With COVID-19 essentially stopping tourism travel, we’ve all been wondering if it will be possible to travel in summer 2020. Some countries are now reopening to tourists and travelers—under certain conditions, of course. Since it can be difficult to keep up with changing restrictions, here’s a current list of where Americans can travel right now. We’ll try to keep this up to date as much as possible.
However, please note that with the always changing situation concerning COVID-19, travelers are strongly encouraged to check with local government guidelines, restrictions and health measures before traveling and understand that these restrictions and guidelines are subject to change at any time. You may also want to check with a doctor to account for personal health and comfort levels before deciding to travel.
*Last updated 7/6/2020
While the European Union has been discussing measures to safely open borders, each individual country also has that ability to make decisions about how and when they will reopen to tourists. While each country may take slightly different approaches, as of July 1, the EU will begin to open borders to travelers from within the Schengen region as well as a select list of countries where the COVID-19 pandemic has been reasonably contained. The US is not currently on this list, however the list of countries allowed to enter the EU is set to be revisited every two weeks.
This list also has some notable exceptions, granting approval to European citizens or residents, healthcare workers and other essential workers, students and transit passengers, among other exceptions. And while much of Europe may be off-limits for now, there’s other countries reopening to tourists you can add to your bucket list for the next few months!
As of July 1, Croatia has reopened to all international tourists, including tourists from the US. Travelers must provide contact information, give reason for entering the country, present confirmation of accommodations and fill out a EnterCroatia form before traveling. Currently, there is no mandatory testing or quarantine required.
As of July 10, US citizens are allowed to enter the UK, but will have to quarantine for 14 days, without exception. Travelers may also have to fill out a Passenger Locator form to be used for contact tracing.
Ireland never put a complete international travel lockdown into place, but has imposed strict quarantine requirements for any travelers arriving from outside of the country. All international arrivals will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, and will be required to fill out a Passenger Locator form in case of use for contact tracing.
Bali has tentative plans to reopen to international tourists beginning September 11th, 2020. As of now, there haven’t been details released on if this will be limited to certain countries or if testings and/or quarantines will be required.
The Maldives recently announced detailed plan to reopen to international tourists beginning July 15, 2020. Incoming travelers will need to have a reservation with a tourist facility that has a “safe tourism license” which will accredit facilities that abide by legislation and specific safety requirements. Currently, travelers will not be required to present a negative Covid-19 test before entering, but may be subject to random Covid-19 testing upon arrival.
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos recently announced that they hope to reopen to tourists over the summer. Tourists may be subject to health screenings and temperature checks upon arrival, and will be asked to quarantine or return home if they are symptomatic. Hotels will operate at a limited capacity to ensure social distancing and reduce crowding, and regular cleaning, sanitizing and social distancing protocol will be enforced.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda reopened to international tourists on June 4. Upon arrival, travelers will be subject to health screenings, temperature checks and providing contact and accommodation information. In addition, all travelers will be tested for Covid-19 and will be required to pay $100 per person for the testing. You must remain quarantined for the 48 hours until you receive your test results. Alternatively, you may present a negative Covid-19 test before arrival.
The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba will open to travelers from the US and a number of other international countries beginning July 10. All travelers must complete an online questionnaire before arrival. Further, travelers need to present either (a) a negative Covid-19 test from within the 72-hour period before their trip or (b) be tested upon arrival at the airport and quarantine for up to 24 hours until a negative test result is received. Important note: travelers from some states in the US must present a negative test result before arrival. Be sure to see the full details of Aruba’s entry requirements before your trip.
Government officials in Saint Lucia have announced a phased approach to reopening the island for tourists beginning June 4, 2020. In the first phase, Saint Lucia’s international airport will begin accepting international flights from only the United States. Visitors will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight and they will undergo health checks upon arrival. Tourists will also be required to wear masks and practice social distancing during their stay.
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands reopened to travelers on June 1. Travelers will be subject to health screenings, but healthy travelers will not be required to quarantine. Hotels and other accommodations are open at limited capacity, and restaurants and beaches are also reopening, with social distancing measures in place.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos recently announced it will reopen its borders on July 22. Travelers must present a negative Covid-19 test from your home state or country, taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel. You’re also required to complete a health questionnaire and have travel medical insurance.
The island of Jamaica recently reopened to travelers on June 15 with newly-developed health and safety protocols for transportation, restaurants, villa operators, tour providers, and hotels and resorts. Before traveling, travelers must register online for a Jamaica Travel Authorization. If your health risk assessment deems you above the threshold for Covid risk, you will receive an email recommending you do not travel to Jamaica at this time. Upon arrival, all travelers will be tested for Covid-19 and asked to quarantine until the results have been delivered.
Puerto Rico is opening to all international travelers beginning July 15. All travelers will be subject to health screenings, and will have the option to either:
(a) present a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 72 hours of arrival,
(b) get tested for Covid-19 upon arrival, or
(c) quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Belize is set to reopen to international travelers on August 15. Travelers will be required to either present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival or receive a Covid-19 test upon arrival. Travelers will also have to download a contract tracing app and undergo temperature checks at the airport.
French Polynesia—home to Tahiti, Bora Bora and other such lush, tropical islands—will reopen to travelers from Europe and the US beginning July 15. French Polynesia hasn’t had an active case of Covid-19 since May 29, so they’re being careful to keep the virus in check while still allowing visitors to enjoy a dose of wanderlust. Visitors will have to provide negative Covid-19 test results (taken within 72 hours prior to departure) before boarding their flight and show proof of a travel insurance policy.
Greece recently released plans to hopefully reopen to tourists starting July 1st. After being one of the more successful countries at suppressing the coronavirus, Greece is optimistic about reopening and recently announced plans to allow for a summer tourist season. Greece would continue to keep an emphasis on social distancing measures in tourism destinations. Currently, Greece is only open to residents of the countries on the approved EU list and tourists may be subject to random COVID-19 tests upon arrival.
Iceland recently released plans to allow tourists to begin visiting (under specific conditions) beginning by June 15. In this plan, tourists visiting Iceland will have the choice between an immediate 14-day quarantine, getting tested for the coronavirus, or presenting a health certificate from the health authorities in their home country. Internationals will also be required to install an app that the country is using for contact tracing. Recently, Iceland has decided to follow the EU’s advice to limit entry to only travelers from the approved countries.
As one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus, Italy is cautiously beginning to reopen. Currently, Italy is open to tourists from the EU and countries in the Schengen zone only, with no mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The Prime Minister of Spain recently announced that tourists will be permitted to enter the country starting in July. For now, Spain has opened their borders to 12 of the countries listed on the EU approved countries list. The Spanish government has said that they will gradually lift restrictions on further countries as it becomes safe to do so. These rules are currently in effect until July 31, 2020, at which time they’ll be revisited.
Portugal’s foreign minister recently announced that Portugal is currently open for tourists. However, flights coming from outside the EU are not allowed until June 15, meaning tourists currently visiting are mainly from Europe. Visitors can expect that health checks will be implemented at airports. At this time, tourists from the US are not approved for entry into Portugal.
Australia and New Zealand
Both Australia and New Zealand have recently reported low case numbers and are now revealing plans to reopen, including a plan for a trans-Tasman “bubble.” This will allow for travel between Australia and New Zealand. As of this writing, there is not a set date for this trans-Tasman bubble. New Zealand and Australia currently do not have plans to reopen to other countries in the near future.
We’re with you in looking forward to when the world opens back up to travelers, but we still encourage you to plan smart. Here are a few quick tips for successful future trip planning during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Keep an eye on public health guidelines in your home country and at your destination and make sure you’ll be visiting a place where Americans can travel right now.
- Consider booking flights with an airline offering flexible change policies in case something happens and you need to delay your trip
- Consider purchasing a ‘cancel for any reason’ travel insurance policy
- Make yourself aware of your airlines safety guidelines and requirements for travel. Most airlines are requiring passengers to wear a mask or face covering.
- Understand what the local regulations are for the country or destination you’re planning to visit and be sure to comply with all local guidelines for mask-wearing, social distancing and so on to keep everyone healthy.
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