With vaccine rollout slowly underway, we're letting ourselves dream about international travel again. We already know which trendy vacation spots are at the top of every traveler's bucket list for 2021, but to think we might be able to actually visit those cities in the coming year! Throw in the fact that airlines like Delta and United have announced that they will permanently get rid of international change fees and we can almost smell the tarmac and airline food. All that said, countries around the world are still in different phases of reopening. So, here's what we know about the places Americans are allowed to travel to right now.
All the places that are open to Americans right now (listed in alphabetical order):
Albania: Albania allows U.S. travelers to enter without requiring a negative test result or a quarantine.
Anguilla: The Caribbean island is open to pre-approved tourists from certain countries. It requires prospective travelers to apply in advance and submit a negative test before arriving. Once on the island, visitors must remain in an approved location for at least 10 days.
Antigua and Barbuda: Visitors 12 years old and older are required to arrive with a negative test from within seven days of their flight. All travelers will be monitored for Covid symptoms for up to 14 days.
Armenia: Travelers are required to arrive with a negative test taken within 72 hours or get tested at the airport.
Aruba: Prior to arrival, travelers have to complete an embarkation/disembarkation card and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Bahamas: Travelers who wish to skip the island's mandatory quarantine must test negative for COVID-19 within five days of departure and apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa which requires you to opt-in to mandatory Covid health insurance. A second, rapid antigen test must also be taken on day five of the visit. Children 10 years old and younger do not need to be tested prior to arrival.
Barbados: Visitors from high-risk countries such as the U.S. are required to take a COVID-19 test three days before arrival, upload the negative result online before departure, and bring it to the airport. Travelers will then have to quarantine at their hotel for two days and be retested four to five days after the first test.
Bahrain: The country requires passengers to be tested upon arrival at the traveler's expense.
Belarus: Belarus currently has no travel restrictions in place other than temperature checks at the airport.
Belize: Travelers will have to present the negative results of a COVID-19 test or be tested upon arrival and also download the Belize health app that will track movements and be used to monitor potential symptoms. Travelers must also book with a hotel that complies with the country's nine-point health and safety initiative.
Bermuda: To travel to Bermuda, visitors must show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than five days before departure (children nine and younger are exempt) as well as fill out a travel authorization form online and pay a $75 fee (children nine and younger are $30). Travelers will also be tested at the airport and have to quarantine at their accommodation until the results are ready, which typically takes about a day. Visitors will then be tested every few days while on the island and be required to take their temperature twice each day and report it online.
Brazil: Visitors are not required to quarantine or show proof of a negative test.
British Virgin Islands: Travelers must register online at least 48 hours before departure, submit a negative test taken within three days of departure and have medical insurance that covers Covid to obtain a Traveler Authorization Certificate. Upon arrival, visitors will undergo another test and must download a contact tracing app before using approved transportation to get to approved accommodations to quarantine for four days. And the end of quarantine, visitors will take another test, and if negative, be allowed to visit select locations. A fee of $175 is required to cover the two tests, a contact tracing bracelet and the app.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: U.S. travelers are welcome with a negative test no older than 48 hours from their arrival.
Botswana: Visitors must have a negative test from within 72 hours of departure or quarantine for 14 days.
Cambodia: Upon arrival, travelers must pay a $2,000 deposit, show a negative test result from no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, and purchase a local health insurance package. Visitors will then be tested again and must quarantine while awaiting the results. If someone on the arriving flight does test positive, all passengers must quarantine for 14 days.
Chile: American travelers can skip the country’s mandatory quarantine if they provide proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of their arrival. Travelers will also have to complete an online “Affidavit of Travelers” and show proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19. While in Chile, travelers will have to report their location and health condition so they can be monitored.
Colombia: U.S. travelers must complete the Migracion Colombia’s Check-Mig immigration form, but a negative test or quarantine are not required.
Costa Rica: Travelers must complete an online Health Pass form within 48 hours of boarding a flight and show proof of travel insurance that covers medical expenses and accommodation in case they are forced to quarantine.
Dominican Republic: There are currently no travel restrictions for the D.R.
Ecuador: Travelers can skip the mandatory quarantine if they show proof of a negative test taken no more than ten days before arrival and exhibit no symptoms. Visitors can also be tested at the airport and quarantine until the results are ready.
Egypt: Visitors must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure and proof of health insurance. U.S. tourists must also secure a visa to visit Egypt.
El Salvador: In addition to presenting a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival, airlines are required to obtain a negative test prior to letting passengers board.
French Polynesia: Tourists to the islands will need a travel insurance policy and a negative test taken within 72 hours and presented to the airline before boarding the plane. On the fourth day after arrival, travelers must also do a self-sampling surveillance test.
Ghana: Travelers must have a negative test taken within 72 hours before departure and then undergo a second test at the airport at their own expense.
Grenada: Travelers must arrive with a negative test taken within three days of arrival, a Pure Safe Travel Certificate (which you can get online), travel medical insurance that covers Covid, and a reservation for at least seven days. Travelers can be re-tested on day four of the trip if they want to leave the hotel.
Guatemala: Travelers must have a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival (children nine and under are exempt) and complete an online Health Pass.
Haiti: A health declaration form must be completed in-flight and presented to immigration authorities upon arrival. Temperature screenings are mandatory upon arrival.
Honduras: A negative test result is required to enter Honduras.
Ireland: Americans can bypass quarantine if they arrive with a negative test taken within five days of arrival. Tourists are also required to fill out a contact tracing form.
Jamaica: Travelers will need a negative test taken within ten days departure (children under 12 are exempt) and a completed travel authorization form. On the island, tourists can stay in a “resilient corridor” where they can leave the resort to visit certified tourist attractions.
Kenya: Visitors will need a negative test taken within 96 hours of arrival, and must not have a temperature above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or show any symptoms of the virus.
Kosovo: Visitors must either present a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for seven days.
Lebanon: Visitors must have a negative test taken within 96 hours of arrival as well as take another PCR test within 72 hours after arriving, or quarantine for 10 days.
Maldives: Travelers only need a confirmed booking and submit an online health declaration form within 24 hours of departure
Mexico: Tourist cities like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta have reopened their hotels and are welcoming American visitors, however, the land border between the U.S. and Mexico will remain closed through January.
Montenegro: Visitors must show either a negative COVID-19 test or a positive antibody test from within 72 hours of arrival in the country.
Morocco: Foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries, including the U.S., are allowed to enter Morocco as long as they have a reservation with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency. Travelers must show a negative test result taken within 72 hours or arrival (children under 11 years old are exempt) and upon arrival government officials will also conduct a health screening. Those wishing to enter or leave Casablanca must have a letter of permission from Moroccan authorities.
Namibia: Visitors must have a negative test result taken within 72 hours before boarding a flight.
Nepal: Nepal is only allowing visitors planning to scale the country's famous mountains. If that's you, you'll have to get a visa in advance, arrive with a negative test result taken within 72 hours and have a hotel booking and medical insurance in order. You'll then be required to quarantine for at least seven days, before taking a second test on the fifth day of the trip at your own expense.
Nicaragua: Travelers just need a negative test result to visit Nicaragua.
North Macedonia: North Macedonia is open without needing to present a test or quarantine.
Pakistan: Visitors will need to provide contact information through the country’s PassTrack mobile app or online, undergo a health screening, and have a negative test result taken within 96 hours of traveling. Additional temperature screenings will be done at the airport upon arrival.
Panama: Travelers will need a negative test taken within 48 hours of arrival. Those with older test results can be re-tested at the airport. Travelers must also complete an electronic affidavit, agreeing to comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 measures.
Peru: Travelers to Peru will need a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure. Children under 12 years old can show a certificate of health from a doctor in lieu of a negative test.
Puerto Rico: A negative test, taken 72 hours prior to arriving, and a travel declaration form are required for entry after which visitors will receive an Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR code.
Rwanda: Travelers will need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form with passport information, travel details, and booking confirmation and present a negative test taken no more than 120 hours before their flight. Upon arrival, visitors will have to quarantine for at least 24 hours in a hotel and undergo a second round of testing to leave quarantine. Before leaving, travelers will have to test negative again within 120 hours of scheduled departure.
St Barts: Upon arrival, visitors will have to show proof of a negative test that was taken within 72 hours of departure as as well as a sworn statement you haven’t had symptoms of the virus or been in contact with someone with a confirmed case (children under age 11 are exempt). Travelers who stay longer than seven days will be required to take a second test on the eighth day.
St Kitts and Nevis: Visitors must fill out an entry form online, download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing app, and present a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine at an approved hotel, but will be able to move around the hotel’s property and participate in hotel activities. On the seventh day, visitors will get re-tested and, if they test negative, can book excursions through the hotel.
St. Lucia: If visiting St. Lucia, you will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of arrival and complete a pre-arrival registration form. Visitors must also have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation for the duration of their stay.
St. Martin: Be prepared to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 120 hours of your arrival and fill out an online immigration card prior to travel.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Travelers will have to complete a pre-arrival form online, present a negative test taken within five days of arrival, and take another test upon arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine for five days in an approved hotel and be retested between day four and five of quarantine.
Senegal: Before boarding, travelers will need to show proof of a negative test taken within five days of arrival (children under two are exempt).
Serbia: There is no mandatory testing or quarantine, but travelers must take a self-assessment test online the day of arrival and repeat it on the tenth day.
South Africa: Travelers must download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app and present a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Tanzania: There are currently no travel restrictions for Tanzania.
Turkey: Passengers will undergo a temperature check with a thermal camera upon arrival at the airport.
Turks and Caicos: Before traveling, you'll need to apply for a travel authorization, upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of travel (children under 10 are exempt), have insurance that covers COVID-19 costs, and complete a health screening questionnaire online.
Uganda: Travelers to Uganda will need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 120 hours of departure, and get tested again within 120 hours of leaving the country.
Ukraine: Visitors from countries with high incidences of Covid, such as the U.S., must self-quarantine, take a test at the airport and quarantine until the results are ready, or arrive with a negative test taken within 48 hours. Visitors will also need medical insurance that covers Covid.
United Arab Emirates: If you're traveling to Dubai, you'll need to download and register with the city's COVID-19 DXB app and either arrive with a negative test taken within four days of departure or get tested at the airport. Visitors must also have medical insurance that covers Covid.
United Kingdom: Travelers to the U.K. must fill out a travel locator form and quarantine for at least five days before getting tested to exit isolation. The test must be booked and paid for in advance from an approved provider.
U.S. Virgin Islands: Travelers older than five must use the country's online screening portal and submit a negative test taken within five days of travel. Upon arrival travelers must show the original test result and travel certification received from the portal.
Zambia: Tourists must fill out traveler health questionnaires and arrive with a negative test taken within 14 days of travel. Once in the country, visitors will also have to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days.
Zimbabwe: Travelers will need proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours of departure.
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