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International Destinations Open to American Travelers

By Travelink on October 5, 2020

While the thought of traveling internationally (or at all) may be daunting during a global pandemic, our travel advisors can help ensure you are fully aware of the policies, procedures, and other information to make your vacation worry-free.

We do strongly encourage all our clients to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 for themselves leading up to departure, and, most importantly, take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before booking any kind of travel.

While the destinations below are welcoming American tourists back, some are far more restrictive on requirements than others, which we've noted as such. For more information on travel restrictions, please visit the U.S. State Department website

The World Travel & Tourism Council has also published their "Safe Travels" program to help provide travelers with the insights and information to ensure they enjoy a safe and secure trip.

The Caribbean

Minor Restrictions

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda opened its borders on June 1st in a phased plan that included reopening the international airport. Expect to take a COVID-19 test seven (7) days prior to arrival and be able to provide proof of negative results. You will also be required to wear a mask in public places.

Barbados

As of July 12th, visitors to Barbados are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure and be able to present negative results at the airport. You may can also choose to undergo a test at the airport and quarantine until the results are ready.

Dominica

Dominica reopened its borders on August 7th. Travelers must show a negative COVID-19 test taken 24 to 72 hours before arrival and submit an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Expect to take a rapid COVID test upon arrival in addition to a temperature check at your hotel, plus luggage sanitation. Visitors must book their stay at COVID-certified accommodations (we can help with that). 

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic lifted border restrictions on July 1st, requiring temperature checks upon arrival at the airport. You will have to show a negative test taken no more than five days before arrival (you can also get tested upon arrival).

Travelers will have to fill out a Traveler’s Health Affidavit, certifying they have not had any COVID-10-related symptoms for 72 hours as well as provide their contact information. If your temperature is above 100.6 °F, you will undergo a rapid COVID-19 test and may be isolated. Masks are required to enter bars, but it's wise to wear it everywhere to be safe.

Saint Barthelemy (St. Barths)

As of June 22nd, St. Barths is open to Americans provided they bring a negative COVID test, performed within 72 hours of departure. If travelers successfully bring this test they won't need to be tested again upon arrival and won't require a quarantine. If you can't get tested before you come, you can pay for a test at the airport and quarantine for 24 hours until the test results come in.

If you're staying longer than 7 days on the island, you will need to be tested again on the 7th day of your stay. Children under 10 do not need testing.

Saint Lucia

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On July 9th, Saint Lucia started requiring travelers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within seven days before arrival. Travelers also have to complete a pre-arrival registration form and undergo a temperature check upon arrival. They have also implemented a COVID-19 certificate for hotels, requiring them to meet more than a dozen criteria for sanitization protocols, social distancing, and more.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines have to complete an online pre-arrival form and show a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of arrival (or undergo a test upon arrival). If you choose to take the test upon arrival, expect to be quarantined for at least 24 hours until the results come in. Since nearly everyone traveling from the United States will arrive by air, expect to quarantine for at least 24 hours to await test results of all passengers from your flight.

Turks and Caicos

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Turks and Caicos reopened to travelers on July 22nd. In order to visit the island, visitors need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of travel, have insurance that covers medevac (we can help), and complete a health screening questionnaire.

Very Restricted

Anguilla

As of today, Anguilla still remains COVID-19-free. They just reopened to tourists and began accepting applications to come on August 21st. The application process will require you fill out your desired travel dates and submit a negative COVID-19 test within three to five days before arrival. You'll also have show proof of health insurance to cover potential medical expenses related to any potential treatment of the virus.

In addition, if you plan to stay for less than 10 days, you won't be able to rent a car. Expect to be tested for the virus upon arrival and then again on day 10 of your visit.

Aruba

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Aruba is open to Americans, but travelers coming from certain states are required to upload a negative COVID-19 test online taken within 72 hours before their flight. The test has to be uploaded at least 12 hours before departure.

The affected states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota. Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

While all U.S. visitors will have to complete a self-health declaration form and show a negative COVID-19 test, travelers from any state not listed above may also choose to pre-pay for a test to be completed when they arrive.

Bermuda

Bermuda reopened for all international travel on July 1st and requires entering visitors to show a negative COVID-19 test from within seven days of departure. Visitors will also have to fill out a travel authorization process online and pay a $75 fee. Expect to be tested at the airport and to quarantine where you're staying until the results are ready (around six to eight hours).

You can expect to be tested every few days while on the island and will be required to take your temperature twice each day and report it online.

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica isn't quite open yet, but is expected to welcome visitors from six U.S. states, including New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut, starting September 1st.

Travelers from these states will have to show a valid driver’s license showing they live there, present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before travel and show proof of travel insurance that covers medical expenses and accommodation in case of quarantine.

Jamaica

Jamaica reopened to international travel on June 15th, requiring arriving passengers to undergo a temperature check and having some undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival. Travelers from areas considered “high risk,” including Arizona, Florida, New York, and Texas, have to upload a negative test result when applying to visit.

As of August 7th, Jamaica requires visitors to remain under the “Stay in Zone” measure, which allows them to leave their hotels to visit approved places within the area.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines have to complete an online pre-arrival form and show a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of arrival (or undergo a test upon arrival). If you choose to take the test upon arrival, expect to be quarantined for at least 24 hours until the results come in. Since nearly everyone traveling from the United States will arrive by air, expect to quarantine for at least 24 hours to await test results of all passengers from your flight.

Europe

Minor Restrictions

BElarus

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As of July 15th, Belarus is welcoming travelers from the USA and other countries. Travelers must have travel health insurance that covers COVID, a 48-hour negative PCR, and expect to fill out a health questionnaire and have your temperature scanned upon arrival. If you're staying more than 30 days, you'll need to have a Visa as well. 

Croatia

Croatia has reopened its borders for U.S. citizens, provided they show proof of a reservation for a hotel or other accommodations. Travelers to Croatia will not have to quarantine if they provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours and will have to fill out an entry form online. 

Turkey

Turkey opened some international air, land, and sea borders on June 11th. Upon arrival in Istanbul, passengers at the airport will undergo a temperature check with a thermal camera, but are not required to show any health documentation to enter or leave the country. Masks are required to be worn in public areas throughout Turkey.

Ukraine

Since the U.S. has a high incidence of COVID-19, Ukraine requires travelers to either self-quarantine or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the international airports. The test results will be emailed within 24 hours and passengers have to self-quarantine until then. It is mandatory to wear masks in public places.

Very Restricted

Ireland

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For those traveling to the Emerald Isle, expect to be required to restrict your movements for 14 days upon arrival and fill in a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where you'll self-isolate during that time. 

Mexico and South America

Minor Restrictions

Mexico (updated 9.14.20)

The land border between the U.S. and Mexico is expected to remain closed until at least September 21st. While it was announced on September 14th that all beaches in Mexico have reopened for tourism, including Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, with hotels and restaurants open with 50 percent capacity. The minor restrictions include a maximum beach stay time of three hours, social distancing enforcement, limitations on group sizes, a ban on alcoholic beverages, and mandatory facial coverings.

Brazil

Brazil reopened its borders to international passengers traveling by air on July 29th. While visitors are not required to quarantine, those coming for up to 90 days do have to show their airline proof of valid health insurance.

Ecuador (Galapagos)

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Since August 15th, travelers have been allowed to skip the mandatory quarantine if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 10 days before arrival and show no symptoms. If you don't have a negative test, you can get one upon arrival and quarantine at a hotel until they receive negative results.

Africa, Asia, Middle East, and South Pacific

Minor Restrictions

Egypt

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Egypt allowed international tourists and flights as of July 1st, but American travelers must secure a visa prior to visiting Egypt. As of August 15th, visitors must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival (unless you're going to the Red Sea, South Sinai, or Matrouh which are currently exempt). Expect to show proof of health insurance upon arrival as well.

French Polynesia (Bora Bora, Tahiti)

French Polynesia reopened its borders on July 15th. Tourists will have to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and show negative results before boarding a flight. Travelers will also be required to have a travel insurance policy (we can help with that). On the fourth day after arrival, you'll have to perform a self-sampling surveillance test as well. 

Maldives

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The Maldives reopened to international tourism on July 15th. Visitors don’t have to pay any additional fees or show negative tested results and those who don’t have any symptoms won’t have to quarantine themselves. You do need to have a confirmed booking before arrival and submit an online health declaration form within 24 hours before departure.

United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

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As of July 7th, Dubai requires visitors to download the city’s COVID-19 DXB app and register. Tourists have to arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than four days before departure, or get tested at the airport upon arrival. Visitors are also required to have medical travel insurance that covers COVID-19.

Zambia

The home of stunning Victoria Falls is open to American tourists, with some minor requirements (well worth it in our opinion)! All arriving visitors must have a negative COVID test ready within 14 days of departure into Zambia. Also expect to fill out the health questionnaire provided by the airline before disembarkation, have your temperature taken , and then provide your negative test results to customs before continuing on to your destination.

While in Zambia, you're simply asked to keep at least 1 meter apart and wear a mask in all public or common spaces.

Very Restricted

Cambodia

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While open to travelers, Cambodia will require visitors to pay a hefty $3,000 travel deposit before entering to cover any potential coronavirus-related costs. You will also be required to show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than 72 hours before traveling, proof of medical insurance coverage for at least $50,000, as well as undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in an official facility until the results are ready.

If someone on an arriving flight tests positive for the virus, ALL passengers have to quarantine for 14 days at a location chosen by Cambodian authorities. If all travelers test negative, they'll have to self-isolate for two weeks where they are staying.

Rwanda

For Rwandan visitors, you must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 120 hours before their flight. Upon arrival, visitors have to quarantine for at least 24 hours in a hotel and undergo a second round of testing. Once they receive a negative result, they can leave quarantine. Travelers must also fill out a Passenger Locator Form with passport information, travel details, and booking confirmation.

When travelers are ready to leave the country, they must test negative for the virus once again within 120 hours of their scheduled departure. Rwanda currently has a nightly curfew but has reopened restaurants, hotels, and shops, along with national parks to visitors with a negative COVID-19 test.


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