These Destinations Now Require a Negative COVID-19 Test for Entry
The world is slowly starting to open back up after the pandemic brought everything to a complete standstill—including travel.
Now, various travel destinations have lifted restrictions that prevented travelers from visiting. And though some parts of the world still don't have coronavirus under control (hello, U.S.A.), that hasn't stoped destinations from preparing for visitors.
For these travel hot spots, all that is required for entry is a negative COVID-19 test. Even Americans can pass through these boarders, so long as they don't test positive for the virus.
Discover which destinations are open for international travel below!
On July 1, Aruba welcomed visitors from the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe. They'll allow entry to those from the U.S. on July 10. Those hoping to enjoy the hot spot will need to show a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before their arrival. If you don't take the test, you can do so when you land, but you will be quarantined until your results come back.
The video below gives more details as to what you can expect from your visit.
Also on July 1, the Bahamas reopened their international borders. Upon arrival, they require a negative test that is less than seven days old. For those who don't have proof, you'll be able to pay for a test or quarantine for two weeks.
For Bermuda, air travel was reopened on July 1. Those who plan on visiting must test negative for the virus 72 hours before their trip and again upon arrival.
July 15 is when islands belonging to French Polynesia will open their international boarders. For the likes of Bora Bora and Tahiti, visitors will need either a negative COVID-19 test or and "immunity certificate" to let them enjoy their vacation.
Hawaii had previously implemented a mandatory two-week quarantine for visitors when the coronavirus first hit. Beginning August 1, travelers can get a test to avoid having to quarantine. Visitors will have to get a nasal swab prior to arrival.
Jamaica opened its borders to international travel in June and has required that visitors get a COVID-19 test once arriving at the airport. Jamaica’s Director of Tourism Donovan White noted, "If a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 on arrival, the person will be isolated in a public health facility for a minimum period of 14 days, or until they are able to produce two consecutive negative tests in a 48-hour period."
Puerto Rico will be ready to welcome international travelers on July 15, though all visitors must show a negative virus test within 72 hours of arrival. Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced said in a statement, "I want Puerto Ricans living in the US mainland to safely come to our island and visit their family members without fear of spreading this virus or infecting a loved one."
Saint Lucia has recently updated their travel protocols, which will take effect July 9. They not only require a negative test, but also need to complete a pre-travel registration form online.
The Instagram post below shares more details.
Turks and Caicos
International boarders for Turks and Caicos reopen on July 22. Along with a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before travel, Turks and Caicos require all visitors obtain a travel authorization for arrival.
The U.S. doesn't have the virus under control, though many people are wanting to travel. If you plan on doing so, HERE are some states that have imposed a mandatory quarantine.