Tourism and vaccines: which countries can you travel to?

Tourism and vaccines: which countries can you travel to?

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With the advance of vaccination against Covid, many countries should start accepting tourists already vaccinated with two doses.

This post will follow the evolution of the rules in the most sought after destinations by Brazilians regarding tourism and vaccines. Favorite and come back often.

LATEST UPDATE: JULY 18

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EUROPE

European Union | Croatia | Spain | France | Greece | Iceland | United Kingdom | Switzerland

NORTH AMERICA

United States | Mexico | Canada

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina | Chile | Uruguay | Colombia | Peru

CARIBBEAN

Dominican Republic | Aruba | Curacao

ASIA

Dubai | Maldives

Tourism and vaccines: Europe

European Union

Tourism and vaccines: Spain

Barcelona

The European Union has opened up to a small number of countries outside the community – such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Israel, among others. The requirement is that travelers have been vaccinated for at least 14 days with the second dose of one of the vaccines approved by the EMA (European Medicines Agency). These vaccines are: AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna and Pfizer.

For the time being, Brazil is not among the countries that have been allowed to enter the European Union, even with vaccination. But countries are free to make their own rules. This is what has just happened with France (see French rules here).

Each country can adopt its policy

Even recommending a common protocol for all countries in the group, the European Union allows each member to have its own access policy. Countries will be able to establish which vaccines to accept, and the list of countries from which travelers can come.

It is good to remember that, in the Schengen Area, you do immigration in the country of arrival. The connecting flight is an intra-European domestic flight. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the entry policy of the country where your first flight arrives.

Croatia

Croatia has once again required a 14-day quarantine for travelers from Brazil. In addition to self-isolation, you must have a negative PCR test and have accommodation paid in advance.

Spain

tourism and vaccines: Madrid

Madrid airport

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on May 21 (see video here) that from June 7th, Spain will be open to visitors from any country in the world who have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the EMA (the European Anvisa) or the WHO.

Unfortunately, when the rule was officially published on June 5th, Brazil joined the list of exceptions, along with South Africa and India. We are still barred from entering Spain, even though we are vaccinated.

Tourists from other countries outside the Schengen Area (even those who already have cases of the Brazilian variant, such as Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Bolivia) can enter after 14 days of taking the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm or Coronavac, or the single dose of Janssen.

France

Mont St.-Michel

Mont St.-Michel

On July 17th, France announced the opening of the borders to travelers from all countries, as long as they are fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the EMA – AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen. Covishield (AstraZeneca’s Indian name) and Fiocruz’s AstraZeneca are also allowed. The second dose must have been taken 7 days before departure (in the case of Janssen, a single dose, the vaccine must have been taken 28 days before the trip).

In other words: for the time being, those vaccinated with Coronavac cannot enter France yet. But it is hoped that international pressure (especially from Asian countries such as China) will soon reverse this restriction.

Greece

tourism and vaccines: Greece

Santorini

Greece was the first European country to officially accept travelers vaccinated with vaccines not yet approved by the EMA, such as Coronavac (internationally known as Sinovac) and Russian Sputnik V. Greece also announced that the vaccine will not be mandatory: the country will accept also visitors who have negative PCR tests.

However, the visitor must come from a list of pre-approved countries, which Brazil is not part of. See list here.

Iceland

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Iceland is open without quarantine to tourists of all nationalities who have taken two doses of any vaccine approved by the EMA or WHO. They are: AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac (Coronavac) and Sinopharm.

In other words: Brazilians vaccinated with the second dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Coronavac or the single dose of Janssen can now travel to Iceland. However, it is necessary to fly through a country where international transit is possible, such as the United Kingdom.

(Iceland is part of the Schengen Area. If you fly via a Schengen country, you will be subject to the rules of the connecting country, as the second flight between this country and Iceland will be domestic.)

There’s one more trick: the vaccination certificate must be in English, French or some Scandinavian language. If not, it must be accompanied by a translation. See the requirements here.

UK

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London

For now, UK entry policy is dictated by the risk of contagion in the traveler’s home country. There is no policy based on vaccination.

The UK divides countries into three lists: red, amber and green.

Brazil is currently on the red list (see here).

This means that, without a British passport or residence in the UK, Brazilians cannot enter the country, whether they are vaccinated or not.

Switzerland

As of June 26, Brazilians who have already taken the second dose of any vaccine approved by the WHO – Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sinovac (our Coronavac) and Sinopharm – can enter Switzerland without quarantine. There is no requirement for an interval between the second dose and entry into Switzerland.

Pranks:

As immigration in the Schengen Area (of which Switzerland is a part) is always done at the airport of arrival, it is more guaranteed to travel on direct flights (Swiss has the São Paulo-Zurich route) or via airports outside the Schengen Area (such as London and Istanbul), where you can stay in the international transit area. Only buy a flight with connection in the Schengen Area if the cia. air guarantee that you can board, even if you are Brazilian.

It’s also worth waiting a while for Swiss immigration agents to learn that “Fiocruz” stands for AstraZeneca and that “Coronavac” stands for Sinovac.

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Tourism and vaccines: North America

U.S

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New York

The United States has not yet announced vaccination as a criterion for entry into the country.

Currently, Brazilians who do not have dual citizenship or reside in the country can only enter the United States after spending 14 days in a third country (and taking a PCR test up to 72 hours before boarding).

Mexico and the Dominican Republic have been the favorite places for Brazilians who travel there.

Many Brazilians have even managed to get vaccinated for free at vaccination posts across the United States, due to the abundance of vaccines there.

Mexico

Chichen-Itza

Chichen-Itza

Mexico has free entry. You don’t need a vaccine or even a PCR test.

Canada

Tourism and vaccines: Canada

Vancouver

Brazilians vaccinated with vaccines approved in Canada will be able to travel for tourism as of September 7th.

Valid vaccines are Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna and AstraZeneca, including Covishield and Fiocruz.

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Tourism and vaccines: South America

Argentina

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El Calafate

Argentina has not yet announced any policy to allow entry of vaccinated travelers.

Borders remain closed to tourism. Direct flights to Brazil are suspended.

Chile

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saint

Even with advanced vaccination, Chile has not yet signaled its intention to allow the entry of vaccinated travelers.

Borders remain closed to tourism.

Uruguay

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Punta del Este

Uruguay has not yet released any plans to receive vaccinated travelers.

Borders remain closed to tourism.

Colombia

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San Andrés

Colombia reopened to Brazilian tourism on May 11th. There is a requirement for a PCR test done up to 96 hours before boarding.

It is good to remember that the country is facing a delicate moment of the pandemic, in addition to street demonstrations. It’s not a good time to go sightseeing.

Peru

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Machu Picchu

Peru has not yet announced any intention to allow entry of vaccinated travelers.

Direct flights from Brazil are suspended. Brazilians need to quarantine 14 days upon arrival.

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Tourism and vaccines: Caribbean

Dominican Republic

Tourism and vaccines: Punta Cana

Punta Cana

As of May 31st, an RT-PCR test must be submitted no later than 72 hours prior to departure.

The Dominican Republic also requires yellow fever vaccination.

Aruba

Aruba

palm beach

The country reopened the border for Brazilians on June 7th. You don’t need to be vaccinated. See all requirements.

Curacao

Kenepa Grandi

Kenepa Grandi

Curaçao is open to visitors from all countries who have a negative PCR test.

There is still no entry policy linked to vaccination.

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Tourism and vaccines: Asia

Dubai

tourism and vaccines: Dubai

Dubai

Emirates returned to selling tickets to Brazilians with final destination Dubai.

Brazilians can enter the UAE only with a negative PCR test.

No entry policy linked to vaccination has yet been announced.

Maldives

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Maldives

Brazilians can enter the Maldives.

After announcing that travelers vaccinated with two doses would be exempt from having CRP on arrival, the Maldives backed down.

All travelers are required to present a negative PCR test done within 96 hours of arrival.

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