After two terrible years for travelling, the world is finally opening up again. Aussies are returning to party in Bali in their thousands. From this week, New Zealand is much easier to get into thanks not needing a pre departure COVID-19 test. We’ve all enjoyed seeing more of Australia recently, but the chance to explore the world again is extremely enticing.
What if you’re not vaccinated against COVID though? Surely travel is much more restricted? Some countries are actually still allowing unvaccinated travellers to enter, including several European hotspots.
Take a look below at our list of countries you can travel to even if you’re unvaccinated – always remember to check government guidelines for both the country you’re considering visiting and for Australia when you return.
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Since last month, unvaccinated travellers are able to visit Greece without displaying a valid certificate of vaccination or evidence of a negative PCR or RAT. Passenger locator forms are also no longer a requirement.
Visitors may still be asked to take a RAT on arrival in the country, with a positive test meaning you’ll have to self-isolate for at least five days (at home or in a hotel paid for by the Greek state).
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Unvaccinated travellers can now enter the Adriatic Sea favourite without showing proof of a vaccine or negative test. There’s no need for a passenger locator form either. Face masks are also not mandatory on public transport and in all indoor and outdoor spaces, although their use is still recommended.
Fancy some sun and sand without the hordes of fellow tourists in Bali? All travellers have to do is fill in a Traveller Declaration form within 72 hours of departure. A PCR test is also no longer a requirement regardless of a visitor’s vaccination status.
All COVID restrictions to the country have been lifted. No more proof of vaccination. No more negative PCR tests on arrival. Be careful though, because travel warnings remain in place for some regions of Turkey for reasons other than COVID.
Ireland’s abandoned the lot: there’s no need to show any proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, a negative test result, or a passenger locator form. There are no testing or quarantine requirements after a visitor’s arrival in the country either.
Unvaccinated travellers are allowed to enter the Central American country but only if they can show proof of health insurance bought internationally or in Costa Rica. This proof must be submitted when completing a digital health pass form before travelling.
The Scandinavian county has removed all COVID border restrictions, meaning a traveller doesn’t need to present a vaccination or test certificate at the border.