We’re not sure about you, but we’re ready to travel again. As the weather warms up, restrictions are eased, and vaccines continue to be rolled out, a vacation seems near. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, and it’s important to travel safely and responsibly, but it’s finally time to start planning that long-awaited trip. There are dozens of countries open to US travelers right now, as long as you follow their safety protocols. Restrictions and requirements are constantly changing, but this regularly updated article will help you track the evolving travel reopenings around the world. These are the countries open to US travelers itching to get abroad in 2021.
US citizens are currently permitted to travel to Mexico by air without proof of a negative COVID-19 test, though travelers should expect health screenings at the airport. (The US-Mexico land border remains closed to nonessential travel.) Note that a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of your departing flight is required to re-enter the US, however.
Entering Anguilla as a US citizen requires you to be pre-approved by applying online. US travelers must also submit a negative PCR test three to five days prior to entry, as well as quarantine for 14 days in a government-approved location upon arrival.
American tourists will be asked to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and fill out an online immigration card and Passenger Locator Card. As of April 20, they’ll also be asked to take an antigen test on day three of their trip.
Bonaire’s requirements for American travelers include taking a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of traveling and providing a negative rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival, as well as getting travel medical insurance and completing a health declaration form between 48 and 72 hours of departure.
To enter Grenada, all travelers must apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate, show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, and have insurance that covers COVID-19. On day five of your trip, you’ll be required to take another PCR test, and if you test negative you’ll be allowed to leave your approved accommodation and move freely around the island. Each COVID-19 test costs 410 Eastern Caribbean dollars (approximately $150, which travelers are responsible for covering.
US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands requires visitors to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of arrival.
The US Virgin Islands requires travelers to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test within five days of departure, or proof of recovery from COVID-19, such as a positive antibody test within four months of travel alongside written travel clearance from a healthcare official. Before travel, you must fill out a health form online at the USVI travel portal.
Antigua and Barbuda
All US travelers over the age of 12 arriving in Antigua and Barbuda must have a negative PCR test taken within seven days of departure, complete a Health Declaration Form, and undergo temperature checks and other health screenings upon arrival.
Like most other Caribbean islands, visitors to St. Lucia are required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within five days and complete a travel registration form. They must also have confirmed reservations at a COVID-certified accommodation, and be transferred there by certified taxi upon arrival. Health screenings will be carried out at the airport.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
US citizens must fill out a pre-arrival travel form, as well as show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. You may be retested upon arrival and must agree to a 14-day quarantine in an approved hotel or facility, to be reserved and paid for in advance. Between day four and seven of your quarantine, you’ll be required to take an additional COVID-19 test.
Visitors to Jamaica are required to present negative results of a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of their travel date. You can use the online Test Date Calculator to determine when you should take your test before your trip. All passengers must also complete Jamaica’s Travel Authorization form, which is a health screening to be submitted for approval between two and five days before departure.
To enter Bermuda, US travelers are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken more than five days before departure and complete the Bermuda travel authorization form online that comes with a $75 fee. Additional tests will be required on days four, eight, and 14 of your trip. Upon arrival, visitors will undergo mandatory temperature checks, another COVID-19 test at the airport, and must quarantine until results are ready. All visitors will also be required to wear a “traveler wristband” for the first 14 days of their stay.
St. Kitts and Nevis
To visit St. Kitts and Nevis, US travelers must fill out a Travel Authorization Form before arrival and upload the results of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. (Note that tests conducted by LabCorps are not currently accepted.) You must also stay in an approved hotel for the first seven days of your trip and take an additional test on day seven if you plan to stay longer. A third test is required for stays of 14 days or longer. During the first 14 days of your trip, you are also expected to download and use the SKN COVID-19 app for contact tracing.
US citizens may travel to St. Martin provided they have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. (If arriving on the Dutch half of the island, Sint Maarten, a PCR test taken within 120 hours is required.) Travelers must also submit a sworn statement of their health (or health declaration form if arriving in Sint Maarten) and will be expected to quarantine for seven days upon arrival. A second PCR test will be taken after a week of quarantine.
US citizens can enter the Bahamas as long as they’ve submitted a Travel Health Visa Application online. The application requires a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before arrival and mandatory COVID-19 insurance. Applications take approximately 72 hours to process, and you must submit the final confirmation document upon arrival in the Bahamas. If you’re planning to stay longer than five days, you must take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day.
There are currently no travel restrictions to visit the Dominican Republic. Travelers may enter without providing a negative COVID-19 PCR test, showing proof of vaccination, or quarantining, though health affidavits must be signed as part of the country’s electronic entry and exit form. What travelers can expect is a temperature check on arrival. Breath tests will also be administered at ports of entry, including airports, to three to 15 percent of passengers, as well as those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Should you test positive, quarantine will be mandatory, though it’s unclear for how long.
Aruba is allowing US visitors provided they complete a digital embarkation/disembarkation card prior to arrival, including traveler information, a health assessment submitted within 72 hours of departure, a negative COVID-19 test, and a declaration of consent to abide by Aruba’s government mandates. Purchasing Aruba Visitors Insurance is also mandatory.
US citizens must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival and fill out an immigration and customs form online 24 hours before traveling to Barbado. Incoming passengers will also undergo health screenings at the airport. All travelers will be asked to self-isolate at their pre-approved hotel, resort, or villa, and then get retested five days after the first negative test. If that test is negative they will be allowed to move freely about the island.
Visitors to Puerto Rico should present the results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival, though US travelers are not required to provide a negative test upon reentry to the US. An online travel declaration form is also required before entry. Note that Puerto Rico currently has a curfew in place from midnight to 5:00 AM daily.
Turks and Caicos
To travel to Turks and Caicos, you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of travel and have insurance covering any COVID-19-related costs you may incur. All passengers must also complete the online Travel Authorization Form before boarding their flight. Upon arrival, travelers should expect a health officer to take biological samples by swabbing or other means at the airport. No quarantine is required for those who test negative.
US travelers are required to fill out an online health questionnaire, show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 24 to 72 hours before arrival, and complete an online customs and immigration form to travel to Dominica. Upon landing, travelers will be given a rapid test at the airport and must quarantine (even if negative) at a government-sanctioned quarantine facility for five days. After five days, another test will be given.
Cuba reopened Havana Airport to commercial flights on November 15, 2020. All travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and fill out a health declaration card. Travelers will also be subject to a mandatory PCR test upon arrival and a five-day period of self-isolation, after which they’ll be required to take a second PCR test.
Instead of providing a negative COVID-19 test, travelers to Belize now only need to present a vaccination record card proving that they received full inoculation at least two weeks before their arrival to Belize. They must also download the Belize Health App and input the required health information within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers who haven’t received their vaccines yet must still show a negative test to enter, taken within 96 hours of travel. A rapid antigen test, taken within 48 hours of travel, is also acceptable. Failing to produce a test will result in a mandated test upon arrival at the airport, at a cost of $50 per person. Airport testing is also available for travelers who need a test to return to home countries that require it. A list of approved testing sites is available on the Belize Tourism Board’s website.
El Salvador reopened its international airport on September 19, 2020. A negative COVID-19 viral test taken within 72 hours of departure is required, and as long as you fulfill this requirement no quarantine is necessary.
Costa Rica is now allowing residents of all US states to enter. Visitors don’t have to show a negative COVID-19 test, but they will have to fill out an online health form and purchase travel insurance covering accommodation and medical expenses, in case quarantine becomes necessary.
US citizens can enter Honduras with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel and a filled-out immigration form. Those who have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with a confirmed case within the past 14 days, or have traveled to a country with confirmed cases may be isolated in a medical center or the traveler’s residence for 14 days. Some curfews and movement restrictions are also in place, and the details are available online.
Panama requires incoming passengers to fill out an electronic affidavit before checking into their flight and present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure, or else be required to take a rapid test upon arrival at your own expense. If the rapid test is positive, however, you must quarantine for seven days at a hotel in Panama at the government’s expense. To start filling out the affidavit, visit the Panama Digital platform. Note that new curfew and mobility restrictions were implemented on January 14, 2021, the details of which can be found here.
To visit Nicaragua, all you need is a negative test result from a PCR or serology test. No time frame is designated for when the test must be taken.
All travelers 10 and older must have a negative PCR test result from a test taken within 72 hours of arrival, evidence of full COVID-19 immunization at least two weeks prior to arrival, or evidence of a complete recovery from COVID-19 within three months of their trip. No quarantine will be necessary if you can provide proof of one of these three things. Those who have recently traveled to the UK or South Africa may be denied entry due to the newer, more transmissible strains of COVID-19 discovered there.
Brazil closed its land borders on December 30 but is still open to US tourists traveling by air. The country now requires a completed health declaration and negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Alternately, travelers who have had COVID-19 within three months of their trip are able to provide proof of recovery from a healthcare provider for entry.
Americans are allowed to enter Ecuador quarantine-free as long as they have proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within three days before entering the country, which will need to have to be verified before boarding their departing flight. Those wanting to visit the Galápagos Islands must show a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before entering the Galápagos province.
As of October 1, all incoming passengers to Colombia must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before departing. Travelers without a negative COVID-19 test will be required to quarantine for seven to 10 days once in Colombia and produce a negative test result after three to five days.
US tourists will be allowed into Bolivia as long as they submit proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Expect health screening procedures, including temperature checks, at airports, and a 10-day quarantine upon arrival.
French Guyana’s international airports opened on October 12 to international flights. To enter, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and have a copy of your negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your departure.
Tourists from the US are allowed to enter Peru provided they have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or show proof of having recovered from COVID-19 within three months of their travel date from a licensed healthcare provider.
Travelers entering Iceland with proof of full vaccination from an EEA/EFTA country (the 27 EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) will be permitted to skip the border screening and quarantine. As of March 18, all vaccinated travelers, including those from the US and UK, will also be admitted without any testing or quarantine requirements. Further details are available online. Non-vaccinated travelers must prove that they have previously contracted — and recovered from — COVD-19.
Incoming citizens from designated countries, including the US, will not be required to quarantine as long as they have been vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival. They must also fill out a passenger locator form.
US travelers are allowed to visit Georgia either with proof of vaccination or the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. A second test is also required for non-vaccinated travelers on the third day of their trip. Non-vaccinated travelers must also complete an online application form prior to arrival.
Armenia recently opened to US tourists, as long as you have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. You can also opt to take a test upon arrival for $40 and self-isolate until you receive your results.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
US citizens are permitted to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina as long as they have a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
North Macedonia is welcoming US citizens with no testing or quarantine restrictions, though airports are conducting thermal screenings for all travelers.
Serbia is welcoming US citizens who can show negative results from a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours. Negative antigen tests are also acceptable.
Albania is welcoming US citizens with no testing or quarantine restrictions, though travelers can expect health screenings at the airport upon arrival.
Belarus is welcoming US citizens with no testing or quarantine restrictions.
While US travelers are allowed to visit Ireland, they’ll have to show evidence of a negative PCR test upon arrival and still abide by a mandatory 14-day quarantine. If you take another PCR test no fewer than five days after arrival, and obtain a negative result, the quarantine length may be shortened. Take the test requirement seriously as those arriving without a negative PCR test could be fined $3,000 and face up to six months in jail. Travelers with proof of vaccination no longer have to quarantine upon arrival to Ireland, though a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure is required regardless. Those who received the Pfizer vaccine must wait at least seven days before entering the country, those who received Moderna must wait at least 14 days, Astrazeneca must wait 15 days, and Johnson & Johnson must wait 14 days.
Malta is one of the few loopholes in the EU travel ban. US travelers can visit Malta if they transit via a “safe corridor country” that allows US visitors, such as Turkey. As long as you stay in that corridor country for 14 days before traveling to Malta, you’ll be allowed to enter the island. Travelers must also fill out a Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator form before departure.
US travelers can enter Montenegro without quarantining as long as they have evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, a positive antibody test no more than 30 days old, or proof of a second vaccine dose received at least seven days ago.
Travelers to the UK must have a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure and quarantine for 10 days. Given the appearance of the new COVID-19 variant in the UK, it’s strongly discouraged to travel to the UK for leisure. Because of the new variant, the country is in national lockdown through mid-February. President Biden recently banned incoming travel from the UK to the US for non-citizens, so it’s possible they could enact the same measures.
In late January, Romania became the first European country to lift quarantine for travelers with both doses of their COVID-19 vaccine. Previously the country required travelers from high-risk “yellow list” countries — including the US — to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Quarantine is no longer required for travelers who can show proof of their vaccine, as long as it’s been at least 10 days since the second dose.
Asia and the Middle East
US citizens can enter Thailand as long as they’ve taken a COVID-19 test within three days of arrival, or have received a COVID-19 vaccine within three months of arrival. Vaccinated travelers are required to quarantine for seven days, while unvaccinated travelers with a negative test must quarantine for ten days.
To enter Sri Lanka, all US citizens must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight, and a second test upon arrival. All unvaccinated travelers — even those with a negative test — must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at an approved hotel or resort. Fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed to leave quarantine once they receive a negative result from their second PCR test.
US travelers to Bangladesh must show the results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel and quarantine for 14 days (even with a negative test). You also need to have a medical certificate with an English translation to certify your test results.
On January 8, 2021, South Korea implemented a new rule requiring US visitors to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken within 72 hours of departure. US travelers must also quarantine for 14 days and submit to a health screening, even with a negative test or full vaccination.
These paradisiacal islands in the Indian Ocean have been open to international tourism since mid-July, with no quarantine requirements. As long as you present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival, you’ll be free to enter the Maldives. Temperature checks and other screening measures will take place at the airport. Random PCR tests may be conducted on inbound travelers.
All travelers to Nepal must either show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight, or a document proving complete vaccination against COVID-19. You will also need a visa or a letter of recommendation from the department of tourism, proof of travel insurance, accommodation, and a barcode from an online application.
Starting December 30, 2020, Turkey began requiring US citizens to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. Upon arrival, travelers are asked to complete an information form and will be screened for COVID-19.
United Arab Emirates
The UAE is open to US citizens, with tourist visas being issued on arrival at the Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports. Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of departure is required before flying to the UAE. Travelers need to have international medical travel insurance before they fly to the UAE. If arriving in the UAE via Dubai, travelers will undergo medical screening and must present a completed health declaration form and a quarantine undertaking form. Travelers may also be tested upon arrival at the airport. Before leaving the airport, travelers are required to download the COVID-19 DXB app for contact tracing. Those arriving in Abu Dhabi are required to wear a GPS bracelet for 14 days and must take COVID-19 PCR test on the sixth day if they are staying six days or more.
US citizens are allowed to enter Jordan but must comply with several health protocols. Incoming visitors must have valid health insurance covering COVID-19 treatment for the entire duration of their stay, and present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. As of January 26, 2021, travelers are no longer required to quarantine for seven days provided they also take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense (approximately $40).
It’s also important to keep in mind that a nationwide curfew is in place every night from midnight to 6:00 AM for individuals and 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM for businesses.
Tunisia is open to US citizens who can show the results of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the start of travel. You must also quarantine for five days and take a second test upon arrival. Once you test negative a second time, you’ll be free to move about the country. All travelers are also required to complete an online questionnaire before arriving.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
All travelers 11 and older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of departure to the DRC. This same age group must also take a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival — it costs $45. Quarantine is required until negative test results are received, usually within 24 hours. Travelers must also provide a World Health Organization (WHO) card with proof of yellow fever vaccination.
To exit the DRC, travelers 11 and older must present negative COVID-19 test results taken within three days of departure — the cost of this test is $30. In certain situations, you may be required to quarantine at a government-nominated hotel for up to a week. Visit INRBCOVID.com for registering and paying for testing before you start traveling.
US citizens over the age of six must have paper copies of negative test results (not digital), taken within 96 hours of departure for Egypt. Proof of health insurance is also required. Expect health screening procedures in place at airports and at other various ports of entry. You may also be required to show proof of health insurance.
US citizens must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 96 hours or fewer before arrival and pass a standard health check — temperature, flu symptoms, etc. — in order to enter Kenya with ease. Those with symptoms will be referred for a secondary assessment by Port Health staff. Visitors from California, Florida, and Texas must quarantine for 14 days at either a government-designated facility or at their Kenyan residence, regardless of health.
Americans are allowed into Namibia with negative PCR test results taken no more than seven days before their flight. Those with negative test results more than seven days old are asked to quarantine for a week at their hotel. Travel insurance, a completed health declaration form, and a completed health surveillance form are required. Note: Most land borders are closed for tourism purposes.
To enter Rwanda, travelers must have a negative COVID-19 certificate from a PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival. Rapid tests are not accepted. You are required to take a second PCR test at the airport and quarantine at your hotel until negative results are received, usually within 24 hours.
You must have negative COVID-19 test results taken within the past 72 hours to enter any of the country’s national parks. Private test centers have been set up; the cost is $50.
For entry into Uganda, travelers must have negative PCR COVID-19 test results from within within five days. Upon arrival, visitors undergo health screenings, and those who show symptoms will be transferred to an isolation center. To exit the country, you must also have negative PCR test results from within 72 hours of departure. An additional health screening will take place prior to boarding. Masks and social distancing are enforced in all airports.
To enter the country’s national parks, travelers will be required to undergo temperature screenings, wear face masks, and sanitize their hands. Social distancing will also be enforced — visitors must stay 6.5 feet away from each other and a minimum of 32 feet away from primates they may encounter in the parks.
COVID-19 restrictions are light in Tanzania compared to the other African nations currently accepting American tourists. International visitors must complete a health surveillance form and undergo a screening, usually a temperature check and a possible COVID-19 test depending on which airline you’re flying with. Do remember, though, that while 68 countries can visit Tanzania visa-free, US citizens must obtain their visa at the airport or in advance for a fee of $100.
South Africa is open to US citizens who show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure. Health screenings will be in place at the airport, including temperature checks. Those who do not present their negative test result will need to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. Travelers will also need to download the South Africa coronavirus mobile tracing app.
US citizens can enter Botswana with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. If you don’t have test results, or demonstrate symptoms of COVID-19, you will be forced to quarantine for 14 days at your own expense.
US citizens are required to have a medical certificate with negative COVID-19 PCR test results before departing on a flight to Ethiopia, and the test must not be more than five days old. There is also a mandatory seven-day quarantine, regardless of test results.
This West African nation is open to US travelers with a negative PCR test that’s less than 72 hours old. Upon arrival you must also take a second test at your own expense ($150) and undergo a temperature screening.
This beachy African country allows US tourists to visit as long as they present a certificate of a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before arrival. No quarantine is required for those with negative tests.
US travelers must follow a specific set of guidelines to visit Morocco. You are required to have reservations with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency, or be invited by a Moroccan company, before visiting. A printed, negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure is also required. No mandatory quarantines are in place, but expect to undergo a health screening.
Zambia is allowing all US travelers to enter, as long as you show the results of a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 14 days before arrival. You should also expect to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
This archipelago off the eastern coast of Africa is now open to all visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Previously, only travelers from a list of approved nations — which did not include the US — were allowed to enter. Now, anyone with proof from a certified health authority of their COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to visit. Note that travelers must have had their second dose at least two weeks before departure. You must also have a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before traveling.
US citizens with a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of arrival will be allowed to enter the Ivory Coast. Travelers must also fill out a travel declaration form and pay a fee online. A two-week quarantine is encouraged upon arrival, but it is not mandatory.
A version of this article was previously published on November 6, 2020, and was updated on April 29, 2021, with more information.
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