These international destinations are open to US tourists


Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on October 16. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first.
(CNN) — Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the US passport has shriveled during the Covid-19 pandemic.
With US coronavirus cases around the 8 million mark and climbing, 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 can’t vacation in their neighbor to the north, Canada, nor head to many Asian favorites such as Japan.

While most US travelers are staying close to home with short-distance car trips, some still want to go abroad. For those people, there are still popular vacation options such as Mexico, Ireland and South Korea. And the list has been slowly growing.

Whether travel to “open” international destinations is responsible or advisable is up to you. 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.

What follows is a list of countries, in alphabetical order, where it’s still possible for US passport holders to go for a vacation:

Albania

Set on the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, Albania is open. The US Embassy website states that while there’s no Covid-19 test requirements or quarantine, you can expect a health screening.

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,” according to the country’s tourism website.

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.

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

Courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority

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. As Aruba changes this list time to time, you should check for your state here before you make plans. The list was last updated on September 24.
The Aruba tourism site has all the specific health requirements for incoming passengers, which are considerable and too long to detail here.

The Bahamas

UPDATE: 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.

Hotel guests must vacation in place for 14 days or the duration of their trip, whichever is shorter. But starting November 1, the government plans to replaces the mandatory quarantine with a rapid test upon arrival. Updates can be found on the islands’ Covid-19 travel website.

Bangladesh

US citizens may travel to this culturally rich South Asian nation. The US Embassy in Bangladesh says 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

Barbados reopened to tourists on July 12.

Barbados reopened to tourists on July 12.

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US citizens must complete an online form and submit 24 hours before travel, the US Embassy reports. 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. You can also find out more here at the Visit Barbados website.

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

Travelers will have to pay fees to cover the cost of testing when heading to Bermuda.

Travelers will have to pay fees to cover the cost of testing when heading to Bermuda.

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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

Visitors to Cambodia will need to pay a deposit of $2,000 to cover the cost of testing and quarantine if necessary.

Visitors to Cambodia will need to pay a deposit of $2,000 to cover the cost of testing and quarantine if necessary.

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If you have $2,000 and want a Cambodian adventure, it’s a real option. Rules are stringent. 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

NEW: 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

UPDATE: Costa Rica is allowing residents from an expanding list of US states to visit. Check the link to see if your state in on the list before you make reservations. 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.

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),” according to an alert on the website of the US Embassy in Zagreb.

Curaçao

NEW: 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 fore departure. Tri-state residents must also present a valid state-issued ID.

Dominica

This eastern Caribbean island 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

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Travelers to the Dominican Republic will be temperature-tested.

Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

People traveling to the Dominican Republic 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

A picture taken on March 13, 2020 shows people on the beach in the area of the Jumeirah Beach residence in Dubai.

Tourism to Dubai resumed on July 7.

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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.

Furthermore, “tourists are required to register all their details in the Covid-19 DXB app on arrival,” according to the Visit Dubai website.

Ecuador

Ecuador 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

Billed as Egypt’s gift to the world, the Grand Egyptian Museum is the biggest archeological museum ever created and will house the greatest collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt.

All international travelers to Egypt 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.

On September 1, Egypt reopened Luxor and Aswan governorates to international visitors, including temples, archaeological sites and museums.

Ethiopia

UPDATE: Known for its surreal landscapes and ancient culture, 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

While Ghana is know for its cultural appeal, it has wildlife, too, such as this African elephant in Mole National Park.

While Ghana is know for its cultural appeal, it has wildlife, too, such as this African elephant in Mole National Park.

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A West African cultural jewel, 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

NEW: This Caribbean island is welcoming US visitors, but they must do the following:

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. Read more about Grenada’s requirements here.

Haiti

Arriving passengers must complete a health form and self-quarantine for 14 days.

According to the US Embassy in Haiti, “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

UPDATE: Travel to Honduras 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. It’s dropped from a Level 4.

Ireland

Beautiful landscapes in Ireland

If you wish to see vistas such as Moll’s Gap in Ireland, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days first.

Tourism Ireland

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

Through at least October 31, 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.

Be sure to read the website’s requirements carefully before you plan your trip as it has explicit instructions about taking tests and where you can go. Requirements might also change.

Kenya

Three giraffes graze with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Kenya is open to US travelers who have proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

Three giraffes graze with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Kenya is open to US travelers who have proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

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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

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. See the Maldives’ official tourism website for details.

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.

Mexico

Though the land border between the United States and Mexico remains closed through October 21, US travelers can still fly to Mexico. No testing requirements are in place, but the State Department lists numerous states to avoid because of crime. You can expect temperature checks and other screenings upon arrival.

Montenegro

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.

According to the US Embassy in Montenegro, “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, the US Embassy in Morocco says.

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.

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Panama

Visitors will soon be able to visit Panama City along with the country's wildlife areas.

Visitors will soon be able to visit Panama City along with the country’s wildlife areas.

LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/AFP via Getty Images

On October 12, Panama began welcoming international travelers again, including from the United States. 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. Read the government’s detailed requirements here.

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

The island of 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

St. Lucia

Pigeon Beach in Saint Lucia as seen from Fort Rodney

Pigeon Beach in St. Lucia awaits if you meet the requirements.

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US citizens traveling to St. Lucia 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

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

UPDATE: US travelers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines 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, “Generally speaking, 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. In addition, you will be asked to take a Covid-19 test if you show symptoms. The US Embassy and Consulates in Turkey says all US citizens must purchase tickets for onward travel to the United States.

Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay near the town of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos boasts world class beaches and water sports.

Grace Bay near the town of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos boasts world class beaches and water sports.

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Visitors to the Turks and Caicos 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. Click here for details about England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Zambia

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Visitors to Zambia canoe the Lower Zambezi River.

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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. CNN Travel has removed Armenia because of escalating conflict in the region.

Omitted countries

CNN Travel has omitted certain open countries from this list if they had very limited numbers of US travelers who visited before the pandemic, have ongoing armed conflicts or terrorism or have entry requirements so extensive and complicated that they put the country out of reach of almost all US citizens. However, you can click here to check for the status and entry requirements, if any, of any country in the world.



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