When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

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Coronavirus has us frozen in place for the most part and dreaming of when we can start booking travel again. In the meantime, we’ve been doing a lot of stories at The Points Guy about what those dream trips look like.

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North America

United States

The United States remains the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. has more cases than any country in the world.

Important for travelers to the U.S. to know: As of Jan. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers two years of age and older traveling to the U.S. from abroad to take a viral COVID-19 test within 72 hours (three days) of departure for the U.S. and provide documentation of a negative PCR or Antigen result to their airline before being allowed to board; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. This will apply to both non-citizens as well as U.S. citizens returning to the U.S. from any international destination (with the exception of U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

President Joseph R. Biden also signed an executive order soon after taking office in late January that mandates the wearing of masks on federal property and domestic public transportation, including planes and airports. The CDC currently recommends that travelers get tested three to five days after travel and isolate for seven days after travel, or isolate for 10 days after travel without testing.

The international travel testing requirement follows a decision by the CDC on Dec. 28 that all air passengers from the United Kingdom test negative via a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure after the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in the U.K.

All states had been in various stages of reopening, but a surge in cases during fall and winter forced many to resume closure of some public spaces, ban indoor dining at restaurants and bars, limit gatherings, mandate mask-wearing and require quarantines or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test for incoming travelers. Some of those restrictions are being slowly lifted or phased out as vaccination rollout picked up speed and case counts declined in February.

Our state-by-state guide to American re-openings is here.

The CDC still strongly advises against any nonessential travel within the United States. Check the CDC website for the latest updates.

Additionally, the U.S. has restrictions on visitors, including a ban on tourists driving into the country from Canada and Mexico (through at least March 21) as well as a ban on all tourists (but not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the U.S.) traveling from China, Iran, Europe’s Schengen Area, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Wales), the Republic of Ireland, Brazil and South Africa. See details here.

The U.S. State Department lifted its “Level 4,” warning — the department’s highest warning — against any international travel, but it is still not recommended.

Canada

Niagara Falls on the U.S./Canada border July 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Niagara Falls on the U.S./Canada border. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

The border between the United States and Canada remains closed through at least March 21.  In addition, most foreign nationals, including Americans, are not welcome except for those who have dual citizenship or are Canadian residents.

On Feb. 5, Canada also announced that it will ban all cruise ships carrying more than 100 passengers from calling on Canadian ports through Feb. 28, 2022, thereby shutting down cruise tourism for summer and fall 2021 in the country’s Atlantic Provinces, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and British Columbia (Vancouver is an embarkation port for many summer cruises to Alaska).

On Jan. 29, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau placed greater restrictions on travel for Canadian citizens by banning all travel to the Caribbean and Mexico through April 30. Canadian airlines, in turn, have suspended flights to those destinations. As of Feb. 22, Canada also began requiring anyone returning to Canada to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and pay for a three-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel at a cost of 2,000 CAD (about $1,565) as they await their test result.

International flights are only being allowed to land at four Canadian airports: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.

Related: Canada announces strict new entry requirements

On Jan. 7, Canada began requiring all arriving airline passengers over the age of five to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of arrival into Canada. All arrivals must still do that as well as undergo the required 14-day home quarantine after receiving a negative test during the three-day hotel quarantine.

Any foreigner attempting to enter Canada for reasons of tourism, recreation or entertainment will be turned away. Certain immediate and extended family members of Canadian citizens are able to enter Canada with government authorization for a stay of 15 days or more and the required testing, hotel quarantine and self-quarantine.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Canada will need to show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Canada has not banned province-to-province travel, although travel between some provinces is currently prohibited as dictated by individual provinces. Rising cases in Canada in December prompted lockdowns in Ontario and Quebec through early February with phased regional re-openings. Ontario entered a province-wide lockdown from Dec. 26 to Feb. 11. Ontario still has a stay-at-home order in effect through at least March 8 in three regions, including Toronto. Neighboring Quebec was also in lockdown through Feb. 8 with an 8 p.m. curfew and only essential business allowed to remain open. Some businesses have since been allowed to re-open.

Mexico

Mexico City August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Mexico City August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Mexico began a slow regional opening on June 29, and many coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. However, widespread community transmission remains a current concern and there is a federal “stoplight” system that limits activities in some regions.

Mexico eagerly flung open its doors to Americans—and has never required testing for entry. At first, it was just beach destinations like Cancun, but now even Mexico City is welcoming Americans. There are, however, capacity restrictions in many public spaces after Mexico City was put under a partial lockdown right before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Related: Mexico reopening its beaches

All Mexican airports are open to Americans. Tourists are advised that enhanced screening and cleaning procedures are in effect. There are also health checks at all airports, but no testing requirements. However, as of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Mexico is required to show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Many Mexico resorts have begun to offer on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests for guests returning to the U.S.

Mexico saw a major surge in cases in late December and early January following an influx of tourists. The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Mexico is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. and the CDC’s advisory is Level 4: Do Not Travel. For details check here.

Related: Mexico’s Baja and Puerto Vallarta reopening

According to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, 13 states have been designated “red” under the federal stoplight system as of Feb. 14: Ciudad de México, Colima, Estado de México, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Puebla, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí. This means only essential activities are allowed.

The U.S.–Mexico land border is closed to nonessential travel until at least March 21.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the U.S., has officially reopened to all international travelers. In order to enter Puerto Rico, all travelers must complete an online Travel Declaration available on the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal. Passengers must present a negative molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) taken no more than 72 hours prior and will obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation Number.

Upon arrival at San Juan International Airport, travelers will be subject to health screenings, including possible additional COVID-19 testing. You could be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of symptoms.

Related: Everything you need to know about Puerto Rico reopening

Masks are required in all public spaces. Public beaches have reopened and water activities are allowed with reduced capacity and appropriate social distancing. Restaurants are currently open with 30% capacity. As is now the norm in the age of COVID-19, buffets will not reopen and restaurant staff will serve meals wearing gloves and masks.

Casinos, golf courses and hotel pools are now operating at 50% capacity. Bars remain closed. An island-wide curfew of 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. is in effect.

If you’re thinking of bypassing hotel restrictions by booking an Airbnb, keep in mind that many of the same rules will apply.

A note for travelers returning from Puerto Rico: The U.S. began requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test on Jan. 26 for all international arrivals by air, but passengers traveling back to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico will not be required to have taken a test.

Related: Your points and miles guide to Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands, which includes St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, was under a state of emergency until July 11, but began welcoming back tourists on June 1, 2020 with restrictions. After a surge in cases, the islands returned to a “stay at home” order on Aug. 13, but again reopened to tourism on Sept.19.

Every traveler five years of age or older is currently required to submit to the U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Screening Portal a negative COVID-19  test result (molecular, PCR or rapid Antigen) obtained within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory or a positive COVID-19 antibody test taken and received within four months of travel date. Visitors must produce the original test result and the travel certification from the portal upon arrival. As of Jan. 25, travelers age five and older are not allowed to board flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands without travel certification from the portal. Details can be found here.

No quarantine is required for healthy visitors who have negative test results.

Anyone without a negative test result will be required to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense, and according to the government, “are responsible for all associated costs, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care.”

Related: U.S. Virgin Islands reopening

Masks are mandatory when going into businesses and attractions and when using public transportation. Beaches are open, but social distancing is required. Large gatherings remain prohibited. Hotels, guesthouses, villas, timeshares and Airbnb accommodations are all accepting bookings. COVID-19 guidelines are in place for retail businesses and attractions, taxi vans, safari vehicles and limo services.

A note for travelers returning from the U.S. Virgin Islands: The U.S. now requires proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test for all international arrivals by air, but passengers traveling back to the U.S. mainland from the U.S. Virgin Islands will not be required to have taken a test.

Caribbean

Related: A country-by-country guide to the Caribbean

(Photo by Tetra Images/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tetra Images/Getty Images)

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda reopened to tourists on June 4.

The government’s latest Travel Advisory requires all passengers age 12 and older who are arriving by air to have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result taken within seven days of their flight. This includes transiting passengers. Passengers arriving by sea are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health. All travelers are also subject to assessment by Port Health Authorities for signs and symptoms through a series of checks and the completion of a health declaration form upon arrival.

All arriving passengers are required to stay at a certified accommodation property and will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines. Visitors may be required to undergo further testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities. If so, travelers will have to pay for the test, which costs $100 per person.

Travelers will also have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, including face masks in public. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months. Hotels, excursions and restaurants (currently takeout and delivery only) are open; non-hotel bars remain closed. There is a 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew through at least March 15.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Antigua will need to show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The Points Guy founder Brian Kelly canceled an early June trip to Antigua. but eventually, he was able to make the trip.

More: Here are the rules for visiting Antigua

American Airlines resumed service to the Caribbean with flights to Antigua.

Per the U.S. Embassy for the Eastern Caribbean, the U.S. State Department’s advisory for Antigua is currently Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Aruba December 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Aruba December 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Aruba

Aruba has reopened, with American visitors welcomed back as of July 10. Visitors from Europe were allowed into Aruba as of July 1. As of Jan. 25, travelers from Brazil are banned from entering Aruba.

Related:  Aruba reopening

Aruba’s classification of U.S. “hot spot” states is no longer in effect (as of Nov. 1). Instead, as part of the required online Embarkation/Disembarkation card process, residents of all 50 states who are 15 years of age and older are now required to provide a certified negative molecular COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel to Aruba or take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival ($75) and quarantine in their hotel room until receiving a negative result (typically within 24 hours). Testing requirements can be found here.

All guests must also purchase visitors’ insurance from the nation of Aruba to cover up to $75,000 in health insurance. The cost is $30 for travelers aged 15 and older and $10 for those 14 and under.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Aruba must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Visitors are required to carry a mask with them at all times and wear one in the airport, in indoor public spaces (including casinos), and on public transport and tour buses. The country has also placed temporary capacity limits on some tourist spots, especially in popular destinations. Bars are closed (hotel bars are open to guests only). Casinos are open with safety measures in place, including closure at 11 p.m. due to a curfew that has been extended until further notice.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Aruba is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

For additional information check Visit Aruba’s Entry Requirements page.

Bahamas

Paradise Island in Nassau in the Bahamas. (Photo by Pola Damonte/Getty Images)

The Bahamas hit several road bumps in its reopening. It first opened up in July, then shut down again,but has since reopened its borders to international travelers. There are still a few hurdles for visitors, but the process is fairly straightforward.

Americans are now allowed, but everyone over age 10 must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of arrival. They will also need to purchase a “Bahamas Health Visa” prior to arrival (costs vary by length of stay) and health insurance and upload negative test results into that online form. Details on pre-travel testing requirements can be found here.

While in the Bahamas, all visitors are required to wear a mask in public spaces (under penalty of a $250 fine or one-month imprisonment) and submit to a rapid Antigen test if they display symptoms or if their stay is longer than five days/four nights.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Bahamas must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Related: Bahamas reopening

All Bahamas hotels were allowed to open by the middle of October, and they are also able to allow visitors to use their beaches. There are nightly curfews from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and Abaco.

Barbados

On Feb. 3, Barbados strengthened its COVID-19 protocols after the United Kingdom variant was found on the island. Restaurants, bars and non-essential shops are closed and beaches are only open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for swimming or exercise through at least Feb. 28. All travelers must also quarantine in their rooms for at least seven days.

Barbados reopened to international travelers on July 12 and U.S. commercial flights resumed July 25 for JetBlue and Aug. 5 for American Airlines. In mid-November, the country announced a partnership with Stage Zero Life Sciences for pre-travel testing for travelers from the United States and Canada (although Canadians have since been banned by their own government from traveling to the Caribbean or Mexico through April 30). Barbados has also developed a BIMSAFE app designed to expedite the entry and quarantine process.

Related: Barbados wants you to move there and work remotely

Barbados’s mandatory protocols, which were updated and expanded on Feb. 3, apply to all inbound travelers:

  • COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited laboratory within 72 hours prior to departure for travelers from countries of all risk levels (new as of Feb. 3). A second rapid Antigen test will be administered upon arrival and only those who test negative will be allowed to board transport to their pre-approved resort.
  • All visitors need to stay at pre-approved accommodations and agree to in-room quarantine (no beach or leaving the property) for five days until they take a second PCR test and receive a negative result (available within another 48 hours). They must also self-monitor for symptoms for seven days, including daily temperature checks (bring a thermometer) and report them via the app or to public health teams who will call or text.
  • Before traveling to Barbados, all visitors must fill out an online Immigration/Customs form with personal health questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms
  • Social distancing and wearing face masks are also mandatory in public spaces.
  • There is a daily 7 p.m. curfew in effect through at least Feb. 28. Hotel restaurants are open for room-service only. Violators of quarantine and curfew rules could face stiff fines for jail time.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Barbados must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Related: Barbados set to welcome back Americans

More updates on Barbados’ response to coronavirus and any updates to its protocols can be found on the government website.

Bermuda

Colorful homes and hotels on this hillside in Hamilton, Bermuda. (Photo by andykazie / Getty Images)
Colorful homes and hotels on a hillside in Hamilton, Bermuda. (Photo by andykazie / Getty Images)

Bermuda reopened its borders, including to Americans, on July 1, 2020.

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.”

Related: Bermuda opening to Americans

In a news conference announcing the reopening, Bermuda’s Minister of Tourism & Transport Zane DeSilva said, “As we work to finalize the protocols and requirements for travel to Bermuda, rest assured, we will always place the safety of our island and its people above all else.”

Here are the requirements posted by the government of Bermuda:

Pre-departure — A traveler must:

  • Within 72 to 25 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. For additional information, check the Travel authorization FAQ
  • Within five days of departure, visitors must take a COVID-19 PCR test and obtain a negative result. This applies to adults and children aged 10  and up. Children who are 9 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 traveler 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 traveler is required to or should:

  • Take a mandatory second COVID-PCR test upon arrival in the airport and self-quarantine in your accommodation until receiving results (generally 24 hours or less). Visitors must also submit to subsequent tests on days 4, 8 and 14 of their visit (if their stay is that long).
  • 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
  • Wear a Traveller Wristband for the first 14 days of their stay, which will remind them to be careful of their movements. Removal of the wristband will result in a fine of $500 and home quarantine with an electronic monitoring bracelet.
  • Pack a thermometer

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Bermuda must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Related: Visiting Bermuda with kids

Since Dec. 24, Bermuda has required all travelers arriving from the United Kingdom, as well as travelers who have visited the U.K. within the past 14 days, to quarantine in their accommodation (at the property not just in the room) for four days, before taking the COVID-19 test on day four that all travelers to the island must take.

More information on coronavirus in Bermuda can be found here.

More reading: New resort and hotel options in Bermuda

Bonaire

Americans are welcome to visit Bonaire. But to avoid a 10-day quarantine at their own cost, all travelers over the age of 13 must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival. Additionally, travelers must complete a health declaration form for the Public Health Department, 48 hours prior to departure.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Bonaire must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Delta Airlines resumed its weekly direct flights from Atlanta (ATL) to Bonaire on Feb. 6 and American Airlines’ Wednesday and Saturday routes from Miami (MIA) and United Airlines’ non-stop Saturday flights to/from Houston (IAH) and Newark (EWR) began service to Bonaire on Feb. 13.

For more information on health and safety protocols in Bonaire, check here.

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands began a soft reopening on Oct. 1.

Only Americans who own homes in the Cayman Islands, dual citizens, or those hoping to move to the Cayman Islands under long-term work arrangements via the island’s Global Citizen Concierge Program will be allowed in, and only 800 approvals will be offered during the early stages of reopening. They will also need to register with the TravelTime service before their trip and as of Jan. 14, all travelers age 10 and older will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to departure for the Cayman Islands. Airlines will deny boarding to anyone without the required negative test results.

All arriving passengers will then need to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival (Day 0) in Cayman, and again on Day 15, and remain in isolation for a minimum of 14 days, while wearing a tracking device, after which a PCR test will be required on Day 15. A negative test result and sign off by the Medical Officer of Health is required for the quarantine period to cease. Visitors are advised to allow 24-72 hours for off-boarding process, this includes a negative test result and return of monitoring equipment.

The Cayman Islands is taking its mandatory quarantine very seriously and violators are being prosecuted. A Georgia college student who broke COVID-19 protocol in December was ordered to serve four months in a Grand Cayman prison before her sentence was reduced to one month served.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Cayman Islands must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Related: Cayman Islands reopening

Cuba

Cuba again welcomed international visitors back in July. The U.S. State Department has a “Do not travel” advisory in place for Cuba.

Politics limits Americans travel to Cuba more than COVID-19. Long-standing travel restrictions were recently tightened by the U.S. government, eliminating many of the reasons Americans were allowed to visit Cuba in recent years.

There are a number of additional restrictions for U.S. travelers visiting Cuba that are not related to the pandemic, and which remain active.

Dominica

Dominica has been open to travelers since Aug. 3. All eligible travelers arriving in the country are designated as coming from Low-Risk, Medium-Risk or High-Risk countries (the United States is currently considered High-Risk) and travelers must follow these procedures:

  • 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
  • Provide confirmation of a booking at a government-certified private property
  • Undergo a health assessment upon arrival, including a temperature check
  • Provide confirmation of the health questionnaire and negative PCR test results
  • Undergo rapid COVID-19 test screening at Dominica’s airport with a negative test result (children under five are exempt). After receiving a negative result, travelers will need to spend 5-7 days in either mandatory quarantine at a government facility or 5-7 days in a Managed Experience at a Safe in Nature certified property.

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.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Dominica must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

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

For more information, see Dominica’s Travel Advisory.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s borders were closed by land, sea and air in March, but the island country reopened July 1although only approximately 30% of the hotels opened at that time. Currently, most hotels and resorts have re-opened or will re-open soon and masks and social distancing guidelines are in place for indoor public spaces, public transportation and outdoor situations where distancing isn’t possible. There is also an island-wide curfew of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. (5 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays) and disobeying it can result in fines or jail time.

Punta Cana International Airport restarted commercial operations on July 1. There are mandatory temperature checks upon arrival, but as of October, testing prior to travel has been replaced with spot checks. Airports and other ports of entry will administer a quick, aleatory breath test to between 3% and 15% of passengers upon arrival. Passengers who present symptoms or whose test results are positive will be isolated and attended at authorized locations.

Travelers are also required to fill out and submit a Traveler’s Health Affidavit and an Electronic Entry Ticket (through at least March 31) to declare they have not felt any COVID-19 related symptoms in the last 72 hours and provide contact details for the next 30 days.

The Dominican Republic suspended all flights between the island and the United Kingdom through Jan. 17, when flights were allowed to resume. All passengers from the U.K. are now required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of travel; without one, they are required to quarantine for seven days in a government facility at their own expense.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel  advisory for the Dominican Republic.

For the latest updates, check here.

Related: Dominican Republic reopening July 1

Grenada

Saint George-Harbour, Grenada. (Photo by Westend61/Getty Images)
Saint George-Harbour, Grenada. (Photo by Westend61/Getty Images)

Like its Caribbean neighbors, Grenada began reopening to foreign tourists on Aug. 1 — with many health conditions attached. Unfortunately, there are strict protocols for all visitors now, as the island is no longer dividing travelers into low-, medium- and high-risk, depending on their country of origin.

Every visitor is required to obtain a Pure Safe Travel Certificate authorizing travel, present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days (72 hours) of arrival (children age 5 and under are exempt from testing), fill out online health forms in advance, have travel insurance valid in Grenada and download the RonaTrac contact tracing app (iPhone users are currently exempt). All visitors will additionally need to show a confirmed reservation for no fewer than seven nights at a Pure Safe Travel accommodation and quarantine there until taking a PCR test on day 5 (cost: $150, payable when obtaining the Pure Safe Travel Certificate) and getting official clearance to either go out into the community or return home. Complete travel requirements can be found here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Grenada must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

For more information on requirements and restrictions, visit the U.S. Embassy for the Eastern Caribbean’s COVID-19 page for Grenada.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Grenada is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Haiti

Haiti has reopened its borders to regular international passenger traffic. It has also opened its land borders with the Dominican Republic.

According to the U.S. Embassy, travelers visiting Haiti need to complete a health declaration form and submit it to immigration authorities upon arrival. They will need to keep this form for the purposes of self-quarantine and contact tracing as necessary. The embassy also reports that as of Feb. 9, all travelers to Haiti will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel to their airline; proof of a prior COVID-19 infection (positive test and documentation from the attending physician) is also allowed.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Haiti will need to show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Haiti.

Jamaica

Jamaica officially reopened for tourism on June 15, but anyone hoping to plan a vacation there, especially those from a high-risk country (such as the U.S.) needs 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.

Since August 2020, all U.S. travelers age 12 and older must bring along negative results of a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test, dated within 10 days of the date of arrival. Travelers from Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama are now also required to present a negative test result.

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 stay at accommodations within the “resilient corridors” at hotels and resorts certified to accept tourists and 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.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Jamaica must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Related: Jamaica reopening with lots of rules

For the latest updates on travel to Jamaica, check here.

Martinique

Martinique’s borders have been closed to tourism by the French government as of Feb. 2.  The French territory had been open for tourism, but only to citizens of France.

According to the U.S. Consulate for the Eastern Caribbean, Americans are not welcome, but the policy will be reviewed every two weeks. The U.S. State Department currently classifies Martinique, and the entire French West Indies, as Level 4: Do Not Travel. According to the Caribbean Journal, Air France has resumed flights to Martinique.

All arrivals over the age of 11 who are permitted must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for the island and must quarantine until taking another test on the seventh day after arrival.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Martinique must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

St. Barths

The French government on Feb. 2 closed the borders of its overseas territories, which include St. Barthelemy (St. Barths), halting inbound tourism until further notice. St. Barths had reopened to tourists on June 22.

More: Visitors can come to St. Barths only if they can prove they’re not sick

Those who were able to visit this Caribbean vacation spot before the ban had to do the following: All travelers age 11 and older needed proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered 72 hours or less before arrival or they were denied boarding by airlines. All U.S. travelers also had to quarantine for seven days, with a repeat PCR test on day seven (at a cost of 135 euros).

Related: St Barths reopening on June 22

Travelers needed to plan carefully, since there are no direct flights from the U.S. to St. Barths and it was necessary to make sure the transit country allowed American tourists.

U.S. citizens currently on St. Barths will be able to depart, but as of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from St. Barths must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so travelers should check their resort’s policy.

The U.S. State Department currently classifies St. Barths, and the entire French West Indies, as Level 4: Do Not Travel.

For updates on travel to St. Barths, check with the U.S. Consulate for the Eastern Caribbean.

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis began a phased reopening on Oct. 31, 2020.

According to the St. Kitts and Nevis tourism board, Americans will need to take the following steps:

  • Complete the entry form here and submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test completed within 72 hours of arrival from an accredited laboratory as well as confirmation of a hotel reservation at a certified hotel.
  • 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 (or less) of travel.
  • Days 1-7: Visitors are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities. Visitors staying 7 nights or less are required to take a PCR-test ($100) two days prior to departure at their hotel, at the nurse’s station, per a directive from the Ministry of Health. If positive before departure, the traveler will be required to stay in isolation at their cost at their respective hotel. If negative, travelers will proceed with departure on their respective date.
  • Days 8 -14: Visitors staying longer than 7 days will undergo a PCR-test (visitors’ cost is US $100) on day 7. If the traveler tests negative on day 7, they will be allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites.
  • Visitors staying 14 days or longer will also need to undergo a PCR-test (visitors’ cost is US $100) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into the St. Kitts and Nevis community.

One other note: Americans will need to stay at one of nine approved hotels for international visitors. Good news? They include the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, the Four Seasons Nevis and the St. Kitts Marriot Resort.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from St. Kitts and Nevis must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

St. Kitts and Nevis has suspended flights from the United Kingdom through March 31.

For complete details on travel requirements, visit the St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism website.

St. Lucia

(Photo by Pawel Toczynski/Getty Images)

Related: Everything you need to know about entering St. Lucia

St. Lucia is welcoming Americans. Flights to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) have resumed.

Visitors age five and older (from outside St. Lucia’s designated Travel Bubble) will be required to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of boarding their flights to UVF (this was reduced from seven days as of Feb. 10). All International travelers, including those from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, must complete an online Travel Registration Form and then upload the negative test results before travel. All travelers must also present the Travel Authorization email they receive or they may be denied boarding.

Once they arrive, travelers will undergo health checks and temperatures will be taken. All international visitors from outside the St. Lucia Travel Bubble will be required to remain at their COVID-19-certified property and only participate in certified tours and activities for the duration of their stay; after 14 days, isitors be able to move around the island freely. Masks and social distancing will be required for the duration of the stay.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from St. Lucia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

For further details, visit the International Arrivals page on the St. Lucia Tourism website.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines began reopening July 1. Visitors from all countries are welcome, but everyone must fill out the “VINCY” coronavirus questionnaire form within 24 hours of departure for the islands. Americans face especially strict requirements, which were updated as of Feb. 8.

All travelers from high-risk countries will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (three days) of arrival. All high-risk travelers may also be tested on arrival. They are also required to quarantine at an approved hotel for 14 nights and  show proof of a fully-paid reservation for those 14 nights. Then, retesting is required between day four and day seven along with ongoing monitoring by a Port Health Officer. As of Feb. 10, Brazil and South Africa are considered Very High Risk and travelers from both countries must undergo a second test upon arrival and must quarantine for 21 days, with tests on days 7 and 14.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from St. Vincent and the Grenadines must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

For more information on entry requirements, click here.

More: What you need to know about the reopening of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten January 2017. Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Sint Maarten January 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Dutch Sint Maarten is open and welcoming U.S. and other travelers arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport.

Before arrival, travelers from high-risk countries (which includes the U.S.) are required to follow several protocols, including submitting the results of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of the day of travel. This was reduced from 120 hours as of Feb. 12, but both the St. Maarten Health Authorization System website and the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which oversees Dutch St. Maarten, report the 120-hour requirement remains for Americans). Americans can also now opt to present the results of any FDA-approved rapid Antigen test done within 48 hours.

There is also a health declaration form for all arriving passengers to submit in advance (confirmation must be shown at immigration). And as of Jan. 11, all travelers must also apply for the St. Maarten Visitor Protection Plan, which provides health insurance covering COVID-19 testing and treatment while on the island and costs $30 for travelers age 15 and older and $10 for those 14 and under. Travelers from high-risk countries (which includes the U.S.) are also expected to follow, including daily self-monitoring and reporting of symptoms for 14 days.

Related coverage: Plane-Spotting Time; St. Maarten is Now Open Again

A travel ban is in effect since Jan. 27 for persons who have been in a banned country (including the United Kington, South Africa, Brazil and a dozen South American countries) over the past 14 days. Sint Maarten/Sint Martin/Saba/St. Eustatius residents are exempted and can return and get tested upon arrival for a fee of $125.00. The EHAS application must be completed.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from St. Maarten must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

U.S. tourists who have a negative test result taken within 72 hours are allowed to cross the border from Dutch St. Maarten to French St. Martin. According to the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, the U.S. State Department advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel and Level 4: Do Not Travel for French St. Martin.

For more information on travel requirements, check the St. Maarten Health Authorization website.

Image courtesy St. Maarten Tourism Bureau.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad January 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Trinidad January 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Trinidad and Tobago issued a stay-at-home order in late March, and banned tourists. The two islands began easing restrictions on May 12, but so far that doesn’t include welcoming tourists. The country got high marks early on for keeping COVID-19 cases to a minimum, although cases rose in late summer and early fall. And with the new variant that has emerged in the United Kingdom, the government of Trinidad and Tobago raised the mandatory quarantine for any returning residents or essential workers flying from the U.K. to 14 days in a government facility from seven days.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said in May that the borders will remain closed until the government is confident the virus is contained.

The government also is giving hotels some $50 million to remodel and prepare for when tourists are welcomed back.

Caribbean Airlines has resumed some local flights, and released a video on their new cleaning procedures in the wake of the outbreak.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Trinidad and Tobago must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Check the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago website for updates.

Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay Beach (Photo by minimum/Getty Images)

Turks and Caicos, a group of 40 low-lying coral islands popular with tourists in the Caribbean, reopened for international visitors on July 22. The Providenciales Airport reopened that day.

This British Overseas Territory includes the island of Providenciales, also known as Provo.

More: What you have to know for Turks and Caicos reopening

Travelers age 10 and older to Turks and Caicos are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within five days of visiting the islands and obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal. Masks are also required in public places and the government recently re-imposed a 9 p.m. curfew through at least March 3.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Turks and Caicos must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

For the latest information on restrictions, visit the Turks & Caicos Tourism website.

Related coverage: Why I love Turks and Caicos

Europe

Albania

The Albanian government lifted all restrictions on tourism on July 1 and commercial flights have resumed, but some connections through major European hubs were reduced in December. The country banned all flights to and from the United Kingdom until further notice and currently requires all travelers who reside in or who have recently visited the U.K. to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days.

Americans can visit, according to the U.S. Embassy in Albania. The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Albania is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

There are no testing requirements for visitors, but temperature checks on arriving passengers at the airport and wearing a mask in all public spaces are mandatory. If a passenger has COVID-19 symptoms and/or a fever they may be required to undergo a mandatory government quarantine.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Albania must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Albania has an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew through at least Feb. 25 and all bars and restaurants can offer delivery only during those hours.

 Related: 5 reasons to visit Albania in 2020

Armenia

Armenia has reopened its borders to Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan. All visitors are now required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken with 72 hours of arrival or submit to a test in the public area of the arrivals hall of Zvartnots International Airport and quarantine until receiving the result. Masks are mandated in all public spaces and on public transportation.
As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Armenia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.
The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Armenia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Austria

Vienna, Austria September 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Vienna, Austria, September 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Only Austrian citizens and EU citizens are allowed to enter Austria, and even visitors from some countries within the European Union, which are considered high-risk, are restricted.

Austria entered a second lockdown in November (as of Feb. 8 the stay-at-home restrictions are mandated for the national curfew hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) that limits hotel occupancy to essential business travelers (through at least Easter), closes bars and restaurants to all but take-out dining and cancels cultural events. Shops, museums and ski slopes have re-opened on Feb. 8 with tight restrictions and no hotel accommodations (so locals only). The country also now requires that medical-grade face masks (FFP2 or N95) be worn on public transportation and in all shops, museums and businesses.

A ban all flights from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil also remains in effect until at least March 7. For details on the lockdown and travel restrictions, check here.

As of Jan. 15, all travelers entering Austria must register electronically for a pre-travel clearance. The Austrian government also now requires a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test, which applies to third-party nationals who are allowed to enter Austria right now (which could include narrow exceptions for American travelers coming from within the Schengen area for “essential business,” according to the U.S Embassy in Austria). The test must be written in German or English and dated within 72 hours of the travel departure date. 

All arrivals are also required to commit to a 10-day self-quarantine. Taking a second PCR test five days after arrival and receiving a negative result will end the quarantine.

Travelers from “safe countries” (as of Feb. 24, they are Australia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, and the Vatican) do not need to present a test or self-quarantine.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Austria must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Austria is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Azerbaijan

According to the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, U.S. citizens with legal residence status in Azerbaijan are allowed to enter. It doesn’t appear any other Americans are currently welcome. All travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test issued within 48 hours of arrival and everyone is subject to a 14-day self-quarantine. The country is under special quarantine restrictions through April 1. All shopping malls and the Baku Metro are closed. Public transportation operates only during the work week, but not on weekends.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Azerbaijan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Azerbaijan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Belarus

Belarus is in the middle of a popular uprising against the man called the “last dictator in Europe,” and the CDC places Belarus at Level 4 (very high level of COVID-19) so it may not be the best time to visit, but the country bordering Russia is open to tourism. According to the U.S. Embassy in Belarus, Americans are on a list of countries that were allowed to enter as of Aug. 15, but only through Minsk National Airport. The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Belarus is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

If you can find a flight, you’ll need to get a visa. A COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours is required and travelers from a “red-zone” country (which includes the U.S.) must self-quarantine for 10 days. You’ll also need to fill out a health questionnaire and submit to temperature/health checks on arrival.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Belarus must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Belgium

Brussels, Belgium March 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Brussels, Belgium, March 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Belgium is not allowing Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Belgium. Belgium, which has been hard hit by COVID-19, had been under a severe lockdown through late January and restrictions remain.

As of Jan. 25, Belgium has banned all leisure/tourism travel for its own citizens and residents and is severely restricting entry to just travelers entering the country for approved essential business, family or humanitarian purposes until at least March 1 (with a possible extension to April 1). Travelers who are permitted entry (there are strict restrictions and only fellow Europeans are allowed to visit) must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure, test again upon arrival and self-quarantine with another test on day seven. Travelers from the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America will need to quarantine for 10 days with tests on days one and seven.

Belgium has also instituted social distancing restrictions expected to be in place throughout February, including take-out only services at restaurants. For more information, check here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Belgium must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Belgium is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria September 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Sofia, Bulgaria, September 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

U.S. citizens are not allowed to enter the country through April 30, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria.

Travelers currently allowed to enter are Bulgarian nationals, permanent residents and their family members; citizens of the European Union, the Schengen Agreement States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City); citizens of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, the Republic of Belarus, and Turkey.

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel is required for most travelers entering the country, but a 10-day quarantine isn’t required for EU nationals, Schengen Agreement nations and certain other countries.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Bulgaria must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bulgaria is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Croatia

Croatia had reopened for tourists from all countries, but from Dec. 1 to at least Feb. 28, the government instituted a lockdown and restricted entry and border crossings to help limit COVOD-19 transmission, and as as a result, entry for tourism purposes is no longer permitted for U.S. citizens.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Croatia, incoming travelers from the EU and Schengen Area “Green List” countries and those from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and China can enter without producing a negative COVID-19 PCR test; EU and Schengen Area residents from countries not on the list must present a negative test result taken less than 48 hours before departure, or take a test upon arrival (at their own expense) and self-isolate under receiving the results. Travelers from all other countries are not welcome in Croatia at this time.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Croatia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Croatia requires that masks be worn in indoor public spaces and outdoors when social distancing can not be maintained. Current lockdown restrictions also mandate take-out and delivery only by restaurants and bars, Croatian citizens are also not able to travel outside the country through at least Feb. 28.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Croatia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Related: Visiting Croatia in the age of coronavirus

Cyprus

Cyprus, a small island nation off the coast of Turkey, is not yet open to Americans arriving directly from the United States, unless they are legal residents of Cyprus.

“U.S. citizen tourists will not be able to travel to the Republic of Cyprus if they have been in the United States, or any other country not classed as a Category A or B country, in the two weeks before travel to Cyprus,” according to the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus. The list of countries is evaluated weekly and countries can be added and removed based on the latest data available.

Americans traveling to Cyprus from an A or B country (after having been there for more than 14 days) will need to follow the same procedures as other travelers coming from those countries. Travel requirements can be found here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Cyprus must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The CDC has issued a Level 4: Avoid All Travel advisory for Cyprus, while the U.S. State Department’s advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic, which is currently experiencing the fastest virus spread in Europe, remains under an emergency lockdown that has closed hotels and limited restaurants to take-out and delivery. According to the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, Americans were not welcome even before the country began banning all travelers, including those in the EU and Schengen zones, from visiting for tourism purposes.

The latest updates on restrictions, which now include wearing FFP2 masks (equivalent to N95 masks) or two surgical masks in public spaces such as buses, trains and shops, can be found here.

Only returning citizens or permanent residents and those coming to the country for essential reasons will be allowed in. Those from orange countries must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours while those from red and dark red also have to quarantine. For details, check here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Czech Republic must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Czech Republic is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Denmark

Copenhagen October 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Copenhagen, October 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Denmark is not open to Americans. According to the U.S. Embassy in Denmark, the Danish border closure—imposed on March 14, 2020—remains in place for tourism-related travel from the United States.

The ban also now applies to most travelers, unless their visit has a “worthy purpose,” and travelers from the United Kingdom will be subject to additional restrictions.

Since Jan. 9, anyone traveling to Denmark for essential business is required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of arrival. No airline will be able to fly to Denmark unless it has checked that all passengers have tested negative. As of Feb. 7, everyone enterting Denmark must also take a rapid Antigen test upon arrival and then isolate for 10 days (isolation can end after a negative PCR test on day 4). For details, check here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Denmark must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The government of Denmark has implemented national lockdown restrictions in 38 municipalities, including Copenhagen, until Feb. 28, with a gradual easing planned for March.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Denmark is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia May 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Tallinn, Estonia, May 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Estonia is closed to Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Estonia. It is open to passengers arriving from other countries in the European Union and the Schengen Zone—although those from countries with high infection rates (currently many EU countries) are required to quarantine for 10 days. See information here.

Estonia now requires anyone arriving from the U.K. to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Anyone traveling from the U.K. must also quarantine for 10 days and take two additional COVID-19 tests.

Testing to reduce quarantine time for those arriving from high-risk countries other than the U.K. is available upon arrival (free to Estonian nationals but there’s a 67 euro fee for everyone else) and after a negative result, a second test is required no earlier than seven days later.

Estonia is also open to residents of Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Estonia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Estonia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Finland

Helsinki, Finland August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Helsinki, Finland, August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Finland is closed to Americans. The country began allowing some tourism on Sept. 19, and uses a traffic light model to determine on a weekly basis who is allowed to enter, with testing and quarantine required. But as of Jan. 27, Finland is restricting entry from all Schengen countries to only those traveling for essential purposes through Feb. 25; the ban has since been extended to March 18.

Citizens of countries considered low-risk (currently Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand) are allowed to visit, will be tested upon entry and do not need to quarantine. Those from high-incidence countries must provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and self-isolate for 14 days, with quarantine allowed to end following a negative test no less than 72 hours after arrival. For the latest restrictions, check here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Finland must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Finland in Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

France

Paris June 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Paris, June 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

As of Jan. 31, France has banned all but essential travel by anyone outside of European Union and Schengen zone countries. Travelers from Australia, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Rwanda, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and Thailand are exempt, but like all travelers arriving from EU or Schengen countries (except cross-border commuters) they must present a negative COVID-19 PCR taken within 72 hours of arrival and quarantine for seven days.

France, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus, had been reopening its cafes, bars, restaurants, public transportation and museums until October when it imposed a new nationwide lockdown with severe restrictions for four weeks. It has not been fully extended, but some restrictions remain.  There is currently a nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and restaurants, cafes, bars, museums and other venues are closed.

France’s external borders are closed to all but essential travel, but travel is currently not restricted between different regions in France.

On Feb. 2, France also closed the borders of its overseas territories—which include the South Pacific islands of French Polynesia and the Caribbean islands of St. Barths, Guadeloupe and Martinique—to tourism.

Per the U.S. Embassy in Paris, Americans were not permitted to travel to France even before the lockdown. Anyone arriving in France for essential purposes needs to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and self-isolate for seven days. France is also now requiring that everyone in public spaces wear medical-grade face masks (FFP1 or more protective FFP2 filtering respirators) or fabric masks that meet “Category 1” specifications by blocking more than 90% of particles.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from France must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for France is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Georgia

Americans are now welcome in the country of Georgia, according to the U.S. Embassy, including those who have documented proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations and those willing to stay for six months and work from home in the country. However, the U.S. State Department’s current advisory for Georgia is Level 4: Do Not Travel. There is also a nationwide curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., restaurants are take-out or delivery only and a large percentage of public transport has been suspended, through at least March 1.

Unvaccinated U.S. citizens or residents arriving by air through permitted countries are required to complete an application form, present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel and take a second PCR test (at their own expense) on the third day after arrival in Georgia. But any individual who has traveled to the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) over the past 14 days must undergo a 12-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense. Details and links to requirements are available on the U.S. Embassy website.

Related: Work from home in these countries

Georgia had hoped to attract freelancers and self-employed foreigners. Those hoping to apply can expect to provide personal information, a certificate of employment and proof of travel insurance (valid for six months). Travelers must submit the application and obtain relevant confirmation documents prior to arriving in Georgia.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Georgia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Germany

Berlin August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Berlin, August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Germany remains closed to Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Germany. Amid rising cases, the country entered a “hard lockdown” on Dec.16 that has been extended through March 7 and has shut bars and restaurants, except for take-out services. There is limited entry for just E.U. citizens and residents, similar to the actions taken by other E.U. nations.

On Jan. 31, the German government also announced a ban on all non-German-citizen travelers from seven “areas of variant concern,” which are the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Lesotho, Estwatini, Portugal, and Ireland through Feb. 17 that has been extended into March; non-citizen permanent residents are excluded from the ban and must provided required pre-arrival testing.

As of Jan. 1, Germany added travelers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand to the list of countries approved for entry, but only if there is an urgent need for them to travel to Germany. Testing and quarantining are required for entry, depending on the traveler’s country of origin or where they have traveled in the past 14 days. The latest updates for travel can be found here.

Currently, overnight hotel stays for tourism purposes are not allowed and Germany recently began requiring that all people wear FFP1 or FFP2 medical-grade face masks when on public transport, at work or in shops.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Germany must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Germany is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Greece

Athens May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Athens, May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Greece had been a rare bright spot for foreign tourists, but not for Americans, until the Greek government announced stricter measures inside the country to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases. It began using a two-tiered system beginning Nov. 3 and entered a national lockdown on Nov. 7., with some minor easing of restrictions in late January. But an uptick in cases in Athens throughout February has delayed the city’s gradual reopening, which had been scheduled for March.

EU+ passport holders (the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland) are allowed entry, including permanent residents of Schengen countries, plus Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

All travelers eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before their travel date. Visitors from all countries are also now required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to travel. Until at least Feb. 21, all visitors entering Greece are also required to self-isolate at their hotel or other accommodation for seven days upon arrival. Travelers from the United Kingdom must also take a rapid Antigen test upon arrival, in addition to the pre-travel testing requirements and seven-day quarantine for all visitors.

Guidelines for visitors can be found here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Greece must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Greece is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Hungary

Budapest, Hungary, October 2014. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Budapest, Hungary, October 2014. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Hungary banned foreigners entirely early in the pandemic and began lifting lockdown restrictions on its own citizens in May 2020. But last fall, the country again banned foreigners, including Americans.

Currently, Hungary classifies countries as “green,” “yellow” or “red” based on the state of the pandemic in that nation, according to the U.S. Embassy in Hungary. Only Hungary is considered a “green” country. All other countries are currently deemed “red” and people from those countries are not allowed to enter Hungary, with a few exceptions, including some business travelers and those who have proof of already having had COVID-19 in the past six months. Hungarians entering from “yellow” or “red” countries are subject to a 10-day quarantine after receiving a health screening at the border. An exception to this is if they can credibly show two negative coronavirus tests at least 48 hours apart (one can be taken before arriving in Hungary and the other after arrival).

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Hungary must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

There is a nightly curfew beginning at 8 p.m. Hotels are currently only allowed to accept guests traveling for business purposes, not tourism, and restaurants are take-out only. Museums, theaters, zoos and other leisure facilities are closed. These restrictions remain in effect until further notice.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Hungary is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Iceland

Blue Lagoon Iceland
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)

Iceland had discussed welcoming back American tourists, according to the U.S. Embassy in Iceland, but then changed its mind and a ban on American tourists is still in effect until further notice. Our own Zach Honig learned that the hard way when his flights were canceled.

Related: Americans are not among those being welcomed to Iceland

Only citizens of the European Union and Schengen zone are being allowed, as are citizens of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. See the latest updates here.

Also worth noting: On Dec. 10 Iceland began allowing travelers from approved countries to bypass the testing and quarantine requirement if they can provide documentation that they have had and recovered from COVID-19, a so-called “immunity passport.”

Since Aug. 19, 2020 Iceland has imposed stricter entry restrictions for those eligible to travel there. This even applies to residents of Iceland, except for children born after 2005. And as of Feb. 19, all travelers to Iceland must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight time or they will not be allowed to board.

Everyone entering he country also has to fill out a pre-registration form and get a COVID-19 PCR test at the airport upon arrival. Then, four to five days after this initial test, they are required to get a second COVID-19 test. During that time frame between tests, both of which are free of charge tuntil further notice, travelers must self-quarantine until the results of both tests come back negative. To even be eligible for this test, you must be a resident of the aforementioned countries (U.S. residents are not included at this time).

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Iceland must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Iceland is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Related: Iceland prepares to welcome international visitors

Ireland

Dublin, Ireland November 2015. Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.
Dublin, Ireland, November 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Ireland is technically open to Americans, but the Irish government advises against it and an ongoing lockdown and the country’s response to surging cases in mid-January has made travel there complicated. All arrivals must also self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

On Oct. 21, Ireland decided to reinstitute lockdown, which meant the entire country had been placed on Level 5 for six weeks. And Ireland is now back to Level 5 through at least March 5, with travel between counties banned and restaurants operating on take-out and delivery only. Hotels are open with restrictions in place.

As of Jan. 16, all arrivals from outside Ireland—which follows the “traffic light” approach to entry restrictions—including citizens and residents, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and self-isolate for 14 days. Travelers from orange, red and grey zones can end their self-isolation by taking a COVID-19 PCR test five days after arriving in the country and receiving a negative result. All visitors also need to fill out a “Passenger Locator Form” saying where they will be quarantining.

There is a fine of up to $2,860 or six months in jail for arriving without the proper test result upon arrival or for not fulfilling the required quarantine. Details on the latest restrictions can be found here.

Visa-free short-term visits from South Africa, Brazil and other South American countries have been suspended through at least March 5. And all travelers with visas arriving from Brazil and South Africa are now required to undergo mandatory quarantine in a government facility for 14 days

Related: Yes you can go to Ireland, but…

Ireland has spent months dealing with visitors who violate 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.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Ireland must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ireland is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Italy

Milan March 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Milan, March 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Americans are currently not allowed to visit Italy, according to the U.S. Embassy in Italy. The country has been among the hardest hit in Europe and the government has one again tightened restrictions, which include a ban on traveling outside one’s region, through March 5. However, some regions are beginning to see an easing of local lockdowns with the re-opening of cafes and restaurants. Italy has a curfew in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with movement limited to a person’s city of residence. The restrictions forbidding travel between regions also closed ski resorts and will remain in effect through at least March 5.

 Related: Dreaming of Italy

Italy is open to some Europeans for essential travel but not tourism. Travelers from certain countries are restricted from visiting and others must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of entering Italy or take a test within 48 hours of arriving. The new rules also require anyone visiting from outside Italy to quarantine for 14 days, unless they are from an exempted country.

Rome-Ciampino Airport (CIA), Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) in Florence and other Italian airports are all open.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Italy must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Italy is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Kosovo

Kosovo has reopened its borders to Americans — but the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo urges citizens not to visit and the U.S. State Department’s advisory is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

All foreign citizens entering Kosovo who come from high-risk countries, according to the official list of ECDC, must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel; those permitted to enter Kosovo without a test must self-isolate for seven days. While testing is currently not required for those traveling from the United States, the U.S. Embassy nonetheless recommends a test for all air travelers to Kosovo.

Pristina International Airport is open to all travelers according to the embassy. There is a curfew in place and intercity movement restrictions in some high-risk municipalities.

Here’s the heath advisory from the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo: “We urge you to postpone or cancel travel to Kosovo. Kosovo remains under a Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel due to COVID-19. The health situation continues to deteriorate. U.S. citizens report equipment shortages and a lack of space available at local and regional hospitals. It is possible that regional and European land and/or air border restrictions could be re-imposed with little notice.”

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Kosovo must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Latvia

Riga, Latvia August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Riga, Latvia, August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Latvia, which recently extended its state of emergency through April 6 with only essential businesses open and restaurants open for take-out and delivery only, is not open to American tourists.

The country has reopened to essential travel from EU countries, as well as to non-EU passport holders that hold EU permanent residence permits. As of Jan. 1, Latvia placed new restrictions on travelers from the United Kingdom.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Latvia, U.S. residents residing in the United States will be banned from entering Latvia for non-essential travel (which includes tourism). They are also not allowed to enter by arriving from a country on the approved list. Several exceptions exist, one of which is to enter with an EU passport if you have one.

Since Jan. 15, all travelers to Latvia are required to complete an electronic confirmation form no earlier than 48 hours before entering the country or possibly face a fine of up to €2,000 and everyone aged 12 and over is required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel. Self-quarantine is also required for anyone arriving from a country with a high number  of cases.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Latvia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Latvia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Liechtenstein

Switzerland handles immigration and customs matters for Liechtenstein, meaning that as long as you are qualified to enter Switzerland, you are able to enter Liechtenstein. There is an open border between the two countries. Americans are not allowed in for tourism at this time, according to the U.S. Embassy. Switzerland/Liechtenstein has also banned entry from the United Kingdom and South Africa. The countries’ restaurants, bars, museums and other entertainment facilities are also closed through Feb. 28.

At this time, entry to Switzerland (and Liechtenstein) is permitted for EU nationals and residents of other countries not deemed high-risk. If you hold those passports but are traveling from the United States or any other country listed as high-risk on this list, you will likely be denied entry or be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Liechtenstein must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Liechtenstein is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania May 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Vilnius, Lithuania, May 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Lithuania has reopened its borders to other EU members. It is, however, requiring all travelers arriving from Great Britain or Northern Ireland to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival and to self-isolate for 10 days. Lithuania entered a national lockdown that is in effect until March 31, with citizens urged to avoid non-essential travel and work from home.

U.S. passport holders and residents are not currently allowed to enter, according to the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania. The country recently changed its rules for all arrivals from abroad and details can be found here and here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Lithuania must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Lithuania is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg, November 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Luxembourg currently only allows EU citizens, EU residents, and residents of certain other specific countries to enter for essential reasons only and a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken withing 72 hours of travel is required. Third-country nationals, which includes American travelers, are still prohibited from visiting through at least March 31.

More information about restrictions can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg website. On Oct. 29, the country adopted new COVID-19 safety measures that limited gatherings, set restrictions for shops and closed restaurants. Increased restrictions and a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew are in effect until at least March 14.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Luxembourg must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Luxembourg is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Malta

U.S. citizens are banned from entering Malta for non-essential travel, according to the U.S. Embassy in Malta. The country has also restricted flights from the United Kingdom.

Only citizens of countries on the Green List are permitted to enter without testing requirements. Those from Amber List can visit but must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight. Residents of countries on the Red List can visit, but only after having spent 14 days in a safe corridor country and showing a negative test result taken within 72 hours of arrival in Malta. See the latest details here and check the U.S. Embassy website for the list of safe corridor countries.

Malta is a small island nation in the middle of the Mediterranean, and it began reopening on May 1, 2020. At the time, the country’s Prime Minister Robert Abela said at a news conference, “I am pleased we have managed to weather the storm without having succumbed to pressure to order a total lockdown.” As you can see in the video below, the county had an advertising campaign with the tagline, “Dream Malta now, visit later.” But as of Oct. 29, 2020 the country issued new restrictions that closed bars, limited social gatherings and required face masks and temperature checks at businesses.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Malta must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Malta is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Moldova

Moldova declared a public healthcare emergency on May 15, 2020 and it has been extended since then. The country is, however, open to tourism from some countries. That doesn’t include Americans.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Moldova must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Malta is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Monaco

Monaco’s reigning monarch Prince Albert tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020 and went into self-quarantine. He has since recovered. The tiny principality had begun to reopen to tourists, although not to Americans, but currently non-essential travel is highly discouraged.

France handles immigration and customs for Monaco and will allow entrance to citizens of the EU and other select nations, but all travelers must report their plans to Monaco’s Health authorities and arrange for a COVID-19 PCR test taken in their country of origin within 72 hours of travel, Without a test, visitors will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Monaco must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Montenegro

Montenegro is open to Americans. And the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro notes that as of Jan. 19, a negative COVID-19 test result is no longer required for entry to Montenegro, nor are travelers required to quarantine. However, the U.S. State Department’s advisory for Montenegro is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Travelers entering Montenegro from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Israel, India, Bahrain, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Malta, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and the Czech Republic must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel or self-isolate for 14 days (which can be ended with negative test after six days).

Face masks, social distancing and capacity limits in shops, restaurants and public places are in effect. There is a nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and restaurants or bars aren’t open after 6 p.m.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Montenegro must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherland (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)
Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)

In November, the Netherlands announced tightened measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus and then entered a tough national lockdown on Dec. 14; some restrictions have recently been eased But restaurants and bars remain closed until at least March 8 and a  9 p.m. curfew, which had sparked violent rioting, has been extended until at least March 15.

According to the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands, Americans are currently not allowed to visit.

On Jan. 20, the Netherlands instituted tough new testing measures that require all non-EU/EEA nationals to not only present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight to the country, but also provide a negative rapid test result taken no more than four hours prior to departure. This caused national carrier KLM to announce it would cancel all of its long-haul flights, although the airline later said it has reached a rapid testing deal for its crew.

The Netherlands has also banned flights from the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America, as of Jan. 23. Previously, on Jan. 1, the Netherlands announced that it was urging non-EU/EEA nationals, including those from the U.K., to not enter for non-essential reasons, including tourism. Those who can enter from “safe countries,” in addition to the required testing, are also strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days. The country has a “checklist”  for incoming travelers and for the latest updates on who is allowed to visit, check here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Netherlands must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Netherlands is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

North Macedonia

(Screenshot courtesy TAV Airports)
(Screenshot courtesy TAV Airports)

North Macedonia is now open to all tourists. Skopje International Airport (SKP) and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport (OHD) opened on July 1. But the country suspended flights from the United Kingdom on Dec. 22 due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating there and has mandated restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing. All passengers will face temperature screening, but there are no quarantine or testing requirements. Check the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia website for updates.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from North Macedonia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for North Macedonia Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Norway

Norway
Reine, Norway. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)

Norway is closed to most tourists from outside the EU, including Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy. The country’s travel ban, enacted on Jan. 29, is now extended until April 15 and only foreign nationals with a Norwegian residency to enter.

All travelers to Norway over the age of 12 who are allowed to enter must now complete a registration form prior to traveling, present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 24 hours of travel and also be tested again for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arrival (usually at the airport and it must take place within one day) and enter a 10-day quarantine period. There are special rules for travelers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Brazil.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Norway must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Norway is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Poland

Krakow, Poland
Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Poland is open only to citizens or legal residents (and their spouses and children) of European Union countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, and Australia who meet current exemptions. It recently suspended flights to and from the United Kingdom until further notice.

Any traveler entering Poland via commercial transport must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at least 48 hours prior to arrival or enter a 10-day quarantine. Those who can show a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine.

Americans are not allowed, with the exception of U.S. citizens who have dual citizenship or fall within certain other categories. Check with the U.S. Embassy for specifics. Additional information is available here.

Poland entered a period of restrictions in late December that closed hotels to tourists, closed ski resorts and shopping malls, and limited restaurants to take-out and delivery only. Hotels, ski resorts, and theaters re-opened on Feb. 12 at 50% capacity although many lockdown restrictions remain. Face masks are mandatory in public and social distancing restrictions are required in public spaces.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Poland must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Poland is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Portugal

Portugal September 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Portugal, September 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Portugal is still not open to Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Portugal. On Feb. 1, amid rising cases and spiking death rates in the country and the threat of imported cases of COVID-19 variants from abroad, Portugal implemented a lockdown and banned all non-essential international travel for its own citizens for two weeks. The measures have been extended to March 1 and are expected to remain in place even after that.

People who reside in the EU can visit Portugal for essential travel and must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the last 72 hours. Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces and outside when social distancing isn’t possible.

Portugal has announced that along with Spain it will not allow entry to any tourists from the United Kingdom; only those traveling for essential business will be allowed to enter. The U.K. has also banned travelers from Portugal in coordination with its ban of all South American countries after a new variant was found in Brazil, which has close ties to Portugal.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Portugal must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Portugal is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Related: What are travel bubbles?

Romania

Romania remains closed to most Americans. Those who are permitted for essential business or family reasons are required to fill in an online questionnaire, undergo a health screening upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days (or 10 days with proof of a negative COVID-19 test), per the U.S. Embassy in Romania.

Residents of other countries may enter but are required to fill in the questionnaire, undergo a screening and quarantine for 14 days if from a high-risk country (see the list here).

Romania recently lifted quarantine requirements for travelers able to show documented proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Romania must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Romania is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Russia

Americans are not currently allowed to travel to Russia, even as the country has mostly reopened businesses and transportation after many restrictions were eased in June 2020.

Since March 18, 2020, the Government of the Russian Federation banned the entry of all foreign nationals, however on Jan. 25 Russia lifted its travel ban for Finland, Vietnam, India and Qatar. Anyone who is granted permission to enter the country, including those with valid residence permits, must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, complete a health form and quarantine for 14 days at their place of residence.

All flights to and from the United Kingdom are banned through at least March 16.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Russia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Russia is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Serbia

According to the U.S. Embassy in Serbia, Americans can visit, but they will need to provide a negative PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours. If a U.S. citizen’s travel originates in the U.S., they can provide either a negative PCR or Antigen test.

There was unrest in Serbia in July as protests against coronavirus restrictions turned violent, but it seems to have quieted. COVID-19 cases have risen in recent weeks and face mask and social distancing measures are in place. Cafes and restaurants must close at 8 p.m.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Serbia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Serbia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Slovakia

Slovakia has opened its borders to a few countries in Europe, but remains shut out to everyone else. That includes Americans, per the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia.

The country entered a new partial lockdown in December that was in effect through Feb. 7. On Feb. 8, it adopted a new “traffic light” system using regional controls based on the number of hospitalizations.

All passengers arriving in Slovakia from a country other than those deemed low-risk must fill out an electronic monitoring form. Those arriving from countries other than the EU, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Liechtenstein must register and also quarantine for 14 days or take a test after day 5 to end quarantine. Details can be found here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Slovakia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Slovakia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Slovenia

Slovenia has reportedly reopened its borders to some EU travelers, but it has a traffic light system of entry requirements. Countries on the red list face a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival.

The U.S. Embassy in Slovenia confirms Americans still aren’t being welcomed because of the EU ban on U.S. citizens, but there may be exceptions for family members of Slovenian citizens and for Americans who spend two weeks in another country not on the “red” list before traveling to Slovenia. Travelers from the United States who are permitted entry are subject to a 10-day quarantine unless they present a negative results from COVID-19 test taken in the EU no more than 24 hours prior to arrival in Slovenia.

The State Department’s advisory for Slovenia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel and the CDC calls the risk of catching COVID-19 in Slovenia “high,” saying “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.”

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Slovenia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Spain

Madrid June 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Madrid, June 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Spain has been among the hardest-hit countries in the world. Americans are not welcome, according to the U.S. Embassy in Spain, and the country recently announced that along with Portugal, it will deny entry to citizens of the United Kingdom through at least March 2. It has also restricted flights from Brazil and South Africa.

Travelers from the EU, from a country in the Schengen area, or from another country that has a reciprocal agreement with Spain for accepting travelers are allowed to enter Spain. Residents of non-European nations are being allowed to visit from Australia, China, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand. For updates, check here.

Anyone entering Spain from a high-risk country must complete a health form and then provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Spain must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Spain is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson)
Stockholm, Sweden, August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Sweden has become well-known during the coronavirus crisis for not shutting down, instead hoping the population would develop “herd immunity” without hurting the economy or killing too many people. Unfortunately, Sweden has the highest number of deaths and cases in Scandinavia, and cases have soared in December and January, leading to a critical shortage of hospital beds.

On Dec. 14, the country did enact stricter regulations pertaining to public gatherings and restaurant capacity, including that face masks be worn on public transportation. Face masks had not required and are generally not worn. Sweden also passed a law that as of Jan. 10 allows the government to use tougher emergency lockdown-type restrictions, including closing certain businesses.

All non-essential travel to Sweden for non-European visitors has been banned through at least March 31. Testing is required as of Feb. 6 for entry for essential travel and all visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours of travel.

There is no timeline for when Americans will be able to visit.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Sweden must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Sweden is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland April 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Lucerne, Switzerland, April 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

At this time, entry to Switzerland is permitted for residents of countries in the EU and around the world that are not deemed high-risk. If you hold those passports but are traveling from the United States or any other country listed as high-risk, you will likely be denied entry or be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Anyone from a high-risk country (which includes the U.S.) who is allowed to enter must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test results taken within 72 hours of travel.

Switzerland also recently banned travelers from both the United Kingdom and South Africa.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland, American tourists are not welcome at this time, but exceptions may be made for business travel. The Swiss government has put in place additional restrictions that close restaurants at 7 p.m., ban public events and closed tourist attractions and museums, retail shops and entertainment venues. These restrictions have now been extended through Feb. 28.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Switzerland must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Switzerland is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Istanbul, Turkey, May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Turkey’s international borders are open for travelers from a number of countries, including the U.S., according to the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. However, Turkey recently banned all travelers from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Brazil and South Africa and said those who are arriving from other countries but have visited the banned countries within the past 10 days will be required to quarantine at a government facility for 14 days. Only passengers who are Turkish citizens and holders of residency cards or blue cards are allowed to travel to Turkey from from the U.K, Brazil, South Africa and Denmark. Details are here.

Related: Turkey is open to Americans

Since Dec. 30, all international travelers six years of age and older are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCT test result taken within 72 hours of travel and submit it at airline check-in. Travelers without the required test results 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.

Restrictions put into place in September mandate the wearing of face masks at all times when in public and travelers should note a couple of precautions unrelated to COVID-19:

  • The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory guide lists Turkey at Level 3: Reconsider Travel, due to concerns over COVID-19, 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.

The official crime and safety report for Turkey can be found here, and the State Department’s travelers’ checklist here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Turkey must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Ukraine

Per the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine’s website, U.S. citizens are currently able to enter the country, although the Ministry of Health “considers the United States a country with a high incidence of COVID-19.” U.S. citizens entering Ukraine from the U.S. or another Red Zone country will be required to enter into self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at international airports in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Lviv. U.S. travelers can also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours of travel to avoid quarantine.

Ukraine is under adaptive quarantine until at least April 30, and mask wearing is mandatory on public transportation and in indoor public spaces. U.S. citizens traveling to Ukraine must also demonstrate that they have medical insurance covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment while in Ukraine.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Ukraine must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ukraine is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

United Kingdom

London November 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
London November 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Americans can travel to the United Kingdom, but are strongly advised not to and will face strict testing requirements and a 10-day quarantine (which in England only can be reduced after a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken on day 5 under its Test to Release scheme). The U.K. also now requires all arriving travelers to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for the U.K.

All previous “travel corridors” to avoid a 10-day quarantine upon arrival are currently suspended. On Feb. 8, the U.K. also increased the fine for non-compliance and anyone who fails to comply will be subject to a fine of 1,000 pounds ($1,360).

The U.K. has greatly tightened its entry restrictions for travelers from high-risk countries and as of Feb. 15 now requires all U.K. citizens and permanent residents arriving from any of the 33 red-list countries from which it has banned travel (the U.S. is not currently one of them) to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine in a government-supervised hotel and testing at their own expense (1,750 pounds, or about $2,410, and booking is required in advance of travel). Non-citizens and non-residents attempting to enter the U.K. from these high-risk countries will be denied entry.

The government also revealed stiff fines and even jail time for those who try to circumvent the mandates or lie on their required passenger locator forms; the latter could be a 10,000 pound ($13,789) fine or 10 years in jail. Details are here.

The U.K. has been especially hard-hit by the coronavirus—Prime Minister Boris Johnson famously got and survived COVID-19 early in the pandemic—and all four countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) are once again in strict lockdown. The new restrictions, expected to be begin gradually easing in March, are a result of the chaos that erupted in December when a more infectious COVID-19 variant was found to be widely circulating in London and southeastern England. This sparked countries around the world to ban flights to and from the U.K. and place additional testing and quarantine requirements on travelers who have been in the U.K. within the past 14 days.

As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for the U.K. and any American citizen or resident returning from the U.K. is required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of flying (now a requirement for all international travelers to the U.S., effective Jan. 26) or documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days.

Related: Everything we know about the U.K. quarantine.

Great Britain had opened up its borders to 75 countries and its overseas territories at one point. Since the fall, there had been a much narrower list of “travel corridor” countries whose citizens and residents could travel to the U.K. without a 10-day quarantine, but those exemptions were suspended on Jan. 18. All four nations that comprise the U.K. had different exemption lists: England’s is here, Scotland’s is here, Northern Ireland’s is here and Wales’ is here.

All visitors must also fill out an online passenger locater form within 48 hours of beginning travel to the U.K. The U.S. Embassy in the U.K. posts regular updates.

The quarantine rules do not apply to international passengers transiting U.K. airports.

Central America

Belize

(Photo by Lomingen / Getty Images)
(Photo by Lomingen/Getty Images)

Philip Goldson International Airport (BEZ) reopened on Aug. 15, 2020 and the return of tourism began Oct. 1, 2020 with travel requirements in place. Americans are welcome to visit Belize.

Visitors and returning citizens are required to download the Belize Health App and submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (it had previously been 96 hours) or a Rapid Antigen test (by Sophia, SD Bisensor or Abbott/Panblo) taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight or they will be tested on arrival for $50. If a passenger tests positive and is notified by the Belize authorities, they must quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 14 days.

Related: Planning your trip to Belize during coronavirus

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 currently has a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 4:59 a.m., but no regional travel restrictions. Tourists are, however, encouraged to remain within established “safe corridors.”

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Belize must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in Belize have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Belize is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

(Graphic courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board)

Costa Rica

Costa Rica began its re-opening in September 2020, and on Nov. 1, 2020, began welcoming visitors from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico — without the need for a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

To enter Costa Rica, all travelers must complete a digital form called HEALTH PASS, available within 48 hours of travel. A form needs to be submitted for each individual traveler, including minors. It is also mandatory that all travelers have travel insurance that will cover accommodations (minimum of $2,000) in case of quarantine and medical expenses (minimum of $50,000) due to COVID-19 illness. For details, click here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Costa Rica must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted. Many resorts in Costa Rica have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Travelers can also check the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica website for information. The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Costa Rica is currently Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Related: Costa Rica reopening

El Salvador

The country of El Salvador reopened for commercial flights on Sept. 19, 2020 to Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador. The country has, however, recently banned visitors from both the United Kingdom and South Africa, or anyone who has visited either country in the past 30 days, because of the new COVID-19 variants in both countries.

Local businesses are open with no restrictions. According to the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, entering visitors must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Produce a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure for El Salvador; the 72 hours in this case refers to the time the test results were issued, not when the sample was collected.
  • Wear face masks and practice social distancing in all public settings, including at the airport.

The country has said arriving passengers will face temperature checks. A curfew is currently not in place and there are no quarantine requirements for visitors. The U.S. Embassy notes, however, that the Salvadoran Ministry of Health can place municipalities under special quarantine with little or no prior notice when a high number of COVID-19 cases is detected.

Beginning Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from El Salvador will need to show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for El Salvador is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Guatemala

Guatemala began by reopening its borders to some neighbors like Belize and Honduras, and is now also open for Americans. The country began slowly reopening to tourism on Sept. 18, 2020 and Aurora International Airport is accepting international arrivals. The country is, however, prepared to deny entry to any traveler (including American citizens) who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa over the past 14 days, and/or require those allowed in to quarantine.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, arriving passengers age 10 and over must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test conducted within 96 hours prior to arrival, and must also complete a Heath Pass.  In addition, any non-resident foreigners presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival may be denied entry to Guatemala.

Current protocols for travelers require officials at borders to confirm the entering visitor’s negative coronavirus test result. 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. There are also pretty substantial restrictions on hotels and other lodging. Not all hotels are open. Many restaurants also remain closed. In addition, the country was also hit by back-to-back hurricanes (Eta and Iota) in November.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Guatemala must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Guatemala is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Honduras

Honduras reopened for tourists from all countries on Aug. 17, 2020 with its international airports in operation. Spirit Airlines has resumed service from Fort Lauderdale and Houston, and American Airlines is flying from Miami.

Entering visitors must complete a government registration form and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. They will also be required to sign an affidavit and complete customs forms. Masks are required in all public spaces. Updates on guidelines can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Honduras website.

Non-resident Hondurans and tourists from the United Kingdom and South Africa, or anyone who has visited or transited through those countries within the past 21 days, is banned from entering Honduras. The local health authority maintains the right to grant or deny final approval for entry, based on their determination of risk of COVID-19 from any visiting travelers.

Exiting travelers must also complete another pre-check form online, as well as complete a health surveillance form, affidavit of clean health and customs form.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Honduras must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Honduras is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua
Jinotega, Nicaragua. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)

Nicaragua never really shut down. There were never any stay-at-home or social-distancing orders and because of these relaxed rules, there have been questions about how many cases Nicaragua actually has. The Nicaraguan government also never officially implemented any travel restrictions, but its borders and airports effectively closed until October 2020; only limited flights have since resumed and U.S. carriers have not set dates for flights to resume. 

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua notes that the Nicaraguan government has yet to officially impose any domestic travel restrictions or national quarantine policies as of mid-January. The embassy also states that U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Nicaragua, and a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours of travel is required for entry. Travelers should also be prepared for additional health screenings, although the embassy says that travelers are not officially required to produce any additional health documentation to enter Nicaragua unless they are traveling from a country with known yellow fever risk.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Nicaragua must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The CDC’s health advisory for Nicaragua is Level 4: Do Not Travel and U.S. State Department’s advisory for Nicaragua is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Panama

Panama February 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Panama February 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

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 thorough, but the U.S. Embassy in Panama notes on its website that the CDC has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel and the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory.

Panama also said on Dec. 21, 2020 that it was temporarily banning anyone who has stayed in or transited through the United Kingdom and South Africa within the past 20 days due to the COVID-19 variants in both countries. The ban remains in effect.

Panama currently requires travelers to register via an online health affidavit and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or Antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival. Anyone unable to obtain a negative coronavirus test within that time frame can take a COVID-19 rapid test at the airport (cost: $50) and if the result is positive they must quarantine for two weeks.

Panama has also instituted a 10 p.m. nationwide curfew and movement restrictions that vary by region.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Panama must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

South America

Argentina

(Photo by Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images)

Argentina has one of the world’s strictest travel bans, restricting all international visitors indefinitely, according to the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. Some international flights have resumed, but they are limited and only Argentine citizens and foreign residents of Argentina, along with some essential works and government workers, are allowed at this time. No tourists can visit and the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory.

All permitted arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of travel, along with proof of health insurance, and self-isolate for seven days.

Argentina canceled all incoming flights from the United Kingdom due to the new COVID-19 variant circulating there. On Jan. 15, the U.K. banned entry to all travelers from Argentina and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Argentina must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Bolivia

Bolivia had been off-limits to tourists, but the government has since suspended all COVID-19 travel restrictions and the country’s borders are open, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia. However, the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Bolivia is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

U.S. citizens will need to obtain a tourist visa ($160 and valid for 30 days). Anyone traveling to Bolivia from North America, Europe or Asia must submit official certification of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 10 days of their flight. Returning Bolivians must submit negative tests taken within three days of travel if coming from a country bordering Bolivia and those arriving from other countries in South and Central America must submit negative test results taken with seven days of travel. No quarantine is required.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Bolivia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

On Jan. 15, the United Kingdom banned entry of all travelers from Bolivia and most other countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

The U.S. Embassy reports that commercial flights have resumed—Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA) airline has flights between La Paz and Miami—but that travelers should expect that additional restrictions affecting international travel could be put in place with little advance notice.

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Rio de Janeiro, May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Brazil has the most coronavirus cases in South America as well as a new COVID-19 variant that has caused many countries to ban entry of travelers from Brazil. A travel ban on foreigners entering Brazil, however, was lifted at the end of July 2020. Tourists are welcome and while Brazil no longer requires proof of health insurance to enter the country, the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Brazil and continues to recommend that all travelers purchase insurance before departing the United States.

Since Dec. 30, 2020 all travelers aged 12 and older arriving in Brazil by air, both tourists and residents, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding and complete a Traveler’s Health Declaration form.

Brazil has temporarily suspended all flights from the United Kingdom. As of Jan. 15, the U.K. also banned all travelers from Brazil and most other countries in South America due to the new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

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. There is a recommendation, however, that anyone experiencing symptoms enter a voluntary self-quarantine for 15 days.

Brazilians are currently not allowed to travel to the U.S., which has also banned entry by foreign nationals who have been to Brazil in the past 14 days.

As of Jan. 26, every U.S. citizen or permanent resident aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Brazil must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

For updates on travel to Brazil, check the U.S. Embassy in Brazil website.

Chile

Americans were not allowed to visit Chile until Nov. 23, 2020, according to the U.S. Embassy in Chile, when the country began to gradually reopen its borders to foreign visitors via Santiago Airport.

To enter Chile, all travelers need to present three documents: a completed Affidavit of Travelers electronic form (done within 48 hours of travel); proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure; and proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for COVID-19 and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile.

Since Dec. 31, 2020 anyone entering Chile with the three documents described above must also undergo a 10-day quarantine, with a test taken on the 7th day and a negative result releasing them from quarantine. All non-resident foreigners will be required to complete a 14-day “Period of Vigilance for Travelers,” by reporting their location and health condition daily via a soon-to-be-introduced platform.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Chile must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The Chilean government originally closed its borders to foreigners on March 18, 2020. The country remains closed to cruise ships. Much of the nation is under mandatory quarantine rules, with curfews and face masks required in public. LATAM has resumed flights between Santiago and the U.S., but before November they had been used mostly for humanitarian and repatriation flights.

Chile suspended all flights to and from the United Kingdom on Dec. 22, 2020 and requires all travelers who have been to the U.K. in the past 14 days to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. On Jan. 15, the U.K. banned entry to all travelers from Chile and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Chile is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Colombia

Americans are allowed to travel to Colombia, where international flights resumed on Sept. 21, 2020, and according to the U.S. Embassy, that appears to now include tourists.

Related: Colombia is open, but should you go?

Since Jan. 7, all travelers to Colombia are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival. Passengers also face health screenings at their point of arrival and are then required to quarantine for 10 days, or 7 days with a negative test taken 3-5 days after arrival. Testing and/or quarantine upon arrival is mandatory for travelers who were unable to obtain a test before their flights.

Current requirements also call for all visitors to complete the online pre-travel registration form “Check-Mig” within one to 24 hours of their flight departure time; download CoronApp to self-report your health throughout the duration of your trip; and wear a mask at all times and wash their hands  on a consistent basis. Further details are available here.

Colombia suspended all flights from the United Kingdom on Dec. 21 due to the new COVID-19 variant circulating there and will require any traveler who has been to the U.K. in the past 14 days to self-quarantine. On Jan. 15, the U.K. banned entry to all travelers from Colombia and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Colombia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The CDC’s travel advisory for Colombia is Level 4: Do Not Travel and U.S. State Department’s advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Quito, Ecuador October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Ecuador is again open for Americans. All arriving passengers are required to present results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the last 10 days prior to arrival, per the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador. Note: There are special requirements for the Galapagos Islands, where a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours must be presented upon arrival in Galapagos.

Quito and Guayaquil airports are open and airlines are now required to verify that all travelers traveling to Ecuador have a negative test result before allowing them to board. Rapid Antigen testing may also be conducted upon arrival and if the test is positive the traveler will be required to isolate in a government shelter for 10 days. As long as the traveler has a negative test result and doesn’t display any symptoms upon arrival, quarantine is not required.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Ecuador must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Travelers arriving in Ecuador from the European Union, United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia are required  to take a rapid Antigen test upon arrival and quarantine for five days, with non-residents isolating in hotels selected by local authorities. On Jan. 15, the U.K. banned entry to all travelers from Ecuador and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

Related: Ecuador ditches quarantine

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Ecuador is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Guyana

Americans can visit Guyana, according to the U.S. Embassy. Travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within seven days of travel (72 hours to avoid a second test upon arrival), uploaded electronically via an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival.  Passengers must also provide a copy of the test result (in English) to their airline at check-in. Details can be found here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Guyana must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

On Jan. 15, the United Kingdom banned entry to all travelers from Guyana and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Guyana is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Paraguay

Paraguay has been under strict quarantine and was closed to tourism. But the government began easing its internal lockdown last fall and on Oct. 2, 2020  reopened Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. Some regular commercial flights then resumed in November.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, the country ended its required quarantine for foreigners on Nov. 16, 2020, but everyone over the age of 10 entering Paraguay must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Paraguay must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

On Jan. 15, the U.K. banned entry to all travelers from Paraguay and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Paraguay is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Peru

After a prolonged state of emergency, Peru began Phase 4 of its economic reactivation on Oct. 1, 2020, including the resumption of a limited number of international flights. The U.S. Embassy in Peru reports that direct flights from the U.S. have resumed and Americans are welcome to enter Peru, although a 14-day quarantine is required, domestic flights are currently limited and the CDC maintains a Level 4: Do Not Travel health advisory for the country while the State Department’s advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

All passengers age 12 and older must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result taken within 72 hours of departure for Peru and complete an online electronic Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization administered by Migraciones. All travelers to Peru must also now quarantine for 14 days in a hotel or isolation center in coordination with Peruvian health authorities.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Peru must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Peru locked down 10 regions—metropolitan Lima, Lima province, Callao, Ancash, Pasco, Huanuco, Junin, Huancavelica, Ica and Apurimac—from Jan. 31 to Feb. 14 (and extended until Feb. 28) due to extreme COVID-19 risk, with residents only allowed out of their homes for one hour a day. Nightly curfews of 8 p.m. or 9.p.m. remain in effect in other regions, where restaurants are open at reduced capacity and bars and cinemas remain closed.

Machu Picchu, one of Peru’s top tourist destinations, had been open at 50% capacity with strict social distancing measures in place, but the lockdown has forced its closure until at least Feb. 28.

The Peruvian government banned all flights from Europe on Dec. 21 and continues to also ban any traveler who has been in Europe or South Africa over the past two weeks. On Jan. 15, the U.K. banned entry to all travelers from Peru and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

Uruguay

Foreigners are barred from visiting the country, according to the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, although an online application system introduced Oct. 26, 2020 allows for limited entry of some non-citizen family members and essential workers. The country’s borders with Brazil and Argentina are also closed. Limited commercial flights have resumed.

Arriving passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, carried out up to 72 hours before the start of the trip and conducted by a laboratory in the country of origin or another country in transit. Also required: an affidavit stating the absence of symptoms and contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in the 14 days prior to admission; proof of medical insurance with specific coverage for COVID-19; contact information (phone number) in Uruguay for traceability. Visitors are also required to self-isolate for seven days and take a second COVID-19 test or self-isolate for 14 days.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Uruguay must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

On Jan. 15, the United Kingdom banned entry to all travelers from Uruguay and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Uruguay is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Venezuela

This South American country has been one of the world’s most at-risk nations amid the coronavirus pandemic. PBS reports that the humanitarian crisis currently being exasperated by the coronavirus pandemic.

All international travel – suspension of commercial flights and closure of land and sea borders – had been shut down, but according to the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, limited flights resumed in early November.

The U.S. State Department, which has been operating its embassy in Venezuela virtually because of unrest in the country, strongly advises against travel to Venezuela. As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Venezuela must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

On Jan. 15, the United Kingdom banned entry to all travelers from Venezuela and most countries in South America due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating in Brazil.

Asia

Cambodia

Cambodia has opened back up to visitors, including Americans, but not for tourism purposes. Per the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, there are still severe restrictions.

All visitors allowed to enter the country need to provide a test result proving they are COVID-19 free taken within 72 hours of their arrival in Cambodia. They will also need to pay a deposit of $2,000 upon arrival for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment, purchase a local health insurance package for $90 (valid for 20 days) and quarantine in official facilities/hotels until getting a second test result on Day 13.

Also complicating travel to Cambodia: The country has suspended e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs until further notice and the U.S. Embassy reports that only applications for “diplomatic, official and sponsored business-like visas” are being issued.

Cambodia recently began easing the restrictions it had imposed that allowed only essential businesses to remain open and had temporarily closed bars, clubs and spas.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Cambodia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Cambodia is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

China

China was where COVID-19 emerged, and the country suspended entry for nearly all foreigners and slashed the volume of international passenger flights to and from the country in March 2020. Strict anti-travel measures remain in place. Flights began to resume over the summer and in September the State Department eased its travel advisory for China, lowering it from Level 4: Do Not Travel to Level 3: Reconsider Travel, mainly due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

The U.S. Embassy in China says that U.S. citizens with valid resident permits and visas can enter China “under certain conditions.” On Dec. 23, Chinese authorities increased the requirements for passengers seeking to enter China from the United States. Both COVID-19 PCR testing as well as IGM antibody tests must be performed in the departure city, and a 14-day quarantine after arrival is required. Details can be found here.

China has indefinitely suspended flights from the United Kingdom. And a January outbreak of COVID-19 in Hebei province resulted in a lockdown and mandatory testing of more than 11 million residents.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from China must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Hong Kong, October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Hong Kong Airport began allowing transit passengers back in June, but there is no fixed timeline for tourism at this time. Transit passengers are international travelers who are only flying into Hong Kong in order to catch another flight. Transit passengers cannot leave the airport.

Current regulations state that all non-Hong Kong residents arriving by plane will be denied entry, “until further notice.” The U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau says that “only U.S. citizens with Hong Kong residency, diplomats, and U.S. citizens that have not traveled outside of mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau in the past 14 days are permitted to enter Hong Kong.” Those arriving from the U.S. will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test taken within 72 hours of departure for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has banned passengers from Group A countries (United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil and Ireland) who have been there in the past 21 days or who transited through those countries for more than two hours, from even boarding flights to Hong Kong until further notice. Passengers from 20 Group B countries (including the U.S.) must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel, confirmation of a room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel for 21 days after arrival, and undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days.

Since Dec. 25, 2020 anyone else arriving from other countries outside of China is required to undergo a mandatory 21-day quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel and provide proof of a reservation at that hotel at airport check-in, or they will be denied boarding. All non-Hong Kong residents coming from mainland China, Macau and Taiwan will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine after entering Hong Kong, but entry will be denied if the non-Hong Kong resident has traveled to any overseas countries or regions in the 14 days prior to arrival in Hong Kong.

There had been talks underway to allow some travel without quarantine between Hong Kong, Macau and parts of China, but those so-called “travel bubbles,” have not yet been possible. One between Hong Kong and Singapore was supposed to start on Nov. 22, 2020 but has been delayed.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Hong Kong must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Hong Kong is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

India

India announced in March 2020 that it was not allowing foreigners into the country and there is no word yet on when foreign tourists might be welcome again. A suspension of international flights has been lifted, but only for humanitarian or essential travel and some business travelers are being allowed in. Americans must have an emergency authorization or business visa to visit.

According to the U.S. Embassy in India, commercial air travel is picking up slowly within the country. International commercial passenger flights have resumed, and several airlines have been offering flights to European cities that have connecting flights to the U.S. All international passengers must upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel to the Air Suvidha portal and submit a self-declaration form 72 hours proper to travel. Passengers may be tested again upon arrival (at their own cost), depending on where they have traveled from or transited through (the U.S. Embassy website has details) and must self-monitor for 14 days.

As of Jan. 26, everyone age two and older traveling to the U.S. from India must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

In late December 2020, India suspended all flights to and from the United Kingdom, but partially lifted the ban on Jan. 8. Currently, all travelers arriving from the U.K., Brazil and South Africa must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel and take another upon arriving in India. A positive test upon arrival will result in institutional quarantine. Those who test negative must home-quaratine for seven days.

Visit the New Delhi Airport website for the latest updates to COVID-19 protocols, which vary by Indian state.

Both the U.S. State Department’s and CDC’s advisory for India is currently Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Indonesia

Indonesia had been reopening gradually in 2020, but in August it cancelled plans to reopen Bali until a yet-to-be-determined date. And in January 2021, as cases in the the country topped one million, Indonesia also restricted foreigners from traveling to or transiting through Indonesian territory until further notice, unless they have a valid residence permit.

The Indonesian government has allowed airlines to resume domestic flights with certain restrictions. International travel for tourism is still banned, but there are a limited number of exceptions for entry. According to the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia, all foreign visitors must already have an existing valid visa or residence permit. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travelers, including U.S. citizens, remains suspended. Visitors must also have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel and are required to undergo a health screening upon arrival (which will include another test) and mandatory quarantine in a government-designated hotel for five days, followed by a third test. A negative result is required for release.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Indonesia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Indonesia is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Japan

Tokyo April 2017.
Tokyo, April 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

On Dec. 28, 2020, Japan banned all foreign nationals who are not legal residents from entering the country until further notice, after several cases of the COVID-19 variant first reported in the United Kingdom and South Africa were detected. Currently the ban applies to travelers who have spent the past 14 days in 152 countries, including the United States.

On Jan. 7, with cases spiking in Tokyo, which is scheduled to host the delayed Olympic Games this summer, Japan declared a state of emergency in the city and three surrounding prefectures; an additional eight prefectures were added a week later. The emergency measures, which impose restrictions on daily life, such as requiring many residents to work from home and restaurants to close at 8 p.m., has been extended through March 7.

Japan originally lifted its nationwide state of emergency in late May 2020 and the country had experienced a reopening of its economy, but it maintained its entry ban for nearly 111 countries and regions — including the United States. Some Americans with dual citizenship and/or who are cleared by the government in advance were able to visit until recently. Limited business travel had been allowed to resume, but no tourism had been allowed, according to the U.S. Embassy in Japan.

The government is currently requiring all returning citizens or residents as well as foreign travelers with permission to enter to submit a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure, be tested upon their arrival in Japan, submit a detailed itinerary that includes accommodations, and quarantine for 14 days. Visitors also need to pledge to refrain from using public transportation for 14 days.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Japan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Japan was supposed to host the Olympic Summer Games in July 2020, but that date has now been pushed back to summer of 2021, and may even be further delayed or canceled.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Japan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Kazakhstan

The land-locked central Asian nation of Kazakhstan is closed to most Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan. International flights from Azerbaijan, China, South Korea, Czech Republic, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates have resumed. 

U.S. citizens are not allowed except in rare cases and require a pre-approval and a visa. Tourism is not welcome. As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Kazakhstan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Kazakhstan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan reopened some of its businesses in May 2020 and allowed the national curfew to be lifted. Malls and markets were able to open their doors and public transportation and commercial flights resumed.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan says the entry ban for U.S. citizens was lifted in December 2020. Those who do travel to Kyrgyzstan will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If a traveler’s PCR test expires en route due to flight delays or cancellations, they will be required to test again upon arrival at their own expense.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Kyrgyzstan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Kyrgyzstan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Macau

Macau October 2019. Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.
Macau, October 2019. Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.

Coronavirus is under control in Macau, but travel is still limited due to active cases in its neighboring regions. The government is in active discussions to ease travel restrictions, however, with some travel between China and Macau resuming.

Most Americans cannot travel to Macau. According to the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau, only U.S. citizens with Macau residency (or those who have spent the preceding 21 days in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan) are permitted to enter Macau. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required before boarding a flight to Macau.

As of Dec. 21, 2020, all travelers to Macau who have been to an overseas territory or Hong Kong (but not including Mainland China or Taiwan) in the past 21 days are subject to a 21-day compulsory quarantine at a designated location, followed by another 7 days of health monitoring.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Macau must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Macau is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Malaysia is still not allowing tourists. In fact, travel restrictions on all foreign nationals — with very limited exceptions for certain long-term pass holders — have been extended through March 31.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, the entire country remains under a “Recovery Movement Control Order” with restrictions that can vary by region.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Malaysia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Malaysia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

The Maldives

The Maldives had announced one of the most liberal opening policies in the world, but according to the U.S. Mission to Maldives, the island nation has since placed restrictions on tourists.

International visitors, including Americans, must now have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of their departure and complete a Traveler Health Declaration within 24 hours prior to travel. Further details can be found here.

Related: Maldives reopening

Tourists also need proof of reservation with an approved hotel or resort. The latest update on resort openings can be found here.

Emirates Airlines is offering connections through Dubai from major global cities including Chicago. Etihad resumed flights from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives starting in July. Turkish Airlines also started flights in July. 

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Maldives must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Maldives is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Nepal

Nepal, which had remained mostly closed to tourism, has begun re-open to travelers arriving via air, according to the Kathmandu Post, although the country recently restricted travel from the United Kingdom until further notice.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, the government of Nepal has allowed Nepalese citizens to return and has approved exceptions for diplomatic, international organizations, some international non-governmental organization personnel, and trekkers and mountaineers meeting specific requirements. The embassy reports that all other foreigner travelers should obtain a tourist entry visa from a Nepali diplomatic mission abroad or obtain a pre-approval /recommendation from the concerned ministry for ensuring their on-arrival visa. For more information, contact the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C. Further information on obtaining a tourist visa is also available from Nepal’s Department of Immigration.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin are also required for entry. A 10-day quarantine is also required, but can be shortened to seven days after testing on day five.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Nepal must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Nepal is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Pakistan

Pakistan has reopened for Americans, however the U.S. State Department’s Level 3 advisory says, “Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to COVID-19, terrorism and sectarian violence.” Pakistan has suspended all travel from the United Kingdom, whether direct or indirect, until further notice.

According to the U.S. Embassy website, Americans wishing to travel to Pakistan will need a visa, and as visitors from a Category B country, upon arrival they will need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours of departure from the U.S. They will also need to download and install a Pass Track app and face health screenings on arrival. Guidelines can be found here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Pakistan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The Philippines

Cebu, Philippines. (Photo by KrisCav/Getty Images)

According to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Americans are only allowed into the Philippines if they meet certain requirements, such as being foreign spouses or children of Philippine citizens, and already have a Philippine visa. All travelers must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at the airport in Manila and are required to have pre-booked a stay of at least seven nights in an accredited quarantine hotel or facility. A second test will occur on day six.

On Jan. 3, the Philippines had added the United States to the list of 20 nations already banned from entering the county. The ban, which was in response to the new COVID-19 variants, was in place through Jan. 31, when it was lifted.

There are currently regional curfews and restrictions on intercity and interstate travel in effect throughout the Philippines.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Philippines must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Philippines is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Singapore

Sinapore September 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Point Guy)
Sinapore, September 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Point Guy)

Singapore remains closed for short-term visitors (including tourism). Americans are not allowed except for those who are dual citizens, residents of Singapore or are long-term pass holders who have received government permission. As of Jan. 24, all arrivals must take a test upon arrival and all non-citizens or permanent residents must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travelers are also required to quarantine for two weeks in what Singapore terms a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and have a minimum of $30,000 in travel insurance (beginning Jan. 31). Full requirements can be found here.

In addition, only Singaporean citizens and permanent residents traveling from the United Kingdom and South Africa are allowed to enter the country and they will be subject to an additional seven days of self-isolation, following the 14-day SHN. A summary of requirements can be found here.

The country has relaxed transit restrictions at Changi Airport. Unfortunately, Americans are still not allowed to transit at the beautiful Singapore airport.

Singapore was said to be also testing a “fast lane” for business travelers from certain Asian countries (like China and South Korea), removing the need for a mandatory 14-day quarantine for them. It is hoping to create travel bubbles with a few other countries and one between Hong Kong and Singapore was slated to start on Nov. 22, 2020 but has been delayed until further notice.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Singapore must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Singapore is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

South Korea

Americans can go to South Korea, but a mandatory two-week quarantine will make it undesirable for most travelers.

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 U.S. Embassy in South Korea notes that this will cost approximately $100-$150 USD per night, and passengers will be required to sign a release form agreeing to these conditions before departing. As of Jan. 8, all travelers are also required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from South Korea must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

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South Korea has agreed with China and Singapore to allow some business travel between the countries. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for South Korea is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka recently re-opened its two international airports — Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and Mattala International Airport (HRI) — and is beginning to allow tourism to resume. The re-opening began in December with a pilot program with the Ukraine, in which tourists are allowed to visit in a “travel bubble.” After a review, the country extended the re-opening to other countries, beginning Jan. 21.

Travelers wishing to visit Sri Lanka, which had remained closed to tourists since March 2020, need to be tested (COVID-19 PCR test) in their own country within 72 hours of their flight and then again when they check in at their hotel and a third time seven days later. They will also need to remain within a “travel bubble” in 14 designated tourism zones—about 180 hotels are participating—and not mix with the local population.

The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka now says that travel by Americans to Sri Lanka is allowed, but on a very limited basis. A valid visa is required (visa upon arrival remains suspended), along with a mandatory 14-day quarantine. As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Sri Lanka must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Sri Lanka is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Taiwan

The overlook in Jiufen, Taiwan. (Phoot by Munzir Rosdi/EyeEm/Getty Images)

Taiwan banned international tourism as of March 19, 2020. That ban remains in place.

Americans are allowed to go to Taiwan under certain very strict circumstances. They must have permission from the Taiwan government beforehand. All arrivals must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and are subject to a 14-day home-quarantine (with proof of a place of of quarantine).

Transiting by foreigners through Taiwan has been temporarily banned. Taiwan is also reducing flights from the United Kingdom by half and is requiring all passengers arriving from the U.K., or with a history of travel to the U.K.in the past 14 days, to quarantine for 14 days in a group quarantine facility and to to be tested for COVID-19 before completing the quarantine period.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Taiwan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Taiwan is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

Tajikistan

Tajikistan never did have a full lockdown, and most businesses, hotels and restaurants reopened on June 15, 2020. The U.S. State Department has a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory in effect for Tajikistan related to both COVID-19 and the potential for terrorism.

All Americans need a Tajik visa for entry and must show results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival when boarding flights to Dushanbe.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Tajikistan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Thailand

Bangkok December 2018.
Bangkok, December 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Thailand—which had remained closed to most foreign tourists but last fall began offering long-stay visas to residents of low-risk countries, and more recently, medium-risk countries, including the United States—tightened restrictions on movement of people around the country in January after a surge in COVID-19 cases among migrant workers. Parts of the country, including Bangkok, remain under partial lockdown restrictions to try to stem the spread, according to news reports.

Anyone approved to enter the country will be subject to testing, medical insurance and quarantine requirements. To be approved for the 60-day visa program to which Americans can apply, applicants will have to pay $40 visa fee and present proof of medical insurance (covering up to $100,000 in potential medical costs while in Thailand) as well as a bank statement, a roundtrip flight confirmation, and a reservation at one of Thailand’s Alternative State Quarantine hotels for 14 nights. When boarding flights to Thailand, travelers must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. There will be an additional test upon landing. If there’s a negative result, and after a two-week quarantine at the approved hotel, travelers will be able to freely move around the country for up to 60 days.

Thailand recently announced that it plans to waive quarantine requirements for travelers who have been vaccinated, perhaps as soon as June 2021. Thailand also recently began promoting six resorts offering a “golf quarantine.” 

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Thailand must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Thailand is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. For further information on visiting Thailand, check the U.S. Embassy in Thailand’s website.

Turkmenistan

According the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, U.S. citizens are allowed to visit the country, but the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory. In addition, the country’s suspension of all international flights has been extended through at least the end of February.

Turkmenistan claims it doesn’t have any cases of COVID-19, but the embassy casts doubt on those claims. Any U.S. citizen seeking to enter Turkmenistan will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 24 hours of departure from the U.S. or other point of origin. A 21-day quarantine in a government facility is also required.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Turkmenistan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is open to Americans. In fact, it promises to compensate tourists up to $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 and depending on their country of departure may be required to quarantine.

Radio Free Europe reports Uzbekistan lifted its ban on international flights from Oct. 1, 2020.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Uzbekistan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State department’s advisory for Uzbekistan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Vietnam

Vietnam resumed international flights in September from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia and Laos for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers and skilled workers. Tourists are still not welcome.

Foreign tourists were originally banned as of March 22, 2020 and it is uncertain when the Vietnamese government will revisit this restriction. According to the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, U.S. citizens are not permitted into Vietnam, with “limited exemptions for diplomatic, official duty, and special cases, including experts, business managers, foreign investors, and high-tech workers of businesses involved in important projects as determined by the Government of Vietnam.” Those who are allowed to enter are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undergo health screenings upon arrival and follow the country’s quarantine protocols.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Vietnam must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Several regions of the country have recently entered lockdowns and the country increased restrictions on large gatherings, events and festivals. The government has also said that individuals who refuse to wear face masks will be subject to severe penalties.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Vietnam is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Oceania

Australia

Sydney March 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Sydney, March 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Australia remains closed to most foreign visitors. Additionally, on Jan. 8 the government announced that it was reducing flight arrivals and will now require all returning citizens, legal residents and permitted essential workers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding any international flight to the country.

Americans are banned except for a few emergency exemptions that must be cleared in advance, and all arriving citizens, permanent residents and non-citizens are subject to a 14-day stay in quarantine hotels. Check the U.S. Embassy in Australia website for details on restrictions and exemptions for entry. The site also has details on travel restrictions between Australia’s states, which have varying bans and requirements and a subject to last-minute lockdowns.

In October 2020, Australia and New Zealand created a “travel bubble” allowing anyone who has been in New Zealand for the past 14 days and are traveling on a quarantine-free flight to travel to Australia quarantine-free. The bubble was suspended on Feb. 14for a week after New Zealand went into a lockdown after discovering cases of the U.K. variant in Auckland. A reciprocal plan for travelers from Australia to New Zealand could be in the works later in 2021.

Australians are currently banned from international travel, with limited exceptions. In January, Qantas announced it was accepting international flight bookings for travel beginning July 1, 2021, but on Feb. 24 pushed the start date to late October 2021. Previously announced trans-Tasman flights to New Zealand beginning March 28, 2021 were pushed to July 2021. In mid-January, Australian government officials had suggested that international travel for Australians might not be possible until 2022.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Australia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Australia is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

French Polynesia

Effective Feb. 3, French Polynesia has banned entry by international tourists until further notice. The South Pacific island nation, which had officially reopened on July 15, had previously implemented a state of health emergency with reinforced safety measures and curfews through Feb. 15.

Related coverage: French Polynesia reopening

Before the ban, Americans had been welcome to travel to French Polynesia and everyone six years of age and older was required to present a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test taken 72 hours before departure. Travelers also had to present the receipt of an online health registration from the Electronic Travel Information System platform, which needed to be filled out within three days of their flight.

Additionally, all incoming travelers (residents excluded) had to provide proof of international travel insurance. Luckily, credit card travel insurance satisfied this requirement. Travelers could use a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card to pay for their airfare and hotel, then provide a copy of the card’s Guide to Benefits as proof of coverage.

Four days after arrival, travelers were subject to another COVID-19 test. The Ministry of Health and Prevention had been distributing self-test kits to all visitors, which were self-administered and then dropped at hotel reception desks for collection.

All travelers were also advised to wear a mask throughout their stay and abide by specific sanitary measures. Travelers exhibiting symptoms during their stay were told to self-report and self-isolate in their room until further instruction from local emergency operators.

Related: An ill-fated trip to Tahiti

If you’re itching to travel to French Polynesia when it does re-open, 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. The destination is home to some famous hotels, such as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui and the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from French Polynesia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Fiji

Fiji has a strict lockdown still in place. The country is essentially closed to tourism with no signs of easing the lockdown anytime soon. Fiji Airways has grounded 95% of its flights; the only flights in November are repatriation flights for Australian and New Zealand citizens seeking to return home.

Here’s how the U.S. Embassy in Fiji puts it: “Entry to Fiji is currently very restricted. Travel by non-Fiji citizens for tourism or visits is generally not permitted, with exceptions possible for arrivals by sea. Travelers should contact Fiji Immigration with specific inquiries.”

Any visitor to Fiji who is approved needs to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test and then quarantine for 14 days in a Nadi-area hotel.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Fiji must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Many hotels are closed. Interestingly, Fiji does allow visitors by private yacht. Arriving tourists must quarantine for two weeks at sea before being allowed ashore.

Related: Fiji reopening; Billionaires preferred

Fiji had been in talks with Australia and New Zealand about entering into a so-called “travel bubble” that would allow citizens of the three countries to travel freely, but nothing has been finalized. Obviously, Americans would not be included in that agreement.

New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand March 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Auckland, New Zealand, March 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

New Zealand has been praised for its early and tough restrictions that kept cases of coronavirus low in the country. It restricted travel from Wuhan, China, on February 3, 2020. In fact, New Zealand is being hailed as one of the shining stars of dealing with COVID-19. Americans are not allowed to travel there.

A complete ban on foreigners remains in effect and the border is effectively closed to foreign tourists. From the government website: “The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travelers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The travel ban applies to all arrivals into New Zealand whether it is by air or sea.” And on Jan. 26, 2021 New Zealand’ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country’s borders “will be impacted for much of this year.”

New Zealand reacted quickly on Feb. 14, 2021 when it ordered a temporary lockdown in Auckland after three cases of the U.K. variant were detected. The lockdown was lifted on Feb. 17.

The government had previously announced that starting Jan. 15, 2021 anyone who is granted permission to travel to New Zealand and will be arriving in the country from the United States or United Kingdom must provide a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, LAMP or Antigen) taken 72 hours prior to departure. All travelers from any destination must also complete a 14-day stay in managed isolation or quarantine.

As of Jan. 26, 2021 everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from New Zealand must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern okayed a travel bubble with Australia, and the initial roll-out began in October 2020 with a one-way program to select Australian destinations with travelers able to forgo Australia’s 14-day quarantine. It was temporarily suspended by Australia due to the Auckland lockdown, but has since resumed. Later in 2021, Australian citizens may also be allowed to travel to New Zealand.

Middle East

Bahrain

As of Sept. 4, 2020, U.S. travelers can again receive a visa upon arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain. U.S. visitors do not need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test when entering Bahrain. However, all arriving passengers age six and older will be tested for COVID-19 at a cost of $95 (36 Bahraini dinars). Passengers remaining in the country for more than 10 days must 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.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Bahrain must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. Embassy reports that flight schedules remain reduced and subject to cancellation; indoor dining is also suspended in Bahrain through at least March 14.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Bahrain is Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Israel

Israel went into a third lockdown in early January, which was extended before being lifted on Feb. 6, as the country tried to control a COVID-19 surge while rolling out a massive vaccine program.

After initially banning flights from the United Kingdom, Denmark and South Africa due to the spread of a new COVID-19 variant, on Jan. 25 the Israeli government also halted all international travel and temporarily closed Tel Aviv Ben Gurion through  Feb. 7 and then extended the closure through Feb. 20. A ban on most flights remains in place through March 6, according to the U.S. Embassy in Israel.

Back in March 2020, the government announced that foreigners, including U.S. citizens, would not be allowed to enter Israel. There are no current plans to ease that restriction.

Some Israeli citizens returning from overseas and some non-nationals whose lives are based in Israel are being allowed to return, airport reopening permitting. All arriving passengers must fill out an inbound passenger statement and present an entry clearance from the government. As of Jan. 23, everyone over the age of two traveling to Israel must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel or conformation of competed vaccination. Arriving travelers must also quarantine for 10 days (with two tests) or 14 days in a government quarantine center or approved hotel or private residence.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Israel must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Israel’s Ministry of Health updated its COVID-19 restrictions, which include the requirement to wear a protective mask over the nose and mouth in public.

Luxury hotel company Dan hotels has reopened all of its hotels, including the King David Jerusalem.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Israel is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Jordan

Jordan is open to Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy, but they must fill out an arrivals form before the flight. They will also need to provide results of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure for Jordan, have health insurance and take (and pay for) another coronavirus test on arrival. They will also need to install Aman.jo app on their mobile phones and agree to health tracking.

Once in Jordan, U.S. travelers who test negative upon arrival no longer need to undergo mandatory home quarantine for a period of 14 days.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Jordan must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Jordan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Kuwait

Kuwait is not welcoming foreign tourists. According to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, Americans are allowed in, but only if approved in advance with a visa and a valid business reason or family reason. However, since Feb. 7, non-Kuwaiti citizens (with very limited exceptions) are not being allowed to enter Kuwait until further notice.

Any U.S. travelers who are able to enter Kuwait will only be permitted in with either a valid visa or a residency permit. Visitor visas are not being issued upon arrival at the airport, nor are visas available electronically in advance; they can only be requested from a Kuwaiti embassy or consulate.

Arriving passengers over the age of six must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result administered by a health clinic within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Kuwait. Results must be in English, and do not need to be translated. As of Jan. 3, all passengers will also be given another PCR test upon arrival in Kuwait.

Travelers arriving must register through the Shlonik app prior to boarding the aircraft, and beginning Feb. 21 all arriving passengers must undergo seven days of institutional quarantine at a hotel in Kuwait at their own expense, followed by seven days of home quarantine.

Kuwait has also banned entry for non-Kuwaiti citizens from the following countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China and Hong Kong, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Spain, Syria, the United Kingdom, and Yemen. The ban also applies to any individuals who have been present in these countries in the 14 days prior to their travel to Kuwait. Individuals traveling from these countries are permitted to quarantine in a country not listed above for two weeks before returning to Kuwait.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Kuwait must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The use of face masks is mandatory in all public areas, and the Ministry of Health is randomly testing residents and citizens daily. Capacity restrictions and early closures of business are in effect trough at least March 7.

Direct flights from the United Kingdom to Kuwait have been canceled until further notice and following a temporary international flight ban through Jan. 1, Kuwait has reduced all flights to 30% of their normal capacity.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Kuwait is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Lebanon

Lebanon imposed a 24-hour countrywide lockdown, which closed all but essential businesses, through Feb. 8, when some restrictions were eased—but the 24-hour curfew has been extended through at least March 8, with allowances only for essential activities.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, Americans can travel to the country. All travelers 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 take a second PCR test at the traveler’s expense (about $50), self-quarantine for three days at their hotel and take a third PCR test after that. All travelers to Lebanon must complete a medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding their flight and download an app.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Lebanon must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Masks are required at all times outdoors and in public spaces, and all violators will be fined $33 per each violation. Furthermore, movement in personal and public vehicles is restricted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Lebanon is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Oman

International flights to Oman have resumed and Americans can visit, according to the U.S. Embassy in Oman. The country had shut down all of its air, sea and land borders on Dec. 22, 2020 for one week as it monitored the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in several countries. It is also suspending flights from 10 countries (South Africa, Brazil, Sudan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia) for 15 days, beginning March 4, 2021.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the Sultanate through Muscat International Airport (MCT), Salalah Airport (SLL), Sohar Airport (OHS), and Duqm Airport (DQM) is required. Travelers must also undergo a second COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for seven days. A third PCR test is required on day eight before quarantine can end. Each test costs OMR25 ($65).

PCR tests must be pre-booked on the Tarassud+ mobile app before arrival in Oman. The application collects health and contact information as well as taking payment for PCR tests online. All travelers are also required to have travel health insurance that is valid in Oman.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Oman must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Oman is Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Qatar

Qatar is not welcoming foreign tourists. According to the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, non-Qatari citizens cannot yet enter Qatar.

U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Qatar under specific circumstances, but not for tourism. Entering travelers from high-risk countries (which includes the U.S.) must produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of travel, quarantine for seven days upon arrival and take a second test after that. Those requirements were recently extended through May 31.

Americans are now allowed to transit Doha’s international airport, but their onward flight must be within 24 hours.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Qatar must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Qatar is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Saudi Arabia

On Feb. 3, 2021 Saudi Arabia suspended entry for all travelers from 20 counties—the United States, Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India and Japan—with the exception of Saudi citizens, diplomats and medical practitioners and their families. According to the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia, the ban also applies to any traveler who has been in any of the 20 countries in the 14 days prior to travel to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia had on Dec. 20, 2020 canceled all international flights as well as land and sea entry into the country through early January before allowing them to resume again. The government later said that all international flights will be allowed to return to normal operations on May 14, 2021.

Previously, the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia had reported that U.S. travelers were only allowed to enter Saudi Arabia with current residence permits as well as valid entry/exit visas, or if they hold business or visit visas.

Any traveler aged eight and older who is permitted to enter must produce a negative COVID-19 test, with results obtained within 72 hours of arrival time. Upon arrival, travelers must download an app and quarantine for up to 14 days depending on their country of origin.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Face masks are mandatory in all public venues, and violations are subject to a fine of $2,666. Crowd sizes are limited to no more than 50. Grocery stores remain well-stocked, and malls, shops, and private entities are open, though some may only offer limited services.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Saudi Arabia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Syria

U.S. travelers are not able to enter Syria at this time. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Syria is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. May 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. May 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

The United Arab Emirates is open to tourism and Americans are welcome. However, a recent spike in cases of both the U.K. and South African variants linked to travel has resulted in Dubai closing all bars and pubs and limited certain activities through Feb. 28, 2021.

Dubai reopened to tourists on July 7, 2020 and tourist visas (required for U.S. travelers) are being issued in all emirates, including Abu Dhabi, which began welcoming back international travelers on Dec. 24, 2020 with testing and quarantine protocols in place.

To enter Abu Dhabi, tourists over the age of 12 will be required to present a COVID-19 PCR test negative certificate done within 96 hours of departure and undergo a second test upon arrival, with results delivered in 90 minutes. If the traveler is from from “green list” country (the U.S. is not on the list) and receives two negative tests, they are not required to quarantine. All other travelers, even if they test negative, are required to self-isolate for 10 days. And all travelers will be required to take a third COVID-19 PCR test on day six if staying six days or more and a fourth on day 12 if staying 12 days or more. Details are available here.

Tourists over the age of 12 traveling to Dubai are also required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure (recently changed from 96 hours) and some travelers, depending on their country of origin, will be tested again upon arrival. All travelers must also download the COVID-19 DXB app and register their details. However, visitors entering Dubai are not required to quarantine. For additional information on traveling to Dubai, check the Emirates airline website.

All test results for both emirates 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.

Tourists must comply with preventive measures and safety procedures and must self-isolate for 14 days if they test positive. 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 who receives a positive test result upon arrival must undergo a self-quarantine of 14 days. Violating home quarantine is punishable with fines of AED 50,000 ($13,600).

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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.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the United Arab Emirates must  show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the UAE is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Related: Dubai and Abu Dhabi are open

Yemen

The U.S. State Department has maintained a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory on Yemen for some time, even before COVID-19 became a threat, due to issues with terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, armed conflict, and landmines. The embassy in Sana’a suspended operations in early 2015, and U.S. citizens in Yemen will not be able to rely on emergency services from the U.S. government.

All travelers entering on U.S. documents are required to have a visa from the Yemeni government before entering the country, and passports must have an additional six months’ validity from the date of departure.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Yemen must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Africa

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 yet open for tourism, but is expected to re-open by spring. Important to know: conflict is ongoing in the DRC and six park rangers were ambushed and killed by militia inside the park in January. In February, the Italian ambassador to the DRC was killed along with two others in an ambush.

According to the U.S. Embassy, all arriving international travelers age 11 and older must arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days (72 hours) of their departure to DRC. Upon arrival, travelers age 11 and older must take a second COVID-19 test at the airport. Travelers should register their information and pay for the test at INRBCOVID.com before they begin their travel. The cost of the required test is US$45. After testing at the airport, arriving passengers must self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result, usually within 24 hours.

Americans also need a visa to visit as well as a World Health Organization (WHO) card with proof of yellow fever vaccination.

To exit the DRC, all travelers age 11 and older must pay for and present a negative COVID-19 test from an approved lab taken within 72 hours of travel. This parallels a Jan. 26 requirement by the U.S. government that everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Democratic Republic of Congo is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Egypt

Luxor, Egypt. (Photo via Getty Images)
Luxor, Egypt. (Photo via Getty Images)

International tourism resumed in Egypt in July 2020, although tourism at sites such as Luxor has reportedly been quite slow. The Great Pyramids of Giza, for example, reopened on July 1 after being closed since March and undergoing a deep cleaning, reported Reuters.

Egypt is now open for Americans, but the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory and there are some important things to know before you go.

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Americans will need a tourist visa available on arrival or before arrival via online enrollment. There are no quarantine requirements although you will need a negative COVID-19 PCR test. According to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, while most travelers over the age of six, including Egyptians, will require results of tests taken within 72 hours prior to departure for Egypt, passengers traveling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris, and Frankfurt will be allowed to provide the test certificate performed at a maximum of 96 hours prior to flight departure, due to the long travel and transit period from these airports. You also have to have the physical (printed) test results. No digital documents are being accepted.

According to the Egyptair website, international passengers traveling directly to Sharm el Sheikh (SSH) Taba, Hurghada or Marsa Alam airports who failed to submit a valid PCR test (72 or 96 hours before flight departure time), will undergo the PCR test upon arrival to those airports with a charge of 30 USD. Passengers will then be isolated in their hotels until the PCR test result is received. Should the PCR test be positive, the passenger will need to self-isolate in his/her room at the hotel and coordinate with the Egyptian Ministry of Health. As of Jan. 3, anyone not following mask requirements may be subject to fines or prosecution and restaurants have been ordered to operate at 50% capacity.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Egypt must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Egypt is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

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Ghana

Ghana’s Accra Kotoka International Airport reopened for regular international service on Sept. 1, 2020 although the country’s land and sea borders remain closed. According to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, Americans are allowed to enter the country and all passengers arriving by air must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted by an accredited laboratory in the country of origin not more than 72 hours prior to departure.

In addition, upon arrival, each traveler age five and older must undergo a COVID-19 test conducted at the airport. There is a $150 fee per person. Travelers can pay the fee online before departure or pay upon arrival at the airport in Accra. Ghana’s Ministry of Public Health has mandated the use of face masks in public.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Ghana must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ghana is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Kenya

Kenya re-opened to tourism on August 1, 2020. President Uhuru Kenyatta says the country has reached enough preparedness to lessen restrictions but precautions should still be taken, reports Reuters.

Under the reopening plan, travel in and out of Nairobi is allowed. All visitors need fill out an online health form and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. They’ll also face a health screening on arrival. The embassy reports that Kenya is also planning to implement policies that all departing travelers whose destination requires a test must visit an authorized laboratory in the Trusted Traveler initiative and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before they will be allowed to board flights to depart Kenya. This parallels a new U.S. government requirement that as of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Kenya must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

A mandatory face mask requirement while in public remains in effect along with a nightly curfew starting at 10 p.m. through at least March 12.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Kenya is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Related: Country-by-country guide to Africa reopening

Mauritius

The island nation was under lockdown from March 20 to June 15, 2020 when the restrictions were fully lifted.

According to the U.S. Embassy, as of Oct. 1 Americans are allowed to visit but only long-stay arrivals will be approved with a mandatory 14-day quarantine at an establishment recognized by the authorities and travelers must undergo multiple COVID-19 PCR tests. Any traveler who has visited The United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan or Brazil within the past 14 days will be denied entry to Mauritius through at least Feb. 28. Mask mandates remain in effect throughout the island.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Mauritius must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Mauritius is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

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Morocco

Morocco recently extended its strict state of emergency until March 10 and also has suspended flights from the United Kingdom. According to the U.S. Embassy in Morocco, Americans are among citizens of several dozen countries currently allowed to enter the country without a visa, but all travelers over the age of 11 must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and present it in printed form at airport check-in and upon arrival in Morocco. Masks are mandatory in flight and in all public spaces.

According to the U.S. Embassy, travelers are limited to those who have confirmed reservations with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency or an invitation from a Moroccan company for business purposes. Be aware that domestic travel within Morocco requires a travel authorization letter from local officials. Apparently, a hotel reservation can be all the documentation you may need.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Morocco must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The government of Morocco also announced additional measures designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. There is a nationwide curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. through March 2; a daily closing of cafes, restaurants, shops and grocery stores at 8 p.m.; a closure of all restaurants and cafes in Marrakech, Casablanca, Tangier and Agadir; and a ban on all public and private gatherings and parties.

Related: Guide to Morocco reopening

To help fight coronavirus, Morocco has rapidly expanded its fleet of drones for surveillance, public service announcements and sanitization.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Morocco is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Namibia

Namibia is open for tourism, although most of its land borders are currently closed.

Tourists, including Americans, are allowed to fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), but according to the U.S. Embassy in Namibia, they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 7 days of arrival and fill out a health questionnaire. Even travelers who have proof of vaccination must provide a negative test result. Those whose test result is more than 7 days old will need to undergo a day-of-arrival quarantine until getting a negative result on a second test before being allowed to move freely in the country.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Namibia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights;

There is a nationwide curfew in Namibia from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Related: Country-by-country guide to Africa reopening

When the country re-opened in late August 2020, President Hage Geingob said in a televised address, “The virus is likely to remain in our midst for a prolonged time and we must learn to live with it … learning to live with the virus means adapting our attitudes and behaviors so that we can reduce the damage it can do to our country.”

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Namibia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Nigeria

Nigeria reopened its airports on July 8, 2020 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 2020.

All tourists are again welcome, including Americans, however the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, arriving international passengers over the age of 10 must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours (four days) of departure.  A Quarantine Protocol issued in September requires all international visitors to register via the Nigeria International Travel Portal, self-isolate and pay for another test seven days after arrival in Nigeria, and continue self-isolating until receiving a negative result (typically in 24-48 hours).

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Nigeria must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Travelers from the United Kingdom and South Africa are subject to additional protocols, since Dec. 28, 2020.

Rwanda

Rwanda is open to American tourists. The country had been doing a relatively good job controlling the coronavirus outbreak since reopening to commercial flights on Aug. 1, 2020, (currently it has had 18,443 cases and 254 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University), although cases have spiked in recent weeks and the U.S. State Department has updated its advisory for the country to Level 3: Reconsider Travel. The city of Kigali was under lockdown until Feb. 22 and face masks are required nationwide when in public spaces. There is also a curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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According to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda, all arriving passengers are required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form and upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within 72 hours (three days) of departure for Rwanda. All travelers are also subject to testing upon arrival (at a cost of $60) and must spend 24 hours in a designated transit hotel; some travelers (but not business travelers or tourists headed to national parks) may need to undergo a seven-night quarantine.

VisitRwanda’s reopening guidance 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.” Some travelers then need to continue quarantining at the designated hotel or at home for seven days until receiving a text message to appear for a final test. But business travelers who plan to be in Rwanda for a short stay (less than seven days) and international tourists scheduled to visit national parks will not be required to undergo the seven-day quarantine.

For information on testing in Rwanda, check this FAQ section on VisitRwanda.com.

Travelers departing Rwanda must also test negative within 120 hours (five days) of departure for home. They are encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least two days prior to their return flight. As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Rwanda must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Rwanda is offering visas on arrival as well for all nationalities. There are a number of additional planning resources available at VisitRwanda.com. All three major national parks in the country are open but visitors will have to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of visiting. You can even book a trip to see the endangered mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park.

Senegal

International flights have resumed to Senegal, but land and sea borders remain closed. Americans can enter the country, according to the U.S. Embassy, and must follow entry protocols. The Embassy notes, however, that it has received reports from some Americans who report difficulty booking travel to Senegal because of current restrictions.

Senegal requires a negative COVID-19 test taken with five days (120 hours) of arrival and only from the country where you started your trip. The West African country also requires all arrivals to submit a ‘Public Health Passenger Locator’ form. Arriving passengers face health screenings.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Senegal must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Hotels are open, as are restaurants and casinos, with social distancing in place. There is now a mandatory 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily curfew in the Dakar and Thies regions and a mandatory mask order remains in effect countrywide.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Senegal is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Seychelles

Seychelles is currently open to visitors from 48 countries, but the United States is not on the approved list—unless U.S. travelers have proof of completed vaccinations against COVID-19. As TPG cruise reporter Gene Sloane has reported, this small island nation has also banned cruise ships until 2022.

Commercial flights resumed in July 2020. Currently, approved countries are divided into Category 1 countries and Category 2 countries. Tourists from Category 1 countries are required to be tested for COVID-19 (polymerase chain reaction test) within 72 hours before they arrive and submit their results through a dedicated platform, while those from Category 2 countries must present a negative test taken within 48 hours prior to departure and upon arrival isolate in a designated establishment for 10 nights, with a second PCR test performed on the sixth day, and travelers required to remain in quarantine for the entire 10 days. For details check here.

The Seychelles also just announced that it is now allowing visitors from all countries (including the U.S.) who have proof of having completed COVID-19 vaccinations. All vaccinated travelers will still be required to take a PCR test within 72 hours of their flight and present a negative test result. Consideration will also be given to travelers from non-approved countries who have not been fully vaccinated, but will be arriving by private jet; these travelers must stay solely at certain approved properties or super-yachts.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Seychelles must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

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Inter-island travel is discouraged, there is an 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew through at least Feb. 28 and visitors will be charged $50 to support local public health measures.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Seychelles, as shown on the U.S. Embassy website, is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

South Africa

In December 2020, both South Africa and the United Kingdom, began reporting troubling new COVID-19 variants, which resulted in widespread suspension of flights and travel to and from both the U.K. and South Africa. The U.S. government on Jan. 26 then banned travel from South Africa, with the exceptions of U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents (travel from the U.K. and Brazil, where another COVID-19 variant has emerged, had already been banned).

South Africa has now entered a dangerous second wave and has surpassed 1.5 million COVID-19 cases, forcing a return to a Level 3 lockdown alert on Dec. 29, 2020 that mandated mask wearing at all times when in public (with possible imprisonment for violations), prohibited alcohol sales and imposed a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

South Africa re-opened to tourism on Oct. 1, 2020 and according to the U.S. Embassy, as of Nov. 11, 2020, U.S. citizens can enter South Africa for tourism purposes, but they need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours from the time of departure, or they must remain in mandatory quarantine for 14 days at their own cost. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for South Africa remains at Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Related: South Africa reopening, but not to Americans so far

All arriving travelers will face a health screening. If a passenger has a negative test result, they will not have to quarantine. Those who don’t bring tests will need to quarantine for two weeks at their own expense. Travelers must also download the South Africa coronavirus mobile tracing app, and fill in all the information on that app.

As of Jan. 26, any U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from South Africa must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for South Africa remains at Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Tanzania

Tanzania, whose president John Magufuli had until just recently denied widespread COVID-19 transmission (the government had not been reporting cases), is currently accepting tourists with no testing or quarantine conditions attached. The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania is reporting that it has seen an increase in the number of cases reported to it since January and that the use of masks, social distancing and other prevention strategies are largely absent throughout the country.

Tanzania was among the first African nations to reopen to tourism. Currently, all travelers need to fill out a Health Surveillance Form while on the plane, but incoming travelers only need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival if their country of departure or airline requires it for travel. If their country does not require testing to fly, travelers with any signs of infection will undergo enhanced screening upon arrival and may be tested.

Many tourists are required to have a visa. See details here.

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The government is asking passengers to complete a Health Surveillance Form upon arrival, and according to the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, all arriving travelers should expect enhanced health screening and if they are showing symptoms COVID-19 rapid testing at the airport. 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.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Tanzania must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Tanzania has received a lot of criticism on how it has handled the coronavirus pandemic. The government hasn’t actively revealed data about infection rates or death. President Magufuli had said that releasing the data was “causing panic” and at the start of the pandemic declined to close churches, saying that the virus “cannot survive in the body of Christ — it will burn.” He also claimed Tanzania was free of coronavirus as of June due to prayer and the work of front-line workers. He even celebrated citizens who weren’t wearing masks as a sign that people were no longer afraid and the virus was gone.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Tanzania is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Related: Country-by-country guide to Africa reopening

Uganda

Americans can currently travel to Uganda, known as one of the top destinations for gorilla trekking. The country’s national parks reopened to tourists in October 2020.

According to the U.S. Embassy, arriving passengers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin taken not more than 120 hours before departure for Uganda. Passengers will be subjected to temperature and health screening upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, but are not required to quarantine. However, any arriving passengers who exhibit signs or symptoms of an infectious disease will be transported to an isolation center for a COVID-19 test where they must remain, at their own cost, until the results of the test are received. Travelers who test positive will be taken to a Ministry of Health facility for treatment, or given the option to be repatriated (for foreigners), at their own cost.

The U.S. Embassy also notes that that Government of Uganda also now requires that all departing passengers present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken not more than 120 hours before departure. This requirement is mandatory for all departing passengers out of Uganda even if the destination country does not require it. But the U.S. now does: As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Uganda must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Uganda had eased some of its lockdown restrictions, allowing some businesses like hardware shops, restaurants and wholesale stores to reopen. There is a nightly 9 p.m. curfew and masks are required in public.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Uganda is Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to COVID-19 and the risk of kidnapping.

Zambia

Zambia, home to Victoria Falls and known as a top safari destination, is open to international travelers, including Americans. However, according to the U.S. Embassy in Zambia, a second wave of cases is currently infecting the country, with Lusaka as one of the hot spots, and the CDC has issued a Level 4: Very High Level of COVID warning for the country.

Zambia now requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within seven days of arrival, although many airlines require one within 72 hours of travel. Tourists also need a visa. There are no quarantine requirements right now, but there are reports of some health screenings and symptomatic individuals may be required to submit to testing and/or quarantine. You can apply for an e-visa online here.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Zambia must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Uganda is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Zimbabwe

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.”

Quarantine is no longer required if a negative test is presented. Those who arrive without the required test must get tested upon arrival and quarantine in a government holding facility until getting a negative result.

U.S. citizens can travel to Zimbabwe, according to the U.S. Embassy. However, as cases surged, a nationwide 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. was put into place on Jan. 5 and the U.S. State Department maintains a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory. Amid the January surge, four officials in the Zimbabwe government died of COVID-19.

As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Zimbabwe must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Additional reporting by Katherine Fan, Jordyn Fields, Jane Frye, Donna Heiderstadt, Liz Hund, Brian Kim, Stella Shon and Mimi Wright. 

Featured photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Images. 

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