10 cities around the world that tourists can visit without a mask

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Ready to go back? Entry requirements and mask mandates are decreasing in many parts of the world and tourists are being welcomed back as we move forward into 2022.

These destinations have removed their entry restrictions for travelers, including mask mandates. If you’re looking to plan a spring or summer getaway, find out what these destinations have to offer.

From exploring the idyllic coast of Galway, Ireland, to sun, culture and food in San Juan, Puerto Rico, here are 10 amazing cities you can visit without a mask.

10 cities around the world that tourists can visit without a mask

Victoria, British Columbia

The weather is warming up and beautiful British Columbia is open and ready to be explored. Travel to Vancouver Island and discover the capital, 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 8. And as of April 1, pre-departure Covid testing will no longer be required of all international arrivals to Canada.

The spring and summer months mean it’s the perfect time to stroll along Victoria’s beautiful waterfront, the Inner Harbour. It’s a great base from which to explore downtown Victoria – shop, browse boutiques and restaurants, and even stop at the iconic Empress Hotel. To end the day, head to Red Fish Blue Fish (a local favorite) for a big plate of fish and chips.

Boats along the harbor on a sunny summer afternoon in Victoria, BC.

Galway, Ireland

Fall in love with small town Ireland in the coastal city of Galway. Ireland has scrapped its entry requirements and people are jumping on the first flight to Dublin, Ireland. Arriving in the capital, you’ll head straight west along the highway to Galway, where you’ll find some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Ireland.

Begin your journey in Galway in Eyre Square, the heart of the city, before venturing into the other areas of the city. Here you can experience the quintessence of Irish culture: listen to folk music in a local pub, stroll through historic streets and explore stone castles and cathedrals. After a few blissful days, you’ll wonder why you’ve never visited Galway before.

And if you’re looking for some of these “hidden gems,” this local website has some great insider tips.

Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay in Ireland at sunset

Bucharest, Romania

Often overlooked by other Balkan countries, Romania has a lot to offer an intrepid traveler like you. And with entry requirements waived for international visitors, consider a trip to Bucharest, Romania’s charming capital.

Whatever you want to do during your trip, know that Bucharest is full of experiences. Whether it’s history, culture or nightlife, you can do it all here. One of the best things to do in the city is to join a food tour where you can explore some of Bucharest’s old quarters, taste some of the best food 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 for digital nomads, so if you can work remotely and want to take a longer trip here, consider learning about Romania’s digital nomad visa.

Cafes in the Pasajul Macca- Vilacrosse Arcade at night in Bucharest, Romania

Bath, England

Regularly ranked among the most beautiful cities in the country, Bath is a city with a long history and incredible attractions for travelers. It takes an hour and a half by train or two car journeys west of London towards the Bristol Channel to get there.

The best thing to do in Bath, hence its name, is to visit the thermal baths built by the Romans. Built almost 2000 years ago, you can visit these ancient spas, the changing rooms, the hot spring and the museum that connects them on a day trip. There is so much beauty here that you will understand why it is listed as a UNESCO heritage site.

sunny day over the historic castles of Bath, England surrounded by greenery

Nice, France

With travel restrictions eased across the Republic, there’s no better time to explore the incomparable beauty of the French Riviera.

After you’ve had your fill of bustling museums and markets, head to Cave de la Tour, one of Nice’s oldest wine bars. Order aperitifs and soak up the atmosphere of a sunny afternoon in the south of France. Ready to splurge? Book a waterfront hotel and you’ll be in paradise (and might never want to leave!).

Coast of Nice, south of France seen from above, turquoise sea and palm trees

Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark was one of the first Scandinavian countries to end its Covid-related entry restrictions. And since February 1, the government has also removed all internal restrictions.

Wondering what there is to do in the capital, Copenhagen? Many. From child-friendly Tivoli Gardens, to museums and fine dining, Copenhagen offers an unforgettable holiday experience.

While visiting the city, be sure to explore the CopenHot Spa. This unique spa experience features wooden tubs and saunas overlooking the city’s harbor. You can book the whole sauna with your travel companions, or you can even cruise the canal on a spa boat!

Copenhagen, Denmark - June 13, 2021: People enjoy a summer day in the bustling Nyhavn area on Copenhagen's waterfront with many restaurants and bars and Danish flags overhead

Oranjestad, Aruba

Aruba last week became the 16th country to drop all entry requirements for inbound travellers. Although travel medical insurance and the completion of an embarkation/disembarkation pass are still required, other travel restrictions have been removed on the island.

According to the VisitAruba website, wearing a mask is no longer mandatory in private businesses like restaurants and stores, unless required at the establishment’s discretion.

Aruba’s colorful capital, Oranjestad, is your perfect introduction to Aruba. As a Dutch colony, it’s the perfect place to take in all the impressive colonial architecture – just stroll through the enchanting little streets and enjoy. Then, stroll along the waterfront and feast on one of Oranjestad’s best seafood restaurants.

For the ultimate beach vibe, Barefoot Restaurant comes highly recommended for sunset and Lima Bistro for some of the best fine dining on the island. Are you traveling with children? Take them to Surfside Beach right downtown before exploring this Caribbean island paradise.

Happy couple having drinks in a swimming pool with palm trees in the background at a resort in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles

San Juan, Puerto Rico United States

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, you can experience the fascinating history and delicious cuisine before hitting the beach for a relaxing afternoon. Even though you’ll be close to town, some of Puerto Rico’s best beaches are actually near San Juan. Some favorites include Escambron Beach and La Playita del Condado.

Brightly colored houses line the hills overlooking the beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

The American Southwest is calling you! New Mexico removed its indoor mask mandate in February and all businesses are now operating at 100% capacity. That being said, there’s no better time to plan a little adventure in quaint Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Beyond the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and weekend craft markets (incredible as they are), Santa Fe, New Mexico offers a variety of things to see and do. Join a walking tour, visit the spa, and explore downtown Santa Fe’s foodie scene to sample the best flavors of northern New Mexico. For an outdoor excursion, book a rafting trip or go for an early morning hike on one of the best hiking trails nearby.

Overview of Sante Fe, New Mexico at sunset.  Pink/purple sky.

Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden recently became the 22nd country to remove all entry requirements for international travelers, including tourists from the United States and Canada. And all internal restrictions across the country were lifted last month, so book your flights to the capital 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 major city events and festivals scheduled for spring and summer.

panoramic view of Stockholm, Sweden on a sunny day

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