As some countries are beginning to recover from COVID-19, their travel restrictions are changing by the minute.
US residents can typically equate their passport to a golden ticket into every country. But as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the states, it’s critical to ask yourself if now is the time to travel and which countries are welcoming travelers now. Some places have resumed business as usual while others require a coronavirus test, temperature checks, or mandatory quarantine. Here’s an extensive list of every country open to US travelers, with and without restriction.
Albania opened to travelers on June 15th. While there are no formal restrictions, visitors can expect to see an increase in medical personnel at airport checkpoints and could potentially be required to quarantine upon arrival.
US travelers will need to fill out a Health Affidavit form stating they haven’t had any coronavirus symptoms within 72 hours of their flight. All travelers also undergo a temperature check and anyone with a temperature above 100.6 F will be tested.
Kosovo is open for travel with no testing requirement or mandatory quarantine. However, US citizens who cannot prove they are residents or citizens of Kosovo are often denied entry, according to the US Embassy in Kosovo. Masks are required in all public places and social distancing rules are still in effect.
The Maldives is open to visitors staying on uninhabited islands beginning July 15th and bookings for guest houses on inhabited islands will begin on August 1st. There is no testing before departure however, upon arrival, all travelers must fill out a form declaring their state of health.
Mexico is open to US travelers by flight. There is no official test or mandatory quarantine required before entering Mexico however, there has been a recent spike in COVID-19 cases which is correlated to the increase in travel from the US to Mexico.
While there is no testing required, travelers can expect to have a thermal check at the airport. Otherwise, the country remains open to US travelers.
Serbia has had a recent spike in coronavirus cases but it remains open to US travelers without restriction. Visitors should know there is a weekend long curfew, which has received pushback amongst locals. Visitors should be prepared to keep up with policy changes and restrictions as the government handles new cases.
While Tunisia remains open to visitors, the country advises US travelers to only enter if necessary. There are few guidelines available for what visitors can expect when entering the country but you should be prepared for changes in safety precautions without notice.
There are no restrictions on travel to most parts of Turkey as of June 12th. It should be noted that once you arrive, you will have to wear a mask in public or risk being fined. If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, you will have to quarantine as well.
Antigua and Barbados
Though it’s normally a popular tourist destination this time of year, Antigua and Barbados has COVID restrictions. The country opened to visitors on July 9th but all travelers must present a negative COID-19-RT-PCR test that was taken within 7 days of the flight. You must also sign a Health Declaration form upon arrival to say whether you have been exposed to Covid-19 or if you have any illnesses that may make your symptoms worse. You may be subject to another test during your visit which could result in a mandatory quarantine during your stay. It’s important to note that masks are required in all public spaces and violators are subject to a fine or up to six months in prison.
Depending on what state you are from, you may be required to upload a negative coronavirus test to embarkation/disembarkation card 3 days before your flight or, if you’re not traveling from a hot-spot state, you will be required to take a test once you arrive in Aruba and will have to quarantine while you await the results. All travelers must be insured as well. Aruba is updating its policies regarding travel so be sure to visit the official Aruba travel website for more information.
If you’re traveling to Barbados, there is a new online immigration portal which requires all travelers to input their health information and if they have a negative Covid-19 PCR test. This online form should be filled out 24 hours before the departure and you should bring a copy of this just in case! You can take the test upon arrival but the portal can make this whole process easier.
Belize will reopen on August 15th and will be launching an app created to restrict the spread of Covid, both before entering the country and during your stay. You will need to get this app, which will give you a QR code that will be used to contact you during your trip. The app will also check if you are presenting symptoms daily. As of right now, Belize is recommending that all travelers take a coronaviru test before arrival but it isn’t mandated. It’s likely that updates will pop up closer to August 15th.
Bermuda requires a negative Covid-19 PCR test before your flight. There is a travel authorization fee as well, which must be paid before entering Bermuda. This fee covers additional testing, as you will need to take an additional test once you arrive in Bermuda and quarantine until you get your results. There are test sites across the island which you will need to visit in order to be tested during your stay.
Entering Cambodia is much more financially stressful than normal. You will need to submit a $3000 deposit once you arrive in order to fund virus protection services. You will be required to take a Covid-19 test and if your result is negative, the protection service will only keep $160 of your $3000 deposit and return the rest to you. If your result is positive, you will receive medical care and must quarantine. All passengers on the flight will also have to quarantine. In order to fulfill these requests, you will need to pay additional costs for more tests, hotel stays for quarantine, etc. so make sure you are financially prepared to face these costs if necessary.
Croatia requires a negative Covid-19 test taken within the 48 hour period between leaving the US and entering Croatia. If your test is older than that, you will be required to take a new test or subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival. If you have EU/EEA permanent residence or a long-term visa, you can enter freely. All updates will be available on the website of the US Embassy in Croatia.
Dominica is accepting all travelers who present a negative Covid-19 test which was taken between 24 to 72 hours before arrival. You will also need to fill out a health information form via their online portal. This will all go into effect on August 7th, when the country officially reopens.
All visitors are required to have medical insurance which can cover the cost of medical expenses, should they arise, while in Dubai. Upon arrival, you must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test that was taken within 96 hours of presenting it. General safety guidelines require that you fill out a Health Declaration form to state you have no symptoms. If you do show symptoms, you will have your temperature checked and be required to take another test.
Even if you have a negative Covid-19 PCR test, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Ecuador! Make sure you build this time into your stay as only specific hotels are available for foreigners who are quarantining.
All US travelers must get a visa before or once they arrive in Egypt. You will be subject to temperature checks and it is recommended that you arrive with a negative Covid-19 test. Arrival guidelines are unclear as of right now but be prepared to see extra safety precautions taken during your stay, including wearing a mask at all times and staying six feet away from people, as many tourist locations have reopened and may be crowded.
Bora Bora and Tahiti are now open for US travelers but a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure is required before boarding your flight. All travelers must agree to fill out a form stating their condition of health and must agree to disclose if they experience symptoms, which could lead to further testing or a mandatory quarantine.
Ireland has not changed its guidelines for US travelers since the beginning of the pandemic. While no testing is required, all visitors are required to quarantine for 14 days after they arrive in Ireland.
Jamaica is open to tourists but you must fill out a “travel authorization” form via their online portal before your flight. This form requires proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 10 days of departure if you’re traveling from New York, Florida, Arizona, or Texas. Those who are traveling from coronavirus hot spots will need to take a test upon arrival and must quarantine while awaiting results. The list of states are subject to change so be sure to check that Jamaica doesn’t consider your location a high risk at the time of your flight.
Rwanda just reopened for commercial flights on August 1st. You must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of your arrival in order to enter the country. Please note that if you wish to visit popular tourist sites, you may have to take an additional test and quarantine while you await your results.
St. Barts also requires a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. However, if your stay is more than seven days, you will be required to take another test and quarantine while you await those results.
St. Lucia requires a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 7 days of traveling. St. Lucia also requires that travelers fill out and carry with them a Pre-Arrival Registration form, available on stlucia.org.
St. Vincent and Grenadines
All travelers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within two days of travel or take a test as soon as they arrive and quarantine while they await results. You may be subject to temperature checks and be checked for symptoms once you arrive. There is also a VINCYCOVID App approval and questionnaire you must complete.
Turks and Caicos
All travelers besides children under 10 must present a negative Covid-19 test which was taken within five days of arriving to Turks and Caicos. You must also complete an online questionnaire and carry your insurance information on you.
Ukraine is a particularly dangerous location to travel to at this time. All who wish to travel there must download the app “Dii Vdoma” and choose which method of testing they prefer. You can take a test and have a negative result 24 hours before arrival, isolate in a specific unit, or isolate at their destination. All this must be input on the app. You should also have your medical insurance information on you at all times.
Like Ireland, US residents can travel to the UK but are required quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.