2020 didn't leave most of us with the fondest of memories. With a worldwide lockdown, most of us were stuck at home waiting for everything to go back to normal. However, 2021 comes bearing good news. Things are slowly but surely going back to normal and many countries that had banned international travel have started lifting the restrictions, especially those that rely heavily on tourism. So, if you’ve been caged up in your house for well over a year now and are ready to get out and start traveling this beautiful world once again, here are some of the countries that are open for travel in 2021.
With over 1200 islands, unmatched luxury, and serene beaches, Maldives is one of the most visited countries in the world. The Maldives has once again opened its gate to tourists and is receiving travelers from all over the world. What makes Maldives a great place to travel is that you aren't required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, all you have to do is bring proof of a negative covid-19 PCR test taken less than 96 hours before departure. However, vaccinated travelers just need to bring their vaccination certificate confirming that they completed their vaccination at least 14 days before entering the Maldives. Most islands are open to visitors except for those where the majority of the population is still unvaccinated. So, you will be able to have a normal vacation without worrying about social distancing or masks.
The home of hot springs, fjords, icefields, glaciers, and volcanoes, Iceland has long attracted thrill-seekers and adventures from all over the world. In April 2021, Iceland opened its borders for travelers from all over the world who have either received an EMA-approved vaccination or can prove that they have recently recovered. These travelers don't have to quarantine or provide negative PCR tests and are free to travel to Iceland.
However, if you aren't vaccinated and still want to travel to Iceland, you will need a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours to board the flight to Iceland and will have to undergo double screening on arrival along with 5-6 days quarantine after which you will be allowed to take a molecular-biology COVID-19 test.
With more than 800 km of picturesque Atlantic ocean coastline and tons of other remarkably diverse attractions, Portugal has been one of the most visited countries in all of Europe for the longest time. From the enchanting towns and cosmopolitan cities to historic palaces, castles, and museums, Portugal never fails to surprise its visitors, and every time you visit, you find something new and exciting.
In May 2021 Portugal opened its borders to travelers from all EU countries and a handful of non-EU countries including Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland. All travelers are required to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours in advance and non-vaccinated travelers have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, much like any other country, vaccinated travelers are allowed to travel the country given that they have completed their vaccination at least 14 days before arrival.
Antigua and Barbuda
The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are home to some of the most enchanting beaches in the world, a happening underwater life, and luxury resorts that make for the perfect getaway location. If you're a fan of water-sports like diving, swimming, fishing, sailing, and windsurfing, this is the place to be.
What makes Antigua and Barbuda the perfect post-pandemic travel location is that there really aren't too many restrictions in place. Vaccinated travelers are allowed to travel with proof of vaccination, while non-vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter the country with a negative PCR test. However non-vaccinated travelers may also have to undergo a mandatory quarantine and wear a monitoring bracelet, but once you are cleared by the health officials, you can travel to all the locations open to international travelers.
Austria is home to the scenic central alps and beautiful cities like Vienna and Salzburg which make it a popular tourist destination in Europe. With breathtaking natural beauty, mind-boggling historic architecture, and some of the highest mountain peaks in Europe, Austria has it all.
At the moment Austria is only allowing travelers from EU countries and a few third-party nationals, but things are expected to change in the next month or so. Vaccinated travelers who have completed their vaccination 14 days before arrival or recently recovered travelers are allowed to enter the country without having to go through the rigorous screening process. While non-vaccinated travelers have to undergo at least a five-day quarantine period after which they are allowed to leave given that their molecular-biology covid-19 test returns negative. Plus a negative PCR test is mandatory before boarding the flight.
With a rich heritage, tons of water sports, and plenty of natural trails, Croatia is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the Balkans. Plus if you're a game of thrones fan you will love the city of Dubrovnik.
Having been closed to travelers for well over a year, Croatia finally opened its borders to international travelers in April of 2021. Travelers from EU countries that are classified as ‘green’ by the ECDC are allowed to enter the country without any testing requirements, whereas travelers from the rest of the world will have to have one of three things, either a negative PCR test taken 42 hours in advance, Proof of recent recovery from COVID-19 or proof of vaccination within the last fourteen days. Otherwise, you will have to undergo a fourteen-day quarantine period on arrival.