More than 50 countries currently allow U.S. citizens to visit, but some restrictions apply.
THE CURRENT GLOBAL pandemic has many Americans rethinking the way they travel. Road trips and camping vacations have grown in popularity, as many Americans have discovered the country has more than its fair share of stunning natural landscapes, from the Grand Canyon to Acadia National Park. Some people have even created memorable vacations in their backyards.
However, if you’re itching to leave the U.S., there are several countries around the world that will accept you (and your negative coronavirus test results), though some specific restrictions will apply. If you decide to travel, be sure to evaluate the risks and understand the safest ways to travel. You should also look out for yourself and others by taking necessary safety precautions and investing in one of the best face masks for travel.
Note that due to the pandemic, travel guidelines are constantly changing; you’ll want to check your destination’s official tourism website periodically before your trip. And, consider purchasing travel insurance, so you don’t lose money if your U.S. passport is no longer accepted at the last minute.
Below are the countries that currently accept travelers from the United States. If you decide to travel, you’ll also want to check with the State Department for information on returning from your visit as there are some restrictions in place, including specific airports you must transit through and quarantine rules in some cases. (Note: All mentions of coronavirus tests refer to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test unless otherwise stated. This information was accurate at the time of publication and will be updated as additional information becomes available.)
U.S. citizens can enter this southeastern European country without a negative coronavirus test. However, they’ll have to oblige by the screening procedures at the airport, which may include sanitization and reduced physical contact. On your Albanian vacation, you’ll have to abide by social distancing guidelines and a curfew. Make note that on your return home, there are restrictions to what countries you can pass through, according to the embassy website.
U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Anguilla only after applying for pre-travel authorization and providing proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than five days before travel. Travelers must also provide proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs, doctor visits, prescriptions, air ambulance and hospitalization fees. Once on the island, visitors must take two more tests – one upon arrival and one on day 10. They also must quarantine in a government-approved facility for 14 days. For more information, visit the U.S. embassy in Anguilla website.
Antigua and Barbuda
Access to this Caribbean gem is contingent on a negative coronavirus test taken no more than seven days prior to arrival at the airport. American travelers will be subject to temperature checks and health screenings before being admitted into Antigua and Barbuda, no matter if they’re coming from a plane, a cruise ship or another mode of transportation. Find more specific information on the country’s tourism website.
This western Asian country allows U.S. citizens to enter as long as they either present a negative coronavirus test or agree to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Face masks are required in public spaces throughout the country, but virtually every business is open in Armenia. Learn more about the pandemic atmosphere in the country at the U.S. Embassy in Armenia website or the Armenian government’s travel restrictions website.
According to its website, which is updated frequently with information on travel restrictions, Aruba is welcoming U.S. vacationers to the island. However, entrance hinges on travelers’ completion of an online embarkation/disembarkation card and a health assessment, plus a negative coronavirus test (for everyone 15 and older) taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Travelers can get tested before arrival, upon arrival or both for extra precaution. Note that depending on what state you call home, you may be subject to more testing; for example, travelers from California are seen as higher risk than those from South Dakota. All U.S. travelers also must purchase Aruba Visitor Insurance to ensure they are covered if health issues arise during their stay. This insurance cost varies depending on each traveler’s age and length of stay; to find out how much it costs, check out the Aruba Visitor Insurance calculator.
A popular tourist destination among stateside citizens, the Bahamas are welcoming American visitors to the picturesque islands. Travelers must complete a Travel Health Visa application and provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before departure. Visitors are also required to opt-in to health insurance that will cover them for the entirety of their stay (the cost of which is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee). While visitors are no longer required to vacation in place, they must comply with the islands’ health measures. Anyone planning to stay on the island for more than five days must take a rapid antigen test. Additionally, those who travel around the Bahamas without wearing face coverings will be subject to fines. Learn more about traveling details on the tourism website.
As long as U.S. citizens take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of traveling to Bangladesh and prove the negative results with the appropriate documentation, they can enter the country. However, a negative test does not mean travelers are exempt from a 14-day quarantine period upon arriving in the country. Visit this website to learn more about Bangladesh’s entry and exit requirements.
As long as travelers complete a travel form online no less than 24 hours before their flight and provide a negative coronavirus test result taken within 72 hours of their entrance to the island, they can vacation in this Caribbean paradise. However, U.S. citizens are required to quarantine either at an approved hotel at their own expense or at a government facility for free until they get a second negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers from medium- or high-risk countries (which includes the U.S.) must be retested four to five days after being on the island; if they have another negative result, they will then be permitted to move around the island freely. Visit the Barbados website for more information regarding traveling during the pandemic.
U.S. citizens can travel to Belarus with limited restrictions. Travelers won’t need a negative coronavirus test prior to arrival but will be subject to health screenings, including temperature checks, at the port of entry. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Belarus website for additional information.
If you’re willing to book a stay at a Gold Standard hotel, you can enter this scenic Central American nation. The hotel requirement ensures travelers are vacationing in spots that place a high emphasis on cleanliness and health. In addition, American travelers will be required to present a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure. (Rapid antigen tests taken no more than 48 hours before arrival are also accepted.)
If you don’t present a negative test, you’ll have to front a $50 fee and take a test upon arrival. A negative test means visitors can move freely around the island. U.S. visitors must also complete health forms on the Belize Health App to gain entry into the country. For more information, visit the Belize tourism website or the U.S. Embassy in Belize website.
This Atlantic paradise welcomes Americans to its pristine beaches as long as the travelers present negative results from a COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before departure from the U.S. Travelers will be tested again upon arrival and be forced to quarantine until negative results come back (normally takes 24 hours). Travelers will also be required to submit a travel authorization form and a $75 fee to be approved for entrance to Bermuda. Throughout the first 14 days of their stay, visitors must wear a traveler wristband; if they remove the wristband, they can face fines. Visit the U.S. Consulate in Bermuda website for additional information. The Bermuda tourism board also has a website that outlines how to travel safely and responsibly to the island.
Though there are no direct flights from the U.S. to Bonaire at the moment, Bonaire is accepting U.S. citizens who travel through Curacao and comply with the Curacao entry requirements. Bonaire requires visitors provide negative COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours of arrival. Visitors must also have travel medical insurance and complete a health declaration form prior to arrival. Additional information is available on the Bonaire crisis website, which outlines specifics for travelers.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The U.S. Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina states the country is open to American visitors as long as they can show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.
Americans who provide proof of negative coronavirus test results taken no more than 72 hours before departure can travel to Botswana. Those who fail to provide test results or those who show coronavirus symptoms will be forced to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. Another test will be distributed on the 10th day. Visitors should expect some restrictions on interstate travel between the country’s different zones. For more information visit the country’s U.S. Embassy website.
Although the U.S. government advises against travel to Brazil with a Level 4 advisory because of the country’s growing number of coronavirus cases and crime, there are no restrictions in place to stop American travelers. Travelers from the U.S. will not need to quarantine or show any type of negative test, unless required by their airline or other travel entity. However, there are some health screening procedures in place at airports. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Brazil website for more information.
Cambodia operates under strict coronavirus-related rules, but that doesn’t mean U.S. citizens are forbidden from traveling there. Americans must present a negative coronavirus test taken 72 hours prior to arrival and get tested again upon arrival to the Cambodian airport. If multiple people on a flight test positive upon arrival, everyone on that particular flight is required to quarantine in a government-approved establishment, then get retested at the end of the quarantine period. If the results are negative, travelers still must self-isolate at their place of residence or lodging. Not to mention, travelers are also required to pay a $2,000 deposit to cover the costs of testing, lodging and potential medical treatment. In the event a person doesn’t need $2,000 worth of assistance, some money will be returned. On top of that, travelers will have to fork over $90 for a limited health insurance package, according to the embassy website.
U.S. citizens can travel to Chile as long as they provide a completed “Affidavit of Travelers” electronic form, negative results from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel and proof of insurance coverage that will take care of any coronavirus-related health issues. Visitors should expect health screening measures in airports and differing quarantine requirements around the country. Americans will also have to complete a self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Chile, unless they arrive after Dec. 7. Visitors should expect health screening measures in airports, too. For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy in Chile website.
U.S. citizens can now travel to Colombia without proof of a negative COVID-19 test. However, travelers will have to complete an immigration form, and the U.S. Embassy in Colombia website also states travelers should be prepared for further health screening upon arrival.
This Central American country, favored by Americans for its lush landscape and pristine beaches, will welcome all U.S. citizens beginning Nov. 1. (Previously, only residents of select states were allowed entry.) Costa Rica no longer requires visitors to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours before their visit. However, visitors are required to purchase medical insurance to cover any possible coronavirus-related costs they may incur and complete health pass forms, according to the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica website. Additional details are available on Costa Rica’s tourism board website as well.
This European country had been welcoming American visitors since the summer, but now all entries are prohibited. As of now, Americans won’t be able to visit Croatia until Jan. 15. Visit the Croatian government’s specific COVID-19 website or the tourism board’s coronavirus FAQ site to learn more about how the country is dealing with the pandemic.
This island nation imposes rather unique restrictions on American visitors. Only those who are residents of Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey and New York are permitted to enter, and they must show negative test results taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers must also have insurance and complete an online immigration card as well as a Health Department passenger locator card before traveling. Visitors from all other states must get specific permission to travel to Curacao, and in addition, provide negative test results and agree to quarantine for 14 days. Additional details are available on the U.S. Embassy in Curacao website.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Travelers to this Central African country who are 11 or older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days prior to departure. They will be subject to another test upon arrival in the Congo and must quarantine until they receive another negative result. Proof of health and medical evacuation insurance is also required in addition to completion of a form. There are also exit requirements in place: Travelers must present negative test results taken no more than three days before leaving the country. All required tests will be paid out-of-pocket by travelers. Visit this website for the most up-to-date information.
There are no pre-flight COVID-19 test requirements for Americans traveling to Djibouti, but passengers will be subject to health screenings and a rapid COVID-19 saliva test for $30 upon arrival. Only travelers who test negative will be allowed to enter the country; those who test positive will either depart on the next flight or enter isolation and treatment. Learn more by visiting the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti website.
Americans are allowed to visit Dominica if they answer a health questionnaire and present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Upon arrival in Dominica, travelers from the U.S. will be subject to another test, a quarantine period of at least five days and another test after the five-day period, according to the U.S. Embassy in Dominica website. Additional info on health and safety protocols for travelers coming from high-risk countries, such as the United States, is available here.
American travelers are permitted to visit this island nation, whose popular tourism spots include Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo, with few restrictions. While the country doesn’t require a negative coronavirus test before visiting, travelers will be chosen at random for coronavirus tests upon arrival at the port of entry. Health screening procedures, such as temperature checks, are also in place. Travelers must also state they haven’t experienced any COVID-related symptoms in the last 72 hours and provide contact details for the next 30 days in the form of a Traveler’s Health Affidavit. The latest visitor information is available on the tourism board’s website.
American travelers visiting Ecuador must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days of their arrival. Those who do not present a negative test must take a test upon arrival and are required to quarantine at an approved place of residence in Ecuador. If the test is negative, travelers can end their quarantine; if it is positive, they will continue quarantine and receive any necessary healthcare. Learn more about protocols in Ecuador at the U.S. Embassy website.
If you’re visiting Egypt from America, you’ll need to present physical proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken ideally no more than 72 hours (but up to 96 hours) before arrival. There is no required quarantine for American travelers, but there may be some restrictions on travel within the country, which could hinder your travel plans. Learn more about specific interstate travel restrictions on the embassy website.
This Central American country requires U.S. citizens to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in El Salvador. Visitors will also be subject to various medical screenings at their port of entry before beginning their travels through El Salvador. There is no required quarantine period for U.S. travelers, according to the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador website.
U.S. citizens are allowed to visit Equatorial Guinea without any need for quarantine upon arrival as long as they provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in the country, according to the U.S. Embassy website.
Travelers to this East African country must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 120 hours prior to flying, according to the embassy website. There are health screenings in place at the ports of entry, and if any traveler exhibits coronavirus-like symptoms, they will be taken to temporary isolation. Any American traveler who does not present a negative test will be required to quarantine for 14 days before exploring all that Ethiopia has to offer.
Idyllic islands like Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora beckon U.S. citizens to visit, and as long as Americans present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure from the states, they are free to explore French Polynesia. Another self-test four days after arrival is a requirement for those visiting Tahiti. A “sanitary entry form” is also required, so travelers can give details about their health before arriving. While vacationing on the islands of French Polynesia, visitors will have to abide by the strict face covering and social distancing procedures set by the government. Learn more about the current French Polynesian COVID-19 protocols on the tourism website.
Americans looking to travel to Ghana must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before leaving for their trip. Additional health screenings are in place upon arrival in Ghana, and all arriving passengers must take another rapid COVID-19 test for $150 to fully enter the country (paid for at their own expense). Learn more about what your trip to Ghana will look like on the U.S. Embassy website.
According to its entry protocol website, Grenada is allowing the arrival of U.S. residents as long as any travelers over the age of 5 present proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within seven days of travel. All visitors must also apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate online to enter the country. Some of the requirements to obtain this certificate include staying at an approved hotel for a minimum of four days or participating in a home quarantine for a minimum of seven days. Visitors can stay in place for their trip or opt to take a second test on the fourth day of their trip, which would determine whether they are free to move around Grenada.
In addition to partaking in health screenings at ports of entry and completing a health pass form online, U.S. citizens traveling to Guatemala must present proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Once in the country, visitors won’t have to quarantine, and there are no restrictions on travel within Guatemala, according to the embassy website.
Commercial flights from the United States to Haiti are now operating for those looking to safely vacation on a Caribbean island. However, passengers must declare their health in a formal statement and be prepared for check-ins from the Ministry of Public Health throughout their stay. Travelers are subject to health screenings upon arrival and may be contacted up to three times based on the information disclosed in their health declaration to monitor for signs of disease, according to the embassy website. There is no negative test required before arriving, but travelers coming from high-risk states (which are determined by the Ministry of Health) may be required to quarantine.
Americans will need a negative coronavirus test to enter Honduras. Visitors should note there will be health screenings in place at the airport, and certain essential activities, such as shopping, may be restricted. Note: Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula is closed for the next 30-some days, due to flooding damage from Hurricane Eta. Learn more about what your trip to Honduras will look like on the U.S. Embassy website or visit the Honduras government website for additional details.
Americans can venture across the pond to Ireland without a prior test. However, they must complete a health declaration form at the airport, according to the embassy website. Visitors are also required to quarantine upon arrival until they can take a COVID-19 test (which can be administered a minimum of five days after touching down in Ireland). If the results are negative, visitors are then free to leave isolation and move about the country. Travelers should note that there are still some restrictions in place; for example, until Dec. 18, Irish citizens are not advised to travel outside their counties, and restaurants are only open for takeout or delivery. See up-to-date information on the Ireland tourism board website.
Anyone over the age of 12 traveling to Jamaica from the U.S. will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from an accredited medical lab (can be a PCR test, a Nucleic Acid Amplification test, an RNA or molecular test, or an antigen test) taken no more than 10 days before travel. An application to enter the country is also required for American visitors, as stated on the tourism board website.
As long as they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of arriving in the country and arrive without a fever or cough, trouble breathing and flu-like symptons, Americans can travel to Kenya for touristic purposes. According to the embassy website, there are health screenings, including temperature checks, in place at the Kenyan airports as well.
In recent months, this southeastern European country allowed anyone to visit without testing. However, Kosovo is now urging Americans, and others, not to visit because of climbing infection rates. If you do need to travel to Kosovo, you must provide negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who fail to provide tests must quarantine for seven days. Visitors should also expect medical screenings at the airport as well as a nationwide curfew from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Learn more about travel in Kosovo on the U.S. embassy website.
Lebanon allows people to travel from the United States as long as they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of traveling to this Middle Eastern country. However, there are travel restrictions in place throughout the country as well as a curfew, as stated on the embassy website.
To enter Liberia, visitors must either take a COVID-19 test upon their point of departure from the United States and provide a valid negative result, or take a coronavirus test upon arrival in Liberia. They will also be subject to temperature checks at the Liberian airports. However, there is no required quarantine period nor restrictions on interstate travel. A tourist visa is required for travel, according to the embassy website.
Many resorts and hotels have reopened in the Maldives, and American travelers can experience a once-in-a-lifetime vacation here after providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Travelers will have to show proof of paid accommodation in a tourist establishment to enter. If you plan to venture farther than the greater Malé area, you can only do so after a 10-day quarantine period. Travelers will have to show proof of paid accommodation in a tourist establishment to enter. Additionally, anyone exhibiting symptoms upon arrival will be tested and, if positive, be required to isolate. All others are free to explore with minimal restrictions, according to the country’s tourism board updates page.
This picturesque Mediterranean island is a travel option for Americans who adhere to strict guidelines prior to travel. Travel directly from the United States is banned, but if U.S. tourists quarantine in a corridor country, such as Croatia or Turkey, for 14 days, they can then enter Malta. Check out the list of corridor countries and specific travel guidelines on the embassy website. Of course, there are screening measures in place upon arriving on the island as well.
Americans can embark on a vacation in Mexico without taking a COVID-19 test prior to traveling. While travel across the land border between the U.S. and Mexico remains limited to essential trips, nonessential travel has resumed via air. Travelers will be subject to health screenings upon arrival and should note there are some cities around the country that have curfews and other health restrictions in place. Additionally, cases are on the rise in some Mexico states, so be sure to travel with caution. Learn more about traveling while in Mexico at the embassy website.
A negative COVID-19 test or a coronavirus antibody test taken no more than 72 prior to arrival is required for Americans visiting Montenegro. Visitors should be careful not to stop in any of the banned countries before arriving in Montenegro, though. They should also be aware of the daily curfew in place from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Find the restricted countries on the Montenegro embassy’s website.
Morocco, the African country most frequented by tourists, is open to select Americans. Travelers who are either dual citizens of Morocco, or have reservations with a Moroccan tour group or hotel are permitted to enter. They must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure and are subject to health screenings upon arrival. Travelers should also be prepared for sudden restrictions once in Morocco, such as curfew implementation or changes in interstate travel allowance. Learn more about the rules applying to specific travelers on the embassy website; additional info is available on the Morocco tourism board website as well.
Tourists entering Namibia must provide a negative COVID-19 test performed no more than 72 hours before their initial flight, according to the embassy website. There are additional health screenings in place at airports but no restrictions on travel within the country once a tourist has passed all these tests.
Visitors to Niger must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to landing in this West African country. The embassy website also states American visitors will be subject to medical screening measures upon entry.
American travelers older than 10 must provide negative COVID-19 test results taken within the previous 120 hours before arrival to this country. They must also sign a health declaration before traveling and pay out of pocket for a retest after spending seven days in Nigeria, according to the embassy website.
This southeastern European country makes it easy for American travelers to visit. No one coming from the U.S. is required to take a coronavirus test before arriving, though they may be subject to medical screening at the airport, according to the embassy website.
This sunny Central American nation doesn’t place specific restrictions on travel from any country, according to the tourism website. However, visitors must show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 48 hours of their trip. If the test is expired, travelers will be subject to further testing at the airport. Note that upon arrival, there are additional health screening measures in place, including temperature checks, and a Ministry of Health worker can perform random rapid tests on any traveler.
Americans can enter Peru as long as they provide results of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 before departure to this South American nation. Health screenings are also in place at airports. For more information, visit the embassy website.
Travelers who are asymptomatic, take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Puerto Rico and offer proof of a negative result, and submit a completed Travel Declaration Form are free to explore the island, according to the tourism board website. However, travelers will have to follow rules in public spaces regarding social distancing and mask-wearing. There is also a curfew in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m as well as a 24-hour lockdown every Sunday, except for emergencies, through Jan. 7.
While American tourists are allowed to visit Rwanda, the country’s government goes to great lengths to reduce the spread of coronavirus from tourism, according to the embassy website. First, tourists must present negative coronavirus test results taken within 120 hours of their trip, and they must fill out a Passenger Locator Form, which details their passport information and travel plan. Upon arrival, Americans will partake in health screenings at their port of entry, and will then travel to a hotel or residence of their choice as they await the results of a second COVID-19 test (paid at their own expense). Self-isolation is required until the results of this second test prove to be negative.
U.S. citizens entering Senegal from the states must provide negative coronavirus test results taken no more than five days before their arrival. Health screenings are also in place at Senegal’s ports of entry. Use the guidelines provided on the embassy website to plan your trip to Senegal.
This Balkan nation is allowing American visitors as long as they partake in a self-assessment upon arrival to detail the state of their health. The results of the test will dictate whether the travelers must visit a clinic. If no clinic visit is necessary, they are free to explore the country, but must take another self-assessment after 10 days after arrival. If U.S. citizens are arriving to Serbia via North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria or Romania, they must provide a negative coronavirus test taken within the previous 48 hours. Learn more at the embassy website.
This popular African vacation destination is once again open to American visitors. Any travelers to South Africa will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. If they don’t provide test results, they will be required to quarantine at their own cost. There is a nightly curfew in place, and social distancing is strictly enforced. For more information about what your trip to South Africa will look like, visit the embassy website.
Travelers from the United States are permitted to travel around South Korea after they adhere to the 14-day required quarantine period and test negative for the coronavirus upon arrival. Travelers must also answer daily health questions through a mobile app to help the government monitor the spread of disease. Learn more at the embassy website.
No more than 72 hours before their departure for St. Barts, American travelers must take a COVID-19 test and provide the negative results. They must also sign a sworn statement acknowledging they are healthy and have not been in contact with coronavirus-positive people in the two weeks prior. Visit the embassy website for more travel specifics.
St. Kitts & Nevis
As long as American travelers complete the entry form on the national website and submit a negative test taken from an accredited laboratory within 72 hours of travel, they can visit St. Kitts & Nevis and stay at an approved hotel. Travelers should also be prepared to undergo a health screening at the airport, which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire, and download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing app. For the first seven days of vacation, visitors will be limited to their hotel but can move about the property and use its amenities. Travelers will be tested again on day seven (for a $100 out-of-pocket fee). If the test is negative, visitors are free to book excursions to select destinations around the island. After taking another PCR test on day 14 (and testing negative), visitors are allowed to fully integrate into the island community. The St. Kitts tourism website and the Nevis tourism website are frequently updated with information regarding entry.
Armed with a negative coronavirus test taken no more than a week before their trip to St. Lucia, Americans can visit this picturesque island nation. Before arrival, travelers will have to disclose health information in a travel registration form and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than seven days before arrival in St. Lucia. The negative test result must be emailed ahead of time before traveling, and you should print and carry with you: copies of the test result, the travel authorization letter and the email response received from submitting the travel authorization form. Travelers must also adhere to the medical screening procedures at the country’s airport and agree to stay in place at an approved facility for at least 14 days or the duration of their vacation. Visit the embassy website or the tourism board website before traveling to learn more specifics.
This Caribbean nation allows Americans to visit as long as they provide negative test results taken no more than 120 hours prior to departure. In addition, travelers must fill out a mandatory health authorization application prior to departure. St. Maarten also requires travelers to have health insurance coverage that will cover COVID-19 related expenses. Find more details on the country’s entrance website, which is frequently updated with the most recent travel entry requirements.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Americans looking to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be subject to many coronavirus tests, according to the embassy website. The first must be taken no more than five days before arrival in the island nation. Another test will be administered upon arrival and, no matter the results, a five-day quarantine period is mandatory. Visitors must take another negative test approximately four to five days after arrival before continuing to vacation in place for the next nine to 16 days in an approved location.
American tourists visiting Tanzania will be required to partake in health screenings upon arrival. The necessity for a negative COVID-19 test depends on the airline’s requirements rather than the country’s rules. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania website before planning a trip here.
Turkey does not place any restriction on American travelers after they provide health information in a form and partake in health screenings at the airport. In addition, you will be asked to take a COVID-19 test if you show symptoms. Only passengers exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms will require further examination and testing. Visitors should expect to see precautions in place, including restricted operating hours for stores and lack of in-person dining options. Learn more about travel to Turkey on the embassy website.
Turks and Caicos
A popular vacation spot among Americans, Turks and Caicos allows visitors from the states as long as those who are older than 10 provide negative coronavirus test results taken no more than five days before arrival. Travelers also must share health information in the form of a questionnaire prior to arrival. Learn more about COVID-19 in Turks and Caicos on the country’s tourism website.
United Arab Emirates
American travelers to the UAE who are older than 12 must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 96 hours of their departure. There are advanced medical screening measures in place at the ports of entry. Additionally, there are varying measures in place depending which emirate you’re traveling to. For example, if you plan to visit Abu Dhabi, you’ll be subject to wearing a GPS bracelet for 14 days to assist in contact tracing. To help safely plan your trip to the UAE, visit the embassy website.
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland require American travelers to partake in a 10-day quarantine period upon arrival. Failure to quarantine is punishable by fine. Be sure to check each country’s specific requirements as they could change before your trip. For example, different areas of England are imposing different restrictions depending what part of the country you travel to.Travelers will also have to provide their trip details and contact information in the form of a questionnaire prior to arrival. Note that travel to the U.K. is strongly discouraged because of the new mutant coronavirus strain present. Additionally, many countries are banning incoming flights from the U.K., so travelers might face some difficulties when trying to return home or in attempting to transit onward to other countries. Visit the embassy’s website to learn more about traveling to the U.K.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Americans can visit this U.S. territory in the Caribbean after showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within five days of travel and providing their travel authorization certificate from the USVI Travel Screening Portal. Tests are required for all travelers 5 and older. Upon arrival, all visitors will have their temperature taken and must complete a traveler screening questionnaire. Visit this website for more information on traveling here.
Zambia now allows all international travelers to enter the country. Those visiting from America need to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken at least 14 days before arrival. If you exhibit coronavirus symptoms upon arrival, you’ll be subject to a 14-day quarantine period in a government-appointed area. Learn more about travel to Zambia on the embassy website.
Keep in mind, you don’t need to leave the country to have a memorable vacation. While international destinations are tempting, there are plenty of enjoyable places to safely vacation around the U.S. Trade the Maldives for Maui, Hawaii, the Swiss Alps for Vail, Colorado, or an African safari for an adrenaline-filled Jeep ride through the desert of Sedona, Arizona. You can even find many lesser-known destinations around the country – such as St. Augustine, Florida; Leavenworth, Washington; or Holland, Michigan – that feel more like Europe than America.
Choosing a domestic vacation has its perks, especially during a pandemic. You won’t have to worry about visa restrictions, issues with entry or last-minute country closures ruining your trip. (Though note some states are imposing their own travel restrictions and quarantine rules.) Not to mention, you might find a little slice of paradise close to home that you can continue to visit.