If you’re fully vaccinated and ready to take your first vacation in over a year, you might be wondering: “what countries can Americans visit right now?” With vaccine rates on the rise, some countries are slowly beginning to reopen to tourism.
Certain nations have tentatively begun to re-accept U.S. passport holders, providing they agree to specific regulations such as showing proof of being fully vaccinated, PCR testing for COVID-19 or mandatory quarantines.
Currently, you’ll also need to show a negative PCR test result (taken up to three days before your flight) in order to board any aircraft returning to the U.S. from overseas. (Alternatively, you can show medical documents if you had COVID-19 in the past 90 days.)
If you’re thinking of heading overseas, here’s what you need to know about where you can go and what the requirements are for American visitors.
The rules and mandates below are subject to sudden change so we’re updating this page weekly with relevant information sourced from the State Department and tourist boards. Airlines may have additional requirements. We recommend you also check details on your destination’s immigration website and purchase travel insurance covering flight changes/cancellations, unplanned quarantine, coronavirus treatment, etc. The State Department or your home state’s government may also have conditions for returning to the U.S. from certain locations.
All the Countries Americans Can Visit Right Now
Set alongside the sparkling Adriatic Sea, this southeastern European destination is more under-the-radar than its popular neighbor, Greece. U.S. passport holders can enter without a PCR test but masks are mandatory indoors and there is a curfew from 11 p.m. -6 a.m. Expect health screening at the airport (no-touch thermometers and medical staff looking out for anyone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms). There are restrictions on which countries you can pass through on your return to the U.S.A.
This tempting slice of eastern Caribbean paradise is requiring all visitors – including Americans – to be fully vaccinated at least three weeks in advance and apply for an updated pre-travel authorization at least seven days before their trip. On arrival, you need to present a copy of your negative PCR test (taken three to five days before travel). You must take a second PCR test on arrival, and then wait to be cleared from quarantine, pending the results.
Masks are required on vessels and in any place where it’s not possible to remain at least three feet from everyone else. The country is trying to encourage long-stay visitors during the pandemic with new visas including family and digital nomad visas, but it’s also possible to book short stays of five days or less.
Antigua and Barbuda
American visitors are welcome to come to these sun-soaked islands provided they have a negative PCR test (taken up to seven days before flying there). All arrivals must complete a health declaration form and wear a mask in all public areas. You also have to register with the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment by providing information here or by calling 1-268-462-2675. There is a ‘recommended’ quarantine period of 14 days and the health authority may require further PCR tests. It’s ‘recommended’ because if you test negative on the second test you may be released from quarantine. Or if you’re fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arrival, you won’t quarantine for any longer than 48 hours. There’s a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Straddled between Asia and Europe, this landlocked nation is allowing Americans to visit providing they have taken a PCR test within the past 72 hours or agree to take on one arrival ($40) then quarantine for up to 24 hours, until you get the results. If you’ve been vaccinated, you’re exempt from a PCR test but you do need to submit proof of vaccination 14 days before you travel there. Face masks are required on public transport.
These Dutch Caribbean islands are back open for business. Americans can visit Aruba’s sandy shores providing they complete an online immigration card and purchase Covid-19 health insurance before arrival. The immigration card must be submitted along with a negative PCR test, taken at least 72 hours before arrival. The tourist board made this handy video on their COVID-19 protocols.
A Travel Health Visa ($40-60) and negative PCR test (taken up to five days before arrival) is required for entry to these picture-perfect islands, which lie just a stone’s throw from Miami. But if you were fully vaccinated at least two weeks before your vacation, you won’t need to take a PCR test for entry. Visitors must present the confirmed Travel Health Visa (and PCR test result, if applicable) to airline crew before they board their flight and show it again on arrival to immigration officials. You’ll need to opt-in for Covid-19 travel insurance on your visa application, which has a $20 discount if you’re fully vaccinated. You also have to take a rapid antigen test on day five (if unvaccinated), but results come through within an hour. Face masks are required in public spaces and everyone must self-report their condition via a daily health questionnaire for up to 14 days, or for the duration of their stay if under two weeks. There’s a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew on many of the islands (starting earlier on some islands), and traveling inter-island requires an online health application (plus another PCR test if you’re unvaccinated).
This sovereign state in the Persian Gulf is offering Americans visas on arrival, but if you’re a non-vaccinated traveler you must take a PCR test with a QR code up to 48 hours before arrival. You will be required to complete a health questionnaire and download the BeAwareBahrain health app too. All arrivals then have to take a PCR test when they land in Bahrain, and another on day ten. If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll have to quarantine for 10 days, but there’s no requirement to quarantine if you’re fully vaccinated. If you were vaccinated in the USA and have an approved vaccination certificate, you’ll be given a proof of vaccination card for use within Bahrain.
Set on the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is among the more offbeat destinations on this list. The countrywide lockdown has been eased due to the Eid holidays, through July 23. Bangladesh requires all U.S. citizens (air travel bubble Group C) to present a negative PCR test from a government-authorized facility, taken up to 72 hours before arrival. On arrival you’ll need to fill in health information cards and there’s temperature screening at the airports. You then need to quarantine at your hotel for 14 days. Masks are required in public. Certain areas of the country are subject to localized restrictions – check with the Directorate General of Health Services.
Unvaccinated American visitors to this tropical paradise must complete a PCR test from an accredited facility up to 72 hours before arrival and online immigration forms 24 hours in advance. The test will be screened for validity on arrival, and you will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival too. You’ll need to quarantine at a designated holding hotel or approved villa for five days. During this time you’ll also have to report your temperature and give health updates daily to the public health team who will check in by call or text, so bring your own thermometer. You’ll also have to wear an electronic tracking bracelet. Another PCR test is required on day five, and if the result is negative again then your quarantine is over. However, if you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Barbados as long as you agree to take a PCR test on arrival – then you just quarantine at an approved hotel until the results come through. After that, there are no further tests. But everybody has to agree to abide by ‘Barbados House Rules’ which include mandatory masks in public.
From hand-crafted chocolates to ‘moules frites’, Belgium’s gastronomic delights are yours to discover once again. This land-locked enclave has just reopened to American leisure travelers, so you can visit Belgium provided you have a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight. You’ll also have to complete this Passenger Locator Form up to 48 hours before arrival. Based on the info you provide, the authorities will determine if you’re high risk or not. If you are, you’ll have to self-quarantine and take tests on days one and seven. Everyone has to wear a mask in public spaces.
Belize is framed by the Caribbean Sea on one side and dense jungle on the other. This lush Central American country is asking Americans to present a negative PCR test taken 96 hours prior to travel, or an antigen test taken 48 hours in advance. Alternatively, you can take a PCR test at the airport on arrival ($50). If you can present a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, you don’t need to take any tests to enter Belize. This must be full immunization, completed at least two weeks before arrival in Belize. Everyone has to book a ‘Gold Standard hotel’ in advance and show proof to immigration officials at the airport. Masks are mandatory in public. Tourists can move around freely but are recommended to stick to the Gold Standard amenities, sites and restaurants in the Tourism Safe Corridor.
The country that gave the world Bermuda shorts is also famed for its stunning pink sand beaches. This North Atlantic island requires travel authorization one to three days before arrival plus a negative COVID-19 test for all arrivals (vaccinated or unvaccinated). Your pre-arrival PCR test must be taken up to five days before travel. Then if you’re unvaccinated, you’ll need to quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel for 14 days then take a PCR test. If you’re vaccinated and your arrival PCR test is negative, you’ll be released from temporary quarantine within 24 hours of taking the test. The Bermuda Travel Authorization is $75. Masks are required in all public spaces.
This breathtaking Buddhist kingdom has always strictly limited the number of tourists allowed into the country under its ‘high value, low impact’ policy aimed at protecting its unique culture and environment. That means most nationalities wanting to visit have to apply for a visa in advance through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator and pay a daily fee of $200-250 if accepted. The Tourism Council of Bhutan tells us that Americans can still visit now using the normal system, but they must agree to 21 days of quarantine.
From the Andes and the Atacama Desert to the Amazon, Bolivia has a lot to offer adventure travelers. Currently, Americans can visit Bolivia if they provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight and have proof of health insurance covering COVID-19. You then have to quarantine for 10 days, with a PCR test on day seven. Masks are required everywhere in public and there’s health screening at the airports. As with most destinations, changes can be put into effect with no notice but you can keep an eye on things here.
You’re allowed to enter this Dutch Caribbean island as long as you comply with Bonaire’s entry requirements. It involves downloading a health declaration form before travel and then presenting it to immigration authorities on arrival. You also need two tests – a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before you travel and a negative rapid antigen test 24 hours before boarding. Alternatively, Bonaire accepts a negative NAAT test, taken up to 24 hours before departure.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Located on the Balkan peninsula, this southern European spot only requires Americans take a PCR test 72 hours before arrival, or proof of full vaccination at least two weeks prior to arrival or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the 14-180 days before arrival. Assuming you meet the requirements, you’re free to explore this history-rich nation with few restrictions, except for face masks in indoor and outdoor public places.
You’ve probably seen Botswana’s Kalahari Game Reserve in nature documentaries. The fossilized river valleys and epic grasslands populated by giraffes and cheetahs are iconic. If you’re hoping to go, you’ll need a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight and to take a rapid antigen test on arrival. Masks are required and there are some domestic travel restrictions. Permits are needed for travel between the nine geographical zones but tourism is regarded as essential travel for economic reasons, so these permits will usually be approved. In the capital, Gaborone, there’s a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. There are reports that travelers should expect inconsistent application of COVID rules and sudden unexplained changes in enforcement in Botswana, so please bear this in mind.
It’s worth noting that the State Department has slapped a ‘do not travel’ warning on Brazil right now due to high numbers of coronavirus cases. However, Brazil is still allowing U.S. passport holders to enter for stays of up to 90 days, providing they arrive by air. You’ll need to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival and fill in a Traveler’s Health Declaration, whereby you also agree to ‘sanitary measures’ (social distancing, hand-washing etc) during your trip. The form will be distributed prior to boarding or you can find it here. There is also health screening at the airports. Several states and local governments in Brazil have issued mask mandates and movement restrictions so check locally to avoid fines or possible arrest.
British Virgin Islands
All 60 of these glittering reef-lined islands and cays in this luxury Caribbean destination are open to Americans who agree to abide by its’ COVID-prevention program. Visitors need proof of travel insurance with comprehensive medical coverage and if you’re unvaccinated, you need a negative PCR test taken up to five days prior to arrival. You also need to apply for travel authorization and submit your PCR test results via the BVI Gateway App – more info here. On arrival, there’s another test, and you’ll have to activate a contact tracing app on your phone and put on a government-issued wristband monitoring device. For the first seven days you must quarantine at your hotel, then take a PCR test (using approved transportation to and from the testing site). If you’re still COVID-free when the results come back, you can go explore, providing you stay 6ft from others, wash your hands often and wear a mask during travel and at the airport. The PCR tests, wristband and app are provided at your own expense ($175). Arrivals by sea are subject to four days of quarantine plus PCR testing. If you’re fully vaccinated, you only need to take a test on arrival and quarantine until you receive the result. Or if you’re partially vaccinated, you only need to take a test on arrival and quarantine for the first four days, then take another PCR test.
Americans can visit this land of mountains, rivers and medieval villages once again. To enter, you need either proof of full vaccination, or evidence of recovering from COVID within the past six months, or a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arrival/negative antigen test up to 48 hours before arrival.
Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)
This collection of volcanic islands, bursting with Creole and African culture and surrounded by turquoise waters, is popular among European travelers but less well known by Americans. However, visitors from the U.S. are welcome to visit as long as they can show a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to travel. On arrival, your temperature will be taken and you’ll need to fill in a health questionnaire then wear a face mask in public while you’re there. For inter-island travel, you’ll need to fill out a Health Surveillance Survey.
Under its reopening plans, only limited categories of travelers can enter the Cayman Islands (such as for special events) and they need to be approved by Travel Cayman. But if you’re among the highest-earning digital nomads (or just working remotely this year, with a high salary), you’re one of the lucky few that can enter. The Global Citizen Concierge Scheme is aimed at long-stay travelers, who can remain there for up to two years. If you meet the criteria (which includes making at least $100,000 annually) and are approved, you can enter this tropical paradise with a negative PCR test from an accredited lab taken up to 72 hours before your flight. Then there’s a 14-day quarantine period, just to ensure you’re definitely not infected. If you’re fully vaccinated, there’s no need for a pre-arrival test and the quarantine is only five days. Masks are required at airports and on public transport. If you want to travel between islands there, you’ll need advance authorization and may have to take a PCR test too.
Famous for its coffee, rich culture and friendliness, Colombia is requiring visitors to fill out a form before departure and agree to contact tracing while in Colombia. All travelers are subject to health screening at the airports. Some cities have implemented curfews. Restrictions such as masks and social distancing vary greatly by city and department, click here for more details.
Americans wanting a taste of the slow life in Costa Rica must provide proof of health insurance covering COVID-19 with expenses of up to $50,000, plus $2,000 worth of coverage for coronavirus-related quarantine. The insurance requirements will be removed from August 1 for fully vaccinated travelers. Immigration officials in Costa Rica have discretionary powers to decide the duration of your stay and are currently limiting it to correspond to your insurance coverage dates. You need to fill in an online Health Pass 48 hours before you travel. Face masks are required. Find more details here.
Famed for its sparkling blue waters and dramatic filming locations from Game of Thrones, Croatia is accepting American visitors once again. You need to provide proof of having paid for your accommodation in advance.You also must present one of the following to qualify for entry: A PCR test taken 48 to 72 hours before your flight, or proof of full vaccination at least two weeks before your trip, or evidence of recent recovery from COVID-19 within the past 12-180 days. Alternatively, you can take a PCR or rapid test immediately upon arrival in Croatia, then self-isolate until you receive the results (or self-isolate for 10 days without a test). There’s a new Croatian website to help make processing at the border faster. Mask wearing is mandatory.
As long as you don’t stay in a government hotel, Americans can travel to this northern Caribbean spot. You’ll need to take a PCR test 72 hours or less in advance of your arrival. You will need to take another one on arrival then self-isolate for five days. There are some restrictions on interstate travel and you must have non-U.S. medical insurance, which is usually included in airline prices for flights originating from the U.S., according to the State Department. Masks are required.
Editor’s note: The U.S. State Department currently has Cuba at a Level 4 (Do Not Travel) warning level. There are ongoing protests throughout the country. Keep an eye on warning levels and the news to inform your decision to travel here.
If you want to visit Curaçao’s turquoise bays, you must complete an online immigration card, Health Department Passenger Locator Card, and purchase insurance. You also need to take a PCR test in the 72-hour window before you leave home. Then on the third day, if you’re from the U.S. and you haven’t been diagnosed with COVID-19 during the past six months, you’ll need to take an antigen test. More details available here.
If you want to visit this Mediterranean island nation, you’ll need to fill in a Flight Pass. If you’re unvaccinated you need to submit a negative PCR test result with this application, up to 72 hours before you travel, then take a $30 test on arrival and self-isolate until you have the result. If you’re fully vaccinated, there’s no requirement for any PCR tests or self-isolation, you just need to submit proof of your vaccination with the Flight Pass. Some vaccinated travelers will be randomly selected upon arrival for COVID-19 testing. There’s a curfew from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Many venues such as malls, churches, cinemas and tourist establishments are only allowing you to visit if you have a Safe Pass (a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, or are fully vaccinated, or recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months). Only police officers or health officials have a right to ask for this. Your Flight Pass counts as a Safe Pass. Face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor public areas.
Americans can once again wonder at Prague’s medieval astronomical clock and the other charms of this fascinating country. To enter, you’ll need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and take a PCR test up to 72 hours before departure, or an antigen test up to 24 hours before departure. KN95 or FFP2 face masks are required to enter shops, at the airport and on public transport including taxis.
From its viking heritage museums to Legoland (Lego is a Danish invention), Denmark has a huge array of attractions, activities and events for all ages. This Scandinavian country is allowing American travelers to visit once more. If you’re fully vaccinated at least two weeks before you travel to Denmark, you’re exempt from testing requirements. You just need to provide proof of your vaccination, but are recommended to print out and carry with you a copy of the Danish government’s guidelines as well, to demonstrate to airline staff you’re exempt. If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll have to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival or an antigen test up to 48 hours before arrival, and a rapid test on arrival.
Under the radar? Yes. Open to Americans? Also yes. Djibouti has picturesque beaches on the Gulf of Aden, amazing volcanic and mineral formations, salt lakes and world-class diving. This destination on the Horn of Africa requires travelers to obtain approval for an eVisa and take a PCR test up to 72 hours before departure (not more than 120 hours before arrival). All passengers take a minimally-invasive saliva test for COVID-19 on arrival ($30). If a high number of passengers on your flight test positive you may have to take a PR test too. Masks are required at airports and you must carry hand sanitizer with you during your trip and observe social distancing.
This sunny eastern Caribbean enclave is allowing Americans to visit provided they show a negative PCR test taken 24-72 hours prior to arrival and unvaccinated travelers must agree to a Rapid Diagnostic Test on arrival too. You’ll need to submit a health questionnaire online 24 hours before arrival. All visitors must also agree to scheduled and unscheduled health checks (by phone or in person) during their stay. If you’re unvaccinated you must quarantine at a COVID-certified hotel and take a PCR test on day five. If the test is negative the quarantine is over. But if you’re vaccinated, the quarantine period is just two days, with a PCR test to end it. Everyone has to wear a mask in public.
This tropical paradise requires all visitors to fill out an E-Ticket for entry and exit. Rapid tests are carried out randomly on 3-10 percent of arrivals and there may be temperature checks at airports. You must wear a mask in public places, and there is a curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m – it starts earlier in some areas. Amazingly, all arrivals get a free temporary health coverage plan, although medical care is limited so you’ll probably still need private insurance which covers medical evacuation.
This environmentally diverse nation slicing through the equator is open to all Americans who can present a negative PCR test taken up to 3 days before they fly or show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Alternatively, you can present medical documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (as long as it’s at least one month from the onset). You may also have to take another rapid test on arrival in Ecuador. There are special additional requirements if you’re heading to the Galapagos Islands. You need to take a second PCR test no more than 96 hours before you get to the Galapagos Islands. That’s unless you get there within 96 hours of arriving in Ecuador, in which case you can use the same one as you used to get into Ecuador. You also need a ‘salvoconducto’ (safe conduct) pass from your tour operator to enter Galapagos.
Whether you want to see the pyramids or go diving in the Red Sea, you’ll need to show a paper copy of a PCR test taken up to 96 hours before your arrival in Egypt if you’re traveling from the USA. The State Department has heard anecdotal reports of passengers with tests taken over 72 hours before boarding being turned away. There could be some confusion because most other countries are only given a 72-hour window. You also need to show proof of health insurance. If you’re traveling directly to the resort town of Sharm El Sheikh, you can fly without a PCR test, take one on arrival then quarantine at your hotel until the results come through. Masks must be worn in public.
If you want to explore the lush landscape, beaches and archaeology of El Salvador, you can, providing you can show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your outbound travel. Masks must be worn at all times and there’s health screening at the airports.
If you’re heading to this Central African nation for gorilla-spotting, volcanic islands or Spanish colonial architecture, you need a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of your flight out there. All arrivals are also given a Rapid Test and must quarantine for five days. On the fifth day, you take another PCR test ($200) and if it’s negative, the quarantine is over. Nightclubs and beaches are closed and there are some restrictions on inter-district travel, so check and plan before you go. Masks are required in public and there’s a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m in most areas.
You can once again explore the forests, lakes and castles of Estonia. The country is allowing unvaccinated Americans to visit if they fill in a Health Declaration Form 72 hours before entry. But there’s no need to fill in the form if you’re fully vaccinated or have a medical certificate showing you recovered from COVID-19. You’ll have to wear a mask in crowded public areas.
France was a hugely popular destination for American travelers before the pandemic hit, with the Eiffel Tower being on many people’s ultimate bucket list. The country has very recently reopened to fully vaccinated Americans without further entry requirements, but if you’re not fully vaccinated, you can still enter France as long as you have a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before arrival in France. Masks are only required indoors, on public transport and in crowded outdoor areas.
Located on the Atlantic coast of central Africa, Gabon has plenty to tempt adventurous travelers, from its beaches and fishing villages to the Crystal Mountains. You’ll need to take a PCR test up to five days before you fly and another on arrival ($36), then quarantine until you get the results. These test results allow you to move between cities in Gabon too. Masks are required in public. There’s a curfew in the capital, Libreville, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
With rich wildlife and golden beaches, The Gambia has been slowly growing in popularity among travelers from outside the region as a ‘new’ destination to explore. Americans can visit as long as they can provide a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before travel. You also have to take a second test on arrival. Masks are mandatory in public and you can see the latest updates here.
Whether you dreamed of checking out the Black Sea beaches, mountain villages or joining the growing digital nomad hubs, Georgia has opened its borders for visitors once again this year. Travelers of all nationalities can enter if they can present a COVID-19 vaccine certificate confirming they’ve received two full doses of the vaccine. Otherwise, you can fill in this application form and present a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before you fly there, then self-isolate until after you’ve taken another PCR test on day three (but vaccinated travelers don’t need to take any PCR tests for entry, nor during their stay). There’s a curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.Face masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces, in taxis and on other public transport.
Germany has the world’s largest number of American expats, and has been a popular vacation spot amongst Americans for decades. So it’ll come as a relief for many to hear Germany is back open to Americans again. If you’re unvaccinated (or cannot show evidence of having recovered from COVID-19), you’ll need a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival or a negative rapid antigen test taken 48 hours before entry. Medical grade masks such as N95s, KN95s and FFP-2s are required on public transport.
With forests, beaches, rich history and sustainable tourism, Ghana is a very diverse destination. Ghana is welcoming Americans with negative PCR tests taken up to 72 hours before arrival. On arrival, there’s a $150 COVID-19 test at the airport, which you have to pay for before departure here. (You have to present proof of this payment to the airline before you board). Tests come back within about 30 minutes and if negative, there’s no requirement to quarantine. Face masks are mandatory in public.
Greece is one of the first European Union countries to reopen to American tourists this year. From its ancient landmarks to glittering blue waters (and COVID-free islands), it’s the perfect respite after a challenging year. To enter, if you’re unvaccinated, you’ll need a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight. However, if you’re fully vaccinated at least two weeks before your vacay, you don’t need to take a PCR test (you just need to show proof of your vaccination). The same goes for anyone who recovered from COVID-19 in the past two to nine months (you can prove this with a medical certificate or positive PCR result taken during that period). You also have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form the day before arrival. On arrival, you may be randomly selected for additional mandatory health screening. There’s a curfew from 12.30am to 5am and face masks are required in all public areas.
If you want to visit the ‘Spice Isle’ you’ll need to apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and have confirmed accommodation before you fly. A PCR test taken up to three days before travel is also required, then you must quarantine for seven days at an approved location, taking a PCR test on day five. You must self-monitor and self-report for seven days after quarantine ends. If you’re vaccinated, the quarantine period is cut down to 48 hours, but you still need to take the two PCR tests (one before flying and one on arrival). Then you’re free to explore, providing you continue to monitor your health for symptoms and self-report for the next two days, follow social distancing protocols and wear a mask on public transport. There’s a curfew from midnight to 4 a.m.
These rainforests and ancient Mayan sites are yours to explore providing you show a negative PCR test on arrival. It has to have been taken 72 hours prior to arrival and you also must complete the Health Pass before you arrive. If you were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to travel, or recovered from COVID within the past three months, you can show medical documentation instead of taking a PCR test. Masks are required in all public areas.
While the country is still recovering from Hurricane Eta, Honduras is still keeping its borders open for tourists including American arrivals. You’ll need to complete this health declaration and bring a printed copy of it as well as show a negative PCR test on arrival. You don’t need to take a PCR test if you’re fully vaccinated but will need to show proof of your vaccination. Face masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing is mandatory. There are restrictions on inter-state travel. There is also a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Iceland is now allowing anybody who is fully vaccinated (or recently recovered from COVID-19) to explore this land of raw dramatic scenery. You need to fill in a pre-registration form before you travel and submit a negative PCR test along with it, taken up to 72 hours before your flight. Then you need to take another PCR test on arrival and a third on day five (free of charge), quarantining until you receive the results. If you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t need to quarantine. Click here for more information.
While you can still visit Ireland, the Irish Government is urging people only to go for essential purposes. All arrivals must present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival, fill in a Passenger Locator form, self-isolate for 14 days then take a PCR test on day five. If it’s negative you can leave quarantine. If you’re fully vaccinated, you still need to self-isolate, but if you have proof of recovery from COVID-19, you won’t need travel-related testing or quarantine. Facemasks must be worn on public transport and are recommended in any crowded outdoor areas too.
After a year of closure to Americans, Italy has reopened its borders. If you want to check out Italy’s historic towns, bucolic landscapes and COVID-free islands, you need to fill in a self-declaration form first. You will also need to take a molecular or rapid antigen test up to 72 hours before your arrival in Italy and self-isolate in your hotel for 10 days. After the tenth day, you’ll need to take another test to check you’re still COVID-negative. There are exemptions to this isolation rule for anybody who flew on a ‘COVID-tested’ flight, such as Delta’s routes from New York and Atlanta to Rome or Milan. These flights still require a negative PCR test (48 hours in advance), a self-declaration form, and a rapid test on arrival, but after that you’re free from the obligation to self-isolate. There may be some regional restrictions too, so check here in advance to make sure you don’t get caught out. Face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor public areas.
The tropical island of Jamaica is allowing American travelers in, but with certain restrictions. You’ll need to apply for travel authorization online 72 hours in advance, including a negative PCR test from an accredited lab taken up to three days before your departure date. Then you will have to stay at your hotel and within the ‘Resilient Corridor’ (which includes some tourist attractions) during your vacation. The tourist board has a very informative website explaining requirements. There’s a curfew and some restrictions on inter-state travel.
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of posing like Indiana Jones in front of the rock temple at Petra. Here’s the good news – it’s still possible. Americans must complete a health declaration form including a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before they leave home, then take a $46 PCR test on arrival. If you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t need to take one on arrival. You must also prove you have adequate health insurance. There’s a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. As with most places, masks and social distancing are required.
Most famous for its savanna safaris, this beautiful country is open to Americans who can present a negative PCR test taken up to 96 hours before arrival. If you go, your PCR test will need to be verified via the Trusted Travel initiative. You’ll have to apply for an e-visa before boarding your flight, and show your QR code to officials. There’s health screening at the airport, masks are mandatory in public, and there’s a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m (7 p.m. to 4 a.m. in some areas). There are also some restrictions on traveling between five counties.
This off-the-beaten track collection of central Pacific islands requires all American visitors to quarantine for 14 days in another country outside of the U.S. before they can enter, and entry is very restricted. It has to be a third country which isn’t on their restricted list (which is quite long and can be found here). But if you can do that, and also show medical clearance stating you’re free of COVID-19, then you’re good to go, as long as the authorities agree. Kiribati has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, so there are no additional restrictions.
If you’re visiting Kosovo, Kosovo doesn’t require a negative PCR for entry but some airlines do (or may cause delays if you don’t have one). However, if you do provide a negative PCR result taken up to 72 hours before travel, you won’t have to self-isolate for seven days when you arrive. Masks are required in public, with hefty fines and prison sentences for those caught violating the mandate.
This beautiful Baltic state, known for its wide beaches and quaint medieval towns, has reopened to Americans. You’ll have to fill in a health survey and take a COVID test up to 72 hours before arrival (unless you were vaccinated in Europe) then take another test on arrival at your own expense. Masks are required in public and on public transport.
Americans can visit if they fill in a health declaration form and show a negative PCR test taken up to 96 hours before their arrival. You must then take a PCR test on arrival and quarantine for up to 72 hours at a designated pre-paid hotel (until you receive a negative result). During this time you also have to use an app to demonstrate your compliance. Exemptions to testing are for anyone fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival, anyone who tested positive then recovered from COVID-19 more than 15 days before arrival or anyone with an IgG positive test showing significant antibodies against the virus. There are fines for anyone not wearing a mask in public and a curfew from 9.30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
You can now explore the lush Alpine landscapes, castles and villages of Liechtenstein if you’re fully vaccinated, or can show evidence of having recently recovered from COVID-19. If you’re unvaccinated, you can go, too, but you’ll have to fill in any entry form, and take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival. Masks must be worn on trams, trains, buses, mountain cable cars and on boats on the lakes/rivers.
You can discover the beaches, dunes, forests and lakes of Lithuania now it’s back open again to American visitors. You can enter as long as you’re fully vaccinated, you’ll just have to fill in this health questionnaire first. Masks are required in enclosed public spaces like museums and on public transport.
This small verdant European country has reopened to Americans. If you’re unvaccinated, you have to take a NAAT test up to 72 hours before your flight, or a rapid test up to 48 hours before boarding. Masks must be worn on public transport and in retail stores but not supermarkets or shopping malls.
These Indian Ocean islands are still a popular destination for luxury travelers. The tropical archipelago is open to U.S. passport holders. You can visit without taking a PCR test if you already had the COVID shot and are fully vaccinated. If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll need to present a negative PCR test taken up to 96 hours before arrival. Some resorts may require one or more PCR tests to be taken during your stay. The resorts doing this normally allow guests to be mask-free after the additional tests. Each resort is on a private island of its own (separated from the general public) which means they’re all in their own ‘safety bubbles’. But each of the 130-plus resorts have a slightly different position on masks. However, masks are universally required during transit and at airports. There’s health screening at the airports too. Guesthouses are open again but for these non-resort islands where the local community lives there’s exit screening if you want to move to another inhabited island and you need to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before departure. The latest updates are here and here.
From the cliffs of Cabo San Lucas to the sun-kissed shorelines of the Mexican Caribbean, Mexico is still open to its American neighbors. There’s health screening at airports but when it comes to rules on masks and curfews, they are highly regionalized. Some states, such as Quintana Roo (known for the tourist playgrounds of Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen), are enforcing mask wearing in public, limiting how many people can enter shops and installing hand sanitizer stations. Details state by state are available on this page. Unfortunately, infections are on the rise and the government is poised to take ‘extraordinary’ measures to curb the virus spread, so be prepared for sudden changes.
This young Eastern European country has emerged from the former USSR as a respected producer of excellent wines at inexpensive prices, but there’s much more to it than just its sprawling wineries; including historic towns, parks and cultural tours. Moldova is allowing American travelers to enter, as long as you have taken a PCR test up to 72 hours before your arrival. If you recently had COVID-19, you won’t need a PCR test but you will need a medical discharge form to prove it. Everyone has to wear a mask in all public spaces.
Lapped by the sparkling Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is one of the less well-known southern European retreats. American travelers can now enter without a test. Face masks must be worn in all crowded public areas. There are also restrictions on inter-city travel including a total ban at weekends.
Known by visitors for its surfing and souks, Morocco is a country that’s been luring adventure travelers for decades. Americans can visit once again, as long as they have a confirmed hotel reservation before they arrive. You’ll need to present a printed copy of this at check-in and when you get to Morocco, along with PCR test results (taken up to 72 hours prior to your arrival or proof of full vaccination). You also need to complete a health declaration form and will be subject to health screening at the airports. There is a nationwide curfew from 11 p.m. to 4.30 a.m. and some restrictions on domestic travel. Masks are mandatory on public transport and in all public spaces.
You can still see Mozambique’s blissful beaches and coral islands, it’s just currently a little harder to get to than before. Visas are available once again on arrival at the airport, providing you have a return ticket and a hotel booking. (However, some arrivals have been turned away so it’s less risky to get a visa in advance from the Mozambican Embassy in Washington D.C.) You’ll need to present a negative PCR test on arrival, taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Masks or face shields are required. There’s a curfew but hours vary by area.
All visitors to this spectacular southwest African nation will have to show a negative PCR test or antigen test taken within seven days of travel. Airports are conducting health screenings and masks are mandatory in public. There is a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and alcohol can only be purchased up until 8 p.m. to consume on site at bars, casinos etc. No alcohol is for sale on Sundays and public holidays.
The Netherlands has just reopened to Americans. Although Tulip Season has been and gone, there’s still plenty to explore, from Amsterdam’s bars to the country’s iconic windmills. You’ll need to complete a health declaration, but since the U.S. is currently on the Netherlands’ ‘safe list’, you won’t need to take a PCR test or self-isolate. You’ll have to wear a face mask on public transport and social distance on boats.
This beautiful country, noted for its lakes, volcanoes and beaches, is less-touristy than its neighbor, Costa Rica. A negative PCR test and/or serology test is required for entry to Nicaragua. There is health screening at the airports and people are encouraged to wear masks, but very few other restrictions are in place presently.
Tucked away just north of Greece, New Macedonia is a landlocked enclave that’s allowing American tourists to enter with no health restrictions or testing requirements. There’s health screening at the airport and you’ll have to wear a face mask in public and stay 6ft away from people in accordance with the country’s social distancing requirements.
The Panama Canal is a sight to behold, and if you can present a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before you fly you’ll be allowed into Panama to see it. Alternatively, you can take one on arrival for $50. There are also random tests on some arriving passengers. All visitors must sign a sworn affidavit regarding their health, then will receive a QR code to show to immigration officers on arrival. If you were fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arrival, and have a negative PCR test (taken 48 hours before arrival and registered in the IATA Travel Pass App), you won’t be subject to random testing at the airport. There’s a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m in many areas and some additional travel restrictions in several regions of Panama. Everyone must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth in public or they’re subject to a fine or detention.
The ‘heart of South America’ is welcoming all nationalities including Americans as long as you fill in a health card 24 hours before travel and can show a PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight. You’ll need to print out the health form, which contains a QR code that will be scanned before you board and again when you get off the plane. However, you’re exempt from testing if you had COVID-19 within the past 14-90 days and can prove it with medical documents. Everyone needs to show proof of a travel insurance policy that covers COVID-19. Masks are required in public and there’s a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.
This fascinating country is allowing American visitors in if you can present a negative PCR test, antigen test or a medical certificate epidemiological discharge conducted within 72 hours of departure and fill in a health declaration form first. When you arrive you may need to quarantine for up to 14 days but if you take an antigen test on day one and it’s negative, you won’t have to stay in quarantine. Masks must be worn in public but there’s a curfew in most regions which corresponds with the infection rate, so check locally. Face shields are required in addition to masks when traveling interstate.
As long as you’re arriving by air from the United States, rather than entering overland from another country, you can visit Poland. This fascinating and affordable destination (where you can even sleep in a castle for $52 a night) doesn’t require tourists to take a PCR test for entry. But you will need to wear a cloth or surgical mask in public (other types of masks or face shields aren’t permitted).
From the turquoise coves of the Algarve to the emerald hills of Alentejo, Portugal is open again to American travelers. Here are the provisos. You’ll need a negative PCR test for entry, taken within 72 hours of your departure, or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding. There’s more information here. Madeira and the Azores have additional requirements. You’ll have to complete a health questionnaire 72 hours before arrival in the Azores and take another COVID test on the sixth day in the archipelago. You’ll also have to show a negative test taken within the past 72 hours, or proof of recovery from COVID-19, or take a test on arrival and self-quarantine until you receive the results if you want to travel between islands in the Azores. If you’re heading to Madeira, you’ll need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight, or proof of full vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. There’s also a health form to fill in 12-48 hours before your arrival. There are curfews in various areas (more info here) and face masks are mandatory in public and on public transport.
Perhaps it’s best known for the gory tale of Vlad the Impaler and Bran Castle, but Romania also has lots of charming villages, ancient churches and rolling hills to discover. The country has reopened to Americans who can present a negative PCR test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19. Otherwise, you may still be admitted but you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days (if the airline lets you board). Masks covering the nose and mouth are required in public and on public transport.
If you want to visit this beautiful country you’ll have to comply with quite a lot of conditions. You’ll need to take a RT-PCR test up to 72 hours before you fly there, then send a copy of it along with your online passenger locator form to Immigration. Upon arrival, you must show a print-out of your PCR test to immigration officials. There’s mandatory COVID-testing at the airport ($60, at your own expense) and you’ll have to quarantine for 24 hours at a designated transit hotel. There are some restrictions on inter-state travel. There’s a 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in certain areas.
Also known as St. Barts, you can visit the white sands of this French-speaking Caribbean island if you’re fully vaccinated and have taken a PCR test 72 hours before arrival or a rapid antigen test 48 hours before arrival. Some unvaccinated Americans can enter if they agree to quarantine for seven days, followed by another PCR test for their release from quarantine. Everyone needs to sign a statement confirming they have had no COVID-19 symptoms and aren’t aware of being in contact with an infected person over the preceding two weeks. Face masks are required in all enclosed public spaces and on public transport including taxis.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
If you’re heading to these stunning islands you must now be fully vaccinated. The next step for approval is to submit a travel form before you depart and download the SKN COVID-19 mobile tracing app, which you’ll need to use for 14 days. You’ll need to submit via the travel form proof of vaccination along with a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight from an approved lab. Quarantine is required at approved hotels for nine days, but you can move around the hotel, interact with guests and take part in hotel activities. If you’re staying longer than that, then on day nine you have to take a PCR test ($150) and if negative, you’ll be able to book select excursions going outside of the hotel. On day 14, you pay for another $100 PCR test but then you’re free to roam everywhere, providing you wear a mask in public. There’s a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Americans are welcome to come to this beautiful island if they fill in two special forms and present a PCR test taken up to five days before they travel. Bring print-outs of the test results, auto-response email and travel authorization letter. Travelers from outside the CARICOM Bubble must stay at an approved hotel for the duration of their stay, unless they’re transferring to another approved hotel or taking part in hotel activities. After 14 days of quarantine at their hotel they’re free to explore. Protocols are the same if you’re vaccinated, except you have ‘expanded access’ to the island. Face masks are required in public and there’s a curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
As with many of the other Caribbean islands open to U.S. travelers right now, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines requires you to complete a pre-arrival form and take a PCR test. This must be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. You’ll need to prove you have a reservation at an approved quarantine hotel, and may have to take another PCR test on arrival, then will have to quarantine at an approved hotel for 14 days, where you’ll be re-tested for COVID-19 between day four and day seven. If you’re fully vaccinated, you still must take a PCR test 72 hours before your arrival, then will be retested on arrival, but your hotel quarantine will only last 48 hours rather than 14 days.
São Tomé and Príncipe
This lush tropical African island nation is paradise for hikers and beach-lovers. Americans can currently enter with a PCR test taken up to five days before departure. There’s another PCR test required on arrival ($37), you’ll need to self-quarantine until you get the results, and everybody must wear a mask in public areas. Clubs are closed and there’s a curfew in the capital from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. On Príncipe there are now restrictions including a curfew from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. To travel between Príncipe and São Tomé you need to submit a COVID-19 rapid test within 24 hours of departure.
From diverse wildlife parks to its shimmering beaches, Senegal has a lot to offer and is a model for stability in the region. Many English-speaking tourists aren’t so familiar with this destination but French travelers have been going for years. Americans are able to visit if they can provide a negative PCR test on arrival taken at an approved laboratory no more than five days prior. You’ll have to complete a passenger location form and wear a mask in public.
This is another country in the Balkans that’s accepting American visitors, providing you’ve taken a PCR test or antigen test up to 48 hours before you travel. During your visit you’ll have to wear a mask indoors and outdoors. Bars and restaurants with outdoor areas are operating with health and safety restrictions.
This beautiful tropical island paradise is welcoming any traveler of any nationality (including Americans) who’ve had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as well as unvaccinated travelers from selected countries (but the list does include the U.S.). You have to apply here and submit a certificate from your national health authority confirming you’ve had both doses, if that applies to you. Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, you’ll also need to submit a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before travel, answer some health questions and wait for approval. When you’re in the island nation, you’ll need to wear a mask in public. There’s a curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin (Dutch/French)
Whether you’re going to the French-side or the Dutch-side of this popular Caribbean destination, you’ll need to complete an online immigration card and present a FDA-approved rapid antigen test or a negative PCR test, taken up to 120 hours before your flight. This includes antigen tests with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) but excludes home tests.In addition, you’ll have to sign a statement saying you have no coronavirus symptoms and haven’t been in contact with anyone who had COVID-19 within 14 days of your flight. You also have to monitor your temperature and look out for symptoms for 14 days. The French side requires a seven day self-quarantine with a PCR test at the end of it. Health insurance is another requirement for entry to both sides – the St Maarten Protection Plan covers any COVID-related costs for travelers if they test positive while on the island. Masks are required in public and there are temperature scans and officials watching for people who might be displaying coronavirus symptoms at the airport. The tourist board posts updates here (Dutch side) and here (French side).
This land of fairytale scenery has more castles than any other country in the world. If you’re going, you’ll need to be aware that there are different rules depending on whether you’re fully vaccinated or not. Fully vaccinated Americans (or those who recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days) won’t be required to quarantine or take PCR tests, but will be required to carry proof of vaccination with them. Slovakia, like many nations, has its own definition of fully-vaccinated and partially-vaccinated travelers – more info here. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers will have to quarantine for 14 days in Slovakia. They must apply for a PCR test (free) on their fifth day in the country, but if the result is negative then quarantine can end early. Through August 2, partially vaccinated travelers can take the PCR test any time after arrival. Currently, all Americans have to enter Slovakia via another country in the Schengen Zone, whatever your vaccination status, and must apply in advance for entry to Slovakia here.
Famed for its ski resorts and lakes, Slovenia is welcoming American visitors once again. If you’re fully vaccinated or have proof of recent recovery from COVID-19 you’ll be permitted to enter Slovenia. Face masks are required in public and on public transport.
South Africa reopened its borders late in November to everyone, and Americans can visit providing you can show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight. However, this one might be better saved as a ‘dream now, travel later’ destination – restrictions could change fast due to concerns over a new coronavirus strain here. If you haven’t taken a PCR test, you can stay in quarantine at your own expense. There is health screening at the airport and all arrivals are asked to download a health app. The curfew is from midnight to 4 a.m. Face masks are required in public.
To visit South Korea, Americans must take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival then quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities at their own expense ($100-150 per night). There’s health screening at the airports and you may have to take a PCR test on arrival. You also won’t be able to take any domestic flights until the 14-day quarantine period is over. All visitors are required to download a health app and respond to questions daily. Face masks covering both your nose and mouth are compulsory in public places and there are hefty fines for non-compliance with health protection requirements like breaking quarantine or refusing to take a PCR test.
Vaccinated American travelers are now allowed to visit the land of paella and pueblos once more. You’ll need to sign up on the Spain Travel Health Portal to obtain a QR code for entry. On the site, you also need to submit your vaccination certificate showing you were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before you plan to arrive in Spain (with an approved vaccine). Unvaccinated Americans cannot enter unless they meet very specific requirements or have special permission from the government of Spain.
This large tropical island of jungles, mountains, tea plantations and temples has reopened to the world. Under its new safety protocols, you’ll need to apply for a visa online first via the new app. During the process, you need to submit a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight, and prepay for two PCR tests ($40 each) that you’ll take on arrival and between days five and seven during your stay. If you’re staying over seven days you’ll also need to buy a third one too. However, if you’re fully vaccinated, you only need to quarantine for a day. You need to opt in for COVID-19 insurance cover ($12) which has you covered for a month or you can snap up this mandatory policy when you book your hotel or flight.
Next up – hotels! Sri Lanka now has a list of approved ‘Safe and Secure’ hotels which you must choose from. There’s no mandatory minimum stay, the people dealing with your application just need to see a booking of up to 14 days (although you can stay longer). Once you’ve applied and been approved, you take a negative PCR test from an accredited lab within 96 hours of your flight. This is submitted along with a Health Declaration Form before you board, on board or on arrival.
While you’re in Sri Lanka, you can switch from your hotel to another ‘Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel’ (traveling in a ‘bio-security bubble) and visit up to 14 approved sites. After 14 days (if you tested negative the whole time) you’re able to leave and mix with the community.
Sweden has just reopened its doors to American visitors. If you want to admire Stockholm’s bridges and waterways (or even visit the ABBA Museum), you’ll have to take a PCR test up to 48 hours before arrival in Sweden. Sweden doesn’t require face masks but expects people to behave responsibly and social distance. Masks are only encouraged during rush hour or in other crowded environments.
The turquoise lakes and soaring mountains of Switzerland are once again open to Americans to explore. That is, as long as you’re fully vaccinated, or have proof of recovery from COVID-19, or can present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of entry. You’ll have to wear a mask on public transport, including cable cars and boats.
Famed for its national parks and the glittering tropical islands of Zanzibar, tourism is still important business for Tanzania. All arrivals will need to take an RT-PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival. At least 24 hours before you fly, you need to fill in the online Health Surveillance Form. You’ll then receive a Unique Health Code which you submit to Immigration upon arrival. There’s health screening at the airports and everyone must take a $25 Rapid Test before heading to their accommodation. Face mask requirements may vary by city and region but be prepared to use one.
The ‘Land of Smiles’ has reopened to travelers of all nationalities, including Americans, although it’s worth considering that COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Thailand.Thailand is requiring visitors to apply here for entry (even if you’re a traveler from a visa-exempt country like the U.S.A.) This one-stop portal is where you apply for a Certificate of Entry (approvals take three days), then you must book an Alternative State Quarantine (including luxury hotels) through the same portal within 15 days of visa approval. For this, you also need to upload a scan of your passport and your travel insurance policy (which must cover COVID-19, minimum coverage of $100,000 USD). This part takes three days to process and you can check progress online.
You then get a Certificate of Entry which you’ll need to print out then show to airline and immigration officials along with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours and a Fit to Travel medical certificate. There’s a PCR test on arrival and face masks are compulsory in public. Quarantine is for 14 days but Thailand is perfect for long-stay travelers and digital nomads.
Trinidad and Tobago
The borders of these colorful tropical islands have just reopened to all travelers who are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure from the U.S.A. with a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll need to apply 72 in advance of arrival for a TT Travel Pass and take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival. There’s a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and masks are compulsory in public.
Tunisia is a country of breathtaking desert scenery where the original Star Wars was filmed. You need to present a PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight and agree to quarantine at selected hotels – a hotel reservation is a condition of entry too. After seven days you’re free to leave quarantine. Some arrivals may be asked to take a rapid test. Face masks are mandatory in public. There’s a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5.a.m.
The bridge between East and West has been a travel hub for millennia and isn’t showing any signs of changing now. If you’re paying a visit, you must have filled in this form and taken a PCR test up to 72 hours before your flight, or a rapid test 48 hours before your flight . You can submit documents showing you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival instead, if that applies to you. There’s health screening at the airports and symptomatic arrivals may be transported to a hospital for further checks. You’ll be asked to fill in an information form and if anyone on your flight is found to have COVID-19, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days. Masks are required on public transport.
Turks and Caicos
Americans can visit these pretty coral islands as long as they obtain pre-authorization. That involves submitting a negative PCR test from an accredited lab via the country’s special web portal (it has to be taken up to five days before travel) as well as a health questionnaire. You need travel insurance from an approved insurer. On arrival, there are health checks like temperature screening at the airport. Some visitors may be required to undergo another PCR test or a blood sample. Masks are required in public and there’s a curfew (hours vary by island).
From chimpanzees and gorillas to rare birds and hippos, Uganda is a nature-lover’s heaven. The East African destination is encouraging only vaccinated Americans to visit, and you’ll be required to take precautions including getting a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before departure. The test must come from a US government-accredited lab. You’ll need to present the test to your airline to receive confirmation of your booking. On arrival, everyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) has to take another PCR test ($65) then will be transported to a holding area around five miles from the airport to await the results. If you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t have to get this test. Masks are required in public and there is a curfew from 7 p.m. to 5.30 a.m.
Known for its Orthodox churches and Black Sea coastline, Ukraine is still welcoming tourists. Anyone coming from America must take a PCR test up to 72 hours before you arrive or have proof of full vaccination. You do need to demonstrate you have adequate travel insurance and wearing a face mask that covers both your nose and mouth is mandatory in public spaces.
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Americans can get visas on arrival in the UAE if they present a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel, although some airlines have a cut-off period of 72 hours. Many arrivals are also being tested when they land in the UAE. You need to demonstrate you have health insurance and while quarantine requirements vary by emirate, be prepared to quarantine for 10 days, with follow-up PCR tests. If you’re arriving in Dubai, there’s no quarantine, unless you’re asked to take a PCR test on arrival. But those visiting Abu Dhabi from the US are required to have taken a PCR test no more than 48 hours before arrival, must wear a GPS bracelet for 10 days then take PCR tests on days four and eight. Everyone is required to wear a mask in public across the UAE.
You can put Buckingham Palace, the Cotswolds and Edinburgh Castle back on your bucket list now the U.K. is reopening, as long as you don’t mind quarantining for a bit. If you’re heading across the pond, you’ll need to take a PCR test up to three days before you fly to the UK, plus sign a passenger attestation stating you received a negative result. If you’re planning on visiting any of the countries within the U.K (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales), you’ll have to self-isolate for 10 days and take two PCR tests on days two and eight during your stay. All visitors must also provide their contact details and itinerary before they travel and there’s a huge fine for self-isolation violations (over $1,300). With over half the population partially or fully vaccinated, movement restrictions are easing up. But masks are still encouraged (and in some cases, required) in indoor spaces, crowded areas and on public transport.
If you’ve always wanted to see the Silk Road, you can currently still visit Uzbekistan. Americans must apply for a visa and take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival. Entertainment and cultural facilities are only open for tourists. Masks are required.
Bordering Zimbabwe, this land of rugged terrain and safari areas was pretty popular among tourists until the pandemic hit. Americans must present a negative PCR test, taken up to 72 hours before your journey. There’s health screening including thermo-scanners at the airports and a health/itinerary questionnaire to complete. Americans arriving in Zambia are required to quarantine for 14 days, during which time there’s further testing ($100-150) and health monitoring. Masks are required in public.
Omissions: War-torn countries and those with extremely high risk of violent crime against tourists have been excluded from this list. Countries allowing only U.S. medical personnel, diplomats, work permit holders, or those only giving exemptions for family emergencies have also been excluded.
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