These countries require COVID-19 booster shots for travelers and remote workers
Now that Omicron, Delta, and other variants of COVID-19 have fully taken hold around the world, governments have started considering their options for continuing tourism. At the same time, the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down. Remote workers and travelers are understandably a bit unsure of what the future holds for entry requirements while continuing their travels.
The good news is that it seems like governments around the world are embracing the idea of keeping borders and economic activity open. However, the cost of adopting greater freedom of movement will likely be receiving the third hit or callback. Let’s go ahead and look at nine tourist destinations that already impose entry requirements including a booster shot. Most countries are currently debating the time frame for booster shots and will likely require it 9-12 months after your previous final dose.
Note: The rules are constantly changing. Therefore, be sure to double-check a destination’s entry requirements, regardless of what is written below.
Israel is one of the main tourist destinations. Religious tourism and those seeking sites of historical significance will be pleased to hear that Israel will keep its doors open to tourists. However, it should be noted that the definition of “fully vaccinated” now implies a booster shot. The exception to this will be for those who have only recently been fully vaccinated and cannot receive the vaccines.
It seems that people wishing to visit France will now have to provide proof of a booster vaccine. Travelers who received their second dose more than seven months ago will now also need to show proof of their booster shot. It’s time to plan the third shot to win the chance to see the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
Maui is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in the world. However, it is also home to many people at risk if unvaccinated tourists enter the island. Those planning to travel will need proof of vaccination or an exemption certificate. New rules put in place by Maui’s mayor say a booster is now mandatory to be “fully vaccinated”.
Of course, Maui is just one island in Hawaii. It is unclear if this will soon apply to the entire state of Hawaii.
4. United Arab Emirates
Dubai is a destination of choice for those who love luxury and shopping. Predictably, the UAE takes the health and safety of its citizens seriously. As of January 10, all travelers entering the country will not be considered “fully immunized” unless they can show proof of their booster dose.
Greece is undeniably one of the richest and most beautiful destinations in the world. Unfortunately, this also makes it a prime target for the spread of new variants of COVID-19. To combat this, Greece announced that from December 5, all travelers with vaccination certificates older than seven months would need a booster to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.
The Netherlands is another very popular country among those who like to travel to unique and culturally rich destinations. The Dutch government has announced that it will continue to allow tourists to come if they receive a COVID reminder.
Those with certificates older than nine months will need to undergo a booster shot. Therefore, if someone has recently been fully vaccinated with two doses of Phizer, they can still be considered fully immune until the vaccination card is nine months old.
In line with the wishes of the Netherlands, it seems that Croatia recently announced that old vaccination cards dating back more than nine months would be considered obsolete, and therefore requiring a reminder to enter the country. Therefore, get bitten before heading to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Although PCR tests are still valid (in addition to proof of vaccine/recovery), a booster shot could be the last ticket to Austria. Known as the “2-G+” rule, it appears travelers must have a booster or PCR test in addition to being fully vaccinated (or fully recovered) before Austria opens its doors to travel.
Like announcement On Twitter, Kuwait’s Council of Ministers decided that people previously determined to be “fully vaccinated” and who have vaccination cards older than nine months will now need a booster to enter the country. In addition, it seems that travel will be limited to necessary cases. There may also be quarantine requirements for visiting Kuwait.
How to show proof of the booster shot
Imagine traveling from the United States and having a CDC card with two vaccine doses recorded. Typically, there are two more slots below the first two doses, where a certified professional can register a booster shot. This will be all that is needed to prove that he is fully vaccinated with a booster.
As briefly mentioned, it is crucial to check the latest regulations in each country before booking tickets. It looks like a norm is starting to develop among EU countries, requiring vaccine cards to expire after nine months and, therefore, will need a wake-up call to continue to be considered valid. However, it is unclear whether this standard will soon apply to all EU member states. Be sure to triple check before your next vacation.