Where Can Americans Travel Now? A Guide to Countries Open to U.S. Tourists

As surreal as it might seem, summer is zipping by and some restless Americans are looking for an escape beyond a domestic road trip. While the E.U. travel ban has made a European vacation off-limits, there are countries that are or will be welcoming U.S. tourists—but not without restrictions.

For more than four months, Americans have been navigating varying degrees of restrictions as the country—and the world—combat the COVID-19 pandemic. New York City, which at one point was the epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S., reached a milestone Monday of a full 24 hours where no one died from the virus.

Beyond the city, New York state has continued to see a steady decrease in coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations, along with other states such as Connecticut and New Jersey. Unfortunately, other states such as Arizona, Florida and Texas have seen their numbers spike in recent weeks. On Sunday, Florida reported 15,300 new cases of coronavirus—a record increase in daily reported cases in the nation.

LAX thermal imaging
A test system of thermal imaging cameras check body temperatures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The system is being tested in the international terminal and can flag passengers who have a fever, one of the symptoms of the coronavirus. Mario Tama/Getty

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Due to these increases in cases in various parts of the country, when the E.U. opened its borders to over a dozen non-EU countries at the beginning of the month, travelers from the U.S. were left off that list. The restrictions are not just coming from overseas, the State Department still advises against all international travel from the U.S., sticking to a Level 4 Health Advisory that has been in place since March.

In addition to the E.U.'s decision, which will be in effect indefinitely, Canada has also closed their borders completely to the U.S. and Mexico continues to restrict its land borders between the two countries. Despite this, some countries have begun allowing in U.S. travelers.

Each country has unique, and specific restrictions, so it is important to check back with the local governments and tourism boards before packing your bags. It's also a good idea to check in with individual hotels as well—as they might have their own set of rules.

Updated: July 22, 2020.

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This list will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Aruba
Divi Beach in Aruba, where travelers from the United States were welcomed starting July 10. Licensed by the Aruba Tourism Authority, aruba.com

ARUBA

"The happy island" started welcoming visitors from the U.S. on July 10. Tourists will have to complete and submit the online Embarkation/Disembarkation card process which includes a personal health assessment that needs to be submitted prior to arrival as well as present a negative PCR test (or schedule one for when they arrive on the island.) Results are to be submitted online at least 12 hours prior to departure. Though, if a visitor lives in one of these 24 states, noted by the Aruba Tourism Authority, the option to test upon arrival is not available and all testing must be done and submitted prior to the trip. Masks are not required once you're on the island but are, of course, still recommended when social distancing is not easily possible.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Flights from the U.S. resumed into Antigua and Barbuda at the beginning of June requiring passengers to provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within seven days of departure upon arrival. Tourists will also undergo testing upon arrival which costs $100 per person. Prior to arrival, travelers are asked to register with the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment and complete a Health Declaration Form. Masks must be worn in all public areas and through July 31, a curfew of 11 p.m. will be in place.

Barbados
Visitors to Barbados are required to be tested upon arrival if there is no proof of a negative result prior. Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

BARBADOS

Barbados will begin opening up their borders to tourists on July 12. Visitors who would like to be considered for "process fast-tracking" need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Those who do not, will be required to take a test upon arrival in Barbados either at the airport or a designated satellite testing hotel. All travelers will undergo a health screening and must complete a Pre-Arrival online Embarkation/Disembarkation form prior to arrival.

BELIZE

Belize is taking a bit more time before welcoming back tourists. They are on track to open Belize airport on August 15 with restrictions. Visitors will need to download the "Belize Health App" (not yet available to download) prior to the trip and fill out required forms 72 hours prior to boarding the plane. Visitors are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to the trip and present a negative result upon arrival; those who do not, will be required to undergo testing at the airport in Belize.

BERMUDA

Bermuda is enacting tighter restrictions to those choosing to travel to the British territory now that their borders are open to tourists. Travelers must complete the Bermuda travel authorization process online within 48 hours of departure. A $75 fee will also be charged to each traveler which will cover the cost of PCR COVID-19 testing in Bermuda.

Travelers aged 10 and up must have a PCR COVID-19 negative test result from no more than five days prior to departure, and must be entered as part of the authorization process. Upon arrival, everyone must retake a PCR COVID-19 test and isolate themselves in their hotel rooms until the result is ready—usually around 6-8 hours. Travelers must take their own temperature twice a day during their visit and report it online as well as be tested for the virus on Day 3, 7 and 14 of their trip. A nightly curfew is also in place from midnight - 5 a.m.

Cambodia
A tourist on March 5, 2020, visiting Bayon temple in Siem Reap province. TANG CHHIN SOTHY/Getty

CAMBODIA

Get ready to open your wallets if you are planning on traveling to Cambodia any time soon. Though their borders have opened to tourists, visitors will be required to pay a $3,000 travel deposit before arrival to cover any potential coronavirus related expenses.

Upon arrival, all visitors will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than 72 hours before traveling as well as proof of medical insurance coverage for at least $50,000.

Everyone is required to be tested after arrival in Cambodia and if tested negative should only be responsible for about $165 for the test, with the rest of the deposit being returned to the traveler. But, if someone on an arriving flight tests positive for the virus, all passengers must remain quarantined at a location decided upon by the Cambodian authorities which could end up costing $1,281. Even if all travelers test negative, everyone is required to self-isolate for two weeks in their respective lodging accommodations.

A minimum of approximately $3,255 could be accrued for treatment and quarantine if you were to test positive upon arrival.

CROATIA

Despite the EU travel ban, as of July 10, U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Croatia for tourism as long as a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours is presented upon arrival. Visitors must fill out a form prior to entry that includes proof of accommodation.

Travelers who present tests older than 48 hours or with no test at all will still be allowed to enter the country though a mandatory 14 day self-isolation will be required at their own expense. The length of isolation can be shortened if a test is taken locally and a negative result is received. A local test will cost approximately $230 with an expected turnaround time of 24-48 hours. Once a negative result is received, tourists will need to contact a local epidemiologist to approve their exit from self-isolation.

Social distancing protocols are expected to be followed once in the country and masks are to be worn in all public settings including public transportation.

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Commercial flights resumed to the Dominican Republic on July 1. Now tourists can travel to the country with little restriction. Upon arrival, passengers might have their temperatures' checked at the airport.

Dubai
Dubai, located in the UAE, starting welcoming in tourists at the beginning of July. KARIM SAHIB/Getty

DUBAI

Dubai, located in the UAE, started allowing international tourists back in on July 7 while other emirates including Abu Dhabi remain closed. All visitors to Dubai must download the DXB app and register. Tourists will need a negative PCR test result taken no more than four days prior to departure or will be required to get tested upon arrival at the airport. Everyone is subject to thermal screenings at the airport and if a passenger is suspected to be infected, the airport has the right to re-test.

FRENCH POLYNESIA

The 118 islands that makeup French Polynesia, including Bora Bora and Tahiti, will open their borders to tourists on July 15. Visitors must present a negative test result received three days before departure before boarding a flight as well as a receipt of completion of a "sanitary entry form." On the fourth day of your stay, a self-test consisting of an oral and nasal swab, will need to be carried out which is provided by French Polynesia upon arrival.

Negril’s Seven Mile Beach
Negril’s Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica. Jamaica Tourist Board

JAMAICA

Jamaica started welcoming back travelers quite some time ago, well in the scheme of coronavirus-timelines that is, on June 15. All passengers must complete the travel authorization prior to their trip and as of July 15, tourists traveling from Arizona, Florida, New York and Texas will be required to upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 10 days of the arrival as part of that process. If upon arrival, the traveler is considered high risk after a health assessment, a test may be given at the airport or another designation facility. Visitors, who have received a clean bill of health, are required to stay within the "Resilient Corridor" which is a special zone designated for tourism in adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

MALDIVES

This island nation will begin welcoming tourists to their islands on July 15. As of June 23, when the reopening announcement was made, tourists are not responsible for any additional fees or providing a negative test result. Resorts, liveaboards and hotels located on the uninhabited islands will be the first to open followed by the inhabited islands on August 1.

MEXICO (PARTIALLY)

So, this one is a bit confusing. The land borders between the U.S. and Mexico remain closed, but some states within Mexico do have open borders for American travelers arriving by plane. These states include Quintana Roo, Jalisco, and Baja California Sur. All three are on the list of states designated as "orange" under Mexico's "stoplight system" which helps to keep track of new cases, hospital occupancy rates and more.

Tourists arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks and if you're exhibiting symptoms, you might be subject to additional health screening and/or quarantine.

Cerro Gordo
Cerro Gordo in Puerto Rico, where tourists will be allowed to visit starting July 15. Discover Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO

On July 15, borders will open to international tourists choosing to travel to Puerto Rico. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result from no more than 72 hours prior to departure to be allowed on the island. If passengers arrive without proper documentation, a rapid test will be offered to them at the airport and then a required quarantine period will begin—at the expense of the traveler. Even if that rapid test is negative, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days or until they are able to provide proof of a negative molecular test (which is different than the rapid-test administered in the airport.) Tourists must also complete a travel declaration form. Once in the airport, face masks are mandatory and thermographic cameras are in place to monitor temperatures.

RWANDA

Starting June 17, international tourism resumed in Rwanda via chartered planes. Though there are no direct flights from the USA to Rwanda, connecting flights are available. Visitors are expected to have a negative test result from 72 hours prior to arrival and might also be asked to take a second test prior to visiting any tourist attraction.

St. Barths
If a trip to St. Barths lasts longer than seven days, tourists are required to take another test at their own expense. st-barths.com

SAINT BARTHS

St. Barths reopened to international tourists in late June. Upon arrival, visitors are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. Visitors "can perform" seven days of quarantine upon arrival and if the trip lasts more than seven days, tourists will be required to take another test at their own expense.

SAINT LUCIA

Saint Lucia has been welcoming tourists for about a month now, but not without restrictions. Upon arrival, visitors need to present a negative test taken within seven days of travel—unless arriving from within the "Caribbean bubble." All travelers must complete a Pre-Arrival Registration Form prior to arrival. Anyone who arrives without proof of a negative test result will have to immediately enter isolation and receive testing —at the expense of the traveler.

ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Upon arrival, tourists will need to have a completed COVID-19 questionnaire and will be tested for the virus at the airport. While awaiting the test result, there will be a mandatory 24-hour quarantine completed in the respective accommodation. If visitors arrive with a negative antibody test—results received in the past five days—and negative COVID-19 result—with results received within the last two days—there will be no quarantine requirement.

SERBIA

Serbia has lifted all travel restrictions for international tourists. No negative test result required nor are there any requirements to self-isolate upon arrival. Though it is important to keep in mind, these restrictions can change with little or no notice. As of July 13, there were 4,294 registered active cases in Serbia.

Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level. PETER MARTELL/Getty

TANZANIA

There are also no major restrictions on entry of international travelers into Tanzania. Tourists should fill out The Health Surveillance Form on the plane and will be screened upon arrival—and when necessary, a COVID-19 rapid test.

TURKEY

In Turkey, though there is no specific health documentation needed to enter, tourists are subject to a screening once they arrive. They will be required to complete an information form and to be checked for symptoms. Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital to be further checked out.

The information forms will be used in the event that one passenger on an airplane is found to have the virus. If this is the case, those who came in contact with the person will be contacted and subject to a 14-day quarantine or isolation period. Masks must be worn at all times when out and about and people under the age of 18 are not allowed out unless in the company of a parent. People above the age of 65 are only allowed out between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

TURKS AND CAICOS

Entry from international tourists is set to resume July 22 in the Turks and Caicos islands. Though, cruise ships will remain unable to dock through the end of August. Tourists will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within five days of travel— recently changed from 72 hours. Visitors will also need to complete a health screening questionnaire and posses medical/travel insurance that covers medical evacuation, any quarantine-related costs, ambulance care or care at the local hospital. As of now, masks will be required in all public areas until December 31, 2020.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

On June 1, borders reopened for visitors to any of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Currently, there is no documentation required upon arrival, though authorities caution tourists to keep a lookout as the situation might change down the road. Temperature checks and health screenings are being conducted at ports of entry but there is no quarantine is required for healthy travelers.

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