Safest countries to visit in 2021 – Our Top 10

Updated: June 22, 2021 by Traxplorio
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2021 is a year in which we all want nothing more than to get back to normal. And that includes traveling, of course! Of course, it’s important that we hold off until it’s really safe. With that in mind, we’ve done some research for you and compiled a list of the 10 safest countries to visit in 2021.

You’ll find the official source for each country below, so make sure to check there as well. In the current pandemic, unfortunately, the situation can change quickly, and we also do not want to take unnecessary risks. We are definitely looking forward to traveling the world again and creating unique new memories together. In that sense, have a safe trip and take care! πŸ™‚

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1. Azores, Portugal

Azores, Portugal

Why are the Azores, Portugal a safe destination to travel to?

In 2021, the Azores are in the green zone, which indicates the safest destinations in the world. The islands are especially safe at the moment, as all people entering the country are tested beforehand and only a few Covid-19 outbreaks have been recorded on the island itself. A total of 26 people have died from Covid-19 in the Azores so far.Β 

What are the safest places to visit?

There are 9 different islands in the Azores, all of which are currently considered safe. There have been a few cases on Sao Miguel recently. However, these are limited to a small part of the island, and case numbers are very low. On all islands, you will find special gastronomy and beautiful nature. The Azores also offer a very rich tradition. If you just want to relax and have some peace and quiet with mother nature, this is the place for you.

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Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

In the Azores, entry is allowed with the use of a negative Covid-19 test (within the last 72 hours before departure) and an online “Evaluation Questionnaire of Risk and Early Detection – Azores in Security“. There is no quarantine obligation. Also, stores and restaurants are currently open πŸ™‚Β 

Official source: visitazores.com and destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt

2. Iceland

glacier iceland winter

Why is Iceland a safe destination to travel to?

Congratulations Iceland – the winner of the Global Peace Index 2020! πŸ™‚

In the meantime, it is also well known worldwide that Iceland is always in the top 5 when it comes to points such as the happiest country or the lowest crime rate in the world. The people in Iceland have also dealt with Covid-19 in an exemplary manner. Tough border controls and quarantine regulations have resulted in the second wave already being overcome. Also, there are 29 deaths associated with Covid-19 so far which is still too much but very good compared to other countries.

What are the safest places to visit?

Iceland is perfect for a road trip. You can move carefree everywhere. Enjoy this wonderful country full of natural spectacles and hundreds of impressive waterfalls. Icelanders are also very helpful and friendly. Whether you are in the capital ReykjavΓ­k or a small village like Hvammstangi, we are sure you will have a great time.

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Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

Currently (since 2 February 2021) only citizens of the EEA and Switzerland are allowed to enter Iceland. Therefore, the entry conditions are relatively simple. You need 2 negative Covid-19 tests (the second one will be done 5 days after your arrival) and you have to be in quarantine for 5 days or prove that you have been infected with Covid-19 recently or have received a vaccination. You must also fill out a pre-registration form before entering the country.

Official source: logreglan.is

3. New Zealand

New Zealand

Why is New Zealand a safe destination to travel to?

By this point, you can see that islands are totally trending in 2021. New Zealand has also come through the Covid-19 pandemic comparatively well so far. Almost all countries worldwide are currently in the second or even third wave of the pandemic. After the first wave, New Zealand has managed to keep the number of cases constantly low. Furthermore, according to current statistics, “only” 25 people have died as a result of Corona. In addition, New Zealand, like Iceland of course, is one of the safest travel destinations in the world even apart from Covid-19, and is ranked second in the Global Peace Index.

What are the safest places to visit?

In New Zealand, it is safe everywhere. So you can move freely according to your interests. What can happen to you in a country where hobbits live? πŸ˜›
Of course, there are spectacular hiking trails and landscapes… but also beautiful beaches for surfing or other activities. New Zealand will be one of the most popular destinations in 2021 – and it was already before… So take the chance to travel to New Zealand while it is not yet open again for the tourist masses.

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Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

Currently, you need to prepare some things before entering New Zealand. However, you need a negative COVID-19 test and have to stay in quarantine for 14 days after your arrival. For the quarantine, you also need a voucher to prove this at the border.

Official source: Immigration.govt.nz

4. Canada

Canada

Why is Canada a safe destination to travel to?

Canada weathered the Covid-19 pandemic better than most other countries and was ranked the safest country in the world by travel insurance company Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection by all age groups surveyed (20 and older). This is certainly related to the fact that Canada is the most sparsely populated country in the Americas, making it less likely for the Corona virus to spread.

What are the safest places to visit?

As the second largest country in the world, Canada offers beautiful vast landscape regions and national parks with mountains, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and coastal sections, so that in these regions it will be especially easy for you to stay away from Corona and simply travel in the great outdoors. In addition, the country is particularly well suited for a road trip. As a nature lover, Canada will be the perfect destination for you in times of Covid-19!

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Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

Currently, there is an entry ban for Canada (except for Canadian citizens and their immediate family members). In general, travelers over the age of five must present a negative PCR test result, no older than 72 hours, to the airline. In addition, a further PCR test is carried out at Toronto airport and it is obligatory to go into a 14-day quarantine. In advance of your Canada trip, you must also register via the ArriveCAN app or website.

Official source: travel.gc.ca

5. Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Why is Costa Rica a safe destination to travel to?

Did you know that Costa Rica is one of the happiest and safest countries in the world? Besides, Costa Rica is also a country where you can admire mostly outdoor activities. This is of course a great advantage, especially in Corona times. Therefore, there is no doubt that Costa Rica has one of the lowest corona fatality rates in all of Latin America.

What are the safest places to visit?

In Costa Rica, “glamping” has become very popular. This means glamorous camping. It is a very comfortable version of camping in the middle of nature. So you can also be sure to comply with all hygiene standards and spend a unique time at a Rainforest Lodge, Safari Lodge, or similar πŸ™‚ Of course, the beautiful beaches also attract numerous visitors. Fortunately, there is enough space so that everyone can find a place in the beautiful nature of Costa Rica.

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Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

Costa Rica basically grants entry for tourist purposes for all nationalities. Before that, you have to fill in a health form “Pase de Salud“. You will also need to provide proof of health insurance that meets the current Costa Rican requirements and covers COVID-19. If you enter by air, no quarantine and no corona test is currently necessary.

Official Source: ict.go.cr

6. Greece

Kythera Island, Greece

Why is Greece a safe destination to travel to?

Greece has been relatively spared within Europe throughout the pandemic and has enabled tourism for the longest time. Even now, it is still one of the safest destinations – although currently with tough restrictions such as a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and reduced leisure activities. We are sure that the beautiful Greek islands will soon be well visited again.

What are the safest places to visit?

Speaking of the Greek Islands. These are also particularly popular and safe destinations in Greece. Whether it is Corfu, Asos, Kokkari, …. you will definitely find a wonderful place where you can enjoy the Greek sun paired with paradisiacal beaches and incredibly interesting culture. Besides, sustainable tourism in Greece is also getting bigger and bigger!

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Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

Also in Greece, you have to register in advance via an online form (Passenger Locator Form). In addition, you must present a negative Covid-19 test (which must not be older than 72 hours) and according to the current status in a 7-day quarantine. The country is currently in lockdown and only the most important stores are open (08.02.2021).

Official Source: travel.gov.gr

7. Egypt

Ancient Egypt pharaohs & relaxing at the red sea

Why is Egypt a safe destination to travel to?

Egypt really surprised us the most. With amazing frequency, Egypt was repeatedly named as one of the safest and most popular destinations for 2021. Egypt is also much safer than many people think, even besides Corona. If you are looking for some relaxation you should definitely go to Egypt this year.

What are the safest places to visit?

Currently, tourism is only possible within the coastal regions. But there you can relax on the beach absolutely carefree and admire the world’s unique culture. Did you know that Egypt is the only country in the world where you can still find one of the 7 original wonders of the world? The Pyramids at Giza. If you love ancient history, you should definitely travel to Egypt at least once in your life! Even during the pandemic, numerous discoveries were made (e.g. over 100 sarcophagi).

Here you can find more Egypt inspiration and tips πŸ™‚

Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

Currently, only a negative Corona test is required, which must not be older than 72h. Furthermore, you do not have to go to quarantines and can move freely within the coastal regions. You should also apply for a visa online beforehand. There is also no longer a curfew. Restaurants are allowed to be open until 10 o’clock in the evening. The hotels take hygiene concepts very seriously and are therefore only allowed to have 50% occupancy. So more space on the beach πŸ˜‰

Official Source: egyptonlinevisa.com

8. Italy

Italy

Why is Italy a safe destination to travel to?

Italy was the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in its early days, and the elderly Italian population, in particular, suffered greatly. Nevertheless, Italy was one of the first countries to reopen its doors to international visitors in June 2020 and that is what the country is working towards again. Moreover, Italy is considered one of the most peaceful countries in the world and nothing can diminish Italy’s appeal, and as restrictions ease, this will be a time to see it at its best – you should take advantage of that!

What are the safest places to visit?

Italy’s visitor numbers are not expected to return to 2019 levels for several years, so 2021 offers those who make it to Italy this year a chance to experience the culturally rich country in a way that hasn’t been possible in decades. In addition, the most famous Italian cities, want to make tourism for the better. Venice, for example, is currently supporting local artists to readjust the tourism economy before tourists start streaming through the city again. So our tip is: visit the beautiful Italian cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice in 2021, take your chance!

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Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

Italy’s borders have reopened since the end of the winter vacations, allowing some countries to enter. These are divided into lists with different restrictions. Residents of low-risk countries must enter a 14-day period of self-isolation in accommodation of their choice upon arrival. They are not allowed to use public transportation. Visitors from most European countries must present a negative Covid-19 test result (which is not older than 48 hours) and must notify local health authorities upon arrival. It is best to check the lists on the official Italian government site so that you know the exact restrictions for your country. In addition, there are some rules in the country depending on the region and current infection rates.

Official source: salute.gov.it

9. Thailand

Thailand

Why is Thailand a safe destination to travel to?

Thanks to strict quarantine rules, Thailand has a very low covid case detection rate of 0.1 and is thus considered one of the safest travel destinations in 2021. The country also scores with excellent medical care, so that so far only around 80 deaths have been attributable to corona. This low number compared to the population is certainly also due to the wonderfully sunny weather.

What are the safest places to visit?

Thailand is perfect for touring the green interior and the beautiful sprawling beaches of the numerous Thai islands with a private guide or simply on your own, so the risk of infection there is very low. If you want to be extra careful, you should rather avoid crowds and jostling on the streets of Bangkok. However, Thailand has so much to offer that either way, you’ll have a hard time deciding on the perfect destination – delightful temples, great beaches, and hilly landscapes.

Here you can find more Thailand inspiration and tips πŸ™‚

Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

To enter Thailand you currently need a special permit, the so-called Certificate of Entry (COE), which can be applied for online via the website of the responsible Thai mission abroad. After arrival, all entrants are subject to a 14-day strict quarantine in a government-approved isolation facility (usually hotels) at their own expense, as well as several Covid-19 tests.

Official source: tatnews.org

10. Japan

Working and living in Tokyo

Why is Japan a safe destination to travel to?

Like almost everywhere else in the world, Japan has been hit hard by the pandemic. Nevertheless, unlike some parts of Europe and America, the country managed to keep the extent of the devastation low and also has a relatively low mortality rate for its large population of 126 million people. Health, safety, and high levels of hygiene and cleanliness are taken very seriously in Japan, so for example, Japanese people have also worn masks for many years. These are reasons that allowed the country to avoid a lockdown and make it one of the safest destinations for 2021. Furthermore, just like last year, Japan will do everything it can to host the Summer Olympics and welcome travelers to the country for the occasion. So if you have always planned a trip to Japan, this year is ideal to put your plans into action!

What are the safest places to visit?

Due to the high standard of hygiene, you can basically travel safely anywhere in Japan. Nevertheless, greater caution is certainly required in Tokyo, as there are simply a lot of locals and tourists on the road and the risk of infection will be greater. Otherwise, Japan offers a couple of great things to avoid the coronavirus. For example, restaurants provide private rooms called “koshitsu” and for more distance on your round trip, the green cars (mostly on the shinkansen) are a good option instead of using trains. So head to Japan – experience traditional tea ceremonies, bathe in the hot onsen and see the breathtaking Mount Fuji!

Here you can find more Japan inspiration and tips πŸ™‚

Are there any special travel restrictions because of Covid-19?

Currently, there is an entry ban for third-country nationals. In addition, non-Japanese nationals who have been in a high-risk country in the 14 days prior to their planned entry into Japan are not allowed to enter. It is therefore not easy to enter Japan at this time. We hope that this will change soon. If you do make it to Japan, strict quarantine rules also apply. Check with the official contact points and the embassy of your country before you travel to Japan.Β 

Official Source: mofa.go.jp

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