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In a few weeks, I will be fully vaccinated with both shots of BioNTech/Pfizer and therefore ready to travel internationally again. I would like to identify destinations that are least locked down so that I could decide where to travel. Is there a ranking of nations based on how open everything is there? Coupled with IATA's COVID travel map I could then narrow it down to countries that also allow foreign citizens to enter for the purposes of tourism.

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    Even when things do open up, the advice to only do essential travel will stay a lot longer. Please be careful, there is no clear 'you have had your jabs, you can not get infected' yet. – Willeke Mar 25 at 19:57
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    There are a lot of people under 60 or didn't have underlying health conditions who would like to have a word with you about what Covid did to them. – Peter M Mar 25 at 20:45
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    @PeterM People under 60, with no underlying health conditions and with two full doses of Pfizer/Moderna? That would be very surprising. Without the vaccine though? Yes, I personally know such people. – JonathanReez Mar 25 at 21:35
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    @PeterM I'd also point out that the risk of disease during travel was always there: malaria, yellow fever, food poisoning, nasty forms of the flu. COVID is just another risk factor we have to accept when boarding a plane. – JonathanReez Mar 25 at 21:55
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    @PeterM The vaccines do not fully protect against infection, but they very well protect against severe cases. How much they protect against long COVID (arguably the scariest prospect for people under 60 without underlying health conditions), I don't know. – gerrit Mar 26 at 9:08
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One easy way to figure out the true state of lockdowns is to look at mobility ratings. People stop traveling around when restrictions are high and go back to normal lives when restrictions are low. Using data from Google Mobility we can calculate the mobility rating for every country in the world which has enough Google Maps users. We'll use the "Retail & recreation" category which is probably the most relevant for tourism. It is summarized by Google as:

Mobility trends for places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theaters.

As of April 17th 2021, here is the 14-day average for the countries tracked by Google. Roughly speaking, anything with a score below -30 is fairly locked down. The last column is based on data from this website, which seems fairly accurate.

Country name Mobility index US Citizens allowed?
Zambia 18 Yes
Fiji 13 No
Pakistan 12 No
Zimbabwe 11 No
Ghana 9 Yes
Botswana 9 No
Cote d'Ivoire 9 No
Mali 9 No
Papua New Guinea 7 No
Nepal 6 No
Togo 6 No
Angola 5 No
New Zealand 3 No
Nigeria 1 No
Saudi Arabia 0 No
South Korea 0 Yes
Thailand -2 Yes
Cameroon -2 No
Tanzania -5 No
Kenya -5 Yes
Laos -6 No
Nicaragua -6 Yes
Sri Lanka -6 No
Tajikistan -7 No
Bangladesh -7 Yes
United Arab Emirates -7 Yes
Senegal -7 Yes
Benin -7 No
Vietnam -8 No
United States -8 Yes
Namibia -8 Yes
Australia -9 No
Rwanda -9 Yes
Taiwan -9 No
Egypt -9 Yes
Belize -9 Yes
Russia -10 No
Qatar -10 No
South Africa -11 Yes
Singapore -11 No
Haiti -12 Yes
Indonesia -12 No
Japan -12 No
Trinidad and Tobago -13 No
Aruba -13 Yes
El Salvador -13 Yes
Mongolia -14 No
Hong Kong -14 No
Bahrain -14 Yes
Mozambique -15 Yes
Gabon -16 Yes
Morocco -16 No
Georgia -18 Yes
Uganda -18 No
Israel -18 No
Malaysia -19 No
Kyrgyzstan -20 No
Belarus -20 No
Ecuador -20 Yes
Puerto Rico -20 No
Antigua and Barbuda -21 Yes
Sweden -21 No
Kazakhstan -21 No
Lebanon -22 Yes
Serbia -22 Yes
Bolivia -23 Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina -23 Yes
Guatemala -23 Yes
Moldova -23 No
Denmark -24 No
Mexico -24 Yes
Romania -25 No
Jordan -25 Yes
Ukraine -25 Yes
Oman -26 No
Latvia -26 No
Croatia -27 No
The Bahamas -27 Yes
Canada -27 No
India -27 No
North Macedonia -29 Yes
Dominican Republic -31 Yes
Spain -31 No
Costa Rica -31 Yes
Finland -31 No
Cape Verde -32 No
Bulgaria -32 No
Honduras -33 Yes
Paraguay -34 Yes
Venezuela -34 No
Argentina -35 No
Kuwait -35 No
Panama -35 Yes
Hungary -36 No
Turkey -36 Yes
Switzerland -37 No
Estonia -37 No
Colombia -37 Yes
Liechtenstein -38 No
Luxembourg -39 No
Malta -39 No
Portugal -39 No
Norway -40 No
Netherlands -40 No
Brazil -40 Yes
Belgium -41 No
Uruguay -42 No
Lithuania -42 No
Poland -43 No
Ireland -43 Yes
Cambodia -44 No
Greece -44 No
United Kingdom -45 Yes
Germany -45 No
Italy -45 No
France -45 No
Jamaica -46 Yes
Peru -46 Yes
Barbados -47 Yes
Slovakia -50 No
Czechia -50 No
Philippines -51 No
Austria -52 No
Slovenia -53 No
Mauritius -60 No
Chile -60 No
Myanmar (Burma) -74 No

I will update this list once a month until it stops being relevant or until Google stops publishing its mobility data.

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    But if a country won't even let you in, surely a high score here isn't interesting? Or requires a two week quarantine before you can join the mobility? Eg Fiji will not let you in if you've been in the USA, Europe, or the UK. Singapore requires special permits to let you in and then demands a quarantine for those who get one. – Kate Gregory Mar 25 at 21:15
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    @KateGregory correct, so you'd need to also look up who is willing to let you in. I'll see if I can parse the US consulate data later on to also add a "tourists allowed" column. – JonathanReez Mar 25 at 21:34
  • @KateGregory updated with another column listing whether or not travel is actually allowed :) Looks like 61 countries are currently open to US citizens. – JonathanReez Mar 25 at 22:07
  • I'm not sure if your last column is entirely correct / consistent. For example, in Thailand US citizens will still have to quarantine. In the UK too, going by the IATA Travel Centre. – JJJ Mar 26 at 5:05
  • This data seems irrelevant to the question. Mexico is -24, and yet its tourism industry is completely open for business, with no negative test requirement for inbound tourists. – John Churchill Mar 26 at 6:39
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I asked a very similar question one year ago but it got closed: Where can I find an up-to-date list of COVID-19-related curfews and business closures in different countries?

Anyway here was my attempt of answer:

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  • Where did you end up traveling personally in the end? – JonathanReez Mar 25 at 22:16
  • @JonathanReez I've mostly stayed in California. – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 25 at 22:49

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