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Got the vaccine and a year's worth of holidays saved up? Here are some places around the world that are open to 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. Our team of editors at the Tatler Hong Kong office have been dreaming of this day, even reliving our favourite trips while international travel was still on hold.

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. 

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Indonesia (Bali)

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Proof of vaccination, valid e-Visa, proof of sufficient funds of at least US$1500, confirmation and payment receipt from quarantine hotel, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure, health insurance coverage up to US$100,000 and download the We Love Bali and Peduli Lindugi apps prior to arrival.

Quarantine Requirements: None

Visa Requirements: None required for stays less than 30 days

In October 2021, Bali has announced its plans to open to international travellers from 19 countries, including China. However, a long list of entry requirements will be in place. For vaccinated travellers entering Bali, quarantine is still required but the duration will only be five days. Other requirements such as health insurance, a show of sufficient funds, downloading the government's travel apps are also necessary. 

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Mauritius

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers must be fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure. It is also mandatory to arrange Covid-19 insurance. When you arrive into the country, travellers will be given two Covid-19 test, one upon arrival and another on the fifth day of your stay. 

Quarantine Requirements: None for vaccinated travellers. Unvaccinated travellers must quarantine for 14 days.

Visa Requirements: None required for 90-day stay

Mauritius, located on the southeast coast of the African continent is known for its gorgeous white-sand beaches. The country partially opened to travellers in July this year, but required travellers to quarantine at a hotel for a 'hotel holiday for two weeks. Since October 1, the country eased travel restrictions further, easing quarantine regulations for vaccinated travellers. 

Learn more about travelling to Mauritius

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Portugal

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers must provide one of the following: a negative RT-PCR test or a similar NAAT test 72 hours before boarding, vaccination or recovery certificate, and fill out a Passenger Locator Card

Quarantine Requirements: None

Visa Requirements: None required for 90-day stay

Portugal currently allows visitors from Hong Kong for essential and non-essential travel. From October 1, there is no longer a maximum limit of people per group at restaurants. Bars and clubs have also reopened, as is the limitation on the sale and consumption of alcohol. 

Learn more about travelling to Portugal

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Switzerland

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, full recovery or a negative PCR test before entry. Visitors must also fill in an entry form before they enter Switzerland. 

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required

Visa Requirements: Required

Known for its mesmerising lakes, Alps and milk chocolate, Switzerland's natural scenery is straight out of a movie poster. If you've been hoping to visit this idyllic country, you're in luck. As of June 26, Switzerland has lifted entry restrictions for Hong Kong and Macao residents. 

Learn more about travelling to Switzerland

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Germany

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

Quarantine Requirements: None, if fully vaccinated. 

Visa Requirements: None 

Beginning from June 25, Germany allows vaccinated travellers to skip quarantine and testing requirements. Currently, Germany only recognises vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency which includes Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna. 

Learn more about travelling to Germany

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Thailand

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: From July, vaccinated travellers are now able to visit Phuket without quarantine. However, if you wish to travel to other parts of Thailand, international vaccinated travellers are still required to quarantine at government-approved or Alternative State Quarantine facilities for seven days. 

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

In July, Phuket started its 'Sandbox' and 'Samui Plus' programmes where fully vaccinated travellers are allowed into Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao without quarantine. Travellers will need to download a location-tracking app and should not travel to the Thai mainland for two weeks upon arrival. 

On October 1, the Thai government has eased quarantine requirements for travellers hoping to visit Bangkok. Instead of 14-day quarantine, the period is lowered to seven days for vaccinated travellers under the Alternative Quarantine Program. Unvaccinated travellers must quarantine for 10 days in Bangkok before they can travel to other parts of the country.

Learn more about travelling to Thailand

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Seychelles

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.

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.

Learn more about travelling to Seychelles

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Iceland

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: All travellers no matter of origin can enter the country if fully vaccinated (14 days have to have passed from the second dose) or previously infected by Covid-19. As of July 1, travellers with valid vaccination records no longer have to present a negative PCR test. 

Non-vaccinated travellers will have to show a negative Covid test before boarding, taken within 72 hours of departure. All travellers must pre-register prior to arrival and confirm their departure day.  

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required for vaccinated travellers. 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. For the full list of countries exempted from a visa, click here.

Witness Iceland's dramatic volcanoes, lava fields and glaciers with your own eyes. 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.

Learn more about travelling to Iceland

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Ecuador

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.  

Learn more about travelling to Ecuador

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Slovenia

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers are allowed to enter with proof of one of the following: Covid-19 vaccination proof, certificate of recovery, negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, or negative RAT test taken within 48 hours

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

Visa Requirements: Hong Kong passport holders do not require a visa. For the full list of passports exempted from visa application, click here.

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. 

Learn more about travelling to Slovenia

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Georgia

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Travellers from all countries travelling by air may enter Georiga 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 Caucasus 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. 

Learn more about travelling to Georgia

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Guatemala

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.

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. 

Learn more about travelling to Guatemala

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Belize

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 in January 2021, and 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 safely navigate through certified restaurants, transportation and support while travelling. 

Learn more about travelling to Belize

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Bahamas

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Starting from August  6, fully vaccinated travellers who have passed the two week immunity period are now required to obtain a negative Covid-19 test (rapid antigen test or PCR) no more than five days before arrival. Those who wish to travel inter-island will also be required to obtain a negative rapid antigen test no more than five days ahead of time. 

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required

Visa Requirements: A Travel Health Visa is required. Travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, must opt-in to the Covid-19 health insurance. The cost of the insurance will be included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application. 

The Bahamas, the world-famous honeymoon spot renowned for its picture-perfect beaches and luxurious resorts have changed its quarantine and Covid-19 entry proof from August. 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. 

Learn more about travelling to the Bahamas

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Spain

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Fully vaccinated travellers are allowed entry. Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers will have to submit proof of a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival. Travellers are also required to fill out a Health Control Form that can be found from spth.gob.es or download the app on mobile. 

Quarantine Requirements: No quarantine is required

Visa Requirements: None required for 90-day stay

All travellers entering Spain, regardless for transit or travel, are required to complete a Health Control Form and obtain their QR to present at boarding upon arrival. 

Learn more about travelling to Spain 

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U.S.A.

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to travel within the United States without Covid-19 testing or quarantine, however, some states and territories may have additional entry requirements

Quarantine Requirements: Varies from each state and territory

Visa Requirements: Required. To learn more, visit the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau

At the moment, travel restrictions to the U.S. vary from state to state. For those looking to visit the Big Apple, asymptomatic travellers entering from another country, state or territory are not required to quarantine. New York is currently offering tourists one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots at mobile vaccination hubs in popular tourist spots. Learn more about travelling to New York here

Other states that accept vaccinated travellers without quarantine include Alaska, where travellers are also eligible to receive a free Covid-19 vaccine starting from June 1; Washington, DC; Massachusetts; Illinois and more. California is also open to vaccinated travellers, however, non-essential travellers from other states and countries are strongly discouraged from entering California. 

Learn more about travelling to the U.S.

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Greece

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Fully vaccinated travellers with certification, or those with a negative PCR certificate taken no later than 72 hours before arrival are allowed to enter the country. Travellers who were previously tested positive in the last two to nine months are not required to show negative test proof.

Tourists are required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arriving in Greece. 

Quarantine Requirements: None

Visa Requirements: None required for 90-day stay

Greece reopened its borders to travellers on May 14, welcoming vaccinated travellers into the country. Currently, Greece recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, and Sinopharm. 

Learn more about travelling to Greece

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France

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Fully vaccinated travellers are not subject to any health measures. Vaccinated adults travelling with unvaccinated children aged 12 and under do not need to self-isolate either. Proof of vaccination and a sworn declaration are required. 

Quarantine Requirements: None

Visa Requirements: None required for 90-day stay

Starting from June 9, France has relaxed its travel restrictions. Hong Kong is currently on France's "green" list, meaning that vaccinated travellers are able to get into the country easily. 

Restrictions are currently in place in metropolitan France. A health pass is required for access to certain events and places such as cinemas, theatres, show venues, museums, zoos and libraries.

Learn more about travelling to France

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Saint Barthélemy

Entry Requirements for Hong Kong travellers: Proof of vaccination, and a negative Covid-19 antigen test proof (48 hours prior) or a Covid-19 PCR test (72 hours prior) are required

Quarantine Requirements: None

Visa Requirements: None required for a 90-day stay

Saint Barthélemy, or St. Barts, is a French-speaking island country known for its beaches and designer shops.

When you're on the island, adults aged 18 and over are required to present proof of full vaccination when entering most indoor spaces such as restaurants, bars, hotels and fitness centres. 

Learn more about travelling to St. Barts

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Editor's note: This list includes a selection of countries that are open to vaccinated travellers. While we try our best to deliver the most current and accurate information on Tatler, due to the pandemic's everchanging nature, please refer to the countries' government websites for the most updated regulations before travelling.

This article was originally published on May 10, 2021 and was last updated October 18, 2021.