Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?
As Canada’s vaccination rollout continues and the country opens up, Canadians itching to travel are dusting off their passports in hopes of a vacci-cation — that first big trip once you're cleared to travel.
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. (Not a member yet? For access to exclusive deals on trips, hotels and activities, sign up for free here.)
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 now 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.
As of June 24, fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from taking a PCR test if they have approved QR-coded vaccination certificates. All non-vaccinated travellers must present a PCR test.
More info: Egypt Tourism Authority
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
South Africa is allowing travellers to visit as long as they arrive by air. All travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure. Be aware that some nations aren't allowing entry to tourists who have recently visited South Africa.
More info: South Africa 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 opened 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
Mexico & Caribbean
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
British Virgin Islands
As of July 12, fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the British Virgin Islands are able to travel freely within the territory after taking an approved rapid antigen test upon arrival and receiving negative results (typically within 24 hours). Vaccinated travellers will still need to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result from within five days of travel and provide proof that it has been two weeks since receiving the second shot of an approved vaccine.
More info: BVI Tourism
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
There are currently no exemptions for visitors who have been fully vaccinated. As of Aug. 3, travellers from Canada must complete a digital immigration card online before departure, complete a Passenger Locator Card 48 hours prior to departure and carry a printed document of proof.
More info: Curacao Tourist Board
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
Mexico is open to Canadian travellers without restrictions or requirements, including proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. While the U.S.-Mexico land border continues to be closed to non-essential travel, air travel between Canada and Mexico and the U.S. and Mexico has resumed.
More info: Visit Mexico
To visit St. Barts, travellers will need to provide both proof of full vaccination and proof of a negative test taken no more than three days before arrival.
More info: Saint Barts Tourism
St. Kitts & Nevis
Fully vaccinated Canadian travellers can enter St. Kitts & Nevis provided they complete a travel authorization form by uploading proof of vaccination as well as negative coronavirus test results taken no more than 72 hours before travelling. They also must vacation in place for nine days before venturing around the island. Note: Unvaccinated travelers 18 or younger can still enter the country if they’re traveling with fully vaccinated guardians.
More info: St. Kitts Tourism
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
Beginning Aug. 1, travellers who have been fully vaccinated and visitors under the age of 18 will no longer be required to purchase travel insurance to enter Costa Rica. Accepted vaccines include Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. The final dose of the vaccine must have been received at least 14 days prior to arrival in Costa Rica.
More info: Costa Rica 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
Travel to Austria is now allowed as long as travellers present vaccination proof, have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months or present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result procured within 72 or 48 hours of travel, respectively.
More info: Austrian Embassy Ottawa
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
Denmark is now welcoming fully vaccinated visitors. In most cases, for vaccinated travellers there is no mandatory quarantine period in Denmark,
More info: Visit Denmark
As of July 2, Canadian tourists are once again permitted to enter Germany directly from Canada or via another approved country. Proof of a negative test, recent recovery, or vaccination is required.
More info: German National Tourist Board
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
Ireland is opening to vaccinated travellers, including those from Canada, starting July 19.
More info: Tourism Ireland
As of June 19, Italy is open to Canadian travellers without any quarantine obligation, provided that they have completed vaccination at least 14 days beforehand, can prove recovery from COVID-19 or a negative result performed in the 48 hours prior to entry into Italy.
More info: Italian Tourism
Poland opened up without the need for quarantine to fully vaccinated travelers arriving from Canada and other countries.
More info: Polish Tourism Association
Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated visitors from Canada must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 48 hours before departing to Portugal.
More info: Visit Portugal
Starting June 7, Spain will let people from anywhere in the world who are vaccinated against COVID-19 enter the country. You must also complete an online health form before travelling.
More info: Spain Tourism
The French Polynesian islands of Tahiti reopened to vaccinated U.S. travelers on May 1. Travelers must show proof of having been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival. Between 30 and 6 days prior to travel, they must fill out an online form, where they will upload their vaccine certificate.
More info: Tahiti Tourism