Rules and regulations surrounding unvaccinated travel have been keeping some of us close to home for the last two years. But travel requirements have slowly been easing up over the course of 2022. Countries all over the world are finally lifting one important entry requirement: proof of vaccination.
While some rules may still be in place, such as a quarantine period, negative results of a recent Covid-19 test, random screening or mask mandates, more and more nations now welcoming both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers alike.
Unvaccinated travel within Canada
With the rising cost of international flights, exploring more of Canada is a good option for anyone trying to save money on their vacation. Every province and territory in Canada is open for unvaccinated travellers, but safety precautions vary slightly from province to province.
At the onset of the pandemic, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut took every precaution to protect the population that lived there, including border closures and putting a halt to any unnecessary travel between communities. With the majority of the population now vaccinated, travel and tourism to the North have opened up again, and guidelines to the territories are in line with federal mandates.
The Government of Nunavut is no longer reporting case numbers or vaccine data. Unvaccinated travel to and around the NWT, the Yukon and Nunavut is allowed once more, with the only exception being passengers entering Nunavut via cruise ships. In the Yukon, practicing the ‘Safe 6’ is still encouraged. However, any travel across the border from the Yukon into Alaska is subject to U.S federal travel restrictions including presenting valid proof of vaccination.
The east coast
Travel restrictions have also loosened up in provinces in the Maritime, including rules surrounding unvaccinated travel. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. As of February 28, 2022, travellers to Newfoundland and Labrador were no longer required to self-isolate, get tested on arrival or complete a travel form. Covid-19 screening at any point of entry to Prince Edward Island stopped on April 28, 2022.
In Nova Scotia, unvaccinated travellers can enter without having to isolate, but proof of vaccination is still required for passengers entering via cruise ships, similar to Nunavut. New Brunswick, which saw an increase in cases over the summer, is not considering re-implementing certain health measures like masking, and unvaccinated travel will continue to and from the province.
The prairie provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have similar measures in order. Unvaccinated travel is allowed, with no extra precautions like a self-isolation period or registration required for unvaccinated travel.
Quebec, Ontario, and BC
There are no unvaccinated travel restrictions in place for Ontario or Quebec either. However, Quebec’s website still stresses that non-essential travel should be avoided.
In British Columbia, there is no provincial requirement to show proof of vaccination to travel, enter a business or attend an event, but business owners may choose to require their patrons to show proof of vaccination.
All provinces and territories within Canada state that public health measures and mandates may return if cases surge to the point of overwhelming the health care system.
Unvaccinated travel to the United States
While the border between Canada and the US has opened up for vaccinated travellers, it remains closed to Canadians and all foreign nationals who are not vaccinated. All travellers bound for the United States by land, sea or air must be fully vaccinated and present valid proof of vaccination status. However, this only applies to visitors to the US, not to citizens US nationals, permanent residents or immigrants.
Age & health status
The only exemptions to this mandate are children under the age of 18 and individuals who are medically unfit to be vaccinated. If you’re medically unfit, have to provide proof for this exemption, like a note from a medical professional. The exemption also applies to someone entering under emergency circumstances who did not have time to get fully vaccinated.
If you’re coming home from the US, vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians alike need to submit information regarding their travel plans to the ArriveCAN app in order to re-enter Canada. Unvaccinated Canadians must also take a pre-entry test and submit their test results to the app in addition to their travel details and their 14-day quarantine plan. You will be able to take a second test for Covid-19 on day 8 of your quarantine.
Unvaccinated travel to international destinations
Lifting travel bans means that Canadians can travel both domestically and internationally, so if you’ve been itching to cash in your travel credit card rewards, now is the time. There are 85 countries to choose from that welcome tourists regardless of vaccination status.
Located in the Southeastern region of the Balkans, Albania has stunning coastlines, castles, and interesting history. They opened their borders to unvaccinated travellers on May 1, 2022.
Nestled in between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains, Andorra is a ski lover’s paradise. They have no entry requirements, but unvaccinated travellers can only enter from the side that borders France.
Armenia is located in the Caucasus region, which separates Asia from Europe. They opened their borders for unvaccinated travel on May 1, 2022.
If you visit Austria, you are still required to wear a mask in certain situations (like public transport) but unvaccinated travel was re-instated on May 16, 2022.
On May 28, 2022, this former Soviet nation ended all restrictions related to Covid-19, including unvaccinated travel bans.
Restrictions have been lifted, but travellers who are coming from countries where there is a concern of the variants must provide proof of vaccination.
Restrictions have been lifted since May 1.
A popular destination for yacht enthusiasts, Croatia lifted its unvaccinated travel restrictions on May 1.
Travel restrictions weren’t dropped until June 1, and masks are still required in many public spaces.
The Czech Republic
The Czech Republic opened its borders on April 9.
Denmark & Greenland
Covid restrictions were lifted on March 29 to mainland Denmark, while restrictions to Greenland weren’t lifted until a bit later, on May 18.
Unvaccinated travel was allowed in Estonia once again as of June 16.
Finland was the last Northern European nation to lift its unvaccinated travel restrictions, on June 30.
France and two of its territories, French Guiana and French Polynesia, lifted their restrictions on August 1.
Unvaccinated travel was re-instated on June 11.
Another country right on the border between Europe and Asia, Georgia’s restrictions were lifted on June 15.
Travellers could make the trek to see the Rock of Gibraltar as of March 30.
Greece opened for all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, for the summer in order to boost tourism, but precautions are set in place to re-instate restrictions if cases surge after September.
Entry requirements to this small Central European nation were lifted on March 7.
Restrictions were lifted in Iceland way back in February.
Travel restrictions, including unvaccinated travel restrictions, were lifted on March 6.
Italians welcomed back travellers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, on June 1.
Liechtenstein & Switzerland
Both countries reopened their borders to travellers from all countries and regions on May 2.
The Republic of Lithuania lifted its restrictions on May 1.
Unvaccinated travellers have been able to fly directly to the Madeira islands since May 4 of this year.
Malta had previous restrictions that required travellers to have received a booster shot no later than 3 months prior to visiting, but since July 25, no restrictions are in place.
No vaccination requirements have been in place since March 16.
Norway ended its ban on unvaccinated travel on February 12.
All restrictions were lifted on March 28.
Unvaccinated sun chasers can enjoy the Portuguese coast since restrictions were lifted on July 1.
As of March 16, no Covid-19 restrictions have been in place.
Unvaccinated travel has been allowed in Serbia since May 3.
Slovenia opened its borders to unvaccinated travellers on February 19.
All requirements were dropped on April 6.
In March 2020, travel from all countries outside the EU was banned, but borders re-opened to everyone on April 1.
The United Kingdom
The UK eased into reopening its borders, but the final phase, allowing unvaccinated travel, was put into action on March 18.
Requirements were lifted on May 1.
Entry requirements were dropped on April 1.
Unvaccinated travel was reintroduced on April 21.
This small country, dotted with deep canyons and fjords, reopened its border to unvaccinated travellers on March 10.
Unvaccinated has been allowed since June 16.
Covid restrictions have been lifted since May 5.
Archeology buffs can once again visit the pyramids since restrictions were eased on June 17.
Gabon was the first African country to allow unvaccinated travel, lifting bans on March 16.
The island nation reopened its borders to all on August 11.
Although you may still need to provide a negative test result to enter certain areas, vaccination requirements were lifted on July 12.
Restrictions were eased on June 23 and unvaccinated travel is allowed once again.
Restrictions were lifted on July 1.
There were no entry requirements to visit Sudan as of August 2.
Visitors to Cuba don’t have to be vaccinated, but they may be subject to a random PCR test, regardless of vaccination status.
This island, belonging to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, lifted entry requirements on March 10.
Entry requirements were lifted on April 20.
The British Virgin Islands
No test or proof of vaccination has been required since July 15.
The Cayman Islands
Restrictions were lifted on August 24.
The Dominican Republic
Unvaccinated travel has been allowed since April 23, but randomized testing is still carried out.
Entry requirements were lifted on March 19.
There has been no need to show proof of vaccination since April 4.
All entry requirements were lifted on April 16.
Trinidad and Tobago
No testing has been required of travellers since July 1.
St. Kitts and Nevis
Entry requirements were eased on August 15.
There have been no entry requirements since May 10.
Entry requirements to this island nation were dropped on February 20.
Unvaccinated travel was welcomed back to Georgia on June 15.
Restrictions to this cultural melting pot were lifted on August 1, but masks are still required for indoor spaces like hotels and concert venues.
Since March 13 beachgoers could enjoy the white sands of the Maldives regardless of vaccination status.
There are no entry requirements to this mountainous Asian country.
Unvaccinated travel was reintroduced on June 1.
You can enter without providing proof of vaccination, but you must submit to a health screening.
You do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test in order to enter the country.
Jordan no longer requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.
Many Central Asian countries have opened their borders to unvaccinated travellers, with Kazakhstan allowing unvaccinated travel on June 8.
No Covid regulations have been in place since May 1.
Many Central Asian countries have opened their borders to unvaccinated travellers, with Kyrgyzstan dropping theirs first on May 1.
Restrictions were lifted on May 22.
Unvaccinated tourists were welcomed back to Saudi Arabia on March 6.
Covid restrictions were dropped on March 17.
Central and South America
All travellers must present proof of insurance that will cover any medical costs related to Covid-19.
You don’t need proof of vaccination to enter Chile, but you do need insurance and may have to take a PCR test.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Covid entry requirements were dropped on May 26.
Unvaccinated travel has been allowed since April 1.
Restrictions were eased on February 24.
Unvaccinated travel was reintroduced on August 15.
Australia, Israel, & Mexico
These three have also lifted their ban on unvaccinated travellers, but a health check may still be required in Mexico and you will need insurance to visit Isreal.
FAQs About Unvaccinated Travel
No, all non-US citizens travelling to or through the United States must present valid proof of vaccination, the only exemptions being children under the age of 18 (for foreign national travellers) or, if you cannot take the vaccine due to medical reasons, by obtaining a medical waiver.
Unvaccinated Canadians can travel freely within their own country and to any of the 85 countries that no longer require you to be vaccinated for Covid-19. However, some entry requirements might still be in place for unvaccinated travel, such as a quarantine period and a negative Covid-19 test.
Vaccine mandates for domestic travel ended on June 20, 2022, meaning that unvaccinated Canadians can now travel freely within their own country via car, bus, train or plane.
There are currently around 85 countries that allow unvaccinated travel, and unvaccinated Canadians can travel freely within their own country. But at least for the foreseeable future, vaccination against Covid-19 will continue to be an entry requirement for many other countries.
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