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International Travellers Can Visit These Countries Without RT-PCR Test

As the Omicron waves have dropped, many countries across the world have announced the easing of travel restrictions. Many have even scrapped the mandatory RT-PCR test to facilitate easy travel.

International travellers planning an international trip in the future can check these guidelines issued by these countries that one can travel to without an RT-PCR test.


Bahrain has waived its pre-departure PCR test requirement, irrespective of the vaccination status. While kids under six years of age are exempted from testing, vaccinated travellers arriving in the country will be required to take a test. Plus, those who have not yet received their vaccination, will need to undergo quarantine for seven days on arrival.


Egypt has also done away with the RT-PCR test requirement for those who are fully vaccinated. As per the reports, while Covaxin is not listed, those vaccinated with AstraZeneca and Covishield can now fly to this country without an RT-PCR test. Note, one will need to fill out a health declaration form when here.


Fully vaccinated travellers, who have received both doses of vaccines, will no longer be required to take a pre-departure PCR test to enter Lebanon. Note, they should have received their second jab at least six months prior to their travel. However, they need to make sure that they need to upload their vaccination certificate on the Ministry of Health’s website.


Fully vaccinated travellers from all countries are exempted from providing an RT-PCR test on arrival in Turkey. Travellers will only be required to fill out a health form 72 hours prior to their arrival. However, there is no requirement for children below the age of 12 to be immunised.


France also decided to remove the requirement of the RT-PCR test for fully-vaccinated travellers. Until February 12, only those travelling from EU countries to France were exempt from undergoing the test; now, travellers from all countries are exempted from the test if they are fully vaccinated. Do note that France accepts vaccine certificates that state that the second dose has been taken in the past 9 months, and if that’s not the case, travellers will need a booster shot.


Travel restrictions upon entry to Norway have also been lifted. Unless anyone is travelling to the archipelago of Svalbard, vaccinated travellers will not require an RT-PCR test to enter the country.


Croatia has also removed the mandatory RT-PCR test requirement for those who are fully vaccinated. As per the reports, both Covaxin and Covishield have been approved for entry into the country. However, do note that one will need to provide proof of a booster certificate if they have been vaccinated for more than 180 days prior to travel.


As of February 1, those who have recovered from Coronavirus and vaccinated tourists can enter Denmark without undergoing an RT-PCR test from any country. As per the reports, all vaccinations approved by the European Medicines Agency or WHO will be accepted by Denmark. Do note that vaccinations are marked valid for 9 months, after which one will require to provide proof of a booster shot.

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