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Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?

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With the seventh most powerful passport in the world, Americans are used to the privilege of access to almost any country on demand. Before the pandemic, Americans could travel to 185 of the world’s 195 countries visa-free, or with a visa on arrival. But due to the high coronavirus rates in the U.S., dozens of destinations (including the European Union) have deemed the U.S. ‘high risk’ and closed their doors to Americans. So what countries can Americans visit right now?

Some countries have slowly begun to re-accept U.S. passport holders, providing they agree to specific regulations such as PCR testing for COVID-19 or mandatory quarantines. You’ll also now need to show a negative PCR test result (taken up to three days before your flight) from January 26 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.) The situation is still in flux and each country has different requirements. All the changes have left many travelers confused about which countries Americans can visit now. 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 without a PCR test but masks are mandatory and there is a curfew from 10 p.m. -6 a.m. However, a number of airlines have cancelled or reduced their flights to and from Albania recently. 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 successfully keeping its coronavirus rates low by requiring all visitors – including Americans – to apply for pre-travel authorization then, on arrival, present a negative PCR test (taken three to five days before they travel). You must take a second PCR test on arrival, a third on day 10 or 14 and one more on departure. Masks are required on vessels and in any place where it’s not possible to remain at least three feet from everyone else. U.S. residents must quarantine in a government-approved facility for 14 days.

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. The curfew is from 11 p.m to 5 a.m until March 31.

Armenia

 

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. Arrivals testing negative are exempt from quarantine. Face masks are required in public spaces.

Aruba

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. An alternative option is taking a PCR test on arrival then self-isolating at your hotel until you get the results. There’s a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The tourist board made this handy video on their COVID-19 protocols.

The Bahamas

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. Visitors must present the confirmed Travel Health Visa and PCR 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. 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 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on many of the islands and traveling inter-island requires an online health application and possibly another PCR test too. 

Bahrain

This sovereign state in the Persian Gulf is offering Americans visas on arrival, but you must take a PCR test at your own expense ($53) upon landing. You will be required to complete a health questionnaire and will have to take a second PCR test on day 10, also at your own expense.

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 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 or other accommodation 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 a PCR test from an accredited facility up to 72 hours before arrival and online immigration forms 24 hours in advance. The U.S. is still deemed a ‘high-risk country’ by Barbados, so you’ll need to quarantine at a designated holding hotel or approved villa for seven 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. Masks are required at the airport and there’s a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until January 31.

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 take a rapid test on arrival in Belize ($50). You’re also asked to download the Belize Health app and complete the questionnaire, (which includes booking a ‘Gold Standard hotel’ in advance) then take a screenshot of your QR code/ID to show immigration officials at the airport. Masks are mandatory in public. There’s a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Bermuda

The country that gave the world Bermuda shorts is also famed for its stunning pink sand beaches. This North Atlantic island requires a negative COVID-19 test for all arrivals. It must be taken up to five days before travel. Then you’ll need to take a second PCR test on arrival and quarantine until you receive a negative result (usually within 24 hours). For the first 14 days you also need to wear a $30 ‘Traveler Wristband’ (pretty strict repercussions for removal). Further tests are required on days four, eight, and 14. Alternatively, you’re allowed to avoid all the testing and the wristband by legally agreeing to quarantine for 14 days. All arrivals need a Bermuda Travel Authorization ($75) and to report their temperature twice daily online (so bring your own thermometer). Masks are required in all public spaces. You also must take a taxi (not public transport) from the airport and give the driver your contact details for contact tracing purposes. Indoor bars and nightclubs are closed and there’s a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.

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 10 days of their flight. 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 only allowed to enter this Dutch Caribbean island after transiting through Curaçao (since direct flights from the U.S.A are now cancelled). That’s as long as you also comply with Curaçao’s entry requirements (see Curaçao, below). It involves downloading a health declaration form before travel and then presenting 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 four hours before boarding. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Located on the Balkan peninsula, this southern European spot only requires Americans take a PCR test 48 hours before arrival. Assuming it’s negative, you’re free to explore this history-rich nation with few restrictions, except for face masks in indoor and outdoor public places and an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.   

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 a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight. 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 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. through January 31. 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 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. There is also health screening at the airports. Several states and local governments in Brazil have issued mask mandates so check locally to avoid fines or possible arrest.

British Virgin Islands

All 60 of these glittering reef-lined islands and cays reopened during the first week of December after nine months of closure. While its borders were shut, the government of this luxury Caribbean destination devised a very extensive 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 here. On arrival, there’s a second PCR 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 four days you must quarantine at your hotel, then take a third PCR test on day four (using approved transportation to and from the testing site). If you’re still COVID-free, you can go explore, providing you stay 6ft from others, wash your hands often and wear a mask during travel and at the airport. Only the main airport is open currently. 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.   

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. If you’re departing from the island of Fogo, Maio, São Vicente, or Santo Antão, you’ll need another PCR test up to 72 hours prior to travel. There are currently restrictions on São Vicente which affect restaurants, beach access and public gatherings due to an uptick in localized COVID cases. 

Cayman Islands

Under the first stage of 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. 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 you’re in luck because Chile is allowing American visitors in — with a few conditions of course. You’ll need to complete an affidavit within 48 hours before you leave for Chile. 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 insurance covering COVID-19. There’s a seven to 10 day quarantine, which ends after you take another PCR test on day seven (results may take a while to come through), and you have to report your health condition daily to the health ministry. You also need to apply for a ‘health passport’ to travel around within Chile (it’s only allowed in certain regions, depending on their COVID-19 infection rates).There’s a 10p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew (more restrictive in some areas) and masks are mandatory in all urban areas.

Colombia

Famous for its coffee, rich culture and friendliness, Colombia is requiring visitors to take a PCR test up to 96 hours before flying there. Alternatively, if you sign a document claiming you were unable to get tested within that time frame, you can take one on arrival then quarantine for as long as the country’s health department instructs (up to 14 days).  You also must fill out a form before departure and agree to contact tracing while in Colombia. All travelers are subject to health screening at the airports. Restrictions such as masks and social distancing vary greatly by city and department, click here for more details.

Costa Rica

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. 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. Until January 31, beaches are only open from 5.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find more details here.

Cuba

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. On day five there’s a second PCR test, but if it’s negative you’re free to look around, as long as you wear a mask. 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. 

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 72-hour window before you leave home. There’s a curfew from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. More details available here.

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 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. 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 providing they show a negative PCR test taken 24-72 hours prior to arrival and 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. You also must quarantine at a COVID-certified hotel and take a PCR test on day five. If the test is negative the quarantine is over. You also need to wear a mask in public.

Dominican Republic

This tropical paradise requires all visitors to fill out an E-Ticket for entry and exit. Until then, you need to fill in a health declaration form to attest to not having had any symptoms within the past 72 hours and provide details of where you’ll be staying for the next 30 days. 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 nationwide curfew from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m during the week and from midnight to 5 a.m. on weekends. 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 a negative PCR test taken up to 10 days before they fly. Alternatively, you can take a PCR test on arrival at your own expense but then quarantine in an approved hotel or lodging until you get a negative result. 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. There’s a curfew in some areas; hours vary by province or municipality.

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 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 and there are some restrictions on inter-city and inter-state travel.

El Salvador

If you want to explore the lush landscape, beaches and archaeology of El Salvador, you can, providing you can show 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. There are also some restrictions on domestic travel.   

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. If you don’t have one you can take a $200 PCR test on arrival but the downside is you then must quarantine in a government hotel at your own cost. Your passport may be withheld from you during that period. (But that doesn’t apply if you sorted your PCR test before you left.) All arrivals are also given a Rapid Test. 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.

French Polynesia

To check out these romantic islands adored by honeymooners, you’ll need to show a negative PCR test taken within the past few days before you arrive. You also need to fill in a health declaration form with details of your itinerary. On day four you’ll have to take another PCR test and agree that for the duration of your vacation you’ll abide by the nation’s rules on masks and social distancing. There’s now also a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m curfew.

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 five days before you fly and another on arrival. These test results allow you to move between cities in Gabon too. Masks are required in public. There’s a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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. Due to the new strain of coronavirus being detected in the US, you now also have to take a second PCR test on arrival.Masks are mandatory in public and you can see the latest updates here.  

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.

Grenada

If you want to visit the ‘Spice Isle’ you’ll need to apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate before you fly. A PCR test taken up to three days before travel is also required, then you must quarantine for four days at an approved location. Grenada is only allowing visitors booking at least seven nights to stay there. On the fifth day of your stay you must take another PCR test ($150) and if you get the green light within 48 hours then you’re free to explore, providing you continue to monitor your health for symptoms, follow social distancing protocols and wear a mask on public transport.

Guatemala

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 96 hours prior to arrival and you also must complete the Health Pass before you arrive. Masks are required in all public areas.

Haiti

The Dominican Republic’s next-door neighbor is still allowing visitors from the U.S. to enter. You’ll be asked to fill out a health declaration form with contact details at your hotel and will be subject to health screening at the airport. Masks are required in public and you may get a check-in from an official at the Ministry of Health during your stay. 

Honduras

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. Face masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing is mandatory. There are restrictions on inter-state travel so a permit to move around is required. There is also a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Ireland

While you can still visit Ireland, the Irish Government is urging people only to go for essential purposes and the country is now in full lockdown. This means nobody can travel more than 5 miles from their residence, shopping is only allowed for essential items and bars, cafes and restaurants are closed (food can only be ordered to go). 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, and agree to restricting movement. Face masks must be worn on public transport and are recommended in any crowded outdoor areas too.  

Jamaica

The tropical island of Jamaica is allowing American travelers in, but with certain restrictions. You’ll need to apply for travel authorization online in advance, including a negative PCR test from an accredited lab taken up to 10 days before your departure date. Then you will have to quarantine for up to 14 days at a selected hotel upon arrival. 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 including a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before they leave home, then take a $46 PCR test on arrival. They must also prove they have adequate health insurance and install the country’s COVID-19 tracing app. There’s a weekly curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. As with most places, masks and social distancing are required. 

Kenya

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. The test must have been digitally verified through the Trusted Travel Initiative and PanaBios System. You’ll have to apply for an e-visa before boarding your flight. 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. Before you depart from Kenya, you’ll also need to get another PCR test from an authorized lab and will be issued a Trusted Travel code you then have to present to the airline and immigration authorities. 

Kiribati

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. 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. Kiribati has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, so there are no additional restrictions.

Kosovo

While Kosovo hasn’t blocked Americans from vacationing there, both Kosovo and the U.S. State Department are urging Americans not to visit. If you do, you’ll have to present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arrival or self-isolate for seven days. There’s a curfew from 9.30 p.m. to 5 a.m in Pristina and other high-risk municipalities and some restrictions on domestic travel. Masks are required in public, with hefty fines and prison sentences for those caught violating the mandate.

Lebanon

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 another PCR test within 72 hours ($50) and quarantine for up to 72 hours at a designated pre-paid hotel (until you receive a negative result). You then self-isolate for a week and take another PCR test at the end of it. There are fines for anyone not wearing a mask in public. The curfew hours can change rapidly but it’s currently 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Malawi

This land of diverse landscapes and wildlife this is a great destination for nature-loving adventurers. Malawi is accepting all visitors who can present a negative PCR test taken up to 10 days before arrival. Just before you land, or at the airport, you’ll be given a Travel Surveillance Form to fill in. Despite its somewhat austere title, it’s just another health/contact tracing form that you’ll need to hand over to health officials at the airport. You may also be tested on arrival at your own expense (results within 24 hours). As long as the results are negative, you then only need to self-monitor for COVID symptoms for the next 14 days. During this time, health officials might check up on you and you’ll need to wear a mask in public for the duration of your stay.

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 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.

Mauritius

Long-stay travelers from the U.S.A are welcome to visit this idyllic island nation famed for its beaches. Arrivals must agree to a 14-day quarantine at an approved hotel or resort. You also must show a negative PCR test on arrival and will be subject to further PCR tests during your vacation. 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 and the government is poised to take ‘extraordinary’ measures to curb the virus spread, so be prepared for sudden changes. 

Montenegro

Lapped by the sparkling Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is one of the less well-known southern European retreats. American travelers no longer have to take a PCR test to enter Montenegro. There’s a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and all cafes, bars and restaurants close at 8 p.m. Face masks must be worn in all public areas.

Mozambique

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 earlier. Masks or face shields are required.

Namibia

All visitors to this spectacular southwest African nation will have to show a negative PCR test taken within seven days of travel. Airports are conducting health screenings and masks are mandatory in public. There is a curfew from 9 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. 

Nauru

This tiny island in Micronesia is staying on top of the pandemic so far, with no known COVID-19 cases. Americans can visit provided they haven’t transited in China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Italy or Iran within 21 days prior to arrival, or had any involvement with an infected cruise ship. All arrivals must complete a health declaration card and are subject to health screening at the airport. 

New Caledonia

These stunning tropical islands are open to Americans willing to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in a hotel designated by the government. You also need to complete a health declaration. There are updates in French here (just copy and paste it through Google Translate if you don’t speak the language).

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. 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 tourists to enter with no 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. Bars, cafes and restaurants stop serving customers at 9 p.m.

Oman

Arabian Sea beaches, watersports, desert sand dunes and souks are just some of the highlights of the sultanate, which has recently reopened to 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 take on arrival. Then you’ll need to take a PCR test at home 72 hours before your flight and to carry a copy with you to show airline staff and immigration officials. If you’re staying seven days or longer, you’ll need to quarantine and wear a tracking bracelet ($13) for the first week then take another PCR test ($65) on day eight. Masks must be worn in public.

Panama

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. All visitors must sign a sworn affidavit regarding their health, then will receive a QR code to show to immigration officers on arrival. There’s a national curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.. 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 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. Interestingly, if you had COVID-19 in the 14-90 days running up to your arrival (and can prove it with documentation) you don’t need to take any tests. Regardless of if you’ve already had COVID-19, you’ll need 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.

Peru

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 with 72 hours of departure and fill in a health declaration form first. However, when you arrive you will need to quarantine for 14 days. Masks must be worn and there’s a curfew from 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. in Metropolitan Lima.  Face shields are required in addition to masks when traveling interstate. 

Rwanda

If you want to visit this beautiful country you’ll have to comply with quite a lot of conditions but quarantine is only for 24 hours. You’ll need to take a PCR test up to 120 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 COVID-testing at the airport ($60, at your own expense) and you’ll have to quarantine for 24 hours at a designated transit hotel. After you get the results, you’re free to explore (with a face mask). If you’re visiting a national park, you’ll need another PCR test and there are some restrictions on inter-state travel. There’s a 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew.

Saint Barthelemy

Also known as St. Barts, you can visit the white sands of this French-speaking Caribbean island if you’ve taken a PCR test 72 hours before arrival, although the State Department advises against going due to COVID. You need a sworn statement confirming you have had no COVID-19 symptoms and aren’t aware of being in contact with an infected person over the preceding two weeks. If you’re staying over a week then you’ll have to take a 135 Euro PCR test on day eight. 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 submit a travel form before you depart and download the SKN COVID-19 mobile tracing app. You’ll also need a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight. Quarantine is required at approved hotels, with slightly different levels of freedom depending upon the duration of your vacation. If you’re staying up to seven days, 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 eight you have to take a PCR test ($100) 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.

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 seven 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. Face masks are required in public.

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, take another PCR test on arrival, then quarantine at an approved hotel for five nights before being re-tested for COVID-19 between day four and day seven. After this, you could be asked to quarantine for another nine to 16 days of quarantine (but this is at the discretion of the Port Health Officer).

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 three days before departure. There’s health screening at airports (with limited flights operating) and everybody must wear a mask in public areas. Clubs are closed.

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. You’ll have to complete a passenger location form and wear a mask in public. There’s a curfew in Dakar and Thies regions from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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. During your visit you’ll have to wear a mask indoors and outdoors. All businesses including bars and restaurants (except for essential services like gas stations) close at 5 p.m. and are currently completely shut on weekends.

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 negative PCR test taken up to 120 hours before your flight. You also have to monitor your temperature and look out for symptoms for 14 days. Health insurance is another requirement for entry. 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).

South Africa

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 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. 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 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.

Sri Lanka 

This large tropical island of jungles, mountains, tea plantations and temples has just 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 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. 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. 

Tanzania  

Famed for its national parks and the glittering tropical islands of Zanzibar, tourism is still important business for Tanzania. The country is leaving requirements for PCR tests up to the airline you fly with. There’s health screening at the airports and you may be required to take a test on arrival. On the plane there you’ll be asked to fill in a health questionnaire. Face mask requirements may vary by city and region but be prepared to use one.

Thailand

The ‘Land of Smiles’ has recently reopened to travelers of all nationalities, including Americans, and is one of the few countries that’s been praised for its exemplary handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, life is ‘near normal’ for Thais now and the CDC rates it as one of the lowest-risk countries to visit. 

To keep things that way, they’re requiring visitors to apply here for entry. If you’re an American going for a vacation, pick the ‘Medium Term Visitor – Tourist’ or ‘Long Stay Visitor’ visa categories. This one-stop portal is where you apply for your visa (approvals takes 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 15 days but Thailand is perfect for long-stay travelers and digital nomads.

Tunisia

Tunisia is a country of breathtaking desert scenery where the original Star Wars was filmed. And right now it’s another ‘yes and no’ country when it comes to travel. While the country is technically allowing all nationalities including Americans to visit, immigration officials have the discretion to turn away travelers on arrival. If you’re going, you need to present a PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight and agree to quarantine at selected hotels. On day seven you must take another PCR test ($7) and if the result is negative you’re free to leave quarantine. Some arrivals may be asked to take a rapid test. 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 taken a PCR test up to 72 hours before your flight (results submitted at check-in). You can submit documents showing you’ve recovered from COVID-19 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. There is a curfew but it doesn’t apply to tourists and dining venues are open for foreigners. 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.

Tuvalu

At present, this paradisiacal Polynesian island nation is allowing Americans to visit if they have quarantined in a country not deemed ‘high risk’ for five days prior to their arrival. You also need to obtain medical clearance confirming you’re COVID-free three days before you get to Tuvalu.

Uganda 

From chimpanzees and gorillas to rare birds and hippos, Uganda is a nature-lover’s heaven. The East African destination is allowing Americans to visit as long as they take precautions including a negative PCR test taken up to 120 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. There’s health screening on arrival, masks are required in public and there is a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

Ukraine

Known for its Orthodox churches and Black Sea coastline, Ukraine is still welcoming tourists. Anyone coming from America or other ‘red zone’ countries must self-quarantine or take a PCR test on arrival. Alternatively, if you choose to take a PCR test 48 hours before you arrive you won’t need to take a second test or be in quarantine. 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. Nightclubs are closed and restaurants and cafes are only allowed to offer takeout.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Americans can get visas on arrival in the UAE if they present a negative PCR test taken with 96 hours of travel. Many arrivals are also being tested when they land in the UAE. You need to demonstrate you have health insurance and be prepared to quarantine for 10 days, with follow-up PCR tests on days six and 12. But after that you’re all set. Those visiting Abu Dhabi from the US are required to wear a GPS bracelet for 10 days. Everyone is required to wear a mask and gloves in public across the UAE.

United Kingdom

Several countries have imposed sudden travel restrictions on flights to and from the United Kingdom. You now 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. England and Scotland are now in nationwide lockdown so you won’t be able to leave your hotel if you visit at the moment, unless you’re transiting to Wales or Northern Ireland. 

If you’re planning on visiting either of the other countries within the United Kingdom that aren’t locked down, you’ll still have to quarantine for 14 days. 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). The UK has introduced a new three-tier local COVID-19 restrictions system which is subject to flux depending on regional infection numbers. These restrictions can affect your domestic travel plans as they can involve local lockdowns.

Uzbekistan

If you’ve always wanted to see the Silk Road, you can currently still visit Uzbekistan. Americans must apply for a visa and quarantine for 14 days on arrival, unless they spend the 10 days leading up to their visit in a ‘green’ country. All arrivals need to present a negative PCR test taken 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 14 days 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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