These Countries are Opening Up for International TravelersJune 3, 2020 | By Go Galavant
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
The world is slowly coming out of hibernation as COVID-19 cases and fatalities are on the decline. In an effort to jump-start their economies and get back to some semblance of normal, countries are reducing restrictions and opening their borders for tourism.
The US State Department and CDC have downgraded their travel warnings from a global level 4 to levels 1-3 on a country by country basis. But in this age of Coronavirus restrictions and regulations are ever-changing. Before booking a trip, know what the requirements are to enter a country and exactly what will be open once you get there. You should also check restrictions for returning from certain countries.
It takes some detective work to figure out which countries are open for international tourists and if that includes tourists from the United States. Here’s a snapshot of countries that are already open or are projected to open for US tourists.
The Quintana Roo (Cancun) & Jalisco (Puerto Vallarta) areas of Mexico are open for international travelers, including Americans. There’s a color-coded system outlining restrictions for each area in Mexico.
The land border will remain closed until at least September 21, but air and sea travel are open. The same goes for Canada and all travelers are subject to a 14-day quarantine.
On July 1st European nations are opening up for nonessential travelers from select countries- the US isn’t on this list. The EU will review the list every two weeks based on the stats of how each country is handling the pandemic. The UK is allowing American travelers to visit, but they must quarantine.
Greece was open, but as of September 15th it’s closed to Americans.
Turkey is open and isn’t requiring any health documentation to enter or leave the country, but your temperature will be taken at the airports. Masks are required in public areas
Ukraine requires Americans to take a test upon arrival or self-quarantine. Masks are mandatory in public spaces.
Serbia & Albania are open to US travelers with mask requirements only in certain closed spaces.
Croatia is allowing Americans in with negative test results taken within 48 hours of arrival. If you don’t have test results when you arrive you’ll need to quarantine.
Although countries on the Continent haven’t been hit as hard as European nations and the United States, most nations remain close to international travel. Countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Ghana were swift with preventive measures, and are now starting to open back up. But note that “open” still comes with restrictions.
Ghana opened its international borders on September 1st, but most bars & nightclubs remain closed. Check out a comprehensive dive into what’s open and what you need to do get there from TSMKRSAfrica
Seychelles is open to what they’re calling “high-end tourists”. Only visitors traveling on private jets and chartered flights, and who will be heading off directly to remote island resorts, will be allowed in.
Egypt is open with proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival and health insurance.
For Rwanda travelers must present proof of negative test results taken no more than 120 hours (5 days) before the flight, quarantine for 24 hours, and then take another test before leaving quarantine. You must also test negative 5 days before leaving the country for your return flight.
Tanzania seems to be open according to a Facebook video, and international flights are no longer suspended.
Thankfully most islands in the Caribbean have a great handle on COVID-19. Most islands are now open for tourism, even American tourism. Lockdowns have been lifted and curfews are fading away.
Barbados opened to American tourists on July 12, with commercial flights starting shortly after. In Barbados, you have the option of coming with your own negative test results or taking one there and quarantining for a couple of days until you get the results.
St Vincent and the Grenadines requires negative test results taken within 5 days of arrival. You can take a test when you arrive, but you’ll be required to quarantine for at least 24 hours while awaiting your results. If you arrive by air, you’ll have to quarantine until all passengers from your flight have provided results are have results from on-island testing.
Sint Maarten is requiring negative test result within 72 hours of arrival.
According to the Bahamas Tourism Board, visitors will need to apply for a Health Visa. Part of that process will be uploading negative COVID-19 test results no more than 5 days old and a 14-day quarantine is required.
Aruba welcomed back US visitors on July 10th, but those from certain states will need to upload a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before the flight.
Belize is set to welcome tourists back October 1st with negative test results and you’re required to stay at approved hotels. You’ll also need to download the Belize Health App before boarding your flight, for tracing and tracking purposes.
Puerto Rico was going to formally reopen for in-bound tourism on July 15, but is postponing its official tourism reopening and encouraging only essential travel at this time.
Starting September 15th, The Dominican Republic won’t require proof of negative test results and will only test visitors at random at the airport. They are however offering free travel assistance plans until December 2020 covering testing and accommodations should a traveler fall ill.
In Turks & Caicos opened to US citizens on July 22, but you’re required to present negative test result and have health insurance that covers medevac.
Dominica opened on August 7th and travelers must provide negative test results from no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Visitors must stay at designated accommodations and undergo a rapid test upon arrival.
Many other island are already open and have specific entry protocols:
Anguilla is open and requiring a negative test result no more than 5 days before arrival, and proof of health insurance.
You’ll have to wait until at least October to visit the Cayman Islands
Central & South America
Apparently, Nicaragua never closed, with all activities going on as usual, and we’re now seeing flights to this country from a variety of airlines.
As of September 1st, Costa Rica is open to Americans, but only to those from these six states: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, & Connecticut.
For Ecuador, show proof of negative test results taken within 10 days of arrival and you’re in without needing to quarantine.
Brazil has a “level 4: do not travel” warning from the US and doesn’t have many safety precautions in place, but it has been open since July 29.
Asia & The Middle East
Cambodia is currently open but visitors are required to provide negative COVID-19 test results, pay a $3,000 travel deposit, take a test upon arrival, provide proof of health insurance, and self-isolate for two weeks. If someone on your flight there tests positive all arriving passengers on that flight will have to quarantine for 14 days at a location chosen by Cambodian authorities.
French Polynesia opened to US tourists on July 15th with negative test results no more than 72 hours before departure. Travelers may also be randomly tested up to four days after arrival
The popular Maldives opened its uninhabited islands on July 15, and the inhabited islands on August 1.
Dubai opened on July 7th. Your negative test results can’t be more than 4 days old or you can take a test at the airport, you’ll need to download their health app, and have medical insurance
Thailand will use Phuket as a pilot program and open to international tourism, only in this area, starting October 1st. You’ll be required to stay for 30 days, quarantine for 14 days in a hotel, and take several PCR tests.
Bali was reporting a September 11 opening, but they’ve pushed that back to ban all foreign tourists for the rest of the year.