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Even when countries are open to American tourists, there are often regulations that you’ll need to be aware of. Many countries require a Covid-19 PCR test performed prior to your arrival. Others require mandatory quarantines.
As of August 9th, 2020, the travel advisory was updated for Antigua and Barbuda. All visitors arriving by air must have a negative Covid-19 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.
Since July 10th, Aruba has allowed tourists from Canada, Europe, the US, and most of the Caribbean.
For travelers from the US, however, more stringent testing is required from states that are considered high-risk. The website above lists these states and allows you to enter your location to determine your options.
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 Bahamas also need to have a negative PCR COVID test in order to be able to board a plane. The test must take taken no longer than 72 hours before the flight.
Bahamas seems a safe country to visit, according to their daily COVID rates. There are only 5-15 cases per day. Despite this, CDC organization doesn’t recommend any travel to Bahamas and a current warning is at level 4, which means that the risk of getting or spreading COVID is high! (Source: CDC.gov – Bahamas Warning Level 4)
Barbados requires travelers from high-risk countries, which includes Americans, to take a Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the Caribbean country.
They must also fill out an Embarkation/Disembarkation form in which they answer health questions pertaining to Covid-19 symptoms. Those who do not pass a Covid-19 test before departure will be quarantined in Barbados while awaiting the results of a test given upon arrival.
Test or quarantine not required!
American tourists are allowed to travel to Belarus without self-quarantine or proving the COVID test but all visitors must go through screenings and health checks on arrival at the Airport.
As of August, 28th, Belarus has more than 71, 346 positive COVID cases, and 667 recorded deads. The Department of State has issued warning Level 4 to U.S. citizens to reconsider their travel plans to Belarus and other countries.
At the moment, Belavia Airline is operating from Belarus and connects very well to flights from the US via Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, and Paris.
Additionally, foreigners are required to give a $2,000 deposit when arriving at the airport and additionally purchase a local health insurance package for Covid-19 treatment.
They must also have tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their arrival in Cambodia and will also be tested once they arrive. If any traveler on the arriving flight tests positive for the coronavirus then all passengers will be quarantined for 14 days and re-tested.
Croatia is one of the few European countries open to Americans. It was the first European Union member to lift travel bans from the US. However, Americans will need to fill out an online form before departure which shows proof of accommodation.
They will also be required to test negative for Covid-19 within 48 hours of arrival at the border. If their test is older, they will be allowed to enter Croatia, but must self-isolate until they are tested, at their own expense, locally. Those who enter without passing a PCR test will be asked to quarantine for at least 7 days while taking a local test.
Visitors must bring a negative PCR test taken within 10 days before the flight and of course wear a face mask the whole time at the airport. Upon arrival, visitors will be checked for COVID symptoms.
If everything is fine, entrance will be granted without the need to quarantine.
If the traveler doesn’t bring a test or they don’t pass the healthy checks, they will need to quarantine 14 days in accommodation provided by the government, at the traveler’s expense. That being said, make sure you follow your symptoms and stay safe between the time you take tests and travel.
Galapagos Islands are one of the most popular attractions in Ecuador. They are also opened for all visitors but they require a negative PCR test taken 96 hours before the arrival to the islands.
Can Americans travel to French Polynesia? Good news, the answer is YES! French Polynesia is open to ALL countries including US citizens and requires only proof of a negative COVID test taken 72hours before the flight.
French Polynesia is a paradise located in the Pacific Ocean with more than 118 islands. The most popular destinations loved by tourists are definitely Bora Bora and Tahiti.
Therefore, if you are ready to comply with all the steps and procedures you should try it. You won’t regret it.
Guatemala fully reopened on September 18th to ALL countries, including Americans! But of course, there are some restrictions and entry regulations in place.
All visitors need to have a negative PCR COVID test taken not longer than 72 hours before the flight. If visitors will come without the COVID test, they will need to quarantine for 14 days on their own expense.
Few airlines already started resuming their flights. You can find various options from Houston, Newark, Washington, Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami operated by United, Delta or American Airlines.
Americans as well as Brazilians, Mexicans, and those from the Dominican Republic are required to pass a Covid-19 PCR test within 10 days of departure. Those 12 years or under are exempt.
They will undergo health screening upon arrival. Since the US is still considered high-risk by the Jamaican government, Americans will also be given a test on arrival and expected to stay under quarantine until the results are in.
After that, they, like all other tourists, will be restricted to the grounds of the resort at which they are staying.
There is no mandatory quarantine for tourists, including Americans, to the Maldives. You only need to submit a PCR test.
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. However, tourists will be restricted to the grounds of the resort they are staying at while they are in the country, and travel between islands is not allowed for visitors at this time.
Mexico was one of the few countries that never actually closed its borders to Americans though hotels, resorts, and tourist attractions were shut down due to Covid-19.
Can Americans travel to Mexico? Yes!
Visitors from all around the world (including Americans) traveling to tourist sites such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Playa del Carmen will find that many hotels are now open and flights have resumed.
No tests are needed. It’s recommended that visitors have travel insurance.
Morocco is reopening borders to all visitors from VISA-FREE countries including United States.
Visitors are required to submit a business trip invitation or just a reservation from the hotel.
Also visitors are required to submit a negative PCR test on arrival.
Pakistan is another country that reopened to Americans!
From Oct. 5th, every nationality can enter Pakistan but there is a green-list of 38 countries that can enter without testing! Unfortunately, the US is not on the list and if you are planning to travel to Pakistan, you will need to submit a COVID test.
The US is not on this list, so visitors from the US must undergo a 14-day quarantine if they wish to enter St. Lucia and they will be restricted to the property of their resort while they are in the country.
In addition, all travelers, including those from the bubble countries, must fill out a Travel Registration Form online and take and pass a Covid-19 test within 7 days prior to departure. Those under the age of 3 are exempt.
As you can see, there are many countries where you can travel as an American. Some, such as Tanzania, places very few restrictions on visitors. Others, such as the UK, will require a 2-week quarantine.
It’s best to understand and comply with the rules of the country you travel to, and it’s best to check the websites provided for the most up-to-date travel information before you book your flight and again before your departure date. Right now, with the uncertainty caused by Covid-19, it’s more important than ever to keep yourself informed.