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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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

Anguilla’s Phase Two reopening to international travelers began on November 1 with the introduction of the vacation bubble concept, designed to allow properties to safely offer their short stay guests access to a variety of approved amenities, services and activities while they stay in place. These movements allow visitors to interact with Anguilla’s tourism product while limiting their interaction with Anguilla’s population.

All visitors are welcome in Phase Two, 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.

The fees will offset “the steep costs of managing re-entry protocols and procedures,” said Anguilla Tourist Board officials in a statement. 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.

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

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. Please note, Aruba’s insurance is minimal and only protects Aruba from being overrun by visitor medical expenses. It does not cover trip interruption, emergency evacuation, baggage loss and a host of other ancillary benefits. For this reason, additional third party insurance is also recommended.

Bahamas

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.

All visitors are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior to arrival. Children age 10 and under are exempt from the islands’ testing requirement.

After obtaining a negative COVID-19 test result, travelers are then required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa, where they must upload the test result. Meanwhile, a rapid antigen test will be conducted on day 5 of the visit (unless departing on day 5). The cost of the rapid tests is included in the cost of the visa.

For the duration of the visit, travelers must complete a daily online health questionnaire for symptom tracking purposes.

In addition, beginning 14 November 2020, all visitors will be required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Health Travel Visa. The insurance will cover travelers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas.

Barbados

Barbados reopened to international tourism on July 25, 2020 with pre-travel testing requirements in place. Visitors coming from medium- to high-risk countries (which, of course, includes the United States) must provide proof of their negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel and processed through an accredited or certified lab. Those who arrive without documentation of a valid negative test result may be denied entry into the country.

On October 16, Barbados also implemented some new, on-island protocols for travelers from high-risk countries, such as the U.S.:

—Travelers will be safely transported to their accommodations at an approved hotel or villa, where they’ll be required to remain, and may have limited access to certain areas on the property (a.k.a. restricted movement), pending the results of a second test to be taken on-island.

—Travelers will need to test a second time, four to five days after their original pre-travel test. If results of the second test come back negative (generally after 24 hours), the guest will then be allowed unrestricted access to Barbados, including its beaches, attractions, shopping venues and eateries, while adhering to island-wide health measures like wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hygiene.

—Travelers will need to continue checking in with health officials via call or text with self-assessments. They’ll be asked to take their own temperatures daily and be on the lookout for symptoms.

—If a traveler’s test comes back positive, they’ll be subject to strict isolation measures at their own expense, or accommodations at a government-sponsored facility can be provided.

Bermuda

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 (BVI) will reopen its borders to international visitors beginning December 1.

Besides a series of PCR tests, performed at intervals during travelers’ stays (for which tourists will reportedly pay around $100 each), international visitors must also provide proof of medical travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage and subscribe to a contact-tracing app on their mobile phone at a cost of around $150— in some cases, even using a wearable device.

First, at least 48 hours prior to their departure, prospective travels must register via the online BVI Gateway Traveller’s Authorization Portal, where they’ll need to upload relevant documentation in order to obtain a ‘Traveller Authorisation Certificate’. Said Certificate will need to be presented at the airport check-in counter, along with the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test performed within five days of their scheduled flight to the BVI.

Upon arrival, passengers will undergo a health screening and take another PCR test before being allowed to proceed through Immigration. Approved transportation providers will then take travelers to their Gold Seal Certified accommodations, where they’re required to effectively quarantine for the first four days, staying within the bounds of their hotel or resort and avoiding contact with anyone who’s not in their party.

On Day 4, they’ll need to take a third PCR test, which (assuming their results are negative), will entitle them to travel to certain designated locations. These would be locations that are not high-traffic or high-risk.

On Day 8, tourists will take a fourth and final PCR test and, provided that the results are again negative, will be permitted to move freely within the territory. They would, however, still be required to carry their mobile devices on them at all times, with the contact-tracing software active.

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands will remain closed to cruise tourism for the remainder of 2020.

Cuba

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.

Curacao

Curaçao will open its borders to residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut beginning the first week of November.

Prior to arrival, all visitors must submit their negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of traveling. To streamline the entry process, visitors will complete a Digital Immigration Card, upload their negative results to the portal and fill out a Passenger Locator Card (PLC) online within 48 hours prior to departure. In addition, residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut must present a valid state-issued ID as proof of residence.

Health insurance is also required.

Dominica

Dominica reopened for tourism on August 7, . Entry requirements include bringing a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours of departure.

Travelers must present clearance to travel obtained via Discover Dominica website and will undergo health assessment and temperature check on arrival.

All passengers will be given a rapid test on arrival at their own expense. If the rapid test is positive, a COVID-19 PCR test will be administered immediately and the traveler will await the results in a government approved facility at the travelers expense. If the rapid test is negative, the traveler will be transported to mandatory quarantine at a government operated quarantine facility or government-certified private property for a minimum of 5 days.

A COVID-19 PCR test will be administered for all visitors on Day 5 after arrival. 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

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.

As of September 15, visitors are no longer required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country. Non-invasive randomized tests, including a PCR breath test, will be utilized in lieu of the pre-arrival negative test requirement under the updated plan.

Grenada

On. July 15 Grenada reopened for tourism to other Caribbean countries. On August 1, it reopened 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.

Effective December 1, visitors who arrive with proof of a negative PCR test result and the Pure Safe Travel Certificate may transfer to approved accommodations after leaving the airport with the option to “holiday in place” at the resort for their entire stay or undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test on day four of their visit.

Travel insurance is required.

Jamaica

Jamaica reopened for American tourists on June 15th.

All residents of the United States who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain a COVID-19 PCR test to submit a Travel Authorization application. Uploaded results using home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody and antigen tests are NOT accepted. The sample should be collected WITHIN 10 days of the intended travel date to Jamaica, at a medical laboratory that is accredited by the relevant national health authorities.

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

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.

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.

Puerto Rico reopened its beaches, casinos, gyms and theaters on September 12, following a recent drop in COVID-19 cases and related death.

Social-distancing guidelines must still be adhered to, including at public beaches and nature preserves, and masks must be worn whenever visitors are not in the water. Sports activities, such as beach volleyball, and other games competitions typically held on the sand are still prohibited.

An island-wide curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. is still in effect, although the previous 24-hour lockdown on Sundays will be lifted. Bars, clubs, discos and cafes remain closed, while restaurants, malls and retail shops are allowed to open at 50-percent capacity. Museums can now also operate at 50-percent capacity, but theatres, casinos and gym facilities are currently limited to 25-percent capacity.

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis began welcoming tourists back to its island on October 31, 2020.  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

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 7 days before arriving in St. Lucia, and complete a Travel Registration Form. 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

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 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

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

U.S. travelers must arrive with a negative COVID-19 test result done no more than 7 days before arrival.

Visitors are also required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and must be booked in a Tourism Authority-approved hotel, where guests will be quarantined five nights. Travelers will be free to leave hotel property when rapid antibody or PCR test results return negative. Visitors will be retested between day 4 and 5 of 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

The Turks and Caicos Islands began 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, 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

The U.S. Virgin Islands first began welcoming visitors back on June 1. But in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus, the U.S. Virgin Islands closed its doors once again to leisure visitors, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

The U.S. Virgin Islands will re-open its borders to international travelers beginning September 19, according to a statement on a government’s tourism website. Territory officials began allowing hotels and accommodation providers to accept new leisure travel reservations on September 12.

Under the new policy, all travelers to the territory arriving on or after September 19 will be required to upload proof of a negative COVID-19 test result via an online portal designed to pre-screen visitors for coronavirus prior to arrival.

Visitors from U.S. states with COVID-19 positivity rates of more than 10 percent who arrive on or before September 18 will also be required to upload proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers who have spent more than seven days in or are traveling from a highly impacted state will also be required to upload a negative test result if they arrive in the U.S. Virgin Islands on or before September 18.

Travelers who arrive without proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days, from the time of entry into the territory or the duration of the traveler’s stay, whichever is shorter.

Persons ordered to self-quarantine will be escorted directly from the airport to a Virgin Islands Department of Health-designated quarantine location and will be responsible for all associated costs, including transportation, lodging, food and medical care.

Visitors with temperature readings below 100.4°F who have received certification via the online portal or who also answer “no” to all questions on the COVID-19 Traveler Screening Questionnaire will be free to leave the airport and proceed with their visit.

Travelers with readings above 100.4°F will be escorted by the Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) and/or the Virgin Islands National Guard for purposes of quarantine and a second temperature screening. After a 10-minute break, health personnel will retake the passenger’s temperature.

Visitors whose temperatures remain at 100.4°F or above and/or have answered “yes” to any of the questions, will be subject to self-quarantine at the VIDOH’s designated quarantine location.

North America

The U.S. and Canada‘s land border is closed indefinitely. Recent reports indicate the border may not open until 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 14 days.

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 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.

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.

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

Chile reopened its borders to international travelers on November 23. 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 Sept. 21. 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

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 14-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, 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.

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.

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

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.

Tahiti and French Polynesia, which reopened to international visitors on July 15, requires all visitors over six years of age who are arriving by air to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within the 72 hours prior to their departure. Each adult must also fill out a digital entry form, in which they must attest that they have obtained the proper travel insurance, or personally assume all expenses related to cost of care including hospitalization, confinement, or repatriation, should the visitor fall ill during their stay.

Middle East

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.

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This story was last updated on December 1, 2020.

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