These Are the Countries Beginning to Reopen For Tourists

These Are the Countries Beginning to Reopen For Tourists

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Curious about international travel?

As the coronavirus pandemic ebbs, some countries are beginning to ease travel restrictions. But not completely: many places, for example, are only allowing domestic visitors or those from certain cherry-picked countries. Others have mandatory 14-day quarantines. And that’s if you can even land at their airport: due to decreased demand, airlines have slashed their flight schedules by up to 70 percent.

As the summer ramps up, and with it, the traditional vacation season, many are left wondering: where should I—and where can I—go? For those in the U.S., the answer may be limited to domestic destinations: the State Department is still advising its citizens to avoid all international travel.

Below, a list of status updates by region. This post will be updated frequently, but always check with your embassy or a specific country’s tourism department before making plans.

The Caribbean

The region is beginning to re-open in mid-June and July.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda re-opened to international tourists on June 4.

Upon arrival, American tourists will have to take a COVID-19 test at the cost of $100 USD.


Aruba is reopening to American tourists on July 10th.

U.S. citizens will have to fill out an online health declaration form and upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before boarding. This way, no test needs to be done upon arrival.

Travelers without evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival will be required to pay for a test upon arrival and be quarantined until their results come back.


The Bahamas are reopening for U.S. tourists on July 1st, 2020.

A negative-PCR test no older than 7 days before arrival is required and travelers are asked to fill out an online health declaration before they fly.


Barbados is reopening for American tourists on July 12th, 2020.

Travelers from the United States are considered ‘high-risk’, so they will need to bring a negative-PCR test no older than 72 hours before departure.

Those without proof will have to pay for a test on arrival or quarantine for two weeks. However, there are some exceptions, including children under 10 years old, private pilots who do not deplane and citizens and residents returning after less than 72 hours or from an approved country.


Bermuda is officially reopening for American tourists on July 1st.

Americans will need to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours before boarding AND take another test upon arrival.

Additionally, visitors have to fill out a travel authorization process online and pay a $75 fee. Travelers will also be tested at the airport and have to quarantine at their accommodation until the results are ready, which typically takes four to eight hours.

Visitors will then be tested every few days while on the island and be required to take their temperature twice each day and report it online.

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands will open its borders under phase two of its COVID-19 recovery plan. However, only persons deemed to belong to the territory and those with resident status will be allowed entry over the second phase’s initial three months.

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands had been eyeing a September 1 reopening, but that appears to be too optimistic heading into summer.


Cuba is hoping to reopen its airports as soon as July 1, but that date is dependent on the trend of the country’s COVID-19 cases. American Airlines plans to begin operating four daily flights from Miami to Havana on July 7.


Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit anticipates that the country could open its borders to “at least regional travel” by July if it maintains its current trajectory. The island is currently enforcing an overnight curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday-Friday and from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Dominican Republic

On July 1st, U.S. tourists can travel to the Dominican Republic.

At this time no requirement for tests has been announced.


Grenada is eyeing a June 30 reopening date, according to Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, however, that timetable will depend on whether the country has all of the necessary protocols in place by then.


Jamaica reopened for American tourists on June 15th.

Jamaica is requiring all American’s visiting to first fill out an online Travel Authorization Card before they fly.

As of July 10, 2020 visitors from high risk places such as Florida, New York, Arizona & Texas, will be required to upload a valid PCR test result, no more than 7 days old. Approval for travel to Jamaica will be subject to the upload of the test result.


There’s currently no timetable on when travelers will be able to experience Montserrat without restrictions.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is scheduled to reopen to international travel on July 15 but visiting the island will require a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arrival.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Officials in St. Kitts and Nevis have stopped short of issuing a specific date for reopening, with Prime Minister Timothy Harris calling it a “moving target” and noting that citizens’ safety “must come first.”

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia reopened for US travelers on June 4th.

Americans are required to bring a negative COVID-19 test, taken no longer than 48 hours before departure in order to board their flight to Saint Lucia.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten has decided to postpone all flights from the USA until July 14th, when it will review again. At this time, Americans are NOT welcome on the island. We will update again on July 14.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are officially reopening for tourism on July 1, 2020 allowing American tourists to visit.

U.S. citizens will be tested upon arrival.

Trinidad and Tobago

The reopening of Trinidad and Tobago’s borders would come in the sixth phase of the country’s strategic reopening plan, which began on May 11. Phase 3 is scheduled for June 7-June 20 assuming cases don’t jump, with additional phases taking effect later this summer.

Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands will begin welcoming travelers back on July 22.

In advance, the government is launching TCI Assured, an online portal where international travelers to the Turks and Caicos will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test from their destination of origin a maximum of 72 hours before travel; travel medical insurance including emergency assistance and COVID-19 medical repatriation and completion of an online health questionnaire.

US Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands began welcoming visitors back on June 1. The American territory has established public health and tourism protocols to ensure a safe return for visitors and has provided comprehensive health and safety guidelines for the islands’ tourism industry.

North America

Americans and Canadians won’t be able to cross the border in either direction for nonessential travel until at least July 21.

Starting August 1, visitors to the Hawaiian Islands will be able to bypass the state’s 14-day quarantine order by providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The pre-travel testing program will require participants to undergo a PCR (nasal-swab) test prior to arrival.

Central America

The Costa Rican border is now set to open August 1, 2020. On that date, the government will plan to allow foreigners from countries with low COVID-19 transmission rates to enter. They have not announced which countries those are or any regulations yet.

Belize will look to welcome tourists back to its lush landscapes on Aug. 15, requiring visitors to either come with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure (and use the “fast lane” at the airport) or undergo testing on arrival.

Panama’s international flight ban was recently extended through July 22.

South America

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently peaking in several countries throughout the continent: Argentina has banned commercial flights until September 2020, and Chile’s borders have remained closed since mid-March. Brazil is not accepting foreign visitors through at least July 29.


Although European Union countries reopened to international travelers on July 1, it has barred Americans from entering for the time being due to this country’s high COVID-19 infection rate. However, there are still countries in Europe that Americans may visit.

Beginning June 8, travelers can enter the UK, but they must provide contact information and self-isolate for 14 days, or face fines.

Kosovo is open to visitors with no restrictions for COVID-19, although it is recommended that travelers have a negative test within four days of arrival.

On June 11, Turkey announced opening the majority of its international air, land, and sea borders; tourist travelers do not need any specific health documentation to enter/exit Turkey unless they are arriving for medical treatment. No quarantine is required.

U.S. citizens will be allowed to enter Ukraine if they can demonstrate that they have medical insurance covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment while on the territory of Ukraine. U.S. citizens entering Ukraine will be required to enter into self-quarantine if the Ministry of Health considers the United States a country with high incidence of COVID-19.

As of June 26, according to the State Department, there are no requirements for a PCR test or isolation for entering North Macedonia. Skopje Airport reopened for flights on July 1 and Ohrid Airport followed on July 2. Travelers displaying symptoms of COVID-19 infection such as a fever of 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and coughing may not be permitted to enter the airport and board their flights.

All other foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, may enter the Croatia for business, tourism, or other pressing personal reasons, if they provide relevant proof. For tourists, according to the Croatia Ministry of the Interior, it is necessary to present a confirmation of the reservation or paid accommodation in one of the accommodation facilities in the Republic of Croatia (e.g. confirmation of the reservation of accommodation of all accommodation providers, permanent berth contract in a nautical tourism port, travel agency voucher, etc.)

Croatia has lifted mandatory self-isolation and quarantine restrictions for individuals entering Croatia. Instead, individuals are given a pamphlet with recommendations and instructions from the Croatian Institute of Public Health that they must follow for 14 days after entering the country.


China and South Korea remain closed to outside visitors, and there is currently no indication on when it may open up to international tourists. Japan is considering letting in tourists from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand in the upcoming months.

The Government of India passed a new order June 26, stating that air travel to and from India will be suspended until July 15, 2020.


Whereas domestic travel restrictions are loosening in some areas of the continent, foreign traveler bans are still in place in tourist hotspots like Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.

As of June 17, Rwanda is open for tourism and international travel can resume for charter flights.

On May 27, South Africa tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said at a briefing that the country’s reopening date for international tourists would likely be early 2021.


Not for at least three more months, according to an April 23 statement by the country’s chief medical officer. And the only mention of international travel in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s reopening plan comes in the final stage, when the country will consider allowing in other Pacific islanders and international students.

Middle East

Tourists visiting Dubai will have to undergo a PCR nasal swab test before flying from their home country, and need to carry test-result documentation with them. Travelers who are able to show valid, recognized tests, and are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms, will not be quarantined or tested in Dubai. However, those who fail to undergo the test before traveling, will be screened by medics on arrival at Dubai airport. Children will also have to undergo tests to enter Dubai.

This story was last updated on July 12, 2020.

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