• Ashley Locke

UPDATED: Even Americans Can Travel to These Locations

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise in the United States, many countries have banned Americans from passing through their boarders during the pandemic.


Still, there are a handful of destinations that will welcome those from the U.S. All that's required is a negative COVID-19 test and a face mask.


Keep scrolling to discover which locations Americans can travel to during the pandemic!


Editor's note: This post has been updated on August 19 and will continue to be updated as new information emerges.

Albania


Albania has been open since May, though they began opening their borders to Americans in July. Restaurants, cafes, and beaches are open, though the number of cases in the country has been steadily increasing.

Antigua and Barbuda


Like many other destinations, Antigua and Barbuda now require a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of the flight. Upon arrival, visitors will still be required to wear masks and keep their distance from other travelers. If you forgo the test, you'll be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Aruba


On July 10, Aruba will open its borders to U.S. citizens. Those residing in states with a high number of coronavirus cases will required to take a COVID-19 test for entry. On top of that, visitors must purchase mandatory Aruba Visitors Insurance incase they test positive for the virus during their stay.

Bahamas


The Bahamas require a negative COVID-19 taken within a week of arrival to allow entry. They're also requiring visitors apply for a Travel Health Visa before their stay.


Update: The Bahamas is no longer allowing visitors, as the country went under lockdown on August 3.

Barbados


Flights to Barbados will resume on July 12. A COVID-19 test must be performed no more than 72 hours before arrival, though visitors also have the option of taking the test when they land. A two-day mandatory quarantine is required for those that opt for the latter.

Belarus


Belarus is open to Americans, though they're currently going through an uprising. If you plan on visiting, you'll need a visa and a COVID-19 test 48 hours before your arrival.

Belize


Belize will open to travelers on August 15. Those who have taken a virus test three days prior to arrival can use a "fast track" entry line. If you don't take the test beforehand, you can take it when you land. Keep in mind that if you test positive, you won't be allowed to leave the country until you complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Bermuda


Bermuda has implemented a $75 fee for those who get a COVID-19 test done in the country. Even if you test negative, you're required to take and record your temperature twice a day for the first 14 days of your visit.

Bosnia and Herzegovina


Bosnia and Herzegovina have opened to international travel on September 13. You will need a negative COVID-19 test result 48 hours before entering, however.

Brazil


Brazil has a high volume of cases, yet the ban on international travel was lifted in July. The U.S. currently has a ban on foreign nationals who have been to the country.

Costa Rica


Costa Rica has reopened its borders to U.S. citizens, though not everyone is on the guest list. They're currently only allowing in Americans from 12 select regions.

Croatia


According to The New York Times, "American tourists may visit only with proof of paid accommodation."

The Dominican Republic


Coronavirus cases in the Dominican Republic are fairly high, so the country wants Americans to reconsider visiting. Still, there isn't an official ban. So if you want to take your chances, go for it. The DR reopened 30 percent of its hotels in July and will open more in November, if all goes well.

Ecuador


Ecuador requires 14-day quarantines in government-designated hotels, along with a negative COVID-19 test. There are still some heavy restrictions in place, including a strict curfew.

Egypt


July 1 was when Egypt began welcoming international visitors again. A negative COVID-19 test is not required as of yet, though health forms do need to be filled out and you must show proof of insurance.

El Salvador


El Salvador will reopen on September 19 to all international travel. Currently, all businesses are allowed to reopen. There was a government ruling that allowed this.

French Polynesia


All international tourists will be able to enter the French Polynesia on July 15. Those hoping to vacation there must show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their departure. An online form must also be completed to ensure you have travel insurance should you contract coronavirus.

Grenada


Grenada reopened to foreign tourists on August 1. And while it is open to Americans, it apparently isn't all that easy for Americans to enter. If you do make it in, you'll be met with a 14-day mandatory quarantine period upon arrival.

Honduras


International travel is now back in action for Honduras. You'll need a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of your arrival. The country does have plenty of cases on their hands, however.

Ireland


Ireland never officially banned non-essential travel, which is why Americans can travel there. You will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival. Not only that, but you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form. If you don't, it will cost you.

Jamaica


Starting July 10, Jamaica is requiring visitors to upload a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 10 days of their arrival. Prior to departure, all travelers must obtain a Travel Authorization.

Kenya


Kenya began its reopening phase on July 7. Currently, Americans are allowed to enter with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The country's president has stated that if the pandemic gets worse, they will revert back to lockdown.

Kosovo


Kosovo doesn't have as many restrictions as other destinations. A COVID-19 test is suggested, though not currently required for entry.

Maldives


Uninhabited islands will begin accepting bookings on July 15 and inhabited islands will do the same on August 1. Health authorities will begin performing random COVID-19 tests, though they will come at no cost to visitors.

Mexico


Americans can fly into Mexico, though land crossings won't be allowed until at least July 21. Taking a coronavirus test isn't necessary, but if you show symptoms, you will be urged to quarantine.

Montenegro


U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Montenegro, so long as they have a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of arrival.

Namibia


Namibia is said to reopen in September, with international travel making a comeback. Of course, a negative coronavirus test is required for entry.

Nicaragua


Nicaragua was never officially closed due to the pandemic, so travel is open—even internationally. That being said, there are plenty of restrictions you'll have to deal with if you do decide to visit.

North Macedonia


North Macedonia (formerly, Macedonia) doesn't have any rules or regulations in place when it comes to requiring a coronavirus test or self-isolation. However, masks are required.

Panama


There is potential for Panama to resume international travel in October, though that doesn't seem very likely.

Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico opened up to international travelers on July 15. A COVID-19 test will be given when you arrive, though you may be asked to quarantine for 14 days even if you don't show symptoms.

Rwanda


International flights to Rwanda reopened on August 1. Now, the country is completely opened to tourist, as they have done a great job at dealing with the virus. You will need to present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before your arrival.

St. Barths


Those traveling to St. Barths must take a coronavirus test upon arrival and self-quarantine until the results come back.

St. Lucia


All arriving passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of travel and complete a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form to make entry for efficient.

St. Maarten


Flights from the U.S. won't be allowed until July 15. After that, all visitors over the age of 10 must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and complete an online health declaration.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines


Travelers will be given a coronavirus test and must quarantine for at least 24 hours until they receive their results. Anyone who is exempt from the test is required to closely monitor their temperature throughout their stay.

Serbia


Though Serbia doesn't have any regulations in place for coronavirus-related entry, they have seen an increase in the number of cases. Hospitals have been overwhelmed as of late.

Seychelles


Commercial passenger flights are expected to resume in July, though a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry. Additionally, visitors must show proof of accommodations and aren't allowed to travel between islands.

Slovenia


Visiting Slovenia may be a little tricky. If you're a U.S. citizen with residency in an EU country, you'll be allowed to enter. If you aren't, you could potentially be allowed in with a quarantine restriction. It all depends.

South Korea


South Korea recently opened its borders to tourists, including Americans. Though, you will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine before you can enjoy the country in its entirety.

Tanzania


Tanzania is requiring visitors complete a Health Surveillance Form and possibly undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Turkey


The New York Times notes, "visitors to Turkey will be screened using thermal cameras, and travelers with elevated temperatures may be subject to testing." Turkey also currently has a curfew in place.

Turks and Caicos


International travel to Turks and Caicos will begin on July 22. They are in the process of finalizing their COVID-19 travel procedures.

Ukraine


Americans are allowed to enter Ukraine with proof their insurance covers all COVID-19 expenses. Still, it's recommended that American visitors quarantine for two weeks of their vacation.


Update: Ukraine has closed its borders until October 31.

United Arab Emirates


The only place Americans can currently visit in the U.A.E. is Dubai. Coronavirus testing is required, however.

United Kingdom


Americans are surprisingly allowed to visit the U.K., though you must quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival. If you don't, you could face a fee of up to $1,200.

U.S. Virgin Islands


The U.S. Virgin Islands began welcoming all travelers on June 1. Visitors don't need a negative coronavirus test for entry, but they will be subject to health screenings.


Update: As of Wednesday, August 19, the U.S. Virgin Islands has closed down to tourists for a month.


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