Americans can now visit 60+ countries and territories; a complete list
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The United States is still dealing with one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world with more than 8 million cases and 225,000 deaths.
Indeed, the welcome mat had been rolled up for Americans for much of 2020, but there’s now dozens of countries that are reopening to U.S. tourists.
More than 60 countries and territories are open for business.
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So what’s open? Here’s the list:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- The Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- French Polynesia
- The Maldives
- North Macedonia
- Puerto Rico
- St. Barths
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- Saint Maarten
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- South Korea
- Turks and Caicos
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- The U.S. Virgin Islands
We included two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the USVI) on our list of destinations.
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Unfortunately, most of Asia, most of Europe and most of Oceania remain off limits. There are a few other countries where you can enter once you’ve quarantined in a third country that is accepting Americans. Malta is one. You would need to go to Turkey first, spend two weeks, and then you’d be able to enter Malta.
Be sure to read restrictions carefully before planning a trip.
What places are open for Americans?
Albania is open to Americans. Commercial flights returned to Albania in June, and the government lifted all restrictions on tourism on July 1.
There are no testing requirements for visitors, but temperature checks on arriving passengers at the airport are mandatory. If a passenger has COVID-19 symptoms and/or a fever they may be required to undergo a mandatory government quarantine.
Related: 5 reasons to visit Albania in 2020
Antigua and Barbuda
The country reopened to tourists on June 4. However, travelers will have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, including face masks in public. All snorkel and dive excursions and other activities must be booked via visitors’ resorts. Travelers cannot explore the islands freely.
The Points Guy founder Brian Kelly canceled an early June trip to Antigua after learning that he would have to stay on the resort “unable to do things I would really want to do.” Eventually, he was able to make the trip.
American Airlines resumed service to the Caribbean with flights to Antigua the last week of May.
Face masks must be worn at all ports of entry and in public spaces from the moment of disembarkation from the plane. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months.
- Health screenings and temperature checks will be conducted at each point of entry. Officials will also collect a self-reported traveler accommodation form from each passenger.
- Arriving passengers may undergo nasal swabbing for rapid antigen tests.
- Hand washing and sanitization stations will be available in many public spaces.
- Customs and ground transportation will handle traveler luggage as little as possible.
- All people must abide by social distancing guidelines of six feet or more.
You will not need to present a negative COVID-19 test before arrival, but having one can help you bypass some of the screening protocols on the ground.
Every incoming traveler will be tested for COVID-19. The test will take 15 minutes to complete, and results will be released within 48 hours, according to Antigua’s travel advisory website. Travelers will have to pay for the test, which costs $100 per person.
Aruba is in the middle of phased reopening, with American visitors welcomed back in July. Visitors from Europe were allowed in Aruba as of July 1.
Related: Aruba reopening in July
Arrivals will face new screening measures including the possibility of COVID-19 tests on arrival along with temperature checks and medical professionals available.
Americans from 23 states considered high-risk will need to upload proof of a negative test within 72 hours of flying to Aruba or they won’t be allowed to board. Those from less risky states will also need to upload a test or have one taken at Oranjestad’s airport. Those who take a test on arrival will need to quarantine at their hotel for up to 24 hours while awaiting the results. The tests are paid for by the tourist.
All guests must also purchase visitors’ insurance from the nation of Aruba to cover up to $75,000 in health insurance. For a week it will cost you about $100.
The country has also placed temporary capacity limits on some tourist spots, especially in popular destinations. Casinos will also reopen with new safety measures in place.
Bahamas has hit several road bumps in its reopening. It first opened up, then shut down again, and now has again reopened its borders to international travelers. Unfortunately there are a few hurdles for visitors.
Americans are now allowed, but they must have a COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of arrival, and quarantine for two weeks at their hotel, Airbnb, ship, or other lodging. They will also need a “Bahamas Health Visa” required prior to arrival and will need to upload negative test results into that online form.
Related: Bahamas reopening
All Bahamas hotels are being allowed to open by the middle of October, and they will also be able to allow visitors to use their beaches.
As of Sept. 4, U.S. travelers are once again permitted to receive a visa upon arrival. U.S. visitors do not need to bring a negative PCR COVID-19 test when entering Bahrain. However, all arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense, at a cost of $80 (30 Bahraini dinars). Passengers may be required to take two tests, which would double the cost to the traveler. Any positive test results will result in quarantine at a government facility until a clean bill of health is received.
Good news: Barbados reopened to international travelers beginning on July 12. U.S. commercial flights resumed July 25 for JetBlue and August 5 for American Airlines.
They have instituted mandatory protocols that all inbound travelers have to follow:
- COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited laboratory within 72 hours prior to departure for travelers from high-risk countries (one week for low-risk countries)
- Online embarkation/disembarkation card (ED card) with personal health questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms
- Test upon arrival without a documented negative COVID-19 PCR test result and mandatory quarantine at traveler’s expense until results are returned
- Social distancing, temperature checks and wearing face masks
The local government clarifies that high-risk countries are defined as those that have seen more than 10,000 new cases in the prior seven days and community transmission, which would include the United States. In addition, anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus will be placed in isolation where they will “receive care from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.”
More updates on Barbados’ response to coronavirus and any updates to its protocols can be found on the government website.
Belarus is in the middle of a popular uprising against the man called the “last dictator in Europe,” so it may not be the best time to visit, but the country bordering Russia may be open to tourism. Several TPG readers have said Belarus is open to American tourists, and we have seen a few reports that suggest Americans are on a list of 70 countries that were allowed to enter as of August 15.
If you can find a flight, you’ll need to get a visa and a COVID-19 test within 48 hours is “recommended.” You’ll also need to fill out a health questionnaire and submit to temperature/health checks on arrival.
Philip Goldson International Airport (BEZ) reopened on August 15, and tourism resumed on Oct. 1.
Visitors and returning citizens will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight or will be tested on arrival at the price of $50.
In a statement, the tourism board said, “As the country reopens for travel, Belize wants to assure travelers and residents that hotels and restaurants will be cleaner and safer than ever before.”
Note that all visitors will have to stay at one of the country’s full-service hotels or resorts that have received the Belize Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition. Among the requirements for this designation? The hotels must have private transportation to and from the airport, a restaurant on-property, and strict cleanliness protocols.
Belize tourism laid out the following guidelines and requirements for tourists.
- Obtain a certified negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure
- Book approved housing
- Wear face masks when traveling to the departure airport
- Wear face masks and practice physical distancing at the departure airport
- Download and verify information on Belize Health App
On the plane
- Wear a face mask while on the plane
- Practice social distancing to the extent possible
- Continue to wear face masks and practice physical distancing
- Get a health screening
- Check in daily on health app
Once at the airport, you’ll need to be medically screened as well as go through customs. If a passenger is showing symptoms they may be placed in quarantine. More information can be found here.
Still no word on when cruise ships will be allowed to return.
Bermuda rolled out the red carpet to Americans early. In fact, tourists from many nations are able to vacation in Bermuda again since July 1.
The island resumed international commercial air service for visitors as part of its fourth phase of economic reopening after what it calls its “successful management of COVID-19 to date.” L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) reopened July 1 as well.
Related: Bermuda opening to Americans July 1
Here’s the requirements posted by the government of Bermuda:
Pre-departure — A traveler must:
- Within 48 hours of departure, complete the Bermuda travel authorization process online which gathers important information for the island’s health and immigration officials; a $75 fee per traveler is required, which includes the cost of all COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. Each passenger must have a form completed regardless of age. NOTE: Children 9 and younger do not have to be tested at any point, and their Travel Authorization fee is $30. Travel authorization FAQ
- Ideally within 72 hours, but no more than seven days before departure, visitors must take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result. This applies to adults and children aged 10 and up. Children who are 9-years-old and younger are exempt and are subject to their adult travel companion’s quarantine. Children 10-17 must receive parental consent to be tested. If consent is denied, the young traveller must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Test results must be entered as part of the online travel authorization process and be presented upon arrival in Bermuda. As of July 11, 2020, such visitors without a pre-departure test will not be able to obtain Travel Authorization and enter Bermuda.
- Wear face masks when traveling to the departure airport
- Wear face masks and practice physical distancing at the departure airport
Additionally, a traveller should:
- Acquire health insurance covering illness and injury outside of your home jurisdiction, including those related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis while in Bermuda. If this is not obtained, a visitor will be responsible for all health and accommodation costs should they require treatment and/or quarantine, including costs related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in Bermuda
- Pack a thermometer
Related: Visiting Bermuda with kids
More information on coronavirus in Bermuda can be found here.
More reading: New resort and hotel options in Bermuda
Brazil has the most coronavirus cases in South America. Despite that, a travel ban on foreigners was totally lifted at the end of July. Tourists are welcome as long as they have health insurance.
Several carriers like United, Azul and LATAM are keeping their flights between the U.S. and Brazil open.
The government has not officially imposed any quarantine restrictions and President Jair Bolsonaro denies the need for them, insisting that only the elderly and other high-risk populations should stay home.
It wasn’t until May 5 that São Luís, the capital of Maranhão state, become the first major city in the country to implement a partial lockdown. More cities have passed lockdown measures since then, but many are now are re-opening. Some cities have progressed through their phases and are now opening larger centers such as malls, though masks are required.
The U.S. has announced a ban on travel by foreign nationals who have been to Brazil in the past 14 days. This adds to bans already in place for the United Kingdom, Europe, Ireland, Iran, and China.
Bosnia And Herzegovina
The country of Bosnia and Herzegovina has reopened to international visitors as of September 13.
You will need a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of arrival to enter.
Related: Colombia is open, but should you go?
Colombia now says you’ll need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival. Anyone arriving before October 1 had to quarantine for 14 days. After October 1, the quarantine requirement went away.
Before traveling, visitors should prepare the following:
- Negative PCR COVID-19 test results dated within 96 hours before departure
- Complete the online pre-travel registration form “Check-Mig” within one to 24 hours of your flight departure time
- Download CoronApp to self-report your health throughout the duration of your trip
- Wear a mask at all times and wash your hands and disinfect your belongings on a consistent basis
Arriving passengers will face health screenings at their point of arrival. Passengers will also need to fill out the government’s “Migracion Colombia Check-Mig” immigration form.
Americans are again being welcomed to Costa Rica, and as of Nov. 1 you will no longer need to quarantine or to provide a negative PCR test.
You will still need to fill out an online health form and purchase traveler’s medical insurance. You can purchase an insurance plan through approved Costa Rica providers, or you can choose an international provider so long as you can provide a certificate stating your policy meets these qualifications:
- Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
- Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 disease while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000.
- Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issues due to the pandemic.
Note that any emergency medical or dental coverage provided by credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve will not meet this requirement.
Croatia has reopened for tourists from all countries.
As of July 13, Croatia amended its COVID-19 policies due to a slight spike in recent cases. Incoming travelers must now produce a negative COVID PCR test taken less than 48 hours before departure, or else observe a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival. Additional updates from the European Union will be announced soon.
Fair warning: The European Union has decided not to allow U.S. travelers into the E.U., but individual nations have decided to ignore that decision, and Croatia has done in regards to Americans. The Daily Beast is reporting, “… upon checking with the Croatian government directly, we can confirm that Americans can travel to Croatia for tourism.. without quarantine.”
Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo reopened its borders in August. It is perhaps best known for the Virunga National Park and for being home to the mountain gorilla. Most businesses and schools are now open. Unfortunately, Virunga National Park is not set to open until 2021. Visitors must undergo a health screening on arrival. Americans need a visa to visit.
Dominica is open to travelers as of Aug. 3. All eligible travelers arriving in the country must follow the procedures below:
- Submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival
- Present notification of clearance to travel in the form of a doctor’s note or similar document
- Submit a negative PCR test result recorded within 24-72 hours prior to arrival
As with many other countries accepting U.S. tourists, visitors must also adhere to stringent on-site policies around social distancing and safe hygiene, including:
- Wearing face masks at all times during the arrival process, up to and including departure from the airport
- Observing physical distancing guidelines
- Following all instructions from local health care staff and officials
- Undergoing a health assessment upon arrival, including a temperature check
- Providing confirmation of the health questionnaire and negative PCR test results
- Undergoing rapid COVID-19 test screening with a negative test result (children under five are exempt).
Any traveler with a high temperature, high risk alert from their questionnaire or positive rapid test will be given a PCR test, and be taken into mandatory quarantine at a government-approved facility or hotel at their expense until results are available. If the follow-up test result is positive, the traveler may be quarantined until released by an authorized health professional.
The Dominican Republic
Social distancing guidelines will still be enforced, but not much else by way of specifics have been announced.
There will be temperature checks on arrival, but as of October, it appears pre-testing will no longer be required, though there may be spot checks at local airports.
The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo issued a level 4 health warning not to travel to the Dominican Republic due to the impact of COVID-19. The office warned American citizens to reconsider coming to the country in consideration of the situation with the pandemic:
Related: Dominican Republic reopening July 1
Egypt is now open for Americans, but there are some important things to know before you go.
Related: Egypt reopening
Americans will need a tourist visa available on arrival or before arrival via online enrollment. There are no quarantine requirements though you will need a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. (Some reporting suggests it’s actually within 48 hours, so be aware you may need an overnight test). You also have to have the physical test results. No digital documents are being accepted.
Related: Dreaming of visiting Egypt
There is testing available at Hurghada (HRG), Sharm El Sheikh (SSH), Marsa Alam (RMF) and Taba (TCP) airports. Those tests are $30, but that’s cheaper than in much of the U.S.
Related: Guide to world landmarks reopening
Ecuador is again open for Americans.
All arriving passengers are required to have the results of a PCR COVID test within the last ten days prior to arrival.
Those without negative COVID-19 test results will need to get a test upon arrival at their own expense and quarantine until their test results come back negative or for two weeks.
Related: Ecuador ditches quarantine
Quito and Guayaquil airports are open and have resumed normal operations.
There are special requirements for the Galapagos Islands. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours is a requirement upon arrival in Galapagos.
El Salvador has begun reopening.
On September 19, international flights will resume to Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador for the first time since mid-March. The country has said arriving passengers will face temperature checks. There is no official word on when tourists will be welcomed back, but the speculation is that it will be sometime in September along with other Central American nations.
A recent ruling from the country’s highest court ordered the government’s restrictions were unconstitutional and all businesses are now allowed to reopen.
El Salvador has seen 26,000 cases with 739 deaths.
Related coverage: French Polynesia reopening
French Polynesia officially reopened on July 15. The island nation had a 14-day quarantine period for international travelers from March until July, but that requirement has been dropped.
If you plan on traveling to French Polynesia, you need to submit to a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test three days before departure.
Four days after arrival, you will be subject to another COVID-19 test. The Ministry of Health and Prevention will be conducting these tests. In addition to that, guests may also get visits from medical staff, authorized by the Department of Health to supervise.
All travelers are advised to wear a mask throughout their stay and abide by specific sanitary measures. If you do exhibit symptoms during your stay, you must self-report and self-isolate in your room until further instruction from local emergency operators.
If you’re itching to travel to French Polynesia, there are lots of options for getting there. Be sure to check out our guide on the best way to get to Tahiti using points and miles. Air Tahiti Nui has resumed service to French Polynesia from the United States.
Related: My ill-fated trip to Tahiti
Like its Caribbean neighbors, Grenada began reopening to foreign tourists on August 1 — with many health conditions attached. Unfortunately it’s not going to be easy for Americans to visit.
Travel is supposed to be extremely difficult for “high-risk” tourists from places like America where coronavirus is still rapidly spreading.
Only chartered flights are allowed from these countries.
Anyone traveling to Grenada from a high-risk country will find a 14-day mandatory quarantine period awaiting upon arrival. Additionally, tourists from “Red Zones” will have to undergo quarantining at an approved state facility for the same period — subject to the discretion of local officials.
Additionally, requirements of low and middle-risk countries still apply. A negative PCR test result, dated at most seven days prior to entry, is needed — and rapid testing upon arrival will still take place. Tourists may have to stay 2-4 days at a government-approved accommodation while awaiting PCR results and be able to resume quarantine elsewhere (as long as they are not from the “Red Zones”).
According to the embassy, U.S. travelers are welcomed again into Guatemala as of Oct. 5.
The U.S. embassy in Guatemala says on their website that, “Arriving passengers age 10 and over must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test conducted no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival, and must also complete a Heath Pass, available at https://sre.gt. Any non-resident foreigners presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival may be denied entry to Guatemala.”
Current protocols for entering travelers requires officials at borders to confirm the visitor’s negative coronavirus test result, conducted within 72 hours of travel time. Travelers arriving at La Aurora Airport (GUA) who cannot provide recent, negative test results must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine under supervision by authorities from the Ministries of Public Health and Social Assistance.
Travelers must pass through health checkpoints upon entry, and soldiers are enforcing the mandatory use of masks, which has been the policy throughout Guatemala since the beginning of the pandemic.
Honduras has reopened its international airports for tourists. In fact, Spirit Airlines has resumed service from Fort Lauderdale and Houston, and American Airlines is flying from Miami.
All tourists have to fill out a form from the government and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight to Honduras.
Honduras is a hotspot for the virus. It’s had more than 62,000 cases and almost 2,000 deaths.
Ireland is open to Americans, but you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
All arrivals from outside Ireland including citizens and residents are required to isolate themselves for two full weeks. You’ll also need to fill out a “Passenger Locator Form” saying where you will be quarantining. There is a fine of up to $2,860 or six months in jail for refusing to fill out the form or falsifying records.
Related: Yes you can go to Ireland, but..
Meantime, Ireland is dealing with visitors who are violating the country’s 14-day self-quarantine rule. The New York Times wrote a whole article on this problem. Some TPG readers have also reported that Americans are going to Ireland, skipping quarantine and visiting other parts of Europe. Not only is that illegal, but it’s also unethical and endangers other humans. Don’t do that.
Jamaica officially reopened for tourism beginning June 15, but anyone who is hoping to plan a vacation here will have to overcome major hurdles. Arriving travelers have to submit a pre-travel health authorization registration with a customs and immigration form, and the government will issue a travel approval document based on those details. Travelers may be denied permission to visit depending on their risk for COVID-19 transmission.
All incoming travelers should expect thermal temperature checks upon arrival, and anyone who shows COVID-19 symptoms or feels ill upon arrival will be quarantined. Even after all those procedures, travelers are expected to adhere to social distancing and face mask policies in public. Travelers are also expected to follow any policies made by tourist and hospitality establishments, which are most likely derived from the government’s 119-page guide for local hospitality procedures.
Related: Jamaica reopening with lots of rules
As of Aug. 18, a new requirement was added: All U.S. travelers must bring along negative results of a COVID-19 test, dated within 10 days of the date of arrival.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still spreading in Jamaica according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
Related: Visiting Jamaica with family
Jordan is open to Americans according to the U.S. embassy, but they must complete an electronic application on www.visitjordan.gov.jo prior to travel and receive an acceptance QR code minimum 24 hours before the flight. They’ll also need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure for Jordan, have health insurance and take another coronavirus test on arrival. They will also need to install Aman.jo app on their mobile phones and agree to health tracking.
U.S. travelers can enter Jordan, but will be subject to significant restrictions, according to the U.S. embassy.
U.S. travelers entering Jordan must undergo mandatory home quarantine for a period of 14 days, according to this official government designation. During home quarantine, COVID-19 PCR testing will occur on the seventh and fourteenth days of quarantine.
Americans can go to Kenya and move about freely with few restrictions.
International flights resumed on August 1, and the only requirement for entry is a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of arrival.
Visitors also face a health screening on arrival.
Kosovo has reopened its borders to Americans. Unfortunately, Kosovo is also one of the deadliest countries due to coronavirus.
No testing or quarantine is required for travelers arriving in Kosovo, however, some reports suggest American citizens have been denied entry if they are not citizens or residents of Kosovo, so tread carefully with this one.
Here’s the advisory from the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo:
“We urge you to postpone or cancel travel to Kosovo this summer. Kosovo remains under a Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel due to Covid-19. The health situation is deteriorating, and public institutions are struggling to keep up with demand. It is possible that border restrictions could be re-imposed with little notice, and the frequent changes are causing confusion at airports and borders.”
That’s not exactly encouraging.
All travelers to Lebanon over the age of 12 must produce a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel in order to enter the country. Upon arrival, travelers must opt either for a second PCR test within 72 hours of arrival at the traveler’s expense (about $50, collected by the airline), or else go into self-quarantine for 10 days. All travelers to Lebanon must complete a medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding their flight.
And the Ministry of Interior has restricted movement and activities in several villages in Lebanon.
Masks are required at all times outdoors and in public spaces, and all violators will be fined $33 per each violation. Furthermore, there is a nightly curfew in place from 1 a.m. until local sunrise each night.
The Maldives had announced one of the most liberal opening policies in the world, but it has since placed restrictions on tourists.
International visitors must now have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure and complete an online health survey.
Related: Maldives reopening
Tourists also need proof of reservation with an approved hotel or resort.
Mexico is now mostly open to American travelers, with Cancun accepting international flights and visitors from the United States starting back in June, and Los Cabos and Baja following in July.
Cancun’s International airport (CUN) has reopened to domestic and international flights.
Related: Mexico opening beach destinations
In July, the international terminal at Los Cabos International (SJD) opened, and international visitors are permitted to enter.
Still, tourists are warned that Mexico is one of the epicenters for coronavirus.
Morocco ended its strict state of emergency on September 10. Americans are among citizens of several dozen countries are allowed to enter the country without a visa, but they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure. They are accepting serological tests outside that two-day window. Face masks are mandatory in flight.
Related: Guide to Morocco reopening
Be aware that there are still curfews in some cities, and domestic travel within Morocco requires a travel authorization letter from local officials. Apparently, a hotel reservation can be all the documentation you may need.
Montenegro is allowing Americans with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of arrival. No quarantine is required.
The U.S. Embassy in Montenegro posted the following notice on its website:
“Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES, with a negative PCR test for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 72 hours or a positive coronavirus antibody test result (SARS-CoV-2) of the IgG class obtained by ELISA serologic test not older than 72 hours. This does not apply to children up to the age of 5. Travelers must not have stopped, nor transited through, countries that are not permitted to enter Montenegro within the previous 15 days.”
Namibia is open and is lifting most restrictions. A COVID-19 test is required.
International flights and tourists are now allowed to fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), but they must have a negative COVID-19 test on arrival taken within 72 hours of arrival, fill out a health questionnaire and stay in their hotel or other lodging for seven days before being allowed to move freely in the country.
Arriving visitors have to stay in a government-approved hotel or camp, and arrivals must be registered with the government.
Nicaragua never really shut down. The government never officially implemented any travel restrictions and beginning in October, flights resumed to Nicaragua including from AeroMexico, American, Avianca, Copa and United.
The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua states says that U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Nicaragua, but a negative COVID-19 test result is required for entry. Travelers should also be prepared for additional health screenings although the embassy says that, officially, travelers are not required to produce any additional health documentation to enter or exit Nicaragua unless they are traveling from a country with known yellow fever risk.
Nigeria reopened its airports on July 8 after months of closure. Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports all reopened for domestic flights in July, and international flights resumed in August.
All tourists are again welcome including Americans.
Arriving international passengers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival. Visitors will have to pay for another test seven days after arrival in Nigeria. All visitors will also need to fill in an online health questionnaire.
North Macedonia is now open to all tourists. Skopje International Airport (SKP) and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport (OHD) opened on July 1. All passengers will face temperature screening, but there are no quarantine or testing requirements.
Panama began reopening its airport back in late August, and is now in a phased reopening across the country.
Panama reopened to tourism on Oct. 12, 2020, along with one of the most comprehensive reopening guides. Local health precautions appear to be just as thorough.
Panama currently requires essential travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival. Anyone without negative coronavirus test results must quarantine for two weeks.
Pakistan has reopened for Americans, however the U.S. state department says, “Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to COVID-19 and terrorism.”
Americans wishing to travel to Pakistan will need a visa, and they will need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. It is unclear what type of test will be offered. They will also face health screenings on arrival.
Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the U.S., officially reopened to all international travelers on July 15.
Upon arrival, travelers will be subject to health screenings, including COVID-19 testing. You could be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of symptoms.
- In order to exit the arrival airport, travelers must complete an online travel declaration form from the Puerto Rico Health Department. Visitors ideally will fill out the form before arriving, but can also do so at the kiosks set up in the airport.
- All visitors age 2 or older must also produce a negative molecular COVID-19 test result, taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel departure time. Testing sites on the mainland U.S. can be found here. It is highly recommended to get tested prior to arriving on the Island, given limited local resources. Travelers who do not have qualifying test results available at the time of arrival must enter mandatory quarantine for 14 days, or until satisfactory test results have been approved by local health officials.
Hotels will limit capacity at pools to 50%. Fitness centers and spas, which are currently closed, will reopen and operate at 50% capacity sometime later this summer.
San Juan International Airport (SJU) is open, and TPG found flights as low as $137 roundtrip on Spirit Airlines from Miami.
Rwanda is open to American visitors again. Now might be the perfect time to plan that safari adventure you’ve always wanted to take if you are able to swing it. Rwanda has done a good job controlling the coronavirus outbreak according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Rwanda is home to three major national parks. You can even book a trip to see the endangered mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park.
Related: Visiting Rwanda during COVID-19
The land-locked country reopened to all nationalities back on June 17, and the international airport reopened to commercial flights Aug. 1. All arriving passengers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within 72 hours before arriving in Rwanda.
VisitRwanda says, “For passengers entering Rwanda, a second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered within 24 hours, during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost.”
Rwanda is offering visa on arrival as well for all nationalities. There are a number of additional planning resources available at VisitRwanda.com.
There are no border restrictions in Serbia. The U.S. embassy in Serbia writes, “There are currently no restrictions on entry to Serbia for U.S. citizens. However, travelers should be prepared for restrictions to change with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Government of Serbia for additional information.”
Serbia has among the most liberal entry requirements with no testing or quarantine required. There was unrest in Serbia in July as protests against coronavirus restrictions turned violent, but it seems to have quieted.
Slovenia has reportedly reopened its borders to tourism, but it has a traffic light system of entry requirements. Countries on the red list face a mandatory two-week quarantine on arrival. You guessed it. The U.S.A. is on the “red light” list.
And the U.S. embassy website suggests Americans still aren’t being welcomed because of the EU ban on Americans, but Slovenia may one exception to that rule. Call the U.S. embassy before planning a trip.
The CDC calls the risk of catching COVID-19 in Slovenia “high,” and says, “The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Slovenia. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Slovenia.”
On May 18, the government of Saint Lucia announced a phased approach to reopening the island’s tourism sector in a responsible manner beginning June 4.
Good news for Americans, as Phase One of reopening included welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) from the United States only.
Visitors will be required to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding their flights to UVF. Once they arrive, guests will undergo health checks and temperatures will be taken. Masks and social distancing will be required for the duration of the stay.
St. Barthelemy (St. Barths) opened to tourists beginning June 22 , but there are lots of caveats.
Related Coverage: Country-by-country guide to reopening
If you want to visit the Caribbean vacation spot, you’ll need to prove that you have tested negative for COVID-19 72 hours or less before you arrive. Those unable to provide such documentation will be tested on arrival, and will need to isolate at their lodging until results become available.
Visitors who test positive for the virus will be moved into quarantine on the island.
Bruno Magras, president of the island’s territorial council, told the Caribbean Journal:
“Whether you are visiting an island friend or local resident, returning to spend time in your vacation home or coming back to spend some vacation time on the island, St Barth is pleased to welcome you back. Island beaches are open without restriction, restaurants and boutiques are operating as usual, houses of worship are open and holding services and nautical services as well as the other services to which you are accustomed are being provided as usual.”
Related: St Barths reopening on June 22
For those staying longer than seven days, a second COVID-19 test will be required.
You’ll need to plan carefully. There are no direct flights from the U.S. so make sure the country you are arriving from is allowing American tourists.
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis is set to begin a phased reopening beginning Oct. 31, 2020. Americans will be allowed as part of Phase 1 as soon as Oct 31. Travelers from within the “Caribbean bubble” will be allowed in with the fewest restrictions. That includes those traveling from the following 8 CARICOM member states: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia & St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
According to the St. Kitts and Nevis tourism board, Americans will need to take the following steps:
- Complete the entry form on the national website (www.covid19.gov.kn) and submit a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours of arrival from an accredited laboratory (List of accredited labs to be provided by the Ministry of Health at a later date).
- Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
- Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less).
- Days 1-7, they are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
- Days 7 -14, visitors will undergo a PCR-test (visitors’ cost) on day 7. If the traveler tests negative on day 7, they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites (list to be announced later).
- Visitors staying 14 days or longer will need to undergo a PCR-test (visitors’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into the St. Kitts and Nevis
One other note, Americans will need to stay at one of six approved hotels for international visitors. Good news? They include the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, the Four Seasons Nevis and the St. Kitts Marriot Resort.
St. Maarten was planning to reopen on July 1 for Americans, but the uptick of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has impacted the reopening policies.
They are requiring several protocols to be followed for tourists, such as submitting results of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test that is no older than 72 hours prior to the day of travel. There is also a health declaration form for all arriving passengers to submit in advance (confirmation must be shown at immigration).
U.S. tourists are not being allowed to cross the island border between Dutch Sint Maarten to French Saint Martin until further notice.
Several resorts are again accepting reservations.
There are several protocols that travelers are expected to follow, and it won’t be a vacation away from the social distancing that you may have hoped for initially. This graphic illustrates some of what you can expect, including face coverings, health screenings, and increased cleaning.
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines began reopening July 1. Visitors from all countries are welcome, but everyone has to fill out the “VINCY” coronavirus questionnaire form and Americans face special requirements.
All Americans will need a negative COVID-19 test within a week of arrival. All travelers are also being tested on arrival. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are now also requiring proof of a fully-paid reservation in an approved hotel for five nights, and a quarantine of five days at that hotel or other lodging.
Seychelles is now open to visitors from 29 countries, but the United States is not on the officially approved list. That said, the super wealthy among U.S. citizens may be able to visit under certain circumstances.
Tourists are required to be tested for COVID-19 (polymerase chain reaction test) within 72 hours before they arrive, though there are some exceptions for citizens from low-risk countries.
Visitors will be charged $50 to support local public health measures, and the tourism department is planning to introduce an app that will track tourists’ movements to facilitate contact tracing.
The Seychelles said at one point that it was banning cruise ships until 2022.
Americans can go to South Korea, but a mandatory two-week quarantine will make it undesirable for most folks.
Unless you have long-term visa, you will have to quarantine at a location overseen by the government.
While the country is technically open to foreigners on short-term visits, most (with limited exceptions) are subject to a mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense for 14 days. The local U.S. embassy notes that this will cost approximately $100 USD per night, and passengers will be required to sign a release form agreeing to these conditions before departing.
South Korea has agreed with China and Singapore to allow some business travel between the countries.
Tanzania is now accepting tourists under pre-COVID rules, with no quarantine conditions attached. The government is asking passengers to complete a Health Surveillance Form upon arrival, and all arriving travelers are “subjected to an intensive screening and where necessary COVID-19 rapid testing. Mask wearing and social distancing are also still in place for anyone planning a visit. Readers have confirmed that they have had no issues flying into the country.
Tanzania was among the first African nations to reopen to tourism. At first, tourists only had to undergo a health screening, but now all incoming travelers need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Many tourists are required to have a visa with details here.
Travelers should note that Tanzania’s reported coronavirus cases are comparatively low, but experts say the toll is probably much higher.
Related: Dreaming of Tanzania
Turkey is welcoming Americans again.
Turkey’s international borders are open for travelers from a number of countries, including the U.S.
Travelers who show signs of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board flights or enter the country. Upon arrival, travelers will be asked to fill out a passenger information form and undergo medical screenings for infection, and anyone showing symptoms upon arrival will be tested for coronavirus. Anyone who tests positive will be referred to a Turkish hospital for quarantine and treatment.
However, the Turkish embassy’s website states that tourist travelers do not need to provide specific health documentation to enter or exit Turkey unless they are arriving for medical treatment.
Related: Turkey is open
However, travelers should note a couple of precautions unrelated to COVID-19:
- The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory guide lists Turkey at Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, due to concerns over terrorism and arbitrary detention. Travelers are strongly advised to avoid the areas bordering Iraq and Syria due to terrorist activity.
- U.S. travelers will still need to apply for a visa before entering Turkey. You can do so via e-visa application, which takes about three minutes.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos, a group of 40 low-lying coral islands popular with tourists in the Caribbean, reopened for international visitors beginning July 22. The Providenciales Airport reopened that day.
Related: Turks and Caicos reopening
This British Overseas Territory includes the island of Providenciales, also known as Provo.
Travelers to Turks and Caicos will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within five days of visiting the islands.
Related coverage: Why I love Turks and Caicos
Resorts and hotels are also reopening. Ocean Club Resorts told TPG that its properties began reopening July 22. They are offering 25% off for the remainder of the year.
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is opening to tourism. Dubai reopened to tourists beginning July 7, and Abu Dhabi is allowing tourists well under certain circumstances.
Tourists visiting the country will be required to present a recent COVID-19 PCR test negative certificate done within 96 hours of departure or undergo testing at Dubai airports. Tourists must also download the COVID-19 DXB app and register their details.
All test results must be presented either in English or Arabic in original, physical form. Digital copies will not be accepted. Travelers with severe and moderate disabilities may be exempted from the test requirement.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority of the UAE (NCEMA), as well as the official website of the UAE, has stated that anyone entering the UAE from another country must undergo a self-quarantine of 14 days. Violating home quarantine is punishable with fines or jail time.
However, visitors entering Dubai are not required to quarantine if they can show that they are in recent clean health, according to local media source Gulf News. Travelers entering Abu Dhabi and other northern emirates must quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their test results.
All arrivals will also be subject to thermal screenings. If a traveler is suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms, Dubai airports have the right to re-test to ensure the tourist is free of the virus.
Tourists must comply with preventive measures and safety procedures and must self-isolate for 14 days if they test positive.
Related: Dubai and Abu Dhabi are open
Interestingly, tourists (including Americans) are allowed now to travel to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, but must follow special rules.
Americans are allowed to visit the United Kingdom. Britain will allow Americans, but there is a giant caveat. Americans must quarantine for 14-days on arrival. The penalty for breaking this quarantine is steep running to more than $1,200 dollars a night in fines for violations.
We have seen some reports of Americans trying to get to the European Union from the U.K., but it’s not allowed and you are likely to be turned back (and you would potentially be breaking the law).
The United Kingdom has had more than 340,000 cases and 41,000 deaths.
Uzbekistan is open to Americans. In fact, it promises to compensate tourists $3,000 if they catch COVID-19.
U.S. citizens need a visa for entry, and a negative COVID-19 PCR test is required within 72 hours of departure to Uzbekistan. Tourists face health screenings on arrival.
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands is again open to tourists. After a couple of false starts, the islands are reopening.
Every traveler who enters the U.S. Virgin Islands after September 19 is required to produce a COVID-19 test result obtained within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory. The government website reads, “Travelers unable to produce a test result will be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of the person’s stay in the Territory.”
Related: U.S. Virgin Islands open again
Related Coverage: State-by-state guide to coronavirus reopening
A toolkit for travelers and other updates are available at www.usviupdate.com.
Zambia is open to international travelers. The country is known as one of the top safari destinations and includes Victoria Falls.
Zambia now requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within two weeks of arrival. Tourists also need a visa. There are also no quarantine requirements right now, but there are reports of some limited health screenings. You can apply for an e-visa online here.
Zimbabwe reopened its borders to international flights on Oct. 1, 2020. In a statement, the government said, “All travelers will be required to have a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 clearance certificate issued by a recognized facility within 48 hours from the date of departure.”
According to the U.S. embassy, the country had been asking all arriving passengers to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu told media outlets the country was also now allowing all attractions and businesses to reopen including the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Zambia also now requires a negative COVID-19 test to exit the country taken within 14 days of departure.
Important caveats and things to know
COVID-19 continues to spread around the world. While some countries have done a good job of containing the virus, there is still much we don’t know. Travel is still considered a risky undertaking. Know the rules and regulations for the place you are planning to visit, and make sure you have completed all the necessary steps (like pre-departure testing in some cases). There is also the possibility countries could change their minds on reopening at the last minute (like we saw in Portugal and Iceland), so make sure you are booking refundable tickets and hotels or purchasing travel insurance.
What about Europe?
Most of the EU is still closed to Americans and will likely remain that way until the total number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. falls. Americans can go to the U.K., but a 14-day required quarantine and restrictions on internal travel make the prospect less than ideal.
Additional reporting by Katherine Fan, Ariana Arghandewal, Jordyn Fields, Zach Honig, Brian Kelly, Brian Kim, Samantha Rosen, Victoria Walker, and Zach Wichter.
Featured image from Aruba in December of 2017 by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.
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