COVID-19: Quarantine-free Countries Open to Travel

Quarantine-free Countries Open to Travel

In this post, we will share a list of quarantine-free countries that are open to travel and the most recent requirements to enter them.

As the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, we will be adding new quarantine-free countries and reviewing the content on a weekly basis.

This content of the post only contains information from local government websites and trusted travel sources.

Safety measures introduced at the airports

COVID-19 cases still remain high across the world and health authorities advise against all non-essential international travel.

However, many countries are already open to travel. To prevent the spread of the virus they introduced extra safety measures and updated entry requirements for travelers. Most of the countries require travelers to present a negative PCR test, complete a health form, book accommodation for the entire stay, buy mandatory insurance, present a return flight ticket, or go into a mandatory quarantine.

Quarantine is definitely one of the major obstacles for travelers.

Countries that opted to remain quarantine-free, typically take passengers through mandatory PCR testing or a health screening upon arrival at the airport. Only passengers with positive test results or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are required to quarantine.

Quarantine-free countries open to travel

1. Mexico

Due to simple entry requirements, Mexico is probably one of the most attractive quarantine-free countries today. Mexico is open to air travel for tourists arriving from all countries.

  • PCR tests are not required
  • Quarantine upon arrival is not required

COVID-19 and Travel update

Mexico has a four-tiered pandemic monitoring system, according to which areas are categories into red, orange, yellow and green.

  • Red – only core economic activities are allowed
  • Orange – public beaches, parks, shopping centers operate under a limited capacity to 30% and hotels to 50%.
  • Yellow – all working activities are allowed, with care being taken of people that are at a higher risk
  • Green – all activities are allowed

As of January 28, the only states which are categorized as yellow are Campeche and Chiapas, all other areas are categorized as red or orange. View the pandemic monitoring map of Mexico here.

All major tourism hubs in Mexico provide PCR testing in case a negative test result is required upon return to your home country.

Entry Requirements:

  • Complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code on arrival.
  • Go through a temperature screening upon arrival.
  • It is recommended to buy medical insurance that would cover Covid-19-related medical expenses.
  • Visa: Citizens of the Schengen Area countries, UK, USA, Canada, or Japan do not need a visa to visit Mexico. They only need to complete an immigration form and show it at the airport when entering and leaving the country.

2. Costa Rica

From November 1, 2020, Costa Rica is another quarantine-free country that is open for air travel and welcomes tourists from all countries.

  • PCR tests are not required
  • Quarantine upon arrival is not required

COVID-19 and Travel update

Costa Rica has a two-tiered pandemic monitoring system, according to which areas are categories into orange and yellow. Most of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and beaches in both categories were allowed to open. All businesses operate with certain restrictions and are limited to 50% capacity. View the pandemic monitoring map of Costa Rica here.

Private hospitals and labs around San Jose and in major tourist destinations provide PCR testing in case a negative test is required upon return in your home country.

Entry Requirements:

  • Complete a digital form called “Health Pass” which is available 48 hours before boarding and get a QR code generated. A QR code needs to be presented on a mobile phone at the airport.
  • Obtain mandatory insurance that would cover accommodation in case of quarantine and Covid-19-related medical expenses. It is recommended to buy insurance from one of the two local insurance companies that are preapproved by the Costa Rican government: Seguro Viajero or Sagicor. Alternatively, you can buy insurance from an international provider, but it needs to meet the COVID-19 insurance requirements. Insurance from an international provider needs to be uploaded into the “Health Pass” for approval by the Costa Rican authorities. It is also recommended to have a hard copy of it when traveling.
  • Present a return flight ticket.
  • Visa: Citizens from most of the countries do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica and are granted a 90-day stay upon arrival.

3. The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is also among countries that are open to international travel and are quarantine-free.

  • PCR tests are only required for travelers from the United Kingdom. Upon arrival at the airports, random COVID-19 rapid tests are carried out. 
  • Quarantine upon arrival is not required

COVID-19 and Travel update

From January 27 to February 8, 2021, the nationwide curfew will be in place from 7 pm to 5 am on Mon-Fri and from 5 pm to 5 am on Sat-Sun. During this time everyone has to stay at home. International travelers and their drivers are allowed to travel to and from the airport during the hours of curfew.

Most of the hotels, shops, restaurants, and bars have reopened and operate under certain restrictions with limited capacity to 60%. National parks and beaches can be visited during the hours of free movement.

Entry Requirements:

  • If traveling from the United Kingdom present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel.
  • Complete electronic entry and exit forms and receive a QR code. A QR code needs to be presented on your mobile phone at the airport. The form can be completed online or upon arrival at the airport.
  • Airports will perform a quick, aleatory breath test to between 3% and 15% of travelers.
  • All visitors arriving on or before March 31, 2021, will be provided with mandatory insurance which will be 100% paid by the Dominican government.
  • Visa: Citizens of the Schengen Area countries, UK, USA, Canada do not need visas to enter the Dominican Republic and are granted a 30-day stay upon arrival.

4. Kenya

Kenya is open to travel for visitors from all countries since August 1, 2020, and is also a quarantine-free country.

COVID-19 and Travel update

From January 4 to March 12, 2021, the nationwide curfew remains in place from 10 pm to 4 am on Mon-Sun. During this time everyone has to stay at home. International travelers and their drivers are allowed to travel to and from the airport during the hours of curfew.

Most of the hotels, shops, restaurants, and safaris are open to tourists. Face masks must be worn in public places except when eating, or when adhering to social distancing in hotels or beaches.

Domestic flights are operating in Kenya. A COVID-19 negative test to board domestic flights is not required.

Entry Requirements:

  • Present a negative PCR test taken 96 hours before arrival. It is recommended to have it printed.
  • Complete a COVID-19 Traveller Health Surveillance Form before their arrival and receive a QR code. A QR code needs to be presented upon arrival at the airport.
  • Go through a full-body thermal scan upon arrival at the airport.
  • Obtain insurance that would cover Covid-19-related medical expenses.
  • Visa: From January 1, 2021, all visas are issued electronically before traveling. Check if you need a visa to visit Kenya here.

5. The Maldives

The Maldives was among the very first quarantine-free countries that opened to international travel. Citizens of all countries are welcome, except of travelers who have visited the United Kingdom in the last 14 days.

  • A negative PCR test is required.
  • Quarantine upon arrival is not required

COVID-19 and Travel update

As of December 16, 2020 visitors are also allowed to travel between resorts and islands that do not have COVID-19 cases. To travel between islands they need to obtain approval from splitstays@tourism.gov.mv.

Parks, beaches, and sports grounds are open with hygiene measures in place. Face masks must be worn in public places.

Entry Requirements:

  • Present a negative PCR test taken 96 hours before arrival.
  • Complete a health declaration form within 24 hours before departure and attach a PCR test result to it.
  • Complete an Immigration Arrival Card upon arrival.
  • Download the contact tracing app “Trace Ekee”.
  • Book accommodation for the entire stay in one of the hotels registered with the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Obtain mandatory insurance that would cover Covid-19-related medical expenses.
  • Local health authorities may conduct random COVID-19 testing at no cost to travelers.
  • Visa: A 30-day visa upon arrival is provided to tourists from all countries at no cost.

6. Dubai

Dubai is open for travelers from all countries, except South Africa. From 31 January 2021, Dubai has changed its entry requirements.

  • PCR tests are required.
  • A short quarantine upon arrival is now required for travelers from the countries listed below until they get a negative result of their COVID-19 test taken at the airport.

Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

COVID-19 and Travel update

Most of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and beaches are open in Dubai with safety measures in place.

Entry Requirements:

  • Present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel.
  • To get tested upon arrival and to quarantine until results of the COVID-19 PCR test taken at the airport is ready. Only applicable to the countries listed above.
  • Complete health declaration form at check-in.
  • Obtain Covid-19 insurance which would cover Covid-19-related medical expenses.
  • Download the contact tracing app “COVID-19 – DXB Smart”.
  • Visa: Check if you need a visa to visit Dubai here.

7. Cuba

Cuba is also among countries open to travel for international visitors. From 10 January 2021, it updated its requirements for tourists from all countries.

  • A negative PCR test is required.
  • A short quarantine upon arrival is required until travelers have the results of their COVID-19 PCR test taken at the airport. The cost of the test is €25.

COVID-19 and Travel update

Most of the businesses are still closed or operate under restrictions and limited capacity.

Entry Requirements:

  • Present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel.
  • To take a PCR test on arrival for €25 and to quarantine until a negative PCR test result is obtained. Results of PCR tests are typically ready within 48 hours.
  • Obtain mandatory Covid-19 insurance which would cover Covid-19-related medical expenses.
  • Complete a Health Declaration form indicating the address of your hotel. You can get the form from your airline or upon arrival at the airport.
  • From December 1, 2020, all passengers must pay a health tax of 30 USD to the airlines when flying to Cuba. Check with your airline if it is already included in your ticket price.
  • Present a valid return air ticket.
  • Visa: Citizens of most of the European countries need a Cuba Tourist Card instead of a Cuban visa. A Cuban Tourist Card is a physical document that costs around €20 and needs to be obtained before traveling through the Cuban consulate in your country or through an accredited provider online.

8. Brazil

Brazi is open to European travel, except passengers arriving from the UK or who have been in the UK during the previous 14 days. As of 25 December 2020, Brazil has temporarily suspended all direct flights from or via the UK.

  • A negative PCR test is required.
  • Quarantine upon arrival is not required

COVID-19 and Travel update

COVID-19 restrictions and measures vary depending on the state. The use of face masks is mandatory in various areas. Since January 2021 tourist sites, restaurants, bars, gyms are reopening in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo at limited camacity.

Entry Requirements:

  • Present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival.
  • Complete a Travelers Health Declaration form within 72 hours of boarding.
  • Obtain mandatory insurance that would cover Covid-19-related medical expenses.
  • Visa: Citizens from most European countries do not require a visa to visit Brazil for up to 90 days.

A list of countries open to travel changes depending on the COVID-19 situation

Countries open to travel and their entry requirements can change at short notice depending on the latest COVID-19 situation.

We review and update the content of this post on a weekly basis.

Before and when traveling, always monitor the advice of local authorities in your travel destination as COVID-19 regulations change quickly.

Before planning your trip, check if you are legally permitted to travel abroad under current COVID-19 rules in your country. Also, make sure you know the rules for entering your country upon return from your travel destination. Some countries require their residents to present a negative PCR test or to quarantine after they travel to certain destinations.