Last updated 09/9/2021

With COVID-19 essentially stopping travel, we’ve all been itching to get on the road again. As vaccines ramp up in many places around the world and cases (in many countries) begin to decline, more and more 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.

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 (PCR or antigen) test taken within 3 days before their flight to the US. Without this, you will be denied boarding. This is even if you are fully vaccinated. Effective January 26, 2021. For current updates and guidelines, please refer to the official CDC announcement.


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Europe
Africa & the Middle East
Asia
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Canada

Canada is now open for vaccinated travelers! If you’ve been waiting to visit the Great White North, traveling there just became a whole lot easier. To visit right now, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vaccination: Provide proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
  • Health form: Complete Canada’s health form prior to visiting.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Canada will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For more details and up-to-the-minute requirements, check Canada’s travel website or the US embassy for additional information.

Mexico & the Caribbean

Many Caribbean destinations are open to US travelers! 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.
  • Health form: Complete Mexico’s health form prior to arrival.
  • 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.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Mexico will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on Mexico’s entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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: Everyone (vaccinated or not) MUST apply for a Travel Health Visa ($40-$60) which includes a Covid-19 health insurance you must opt-in to.
  • Vaccination: Effective from May 1, 2021, travelers who have completed Covid-19 vaccination (with the second dose given at least two weeks prior to arrival) can provide certification of vaccination along with your visa.
    AND
  • Test: ALL travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must 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. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from this requirement.
  • Travelers returning to the US from the Bahamas will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit requirements and testing. The Bahamas tourism board has updated information on in-country restrictions and guidelines.

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. Travelers flying with JetBlue have the option of an at-home Covid-19 test as well.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Aruba will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

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

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands offer another option for a trip to paradise for US travelers. To visit, you’ll need:

  • Health visa: All travelers must complete an travel authorization before arrival. This application comes with a COVID-19 entry fee of $175.
  • Test: ALL travelers must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 5 days prior to arrival. A copy of your authorization AND your negative PCR results will be required to check in and board your flight.
  • Test upon arrival: ALL travelers must be tested upon arrival for Covid-19, then quarantine at an approved location for four days. On day 4, you’ll get another test, and if negative, can vacation freely.
  • Travelers returning to the US from the BVI will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

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

Curacao

Curacao reopened to all US travelers 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. A printed copy of test results needs to be carried with you for proof.
  • 3rd-day test: All travelers staying for more than 3 days will need to take an on-island Covid-19 test on the third day of your stay. More information about this requirement can be found here.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Curacao will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.]

Resources: See the full details of Curacao’s entry requirements before your trip.

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.
  • Travelers returning to the US from the Dominican Republic will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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 within 7 days of your planned travel date. 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 3 days prior to departure. If you exhibit symptoms upon arrival, you may be subject to additional testing. Please note they have specific requirements for lab and accreditation—make sure that your testing provider meets their requirements.
  • 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.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Jamaica will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen (rapid) test taken with 48 hours prior to departure.
  • Monitor: Keep track of your temperature and report any symptoms for the first 14 days of your trip.
  • Travelers returning to the US from St. Maarten will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

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

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).
  • Travelers returning to the US from Turks & Caicos will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the Turks & Caicos US embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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 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.
  • Travelers returning to the US from the USVI will not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US. Quarantine mandates, recommendations, and entry requirements may vary by state.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico reopened to travelers last summer. If you’re planning a trip, 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.)
    OR
  • Vaccination: Vaccinated travelers from the US may upload proof of completed vaccination instead of a Covid-19 test result.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Puerto Rico will not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US. Quarantine mandates, recommendations, and entry requirements may vary by state.

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.

Resources: 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 present a negative Covid-19 antigen (rapid) test taken with 48 hours prior to arrival
  • 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.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Belize will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See Belize’s US embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit and testing information and Belize’s tourism board website for in-country restrictions.

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.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Costa Rica will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: More info on Costa Rica’s requirements and any updates should be read carefully before your trip. See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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 3 days before arrival. If you have a negative result and no symptoms, you won’t have to quarantine.
    OR
  • Vaccination: Travelers who have completed Covid vaccination (with the second dose given at least two weeks prior to arrival) can provide certification of vaccination instead of a Covid test.
  • Health check: Random rapid antigen testing may be conducted at the airport and upon arrival. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the traveler must isolate for ten (10) days.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Ecuador will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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. 
    OR
  • Vaccination: Travelers who have completed Covid vaccination (with the second dose given at least two weeks prior to arrival) can provide certification of vaccination instead of a Covid test. (Please verify with your airline that they are accepting this for boarding documentation as well!)
  • Travelers returning to the US from El Salvador will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US. Availability of testing in El Salvador can be limited on certain days, so make advance appointments to ensure you’ll have a test in time for your flight home.

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

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Guatemala

From rainforests and lakes to ancient history, Guatemala has now reopened for international travelers! Travelers who have visited the UK, Brazil or South Africa in the past 14 days are not permitted to enter. To visit, you’ll need:

  • Health form: Complete a health form prior to traveling.
  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 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.
    OR
  • Vaccine: Travelers who have completed Covid vaccination (with the second dose given at least two weeks prior to arrival) can provide certification of vaccination instead of a Covid test.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Guatemala will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See Guatemala’s US embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Honduras

Honduras has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea AND the Pacific Ocean, plus tropical rainforests, ancient Mayan ruins, offshore islands, stunning scuba diving opportunities, delicious coffee and food—basically, everything you need for an adventurous vacay. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 prior to arrival.
    OR
  • Vaccine: Fully vaccinated individuals with their original vaccination certificate can provide proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days in advance instead of a Covid-19 test.
  • Health form: All travelers will be required to complete a health form prior to arrival, and should print and carry your precheck confirmation with you.
  • Anyone who has visited or transited through the UK or South Africa within the past 21 days is banned from entering Honduras.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Honduras will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Nicaragua

Slightly less touristy than it’s neighbors Costa Rica and Panama, Nicaragua has plenty of tropical adventures and open borders. However, many airlines have suspended service to Nicaragua for the time being, so cancellations are frequent and service is infrequent. If you still want to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Nicaragua will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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! Travelers who have transited through South America, India, South Africa or the United Kingdom in the past 15 days prior to arrival in Panama will be required to take an additional Covid-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for 3 days. If you’re coming from the US, you’ll need:

  • Health form: Complete the online form confirming your current health and symptoms.
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test taken within 72 hours of travel or take a test at the airport ($50).
    AND
  • Quarantine: Stay at an approved hotel for 3 days after arrival. On the 3rd day, take a rapid test. If the results are negative, your quarantine is over.
    OR
  • Vaccination: Fully vaccinated travelers may present proof of completed vaccination are exempt from the testing and quarantine.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Panama will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See Panama’s tourism board website for up-to-the-minute information on traveling guidelines and restrictions and the embassy website for entry/exit and testing availability.

Peru

The land of Machu Picchu, the Andes Mountains, the Inca Trail and countless cultural and historical relics and monuments, Peru is an amazing destination for a trip if you love experiencing new cultures while you travel. If you want to visit, you’ll need to:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Health visa: All travelers must complete Peru’s health affidavit within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Nicaragua will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.


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 dose of ancient history, 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.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Dubai will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

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.

Resources: Check the current guidelines here before you travel, or find up-to-the-minute information on the UAE’s US embassy website.

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 96 hours prior to departure.
    OR
  • Vaccination: Fully vaccinated travelers may provide proof of completed vaccination instead of a negative Covid-19 test.
  • Insurance: Provide proof of health insurance and travel insurance that covers Covid-related costs and expenses, just in case.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Egypt will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See Egypt’s US embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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 take within 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid test taken within 48 hours prior to departure.
    OR
  • Vaccination: Fully vaccinated travelers can provide proof of a completed vaccination instead of a negative Covid-19 test.
  • Health form: fill out a health questionnaire upon arrival and undergo temperature checks upon arrival. Travelers who have a fever or other symptoms upon arrival may be subject to an additional test.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Cabo Verde will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Note: Travelers are required to present a health pass before checking in to hotels and other tourist accommodations and when participating in a large sporting, cultural, recreational, and social gathering. The health pass consists of one of the following: either proof of vaccination, proof of a COVID-19 negative test or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

Resources: See Cabo Verde’s US embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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 (results in 30 mins) test upon arrival. You need to register and pay for this ($150) before you go. If you test negative, you don’t have to quarantine, but if your test is positive, you’ll be required to quarantine for 7 days at your expense.
  • Health form: Fill out an online health form before departure.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Ghana will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Lebanon

Lebanon may be a little-known tourist destination, but it’s home to incredible history, archeological sites and ancient ruins, outdoor adventures and hiking and more. Visit ancient temples or go for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, go hiking in the stunning Kadisha Valley or explore one of the many mosques and museums in Beirut. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Vaccine: Fully-vaccinated travelers may present proof of vaccination (completed more than 15 days prior to arrival) instead of a test and quarantine.
    OR
  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to travel
    AND
  • Test upon arrival: Take a second PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 72 hours while awaiting results. You’ll also need to download the Covid-19 tracking app.
  • Test upon arrival (vaccinated travelers): Vaccinated travelers are also required to take a test upon arrival, but are exempt from quarantine requirements.
  • Health form: All unvaccinated travelers will be required to complete a health form prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Lebanon will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Jordan

Jordan is most famous for the ancient city of Petra—an iconic ancient monument and one of the 7 wonders of the world. Though there’s more to Jordan than just Petra—take an overnight desert safari in the Wadi Rum desert, soak in the Dead Sea or immerse yourself in the ancient culture and history of the cities. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Jordan.
  • Test upon arrival: All unvaccinated travelers need to take a second PCR test on arrival (about $30 USD). Once these results return negative, you’re exempt from an otherwise-mandatory quarantine.
  • Travel insurance: All travelers must show proof of health insurance that will cover any medical needs while in Jordan.
  • Health form: All travelers will be required to complete a health form prior to boarding your flight—it will be required at check in.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Jordan will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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 96 hours prior to departure. You can check the Trusted Travel (TT) initiative to find an authorized lab for your PCR test.
  • 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.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Kenya will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Morocco

Morocco, on Africa’s northern coast, is known for Marrakesh’s medina—a packed, energetic city center that dates back to medieval times with buzzing souks and marketplaces where you can shop for traditional crafts, jewelry, spices and more. Morocco’s stunning blue city of Chefchaouen is also a must-visit! To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Vaccination: Provide a vaccination pass or certificate (aka your CDC vaccine card) proving that you are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks past the final dose of your vaccine).
    OR
  • Test: present a negative PCR test at boarding taken within 48 hours prior to travel.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Morocco will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See Morocco’s detailed Covid-19 requirements on entering and traveling in Morocco, or check the US Embassy’s website for further detail.

Mozambique

Mozambique is located on the eastern coast of southern Africa and is most popular for it’s stunning beaches, coral reefs and and marine life. It’s also home to the secluded Quirimbas National Park, a series of offshore islands that are so stunning you really have to see them to believe it! To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Visa: Visas on arrival are available for US travelers who can show proof of a hotel booking and a return ticket, however it’s recommended that you get a visa in advance from the Mozambican Embassy in the US.
  • Health screening: All travelers will be subject to temperature checks and random health screenings upon arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Mozambique will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Namibia

Namibia is famous for it’s otherworldly landscapes (and who doesn’t need a change of scenery right now?). From some of the tallest sand dunes in the world to national parks and conservation areas home to diverse wildlife, there’s a lot to see in Namibia that’s different from what you’ll see at home! To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Rapid (antigen) tests are no longer accepted.
  • Health form: All travelers will be required to complete a health form prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Namibia will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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: Travelers must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Tanzania. Travelers must also take a rapid test upon arrival, which will be $25.
  • Health form: Everyone has to fill out a health form within 24 hours prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Tanzania will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US. Keep in mind that testing is limited throughout Tanzania and test results are not always available within 72 hours.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Seychelles

The stunning Seychelles islands off the coast of East Africa are home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, plus coral reefs, giant tortoises and rainforests. And, thankfully, they’ve recently reopened to travelers who can show proof of vaccination! Keep in mind that travelers who have visited Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or South Africa within the previous 14 days will be denied entry. To visit the Seychelles right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: All travelers (even if you’re vaccinated) must show a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel.
  • Health form: All visitors must fill out the Health Travel Authorization before arrival.
  • Health insurance: Visitors must have valid travel health insurance to cover any Covid-19 related costs.
  • Stay: All travelers must also stay at approved accommodation during their trip.
  • Travelers returning to the US from the Seychelles will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For more details, check the Seychelles’ Covid-19 entry requirements.

South Africa

Cape Town has a little bit of everything, which makes it the perfect destination for a graduation trip. Aside from being an absolutely stunning city, surrounded by beaches and mountains, it’s full of opportunities for adventure. Go cage-diving with sharks, zipline through mountains and forests with views of Cape Town, snorkel with seals or go sea kayaking with penguins. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: All travelers (even if you’re vaccinated) must show a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel. Any traveler who arrives without a negative PCR test must quarantine at their own cost.
  • Health app: All visitors must agree to download the Covid Alert South Africa app.
  • Health screening: All travelers will be screened upon arrival (i.e. temperature checks) and asked to quarantine if they have any symptoms.
  • Travelers returning to the US from South Africa will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For more details, check the South Africa’s Covid-19 entry requirements.

Asia

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is an underrated destination in Central Asia, known most for it’s stunning mosques and other sites alongside beautiful ancient cities. There’s plenty to explore and it’s open for US travelers right now. To visit, you’ll need:

  • Test: All travelers must provide a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel. Approved labs for testing can be found here.
  • Health screening: Arriving passengers must complete a health screening upon arrival and may be subject to additional testing or quarantine if you have symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Uzbekistan will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For more details, check the US embassy’s website.

When will Europe reopen to Americans?

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. As of September 2021, the US is no longer on the EU’s “safe list,” which means that some countries may have additional restrictions in place for US travelers. Keep reading for details on what the specific requirements are for open countries.

France

It’s likely been far too long since you had croissants and coffee in France, wandered the streets of Paris or visited the luxurious and refined French coastline. Beginning June 09, 2021, US travelers can visit France, with some restrictions. To visit this summer, you’ll need:

  • Vaccination: Travelers will need to be fully vaccinated (two weeks after the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine second dose; or four weeks after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and show proof of their vaccination status.
    OR
  • Test: provide proof of negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure OR a negative antigen (rapid) test performed within the 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Health form: All travelers must fill out France’s mandatory health form AND download the Health Pass app to show proof of vaccination or testing status before entering public cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, places of leisure and culture, to travel by plane, train, and coach for long-distance journeys.
  • Travelers returning to the US from France will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check France’s official travel advisories.

Italy

If Italy has been on your bucket list to visit—either for the first time, or for revisiting—after the pandemic, you’re in luck. Italy is currently open only to vaccinated travelers, or travelers who can provide proof of recovery from Covid-19. The land of Venetian canals, Roman monuments, Cinque Terre and more is always worth a visit. If you can’t wait another moment to visit, you can plan your next trip with our cheap flights to Italy. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: ALL travelers need to show proof of a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours prior to your flight.
    AND
  • Vaccination: Show proof of completed vaccination finished at least 14 days prior to arrival in Italy. The white CDC vaccine card is an approved way to show your vaccination status.
  • Health form: Complete Italy’s health form prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Italy will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check Italy’s official travel advisories or the Italian embassy’s website.

Greece

Greece is on almost everyone’s bucket list, and for good reason! And now, you can finally visit again—the land of Santorini sunsets, Greek islands, ancient ruins in Athens and Greek gyros on every corner awaits you. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Vaccine: Travelers who are fully vaccinated (received their second Covid-19 vaccine dose at least 14 days prior to arrival in Greece) can show proof of their vaccination status instead of testing or quarantining.
    OR
  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result performed up to 48 hours before arrival in Greece.
  • Health form: All travelers will be required to complete a traveler locator form at least 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • Health screening: All travelers may be subject to random health screenings and/or rapid Covid-19 tests at the airport.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Greece will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Spain

Spain—the land of tapas, sangrias, history, culture, salsa dancing and more—has reopened to US tourists beginning June 7, 2021. If you can’t decide where to visit, Barcelona is a great spot to start, with a culture-rich city, stunning beaches and energetic nightlife. For something a bit more artistic, Madrid is a fashionable option. Or head to a smaller (but by no means less wonderful) city like Valencia, Seville or Granada. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Health form: Complete Spain’s health form prior to arrival.
  • Vaccination: All travelers from the US are required to show proof of vaccination (completed full vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival) before traveling to Spain.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Spain will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check Spain’s official travel advisories.

Albania

Albania, in the Balkans (near Croatia) offers plenty of beautiful (and non-touristy) beaches, plus inland mountain villages and small, charming cities. Even better, it’s extremely budget-friendly, making it super easy to visit as a student. You’ll get a super unique experience and Instagrammable views for a fraction of the cost of other European cities. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Vaccine: Travelers who are fully vaccinated (received their second Covid-19 vaccine dose at least 14 days prior to arrival) can show proof of their vaccination status instead of testing or quarantining.
    OR
  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, or a negative antigen (rapid) test result performed up to 48 hours before arrival.
  • Health screening: All travelers may be subject to random temperature checks upon arrival at the airport.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Albania will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

More information on testing availability and requirements can be found on the embassy website.

Austria

Austria is quickly becoming more popular in Europe, with culture-rich and elegant cities like Vienna to charming towns like Salzburg. From mountain views of the Alps to storybook towns and medieval castles, Austria has a lot to explore! From July 1, US travelers can visit Austria with the following:

  • Vaccination: Provide proof of vaccination completed at least 22 days prior to arrival (heads up: for now, Austria is only recognizing vaccinations for 360 days total from the second vaccination date).
    OR
  • Test & Quarantine: Provide proof of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours from the time of arrival OR a negative rapid test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival AND quarantine for five days and take a second Covid-19 test on the 5th day. If that test comes back negative as well, your quarantine can end. If you can’t get a second Covid-19 test, you must quarantine for 10 days.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Austria will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See Austria’s website for up to date information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Belgium

Belgium is a small country in Western Europe known for it’s medieval cities and Renaissance architecture. From ancient cities and cobblestone streets, elegant cities like Brussels or small fairytale towns like Brugges, there’s a lot to explore in Belgium! It’s also a somewhat underrated destination in Europe, so you’ll have less crowds to deal with and more unique experiences to explore! Plus, ever heard of a Belgian waffle? From June 21, vaccinated US residents are welcome to visit Belgium. To visit right now, you’ll just need:

  • Vaccine: All travelers to Belgium must show proof of a completed vaccination.
    AND
  • Quarantine: All travelers from the US to Belgium must quarantine until they test negative from a test taken on day 1 or 2 after their arrival. After leaving quarantine, you will be required to take another test on day 7.
  • Passenger Locator Form: All travelers to Belgium must complete the traveler form within 48 hours of arrival.

Travelers returning to the US from Belgium will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US. More information on entry requirements and color status’ can be found on Belgium’s embassy website.

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 if coming from Europe and not older than 72 hours if arriving from other countries (including the United States).
    OR
  • Vaccination: Full vaccination completed 14 days prior to arrival, or a doctor’s certificate of COVID-19 recovery in the period 14 to 180 days prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Bosnia will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Croatia

Croatia used to be relatively unknown, but now is a bucket-list destination for many travelers—and for good reason! From the famous King’s Landing in Dubrovnik to picture-perfect beaches and coastline to adventure and hiking gems like Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia has plenty of natural beauty to take in. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: Travelers must present a negative PCR taken no more than 72 hours or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Croatia.
    OR
  • Vaccination: Travelers who have completed Covid vaccination (with the second dose given at least two weeks prior to arrival but no older than 270 days) can provide certification of vaccination instead of a Covid test.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Croatia will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check the embassy website.

Cyprus

Though you may not have Cyprus on the top of your European bucket list, it’s one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean and is stunningly beautiful. It’s definitely one of the best places in Europe, especially during the warmer months! To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Flight pass: ALL incoming travelers must provide information on testing or vaccination in advance and obtain a Flight Pass within 48 hours before your trip.
  • Vaccination: Vaccinated travelers can provide proof of vaccination instead of other requirements. You’ll still need to obtain a Flight Pass prior to travel.
    OR
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding your flight to Cyprus. This is based on the US’ current status as an “Orange” country, which is reviewed weekly. You can check the color status here.
    OR
  • Travelers returning to the US from Cyprus will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy’s website for up to date information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions or check Cyprus’ travel info website.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is most well-known for the beautiful city of Prague, with its castles, Old Town Square and many bridges and beautiful architecture. Whether you stay in Prague or venture out to other beautiful towns, castles and regions in the Czech Republic, there’s plenty to explore if you’re ready to immerse yourself in medieval villages and stunning architecture! To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Health form: All travelers need to complete the mandatory health form prior to arrival.
  • Vaccination: Travelers from the US will need to show proof of vaccination (both doses, or one dose of the J&J vaccine, completed at least 14 days prior to arrival).
    OR
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, or a negative rapid test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival
    AND
  • Quarantine: Take another Covid-19 test between 5-14 days after arrival and quarantine until the results come in.

Travelers returning to the US from the Czech Republic will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: You can view the entry requirements on the Czech Republic’s website and check the US’ color status here. The US embassy website also has resources regarding testing, entry requirements and in-country restrictions.

Denmark

Denmark is home to one of the most student-friendly cities in Europe—Copenhagen—and as of June 05, 2021, it’s reopened to US travelers (with some restrictions). If you’re ready to plan your visit to the charming Copenhagen, here’s what you’ll need to visit right now:

  • Vaccination: Travelers from the US will need to show proof of vaccination (both doses, or one dose of the J&J vaccine, completed at least 14 days prior to arrival). A vaccine card or certificate of vaccinate in English is accepted.
  • Note: The US Embassy strongly recommends that you print out and carry with you a copy of the Danish government guidelines to demonstrate to airline personnel that you are exempt from COVID-related travel restrictions in place.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Denmark will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check Denmark’s official travel advisories.

Germany

Germany is one of the most popular countries in Europe to visit, from progressive cities like Berlin to small villages like Rothenburg-ob-de-Tauber where you can step back in time. Whether you want to experience Germany’s recent or ancient history or just drop in for some bratwurst, Germany makes an amazing destination anytime of year. As of September 2021, US travelers can visit Germany with the following:

  • Health form: Complete Germany’s digital registration form prior to arrival.
  • Vaccination: Provide proof of vaccination completed at least 15 days prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Germany will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy’s website for up to date information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Georgia

Georgia (the country, not the state) is located in Eastern Europe on the border of Europe and Asia. Home to the Caucasus Mountains, small mountainous villages and charming European towns, Georgia is a must for anyone wanting to get off-the-beaten-path in Europe and explore the outdoors! It’s also a relatively inexpensive country in Europe to visit—perfect for a student budget. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Vaccination: Travelers who have completed Covid vaccination (with the second dose given at least two weeks prior to arrival, or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine) can provide certification of vaccination instead of a Covid test.
    OR
  • Test: Unvaccinated travelers from the US can provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arriving in Georgia. On the third day of your trip, you’ll need to take another PCR test (at your expense, about $50).
  • Travel form: Complete Georgia’s travel form before arriving.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Georgia will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Note that Georgia has restrictions on air arrivals: you must arrive directly from the US or another approved country (including your layover, if your flight has one). The approved transit countries can be found here.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check the embassy website.

Iceland

Iceland is one of our favorite European destinations, in part because it’s so easy to get to from the US! At just five hours from the East Coast, it’s an easy international destination for a weekend trip—though of course, it’s easy to stay for a lot longer. From stunning waterfalls to the Blue Lagoon to the Northern Lights and epic scenery pretty much everywhere, Iceland offers a whole lot of social distancing and wilderness to explore. To visit, you’ll need:

  • Vaccination: Travelers from a non-Schengen country (i.e. the US) need to show proof of completed vaccination before boarding your flight.
    AND
  • Health form: Complete Iceland’s health form prior to arrival.
    AND
  • Test: All travelers must show a negative test (PCR or rapid antigen) before boarding an aircraft to Iceland, taken within 72 hours of departure. Self-tests are not accepted.
    OR
  • Test before and after arrival: Unvaccinated travelers from the US must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, as well as take a Covid-19 test upon arrival at the airport. Afterwards, you must quarantine for 5 days, then take another test. If this final test is also negative, your quarantine may be ended.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Iceland will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check Iceland’s official travel advisories.

Ireland

The Emerald Isle is soon easing its restrictions on international travel, including American travelers! If you’ve been wanting a cool, quiet place to jump back into summer travel, Ireland offers plenty of rolling green hills, rainy days, pubs and cafes and castles, museums and more to explore. American travelers will be able to visit beginning July 19. To visit, you’ll need:

  • Vaccination: Travelers who have completed Covid vaccination (with the second dose given at least two weeks prior to arrival, or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine) can provide certification of vaccination to bypass the testing and quarantine requirements.
    OR
  • Test: Unvaccinated travelers from the US can provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arriving in Ireland
    AND
  • Quarantine: Self-quarantine for 14 days.
    AND
  • Post-arrival testing: Take a second Covid-19 PCR test 10 days after arriving. If the result is negative, you may end your self-quarantine.
  • Travel form: Complete Ireland’s travel form before arriving.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Ireland will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: For more details on these requirements and updates as July 19 approaches, check Ireland’s official advisories or find up-to-the-minute information on the embassy website.

Luxembourg

Looking for somewhere in Europe to visit all your friends haven’t already been? Luxembourg is a great option. Located in Western Europe near France and Germany, it’s full of castles, palaces and cathedrals, as well as forests and parks. If you want to spend some of your trip in an art-filled city but also have the chance to get out in nature, head to Luxembourg. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours from the time of arrival OR a negative rapid test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.
    OR
  • Vaccination: Provide proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Austria will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy’s website for up to date information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

Malta

Malta, an island between Sicily and the North African coast, is full of ancient history, stunning Mediterranean beaches, grottos and caverns and more. Whether you’re looking to explore ancient history in a European city or want to stay outside soaking up the sunshine and some scenic views, Malta has plenty to offer. It’s reopened to US travelers starting from June 17, 2021. To visit right now, you’ll need:

  • Health form: All travelers will need to complete Malta’s mandatory health form prior to arrival.
  • Vaccination: Provide proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Travelers returning to the US from Malta will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US. More information on testing availability and requirements can be found on the embassy website.

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:

  • Vaccination: Provide proof of a vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to entry.
    OR
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entry.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Montenegro will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.
  • There are local guidelines in place regarding masks, curfews, indoor dining and so on.

Resources: Make sure you read up on Montenegro’s travel guidelines before you go and be ready to follow them.

North Macedonia

North Macedonia, in Eastern Europe (just north of Turkey) holds a lot of quiet European charm, and is definitely less touristed than many other European countries. Effective September 1, you’ll need to show:

  • Vaccination: Provide proof of a vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to entry.
    OR
  • Test: Provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entry, or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to entry.

Travelers returning to the US from North Macedonia will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US. More information on testing availability and requirements can be found on the embassy website.

Portugal

Portugal is one of Europe’s more underrated destinations, but it’s quickly growing in popularity! The colorful cities of Lisbon and Porto, coastal towns and beautiful beaches, delicious food and wine and sunny summer weather make Portugal a great destination. Plus, it’s quite affordable, especially compared to cities like London or Paris. Beginning June 15, American travelers can visit, as long as you provide:

  • Testing: All travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding, or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding.
  • Health form: Complete Portugal’s health form prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Portugal will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.
  • Note: Travel to the Azores and/or Madeira has additional specific requirements, which you can find on the Embassy’s website.

No additional quarantine or testing is required for visiting mainland Portugal. Keep in mind that Portugal will review their entry policies every two weeks and may make changes at that time. Please be sure to check Portugal’s tourism board and/or the US embassy for up-to-date policies before planning a trip.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check Portugal’s official travel advisories.

Slovenia

Slovenia, a small country in the Balkans between Croatia and Austria, flies under the radar but has a wealth of beautiful cities and natural wonders! Lake Bled is one of the most famous destinations, but the ancient cities, castles, mountains and lakes scattered throughout the country bring plenty of European charm no matter where you go. To visit, you need:

  • Vaccination: Travelers who have completed Covid vaccination (with the second dose given at least two weeks prior to arrival) can provide certification of vaccination to enter Slovenia and forego the otherwise-mandatory quarantine.
    OR
  • Test: provide proof of a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test taken less than 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • Health form: All travelers must complete the EU Passenger Locator form and the Slovenian health form prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Slovenia will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: Find more information on Slovenia’s entry requirements here.

Switzerland

Switzerland is famous for the incredible Swiss alps, cheese and chocolate—so it’s pretty much a must on anyone’s bucket list. Head there for skiing or hiking or just some delicious cheese fondue in a pretty chalet. As of June 28, US travelers can visit Switzerland with the following:

  • Test: Provide proof of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours from the time of arrival OR a negative rapid test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.
    OR
  • Vaccination: Provide proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Travel form: All travelers must complete the following entry form before arriving in Switzerland.
  • Health app: You may be required to present your vaccination or testing status via Switzerland’s health app for entry into indoor public places.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Switzerland will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Use Switzerland’s handy TravelCheck tool to see updated requirements based on your current situation!

Resources: See the embassy’s website for up to date information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

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: All travelers from the US must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Health form: Everyone has to fill out an information form as well as a passenger locator form within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Travelers returning to the US from Turkey will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

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.

Resources: For up-to-the-minute information, check the embassy website.

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 72 hours before arrival.
    OR
  • Vaccination: Travelers can provide proof of completed Covid-19 vaccines at least 14 days prior to arrival.
  • 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.)
  • Travelers returning to the US from the Ukraine will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the embassy website for up-to-the-minute information on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.

United Kingdom

If you’ve been waiting to hop across the Pond to London, it’s about to get a whole lot easier. If you need to travel to London right now, starting for August 2nd, you can skip quarantine if:

  • Vaccination: Provide proof of official documentation that you have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least 14 full days prior to your arrival.
  • Pre-trip test: Take a Covid-19 PCR test within 3 days prior to traveling to England.
  • Post-arrival test: Take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before the second day after you arrive. This MUST be booked and paid for prior to departure, as you’ll be asked for details on your passenger locator form.
  • Passenger Locator Form: Fill out your traveler details on the UK’s Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours prior to boarding your flight to the UK.
  • Remember: Travelers returning to the US from the UK will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: See the UK government’s website for more details on entry/exit, testing and in-country restrictions.


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 within 24 hours before arrival.
  • Test: present a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to departure.
  • Vaccination: All travelers to the Maldives must provide proof of completed vaccination finished at least 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Post-arrival test: Travelers must take a second Covid-19 test at most 5-7 days after arrival to the Maldives.
  • Stay: Stay at an approved hotel or tourism establishment (i.e. resorts, guesthouses, etc.) during your trip.
  • Travelers returning to the US from the Maldives will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to the US.

Resources: More information for planning your trip and requirements can be found on the Maldives’ tourism board website or on the Maldives embassy website.

Can Americans go to Australia and New Zealand?

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Both Australia and New Zealand are currently closed to international travelers. A “trans-Tasman” bubble may be in effect in the near future to allow for travel between Australia and New Zealand. However, 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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