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Re-Openings and Requirements


What you need to get in and back

Most Recent Update – 07 November 2022

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are regularly updating their vaccination entry requirements for travelers. Many countries have dropped requirements completely. Below are countries that we visit, which continue to have COVID-19 vaccination entry requirements.

For information about MT Sobek’s protocols, please check out our Adventure Confidently page.

Returning to the United States from Abroad


On June 12, 2022 the CDC lifted the negative COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers entering the US by air.

For more details, see CDC – FAQs

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AFRICA


or plan any trip in Africa

Botswana

Travelers to Botswana must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means having had two doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If one has had either of the two and is overdue for a booster shot, then they are no longer considered fully vaccinated until they have their booster shot.

For more details, see  US Embassy for Botswana

Updated 28 February 2022

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has revised its entry requirements in relation to COVID-19 pandemic effective from 1st April 2022. Any international traveler above the age of twelve coming through international airports of the country shall bring a certificate of negative RT-PCR test done up to 72 hours or three days before departure or Antigen- RDT negative test up to 24 hours before arriving to Ethiopia. 

For more details, see Ethiopian Travel Updates

Updated 20 Jun 2022

Kenya

All travelers arriving into Kenya through any point of entry must have a certificate of COVID- 19 vaccination. All travelers coming to Kenya who are fully vaccinated shall be exempt from the requirement of a PCR test.

For more details see Assn for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa

Updated 7 Apr 2022

Madagascar

Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Madagascar is required to travel to Madagascar and then a rapid antigen test taken must be taken at the airport on arrival (cost 15 Euros). If the rapid antigen test on arrival is positive, the traveler must quarantine in a government approved hotel or health facility (at their own expense) for 7 days. There are no vaccine requirements for Madagascar and it is recommended to wear a mask in public spaces.

For more information, see Madagascar Tourism Board

Updated 16 Jun 2022

Morocco

As of May 17, 2022, the entry requirements for Morocco are as follows: For all travelers aged 12 and over, a valid vaccination pass OR a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old. The passenger’s health form must be filled in online at the following link: Health Form, printed and signed before check-in. For all travelers under 12 years old, just the passenger’s health form must be filled out online at the following link: Health Form printed and signed before check-in.

For more information on the validity of the vaccination pass, please visit this link: Ministry of Health

Updated 16 Jun 2022

Namibia

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Namibia no longer require a negative PCR test in order to enter the country. However, they must still present a valid and authentic vaccination certificate on arrival. At this stage visitors just need a hard copy of the vaccination certificate. FULLY VACCINATED is defined as anybody who has received their second dose of a WHO approved vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel, although those who have used the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine only need to have had a single dose. 

Unvaccinated travelers, including children aged five years and older, will still need to present a valid negative PCR test result on arrival in Namibia and the test must not be older than 72 hours on arrival in Namibia from the times the sample was taken. These negative PCR test certificates still need to be uploaded on the African Union Trusted Travel System prior to arrival, although travelers should also bring a hard copy.

For more details, see U.S. Embassy for Namibia.

Updated 17 Mar 2022

Rwanda

Passengers boarding flights to Rwanda must present a negative Covid-19 test (rapid or PCR) taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Children under five (5) years of age do not require a test .  We recommend you have a printed copy. Most other COVID restrictions have been removed, but certain meeting venues and national parks require Covid tests. All Primate visits – PCR tests are required (Nyungwe & Volcanoes National Park); other park visits – rapid tests are required (hikes in Nyungwe & Volcanoes Natonal Park plus Akagera National Park) Testing is available at health facilities and other designated venues at 50,000 RWF (or US$50) for PCR tests (required to access Virunga National Park). Face masks are no longer mandatory in Rwanda, but their use is encouraged in public indoor settings, and are still required when gorilla trekking.

For more details, see Rwanda COVID-19

Updated 17 Jun 2022

Sudan

The Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority requires all passengers entering Sudan to possess:

  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that the passenger is fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or
  • A negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test certificate taken not more than 72 hours before arrival; or
  • A negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test certificate taken not more than 96 hours before arrival if arriving from a long list of countries, including the USA and Canada. Passengers 8 years old and younger are exempt.

For more details see US Embassy for Sudan

Updated 16 Jun 2022

Tanzania

Tanzania has relaxed its COVID-19 measures, removing the requirement of a 72-hour negative RT PCR result and rapid antigen test for the fully vaccinated arrivals. Announcing the new measures, Tanzania’s Minister of Health Ms. Ummy Mwalimu said, fully inoculated travelers from March 17, 2022, are required to have a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival.

For more details, see US Embassy for Tanzania

Updated 7 Apr 2022

Uganda

Uganda’s Ministry of Health announced that the requirement for a negative PCR test for all incoming and departing travelers has been suspended with immediate effect for those who are fully vaccinated.. All arriving passengers are now required to complete the MOH HealthDesk form in advance of their arrival into Entebbe.

Updated 28 Apr 2022

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has removed PCR tests for inbound vaccinated travelers. The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting said in a tweet that a valid vaccination certificate showing travelers were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 would suffice.

For more details, see Zimbabwean Tourism 

Updated 7 Apr 2022

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Asia


or plan any trip in Asia

India

Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States with a valid vaccination certificate showing that at least 15 days have passed since the completion of the COVID-19 vaccination schedule can visit India.

Travelers must submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal prior to scheduled travel. They must upload their vaccination certificate, if vaccinated, or proof of negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours before departure, if not vaccinated. Each traveler shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise. For full details and exemptions, see India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Updated 10 February 2022

Indonesia

President Joko Widodo announced that beginning 18 May fully vaccinated international travelers will no longer be required to present a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival — including passengers traveling to the tourist destinations of Bali and Riau islands.  Entry requirements are proof of vaccination, and proof of health insurance.

Updated 18 May 2022

Malaysia

Malaysia’s health minister announced that beginning on 1 May, fully vaccinated international travelers to Malaysia will no longer be required to conduct pre-departure or on-arrival COVID-19 testing. Travel insurance will no longer be mandatory for travelers entering Malaysia, and check-ins via the MySejahtera app will no longer be required. 

Updated 29 April 2022

Mongolia

To enter Mongolia, travelers must be fully vaccinated with at least 14 days since the second (or only) dose and must have a negative PCR test result received 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Mongolia. Travelers must take a Covid-19 test on arrival. Quarantine is no longer required. Americans do not require a visa to travel to Mongolia.

For more details, see Immigration Agency of Mongolia

Updated 28 February 2022

Nepal

Most travelers from United States can visit Nepal—vaccinated or unvaccinated. Travelers must arrive with certificate of full vaccination for COVID-19 or, if unvaccinated, must show a negative covid test not less than 72 hours before the start of their travel. Children below 5 years are exempt. For full details and exemptions, see Nepal Immigration

A mandatory contact information form is required  Complete online, then print and bring the confirmation/bar code to Nepal.

Updated 16 Jun 2022

Pakistan

Most travelers from United States can visit Pakistan, but there are restrictions. Travelers arriving with proof of negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours before departure will not be required to quarantine.  For full details and exemptions, see Pakistani Government

Tajikistan

Passengers who are fully vaccinated with a booster can enter Tajikistan with a vaccination certificate. Those who do not have a vaccination certificate, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours before arrival. 

For more details, see US Embassy for Tajikistan

Updated 20 Jun 2022

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Europe


England & Scotland

From March 18, all travelers to the UK will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

  • You do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
  • You do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
  • You do not need to quarantine when you arrive

It includes people who are transiting through England. You should follow any rules that your travel provider tells you to follow.

See U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom

Updated 14 Jun 2022

Iceland

Per the U.S. Embassy in Iceland, Entry into Iceland is possible again, as before the pandemic.

  • No COVID related entry regulations (e.g. No vaccination, No Passenger Locator Form, No pre-arrival testing) will be enforced.
  • No COVID related measures within Iceland (except at Hospitals and Health Clinics where wearing a mask is required).

See U.S. Embassy in Iceland

Updated 10 Jun 2022

Kosovo

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Not by the Kosovo government, but may be required by airlines.

As of May 1, 2022, Kosovo does not seek your vaccination status records, however we recommend you bring your vaccination records with you.

See U.S. Embassy in Kosovo

Updated 11 Jun 2022

Slovenia

Slovenian border officials (and at airports) no longer require proof of vaccination or negative Covid test for entry.

If you are traveling to Slovenia via another country in the European Union (EU), note that the EU requires non-essential travelers (such as for tourism) to show proof of vaccination. 

See U.S. Embassy in Slovenia

Updated 11 Jun 2022

Spain

U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain if they show that they are vaccinated against COVID-19, or have a recovery certificate, or show a negative diagnostic test result (NAAT or RAT) performed either within 72hours prior to departure to Spain for a NAAT (e.g. – PCR test) or within 24 hours prior to departure to Spain for a RAT (e.g. – rapid antigen test).

Minors up to 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination, a recovery certificate, or a negative COVID test.

Vaccines are valid from 14 days after the last dose up to 270 days. If more than 270 days (9 months) have passed since receiving the last required dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. citizens must show proof of having received a booster shot. The booster shot certificate is valid since the day it was administered. Recovery certificates that are issued at least 11 days after the first positive COVID test, and up to a maximum of 180 days after the date of sampling, are accepted as valid. The COVID tests accepted are those authorized by the European Commission and must have been performed by healthcare professionals after October 1, 2021. Passengers with a Recovery Certificate other than an EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent must also provide documentary proof of the diagnostic test from which the Recovery Certificate is derived.

Additionally, U.S. citizens traveling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age and duration of the trip.

See U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain and Andorra

Updated 13 Jun 2022

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Latin (Central and South) America


Chile

Currently, Chile requires inbound international passengers 18 years and older to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or (only if not vaccinated), a negative result from a PCR test taken within 48 hours at their last point of departure prior to their arrival in Chile. The vaccination certificate is equivalent to the Mobility Pass for non-resident foreign tourists, so as long as you have your vaccination certificate, you do NOT need to obtain a Mobility Pass. Only Chilean nationals (including dual nationals) returning from abroad will be randomly tested upon arrival. Proof of health insurance is also no longer required. However, it is recommended to travel with health insurance that has coverage for COVID-19.

See details at US Embassy for Chile

Updated 12 October 2022

Peru

Peru is open for international tourism. Travelers must present an official vaccination card showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to boarding at their point of origin (with “fully vaccinated” being defined according to the vaccination scheme of their home country). Peruvian citizens 18 and older who reside in Peru are required to show proof of three doses of COVID-19 vaccine to enter the country. In all provinces of Peru, adults over the age of 18 must show proof of vaccination to enter enclosed spaces (and individuals 40 and older must have received their booster). We highly recommend that all travelers receive at least one booster shot to avoid any problems when entering or traveling within Peru. If not fully vaccinated, travelers 12 years of age and older must present a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 48 hours prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru. Children under 12 years of age must only be asymptomatic prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.

All passengers must also complete an affidavit of health here, prior to boarding their flight to Peru.

U.S. citizens traveling to Peru from the United States are not required to quarantine upon arrival to Peru and may proceed to their final destination upon arrival.

See details at US Embassy for Peru.

Updated 12 October 2022

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Middle East


Iran

Travelers to Iran must be fully vaccinated and are required to present a negative PCR test from within 96 hours of arrival. If an individual is infected by COVID-19 while in Iran, they will be quarantined for 14 days and the expenses of the quarantine period and medication will be borne by the individual.

For more information, please see US Virtual Embassy for Iran

Updated 30 Nov 2021

Jordan

Passengers traveling to Jordan are required to visit https://www.visitjordan.gov.jo portal prior to departure, complete the required form, and obtain the QR code which is mandatory to be presented prior to boarding and upon arrival.

Passengers must have a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the first boarded flight and submit Passenger Health Declaration and Locator form before boarding.

Exemptions include Vaccinated Passengers:
Vaccinations certificates proving that full course of vaccination has been completed issued from the following countries are approved: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, EU Countries, Japan, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunis, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA. The vaccination certificate shall be in the Arabic or English language only and presented to airline personnel prior to boarding.

Health Insurance: 
Proof of health insurance is mandatory for non-Jordanians.

Updated 3 March 2022

Lebanon

All travelers to Lebanon are required to present upon arrival a negative PCR test from within 96 hours of arrival, submit to an additional PCR test at the airport and a 72 hour quarantine, and download the CovidLebTrack app, unless excepted. Exceptions include travelers under the age of 12, and travelers arriving from either Brazil or the United Kingdom who have documented proof of testing positive for COVID-19 more than 15 days prior to arrival as well as vaccinated travelers from the United States and 228 other countries are not required to quarantine on arrival in Lebanon.

For more details see:  US Embassy Lebanon

Oman

Travelers to Oman must be fully vaccinated.  If they are fully vaccinated, they no longer need to present a negative PCR test on arrival.

For more information, please see US Embassy Oman

Updated 3 March 2022