Updated: May 17, 2021
As the US continues to roll out its aggressive vaccination program and Europe announces a summer 2021 reopening to American tourists, more and more couples are starting to consider booking honeymoon travel. Here’s the latest about domestic and international travel and Covid-19.
The CDC released news April 2, 2021, that “Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently.”
This is great news for couples traveling in the US!
But what about taking an international honeymoon during Covid?
Here’s what being vaccinated means for your 2021 international honeymoon:
- You can travel internationally without getting a Covid-19 test before travel. (Unless your destination still requires it.)
- You do NOT need to self-quarantine when you arrive at your destination or when you return, unless LOCAL restrictions require it, like your destination country or home state or county.
What you still need to do on your honeymoon, even while vaccinated:
- Get a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours before boarding a flight back to the US (arranged by your destination resort and/or airline).
- Get a negative Covid-19 test 3-5 days after returning from travel.
- Wear a mask during travel*
- Wash hands frequently with soap
- Social distancing
*This could change quickly but expect to wear a mask on airplanes, buses, trains, and in taxis and ride-shares for some time.
Vaccine Passports and Apps
There isn’t a globally accepted vaccine app on the market just yet, but many countries and regions including the EU have been exploring it and may require it as early as Summer 2021. For now, be sure to keep your vaccine card handy, and keep a digital copy on your divide so you can easily upload it to your airlines and resorts, if requested.
What if we’re not vaccinated?
Even if you’re not vaccinated, there are plenty of honeymoon destinations open to receive travelers! Note they each have their own rules and regulations, so be sure to check the restrictions in your destination country before booking travel.
So where can you go on your 2021 international honeymoon? Here is a list of countries receiving travelers from the US:
- The Bahamas
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- The Maldives
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Turks and Caicos
- UK and other parts of Europe (see next section)
If you’ve got your sights set on Europe, these countries are open for your honeymoon:
- United Kingdom
- Portugal (planned in May)
- Italy (planned in June)
You can book summer 2021 travel to Europe now. Just be sure to book with no change fees or full refund policies, in case of the unexpected.
The bottom line is if you’re ready, travel is ready too. If you plan to travel this summer be sure to book ASAP (changeable/refundable, of course), as flights and hotels are likely to be fully booked through 2021 as people rush to get out of the house after a year of pandemic boredom.