 on day four after arrival.
- Gabon – From June 15, the government plans to require international arrivals to take a PCR test upon arrival and undergo quarantine for 24-hours until they receive a negative test result. Vaccinated travelers will be exempted from the quarantine.
- Germany – U.S. travelers are allowed in with proof of Vaccine or proof that the passenger had COVID and has recovered.
- Gibraltar – Vaccinated travelers from some countries are exempt from testing/quarantine. More details can be found at https://www.visitgibraltar.gi/uploads/covid/Entry%20Requirements.jpg.
- Greece – U.S. persons can enter by completing the PLF form at least 24 hours prior to arrival and have a negative PCR test completed 72 hours prior to arrival or a vaccination card (showing all doses and having 14 days transpire since the last dose) – and are exempt from quarantine.
- Grenada – Effective May 1, 2021, persons providing proof of full vaccination will only be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test administered on entry.
- Guam – Fully vaccinated passengers with proof of FDA approved vaccine will be exempt from quarantine as of May 15, pre testing still required.
- Guatemala – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine.
- Honduras – Test still required but no quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
- Iceland – Pre-approval of vaccine proof allows you in. Testing still required and quarantine upon entry required until results come back.
- Ireland – Starting July 9, 20210 no mandatory hotel quarantine for travelers (and their dependents) with proof of vaccine. Pre-arrival test and self-quarantine at home still required.
- Israel – Passengers with Israeli vaccination or proof of COVID recovery, exempt from quarantine.
- Jordan – Vaccinated travelers from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, the EU, Japan, KSA, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Tunis, Turkey, UAE, UK, United States are exempt from testing/quarantine.
- Laos – No test or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
- Latvia – Testing still required but no quarantine with proof of vaccine.
- 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.
- Maldives – No test but quarantine is once again required for vaccinated travelers…However, you are free to roam hotel/villa properties.
- 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.
- Morocco – Starting June 15, Morocco will reopen to fully vaccinated travelers arriving via select commercial airline flights, with no test or quarantine requirements. Countries with high rates of COVID excluded. GA can only access for essential business purposes with preapproval.
- New Caledonia – Quarantine shortened from 14 days to 7 days with Pfizer or Moderna 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. A Portuguese official has announced that the country plans on allowing fully-vaccinated U.S. tourists to enter as early as the week of June 14. Official details pending.
- Qatar – Individuals who have been vaccinated in Qatar are exempt from quarantine.
- Romania – No test on arrival or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
- Saint Lucia – No test on arrival or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
- Saudi Arabia – Immunized travelers from certain countries (U.S. included) will not have to quarantine.
- Seychelles – No quarantine with proof of vaccination and negative test.
- Slovak Republic – Travelers from the EU and Schengen region are not required to test or quarantine. U.S. not included.
- Slovenia – No quarantine required with proof of vaccine. Test still required. Note: U.S. citizens not permitted entry to Slovenia.
- Spain – U.S. fully vaccinated traveler can go to Spain provided they have the supporting documents, verified OPS group info and team info with US. State Department web also. Except for South Africa, Brazil, India and anyone who has traveled to these countries in the past 14 days.
- St. Bart’s – Open for vaccinated travelers, with special approval arrangements through their accommodations (hotel or villa).
- Sweden – No test or quarantine required with proof of vaccine. U.S. travelers not included.
- Tajikistan – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine. U.S. travelers not included.
- Thailand – Testing and quarantine still required, however, quarantine duration shortened from 10 to seven days with proof of vaccination.
- Tunisia – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine or recovery.
- Uruguay – No test on arrival or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
- Yemen – Exempt from quarantine with proof of vaccine.
- Zambia – Vaccinated travelers with a negative test result are exempt from quarantine requirements.
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 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.