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Countries open to American tourists: Latest Updates

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Lots of countries have partially or completely reopened, but many of them are not open for Americans due to the high rates of infection in the U.S.

Even when they take American tourists, there are a number of restrictions and regulations travelers need to be aware of. Covid-19 PCR tests or mandatory quarantines are among the most popular. 

Here is a complete list of the most popular destinations open to Americans. 

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Which countries are open to Americans without a PCR test or quarantine?

Americans can visit 8 countries without a PCR test or quarantine: Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Belarus, Tanzania and Albania.

Can Americans travel to Europe right now?

Yes, Americans can travel to Europe but only to countries outside of the Schengen Zone, such as, U.K., Turkey, Serbia, Albania, etc. Traveling to countries in the Schengen Zone is still banned.

Can Americans travel to Mexico?

Yes, Americans can visit Mexico but only via air. Land borders with Mexico are still closed.

Albania

Test or quarantine not required!

Albania

Albania was one of the first countries that started reopening its borders already on July 1st.

At the moment there are no tests required and also no need to stay in the quarantine, only health and temperature checks at the airport.

As of today, only essential travelers visiting from Great Britain must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Although, flights from the U.K. remain banned. 

Anguilla

This British overseas territory in the Caribbean is open to visitors from all countries, including the U.S. Quarantine is mandatory for all arrivals and it can go from 10 to 14 days depending on the epidemiologic situation in the territory they come from. (Source)

Travelers interested in this destination will need to request authorization to travel to the country. In addition they will need to present proof of a negative PCR test taken in the 3-5 days prior to their arrival.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

All arrivals by air must have a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result within 7 days of departure from their point of origin.

Children under 12 are exempt. Visitors arriving by sea will be quarantined. All travelers will be assessed by the Port Health Authorities and will continue to be monitored for up to 14 days.

Aruba

Aruba

Aruba is currently allowing tourists from Canada, Europe, the US, most of the Caribbean, plus, all Central American and South American countries (excluding Venezuela & Peru).

On January 25, the Aruba Government closed its borders with Brazil until further notice. 

All visitors must undergo a molecular SARS-CoV-2 test before entering the country. 

Travelers should upload their negative COVID-19 PCR test results to their online ED card prior to travel. Check it here.  

Travelers who do not provide a negative COVID-19 PCR prior to arrival must test upon arrival at the airport and isolate in their hotel until they receive a negative test result.

Bahamas

Bahamas

The Bahamas is open for American tourists since July with a couple of entry restrictions. All visitors must submit a Travel Health Visa Application and wait for the approval.

Travelers to the Bahamas also need to have a negative PCR COVID test in order to be able to board a plane. The test must be taken no longer than 72 hours before the flight.

Bahamas only reports 10-20 cases per day. Despite this, CDC organization doesn’t recommend any travel to Bahamas and the current warning is at level 3, which means that the risk of getting or spreading COVID is high. (Source: CDC.gov – Bahamas Warning Level 3)

Barbados

Barbados requires travelers from all countries to submit a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding.

They must also fill out an Embarkation/Disembarkation form 24 hours before departure. Those who do not present the test may be denied entry.

Bermuda

Bermuda

All visitors coming to Bermuda must take and pass a PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of their departure.

Residents do not require a negative COVID-19 test to enter Bermuda, but they must quarantine for 8 days after arrival.  As of today, they will be required to wear a quarantine bracelet at a cost of $300 on arrival.  The bracelet pairs with a phone app. 

If a resident does not want to download the app on their phones they will have to also need to buy a new phone on arrival. 

Since Dec. 4, all travelers visiting Bermuda from the U.K. or who have visited the U.K. within the last 14 days, must undergo a 4-day quarantine in their accommodation. 

Brazil

brazil reopen borders to tourism

In order to be granted entry to Brazil, both national and foreign visitors are required to present a negative (RT-PCR) test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. 

While Brazil is currently open for Americans and others who arrive by air, those who wish to arrive by land or sea will have to wait for an indefinite period. 

All those arriving in Brazil are required to have travel health insurance that will cover any medical treatment they might require while in the country. Quarantine is not required.

We published a detailed post about Brazil reopening borders recently, make sure you check it out.

Chile

This South American nation is currently allowing American visitors, along with almost every other traveler. Travelers will need to bring a negative PCR COVID-19 result of a test taken in the 72 hours prior to their arrival, they will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

UK flights and U.S. travelers who have been to the U.K. in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Chile have been banned from entering the country.

Colombia

Test or quarantine not required!

colombia reopening borders

Colombia reopened border to tourists from all countries with a few restrictions to follow.

LATEST UPDATE: Colombian government has changed the entry restrictions and PCR testing is no longer required for visitors from ALL countries. A tracking app and a health form are still required!


All visitors must provide a negative COVID test before boarding the flight to Colombia, fill out Check-Mig form, and download the CoronAPP and keep monitoring their health after arrival.

Costa Rica

Test or quarantine not required!

Costa Rica

LATEST UPDATE: PCR tests are no longer required for visiting COSTA RICA. Only insurance that covers COVID is required, and filling out the health travel form.

For more information check full post on Costa Rica reopening.

Cuba

Cuba

Cuba opened for tourism and is gradually lifting COVID-19 related restrictions.

All visitors must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before arrival to the country. All travelers will also be required to fill out a health declaration card.

Upon arrival in Cuba, all travelers will also have to take a mandatory PCR test and need to undergo a mandatory quarantine period until they can produce a result

Curacao

Curacao

Curacao changed its travel restrictions from January 1 and all American tourists are allowed now to enter.

Passengers must present a PCR test taken no longer than 48 hours before departure and fill out and print a digital immigration card (DI).

U.S. visitors arriving in Curacao from the United States who submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test are not required to quarantine.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Visitors to the Dominical Republic no longer need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test on arrival.

Instead, the Dominican authorities will also administer a rapid test to randomly-selected passengers on arrival. 

Travelers arriving without a negative PCR test certificate might eventually be subject to mandatory 7-day quarantine at their own expense.

However, they will be isolated until the results come back negative. In addition, all passengers must undergo a comprehensive health evaluation upon arrival. They must also fill out a Traveler’s Health Affadavit. 

The country is under a nation-wide curfew. Failure to follow the curfew may result in arrest. This includes U.S. tourists. 

Dominica

Dominica is open for national and foreign tourists. All visitors are required to present PCR swab test with a negative result taken up to 72 hours before arrival. They are also required to fill out an online form 24 hours before boarding. 

Both documents must be uploaded and submitted. Once visitors receive an approval email from the Dominican Ministry of Health they will be allowed to fly to Dominica.

Dubai – UAE

dubai reopening borders

Dubai is open for Americans as well as for tourists from all countries. All arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no longer than 96 before departure. 

Considering the country of origin, arrivals may need to get re-tested on arrival.

Also, all visitors must have travel health insurance that will cover COVID-19 medical expenses in the country.

Check more info about Dubai (UAE) reopening borders.

Ecuador

ecuador opening borders to tourists

Ecuador opened its borders to all visitors from all around the world including the American tourists under a few conditions.

Visitors (including minors) must bring a negative PCR test taken within 10 days before the flight. Upon arrival, visitors will be checked for COVID symptoms.

If the visitor does not show visible symptoms of COVID-19, entrance will be granted without the need to quarantine. Otherwise, they will need to quarantine for 14 days.

On the other hand, Galapagos Islands, one of Ecuador’s most popular destinations require visitors to present a negative PCR test rest taken 96 hours before arrival to the islands.

Egypt

Egypt

All Americans visiting Egypt must bring a negative PCR test certificate taken at a maximum of 72 hours before departure. Also, visitors must show proof of health insurance upon arrival. (Bring hard copies). 

Travelers to Sharm El Sheikh are allowed to visit without a PCR test and then be tested upon arrival. In this case, travelers have to quarantine until they can produce negative test results.

Check our full post about Egypt Reopening Borders with current restrictions and updated information.

Guatemala

Guatemala

Guatemala reopened on September 18 to all visitors, including Americans. There are some restrictions and entry regulations in place.

All visitors need to have a negative PCR COVID test taken no longer than 72 hours before the flight. If visitors will come without the COVID test, they will need to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

Visitors who have been to the U.K. within the past 14 days could be denied entry or be subject to quarantine, according to the Guatemala authorities. 

Jamaica

U.S. Citizens need to request and obtain a travel authorization within 5 days of their planned travel date.  

Americans, Brazilians, Mexicans, and people from Dominican Republic are required to pass a Covid-19 PCR test within 10 days of departure. Visitors aged 12 years or over are exempt.

U.S. visitors are required to quarantine at their accommodation of arrival for up to 14 days. 

Read our full post on Jamaica reopening to tourism

Maldives

Maldives is open for American tourists

There is no mandatory quarantine for tourists, including Americans. They only need to submit a PCR test taken no longer than 96 hours before departure.

All visitors will be asked a few questions and have their temperature taken by officials at the airport and will be required to fill out a health declaration card. 

Islands with confirmed COVID-19 patients have been placed under travel lockdown. Visiting those places remains prohibited.

Check our full Maldives reopening to tourist post!

Mexico

Tests or quarantine are not required

Mexico fully open for Americans

Mexico remains fully open to all visitors. Although, the CDC has recommended Americans to avoid this country. 

Mexico has been one of the few countries that has not closed its borders to Americans.

Visitors traveling to tourist hotspots such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Playa del Carmen will find that all hotels and other touristic venues are open but operating at a limited capacity. 

Getting travel insurance is advised.

Morocco

morocco reopening borders

All visitors must submit a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure, but no quarantine is needed. 

visitors from visa-exempt countries including the United States, are allowed entry. They will be required to submit a business trip invitation or a reserved booking to be able to do tourism in the country.

Check out the full post about Morocco reopening.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Nicaragua already opened its borders on July 24 but the COVID-19 situation is very unclear since the local government is not being very transparent about it. 

The country is open to visitors from all countries but proof of a negative PCR COVID test result is required.

The Nicaraguan government has not officially imposed any quarantine policies as of yet. 

Pakistan

Pakistan

Pakistan is another country that reopened to Americans.

Americans are currently allowed in Pakistan. Visitors must submit proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test rest but they do not have to undergo quarantine. 

Travelers are also required to install and register on the Pass Track app prior departure. 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is open for all travelers with a few entry restrictions. They need to bring a negative PCR test, otherwise, they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Travelers who enter the country must have tested negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of arrival. 

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and, therefore, excluded from the requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to return to the mainland United States. 

Check our post for more info about Puerto Rico entry requirements for US citizens during COVID-19.

Rwanda

is rwanda open to americans

All travelers to Rwanda must fill out a form prior to arrival. Visitors must also pass a Covid-19 PRC test within 72 hours of departure and email the test results to [email protected].

They will be tested again when they arrive in the country, but are not subject to any quarantines unless they test positive.

Visitors will also be required to be re-tested before going on any tours.

Serbia

is Serbia open to american tourists?

Visitors whose point of departure is the United States must submit either a negative PCR test or negative antigen test. This new requirement includes passengers who transit another airport on their way from the United States to Serbia.

The country has limited commercial air traffic. Find more information about flights on their official website

Seychelles

Girl swimming in Seychelles

Americans can now visit the Seychelles islands as long as they have been previously vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinated travelers will be free from all movement restrictions.

Visitors in this category must have received both doses of the vaccine at least two weeks before traveling. They will also need to get tested for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to boarding and submit both certificates to receive a Health Travel Authorization. (Source)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka train passing through village

Sri Lanka announced its reopening to international tourism, specifically that of the US, an important consumer of the country’s tourist services. Arrivals will need proof of negative PCR COVID-19 test results.

Once in Sri Lanka Americans will need to stay for 14 days in one of the country’s “bio bubbles” made of 1 or multiple hotels. They will have access to all common areas in their bubble and they can get tested for COVID-19 everytime they wish to leave their hotel. (Source)

St. Lucia

All travelers, including those from the bubble countries, must fill out a Travel Registration Form online and submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 7 days prior to departure. 

All visitors must either confirm a reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation provider for the duration of their stay or pre-arranged stay at a government-operated quarantine facility

St. Maarten

St Maarten Opening To American Tourists

Travelers to St. Maarten will be required to fill out an online health declaration form 72 hours prior to arrival.

They must also carry a copy on their person. They are required to pass a Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival. They may be asked to re-take the test upon arrival.

The United Kingdom

The U.K

The U.K. is open for American tourists. However, travel for non-essential reasons completely discouraged due to the new highly-contagious strains first detected in Britain. 

All travelers must submit a negative (NAAT or antigen test) result or documentation that confirms a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the traveler has been cleared for travel.

All travelers are also requested to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine

Tanzania

Tanzania

All visitors to Tanzania must pass a Covid-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to travel. They must also follow all government safety recommendations while in the country.

Since there are no direct flights from the US to Tanzania, Americans must fly through a country that allows them to transit.

One possible transit point is Turkey.

Turkey

PCR Test is required

turkey - countries open to americans

Turkey is open American tourists with new entry requirements. All visitors must present proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test or documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days prior arrival in the country.  

Anyone showing symptoms of having COVID-19 will be taken to a hospital for examination and will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine until they can produce a negative result.

Commercial airlines continue to resume their operation on a country-by-country basis.

Americans require a visa to enter Turkey but it’s straightforward to apply for an e-visa online.

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is another country opened to American tourists in Caribbean waters.

Requirements that need to be submitted in the TCI (Online Portal) are:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result (5 days prior to departure)
  • Insurance that covers COVID-19
  • Online health screening questionnaire

The US Virgin Islands

As of August 19th, due to a surge in Covid-19 cases, the US Virgin Islands shut down tourism for 30 days.

A stay-at-home order is in effect.