Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?
As Canada’s vaccination rollout sets into full swing and timelines move up, Canadians itching to travel are getting a dose of hope they'll soon be able to dust off their passports.
According to Destination Canada’s recently released report, 80 percent of Canadians plan to travel as soon as restrictions loosen and our own recent survey of Travelzoo members put destinations in Europe as well as sunny locales in Mexico and the Caribbean at the top of the dream list.
Good news is that the list of places welcoming vaccinated travellers is growing by the day. Proof of vaccination is an easier way to enter many places, and in some cases, the only way. Yet from health forms to regional bans to testing protocols, travel remains complicated even for the immunized. That's why it's best to read the fine print before booking a trip abroad to understand protocols in the place you intend to visit.
Read on for an evolving country by country guide to destinations open to travellers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19. We’re regularly updating the list of countries that are welcoming vaccinated travellers so check back often.
Note: Whether or not you’re vaccinated, you can, of course, still travel. In many cases, countries also have alternative protocols for unvaccinated travellers, such as the option to submit to a COVID-19 test.
The Seychelles has opened their borders for vaccinated tourists without having to quarantine. Travellers will still need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival. Recent visitors to South Africa will not be admitted.
More info: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
Vaccinated travellers may avoid quarantine and a negative PCR test provided they can present a certificate showing they have received their last shot at least 14 days before entering the archipelago.
More info: Ministry of Tourism
Nepal is officially open to travellers inoculated with Covid-19 vaccines. Visitors, however, will have to produce a negative test result within 72 hours prior to departure and they will need to undergo another test after arrival.
More info: Nepal Tourism Board
On July 1, the country of Thailand plans to open in a tiered approach with the resort island of Phuket welcoming international tourists who have been vaccinated. No quarantine will be required.
More info: Thailand Tourism Authority
Starting May 25, the quarantine time for fully vaccinated travellers has been reduced from two weeks to seven days. On July 1, Anguilla will remove the entire quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers.
More info: Anguilla Tourist Board
As of May 1, The Bahamas will make exceptions to allow fully vaccinated Canadians to skip PCR testing before entering the country.
More info: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to have a shorter quarantine (up to two days) if they can prove their vaccine status and take a COVID-19 test prior to and on arrival.
More info: Visit Barbados
All vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers must undergo temperature screening, take a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival and complete a Health Declaration Form. Additionally, tourists are required to show proof of Covid-19 insurance or purchase it locally at the airport in Cuba (it covers up to 21 days).
More info: Cuba Tourist Board of Canada
The Dominican Republic is open to vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians without a negative PCR or COVID-19 test. Instead, airports and other ports of entry will perform a quick, aleatory breath test to up to 15% of passengers, and all those who present symptoms, upon arrival.
More info: Go Dominican Republic
Central & South America
Belize now allows visitors who have completed their vaccinations at least two weeks before arrival. Travellers must book their stay at a "Gold Standard Hotel" and download the Belize Health App.
More info: Belize Tourism Board
In March, Ecuador introduced new guidelines: Travellers can enter Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, as long as they have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, can present a negative PCR test taken no more than three days prior to arrival or were diagnosed with and recovered from COVID-19 and are symptom-free.
Vaccinated travellers arriving in Guatemala must have completed shots at least two weeks before arrival.
More info: Latin American Travel Association
Croatia welcomes vaccinated travellers and exempts them from pre-arrival testing or self-isolation requirements. Visitors must arrive at least 14 days after receiving their final shot.
More info: Croatia Ministry of the Interior
As of May 10, Cyprus is open to anyone who has been vaccinated from 65 countries around the world. This includes Canada.
More info: Deputy Ministry of Tourism
As of May 14, Greece is open to all travellers who have been vaccinated, can prove they have antibodies or present a negative PCR test. All travellers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form no more than 24 hours prior to arriving in Greece.
More info: Greek National Tourism Organisation
As of April, all vaccinated travellers may travel to Iceland without having to quarantine. Passengers will need to undergo one test upon arrival. Visitors would have to provide proof that they’ve received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
More info: Visit Iceland
Poland opened up without the need for quarantine to fully vaccinated travelers arriving from Canada and other countries.
More info: Polish Tourism Association
Starting June 7, Spain will let people from anywhere in the world who are vaccinated against COVID-19 enter the country.
More info: Spain Tourism