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Find out which countries are welcoming US tourists back
Forrest Brown and Brekke Fletcher, CNNUpdated: Sun, 28 Feb 2021
03:58:27 GMTSource: CNNEditor's Note: CNN Travel updates this
article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on February
27. The US State Department advises that travelers consult
country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the
CDC's latest guidance. Before you make any international travel
plans, check these sites first and again before you depart.
Once one of the world's most powerful travel documents, the might
of the United States passport has been diminished during the pandemic.
With US Covid-19 cases over the 28.5 million mark, some nations
continue to view American vacationers warily.
In the end, it's up to you to decide whether travel to
international destinations is a good idea. The health risks are
obvious. Nations might change their rules at any time. You may have to
adhere to stricter curfews and mask mandates than Americans are used to
following. Violations could involve hefty fines and even jail time.
If you want expert input into your decision, the US Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the US State Department provide Covid-19
risk assessments by country.
Also, keep this in mind: All air passengers 2 and older must show proof
of a negative Covid-19 test that's no more than 72 hours old to
enter the United States. That includes US citizens returning from trips
to other countries. Be sure to get information on testing sites in your
destination for your return trip. US embassies report some countries
are having trouble returning test results within the 72-hour window.
What follows is an alphabetical list of countries and territories where
it's still possible for US passport holders to go for a vacation
if they're willing to take the risks and links to where you can
find out updates and crucial details:
Set on the Adriatic Sea, Albania remains open. While there's no
Covid-19 test requirements or quarantine to enter, you can expect a
health screening. Mask requirements and new curfews are in place. More
info: US Embassy in Albania.
This British territory in the Caribbean is accepting US visitors. You
must be pre-approved; click here to start the process and read up on
extensive Covid-19 testing requirements, including the specific type of
test you must get, as well as mandatory quarantine and insurance. More
details: The US Embassy.
Antigua and Barbuda
US travelers 12 and older to Antigua and Barbuda arriving by air must
present a negative Covid-19-RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain
reaction) test result, using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab. It
must be taken within seven days of the flight.
Visitors are subject to monitoring by health officials for 14 days and
another Covid-19 test may be required, which could mean quarantining
while waiting for the result. More info: US Embassy website | Antigua
and Barbuda government website
NEW: From the historical capital of Yerevan to wild national parks,
Armenia is open to US tourists. Armenia was in a brief war last year
with neighboring Azerbaijan, but a peace treaty was signed in November.
To enter, you must have a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken
within 72 hours of arrival or take a test upon arrival for about $40
and self-isolate until you get your result. More info: US Embassy |
Armenia's official Covid-19 travel website
Scroll down to the "Dutch Caribbean" entry below for
information on Aruba and other islands in this group.
Visitors 11 and older must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result no
more than five days old before arrival. Once you have the negative
result, you can apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa here, where you
must opt in for Covid-19 health insurance. You must also take a rapid
test on day 5 unless you're leaving. Get updates: US Embassy
website | Bahamas' travel website
US citizens may travel to this culturally rich South Asian nation. To
enter, you must have a medical certificate with English translation
stating you're negative for Covid-19, with the PCR test taken
within 72 hours of travel. You must also "home quarantine"
for 14 days even with a negative result. More details: US Embassy in
US citizens must complete an online travel form and submit it 24 hours
before leaving. You must present a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test
result, taken within 72 hours of arrival. All travelers must take a
rapid antigen test on arrival.
As the US is designated a high-risk country, you must still quarantine
at an approved hotel or resort until you get a second test and negative
result. The quarantine is a minimum of five nights. You must also wear
an electronic tracking bracelet. The US Embassy says PCR tests are
backlogged. More info: The US Embassy | Visit Barbados website.
Known for diving and jungle wildlife, this Central American nation is
open to US citizens. To enter, you must download the Belize Health App
and have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of
arrival or a rapid test within 48 hours of arrival. Or you can be
tested upon arrival at a cost of $50. More info: US Embassy in Belize |
Belize Tourism Board
This Atlantic island requires each inbound passenger 10 and older to
apply for travel authorization at the cost of $75 per adult and $30 for
flight crew and children 9 and younger. Upon arrival, passengers must
present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than five
days before departure. You'll be tested again at the airport and
quarantined while awaiting for those results. More tests are required
on days 4, 8 and 14 of your visit. More: US Embassy in Bermuda |
Bermuda Tourism Authority
This landlocked South American country of wildly varying landscapes
allows US visitors who have a negative Covid-19 test taken within 10
days of a flight departing North America. Expect a health screening. No
quarantines are in place. More details: US Embassy in Bolivia.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
US citizens may enter Bosnia and Herzegovinia, known for cosmopolitan
Sarajevo and gorgeous lakes, with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result
that's less than 48 hours old. More info: US Embassy.
US citizens can enter this safari favorite with a negative Covid-19 PCR
test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure. If you fail
to provide test results or show coronavirus symptoms, you will have to
quarantine for 14 days at your own expense. The US Embassy says PCR
test results are not readily available within 72 hours. Click for more:
US Embassy in Botswana.
South America's largest country has banned entry by land and sea
(with a few exceptions) and put stricter measures on visitors by air.
You must fill out a health declaration and present a negative Covid-19
PCR test result taken with 72 hours of boarding the flight. Be sure to
read the requirements for various ages on the website for the US
Embassy in Brazil.
British Virgin Islands
UPDATE: US citizens need a travel certificate that you can get at the
BVI Gateway website. There's a $175 entry fee. You need a negative
Covid-19 test result taken five days or less before travel to enter.
You'll also get another test on arrival and must quarantine four
days while waiting for results. More information: US Embassy website |
BVI government website.
Home to Angkor Wat, Cambodia requires a $2,000 deposit and you must
possess a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of
arrival. You must also take two more Covid-19 tests -- on arrival and
on day 13 of a 14-day mandatory quarantine. You must also buy a $90
local health insurance package. More info: US Embassy in Cambodia
Chile recently opened to US citizens. You must fill out an
"affidavit of travelers" form 48 hours or less before
boarding, present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72
hours of boarding your final flight and have proof of Covid-19 health
insurance with $30,000 minimum coverage. Details: US Embassy in Chile |
Chile's travel website
All arriving passengers to Colombia should either have a negative
result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before
departing; take a test upon arrival and quarantine while waiting for a
negative result; or go into mandatory isolation for 14 days. Find out
more: US Embassy in Colombia | Colombia's travel website
Costa Rica is allowing residents from all US states access. Visitors
must complete a health pass form but are no longer required to take a
Covid-19 PCR test. You must have proof of travel medical insurance,
which you can get in Costa Rica. More details: the US Embassy | Visit
Costa Rica website
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
US citizens must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result no more than
five days old before arrival. You must fill out a travel declaration
form and pay the fee online. You're encouraged but not required to
quarantine for two weeks. Learn more: US Embassy website.
UPDATE: This Eastern Caribbean island is open. All travelers to
Dominica must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, recorded
between 24 and 72 hours before arrival. You must fill an electronic
Immigration and Customs form via Dominica's online portal 24 hours
before traveling. US travelers must take a rapid test upon arrival and
expect further testing as the United States is deemed a high-risk
country. More info: US Embassy.
People traveling to the Dominican Republic no longer have to show a
negative PCR Covid-19 test result on arrival. DR authorities will give
breath tests to a small percentage of random passengers plus anyone
showing symptoms. You must also fill out a health affidavit. The
Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism now offers free viral antigen
testing to all international visitors staying in hotels. The US Embassy
says PCR test results have been reliably available within 72 hours but
could be affected by increased demand. More info: US Embassy in the DR.
Scroll down to the United Arab Emirates entry below.
Dutch Caribbean islands
Find out the important details on these various Dutch islands in the
Caribbean by clicking on the links:
Aruba: All US visitors 15 and older must fill out a health assessment
and have a negative Covid-19 test result. Aruba has eliminated its list
of US states that require extra testing. JetBlue passengers can take an
at-home, saliva-based test. You must purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance.
More info: Aruba's official tourism site.
Bonaire: You must transit through Curaçao (see below) and comply with
a host of testing and quarantine protocols. Find out the details on
Bonaire's tourism website.
Curaçao: The island of Curaçao allows entry to US citizens from all
50 states. All visitors must present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR
test result taken within 72 hours of traveling. You must fill out a
digital immigration card at dicardcuracao.com. More info: Traveling to
Saba: This unspoiled island has very extensive entry requirements for
US citizens, including getting government permission, a negative
Covid-19 PCR test result (no more than 120 hours old) and 10 days of
quarantine. Check the details here.
Sint Maarten: An autonomous country within the Kingdom of the
Netherlands, Sint Maarten shares an island with the French collectivity
of Saint-Martin. (Like the French holding of St. Barts, it's
currently closed to US visitors as France has closed its borders,
including its overseas territories, to all but EU members).
To visit the Dutch side, US visitors must fill out a mandatory health
authorization application. You must also have a negative result from a
PCR test for Covid-19. The test must be 72 hours old or less. Covid-19
health insurance is mandatory.
Get more US consulate information on all these Dutch islands by
Ecuador requires US travelers to present proof of a negative Covid-19
PCR test taken within 10 days of arrival to avoid quarantine. Testing
is available for those who don't arrive with a negative result.
You must quarantine at an approved facility while waiting for results.
The US Embassy suggests you advise a lab that you need test results
within 72 hours for your return flight to the US. The Galapagos Islands
have additional entry requirements. More info: US Embassy in Ecuador.
US travelers to Egypt need to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test
result. Carefully read the US Embassy's advice on the timing of
the test -- to be safe, it should be no older than 72 hours before
flight departure. Travelers must present paper copies; digital copies
aren't accepted. Children 5 and younger are exempt. You may be
required to show proof of health insurance. You may travel to the Red
Sea resort town of Sharm el Sheikh without a PCR test, but you must be
tested upon arrival and quarantine until you get a negative result.
Details: US Embassy in Egypt.
Known for its surreal landscapes, savory food and ancient Christian
culture, Ethiopia requires arriving US citizens to have a medical
certificate with a negative Covid-19 RT PCR test before boarding their
flight that's no more than 120 hours old. There's also a
seven-day quarantine. More info: US Embassy in Ethiopia.
This West African cultural jewel is open US travelers. You must have a
negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours
before departure. Arriving passengers then must take a second test that
costs $150. There's also a temperature screening. Details: US
Embassy in Ghana
This Caribbean island is welcoming US visitors, but they must do the
following: Have health insurance that covers Covid-19 illnesses;
present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of
departure; apply for travel authorization with the Ministry of Health;
take a second test on day five to be allowed to move about or remain at
the hotel for the rest of the vacation. Details: Grenada's
Ministry of Health | US Embassy page.
UPDATE: All people 10 and older entering Guatemala by air and land must
have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken 96 hours or less upon
arrival. You must fill out an online health pass. No quarantine.
Travelers who have been to the UK or South Africa may be denied entry.
More details: US Embassy in Guatemala.
Travel to Honduras is permitted with a negative result from a Covid-19
PCR or rapid test. You must also fill out an online precheck form.
Travelers who have been to the UK or South Africa are restricted. Learn
more: US Embassy in Honduras.
US travelers are still allowed to visit, but restrictions on movement
could make it a very limited vacation. You must fill out a passenger
locator form -- failure to do so could result in fine or even jail
time. You must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within
the previous 72 hours to enter. There's a 14-day quarantine, but
you can take a second test after five days. If it's negative,
restrictions are relaxed. Additional info: US Embassy | Irish
government travel page.
UPDATE: Jamaica requires that you fill out an online travel
authorization form. There's the possibility of being tested upon
arrival. All passengers arriving from the United States 12 or older are
required to upload negative Covid-19 test results taken less than 10
day from the date of travel to get authorization. Read the
island's requirements closely; it has explicit instructions on
taking tests and where you can go. More details: US Embassy in Jamaica
| Visit Jamaica website
Home to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya is open to US travelers
with a negative Covid-19 test result taken 96 hours or less upon
arrival and who pass a strict health screening. No quarantine. Outgoing
visitors must comply with the Trusted Travel initiative.
All arriving tourists to the The Maldives who are 1 or older must have
a negative result for a PCR Covid-19 test taken within 96 hours of
arrival. There is no mandatory quarantine. See the Maldives'
official tourism website for details.
US travelers wishing to sidestep the EU travel ban and who are willing
to quarantine can visit Malta. Passengers who transit via a "safe
corridor country" that allows US visitors may enter Malta after
they've been in that country for 14 days. For example, US
travelers can stay 14 days in Turkey or Tunisia, for example, and then
be eligible to enter Malta. All passengers must fill out Public Health
Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator forms before departure.
UPDATE: The land border between the US and Mexico remains closed
through at least March 21, but US travelers can still fly there. No
testing requirements are in place to enter, but the State Department
lists numerous states to avoid because of crime. You can expect
temperature checks and other screenings upon arrival. Again, remember
you must have a negative Covid-19 test result to return to the US.
More: US Embassy In Mexico
NEW: This Balkan nation is allowing US travelers. You must have a
negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test issued by a registered lab
that's no more than 72 hours old upon arrival. More information on
other possible tests for entry and quarantines: US Embassy in
Montenegro | Institute of Public Health of Montenegro
This North Africa favorite is open to specific US travelers only. You
must have reservations with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency or be
invited by a Moroccan company, the US Embassy in Morocco says. A
printed, negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before
departure is required to enter. Expect a health screening. No mandatory
quarantines are in place, but local curfews are.
US citizens can visit this southern African desert nation, which
requires a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that's not older than
seven days. If the test is older than seven days, you'll be tested
and placed in quarantine at your own expense as you await the results.
More info: US Embassy.
NEW: US travelers can visit the landlocked Himalayan nation. Anyone 5
and older needs a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken no
more than 72 hours before departure. You must also quarantine for 10
days or take another test on Day 5 and end the quarantine on Day 7 with
a negative result. See the web page for the US Embassy in Nepal for
special requirements for hikers and mountain climbers, including
Home to volcanoes and tropical beaches, Nicaragua is open. You must
have a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR or serology test. No time
frame is provided for how recent it must be. More: US Embassy.
North Macedonia is open. No tests or quarantines are required, but
airports conduct thermal screenings for all passengers. Details: US
Embassy | TAV Macedonia.
A Covid-19 PCR or antigen test with a negative result, taken 48 hours
or less before arrival time, is required to visit Panama. If the test
results are older than 48 hours, you must take a rapid Covid-19 test at
the airport. Read the government's detailed requirements here. You
must also fill out an online health affidavit. More info: US Embassy in
Travelers from the United States 12 and older may enter Peru for
tourism with a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test or antigen test
less than 72 hours old. You must also fill out an affidavit of health.
Peru reopened Machu Picchu on November 1. More details: Lima airport
protocols | US Embassy in Peru.
Visitors to Rwanda must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result,
taken within 72 hours of departure. They also must take a second test
upon arrival, shelter in a hotel and receive their results within a
day. The national parks are open, including primate tracking. To enter
a park, you must have a negative test result less than 72 hours old.
Additional info: US Embassy in Rwanda | Visit Rwanda
Senegal, known for its beaches and music, is allowing US tourists to
visit. To enter, all people 2 and older must present an original
Covid-19 PCR test certificate with a negative result that was taken
five days or less before arrival. There's no quarantine. More: US
US citizens need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken
within the previous 48 hours to visit. More info: US Embassy in Serbia
NEW: These Indian Ocean islands still aren't open to the United
States. But there's one notable exception. All travelers --
including US citizens -- who have gotten both doses of the Covid-19
vaccine are allowed to enter. Two weeks need to pass from the time of
your second dose. You must show proof of vaccination as well as a
negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before
traveling. More information: Seychelles travel advisory (PDF) |
Seychelles Travel Advisory Updates
One of the most popular destinations in Africa has reopened to US
citizens. South Africa requires a negative Covid-19 PCR or serology
test result taken within 72 hours of departure. Keep in mind a Covid-19
variant has been discovered in South Africa -- check news reports
closely before you make plans. The US Embassy is getting reports of
shortages of PCR tests and some results taking longer than the 72-hour
window required for the return flight.
US visitors to South Korea must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test
result taken within 72 hours of departure. US travelers must also
quarantine for 14 days upon arrival even with a negative test. You
must also submit to health screenings and download a self-diagnosis app
with daily reports. More: US Embassy.
The tropical island off India's southeastern coast has opened back
up to all nations. You must have a negative result from a Covid-19 test
to enter and stay at least 14 days at an approved hotel or resort.
Click on the CNN Travel article below for all the details. More
official information: US Embassy | Sri Lanka Tourism.
St. Kitts and Nevis
To visit this Caribbean island federation, you must fill out a Travel
Authorization Form before arrival and upload a negative Covid-19 PCR
test result taken 72 hours or less before you start your trip. You must
stay on approved hotel property for your first seven days. You must
take another test on day 7 of your visit if you're staying longer.
If it's negative, you can move about on a limited basis. For stays
of 14 days or longer, a third test is required. The islands aren't
accepting PCR tests for international travelers and other categories of
travelers done by LabCorp. Additional information: US Embassy.
US citizens 5 and older traveling to St. Lucia must provide a negative
Covid-19 PCR test that's taken within five days of arrival (vs.
the previous seven days). Visitors must also complete a travel
registration form and arrive with a printed copy. You must have
confirmed reservations at a Covid-certified property for the duration
of the trip. Additional information: US Embassy.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
UPDATE: US travelers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines must have a
negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken 72 hours or less before
arrival. You'll be retested upon arrival. As the United States is
considered a high-risk country, a quarantine of 14 days and additional
testing is mandatory. You must also fill out a prearrival form. You can
get official Covid-19 protocol documents here. Seventy-two hour PCR
test results are now reliably available. More information: US Embassy.
A favorite for safaris and beaches, Tanzania is open to tourists.
Incoming passengers are required to fill out a health surveillance form
and have a health screening. You might also have to take a Covid-19
test if the airline you're flying with requires it. For return
trips to America, the US Embassy says "there are increasing
reports of (Covid-19 PCR) test results being significantly delayed and
some clinics no longer offering pre-travel testing." More info: US
NEW: Home to sunny Mediterranean beaches and ancient Roman ruins,
Tunisia is open to US passport holders. You need a negative result from
a Covid-19 PCR or serology test taken no more than 72 hours before the
start of travel to enter. You must also quarantine for 14 days or take
a test on the seventh day of your visit. If it's negative, you can
leave quarantine early. More info: US Embassy.
Turkey has started requiring that US citizens and all other visitors
must have a negative Covid-19 test result taken 72 hours or less before
their flight to enter. Previously, Turkey did not require a test. This
will be in effect until March 1. Passengers must fill out an
information form and prepare to be checked for coronavirus symptoms.
More details: US Embassy in Turkey.
Turks and Caicos
Visitors to the Turks and Caicos must fill out a travel authorization
form and provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken within five days
of arrival. Children 9 and younger are exempt. Travelers must complete
an online health questionnaire and carry travel medical insurance to
cover any Covid-19-related costs. More info: US Embassy.
This lush nation in Central Africa is open to US tourists who have a
negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than 120 hours before
departure. More info: US Embassy in Uganda.
United Arab Emirates
Tourist visas for US citizens are being issued at the Abu Dhabi and
Dubai airports. Travelers 12 and older must present a negative Covid-19
PCR test result within 96 hours of departure. Even with a negative
test, you might still need to quarantine (depending on the emirate) and
take a follow-up test. More info: US Embassy.
Technically, US travelers may still travel to the United Kingdom. But
travel for leisure is being highly discouraged because of the new
coronavirus variant. You should closely follow news reports and watch
for updates on the US Embassy link here before making any plans. If you
still choose to go, you must have a negative Covid-19 test result taken
72 hours before departure to enter and quarantine for 10 days. Also
note that rules may vary between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern
Ireland. Click this UK government link for more details.
Known for Victoria Falls and wildlife, Zambia is allowing all
international travelers to enter. You'll need a negative Covid-19
test result taken at least 14 days before arrival. There's also a
mandatory 14-day quarantine. The US Embassy has not posted information
on the speed of test results for your return to the US.
Recently removed from the open list
The following countries had been allowing US citizens to enter but have
closed again or were removed by CNN Travel for other reasons:
-- French Polynesia (Temporarily closing to all tourists)
-- St. Barts (The French territory is appealing to the French
government to be exempt from France's recent closure)
-- Croatia (No Americans allowed to enter until at least February 28)
This is a curated list. CNN Travel has omitted certain open countries
if they had very limited numbers of US travelers before the pandemic;
have ongoing or recent armed conflicts, terrorism or rampant crime and
unrest; or have entry requirements so extensive and complicated that
they put the country out of reach of almost all US citizens. However,
you can click here to check for the status and entry requirements of
any country or territory in the world.
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