The region began reopening in mid-June and July.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda reopened to international tourists on June 4.
A negative COVID-19 test result no older than seven 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.
Aruba reopened to American tourists on July 10.
All visitors must complete a disembarkation card with contact-tracing details such as their date of birth, passport information and the duration of their stay, as well as a health assessment interview. All visitors 15 and older must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Visitors from 24 hot spot states must complete their test 72 hours before departure or take one test before leaving and a second upon arrival at the airport.
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 testing fee is $75.
Visitors must also purchase the Aruba Visitors Insurance. Visitors can buy or use their own travel or health insurance to supplement the Aruba Visitors Insurance, but not to replace it.
The Bahamas originally reopened for U.S. tourists on July 1st, 2020. However, due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., as well as an uptick in cases in the Bahamas, Prime Minister made the decision to close borders.
After closing borders to US residents, the country decided to reopen them but add a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
People interested in traveling to the Bahamas will be required to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. At the end of the quarantine, they’ll take another coronavirus test, at their own expense.
All incoming visitors, as well as returning citizens and residents, must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than 10 days prior to the date of arrival. All tests must be uploaded when applying for a Bahamas Health Visa.
On August 4th, The Bahamas entered a national lockdown for a minimum of two weeks to curb the “rapid” spread of COVID-19 across the territory. During this period, quarantine measures will be strictly enforced, with all businesses throughout the country, including curbside and takeaway dining and retail, required to suspend operations.
All travelers to The Bahamas will be required to adhere to the national lockdown protocols, and must follow all other travel policies as outlined in the most recent Emergency Powers Order.
Barbados reopened for U.S. tourists on July 25, 2020.
All visitors must complete an online customs entry form. Although an advance COVID-19 test is not required, one is recommended to have your application form fast-tracked, and anyone who doesn’t provide one will be tested upon arrival.
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.
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.
On August 7, Dominica will open for tourism and will be accepting tourists from all nations to visit. Entry requirements will include bringing a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours of departure, and an online health questionnaire.
Americans have been allowed to travel to the Dominican Republic since July 1.
On July 30, less than one month after Dominican borders re-opened to international travelers, the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic announced visitors would need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or nasal swab test result recorded within five days of their arrival to travel freely within the country. Travelers who do not meet this requirement or show symptoms on arrival will be tested at the airport. Travelers who test positive will be quarantined “as instructed by authorities.”
The Dominican Republic has established a curfew, which began on Tuesday, July 21, as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases. The curfew will last for 20 days. In addition, the president of the Dominican Republic declared a 45-day State of Emergency from July 20, 2020.
On. July 15 Grenada reopened for tourism to other Caribbean countries. On August 1, it will reopen to visitors from the United States.
All travelers must complete, sign and submit a health declaration form and download and register on Grenada’s contact tracing app.
Travelers from high-risk countries will be allowed to travel to Grenada. However, they are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days prior to arrival.
In addition to bringing a negative test, visitors will also be required to take another test within 48 hours of arrival. Travelers will need to quarantine at their own expense until the results come back negative, which typically takes between two and four days.
The United States is classified as a high-risk country.
Jamaica reopened for American tourists on June 15th.
All tourists must complete an online travel authorization form and undergo a health screening. Those coming from high-risk states such as Arizona, Florida, New York and Texas must also upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 10 days of arrival in Jamaica.
There’s currently no timetable on when travelers will be able to experience Montserrat without restrictions.
Puerto Rico officially began welcoming back tourists on July 15, but amid rising cases of the novel coronavirus in the mainland U.S., it has postponed some of those plans. Puerto Rico is now encouraging “essential travel” only.
If you do travel to the island, don’t expect a typical trip. Non-essential businesses, like theaters, casinos, bars, clubs, attractions, and gyms are closed. Restaurants and museums are operating at 50% percent capacity and malls remain open. Alcohol sales are also banned after 7 PM and on Sundays. Beaches are only open to those doing solo sports or exercise. A curfew on the island is in effect through the end of the month between 10 – 5 AM. Finally, mask-wearing is mandatory when in public, or you could face a fine.
Travelers are required to fill out a Travel Declaration Form, get a molecular COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arrival and show proof of a negative result. Without a prior test, travelers will be required to take one at the airport and enter a 14-day quarantine. Travelers are also required to wear a face mask and complete a travel declaration form.
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 reopened for US travelers on June 4th.
All arriving passengers must have a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than seven days before arriving in St. Lucia, the island’s tourism site advises. Hotel guests traveling from outside the designated travel bubble of low-risk Caribbean islands are required to remain on property for the duration of their stay except to participate in water-based excursions arranged by the hotel.
St. Maarten reopened for tourists from the Caribbean, Canada and Europe July 1, and American tourists on August 1.
All passengers must take a COVID-19 test and present proof of a negative result no more than 72 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.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are officially reopening for tourism on July 1, 2020 allowing American tourists to visit.
Tourists have the choice of bringing a negative COVID-19 test or taking one upon arrival at their own expense. Those who choose to take the test at the airport will be required to quarantine until a negative result comes back, which typically takes about 24 hours
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.
Travelers need a negative COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within five 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 is also mandatory for arrivals to Turks and Caicos.
US Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands began welcoming visitors back on June 1. Visitors 15 and up must complete a prescreening on usvitravelportal.com within five days of travel, according to the USVI’s official tourism site. Certain travelers, including those from states with an infection rate of more than 10%, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before arrival in USVI.
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.
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. Travelers that provide certification of a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test done within 72 hours of travel, 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.
Panama’s international flight ban was recently extended through July 22.
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 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. After receiving a negative test locally, travelers will need to contact a local epidemiologist to clear them from self-isolation.
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.
Foreign travelers arriving in Cambodia need to pay a $3,000 deposit after getting to the airport to cover COVID-19 testing in addition to potential treatment.
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.
On July 29, Morocco extended its state of emergency through Aug. 10. All regularly scheduled commercial flights to/from Morocco remain suspended, as do ferries to/from Spain.
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.
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.
Australia the South Pacific
At the current time, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members are permitted to travel to Australia.
Bali started putting together its reopening plan for tourism, including allowing foreign tourists beginning Sept. 11.
Dubai opened its borders to international travelers on July 7. 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.