Countries Americans Can Travel To Right Now As Restrictions Ease

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Countries Americans Can Travel To Right Now As Restrictions Ease

Countries Americans Can Travel To Right Now As Restrictions Ease

Surprising to some, there are countries Americans can travel to right now. That list continues to grow, change, and be confusing, but there are countries available for international travel currently. In fact, the U.S. State Department lifted its Level 4 global travel advisory last week. This article examines which countries Americans can travel to right now and what special restrictions you need to know before hopping on a flight.

Updated August 28, 2020

Countries Americans Can Travel To As Of August 12, 2020

We previously talked about tools to understand where you can travel and the relevant rules/restrictions. As of August 12, 2020, here are the territories and countries Americans can travel to right now:

  • Afghanistan – international flights have restarted, there are no restrictions for paperwork or documents listed in addition to your visa, and screening will be conducted on arrival.
  • Albania – restrictions were lifted July 1, and most land borders also open, in addition to airports being open.
  • Antigua & Barbuda – visitors will need to provide a negative PCR test less than 7 days old, and there is medical screening on arrival.
  • Aruba – you must show a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours, plus you must purchase travelers’ insurance on arrival.
  • Bahamas – visitors need to quarantine for 14 days, plus you must show a negative PCR test to get the recently-instituted health visa for visitors.
  • Bermuda – before travel, you must pay a $75 fee and online application before the flight, which covers your test on arrival, but you can avoid this test if you provide a negative PCR test within 7 days before arrival.
  • Brazil – travel restrictions were lifted on July 29, and visitors must provide medical & travel insurance; additionally, some airports remain closed (but not the major international airports), and no land borders are open.
  • Croatia – to enter Croatia, you must show a negative PCR test no more than 48 hours old.
  • Djibouti – flights resumed on July 18, and there is medical screening on arrival, which you pay for; you must remain there until the results come out, and those showing symptoms/testing positive will need to quarantine at their own expense. This includes arrivals at airports and the train from Ethiopia.
  • Dominica – flights resumed on August 7, and visitors must show a negative PCR test from the last 3 days, complete an online questionnaire 24 hours or more before arrival, and there are health checks on arrival.
  • Dominican Republic – international airports reopened July 1, but land/sea borders are closed; there is medical screening and a questionnaire on arrival, choose between showing a negative PCR test from the last 5 days or pay them to do one.
  • Egypt – you must show a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours, and there is health screening on arrival.
  • French Polynesia – visiting locations like Tahiti & Bora Bora is possible if you have a negative PCR test and provide proof of travel/health insurance.
  • Jamaica – those coming from the more affected states in the U.S. require a negative PCR test from the past 10 days, and all visitors must obtain online travel authorization, plus undergo screening on arrival.
  • Kosovo – visitors are subject to medical screening and possibly 14 days of quarantine.
  • Maldives – fill out a health declaration, and you must have pre-booked hotel reservations.
  • Mali – both land and air borders are open, and you must provide a negative PCR test no more than 3 days old or pay them to test you; those who test positive must pay to quarantine at a government-chosen location.
  • Mexico – fill out a health questionnaire to visit.
  • North Macedonia – travel restrictions were lifted July 1.
  • Northern Mariana Islands – fill out an online form 3 days before arrival, and undergo government quarantine for 14 days if you don’t have a negative PCR test from the last 3 days.
  • Rwanda – most restrictions were lifted August 1; visitors need a negative PCR from the last 72 hours and need to undergo another test on arrival.
  • St. Lucia – you need a negative PCR test no more than 7 days old, complete pre-arrival paperwork, and book hotel reservations at authorized locations in adance.
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines – show a negative PCR test from the last 2 days or take one on arrival; alternatively, show a negative antibody test from within the last 5 days, and everyone must complete pre-trip paperwork and screening on arrival.
  • Serbia – visitor restrictions were lifted in July.
  • Somalia – international flights resumed August 3, 2020. Show a negative PCR test certificated issued in the last 72 hours, plus an invitation letter (standard, not related to COVID-19).
  • Tanzania – to visit, you must undergo medical screening, fill out a questionnaire, and possibly undergo government quarantine at your own expense, if you show symptoms or test positive.
  • Turkey – restrictions were lifted June 12, and visitors are subject to medical screening on arrival.
  • Turks & Caicos – to visit, show a negative PCR test from the past 5 days, then apply through their portal for approval to visit, plus you need proof of insurance and a completed questionnaire.
  • Tuvalu – you must apply for approval to visit at least 3 days beforehand, and you must have spent the last 5 days before your visit in a country with a low COVID-19 infection rate; additionally, there is health screening on arrival.
  • Ukraine – visitors must have medical insurance which covers coronavirus-related medical issues, and you may quarantine at a location of your own choosing if arriving from a red zone country and subject to quarantine. Also, you must purchase a Ukraine-based SIM card for your phone and install a government contact tracing app on arrival. Avoid the quarantine restrictions by showing a negative PCR test no more than 48 hours old.
  • United Arab Emirates – you can only visit the Dubai emirate, and arriving to Dubai via AUH Abu Dhabi airport is possibly only with a pre-arranged visa from Dubai. Visitors must complete a health form, provide health insurance, install an app, and show a negative PCR test from within the past 96 hours.
  • Western Sahara – there are no restrictions to visit this self-declared state next to Morocco and Mauritania.

Countries Americans Can Travel To Right Now As Restrictions Ease

Final Thoughts

The worldwide COVID-19 is in constant flux. As people begin to travel again or think about upcoming travel, the issue becomes which countries Americans can travel to right now. As coronavirus numbers remain high in the U.S., many countries have told residents and citizens of the U.S. to stay away. In this article, we looked at territories and countries Americans can travel to right now, as long as all your paperwork is in order. If you decide to travel, be safe and know what the current regulations are. It’s also a good idea to book with an airline that has flexible policies right now, if you’re planning a trip.

Ryan S
Travel hacker in 2-player mode, intent on visiting every country in the world, and can say "hello" or "how much does this cost?" in a bunch of different languages.

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  1. I’m a limited experienced American planning to fly into Santiago, Dominican Republic en route to Puerto Plata at the end of this month. Should I delay the flight or not?

    • David – It depends on your personal plans and risk tolerance. Can you travel there? Yes, if you follow the requirements. Do you want to? That’s a question everyone will answer differently.

  2. […] Where Can US Citizens Travel To?:  The rules and restrictions change by the day, but we’re still pretty limited as to where we can travel to.  With the number of cases far exceeding those of other countries, US citizens aren’t welcome all over the world at the moment.  Here’s a list of places that you can visit if you’re wanting to get away. […]

  3. As of August 5th no one needs a PCR test to enter Tanzania unless the airline requires it, or the country you are departing requires it. Even the directive they published on July 20th said within 72 hours of travel, not within 72 hours of entering the country. As they recognize that it can easily take 2 to 3 days to get to Tanzania from many parts of the world due to layovers and lack of flights.

  4. A nice and surprisingly long list. Any thoughts or ideas about acquiring pandemic health insurance for travel? It doesn’t sound like something most insurance companies would voluntarily deal with but there’s obviously a market.

    • I assume there’s a niche market for sure, since this isn’t covered on standard policies. I haven’t looked into it, but I’d google “coronavirus insurance” and just see what happens. (includes wading through a bunch of garbage search results I’m sure)

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