MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICAN COUNTRIES OPEN TO VACCINATED TRAVELERS [UPDATED]

With inoculations for COVID-19 underway worldwide, it is a long road ahead before all the countries across the world reopen for travelers. Several Middle Eastern and African (MEA) countries have reopened their borders to travelers with varying requirements around quarantine upon arrival, a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination status. However, vaccination disparity worldwide is likely to make travel complex in the short- to medium-term. Moreover, the maze around recognized vaccines adds to the complexity to travel.

Below is the list of countries that are currently open to fully or partially vaccinated travelers across the Middle East and Africa. Safe Travel Barometer has compiled a list of recognized vaccines across these destinations that are open to travelers in 2021.

Table: Recognized Vaccines by Countries in Middle East and Africa

DestinationsRecognized VaccinesTraveler Type (Fully Vaccinated/Non-Vaccinated)Last Updated
ArmeniaComirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Sputnik V

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
BotswanaVaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Janssen,

Sputnik V,

CoronaVac (Sinovac),

Covishield

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
EgyptVaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Janssen,

Sinopharm,

Covishield,

Sputnik V,

CoronaVac (Sinovac),

Oxford/AstraZeneca (SKBio)

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
IsraelComirnaty (Pfizer- BioNTech),

Spikevax (Moderna)

Fully Vaccinated OnlySeptember 15, 2021
JordanComirnaty (Pfizer- BioNTech),

Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Sputnik V,

Sinopharm

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Sputnik V

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
KuwaitComirnaty (Pfizer- BioNTech),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Janssen,

Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca)

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
LebanonComirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Sputnik V,

Covishield,

Sinopharm

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
MauritiusJanssen,

Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Sinopharm,

CoronaVac (Sinovac),

Covishield,

Sputnik V,

Covaxin

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
MoroccoJanssen,

Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Sinopharm,

CoronaVac (Sinovac),

Covishield,

Sputnik V

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
OmanVaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Janssen,

Sinopharm,

Covishield,

Sputnik V,

CoronaVac (Sinovac)

Fully Vaccinated OnlySeptember 15, 2021
QatarJanssen,

Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Covishield,

Sinopharm

Fully Vaccinated OnlySeptember 15, 2021
 Janssen,

Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech)

Fully Vaccinated OnlySeptember 15, 2021
SeychellesVaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Spikevax (Moderna),

Covishield,

Sputnik V,

Sinopharm

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
TanzaniaJanssen,

Sinopharm

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
TurkeyCoronaVac (Sinovac),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Sputnik V

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
U.A.E.Vaxzevria (Oxford/AstraZeneca),

Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech),

Sputnik V,

Sinopharm,

Spikevax (Moderna)

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021
ZimbabweJanssen,

CoronaVac (Sinovac),

Covaxin,

Sputnik V,

Sinopharm

Non-vaccinated/ Fully vaccinatedSeptember 15, 2021

View more about the arrival requirements on Safe Travel Barometer’s Destination Dashboard

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