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.

The European Union must regulate the acceptance of vaccinated tourists in the coming days. This should speed up the adoption of similar protocols by other countries.

Update: a Spain announced that it will accept Brazilians vaccinated with AstraZeneca or Pfizer from June 7

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

Is it enough to be vaccinated to be able to travel?

Unfortunately, it is not so simple.

Many countries must remain closed to travelers who, even if vaccinated, come from places where the pandemic is not minimally controlled. It is likely that vaccinated Brazilians will remain banned from entering (or need to quarantine on arrival) in several countries for some time to come.

But as confidence in vaccines increases, it is possible that vaccination itself will be a sufficient criterion. Let’s follow (and cheer).

Soon, more destinations will be added. Click to go directly to the desired destination:

EUROPE

European Union | Spain | Greece | Iceland | UK

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: Espana

Barcelona

The European Union is expected to announce opening rules for foreign tourists in the coming days.

Most likely, it will allow visitors from countries with a controlled pandemic to enter (up to 75 new daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants, moving average over the last 14 days), and who 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.

Will Brazilians be able to travel to Europe?

If the rule of the number of new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants is confirmed, Brazil would be left out of the countries accepted at this moment, since we have an average of 400 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.

If Brazil fits the list of countries with permitted access, only Brazilians vaccinated with the second dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer would be accepted.

EMA has already started analyzing CoronaVac (known abroad as SinoVac). Let’s hope it is approved and, when Brazil is among the countries with free access, more Brazilians can enter Europe.

Each country will be able to adopt its policy

Even recommending a common protocol for all countries in the group, the European Union will allow 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.

Spain was the first country to announce that it will accept Brazilians (vaccinated with two doses of AstraZeneca or Pfizer) as of June 7.

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. So it will be important to pay attention to the entry policy of the country where your first flight arrives.

Spain

tourism and vaccines: Madrid

Madrid Airport

According to the newspaper El País, as of June 7, Spain will be open to visitors from any country in the world who have been fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved by EMA (European Anvisa) or WHO.

This means that Brazilians who have already taken the second dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer 14 days ago will be able to enter the country.

Other approved vaccines are Moderna, Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (single dose) and Sinopharm.

(Coronavac / Sinovac and Sputnik are still in the process of being approved by both EMA and WHO.)

Prank: it will be possible to enter Spain by direct flight or with a connection in a country outside the Schengen Area, where international transit is possible. (In the Schengen Area, immigration is always done in the country of arrival. The continuation flight is ‘domestic’. You will need to disembark in a country where Brazilians are accepted or can stay in the transit area.)

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 the Russian Sputnik V. Greece also announced that the vaccine will not be mandatory: the country will accept also visitors who present negative PCR tests.

However, the visitor must come from a list of pre-approved countries. At the moment (5/20), there are countries outside the European Union: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Canada, China, Singapore, South Korea, Emirates, United States, Kuwait, Israel, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Russia, Serbia, Thailand and Ukraine. See the list on here.

If Brazil joins the list of Greece but remains outside the list of the European Union, Brazilians will only be able to travel to Greece with an airport connection outside the Schengen Area – such as London or Dubai – where international transit is possible.

Iceland

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Iceland: only a few approved vaccines

Iceland is open without quarantine to tourists of all nationalities who have taken two doses of an EMA or WHO approved vaccine. They are: AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Pfizer and Sinopharm. (Coronavac / Sinovac is still in the process of being approved by both EMA and WHO.)

In other words: Brazilians vaccinated with the second dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer 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 is one more catch: the vaccination certificate must be in English, French or some Scandinavian language. If not, it must be accompanied by a translation. See requirements on here.

UK

London tips - London Eye

London

For the time being, the policy of entering the United Kingdom is dictated by the risk of contagion in the traveler’s country of origin. There is no vaccination-based policy.

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

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

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

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Tourism and Vaccines: North America

U.S

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New York

The United States has yet to announce vaccination as a criterion for entering the country.

At the moment, Brazilians who do not have dual citizenship or residency in the country can only enter the United States after spending 14 days in a third country (and having a PCR test up to 72 hours before departure).

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

Some Brazilians have even managed to get vaccinated in states like Florida, using the hotel’s address as their address in the country. But the procedure is not official.

Mexico

Chichén-Itzá

Chichén-Itzá

Mexico has free entry. No vaccine is needed, not even a PCR test.

Canada

Tourism and Vaccines: Canada

Vancouver

Canada has not yet announced its intention to allow vaccinated travelers to enter.

For now, Brazilians need to quarantine 14 days on arrival – the first days, in hotels designated by the government.

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Tourism and Vaccines: South America

Argentina

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El Calafate

Argentina has yet to announce a policy to allow vaccinated travelers to enter.

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

Chile

Santiago Attractions: Sky Costanera

Sanctuary

Even with early 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 yet to disclose 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 11. There is a requirement for a PCR test done up to 96 hours before departure.

It is good to remember that the country is facing a delicate moment of the pandemic, in addition to street demonstrations. It is not a fruitful time for tourism.

Peru

Machu Picchu new rules

Machu Picchu

Peru has yet to announce any intention to allow vaccinated travelers to enter.

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

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Tourism and Vaccines: Caribbean

Dominican Republic

Tourism and Vaccines: Punta Cana

Punta Cana

Like Mexico, the Dominican Republic makes no demands on visitors – not even a PCR test.

Aruba

Aruba

Palm beach

Aruba has not yet announced its intention to allow vaccinated travelers to enter.

Currently the country is closed to Brazilian tourists.

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

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

Emirates, however, has not been selling tickets to Dubai. You have to fly Turkish.

No vaccination policy 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 PCR on arrival, the Maldives turned back.

All travelers are required to submit a negative PCR test done up to 96 hours prior to arrival.

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