Covid-19 Vaccine: These Countries are Now Welcoming Vaccinated Travellers
Last week, Thailand announced that they would be reopening Phuket to tourists that had been vaccinated against Covid-19 from July 1 this year. They are expecting to reopen the rest of the country to vaccinated individuals in October which means Phuket will have a three-month headstart.
Thailand's announcement was certainly an optimistic one for the potential reopening of borders and the restarting of travel once again.
That said, currently, travellers will still have to serve out their quarantine or Stay-Home-Notice (SHN) when they return to Singapore. Back in January, it was reported that travellers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 may avoid serving a stay-home notice once they return to Singapore. However, more details have yet to be announced.
If you are getting excited at the possibility of travelling again soon, here are all the countries that are welcoming vaccinated individuals.
Well-known for its beaches, luxurious islands and incredible food, Phuket is a favourite for many Singaporeans looking for a short and cheaper getaway.
From July 1 this year, visitors who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed into the country. They will also not have to serve a quarantine.
Phuket also plans to vaccinate at least 70% of its residents by this time to make it safe for both travellers and residents.
Known for its beautiful beaches and exotic sea life, Seychelles is a popular honeymoon location for newlyweds. As of January 14 this year, Seychelles announced that it will allow all visitors who can prove that they have received a full Covid-19 vaccination at least two weeks before arriving in Seychelles.
However, vaccinated individuals will still need to show a negative Covid-19 test that was obtained less than 72 hours before they travelled.
Seychelles is also hoping to open their country up to visitors, vaccinated or not, once the majority of their own country has been vaccinated.
As of March 18, all travellers to Iceland who have been completely vaccinated against Covid-19 can freely enter the Nordic island nation without having to undergo quarantine or any testing.
All travellers must provide proof that they have been given a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medicines Agency. These vaccines include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.
Famous for its rich wildlife in its Amazonian rain forests, this country in South America also has gorgeous beaches which makes it a pretty popular holiday spot.
As of March 17, Ecuador has announced that anyone can enter the country as long as they can prove that they have taken a full Covid-19 vaccination. Travellers without the vaccine will have to present a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test that was taken no more than three days before their arrival in Ecuador.
Visitors will also be screened for typical Covid-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and loss of taste. If there is cause for concern, they will have to take a rapid antigen test. Should the test come back positive, you will have to quarantine for 10 days at your own expense.
While in Ecuador, you will also have to abide by all Covid-19 measures which include wearing a mask and not gathering in groups of more than 10 people.
On February 2, Estonia announced that those who had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 could enter the country. Currently, if you do not have a vaccination, you will have to undergo a quarantine that will last 10 days and also be subject to a Covid-19 test. That said, despite a vaccination, travellers will still have to adhere to all safety protocols in the country.
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Slovenia is a mountainous country that is well-known for its hiking trails and beautiful caves. Travellers to this beautiful country will need to provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination that was taken at least seven days before they travelled to be allowed entry. The country also has a "red list" of countries that will require more precautions to be taken but Singapore is not on this list.
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Located between Eastern Europe and western Asia, Georgia is well known for its plantations which produce peanuts, pecans and Vidalia onions. Since February 1, any fully vaccinated traveller has been allowed to enter the country. They will have to present proof of their vaccination as well.
As of February 24, travellers to Guatemala, a country south of Mexico, would have to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated. The vaccine would have had to be administered at least two weeks before their arrival to be applicable. Alternatively, you can present a negative Covid-19 test that was taken within 72 hours of one's arrival.
If you have tested positive and recovered from Covid-19 within three months of your arrival in Guatemala, you will also be allowed to enter the country.
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If you are travelling to this Central American country, you will need to present proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. For those who are not vaccinated yet, you will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 96 hours before you travelled.
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