Editor’s note: This post will be regularly updated with new information about travel restrictions and news. It was last updated on July 8, 2020.
Are you dreaming of brighter days when you can explore the world again? Same.
As we try to remain patient and wait for safer travel days to return, we need to be cognizant of how different countries are coping with this pandemic and what that means for international travel. And that’s constantly changing.
Several countries around the globe have laid out plans to reopen to tourism as soon as this summer, while others remain locked down for the foreseeable future. And even with some countries restarting travel, restrictions with health screenings or who is allowed to enter could make it much more complicated.
Here’s what we’ve found, organized alphabetically (click below to jump!)
Commercial flights returned to Albania on June 15. There are very few restrictions and no quarantines required for most travelers.
Antigua & Barbuda
The borders reopened on June 1. All passengers must wear a mask during disembarkation and at all times in public during their stay. Travelers must also complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subjected to health screenings on arrival.
Crew members and passengers will not be allowed to enter the country if they’ve been to Canada, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, or Singapore in the past 28 days.
Argentina has taken drastic measures by restricting all international commercial flights until Sept. 1, 2020.
Aruba is planning on allowing U.S. citizens to enter the country starting July 10, 2020. But just what it takes to get in will depend upon where you’re coming from.
Travelers from many states will be able to provide a negative PCR test result prior to departure or taking a test upon arrival. But others from select states with high coronavirus case counts won’t have the option to take a test upon arrival – they’ll be required to upload a negative test result at least 12 hours before departure.
Travelers must also have health insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.
With 7,000 cases of COVID 19 and less than 100 deaths, Australia has tackled this pandemic better than many countries. Australia has banned all non-residents and non-citizens from entering the country, and even Australian residents are banned from traveling abroad. The country has given no indication of when these policies may end.
There are hints at opening a travel corridor across the Tasman Sea with New Zealand.
Austria is following guidance from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Prime Minister Minnis announced plans to reinstate tourism in the Bahamas starting on July 1. There will be extensive health checks and safety protocols upon arrival. American Airlines plans to resume service to Nassau and Exuma on July 7.
Barbados will officially reopen to travelers on July 12. JetBlue and American Airlines plan to resume service on July 25 and August 5, respectively. Travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.
Belgium is generally following guidance from the European Union. Countries that are not part of the EU or the Schengen area are not permitted entry for non-essential travel. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Belize plans to reopen its borders to tourists starting Aug. 15, 2020. Only passengers who provide a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of arrival are permitted entry. Other travelers who do not have a COVID-19 test result will be tested upon arrival at their expense. If tested positive, a mandatory 14-day quarantine will be required at the traveler’s expense.
Travelers will be welcome into Bermuda starting on July 1. Visitors must obtain a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. They must also have appropriate health insurance.
International and domestic flights are suspended, according to the Bolivian embassy. A full national quarantine has been extended through July 31.
Brazil has become the second hardest-hit nation after the United States. Foreigners are prohibited from entering Brazil until at least June 21 unless deemed essential. The U.S. has implemented its own travel ban stopping foreign residents from entering the U.S. from Brazil.
Cambodia lifted a travel ban on six countries including the U.S., Italy, Germany, Spain, and France last week, according to VOA Cambodia. But visitors from those countries will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days and will be tested for coronavirus before being allowed in the country.
All museums, theaters, concert halls, bars, schools are closed until further notice.
Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend the ban on non-essential travel across the border until July 21. Travelers entering Canada must present a valid 14-day quarantine plan until at least Aug. 31.
The Cayman Islands remain closed to travelers, and its international airport is shut down to international flights. The government has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to handle the spread of the virus.
The Cayman Compass reports it’s unlikely the country will restart travel on Sept. 1.
Chile’s borders remain closed for foreigners. LATAM is currently operating commercial flights between Santiago and the U.S. with limited availability. The U.S. government is encouraging its citizens to utilize these commercial flights and return home if they are not prepared to stay in Chile for a long period of time.
As the source of the pandemic, China’s borders remain closed to international tourists and there is no date announced for reopening.
The government in Colombia has closed all international travel in and out of the country, and Al Jazeera reports that it won’t change until at least Aug. 31.
A travel ban to all foreign travelers applies until at least August 1 at any land, sea, and air arrivals.
The government of Cote d’Ivoire, also known as the Ivory Coast, has kept all land, air, and sea borders closed. The nationwide curfew was lifted on May 15 with universities and other schools all resuming courses.
The Cuban Government extended its closure of the airports until August 1. The U.S. embassy has facilitated the repatriation of more than 300 American citizens.
The government in Curacao has not yet announced when flights to and from the United States will resume. Most U.S. airlines have canceled flights until early August 2020.
Cyrpus is generally following guidance from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Czech Republics is following recommendations from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Denmark is following guidance from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
International flights are scheduled to resume on July 1. Also on July 1, all companies are scheduled to resume work with 100% staff, including the tourism sector, according to the Minister of Economy, Planning, and Development.
Commercial flights resumed on June 1, 2020. All arriving passengers must have the results for a COVID-19 test in the last 7 days prior to arrival, or they will be tested at the airport on arrival. There is still a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all passengers arriving in Ecuador.
International flights have resumed operation in and out of Egypt starting on July 1. While borders are open to all citizens, temperature checks along with a mandatory 7-day quarantine are required for all arriving passengers.
The international airport in San Salvador is closed to all departing and arriving flights. There is no established date for reopening.
Estonia is joining the group of countries following guidance from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Travelers arriving by air will not need specific documentation related to COVID-19 to enter or exit Ethiopia. However, arriving passengers at Bole International Airport will be subjected to COVID-19 screenings. Travelers will also be subject to a 14-day quarantine period at a designated hotel or quarantine center at their own expense.
Fiji’s airport remains closed and the country is slowly reopening its activities on the islands. There are talks with New Zealand and Australia about opening a “travel bubble” which would allow entry between citizens of all three countries.
As of July 1, the Government of Finland is following guidance from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
France is following recommendations from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Starting on 15 July, travelers will be allowed entry but they must pass a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure. Four days after arrival travelers will be tested again. Social distancing measures will remain in place and wearing a mask is mandatory throughout your stay.
Only allowing visitors from 15 countries and the EU may visit Germany for the time being. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Greece is following guidance from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
The international airport opened on July 1. Tourism Minister, Modeste, announced they only expect to have charter flights allowed to fly into the island for the time being.
Honduras has closed all its air, land, and sea borders until further notice, according to the U.S embassy in Honduras.
All non-residents arriving by air from any other location besides China, Macau, or Taiwan will be denied entry. A compulsory 14-day quarantine is implanted on those approved travelers who have not been to any country besides China, Macau, or Taiwan in the past 14 days. The international airport is also suspending all transit services.
Travel restrictions for many countries in Europe have been lifted by the government. U.S. citizens are still prohibited from entering the country.
Iceland first planned to open its borders to U.S. citizens starting June 15, then delayed that opening to July 1.
But now, Iceland isn’t saying when it will allow U.S. travelers whatsoever. The country is following guidance from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from just 15 countries. That list is supposed to be revisited every two weeks, but don’t
All international commercial passenger flights will remain prohibited until further notice from the Indian government.
Most non-citizens still can’t enter Indonesia, and visas remain suspended. But the government of Indonesia has slowly started allowing some domestic flights with many restrictions.
If all goes well, Time Out reports that Indonesia’s government hopes to open up Bali for international tourists come October. More details are expected this summer.
Travel from the U.S. to Ireland is allowed, but the only airline flying between the two countries is Aer Lingus. All arrivals will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Israel is refusing entry to all foreigners and non-Israeli citizens, aside from some non-nationals who live in Israel. Passengers arriving in Israel are subject to health screenings and a 14-day quarantine.
One of the worst-hit countries by COVID-19, Italy made its way through a two-month lockdown with over 30,000 deaths and initially planned to ban travel well into 2021.
However, Italy is now following guidance from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Jamaica is reopening its borders to tourists starting June 15, 2020. There will be many health and safety protocols in place, including temperature checks at airports. Additional screening will be administered, including COVID-19 tests, if necessary. Many of the hotels have already reopened.
Japan was set back hard by coronavirus, eventually forced to delay the 2020 Summer Olympics until at least 2021. It’s the first delay since World War II.
Japan still bans travel from 70 countries, including the U.S. Travel restrictions have been extended through at least the end of July 2020.
Strict curfews, closures, and social distancing measures are being taken in Jordan, and there is currently no way to enter or exit the country.
The Kenyan government has allowed many domestic flights to resume. International flights are permitted to enter the country only to evacuate foreign nationals, its embassy reports.
All borders remain closed until further notice.
There are screening procedures in place at key ports of entry to Madagascar. Travelers from countries with confirmed cases of COVID -19 may be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Foreign nationals can’t enter Malaysia until at least Aug. 31, with the possibility of further extension that will be decided by the Malaysian government.
In a stunning reversal, the Maldives is planning on opening its doors to tourists in July. There will be no quarantine or testing required. The previous plans for a 14-day minimum stay are also being lifted.
Nearly all international flights have been suspended except for a very limited number related to essential services, health requirements, and reunification of families.
Restrictions on non-essential land travel have been extended to at least July 21, according to the U.S. embassy. Commercial airlines are still operating but on a very limited basis. Passengers arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Popular tourist areas like Los Cabos and Cancun are hoping to open for travelers in early July.
The government has extended its “Heath State of Emergency” through July 10 which allows only essential activities such as grocery shopping, medicare car, and work. Commercial flights in and out of Morocco remain suspended.
Visas are not being issued and international passenger flights are currently suspended.
Only citizens and permanent residents of Namibia are permitted entry to the country. All foreign travelers are banned until a date to be announced.
Regular international and domestic flights are suspended until at least July 5.
The Netherlands is now allowing visitors from 15 countries and citizens of EU nations. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Most foreign travelers cannot enter New Zealand until further notice. However, there are hints at opening a travel corridor across the Tasman Sea with Australia.
All airports are closed to international flights, except emergency and essential flights. Nigeria has also banned entry from a handful of countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks, including the U.S.
Starting on July 15, all travelers from the European Economic Area and Schengen countries with acceptable levels of COVID-19 infection can travel to Norway. U.S. citizens are still not welcome until further notice.
The Omani government has suspended all commercial flights in and out of the country as well as all tourist visas.
A nationwide quarantine is being strictly enforced with fines between $50,000 and $100,000 (yes, in USD) for those who violate orders. All international commercial flights remain suspended in and out of Panama.
Cases continue to grow in Peru, and borders remain closed with quarantine measures extended through July 31. Gloves and facemasks must be worn in all grocery stores, banks, and food markets.
There is a temporary suspension on the issuance of all visas. All foreigners who hold visas will not be allowed entry. Generally, only citizens and permanent residents are allowed entry into the country until further notice.
Polish citizens and citizens of other European countries are allowed entry, according to the U.S. embassy.
Portugal has banned the entry of U.S. citizens for non-essential travel until further notice. They are following guidance from the European Union and are only allowing visitors from 15 countries. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Most inbound flights to Qatar have been canceled except for transit and essential cargo. Public transports, schools, restaurants, and gyms remain closed. Non-citizens are not permitted entry until further notice.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts has escaped largely unscathed from coronavirus so far, with no more than 15 cases at one time. But borders remain closed to international traffic until further notice.
Beginning June 4 through July 31, St. Lucia will open its borders … but only to visitors from the U.S. They will test how this phase of welcoming tourists goes with strict social distancing measures enforced. Visitors must have proof of a negative COVID-19 within 48 hours of departure, and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks at the airport. Face masks must be worn during the duration of your stay.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Travelers will be welcome starting on July 1. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the international airport, and are required by law to report any symptoms of COVID-19 during their stay.
International commercial flights are set to resume on July 15. Passengers are testing for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport. Those who test positive will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Restrictions at the borders were loosened in June and charter jets, private jets, and yachts were allowed entry. Passengers much have proof of a negative COVID-19 test that is less than 48 hours old. Commercial flights are supposed to resume in July.
The international airport remains closed to all passenger flights until further notice, according to Sierra Leone’s U.S. embassy. Schools are no longer in session, churches and mosques are closed, and all public gatherings are canceled. There are restrictions on inter-district travel along with a mandatory nationwide curfew.
Short-term visitors from anywhere in the world will not be allowed entry into or transit through Singapore. Any traveler permitted entry from abroad must serve a mandatory 14-day “Stay Home Notice” at a government facility or their own place of residence. Singapore plans to allow travelers to transit through Singapore (SIN) airport starting June 2, Skift reports.
After first announcing that Americans will be welcome in St. Maarten on July 1, the government of has delayed its opening to U.S. citizens by at least two more weeks. The official date is still pending.
As of June 13, travelers entering Slovakia from a non-Schengen country must have a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours prior to arrival. Travelers must also self-quarantine for five days and then have another negative COVID-19 test before leaving quarantine.
American citizens are currently not allowed entry into Slovenia unless they have residency status in the EU or their travel is deemed essential.
As first reported by Africa News, South Africa plans to resume domestic travel by December 2020 and will open to international tourists in February 2021. The Department of Tourism will be dedicated to working on the “Tourism Recovery Plan” that will ensure local economic development will improve in villages, small towns, and townships. The government has shifted focus on improving other sectors of its economy before they’re ready for tourism.
Access to South Korea is only permitted to citizens, residents, and those with essential travel reasons. There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for all inbound passengers. Most foreign travelers will be placed at a government-run facility at their own expense for 14 days, costing approximately $100 USD per night.
Spain is following recommendations from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
Sri Lanka will open its doors to visitors starting on August 1, 2020. Your stay must be a minimum of 5 days. You will need to produce a negative COVID-19 test before boarding your flight to the country with 72 hours of departure. Upon arrival, you will also be required to take another test with results produced in 4-6 hours. Finally, a third test will be administered on day 4 or 5 after arrival at a mobile site. If your trip is set for longer than 10 days you’ll need a fourth test.
Sweden is following recommendations from the European Union and is only allowing visitors from 15 countries. U.S. citizens are not permitted entry. The list of approved countries is supposed to be revisited every two weeks.
On June 15, Switzerland lifted their COVID-19 related entry restrictions for travelers from other Schengen countries. U.S. citizens are still not allowed entry.
Foreign nationals are not allowed entry into Taiwan unless you hold an Alien Resident Certificate or have official forms proving you meet entry standards. Transit through Taiwan is not allowed at the moment, either. There is no date set for reopening.
Tanzania’s borders are open for international travelers. All passengers should fill in a Health Surveillance Form prior to arrival. Travelers are subjected to health screenings and COVID-19 testing upon arrival.
International flights resumed on July 1. There are many restrictions still in place if you’re looking to enter Thailand. U.S. citizens are still banned from non-essential travel into Thailand.
Ethiopian Airlines is still running direct flights from Togo to Houston and Newark three days a week. However, no foreign passengers, including those who have dual citizenship or a Togolese residency permit, are allowed entry into Togo.
Trinidad and Tobago
Borders remain closed to non-citizens until further notice.
Turkey’s borders are open to tourists. Arriving passengers are being examined for symptoms of COVID-19 when they land. Anyone displaying symptoms will be asked to take a test and be quarantined if positive.
Turks and Caicos
Borders are set to reopen on July 22, 2020. Strict social distancing measures will remain in place. Multiple flights from the U.S. on a range of carriers are set to resume service on July 22.
Restrictions remain in place limiting the amount approved activity in the country as Uganda fends off coronavirus. Borders are closed until further notice.
The Ukrainian government has removed the entry ban for foreigners. U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Ukraine if they have medical insurance covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment while on the territory of Ukraine. U.S. citizens entering Ukraine will be may be required to enter into self-quarantine.
United Arab Emirates
Dubai is planning on opening its doors to travelers starting on July 7, according to government officials. You must produce a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of departure or agree to testing upon arrival at Dubai International Airport (DXB). You must also report any symptoms and have valid medical travel insurance. Emirates has resumed operating numerous routes.
The U.K. has also been hit by coronavirus, but its borders remain open. Airports and airlines have added additional health screening procedures. The U.K. implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals on June 8.
U.S. Virgin Islands
According to The Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, the U.S. Virgin Islands will allow leisure travelers to visit starting on June 1, 2020. In conjunction with the CDC and the Virgin Islands Department of Health, they have formulated a “Health and Safety Guidelines for the USVI Tourism Industry.” Detailed regulations and procedures will be enforced from restaurants and bars, taxis services, as well as hotels and other accommodations.
Vietnam is a rare success story. Managing to limit cases of COVID-19 to just a few hundred with no deaths, Vietnam is well on its way to reopening borders in the near future. Domestic travel has started to return and there are talks of opening a travel bubble with China and South Korea in June. There is still no word on when borders may open on a larger scale.
Tourist visas have been suspended and all non-essential travelers will not be permitted to enter Zambia.
Zimbabwe continues to close borders to all traffic except for nationals and permit holders.