Where vaccinated and convalescent people can enter without conditions

No more compulsory testing or quarantine for people who have been vaccinated or who have survived a corona infection: Several countries are now following this principle

Free travel for vaccinated and convalescent people - without quarantine requirements and compulsory testing: Some countries and regions are already following this principle while the European Union (EU) is still working on the digital vaccination card. In some cases, however, general entry bans for tourist stays have to be observed. An overview of what is currently valid in which travel destinations.

Denmark: According to the travel advice of the Foreign Office (AA), anyone who has recovered from a corona infection can present the positive test result if this test was carried out between 14 days and eight weeks before the flight. In this case, the test is no longer required - but a quarantine is still necessary. Entry for tourist purposes is currently not permitted anyway.

Estonia: Anyone who has been vaccinated against the coronavirus within the past six months or has proven to have recovered from Covid-19 can re-enter without restrictions, such as a mandatory test. This is stipulated by the current entry regulations. In both cases, medical evidence must be presented, which can be read, for example, in the travel and safety information of the Foreign Office for Estonia.

Georgia: The Caucasus country allows unrestricted entry by air for people who are fully vaccinated against the virus and have proof of it. If a foreign vaccination certificate is available, this must be translated into Georgian or English. All other travelers require a PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours. According to the AA, another test is necessary after entry.

Iceland: Proof of a corona vaccination exempts travelers from testing and quarantine. How the vaccination certificate must look exactly can be found at the Icelandic health authority. There is also information about genesis there, which can also re-enter without conditions with a corresponding certificate. The Icelandic border authority decides on the recognition, explains the AA.

Israel: According to information from the AA, there are exceptions to the obligation to test and quarantine upon entry for travelers who can prove that they have already been vaccinated or have already been sick with Covid-19. However, there is still an entry ban for foreigners. According to the AA, exceptions only apply to foreign travelers who can prove that they live in Israel.

Lithuania: Travelers who have contracted Covid-19 in the past three months and have now recovered from the quarantine obligation are exempt from the obligation to quarantine. You need a medical certificate - translated into English, Russian or Lithuanian, emphasizes the AA. Anyone who has already received two doses of vaccine does not have to go into quarantine.

Madeira: On the popular holiday island in the Atlantic, travelers who are already fully vaccinated are not required to submit a negative PCR test. According to the tourist office, the vaccination certificate must be in English and contain important information such as name, date of birth, type of vaccine and date of vaccination.

The test is also not required for people who have already had a corona infection in the past 90 days and who can prove this with a medical certificate. All other visitors must continue to submit a negative test.

Poland: In the neighboring country, there is no ten-day quarantine obligation and corona test obligation, including for people who have been proven to have been vaccinated against the virus. In order to otherwise avoid the quarantine, all other tourists need a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 48 hours, according to the Foreign Office.

Romania: In this country, too, the obligation to test has been lifted, among other things, for travelers who are verifiably vaccinated or have recovered from Corona in the past 90 days. According to the AA, the second vaccination dose must have been administered at least 10 days before entering Romania. If the infection has survived, at least 14 days must have passed from the test result to entry.

Seychelles: In the island state in the Indian Ocean, the quarantine obligation for all travelers with the exception of passengers from South Africa will no longer apply from March 25, 2021. Visitors then only have to present a negative PCR test, which was carried out a maximum of 72 hours before departure, according to the AA. However, this also applies to people who have already been vaccinated.

Similar rules for vaccinated persons and genesis as in other European countries also apply in the Republic of Moldova and San Marino.

Discussion about EU-wide corona vaccination pass

In the EU, the introduction of a digital corona vaccination pass for free travel is being discussed. In the end, each country could decide for itself which rights are linked to the document. But it could take months before that happens. The different EU countries have different opinions about the passport.

What about flying and cruising?

The Australian airline Qantas announced in November that it would only take vaccinated people on certain routes. Other airlines were then irritated. The air transport association BDL promptly made it clear that it did not think so.

Among the cruise lines there are so far only very few providers who are planning a compulsory vaccination, as an overview of the portal Cruisetricks.de shows. The shipping companies Aida Cruises, TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, MSC Cruises and Costa, which are popular with German holidaymakers, do not currently have such an obligation.