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They are back: These countries have now reopened for fully vaccinated people

Travellers have had to wait a long time, but the time has finally come: as of recently, some wanderlust destinations are once again open to those who have been vaccinated.

7 December 2021


Previously, it was enough to know which destinations required the timely application for a visa. Currently, travel planning is a bit more complicated. Not only different requirements regarding entry regulations, testing and quarantine, but also the rapid change of these regulations significantly restrict the freedom to travel. Anyone planning a trip would therefore be well advised to take out travel insurance and keep an eye on the official websites of the chosen destination. It also doesn't hurt to look at infection figures. The good news is that after the first countries reopened their borders in the spring of 2021, a number of long-haul destinations have recently been added that are newly open to vaccinated people. They can be travelled without quarantine.

Cayman Islands

Tax and vacation haven in equal measure: the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. © Unsplash

As of November 20 2021, the Cayman Islands are in their fourth phase of the reopening plan. This means that tourists from countries where at least 60 percent of the population has received at least one vaccination can freely move on the islands. Additionally, travelers need:

  • the Certificate to Travel, which you can apply online
  • a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure
  • travel insurance covering treatment costs for COVID
  • a rapid test on the 2nd, 5th and 10th day of the stay

 

Grenada

The turquoise waters of Caribbean Grenada lure travelers from around the world. © Unsplash

Grenada is also open again to the fully vaccinated. In addition, travelers visiting the Caribbean island nation without quarantine need:

 

Fiji

South Seas dream come true: Fiji. © Unsplash

The state, which comprises more than 300 islands in the South Pacific, will once again welcome visitors from abroad as of December 1 2021, if they are fully vaccinated. Tourists from so-called "Travel Partner"-countries can enter without restrictions. All others must go into quarantine for 10 days. Austria and Germany are currently not Travel Partners, Switzerland is. Additionally required:

  • negative PCR test result, max. 72 hours old
  • Confirmation of at least three paid overnight stays in a "approved" hotel or resort
  • Medical travel insurance that includes COVID-19
  • On your mobile phone, bluetooth must remain switched on at all times
  • Travellers need to download the contact tracker app
  • after 48 hours a quick test must be made in the hotel

 

Malaysia

Modern metropolises, jungles and dream beaches: Malaysia offers pure variety. © Unsplash

Malaysia aims to be fully open to vaccinated people again on January 1 2022. Currently there's a reopening pilot project. This allows tourists to visit the Malaysian island of Langkawi. The requirements, which are currently quite extensive:

  • the trip was booked through an official Malaysian tour operator
  • there is a travel insurance which covers at least $ 80,000,-
  • a negative PCR test done within 72 hours before departure must be available
  • on entry a new PCR test is required
  • the Health Declaration Form must be completed
  • the MySejahtera contact tracing app must be on the mobile phone

 

Cambodia

The Southeast Asian kingdom scores high on culture and diverse scenery. © Unsplash

Unvaccinated travellers must still spend 14 days in quarantine when entering Cambodia. This has recently become somewhat easier for those who have been fully vaccinated. In addition to the vaccination certificate, they must meet the following criteria:

  • negative PCR test result that is no more than 72 hours old
  • Quick test on arrival

 

Vietnam

Rice paddies, dense vegetation and beautiful bays characterize Vietnam. © Vietnam

Phu Quoc, Da Nang City, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam and Quang Ninh are opening up to fully vaccinated travellers as part of a pilot programme. Equal to them are those who have recovered in the past 12 months. Additionally required:

  • PCR test 72 hours before departure

 

India

The Taj Mahal - iconic to India like no other structure. © Unsplash

India has reopened its borders, but only for travellers from low-risk countries. Currently Europe is not one of them, which is why, since 1 December 2021, they have had to undergo a 7-day quarantine after entering the country. Other requirements for entry from Europe

 

Cuba

Lively and colourful Havana has lost none of its vibrancy. © Unsplash

Cuba is completely open to vaccinated people - and entry is easy. Besides the vaccination certificate tourists need:

There may be random PCR testing at the airport.

 

Madagascar

Baobab Alley in Morondava more deserted than ever before. © Unsplash

Madagascar is open to all travelers. Provided they meet the entry requirements:

  • negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours
  • Two night hotel booking confirmation
  • Airport transfer to the hotel from a confirmed provider
  • Contact Tracking Form
  • PCR test on arrival
  • Letter of Commitment that the traveler will go into self-isolation until the test result is received.

 

Uruguay

Soon enough, the Jose Ignacio Lighthouse will once again be a popular selfie subject. © Unsplash

Uruguay is also open to vaccinated persons. However, additional entry formalities are required, namely:

  • negative PCR test, max. 72 hours old
  • negative PCR test on the 7th day in the country
  • valid travel health insurance
  • Online Health Declaration

 

Since regulations are constantly changing, it is important to take a look at the currently valid travel requirements of the respective destination before departure. This article reflects the current status on 6 December 2021. In addition, it goes without saying that all health authority requirements, such as those relating to mask-wearing or social distance, must be complied with in the country. 

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