Grab your passport and your completed vaccination record card. It’s time to travel once again!
Europe is open to U.S. travelers starting June 19th. And numerous countries have already opened their borders to vaccinated travelers, including Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Estonia, Republic of Georgia, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Iceland, Israel, Montenegro, Nepal, Seychelles and Tahiti.
Read on to discover our top seven.
Note: If you are not vaccinated, you will require a Covid-PCR Test prior to flying to the destination. Trip Concierge is able to handle all the details for you and will assit you with all documentation that you might require.
Vaccinated U.S. travelers can once again enter the birthplace of modern culture. In response, several cruise lines are launching Greek Isle voyages beginning this summer. This is your chance to walk amid the white-washed cubiform houses of Santorini, hike through the famous ruins at Delos Island, feast on fresh seafood in the chic cafés of Mykonos, stroll along the UNESCO-approved Old Town section of historic Rhodes and bask on the beaches of Crete.
All international travelers who are fully vaccinated can enter the Bahamas without proof of a negative COVID-19 test, though you will still need to follow government-mandated face mask requirements and social-distancing efforts. Thankfully, there’s plenty of room — and more than 700 islands — to social distance on, and they’re all picture-postcard perfect. Begin your vacation in the capital city of Nassau on New Providence Island, home to Atlantis Resort and its 141-acre waterpark, Aquaventure. Pink-sand beaches and sunset horseback rides await you on Harbour island, a historic destination filled with art galleries and crafts markets, while nearby Eleuthera Island will tantalize you with geological curiosities, including natural tidal “hot tubs” called the Queen’s Bath and a large number of explorable caves.
People who present a vaccination certificate are allowed to enter Iceland without a test. And with no curfew rules or movement restrictions, the entire island is yours to enjoy as soon as you leave the airport. Take a road trip along the Ring Road to see massive volcanoes and ancient glaciers in every direction. You’ll find marvelous black-sand beaches on the south coast near Reynisfjara, and Vikings tales will amaze you at the Skogar Folk Museum. Wherever you roam, don’t forget to look up — rippling explosions of color stretch across the sky almost nightly, as Iceland is one of the world’s best locations to view the Northern Lights.
The island nation of Seychelles, off the eastern coast of Africa, is now accepting vaccinated travelers with a valid vaccination card. While there is a curfew in place from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., that still leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy this idyllic slice of paradise. On Mahé, the main island, you’ll want to spend time at Anse Intendance, the island’s most beautiful beach (and that’s saying something here), or hike through the Morne Seychellois National Park to the top of Morne Blanc for panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. On the island of Praslin, which many call the Garden of Eden, stroll through coco de mer trees and spot endangered Seychelles black parrots in Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or take a day trip to Curieuse Island to find giant tortoises that you can feed and mangrove forests.
The only obstacle to entering Croatia — besides having your vaccination card — is showing proof that you have already fully paid for your accommodations. No worries … we know the best hotels up and down the Dalmatian Coast, many of which lavish you with bonus amenities. Once you do leave your posh accommodations, the country is a veritable treat to discover. Many start in Dubrovnik by strolling along the ancient wall surrounding the old town. You can finish the 1.2 mile walk fairly quickly, but it’s best to linger along the city’s perimeter and appreciate the forts, towers and lookout points. Other highlights include boating to one of the country’s 1,185 islands, such as Hvar and its mountaintop fortress, and exploring museums, parks and the Medieval district in the capital city of Zagreb. Nature lovers (and anyone else with functioning eyes) will love Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a chain of 16 terraced lakes joined by waterfalls.
Although the UK was never really closed to foreign travellers, when British pubs re-opened last month in London was a key moment when England officially made it known to the world that the United Kingdom is open for business. Whether its exploring the shops of London, the unique restaurants of London or exploring the ruins of Stonehenge. England, Scotland and Wales have always fascinated with sheer natural beauty and quaint British charm.
Going to the UK requires a Covid-PCR test, and a second test upon arrival which can be conveniently ordered by us and sent to your hotel - no queuing required. Trip Concierge is able to handle all the details for you.
Summer on the Cote d'Azur is a fabulous way to forget the past year and rejuvenate in the Mediterranean sun while dining on chic French cuisine. Stroll the Croisette in Cannes, explore the winding streets of Monaco or hop on the train for a shopping trip in Italy. The options are endless. With direct flights to Paris and quick connections to anywhere in the country thanks to the speedy Train de Grande Vitesse (TGV) you will be whisked to your destination in under 3 hours while enjoying the views of the French countryside.
France will reopen to tourism on June 19th, subject to travelelrs showing proof of a vaccination record. Trip Concierge is able to handle all the details for you. Our resident Concierge team in Cannes and Monaco is happy to help.
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