Which countries are opening or are taking steps to reopen post-coronavirus?

Updated: July 6th, 2021

With this latest update, we see more countries reopening than in the previous month, mainly to travelers who have been fully vaccinated.  Thailand now permits travelers to Phuket without the need to quarantine if they have been vaccinated; however, this is strictly if the traveler wishes to remain in Phuket for the first 14 days. Similarly, many European Union countries are opening to fully vaccinated travelers. At this time, the “vaccine passport” much discussed for European travel mainly affects travelers already in the Europe to travel among European countries. Additionally, the digital certificates are an alternative to, but not a replacement of traditional proofs of vaccine and testing at the moment. The digital validation of tests and vaccines mechanisms in Europe have not affected travels from other parts of the world. So, if you are visiting Italy or Germany this summer from the U.S.A., you can still show the CDC’s white card to enter.

Similarly, in our research we found many digital validation methods employed by countries and airlines intended to streamline the boarding process. A few, however, are actually required. For instance, Ethiopia requires you to present a digital test approved by the African Union’s Trusted Travel Initiative in order to enter, exit or transit through Ethiopia.  For most other countries, you can still show up at the airline’s check-in counters with your proof of vaccination, Covid-19 test, or proof of recovery in hand, issued by a reputable medical provider.

Going forward, LHA Travel will be updating this opening blog in lieu of the travel restrictions advisory, since it appears from our research that the height of travel restriction is behind us. Changes are occurring on an hourly basis, so we encourage you to check with your airline or travel agent for availability prior to making travel plans. Check our Web App for the latest update on each country’s Covid-19 requirements, visa status and procedures, and vaccination information.

AFGHANISTAN – Borders reopened.

ALBANIA – Borders reopened. 

ALGERIA – Borders partially reopened.

ANDORRA – Borders with France and Spain reopened.  Those who are able to visit France or Spain may also enter Andorra through its open border.

ANGOLA – Air border reopened. Flights from Brazil and India are suspended.

ANGUILLA – Borders reopened.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – Borders reopened. Travelers who have been in the Brazil, India, or South Africa are barred from entry.

ARMENIA – Borders reopened.

ARUBA – Borders reopened. 

AUSTRALIA – Borders reopened to New Zealand.

AUSTRIA – Borders open to countries listed here: https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information/entry-regulations

AZERBAIJAN – Air border reopened to countries within its travel bubble.

BAHAMAS – Borders reopened. 

BAHRAIN – Borders reopened to eligible nationalities. Visa on arrival resumed. Non-resident travelers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam are barred from entry.

BANGLADESH – Air border opened. Passengers who have been in Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay in the past 15 days are barred from entry. 

BARBADOS – Borders reopened. 

BELARUS – Air border open. Visa-free regime resumed.

BELGIUM – Borders open to those listed here: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/colour-codes-by-country/.

BELIZE – Borders reopened. 

BENIN – Air border reopened.  

BERMUDA – Borders reopened. 

BOLIVIA – Air border reopened.

BONAIRE, ST EUSTATIUS, AND SABA – Borders reopened to low and medium risk countries. High risk countries are subjected to additional requirements in Saba and St. Eustatius. 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Borders reopened. 

BOTSWANA – Borders reopen. 

BRAZIL – Air borders reopened. Direct flights from the UK is currently suspended.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Borders reopened.

BULGARIA – Borders reopened to the US, EU, Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, the Republic of Belarus, and Turkey. Travelers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and some African nations are barred from entry.

BURKINA FASO – Air border reopened.

BURUNDI – Air border reopened.

CAMBODIA – Borders reopened to non-tourist travelers.  

CAMEROON – Air borders reopened to those with visas. 

CANADA – Borders open to temporary foreign workers, international students, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

CAPE VERDE – Borders reopened.

CAYMAN ISLANDS – Borders reopened to authorized international arrivals.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – Borders reopened. 

CHAD – Air border reopened. Passengers from the UK are barred from entry.

CHINA – Borders open to those with valid visas. 

COLOMBIA – Borders reopened. 

COMOROS – Borders reopened. 

CONGO – Borders reopened. 

COOK ISLANDS – Borders open to those who have previously been in New Zealand in the past 14 days.

COSTA RICA – Borders reopened.  

COTE D’IVOIRE – Air border reopened. 

CROATIA – Borders reopened to those with a defined purpose, such as residence, business, and tourism with confirmed booking.

CUBA – Borders reopened.  

CURACAO – Borders reopened.

CYPRUS – Borders reopened to countries listed here: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/country-categories. Passengers previously vaccinated in any of the open countries may also enter from any country in the world.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Borders reopened to countries listed here: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/the-ministry-of-health-has-updated-the-worldwide-traffic-light-system-the-canary-islands-are-now-in-the-red-category/.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Borders reopened. 

DENMARK – Borders opened to fully vaccinated travelers from OECD countries and to those listed here: https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations/entry-into-denmark/categorization-of-countries.

DJIBOUTI – Borders reopened. Passengers from Brazil, India and South Africa are barred from entry.

DOMINICA – Borders reopened. 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Borders reopened.

ECUADOR – Air border reopened.

EGYPT – Borders reopened. 

EL SALVADOR – Borders reopened.  

EQUATORIAL GUINEA – Borders reopened to business travelers. Travelers from the UK and India are barred from entry.

ERITREA – Limited reopening of air border.

ESTONIA – Borders reopened to those in the following list: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers#EU%20+%20Schengen. Non-tourist visa issuance is available for all other countries.

ESWANTINI – Borders reopened.

ETHIOPIA – Borders reopened. 

FAROE ISLANDS – Travelers from Denmark’s open countries list may enter. 

FINLAND – Sea borders open pleasure crafts from all Schengen countries. Internal EU/Schengen borders open to all those fully vaccinated. External borders open to the Albania, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Macau, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Romania, San Marino and the Vatican.

FRANCE – Borders open to the EU and Schengen countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States. 

FRENCH POLYNESIA – Borders reopened to fully vaccinated travelers from France, the US and UK. 

GABON – Air border reopened.

GAMBIA – Borders reopened.

GEORGIA – Borders reopened all travelers who are fully vaccinated. 

GERMANY – Borders reopened to all travelers who are fully vaccinated, with exceptions of those arriving from certain risk areas. Those arriving from risk areas are subjected to additional requirements and those from virus variant areas are barred from entry. Risk areas are listed here: Https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Transport/Archiv_Risikogebiete/Risikogebiete_aktuell_en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile.

GHANA – Air border reopened. 

GIBRALTAR – Borders open to countries on the green list, currently: https://www.visitgibraltar.gi/covid-19.

GREECE – Borders open to residents of EU/EEA/Schengen member countries and Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Montenegro, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, the UK, and the USA. 

GREENLAND – Travelers from Denmark’s open countries list may enter. 

GRENADA – Borders reopened. 

GUADELUOPE – Borders reopened to fully vaccinated travelers.

GUATEMALA – Borders reopened.  Those arriving from the UK, Brazil or South Africa may enter if they have been fully vaccinated.

GUINEA – Borders reopened.

GUINEA-BISSAU – Borders reopened.

GUYANA – Borders reopened.

HAITI – Borders reopened.  

HONDURAS – Borders reopened. Visitors who have been in the UK, South America, or South Africa in the past 14 days shall be barred from entry.

HONG KONG – Airport transit service through Hong Kong resumed. Visitors from mainland China, Australia, Macao, New Zealand, and who have remained there continuously in the past 14 days may enter. Travelers who have been in the Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United Kingdom for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days shall be barred from entry.

HUNGARY – Border open to those with the Hungary Immunity Certificate and to business travelers with invitation. Unlimited land-border access available to Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

ICELAND – Borders open to anyone fully vaccinated with a vaccine certified by the European Medical Agency or can demonstrate recovery from Covid.  

INDIA – Limited reopening of air border to business travelers. 

INDONESIA – Borders reopened to those with valid KITAS/KITAP visas.  Borders closed to anyone who have been in India in the last 14 days.

IRAN – Borders reopened.

IRAQ – Air border reopened.

IRELAND – Borders reopened with additional restrictions. 

ISRAEL – Border reopened to those with permission. 

ITALY – Italy is reopened countries in lists A, B, C, and D listed here: https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2021/06/normativa_covid_21_giugno_eng.pdf

JAMAICA – Borders reopened. Until August 10th, direct flights from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago are banned.

JORDAN – Air border reopened to some low risk countries.  Direct flights with India are suspended. Limited reopening of land borders.

KAZAKHSTAN – International flights resumed to bubble its countries, including Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Maldives, Germany, Georgia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey; however, entry is limited to certain class of business travelers. Visa-free travel is suspended until at least December 2021.

KENYA – Borders reopened. 

KIRIBATI – The borders open to those who meets health entry criteria (see here https://mhms.gov.ki). 

KOSOVO – Borders reopened.  

KUWAIT – Borders to open to fully vaccinated visitors from August 1st.

KYRGYZSTAN – Air border reopened. 

LAOS – Borders open to those with long-term visas. 

LATVIA – Borders open to travelers whose vaccination/covid/recovery certificates are issued in the EU, EEA, Switzerland and the UK, or hast he interoperable digital EU certficate, and those non-red countries listed here: https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/media/15248/download

LEBANON – Borders reopened. 

LESOTHO – Borders reopened. 

LIBERIA – Borders reopened. Travelers who have been in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan in the past 14 days are barred from entry.

LIBYA – Borders reopened. 

LIECHTENSTEIN – Borders reopened to fully vaccinated travelers from UK and non-EU/EEA countries. 

LITHUANIA – Borders reopened to all foreigners fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the EMA. 

LUXEMBOURG – Borders reopened to countries listed here: https://covid19.public.lu/en/travellers/visiting-luxembourg.html.

MACAU – Borders reopened to those who, in the previous 21 days, been in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. 

MALDIVES – Borders reopened. Visa on arrival not available for those arriving from South Asian countries or who have visited or transit through a South Asian country for more than 24 hours in the past 14 days. 

MALI – Borders reopened. 

MALTA – Borders reopened Green and Amber countries. A list of the countries may be found here: https://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/traffic-light-system/.

MARTINIQUE – Borders reopened to fully vaccinated travelers.

MAURITANIA – Borders reopened. Visa on arrival resumed. 

MEXICO – Air and sea borders open. 

MOLDOVA – Borders reopened.

MONACO – Borders reopened to those permitted to enter France.  

MONGOLIA – Borders reopened to those with visas.

MONTENEGRO – Borders reopened. 

MOROCCO – Borders reopened to all except Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

MOZAMBIQUE – Borders reopened.

NAMIBIA – Borders reopened.

NAURU – Borders open to those with permission to enter and to travelers from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

NETHERLANDS – Borders reopened to visitors from the EU/EFTA/Schengen Area, and from certain third countries (https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/eu-list-of-safe-countries).  

NEW ZEALAND – Borders open to Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands. Non-citizens from Brazil, India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea are not permitted to enter.

NICARAGUA – Borders open. 

NIGER – Borders reopened.

NIGERIA – Borders reopened. 

NORTH MACEDONIA – Borders reopened. 

NORWAY – Borders reopened to green countries and travelers who are fully vaccinated and whose vaccination has a QR code that may be verified by Norwegian authorities: https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/entry-quarantine-travel-covid19/#table-pagination-31399864.

OMAN – Air border reopened those with visas. Travelers who have been in the UK, Lebanon, Sudan, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt and the Philippines in the past 14 days will be barred from entry.

PAKISTAN – Air border reopened. Travelers arriving from these countries are banned: https://www.caapakistan.com.pk/upload/CAT%20C%20UPDATED%20LIST%20June%2012%202021.pdf

PALAU – Air border open but flights are limited.

PANAMA – Borders reopened. 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Air border reopened to those with entry permission. 

PARAGUAY – Borders reopened.  

PERU – Borders reopened.  Foreign visitors from South Africa, India, and Brazil are barred from entry until July 11th.

PHILIPPINES – Borders reopened to those with valid visas. 

POLAND – Air border reopened to Australia, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and the USA.  Borders open to EU/EEA/Schengen members. 

PORTUGAL – Borders open the EU/Schengen as well as Albania, Australia, South Korea, the USA, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Singapore, Serbia, Thailand, Taiwan, China, and its SAR (Hong Kong and Macau). 

QATAR – Borders reopened to GCC countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain).

REUNION – Borders reopened to fully vaccinated travelers.

ROMANIA – Borders reopened.

RUSSIA – Air border open to nationals of countries listed here: https://tourism.gov.ru/en/contents/turistam/who-can-travel-to-russia-in-2021.

RWANDA – Air border reopened.  

SAINT BARTS AND SAINT MARTIN – Borders reopened to vaccinated travelers.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE – Borders reopened. 

SAUDI ARABIA – Borders to reopen to all but non-nationals who have been in the following countries in the past 14 days: Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

SENEGAL – Borders reopened.

SERBIA – Borders reopened.   

SEYCHELLES – Borders reopened. Those who have been in South Africa, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Brazil in the previous 14 days are barred from entry.

SIERRA LEONE – Air border reopened. 

SINGAPORE – Borders reopened to air bubble countries listed here: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview.

SLOVAKIA – Borders reopened to green, red and black countries with restrictions as follows: https://korona.gov.sk/en/travelling-to-slovakia-and-covid19/#safe-countries.

SLOVENIA – Borders reopened to those on the green list and orange list: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/.  

SOMALIA – Borders reopened.  

SOUTH AFRICA – Borders reopened.

SOUTH KOREA – Borders open.  

SOUTH SUDAN – Borders reopened. 

SPAIN – Borders to those listed here: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm.

SRI LANKA – Air borders reopened to those with visas. Visas are not available for those from the Cameroon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Ghana.

ST HELENA – Borders reopened.

ST KITTS AND NEVIS – Borders reopened to vaccinated travelers. 

ST LUCIA – Borders reopened.

ST MARTIN – Borders reopened.

ST PIERRE AND MIQUELON – Borders reopened to countries in Green and Orange zones.

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Borders reopened. 

SUDAN – Borders reopened. Passengers, regardless of residence, who have been in India in the past 14 days are barred from entry.

SWEDEN – Borders are open to EU/EEA/Schengen visitors, and Albania, Australia, Hoang Kong, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Macao, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and United States.

SWITZERLAND – Borders reopened to EU/Schengen states as well as any traveler who have been fully vaccinated with a WHO or EMA approved vaccine.

SYRIA – Air border reopened.

TAJIKISTAN – Air border reopened. 

TANZANIA – Borders reopened. 

THAILAND – Air border reopened.

TUNISIA – Borders reopened.  

TURKEY – Borders reopened. All flights from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and South Africa are suspended from July 1st.

TURKS AND CAICOS – Borders reopened.

UGANDA – Borders reopened. 

UKRAINE – Borders reopened. 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Borders reopened. Passengers arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zambia are currently barred from entry.

UNITED KINGDOM – Borders open to all with restrictions based on risk colors (green, amber, red): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19.

UNITED STATES – International airports remain open to all except visitors who have been to Iran, China, Schengen members, the UK, India, Ireland, South Africa, and Brazil in the previous 14 days.  Land borders with Mexico and Canada are only open to essential travel. 

UZBEKISTAN – Borders reopened. 

VENEZUELA – Borders reopened to those with visas. Limited commercial flights resumed to Bolivia, Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Turkey. 

ZAMBIA – Borders reopened.

ZIMBABWE – Borders reopened. 

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