These Are the Countries That Are Open For U.S. Tourists

These Are the Countries That Are Open For U.S. Tourists

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Curious about international travel?

Countries all over the world are reopening for American tourists.

With the United States being one of the hardest hit nations in the world by the pandemic, many countries originally shut out United States travelers. Now with PCR testing and more insight into the virus, many countries are welcoming back American tourists are  with open arms.

Below, a list of status updates by region. Due to fluidity of the COVID-19 situation , protocols are subject to change. This post will be updated frequently, but always check with your embassy and/or a specific country’s tourism department before making plans.

The Caribbean

Anguilla

All visitors are welcome, provided that they meet the pre-entry approval requirements.  These include a negative PCR test, taken within three to five days of arrival; medical insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19-related treatment for 30 days; and payment of fees, which vary depending on the proposed length of stay.

Visitors staying at pre-approved properties for fewer than three months will be subject to fees starting at $300 for individual travelers staying five or fewer days. Couples will be charged $500, while families will pay $300 for the main traveler and $250 for each additional family member.

Under the new protocols, Anguilla’s “stay-in-place” mandate for fully vaccinated international travelers has been reduced from 14 days to seven days, effective immediately. Vaccinated travelers’ final dose must have been administered within three weeks of arrival.

Antigua and Barbuda

A negative COVID-19 test result no older than 7 days before the expected arrival date is required for all visitors, who should bring a printout with them. They must all complete a Traveler Accommodation form online before arrival. Failure to comply will result in travelers being denied entry.

All guests are required to stay at a certified accommodation property.

Aruba

Travelers required to complete Embarkation/Disembarkation card between 72 and four hours prior to travel. U.S. visitors may take PCR test the airport in Aruba for a $75 fee or upload a negative test result taken within 72 hours of travel at least 12 hours prior to departure. Travelers who opt for on-arrival airport testing must quarantine at their hotel until results are received. Travelers who tests positive will be placed in isolation until testing negative.

Aruba Travel Insurance must be purchased within 72 hours of departure; at cost of $30 per person for travelers age 15 and older.

Bahamas

U.S. travelers visiting the Bahamas are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days prior to arrival. Visitors will also need to submit a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs, opt-in to the mandatory health insurance plan and undergo a COVID-19 rapid antigen test on their fifth day in the islands. If the day 5 test comes back negative, travelers will be permitted to move beyond their accommodations.

Barbados

U.S. travelers over the age of five traveling to Barbados are required to complete the country’s online Immigration and Customs form 24 hours prior to arrival, show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and agree to take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test upon arrival. Visitors should be prepared to quarantine for five nights at an approved accommodation provider and take a second COVID-19 PCR test during their stay, with a negative result freeing them up to move about the island.

All fully vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for approximately one to two days. All unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for approximately five to seven days.

Bermuda

U.S. travelers 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.

Bonaire

To avoid 10 days quarantine at own cost, travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival. Additionally, travelers must complete a health declaration form for the Public Health Department, 48 hours prior to departure. Visitors will be able to take a PCR test or Antigen test on the island to meet the CDC’s requirements for return.

To accommodate recent CDC rule requiring U.S. travelers to show negative COVID-19 test results upon re-entry to the U.S., Bonaire has collaborated with Medical Laboratory Services and Health Center Bon Bida Bonaire, providing the COVID-19 PCR testing needed for travel both on-site and on-location. The price for the Antigen rapid test is $75 and the PCR test is $150. Private testing in hotel rooms or vacation homes incurs a $120 surcharge per location, not per person. Results will be available within 24 to 36 hours and shared with the traveler by e-mail in the form of an official English travel document.

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands recently reopened to Americans, who are required to obtain a Traveler Authorization Certificate at least 48 hours prior to departure and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 days of departure in order to gain entry.

Visitors will also need proof of medical insurance that includes coverage in the event that they contract COVID-19.

Upon arrival, travelers can expect a health screening and a COVID-19 PCR test. They’ll also have to download a contact tracing app and quarantine for at least four days before being tested again. Travelers will have to pay $175 per person for a pair of COVID-19 PCR tests in the islands, a contact-tracing bracelet and the COVID-19 monitoring app.

Cayman Islands

Currently closed to U.S. travelers. The reopening will occur in phases; U.S. visitors will be required to apply via Travel Cayman Portal to receive pre-travel approval when reopening occurs.

Cuba

Travelers are required to present proof of a PCR test with negative results, taken in your departing country in the last 72 hours. It is recommended you bring two physical copies of your PCR test result with you.

In addition, Cuba requires all passengers to complete a PCR test upon arrival in Havana International Airport. The Cuba Sanitary Fee is $36.25 which includes a $6.25 processing fee.

All travelers are required to fill out a Health Declaration form before checking in for your flight to Cuba. It is recommended to bring a printed copy of this form once completed.

All non-Cuban citizens who arrive in Cuba must quarantine for 5 nights and 6 days in a designated ‘quarantine hotel’. You will be required to take a second PCR test on the 5th day before leaving your hotel.

Curacao

In order to visit Curacao, travelers will need to complete the island’s Digital Immigration Card as well as a Passenger Locator Card within 48 hours of departure and upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure (travelers age 7 and over). Travelers should carry printed copies of the locator card and negative test results throughout their stay.

Health insurance is also required.

Dominica

Currently, visitors need to upload an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to their arrival and submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken between 24 and 72 hours of arrival. Approved visitors will then receive an email from the country confirming their clearance for travel.

Health screenings and testing will continue upon arrival, however, as visitors can expect to undergo a temperature check and a free COVID-19 rapid test when they touch down. Officials will administer a COVID-19 PCR test for $40 on day 5 of their stay, with a negative test freeing them up to move about the island.

If the result is positive, the traveler will be admitted to COVID Isolation Unit until released by an authorized health professional. Hospital feel will apply.

Dominican Republic

All travelers will receive temperature checks upon arrival while randomly selected travelers receive rapid Breathalyzer-style test. Travelers who test positive are required to quarantine in a designated hotel/resort area and undergo regular testing until symptoms cease.

Grenada

The Spice Isle is open to visitors who successfully apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate, which includes a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel (travelers aged five and over); proof of a reservation from one of the Pure Safe travel accommodations of at least five days (visitors must quarantine at their hotel for the first four days of their stay) and health declaration forms and waivers. A PCR test will be administered on or after day five by the Ministry of Health at a cost of $150 to be paid online prior to travel.

Travelers will also need to download the Ronatrac mobile app for contact tracing.

Travel insurance that covers COVID-19 related illness is required.

Jamaica

Jamaica has established resilient corridors to allow for safe tourism in the time of COVID-19. The new protocol requires U.S. travelers to test negative for COVID-19 within 3 days of departure and complete the country’s online Travel Authorization between two and five days of their arrival to receive a certificate they’ll need for the airline check-in process.

Visitors will need to remain within the resilient corridors and stay at one of Jamaica’s COVID-19 Protocol Compliant Approved accommodations.

Travel will also need to pay $40 as part of the island’s Jamaica Cares program to cover emergency medical services.

Martinique

This island is open to travel between Martinique and France only since Martinique is a French territory.

Montserrat

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

Puerto Rico

Arriving travelers must complete online Travel Declaration Form, show proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers who arrive without proof of a negative test result are required to self-quarantine at your expense for either 14 days or the duration of your trip whichever is shorter.

St. Kitts and Nevis

All incoming passengers to St. Kitts & Nevis are required to complete a Travel Authorization Form and submit a negative PCR test completed within 72-hours of travel from an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory.

Travelers will undergo a health screening process upon arrival at the airport, which includes a temperature check and health questionnaire. They must also download the ‘SKN COVID-19’ contact-tracing mobile app (to be used for the first 14 days of travel).

For the first seven days of their visit, visitors from the U.S. are required to stay at an approved hotel, where they’re free to move about the property, partake in onsite activities and interact with other guests, but may not stray outside its bounds.

During the second week, foreign visitors must take another PCR test at their own expense ($150). If a traveler tests negative on day seven, he/she is allowed to book select excursions and access select destination sites (list to be announced later) through the hotel’s tour desk.

Travelers who are staying 14 days or longer will need to take their second PCR test ($150) on day 14. Assuming the results are negative, they are then allowed to move freely within the country.

Approved hotels for international travelers are the Four Seasons; Koi Resort, by Curio, Hilton; Marriott Vacation Beach Club; Paradise Beach Nevis; Park Hyatt; Royal St. Kitts Hotel; and the St. Kitts Marriott Resort

International travelers who would like to stay at a private rental home or condo must stay at a property that has been pre-approved as quarantine housing at their own cost.

Finally, travelers who remain in the territory for fewer than 14 days are required to take a PCR-test before departing St. Kitts & Nevis. Although exit test results “must be negative,” it’s unclear steps the government will take should a traveler test positive for COVID-19.

Travelers will not be required to purchase or maintain travel insurance to enter the country.

Saint Lucia

Americans visiting Saint Lucia this winter will need a negative COVID-19 test result produced within 5 days of travel and a Travel Registration Form as well as confirmation of their COVID-19-certified hotel. Arriving travelers should anticipate additional health screening at the airport. Passengers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms on arrival will be tested and forced to quarantine at their hotel until results are confirmed. A positive test will result in hospital isolation.

Saint Lucia has multiple COVID-19 PCR and antigen (rapid) testing options for departing visitors, citizens and residents. Pricing varies based on location and the type of test administered.

St. Maarten

All travelers must take a COVID-19 test and present proof of a negative result no more than 120 hours before arrival. Children who are 10 or younger do not need to take a COVID-19 test. Travelers must fill out a health declaration form and wear masks inside the airport at all times.

All travelers staying in St. Maarten must have proof of appropriate health insurance coverage. Additional travel insurance covering COVID-19 related expenses is strongly recommended.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Travelers required to complete and submit “VINCY” coronavirus questionnaire form online via the SVG government website or on flight prior to arrival. Visitors must arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers required to quarantine for 14 days at a Tourism Authority-approved hotel at their cost and must arrive with proof of a fully paid reservation.

Travelers will be retested between day four and day seven of their quarantine.

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

Travelers need a negative COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within 5 days of travel (the travel day does not count toward that period.)  The test result is a requirement to obtain a TCI Assured Travel Authorization to enter the country.

Travel Insurance, which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance, is also mandatory for arrivals to Turks and Caicos.

US Virgin Islands

Travelers age five and older need to apply for entry into the U.S. Virgin Islands through the USVI Travel Screening Portal. Doing so will require a negative COVID-19 test result received within 5 days of travel. Without proof of a negative test result, visitors will be subject to a 14-day quarantine at their hotel until they can produce a negative test result.

Like Puerto Rico, Americans returning to the mainland U.S. from the USVI this winter don’t have to worry about testing negative for COVID-19.

 

North America

As COVID-19 cases continue to spread across America like wildfire, the decision has been made to keep U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico closed through at least February 21, 2021.

You can drive through Canada from Washington State to Alaska, but you cannot make unnecessary stops.

Visitors to Hawaii are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result, administered by one of Hawaii’s trusted partners and taken within 72 hours before their flight arrives the state.

Visitors will upload the results to the state’s online Safe Travels form and complete a health questionnaire within 24 hours of departure.

While travelers will only need a single test to bypass the quarantine requirement at the statewide level, a second test may be required depending on the island. For example, the Big Island will require an additional, rapid-results test for all passengers ages five and up upon arrival at the airport.

Anyone heading to the island of Kauai – including inter-island travelers – will be forced to quarantine for 10 days. But Kauai plans to begin its own entry program. Travelers can avoid quarantine if they go to another Hawaii island with the pre-arrival testing program and wait at least three days before coming to Kauai.

A second option would enable travelers to quarantine for three days instead of 10.

Kauai County said travelers could be released from quarantine if they’re tested before arrival, quarantine for three days at a “resort bubble” property and then get a second test that comes back negative.

Mexico is open to U.S. travelers.

Central America

Officials in Costa Rica began welcoming back citizens from the United States on September 1. As of now, accepted visitors from the U.S. include residents of Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Texas Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wyoming California and Ohio.

Beginning November 1, all U.S. citizens and residents will be accepted. All citizens and residents of Canada also are accepted.

The PCR test requirement has been removed effective Oct 26th.

Before entering, all tourists must fill out an online health questionnaire. Traveler’s must also show proof of traveler’s medical insurance (that covers COVID-19), either purchased internationally or directly from Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute or Sagicor.

Belize on Oct. 1 officially reopened the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) welcoming inbound leisure travel for international visitors, with approved hotels and tour operators only. Travelers that provide certification of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative rapid Antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel to Belize, will be allowed immediate entry into Belize via a ‘fast track’ lane. Passengers that do not provide a negative COVID-19 test, must test upon arrival in Belize, at the passenger’s expense. A negative test result will allow entry into Belize. Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 at the Belize International Airport will be placed in mandatory quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days at the passenger’s expense.

Under the country’s entry process, arriving travelers will be screened and may be randomly selected for a secondary screening. Visitors will also be subject to a “double rapid test” if necessary, at the traveler’s expense.

Visitors must also download the Belize Health app. After confirming your hotel reservation, you can upload your stay details and receive a personalized Q.R. code to enter Belize. Rental cars won’t be available during the initial reopening phase. Staying at a hotel or vacation villa with shuttle transit is a good idea.

The Belize government has updated the country’s COVID-19 protocols to permit travelers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the country without providing proof of a negative test result. Vaccinated travelers must instead provide their COVID-19 vaccination record card as proof they were vaccinated at least two weeks prior to arrival.

Panama reopened its borders to international visitors from all countries on Oct. 12, 2020. All incoming travelers, including Panamanians, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test upon arrival, which must be taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. If a passenger’s COVID-19 test was taken more than 48 hours from arrival, he or she will be mandated to take a rapid test at the airport prior to customs and are responsible for the cost, which will be approximately $30.

Passengers must also complete an electronic affidavit before checking-in to their flight, where they must agree to comply with all sanitary control measures outlined by the Ministry of Health. It is not a requirement for visitors to have health insurance for entry, but it is recommended.

In the case of an elevated temperature, passengers will be subject to a rapid COVID-19 test at their expense and/or additional health screenings. If the test result is positive, the Panamanian government will facilitate a hotel stay at no cost to the traveler for a mandatory quarantine period of seven days at which time another test will be administered.

Guatemala reopened its international airport for U.S. tourists on October 5, 2020. Arriving passengers age 10 and over must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test conducted no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival, and must also complete a Heath Pass.  Any non-resident foreigners presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival may be denied entry to Guatemala.

El Salvador reopened the airport and resumed international flights on September 19, 2020. All passengers must have a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to boarding.

Honduras reopened for tourism on August 17, 2020. All travelers entering Honduras must present a COVID-19 test that was performed with negative results no older than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Unlike many countries in the world, Nicaragua never really shut down over the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua states that the Nicaraguan government has yet to officially impose any domestic travel restrictions or national quarantine policies as of Oct. 13. The embassy also states that U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Nicaragua, and a negative COVID-19 test result is required for entry.

South America

Paraguay, being one of the last nations in South America to reopen for tourism, is once again allowing foreigners to enter. All passengers, both foreigners and citizens, will need to complete the online Health Declaration Form. The form must be completed between at most 24 hours and at least 30 minutes before the flight.

All passengers arriving in Paraguay must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to the first embarkation point. Paraguay is accepting PCR, LAMP and Nucleic Acid tests. Children under 10 do not need a test for entry.

Paraguay is also allowing those who’ve had a positive (and fully recovered) diagnosis of the disease to enter with a medical certificate showing the positive result within 14-90 days of arrival.

All incoming travelers must have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Paraguay.

Chile reopened its borders to international travelers on November 23, 2020. Visitors will have to arrive via Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Pudahuel, less than 10 miles from Santiago. All foreign tourists must comply have a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding the plane, a mandatory health insurance that covers the benefits associated with COVID-19 and a completed Health Passport.

During the first two weeks of the opening of this border—between November 23 and December 7—foreigners coming from high-risk countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification, will have to keep a 14-day quarantine in the country. This list is published weekly on the WHO website and currently includes the United States.

Brazil reopened its borders to American tourists on July 30, 2020. Brazil is only asking visitors to have valid travel insurance that covers COVID-19. You will need to show proof of this before departing at the airport, and again upon arrival.

Colombia reopened its borders to tourists on September 21, 2020. Travelers must provide a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test done within 96 hours of travel, complete the online pre-travel registration form within one to 24 hours of your flight departure time. Visitors must all  download CoronApp to self-report their health throughout the duration of their trip.

Beginning on November 1, international flights up to eight hours long will be allowed from 25 cities to Lima, Peru, including six in the U.S.: Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Miami, Houston and Atlanta. Travelers to Peru must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departing on the flight to Peru, fill out Peru’s Electronic Health Affidavit, and commit to isolate or quarantine in the 72 hours prior to the flight to Peru.

Ecuador resumed international flights with limited capacity on June 1st, 2020. All arriving passengers are required to have the results of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within the last 10 days prior to arrival. If testing is not available in your country, you must sign a declaration that you agree to undergo testing in Ecuador upon arrival, and quarantine until results are ready.

Europe

As of Jan. 15, 2021, all international arrivals into England will need a negative COVID-19 test result taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure. The negative result must be shown to the travel provider in order to travel to England. Passengers will also have to show their negative test result on arrival into England. Passengers who don’t have a negative test result to show will be subject to an immediate £500 (about $675) fine.

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.

U.S. travelers were never banned from visiting the England, but you must finish 10-day quarantine upon arrival and fill out a Public Health Locator Form. Unfortunately, a negative COVID-19 test does not eliminate the requirement for this quarantine period.

On December 15, 2020, England will provide a shorter time for travelers to quarantine upon arrival in the country, provided they test negative for COVID-19 five days after their arrival. This new ruling states that, after five days of quarantine, a traveler can purchase a private COVID-19 test, the price of which ranges from $130-200. Once they receive a negative result, which can take up to 48 hours, they can end their self-isolation.

This new protocol is only for those traveling to England, however. Those who are traveling to Ireland, Wales or Scotland will still need to self-isolate for fourteen days.

Travelers to Ireland can quarantine for 5 days instead of 14 if they take a COVID-19 PCR test and procure a negative result. Everyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to PCR testing and quarantine, including all United States citizens.

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; 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 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.).

On July 10, Croatia updated the requirements to now include a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours, starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing.

Travelers whose test is older than 48 hours will be allowed to enter Croatia, but they will be issued a self-isolation order and will have to be tested again locally, at their own expense (approximately $230). Having an expired PCR test upon arrival will allow for a shortened period of time in self-isolation, pending a negative result of a local PCR test. Those who do not provide a negative PCR test upon arrival will be ordered to quarantine/self-isolate for at least seven days prior to taking a local PCR test. Travelers who fail to present a PCR test upon arrival and refuse to take a test locally will be ordered to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days. Self-isolation can be shortened to one week for travelers who take a COVID-19 test within 7 days after entering into Croatia and receive a negative test result.

After receiving a negative test locally, travelers will need to contact a local epidemiologist to clear them from self-isolation.

Asia

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced a new Tourist Visa for travelers from the United States to visit for up to 60 days. The Royal Thai Embassy said U.S. travelers must apply and receive approval before arriving in the country and being transported to an Alternative State Quarantine hotel for two weeks.

The Maldives began welcoming tourists on July 15, 2020. Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure. Travelers will also need to have a confirmed booking before arrival and submit an online health declaration form within 24 hours before departure.

Foreign travelers arriving in Cambodia need to pay a $2,000 deposit after getting to the airport to cover COVID-19 testing in addition to potential treatment. They must also show a negative COVID-19 medical certificate issued no more than 72 hours before the date of arrival and purchase a local health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment for $90, valid for 20 days. Travelers will undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in official facilities/designated hotels to receive laboratory results. If any other passengers on an arriving vessel/flight test positive, all passengers must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a location designated by Cambodian authorities.

The island nation of Sri Lanka is now open to tourists from all countries. Everyone coming into the country must show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 96 hours of travel and fill out an online health declaration form. Guests will be tested again at their own expense on the fifth and seventh days after arriving and people staying longer than seven days will have to take a third test the following week. All prospective travelers must apply for a visa online and download the Visit Sri Lanka app. The app will be used for contact tracing as well as storing information about test results and hotel bookings.

Though there is no minimum time that a visitor must spend in Sri Lanka, anyone coming from abroad must stay in a government-approved hotel or resort for up to two weeks upon arrival. Once the two weeks are up and they have a negative coronavirus test, travelers can stay at their hotel or switch to another one of the approved hotels. Airbnbs, guest houses and other forms of accommodation are off limits. Travelers are responsible for the cost of Sri Lanka’s government-sanctioned health insurance ($12) and up to three Covid tests in-country ($40 each).

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.

Bali made it official that it will not reopen to foreign tourists for the remainder of 2020.

Africa

Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, is reopening its borders to tourists on March 25 — no quarantine or COVID-19 vaccine required. Travelers only have to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, and then they’re free to roam Seychelles’ sandy white beaches and snorkel its warm turquoise waters.

Botswana will reopen its borders to international flights on December 1. All arriving travelers will be expected to present a valid 72-hour negative COVID-19 PCR result from time of departure.

Tanzania reopened to international travel in June. According to the U.S. State Department website, all visitors entering Tanzania must  present a valid COVID-19 certificate from an approved laboratory in a departure country tested within 72 hours before travel. They are also required to complete a health surveillance form on their inbound flight and turn it in upon arrival.

Morocco extended its state of emergency through Oct. 10. All regularly scheduled commercial flights to/from Morocco remain suspended, as do ferries to/from Spain.

Recently, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the national airline of Morocco, officially announced that it is beginning to admit foreigners from all countries, whose citizens do not require an entry visa, into the country (this includes U.S citizens). The condition for entering the country is the presence of a hotel reservation or an invitation from a Moroccan company. It is also necessary to present a negative test result for COVID-19. According to the local press, tourists and business travelers will be able to visit Morocco starting from September 10.

International travelers were welcomed back to Kenya as of Aug. 1, according to the website for the U.S. embassy in Nairobi. Visitors’ temperatures must not exceed 99.5°F and they must not exhibit flu-like symptoms. Travelers (except those from California, Florida and Texas) will be exempted from quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 96 hours before travel. And while the country does not require a negative COVID-19 test result for entry, travelers should check to see whether their airline requires it as a condition for boarding.

Also be aware that Kenya has extended its nightly, 9 p.m.-to-4 a.m. curfew through August. After that time, you must present evidence of travel reservations for that night.

Commercial flights to Rwanda resumed on Aug. 1. Passengers arriving on commercial flights from, including those in transit, will be required to present a COVID-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory, taken within 72 hours of arriving in Rwanda. For passengers entering Rwanda, a second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered within eight to 24 hours during which time the travelers will remain in designated hotels at their own cost.

Namibia has reopened to tourists with international flights now operating to and from the country. Tourists with negative COVID-19 certificates issued within 72 hours of a passenger’s flight time can visit.

All travelers must complete a health questionnaire upon arrival. Temperature scanning will take place upon arrival and passengers showing any symptoms will be tested again for COVID-19 at the airport. All tourists must also obtain travel insurance that covers medical treatment and unexpected hotel stays and purchase a local mobile number that can be registered with Namibian authorities.

After arriving in Namibia, tourists must go directly from the airport to a hotel or accommodation that’s been approved by the Namibian Tourism Board and certified by the Ministry of Health. Once there, travelers must stay at least seven days in their first hotel or resort. A second COVID-19 test will be conducted on day five, and results will be returned on day seven. If these are negative, travelers can continue to explore the country and move freely to other hotels, campsites or accommodation.

South Africa is now open to all international leisure and business travelers from across the globe. All travelers coming into the country will need to supply a negative COVID-19 PCR test not older than 72 hours from the date of departure from their country. In the event of the traveler’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test, the traveler will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own costs for 10 days.

Should the traveler display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at the traveler’s cost. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveler will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site

As of October 1, Uganda’s borders have reopened, and Entebbe International Airport has resumed operations for international airlines. Every passenger must arrive with a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival in Uganda. Airlines have been instructed not to board any passengers coming to Uganda without a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Any passenger without a negative PCR test will not be allowed to enter the country and must return to their point of origin via the same airline.

On arrival, all passengers will undergo a health screening, including a temperature check and assessment for other signs of infectious diseases. Screenings will be conducted by the Port Health Team supported by the Ministry of Health. Any passenger who shows signs and symptoms of an infectious disease on arrival will be taken to a waiting ambulance and transferred to an isolation center at the Entebbe Hospital where infectious disease checks and a COVID-19 test will be administered. Results will be provided within 24 to 48 hours as the passenger remains in the isolation center. If a passenger tests positive for COVID-19, the passenger will be taken to a dedicated COVID-19 treatment center for a two-week quarantine.

Passengers leaving Uganda must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 72 hours before boarding. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least four hours before departure to allow for security and health screenings.

Egypt reopened its borders for tourism to seaside resorts on July 1, 2020. As of September 1st, 2020, travelers from all countries traveling to any part of Egypt must have proof of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 performed no more than 72 hours before arriving.

Test results must be presented in paper format only. Digital copies will not be accepted.

Ethiopia reopened borders on September 23, 2020 and is now again allowing tourists and foreigners to enter the country. All passengers, whether foreigners or nationals, must present proof of a negative PCR test before boarding their flight to Ethiopia, as well  at customs upon arrival. The test needs to be taken with results available, no longer than 120 hours prior to the departing flight.

Even with presenting the negative PCR test, all arriving passengers must also self-quarantine in their place of residence or hotel for 7 days upon arrival.

Nigeria reopened for international flights and tourism arrivals on September 5, 2020. All travelers to Nigeria must have tested negative for COVID-19 by PCR test in the country of departure. The PCR test must be within 120 hours before departure and preferably within 72 hours pre-boarding.

All travelers will be tested a second time, after they have been in Nigeria for 7 days. All arriving passengers will isolate/quarantine upon arrival in Nigeria until taking their 2nd PCR test on day 7 after arriving into the country. Upon testing negative, travelers can leave quarantine on day 8.

Before departing, all travelers entering Nigeria will have to visit the Nigeria International Travel Portal online.

Australia the South Pacific

At the current time, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members are permitted to travel to Australia. The country’s “human biosecurity emergency period” was extended by an additional three months from March 17 to June 17 due to the possible spread of COVID-19 from other countries.

Tahiti and French Polynesia will officially reopen to international tourism on May 1, 2021. All visitors over six years of age who are arriving by air to present proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of departure; provide receipt of a health registration form through the country’s Electronic Travel Information System; and present an exemption certificate for travel, as well as a declaration of honor to abide by sanitary regulations.

During their stay (to Tahiti only), travelers are required to quarantine for 10 days in strict isolation at a dedicated site and at the traveler’s expense. They must also carry out two additional PCR test—on the fourth and eighth days of isolating. In addition, a curfew is in effect on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

Middle East

Abu Dhabi reopened to international travelers on December 24, 2020. Travelers from across the globe will be allowed to enter the capital under a set of conditions, with visitors traveling from the Green List of countries allowed exemption from the quarantine requirement after presenting a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 96 hours prior to their scheduled departure (the United States is not on the Green List unfortunately).

Visitors also must get a second test conducted at Abu Dhabi airport upon arrival. Test results can be expected within 90 minutes. Travelers entering from other destinations, including the U.S., will be required to self-isolate for 10 days only.

Dubai opened its borders to international travelers on July 7, 2020. In order to travel, tourists must take a COVID-19 test within 96 hours of their flight and show the airline a negative result, according to its official tourism site. Otherwise, they will be tested on arrival and required to isolate while awaiting the results, which travelers say typically takes a few hours.

Travelers must also have health insurance covering COVID-19 or sign a declaration agreeing to cover the costs of treatment and isolation. They are also required to register their travel details in an app.

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This story was last updated on April 14, 2021.

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