Travel for US Citizens

November 3, 2020 by Brenda Fairfax No Comment

Which countries are welcoming US tourists back?

Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the US passport has shriveled during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many nations continue to view America with trepidation. The European Union has omitted the United States from its list of countries whose tourists may visit. Americans still cannot vacation in their neighbor to the north, Canada, nor head to many Asian favorites such as Japan. 

It’s worth noting that since the pandemic is ongoing, rules can change at any time. Depending on the country, rules violations can involve stiff fines or even jail time. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US State Department provide Covid-19 risk assessments by country. What follows is a partial list of countries, in alphabetical order, where it’s still possible for US passport holders to go for a vacation: 

Antigua and Barbuda US travelers 12 and older to Antigua and Barbuda “arriving by air must present a negative Covid-19-RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven days of their flight.” Visitors are subject to monitoring by health officials for 14 days and another Covid-19 test may be required, which could mean quarantining while waiting for the result. Masks are required in public spaces. 

Aruba Visitors to Aruba will be required to undertake a Covid-19 test.

All US visitors 15 and older are required to fill out a health assessment. You must also have a negative Covid-19 test result with either a test prior to travel, a test upon arrival or a dual-testing process. You must also purchase specific Aruba visitors insurance. Aruba also has a list of US states it considers higher-risk, and people from those states will require additional testing.  

The Bahamas Visitors to these sun-kissed islands must request an online health visa before travel. You must then upload and later present a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result no more than five days before travel. 

On November 1, the government plans to replaces the mandatory quarantine with a rapid test upon arrival.  

Bangladesh US citizens may travel to this culturally rich South Asian nation. You must have a “medical certificate with English translation” stating you’re negative for Covid-19, with the test taken within 72 hours of travel. You must also “home quarantine” for 14 days even with a negative test. 

Barbados US citizens must complete an online form and submit 24 hours before travel, and you must present a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival. As the US is designated a high-risk country, you must still quarantine for 14 days at an approved hotel or resort and you’ll be monitored daily for symptoms. After five days of submitting the entry test, visitors can take a second second Covid-19 PCR test and be released from quarantine with a negative result.

Belarus While in the midst of mass protests, the borders of Belarus are open to Americans. There are no restrictions on entry, although passengers should expect temperature checks at Minsk National Airport.

Bermuda requires each inbound passenger (regardless of age) to apply for travel authorization, at the cost of $75 per adult and $30 for flight crew and children 9 and younger. Visitors who do not have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will not be given authorization to travel to Bermuda.

Upon arrival, passengers must present the pre-departure negative test results and submit to an additional Covid-19 test and quarantine until the results are ready. More tests are required on days 4, 8 and 14 of your visit. Be sure you read and understand all the requirements before you go.

Brazil While Brazil maintains a “Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) due to Covid-19” by the US State Department, its borders are open to US visitors who show proof of health insurance that is valid in Brazil and covers the entire stay. Neither a quarantine nor a negative Covid-19 test result is required.

Cambodia If you have $2,000 and want a Cambodian adventure, it’s a real option. You must possess a negative Covid-19 test result taken with 72 hours of arrival. You must also take two more Covid-19 tests — on arrival and day 13 of a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Colombia All arriving passengers to Colombia should have a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before departing. No quarantine required.

Costa Rica plans to allow all US citizens access starting November 1. Travelers’ residency is to be verified by driver’s license until then. Visitors must also complete a “health pass” form show negative on Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 48 hours of travel. You must have proof of travel medical insurance, which you can get in Costa Rica.

Croatia US passport holders are allowed to visit the gorgeous coastal city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Ignoring the EU ban Americans traveling to Europe, Croatia began welcoming US tourists in July.  Travelers need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test,”not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing).” 

Curaçao Starting the first week of November, the Dutch island of Curaçao is reopening to US citizens, but only if you’re a resident of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. All visitors must present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of traveling. You must fill out a digital immigration card at dicardcuracao.com, upload negative results to the portal and fill out a passenger locator card online within 48 hours before departure. Tri-state residents must also present a valid state-issued ID.

Dominica reopened to international tourism in early August. All travelers to Dominica must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, recorded between 24 and 72 hours before arrival, and complete an electronic Immigration and Customs form via Dominica’s online portal 24 hours before traveling. US travelers should expect further testing and screening as it’s deemed a high-risk country.

Dominican Republic People traveling no longer have to show a negative PCR Covid-19 test result on arrival. DR authorities will give breath tests to no more than 10% of random passengers plus anyone showing symptoms. You must also fill out a health affidavit.

Dubai Visitors to Dubai must have medical travel insurance to cover any Covid-19 treatment and present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 96 hours of arrival. You must complete a “health declaration form” before departing to confirm you are not experiencing any coronavirus symptoms. Tourist are required to register all their details in the Covid-19 DXB app on arrival.

Ecuador requires requires US travelers to present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 10 days of arrival to avoid quarantine. Testing is available for those who don’t have a negative result. You must quarantine at an approved facility while waiting for results. The Galapagos islands’ require visitors to take another Covid-19 PCR test and present negative results within 96 hours of arrival in Ecuador.

Egypt  All international travelers need to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival. Travelers must present paper copies; digital copies aren’t accepted. Children 5 and younger are exempt. In September, Egypt reopened Luxor and Aswan governorates to international visitors, including temples, archaeological sites and museums. 

Ethiopia requires arriving US citizens to have a medical certificate with a negative Covid-19 RT PCR test before boarding their flight that’s no more than 120 hours old. In addition, Ethiopia requires a 14-day quarantine.

French Polynesia US travelers are welcome to the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora. French Polynesia requires a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure, to be presented before boarding. Passengers must complete a “sanitary entry form” detailing their state of health and agree to report symptoms and submit to additional testing deemed necessary.

Ghana is open to US travelers. You must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that’s 72 hours old or less. Arriving passengers then must take a second test that costs $150. There’s also a temperature screening.

Grenada This Caribbean island is welcoming US visitors, but they must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result with seven days of travel. Have a minimum four-day reservation at an approved hotel for quarantine. Take a second test to be allowed to move about or remain at the hotel for the rest of the vacation.  

Haiti Arriving passengers must complete a health form and self-quarantine for 14 days. The Ministry of Public Health will check in with passengers three times after arrival in Haiti, using information provided in the health declaration form, to determine any onset of Covid-19 symptoms.”

Honduras Travel is permitted with a negative Covid-19 PCR and/or serology test. There may also be a quarantine requirement for passengers who have symptoms. Honduras is rated Level 3: Reconsider travel by the US State Department.

Ireland If you wish to see vistas such as Moll’s Gap in Ireland, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days first. US travelers were never banned from visiting Ireland, but you must finish 14-day quarantine upon arrival and fill out a “passenger locator form.” 

Jamaica requires completion of an online “travel authorization” and the possibility of being tested upon arrival. All passengers arriving from the US 12 or older are required to upload negative Covid-19 test results to receive travel authorization. The test date must be less than 10 days of arrival.

Kenya is open to US travelers with a negative Covid-19 test result taken 96 hours or less upon arrival and who pass a strict health screening. No quarantine.

The Maldives  has reopened to all international tourists. All arriving tourists must present a negative result for a PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. There is no mandatory quarantine.

Malta Travelers wishing to sidestep the EU travel ban and who are willing to quarantine can visit Malta. Passengers who transit via a “safe corridor country” that allows US visitors may enter Malta after they’ve been in that country for 14 days. For example, US travelers can stay 14 days in Ireland or Turkey and then be eligible to enter Malta. All passengers must fill out Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Forms before departure.

Mexico Though the land border between the United States and Mexico remains closed, US travelers can still fly to Mexico. No testing requirements are in place, but the State Department lists numerous states to avoid (please visit State Department’s website) because of crime. You can expect temperature checks and other screenings upon arrival.

Montenegro welcomes Americans with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result or a positive coronavirus antibody test result, neither older than 72 hours. Travelers 5 and younger than do not have to show test results. 

Travelers must not have stopped, nor transited through, countries that are not permitted to enter Montenegro within the previous 15 days.  No quarantine with a negative Covid-19 result. 

Morocco This North Africa favorite is open to specific US travelers only. You must have reservations with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency or be invited by a Moroccan company for business. A printed, negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours and a serological test (can be outside 48 hours) are required. Expect a health screening, but no mandatory quarantines are in place. Limited flights available.

Namibia US citizens can visit the desert nation of Namibia, which requires a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that’s 72 hours old or less. There are health screenings at the airport. There’s no mandatory quarantine upon arrival, but you must be available for a second Covid-19 test on the fifth day of your visit. 

North Macedonia is open for tourists. No tests or quarantines are required, but airports conduct thermal screenings for all passengers.

Panama  Panama began welcoming international travelers again. A Covid-19 PCR or antigen test with a negative result, taken 48 hours or less before arrival time, is required. If the test results are older than 48 hours, you must take a rapid Covid-19 test at the airport.  

Rwanda All international visitors must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 120 hours of departure to Rwanda. They also must take a second test upon arrival, shelter in a hotel and receive their results within a day. The national parks are open, including primate tracking.

Serbia You must fill out a self-assessment before entering Serbia. One notable exception: If entering Serbia from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria or Romania, US citizens need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within the previous 48 hours.

St. Barts reopened to international travelers in late June. Visitors are required to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those staying longer than a week will need to pay about $150 for an additional test on their eighth day. 

St. Kitts and Nevis reopened on October 31. However, it hasn’t posted any Covid-19 safety protocols yet.

St. Lucia US citizens must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within seven days of arrival. Visitors must also complete a travel registration form arrive with a printed copy. Visitors must have confirmed reservations at a Covid-certified property for the duration of their trip. And tourists must stay where they have registered unless the hotel has set up an approved excursion. 

St. Maarten has reopened to US travelers, who must present a negative result from a PCR test for Covid-19 “obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab only and performed within 120 hours prior to departure.”

St. Vincent and the Grenadines US travelers must thave a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken five days or less upon arrival. You’ll need to quarantine in an approved hotel for five days and get a second Covid-19 test.

South Korea US travelers can visit South Korea, but you must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. According to the US Embassy & Consulate in the Republic of Korea, US citizens traveling to [South] Korea from the United States as tourists on the 90-day visa-waiver program do not need a Covid-19 test prior to travel but will be tested upon arrival … and may be subject to quarantine in government facilities at their own expense.”

Tanzania A favorite for safaris, Tanzania is open to tourists. Incoming passengers are required to fill out a health surveillance form and have a health screening. You might also have to take a Covid-19 test.

Turkey There no restrictions for US citizens traveling to Turkey, although passengers must complete an information form and prepare to be checked for coronavirus symptoms. You will be asked to take a Covid-19 test if you show symptoms. All US citizens must purchase tickets for onward travel to the United States. 

Turks and Caicos Visitors must provide a negative Covid-19 test result and the test must have been taken within five days of arrival. Children 9 and younger are exempt. Travelers must complete an online health questionnaire and carry travel medical insurance to cover any Covid-19-related costs. 

United Kingdom US travelers may travel to the United Kingdom, but you have to do mandatory, 14-day quarantine. 

Zambia known for Victoria Falls and its wildlife, Zambia is allowing all international travelers to enter. You’ll need a negative Covid-19 test result taken at least 14 days before arrival. There’s no quarantine requirement unless you show symptoms.

Recent removals The following countries had been allowing US citizens to enter but are closed for now: Tunisia and Ukraine. Armenia because of escalating  conflict in the region.

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