UAE: Got Covid vaccine? Travel to 6 countries worry-free
Published on March 14, 2021 at 07.21
These countries will drop quarantines and testing for passengers who have received their Covid vaccines.
In a bid to recover their tourism sector, multiple countries have announced that providing proof of vaccination against Covid-19 will exempt travellers from mandatory quarantine and/or screening requirements. These countries will drop quarantines and testing for passengers who have received their Covid vaccines.
The archipelago of Seychelles was the first nation to embrace the concept and announced in January 2021 that it would open its borders to vaccinated tourists. Travellers simply had to provide proof of vaccination from the relevant health authority and a negative PCR test to enter the country with no quarantine requirements.
The latest place to adopt this plan is Koh Samui, a southern resort island in Thailand. Earlier, Phuket announced plans to allow vaccinated tourists to skip their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Romania became the first European nation to offer a quarantine-free vacation to vaccinated travellers, so long as they were flying from countries on their ‘yellow list’. UAE is currently on the list. Visitors need to have completed two doses of the vaccine, at least 10 days before arrival, and need to show proof from the health unit where it was administered.
Georgia lifted all entry restrictions for vaccinated foreign travellers in February. “Citizens of all countries, travelling by air from any country may enter Georgia if they present the document confirming the full course (two doses) of any Covid-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia,” the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
In February, Estonia exempted those who “have recovered from Covid-19 and no more than six months have passed since they have been declared cured” and/or “have undergone Covid-19 vaccination and no more than six months have passed since its completion” from its 10-day quarantine and negative PCR test requirement.
Greece announced that it would open up to international visitors from May 14 – so as long they can prove they have had the vaccine, have antibodies, or can provide a negative test result.