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 categorizes most nations as Level 3, or "reconsider travel.""


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 October 12)
*Recent Countries Added: Belize, Panama.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel


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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel


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 RT-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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 
 
mir castle belarus
Mir Castle, Belarus



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.
 
 
 Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 
 
Great Blue Hole
Great Blue Hole
Photos Courtesy: Belize Tourism Board

 
The beautiful country of Belize is again open to American tourist.

Before departure, all tourist must book their stay in one of the approved accomendations, register on Belize's Health App, and take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure.  

Once at the airport, tourists must pass through thermal imaging cameras, and verify thier Health app and certified COVID-19 test results.  They must then check-in with the app daily during their stay. 
 

Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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. 
 
 
Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 
 
Stari Most in Mostar
Stari Most in Mostar


The Balkin country of Bosnia and Herzegovina is now accepting tourists.


Tourists must have a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) not older than 48 before arrival and are required to wear masks indoors, on public transportation, and in public areas when social distancing is not possible.


Level 4: Do Not Travel
 

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.


Level 4: Do not travel
 

Cloud Rainforest at La Paz Gardens, Costa Rica
Cloud Rainforest at La Paz Gardens, Costa Rica


The lush Central American country of Costa Rica is now open, but not for everyone.


U.S. citizens from  only 19 states and D.C. are currently allowed in (Oct 15: Florida, Georgia, Texas; Nov 1: all states).  For these select few, they must have a negative result of a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and bring a valid driver's license or state ID to prove you are from one of the authorized states.


In addition to this, tourist must also fill out a Health Pass form online and show proff of travel insurance or purchase it from National Insurance Institute (INS) in Costa Rica.  Tourists must request a certification from their insurance company stating that their policy is effective in Costa Rica, covers at least $50,000 of COVID-19 medical expenses, and provides at least $2,000 of lodging expenses due to COVID-19.


Mask are also manditory in all public areas.


Level 4: Do not travel


Catedral Primada, Bogota
Catedral Primada, Bogota


Colombia is now accepting visitors once again.


Visitors must have proof of a negative PCR test result no more than 96 hours before arriving.  


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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 and it is necessary to present a confirmation of paid accommodation.


Level 4: Do Not Travel
 

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 no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.  Instead, authorities will administer a aleatory breath test to between 3% and 10% of passengers. 

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.
 
 
To further help stimulate tourism, the government will provide a temporary, free travel assistance plan that provides COVID-19 coverage to all tourists arriving on commercial flights and visiting a hotel.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

The Galapagos green turtle
The Galapagos Green Turtle
Photos Courtesy: Pete Oxford


Americans can now travel to Ecuador without quarantine, as long as they bring a negative PCR test, no older than 10 days.  

For those wanting to visit the Galapagos Islands the requirements are much more stringent.  All visitors must present a negative PCR test taken withing 96 hours of arrival.  This can be the same test used to enter Ecuador.   


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

sphinx pyramids egypt
Photos Courtesy: ArcGIS StoryMaps


Travel to Egypt is now fully open.  Passengers must provide results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of departure.  They must also present paper copies of the test results upon arrival.


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. 
 
 
Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 
 
El Tazumal, El Salvador
El Tazumal, El Salvador


The Central American country of El Salvador has finally opened up to tourists again.
 
 
Tourists must have an an original negative PCR test result issued within 72 hours of departure.  Masks are also mandatory in all public areas.


Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
 

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 RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before departure and present a reciept of their helth registration form before arrival.  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 or risk a $875 fine. 


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

Loango National Park, Gabon
Loango National Park, Gabon
Photos Courtesy:  Oleg Puchkov/Shutterstock


Gabon has resumed international flights and tourism.


There is very few requirements and restrictions for Gabon.  Travelers will be subject to health screening measures upon arrival. If they have a tempurature over 100.4 they must quarantine until they are able to test negative two times.


While in Gabon, tourist must wear a mask, practice social distancing, and practice good hygiene while in public.  There is also a curfew from 8pm - 5am.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 
 
Larabanga Mosque, Ghana
Larabanga Mosque, Ghana

 
The West African country of Ghana is now open for tourism.


Tourist will need to provide a negative PCR test result taken no within 72 hours prior to departure.  Upon arrival, each traveler age five and over must undergo a COVID-19 test conducted at the airport.  The test carries a $150 fee per person and the results take about 30 minutes to finalize.  


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 
 
Temple of the Great Jaguar, Guatemala
Temple of the Great Jaguar, Guatemala

 
Guatemala has now reopened it's borders.


Visitors must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival.


Level 4: Do Not Travel
 

Copan Honduras
Copan, Honduras
Photos Courtesy: Adal-Honduras



Tourist may now visit Honduras again.  Tourist will need to present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 result issued withing 72 hours of arrival.  They must also complete an online Health Form before departure. 


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

Jamaica
Photos Courtesy: Jamaica Tourism Board


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


All U.S. citizens 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 five days 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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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.


Level 4: Do Not Travel
 

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. 


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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). 


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 


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.


Visitors are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.   Visitors will also need to complete a health declaration 24 hours before arrival and have booked their accommodations in advance.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro
Photos Courtesy: Getty Images


Tourist from the United States are now allowed to visit Montenegro again.  


Tourist must have a negative PCR test or a positive coronavirus antibody test result of the IgG class obtained by ELISA serologic test within 72 hours of arrival.  While in Montenegro, face masks must be worn at all times both indoors and outside.  There are also a number of restrictive measures on group sizes and operating hours. 


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 



This North Africa country is again open to US travelers as long as they have a reservation with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency.  


Travelers must complete a PCR test less than 72 hours before arrival, with printed results to present on arrival.  You will also need to submit to health screenings upon arrival.


Domestic travel is prohibited to and from several cities (Berrechid, Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Meknes, Settat, Tangier, and Tetouan), however, a hotel reservation is considered a sufficient reason to obtain a travel authorization letter.
 
 
Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

namibia desert


The desert nation of Namibia is once again accepting tourists.


U.S. tourists will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure and have pre-booked accomendation. Upon day five tourists will need to be available for swabbing and available again on day seven to recieve their results.


Tourists should expect health screenings upon arrival. There is also a curfew in place from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily.


Nicaragua

Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 
 
Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua
Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua



Nicaragua never really closed their borders to the rest of the world, but their requirements to enter during the pandemic, till recently, were unclear.


Travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result and undergo health screenings upon arrival.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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.


All passangers will be scaned by thermal cameras upon arrival.  Masks are required in closed public spaces.   


Panama

Level 4: Do Not Travel
 
 
Zapatilla, Panama
Zapatilla, Panama
 

As of October 12, Panama is open to all travelers.
 
All travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival.  Prior to check-in, travelers must also complete an Electronic Affidavit stating that they will comply with all sanitary control measure, provide travel information, and confirm that they have not been exposed to COVID-19 within the last fourteen days.

 
Travelers must also submit to a temperature check upon arrival.  They should also expect to submit to temperature checks at all businesses and possibly random rapid testing by the Ministry of Health.

 
Face masks are also mandatory in all public spaces.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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. 


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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 RT-PCR performed within 120 hours of departure.  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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

Principe
Photos Courtesy: Roca Belo Monte


The island nation of Sao Tome and Principe is again open for tourism.  


All tourist must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken withing 72 hours of arrival.  Upon arrival, tourist will be subject to health screening measures and anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will be subject to a rapid COVID-19 test and be quarantined until the results are recieved.


Masks are required in all public spaces and everyone is required wash hands at the entrance of all buildings. 


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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. 


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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 COVID-19 test.


Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
 

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 three days before arrival and undergo a temperature check when they arrive.


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


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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, 120 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 be mandatory temperature checks upon arrival and all tourist must have travel insurance.  I recommend using World Nomads travel insurance.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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.  


Masks are required in all public places.


UAE

Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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


The UAE has opened its borders to international travel for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ras Al Khaimah.


For Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, 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, have health insurance, and download their DXB app to be able to enter. 


Abu Dubai has much more strict requirements.  All arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or negative laser blood test with results received within 48 hours of arrival.  If staying for more than six days, you will are required to take an additional COVID-19 PCR test on the sixth day.  Travelers arriving into Abu Dhabi are required to wear a GPS bracelet for 14 days.


Level 3: Reconsider Travel
 

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


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


Upon arrival you will need to submit to a thermal scanner to check your temperature, as well as, complete a travel health questionnaire.  Tourist will also need to show proof a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the past 14 days and continue to monitor themselves for 14 days while in Zambia.


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