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Countries Open to American Tourists: 2021 Restrictions Update

Lots of countries have partially or completely reopened, but many of them are not open to 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 most appealing destinations open to Americans.

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Disclaimer: Travel restrictions and governmental regulations can change rapidly and the information below might be outdated within a few hours. Therefore, double-check all information with your embassy or on official websites. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel.

Countries open to Americans

  • European Union (27-nation bloc) – European Union (27-nation bloc) – Reopening Coming Soon
  • Albania – No test, No quarantine (restrictions apply)
  • Anguilla – Closed until May 25
  • Antigua and Barbuda – Negative COVID-19 test and a 14-day quarantine 
  • Aruba – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • Bahamas – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine but mandatory health insurance
  • Barbados – Negative COVID-19 test and 5-day quarantine with a wristband
  • Bermuda – Negative COVID-19 test test and a 14-day quarantine
  • Brazil – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • Colombia – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • Costa Rica – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine but mandatory health insurance
  • Cuba – 2 Negative COVID-19 tests and a 5-day quarantine
  • Curacao – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • Dominican Republic – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • Dominica – 2 Negative COVID-19 tests and (possibly) quarantine
  • Dubai – Negative COVID-19 test and (possibly) quarantine
  • Ecuador – Negative COVID-19 test result OR vaccination certificate and a 14-day quarantine if the visitor is not vaccinated. 
  • Egypt – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • Guatemala – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine, and no restrictions for vaccinated travelers. (Conditions apply).
  • Jamaica – Negative COVID-19 test, a 14-day quarantine, and travel authorization
  • Maldives –  Negative COVID-19 test and -possibly- No quarantine. 
  • Mexico – No test, No quarantine
  • Morocco – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • Nicaragua – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • Pakistan – Negative COVID-19 test, 10-day quarantine.
  • Puerto Rico – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine and No test to return home
  • Rwanda – Negative COVID-19 test, and a 24-hour quarantine. 
  • Serbia – Negative COVID-19 test or Vaccine Certificate, No quarantine
  • Seychelles – Two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine
  • Sri Lanka – Negative COVID-19 test and a 14-day quarantine at a bubble hotel
  • St. Lucia – Negative COVID-19 test and quarantine
  • St. Maarten – Negative COVID-19 test and quarantine
  • Tanzania – No test, No quarantine
  • Turkey – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine depending of the country of departure
  • Turks and Caicos – Negative COVID-19 test, No quarantine
  • The US Virgin Islands – No test, No quarantine

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

Americans can visit 5 countries without a PCR test or quarantine: Albania, Mexico, Nicaragua, Tanzania and the US Virgin Islands.

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.

European Union (27-nation bloc) – Reopening Coming Soon

European Union flag

When can American tourists travel to Europe?

American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to enter the European Union this summer, said Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, last week. 

Both, The EU and the US are working on how to make vaccine certificates acceptable as proof of immunity for visitors. The entry rules and protocols have not been announced but they are expected to be released soon. 

“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines […] “Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A.,” said Von der Leyen.

Albania

Albania

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

At the moment there are no tests required and also no need to stay in quarantine, only health and temperature checks at the airport are necessary. Quarantine will only apply in specific cases when ordered by the country’s health authorities.

Americans visiting from Great Britain must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. However, as of today flights from the U.K. remain banned. 

Anguilla

Anguilla, the British overseas territory in the Caribbean, had to close its borders to international tourists due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. However, everything is set to start reopening the country from May 21.

On this date, the territory will reopen to returning nationals and residents, as long as they comply with the mandatory protocols.

On May 25, Anguilla expects to be able to reopen to international arrivals with the same protocols and restrictions they had before the closure. 

This means that quarantine will be mandatory for all visitors and it would go from 10 to 14 days depending on the epidemiologic situation in the territory they come from. (Source)

Travelers interested in this destination will also 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 need to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Visitors can have access to COVID-19 tests required to go back home at Mount St. John Medical Centre. The cost of a PCR test is $200 USD. 

Aruba

Aruba

Aruba is currently allowing tourists from Canada, Europe, the U.S, 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 to American tourists since July with a couple of entry restrictions. All visitors must submit a Travel Health Visa Application and wait for the approval. Together with the Health Visa they must purchase mandatory health insurance.

This mandatory travel insurance must cover:

  • Medical expenses up to USD $50,000 if travelers get the virus while on the island.
  • A COVID-19 extra test taken on the 5th day of the visitors’ stay
  • Quarantine accommodation expenses in case of getting infected with the virus. (from USD $500 per day/$7,000 USD max)
  • Medical evacuation in case of necessity due to COVID-19 (up to $50,000 USD)

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. All visitors must quarantine -wearing a wristband- at government-approved accommodation at their own expense. On day 5, they should get retested and if the result comes back negative they will be free to resume their trip.  

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

On the other hand, Barbados also allows vaccinated visitors with only 2 quarantine days. However, according to the new official travel guidelines, Effective May 8, vaccinated visitors who have been to South Africa or Brazil within the 21 day period immediately prior to their arrival, will need to agree to a different set of rules. To learn more about this new restriction click here

Bermuda

Bermuda

All visitors coming to Bermuda must take and pass a PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of their departure. American residents do not require a negative COVID-19 test to enter Bermuda, but they must quarantine for 8 days after arrival. 

From December 8, all visitors are required to wear a Traveler Wristband for the first 14 days of their stay. Removing the tracking wristband before the 14th day of their stay can result in a fine of $500. The cost of the bracelet is USD $300 and must be paid on arrival. The bracelet pairs up with a phone app. 

If a visitor does not want to download the app on their phones they will have to also 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 at their accommodation. 

Brazil

brazil reopen borders to tourism

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

While Brazil is currently open to 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.

Colombia

colombia reopening borders

Colombia reopened its borders for Americans and other tourists. As of now, all visitors must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. 

Filling a health form called Check-Mig and downloading the CoronAPP tracking app are also required to monitor their health after arrival.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is open to Americans and PCR tests or quarantine are no longer required. Only insurance that covers COVID is required, and filling out a health travel form.

For more information check full post on Costa Rica reopening.

Cuba

Cuba

Cuba is open to American tourists. Upon arrival in Cuba, all travelers must take a mandatory PCR test and need to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 5 days at a government-approved facility or until they can produce a negative result. 

All visitors must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before departure and fill out a health declaration card.

Curacao

Curacao

Curacao is open to American tourists. All travelers are now allowed to enter if they bring a negative COVID-19 test result. Quarantine is not needed. 

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

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Americans visiting the Dominical Republic no longer need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test on arrival or quarantine. 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 a mandatory 7-day quarantine at their own expense.

Additionally, they may need to 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 Affidavit. 

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 to Americans and other foreign tourists. All visitors are required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours before arrival and agree to take another upon arrival. Depending on their point of departure, they might also have to quarantine. 

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 to 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. Quarantine requirements depend on the Emirate the traveler is visiting.  Also, all visitors must have travel health insurance that will cover COVID-19 medical expenses in the country.

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

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 American tourists under a few conditions. Visitors (including minors) must bring a negative PCR test taken within 10 days before the flight. Upon arrival, they will also be checked for COVID symptoms.

Starting March 28, all Americans will be able to enter without a negative COVID-19 test and bypass the quarantine period if they have received two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine and can produce a certificate. This is valid for the mainland and the Galapagos Islands. 

Additionally, 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 96 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 arrive without a COVID test, they will need to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. Also, Guatemala has reopened without restrictions to vaccinated travelers.

Visitors who have been to the U.K. (including Northern Ireland), or South Africa within the past 14 days could be denied entry, according to Guatemalan 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 taken 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.

Travelers who test positive or have been exposed to people who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  Exposure can occur at a resort or in transit to/from their resort/hotel. 

Visitors traveling to the airport for departure who come into contact with someone who tests positive will be denied boarding and quarantined for 14 days. Travelers who are required to quarantine will be required to pay for any additional extended stay.  You should reconsider travel to Maldives if you do not have sufficient funds to cover any additional quarantine period.

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.

According to the new travel restriction Circular No: 88-PS/CIR/2021/31, Maldives has eased even more the restrictions for vaccinated travelers. These must have taken the second dose of a vaccine against COVID-19, at least, 14 days prior to their arrival. As of now, the country will only accept vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Maldives Food and Drug Authority.

Check our full Maldives reopening to tourist post!

Mexico

Mexico fully open for Americans

Mexico remains fully open to all visitors. However, the CDC has recommended Americans to avoid this country. Getting travel insurance is advised.

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. 

Morocco

morocco reopening borders

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. 

Travelers must submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure, but no quarantine is needed. 

However, Americans visiting from the following countries will not allowed entry since the Morocco government has decided to suspend all flights to and from these territories: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. 

Check out the full post about Morocco reopening.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is open to American tourists. They only have to bring a negative COVID-19 test but they do not need to quarantine. Borders have been opened since July, 2020. 

The COVID-19 situation is unclear since the local government has not revealed any reliable or confirmable data about the situation in the country. 

Pakistan

Pakistan

Pakistan is another country that has reopened to Americans. Visitors must submit proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result but they do not have to undergo quarantine. Only symptomatic passengers must take an additional test upon arrival.

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

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is open to 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 submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure and email the test results to [email protected] and take an additional test upon arrival. 

American citizens are now compelled to undergo an approximately 24-hour mandatory quarantine at a government-approved hotel while awaiting the results of the test taken at the airport.

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. Quarantine is not required.

According to the latest government report, effective April 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers will not need to bring a negative COVID-19 test, nor quarantine upon arrival in the country. 

Travelers will want to keep in mind the country still 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. Otherwise, they will need to submit proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test and quarantine. 

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 is open to American tourists. All arrivals will need proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result and health insurance. 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 every time 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 retake the test upon arrival.

Tanzania

Tanzania

Tanzania is open to Americans and other visitors with no PCR COVID-19 test or quarantine restrictions. 

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

turkey - countries open to americans

Turkey is open to 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 not hard to apply for an e-visa online.

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is another country open to American tourists in Caribbean waters. Visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 5 days prior to departure, certification of health insurance that covers COVID-19, and they must fill out an online health screening questionnaire.

The US Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte has just clarified that Americans visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands do not have to quarantine or submit a COVID-19 test on arrival or when coming back home because they are also part of the American soil.

For further information about this matter, click here.