With vaccine passports and new Covid-19 travel restrictions in place at airports and countries around the world, it can be difficult to keep track of what passengers need to travel to certain destinations.
A major factor preventing people from flying is the restriction of the Covid-19 vaccine that you need before you go.
In the United Arab Emirates, where Sinopharm has been used extensively, this has been especially prevalent, as many countries do not accept this jab. However, with the UK announcing this week that it will approve the Sinopharm vaccine from November 22, that could be a sign that things are changing.
Here are 10 countries that people who have been vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine can plan to visit:
1. United Kingdom
From Monday, November 22, the UK will finally accept Sinopharm as one of its approved vaccines for non-quarantine travel.
Authorities have also added Sinovac and Covaxin to the list of vaccines already recognized for travelers from 135 countries, although at present this only applies to England, Scotland and the Country of Wales having their own rules.
This means that if you fancy visiting Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace or the Thames in London, enjoying Bristol’s art scene, or heading further north to Manchester or Newcastle, you can do so without a 10-day quarantine.
Instead, you will only have to pay for a lateral flow test which you should take no later than the end of your second day in the UK. Children under 18 must also follow the same rules from November 22, regardless of their immunization status.
2. The United States
This week, the United States updated its travel rules to allow all fully vaccinated travelers from most countries around the world to enter without quarantine. That means New York’s party attractions, Chicago shopping, and California’s winter sunshine are all within reach of anyone vaccinated with Sinopharm, as the vaccine is on the list of approved vaccines.
There should be a two week gap between your flight and when you took your last dose, and you will also need a negative Covid-19 result from a test taken within the past 72 hours. This can be a PCR test or a rapid antigen test. Children do not need to be vaccinated to fly, but will need a negative Covid-19 test result if they are over 2 years old.
There are also a few forms to fill out, including an attestation form and contact sheet, but after that you are free to walk the Boston Freedom Trail, enjoy the thrill of Las Vegas, do ice skating in Central Park or crossing San Francisco’s glittering Golden Gate Bridge.
For more information, read our guide to traveling to the United States here.
3. The Maldives
The idyllic island paradise welcomes all travelers, including those vaccinated with Sinopharm.
To visit this Indian Ocean hotspot you will also need a negative PCR test done no more than 96 hours before departure, but babies under 1 year old are exempt. You will also need to submit your health declaration form online at least 24 hours before your trip.
Just four hours from the UAE, the archipelago offers year-round perfect climate and naturally socially remote islands as well as awe-inspiring marine life and sunsets. It’s a Muslim country too, with many islands offering halal-friendly accommodation if that’s what you’re looking for. For a villa on stilts, an escape type feet in the sand, the Maldives has what you need.
4. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s teardrop-shaped island is now open to travel without quarantine rules in place for fully vaccinated travelers. To be eligible, you will need to have received your last dose of an approved vaccine, which includes Sinopharm, at least two weeks before your trip. There is also mandatory Covid-19 insurance to purchase, although it costs only $ 12, and you must take a PCR test within 72 hours of the flight.
Children up to 12 years old are exempt from all testing requirements. All travelers must complete an online health declaration form before flying, but then it’s time to go and enjoy the beaches of Unawatuna, the awe-inspiring colonial architecture of Galle or the epic surf in Tangalle.
Neighboring Oman has reopened to vaccinated visitors and the good news is that Sinopharm is among the approved vaccines.
To avoid quarantine in the Sultanate, you will need to have received your last dose at least 14 days before travel and also have a negative PCR test result that was not taken more than 72 hours before your flight.
Before visiting Oman, you will need to upload your vaccination certificate and PCR test certificate, both containing QR codes, to the Oman travel authorization system. After that you can get ready to see why Planet alone ranked the sultanate as the seventh best country to visit in 2022.
A short flight from the United Arab Emirates, the sandy beaches of Oman, water-filled wadis, mountain peaks and more are waiting to be discovered.
Thailand has reopened its doors to vaccinated travelers from more than 60 countries and the United Arab Emirates is one of them.
Tourists will need to have completed a full dose of a recognized Covid-19 vaccine, which includes Sinopharm, at least 14 days prior to travel. Children under 12 traveling with fully immunized parents are exempt.
Your first night’s accommodation in Thailand must be booked prior to your departure. Once done, you can apply for the Thailand Pass, which you will need to enter the country.
After landing in Thailand you will be given a PCR test and once negative results are received you are free to wander the country and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, the beaches of Phuket or the mountains of Thailand at your leisure. Chiang Mai.
For more information on traveling to Thailand, check out this guide.
Mystical and magical, Morocco is famous for its mountains, deserts, bustling markets and colorful riads. The kingdom welcomes fully vaccinated tourists with no quarantine required.
Travelers traveling to Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes or anywhere else in the country must have a PCR test at least 48 hours before travel, with the exception of travelers under 11 years old.
Tourists must have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before the flight, either with Sinopharm or with one of the other accepted vaccines such as Oxford-AstraZeneca, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac and Sputnik V.
For a nature-centric vacation to remember, Iceland is open to fully vaccinated tourists. The land of fire and ice accepts Sinopharm as one of the approved vaccines and travelers who can prove that 14 days have passed since they received their final dose of the vaccine do not need to take a PCR test or quarantine upon arrival.
Children under 16 are exempt from vaccination or having a PCR test upon arrival, but those over 16 who are not vaccinated will need to self-quarantine. All travelers must pre-register before flying, but are free to start exploring immediately after landing.
And that’s a good thing considering the wonderful views, experience, and vistas the country has to offer. Explore Westjfords, ranked as the world’s best region to visit in 2022 by Planet alone, where you can admire the bird cliffs of Latrabjarg or the thundering waterfall of Dynjandi. Walk around the capital and chase the Northern Lights in Reykjavik, then go for some geothermal fun in the country’s scenic southwest.
Relatively new to this year’s travel circuit, only reopening to tourists in October, Mauritius accepts all vaccinated tourists without quarantine, including anyone with the Sinopharm vaccine.
To visit you will need a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of your flight and Covid-19 health coverage. Travelers must also complete a health form before traveling or during the flight.
Once you arrive at your hotel you will undergo an antigen test and as soon as you get the results you are free to explore the island. Another test is required on the fifth day of your stay.
Tropical beaches, epic wildlife, and nearly perfect islets await at this vacation favorite in the Indian Ocean. Head to Ile aux Aigrettes to see ancient ebony forest and unique island wildlife, enjoy a trip to Eureka, one of the country’s finest plantation mansions, or just relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Finland is open to all vaccinated tourists and Sinopharm is one of the approved vaccines accepted for travel.
If you had a double bite at least 14 days before the trip or if you are under 15, you can fly to Finland without having to take a PCR test or undergo a quarantine. Make sure the vaccination certificate is in English, Finnish or Swedish before flying.
One of the most sustainable destinations, Finland is also recognized as the happiest country in the world. This Nordic gem is a place like no other that is full of arctic adventures, freshwater lakes, vast green forests and snow-capped peaks. It’s also a great place to go see the Northern Lights or even visit Santa at his home in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland.
Updated: November 10, 2021, 13:02