These Are The Countries Now Open To Vaccinated Hong Kong Travellers


Itching to travel? With Covid-19 vaccines steadily rolling out around the world, travelling no longer feels like the faraway dream that it used to be. 

Now, more and more countries are opening up their travel regulations for those who are vaccinated, eliminating the need for quarantine and Covid-19 testing proof. If you're planning to get your jab, or have already gotten your vaccine, here are the countries that you can visit today. 

1/11 Singapore

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers must be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to their Singapore departure date.

Quarantine Requirements: None

Visa Requirements: None 

The highly anticipated travel bubble to Singapore will be finally launching on May 26. Previously set to launch last November before the fourth wave of Covid cases hit the city, vaccinated travellers will be able to travel freely between the two countries without having to quarantine. 

On May 4, Singapore extended its quarantine period from 14 to 21 days for most inbound travellers due to an infection spike linked to the public hospital.

2/11 Germany

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers must be fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 to skip mandatory testing and quarantine requirements.

Non-vaccinated travellers need to present a negative Covid test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure and self-isolate for 10 days. 

Quarantine Requirements: None, if fully vaccinated. 10 days self-isolation for non-vaccinated travellers 

Visa Requirements: None 

Beginning from May 14, Germany now allows vaccinated travellers to skip quarantine and testing requirements. However, the relaxed restrictions do not apply to tourists from high-risk countries where variants of concern are clustered. The relaxation of restrictions come just in time as Bavaria reopen its outdoor beer gardens—which means you'll be able to drink your heart out during your visit. 

Currently, Germany only recognises vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency which includes Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna. 

3/11 Thailand

Phuket

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers must have an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of US$100,000, a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours before departure, and another test upon arrival. 

Quarantine Requirements: As of May 1, Thailand requires 14-day quarantine nationwide for international arrivals at government-approved or Alternative State Quarantine facilities.

Visa Requirements: Hong Kong passport holders are exempted from visa requirements and are permitted to stay for up to 45 days.

Thailand had just begun to ease quarantine restrictions in early April, reducing its quarantine period to 10 days for unvaccinated travellers, and 7 days for vaccinated travellers. However, on April 29 the government has reversed its plans as the third wave of the virus hit the country. Now, all travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

More recently, the country had just announced its plans to open up Phuket to vaccinated travellers without quarantine starting from July 1. Since the third wave, there have been no further updates on whether this program will be going ahead. 

4/11 Seychelles

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: No vaccination requirement for Hong Kong travellers. Negative Covid-19 test taken less than 72 hours before departure and valid travel health insurance to cover potential Covid-19 costs are required.

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required

Visa Requirements: None. However, visitors must apply for entry through the Health Travel Authorisation beforehand

Comprising of 115 picturesque islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is one of the smallest countries while also being the most vaccinated nation in the world at the moment.

While 62.8% of its population is fully vaccinated as of May 6, the number of Covid-19 cases rose from 612 on April 28 to 1,068 on May 8, with the majority of cases coming from Seychellois who are unvaccinated or only had one dose. Due to the sudden case surge, the country has decided to close schools and cancel sporting activities for two weeks starting May 5. 

Seychelles was the first nation to open its borders to vaccinated visitors in January. As the country's own vaccination program rolled out further, the nation welcomed all visitors regardless of vaccination status starting from March. However, due to the rise of Covid variants, those coming from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh now have to be fully vaccinated to allow entry, while those who are coming from South Africa and Brazil are not permitted entry. 

5/11 Iceland

Iceland

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: All travellers no matter of origin can enter the country if fully vaccinated or previously infected by Covid-19. No Covid test proof is required but travellers will be tested upon arrival and will have to wait for the results at the accommodation. 

Non-vaccinated travellers will have to show a negative Covid test before boarding, taken within 72 hours of departure. 

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required for vaccinated travellers, aside from the few hours of waiting for the (hopefully negative) Covid test result at the accommodation. Non-vaccinated tourists will have to quarantine for five days and take another test at the end of quarantine.

Visa Requirements: Hong Kong passport holders are exempted from a visa. 

Witness Iceland's dramatic volcanoes, lava fields and glaciers with your own eyes. As of March 18, fully vaccinated travellers can freely enter the Nordic island nation without quarantine or testing. However, the country only recognises four different vaccine certifications as of May 6, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

6/11 Ecuador

Ecuador

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Vaccinated tourists can enter the country and visit the country's most popular island, the Galapagos Islands.

Non-vaccinated travellers can enter Ecuador with proof of a negative test taken 72 hours before departure, or proof of previous infection.

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required

Visa Requirements: Hong Kong citizens can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days without a visa.

With Amazonian rain forests, white-sand beaches and an abundance of wildlife, Ecuador is filled with historic sites as well as modern-day attractions. As of March 17, Ecuador has announced that those who are fully vaccinated can enter the country. Travellers without the vaccine will have to present a negative Covid-19 PCR or an antigen test result that was taken no more than three days before their arrival.  

7/11 Slovenia

Slovenia

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Hong Kong is not under Slovenia's "red list" of countries with "an unstable epidemiological situation", which means travellers are allowed to enter without vaccination proof, home quarantine or proof of a negative Covid-19 test. However, people who can show vaccination or negative test results are able to enjoy more dining and accommodation services. 

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required for tourists coming from Hong Kong.

Visa Requirements: Hong Kong passport holders do not require a visa.

Located in Central Europe, Slovenia is a mountainous country that's filled with green mountains, ski resorts and emerald-green lakes. While travellers who are on the red list have to go through home quarantine, show valid Covid testing or vaccination proof, Hong Kong is exempted from the requirements, which means you can book your tickets right now and take the next flight there. 

Different regions in Slovenia have differing Covid-19 measures depending on the region's epidemiological situation. Regions such as Pomurje and Obalno-kraška are currently in the "yellow zone" where indoor hospitality activity is permitted if guests have Covid-19 vaccination or recovery proof. The "orange zones", which includes the Gorenjska region and Posavje are allowed to serve food and beverage on terraces and outdoor garden areas. Accommodation services are also only open to visitors with a negative test result that's no older than 48 hours, or those with vaccination proof. 

8/11 Georgia

Georgia
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 Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers from all countries travelling by air may enter Georgia if they present documents confirming that they've received two doses of any Covid-19 vaccination.

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required for tourists coming from Hong Kong. 

Visa Requirements: Visa is required for Hong Kong passport holders. If you happen to be a dual citizen from countries such as Singapore, Canada, Australia or the US, you'll be able to enter Georgia without a visa for one full year.

The country Georgia is located in neither Europe nor Asia. Instead, it's part of the Caucasus region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Known for its plantations, Georgian wine, enchanting Caucasin mountains and Khachapuri, a traditional Georgian cheese bread, the country is rich in culture and history. Since February 1, all fully vaccinated travellers have been allowed to enter the country. 

9/11 Guatemala

Guatemala

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Proof of negative Covid-19 test result or antigen test taken 72 hours or less before arrival, certification which shows your recent Covid-19 recovery in the past three months, or evidence of vaccination required. Travellers have to fill in an online health form. People who have visited Brazil, UK or South Africa within the previous 14 days may be denied entry.

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required

Visa Requirements: Hong Kong citizens can visit Guatemala without a visa for thirty days

Guatemala, a country south of Mexico is home to colourful, antique architecture; museums and art. Previously, the country enacted strict lockdowns and travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. In April, Guatemala enforced restrictions for visitors who have recently been to Brazil, the UK and South Africa as coronavirus variants began to surface. 

10/11 Belize

Belize

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Proof of negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel, negative rapid test taken within 48 hours before arrival, or proof of Covid immunisation completed at least two weeks prior to travel is required. If travellers do not have a negative Covid-19 test proof, tests will be available at the Belize airport for US$50 per passenger. 

Travellers are encouraged to complete the Belize Health App within 72 hours upon arrival and international tourists have to book a stay at a Gold Standard hotel and present hotel confirmation at immigration.

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required

Visa Requirements: None required for 90-day stay

Belize opened its first phase of travel starting from May 2020. In October of last year, international travel was reopened and in January 2021, full reopening of the overnight tourism sector began. The country has introduced several travel measures which include the "Safe Corridor" and "Gold Standard" hospitality operators, helping tourists y safely navigate through certified restaurants, transportation and support while travelling. 

 

11/11 Bahamas

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Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Fully vaccinated travellers who have passed the two week immunity period are exempted from Covid-19 testing for entry and inter-island travel. Unvaccinated travellers must have a negative PCR test result taken maximum of five days prior to arrival. Test results and proof of vaccination must be uploaded to the Bahamas Travel Health Visa ahead of time.

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required

Visa Requirements: A Travel Health Visa is required

The Bahamas, the world-famous honeymoon spot renowned for its picture-perfect beaches and luxurious resorts have lifted its testing and quarantine requirement. On the island, travellers are required to wear a face mask at high-risk locations where social distancing isn't possible. If travellers are found not wearing face masks in areas where it's required, a US$200 fine or one-month imprisonment—or both—may be enforced. 

Currently, the Bahamas government is only accepting vaccines by Pfizer Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.

 


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