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Countries open to American tourists – [Latest Update]

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Covid-19 has changed our lives. For those who love to travel, there are many challenges. For a while, borders were closed. Now, many countries have gradually or completely opened them again, but many are not open for Americans at this time due to the high rates of infection in the US.

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.

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Countries open to Americans

Even when a country is open for visitors, tourist sites may have restricted access.

Travelers need to investigate before booking their trips and also understand the safety regulations of the country they are visiting. Most are requiring social distancing and masks, for example.

FAQs:

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

Americans can visit 7 countries without a PCR test or quarantine: Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Belarus, Albania, and Turkey.

Can Americans travel to Europe right now?

Yes, Americans can travel to Europe but only to countries out of Schengen Zone, such as, UK, Turkey, Serbia, Albania, etc. Traveling to countries in 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.

Countries open to American tourists

Albania

Test or quarantine not required!

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.

For more info check US embassy in Albania website.

Antigua and Barbuda

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.

Aruba

Since July 10th, Aruba has allowed tourists from Canada, Europe, the US, and most of the Caribbean.

However, all visitors must undergo a Molecular SARS-CoV-2 test before entering the country. Exceptions are made for children 14 and under.

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.

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 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

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.

Belarus

Test or quarantine not required!

Belarus - Country Opened to American tourists

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.

Check our full post for more information about Belarus reopening and restrictions.

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.

Bermuda

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

Children 9 and under are exempt. An online travel authorization form must be completed and a fee of $75 is required for those over 9. Children 9 and under must pay a $30 fee.

Travelers are also asked to have travel health insurance and to pack a thermometer. They will be asked to take their temperature twice per day while in the country and report it on the online form.

Brazil

Test or quarantine not required!

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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 until at least August 28th.

All those arriving in Brazil are required to have travel health insurance that will cover any medical treatment they require while they are in the country. PCR test or quarantine are not required!

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

Cambodia

Cambodia started reopening for tourism! All travelers who come to Cambodia must present a valid visa issued by a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate. E-visa programs have been suspended.

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

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.

Colombia

Test or quarantine not required!

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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 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!

LATEST UPDATE: PCR test are no more 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.


UPDATE: from NOVEMBER 1st, Costa Rica will allow ALL US states to enter. (Source: Afar.com)

Dominican Republic

Visitors to the Dominical Republic over the age of 5 must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test.

The test must have been taken within 5 days prior to arrival. Passengers failing to meet this requirement will be tested by officials upon arrival at no additional cost to themselves.

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 curfew in some locations until September 2nd. For details, see the above web page.

Check our full-post on Dominican Republic reopening for tourists!

Dominica

All visitors are required to pass a Covid-19 PCR test between 24-72 hours of their arrival in Dominica. They are also required to fill out an online form.

When they arrive in the country, they will be checked by officials and undergo another, rapid, test. If there is any sign they are infected, they will be quarantined.

Dubai – UAE

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Americans who wish to travel to Dubai must register online prior to their trip.

They must download an app and fill out a health declaration. They are also required to pass a Covid-19 PCR test within 96 hours of departure.

They must have travel health insurance that will cover COVID medical expenses in the country.

Check more info about Dubai (UAE) reopening borders.

Ecuador

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

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.

Egypt

Egypt is allowing tourism to its seaside resorts in the Southern Sinai Peninsula.

These include Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab, the Red Sea province, the Hurghada and Marsa Alam resorts, and Marsa Matrouh.

Tourists are required to have a travel health insurance policy that will cover them in Egypt.

Is COVID-19 test required for US citizens to enter Egypt? – Yes.

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

French Polynesia

French Polynesia reopening to Americans

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.

Travelers also have to register on the Electronic Travel Information System and take another COVID test 4 days after the arrival. 

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

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.

For more information, check our full post on Guatemala reopening to tourism!

Jamaica

Those traveling to Jamaica from August 1st through September 30th must have a Travel Authorization prior to their flight. There is a digital form they will need to fill out on the website.

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.

Read our full post on Jamaica reopening to tourism!

Maldives

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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.

Check our full Maldives reopening to tourist post!

Mexico

Test or quarantine not required!

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Update: Mexico remains fully open and demand for flights from the US is increasing but the CDC organization released the highest warning for US citizens. All travel to Mexico should be avoided.

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

morocco reopening borders

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.

Check out the full post about Morocco reopening.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua already opened border on July 24th but the Covid situation is very unclear and the local government is not being very transparent.

The country is opened to all countries also US citizens but proof of a negative PCR COVID test is required.

Therefore, almost no airlines resumed their flights to Nicaragua. It seems that this will last until October.

For more information check full post on Nicaragua reopening borders.

Pakistan

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.

For more info, check full post on Pakistan reopening!

Puerto Rico

While Puerto Rico planned to reopen for tourists on July 15th along with many other Caribbean nations, a spike of Covid-19 cases put a halt to this.

Only essential travel to the country is being allowed right now.

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

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.

Saint Barthelemy

Visitors to Saint Barthelemy are required to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of boarding their plane.

If they are not able to do this, they will be tested at the airport and required to quarantine for 24 hours.

If they plan to stay longer than a week, on the 7th day they must be re-tested.

Children under 10 are exempt.

Serbia

is Serbia open to american tourists?

Serbia is allowing most travelers to come to the country under pre-Covid-19 terms.

There is no mandatory test requirement and there are no quarantines.

However, visitors from the US, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Northern Macedonia must pass a Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours of their arrival.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia has identified what it is calling a designated travel bubble. This is a list of countries that is at low risk of Covid-19.

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.

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 UK

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Can Americans travel to UK now?

The United Kingdom is one of the few European countries accepting American tourists right now.

In order to travel here, you will need to fill out a Public Health Passenger Locator Form. You will also need to quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival or submit COVID-19 test.

Check our post: Which countries can enter the UK?

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

Testing or quarantine is not required!

turkey - countries open to americans

Americans visiting Turkey are not required to undergo mandatory tests.

However, if they show symptoms of the coronavirus, they will be required to undergo a PCR test and maybe required to quarantine at their own expense.

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

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is another country opened to American tourist 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.

Conclusion

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.