Dust Off Your Passport? Here’s Where Americans Can Currently Travel

Dust Off Your Passport? Here’s Where Americans Can Currently Travel

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Editor’s note: We’ll be regularly updating this post with the latest changes as more countries open up to U.S. travelers. 
The news is changing constantly, but one thing is certain in travel: Americans will have to be pickier if you want to go somewhere abroad.

Countries across the globe have added travel restrictions that make it impossible for Americans to visit for at least the near future. But there are some options. 

What’s opened or closed to Americans is changing all the time, but we’ve done our best to break it down in this list. Even if you’re not ready to travel now, use this list to plan a realistic trip for when it’s time to hit the skies again.

One note: We haven’t included any countries that require a 14-day quarantine period, as that makes any trip impractical.

Don’t see the country you want to visit on this list? Check out our country-by-country guide on travel restrictions to see where things stand. 

 

North America

Mexico

While restrictions on non-essential land travel have been extended to at least July 21, Americans are still technically allowed to travel Mexico by air. Commercial airlines are still operating but on a much more limited basis.

Passengers arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Popular tourist areas like Los Cabos and Cancun have begun reopening within the last month.

American Airlines has consistently featured fares below $300 dollars to many beach destinations in Mexico over the last few months.

 

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The Caribbean

 

Logistically, the Caribbean is probably your best option if you’re itching for an international trip this year or early next. It’s close to the U.S., there are plenty of flights operating (and cheap flight deals), and many countries are already welcoming American tourists. 

Not every Caribbean island is open to Americans, but there are some great options already welcoming travelers.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda were among the first to open their doors to travelers back on June 1. All arriving passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of their flight.

Travelers must wear a mask during disembarkation and at all times in public during their stay. They must also complete a health declaration form and will be subjected to health screenings on arrival. 

 

Aruba

Aruba began allowing U.S. citizens again on July 10. But just what it will take to get into Aruba will depend on your state of residence. 

Travelers from many states can provide a negative PCR test result prior to departure or take 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.

Here’s a look at a recent Thrifty Traveler Premium deal with flights round-trip flights to Aruba (AUA) for less than $395 … from 65 U.S. departure cities.

 

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Barbados

Barbados officially reopened to travelers on July 12. Travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. Otherwise, tests can be administered for free at the airport upon arrival.

 

Bermuda

On July 1, Americans were welcomed back to Bermuda. But getting in is a multi-step process.

For starters, you will need a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than five days prior to arrival. You’ll also need to complete an online authorization process, including important health information. That online form costs $75, and that covers the cost of another COVID-19 test on arrival at Bermuda (BDA) airport. And then you’ll need to quarantine for up to eight hours or more at your home or accommodation until the results from that second test come in.

Depending on how long you’re staying in Bermuda, be prepared to take additional COVID-19 tests on day three, day seven, and day 14 after your arrival at pop-up testing stations scattered across the island. If you test positive, you’ll need to self-quarantine for 14 days – on your dime.

 

Dominican Republic

Tourists are now allowed entry to the Dominican Republican, and international flights resumed July 1. Health screenings and temperature checks will be administered. And the Dominican government has also set up a smartphone app where visitors can report their condition and access other health information while traveling. Social distancing measures are enforced, and wearing a mask in all public places is required.

Multiple airlines already have flights scheduled throughout the summer.

 

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Jamaica

Jamaica reopened its borders to tourists on June 15. Travelers from Arizona, Florida, New York, and Texas must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days of their flight. There will be many health and safety protocols in place, including temperature checks at airports. A second COVID-19 test may be administered at the airport upon arrival. 

 

St. Barths

Americans are permitted to travel to St. Barths but must provide a negative COVID-19 result taken from within 72 hours prior to departure. Testing is also available upon arrival. Social distancing measures remain in effect.

 

St. Lucia

St. Lucia opened its borders on June 4. Visitors must have proof of a negative COVID-19 within seven days 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.

 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

All arriving passengers at St. Vincent (SVD) will be tested upon arrival for COVID-19, but you’ll need to quarantine for up to 24 hours – or until your results come in. Otherwise, you can provide a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken within 48 hours of departure to get in.

During their stay, travelers must report any new symptoms of coronavirus that they are experiencing to the government’s hotline.

 

Europe

Most of Europe is closed to American tourists, as the European Union has voted to ban U.S. travelers while welcoming tourists from other countries.

But whether they’ve gone rogue or simply don’t fall within the EU, a handful of countries are still accepting travelers from the U.S.

 

Albania

Albania reopened for tourists from all countries, including U.S. citizens on July 1. There are few restrictions to enter the country. Neither a COVID-19 test nor a quarantine is required.

 

Croatia

All foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, can enter Croatia for tourism and other purposes. But there’s a big hitch: You will need to provide negative results from a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of your arrival.

That’s one of the strictest timelines we’ve seen worldwide, and it complicates a potential trip to Croatia given the difficulty in getting tested in the U.S. – and getting test results back quickly. 

Using SkyMiles is an excellent option if you’re still looking at flying to Croatia this year. It will cost you 50,000 SkyMiles to fly to Zagreb (ZAG) from most cities in the U.S.

 

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Read more: The Best Ways to Use Your Delta SkyMiles

 

North Macedonia

American travelers are welcome in North Macedonia. There are no requirements for a COVID-19 test or a quarantine, but social distancing measures remain in place throughout the country.

 

Serbia

There are currently no restrictions to enter Serbia for any and all foreign travelers. Social distancing measures are being strongly encouraged by the Serbian government.

 

Turkey

Turkey’s borders are open to American 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.

Turkish Airlines is your best option if you’re looking at traveling to Turkey. They are currently operating nonstop routes to Istanbul (IST) from several U.S. cities.

 

Ukraine

The Ukrainian government has removed the entry ban for most 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.

Read more: 6 Destinations in Eastern Europe to Put on Your Bucket List

 

Asia & Oceania

French Polynesia

As of July 15, travelers were allowed entry into French Polynesia 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.

 

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The Maldives

One of the least restrictive countries during their reopening process is The Maldives, which reopened to tourists on July 15. There is no quarantine or testing required for any arriving passenger. About half of the hotels are slated to reopen throughout the month of July. 

Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, and Turkish Airlines are rebooting routes to Male (MLE) in the next month – if they haven’t already.

 

Middle East

United Arab Emirates

Dubai began allowing American travelers to enter again on July 7. Travelers must produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of departure or agree to test upon arrival at Dubai International Airport (DXB). They must also report any symptoms and have valid medical travel insurance.

Emirates is slowly resuming numerous routes from the U.S.

 

Africa

Senegal

International commercial flights to Senegal resumed on July 15. Travelers to Senegal must present a COVID-19 test certificate showing a negative result within seven days of entry into Senegal. Passengers may be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport if deemed necessary by health officials. Those who test positive will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

Tanzania

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. 

 

Bottom Line

It’s not as easy as it once was, and the world is no longer wide-open to U.S. travelers. But if you’ve got the international travel bug, there are several destinations waiting for you when it’s safe to travel again.

 

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2 Responses

  • If you get into Croatia, Turkey or Macedonia, Would you be able to then enter Europe either through a Schengen zone country or a non-Schengen zone country like Scandinavian? I do have a residential visa for Portugal which allows me to legally live there the concern is being barred from entering.

  • Hey Patrick. In general, countries in the E.U. / Schengen zone will not permit entry to U.S. citizens even if they have entered through one of the countries listed above. The restrictions are typically based on your residence rather than the previous country you’ve visited. However, since you have a visa for Portugal I’d think it would be much easier for you to move around Europe. It would be worth checking into the power of your residential visa in regards to travel within Europe.

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