The Destinations Open to Travelers Vaccinated against Covid-19

Anse Source d'Argent beach, La Digue Island, Seyshelles
(CNN) — As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry, countless destinations around the world are rolling out vaccines to their most vulnerable citizens.
The UK has already vaccinated over 15 million people, while the US is currently administering 1.6 million shots a day.
Meanwhile, Denmark has announced plans to launch a coronavirus digital passport by the end of February that will act as documentation the holder has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Although it’s worth pointing out that the main Covid vaccines are around 95% effective, which means vaccinated individuals may still become infected and spread the virus to others, there’s no doubt that these successful rollouts are a step in the right direction.
As a result, a number of destinations are choosing to either drop border restrictions for travelers who’ve been fully vaccinated, or ease them significantly.
From Cyprus to the Seychelles, here are seven destinations reopening to tourists who’ve received the Covid-19 vaccine.


An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020.

Late last year, Cyprus official revealed plans to drop restrictions for vaccinated travelers.
Back in December, Cyprus became the first destination to announce plans to allow travelers who’ve been fully vaccinated to enter without having to go into quarantine.
In addition, visitors who provide proof that they’ve received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to visit without providing a negative PCR test result on arrival.
This will likely only apply to those arriving from destinations on the country’s safe travel list, which is regularly updated. However Cyprus recently agreed a deal with Israel that allows vaccinated travelers to travel between the countries without restriction.
“The amended action plan is expected to further boost the interest of airline companies to carry out additional flights to Cyprus, improve connectivity and increase passenger traffic,” transport minister Yiannis Karousos told the Cyprus Mail newspaper when the plan was announced last year.
While it was previously claimed that the new rules would come into effect on March 1, this not been confirmed by government officials as yet.
Currently travelers who are permitted to visit Cyprus have the option to either provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel, or undergo a test on arrival.
They must then go into quarantine for two weeks in government-assigned accommodation. The isolation period can be shortened slightly if travelers undergo a molecular test on their tenth day of quarantine at their own expense and receive a negative result.


Visitors approach Town Hall Square in the historic city center on March 24, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

EU travelers arriving in Estonia who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine.
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Estonia hasn’t just dropped mandatory quarantine requirements for EU travelers, it’s also relinquished them for those with evidence proving they’ve recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months.
The European country is also accepting those with vaccinations from nine suppliers across the world rather than just Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca, the three that have been approved by the European Union.
Only vaccination certificates produced in Estonian, Russian or English will be recognized and visitors who’ve previously had Covid will need to submit a doctor’s certificate, as well as a recent PCR test indicating they are no longer infected with the virus.
“This is to show mutual solidarity. If we take into account vaccines in use in other countries, we could hope that vaccines in use in our country will also be taken into account in other countries,” Hanna Sepp, head of the country’s Infectious Diseases Surveillance and Epidemic Control Department, told Estonia television organization ERR News.
Estonia currently has a 10-day mandatory quarantine in place for arrivals, with exceptions for European countries deemed low risk, such as Bulgaria, Iceland and Norway, as well as evidence of a negative PCR test taken within three days of arriving. Those arriving from the UK are also required to present a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival.

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