Where Can Americans Travel Internationally Right Now? [Requirements by Country]

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The coronavirus pandemic caused international travel to grind to a halt in 2020. In March 2020, the U.S. Department of State imposed a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory instructing Americans ″to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.”

The good news is that this advisory was lifted at the beginning of August 2020 and many countries are gradually starting to reopen borders and welcome tourists back. Unfortunately, Americans are still not approved to enter many countries — including most of Europe. For example, the European Union reopened its borders to more than a dozen non-EU countries on July 1, 2020, but not for Americans.

So where can Americans travel abroad right now? We’ve compiled a regularly-updated list of nearly 60 countries that are accepting American visitors, along with local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19. We’ve also included the State Department’s individual advisory level for each country to help you make an educated decision about where to go.

Countries Where Americans Can Travel

The U.S. has one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the world and many nations are viewing America with caution. Because of this, Americans can no longer jump on a plane and go anywhere they want.

The good news is that if you need to travel for work or family reasons (or are just getting tired of staycations) there is a growing list of over 60 countries that are now accepting American travelers.

  • Albania
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • French Polynesia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • The Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

We’ll also note that some of these countries require 14-day quarantines upon arrival and most others require a negative COVID-19 test to enter, so before you book your ticket, keep on reading! We’ll break each of these countries down according to these limitations and note other applicable requirements.

The links we’ve included for the State Department advisory levels also can direct you to the official U.S. embassy websites for each country, so even after you book your flight, be sure to review these pages thoroughly before you leave in case there are any last-minute changes!

Country-by-Country Guidelines For Americans

Albania

Street in Albania
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There are no requirements for U.S. citizens to enter Albania, including showing test results or being required to quarantine.

As of October 15, 2020, you must wear a mask in public areas (indoors and outdoors) if you are over the age of 11. Restaurants, cafes, and beaches in the country are open with strict social distancing guidelines in place.

Anguilla

Anguilla Beach
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This island reopened to tourists on August 21, 2020. As part of the process, tourists will have to apply to be pre-authorized to travel. You will also need to submit a negative COVID-19 test within 3 to 5 days before arriving and prove that you have health insurance to cover potential medical expenses.

If you stay shorter than 10 days, you will not be able to rent a car. If you stay longer than 10 days, you will be tested for the virus upon arrival and then again on day 10 of your visit.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua Barbuda beach
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Antigua and Barbuda opened its airport on June 1, 2020, and allows travelers from the U.S. Visitors are required to take a COVID-19 test 48 hours before arrival and must be able to present documentation of negative results. All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and should expect to receive temperature checks upon arrival.

You are also required to wear a mask in all public places.

Armenia

Armenia Lake Sevan
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

You may select 1 of 3 options for entering Armenia:

  1. Agree to quarantine for 14 days
  2. Take a $40 rapid result test upon arrival
  3. Present a negative COVID-19 test with results from 72 hours of arrival

Face masks are required in public places, but most businesses are open. See more information on Armenia’s COVID-19 travel page.

Aruba

Aruba beach
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Aruba started welcoming U.S. visitors as of July 10, 2020. All U.S. travelers will have to complete a self-health declaration form, show proof of health insurance, and show a negative COVID-19 test (either at the airport or before departure).

Travelers coming from certain states are required to upload a negative COVID-19 test online taken within 72 hours before their flight and cannot do a test upon arrival.

Outdoor restaurants are open and a cleaning and hygiene certification program has been started for tourism-related businesses. Masks must also be worn indoors and where social distancing is difficult.

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The Bahamas

The Bahamas swimming pig
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Level 4: Do Not Travel

Before arrival, you must request an online health visa. You must then upload and later present a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 5 days before travel.
Hotel guests must vacation in place for 14 days or the duration of their trip, whichever is shorter. Starting on November 1, 2020, the government plans to eliminate the mandatory quarantine. Updates can be found on the islands’ COVID-19 travel website. Included as part of this process, you will need to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa, which includes the cost of rapid tests.
You are also required to wear a mask in all public places.

Bahrain

Bahrain poolside
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

To enter the country, you must be tested upon arrival for COVID-19 at your own expense. These tests cost 30 Bahraini Dinars (or $80) and you may be required to take 2 tests. Passengers who test negative are not required to quarantine.

It is mandatory to wear a face mask in all public places. All food and beverage outlets (including restaurants and grocery stores) are available for takeout and delivery services, while most dine-in remains prohibited.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh beach sunset
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. citizens may travel to Bangladesh, however, the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh notes that 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 and no symptoms.
Wearing masks and social distancing is mandatory when outside the home.

Barbados

Barbados beach
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Visitors are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and be able to present negative results at the airport. Even with a negative test, you will still be required to quarantine at a designated holding hotel or approved villa (at your own expense), or free of charge at a government facility, and will be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms.

You will be required to take a second COVID-19 test between 4 and 5 days after the last negative test accepted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Visitors will typically be released once the test result is negative.

On June 15, 2020, all businesses and beaches were allowed to open.

Belarus

Belarus Mir Castle Complex
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The borders of Belarus are open to Americans without proof of a negative COVID-19 test or other quarantine requirements, but you should expect temperature checks at Minsk National Airport (MSQ).

Belize

Belize beach
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Belize is reopened for tourists as of Oct. 1. Visitors will also need to download the Belize Health App, which can be used for contact tracing and reporting health symptoms, at least 3 days before boarding a flight.

Additionally, you can either take a COVID-19 test 72 hours ahead of departure and show negative results upon arrival or be tested on arrival. If the results are positive, you will have to be quarantined at your own expense.

You will have to prebook your stay at a hotel that complies with the “Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program.” These hotels have implemented specific health and safety standards in response to COVID-19.

Bermuda

Bermuda beach
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Bermuda reopened for all international travel on July 1, 2020. You will have to fill out a travel authorization process online, pay a $75 fee, and submit a negative COVID-19 test no more than 7 days before departure. You will also be tested again at the airport and quarantine at your hotel for 6 to 8 hours until the results.

Additionally, you will be tested every few days while on the island and be required to take your temperature twice each day and report it online.

Restaurants, bars, gyms, and beaches are open with physical distancing measures in place. Masks are required when traveling by public transportation.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia Mostar Bridge
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Americans are allowed to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina but must show a negative COVID-19 test that is not older than 48 hours from the moment of entry. No quarantine periods or other health screenings are in place.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and cafes throughout the country are open, along with most other businesses. Restaurants and bars must close by 11 p.m. Social distancing and mask requirements are in place.

Brazil

Brazil beach
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Brazil reopened its borders to international passengers traveling by air as of July 29, 2020. No quarantine period or proof of negative COVID-19 test is required to enter.

Bars and restaurants have been permitted to reopen. Be aware that face masks are not required — even in enclosed spaces — and overall daily cases remain high in Brazil.

Botswana

Botswana Lion
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Botswana started a phased reopening of international borders starting on November 9, 2020, though limited commercial options are available. In order to visit, you must:

  • Present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure
  • Undergo health screening for COVID-19 symptoms at the airport upon arrival
  • If you exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, you will be required to undergo a PCR test and possible isolation/quarantine for 14 days

Cambodia

Angkor Wat Cambodia
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Travelers from the U.S. are allowed to visit Cambodia, but it will cost you! All visitors are required to:

  • Pay a $2,000 travel deposit before entering to cover any potential coronavirus-related costs
  • Show a negative COVID-19 medical certificate issued no more than 72 hours before the date of arrival
  • Purchase a local health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment for $90, valid for 20 days
  • Undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in official facilities/designated hotels to receive laboratory results
  • If any other passengers on an arriving vessel/flight test positive, all passengers must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a location designated by Cambodian authorities

For even more detailed information, be sure to check out the website of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.

Chile

Chile Patagonia Glacier
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

As of November 23, 2020, Chile is reopening to all international travelers, including those from the U.S. Between November 23 and December 7, travelers from high-risk countries (including the U.S.) will have to complete a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine upon entering Chile.

After December 7, travelers can avoid a 14-day quarantine by entering through Santiago (SCL) airport and also bring a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the country. You will also need to download the health app to report symptoms and other concerns during your stay.

Colombia

Colombia street with colorful homes
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Level 4: Do Not Travel

As of October 1, 2020, international flights have resumed to Colombia’s busiest airports including popular locations like Bogotá (BOG), Cartagena (CTG), and Medellín (MDE). Colombia’s land and water borders remain closed until November 1, 2020. 

You must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours before departure. You must also complete the Migracion Colombia’s Check-Mig immigration form. No quarantine is required.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Waterfall
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Travelers will have to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before travel to Costa Rica, and show that they have travel insurance that covers medical expenses and accommodations in case they are required to quarantine.

Costa Rica is now allowing residents from all U.S. states to visit as of November 1, 2020.

Croatia

Croatia Dubrovnik
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U.S. citizens are allowed to visit Croatia (one of the few places in Europe!) as long as visitors show proof of a reservation for a hotel or other accommodation and fill out an entry form online.

You can avoid quarantine if you provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours, otherwise, you will need to quarantine/self isolate for at least 7 days before taking a local COVID-19 test.

Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country on public transportation and at medical facilities, shops, malls, salons, and businesses where face-to-face contact is required .

Curaçao

Curacao beach
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Starting the first week of November 2020, U.S. citizens from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are allowed to visit Curaçao. You must fill out a digital immigration card at dicardcuracao.com, upload negative results to the portal, fill out a passenger locator card online within 48 hours before departure, and present a valid state-issued ID.
Details are not finalized but could also include a 14-day quarantine.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Mountains
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

All travelers are allowed to enter the DRC, including Americans. There is no quarantine required, but you will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. There are health screenings in place at the airport, and pending the result, you may be ordered to self-quarantine and/or take an additional COVID-19 test after arrival.

Unfortunately, Virunga National Park is set to be closed until 2021, so you may still want to delay your trip if this was on your wishlist.

Dominica

Dominica mountain forest
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Dominica reopened its borders to tourists on August 7, 2020. You must submit an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours before arrival and present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival that was taken up to 72 hours before arrival.

Once you arrive, you will also have to undergo a rapid test at the airport that is free of charge. Your accommodation must be COVID-certified and is authorized to perform temperature checks at entrances.

Travelers from the U.S. will be required to take another test 5 days after arrival. This test costs $40 and the results take about 24 to 48 hours to get back.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic pier to beach
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The Dominican Republic lifted border restrictions on July 1, 2020. You do not need a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Random tests will be done on arrival, so prepare for this possibility. Quarantine is only required if you test positive.

There is a nationwide curfew in place from Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Social distancing is in place for “a variety of activities and masks are required by law in public spaces.”

Ecuador

Ecuador Cathedral
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Ecuador allows you to skip the quarantine period if you can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 10 days before arrival and you exhibit no symptoms.

Travelers who don’t have a negative test can get one upon arrival and must quarantine at a hotel until they receive negative results. Otherwise, you are still able to get a test upon arrival and quarantine at a hotel until the results are provided.

Egypt

Egypt Pyramids and Sphinx
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Visitors from the U.S. must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours before arrival and have proof of health insurance.

Restaurants, cafes, sports clubs, and movie theaters are currently allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Health and safety protocols — including electronic check-in, temperature checks, and sanitization of luggage — will take place at hotels.

El Salvador

El Salvador mountain haze
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

El Salvador is requiring all airlines to obtain an original negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours of departure for all international passengers before allowing them to board. No quarantine is necessary due to the negative test results being required.

Mask protocols, social distancing, and temperature checks are in place throughout the country.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia river bed
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Ethiopia requires arriving U.S. citizens (over the age of 10) to have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test that is no more than 120 hours old before boarding their flight. Ethiopia also requires a 7-day quarantine.

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea Border Cameroon
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

If you want to visit Equatorial Guinea, there is no need to quarantine. You must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival as well as “proof of residency, employment, or business purpose of visit,” according to the U.S. embassy.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia Bora Bora resort
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French Polynesia, which includes the honeymoon-friendly islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora, is allowing U.S. tourists.

Travelers will have to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and show those negative results before boarding a flight. You will be tested again approximately 4 days after arrival as well, but no quarantine is required. Travelers will also be required to have a travel insurance policy.

Ghana

Ghana huts
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

As of September 1, 2020, Ghana is open to U.S. travelers. You must have a negative COVID-19 test result that’s 72 hours old or less.

Upon arrival, each traveler age 5 and over must undergo a COVID-19 test ($150) conducted at the airport. Test results will usually be available within 30 minutes and if you have a negative result, you will not be required to quarantine.

The Ministry of Health has mandated the use of face masks in public.

Grenada

Grenada St. George
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Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

The Caribbean island of Grenada is welcoming U.S. visitors, but you are required to:
  • Present a negative COVID-19 test result taken with 7 days of travel
  • Have a minimum 4-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
Read more about Grenada’s requirements here.

Guatemala

Guatemala Tikal Pyramid
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

All travelers that are 10 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less upon arrival. Before you leave, you must complete an online Heath Pass.

No quarantine is required, but the wearing of a face mask in public spaces is mandatory. Most businesses are open, with social distancing measures following specific tiered health alerts based on location.

Haiti

Haiti beach
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Level 4: Do Not Travel

Arriving passengers must complete a health declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days. According to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, “The Ministry of Public Health will check in with passengers 3 times after arrival in Haiti, using the information provided in the health declaration form, to determine any onset of COVID-19 symptoms.”
Mask-wearing is required in public and in instances where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Honduras

Honduras Roatan pier
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travel to Honduras from the U.S. is permitted with a negative COVID-19 test. There is a 14-day quarantine requirement for passengers who have symptoms or have been to a country with active cases (this includes the U.S.).
Shopping and essential activities will be allowed daily from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. according to the last digit of an individual’s national identity card or passport number for non-Honduran citizens.

Ireland

Dingle Ireland
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. travelers were never banned from visiting Ireland, but you must finish 14-day quarantine upon arrival and fill out a “COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.” Unfortunately, a negative COVID-19 test does not eliminate the requirement for this quarantine period.

The penalty for not abiding by Irish regulations, including wearing a face covering, is up to €2,500 (nearly $3,000) and/or 6 months in prison.

Jamaica

Jamaica Waterfall
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Jamaica reopened to international travel on June 15, 2020. If you are from a “high risk” area, including all of the U.S., you have to apply for travel authorization and upload a negative test result less than 10 days from the travel date to Jamaica. You will also have to undergo a temperature check upon arrival.

Jamaica has developed “Resilient Corridors” for tourism that allow you to leave your hotel, but only to visit approved places within the area.

Jordan

Jordan Petra Treasury
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Jordan, but must do the following:

  • Have valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment
  • Complete and submit a passenger health declaration form
  • Pay 40 JOD (~$56) in advance for a COVID-19 test conducted on arrival in Amman
  • Receive a QR code 24 hours prior to boarding the flight
  • Present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding the flight
  • Install the Aman.jo tracking app on your mobile device

Kenya

Kenya Elephants
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Kenya reopened to international travelers (including Americans) on August 1, 2020, with a negative COVID-19 test result taken 96 hours or less upon arrival and who pass a strict health screening, including a temperature check. U.S citizens coming from the U.S. are exempt from quarantine.

Kosovo

Kosovo city view
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The Pristina International Airport (PRN) is open to all travelers. Kosovo does not require a negative COVID-19 test for arriving and departing passengers, nor is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

The COVID-19 website of the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo does specifically note that “the health situation is deteriorating, and public institutions are struggling to keep up with demand. It is possible that border restrictions could be re-imposed with little notice, and the frequent changes are causing confusion at airports and borders.”

Lebanon

Lebanon Ruins
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. travelers are allowed to visit Lebanon but must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of arrival. An additional test will also be given to all arriving travelers at a cost of $50 per test, paid by the traveler and collected by the airline.

Most businesses, including restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, theaters, cinemas, and public parks, are open.

The Maldives

Maldives pier to ocean
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The Maldives reopened to international tourism on July 15, 2020. You don’t have to show negative test results to travel and there are no tests upon arrival. Additionally, if you don’t have any symptoms, you won’t have to quarantine.

You will need to have a confirmed booking before arrival and submit an online health declaration form within 24 hours before departure.

Malta

Malta statue and street view
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

While the U.S. is technically banned from entering the EU, Malta notes that people who transit via a “safe corridor country” that allows U.S. visitors (such as Ireland or Turkey) may enter Malta after they’ve been in that country for 14 days.
If you meet these requirements, you must still fill out both the Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator Forms before departure.

Mexico

Mexico Puerto Vallarta sunset
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While the land border between the U.S. and Mexico is closed, the air border has remained open. A negative COVID-19 test is not required, however, you may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks.

Mexico has created a color-coded system for each state and it has placed both Quintana Roo (where Cancún is located) and Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta is located) in the “orange” category, allowing hotels and restaurants to open with 50 percent capacity.

Montenegro

Montenegro Sveti Stefan
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Montenegro is allowing Americans (age 5 and older) to enter if they have either a negative COVID-19 test result or a positive coronavirus antibody test result, neither older than 72 hours. No quarantine period is required.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro, “Travelers must not have stopped, nor transited through, countries that are not permitted to enter Montenegro within the previous 15 days,” so it is important to check any connections as well.
Face masks must be worn in all public open and enclosed spaces by everyone 8 years and older.

Morocco

Morocco Casablanca Hassan II Mosque
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Travelers from the U.S. are allowed to enter Morocco as long as you have a reservation with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Morocco. Travelers over the age of 12 must show proof of a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours and an antibody test.

Upon arrival, you will also undergo a health screening, but no quarantine requirements are in place.

Namibia

Namibia Deadvlei
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Namibia is now open to U.S. citizens who can provide a negative COVID-19 test result that’s less than 72 hours old. There are also health screenings being conducted 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. This test is paid for by the traveler and costs N$850 (or ~$50).

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Mountain
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

International flights to Nicaragua have resumed from various carriers as of October 2020. U.S. travelers must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test and be prepared for additional health screenings upon arrival. No quarantine is required.

Niger

Niger Africa Hut
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Visitors to Niger must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Also, be aware that visitors will be subject to medical screening measures upon entry. Specific details are light, but be sure to visit the embassy’s website for more specifics.

Nigeria

Nigeria Lagos City
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Any American travelers 10 and older must provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 120 hours before arrival.

All travelers must also:

  1. Sign a health declaration before traveling
  2. Register and pay via the online portal for a PCR retest in Nigeria after spending 7 days in Nigeria

North Macedonia

North Macedonia St. John the Theologian
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The country’s Skopje International Airport (SKP) reopened to international flights on July 1, 2020. Temperature screenings with a thermal camera will be taken, but no COVID-19 testing or quarantine is required.

In North Macedonia, indoor bars, restaurants, and gyms are open. Individuals must practice 2-meter social distancing in public and wear a protective face-covering in closed public spaces.

Pakistan

Pakistan mountain range
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

To travel to Pakistan, you must:

  • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 96 hours before departure
  • Install and register on the Pass Track app within 48 hours of arriving in Pakistan (available for Android and iOs) or use an accessible web-based form
  • Fill out a health declaration form before landing
  • Submit to thermo-screening at the airport

Panama

Panama beach
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Level 4: Do Not Travel

Starting on October 12, 2020, Panama began welcoming international travelers again, including those from the U.S. A COVID-19 negative test result is required and must be taken 48 hours or less before arrival time.

If the test results are older than 48 hours, you must take a rapid test at your own expense at the airport. Read the government’s detailed requirements here.

Peru

Peru Machu Picchu
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Level 4: Do Not Travel

Peru, including the famed Machu Picchu, will restart flights and reopen to international visitors starting on November 1, 2020. Travelers to Peru must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departing on the flight to Peru, fill out Peru’s Electronic Health Affidavit, and commit to isolate or quarantine in the 72 hours prior to the flight to Peru.

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places, including Machu Picchu, and social distancing measures are in place.

Rwanda

Rwanda Silverback
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Travelers from the U.S. must complete at Passenger Locator Form before departure and present proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken with 120 hours before their flight) upon arrival. Visitors will have to quarantine for at least 24 hours in a hotel and undergo a second round of testing until they receive the results.

Interestingly, when you are ready to leave the country, you must test negative for the virus once again within 120 hours of your scheduled departure. These exit requirements are definitely unique and something to be aware of.

Rwanda has reopened restaurants, hotels, shops, and all national parks. To enter a park, you must a negative test result that is less than 72 hours old.

Saint Barthélemy

St. Barthelemy
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The island of St. Barths reopened to international travelers in late June 2020. Visitors are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those staying longer than a week will need to pay ~$150 for an additional test on their eighth day.

For more information, check out St. Barth’s website.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

This Caribbean island federation reopened to visitors on October 31, 2020. On the website for the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, it notes that all incoming passengers must submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival and will be “subjected to a mandatory quarantine period of not less than 14 days at a government-designated quarantine site.”
Further information is light, but we recommend checking out the St. Kitts Tourism Authority website for more information.

Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia requires travelers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days before their arrival. Travelers also have to complete a pre-arrival registration form and undergo a temperature check upon arrival.

Saint Lucia has implemented a COVID-19 certificate for hotels, requiring them to meet more than a dozen criteria. You are required to remain on the hotel property for the duration of your stay, except to participate in excursions arranged by the hotel.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines have to complete a pre-arrival form. You will also need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of arrival or undergo a test upon arrival and arrive with a fully-paid reservation. Those who choose to take the test upon arrival will be quarantined for at least 24 hours while waiting for the results.

Travelers who arrive by air will also have to quarantine for at least 24 hours to await test results of all passengers from the same flight. You must also complete a mandatory quarantine for 5 days in a “Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (TA/ MOHWE) approved transition/quarantine hotel.”

Lastly, you must be re-tested for COVID-19 between days 4 and 5 of quarantine.

Senegal

Senegal Dakar Beach
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

As of October 22, 2020, all travelers to Senegal over the age of 2 years must present an original COVID-19 test certificate showing a negative result. This test must occur within 5 days of entry into Senegal. No testing will be available upon arrival.

There is no quarantine required, but travelers may be required to complete a passenger location form to provide to public health officials upon arrival.

Serbia

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Anyone arriving from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, or Romania, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 48 hours, but if you are not arriving from (or transiting through) those places, you will not need one. No other health assessments or quarantine will be required.

A self-assessment test is required to be completed online upon arrival and again on the 10th day after their arrival.

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 10 people.

Sint Maarten

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On August 1, 2020, flights resumed between the U.S. and Sint Maarten. You must fill out an online immigration card before travel and present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 120 hours of arrival.

Hot Tip: U.S. travelers cannot currently cross from the Dutch side of Sint Maarten to the French side.

South Africa

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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

As of November 11, 2020, U.S. citizens are once again allowed to visit South Africa. Travelers will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours of arrival or be required to submit to a mandatory quarantine at their own expense.

Travelers will also be required to submit to health screenings on arrival and download the COVID Alert South Africa app.

South Korea

South Korea Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. travelers can visit South Korea, but you must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

According to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the Republic of Korea, travelers “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.”
Additionally, all arriving passengers will experience some combination of temperature screening, health questionnaires, and/or COVID-tests, depending on points of departure, visa status, and nationality.

Tanzania

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Travelers to Tanzania are expected to fill out a Health Surveillance Form on the plane. You must also provide a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. There is no information about when this test must be taken. No quarantine requirements are in place.

Turkey

Turkey Cappadocia
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Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport (IST), passengers undergo a temperature check with a thermal camera. Visitors are not required to show any health documentation to enter or leave the country but are required to complete an information form.

Turkey requires everyone living in Turkey to present a Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code while staying in hotels, using inner-city public transport, and at inter-city bus travel rest stops. Some airlines are also requiring a HES code for residents and foreign travelers attempting to purchase airline tickets for travel. 

Masks are required to be worn in public areas throughout Turkey, including Istanbul.

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos beach
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To visit Turks and Caicos, visitors must obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal. Included in this process, you must:

  • Present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of travel
  • Have insurance that covers medevac
  • Complete a health screening questionnaire

Most retail businesses and restaurants are open and wearing a mask or face-covering in public is mandatory.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Dubai
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The United Arab Emirates, including Dubai (DXB) and Abu Dhabi (AUH), is allowing visitors. All travelers to the UAE must present a negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours before their departure. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities may be exempted from the test requirement.

The website of the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the United Arab Emirates also notes “airlines often request passengers to provide a copy of their health insurance (with coverage in the UAE).”

To visit Dubai, you must also download the city’s COVID-19 DXB app (available on iOs and Android) and register.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom Scotland
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. travelers were never banned from visiting the U.K., but you must finish 14-day quarantine upon arrival and fill out a “Public Health Locator Form.” Unfortunately, a negative COVID-19 test does not eliminate the requirement for this quarantine period. Starting on December 15, your quarantine could be reduced to just 5 days if you can produce a negative test from a “government-approved private provider”.
Click here for details about England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Blue Mosque
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Uzbekistan, but be aware that you usually need a visa. A negative COVID-19 test is also required for entry, taken within 72 hours of the initiation of travel to Uzbekistan.

Passengers entering from “red” countries (which include the U.S.) are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Zambia

Zambia Victoria Falls
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Zambia reopened its airports for international tourism. To be allowed entry, tourists must arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 14 days of coming to Zambia and complete a 14-day quarantine.

This quarantine doesn’t have to be done at a government-designated facility, but you must communicate your contact information for regular follow-ups.

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.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe zebras
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Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Zimbabwe restarted international flights on October 1, 2020. According to a government statement, travelers will either need to be tested before arrival “by a recognized facility within 48 hours from the date of departure,” tested upon arrival, or quarantined in a government center for 14 days.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, some places have mandatory quarantines in place, while most require a negative COVID-19 test. Ultimately, which international travel destinations are considered “open” depends on how much time you have to quarantine, ease of access to any required testing, and what you consider to be an advisable location.

It’s also worth pointing out that since the pandemic is ongoing, open access to travel can change at any time and with little warning. New lockdowns have been reenacted in places like Spain and France, so you should be prepared for this possibility if you decide to travel internationally.


Frequently asked questions

Can Americans travel right now?

Yes, U.S. citizens are allowed to travel but are limited in places where you are allowed to go. Many countries require proof of a negative COVID-19 test or even a quarantine period. Requirements are constantly changing, so be sure to check back here often for updates.

Can Americans travel to Europe now?

The European Union is not allowing Americans currently. However, some countries in Europe, such as Croatia and Ukraine, are allowing Americans. The U.K. and Ireland have never banned American visitors, but there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine in place.

Where are U.S. citizens allowed to travel?

U.S. citizens are allowed to travel to upwards of 50 countries currently. Countries are gradually easing travel restrictions and more are added to our list weekly. Many Caribbean islands are allowing U.S. citizens, along with Central America, and parts of Europe and Africa.

Can U.S. citizens travel to Mexico right now?

While the land border is closed, U.S. citizens are allowed to travel via air. Mexico has allowed both Quintana Roo (where Cancún is located) and Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta is located) to reopen hotels and restaurants with 50 percent capacity.

Christy Rodriguez

About Christy Rodriguez

Christy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but lived in Texas the majority of her life. Now, work has her living in the Bay Area with her husband and yellow lab. Her first international travel experience was for a summer study abroad program in Italy. After that, she knew that she was destined to travel as much as possible. Luckily, her husband worked at Southwest Airlines, so they were introduced to the exciting world of “non-rev” travel.

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