11X DESTINATIONS THAT DON’T REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINATION
While being vaccinated certainly makes travelling a lot easier, not everyone can or wants to get a vaccination. Therefore we’ve created a list of countries that welcome all visitors; vaccinated or not.
To be honest, we hesitated a little bit before writing this article. As the title states, we want to inform people about destinations that don’t ask for a vaccination certificate. However, this doesn’t mean we are against vaccinations. In fact, we believe everyone should make their own choices without being judged for it. We noticed that many of our followers asked us for a clear overview and the different rules that destinations set. So here it is;
Mexico has never been so popular as now. And we think it’s because this destination only asks their visitors for a health declaration form. From the beginning of the pandemic, Mexico has remained open and isn’t very strict. This sounds wonderful at first but keep in mind you are sharing a plane with many people that haven’t done a PCR test. Also, the US requires travellers coming back from Mexico do get tested with a validation of 24 hours, regardless if you have been vaccinated or not. The very touristic state of Quintana Roo with the cities of Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel and Riviera Maya remains orange. This means (most) bars should be closed, hotels and restaurants are open at 50% and non-essential shops at 30%. Our advise is to check the rules of your home country when returning.
White beaches, friendly people, safari and a lot of sunshine. Zanzibar is headed to be one of 2022’s most popular destinations. At the moment you are required to take a PCR test no older than 96 hours before travelling and you must do a quick Covid test upon arrival which costs about 10 USD. Furthermore you should fill in a Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form 24 hours in advance. A lot of things perhaps, but once you feel your toes in the white sand, it’s all good!
This honeymoon destination is asking business visitors that are not vaccinated to go into quarantine, but if you come on a tourist visa you can enter. Vaccinated or not, you still need a PCR test and fill in a health form 48 beforehand. Apart from this, you are good to go. Now you just need to save some cash for a stunning water villa and bring your favourite person!
Like Mexico, Dubai kept its rules less strict when it came to Covid. As of right now, Dubai is considered safe and there are not many infections lurking around. However, some countries are not allowed to enter due to the new variant. Entry is not permitted to passengers who have been in or transited through the following countries in the past 14 days: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo — Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. *source This can change by the day so keep yourself informed. Note; United Arab Emirates is generally open with the above rules.
Most European countries are open for travel with restrictions. Below some of our favourite countries and the rules that apply there.
All non-residents must show a negative PCR test on arrival or a proof of vaccination. Covid cases have been going up due to the new variant, but Denmark is slowly seeing a decrease. At the moment, theatres, cinema’s and amusement parks remain closed but restaurants and shops are open with some limitations.
With Austria setting very strict rules for its visitors, many people are looking for a winter break in France. To break it down; non-vaccinated visitors from the EU will need to present a negative test taken 24 hours before travel. To get into a restaurant or bar, you need to show a negative test result and you are required to wear a mask in many places, even outside.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The balkan region is open to tourists as long as they can present a negative PCR result, issued no less than 48 hours before travel, or proof of vaccination, the choice is yours. Once you’ve arrived you can enter shops, restaurants and cafes. Masks are required in outdoor and indoor public spaces and on public transport.
Getting into Greece is possible without being vaccinated, you just need a negative PCR result. However, once you arrive you can be randomly picked to do a test at the airport. No worries, this one doesn’t go deep into your nose (we experienced this ourselves). All travellers coming into Greece are now also required to tests for COVID on the second and fourth days after their arrival. Read more about Greece!
Topping the list for favourite European destinations in 2020 and 2021, Croatia want to keep its travellers coming. Like most countries you need a negative test result issued within 72 hours of arrival. If you have recovered from Covid, a doctor’s certificate following a positive test result between 11 and 180 days prior is also accepted.
One of our favourite destinations in Europe is Switzerland. This stunning country is allowing all visitors as long as you can provide a negative PCR test result. That being said, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must do a test between the 4th and 7th day after arrival. This can be an antigen or PCR test. Currently, Switzerland is debating to put a 2G+ into place. Meaning; you can only enter public places like restaurant, cafes and other buildings unless you have been vaccinated. But you can still walk into the mountains which we can highly recommend.
From the 28th of December, you are allowed to enter Sweden vaccinated or not if you are an European citizen. Unfortunately, a ban on entry to Sweden is in effect for non-essential travel from most countries outside the EU/EEA. This is what the Swedish authorities say. Are you from Europe, you need at least a negative test result (antigeen, PCR, LAMP or TMA) valid within 48 hours prior to arrival. To take part in public gatherings and events indoors a vaccination certificate must be shown if there are more than 500 participants.
So there you have it, vaccinated or not, these destinations will welcome travellers, for now.