More destinations to allow vaccinated travelers to visit without prior COVID-19 tests

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Travelers still need proof of a negative test when traveling back to the U.S.

As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to subside, travel is once again on the upswing. There are plenty of great airfare deals being offered, and several countries -- including the U.K., France, Ireland, and the Netherlands -- are officially ending or easing their COVID-19 restrictions. Travel groups are also asking the White House to loosen its testing requirements for flyers.

Although there has been some improvement, anxious travelers are still facing a tangled mess of where they can go and what the requirements are. In looking for a comprehensive list of where people can travel without having to worry about a lot of restrictions, ConsumerAffairs found all it needed from travel expert Wendy Perrin.

Wendy offers a full list of countries that are open to vaccinated travelers with no pre-trip COVID-19, including Denmark, Germany, and Spain. Consumers can view the full list here.

Other requirements may still apply

While some countries might have done away with pre-test requirements, that doesn’t mean they’ve lifted all restrictions. Some still require a traveler to be fully vaccinated or to have received one vaccine dose while also having recovered from COVID-19.

Some countries – like Peru – require either full vaccination or a PCR test issued up to 48 hours before boarding a flight. Others like Sweden have an either/or of their own, such as a full vaccination with the initial dose within the last 180 days, or a booster shot.

Before booking a flight, travelers are being urged to make sure they understand what each individual country requires for entry. It's also smart to check which countries the State Department has designated as "do not travel" destinations. A complete list of those countries is available here.

Travelers need test to come back to the U.S.

The U.S. hasn’t moved off of its requirement that returning American travelers must show proof of a negative test result taken within one day of travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a complete rundown of requirements and suggestions for international travelers. You can find that information here.

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