Which Country Accepts Proof of Covid-19 Infection in Lieu of Covid-19 Test or Vaccination?

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Did you know that if you have been infected Covid-19 and recovered, some countries are giving you special exemptions for your recovery? 

While there is much discussion over how vaccination can provide international travelers exemptions from testing or quarantining requirements, less discussed is how your recovery from Covid-19 can afford you similar access or exemptions.  Forms of proof range from a medical release, previous Covid-19 positive test, a doctor’s current exam, an antibody test, or the EU digital certificate. It depends on the country. Below we have selected a few countries that grant travelers exemptions from testing or quarantining requirements if you can prove you have recovered from a Covid-19 infection within a certain period. 

Austria accepts proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the past six months. 

Bulgaria accepts proof in the form of the EU digital certificate, which must show that you have recovered from Covid-19. 

Canada accepts proof of recovery from Covid-19 within 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. 

Croatia accepts proof in the form of the EU digital certificate, which must show that you have recovered from Covid-19.  Proof of recovery from Covid-19 can also be in the form of: 1) a medical certificate or 2) a positive PCR or rapid antigen test performed in the last 12 to 180 days.

Czech Republic accepts any medical proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the last 180 days. There is an additional form the government provides to your medical provider to complete.

Ecuador accepts a positive RT-PCR test that is over a month old (only if you no longer have symptoms, and if you present an official Medical Certificate which certifies your health condition, issued in your country of origin).

Estonia accepts a positive Covid-19 test and declaration of recovery no longer than six months. 

Finland accepts proof in the form of the a positive Covid-19 in the past six months. 

Germany accepts proof that you were previously infected with Covid-19 through a positive PCR test, taken at least 28 days but no more than six months prior. If you show show no relevant symptoms, you are considered to be fully recovered.

Guatemala accepts proof of recovery from Covid-19 within three months of arrival.

Iceland accepts proof of previous recovery from Covid-19 prior to entry. 

Italy accepts a medical certificate confirming recovery from Covid-19 dated no more than 6 months before departure.

Kosovo accepts a serological antibody test no less than 30 days old.

Luxembourg accepts a certificate of recovery issued by a physician or a national authority of a Member State of the European Union or a Member State of the Schengen Area.

Paraguay accepts documentation that you have had Covid-19 in the last 14 to 90 days without providing a current Covid-19 test. 

Peru accepts documentation showing previous discharge of Covid-19 infection that is no more than 72-hrs prior to departure. 

Poland accepts evidence that you have, in the last 6 months, self-isolated or have been hospitalized in hospital due to testing positive for Covid-19.

Romania accepts proof of recovery from Covid-19 between 14 and 90 days before arriving in Romania.

Slovakia accepts proof of recovery from Covid-19 no more than 180 days.

Slovenia accepts a positive Covid-19 PCR test result, older than 10 days but not older than six months. 

Spain accepts a Covid-19 recovery certificate no less than 11 days after the first positive NAAT and up to 180 days after the sample date.

Sweden accepts the EU digital certificate issued 11 days after a positive test at the earliest, and no more than 180 days from the day of the first positive result.  

Switzerland accepts evidence of recovery from Covid-19 in the past six months. 

Tunisia accepts proof of Covid-19 infection within six weeks of your travel date, and additional official proof that you are no longer infected.

Turkey accepts evidence that you were infected with Covid-19, but have been cured within the last 6 months.

United States accepts evidence that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 90 days.

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