Ready to get back out there? Entry requirements and mask mandates are dropping in many parts of the world and tourists are being welcomed back as we go forward in 2022.
These destinations have eliminated their entry restrictions for travelers, including mask mandates. If you’re looking to plan a spring or summer getaway, find out more about what these destinations have lots to offer.
From exploring the idyllic coastline of Galway, Ireland, to soak up some sun, culture, and food in San Juan, Puerto Rico, here are 10 amazing cities where you can visit mask-free.
Victoria, British Columbia
The weather is warming up and beautiful British Columbia is open and ready to be explored. Head over to Vancouver Island and get to know the capital city of Victoria.
The province dropped its mask mandate this month, and proof of vaccination to access a number of services will only be required until April 8th. And as of April 1st, pre-departure Covid tests will no longer be required from all international arrivals to Canada.
The spring and summer months means it’s the perfect time to stroll Victoria’s beautiful waterfront, the Inner Harbour. This is a great starting point for exploring downtown Victoria – go shopping, wander through the boutiques and restaurants and even stop by the iconic Empress Hotel. To end the day, head over to Red Fish Blue Fish (a local favorite) for a big plate of fish and chips.
Fall in love with small-town Ireland in the coastal city of Galway. Ireland removed its entry requirements and people are hopping on the first flight to Dublin, Ireland. Upon arriving in the capital it’s a straight drive west along the highway to Galway, where you’ll find some of the prettiest landscapes in all of Ireland.
Start your Galway trip at Eyre Square, the heart of the city, before venturing off to the other parts of town. Here you can experience quintessential Irish culture: listen to folk music at a local pub, wander the historic streets and explore the stone castles and cathedrals. After a few blissful days you’ll be wondering why you never visited Galway before.
And if you’re looking for some of those “hidden gems”, this local website has some great insider tips for you.
Often overlooked by other Balkan countries, Romania has a lot to offer an intrepid traveler like yourself. And with entry requirements removed for international visitors consider a trip to Bucharest, the charming capital city of Romania.
Whatever you want to do on your trip, know that Bucharest is packed with experiences. Whether it’s history, culture or nightlife, you can do it all here. One of the top things to do in the city is to join a food tour where you can explore some of Bucharest’s old neighborhoods, sample some of the best eats at a local market, and just get a sense of the city’s history through food (and what better way is there, really?)
Bucharest is also becoming a popular city with digital nomads, so if you can work remotely and want to take a longer trip here, consider looking into Romania’s digital nomad visa.
Consistently rated one of the prettiest cities in the country, Bath is a city with a long history and amazing attractions for travelers. To get here, it’s just a 1.5-hour train ride or a two-drive drive west of London towards the Bristol Channel.
The top things to do in Bath, hence the name, is to visit the Roman-built baths. Built almost 2000 years ago, you can visit these ancient spas, the changing rooms, the connecting hot spring and museum all on a day trip. There’s so much beauty here that you’ll see why it’s listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
With travel restrictions relaxed throughout the Republic, there’s no better time to explore the incomparable beauty of the French Riviera.
After you’ve gotten your fix of museums and bustling marchés, head to Cave de la Tour, one of Nice’s oldest wine bars. Order some appetizers and just soak in the atmosphere of a sunny afternoon in the south of France. Ready to splurge? Book a hotel by the waterfront and you’ll be in paradise (and might never want to leave!).
Denmark was one of the first Scandinavian countries to end its Covid-related entry restrictions. And as of February 1st, the government removed all internal restrictions as well.
Wondering what there is to do in the capital city of Copenhagen? Plenty. From the kid-friendly Tivoli Gardens, to museums and fine-dining, Copenhagen provides an unforgettable vacation experience.
When visiting the city, make sure to explore the CopenHot spa. This unique spa experience has wooden tubs and saunas overlooking the city’s habourfront. You can book the whole sauna with your travel buddies, or you can even sail the canal on a spa boat!
Just last week, Aruba became the 16th country to remove all entry requirements for incoming travelers. While travel medical insurance and filling out an embarkation/disembarkation card is still required, other travel restrictions have been scrapped on the island.
According to the VisitAruba website, wearing a mask is no longer mandatory at private businesses like restaurants and shops unless it’s required at the establishment’s discretion.
Aruba’s colorful capital city of Oranjestad is your perfect introduction Aruba. Being a Dutch colony, this is the place to admire all of the impressive colonial architecture – just wander the enchanting little streets and take it all in. Then, take a stroll along the waterfront and indulge at one of Oranjestad’s best seafood restaurants.
For the ultimate in beach vibes, Barefoot Restaurant is highly recommended for sunset and Lima Bistro for some of the island’s best fine-dining. Traveling with kids? Take them to Surfside Beach right in the center of town before exploring of this Caribbean island paradise.
San Juan, Puerto Rico USA
Entry requirements have been lifted in Puerto Rico and masks are no longer required at most indoor and outdoor establishments.
Take a vacation that mixes culture and calm in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Here in the capital city you can experience the fascinating history and delicious food before heading to the beach to laze the afternoon away. Even though you’ll be in close proximity to the city, some of Puerto Rico’s best beaches are actually near San Juan. Some favorites include Escambron Beach and La Playita del Condado.
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
The American Southwest is calling! New Mexico scrapped its indoor mask mandate in February and all businesses are now operating t 100% capacity. That being said, there’s no better time to plan a little adventure to scenic Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Beyond the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and weekend artisan markets (as amazing as they are), Santa Fe, New Mexico offers a variety of things to do in see. Join a walking tour, head to the spa and explore the food scene in downtown Santa Fe to sample some of the best flavors of northern New Mexico. For an outdoor excursion, book a river rafting trip or go on an early morning hike to one of the top hiking trails nearby.
Sweden recently became the 22nd country to drop all entry requirements for international travelers, including tourists from the US and Canada. And all internal restrictions throughout the country were scrapped last month, so book your flights to the capital city of Stockholm for a new adventure.
A walkable Old Town, live music, art, history and more – take your pick here in Stockholm. And after two years of restrictions, who’s ready for some festivals? Check out this calendar of the city’s top events and festivals scheduled for the spring and summer.
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