With vaccine rollout majorly 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 this summer! 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 but health screenings are still conducted at the airport. Masks are still mandatory and there is an 8pm–6am curfew.
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 PCR test, taken within three to five days, upon arrival. You will then take a second test upon arrival, a third on day 10 or 14 and one more on departure. While on the island, visitors must remain in an approved location for at least 14 days.
Antigua and Barbuda: Visitors 12 years old and older are required to arrive with a negative PCR test from within seven days of their flight. All travelers will have to register with the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment and there is a recommended quarantine period of 14 days during which the health authority may require further PCR tests.
Armenia: Travelers are required to arrive with a negative test taken within 72 hours or get tested at the airport. If you arrive with a negative test, you are exempt from quarantine.
Aruba: Prior to arrival, travelers have to complete an online immigration card, purchase Covid-19 health insurance, and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Alternatively, you can opt to take a PCR test on arrival, then self-isolate at a hotel until results are ready.
The Bahamas: Travelers 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 (paperwork must be shown to board the flight and upon arrival). A second, rapid antigen test must also be taken on day five of the visit. Visitors must also self-report their condition via a daily health questionnaire for up to 14 days, or for the duration of their stay. Be aware that inter-island requires an online health application and possibly another PCR test, too.
Bahrain: The country requires passengers to be tested upon arrival at the traveler's expense. Visitors are also required to complete a health questionnaire, download the BeAwareBahrain health app and take a second and third PCR test on days five and 10.
Bangladesh: U.S. citizens are required to present a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours, upon arrival. Travelers will also have to fill in a health information card, submit to temperature screenings at the airport and quarantine for 14 days.
Barbados: Visitors are required to take a COVID-19 test three days before arrival, upload the negative result online before departure, and bring the results to the airport for inspection. Upon arrival, travelers will then have to take a rapid antigen test and quarantine at their hotel for five days. During quarantine, visitors must report their temperature and give daily health updates as well as wear an electronic tracking bracelet. Another PCR test will be administered on day five, and if the result is negative then the quarantine is over.
Belize: Travelers will have to present the negative results of a PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival, an antigen test taken within 48 hours or take a rapid test upon arrival. A certificate of vaccination allows you to opt out of any tests. Everyone must also download the Belize health app that will track movements and be used to monitor potential symptoms, and be able to show proof at the airport. 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 receive travel authorization one to three days before arrival and present a negative test result, taken within five days of travel. A second PCR test is performed upon arrival and visitors must then quarantine until results are ready. Once released, a Traveler Wristband must be worn for at least 14 days. Further tests are required on days four, eight, and 14, and visitors are required to report their temperature twice daily online.
Bhutan: To visit Bhutan, most nationalities need to apply for a visa through a licensed tour operator and pay a daily fee of $200-$250 if accepted. In addition, Americans must agree to 21 days of quarantine.
Bolivia: Americans can visit Bolivia if they provide a negative PCR test taken within 10 days of departure.
Bonaire: Visitors must download a health travel form, which will be presented to immigration officers, show proof of a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure and take a rapid antigen test four hours before boarding.
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. Note that permits are needed for travel between the country's nine geographical zones.
Brazil: Visitors will need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and to fill in a Traveler’s Health Declaration. Note that tourists must arrive by air.
British Virgin Islands: Travelers must submit a negative PCR test taken within five days of departure online and have travel insurance that covers Covid-19 to obtain a Traveler Authorization Certificate. Upon arrival, visitors will undergo another test and must download a contact tracing app and put on a monitoring wristband 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, the contact tracing bracelet and the app.
Cape Verde: Visitors from the U.S. are welcome to visit as long as they can show a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to travel. On arrival, your temperature will be taken and you’ll need to fill in a health questionnaire. An additional Health Surveillance Survey is required for inter-island travel.
Cambodia: 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 upon arrival and must quarantine for 14 days before being tested one last time.
Cayman Islands: As the islands slowly start to reopen, they are only offering entry to a privileged few. If you meet the criteria (which includes making at least $100,000 annually) and are approved, you can enter with proof of a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before your flight. A 14-day quarantine period is then mandatory. If you want to travel between islands, you’ll need advance authorization and may have to take additional PCR tests.
Chile: American travelers will have to complete an online “Affidavit of Travelers" before leaving, show proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19, and have a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Then, there's a mandatory 10-day quarantine, which ends with another negative PCR test result. Visitors must also report their health daily and apply for a ‘health passport’ for travel within the country.
Colombia: Travelers will need a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival, or can opt to get tested upon arrival and then quarantine for up to 14 days. Even those who arrive with a negative result are required to quarantine for 7-10 days, and take another PCR test between days three and five.
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.
Cuba: Visitors will need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, then have to take another test upon arrival. You'll then quarantine for five days, before taking a third test. Note that you can't stay in a government hotel and you must have non-U.S. health insurance.
Curaçao: Visitors will be allowed to enter if they show proof of a negative test from within 72 hours before traveling and fill out an online immigration card and Passenger Locator Card and purchase insurance before departure.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Visitors must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of departure (children under 11 are exempt). Travelers must also register online before departure and will be tested again at the airport at their own expense and self quarantine until they receive a negative result. Travelers will also be re-tested within three days of their plans to leave the country.
Djibouti: Travelers must be pre-approved for an eVisa and have a negative test taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight. Upon arrival, passengers will be tested again at their own expense.
Dominica: Travelers will need a negative test taken 24-72 hours before arrival and submit an online health questionnaire. Upon arrival, travelers will undergo another test. If it is negative, travelers will be taken to either a “Safe in Nature” certified property or a quarantine location for at least five days. On the fifth day, travelers will be re-tested and can be released from quarantine if that result is negative.
Dominican Republic: All visitors must fill out an E-Ticket for entry and exit and a health declaration form. Rapid tests are carried out randomly on arriving visitors.
Ecuador: Travelers will need to show proof of a negative test taken no more than ten days before arrival. Visitors may also be tested at the airport before boarding the plane and again at the airport of arrival. Note that additional restrictions apply if traveling to the Galapagos Islands.
Egypt: Visitors must have paper proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure and proof of health insurance.
El Salvador: Present a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Equatorial Guinea: Visitors need a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure. All arrivals will also undergo a rapid test and must quarantine for five days. On the fifth day, you take another PCR test ($200) and if it’s negative, the quarantine is over. Those who arrive without a negative test can take one upon arrival and then quarantine in a government hotel at your own cost.
Gabon: A negative PCR test, taken within five days or departure is required. Another test will be administered upon arrival and visitors must quarantine until the results are ready.
The Gambia: Americans can visit as long as they can provide a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before travel. A second test on arrival may be required.
Georgia: Vaccinated travelers from any country are welcome with proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated visitors must fill out an application form and present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, then self-isolate until another PCR test is taken on day three.
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. Passengers must show proof of payment for the second test before they board the plane.
Grenada: Travelers must arrive with a negative test taken within three days of arrival, a Pure Safe Travel Certificate (which you can get online) and a reservation for at least seven days, during which visitors will have to self quarantine and self-report health statuses during the first seven days. Travelers can be re-tested on day five of the trip and leave quarantine if they test negative.
Guatemala: Travelers must have a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival and complete an online Health Pass. Fully vaccinated tourists are welcome without a test.
Haiti: Visitors must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding or show proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 90 days. In addition, health declaration form must be at the hotel and temperature screenings may be performed at the airport.
Honduras: A printed copy of the country's health declaration form and a negative test result is required to enter Honduras.
Ireland: Travelers will need a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival, to fill in a Passenger Locator form and agree to self-isolate for 14 days and follow the country's lockdown guidelines.
Jamaica: Travelers will need a negative test taken within three days of departure and a pre-approved travel authorization form. Visitors must also quarantine at an approved hotel for 14 days.
Jordan: Americans must complete a health declaration form, show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of leaving home, and take a PCR test on arrival at their own expense. They must also prove they have adequate health insurance.
Kenya: Visitors will need a negative test taken within 96 hours of arrival (which will need to be verified) and apply for travel authorization online in advance.
Kiribati: American visitors must quarantine for 14 days in another country outside of the U.S. (and not on Kiribati's restriction list) and also show proof their free of Covid before entering the island nation.
Kosovo: Kosovo doesn't require a negative test for entry, but both Kosovo and the U.S. State Department are urging Americans not to visit.
Lebanon: Visitors must have a negative test taken within 96 hours of arrival and fill out a health declaration form. Another PCR test will be taken upon arrival and a third within 72 hours after arriving. Visitors must quarantine at a pre-approved hotel until they receive all negative results.
Malawi: Malawi is accepting all visitors who can present a negative PCR test taken up to 10 days before arrival. You'll also have to complete a Travel Surveillance Form and self-monitor for COVID symptoms for the next 14 days.
The Maldives: Travelers will need a negative test taken within 96 hours of arrival. Some resorts may require one or more PCR tests to be taken during your stay.
Mexico: Tourist cities like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta have reopened their hotels and are welcoming American visitors without testing or additional measures, however, the land border between the U.S. and Mexico will remain closed.
Montenegro: Visitors must show either a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival in the country or show proof of having been fully vaccinated at least seven days prior to arrival.
Mozambique: Visitors must show a negative test result taken within 72 hours of arrival, and apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport or get one in advance from the embassy in D.C.
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 printed negative test result taken within 72 hours or arrival and upon arrival government officials will also conduct a health screening.
Namibia: Visitors must have a negative test result taken within seven days of travel.
Nepal: Visitors must arrive with a negative test result taken within 72 hours. 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.
Oman: Before departing for Oman you'll need to buy travel insurance, download the Tarassud+ app, fill in the health forms and pre-pay for a PCR test you’ll take on arrival. You'll also have to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before your flight upon arrival. Once in Oman, you'll need to quarantine in a government facility and wear a tracking bracelet for the first week then take another PCR test on day eight. If the test is negative, quarantine is over.
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 or take a test at the airport at your own expense. Travelers must also complete an electronic affidavit, agreeing to comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 measures.
Paraguay: Paraguay is welcoming all nationalities as long as you fill in a health card 24 hours before travel and can show a PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight. You'll also need proof of health insurance that covers Covid-19.
Peru: Travelers to Peru will need a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure and a completed health form. A mandatory 14-day quarantine is required for all visitors.
Puerto Rico: All travelers, including Americans, must complete an online Travel Declaration form and present a negative molecular COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
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 72 hours before their flight. Upon arrival, visitors must show proof of their negative test to authorities, undergo another test at your own expense, and quarantine for at least 24 hours in a hotel. After you get the results, you then need to self-quarantine for another seven days at a designated quarantine hotel. At the end of this period, you will take a final test to be released from quarantine. If you’re visiting a national park, you’re exempt from the seven-day quarantine (but need to show proof of your plans and your PCR test result).
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 five days of arrival and complete two pre-arrival registration forms. Visitors must also have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation for the duration of their stay; After 14 days of quarantine at the hotel, you are free to roam the island.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Travelers will have to complete a pre-arrival form online, present a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival, and take another test upon arrival. Travelers will then have to quarantine for 14 days days in an approved hotel and be retested between day four and seven of quarantine.
São Tomé and Príncipe: Americans can currently enter with a PCR test taken up to three days before departure. Another PCR test is required on arrival, and you’ll need to self-quarantine until you get the result.
Senegal: Before boarding, travelers will need to show proof of a negative test taken within five days of arrival and fill out a passenger-locator form.
Serbia: A negative test result taken within 48 hours of travel is required to enter Serbia.
Seychelles: Vaccinated travelers can apply to travel to Seychelles. You'll need a certificate from your national health authority confirming you’ve had both doses and a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before travel.
Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin: Be prepared to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 72 hours or 120 hours (depending on the airport) of your arrival and fill out an online immigration card prior to travel. You'll also have to sign a statement saying you have no coronavirus symptoms and haven’t been in contact with anyone who had COVID-19 within 14 days of your flight, be prepared to monitor your temperature for 14 days and show proof of health insurance.
South Africa: Travelers must download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app and present a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure. Note that restrictions are changing fast in this country.
South Korea: To visit South Korea, Americans must take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival then quarantine for 14 days in government facilities at their own expense. Additional health screening and test may be conducted at the airport. All visitors are also required to download a health app and respond to questions daily.
Sri Lanka: Visitors need to apply for a visa online first via the new app, during which you'll prepay for two PCR tests to be taken upon arrival and between days five and seven. If you’re staying over seven days you’ll also need to buy a third one. You'll also need to opt in for COVID-19 insurance and reserve a booking for at least 14 days from a list of approved ‘Safe and Secure’ hotels. If approved, you'll finally need a negative test result taken within 96 hours of your flight and a completed health declaration form. Once in the country, there are only 14 approved sites that you'll be able to visit during the first two weeks of your stay. After 14 days, you're free to roam.
Tanzania: There are currently no travel restrictions for Tanzania, but you may be subject to health screening and testing at the airport.
Thailand: All potential visitors must first apply for entry, then must book an Alternative State Quarantine location through the same portal within 15 days of visa approval. You'll also need to upload a scan of your passport and your travel insurance policy (which must cover COVID-19). Then you'll receive a Certificate of Entry which you’ll need to print and show to airline and immigration officials along with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours and a Fit to Travel medical certificate. Finally, you'll undergo another PCR test at the airport and then quarantine for 15 days.
Tunisia: You'll need to present a PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight and agree to quarantine at selected hotels for up to 14 days. After 48 hours in quarantine you can choose to take another PCR test and, if the result is negative, you’re free to leave quarantine. Note that immigration officials have the discretion to turn away travelers on arrival.
Turkey: Passengers need to either show proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of the flight or show proof that you've recovered from COVID-19. Additional health screenings may apply at the airport. You'll also have to fill in an information form and if anyone on your flight is found to have COVID-19, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days.
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, 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. You’ll need to present the test to your airline to receive confirmation of your booking.
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: Americans can get visas on arrival in the UAE if they present a negative PCR test taken with 96 hours of travel. You'll also need health insurance and be prepared to quarantine for 10 days. If you're traveling to Dubai, there’s no quarantine. Those visiting Abu Dhabi are required to wear a GPS bracelet for 10 days then take PCR tests on days four and eight.
United Kingdom: You now need to take a PCR test up to three days before you fly to the UK, plus sign a passenger attestation stating you received a negative result. Note, England and Scotland are now in nationwide lockdown. If you're traveling to Wales or Northern Ireland, you'll have to quarantine for 14 days.
Uzbekistan: Americans must apply for a visa and take a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival. Arrivals also have to take a rapid antigen test and wait for the results before they leave the airport.
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, American can expect additional health screenings at the airport, a health questionnaire, and a mandatory 14-day quarantine with additional testing.
Zimbabwe: All travelers will be required to have a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure. Note that Zimbabwe is currently under strict lockdown.