With COVID-19 essentially stopping travel, we’ve all been itching to get on the road again. Some countries are now reopening to tourists and travelers—under certain conditions, of course. Since it can be difficult to keep up with changing Covid travel restrictions, here’s a current list of where Americans can travel right now.

For many countries that are allowing international visitors, some combination of a health form, negative PCR test results, insurance and/or monitoring is required. Most countries have health screening at the airport (temperature and symptom checks) and, of course, you’ll need to comply with all local guidelines (masks, distancing, curfews, etc.)

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.

These restrictions and guidelines are subject to change at any time.

Please also note that we cannot provide advice or recommendations on whether or not you should travel to a specific destination right now. That depends on a variety of factors, including the Covid case levels in your home and destination, your personal health and comfort levels, the restrictions of your home country and destinations and other factors. Please travel responsibly and take into account all local health guidelines and restrictions in both your home city and the destination you’re considering visiting before traveling.

Update: All travelers arriving in the US on an international flight (US citizens included) are required to have proof of a negative viral test taken within 3 days before their flight to the US. Without this, they can be denied boarding. Effective January 26, 2021. For current updates and guidelines, please refer to the official CDC announcement.

Last updated 1/5/2021


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Mexico & the Caribbean

There’s many Caribbean that are open to US travelers this winter and spring! Since the main activities in the Caribbean include outdoor activities and things that are naturally lower-risk and socially-distanced, it’s a bit easier to travel here while still being careful. Hotels and restaurants are also incorporating capacity guidelines, social distancing, additional cleaning and so on to help travelers (and locals!) stay healthy.

Mexico

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Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Tulum and other popular Mexican destinations reopened to tourists over the summer. While land travel has been prohibited except for essential purposes since March 2020, air travel remains open. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Monitor: You may be subject to health screenings and temperature checks upon arrival, and will be asked to quarantine or return home if they are symptomatic.
  • At the current time, no testing or quarantine requirements are in place for US citizens. Different Mexican states have different restrictions regarding curfews, masks, and so on.

The Bahamas

Just a three-hour flight from Miami with picture-perfect beaches and crystal-clear waters, the Bahamas are a go-to on many Caribbean bucket lists. To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Health Visa: apply for a Travel Health Visa ($40-$60) which includes a Covid-19 health insurance you must opt-in to.
  • Test: provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of travel.
  • Monitor: self-report on your condition and any symptoms daily during your trip
  • If you’re staying longer than five days, you’ll be required to get a rapid test on the fifth day of your stay.

Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda reopened to international tourists last summer. Upon arrival, travelers will be subject to health screenings, temperature checks and will be required to provide contact and accommodation information. To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: provide a negative PCR test taken within 7 days prior to your flight. (You may also be asked to take an additional test upon arrival.)
  • Stay: stay in certified accommodation, aka approved hotels. Check the list of approved accommodations before you book!

Aruba

The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba opened to travelers from the US and a number of other international countries in July 2020. To visit, you’ll need:

  • Health visa: All travelers must complete an online questionnaire before arrival.
  • Insurance: Travelers also must purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance ($30) to cover any medical expenses that might be incurred during their trip.
  • Test: 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.

Be sure to see the full details of Aruba’s entry requirements before your trip.

Curacao

Curacao has recently reopened to all US travelers (previously it was just a few states) beginning in January 2021. This Dutch Caribbean island is a perfect getaway for a long weekend. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Health form: Complete an online immigration card and Passenger Locator Card (for contact tracing) prior to departure. The Passenger Locator Card has to be printed and carried with you while traveling.
  • Test: provide a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Dominican Republic

There’s plenty of beach getaways available for you! In order to visit the DR, you’ll need to:

  • Health form: Fill out an E-ticket form (including a Health Affidavit) affirming you’ve had no symptoms and providing contact info for contact tracing.
  • Test upon arrival: Airports will provide a quick rapid test to 3-15% of arrivals and do a temperature check of all travelers. Otherwise, the Dominican Republic is not requiring advance testing.

Jamaica

The island of Jamaica reopened to travelers last summer but with newly-developed health and safety protocols for transportation, restaurants, villa operators, tour providers, and hotels and resorts. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Health visa: register online for a Jamaica Travel Authorization before traveling. 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.
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 10 days prior to departure. If you exhibit symptoms upon arrival, you may be subject to additional testing.
  • Stay: You’ll need to stay at approved hotels/accommodations and remain within the hotel/approved “corridor” activities throughout the duration of your stay. More details can be found here.

Sint Maarten / Saint-Martin

This Dutch/French Caribbean destination is another easy way to sneak some sunshine into a bleak winter. To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Health form: Complete St. Maarten’s health form online before departure.
  • Health insurance: Purchase St. Maarten’s Visitors Health Insurance ($30).
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken up to 120 hours (5 days) prior to departure.
  • Monitor: Keep track of your temperature and report any symptoms for the first 14 days of your trip.

You should be sure to check in advance for any updates to St. Maarten’s travel requirements.

U.S. Virgin Islands

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As the U.S. Virgin Islands are technically part of the US, it’s not really international travel. As such, the islands are still open for US travelers. To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test taken within 5 days prior to arrival.
  • Health form: Fill out the USVI health form prior to traveling.

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos has been reopened since last summer, with some basic requirements. To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Health visa: Fill out and then bring a copy of a pre-authorization health form before traveling.
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within five days prior to departure.
  • Insurance: Everyone has to have proof of a travel insurance plan from an approved insurance provider (click on TCI suggested Insurance Plans to view the list).

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico reopened to travelers last summer. At the time of writing, they are asking that residents and travelers restrict travel to essential travel only. If you’re planning a trip for the future, current guidelines are:

  • Health form: Complete the online health form before arrival.
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. (When you upload your negative test results to the online portal, you’ll receive an Airport Exit confirmation number, which will be required to be able to exit the airport.)

Travelers who have symptoms upon arrival will be given a rapid test at the airport and required to quarantine for 14 days, or until a negative PCR test taken on the island is received. Check the full details of Puerto Rico’s travel guidelines before visiting.


Central & South America

There’s a lot of variation within requirements and restrictions across Central and South America. While some countries have done relatively well containing the virus, others have been really hard-hit. Some have very few entry restrictions while others are still completely closed for international travel. Keep in mind when booking travel that entry requirements can change at any time, so keep your plans flexible!

Belize

Belize reopened to international travelers early in fall 2020. To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours before arrival or receive a Covid-19 test upon arrival ($50).
  • Monitor: download a contract tracing app and undergo temperature checks at the airport.
  • Stay: book a stay for the duration of your trip at a Gold Standard hotel.

Chile

Chile—home to the colorful capital of Santiago and long stretches of coastline and mountains—has reopened to American travelers. In order to visit, you’ll need:

  • Health visa: complete a health form within 48 hours in advance of your trip.
  • Test: provide a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours in advance of travel.
  • Insurance: purchase insurance that will cover any COVID-19 care or treatment you may need.
  • During your stay: Report on your health condition daily, plus observe curfew (10pm – 5am) and wear a mask.

Costa Rica

Currently, Costa Rica is a really easy place to travel to. And with nearly unlimited adventures and outdoor activities, it’s a great next-up for your bucket list! To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Health form: Fill out an online health form within 48 hours prior to your trip.
  • Insurance: Purchase (and provide proof of) travel medical insurance that will cover any Covid-related expenses you might incur during your trip.

More info on Costa Rica’s requirements and any updates should be read carefully before your trip.

Ecuador

Ecuador—another destination with incredible weather and diverse rainforests, mountains, deserts and beaches—has recently reopened for international travelers. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 10 days before arrival. If you have a negative result and no symptoms, you won’t have to quarantine.

El Salvador

If you need another option for lush rainforests and tropical weather, El Salvador has you covered! In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: show a printed negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Some health screenings may be done at the airport and some inter-state travel is restricted currently as well.

Guatemala

From rainforests and lakes to ancient history, Guatemala is now reopened for international travelers! To visit, you’ll need:

  • Health form: Complete a health form prior to traveling.
  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to departure. If you arrive without a test, you’ll be required to test upon arrival at your own expense and wait for results before entering.

Nicaragua

Slightly less touristy than it’s neighbors Costa Rica and Panama, Nicaragua has plenty of tropical adventures and open borders. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

Panama

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Panama is home to much more than the Panama Canal—it also has adventure, beaches, idyllic islands and delicious food! To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Health form: Complete the online form confirming your current health and symptoms.
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of travel or take a test at the airport ($50).

Some areas of Panama are under a lockdown in early January 2021. Further lockdown orders have not yet been determined.


Africa & the Middle East

Some areas of Africa and the Middle have been hard-hit by the coronavirus and have limited medical resources (and thus should be avoided for now by travelers, to preserve resources for locals). However, many other areas have been more able to contain Covid spread and have reopened to travelers. For a step back in time, a bit of adventure or an outdoor safari, think about adding one of these destinations to your bucket list for 2021.

Dubai

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Dubai, a hub for both modern luxury and ancient culture in the United Arab Emirates, has reopened to international travelers. To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to departure and bring a printed certificate to check in.
  • Monitor: Everyone must download the Covid-19 contract tracing and info app for Dubai.

Some travelers may be asked to re-test at the airport and will need to quarantine until those results come in. Keep in mind that these rules apply only to Dubai, and other cities in the UAE (for example, Abu Dhabi) have different restrictions and guidelines. Check the current guidelines here before you travel.

Egypt

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Since Egypt is normally a VERY touristed destination, 2021 might be the perfect year to visit! Currently, in order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: Show (printed! not digital) proof of negative PCR test results taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Insurance: Provide proof of health insurance and travel insurance that covers Covid-related costs and expenses, just in case.

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)

These islands off the northwest coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean are a little-known destination among American travelers, but they are open to US citizens for visiting! In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Health form: fill out a health questionnaire upon arrival and undergo temperature checks upon arrival.

Ghana

Ghana—a small country in West Africa—is home to national parks, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, history and more. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Test upon arrival: All travelers must also take a rapid (15 mins) test upon arrival. You need to register and pay for this ($150) before you go.
  • Health form: Fill out an online health form before departure.

Kenya

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From stunning nature reserves to mountains, lakes, and TONS of wildlife, Kenya is a popular destination for African adventures and safaris. To visit right now, you’ll need to:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Visa: Apply for a special visa before arrival ($51).
  • Health check: At the airport, all travelers will be screened for symptoms. If you do have symptoms, like a fever or a cough, you may be refused boarding or denied entry.

South Africa

South Africa is an incredible vacation destination. From cage-diving with sharks to hiking Table Mountain, there’s no shortage of adventures. Although South Africa is, at the time of writing, under a partial lockdown, they did reopen to international travelers in November. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure (if you don’t have this, you’ll be required to quarantine for 14 days at your own expense).
  • Monitor: All travelers must download the COVID Alert South Africa app for contact tracing and monitoring.

Tanzania

Tanzania is home to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and also an incredible place for a safari. It’s one of our most popular destinations for students wanting to visit Africa! Right now, in order to visit you’ll need to:

  • Test (maybe): There’s no official testing requirement for Tanzania, but many airlines require it. Check the airline you’re flying with to see if a test is required.
  • Health form: Everyone has to fill out a health form on the plane.

Can Americans go to Europe?

While the European Union has discussed widespread measures on how 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 January 2021, the EU is mostly closed to US travelers.

There are few exceptions to this. Many countries are granting approval to travel only to European citizens or residents, healthcare workers and other essential workers, students and transit passengers. While much of Europe is off-limits for now, there are a few countries welcoming US travelers.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the most beautiful countries in the Balkans—maybe even in Europe!—and yet is hardly visited and much less touristy than other places. From beautiful medieval villages to stunning parks and waterfalls, there’s a lot to explore. To visit, all you need is:

  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours from the time of arrival.

North Macedonia

North Macedonia, in Eastern Europe (just north of Turkey) holds a lot of quiet European charm and few travel restrictions currently. You’ll need to follow local guidelines (masks, curfews, etc.) but there’s no testing or quarantine required.

Montenegro

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This small coastal European country (near Croatia) is a bit under the radar, but totally beautiful once you’re there! To visit right now, you’ll need to:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • There are plenty of local guidelines in place regarding masks, curfews, indoor dining and so on. Make sure you read up on Montenegro’s travel guidelines before you go and be ready to follow them.

Turkey

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Turkey is an incredible travel destination—crossing right between Europe and Asia, it’s a blend of cultures, cuisines and history. To visit right now, you’ll need to:

  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Health form: Everyone has to fill out an information form on the plane.

Head’s up: there’s health screening at the airports and if you have symptoms, you’ll be tested further and may have to isolate. AND if anyone on your flight tests positive for Covid upon arrival, you’ll likely have to quarantine for 14 days.

Ukraine

Although a less-touristed destination in Europe, the Ukraine has reopened for international visitors to enjoy it’s Eastern European history and heritage and beaches. To visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure or take a test upon arrival and self-quarantine until your results are in (up to 24 hours).
  • Health insurance: You’ll need to show you have health insurance covering any Covid-related treatments while you’re in the Ukraine. (They have options available if you need them.)

Southeast Asia & South Pacific

If you’re up for a looong flight, there are some super idyllic islands (and other destinations) in the South Pacific that are welcoming international visitors.

Maldives

The Maldives reopened to travelers last summer and has detailed plans and guidelines. Since each resort/hotel is basically on it’s own little island, things are pretty easy once you get tested and arrive. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Health Form: Complete an online health form before arrival.
  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to departure.
  • Stay: Stay at an approved hotel or tourism establishment (i.e. resorts, guesthouses, etc.) during your trip.

More information for planning your trip and requirements can be found here.

French Polynesia

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French Polynesia—home to Tahiti, Bora Bora and other such lush, tropical islands—reopened to travelers from Europe and the US last summer. In order to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Health form: Fill out a health registration online before traveling.
  • Re-test: Complete a self-test 4 days after arrival and report your results. The self-test will be provided to you upon arrival.

Some curfews may apply, depending on which islands you are visiting. Check here for more details on visiting French Polynesia during covid.

Can Americans go to Australia and New Zealand?

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Both Australia and New Zealand have recently reported low case numbers and are now revealing plans to reopen 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. In addition, 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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