Where Can U.S. Tourists Travel?

Where Can U.S. Tourists Travel?


For Americans eager to continue their traveling outside of the States, there are a few countries beginning to open their borders to U.S. citizens.


With the United States being hit the hardest by the corona virus and the uptick in cases ever growing, many countries are flat out saying 'No' to American tourists.  Many of those that have opened their borders have done so with restrictions and requirements. 


Additionally, the State Department imposed a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory that has been in place since March, with instructions "to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19."


Whether travel to "open" destinations is responsible or advisable is up to individuals to decide. 
For those who do choose to travel, it is strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 before departure - as things are continually changing. 
Here is the full list of countries currently open to receiving U.S. tourists. (We are only covering countries that do NOT require a quarantine period.)


(Updates August 4)
*Recent Countries Added: Bangladesh, Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ukraine, Zambia
*Recent Countries Updated: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Lebanon, Maldives, Tanzania


Albania

Mexico

Antigua and Barbuda

North Macedonia

Aruba

Puerto Rico

Bangladesh

Rwanda

Barbados

Senegal

Belarus

Serbia

Bermuda

St. Barths

Brazil

St. Lucia

Croatia

St. Maarten

Dominican Republic

St. Vincent and the Gernadines

Egypt

Tanzania

Equatorial Guinea

Turkey

French Polynesia

Turks and Caicos

Jamaica

UAE: Dubai

Kenya

Ukraine

Kosovo

US Virgin Islands

Lebanon

Zambia

Maldives

 





albania
Photo Courtesy: Boletinpatron


Albania has reopened its borders and is now allowing American tourist to enter.  However, travelers will have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, including face masks in public.


There is no pre-testing or quarantine necessary, but there will be additional medical personnel at all points of entry (for temperature tests).  "Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice," says the U.S. Embassy.




The Verandah in Antigua.
The Verandah in Antigua.
Photo Courtesy: Caribbean Journal


US travelers to Antigua and Barbuda "arriving by air must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within seven days of their flight.


Travelers are also subject to assessment by Port Health Authorities for signs and symptoms through a series of checks (including temperature checks) and the completion of a health declaration form on arrival.  Arriving passengers will be monitored for periods of up to 14 days and may be required to undergo further testing for COVID-19.  I further testing is necessary, travelers will need to limit their movements as instructed by the Quarantine Authority (approximately 96 hours).


Visitors must wear a mask in public or face a possible fine of $5,000 or up to 6 months in jail.




Aruba
Photo Courtesy: WorldAtlas


Residents from 24 states that are considered high risk must upload proof a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of traveling and upload their results at least 12 hours before departure.  Americans from the states deemed at lower risk will also need to submit a test within the same requirements, however, they have the option to be tested at the airport upon arrival in Aruba.  If they choose to do so it will be at the tourist's cost and they will be quarantined while they await the results.


All tourist must also purchase a mandatory Visitors Insurance to cover up to $75,000 in health insurance. For a week it will cost about $100.




Somapura Mahavihara
Somapura Mahavihara


Bangladesh has resumed tourism to its country for those that are able to obtain a valid visa.


Tourist are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of travel and present the certificate upon arrival.




Barbados boat view
Photo Courtesy: T+L


Travelers to Barbados from the United States are expected to have the results of a negative Covid-19 test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival.  If they do not have this they will be tested upon arrival and quarantined until they receive the results, at their expense. 


Visitors will also need to complete an embarkation/disembarkation card online that will ask personal health questions related to Covid-19. 


Barbados is also offering a 12 month 'work from home' visa, for those of you that are interested.




Mir Castle, Belarus
Photo Courtesy: European Medical Education Center


Belarus is allowing U.S. travelers to enter with COVID-19 negative certification.  Travelers arriving in Belarus should be prepared for temperature checks at airports.


Americans that visit Belarus are subject to a 14-day self quarantine requirement when the return to the States.




Bermuda
Photos Courtesy: Bermuda Tourism Authority


Bermuda has reopened its borders to Americans, but with an extensive screening process in place.


Visitors must take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result within 7 days of departure.  Once they receive the results, and within 48 hours of departure, they will need to complete the online Travel Authorization process.  There is a fee of $75 for the Travel Authorization, but it covers the cost of all in-country COVID-19 testing. 


Upon arrival visitors will need to submit their negative test results, travel authorization paperwork, and take another COVID-19 test at the airport.  After the airport testing, travelers will be quarantined at their accommodation until the results are ready (about 6-8 hours). 


During the stay in Bermuda, visitors will need to take their temperature twice a day and submit the results online.  They will also need to submit to COVID-19 testing on day 4, 8, and 14 at one of the pop-up testing centers around the island. 


Visitors must also practice physical distancing, hygiene, and mask-wearing in all public spaces.




Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer


Brazil has reopened their borders for tourism.  In this surprising move, they have placed no testing or quarantine restrictions, even though they remain the second worst country for corona virus cases.


Before boarding your flight you must show proof of health insurance valid in Brazil. 




Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photos Courtesy: CroatiaWeek


Ignoring the EU ban on Americans traveling to Europe, Croatia has begun welcoming US tourists.


Incoming travelers must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken less than 48 hours before arrival.  




Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic
Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic
Photos Courtesy: Dominican Republic Tourism Board


The Dominican Republic is open for tourism, but has recently changed their requirements for entry.  Americans wishing to visit this island nation must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, administered within the last five days.


U.S. passengers will have to fill out a Health Affidavit to confirm they have not had any corona virus symptoms within 72 hours of travel and will have to submit to a temperature check upon arrival to the airport and their hotel.  Anyone that has a temperature over 100.6 F will have to be tested and possibly isolated.




sphinx pyramids egypt
Photos Courtesy: ArcGIS StoryMaps


Travel to Egypt is open partially.  Visitors will be able to travel freely in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea, South Sinai and Matrouh, but are restricted from traveling outside these areas.


Before arriving visitors must acquire a visa from Egypt's online portal.  All arriving passengers will also be subject to temperature checks, must fill out a Public Health Card, and must show proof of a health insurance policy valid in Egypt. 


Visitors must also practice physical distancing, hygiene, and mask-wearing in all public spaces.




Equatorial Guinea
Photos Courtesy: Oscar Scafidi


Equatorial Guinea has moved into its second phase of reopening and is allowing visitors.  All visitors must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 48 hours.




French Polynesia
Photos Courtesy: Shutterstock


French Polynesia, think Bora Bora and Tahiti, has reopened its borders for U.S. citizens. 


Tourist will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test, taken 72 hours before departure, before boarding their flight.  In addition to this, tourists are obligated to carry out a self-sampling surveillance test four days after arrival.


Additionally, all incoming tourists must provide proof of international travel insurance and wear face masks at all time while on the islands. 




Jamaica
Photos Courtesy: Jamaica Tourism Board

Travel to Jamaica is open for U.S citizens, but with differencing restrictions. 


U.S. citizens from the states of Arizona, Florida, New York and Texas are required to upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited medical laboratory within 10 days of arrival.  They are also required to present the documentation upon arrival.


All arrivals must complete an online travel authorization documentation before departure and are subject to testing upon arrival.  If tested, you will be need to quarantine in your accommodation until the results are ready (usually 48 hours).  


Only hotels in the within the "resilient corridor (the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio)" are accepting guests without a required quarantine.  Guest who wish to stay outside this zone will need to quarantine for 14 days. All guests must wear a face mask at all times.




kenya
Photos Courtesy: Needpix


Kenya has added the U.S. to the list of countries whos citizens are exempt from quarantine upon arrival - mostly.  U.S. citizens coming from California, Florida, and Texas will not be exempt and will be required to quarantine.


All travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken withing 96 hours before departure.  They must also not have a body temperature above 99.5°F or any flu-like symptoms.




Kosovo
Photos Courtesy: DMC Balkans


No testing or quarantine is required for travelers arriving in Kosovo.  All travelers must wear a face mask in all public places. 




Temple of Bacchus
Temple of Bacchus



Visitors must show negative results for a COVID-19 test taken in the previous 96 hours before and complete an online medical form before departure.  Upon arrival all passengers will be required to take another PCR test and stay in their hotel until the results are finalized (could be up to 48 hours). 





Maldives
Photos Courtesy: Shutterstock


One of the most desirable island destinations in the world, the Maldives, is now open for international tourists.  All resorts, liveaboard vessels, hotels located on uninhabited islands and many hotels on inhabited islands are open.

There is no required prior testing, but tourists will need to complete a health declaration upon arrival and have booked their accommodations in advance.




San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende


Though the land border between the United States and Mexico remains closed, US travelers can now fly to Mexico.  No testing is required to required to enter, but travelers should expect temperature checks and other additional screenings upon arrival.


Would be travelers should check info on the locations they wish to visit before planing their trip.  Some tourist states have reopened with reduced capacity, while others are open only for essential services.




St John at Kaneo church in Ohrid, North Macedonia
St John at Kaneo church in Ohrid, North Macedonia
Photos Courtesy: Shutterstock


There are no requirements for a Covid-19 testing or self-isolation for North Macedonia. 


Masks are required in closed public spaces.  There are also no direct flights from the U.S. to Northern Macedonia, so you will need to make sure your transit is through an approved country.




Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Photos Courtesy: Puerto Rico Tourism Board


Puerto Rico is open for tourism with capacity restrictions and island wide curfew from 10pm - 5am (further curfews depending upon activities). 


Travelers must have evidence of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and complete an online travel declaration form.  Face masks are mandatory on the island. 




Rwanda
Photos Courtesy: Brent Stirton/Getty Images


Rwanda has now reopened to all international flights. 


All tourist will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test from a certified laboratory, taken within 72 hours of arriving.  They will then need to take another test upon arrival await the results in their accomendation (this usally takes 8-24 hours).


Before visiting any of the national parks, tourist will need to complete a guest registration and indemnity form and submit the form electronically to the park.




Grand Magal of Touba, Senegal

Grand Magal of Touba


Senegal is one more African country that has added itself to the list.


All travelers over the age of 2 must present an original negative COVID-19 test issued by an approved laboratory and taken withing 7 days of arrival.  All travelers are also required to complete a passenger location form. 




Kalemegdan fortress
Kalemegdan Fortress
Photos Courtesy: 4se


Serbia has lifted all COVID-19 related restrictions and is now allowing Americans to enter the country.  This means no testing or quarantine needed.


In Serbia, masks are required in all locations and there is a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people.




Saint Barthelemy
Photo Courtesy: Saint Barthelemy Tourism Committee


Saint Barthelemy (St. Barths) is now open, but with a few caveats. 


Tourists will need to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before arrival.  If they stay for longer than seven days, they will have to take an additional test on day eight at a cost of $150. 


There are also, currently, no direct flights to St. Barths, so tourists will need to transit through Antigua or Puerto Rico.  Both airports will require proof of a negative COVID019 test.




Pitons St Lucia
Photo Courtesy: Simon Dannhauer/iStock


The beautiful island nation of Saint Lucia reopened for US travelers.


Travelers are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within seven days before their arrival. Travelers also have to complete a pre-arrival registration form and undergo a temperature check upon arrival.


All travelers must have confirmed reservations at a Covid-19 certified accommodations for the duration of their stay.  Masks are required in public.




St. Maarten
Photo Courtesy: Steve Heap/Shutterstock


St. Maarten has reached Phase 4 of its reopening and is now available for U.S. citizens.


Tourists must complete a Self Health Declaration Form online, 72 hours before arrival.  They must also take a Nasal Swab COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before arrival.  No other test will be accepted. 

There will also be mandatory temperature checks upon arrival.




St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Photo Cpurtesy: Tony Guyton/CC BY 2.0


St. Vincent and the Gerandines has entered into Phase 2 and has reopened its borders to U.S. tourists.


For those wanting to visit these islands they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from within 5 days of arrival.  They must also complete a Pre-Arrival Form prior to arrival and submit to a Port Health Officer completing their form upon arrival.




Tanzania
Photo Courtesy: Nomad Africa


Tanzania is officially open for tourism. 

Tourist arriving in Tanzania are required to present a valid COVID-19 certificate within 72 hours before travel.  Upon arrival, travelers with signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 may undergo further testing.  All passengers are also required to fill out a "health surveillance form" upon arrival.




Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
Photos Courtesy: Shutterstock


There are currently no restrictions for US citizens traveling to Turkey, although passengers must complete an information form and will be checked scanned by a thermal camera upon arrival.


Similar to before travel restrictions, Americans will need to obtain an e-visa before traveling to Turkey. 
Masks are required to be worn in public areas as well.




Turks and Caicos
Photos Courtesy: Turks and Caicos Tourism Board


Turks and Caicos is now welcoming visitors to its more than 40 small islands. 


In order to visit the islands, visitors need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of travel, have insurance that covers medevac, and complete a health screening questionnaire before their departure. 




Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Photo Courtesy: Amanda Hall/FotoWare


The UAE has opened its borders to international travel, but only to Dubai.


American's will need to register a ‘health declaration' online before their trip, bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of boarding, and have health insurance to be able to enter.




Palanok Castle, Ukraine
Palanok Castle
Photo Courtesy: Baloha


Ukraine has opened its borders to Americans, but have put them in the 'Red Zone.'


Being in the 'Red Zone' means that U.S. tourists have four options to choose from when entering Ukraine; only one of these does not require isolation of some form.  This option is to provide a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.




Trunks Bay, St. John
Trunks Bay, St. John


The U.S. Virgin Islands (think St. Thomas) is now open for tourism and Americans don't need a passport.


Restrictions differ from state to state, so you will need to check your requirements before leaving.  All visitors will have their temperature taken and health screening on arrival.
• Those coming from a state that has higher than a 10% infection rate MUST bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 5 days from departure.
• Those coming from a state that has higher than a 7.5% - 10% infection rate are recommended to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 5 days from departure.




Victoria Falls, Zambia
Victoria Falls
Photo Courtesy: Photo Courtesy: VCG


Zambia is open for tourism and has very little requirements to enter.


There are currently no pre-testing or quarantine needed to enter into Zambia.  Upon arrival you will need to submit to a termal scanner to check your temperature, as well as, complete a travel health questionare. 


Other Countries That Will Open Soon



Dominica – August 7
Belize – August 15
Sri Lanka – August 15
Bali (Indonesia) September 1

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