The 8 Easiest Countries to Visit Right Now, Experts Say
If you’ve recently been bitten by the travel bug, you’re not alone. After a long winter (and an even longer pandemic), many people can’t wait to get away. The good news is that, as more and more countries have dropped some of their entry requirements, traveling the world is becoming easier than it has been in years, especially for vaccinated people.
While these restrictions vary widely by country, many are eliminating some testing, quarantine on arrival, and vaccination requirements, or removing them all as COVID and vaccination rates rise. are improving. That means fewer steps to go through to prepare for takeoff, which translates to a much less stressful experience all around.
Remember: if you decide to travel to one of these countries, it is important to always assess your personal health and risk tolerance, and take all recommended safety precautions. Also be aware that travel guidelines are continually changing, so you’ll want to monitor your destination’s official tourism website for up-to-date information as you get closer to your trip, and the US State Department website before to come back.
So, ready to get out the passport and start packing? Here are some of the least restrictive destinations you can visit right now. And for more, don’t miss these 10 American Islands to Add to Your Bucket List.
With crystal clear waters, unparalleled hospitality and cuisine to match your cravings, a trip to Greece will help you shake off that pandemic blues. Fortunately, all travelers, regardless of their country of origin, can enter Greece without having to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from the virus or a COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival, according to Danielle Riddleco-founder and CEO of Inspired Travel Group in Vancouver.
“With COVID restrictions in full view, there aren’t many better options to satisfy your inner wanderlust with rich culture, idyllic beaches, incredible historical sites and sumptuous food,” she says.
Riddle recommends island hopping, as well as exploring the cultural and historical wonders of Athens, for a perfectly balanced vacation.
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Dreaming of a tropical getaway this spring or summer? Aruba lifted all COVID-19 travel restrictions on March 19, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing island getaway.
“Previously, tourists were only allowed to enter with a negative coronavirus test, proof of full vaccination or proof of recovery,” explains Gary Pradoresident travel expert and vice president of the Florida-based timeshare market, RedWeek.
Although proof of vaccination and negative test results are no longer required for entry, Prado notes that all travelers are still required to purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance and complete the Aruba Boarding/Disembarking Pass. ‘Aruba before they arrive, which is the country’s digitized customs and immigration process.
Mexico’s COVID regulations are relatively relaxed compared to most other international destinations, says Prado. Passengers may be subject to health checks, including temperature checks, and those with symptoms may be subject to additional health checks and/or quarantine, according to the embassy and consulates of the United States to Mexico. Other than that, however, there are no vaccinations, COVID-19 testing, or quarantine requirements for entry.
“I recommend Mexico because many hotels and resorts offer free Covid testing and quarantine insurance,” says Anh Le, owner and author of the Luxury under Budget travel blog. “This means that if you test positive for COVID-19 at the end of your stay, the hotel will provide you with free accommodation for a 14-day quarantine.”
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Argentina may have had a strict lockdown for the first year of the pandemic, but things are much more relaxed now – in fact there are no vaccine or test requirements to enter the country .
And for peace of mind, this country had had continuous days with zero COVID deaths and 90% of the country is fully vaccinated, says Ande Wanderer, owner and editor of the travel and culture site Wander Argentina. It is also one of the most affordable countries in the world to visit right now thanks to the parallel currency which allows visitors to get double pesos for their dollars.
“Snowboarders and skiers can head to Las Leñas in Mendoza or Bariloche to enjoy some of the best skiing in the Americas at Latin American prices,” adds Wanderer. “In coastal Patagonia around Puerto Madryn, visitors can see whales, elephant seals, sea lions, Commerson’s cone-headed dolphins. Even a week in Buenos Aires is worthwhile, promising excellent dinners of steak and Malbec, endless cultural events, and even dancing in the street, especially on Argentina’s Independence Day, July 9.”
While you’re there, Wanderer recommends traveling to Uruguay, which also has no testing requirements for visitors. Those who are not vaccinated simply need to present a negative test taken within 72 hours of entry.
The UK removed all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions in March. Not only is England’s weather ideal during the summer, but Alex Tiffany – a travel planner and the founder of the Just Go Exploring blog – notes that this country comes alive in the summer, with many festivals, gardens of outdoor pubs and cultural and sporting events. events to delimit.
Sarah Leigh Shenton—marketing director of England-based luxury travel company Red Savannah—cites the opera festivals of Glyndebourne, Garsington and The Grange as well as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Wimbledon as good reasons to visit. Even better, Shenton notes that each of these events is easily accessible from London.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) upgraded Jamaica’s consultative status to Level 1 due to the low number of COVID-19 cases. In addition to the drop in the number of cases, Jamaica has also dropped all requirements for a negative test result, proof of vaccination or quarantine on arrival. That makes this island a perfect place to visit if you’re concerned about your health and safety, but also want to avoid the hassle of travel, says Victoria Polanskiaccount executive at the Lou Hammond Group travel and lifestyle agency in South Carolina.
“International visitors to Jamaica are no longer required to obtain travel authorization to enter the island,” Polansky said. “But all other public health measures remain in place, including requiring public establishments to provide handwashing stations or hand sanitizing equipment to anyone entering the premises.”
As a bonus, Polansky notes that there are a ton of fun festivals on the island during the summer, including Jamaica Rum Festival in June, Jamaica Carnival in July, and Reggae Sumfest in July.
Denmark removed all remaining COVID-19 entry restrictions at the end of March. But that’s not the only reason to visit this charming Scandinavian country.
“Denmark is rich in history dating back to the Vikings in the 8th century,” say Josephine Kraemer and Dominik Kropacek, co-founders and owners of the travel blog Red White Adventures. “Visit the beautiful capital of Copenhagen, take a trip to the island of Bornholm and discover the UNESCO biosphere Møns Klint.”
Astrid Thorton, the founder of travel guide site Seek Scandinavia, adds that June, July, August and September are the best months to visit Denmark as the days are longer and the temperatures are a little higher. This means you can cycle through quaint towns, enjoy a Scandinavian meal al fresco and enjoy even more of what Denmark has to offer.
Visiting Iceland couldn’t be easier right now, as there are no COVID-related restrictions in place as of February 25, 2022.
As a bonus, Thornton says the longer days in summer will allow you to fully appreciate Iceland’s breathtaking scenery. In fact, it stays clear outside as late as 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. during this season. This means you’ll have plenty of daylight to explore as well as plenty of photo ops. And since average summer temperatures hover around the mid-50s, you’ll never overheat while hiking the trails around Reykjavik.
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