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COVID-19 and Travel: A Comprehensive List of Countries Open to American Tourists

The year 2020 has been a devastating year in many regards, and that is no different for the worldwide travel industry. In the midst of this global COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have shut their borders to try and control the spread of the disease. While travel rightfully wasn’t in the front of most people’s minds as the virus first started to grip the world, now that we have learned more about the virus and how to control its spread, many travel enthusiasts are starting to open their minds to travel again. However, as American travelers start to put together plans for previously cancelled or delayed trips, or even start to think about new ones, many are unsure of which countries Americans can visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you follow my blog closely, you probably know that I chose to cancel my international travel plans last year and take a brief hiatus from travel. At the time, it seemed like the right thing to do, and I have absolutely no regrets. Eventually, I did take a trip out to the Western United States in an RV to visit some of America’s most beautiful national parks. It was an amazing trip and we were able to mostly self-isolate and keep ourselves and others safe. However, as we start to look ahead to the year 2021, my mind again is turning to my love of international travel.

What started out as a project to determine which countries I could visit internationally and what safety protocols were in place for those countries quickly turned into an exercise to inform you, my beloved readers, on what international travel options are available for Americans at this time and what health and safety protocols are in place throughout the world. I am hopeful that this information is helpful as you start to look at making plans to travel internationally again.

Before I get into which countries Americans can visit, I want to explain the criteria that I used to classify a country as either open or closed to American tourists. In order to be classified as “Open”, obviously the country has to be allowing Americans who are not dual citizens to visit for non-essential tourist activities. However, I am also excluding countries that require a mandatory quarantine for American tourists from the “Open” list.

I don’t have a problem with countries requiring a quarantine in these trying times, but having to quarantine for 10-14 days when you arrive doesn’t leave much time in a travel schedule to be a tourist. Therefore, I am classifying the countries that require a mandatory quarantine as “Closed” to Americans for now. In addition to the list of countries Americans can visit in this article, I have also listed links at the bottom that you can use to monitor COVID-19 travel restrictions for all of the other countries that are currently not as accessible for Americans.

North America

South America

Caribbean

Europe

Central America

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Middle East

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North America

Mexico

Mexico slowly began opening their country back up to travelers on June 29th and the country’s Coronavirus restrictions have since been lifted. It is now one of the countries open to American tourists. While Mexico is open to American tourists without having to have a COIVD test to enter, facilities such as restaurants, hotels, and shops must operate at 50% capacity. Visitors may fly to Mexico as all major Mexican airports are open, but the US\Mexico border is still closed to non-essential travel until at least October 21st, so you won’t be able to drive across the border.

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Puerto Rico

As an unincorporated territory of the United States, Puerto Rico is one of the countries open to American tourists and other international travelers. However, you are required to bring with you a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. Upon arriving in country, all visitors are required to take a health screening, which may include additional COVID-19 testing. Depending on the outcome of that screening, you may be asked to quarantine for 14-days. Once you are in country, most restaurants, hotels, and shops are operating at reduced capacity, so please plan ahead. Public beaches and pools are open, but require social distancing. Make sure you bring a mask with you to wear in public spaces, especially indoors.

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The US Virgin Islands

These U.S. territories, which include St. Thomas and St. Croix, began welcoming back tourists on June 1st, only to shut back down because of a surge in cases. It opened back up on September 19th, and now requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 5 days of visiting the islands. As long as you bring a recent negative test with you, no quarantine is required. Hotels, Airbnb’s, restaurants, and shops are all open to tourists. If you don’t bring a negative test, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days at your own expense. When you visit, make sure you bring a mask with you to wear in businesses and tourist attractions as many establishments require them. When not wearing a mask, social distancing is required.

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South America

Brazil

Brazil is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and one of the busiest tourist spots in South America. Despite having the highest number of Coronavirus cases in South America, Brazil opened its borders to foreign travelers at the end of July. It is now one of the few countries open to American tourists is South America. As long as you have health insurance, you are welcome to visit. There are no quarantine restrictions currently in place, but I would strongly recommend bringing a mask with you when you visit to wear in public places and to practice proper social distancing whenever possible.

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Columbia

Another of the countries open to American tourists in South America is the beautiful country of Columbia. After a summer of restricting tourism that began in mid-March, Columbia began allowing international flights back into the country starting on September 21st. After October 1st, travelers are no longer required to quarantine before entry. This includes tourists from the United States. However, in order to enter the country, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 96 hours of arrival and pass a health screening at the airport upon landing. Make sure you bring a mask to wear in public spaces and practice the proper social distancing when appropriate.

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Ecuador

Another South American country happens to be one of my favorite countries in South America. Ecuador is now accessible to American tourists as long as you bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 10 days of visiting the country. If you do not bring a negative test with you when you visit, you will need to be tested upon arrival and then quarantine at your own expense until the test results come back. If you are planning on visiting the Galápagos Islands, there are more stringent testing rules in place. Instead of having a test that wat taken within the last 10 days before arrival, the negative test that you bring will need to be taken within 96 hours of visiting the islands. As with all travel destinations, it is recommended that you bring a mask with you when you travel and practice proper social distancing when possible.

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Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda

The islands of Antigua and Barbuda have been open to tourists, including American tourists, since June 4th. You are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test to enter, but you will be expected to adhere to the social distancing guidelines, which includes wearing a face mask in public. If you fail to comply with the guidelines, you could find yourself with a hefty $5,000 fine or even jail time. When you land, you will be required to take a health screening, which will include taking a 15-minute COVID-19 PCR test at your expense (tests cost roughly $100). The results of the tests take up to 48 hours to get back. If you are looking to plan excursions such as snorkeling or diving when you are on your trip, you will need to make those arrangements thru your resort as travelers are not allowed to explore the islands on their own.

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Aruba

The island of Aruba has been opened to visitors since July 1st, and has been one of the countries open to American tourists since July 10th. Upon landing in Aruba, you should expect to have a health screening, with the possibility of a COVID-19 test being required if officials deem it necessary. In addition, American tourists from high-risk states will be required to upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72 hours from flying to Aruba in order to board the flight. If not, a COVID-19 PCR test at your expense will be required upon landing and a 24-hour quarantine will be required while awaiting the test results. Finally, all visitors to the island will be required to purchase visitor’s insurance from the government of Aruba to cover health insurance while visiting. The cost of the insurance to visitors is $100.

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Barbados

The beautiful Caribbean country of Barbados has opened its borders to tourists, including those from the United States. While Aruba is one of the countries open to American tourists, all visitors are required to adhere to a strict set of health protocols when visiting. First, any traveler coming from a high-risk country, which includes the United States, is required to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of visiting. If you are visiting from a low-risk country, the test can be taken anytime within a week of visiting. The government of Barbados defines a high-risk country as any that have seen more than 10,000 new cases in the prior seven days. If you don’t bring a negative test with you, then you will have to be tested when you arrive, at your own expense, and stay in quarantine until your test results are returned. In addition, all visitors must adhere to strict social distancing procedures when in public, which includes wearing a face covering at all times when in public.

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Bermuda

While the stunning country of Bermuda has been open to American tourists since July 1st, they do have one of the most comprehensive health protocols for tourists that I have seen. Within 48 hours of visiting Bermuda, you need to complete the Bermuda travel authorization process online and pay the $75 per traveler processing fee, which covers all COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. Please note that children under 9 years of age do not need to get tested and their processing fee is only $30 per child. For more information on the pre-travel authorization process, please refer to the FAQ page for the Travel Authorization. Ideally within 72-hours, but no later than seven days before departure, each visitor must take a COVID-19 PCR test that has a negative result. In addition to the pre-travel authorization and testing, each traveler will be expected to wear face masks when at the airport and in public. It is also recommended that proper social distancing procedures are followed when applicable.

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Cuba

When it comes to visiting Cuba, the biggest obstacles you will face aren’t COVID-19 travel restrictions, but political restrictions that the US government has placed on US citizens visiting our island neighbor. Even though Cuba has been one of the countries open to American tourists since July, the US State Department’s “Do Not Travel” advisory remains in place. However, if you do want to visit Cuba, I wrote an article a short while back that outlines the Cuba Travel Restrictions for Americans and how to visit if you would really like to. I have linked to that article below for you to review. If you do decide to go and are able to, you should be aware that a negative COVID-19 PCR test is required to enter the country and you will be subjected to a health screening upon arrival. If you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus or don’t pass the health screening, you may be asked to take a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine until a negative test can be provided.

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Dominican Republic

Not only is the Dominican Republic beautiful, but it also has some of the loosest COVID-19 restrictions of any country on this list of countries open to American tourists. No negative COVID-19 PCR test is required, though they are doing temperature checks for visitors who arrive at Punta Cana International Airport. When you arrive in country, please be advised that a nation wide curfew is in place that runs from 9pm to 5am Monday thru Friday and 7pm to 5am on Saturdays and Sundays. Any American traveler who is planning on traveling to the Dominican Republic should also be aware that the US Embassy in Santo Domingo issues a level 4 health warning for the Dominican Republic due to COVID-19. For this reason, if you do visit, I would strongly recommend bringing PPE with you and taking the necessary precautions.

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Dominica

Dominica has been open to tourists since early August, though they have a fairly comprehensive protocol that visitors must follow before being admitted into the country. First, all visitors must complete a health questionnaire at least 24-hours before arriving in country. Travelers must also carry with them a clearance to travel from their local doctor and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arriving. Finally, all visitors must follow the countries strict social distancing and mask policies. These policies include wearing a mask at all times during the arrival process, using proper social distancing when applicable, and undergoing a health assessment upon arrival. Any traveler that does not pass the health screening upon arrival will be asked to take another COVID-19 PCR test at their own expense and quarantine until a negative test result is returned.

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Jamaica

Even though Jamaica re-opened to visitors, including American tourists, on June 15th, the country has some of the strictest COVID-19 guidelines that you will find on this list of countries allowing American tourists. Anyone who is planning on visiting Jamaica must first submit a pre-travel health authorization registration with their customs and immigration form. Depending on the review of that submission, travelers may be allowed or denied travel to Jamaica depending on their COVID-19 risk level. If if you are approved, you must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 10 days of arrival and pass a health screening upon arrival in the country. If you fail the health screening, you will be asked to take a new COVID-19 test at your own expense and quarantined until a negative result is obtained.

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Saint Barthelemy

As of my last update to this article, Saint Barthelemy is one of the countries open to American tourists, but there are a number of travel requirements that must be met in order to be admitted into the country. Any traveler over the age of 11 who wishes to visit must submit a negative COVID-10 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arrival. All travelers will also be subjected to a health screening upon arrival in the country and any traveler who shows symptoms of the virus will be required to retest at their own expense and stay in quarantine until a negative test can be obtained. Once in country, all travelers should be aware that they are expected to follow the strict social distancing and face mask guidelines. As of July 20, 2020 a face mask is required in all public spaces.

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St. Lucia

While the Caribbean hot spot of Saint Lucia is welcoming American tourists, there are still some protocols that you must follow if you would like to visit. For one, you must prove that you do not have COVID-19 if you hope to get admitted into the country. To do that, you must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 48 hours of visiting the island. If you don’t have the negative test, you will not be allowed to board your flight. Also, like other countries open to American tourists, Saint Lucia is performing health checks on arriving tourists at the airport. As long as you pass that health check and don’t show symptoms of COVID, you will be allowed to enter. If you don’t pass the health check, you will need to go into quarantine until you can pass a new COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense. Once in country, you must also follow all social distancing guidelines during your stay. This includes proper social distancing when applicable and wearing a mask in public spaces.

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Turks and Caicos

The islands of Turks and Caicos are currently on the list of countries open to American tourists, but there are protocols that must be followed if you would like to visit. First off, you must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 5 days of visiting. You must also fill out a TCI Assured pre-authorization before you travel or you will not be allowed on your flight. Once you arrive, you will be required to go thru a health screening to ensure that you don’t present any symptoms of COVID-19. If you do, you may require additional testing at your own expense and quarantine until a negative re-test can be provided. In addition to the screening, you must be able to prove that you have health insurance to cover any COVID-19 related expenses should you test positive in country. While the curfews in country expired at the end of September, it is still required to follow social distancing and face mask requirements for the duration of your visit.

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Europe

Albania

Not only is Albania one of only a handful of European countries open to American tourists currently, they also have one of the loosest COVID-19 protocols for incoming travelers out of all the countries on this list. You do not need a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter the country, but you will need to pass a health screening when you land at the airport. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, you may be forced to quarantine and\or take testing at your own expense. There are currently no curfews in place in Albania, but visitors are required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask in all public places. With 13,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases within its borders, visitors to Albania should follow these guidelines and take precautions to protect themselves and others from infection.

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Armenia

Another European country that is on the list of countries open to American tourists is beautiful Armenia. While the country is open to American tourists, there are more restrictions for entry than you will find in countries like Albania. For one thing, you will need to either bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of visiting or self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the country. While in country, it is advised that you follow the required social distancing and health protocols laid out by the local governmental health authorities, which includes wearing a mask while in closed public spaces.

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Belarus

Although there has been some well documented political unrest in the country of Belarus, the country is welcoming tourists. In fact, it is currently one of a handful of European countries open to American tourists. While a negative COVID-19 PCR test is not required to enter the country, having one with you when you visit is recommended. You will still need to go thru a health screening upon arrival, and having a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 72-hours of your visit may be helpful. While no curfew is in effect, like most countries, it is recommended that you practice proper social distancing when in country and follow face mask protocol, including wearing a face mask in close indoor spaces.

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Croatia

Another of Europe’s beautiful countries that is also on the list of countries open to American tourists is Croatia. The country opened its borders to tourists, including Americans, in mid-July as long as certain COVID-19 related protocols are met. First off, you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 48 hours of arriving in Croatia. If you do not have a negative test upon arrival, you will have to quarantine for 7 days before taking a local PCR test. These test typically run between $125-$300 and take 24-48 hours to get the results. Visitors will also need to pass a health screening when the land at the airport to make sure they don’t present any symptoms of COVID. Once in country, there are no curfews in place, but visitors are expected to follow social distancing and face mask guidelines, including wearing a face mask in close public spaces.

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Kosovo

Another country on my list of countries open to American tourists that has fairly lenient COVID-19 entry requirements is the beautiful Eastern European nation of Kosovo. There currently is not a requirement to have a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival and there is no necessary quarantine for incoming travelers. However, when in country you should be aware that there is a mandatory curfew between 10:30pm and 5:00am every day and hefty fines for not following the social distancing and face mask policies. Please note that the US State Department warns that all travelers should be prepared to stay in Kosovo for some time if they decide to visit in case the EU Travel Ban is extended and\or flights are cancelled.

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Montenegro

If you are wishing to visit the beautiful country of Montenegro in the near future, then you are in luck. Montenegro is on the list of countries open to American tourists. However, if you do decide to visit, you should be familiar with the COVID-19 entry requirements. In order to enter Montenegro, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arriving. You will also need to go thru a health screening when you land at the airport. Once in country, you must follow all face mask and social distancing requirements. This includes always wearing a face mask in public spaces, including in vehicles unless alone or with only immediate family. Please note that all large public gatherings are currently banned, so there will be capacity limits for tourist attractions that are still open.

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North Macedonia

For those travelers from the United States with plans to visit North Macedonia, you will be happy to hear that it is also on the list of countries open to American tourists. In fact, North Macedonia has some of the least COVID-19 restrictions of the countries on my list. You are not required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test with you when you arrive and American tourists are not required to quarantine for any period upon arrival. However, you will need to go thru a health screening at the airport when you arrive to ensure that you are not symptomatic of COVID and you must follow the social distancing and mask requirements while in country. While a negative COVID-19 test is not required to enter North Macedonia, it may be a good idea to be tested within 72-hours of visiting anyways as many of the neighboring countries require testing for entry.

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Serbia

Another breathtaking country in Eastern Europe that is currently one of the countries open to American tourists in the world is the country of Serbia. While the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Serbia may not be as easy to navigate as those for North Macedonia and Kosovo, they are allowing American tourists to visit if they pass the necessary protocols. All visitors traveling to Serbia from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, or Romania need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48-hours of arrival with them. If you aren’t traveling from one of these countries, then a negative COVID-19 PCR test is not required. I would recommend monitoring this requirement prior to your travel if you have plans to visit Serbia. While there are no curfews in place in Serbia, all visitors are required to follow social distancing and mask policies while in country, including wearing a mask in all public spaces and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.

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Turkey

One of the most popular countries for tourists in Eastern Europe is the beautiful country of Turkey, which is currently open for visits by tourists, including Americans. If you are planning on visiting Turkey, you will not need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test with you, but you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms on your arrival and a test will be administered if you show symptoms. Once in country, there are no curfews in place for foreign tourists, but you should be prepared for curfews to be put in place in the future with little or no warning. As is the case with most countries, you are also required to follow social distancing and face mask policies while visiting.

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Central America

Belize

While the US State Department website still lists that American tourists are not allowed to enter Belize until October 1st and hasn’t been updated since September 1st, I have been able to confirm that Belize has re-opened its airport and is currently accepting foreign tourists, including Americans. In order to qualify for entry, you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of your visit. You must also book your stay at one of Belize’s Gold Standard Hotels, which are hotels that have been certified in health protocols concerning COVID-19. These hotels are constantly inspected and approved for health safety. Finally, you will be required to download the Belize Health Safety App prior to arriving to ensure that you have all of the necessary health and safety information before arriving in country. Upon arrival, all visitors will go thru a health check and be given a Safe Corridor wristband that they must wear at all times during their visit. Also, all visitors will be required to follow the country’s strict social distancing and face mask policies while visiting.

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Costa Rica

If you are currently a resident of one of the following US states, you can currently visit the country of Costa Rica. Travelers who have connecting flights in states that are not on this list are ok as long as they do not leave the airport during their layover.

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Maine
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wyoming
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Michigan
  • Rhode Island
  • California
  • Ohio

On October 15th, travelers from these additional states will be able to visit the country of Costa Rica. Again, travelers who have connecting flights in states that are not on this list are ok as long as they do not leave the airport during their layover.

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Texas

Finally, on November 1st, residents from the remaining states in the United States will be welcome to visit Costa Rica. For all travelers, including those from the United States, must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arriving in Costa Rica. Travelers must also pass a health screening upon arrival, which includes filling out a digital epidemiological form. Once in country, there aren’t any curfews currently in place, but visitors are required to follow the country’s social distancing and face mask policies.

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El Salvador

Another one of the Central American countries open to American Tourists is the beautiful country of El Salvador. If you are interested in visiting El Salvador, you are in luck. However, you must keep the following entry requirements in mind when planning your trip. In order to enter, travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of your visit. While there are currently no curfews in place in El Salvador, all travelers are also expected to obey all social distancing and face mask policies while in the country. This includes wearing a face mask at all times while in public.

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Guatemala

If you are planning on visiting Guatemala in the coming months, you are in luck. As of now, it is one of the countries open to American tourists. However, you will need to follow certain COVID-19 health protocols in order to be admitted into the country. First, you must fill out an online Health Pass prior to arriving in country. You must also bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arriving. You will also be subject to a health screening when you arrive, and tested again at your own expense and quarantined until you have a negative result, should you show symptoms. As always, be sure to follow local social distancing and face mask requirements for the duration of your visit.

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Honduras

If you are planning on visiting Honduras in the near future, then you are in luck. The government has opened up to tourists as long as you follow certain COVID-19 related health protocols. For instance, all visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of visiting and fill out a governmental health form before boarding your flight. While in country, you are expected to follow all social distancing and face mask requirements.

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Nicaragua

While the country of Nicaragua is on the list of countries open to American tourists, it is also one of the few countries on this list that never really shut down because of COVID-19. While the country did suspend tourism, they never imposed COVID-related lockdowns for local residents and have never implemented social distancing or face mask requirements. Because of this, my understanding is that many airlines stopped services Nicaragua for a period of time, and some have yet to resume services to the country. If you do decide to visit, the US State Department website says that US travelers are welcome, but a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry. However, it does not list how recent that test must be, so I would recommend checking the Nicaragua Ministry of Health website and checking with your preferred airlines before making travel plans.

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Asia

Maldives

After initially having one of the most liberal COVID-19 tourist policies out of the group of countries open to American tourists, the Maldives has since implemented a number of health safety protocols for tourists who would like to visit. First off, you now need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of visiting, you must complete an online Traveler Health Declaration before arriving, and you must be able to show that you have a valid hotel reservation during your stay. Of course, you are also required to follow proper social distancing and face mask requirements during your stay. This includes the 10pm to 5am curfew that is in place for many parts of the country.

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Pakistan

If you have plans to visit Pakistan in the near future, then you are in luck as it is one of the countries open to American tourists at this time. However, you will need to follow certain health safety protocols in order to be allowed into the country to visit. First off, all visitors must download and install the Pass Track App on their Android or iOS device 48 hours before arriving. If you do not have the app installed upon arrival, you will be asked to enter your information into a web-based form. Visitors from the United States must also provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 96-hours of visiting. All visitors will also have their temperature taken as part of a health screening upon arrival to ensure no one is symptomatic of COVID-19. While in country, there are no quarantines in place, but you are expected to follow all designed social distancing and face mask requirements.

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Tajikistan

American tourists are allowed to travel to Tajikistan, but you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of visiting. Test results will be verified at your connection in Dubai and you won’t be able to board your flight without the negative test. Once in country, there is not a health check at the airport, but you will be expected to follow all local social distancing and face mask policies while in the country.

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Uzbekistan

Another one of Eastern Europe’s countries open to American tourists is the beautiful country of Uzbekistan. Like other countries in the area, it is open to American tourists, but does have health protocols that must be followed to enter the country. All visitors must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of visiting and must go thru a health screening upon arrival. If you show symptoms in your screening, you will be required to take a new test at your own expense and quarantined until you have a negative test. Like with other countries in the area and elsewhere in the world, you are also required to follow social distancing and face mask policies while in country.

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Africa

Burkina Faso

For those who want to visit the breathtaking African country of Burkina Faso, you will need to make sure you have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is dated within 5-day of visiting. If you arrive without a negative test, you will be given a rapid test at the expense of roughly $155 USD and detained until the results are returned. Should you test positive for COVID-19, you will have to quarantine for 14 days and return a negative test before you will be allowed to leave quarantine. There are currently no curfews in place, but while in country you are also expected to follow all local social distancing and face mask regulations.

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Cabo Verde

Another absolutely gorgeous country in Africa that is one the list of countries open to American tourists is Cabo Verde. If you would like to visit this beautiful country though, you need to make sure you bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of visiting. Not only that, but you need to take a health questionnaire and have your temperature taken upon arrival. If you have a high temperature, you will have to take a rapid test at the cost of roughly $20 USD and be quarantined until you test negative. And of course, following the local social distancing and face mask policies are important.

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Cameroon

The country of Cameroon is open to visitors from the United States who have the proper VISA, but you will also need to make sure you have a negative COVID-19 PCR test with you when you arrive as well. The US State Department site doesn’t say how recent the COVID-19 test must be, so I would make sure to contact the US State Department for details before you travel. When you arrive in Cameroon, you will also be given a health screening. Any visitors who show symptoms of COVID will need to be tested, and of course will be detained until a negative test is returned. Once in country, make sure you comply with all local social distancing and face mask guidelines.

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Chad

Travelers will plans to visit the great African country of Chad will be happy to know that it is one of the countries open to American tourists. However, there are some health protocols that need to be understood before arriving in country. First off, all visitors to Chad must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 7-days of arriving. You will have to go thru a health screening when you arrive to determine if you are showing COVID symptoms. Not only that, but if you plan on staying in Chad for more than 7 days, you will need to quarantine at a home or hotel for 7 days when you arrive. If you aren’t planning on staying more than 7 days in country, you don’t have to quarantine, but you do have to follow local social distancing, face mask, and hand washing policies during your visit.

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Côte d’ivoire

One of the lesser known, but equally beautiful, African countries open to American tourists is the Ivory Coast nation of Côte d’ivoire. However, any traveler that wishes to visit this amazing coastal nation must make sure they come prepared. First off, you need to make sure you come with a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 7-days of visiting. Then, you also need to make sure you fill out the necessary Air Travel Declaration Form and pay the CFA 50,000 necessary for all visitors arriving by air. When you arrive, you will have to pass a health screening, which looks for any symptoms of COVID-19. Finally, when you do get admitted into the country, you should follow all local social distancing and face mask policies during your stay.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

One of the African nations that has long enchanted me since I was a kid is the breathtakingly gorgeous country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There is something mysterious and beautiful about this amazing country. However, one thing that isn’t mysterious is the country’s COVID-19 safety protocol for visitors. If you want to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, you will need to make sure you arrive in country with a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of visiting. Not only that, but you will need to go thru a health screening upon arrival to show that you are symptom free and follow all necessary social distancing and face mask requirements during your stay.

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Djibouti

Another of Africa’s countries Americans can visit is Djibouti, which is a country less frequented by Western travelers on the horn of Africa. If you have your sights set on visiting this amazing country, you will need to understand the health screening policies that have been put in place before you make your travel plans. You are not required to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test with you when you visit because all visitors to Djibouti are tested for COVID upon arrival with a minimally invasive saliva test. The test will cost you roughly 5000 Fdj or $30 to take. If you test positive, you will need to quarantine until you test negative. If you test negative, then you will be allowed to enter the country, but are expected to follow all social distancing and face mask requirements during your stay.

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Egypt

Out of all of the countries in Africa, Egypt may be one of the most popular with tourists. Showcasing thousands of years of important human history, some of this world’s most infamous historic monuments, and one of the world’s largest and most beautiful deserts, it is easy to see why travelers flock to Egypt to experience these wonders each year. However, while Egypt is one of the countries Americans can visit in the midst of this pandemic, all travelers should be aware of the government’s COVID-19 safety protocols before planning a trip. While most visitors are required to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arrival, visitors from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris, and Frankfurt will be allowed to bring a negative test taken up to 96-hours prior to their flight departure because of the long flight duration.

In addition to needing this negative test to enter the country, all visitors will need to go thru a health screening upon landing. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID will be required to take another COVID-19 test and quarantine until a negative test is returned. Anyone that passes the health screening will be allowed in the country, but will need to follow the social distancing and face mask requirements during their stay. If you plan on staying beyond the 30 days allowed by your visitor VISA, the fine will be waved for 14 days beyond the 30 day limit because of the pandemic.

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Gabon

It is a shame that the tourism industry in Gabon is so underdeveloped because the country really is quite beautiful. With pristine beaches, the breathtaking Crystal mountains inland, and plenty of wildlife to enjoy, Gabon is a gem for anyone looking for a unique African adventure. The good news is that Gabon is now one of the countries Americans can visit. However, in order to do so you must pass a health screening upon arrival in the country. If you show signs of COVID-19 infection, you must quarantine until you return a negative test. However, if you pass the health screening you will be allowed into the country as long as you follow the local social distancing and face mask requirements during your stay.

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Ghana

For those travelers who are looking to visit the country of Ghana on an upcoming trip, you will be happy to know that it is one of the countries Americans can visit at this time. However, you will need to make sure you bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of your departure. Furthermore, every traveler over the age of 5 years will also need to take a COVID-19 rapid test at the airport upon arrival. The cost of the test is approximately $150 and the results typically come back in roughly 30 minutes. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to Ga East Municipal Hospital for treatment. Those who test negative will be allowed into the country as long as you follow the local social distancing and face mask requirements during your stay.

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Guinea

If you are looking to see some of Africa’s most beautiful beaches and amazing rock cliffs and waterfalls, then you might want to check out the country of Guinea. However, before you start making plans to visit, you should learn about the country’s current COVID-19 health protocols for visitors. Anyone hoping to visit Guinea at this time will need to bring with them a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arriving in country. All visitors will also be subject to a health screening upon arrival. Any visitors who show symptoms of COVID or do not have a qualifying negative test will be quarantined until they produce two negative tests at their expense. Once in country, you must also comply with all social distancing and face mask requirements. This includes having three face masks per person with you at all times. There is also a curfew in place, so make sure you understand the details of the curfew before you arrive an plan accordingly.

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Guinea-Bissau

Visitors from across the world flock to Guinea-Bissau each year to see the breathtaking Bijagos Archipelago. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere reserve, it is one of the premier scuba diving and snorkeling sites on the entire planet. The great news for American tourists is that the country is now accepting American tourists again, so long as you follow the proper safety and health protocols. If you would like to visit Guinea-Bissau, you will need to bring with you a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arriving in country. Once you land, you will have to pass a health inspection at the airport before being admitted into the country. Those who show symptoms of COVID will need to take another test and remain in quarantine until the test comes back negative. As is the case with most countries, while you visit you must also comply with local social distancing and face mask requirements.

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Kenya

Few countries in Africa attract as many tourists each year than the breathtaking country of Kenya. Home to the Maasai Mara Natural Reserve, it has some of the most amazing safari opportunities that you will find in Africa. However, if you would like to visit Kenya to see its beautiful wildlife, you must first understand the health and safety precautions that the country has in place for COVID-19. In order to enter Kenya, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 96-hours of arriving. Not only that, but you will have to go thru a health check upon arrival to ensure that you don’t have a fever or any COVID symptoms. As part of this process, you will be asked to fill out a Health Survey. Once in country, you should be aware that there is a curfew in place from 11pm until 4am every day, so please plan accordingly. You will also want to ensure that you are properly following all local social distancing and face mask policies.

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Liberia

The African country of Liberia has a special historical connection to the United States, which is what draws many American tourists to visit this beautiful country on a yearly basis. Founded by freed Black slaves during the pre-Civil War antebellum era in the nineteenth century, the capital city of Monrovia was named after the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, and the country’s flag looks a lot like the American flag. For those American tourists who would like to visit and learn more about the deep history of Liberia, you need to first understand the health and safety procedures the country has put into place for COVID-19. All travelers who wish to enter must either bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test with them or take rapid test and a PCR swab upon arrival at their own expense. Once in the country, you are expected to follow all social distancing guidelines and face mask policies during your visit.

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Mali

With the most endowed in World Heritage sites in Africa, the country of Mali is a renown tourist location because of its many amazing cultural sites. For those who would like to visit Mali and experience its richness in culture, you will be glad to hear that it is one of the countries Americans can visit at this time. However, first you must understand the COVID-19 health and safety precautions that the country put in place for visitors. In order for visitors to enter Mali, they must fill out an online health questionnaire prior to arriving in country. They must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 7 days of arriving. Travelers who do not have a qualifying negative test will be given a COVID-19 test and will have to quarantine at their own expense until a negative test result is returned. Once in country, you must comply with all local social distancing and face mask policies, including wearing a face mask at all time.

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Mauritania

Perhaps no where else on Earth will you find such a contrast between desert and beach landscapes than in the beautiful African nation of Mauritania. Each year, visitors come to Mauritania to enjoy the beauty of the desert around the Adrar and the Tagant areas and to relax on the breathtaking beaches near Banc d’Arguin. If you are one of these travelers that would like to visit these amazing places, then you will want to make sure you understand the COVID-19 health precautions put in place by the government of Mauritania. If you want to visit Mauritania, you will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to arriving. There isn’t specific details on the requirements for the test on the US State Department website, so I would inquire before making travel plans. You will also need to pass a health exam upon arrival, and any visitors displaying symptoms of COVID will need to be retested at their own expense and quarantined until a negative test is returned. There are no specific face mask policies in Mauritania, but the US Embassy recommends wearing one at all time and practicing the proper social distancing while in country.

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Morocco

Located just a stone’s throw across the Gibraltar Straight from Spain and the rest of Europe, Morocco has long been one of the most popular tourist countries in Africa because of its beautiful coastline, rich culture, and interesting history. For those travelers with designs on visiting Morocco in the near future, you must first understand the country’s COVID-19 health and safety precautions before making travel plans. Travel to Morocco during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t as easy as it is with other African nations, but it is possible.

For one, you will need to have a reservation with a hotel in Morocco or a travel agency in order to be eligible to enter. Even with a reservation, you will also need to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of arriving if you are over the age of 12. Finally, you will also need to pass a health screening when you arrive in country and any traveler that shows symptoms of COVID-19 will need to be retested at their own expense and quarantine until a negative result is returned. There are no curfews in place in Morocco, but all travelers must follow the local social distancing and face mask policies during their stay.

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Namibia

Home to the amazing Namib-Naukluft National Park and world-renown Etosha National Park, the country of Namibia is Southern Africa is one of this world’s premier safari destinations. Every year, tourists flock to Namibia to see its rich wildlife. If you are a safari enthusiast, you will be thrilled to hear that Namibia is currently one of the countries Americans can visit. However, before you do so you should understand the country’s COVID-19 health protocols for visitors. US Citizens are eligible to enter the country at this time as tourists under the recently announced Tourism Revival Initiative. However, you must bring with you a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 7 days of arriving in country. You will also be subject to a health screening upon arrival and all visitors showing symptoms will be quarantined and retested at their own expense. There currently is not a curfew in place in Namibia, but you should follow all social distancing and face mask requirements while in country.

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Rwanda

The breathtaking country of Rwanda is a popular tourist destination for a lot of reasons, but none so more than to see the amazing mountain gorillas in Volcanoes Nations Park. If you would like the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures in the wild with your own eyes in the near future, you should become familiar with the COVID-19 health protocols put in place by the government of Rwanda. In order to enter Rwanda as a tourist visitor, you must be able to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 120 hours of arrival. Not only that, but you will be subject to a health screening upon arrival. You will be given a COVID-19 rapid test when you arrive and quarantined for roughly 24-hours at a hotel until a negative result is returned.

You must also fill out a Passenger Locator Form upon arriving in Rwanda. This form will include information on your passport information, the details of your travel itinerary, your COVID-19 PCR test results, and the booking confirmation at a local designated hotel for the 24-hour quarantine. Once out of quarantine, you will be expected to follow the 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew while in country as well as all local social distancing and face mask policies.

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Senegal

In addition to being home to world renown wildlife parks such as  the Niokolo-Koba National Park, the Oiseaux du Djoudj National Park, and the Bandia Game Reserve, the country of Senegal is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in West Africa because of amazing cultural hubs like Dakar and Saint Louis. However, if you would like to explore all of the treasures of Senegal in the near future, you must first understand the COVID-19 health protocols that are in place for tourists. All visitors to Senegal must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 7 days of arriving. If you do not bring a negative test, you will need to complete a test upon arrival at your expense and undergo an assessment by health officials to determine whether quarantine is necessary.

Even with a qualifying negative COVID-19 PCR test, you should expect to have your temperature taken upon arrival and your health accessed by officials. You will also be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form that includes key information about you, your travel plans, and your COVID-19 evaluation and testing. There are currently no curfews in place in Senegal, but you are expected to follow all local social distancing and face mask requirements while in country.

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Sudan

Even though Sudan is Africa’s largest countries, it receives among the fewest numbers of international visitors each year. That isn’t because Sudan isn’t beautiful or doesn’t have wonderful attractions worth seeing though. Coastline along the Red Sea, volcanic lakes, waterfalls, and the breathtaking Dinder National Park (one of the largest national parks in the world) are just a few of the many treasures waiting to be explored by tourists. However, if you are interested in seeing these treasures, you must first understand Sudan’s COVID-19 health protocols for travelers. In order to enter Sudan, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96-hours of visiting. You must also pass a health screening upon arrival and comply with all local social distancing and face mask policies during your visit.

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Tanzania

Tanzania is one of those countries that doesn’t need much of an introduction with wildlife and travel enthusiasts. With attractions like the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area, and Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. That is why I was thrilled to learn it is among the countries Americans can visit. However, before you start making travel plans, you should understand Tanzania’s COVID-19 health protocols for travelers. Travelers visiting Tanzania will need to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR form with them when they visit. There aren’t any details on the conditions for this test on the US State Department website, so I would inquire before making travel plans. You will also need to fill out a Health Surveillance Form prior to arriving and comply with all local social distancing and face mask requirements during your stay.

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Uganda

Like Rwanda, Uganda is famous for its large primate populations and the wonderful wildlife tours it offers to see these amazing creatures. The breathtaking Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda has one of the world’s largest populations of mountain gorillas and has chimpanzees that visitors can view in the wild. If you would like to visit Uganda and see its amazing wildlife, you must make sure you are able to comply with the country’s COVID-19 health protocols for travelers. In order to enter Uganda, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of your departure. You must also go thru a health screening and get your temperature checked upon arrival. If you display symptoms of COVID, you will need to be quarantined and tested again. Once inside Uganda, you are subject to a current curfew that runs between 9pm and 6am. In addition, you must follow all local social distancing and face mask policies while visiting.

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Oceania

French Polynesia

If you have seen the pictures of the breathtaking bungalows over the water in French Polynesia and have longed to visit, then you will be thrilled to know that French Polynesia is on the list of countries Americans can visit at this time. However, before you pack your swim suit and board a plane, you should understand the COVID-19 health protocols that are in place for travelers. Travelers who want to visit French Polynesia must present a negative RT-PCR molecular test (other tests are not accepted) taken within 3 days of departure. Visitors must also pass a health screening upon landing and follow all local social distancing and face mask requirements while visiting.

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Nauru

If pristine beaches and out-of-this-world scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities is your idea of amazing travel, then the beautiful country of Nauru in the South Pacific is probably on your travel bucket list. However, before you make plans to cross this popular tourist spot off your list, you should understand the COVID-19 health protocols that Nauru has in place. While there are no required tests that you must bring to gain entrance into the country, if you have recently been to China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Italy, or Iran in the past 21 days or have spent time recently on a vessel that has had confirmed COVID-19 cases, then you will not be allowed to enter. When you land, you will need to fill out a health declaration card and pass a health inspection. Should you show symptoms of COVID, you will be quarantined. Once you are admitted into the country, you should also follow all local social distancing and face mask policies during your visit.

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Middle East

Iraq

With all of the conflict that has occurred in Iraq the past few decades, the tourism industry in the country was fairly hard hit. However, with some stability, that industry is starting to grow itself again. It’s a great thing too, because the country has a wealth of beautiful landscapes and a rich culture and history to showcase to the world. However, if you are interested in visiting this beautiful and underrated tourist spot, you must first understand the country’s COVID-19 health protocols for travelers. In order to enter Iraq, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72-hours of visiting. You must also go thru a health screening upon arrival and will be quarantined if you show any symptoms of COVID. There is currently no curfew in place in Iraq, but you are expected to follow all local social distancing and face mask policies while in the country.

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Monitor Countries Not Open to American Travelers

If you don’t see the country that you are planning to visit on the list above, then most likely that country is either not allowing American tourists in at this time, or they require a lengthy mandatory quarantine for all American visitors. If you would like to learn more about the current COVID-19 travel restrictions and health protocols for the countries not currently open to American tourists, I have included links to the US Embassy COVID-19 pages for each of these countries for you to review below.

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  1. Wow, Josh! This must have taken ages to compile, but it’s so wonderfully useful. I almost never post other people’s blogs on my private FB page, but I’m going to share this because it’s just so helpful. Thank you!

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