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Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?

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If you’re fully vaccinated and ready to take an international vacation, 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 antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) test result (taken within one day of your flight) in order to board any aircraft returning to the U.S. from overseas. (Alternatively, you can show proof of recovery 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 

Albania

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 if they are fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months, can show a negative PCR test result (taken within 72 hours), or have a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours. 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.  

Anguilla

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

Fully vaccinated American visitors are welcome to come to these sun-soaked islands provided they have a negative PCR test (taken up to four days before flying there), or a rapid antigen test taken up to three days before their flight. All arrivals must complete a health declaration form and wear a mask in all public areas. Visitors can only visit COVID-certified businesses such as restaurants and tour operators. There’s a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

Armenia

Straddled between Asia and Europe, this landlocked nation is allowing unvaccinated 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.

Aruba

These Dutch Caribbean islands are back open for business. Americans can visit Aruba’s sandy shores providing you can show digitally verifiable QR-Code proof of Covid-19 booster vaccination, or take a PCR test up to 72 hours before travel, or an antigen test one day before your flight.. However, if you already had COVID-19 in the past 10 days to 12 weeks, you’re exempt from testing. Everyone must also complete the SMART Health Card and purchase Covid-19 health insurance before arrival. 

Australia

The Land Down Under finally reopened to the world on February 21, 2020. If you want to visit, you need to be fully vaccinated and must complete a Digital Passenger Declaration seven days to 72 hours before travel. You also need a PCR test 72 hours or an antigen test 24 hours before your flight departs for Australia. In addition, you need a visa as per normal.

Austria

Fully-vaccinated and boosted American travelers aged 12 and over, and anyone who recovered from COVID within the past 90 days are now allowed to visit Austria’s glorious mountains and lakes, with no quarantine. Vaccinated visitors who haven’t had the booster yet can also visit but must take a PCR test and complete pre-travel registration. Unvaccinated travelers with negative PCR tests (taken 72 hours in advance) can also visit, but if that applies to you, then you’ll be subject to a stay at home order which only permits you to go out for essential activities such as grocery shopping and exercise.Restrictions have been lifted for anyone who is fully vaccinated but there’s a midnight curfew and there are still some provincial restrictions. Face masks are required indoors.

The Bahamas

A Travel Health Visa ($40-60) and negative COVID test (taken up to three days before arrival) is required for entry to these picture-perfect islands, which lie just a stone’s throw from Miami. Visitors must present the confirmed Travel Health Visa (and test result) 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, 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 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on many of the islands, and traveling inter-island requires an online health application (plus another COVID test if you’re unvaccinated). 

Bahrain

This sovereign state in the Persian Gulf is offering Americans visas on arrival. You will be required to complete a health questionnaire and download the BeAwareBahrain health app too.  Masks are still required in public. 

Bangladesh

Set on the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is among the more offbeat destinations on this list. Bangladesh requires all U.S. citizens to present a negative PCR test from a government-authorized facility, taken up to 48 hours before arrival. On arrival you’ll need to fill in health information cards and there’s temperature screening at the airports. If you’re unvaccinated, 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. 

Barbados

American visitors to this tropical paradise must complete either a PCR test from an accredited facility up to 72 hours before arrival or a rapid test a day before arrival, as well as online immigration forms 24 hours in advance. All arrivals are monitored for seven days.If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll need to quarantine at a designated holding hotel or approved villa for five days. During the first five days, all arrivals have to report their 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. A PCR test is required on day five for unvaccinated visitors, 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. There’s a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.

Belgium 

From hand-crafted chocolates to ‘moules frites’, Belgium’s gastronomic delights are yours to discover once again, as long as you’re fully vaccinated. Everyone has to wear a mask in public spaces.

Belize

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 48 hours prior to travel. Alternatively, you can take a PCR test at the airport on arrival ($50). 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. There’s a curfew from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m, except in certain tourist areas, where it begins at 9 p.m.

Bermuda

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, who must be fully vaccinated. Your pre-arrival PCR test must be taken up to four days before travel. Masks are required in all public spaces. 

Bhutan

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.

Bolivia

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. Unvaccinated travelers must also take a PCR test on day three and quarantine until they receive the results. 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.

Bonaire

You’re allowed to enter this Dutch Caribbean island as long as you comply with Bonaire’s entry requirements. It involves submitting a health declaration form 12-2448 hours before departure. You also need a negative PCR test taken up to 48 hours before you travel (or a negative rapid antigen test 24 hours before arrival). On arrival, you need to take a self-test. If you’re unvaccinated, you then need to quarantine for five days.  Five days after arrival, everyone (vaccinated and unvaccinated) has to take a PCR test.

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 10 days prior to arrival or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the 10-90 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. 

Botswana 

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 to be fully vaccinated or show a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight then agree to vaccination 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. 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. 

Brazil

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 fully vaccinated U.S. passport holders to enter for stays of up to 90 days, providing they arrive by air. You’ll need to take an antigen test up to 24 hours before arrival or 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 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 if you’re unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated – more info here. When approved, you have to book quarantine accommodation – four days if partially vaccinated and seven days if unvaccinated. Then you take another test to be released. If you’re fully vaccinated, and can present a PCR or antigen test taken 48 hours before arrival, you won’t need to be tested on arrival and won’t need to quarantine.   

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 or a rapid test 48 hours before 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 and show proof of vaccination/recovery/PCR test, as per the international entry requirements. 

Cayman Islands

Fully vaccinated travelers can now visit the Cayman Islands, and if you want to extend your stay, check out the  Global Citizen Concierge Scheme, which is aimed at long-stay travelers, who can remain there for up to two years. ou can enter this tropical paradise with a negative PCR or antigen test from an accredited lab taken up to 24 hours before your flight. It has to be submitted via the Travel Cayman portal, along with your proof of vaccination. The important caveat to remember is that you must now be travelling from a country with a vaccination uptake rate higher than 60% for the first dose of the vaccine. 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. 

Chile

This long strip of land between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean recently featured in Ewan McGregor’s motorcycle travelogue, Long Way Up. If that whet your appetite to visit, and you’re fully vaccinated, you’re in luck because Chile is allowing American visitors in — with a few conditions of course. You’ll have to fill in a Mobility Pass at least four weeks before you visit Chile, confirming you’re fully vaccinated, and an affidavit 48 hours before boarding your flight there, too. You also need to show a PCR test on arrival taken up to 72 hours in advance (the clock starts ticking when it’s taken, not when you get the results) and show proof of $30,000 insurance covering COVID-19. There’s a five day quarantine, and you have to report your health condition daily to the health ministry for up to 14 days. However, if you’ve had your booster, just add it to your Mobility Pass then you’ll be exempt from on-arrival testing and quarantine. Masks are mandatory in all public areas.

Colombia

Famous for its coffee, rich culture and friendliness, Colombia is still welcoming visitors but requiring them to be fully vaccinated. You will also need to fill out a contact form and if you’ve only had one dose of a two-dose vaccine you’ll need to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival. 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.

Costa Rica

Unvaccinated 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 have been removed 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.

Croatia

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 72 hours before your flight, or an antigen test taken up to 48 hours before you travel, or proof of full vaccination not older than 365 days and not administered sooner than 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. 

Cuba

As long as you don’t stay in a government hotel, Americans can travel to this northern Caribbean spot. You’ll need to be fully vaccinated, have a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure, and will have to sign a declaration about your vaccination status here.  Also, 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. 

Curaçao

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 48-hour window before you leave home. Carry a printed copy of the results with you on your journey. Then on your third day in Curaçao, 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. There’s a curfew from midnight to 4.30 a.m.

Cyprus

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 48hours before you travel, then take a $30 test on arrival and self-isolate until you have the result. If you’re fully vaccinated, you need to submit proof of your vaccination with the Flight Pass, but don’t need a PCR test. 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.

Czech Republic

Fully-vaccinated 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 if you haven’t had the booster, you’ll need to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before departure. If the second dose of your shot was over nine months ago, the government won’t consider you to be fully vaccinated and you’ll be refused entry to the country. KN95 or FFP2 face masks are required to enter shops, at the airport and on public transport including taxis.

Denmark

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 vaccinated American travelers to visit. If you’re unvaccinated, you can now visit, too, but you need a PCR or antigen test before you fly plus a test 24 hours after arrival and then have to quarantine for 10 days. If your test on the fourth day is negative, quarantine is over.. You now also have to show proof of vaccination or a recent PCR test to enter most cultural venues and restaurants.

Djibouti

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 be fully vaccinated and 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. 

Dominica

This sunny eastern Caribbean enclave is allowing Americans to visit provided they show a negative PCR test taken 24-72 hours prior to arrival. You need to submit a health questionnaire online 24 hours before arrival and all visitors must also agree to scheduled and unscheduled health checks (by phone or in person) during their stay. Everyone must pre-book rapid test which you then take on arrival, and if you’re unvaccinated you have to quarantine at a COVID-certified hotel for five-seven days, taking a PCR test on day five. If the test is negative the quarantine is over. Everyone has  to wear a mask in public. 

Dominican Republic

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 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.

Ecuador

This environmentally diverse nation slicing through the equator is open to all Americans who can present either a negative PCR test taken up to 3 days before they fly or 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) along with a negative PCR result. 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 72 hours before you get to the Galapagos Islands or proof of full vaccination. That’s unless you get there within 72 hours of arriving in Ecuador, in which case you can use the same credentials you used to get into Ecuador. You also need a ‘salvoconducto’ (safe conduct) pass from the government (ask your tour operator) to enter Galapagos.  

Egypt

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 with a QR code 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.

El Salvador

If you want to explore the lush landscape, beaches and archaeology of El Salvador, you can, with no further entry requirements. Masks must be worn at all times and there’s health screening at the airports. 

Equatorial Guinea

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 must quarantine for three days. On the third 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 midnight to 6 a.m in most areas.

Estonia 

You can once again explore the forests, lakes and castles of Estonia. The country is allowing vaccinated Americans to visit if they fill in a Health Declaration Form 72 hours before entry You will also be allowed in if you have a medical certificate showing you recovered from COVID-19. You’ll have to wear a mask in crowded public areas and will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result for indoor events such as going to the theater.

Fiji

This archipelago of 300 paradisical islands has reopened at last. You must be fully vaccinated and you’ll need to take an antigen test no more than 24 hours before your day of departure for Fiji, or show evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 90 days. You also have to take an antigen test 24 hours after arrival in Fiji. In addition, you need to show proof of insurance covering COVID, at least three nights of prepaid accommodation at a Care Fiji Commitment-certified hotel, prepaid airport transfers, participate in Safe Fiji activities and download Fiji’s contract tracing app.

Finland

The official home of Santa Claus and ‘The Happiest Country in the World’ has opened its doors to allow fully vaccinated American travelers to visit. All you need is a negative PCR or antigen test, taken up to 48 hours before arrival. There’s no quarantine or curfew, although masks are required on public transport and the government recommends their use in public spaces too.

France

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 is open to fully vaccinated and boosted Americans. You have to sign a statement attesting that you don’t have any COVID-19 sysmptoms and haven’t been in contact with anyone with the virus. Masks are only required indoors, on public transport and in crowded outdoor areas. If you’re traveling long-distance within France by air, train or car, you may be required to show your Vaccine Pass. Lots of tourist attractions, all restaurants and many other businesses now require a Vaccine Pass for entry, too. The Vaccine Pass is a COVID certificate which you can apply for in the US if you present your vaccination certificate to an approved pharmacy and pay the fee (up to 36 Euros)- click here for info.

French Polynesia

If you want to check out these romantic islands adored by honeymooners, you’ll need to show a negative PCR test taken within 24 hours of your departure to Polynesia, or take an antigen test 24 hours before your flight, then another on arrival. You also need to fill in a health declaration form with details of your itinerary. 

Gabon

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 72 hours before you fly and another on arrival ($36), then if you’re unvaccinated you’ll need to 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, unless you’re vaccinated.

The Gambia

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.  

Georgia

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 and again on day three (but vaccinated travelers don’t need to take any PCR tests for entry, nor during their stay). Face masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces, in taxis and on other public transport. You now need proof of vaccination or a recent PCR test to enter most venues including restaurants and museums.

Germany

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 fully vaccinated, you just need to fill in this form on entry and include your proof of vaccination.  Unvaccinated travelers are unlikely to be allowed into Germany, unless you can prove you have a strong reason for visiting, such as a job offer. Medical grade masks such as N95s, KN95s and FFP-2s are required on public transport.

Ghana

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

Greece was 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, you need to be  fully vaccinated at least two weeks before your vacay or have 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. Face masks are required in all public areas.

Grenada

If you want to visit the ‘Spice Isle’ you’ll need to fill out a Health Declaration Form and be fully vaccinated before you fly. A PCR test taken up to three days before travel is also required, or a rapid antigen test a day before you travel. Then you’re free to explore, providing you follow social distancing protocols and wear a mask on public transport.

Guatemala

These rainforests and ancient Mayan sites are yours to explore providing you are fully vaccinated and 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.. Masks are required in all public areas. 

Honduras

While the country is still recovering from multiple hurricanes, 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 taken up to 72 hours before 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 – anyone fully vaccinated can stay out but must bring their proof of vaccination with them.

Hungary

As long as you enter by air, you’re allowed to enter Hungary and explore its beautiful towns, palaces, natural spas, the famous Danube, and the charming but less well-known lakes. You’ll need to take a PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Masks are encouraged and a mask mandate could be on the horizon.

Iceland

Iceland is now allowing anybody to explore this land of raw dramatic scenery. All COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted in Iceland, including COVID entry protocols.

Ireland

All unvaccinated arrivals to The Emerald Isle must present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival, but if you’re fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, there’s no need. Then everyone must fill in a Passenger Locator form before travel. Face masks must be worn on public transport and are recommended in any crowded outdoor areas too.  

Italy

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 need to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before your arrival in Italy or an antigen test 24 hours before arrival and if you’re unvaccinated or don’t have proof of recovery from COVID, you will also have to self-isolate in your hotel for five days. After the tenth day, you’ll need to take another test to check you’re still COVID-negative. If you’re fully vaccinated, you’re exempt from the self-isolation requirements.  There may be some regional restrictions too, so check here in advance to make sure you don’t get caught out. A Green Pass is required for access to indoor restaurants and many tourist attractions and other businesses. Your vaccination certificate can be used to obtain a Green Pass, or a PCR test taken within 48 hours of entering the venue – more information is here. Face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor public areas.

Jamaica

The tropical island of Jamaica is allowing American travelers in, but with certain restrictions. You’ll need to apply for travel authorization online seven days in advance, including a negative PCR or antigen 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.

Jordan

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 and  a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before you leave home, then also take a $46 PCR test on arrival.  You must also prove you have adequate health insurance. As with most places, masks and social distancing are required. 

Kenya

Most famous for its savanna safaris, this beautiful country is open to fully vaccinated Americans who can present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 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, and masks are mandatory in public. There are also some restrictions on traveling between five counties. 

Kosovo

If you’re visiting Kosovo, you need to be fully vaccinated, or you need to show you have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine plus a negative PCR result taken up to48 hours before travel,or one dose of the vaccine plus proof of recovery within the past 22-180 days. Masks are required in public, with hefty fines and prison sentences for those caught violating the mandate. There’s a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.

Kuwait

Fully vaccinated Americans can now visit Kuwait’s cities and sand dunes. Before you travel, you’ll need to register on this platform and download an app. You’ll also need to take a PCR test up to 72 hours before you begin your journey to Kuwait.Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces.

Latvia 

This beautiful Baltic state, known for its wide beaches and quaint medieval towns, has reopened to vaccinated Americans. You’ll have to fill in a health survey. You will also have to show proof of vaccination to enter most venues and businesses. Masks are required in public and on public transport.

Lebanon

Americans can visit if they fill in a new health pass first, and you’ll also have to show a negative PCR test (ideally with a QR code) taken up to 48 hours before arrival if you’re unvaccinated. However, if you’ve been fully vaccinated for more than six months, you are exempt from testing. Everyone has to  take a $30 prepaid PCR test on arrival as well.There are fines for anyone not wearing a mask in public. 

Lichtenstein

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. A PCR test is required for entry – it must be taken up to 72 hours before your flight. A second test is required four-seven days after arrival. Masks must be worn on trams, trains, buses, mountain cable cars and on boats on the lakes/rivers.   

Lithuania

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.

Luxembourg

You can enter this tiny forested country if you’re fully vaccinated, or recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months, or can present a negative PCR result taken up to 72 hours before your flight. Masks are required on public transport and in shops, and many venues require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry.

The Maldives

These Indian Ocean islands are still a popular destination for luxury travelers. The tropical archipelago is open to U.S. passport holders. You’ll need to fill in a Traveller Health Declaration 24 hours before arrival and 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 to fully vaccinated visitors but if you’re switching between guesthouse you’ll need another PCR test 72 hours before you move. If you’re unvaccinated, you may be allowed to stay at a guesthouse under certain conditions. . The latest updates are here and here.

Malta

This Mediterranean island is allowing fully vaccinated and boosted Americans to enter if your vaccination card is verified via the VeriFLY app. You also have to complete a Passenger Locator Form. Masks must be worn in all public areas.

Mauritius

Travelers from the U.S.A are welcome to visit this idyllic island nation famed for its beaches. All arrivals must show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure, have proof of insurance covering COVID-19 and have proof of an accommodation booking at a COVID-19 safe resort. You also have to take a test on arrival. If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll have to stay in a quarantine hotel for 14 days take a PCR test on arrival, and another two tests after seven days and after 14 days. There’s health screening at the airport too and everybody must wear a mask in public. 

Mexico

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, so be prepared for sudden changes.  

Moldova 

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 unvaccinated American travelers to enter, as long as you have taken a PCR test up to 72 hours before your arrival. If you are fully vaccinated or recently had COVID-19, you won’t need a PCR test but you will need to prove it. Everyone has to wear a mask in all public spaces.

Montenegro

Lapped by the sparkling Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is one of the less well-known southern European retreats. American travelers can enter if they are fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 in the preceding 14-90 days or can present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arrival/antigen test up to 48 hours before arrival.. Face masks must be worn in all crowded public areas. There are also restrictions on inter-city travel including a total ban at weekends.

Morocco

Known by visitors for its surfing and souks, Morocco is a country that’s been luring adventure travelers for decades. You are allowed in as long as you’re fully vaccinated, with proof of vaccination, plus a PCR test taken up to 48 hours before your flight. You also need to complete a health declaration form and will be subject to a rapid test upon arrival. You now need proof of vaccination to enter most venues, including hotels, cafes, hammans and grocery stores. There might also be a random PCR test after arrival, too. Masks are mandatory on public transport and in all public spaces. 

Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the countries affected by the Omicron variant, so the State Department is advising against travel there. Technically, you can still see Mozambique’s blissful beaches and coral islands, but flights may be disrupted and it may be better to go at a later date. 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 one day before departure. Masks or face shields are required. There’s a curfew but hours vary by area.

Namibia

Anyone going to this spectacular southwest African nation will have to show a negative PCR test or antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel. They must be certificates from providers that are part of the Trusted Travel platform or verified by the Global Haven system. Airports are conducting health screenings and masks are mandatory in public.. 

Netherlands

With tulip season coming up, you’re allowed to visit the Netherlands. . You’ll need to complete a health declaration, take a PCR test up to 48 hours before your flight or an antigen test 24 hours before your flight, and show your proof of vaccination. If you haven’t had your booster shot, you’ll have to self isolate for up to 10 days but if you take a test on day five it can be shortened.During your trip, you will also have to wear a face mask in public areas and social distance on boats.

Nicaragua

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, it has to be taken up to 72 hours before your flight. There is health screening at the airports and people are encouraged to wear masks, but very few other restrictions are in place presently.

North Macedonia

Tucked away just north of Greece, New Macedonia is a landlocked enclave that’s allowing American tourists to enter with either proof of vaccination, proof of recovery within the previous 45 days, a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to travel, or negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel. 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. 

Norway

The land of fjords re-opened to Americans at the end of November. All COVID restrictions have now been lifted, so the only entry requirements for Americans are the standard immigration procedures that were established long before the pandemic (Schengen rules). 

Oman

Arabian Sea beaches, watersports, desert sand dunes and souks are just some of the highlights of the sultanate, which is open to fully vaccinated visitors. If you’re itching to explore, first you have to buy travel insurance, download the Tarassud+ app, fill in the health forms and pre-pay for a PCR test. You’ll also have to book an approved hotel here. Then you’ll need to take a PCR test in your home country up to 72-96 hours before your flight and to carry a copy with you to show airline staff and immigration officials. Masks must be worn in public.

Panama

The Panama Canal is a sight to behold, and if you are fully vaccinated and boosted you can enter Panama with no testing or quarantine requirements. If you haven’t had the booster or you’re unvaccinated but can present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before you fly you’ll be allowed into Panama. Alternatively, you can take one on arrival for $50, but either way, unvaccinated visitors have to quarantine for 72 hours. All visitors must sign a sworn affidavit regarding their health, then will receive a QR code to show to immigration officers on arrival.  Everyone must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth in public or they’re subject to a fine or detention.

Paraguay

The ‘heart of South America’ is welcoming all nationalities including Americans as long as you are fully vaccinated, and can show a PCR test taken within 48 hours of your flight or a rapid test 24 hours before your flight. You’ll need to fill in a health form 24 hours after arrival and take another PCR test on day five. 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. 

Peru

This fascinating country is allowing American visitors in if you can present either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test conducted within 48 hours of departure. You also have to fill in a health declaration form. Double face masks must be worn in public and  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.  

Poland 

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) requires everyone to take a PCR or antigen test up to 24 hours before their flight.. But if you’re unvaccinated you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days (or until you take a PCR test on day seven). Everyone has to wear a cloth or surgical mask in public (other types of masks or face shields aren’t permitted).

Portugal 

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 need proof of vaccination plus a negative PCR test for entry, taken within 72 hours of your departure, or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding. Also, you’ll have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form.There’s more information here.  Face masks are mandatory in public and on public transport. 

Romania

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 but if you don’t have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19 you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days (if the airline lets you board). The quarantine period might be cut down to 10 days if you take a PCR test on day eight. Masks covering the nose and mouth are required in public and on public transport. There’s a curfew from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. 

Rwanda

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 midnight to 4 a.m. curfew in certain areas.

Saint Barthelemy

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. 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. There’s a curfew from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Saint Lucia

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 who aren’t fully vaccinated 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. Face masks are required in public and there’s a curfew from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m, Monday to Friday, from 4 p.m. on Saturday, and all day Sunday until 4am on Monday morning.

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. If you’re unvaccinated you also have to 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, but there are no further requirements, other than everyone wearing a mask in public spaces.. 

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 72 hours before departure. There’s another PCR test required on arrival ($37), and if you’re unvaccinated you’ll need to self-quarantine at an approved hotel for 24 hours until you get two sets of negative results, and everybody must wear a mask in public areas. Clubs are closed and there’s a curfew in the capital from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m, everywhere, unless you’re vaccinated. In Príncipe it begins earlier, at 5 p.m. To travel between Príncipe and São Tomé you need to submit a COVID-19 rapid test within 24 hours of departure. 

Senegal

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, or show proof of vaccination. You’ll have to complete a passenger location form and wear a mask in public. 

 Serbia

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. If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months, there’s no need for a PCR test. 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.

Seychelles

This beautiful tropical island paradise is welcoming any traveler of any nationality (including Americans). You have to apply here and submit a certificate from your national health authority confirming you’ve had both vaccine 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, buy travel insurance covering COVID-19, 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 and health card first. If you’re fully-vaccinated and have also received your booster shot, you won’t need to provide a COVID-19 test. For those fully vaccinated but haven’t had their booster, a PCR test within 48 hours or an antigen test within 24 hrs of arrival to the island is required. For unvaccinated travelers, a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival to St. Maarten is required. 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). There’s a curfew from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Slovakia

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 entry 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 enter the Schengen Zone via a third country that permits entry of unvaccinated travelers, then quarantine for 10 days in Slovakia. They can apply for a PCR test (free) on their fifth day in the country, but if the result is negative then quarantine can end early. 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. The country is currently under a nationwide lockdown.N95, KN95, and FFP2 makes are required in all indoor public spaces.   

Slovenia

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, and they must be N95, FFP2 or surgical quality masks.

South Africa

Americans can still visit South Africa, 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 due to high COVID-19 rates. 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. Face masks are required in public.

South Korea

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.

Spain

Fully vaccinated American travelers are allowed to visit the land of paella and pueblos, as long as the last dose was 14-270 days prior to arrival or you’ve had the booster shot. You’ll need to sign up on the Spain Travel Health Portal to obtain a QR code for entry and you must not enter any other countries on route to Spain (other than transiting inside foreign airports). 

 Sri Lanka 

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, if you’re unvaccinated, 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, no tests are required. Unvaccinated visitors also  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. The people dealing with your application need to see a booking of 8 days if you’re unvaccinated. 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. There’s a curfew 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Sweden

Sweden has 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 show proof of vaccination plus a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before, or if you’re unvaccinated; just a PCR test taken 72 hours before, or proof of recovery in the last six months. 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.  

Switzerland

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 in the past 270 days, have taken a PCR test at least 72 hours before arrival (or antigen test 24 hours before arrival), and have completed this entry form. You’ll have to wear a mask on public transport, including cable cars and boats. 

Tanzania  

Famed for its national parks and the glittering tropical islands of Zanzibar, tourism is still an important business for Tanzania. All arrivals will need to take an RT-PCR test up to 96 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 $10 Rapid Test before heading to their accommodation. Face mask requirements may vary by city and region but be prepared to use one.

Thailand

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.  Face masks are compulsory in public. Quarantine is for 10 days but if you’re fully vaccinated, quarantine is only seven days long.

Trinidad and Tobago

The borders of these colorful tropical islands have 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 hours in advance of arrival for a TT Travel Pass and take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival. Masks are compulsory in public.

Tunisia

Tunisia is a country of breathtaking desert scenery where the original Star Wars was filmed. There are no restrictions for vaccinated travelers who can show proof of vaccination. If you are unvaccinated you need to present a PCR test (with QR code) taken within 48 hours of your flight or an antigen test with QR code taken 24 hours before your flight to be able to enter  Face masks are mandatory in public. 

Turkey

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 if you’re unvaccinated you need to take a PCR test up to 72 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 are fully vaccinated and 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 three 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).

Uganda 

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, unvaccinated  visitors have to take another PCR test ($65) then will be transported to a holding area around five miles from the airport to await the results. Masks are required in public and there is a curfew from 7 p.m. to 5.30 a.m. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Americans can get visas on arrival in the UAE if they present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel 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, unless you’re fully vaccinated. 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.

United Kingdom

You can put Buckingham Palace, the Cotswolds and Edinburgh Castle back on your bucket list now the U.K. is open again. If you’re heading across the pond, and you’re unvaccinated, you’ll need to take a PCR or lateral flow test  up to 48 hours before you fly to the UK, plus sign a passenger attestation stating you received a negative result. You’ll also have to self-isolate for 10 days and take two PCR tests on days two and eight during your stay. These tests have to be booked before you travel. But if you’re fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines from the UK’s approved list, you won’t need to self-isolate or take any post-arrival tests. All visitors must also provide their contact details and itinerary on a PLF before they travel and there’s a huge fine for self-isolation violations (over $1,300). Masks are recommended and often required in most indoor spaces and on public transport.

Uzbekistan

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.

Zambia

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. 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.

FAQs: Where Can Americans Travel Right Now? 

What countries are open to vaccinated travelers? 

Each country has its own rules regarding entry requirements for vaccinated travelers. We update this list every week using State Department and tourist board data to verify every country’s most up-to-date entry requirements for vaccinated American travelers. 

Currently, the majority of countries use nationality or country of residence rather than vaccination status as a condition of entry; pre-arrival testing is often required, instead. However, a growing number of countries, including most of those in the European Union, are requiring visitors to be fully vaccinated in order to enter. Being a fully-vaccinated visitor often means no quarantine or a shortened quarantine period, too. 

We anticipate the number of countries only open to vaccinated travelers will continue to grow, and will keep you updated here.

Do I need a COVID test to return to the U.S. after international travel?

Yes, currently all Americans returning by air to the U.S. aged two or older are required to present a negative COVID-19 test before they can board their flight, unless they have documents showing they recently recovered from COVID-19. 

The test must be taken within one day (not 24 hours) of boarding your flight to the U.S. This means you can take the test any time during the day before your travel day. See below for details on the types of test accepted by the U.S.

If you recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you can present a positive COVID-19 viral test plus a letter from a licensed healthcare provider stating you have been cleared to travel instead of a COVID test. 

You can view the CDC and Department of Health Order, as well as the attestation, here.

What type of test do I need to re-enter the U.S.?

To return to the U.S. you have to take a COVID-19 viral test no more than one calendar day before travel. It must be an antigen test or a PCR test. This Order applies to everyone aged two and above. 

Home tests are not accepted unless they are supervised via a telehealth video call with someone authorized by the test provider to observe the testing. The provider must be approved either by the CDC (in which case you can take the testing kit with you on your trip and do a video call) or by the health authority of the country you’re visiting. 

With such a tight turnaround (one day), it may be advisable to get an antigen test rather than a PCR test, unless the PCR test results are guaranteed to be delivered fast, as it often takes 24 hours or more for the results to come through from many PCR tests.

In addition, if you’re traveling with anyone who isn’t an American or Legal Permanent Resident of the U.S., they will need to be fully vaccinated to enter the U.S.   

Where can I get a COVID test for international travel?

If you’re departing from the U.S. for a foreign country and need a COVID test for travel, there are a number of options. Every U.S. state has COVID testing sites, although the quantity and availability varies greatly state to state. These testing sites are generally free or low-cost, even if you are uninsured. You can find one near you here. Just make sure you have the right test for the right country (PCR, antigen etc). Most countries don’t accept home tests.

Many pharmacies and retailers also offer COVID tests for international travel, including CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens, Walmart in partnership with Quest Diagnostics and some independent pharmacies. Private labs such as Quest Diagnostics also have many pop-up testing sites around the country.

Do you need a COVID test to travel internationally? 

Almost all of the countries that Americans are currently allowed to travel to require some form of COVID test as a condition of entry. Check the guidelines under the specific destination in the article above to see details. All these requirements are subject to sudden change. 

Which COVID test is required for international travel?

It depends upon which country you are going to. Every country has different requirements, and most destinations stipulate which kind of COVID test you need and the exact timeframe in which you have to get it in. We have listed them all in the article above. 

Don’t forget to check whether the window of time for testing runs until your flight’s departure time, or the time of arrival at your destination. Many airports offer testing, in case you have a problem at the last minute.

Does my health insurance cover international travel?

Whether your health insurance covers international travel or not depends upon your individual plan. Call your health insurer to see if they will cover emergency healthcare abroad. 

You may also want to check if they cover pre-existing conditions overseas. Another important question is whether you’ll have to pay out of pocket then apply for a refund if you need emergency medical treatment outside of the U.S. (this is the case for many health insurance companies).

If you aren’t covered, you can easily find affordable travel insurance online from a variety of providers. If you’re skiing, scuba diving or doing other adventure sports such as whitewater rafting, make sure the travel insurance policy you pick covers the activities you’ll be doing, as some travel insurance policies exclude extreme sports, or charge more for coverage of them. 

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