The global pandemic has changed the way we travel, with many travellers now being more selective in their next holiday destination. If you’re itching to leave, there are several countries around the world that are open, do not require a quarantine, and have a high percentage (over 50%) of vaccinated local populations. From the tropical islands in Seychelles to the cobblestone streets of Malta and exotic souks in Morocco, these are the best countries to travel to right now.
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Most travellers will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Seychelles, but it’s worth the effort to reach this island paradise. Nestled amongst the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, this remote 115-island archipelago is renowned for its untouched beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and UNESCO-listed nature reserves.
With 75% of its population already vaccinated, it’s easy to escape reality at this tropical oasis. Like stepping into a picture-perfect desktop background, it has the perfect combination of endless white-sand beaches, swaying palms, and luxury oceanfront resorts. Your only neighbour on the crowd-free sands is the large resident tortoises.
With 81% of its population already vaccinated, Malta is an ideal country to visit right now. Best of all, fully-vaccinated travellers from many European countries can enter Malta without restrictions. This tiny island nation gets more than 300 days of sun per year, and you can take advantage of its perfect weather by day-tripping to the pristine beaches of nearby Gozo island.
Alternatively, opt for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, stroll the waterfront in the capital city of Valletta, or explore the enchanting UNESCO-listed streets and historic palaces in Mdina.
With over 55% of its population already vaccinated, most European travellers can visit the Dominican Republic without restrictions. Escape to this sun-kissed Caribbean gem for a blissful beach holiday without the stress, where you can enjoy its enticing blend of outdoor adventure and rich cultural traditions.
You’ll find opportunities for snorkelling, diving, kayaking, sailing and surfing on its cobalt-blue waters, while 1,600 kilometres of sandy beaches dotted with coconut palms invite you to unwind and embrace the laid-back island lifestyle. Don’t forget to indulge in some culture too, as this Latin-Caribbean country is also beloved for its merengue, bachata and live music.
Few countries hold as much intrigue as Morocco, the gateway to Northern Africa that seamlessly merges the African and Arab worlds. You’ll find exotic sights and sounds around every corner, from the colourful spice-filled souks in Marrakech and golden sand dunes in the Sahara to the blue-tinted passageways in the tiny mountain town of Chefchaouen.
Stroll the medina in Fez to see its working tanneries, marvel at the intricately carved Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, or explore coastal gems like Essaouira. After your adventures, you can unwind with a glass of sweet mint tea or get soaked and scrubbed at a traditional hammam.
Turks and Caicos
A small tropical archipelago nation in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos has successfully vaccinated 69% of its population. Beach lovers will be lured in by its combination of crystal clear, warm ocean waters and pristine white sand beaches, which create a postcard-worthy landscape that is guaranteed to melt your stress away.
Snorkelling is a must in this secluded tropical destination, as it’s home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world. It’s also home to Grace Bay, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, while adventurous beachgoers can go swimming with stingrays in Gibbs Cay, also known as “Stingray City”.
Get out and explore somewhere new
With vaccinations on the rise and countries loosening their travel restrictions, now is the time to once again see the world’s wonders. From secluded island beaches to sightseeing in Europe, use this list as inspiration for your return to international travel.