What cities can I travel to in November where vaccination rates are high?

With over 57% of the US population now fully vaccinated, and many countries reopening to international visitors, a lot of Americans are itching to travel again. One of the top questions we get asked is: “Where can I travel to in November where vaccination rates are high?” From Singapore to Lisbon and Rome to Reykjavik, we’ve put together a list of the cities with the highest vaccination rates that are now welcoming international visitors without requiring mandatory quarantines. 

Important: This information is current as of 19 October 2021. As travel guidelines and restrictions continue to change, travellers should check their destination’s official government websites and the CDC website before and during their trip for the most current information.

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Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal currently has the highest percentage of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with over 86% of the population receiving two doses. The country is also now open to US travellers, making Lisbon an amazing city to travel to in November. Whether you want to wander the cobbled streets, admire the ancient architecture, or indulge in a few pasteis de nata, Lisbon is a magical city.

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Restrictions

As of 19 October, visitors must produce either a Rapid Antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding or a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of boarding. Children under 12 do not need to produce a test. All passengers also need to complete a Passenger Locator Car before arrival. 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

As the most vaccinated city in the world, Dubai is the perfect place to travel to in November. Over 95% of the population has had at least one vaccination. And Dubai has also been open to travellers since 2020… So get ready for sunny beaches, endless shopping, and lavish hotels and restaurants.

Restrictions

All travellers must have travel insurance and produce a negative PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours of departure. 

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Reykjavik, Iceland

If seeing snow, volcanoes, hot springs, and the northern lights is on your bucket list, Reykjavik is the perfect city to visit in November. Iceland has been open since March to all people who are fully vaccinated or who have previously had COVID. Plus, over 80% of people in Iceland have received two doses of the vaccine.

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Restrictions

All travellers must present either a certificate of full vaccination against COVID or a certificate showing a previous COVID infection. Most visitors must also present a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure.

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Singapore

Singapore has had a very successful vaccination rollout program, with almost 80% of the population fully vaccinated. As of 19 October 2021, fully vaccinated people from the USA can now enter Singapore without needing to quarantine. That means you can travel to Singapore this November and experience all the glittering skyscrapers, lush gardens, and delicious street food of this incredible city.

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Restrictions

Eligible travellers will need to present a negative PCR test certificate taken within 48 hours of departure. They will also need to take another one upon arrival at Singapore’s Changi Airport. This does not apply to children under two years of age. Visitors must also have travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19-related costs including hospital and medical costs.

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Barcelona, Spain

If you’re dreaming of the whimsical architecture, sandy beaches, and mouthwatering food of Barcelona, you’re in luck. Spain has a high vaccination rate, with almost 80% of the population receiving double doses. Plus, the country has been open since June 2021. 

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Restrictions

As of October, people over 12 from the USA must prove they are fully vaccinated to enter Spain. Everyone must also wear a face mask in indoor or closed spaces, including public transport. Spain is rapidly changing travel restrictions, so check this handy map for the most current requirements for travel to Spain, depending on your country of origin.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is a gorgeous city with medieval architecture, cobbled streets, and whimsical attractions like the Tivoli Gardens. It’s also a great place for vaccinated travellers from the US to travel this November, as Denmark is now open to eligible travellers. Plus, over 75% of the population have received two doses of the vaccine.

Restrictions

Effective from September 4, fully vaccinated people travelling from the USA may enter Denmark for tourism purposes. You must prove that you have received two doses of a European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved vaccine. You must also have had your final vaccination at least 14 days before and not more than twelve months prior to departure. The government also recommends printing out and carrying the Danish government guidelines to present to airline personnel.

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Dublin, Ireland

If exploring castles, sipping on Guinness, and kicking up your heels in pubs sounds like your ideal vacation, why not head to Dublin this November? The Irish Government ended mandatory hotel quarantine on September 25, meaning US travellers can enter Ireland with fewer restrictions.

Restrictions

Visitors must present either a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, proof of COVID recovery certificate, or a proof of vaccination certificate, approved by the European Medicines Agency. If you are presenting proof of vaccination, you must have received your last dose seven days earlier for Pfizer, 14 days earlier for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, or 15 days earlier for AstraZeneca. If you are presenting a proof of recovery from COVID certificate, it must be dated within the last 180 days. These rules do not apply to children under the age of twelve. All visitors to Ireland must complete a Passenger Locator Form before arrival.

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Rome, Italy

If you’re dreaming of ancient architecture, gorgeous scenery, and delicious food, look no further than a trip to Rome this November. Over 76% of the population have had at least one vaccination and Italy is now open to US visitors. 

Restrictions

US travellers may enter Italy if they present a negative PCR or Antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Visitors must also present either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with the final vaccine dose administered at least 14 days prior to travel; or a medical certificate proving you had the COVID-19 infection dated no more than six months before departure.

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Are you planning to travel in November to places with high vaccination rates? Let us know in the comments below!

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