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13 places vaccinated travelers can go without taking a coronavirus test

Destinations across Europe are easing testing restrictions in a return to semi-normalcy

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After two years of changing rules and guidelines, destinations around the world are loosening travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors by striking testing requirements for entry.

Some European countries, such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden and — more recently — England and Iceland, have led a return to semi-normalcy, doing away with almost all coronavirus restrictions as states across the United States are ending mask mandates and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adapts its guidance with a closer eye on hospitalization figures.

Public health experts have debated such moves, however, and all the international destinations on this list are among those in the CDC’s highest-risk category. Travelers will also need to take a coronavirus test before flying home to the United States.

Still, for many people, the changes will make travel simpler. Below, By The Way rounded up 13 places you can go without taking a coronavirus test if you are fully vaccinated.

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As of March 1, travelers can visit Italy without coronavirus testing or quarantine if they have been vaccinated or boosted within nine months of their trip. While Italy requires people to show proof of their vaccination or recovery status through the “super green pass,” Americans can provide their vaccination cards or recovery certificates as an equivalent.

Unvaccinated travelers must provide proof they’ve recovered from the coronavirus within six months, a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel or a negative rapid test result taken within 48 hours of travel.

All travelers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form. Those who fail to provide any of the requirements must quarantine for five days, then take a coronavirus test. Additionally, visitors must wear FFP2 or KN95 masks while traveling to and within Italy, as well as inside various venues until March 31, 2022.

Italy is set to review its coronavirus rules on March 15, and Prime Minister Mario Draghi said the country will scale back use of the super green pass and the need to provide proof of vaccination in public places.


On Feb. 25, Iceland removed all coronavirus-related border restrictions for travelers. Anyone may enter the country without providing vaccination status or testing.

Following the decision by the Iceland minister of health, all public restrictions have also been lifted.


Vaccinated Americans can visit Germany without testing or quarantine requirements as of March 3. The latest update from country’s health ministry states travelers 12 and older must provide either proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from infection or a negative result from a coronavirus test taken within 48 hours of travel.

Visitors must have gotten fully vaccinated at least 14 days before their trip to Germany


To bypass testing requirements in Aruba, visitors 12 and older can get a digitally verifiable QR code proof of vaccination and a booster shot. Kids between 12 and 17 are not required to show proof of a booster.

Otherwise, travelers to the Caribbean island can take a test before arrival. Children younger than 12 are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements.

Visitors who have tested positive for the coronavirus between 10 days and 12 weeks before traveling to the country and do not show symptoms can also get a testing exemption by providing proof of their positive test result. Several forms are not accepted, including antigen and antibody tests.

Puerto Rico

As of Feb. 2, travelers who show proof of complete vaccination no longer have to take a coronavirus test to visit the U.S. territory. Unvaccinated domestic travelers will need to show a negative test result taken within two days before departure, or they need to take a test within two days of arrival and self-quarantine until results return.

Unvaccinated travelers who do not take a test within the required time will have to self-quarantine for seven days and will be “subject to applicable sanctions,” per Discover Puerto Rico. Children ages 5 and up must also show proof of vaccination or a negative test to bypass quarantine, while those between 2 and 4 only need to show a negative test result. Those under 2 are exempt.

All travelers will need to complete a Travel Declaration Form to visit the Caribbean destination.

United Kingdom

Fully vaccinated travelers may cross into the United Kingdom without a coronavirus test as of Feb. 11.

For England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, travelers who are not fully vaccinated need to take a test before departing and a PCR test on or before their second day in the country.

All visitors must complete a passenger locator form within the 48 hours before arrival, per government rules.


As of March 6, people traveling to Ireland are not required to show any proof of vaccination, coronavirus recovery or a negative test. Travelers who develop symptoms on their trip are encouraged to isolate and test.


As of Feb. 12, fully vaccinated foreign visitors do not have to take a coronavirus test to enter France. They must provide a sworn statement saying they don’t have covid symptoms and have not come into contact with anyone who does. Travelers 18 and over must have received a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine to be considered “fully vaccinated” if more than nine months have passed since completing their first vaccination series.

Unvaccinated travelers from the U.S. must provide a “compelling” reason for travel, according to the French government. Visitors from the U.S. must also produce a negative result on a coronavirus test — within 72 hours of departure for a PCR test, or 48 hours for a rapid antigen test — and may be subject to a random test after arriving.


Sweden has ended all coronavirus restrictions for citizens and is applying the same standards to vaccinated visitors from approved countries, including the United States and much of Europe. Travelers with proof of vaccination issued in the United States may enter the Scandinavian country without a negative coronavirus test, according to the Swedish Police Authority. Accompanying travelers under age 18 are exempt from the requirement.

People who are not fully vaccinated may not travel from the United States to Sweden because of its entry ban, which is in effect until March 31.


As of Feb. 12, all coronavirus entry requirements have been lifted for visitors to Norway.


Fully vaccinated people visiting Finland from the United States only need to show proof of their vaccination status to enter the country, according to the Finnish Border Guard. Those who have only received a partial vaccination series but can also show proof of recovery from the coronavirus will be treated as fully vaccinated.

Other travelers may only enter if they can show an E.U. Digital Covid Certificate proving they have recovered from the coronavirus in the past six months. The restrictions apply to people born in 2006 or earlier.


Visitors who are fully vaccinated or can show proof of recovery from the coronavirus do not need to take a coronavirus test, according to Danish authorities.

Those who are not fully vaccinated or have not been previously infected and are traveling from outside the European Union or Schengen-zone countries must take a coronavirus test within 24 hours that’s been administered by a third party.


Fully vaccinated people traveling to Greece from the United States do not need to take a coronavirus test, per government guidance. Visitors who completed their first vaccination cycle more than nine months before arriving will need to show proof of a booster.

They can otherwise show a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery from a coronavirus infection, issued 14 days after their first positive test — and which will remain valid for 180 days.

The country will accept a PCR test taken within 72 hours before their scheduled arrival, or a rapid test performed no more than 24 hours before their scheduled arrival. All arrivals must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before entering the country.