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Every Country You Can Enter Right Now Without a Covid Test

Let’s face it. For those of us who love traveling internationally, or anyone who just simply wants to leave the country, getting a Covid test can be tough. Luckily, there are many amazing countries that are starting to allow entry without a Covid test. That means you can just hop on a plane and go!

Now, some of these countries come with one stipulation – that you are fully vaccinated. However, many others don’t even require that.

You may be wondering about how to get a return test to get back into the states. In my experience traveling to over 20 countries during the pandemic, it’s been FAR easier getting a Covid test abroad. In fact, most hotels, such as St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain, arrange the return test for you. You just have to show up!

The best part about the return test to the US is that all you need is a rapid test within the last 3 days. Most of the time, rapid tests get you results in 15 minutes or less. And many of them are included in the cost of your hotel.

Even better: if you’ve been sick with Covid and recovered, and provide proper and complete documentation, you may be eligible to skip the Covid test on return altogether. This means you might be able to travel internationally without ever needing a Covid test!

So here’s the list of fully open countries you’ve been waiting for – no quarantine and no Covid test entry requirement.

Note: the CDC does recommend getting tested 3-5 days before and after traveling, regardless of entry requirements. We think it’s the safer option if you are not vaccinated or haven’t recovered from Covid-19.

International Travel: Countries With No Quarantine and No Covid Test Entry Requirements

Albania

No entry restrictions (covid test or quarantine) for Albania!
A fantastic way to see the Mediterranean before Greece re-opens.

Albania, a gorgeous country in the Balkans, remains one of the few countries in Europe that Americans can visit right now. You can find information on transiting through Europe here. Albania has been open throughout the pandemic: no test requirements, no quarantine. We have to note that they have one of the highest active case rates of Covid-19 in the world at this time.

  • Active Cases: 32,000 (1000 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • Covid Test Required? No.
    • US citizens who are returning to the United States are currently only being allowed to transit one Schengen country on their journey home.
    • We recommend that you contact your airline regarding any boarding restrictions that may be in place, as air carriers have the final decision as to who they will and will not board.
  • Health Declaration Form? No.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not Required
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: 8PM – 6AM everyday.
  • Covid Testing: Information on return testing from Albania is here.

Belize

No quarantine or Covid test entry requirement in Belize!
Belize no longer requires testing for vaccinated passengers!

The incredible country of Belize offers so much for such a small country. From some of the best diving in the world at the Great Blue Hole to ancient Mayan ruins (such as the world-famous ATM cave), there’s so much to discover. And better yet, you don’t have to get a Covid test before departing or quarantine!

  • Active Cases: 94 (25 per 100,000 people, or 100 times less than the US)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • Covid Test Required? No.
    • If you don’t bring Covid test results, a rapid test will be performed upon arrival in Belize for $50. You’ll wait about 15 minutes at the airport for the results.
    • To enter a “fast pass lane”, bring negative PCR test results taken within 96 hours of arrival OR rapid test results taken within 48 hours of arrival. This will make your entry quicker as you won’t have to wait for test results at the airport.
    • *You can also bring proof of your Covid-19 vaccination and skip all test requirements.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes. Make sure to download the Belize Health App.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not Required
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: 10PM – 5AM everyday.
  • Covid Testing: Information on return testing from Belize is here.

Costa Rica

No quarantine or Covid test entry requirement in this gorgeous country!
Volcan arenal: just one beauty you’ll be able to visit in Costa Rica minutes after landing!

Pre-pandemic, Costa Rica attracted tourists to its volcanos, lush jungles, and beautiful beaches from all around the world. After the pandemic started, Costa Rica shut its borders down to protect itself. Last summer, they finally re-opened to tourism after establishing health and safety measures across the country. As a result of those measures, Covid-19 levels in Costa Rica are at their lowest in about a year.

  • Active Cases: 16,323 (320 per 100,000. For comparison, the US has 2,650 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: Not Required.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes. Complete the Costa Rica Health Pass within 48 hours of travel.
  • Travel Insurance: Required.
    • Tourist must purchase travel insurance, covering their accommodations ($2000) in case of quarantine and medical expenses ($50000) due to COVID-19 illness.
  • Quarantine: Not Required
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: 11PM – 5AM everyday.
  • Return Covid Testing: Here is a list of authorized Covid testing centers in Costa Rica. We recommend contacting your hotel/accommodation for additional information.
  • https://www.visitcostarica.com/en

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic in 2021: no PCR/Covid test required for entry and no quarantine.
You can find some of the best beaches and resorts of the Caribbean in the Dominican Republic.

Let’s head to the Dominican Republic, land of the plátano (plantain), good vibes, great beaches, and lush jungles. I actually tried it out for myself a couple weeks ago. And it’s was my easiest international trip of the year.

  • Active Cases: 41,600 (400 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? No.
    • The Dominican Republic does random rapid tests on arrival. Pro Tip: in our experience, those who got off the plane first were all “randomly” tested.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Not Required.
  • Quarantine Required? Only if you test positive on a random test done on arrival.
  • Masks: Required in all public spaces (but not enforced).
  • Curfew: 9PM-5AM M-F, 7PM-5AM Weekends
  • Return Covid Testing: You can find a list of rapid (antigen) and PCR testing centers in the Dominican Republic here.

Ecuador*

Ecuador: open for travel in 2021! No covid (PCR or antigen) test required for those vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.
The Galapagos in Ecuador are known as the wildlife center of the world. Photo by Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42475111

The insanely beautiful country of Ecuador is open for tourism! You can even visit the Galapagos, just note that they have more stringent requirements. You can avoid needing a PCR test if you are vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 at least a month before traveling.

  • Active Cases: 30,000 (4176 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes, with exceptions.
    • As of March 22nd, all travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than three (3) days before entering the country.
    • *Or, you can simply present a vaccination card showing a complete series of the COVID vaccine. 
    • *As an alternative to the above requirement, travelers previously diagnosed as COVID positive, but with more than one month since the onset of symptoms, may present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery and current good health.
  • Health Declaration Form? No.
  • Travel Insurance: Not Required.
  • Quarantine Required? Only if you test positive on a random test done on arrival.
  • Masks: Required in all public spaces.
  • Curfew: Yes, in some areas.
  • Return Covid Testing: You can find a list of rapid (antigen) and PCR testing centers in Ecuador here.

Guatemala*

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Travel in 2021. No covid test entry requirement or quarantine for those vaccinated.
The enchanting Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Visit here without a Covid test if you’re vaccinated or fully recovered from Covid. I’m headed there to try it out myself!

Mayan ruins, enormous volcanos, clear blue lakes, and spectacular colonial-era towns; what isn’t there to love about Guatemala? The best news is that vaccinated passengers no longer need a PCR test to enter!

Here’s what traveling to Guatemala is like in 2021.

  • Active Cases: 9,517 (59 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: Required within 72 hours
    • *Unless vaccinated or providing proof of recovery within 3 months.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes. Complete the Guatemala Health Pass prior to travel.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not Required
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: None!
  • Return Covid Testing: Here is a list of authorized Covid testing centers in Guatemala. We recommend contacting your hotel/accommodation for additional information.

Iceland*

No quarantine or covid test entry requirement for those vaccinated!
The rugged landscape of Iceland makes a great place for vaccinated travelers to enjoy freely!

Yes, you WILL be able to visit this rugged, mind-boggling country without having to quarantine or get a Covid test before traveling, *one on condition: you’re vaccinated. Otherwise, there’s a procedure – testing before arrival, testing on arrival, quarantining 5 days, and testing again. I think it’s just easier to get vaccinated. Note that Iceland is closed to Americans and Canadians.

  • Active Cases: 10 (<1 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 3: high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes, *unless you’re vaccinated.
    • Required to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of departure.
    • A second PCR test will be performed on arrival, again unless you’re vaccinated.
  • Health Declaration Form? No.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? Yes, *unless you are vaccinated.
    • After your arrival PCR test, you must quarantine 5-6 days and take another PCR test. If negative, you can leave quarantine.
  • Masks: Required in all public places
  • Curfew: None.
  • Return Covid Testing: There are ample Covid testing clinics in Iceland.

Mexico

No covid (PCR, antigen) test required to enter Mexico. No quarantine.
Tulum, Mexico, has seen quite the influx of tourists as Americans sought destinations they could freely travel to during the pandemic.

Mexico is probably the country that has fared the best, in terms of tourism, throughout the pandemic. As the next-door neighbor of the United States, they’ve seen hoards of tourists flocking into the one country they could enter without needing a Covid test and without having to quarantine.

  • Active Cases: 260,000 (204 per 100,000, caution: likely highly underreported)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? No.
  • Health Declaration Form? No.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? No.
  • Masks: Required in all public places.
  • Curfew: None.
  • Return Covid Testing: There are ample Covid testing clinics in Mexico.

US Virgin Islands*

No Covid test required to enter the US Virgin Islands if you're vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 and have proper documentation.
Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands. Open for travel! Photo credit: Nickelstar

Though not a sovereign nation, the Virgin Islands feel nothing like the mainland US in any way. And they’re super easy to get to, have some of the nicest beaches in the world, and the best thing is: you don’t need a PCR test to return home! Plus, if you’ve fully recovered from Covid-19 and can provide documentation*, you won’t need one to enter.

  • Active Cases: 50 (49 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes. One of the below is required:
    • an RT-PCR, viral or nucleic acid amplification test from a nasal or throat or saliva swab sample taken and NEGATIVE result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory)
    • an antigen/rapid test from a nasal or throat swab sample taken and NEGATIVE result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory)
    • *a COVID-19 antibody (rapid) finger stick or blood draw test taken and POSITIVE result received (both within four months of commencement of travel to the Territory)
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine? Not Required.
  • Masks: Required in public spaces.
  • Curfew: Beaches closed at 4pm on weekends and holidays
  • Return Covid Testing: Not required! If you need testing, you can find all relevant details here.

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