Where Can Americans Travel Right Now? Countries Open For Tourism

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Winter is here, and with the pandemic still raging, many of us are stuck at home day-dreaming about international travel. But where can Americans travel right now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled countless holiday travel plans this year, and its looking like travel won’t be the same again anytime soon for many people.

While I won’t go into the ethics of traveling as a tourist during a pandemic, I know many Americans are wondering where they can go right now.

As a long-time digital nomad, I also know many nomadic types without a real home are looking for somewhere to lay low until the pandemic is over.

Thousands of remote workers who practice nomadic lifestyles and previously called places like Thailand, Spain, or Bali their temporary home now need to relocate.

Because the United States is a hot-spot, many countries originally closed their borders to Americans. But an increasing number of countries have since reopened for tourism, with differing requirements.

A few countries have even created special visas for remote workers & digital nomads to wait out the pandemic abroad!

So where can Americans legally travel internationally right now during the pandemic?

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Many popular tourist destinations have closed themselves off to Americans this year — including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe. So where can American tourists go?

Here’s the latest list of countries & territories open to Americans:

  • Albania
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dubai
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • French Polynesia
  • Grenada
  • Honduras
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • The Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rwanda
  • St. Barths
  • St. Lucia
  • Saint Maarten
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
  • United Kingdom

Are Americans Allowed To Travel Right Now?

Yes, Americans are allowed to travel internationally. The US Government lifted its Level 4 travel advisory in August that recommended avoiding all unnecessary travel. Depending on your state, you may have to undergo a 14-day quarantine once you return home.

Keep in mind that each country in this list has specific restrictions, that are constantly changing. It is important to check back with local governments and tourism boards before leaving on a trip.

In many cases, countries are requiring Americans to show proof of a negative COVID test within 48-72 hours of your departure to avoid a 14-day quarantine.

But due to the horrible testing situation in the United States, getting a COVID test result just a few days before your departure (when results can sometimes take over 7-days) may be very difficult depending on your state…

The CDC is also still advising against nonessential international travel.

I’ll try to update this list as I learn of any new information.

Mexican Beach
Mexico is Open for International Tourism

The Countries Open To Americans

As of December 3rd 2020, Americans are allowed to travel to these countries:

Albania

Albania is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as other international tourists. A negative COVID-19 test is NOT required to enter, however there are still health & temperature checks on arrival. No quarantine is needed unless specifically ordered by health officials.

Just keep in mind some airlines have canceled or reduced the number of flights to Albania, like British Airways.

In November the Ministry of Health announced restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice. There is a public curfew in effect from 10:00pm and 6:00am — except for work reasons, health care emergencies, or urgent needs.

You can find more information about traveling to Albania here.

Anguilla

Anguilla (a British Territory in the Caribbean) is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as other international tourists. However you must be pre-approved to visit.

Visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 3-5 days prior to arrival date. You must also have travel insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs (like Safety Wing), and complete an online passenger information and health screening questionnaire.

You can find more information about traveling to Anguilla here.

Antigua Digital Nomad Visa
Antigua Nomad Residence Program

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as other international tourists. Visitors are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 7 days of flying.

Visitors will also be screened with temperature checks and possible additional COVID-19 testing on arrival, at the traveler’s expense.

All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days, but they can leave their hotel property if they practice social distancing and wear masks.

You can find more information about traveling to Antigua & Barbuda here.

Antigua Digital Nomad Visa

Antigua just announced a digital nomad visa called the Nomad Digital Residence (NDR). It’s for remote workers who can show the means to support themselves and any family members joining them.

It allows visitors to stay on the Caribbean island for two years. The aim is to attract remote workers to live and work on the island while contributing to its economy.

Aruba

Aruba is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be screened with temperature checks and COVID-19 testing on arrival.

If you’re tested on arrival, you’ll have to quarantine in a hotel for 24 hours while waiting for the test results. You’ll also have to pay for the test.

You can find more information about traveling to Aruba here.

Bahamas

Barbados is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Visitors over 10 years old must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 5 days prior to arrival date. You’ll also need to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and purchase their special COVID-19 health insurance.

You can find more information about traveling to the Bahamas here.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival date. You must also “home quarantine” for 14 days on arrival — even with a negative test result.

You can find more information about traveling to Bangladesh here.

Barbados

Barbados is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

If traveling from a high-risk country, like the United States, you’ll be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of flying. You’ll also be required to take another test on arrival and quarantine at your hotel until the results are returned.

You can find more information about traveling to Barbados here.

Barbados Remote Work Visa

Barbados has gone one step further, however, and is inviting digital nomads and remote workers to come wait out the pandemic while working from their white-sand beaches.

The Barbados Welcome Stamp allows visitors to stay on the Caribbean island visa-free for up to one year. The aim is to attract remote workers to live and work on the island while contributing to its economy.

Belize

Belize is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arriving, or be tested on arrival at a cost of $50 and quarantine at your hotel until the results are returned.

Visitors will also be required to download and check in daily on the Belize Health App (NAC Belize).

You can find more information about traveling to Belize here.

Bermuda

Bermuda is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Americans, Canadians, British and other tourists from high-risk countries will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 7-days of flying in order to receive a Travel Authorization.

You can find more information about traveling to Bermuda here.

Bermuda Remote Work Visa

Bermuda has also joined the list of countries who’ve created a special remote work visa called Work From Bermuda in order to entice location independent entrepreneurs to visit and work from home on their beautiful Caribbean island.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of arriving. U.S. citizens are not required to quarantine unless ordered to by health officials. There is a public curfew in effect from 11:00pm and 5:00am.

You can find more information about traveling to Bosnia here.

Brazil

Brazil is technically open for tourism, however it also boasts a Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) listing due to Covid-19 from the US State Department.

There are no official quarantine restrictions, other than that older people and high-risk people should stay home. Brazil has one of the highest COVID-19 case counts in the world.

Colombia

Colombia is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and face masks.

Travelers no longer need a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arriving, and there is no quarantine either. However they will have to fill out a pre-registration ‘Check-Mig‘ health questionnaire.

You can find more information about traveling to Colombia here.

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Costa Rica is Open for Travel

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Visitors must also show a negative COVID PCR test taken less than 48-hours before departure, fill out an online health form, and purchase special travel insurance that includes COVID-19 (like Safety Wing).

You can find more information about traveling to Costa Rica here.

Croatia

Croatia is allowing tourists from all countries to enter, including the United States. Croatia has decided to ignore the European Union restrictions, which is ultimately decided by each individual country.

Incoming travelers from the United States must show a negative COVID PCR test taken less than 48-hours before departure, or else submit to a 14-day self-quarantine on arrival.

You can find more information about traveling to Croatia here.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, and will have to fill out a Health Affidavit to confirm they haven’t had any COVID symptoms.

Authorities will administer the brand new COVID-19 rapid breathalyzer tests tests to a random number of passengers, plus anyone showing symptoms.

You can find more information about traveling to Dominican Republic here.

Dubai (UAE)

The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, and will have to fill out a health declaration form to confirm they haven’t had any COVID symptoms.

Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours of arriving, and ensure they have travel insurance that covers COVID-19. Everyone will also have to enter their travel information on Dubai’s COVID-19 DXB App on arrival.

You can find more information about traveling to Dubai here.

Egypt

Egypt is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Incoming travelers from the United States and other COVID hot spots must show a negative COVID PCR test taken less than 48-hours before departure, or else submit to a 14-day self-quarantine on arrival.

You can find more information about traveling to Egypt here.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia (and the island of Tahiti) is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Travelers need to submit to a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test 72 hours before departure. Four days after arrival, you may be subject to another COVID-19 test after 4 days.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention conducts these tests on a random basis, and guests may also get visits from medical staff, authorized by the Department of Health to supervise.

There is no 14-day quarantine needed on arrival, however there is a curfew in effect for Tahiti and Moorea from 9pm to 6am until November 16th, with the possibility to extend it.

You can find more information about traveling to French Polynesia here.

Georgia

The Republic of Georgia is currently NOT allowing most international tourists to visit, unless they happen to be remote workers looking to stay in the country long-term (at least 6-months). These people will have to apply online for advance permission to enter.

Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks, as well as a 14-day self-quarantine on arrival.

You can find more information about traveling to Georgia here.

Ireland

Ireland is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries, provided they self-quarantine for 14-days on arrival. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Visitors will be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form, with a $2860 fine or 6 months in jail for lying on the form.

You can find more information about traveling to Ireland here.

The Maldives

The Maldives is currently allowing American tourists to visit, as well as tourists from other countries. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Travelers will not be required to take a COVID test on arrival unless they show symptoms. If they need a PCR test, they’ll have to wait in quarantine until the results come in.

You can find more information about traveling to the Maldives here.

Mexico

Most of Mexico is open to Americans if you’re flying in. The US-Mexico land border is closed to all but “essential crossings.” Non-essential crossings are prohibited until at least July 21, 2020. Some towns in Mexico near the border have also set up roadblocks to keep Americans out.

If you fly, some Mexican states are open for tourism when arriving by airplane, like Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Yucatan, Campeche, Mexico City, Jalisco, and Baja California Sur. They are designated “orange” under the Mexican system, which means there are some restrictions, but it’s not a total lock-down.

You can find more information about traveling to Mexico here.

Puerto Rico

Yes, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, but because the American President thinks it’s a country (seriously, WTF), I thought I’d include it here.

Puerto Rico is currently allowing international travelers to visit. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Incoming travelers must show a negative COVID PCR test taken less than 72-hours before arrival, or else submit to a 14-day self-quarantine on arrival while you wait for test results.

You can find more information about traveling to Puerto Rico here.

Serbia

Serbia is currently allowing Americans and other international travelers to visit. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

There is no mandatory quarantine at this time. Serbia is located in southeast Europe, but is not part of the European Union.

However travelers should be aware that the country is currently in the middle of mass protests against the government.

You can find more information about traveling to Serbia here.

South Korea

South Korea is currently allowing Americans and other international travelers to visit. However there is a 14-day quarantine in effect, so it’s more for long-term stays rather than for people on vacation.

You’ll be required to download South Korea’s Self-Check App.

On arrival, members of the Ministry of Health and Welfare as well as the Korean Army will determine if you’ve eligible for self-quarantine or government quarantine. For goverment quarantine, there is a 2.1 million KRW fee ($1,760 USD).

You can find more information about traveling to South Korea here.

St. Barts

St. Barts is currently allowing Americans and other international travelers to visit. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Incoming travelers must show a negative COVID PCR test taken less than 72-hours before arrival, or else submit to a 14-day self-quarantine on arrival while you wait for test results.

Those staying longer than a week will need to pay $150 for another COVID test on the 8th day. The only way to fly to the island is via Antigua or San Juan Puerto Rico — their main international airport (Princess Juliana) is closed to flights from the United States.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia is currently allowing Americans and other international travelers to visit. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Incoming travelers from the United States must show a negative COVID PCR test taken within 7 days of travel, and complete a Pre-Arrival Registration Form before traveling.

You must also have confirmed reservations from a COVID certified accommodation provider.

You can find more information about traveling to St. Lucia here.

Tanzania

Tanzania is currently allowing Americans and other international travelers to visit. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Travelers will be required to fill out a Health Surveillance Form on arrival.

However while this is the official Tanzanian government stance, locals are urging tourists to stay away, as they believe the virus is not under control in their country.

Tanzania is not releasing its COVID data to the public, so there is no clear picture of what the situation is like on the ground.

You can find more information about traveling to Tanzania here.

Turkey

Turkey is open to Americans at the moment. Passengers arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms.

Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital for examination. You could be subject to 14-day isolation/quarantine if someone else in the plane tests positive.

You can find more information about traveling to Turkey here.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is open to Americans at the moment. A negative COVID-19 test is NOT required on arrival, however US citizens are required to quarantine for 14 days, and you may be contacted for verification.

Anyone found to be breaking quarantine is subject to a fine of £1,000. If just transiting through the UK and not passing into border control, you are exempt from self-isolation requirements.

You can find more information about traveling to the UK here.

US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands, also a territory of the United States which includes the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix, is currently allowing other Americans to visit. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Incoming travelers with symptoms will need to be tested and quarantined on arrival.

Healthy visitors will be free to leave their hotel and explore the rest of the islands.

You can find more information about traveling to the US Virgin Islands here.

American Tourists Still Banned From…

Iceland Closed To Americans

Unfortunately while Iceland was hoping to open up to American tourists on July 15th, they decided to stick with the European Union rules, which means no US passport holders. European Union citizens and Canadians can visit Iceland right now though.

Canada Travel Ban

Canada has closed its borders to most international tourists, including Americans. This is to prevent the spread of Corona virus within the country.

Only foreign nationals who are immediate family members to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident are allowed to travel to Canada, provided they stay in the country for at least 15 days to observe quarantine.

You can find more information about travel restrictions in Canada here.

New Zealand & Australia Closed

Both New Zealand and Australia have closed their borders to foreign travelers, including Americans, except under very specific circumstances.

You can find more information on New Zealand travel restrictions here.

You can find more information about Australia travel restrictions here.

COVID-19 Travel Resources

It is important to note that the COVID-19 pandemic is still spreading around the world. Most health experts warn against traveling internationally for tourism right now.

I simply wanted to put together a list of options for people traveling on US passports, because this information is scattered around online and regulations continue to change on a day-to-day basis.

Here are some more helpful links:

Also, if you think I’m missing any countries in this list, feel free to comment below so I can keep everything up-to-date!


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