From lounging on Caribbean beaches to sightseeing in Europe, Americans now have options when it comes to international travel.

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This year may not have brought an immediate end to the coronavirus pandemic, but it brought a renewed sense of hope when it comes to traveling. And many Americans are taking advantage of that feeling, looking ahead, and planning their next vacations.  

The options for those who want to add another stamp to their passport have steadily grown since the world was first put on hold last year — albeit often with more paperwork, testing, and pre-planning required. Those who fly back to the United States will also be required to show a negative test before boarding a flight home. To provide even greater peace of mind to travelers, many airlines and airports have started offering on-site rapid COVID-19 tests.

Additionally, vaccinated travelers are now allowed to travel freely, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Below is a list of countries currently accepting American travelers along with each destination's travel protocol and their advisory level determined by the State Department. Countries that are accepting American travelers but require visitors to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival are also listed separately.

Albania 

Albania
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U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Albania without showing any test results or being required to quarantine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Albania.

Albania requires anyone 11 years old or older wear masks in public, both indoors and outdoors. Restaurants and cafes in the country are open, with an 12 a.m to 6 p.m. nightly curfew.

Anguilla

The Caribbean island is open to pre-approved tourists from certain countries, requiring them to apply in advance and submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test within three to five days before arriving.

Visitors also have to prove they have health insurance to cover potential medical expenses related to treatment of the virus and remain in an approved location for at least 10 days.

Antigua and Barbuda

Visitors to Antigua and Barbuda over the age of 12 are required to arrive with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test from within seven days of their flight, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS

Armenia

Americans can enter Armenia by air and must either arrive with a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival or get tested upon arrival at the airport, according to the U.S. Embassy in Armenia.

Face masks in public places are required in Armenia and those who do not comply could face a fine. 

Aruba

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Aruba requires all U.S. residents to complete an Embarkation/Disembarkation card, a personal health assessment, and show a negative COVID-19 test, which can be either taken up to 72 hours before departure and uploaded in advance of coming or completed upon arrival. For those who complete the test upon arrival, they may have to quarantine at their hotel until their PCR test results are ready. Aruba no longer has a curfew and beach restrictions.

Bahamas

Travelers to the Bahamas can skip the islands' mandatory quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 within five days before their departure, along with applying for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa after their test. Some travelers will then have to take a second, rapid antigen test on day 5 of their visit. Vaccinated travelers do not have to test prior to their trip, nor will they have to take an antigen test while in the Bahamas.

Visitors are then required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Health Travel Visa.

The Bahamas requires everyone to wear masks in public.

Barbados

Barbados is open to foreigners who are willing to travel with a negative PCR test for COVID-19, taken within 72 hours of their arrival. The country will only accept specific types of PCR tests taken by a healthcare provider and performed by an accredited lab. Quarantine requirements have shifted — even for those who are vaccinated or arrive with a negative COVID-19 test — following the spread of the Delta variant. Quarantine policies and testing rules are being constantly updated here.

Bahrain

The government has resumed issuing visas upon arrival for eligible nationalities — including the U.S. — and requires passengers to be tested upon arrival for COVID-19 at their own expense, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain. Passengers who test negative are not required to quarantine. Children under six are exempt from testing on arrival.

Travelers who remain in Bahrain for 10 days or longer will be retested on the 10th day.

Belarus

U.S. travelers to Belarus are allowed to enter the country without any COVID-19 restrictions in place, according to the U.S. Embassy in Belarus.

Travelers should expect to undergo temperature checks at the airport.

Belize

Visitors to Belize should book with a hotel that complies with their nine-point initiative, entitled the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program, in which the approved hotels — listed on their tourism site — have implemented health and safety standards including online check-in and check-out and mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces.

Travelers have the option to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours of departure or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours of departure.

Fully vaccinated travelers who can prove it has been two weeks since their final shot are exempt from the testing requirements.

Bermuda

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Travelers to Bermuda must apply for a Bermuda COVID-19 Travel Authorization one to three days before departure, which must be submitted 24 hours before travel. The authorization requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before arrival. Travelers who do not take a COVID-19 test before arrival will have to quarantine for 8 days. They will be required to wear a quarantine bracelet, for which they'll be charged $300.

Vaccinated travelers must also submit a Travel Authorization application before departure and quarantine until they receive their results of a COVID-19 test taken upon arrival. Following a negative test result, vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine but must test on days 4, 8, and 14 of their trip.

Bolivia

The Bolivian Government requires travelers to arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 10 days if coming from a country in North America, Europe, or Asia, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia. Passengers should also expect to undergo temperature checks.

Face masks are required to be worn in public places. 

Brazil

Foreign visitors are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to the country. Travelers will also have to fill out a Traveler's Health Declaration online. Children under 12 years old who are accompanied and all children under 2 are exempt from testing.

Bonaire

Americans can travel to Bonaire via Curacao and must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure, according to the government. Travelers must also complete an online health declaration form 72 hours to 48 hours before departure.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

U.S. citizens can travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina as long as they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 48 hours from their arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Restaurants, cafes, and most businesses are open in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but a nightly curfew remains in place. Masks are required in public places.

Botswana

U.S. travelers can enter the country if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure for Botswana, according to the U.S. Embassy in Botswana. U.S. citizens who do not meet testing requirements will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Cambodia

Cambodia
Cambodia
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Cambodia requires visitors to pay a hefty travel deposit before entering to cover any potential coronavirus-related costs. Travelers are required to pay a $2,000 deposit upon arrival at the airport, show a negative COVID-19 medical certificate from no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, and purchase a local health insurance package, according to the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.

Travelers must then undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine before being re-tested on the 13th day.

Canada

To enter Canada, American travelers must be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks. Vaccinated tourists must test negative for COVID-19 before traveling (via PCR test), carry paper copies of their vaccination records, and upload their documents to the ArriveCAN app or website.

While Canada is now allowing travelers to enter, the U.S. is keeping its land border closed until at least September 21. However, Americans who are returning from Canada are allowed back into the country.

Chile

Chile requires travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight, according to the U.S. Embassy in Chile. Travelers must also complete an online "Affidavit of Travelers" and show proof they have health insurance that covers COVID-19 while there.

Travelers must then quarantine and can leave quarantine with a negative PCR test taken on or after the seventh day.

Chile requires masks be worn in all urban areas and has implemented a nightly curfew.

Colombia

U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Colombia and must complete the Migracion Colombia's Check-Mig immigration form and show a negative PCR test from no more than 96 hours before departure, according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia. Quarantine is not required, but travelers may be greeted with other protocols upon arrival.

Limited international flights have resumed to several of the country's busiest airports, including Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellin, but the country's water and land borders remain closed.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is welcoming visitors from all U.S. states. Travelers must complete an online Health Pass form within 48 hours of boarding a flight and show proof of travel insurance that covers medical expenses and accommodation in case they are forced to quarantine.

This follows the country's reopening for international visitors from several other countries in August, including from Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

Croatia

People who travel from an EU or EEA country and travelers from certain other countries, including the U.S., Australia, and Japan, can enter Croatia, according to the Croatian Ministry of Interior.

Those who are coming from a country on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's green list do not need to provide a negative test, while those coming from countries not on the green list must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours.

Curaçao

Curacao
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Americans can visit if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure, and fill out an online immigration card and Passenger Locator Card within 48 hours of their departure, according to the Curaçao Tourist Board. Travelers must also have medical insurance to cover them if they become ill with the virus while visiting.

The island, which asks people to wear face masks if they cannot be at least 6 feet apart, has also introduced a "Dushi Stay" app — dushi meaning "sweet" in Papiamentu — to help visitors keep track of everything from entry requirements to which restaurants, attractions, and beaches are open.

Czech Republic

American travelers are welcome back to the Czech Republic, but must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of arrival. Visitors must also complete a Passenger Locator Form.

Masks are required at airports, shops, all public transportation (including on platforms and stops), post offices, and taxis or rideshares. There are no curfew or quarantine measures in place in the Czech Republic.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Travelers must also register online before departure and will be tested again at the airport once they arrive at their own expense — about $45 — self quarantining until they receive a negative result (usually within 24 hours). Travelers will also have to get re-tested within three days of their plans to leave the country.

In addition to COVID-19 measures, travelers must show a World Health Organization card with proof of a yellow fever vaccination.

Denmark

Denmark reopened to vaccinated American (and UK) travelers in June. These vaccinated travelers will be exempt from pre-arrival testing and quarantine protocols upon arrival. Denmark will only accept EMA-approved vaccines and requires travelers to wait two weeks from the last shot of their vaccination course before entering the country. Children who are not vaccinated but traveling with a parent, and women who are unvaccinated because they are pregnant or breastfeeding, can still visit Denmark but will have to take a COVID-19 test prior to entry.

Djibouti

U.S. travelers can enter Djibouti with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight to the country and not more than 120 hours before arriving, according to the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti. Upon arrival, passengers will be tested again with a saliva test, which costs about $30. If a large percentage of a flight tests positive with the saliva test, the government may require a follow-up nasal swab test.

Dominica

Travelers from high-risk countries (which includes the U.S.) must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 24 to 72 hours before arrival and submit an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

Upon arrival, travelers will also have to undergo a rapid test. If it is negative, travelers will be taken to either a "Safe in Nature" certified property or a quarantine location for at least five days. On the fifth day, travelers will be re-tested and can be medically cleared if that result is negative.

Dominican Republic 

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As part of the Dominican Republic's "Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan," visitors are no longer required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country. Additionally, mass testing will not be performed at the airport upon arrival, but will instead be done at random. Travelers must fill out a Traveler's Health Affidavit online before traveling to the DR.

Ecuador

Travelers to Ecuador are allowed to skip the mandatory quarantine if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 10 days before arrival and exhibit no symptoms, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Ecuador.

The Galapagos has its own restrictions, including requiring travelers to show a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before arrival to the islands.

Egypt

U.S. tourists must secure a visa to visit Egypt, according to the State Department. Travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to their flight, according to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. Travelers must have a paper copy of the results as digital results will not be accepted. 

Tourists must also show proof of health insurance upon arrival. Visitors who do go to Egypt will notice health and safety protocols at hotels, including electronic check-in, temperature checks, and sanitization of luggage, according to the country's tourism site.

El Salvador

Americans are allowed to enter El Salvador, and required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of boarding a flight, according to the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador.

Finland

Finland has reopened to all vaccinated travelers. Additionally, the country will allow unvaccinated visitors from low-risk countries to enter without having to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. At this time, American travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination.

France

France reopened to certain vaccinated travelers in June, including Americans and travelers from the U.K. Their regulations are based on how your country is doing with COVID-19. Vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries (designated "green" countries) can enter France without taking a COVID-19 test.

Vaccinated travelers from countries with an intermediate level of risk (currently, the U.S. falls under this category) must take a PCR test (and get a negative test result) no more than 72 hours before arriving.

French Polynesia

To enter French Polynesia, you must be able to prove that you are vaccinated or have a COVID-19 immunity. Prior to entering French Polynesia, you'll have to upload proof of your vaccination to ETIS.pf — which is also where you'd upload a serological test that shows you're positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

Travelers who do not have a vaccination or antibodies will still have to quarantine for 10 days, and anyone who comes to French Polynesia may have to test upon arrival and on the fourth day of their stay (which costs $50).

Germany

Germany started welcoming American travelers who are fully vaccinated into the country as of June 2021. Travelers must be able to prove they've completed a European Medicines Agency-accepted vaccination course, that they've recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, or that they've tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel.

Ghana

Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana. Travelers must then undergo a second test upon arrival at the airport, which costs $150 per person.

Face coverings are required in public in Ghana.

Greece

American travelers are welcome in Greece. According to the U.S. Embassy, vaccinated travelers can enter the country without showing a negative COVID-19 test.

However, unvaccinated travelers must present a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry into Greece. All travelers coming into Greece must fill out a Passenger Locator Form completed by 11:59 p.m. on the night before their arrival into the country. Once the PLF is completed, the Greek government will send the traveler a QR code that must be shown to the customs agents when entering Greece.

Grenada

Travelers to the island must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test from at least three days before traveling there, according to the Ministry of Health Grenada, and have the option of getting re-tested on day five of their trip to leave their hotel. Before traveling, visitors must receive a Pure Safe Travel Certificate, which they can apply for online.

Travelers must pay a one-time $150 COVID-19 test fee, have travel medical insurance that covers any COVID-19-related illness, and have a minimum seven-day reservation at an approved accommodation in order to quarantine.

Guatemala 

Guatemala requires travelers aged 10 and over to show a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test conducted within 96 hours before their departure, according to the U.S. Embassy. Travelers must also fill out an online immigration pre-check form.

Travelers to Guatemala will also be required to complete a Health Pass online before arriving.

Masks are required in public spaces in the country.

Haiti

All travelers coming into Haiti must show a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your flight to Haiti. There is no curfew in place, nor are foreign travelers required to quarantine upon arrival. Not only are commercial flights to Haiti operating, but their land border with the Dominican Republic is open as well.

Honduras 

Travelers can enter Honduras if they possess a negative COVID-19 test, according to the U.S. Embassy in Honduras.

Honduras requires face masks to be worn in public and has a nightly curfew in place.

Iceland

Iceland is accepting travelers from the U.S. and countries outside the Schengen zone. As of now, they are welcoming only travelers with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (which includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson). Travelers who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine upon arrival.

Ireland

Fully vaccinated American travelers can now travel to Ireland without having to quarantine. As of July 19, 2021, Americans must show proof of their vaccination status when entering the country. The country will also welcome unvaccinated tourists, but they must arrive with a negative COVID-19 test and self-quarantine before taking a second test. Unvaccinated children will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test, too.

Ireland plans to follow the "emergency brake" plan the EU is following as COVID-19 variants spread. If the EU pulls the "emergency brake" on Ireland because of COVID-19 outbreaks, they will advise travelers of new restrictions.

Israel

Israel is open to fully vaccinated travelers from select tour groups. As of now, individual tourists (not affiliated with approved tour groups) can not enter the country.

Italy

Italy announced in late June 2021 that vaccinated travelers coming from the U.S. will not have to quarantine upon entry to Italy.

For vaccinated or unvaccinated U.S. travelers, "COVID-free flights" into the country are still an option — run by Delta and Alitalia, currently depart from New York City and Atlanta. Travelers on these flights are required to get tested before departure and again on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status, but are exempt from quarantine.

Jamaica

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Jamaica requires arriving passengers to show either a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight, according to the country's tourism board. Children under 12 years old are exempt. Travelers must also apply to come to Jamaica seven days before their projected arrival date.

Kenya

Travelers from the U.S. are allowed to enter Kenya as long as they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel, don't have a temperature above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and don't have symptoms of the virus, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.

Travelers need to digitally verify their tests through the Trusted Travel (TT) Initiative. Travelers who leave Kenya must also get a second negative PCR test and verify it through the same system.

Kosovo

U.S. citizens must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before arriving to enter Kosovo, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo. If they don't have a test, they are required to self-isolate for seven days.

A nightly curfew is in place.

Liberia

Foreign travelers can now enter Liberia without quarantining upon arrival, as long as they present a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Travelers need a negative test for COVID-19 regardless of their vaccination status.

Lebanon

U.S. travelers to Lebanon must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR no more than 96 hours old, according to the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. Visitors will have to take another PCR test at the airport and quarantine for up to 72 hours at a designated hotel until they receive a negative result. Fully vaccinated travelers and travelers who have proof that they've recently recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from these testing and quarantine requirements. A nightly curfew has been implemented throughout Lebanon.

Maldives

The Maldives
The Maldives
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Americans looking to take advantage of the luxury of overwater bungalows need to look no further than the Maldives. Visitors must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of their departure, according to the Ministry of Tourism. There is no required quarantine upon arrival for tourists who show a negative COVID-19 test.

Malta

Malta is open to vaccinated travelers as of July 19, 2021. Malta was the first European Union country to reach herd immunity. Americans must upload their vaccination information to a CDC-verified app to enter Malta.

Mexico

The land border between the U.S. and Mexico is currently limited to essential travel. However, country is open to tourists arriving by air from the U.S. Travelers do not have to show proof of a vaccine or a negative PCR test for COVID-19 to enter Mexico.

Montenegro

Visitors to Montenegro are required to show either a negative COVID-19 test or a positive antibody test from within 72 hours of arrival in the country, according to the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro.

Face masks are required in all public areas in the country and a nightly curfew has been enacted.

Morocco

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Foreign nationals from countries that Morocco deems safe (and on their "List A"), including the U.S., are allowed to enter Morocco with either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Morocco. Those coming from countries on Morocco's designated "List B" will likely need a negative PCR test whether or not they are vaccinated. A nationwide curfew is in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Morocco.

Namibia

Travelers to Namibia from the U.S. must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Namibia. There is a country-wide curfew in place from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Nepal

Himalayan Mount Everest
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Nepal has reopened for some visitors, but they have to be going to climb the country's impressive peaks. Those who meet that requirement must obtain a visa in advance, arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel, and already have a hotel booking in order to quarantine for at least seven days in the country (before being required to take a second coronavirus test on their fifth day at their own expense), according to the Nepal Tourism Board.

Travelers also have to have insurance that would cover at least $5,000 per person in case they contract COVID-19.

Netherlands

The Netherlands welcomes American travelers for nonessential reasons if they are fully vaccinated, but considers the country a "very high-risk area," according to the government. Starting Sept. 6, all American travelers, including vaccinated ones, must show proof of a negative test to enter (either a PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure).

Nicaragua 

Nicaragua allows travelers from the U.S. to come as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test in hand, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. U.S. travelers are not required to quarantine upon arrival.

North Macedonia 

U.S. travelers to North Macedonia must present proof of vaccination, show they've recovered from COVID-19 in the last 45 days, or present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of travel, according to the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia.

The country's Skopje International Airport requires passengers to disinfect their hands and wear a mask inside the terminal. In North Macedonia, indoor bars and restaurants, and gyms were allowed to reopen in June.

Pakistan

Travelers to Pakistan from the U.S. must provide contact information through the country's PassTrack mobile app or online, undergo a health screening, and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 72 hours of traveling, according to the Government of Pakistan.

At the airport, arriving passengers will be required to line up six feet apart and undergo a thermo-screening by thermo-guns and/or thermo-scanners, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Pakistan.

Panama

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Travelers to Panama are required to present negative COVID-19 test results taken within 48 hours of their arrival. Those who have older test results will be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport.

Travelers must also complete an electronic affidavit, agreeing to comply with the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 measures in Panama.

Face masks are required in all public spaces in Panama and electronic payments at shops and restaurants are preferred to reduce person-to-person contact.

Peru

Americans can enter Peru as long as they have either a negative COVID-19 PCR, negative antigen test, or medical certificate of epidemiological discharge from within 72 hours of departure and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, according to the U.S. Embassy in Peru. Children under 12 years old can show a certificate of health from a doctor in lieu of a negative test.

Portugal

Portugal reopened to American travelers as of June 15, 2021. Americans must show proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of their departure — or an antigen test taken 24 hours before their trip. Other destinations within Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira) may require additional testing, even for travelers already in the country, so you may need to test multiple times if you're traveling to the islands or to various Portuguese destinations.

The Portuguese government will review the COVID-19 and American tourism situation every two weeks and determine whether to continue moving forward on this reopening trajectory.

Qatar

Qatar is now welcoming fully vaccinated U.S. travelers and will not require them to quarantine upon arrival. However, fully vaccinated Americans still have to take a PCR test for COVID-19 prior to their arrival and apply for entry on the country's 'Ehteraz' website at least 12 hours before landing.

Rwanda

Travelers are allowed to go to Rwanda, but must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their flight, according to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda. Upon arrival, visitors must undergo a second test at Kigali International Airport, which costs $60, and wait 24 hours for the results in a designated hotel. All travelers must also fill out a Passenger Locator Form with passport information, travel details, and hotel confirmations prior to arrival.

While many visitors to Rwanda are required to quarantine for at least seven days in a hotel and undergo a second round of testing, international tourists who are scheduled to visit a national park are exempt from the seven-day quarantine period, according to Visit Rwanda, . To skip the quarantine, travelers will have to show proof of their visit upon arrival. Additionally, international tourists must schedule their visit to a national park within 72 hours of receiving a negative test result.

When travelers are ready to leave the country, they must test negative for the virus once again before their scheduled departure.

Spain

Level 4: Do Not Travel

Spain's borders are reopen to Americans and other travelers, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin, as of June 7. Those who are not vaccinated will be able enter Spain with a negative PCR test, provided their country has a low risk of COVID-19 (as defined by the Spanish government). However, since reopening, Spain has implemented restrictions and curfews throughout the country amid the rise of the Delta variant.

St. Barts

Level 4: Do Not Travel

When France opened their borders on June 9 to vaccinated foreign travelers, St. Barts opened with the European nation. While vaccinated travelers are now welcome, they must still come equipped with a negative PCR test for COVID-19, taken within 48 hours of travelers' arrivals.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Travelers to St. Kitts and Nevis must submit a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test 72 hours before arrival and fill out an entry form online, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. Visitors must also download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing app.

Travelers must "Travel in Place" at an approved hotel for three days upon arrival to St. Kitts and Nevis. Vaccinated travelers can be tested on day four (at their own expense) and can stop their quarantine on receiving a negative result.

St. Lucia

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Travelers to St. Lucia are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within five days before their arrival and complete a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. Unvaccinated travelers must then have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation for their stay. After 14 days, unvaccinated travelers can partake in activities outside of their hotel and explore the island. Vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine and have access to the entire island upon arrival, though they are still subject to local nightly curfews.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines have to complete a pre-arrival form, which can be accessed online, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados. Travelers from the U.S. also need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival — and they may get re-tested upon arrival.

Travelers will then need to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment-approved hotel. Visitors must have a fully paid reservation in advance. Visitors will then be re-tested again between days four and seven of their quarantine.

Sint Maarten

U.S. travelers heading to Sint Maarten have to fill out an online immigration card prior to travel, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao. Travelers must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 120 hours of arrival.

Senegal

Travelers to Senegal are allowed to enter as long as they show a negative COVID-19 PCR test within five days before arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Senegal. Airlines will check tests before boarding. Children under two years old are exempt.

Senegal requires masks be worn in public and private places, while restaurants, markets, and private beaches have been allowed to reopen.

Serbia
Serbia
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Serbia

Serbia requires visitors to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Serbia. Children under 12 with a guardian are exempt.

In Serbia, masks are required in all indoor locations as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible, and there is a ban on public gatherings for more than five people.

Seychelles

Seychelles has opened its borders to vaccinated visitors from all countries. However, visitors who are not inoculated will be allowed to visit with a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure with no quarantine requirement.

South Africa

South Africa is reopened to all international travel with testing requirements in place. Travelers need to show a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours from the time of their departure, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in South Africa, as well as install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

Switzerland


Switzerland has been welcoming vaccinated American and Canadian travelers since summer 2021. The country had previously opened to travelers from the Schengen area and select other countries. Americans and Canadians who have not yet completed their vaccination course can also enter Switzerland, but must show a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken 72 hours before travel. Alternately, travelers who have recently had COVID-19 and recovered can show proof to gain entry to Switzerland.

Tanzania

The suspension on international flights to Tanzania has been lifted, according to the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, and travelers are expected to fill out a Health Surveillance Form on the plane.

Thailand

Phuket reopened to vaccinated travelers in July. The rest of the country still requires mandatory quarantine for travelers (for example, those flying into Bangkok must quarantine for 14 days). The rest of Thailand is projected to open to foreign travelers later in 2021.

Turkey

Turkey requires all international passengers 6 years old and older to arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Turkey. Travelers need to show the test to the airline during check-in.

Visitors are not required to quarantine upon arrival. A nightly curfew has been implemented, but foreign tourists are exempt.

Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos
| Credit: Courtesy of Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board

In order to visit the island, visitors need to apply for a travel authorization, upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of travel, have insurance that covers COVID-19 costs, and complete a health screening questionnaire, according to the Minister of Tourism. Children under 10 years old are exempt from the testing requirement.

Uganda

Uganda has reopened its borders and national parks to international travelers able to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 120 hours of their departure, according to the U.S. Embassy in Uganda. Visitors to Uganda will also have to pass health screenings including temperature checks.

Passengers will again need to test negative for COVID-19 within 120 hours of their departure from Uganda. Uganda is requiring all travelers to wear masks while traveling through its airport or visiting its 10 national parks.

Ukraine

Ukraine considers the U.S. a country with a high incidence of COVID-19, and requires citizens to either self-quarantine, take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to the international airports and quarantine until they get the results, or arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 72 hours of travel, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine

U.S. citizens visiting Ukraine must also show they have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19-related expenses. It is mandatory to wear masks in indoor public places, according to the embassy.

United Arab Emirates

Visitors to the UAE are allowed to enter as long as they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the United Arab Emirates.

Visitors are also required to have medical travel insurance that covers COVID-19, according to the Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing. The airport will also implement thermal temperature screenings that travelers may be subject to.

United Kingdom 

Vaccinated travelers no longer have to quarantine when entering the UK, as of July 19, 2021. However, travelers who are returning to the country from an "Amber list" destination must still take a COVID-19 test three days prior to UK entry. Unvaccinated travelers must also test before traveling to the United Kingdom.

Pubs and restaurants are fully reopen in the UK.

Zambia

Tourists must arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of travel, according to the U.S. Embassy in Zambia

Those flying into Zambia will also be required to fill out traveler health questionnaires and random testing could be performed at the airport. Wearing masks in Zambia is mandatory, according to the country's tourism agency.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has reopened its borders for game drives and more, requiring visitors to arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test from 48 hours of their departure, according to the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe. Travelers should also expect to be subject to temperature checks, and masks are mandatory, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority noted. A nightly curfew is in effect. 

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Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.