Covid-19 Vaccination: Where in the world is it accepted or required for travel?

As of May 5th, 2021, over 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories have received at least one shipment of a Covid-19 vaccine and most among these have begun to vaccinate their population.  Currently, the global shots administered reached 1.17B, with the China leading at approximately 270M shots administered, followed by the U.S. at 246M, India at 157M, the EU at 150M, and the UK at 50M. By percentages of the population vaccinated, Israel leads with 62.5% of its population, followed by the UK at 51.7%, the U.S. at 44.2%, Bahrain at 43.9%, and Uruguay at 34.3%. On the other hand, the leadership of few countries have expressly stated an intention not to accept or use any Covid-19 vaccine until further assurances.

The vast majority of the vaccines administered to date are those approved by the World Health Organization, which are Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/SKBio (and Covidshield by the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd, another version of AstraZeneca),  Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Biotech Inc), and Sinopharm (Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd).  The U.S.’s Federal Drug Administration has approved two additional vaccines by Moderna and Janssen Biotech Inc (Johnson & Johnson), in addition to Pfizer-BioNTech. The UK-approved vaccines include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca; and the European Medical Agency’s approved vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.  In the EU, member countries have opted for a combination of these vaccines, and non EMA-approved vaccines.  

If you are a traveler who has already received your Covid-19 vaccine, here are some countries making allowances for your vaccination: 

Anguilla – Entry fees for vaccinated travelers is $300 per individuals ($600 for unvaccinated). From July 1st, Anguilla will remove fees and quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers.

Antigua and Barbuda – You can reduce for self-isolation period from 14 to 7 days.

Bahrain – From May 13th, you will not need to undergo an on-arrival test or quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated.

Cayman Islands – You can reduce your quarantine from 14 to 10 days.

China – From March 15th, 2021, if you are a permitted class of traveler, and you have received a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine, you will not need to provide a pre-arrival Covid-19 PCR test and a health travel declaration form. 

French Caribbean (Martinique and Guadeloupe) – If you are using the International Chamber of Commerce AOKPass App for entry, you may use your vaccination in lieu of a Covid-19 PCR test result. 

Grenada – Your quarantine will be shorted to two days pending an on-arrival test if you have been fully vaccinated.  

Iceland – Travelers fully vaccinated may enter Iceland if they are not from a country that has over 700 cases per 100,000 in population in the past 14 days. However, they must completed a travel authorization request and be tested on arrival and follow quarantine measures until the result is known (usually within 24hrs).

Kenya – If you are coming from the UK to Kenya with a valid vaccination certificate, you can self-isolate for 7 days, in lieu of a quarantine for 14 days in government facilities. 

Mongolia – You can expect to have your quarantine period reduced from 14 days to 7 days. The requirement to have a Covid-19 PCR test for entry remains. 

Poland – If you have been fully vaccinated or have a Covid-19 PCR test result prior to arrival, you do not need to quarantine.

Qatar – If you are permitted to enter Qatar and have been fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine.

Samoa – From July 1st, 2021, all travelers including crew members, but be fully vaccinated by a WHO vaccine in order to gain entry. 

Seychelles – Travelers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination with an application for entry, to gain admittance.

Slovakia – From April 19th, 2021, travelers to the Slovak Republic who have been fully vaccinated with Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca, and who have been physically present in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, or the UK in the past 14 days, will not have to quarantine.

South Korea – From May 5th, 2021, travelers vaccinated in South Korea, and whose vaccination is registered in South Korea’s system, will be monitored on re-arrival without the requirement to quarantine. 

Sri Lanka – If you are not arriving for tourist purposes, and have been fully vaccinated in the past 14 days, you do not have to quarantine. However, you still need to take tests after arrival.

United Arab Emirates – If you are a volunteer of the COVID‑19 vaccine trials or are taking the Covid-19 vaccine under the national vaccination program with active icons (Letter E or Gold Star) on the Alhosn app, and you are going from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you will not need to provide a Covid19-free test result. You may also use the emergency vehicle lanes for a smoother journey.

United States – The U.S. Center for Disease Control has announced that any fully vaccinated individual may travel domestically without the need to take Covid-19 tests or to quarantine. 

And, if you are permitted to enter any of the following countries, you may provide proof of your completed vaccination in lieu of a Covid19-free PCR test: Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, and Slovenia.

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