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.

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.
  • Antigua & Barbuda – Quarantine not required unless specifically requested by authorities with vaccine.
  • Bahamas – Effective May 1, 2021 – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine (plus two weeks).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ecuador – Exempt from testing with proof of two-dose vaccine.
  • Estonia – No quarantine or test required with proof of vaccine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. U.S. citizens not included unless they live in Kuwait.
  • Laos – No test or quarantine required 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 or quarantine required 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.
  • Qatar – Individuals who have been vaccinated in Qatar are exempt from quarantine.
  • Romania – No test on arrival or quarantine required with proof of vaccine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yemen – Exempt from quarantine with proof of vaccine.

 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.

 


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