These international hotspots are welcoming tourists with open arms!
If you’re fully vaccinated, life has begun to feel “normal” again. You can ditch elbow bumps for handshakes, you can stop dousing your groceries in disinfectant, and you can show your whole face in public. But even more important, you can travel again, and not just walks around the neighborhood or weekend road trips. You can hop on a plane and jet to a faraway location – the way it used to be.
But unlike before, not every country is on the same page when it comes to tourism. Some borders are wide open; others remain firmly closed. Now, researching trips requires hunting for the best airfare, the snazziest accommodations, and the most lenient travel policies.
But fear not. From well-known cities to less visited locales, the following 6 destinations are safe bets for the fully vaxxed.
For safe fun in the sun, these are your best (and most welcoming) options.
British Virgin Islands
Getting into this Caribbean hotspot will require a little extra work on the front end. You’ll need to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within five days of your arrival. Then, you’ll need to take another test and quarantine while you wait for the results. What’s the benefit of being fully vaccinated if it’s this strict to get in? The quarantine measures are much shorter – unvaccinated visitors have to quarantine for a minimum of four days and get tested again on the fourth day, in addition to the other testing requirements. But once you’re in, it’s all worth it. There are 50-plus islands to explore, each with its own unique draw. Hike the cliffs on Tortola, dine on authentic Caribbean cuisine on Jost Van Dyke, or kick back at The Baths on Virgin Gorda. You’ll forget your quarantine troubles in no time.
This Central American country allows tourists who are fully vaccinated at least two weeks before their arrival. Unlike the British Virgin Islands, you simply need to download the Belize Health App and complete your vaccination verification. Once you arrive, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to help you make the most of your stay. 43 miles off the mainland, go scuba diving in the Great Blue Hole, located in the Belize Barrier Reef. Or, take a horseback riding tour through Mayan sites like Cahal Pech and El Pilar. Or, spend a quiet afternoon birding; Belize is home to over 500 species.
If you’re looking for inland adventure, these European countries should top your list.
To enter Denmark, you don’t need to take a COVID-19 test nor do you need to quarantine. However, you do need to show proof of a vaccination that’s approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – either Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Moderna. Denmark’s main attraction is Copenhagen, where you can wander the Designmuseum Denmark, unplug at the CopenHot al fresco spa, and overindulge at the many restaurants in Refshaleøen. But don’t be afraid to venture out to places like Odense (where famed writer Hans Christian Andersen was born), the 17th century Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, and Aarhus, for its three Michelin-starred eateries.
Greece requires tourists to show either their vaccination card or proof of a negative test to enter. Additionally, you’ll need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form and show the QR code you receive upon completion. Once you’re in, experience Santorini’s breathtaking sunset, live out your Mamma Mia fantasy on Skopelos (allegedly the greenest of the country’s 6,000 islets and islands), or take in the history by exploring the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis.
Some of Asia’s most celebrated countries are ramping up tourism just in time for summer.
Unfortunately, not all of Thailand is open for exploration, but Phuket Island is hardly a consolation prize. Starting in July, fully vaccinated travelers can enter Phuket Province without any quarantine restrictions. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is home to several major beaches. If you’ve missed crowds, head to the shores of the south coast, including Laem Phromthep, the southernmost point; for more subdued sunbathing, head north. Also, be sure to take in the varied cultures and history of Old Phuket Town, explore the Wat Chalong Historical Temple, and marvel at Phuket Fantasea, a dynamic entertainment experience featuring Thai elephants and special effects.
Georgia, which sits at the intersection of Asia and Europe, may seem like an offbeat choice, but it’s worth consideration. To get in, you just need to be fully vaccinated – no testing or quarantine upon arrival. During your visit, you’ll likely be drawn to Tbilisi, where you can travel the city by cable car, refresh in the Abanotubani district’s brick bathhouses, and dig into a local oven-baked bread known as acharuli khachapuri. But save time to visit Kakheti, a winemaking region where roughly three-quarters of the country’s wine grapes are grown. Witness a wine culture steeped in tradition that’s thousands of years old.
You may not be able to travel everywhere just yet, but the great news is that you can travel somewhere, and each of these destinations offers a wonderful way to celebrate your vaccinated status. Be sure to capture and share it all with an international data plan from GigSky.