Where Can Americans Travel Right Now? A Country-by-country Guide
From lounging on Caribbean beaches to sightseeing in Serbia, Americans now have options when it comes to international travel.
Editor's note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.
The new year may not have brought an immediate end to the coronavirus pandemic, but it brought a renewed sense of hope. 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.
We still have a while to go before we can completely put COVID-19 behind us, but the State Department did lift its Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory and returned to determining its advisory levels on a country-by-country basis. To provide even greater peace of mind to travelers, many airlines and airports have started offering on-site rapid COVID-19 tests.
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.
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. This follows the return of commercial flights to the country on June 15.
Albania requires anyone 11 years old or older wear masks in public, both indoors and outdoors. Restaurants and cafes in the country are open, but a nightly curfew was implemented in November.
The Caribbean island, which was declared COVID-19-free in November, reopened 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
Antigua and Barbuda opened its borders on June 1 in a phased plan that included reopening the international airport, according to the government. Visitors 12 years old and older 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.
Visitors are then required to be monitored for COVID-19 for up to 14 days.
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 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.
Aruba started welcoming U.S. visitors to its turquoise waters on July 10, following the opening of its borders to travelers from the Caribbean (except the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada, which started July 1. Initially, Aruba required visitors from certain U.S. states to upload a test at least 12 hours before departing, according to the Aruba Tourism Authority. That is no longer in effect.
The island, which started reopening outdoor restaurants on May 25, has a cleaning and hygiene certification program for tourism-related businesses focusing on things like plexiglass barriers at desks.
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. Travelers will then have to take a second, rapid antigen test on day 5 of their visit.
Children 10 years old and younger will not need to get tested prior to arrival.
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 reopened to tourists on July 12. Visitors from high-risk countries, including the U.S., are required to take a COVID-19 test three days before arrival, upload the negative result online before departure, and bring it to the airport. Travelers will then have to remain at their hotel or villa and be retested five days after their initial test in their home country. Public health teams will continue to check in with visitors.
Barbados is encouraging visitors to move there for a year for the ultimate work from home experience.
On June 1, the island reopened retailers, parks, and dining in restaurants, according to the Barbados Government Information Service. On June 15, all businesses were allowed to open.
The government resumed issuing visas upon arrival for eligible nationalities — including the U.S. — on Sept. 4 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.
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 reopened for tourists to explore once again on Oct. 1. Visitors need to book with a hotel that complies with their 9-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.
Visitors will need to download the Belize Health App at least three days before boarding a fight, which can be used for contact tracing and reporting health symptoms. 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.
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.
Botswana reopened its borders to international travel in November. U.S. travelers can enter the country if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test from 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.
Travelers must also show a second negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure from the country.
Brazil first reopened its borders to international passengers traveling by air on July 29, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in 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. The country began lifting its lockdown in early June when cases were still rising. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — has been criticized for his response to the pandemic — vetoed parts of a law that would have made it necessary to wear a face mask in enclosed spaces where large groups of people gather, like churches and schools, but several state and local governments require masks.
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 reopened its borders to international travel in November. U.S. travelers can enter the country if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test from 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.
U.S. and other foreign travelers can take advantage of the amazing temples in Cambodia (hello Angkor Wat), but it will cost them. The country 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.
Chile reopened its borders to international travelers, including Americans, in November. 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.
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 started welcoming visitors from the U.S. on Sept. 1, initially starting with travelers from the northeast, the Minister of Tourism confirmed to Travel + Leisure. That list expanded and on Nov. 1 when the country started 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.
While Croatia initially welcomed tourists from non-EU countries, including Americans, with proof of a hotel stay and a negative test, that has since changed. Now, people who travel to Croatia from an EU or EEA country (including Americans who have been in Europe) as well as certain other countries, including Australia and Japan, can visit, 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.
While the European Union has recommended the U.S. not be included in the countries allowed to resume non-essential travel, individual countries are able to make their own decisions.
Curaçao has reopened its borders on Jan. 1 to all travelers after initially only opening up to Americans from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida.
Now, all 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.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Americans can travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of their departure, according to the U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Children under 11 years old are exempt.
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.
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 reopened its borders to tourists on Aug. 7, according to the Discover Dominica Authority. Travelers from high-risk countries (which the U.S. is considered one) 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.
The Dominican Republic lifted border restrictions on July 1. As part of its newly announced ″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 also fill out a Traveler's Health Affidavit online. To ease concerns of would-be travelers, the Ministry of Tourism is offering tourists visiting hotels a temporary, free travel assistance plan for those who arrive by at least March 31. In addition to general emergency coverage, the free insurance plan covers coverage for long-term stays should a traveler fall ill or need to quarantine.
Ecuador opened its borders to commercial flights on June 1. Since Aug. 15 travelers have been allowed to skip the mandatory quarantine if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than ten 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 allowed international tourists and flights to come into its seaside resorts, including southern Sinai and the Red Sea province, on July 1, according to Reuters. This follows the suspension of international flights in March.
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.In the meantime, explorers can check out this virtual tour of the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses VI from home, allowing people to exercise their inner adventurer without leaving the couch.
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.
French Polynesia, known for the crystal clear waters of Tahiti and Bora Bora, reopened its borders for international tourism on July 15, including from the U.S.
Tourists coming to the islands — there’s 118 of them — will have to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and show those negative results before boarding a flight. Travelers will also be required to have a travel insurance policy. On the fourth day after arrival, travelers will have to perform a self-sampling surveillance test, according to a press release from the French Polynesian government.
Ghana reopened its airport to regular international passenger travel on Sept. 1, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana. Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test from no more than 72 hours before departure. 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.
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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 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 in Guatemala. 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.
Travelers can enter Honduras if they possess a negative COVID-19 test. International flights to the country resumed on Aug. 17, according to the U.S. Embassy in Honduras.
Honduras requires face masks to be worn in public and has a nightly curfew in place.
American travelers to Ireland must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival, according to the government. Children 6 and under are exempt. Once in Ireland, travelers can test-out of quarantine if they test negative with a COVID-19 PCR test at least five days after arriving in the country. Tourists are also required to fill out a contact tracing form.
Jamaica reopened to international travel on June 15, and requires arriving passengers to show either a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab taken within ten days of boarding a flight, according to the country's tourism board. Children under 12 years old are exempt.
Travelers must also complete a Travel Authorization form online, and can stay in a "resilient corridor" where they can leave the resort to visit certified tourist attractions.
The island also introduced protocols for tourism industries, including requiring each hotel to designate at least one employee at a time as a "Covid-19 Safety Point Person" to conduct spot checks.
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.
Restaurants and bars in Kenya must close by 9 p.m.
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.
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.
Travelers then have to self-isolate for the rest of the week and take another PCR test.
A nightly curfew has been implemented.
Americans looking to take advantage of the luxury of overwater bungalows need look no further than the Maldives, which reopened to international tourism on July 15. The island nation first reopened its uninhabited islands, followed by inhabited islands on Aug. 1.Visitors must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 96 hours of their departure, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
The land border between the U.S. and Mexico will remain closed until at least Feb 21.
While several states in Mexico reopened for tourism, including Quintana Roo (where popular spots like Cancun are located) as well as Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta is), further restrictions have since been implemented. Mexico has created a color-coded system for each state, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico, and has placed several states, including Jalisco and Quintana Roo, in the "orange" category, allowing hotels and restaurants to open with 50 percent capacity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, warned Americans about traveling to Mexico amid increasing cases, raising its COVID-19 level to red in December, its highest marker.
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.
Foreign nationals of visa-exempt countries, including the U.S., are allowed to enter Morocco starting as long as they have a reservation with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Morocco.
Travelers to the country have to show a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and have the results printed with them. Children under 11 years old are exempt.
Upon arrival, government officials will also conduct a health screening.
Those wishing to enter or leave Casablanca must have a letter of permission from Moroccan authorities.
Travelers to Namibia from the U.S. must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within seven days of arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Namibia. Visitors are able to enter under the country's Tourism Revival Initiative.
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, 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.
They also have to have insurance that would cover at least $5,000 per person in case they contract COVID-19.
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.
U.S. travelers to North Macedonia are not required to have any COVID-19 tests or quarantine upon arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia.
The country’s Skopje International Airport reopened to international flights in July, requiring 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.
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 as of Oct. 5 provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 96 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 reopened its borders to international travel on Oct. 12, requiring passengers 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.
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. The South American nation reopened its borders to the world and welcomed tourists back to its iconic archeological site, Machu Picchu.
Travelers are allowed to go to Rwanda, but must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 120 hours before their flight, according to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda. Upon arrival, visitors have to quarantine for at least 24 hours in a hotel and undergo a second round of testing. Once they receive a negative result, they can leave quarantine.
Travelers must also fill out a Passenger Locator Form with passport information, travel details, and booking confirmation.
When travelers are ready to leave the country, they must test negative for the virus once again within 120 hours of their scheduled departure.
Rwanda currently has a nightly curfew but has reopened restaurants, hotels, and shops, along with national parks to visitors with a negative COVID-19 test.
Visitors to St. Barthélemy can enter if they show a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure as well as a sworn statement they haven’t had symptoms of the virus or been in contact with someone with a confirmed case, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. Children under 11 years old are exempt.
Travelers who stay for more than seven days will then be required to take a second test on their eighth day.
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 will have to quarantine upon arrival at an approved hotel, but will be able to move around the hotel’s property and participate in hotel activities. On the seventh day, visitors will get re-tested and, if they test negative, can book excursions through the hotel. Travelers who stay 14 days or longer will get re-tested again.
St. Lucia reopened to international tourists on June 4. Travelers are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within seven days before their arrival and complete a pre-arrival registration form, according to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. Travelers must then have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation for the duration of their stay.
Saint Lucia has implemented a COVID-19 certificate for hotels, requiring them to meet more than a dozen criteria for sanitization protocols, social distancing, and more.
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 as well as 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.
On Aug. 1, flights between the U.S. and Sint Maarten resumed with travelers having 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.
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 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. Serbia also happens to have one of the best under-the-radar wine regions in Europe, perfect for some off-the-beaten-path exploring.
The Seychelles has opened its borders to fully vaccinated visitors from all countries. Travelers must prove two weeks have elapsed since they have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine.
Additionally, travelers must fill out a health travel authorization and show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at an accredited laboratory within 72 hours of traveling, according to the island's tourism site.By March, the Seychelles anticipates it will have vaccinated most of its adult population and the island expects to open to all visitors regardless of their vaccination status.
South Africa reopened its borders to all international travel in November 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.
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.
On June 26, the Tanzania Tourist Board promoted travel to the country with a Facebook video showing health measures like hand washing and temperature checks, and touting Tanzania as a safe and “unforgettable” destination.
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
Turks and Caicos, a British territory, reopened to international travel on July 22, welcoming tourists to its more than 40 small islands and pristine beaches. 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.
On June 5, the islands allowed retail businesses to reopen, and restaurants in most of the territory opened on July 6.
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 covering both their mouths and noses while traveling through its airport or visiting its 10 national parks. Inside airport terminals, Uganda is requiring that people keep at least five feet from one another. It’s requiring six-and-a-half feet of distance between people visiting national parks, and charging tour guides with making sure visitors keep at least 32 feet from any primates they encounter.
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 at the international airports and quarantine until they get the results, or arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 48 hours, 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.
Dubai has allowed services like restaurants to reopen with restrictions.
In addition, Ras Al Khaimah (which received a “Safe Travel Label” from the World Travel & Tourism Council) allowed international visitors to arrive, mandating many of the same requirements as Dubai. In order to stay in Ras Al Khaimah, travelers must have a hotel booking confirmed as well as sign a health declaration form.
Travelers to the United Kingdom must obtain a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of traveling, according to the UK government. Children under 11 are exempt. The UK then allows many international visitors, including from the U.S., to test-out of the country's quarantine (previously 14 days) after only five days.
Travelers must self-isolate for the five days before getting a test, which they have to book and pay for from an approved private provider in advance of traveling. Travelers must also complete a passenger locator form.
Zambia reopened its airports for international tourism in July, according to the Zambia Department of Immigration. 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 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.
The following countries are also accepting travelers coming from America, but require a mandatory quarantine or self-isolation period:
- South Korea
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