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Corona vaccination & vacation: Where the vaccination certificate is important for freedom of travel

In Germany, too, traveling should soon become easier for people with corona vaccinations. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers discussed it at the vaccination summit on Monday, but there have not yet been any resolutions. Until May 28, a decision is to be taken on easing tests and quarantine. There is still generally no test or quarantine exemption when returning to Germany from risk areas, but federal states such as Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate are taking a special route.

Other countries have already made a decision and are removing entry restrictions for tourists who can prove a full vaccination. In seven of the 27 EU countries, vaccinated and convalescent people no longer have to be in quarantine: Greece, Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia. Cyprus plans to follow suit on May 10th. Other countries are also loosening up and doing without the compulsory test.

No compulsory vaccination - but more freedom to travel

Important:A corona vaccination is currently not applicable anywhere - So far no country in the world has decided that only vaccinated people are allowed to enter. Only the corona test for entry or sometimes a possible quarantine are omitted for those. The following alphabetical overview lists the entry requirements of the countries that have advantages for vaccinated people and which they are planning (as of April 27, 2021):

Denmark | Ecuador | Estonia | Georgia | Greece | Iceland | Croatia | Lebanon | Lithuania | Madeira | Moldova | Montenegro | Poland | Romania | San Marino | Serbia | Slovenia

These countries are planning benefits for travelers with corona vaccination
When will the corona vaccination pass for Europe come?

Denmark: Compulsory testing for vaccinated persons is not applicable, quarantine is not

According to the travel advice of the Foreign Office, 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.

However, the country is also planning to discontinue the isolation requirement for fully vaccinated people from EU and Schengen countries from May 1, provided that the country's risk assessment allows this, writes the Foreign Office. Germany does not currently meet this requirement. The Danish authorities update the list of risk countries once a week, so that could change.

Ecuador: Corona test or vaccination

Vaccinated people can now travel to Ecuador and thus also to the Galapagos Islands - without any restrictions. Until now, entry was only possible with a negative PCR test. But according to the Federal Foreign Office, since April 7th, travelers aged two and over have to present a negative PCR or antigen test that is not more than 72 hours old or proof of a complete vaccination in order to be able to travel to Ecuador.

When entering from Europe and randomly from other countries, a rapid antigen test is also carried out at the airport. If the result is positive, travelers must be quarantined for ten days after entry.

Estonia lifts quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Travelers from countries where the incidence value is over 150 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a two-week period must be quarantined in Estonia for ten days. If you can show a negative corona test on arrival, you can go outside for important matters (visits to the doctor, shopping, etc.), but you have to limit your social contacts. A second test can only remove the restrictions after seven days. However, this no longer applies to travelers from Germany - the Federal Republic is no longer on the list of risk areas of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Estonia's government also announced that it will waive the mandatory quarantine requirements for travelers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 or who can prove that they have survived a corona infection in the past six months.

Georgia: No compulsory testing for vaccinated people

If you travel to Georgia by plane and have proof of full vaccination, you can enter the country without restrictions, the Federal Foreign Office announced. However, a vaccination certificate is required, which is either in Georgian or English or has been translated.

Unvaccinated tourists must present a PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours, and take a second test after entering the country. But they don't have to be in quarantine.

Greece is canceling quarantine and compulsory testing

Greece is speeding up: The quarantine obligation for tourists from EU countries, including Germany, no longer applies on Monday, April 19. However, travelers by air and land must still present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours. Anyone who can prove a complete vaccination based on a written certificate and has completed this 14 days before entry does not need a certificate of a negative PCR test. Regardless of this, a free Covid-19 rapid test is carried out on arrival in individual cases, writes the Foreign Office.

Iceland: travelers with vaccinations do not need to be in quarantine

If a traveler can present a corresponding proof of vaccination, he not only does not have to quarantine in Iceland, he also no longer has to present a negative corona test result. A vaccination certificate must be presented upon entry, according to the Icelandic Ministry of Health, this must be in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or French.

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The tourists must have received both vaccine doses, i.e. two vaccinations with an interval of 19 to 42 days for the vaccine from Pfizer-Biontech or two doses with an interval of at least 28 days for the active ingredient from Moderna. The vaccine Astrazeneca has also been approved.

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Iceland also allows people who have demonstrably recovered from a corona infection, entry without quarantine and test.

Iceland is not a risk area: Holidays without quarantine are possible

Because Iceland is not currently a corona risk area from a German point of view, people with a full vaccination would be able to take a vacation without a quarantine period, because this only applies to those traveling back to Germany from risk areas.

Croatia: No corona test for vaccinated people

Anyone traveling to Croatia from a country in the EU that is considered a risk area (Germany is one of them) must present a negative PCR or antigen rapid test, which must not be older than 48 hours upon arrival at the border. Anyone staying in the country for more than ten days must take a second test by the tenth day from the date the first test was issued.

Alternatively, a test can be carried out immediately after arrival, and travelers must then be quarantined until they receive the negative result. Those who cannot take a test have to be in isolation for ten days. This is what the rules of the Croatian government provide.

Exempted from this test or quarantine requirement are those who have been completely vaccinated against Corona - they have to prove that they received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago. Even those who have recovered who can prove this are allowed to enter freely.

Lebanon: No quarantine, but compulsory corona test for vaccinated people

People who have a medical certificate stating that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 do not have to be in hotel quarantine in Lebanon, the PCR tests are still required, the Federal Foreign Office announced.

All other German travelers have to go through the following procedure:

  • The negative corona test result from a German laboratory, which must not be older than 96 hours upon arrival in Lebanon, must be carried with you.
  • Another PCR test will be carried out at the airport immediately upon arrival. The costs for this are settled with the purchase of the flight ticket.
  • After entering the country, travelers must be isolated at home for three days; the result of the PCR test carried out at the airport will be received by SMS within 48 hours.

Lithuania: No quarantine for vaccinated people

If you travel to Lithuania, you generally have to be in quarantine for ten days, but you can shorten the isolation with a corona test, which is subject to a fee, from the seventh day. In addition, a negative test result from a PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old on entry must be available, the Federal Foreign Office informs.

However, there is no quarantine requirement for travelers who have contracted Covid-19 in the past three months or who have already received two doses of vaccine.

Madeira: There is no corona test requirement for vaccinated people

Madeira has changed its entry regulations, the local tourism office announced. Anyone who has already been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or who has survived the infection according to a doctor's certificate is no longer obliged to present a negative PCR test when entering the country. The vaccination certificate must therefore be in English and contain the most important data such as name, date of birth, type of vaccine and date of vaccination.

Entrants who tested positive for the coronavirus in the 90 days prior to entry, but are healthy again, must show a medical certificate. Then the corona test does not apply to you either.

Without vaccination or survived infection: Corona test compulsory

All other travelers must still show a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours when entering Madeira, or they must be tested directly at the airport free of charge. The result is available after twelve hours at the latest, as long as travelers have to be in quarantine in their accommodation. In addition, all passengers must register online prior to arrival.

Moldova: Vaccinated people do not have to be in quarantine

In the Republic of Moldova there is a general entry ban for people from risk countries - Germany is not one of them. Anyone entering the small state between Romania and Ukraine from a non-risk country has to be in quarantine for 14 days.

However, the restriction does not apply to foreign nationals who can provide official confirmation (in English, French or Russian) to prove that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. This is communicated by the Federal Foreign Office in its travel and security information.

Montenegro

If you want to go to Montenegro, you have to present a PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) or a positive serological antibody test (maximum 30 days old) or a proof of vaccination in which the second dose was vaccinated at least seven days before arrival. The Foreign Office writes.

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Poland: No quarantine for vaccinated people

In the neighboring country of Germany, according to the Federal Foreign Office, the following applies: “After entering the EU via an internal EU border, there is a 10-day quarantine obligation when entering with organized travel or when entering by bus, train, plane or ship. Entry with a private vehicle is exempt from this. "

But: Exceptions are people who can prove a vaccination against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved in the EU. Everyone else must provide a PCR test no older than 48 hours to avoid quarantine. Poland was the first EU country to lift the quarantine for vaccinated people in January 2021.

Romania: No quarantine for vaccinated people

EU citizens who do not have COVID-19 symptoms are allowed to enter Romania. Anyone who comes from a risk area, a “yellow zone”, has to be in quarantine for 10 days. Germany is currently not considered a risk area in Romania, but as you know, that can change quickly. However, the quarantine does not apply to travelers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19. The second vaccination dose must have been given at least ten days before entering Romania. Proof of this must be presented. An exception to the quarantine also applies to people who tested positive for Corona in the last 90 days before entry. The Federal Foreign Office provides further information.

San Marino: No compulsory testing for vaccinated people

People who have stayed outside Italy and the Vatican in the previous 14 days must, when entering SanMarino, a negative PCR or antigen test, which must not be older than 48 hours, or a certificate that a SARS-CoV has been carried out -2 vaccination. The Federal Foreign Office also says: "The evidence must be sent to the national health authority by email to [email protected] or [email protected] for verification."

Serbia facilitates entry

German citizens must present a negative PCR test when entering Serbia, which must not be older than 48 hours from the date of issue. Entry restrictions apply if the travelers in Serbia have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and can present a Serbian certificate. Then the obligation to test does not apply, writes the Foreign Office.

Slovenia: freedom of travel for vaccinated and convalescent people

In general, German travelers in Slovenia are subject to a ten-day quarantine obligation because Germany is listed as a risk area and is on the corresponding “red list”. The quarantine requirement can be shortened to five days if a PCR test is carried out within five days of commencement of quarantine and the test result is negative.

However, there is the possibility of exempting yourself from the quarantine obligation:

  • Whoever presents a negative PCR test (maximum 48 hours old) or a rapid antigen test carried out in the EU (maximum 24 hours old) that is not older than 48 hours when crossing the border.
  • Anyone who can provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or who has been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the past is also exempt from the obligation to quarantine.

These countries plan benefits for vaccinated travelers

Balearic Islands: The Spanish region with the popular islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca have applied for a pilot project that allows vaccinated people to enter without a test. That writes the "Mallorca Magazin". The project could start in May.

Barbados: Barbados is the only country in the Caribbean to plan to make entry easier for those who have been vaccinated. From May 8, there will be only two PCR tests for people vaccinated against Covid-19 - one before and another on entry. They have to wait a day or two in quarantine for the result.

Israel: There is currently a tourist entry ban. But the country has already announced advantages for vaccinated travelers and those who have recovered: You no longer have to be in quarantine or submit a corona test.

Mauritius: Anyone who can prove a complete vaccination should soon be able to enter the country without restrictions. So far, a 14-day hotel quarantine is mandatory.

Sweden: The country is developing a digital vaccination certificate, but like Denmark wants to coordinate closely with the EU for the specific implementation.

Thailand: There are plans in Thailand to lift the 15-day hotel room quarantine for people who have been known to be vaccinated. As part of a pilot project, international tourists should be able to travel to Phuket without quarantine from July 1, 2021 - if they can prove a full corona vaccination. This is reported by the Thai Tourist Office TAT. A negative PCR test must also be presented upon entry. Further destinations are to be added in October_ Krabi, Phang Na, Surat, Thani / Ko Samui, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.

Cyprus: The country wants to remove quarantine and PCR testing for vaccinated people on May 10th.

When will the corona vaccination pass for Europe come?

The subject of the corona vaccination pass will become relevant for travel in Europe this year: The 27 EU countries want to soon introduce a mutually recognized document to prove the corona vaccination. The impetus for this came from Spain, Portugal and Greece. At the EU summit in mid-January, the countries demanded: "The people who are vaccinated must be able to travel freely."

The common vaccination certificate should be available from June. A database for registering vaccinations and the introduction of a personalized QR code for those who have been vaccinated are being considered. But it is not yet clear whether vaccinated people will be able to travel quarantine-free throughout Europe in the summer.

But there is still no EU vaccination certificate. Until then, travelers should have the vaccination entered in the WHO international vaccination certificate, if they have one, and have it with them when traveling.