Americans can now visit 90+ countries and territories — here’s the complete list

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest information and will be updated often.

The United States is still dealing with one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world with more than 30 million cases and 550,000 deaths as of late March 2021 according to Johns Hopkins University. But the vaccine rollout during the first quarter of the year is offering a measure of hope for travelers eager to get back to exploring the world.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to discourage U.S. citizens from traveling, even those who are fully vaccinated, at least for a few more months. But the welcome mat that had been rolled up for Americans for much of 2020 is now back in place and more than 90 countries have reopened to U.S. tourists—including Iceland, which recently said it would welcome vaccinated travelers beginning April 6, 2021.

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So what’s open? Here’s the list:

  • Albania
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • The Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rwanda
  • Saba
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

We included two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the USVI) on our list of destinations. Mexico, Central America and most islands in the Caribbean are also open to tourists, with varying degrees of testing and quarantine required — from no testing or quarantine in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic to pre-travel testing and 14-day on-resort quarantine in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Unfortunately, most of Asia, most of Europe and most of Oceania remain off-limits. Many countries in Africa are once again welcoming tourists, but ongoing regional conflicts and emerging COVID-19 variants make travel in some of them inadvisable.

There are also a few countries requiring a long-stay commitment (Thailand, for example) and others where you can enter once you’ve quarantined in a third country that is accepting Americans. Malta is one.

Related: A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

Be sure to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. State Department and local U.S. Embassy websites and read restrictions for U.S. residents carefully before planning a trip.

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What places are open for Americans?

Albania

COVID-19 test required: No

Other restrictions: A 14-day mandatory quarantine for anyone who initiated their travel in the United Kingdom; daily 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew; and masks are mandatory in public spaces.

What’s open: Most businesses, with limited hours (takeout and delivery only from restaurants during curfew) and social distancing restrictions.

Commercial flights returned to Albania in June 2020, and the government lifted all restrictions on tourism on July 1, 2020. There are no testing requirements for visitors, but a health screening at the airport is mandatory. If a passenger has COVID-19 symptoms and/or a fever they may be required to undergo testing and a government quarantine. As the U.S. Embassy in Albania notes, “Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.”

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Albania is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Albania.

 Related: 5 reasons to visit Albania in 2020

Anguilla

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 3-5 days (72 to 120 hours) before departure, again upon arrival and a third time on day 10 or 14

• PCR test required (infants and toddlers are not excluded)

Other restrictions: Travel Authorization is required for short-stay tourists and anyone seeking to work from Anguilla; each individual traveler (including children) must get an authorization; travelers entering/transferring via Dutch St. Maarten must complete St. Maarten’s health screening application form and pre-arrange boat or air travel to Anguilla; quarantine/movement restrictions are in place for at least 10 days until the second on-island test results are received.

What’s open: Anguilla has certified many resorts, restaurants and activities certified for Safe Environment use by tourists.

Anguilla is again welcoming travelers, but step-by-step instructions involving authorization, hotel and transfer reservations and testing must be strictly followed. The government recommends starting the application process at least seven days before your intended travel date. Travel health insurance that covers COVID-19 and is valid in Anguilla is also required.

After presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 3-5 days before arrival, travelers must undergo a temperature check and be tested again upon arrival in Anguilla and then again on day 10 or 14 (right now it is 14 days for U.S. travelers). Guests must stay in place at their accommodations until receiving their second on-island test result or use Safe Environment Approved ground transportation to visit Safe Environment Certified restaurants or participate in Safe Environment Approved activities. See FAQs here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID-19 PCR and rapid Antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Anguilla is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Anguilla, for additional information.

Antigua and Barbuda

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 7 days before departure

• PCR test required (for all travelers age 12 and older)

Other restrictions: All travelers must stay at a certified property, where they will be monitored for COVID-19 for up to 14 days; further testing upon arrival or at the place of lodging may be required as determined by the Health Authorities (cost: $100 per person); there is a 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew through at least April 15, 2021.

What’s open: Certified hotels, excursions and restaurants (but for takeout and delivery only through at least April 15, 2021); non-hotel bars remain closed.

Antiqua and Barbuda reopened to tourists on June 4, 2020, and American Airlines has resumed flights there. However, according to the islands’ latest Travel Advisory, visitors must complete a health declaration form as well as stay in certified accommodations and only book certified tours. They must also adhere to social distancing guidelines, including face masks in public. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to $5,000 XCD ($1,850) and/or imprisonment for up to six months.

The Points Guy founder Brian Kelly canceled an early June 2020  trip to Antigua but eventually was able to make the trip.

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For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID-19 PCR and rapid Antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Antigua and Barbuda is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Antigua and Barbuda, for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda.

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Armenia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure (or submit to a test upon arrival)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Passengers who opt to test upon arrival are required to self-isolate until they receive the result; face masks are required in all public spaces and on public transportation and violators could face fines of 10,000 dram ($19).

What’s open: Most hotels, businesses and public transportation.

Armenia is welcoming visitors arriving via Zvartnots International Airport. Visitors can travel the country without restrictions and there is no curfew in place.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Armenia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Armenia website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Armenia.

Aruba

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 to 12 hours before departure (or test upon arrival)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete an online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card and purchase visitors’ insurance from the nation of Aruba that covers up to $75,000 in health expenses (cost: $30 for travelers age 15 and older and $10 for those 14 and under); masks must be carried at all times and worn in all indoor public spaces, including casinos.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, although they are subject to capacity restrictions; bars are closed (hotel bars are open to guests only); casinos are open with safety measures in place, including closure at 11 p.m. due to a curfew that has been extended until further notice.

Aruba began welcoming American travelers on July 10, 2020, following the admittance of visitors from Europe on July 1, 2020. As part of the required online ED card process, travelers age 15 and older must provide a certified negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel to Aruba or take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival ($75) and quarantine in their hotel room until receiving a negative result (typically within 24 hours). Testing requirements can be found here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID-19 PCR and rapid Antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Aruba is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the website of the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which overseas Aruba, for additional information.

Bahamas

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 days (120 hours) before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All U.S. visitors must purchase a “Bahamas Health Visa” prior to arrival ($40 or $70, depending on length of stay; minors under age 18 can be added to an adult’s visa), as well as health insurance, and upload negative pre-travel test results into the online visa form; a second rapid Antigen test is required for anyone staying more than four nights/five days; face masks are mandatory in all public settings (excluding the beach); violators are subject to a $250 fine for not wearing a mask and $1,000 for not taking the second test (with one-month imprisonment also possible); several islands, including Nassau & Paradise Island and Grand Bahama, have a 10 p.m. curfew.

What’s open: Hotels, restaurants and most businesses and attractions are operating, with social distancing measures in place; conditions may vary from island to island, requiring increased restrictions (as of March 1, 2021, only outdoor dining and takeout/delivery are allowed at restaurants on Nassau & Paradise Island, Exuma and Abaco).

After hitting several road bumps in its reopening—first opening up in July 2020, then shutting down again—the Bahamas has fully reopened to international travelers, including Americans. There are still a few hurdles for visitors, but the process is fairly straightforward. Complete details on pre-arrival requirements, including the Bahamas Health Visa, can be found here.

Related: Bahamas reopening

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID-19 PCR and rapid Antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Bahamas is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in the Bahamas.

Bahrain

COVID-19 test required: Not pre-travel; all visitors age six and older will be tested upon arrival in Bahrain at their own expense, currently 36 Bahraini dinars ($95), and self-isolate until receiving results.

Other restrictions: All travelers must download the BeAware Bahrain app; travelers staying in Bahrain for more than five days must submit to and pay for a second test on day 5 and a third on day 10 (with steep fines and possible jail time for non-compliance); any positive test results will result in quarantine at a government facility until a clean bill of health is received; face masks are mandatory in all public spaces (with a 20 Bahraini dinar/$53 fine for non-compliance).

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses; indoor dining remains limited after a recent suspension.

U.S. travelers have been permitted to receive a visa upon arrival and enter Bahrain since Sept. 4, 2020. Visitors do not need to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test when traveling to Bahrain as all arrivals will be tested at the airport. However, the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain reports that flight schedules are reduced and remain subject to cancellation and that visitors should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into place with little or no advance notice.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bahrain is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Bahrain.

Bangladesh

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure to Bangladesh and also 72 hours prior to departure from Bangladesh

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must have existing Bangladeshi visas (as long as they have not yet expired, they can be renewed); all visitors in possession of a negative test result must still undergo “home quarantine” in their accommodations for 14 days.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation (passengers must wear face masks and be seated) are open with social distancing measures in place; the government has established a three-zone system (Red, Yellow and Green) to categorize case levels and an uptick in cases could signal more restrictive measures.

U.S. citizens are welcome to visit Bangladesh, provided they already have an existing visa and are willing to quarantine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh. All travelers at 10 and older must present written proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel upon arrival in Bangladesh. Authorities will also collect health information cards and conduct temperature screenings.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bangladesh is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh.

Barbados

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure (plus two tests while in Barbados)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must complete an online immigration and customs form before departing for Barbados; a second rapid Antigen test will be administered upon arrival and only those who test negative will be allowed to board transport to their pre-approved resort; all visitors must then quarantine in their rooms for seven days as they await results of a PCR test taken on day 5.

What’s open: Most hotels, but hotel restaurants are open for room-service only for quarantining guests; regulations have been eased a bit since a Feb. 3, 2021 directive closed restaurants, bars and non-essential shops island-wide as well as limiting opening times at beaches. Beaches are now open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for swimming or exercise only and indoor dining has resumed, but fast-food restaurants are takeout only.

Barbados reopened to international travelers on July 12, 2020. JetBlue resumed commercial flights from the U.S. on July 25, 2020 and American Airlines on August 5, 2020. In mid-November, Barbados announced a partnership with Stage Zero Life Sciences for pre-travel testing for U.S. visitors (required for all travelers age 5 and older).

On Feb. 3, 2021, Barbados tightened arrival and testing protocols and placed additional restrictions on businesses in response to the new COVID-19 variants.

All visitors need to stay at pre-approved accommodations and agree to in-room quarantine (no beach or leaving the property) for five days until they take a second PCR test and receive a negative result (available within another 48 hours). They must also self-monitor for symptoms for seven days, including daily temperature checks (bring a thermometer), and report them via the BIMSafe app and to public health teams who will call or text. Complete details on requirements can be found here.

Related: Barbados wants you to move there and work remotely

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID-19 PCR and rapid Antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Barbados is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Information on Barbados’ response to coronavirus and any updates to its protocols can be found on the government website. You can also visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Barbados.

Belarus

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: 10-day quarantine is required for all travelers from “red zone” countries, which includes the U.S.; travelers must complete their quarantine in Belarus and will not be allowed to leave the country until doing so; Americans also require a visa for entry and must submit a health questionnaire and undergo temperature checks upon arrival.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses are open; there is no curfew or restrictions on movement throughout the country.

Belarus is in the middle of a popular uprising against the man called the “last dictator in Europe” and the CDC places the country at Level 4 (Very High Level of COVID-19), so it may not be the best time to visit, but since Aug. 15, 2020, the country bordering Russia is open to American tourists.

U.S travelers are only allowed to enter via Minsk National Airport, according to the U.S. Embassy in Belarus.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Belarus is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Belarus.

Belize

COVID-19 test required: Yes (but not for travelers who have completed their vaccination)

• 96 hours before departure for PCR tests or 48 hours before departure for rapid Antigen tests (Sophia, SD Biosensor and Abbott Panbio only)

• Testing upon arrival is also possible at a cost of $50

Other restrictions: All travelers must download the Belize Health App and complete the required information within 72 hours of their flight to Belize; they must also present a confirmed booking at one of Belize’s Gold Standard hotels. If a traveler tests positive upon arrival in Belize they will be required to quarantine at a Ministry of Health-approved hotel for a minimum of 14 days at their own expense; face masks are required in public spaces and social distancing is practiced.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses are open and there are no regional travel restrictions, but travelers are encouraged to stay within Belize’s “Safe Corridors” and to use Gold Standard tour operators and dine at approved restaurants; there is currently a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. and restaurants are open for outdoor dining and takeout/delivery only.

Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BEZ) reopened on August 15, 2020, and tourism to Belize resumed on Oct. 1, 2020, with travel requirements and restrictions in place. The latest updates can be found here.

Related: Planning your trip to Belize during coronavirus

As of March 13, 2021, anyone who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can visit without pre-travel testing by presenting proof of vaccine completion at least two weeks prior to arrival.

All visitors must also stay at one of the country’s full-service hotels or resorts that have received the Belize Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition—and arrive with a confirmed reservation. Among the requirements for Gold Standard designation: transportation provided to and from the airport, a restaurant on-property and strict cleanliness protocols.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean region are offering on-site COVID-19 PCR and rapid Antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Belize is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Additional information is available on the U.S. Embassy in Belize website.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Belize.

BENIN

COVID-19 test required: Yes, upon arriving and departing Benin (must be pre-booked at cost of 50,000 CFA, or $92)

Other restrictions: Travelers are encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days.

What’s open: Businesses and transportation are operating normally; there is no curfew.

Benin is welcoming international travelers via Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport, which is operating at close to pre-pandemic levels, according to the U.S. Embassy in Benin. To enter the country travelers will need to apply for an eVisa and upon arrival undergo both a COVID-19 rapid test and a PCR test; testing is also required prior to departure. A positive rapid test upon arrival will result in quarantine until receiving a negative PCR result. Anyone staying longer than 15 days must also undergo a third test. If all testing is negative, no quarantine is required.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Benin is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Benin.

Bermuda

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 days (120 hours) before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete the online Bermuda Travel Authorization process within 72 to 25 hours of departure for the island; a $75 fee per traveler covers the cost of required on-island testing (children age nine and younger are exempt from testing and their Travel Authorization fee is $30); all travelers must also have health insurance valid in Bermuda and for the treatment of COVID-19 and test again upon arrival as well as on days 4, 8 and 14 of their visit; face masks are required in public spaces. Note: Fully immunized travelers must quarantine only until receiving their arrival test results (generally 24 hours or less) and then are free to explore and do not have to wear wristbands—but they still must test on days 4, 8 and 14 (if their stay is that long). Details are here.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, subject to social distancing requirements.

Bermuda re-opened to tourists, including to Americans, on July 1, 2020. There are strict protocols to follow both before and after arrival. For details on the process, check the Travel Authorization FAQ.

Within five days of departure, visitors age 10 and older are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test. Children who are 9 and younger are exempt but are subject to their adult travel companion’s quarantine; children 10-17 must receive parental consent to be tested and if consent is denied, the young traveler must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Negative test results must be entered as part of the online travel authorization process and be presented upon arrival in Bermuda.

Related: Bermuda opening to Americans July 1

Bermuda will re-open for air travellers starting July 1, 2020. Over the last several months, we’ve been dedicated to protecting our island home for residents & guests to enjoy for years to come. When you are ready, we are out here to extend a warm welcome: https://t.co/Sr3vviiaH6 pic.twitter.com/vFfKaKbUMv

— Bermuda (@Bermuda) June 11, 2020

All travelers must also take a mandatory second COVID-PCR test upon arrival in the airport and self-quarantine in their accommodation until receiving results (generally 24 hours or less). Visitors must also submit to subsequent tests on days 4, 8 and 14 of their visit (if their stay is that long).

Health insurance covering illness and injury outside of your home jurisdiction, including those related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis while in Bermuda, is required and, if not obtained, a visitor will be responsible for all health and accommodation costs should they require treatment for COVID-19 and/or quarantine.

Related: Visiting Bermuda with kids

Visitors to Bermuda are also required to pack a thermometer to record their temperature twice a day and, if not yet immunized, wear a series of Traveller Wristbands for the first 14 days of their stay, which will remind them to be careful of their movements (restricted by color). Removal of the wristband will result in a fine of $500 and home quarantine with an electronic monitoring bracelet. More information on coronavirus in Bermuda can be found here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bermuda is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. The U.S. Consulate General in Bermuda website has additional information.

More reading: New resort and hotel options in Bermuda

Bolivia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 10 days before departure (from the United States); there are separate requirements for Bolivian citizens and residents and for travelers from other regions.

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: American travelers need a tourist visa is (available at any Bolivian land or air border or at the Bolivian Consulate in the U.S. for $160); all passengers will undergo temperature checks and health screenings.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation

Bolivia had been off-limits to Americans until recently, but the country has now suspended all national COVID-19 restrictions related to travel. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bolivia, however, is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

The wearing of face masks in public places is mandatory and social distancing requirements remain in effect. There is no curfew and there are no restrictions on intercity travel.

The U.S. Embassy in Bolivia reports that commercial flights have resumed—Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA) airline has periodic flights between La Paz and Miami—but that travelers should expect that additional restrictions affecting international travel could be put in place with little advance notice.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Bolivia.

BONAIRE

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

• Plus, a negative rapid Antigen test no more than 24 hours prior to arrival

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete a health declaration form 48 hours prior to departure for Bonaire; having travel insurance valid in Bonaire is recommended but not required.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation, with social distancing measures in place, however, Bonaire enacted Phase 6 level lockdown measures for two weeks beginning March 18, 2021 after a surge in cases; this limits restaurants (except for hotel restaurants serving guests) to take-out only and closes non-essential shops.

Americans are welcome to visit Bonaire, but because the U.S. is considered a high-risk country, all travelers age 13 and older are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival as well as a negative rapid Antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival. All travelers must also complete a health declaration form.

Face masks are required in the airport and on public transportation.

Delta Airlines has resumed its weekly direct flights from Atlanta (ATL) to Bonaire and American Airlines’ Wednesday and Saturday routes from Miami (MIA) and United Airlines’ non-stop Saturday flights to/from Houston (IAH) and Newark (EWR) have also resumed service to Bonaire.

For more information on health and safety protocols in Bonaire, check here. You can also visit the website of the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which oversees Bonaire.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bonaire is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Bosnia And Herzegovina

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 48 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Face masks are required in all public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and other businesses, although there is a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew

Bosnia and Herzegovina reopened to international travelers on Sept. 13, 2020, and Americans can visit, although the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina reported in early March 2021 that the country continues to see a high number of COVID-19 cases.

A negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival is required to enter. According to the U.S. Embassy, requirements and restrictions may change with little or no advance notice.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bosnia and Herzegovina is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Botswana

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening upon entry; a negative test is also required to exit the country.

What’s open: Some businesses, many safari lodges and Chobe National Park; some transportation within Botswana is limited.

Botswana, one of Africa’s top safari destinations, is open to American tourists. A visa is not required, but the U.S. State Department’s advisory for Botswana is Level 4: Do not Travel.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Botswana, limited commercial flights to Botswana are available through South Africa and Ethiopia and some charter flights to Kasane and Maun may be available (check with tour companies operating in Botswana). The U.S. banned travel from South Africa (for non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents) on Jan. 30, 2021, due to the COVID-19 variant circulating there, so flight schedules transiting through South Africa may be more limited or subject to change.

All passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel to Botswana; quarantine is not required.

All passengers must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure from Botswana, which parallels a Jan. 26, U.S. requirement that everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Botswana must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights. Details are available here.

Gaborone has an 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in place through at least March 31, 2021. Permits are required to travel between any of Botswana’s nine zones and are restricted to essential travel. Tourism is considered essential, but additional COVID-19 testing may be required to travel between zones.

There are fines for non-compliance of Botswana’s mask mandate and other restrictions.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Botswana.

Brazil

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Passengers must complete a Traveler’s Health Declaration form.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses; the Brazilian government has imposed very few restrictions.

Brazil has the most coronavirus cases in South America—and the second-highest number of deaths in the world after the United States—and in late March 2021 was experiencing record-high surges in cases because of a troubling new COVID-19 variant that has caused many countries, including the U.S., to ban entry of travelers from Brazil.

Brazil lifted its own travel ban on foreigners at the end of July 2020 and tourists are welcome. However, the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Brazil and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil continues to recommend that all travelers who do choose to go to Brazil purchase insurance before departing the United States even though Brazil no longer requires proof of health insurance to enter the country.

Since December 2020, all travelers aged 12 and older arriving in Brazil by air, both tourists and residents, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding and complete a Traveler’s Health Declaration form.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Brazilians are currently not allowed to travel to the U.S., which has also banned entry by foreign nationals who have been to Brazil in the past 14 days.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Brazil.

The British Virgin Islands

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours before departure (and twice while in the BVI)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All visitors must register no later than 48 hours of travel; take a second PCR test upon arrival and a third on day 4; and download a tracking app and wear a wristband.

What’s open: Most hotels, resorts, restaurants, businesses and activities, with social distancing measures in place.

The British Virgin Islands officially re-opened to tourism on Dec. 1, 2020. Americans can visit, but all travelers must follow strict protocols. These include:

  • Providing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 120 hours (5 days) of departure for the BVI.
  • Registering on the BVI Gateway seven days (and no later than 48 hours) before travel, and completing the application no later than 24 hours before travel.
  • Obtaining COVID-19 health insurance valid in the BVI.
  • Taking a second PCR test upon arrival in the BVI.
  • Quarantining at their resort for four full days while using an activated tracking system on their phones and wearing a wristband monitoring device.
  • Taking a third PCR test on day 4 and await the results (typically given within 24 hours) before being able to move freely around the islands.
  • Pay a $175 per person fee for testing and tracking devices.

Complete details on travel requirements and restrictions can be found here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the BVI is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Check the website of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which overseas the BVI, for additional information.

Cape Verde

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure to Cape Verde

• PCR test or rapid Antigen test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must complete a health questionnaire; face mask mandates and inter-island travel restrictions are in place.

What’s open: Most businesses, public transportation and tourist sites; some islands may have reduced opening hours and capacity restrictions.

Americans are allowed to visit Cape Verde, a group of 10 islands located off of Africa, where international flights resumed on Oct. 12, 2020. According to the U.S. Embassy in Cape Verde, all travelers age seven and older must complete a health questionnaire and provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel. Authorities will also conduct a health screening upon arrival.

There is currently no curfew, but inter-island travel restrictions are in place. Islands with a COVID-19 infection rate below 20 per 100,000 inhabitants are considered “green” and passengers from those islands do not need COVID-19 tests for inter-island travel. But those traveling from “non-green” islands to any “green” island must show a negative COVID-19 rapid test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Face masks are required in public spaces, including sidewalks, and violators are subject to fines of about $165.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Cape Verde is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Cape Verde.

Chile

COVID-19 test required: Yes, but Chile has temporarily suspended entry by non-resident foreigners through April 30, 2021

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers needed to complete an electronic affidavit and have proof of health insurance valid in Chile for COVID-19 health issues; there was also a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

What’s open: Most businesses and many hotels and restaurants, with varying restrictions in place;  public transportation is running.

A trip to Chile is no longer possible, at least in April 2021, as the country has temporarily suspended entry by all non-resident foreigners through the end of the month. Americans had been allowed to visit Chile since Nov. 23, 2020, according to the U.S. Embassy in Chile, when the country began to gradually reopen its borders to foreign visitors via Santiago Airport.

All travelers had been required to present three documents: a completed Affidavit of Travelers electronic form (done within 48 hours of travel); proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure; and proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for COVID-19 and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile.

Since Dec. 31, 2020, anyone entering Chile with those three documents had also had to undergo a 10-day quarantine, with a test taken on day 7 and a negative result releasing them from quarantine.

But as of March 31, 2021, the government said the first five days of quarantine need to be spent in a “transit hotel” (at the traveler’s cost); after receiving a negative test, travelers would then be released to finish their 10-day quarantine at their chosen hotel or residence. All non-resident foreigners had also been required to complete a 14-day “Period of Vigilance for Travelers” by reporting their location and health condition to authorities daily via email.

Related: Chile is Open to Americans, But There are New Restrictions

Chile is under a State of Emergency through June 2021 and much of the country is under mandatory quarantine restrictions, which vary by region and neighborhood; there is a nationwide 9 p.m. curfew and face masks are required in public.

LATAM has resumed flights between Santiago and the U.S., but before November 2020 they had been used mostly for humanitarian and repatriation flights.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Chile is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Chile.

Colombia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening and testing/quarantine upon arrival for those without the required pre-travel testing.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and businesses, with safety protocols in place.

Americans can travel to Colombia for tourism, where international flights resumed on Sept. 21, 2020, and are now available to Bogota and seven other cities, according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia.

Related: Colombia is open, but should you go?

Since Jan. 7, 2021, all travelers to Colombia are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of flight departure. Passengers also face health screenings at their point of arrival and if they were unable to get a required pre-travel test, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days, or 7 days with a negative test taken 3-5 days after arrival.

Current requirements also call for all visitors to complete the online pre-travel registration form “Check-Mig” within one to 24 hours of their flight departure time; download CoronApp to self-report their health throughout the duration of their trip; and wear a mask at all times and wash their hands on a consistent basis. Further details are available here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The CDC’s travel advisory for Colombia is Level 4: Do Not Travel and U.S. State Department’s advisory for Colombia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Colombia.

Costa Rica

COVID-19 test required: No

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete a digital HEALTH PASS and have travel/medical insurance with set minimum coverage; face masks are required in all public spaces; expect health screenings upon arrival.

What’s open: As of March 2021, the majority of hotels, restaurants and businesses are operating; national parks are open at 100% capacity; bars and casinos can operate at 50% capacity; and beaches are open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

American tourists are welcome to visit Costa Rica, and as of Nov. 1, 2020, no longer need to quarantine or provide a negative PCR test.

Related: All you need to know to visit Costa Rica

All travelers to Costa Rica must complete a digital form called HEALTH PASS, available within 48 hours of travel. A form needs to be submitted for each individual traveler, including minors. It is also mandatory that all travelers have travel insurance that will cover accommodations (minimum of $2,000) in case of quarantine and medical expenses (minimum of $50,000) due to COVID-19 illness. For details, click here.

Note that any emergency medical or dental coverage provided by credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve will not meet this requirement.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in Costa Rica have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Travelers can also visit the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica website for information. The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Costa Rica is currently Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Costa Rica.

Cote d’Ivoire

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours (5 days) before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must fill out an Air Travel Declaration Form and pay the required fees online.

What’s open: Most businesses (restaurants, bars and shops) and public transportation.

Côte d’Ivoire remains under a Health State of Emergency, with increased health measures and a recommendation against non-essential movement, according to the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire, which also reports that international air travel resumed with limited service as of July 1, 2020.

Travelers planning to visit Côte d’Ivoire must present a COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 120 hours before travel and fill out a travel declaration form.

Everyone departing Côte d’Ivoire is also required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 120 hours before departure. Note: The new U.S. requirement (as of Jan. 26, 2021) is that all international air travelers returning to the U.S. present a negative viral (PCR or rapid Antigen) test taken within 72 hours of travel, so to sync the two requirements, a PCR test within 72 hours is required. Check here for details.

Côte d’Ivoire also requires face masks and social distancing when traveling through any public area;  there are capacity limitations for venues.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Côte d’Ivoire is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Côte d’Ivoire.

Croatia

COVID-19 test required: Yes, unless the traveler is 14 days past completing their COVID-19 vaccinations or has recovered from an infection

• 48 hours before arrival

• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must complete an entry form and have proof of a hotel reservation that is paid in full; those who do not have a valid test result can test upon arrival and self-isolate until receiving the result; masks must be worn in indoor public spaces and outdoors when social distancing can not be maintained.

What’s open: Most businesses, as well as museums, galleries and casinos (with capacity restrictions), but restaurants and bars are limited to outdoor dining and take-out; nightclubs are closed and alcohol sales in other venues must end at 10 p.m; public transportation is running.

U.S. travelers can once again visit Croatia. Croatia had reopened for tourists from all countries, but  on Dec. 1, 2020, the government restricted entry and border crossings and instituted varying levels of lockdown to help limit COVID-19 transmission, and as a result, entry for tourism purposes was not permitted for U.S. citizens. That changed as of April 1, 2021.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Croatia, U.S. tourists must fill out the Enter Croatia form and present one of the following:

  • a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test taken less than 48 hours before arrival; those who provide a rapid Antigen test result and are staying in Croatia longer than 10 days must repeat the test within 10 days of the original test.
  • a vaccination certificate showing vaccination was completed at least 14 days before entry to Croatia
  • a certificate confirming recovery from a COVID-19 infection with a positive test result having been received within 11 and 180 days of arrival in Croatia

Travelers can also test upon arrival (at the traveler’s cost) and self-isolate until receiving a negative result. They must also provide proof of accommodation paid in advance in full or they will not be permitted to enter the country.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Croatia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Croatia.

Curacao

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Passengers must complete an online immigration card and prior to travel; health insurance valid in Curacao is required; travelers who test positive for COVID-19 while in Curacao will be quarantined at their own expense; social distancing measures are in place and face masks are required when distancing is not possible.

What’s open: Hotels are open, but after a surge of cases, Curacao announced on March 24, 2021 that for two weeks (through at least April 7, 2021) all non-essential shops are closed, all restaurants can offer take-out or delivery only between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. (there is a 9 p.m. island-wide curfew) and all excursions and activities are canceled; travelers are asked to check with the resort they have reserved about on-property restrictions.

Curacao re-opened to U.S. tourists in November 2020. The U.S. is considered a high-risk country and all American travelers are required to complete a digital immigration card and then, within 48 hours of travel, digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) via the same portal and carry a printed copy with you. A negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for Curacao must be uploaded to the portal and passengers are required to carry a copy of the results with you. Children six years and younger are exempt from testing and the PLC.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Curacao is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Consulate in Curacao‘s website for additional information.

Democratic Republic of Congo

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Additional testing is required upon arrival, with a self-quarantine (typically 24 hours) until getting the result; travelers must also test again before departure; a visa and proof of yellow fever vaccination are also mandatory.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation; Virunga National Park (as of April 1, 2021)

The Democratic Republic of Congo, home to Virunga National Park and the endangered mountain gorilla, reopened its borders in August 2020 and Virunga National Park is set to reopen on April 1, 2021. However, armed conflict is ongoing in the DRC and six park rangers were ambushed and killed by militia inside the park in January. In February, the Italian ambassador to DRC was killed along with two others in an ambush.

According to the U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, all arriving international travelers age 11 and older must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days (72 hours) of their departure to DRC. Upon arrival, travelers age 11 and older must take a second COVID-19 test at the airport. Travelers should register their information and pay for the test ($45) at INRBCOVID.com before they begin their travel. After testing at the airport, arriving passengers must self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result, usually within 24 hours.

Americans also need a visa to visit as well as a World Health Organization (WHO) card with proof of yellow fever vaccination.

To exit the DRC, all travelers age 11 and older must pay for and present a negative COVID-19 test from an approved lab taken within 72 hours of travel. This parallels a Jan. 26 requirement by the U.S. government that everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights.

Masks are required in public spaces and the DRC has a nationwide curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Testing is required for travel between some provinces.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Democratic Republic of Congo is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in the DRC.

Djibouti

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure (and up to 120 hours before arrival)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Both an eVisa obtained in advance of travel and a second saliva-based COVID-19 test upon arrival are required; travelers must have a supply of masks upon arrival and masks are required inside all buildings.

What’s open: Most businesses (restaurants, shops) and some, but not all, public transportation

Djibouti, located in East Africa, started to reopen its economy in early May 2020 and began allowing air travelers in last fall. In addition to pre-travel testing required for boarding any flight to the country, the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti reports that travelers arriving at Ambouli International Airport will also be screened using a minimally invasive saliva test (cost $30); a positive result will require the traveler to quarantine at their hotel or seek treatment in a local hospital.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Djibouti is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Djibouti.

Dominica

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 24 to 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Pre-travel online screening and questionnaire; testing upon arrival, followed by quarantine or a managed experience. Arriving passengers must wear color-coded wristbands and face masks and physical distancing is required when in public.

What’s open: Safe in Nature-certified hotel properties and excursions;

Dominica has been open to visitors since Aug. 3, 2020. All eligible arriving travelers are designated as coming from Low-Risk, Medium-Risk or High-Risk countries. The U.S. is currently considered High-Risk and all Americans must follow these procedures:

• Submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival

• Present notification of clearance to travel in the form of a doctor’s note or similar document

• Submit a negative PCR test result recorded within 24-72 hours prior to arrival

• Provide confirmation of a booking at a government-certified private property

• Undergo a health assessment upon arrival, including a temperature check

• Provide confirmation of the health questionnaire and negative PCR test results

• Undergo rapid COVID-19 test screening at Dominica’s airport with a negative test result (children under five are exempt).

• After receiving a negative result, travelers need to spend 5-7 days in either mandatory quarantine at a government facility or 5-7 days in a Managed Experience at a Safe in Nature certified property.

Any traveler with a high temperature, high-risk alert from their questionnaire or positive rapid test will be given a PCR test, and be taken into mandatory quarantine at a government-approved facility or hotel at their expense until results are available. If the follow-up test result is positive, the traveler may be quarantined until released by an authorized health professional.

For more information, see Dominica’s Travel Advisory.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in Costa Rica have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Dominica is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Dominica, for more information.

The Dominican Republic 

COVID-19 test required: No, but there are mandatory temperature checks upon arrival and a quick aleatory breath test will be administered to 3% to 15% of arriving passengers age five and older; anyone presenting symptoms or testing positive will be isolated at authorized locations.

Other restrictions: Masks and social distancing guidelines are in place for indoor public spaces, public transportation and outdoors when distancing isn’t possible; there is also an island-wide curfew of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, including Good Friday to Easter Sunday, April 2-4, 2021) and disobeying it can result in fines or jail time.

What’s open: Most resorts and hotels, public beaches during non-curfew hours and restaurants at reduced capacity.

The Dominican Republic reopened to tourists in July 1, 2020, when Punta Cana International Airport resumed commercial operations.

Travelers are also required to fill out and submit a Traveler’s Health Affidavit and an Electronic Entry Ticket (through at least March 31, 2021) to declare they have not felt any COVID-19 related symptoms in the last 72 hours and provide contact details for the next 30 days. The DR is providing a free health coverage plan for all hotel guests, also through March 31, 2021. For the latest updates on travel to the DR, check here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Dominican Republic is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy’s website for additional information.

Ecuador

COVID-19 test required: Yes, for unvaccinated travelers

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

Other restrictions: Random rapid Antigen testing (for travelers age 14 and older) may be conducted upon arrival at the airport in Ecuador; travelers who test positive must isolate for 10 days in a government-designated shelter.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, with social distancing requirements in place.

Ecuador is again open for Americans. All arriving passengers, including children over the age of two, are required to present results of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test taken within 72 hours (changed on March 22, 2021 from the previous requirement of a PCR test taken within 10 days prior to arrival), per the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador. Ecuador is also now allowing travelers who have completed their COVOD-19 vaccination and present a vaccination card to enter without testing (travelers who have documented proof of recovery from COVID-19 (more than one months since the onset of symptom) may also present that. Note: There are special requirements for the Galapagos Islands, where a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours must be presented upon arrival in Galapagos. It can be the same test used to enter the country if it’s a PCR test and is still within the required 96 hour timeframe for the Galapagos.

Quito and Guayaquil airports are open and airlines are now required to verify that all travelers traveling to Ecuador have a negative test result before allowing them to board.

Rapid Antigen testing may also be conducted upon arrival and if the test is positive the traveler will be required to isolate in a government shelter for 10 days. As long as a traveler has the negative PCR test result, doesn’t display any symptoms upon arrival, and doesn’t receive a positive test on a random rapid test at the airport, quarantine is not required.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Ecuador is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Ecuador.

Egypt

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure for passengers from North America, South America, Japan, China, Thailand, London, Paris and Frankfurt (due to transit times); 72 hours for all other travelers.

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: A visa is also required (Americans can get theirs prior to travel via online enrollment or upon arrival); travelers must present the original printed test result; health insurance valid in Egypt is also required.

What’s open: Most hotels, shops, restaurants and some tourist sites; the Great Pyramids of Giza reopened in July 2020; restaurants are operating at 50% capacity.

International tourism resumed in Egypt on July 1, 2020, although tourism at sites such as Luxor has reportedly been quite slow. The Great Pyramids of Giza, for instance, reopened on July 1, 2020, after being closed since March 2020 and undergoing a deep cleaning, reported Reuters.

COVID-19 PCR tests are required for all international arrivals age six and older. All U.S. citizens need a tourist visa (available via online enrollment) and proof of health insurance to enter the country, according to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. Check with the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for more details.

Additional information is available on the Egyptair website.

As of Jan. 3, 2021, anyone not following mask requirements may be subject to fines or prosecution.

Related: Egypt reopening

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Egypt is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Egypt.

Related: Dreaming of visiting Egypt

El Salvador

COVID-19 test required: Yes, if the traveler does not have proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination

• 72 hours before departure (from time test results were issued)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Temperature check upon arrival; mask and social distancing rules are in place.

What’s open: Most hotels, businesses and public transportation, although municipalities can be placed under quarantine with little notice.

El Salvador reopened on Sept. 19, 2020, to commercial flights to Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador. Local businesses are open with no restrictions.

According to the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, entering visitors must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of departure for El Salvador (the 72 hours, in this case, refers to the time the test results were issued, not when the sample was collected). The Embassy also reports that as of March 29, 2021, passengers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination can present proof of vaccination instead of a test result. But travelers are advised to confirm with their airline that it will also accept vaccination documentation for boarding.

While in El Salvador, visitors must wear face masks and practice social distancing in all public settings, including at the airport. Arriving passengers will also face temperature checks.

A curfew is currently not in place and there are no quarantine requirements for visitors. The U.S. Embassy notes, however, that the Salvadoran Ministry of Health can place municipalities under special quarantine with little or no prior notice when a high number of COVID-19 cases is detected.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for El Salvador is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in El Salvador.

Ethiopia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours (5 days) before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health check upon arrival and mandatory 7-day self-quarantine

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation, with capacity limits

Commercial flights have resumed to Ethiopia. Entry rules require that every international traveler over the age of 10 present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 120 hours (5 days) of travel, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia. Upon arrival, passengers will undergo a health check, register with authorities and self-quarantine at home or in a hotel for seven days. Anyone showing symptoms will be taken to a government-run isolation center.

Ethiopia has reported accelerated spread of COVID-19 infections throughout March 2021.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ethiopia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Ethiopia.

Gabon

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours (5 days) before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All arriving passengers must pay for and take a second COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine until receiving the results; a negative test taken within 14 days is required for any travel between cities and provinces.

What’s open: Hotels, restaurants and most businesses—all at reduced capacity

Gabon lifted many pandemic measures were lifted in July 2020, but the U.S. Embassy in Gabon reported that restrictions were reimposed and land borders were closed in late January 2021 after cases began to rise. Travelers are being permitted into Gabon by air (there are flights several times per week), but not by land or sea.

Restaurants and hotels are open, but with capacity limits. Social distancing and masks are mandated at all times, with fines for non-compliance. There is a curfew in effect in the capital of Libreville from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Gabon is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Gabon.

The Gambia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers from countries where new COVID-19 strains are circulating, including the United States, may be required to take a second COVID test upon arrival in The Gambia; anyone testing positive will be required to quarantine at a government-run facility at their own expense; face masks must be worn in public spaces and limits on public gatherings remain in effect.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and businesses

Americans are permitted to visit this West African nation, and according to the U.S Embassy in the Gambia, the government has lifted most restrictions on businesses. All arriving travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and travelers from the U.S. may be tested again upon arrival. Anyone without a test that complies with these requirements—such as having a test taken outside of the 72-hour window, rapid test results or a positive result when tested upon arrival—will be subject to mandatory quarantine in government-managed facilities.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Gambia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in the Gambia.

Georgia

COVID-19 test required: Yes, unless the traveler has proof of being fully vaccinated

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers are required to get a follow-up PCR test at their own expense three days after arrival in Georgia; however, anyone who has traveled to the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) over the past 14 days must undergo a 12-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense; there is also a nationwide curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.and face masks are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Many hotels and most businesses and public transportation were allowed to reopen in early March 2021.

Americans can now visit the country of Georgia, according to the U.S. Embassy, including those who have documented proof of completed COVID-19 vaccinations and those willing to stay for six months and work from home in the country. However, there is widespread community spread of COVID-19 in Georgia and the U.S. State Department’s current advisory for the country is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Unvaccinated U.S. citizens or residents arriving by air through permitted countries are required to complete an application form, present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and take a second PCR test (at their own expense) on the third day after arrival in Georgia. Details and links to requirements are available on the U.S. Embassy website and details on what’s open in Georgia are here.

Related: Work from home in these countries

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Georgia.

Ghana 

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Second COVID-19 test conducted upon arrival; masks required in public spaces.

What’s open: Essential businesses, restaurants and public transportation, with social distancing measures in place; all entertainment venues, beaches and sports facilities remain closed.

Ghana’s Accra Kotoka International Airport reopened for regular international service on Sept. 1, 2020, although the country’s land and sea borders remain closed. According to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, all passengers arriving by air must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted by an accredited laboratory in the country of origin not more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Additionally, each traveler age five and older must undergo a COVID-19 test conducted at the airport upon arrival. There is a $150 fee per person. Travelers can pay the fee online before departure or pay upon arrival at the airport in Accra. Ghana’s Ministry of Public Health has mandated the use of face masks in public.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ghana is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Ghana.

Grenada

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must obtain authorization, complete online forms, obtain travel/health insurance valid in Grenada, download a tracing app, have confirmed reservations at a certified property for at least seven nights, and quarantine.

What’s open: Most businesses, although there are restrictions on restaurants and bars; Grenada has certified certain hotels and activities for tourists.

Like many islands in the Caribbean, Grenada began reopening to foreign tourists on Aug. 1, 2020 — with many restrictions attached. Unfortunately, there are now strict protocols for all visitors, since Grenada is no longer dividing travelers into low-, medium- and high-risk, depending on their country of origin.

Every visitor is required to obtain a Pure Safe Travel Certificate authorizing travel, present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days (72 hours) of arrival (children age 5 and under are exempt from testing), fill out online health forms in advance, have travel insurance valid in Grenada and download the RonaTrac contact tracing app (iPhone users are currently exempt).

All visitors also need to show a confirmed reservation for no fewer than seven nights at a Pure Safe Travel accommodation and quarantine there until taking a PCR test on day 5 (cost: $150, payable when obtaining the Pure Safe Travel Certificate) and getting official clearance to either transfer to the non-quarantine section of their hotel (or to another hotel) and explore the island or return home.

Complete travel requirements can be found here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

For more information on requirements and restrictions, visit the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean’s COVID-19 page for Grenada.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Grenada is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Grenada.

Guatemala

COVID-19 test required: Yes, unless traveler can provide proof of completed vaccination at least two weeks prior to travel or recovery from COVID-19 within three months of travel.

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR or Antigen test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete a Health Pass; travelers who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa within two weeks of arriving in Guatemala may be denied entry or be required to quarantine; there are health checkpoints upon arrival and masks are mandatory in public spaces, including the airport.

What’s open: Most businesses, including hotels, restaurants and bars, have been allowed to reopen with capacity restrictions and limited hours

Guatemala slowly began reopening to tourism on Sept. 18, 2020, and Aurora International Airport is accepting international arrivals. Americans are welcome, but the country is prepared to deny entry to any traveler (including American citizens) who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa over the past 14 days, and/or require those allowed in to quarantine.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, passengers age 10 and over must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test conducted within 72 hours prior to airport check-in for flights to Guatemala. Travelers who are two weeks or more past having completed their COVID-19 vaccination and those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the past three months can provide documented proof (although some air carriers require a pre-travel test before boarding). All travelers must also complete a Heath Pass. In addition, any non-resident foreigners presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival may be denied entry to Guatemala.

Guatemalan officials at all borders are required to confirm the entering visitor’s negative coronavirus test result.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Guatemala is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Guatemala.

Guinea

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers to Guinea must have three masks with them; testing from a specific lab is required for departure.

What’s open: Many businesses, including restaurants and bars, with social distancing measures in place; there is no public transportation system in Guinea.

Gbessia International Airport in Conakry is open and most airlines have resumed their flight schedules, although with cases rising through mid-March 2021 the West African country’s state of health emergency has been extended through May 2021, according to the U.S. Embassy in Guinea. Masks must be worn in all public places and there is currently an overnight curfew in the greater Conakry area and N’zerekore.

All travelers to Guinea must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. They must also carry three masks when entering. If flying into Guinea without a negative PCR test result, travelers will be tested upon arrival and quarantined until results are received. If they receive a positive result, they must quarantine for 14 days and have two negative tests before they are released.

Guinea also requires that all departing travelers be tested by a specific lab, the National Public Health Institute (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité Sanitaire, or ANSS) lab, with the test taken within 72 hours of departure (cost: about $67). This parallels a new U.S. requirement as of Jan. 26, 2021, that everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Guinea must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Guinea is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Guinea.

Guyana

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure (to avoid testing upon arrival)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must fill out an online form and upload test results; masks are required in public spaces; there’s a 10:30 p.m. curfew through at least March 31, 2021.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, with restrictions; restaurants are permitted to open for outdoor dining, delivery, drive-thru, curbside pickup and take out until 9:30 p.m.; as of January 29, 2021, indoor dining is allowed at 40% capacity with additional restrictions.

Americans can visit Guyana, according to the U.S. Embassy. Travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight to avoid a second test upon arrival (anyone with a test taken within 4 to 7 days of travel will be tested again at a cost of $85). Travelers must also upload test results electronically via an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival and provide a copy of the test result (in English) to their airline at check-in. Details can be found here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Guyana is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Guyana.

Haiti

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR or rapid Antigen test required (proof of prior recovery from COVID-19 is also accepted)

Other restrictions: All travelers must fill out a health declaration form; masks are mandatory in all public spaces.

What’s open: Haiti has limited tourism infrastructure compared with other Caribbean islands, but many businesses are open and public transportation is running.

Haiti has reopened its borders to regular international passenger traffic. It has also opened its land borders with the Dominican Republic. However, the U.S. State Department’s advisory for Haiti is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, as of Feb. 9, 2021, all travelers to Haiti must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel to their airline; proof of a prior COVID-19 infection (positive test and documentation from the attending physician) is also allowed.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Haiti.

Honduras

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must complete government forms and sign an affidavit; masks are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Some hotels and most businesses, with capacity restrictions in place; bars and nightclubs are closed.

Honduras reopened for tourists from all countries on Aug. 17, 2020, with its international airports in operation. Spirit Airlines has resumed service from Fort Lauderdale and Houston, and American Airlines is flying from Miami.

Entering visitors must complete a government registration form and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. They will also be required to sign an affidavit and complete customs forms. Masks are required in all public spaces. Updates on guidelines can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Honduras website.

Anyone traveling from the United States who has visited or transited through the United Kingdom or South Africa within the past 21 days, is banned from entering Honduras. The local health authority maintains the right to grant or deny final approval for entry, based on their determination of risk of COVID-19 from any visiting travelers.

Travelers exiting Honduras must also complete another online government pre-check form.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Honduras is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Honduras.

ICELAND

COVID-19 test required: Not pre-travel, but vaccination or proof of recovery from previous infection are required and travelers will undergo one test upon arrival

Other restrictions: The only U.S. travelers allowed to enter Iceland as of April 6, 2021 are those who have proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from a previous infection with a confirmed antibody test or a positive PCR test more than 14 days old; all travelers must register before arrival in Iceland.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, as well as public transportation; the volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula near Reykjavik has resulted in some road closures; the famous Blue Lagoon thermal area is also closed until at least April 16, 2021.

Iceland had discussed welcoming back American tourists as early as June 2020, but then changed its mind and a ban on American tourists remained in effect through March 2021.

TPG’s Andrew Kunesh booked a last-minute flight shortly after the ban was lifted, but before Iceland’s government decided it needed more time to ensure procedures were in place. You can read his account here.

Related: Iceland is finally ready to welcome eligible Americans

As of April 6, 2021, U.S. visitors are welcome, assuming they meet one of two criteria:

  • A completed AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
  • A previous COVID-19 infection, as confirmed with a positive antibody test or positive PCR test older than 14 days

Visitors need to pre-register before travel and can present an official paper or electronic COVID-19 vaccine certificate that includes the traveler’s name, date of birth, date and location of vaccination, vaccine administered and the manufacturer and batch or lot number, as outlined on this page. Per the revised April 6, 2021 guidelines, vaccinated U.S. travelers will be required to take a test upon arrival. Details are here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Iceland is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

There is an active volcanic eruption taking place on the Reykjanes Peninsula near the capital, Reykjavik. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Iceland website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Iceland.

Ireland

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: 14-day self-isolation upon arrival (testing can end it early); travel between counties is banned.

What’s open: Hotels, but only to essential travelers, not tourists; restaurants are operating on take-out and delivery only; non-essential retail shops are closed.

Ireland is technically open to Americans, but the Irish government advises against it and an ongoing lockdown in response to surging cases since mid-January 2021 has made travel there complicated through at least mid-April 2021, since hotels are not open to those traveling for tourism purposes. All arrivals must also self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and fill out a Passenger Locator Form attesting to where they will be quarantining.

Ireland re-instituted lockdown on Oct. 21, 2020, which placed the entire country under Level 5 restrictions for six weeks. The country is now back to Level 5 through at least April 5, 2021, with travel between counties banned and restaurants operating on take-out and delivery only. Hotels are open with restrictions on who can stay there in place.

As of Jan. 16, 2021, all arrivals from outside Ireland are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and self-isolate for 14 days. Travelers from countries not designated as category 2 can end their self-isolation by taking a COVID-19 PCR test five days after arriving in the country and receiving a negative result. Americans can do this.

There is a fine of up to $2,860 or six months in jail for arriving without the proper test result upon arrival or for not fulfilling the required quarantine. Details on the latest restrictions can be found here.

Related: Yes you can go to Ireland, but… 

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ireland is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Ireland.

Jamaica

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival (as of March 11, 2021, changed from 10 days)

• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

Other restrictions: Travel authorization is required; arriving visitors will undergo a health screening and risk assessment; guests must stay at their resort and use only certified tours or visit certified attractions; masks and social distancing are mandated in public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels and resorts within what Jamaica calls its “resilient corridors” are certified to be open, but visitors should expect their movement around the island to be limited.

Jamaica officially reopened for tourism on June 15, 2020 but anyone hoping to plan a vacation there, especially those from a high-risk country (such as the U.S.), needs to request and obtain a travel authorization within 72 hours of their planned travel date.

As of March 11, 2021, all U.S. travelers age 12 and older must present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test, dated within 72 hours (3 days) of the date of arrival.

All incoming travelers should expect thermal temperature checks upon arrival, and anyone who shows COVID-19 symptoms or feels ill upon arrival will be tested and must quarantine in their hotel room until receiving a negative result. Even after all those procedures, travelers are expected to stay at accommodations within the “resilient corridors” at hotels and resorts certified to accept tourists and adhere to social distancing and face mask policies in public. Travelers are also expected to follow any policies made by tourist and hospitality establishments.

For the latest updates on travel to Jamaica, check here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Jamaica is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica‘s website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Jamaica.

Jordan

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must fill out a pre-travel arrivals form, have health insurance valid in Jordan and take a second test upon arrival; curfews vary by days of the week; masks are mandatory in public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and businesses with social distancing restrictions in place, but the U.S. Embassy recommends travelers avoid in-person dining at restaurants and cafes; there is   a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew until further notice.

Americans can visit, according to the U.S. Embassy in Jordan, but they must fill out an arrivals form before the flight. They will also need to provide results of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in Jordan, have health insurance valid in Jordan and take and pay for another coronavirus test upon arrival ($39, children under age five are exempt).

Once in Jordan, U.S. travelers who test negative upon arrival no longer need to undergo mandatory home quarantine for a period of 14 days.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Jordan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Jordan.

Kenya

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All arrivals require a visa and face a health screening; departing passengers must also obtain a negative test result before their flight if their destination country requires it.

What’s open: Hotels, safari lodges, game reserves, restaurants (with closure at 9 p.m.), most businesses and public transportation; there are movement restrictions and closures, with restaurants limited to takeout only in five counties: Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru.

Kenya reopened to tourism on Aug. 1, 2020 and Americans can visit. Under the reopening plan, travel in and out of Nairobi is allowed. All visitors need to obtain an e-visa, fill out an online health form (and obtain a QR code for scanning) and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. They’ll also face a health screening on arrival, but are exempted from quarantine. Entry requirements can be found here.

The embassy reports that Kenya is also planning to implement policies that all departing travelers whose destination requires a test must visit an authorized laboratory in the Trusted Traveler initiative and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before they will be allowed to board departing flights. And as of Jan. 26, 2021 everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Kenya must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Cases in Kenya surged in late March 2021. A mandatory face mask requirement while in public remains in effect along with a nightly curfew starting at 10 p.m. (it’s 8 p.m. in five counties: Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru) until further notice. In those counties, there is also restricted movement, bars are closed and restaurants are limited to take-out only.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Kenya is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Kenya.

Related: Country-by-country guide to Africa reopening

Kosovo

COVID-19 test required: Not required for U.S. citizens, but recommended to avoid refusal of boarding by airlines or a sudden change in policy by Kosovo authorities; travelers without a valid test are also required to self-isolate for seven days.

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: A visa is required for entry; all arriving passengers will undergo a health screening; masks are mandated in public spaces and non-compliance can result in hefty fines.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation; restaurants and bars are open, but must close at 10 p.m.

Kosovo has reopened to Americans—and Pristina International Airport is welcoming all travelers—but the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo urges citizens not to visit and the U.S. State Department’s advisory is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

All foreign citizens entering Kosovo who come from high-risk countries, according to the official list of ECDC, must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel; those permitted to enter Kosovo without a test must self-isolate for seven days. While testing is currently not required for those traveling from the United States, the U.S. Embassy nonetheless recommends a test for all air travelers to Kosovo to avoid quarantine; testing requirements could also evolve with little notice.

Here’s the heath advisory from the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo: “We urge you to postpone or cancel travel to Kosovo. Kosovo remains under a Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel due to COVID-19. The health situation continues to deteriorate. U.S. citizens report equipment shortages and a lack of space available at local and regional hospitals. It is possible that regional and European land and/or air border restrictions could be re-imposed with little notice.”

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Kosovo.

Kyrgyzstan

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers whose test expires before arrival in the country must test again; maks are required on all public transportation.

What’s open: Many businesses, including malls and markets, are open and public transportation is running.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan says the entry ban for U.S. citizens was lifted in December 2020.

U.S. citizen travelers must enter the country via international airports in Bishkek, Osh or Issyk Kul. Travel across land borders for U.S citizens is not permitted at this time.

Those who do travel to Kyrgyzstan will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If a traveler’s PCR test expires en route due to flight delays or cancellations, they will be required to test again upon arrival at their own expense.

The embassy advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Kyrgyzstan, noting that medical services have struggled to provide adequate care for serious cases of COVID-19 and the healthcare system faces limitations and adequate care may not be available everywhere.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Kyrgyzstan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Kyrgyzstan.

Lebanon

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete a pre-travel medical form, download an app, take a second test required upon arrival, followed by three-day quarantine and a third test. Masks are required at all times outdoors and in public spaces, and all violators will be fined $33 per violation; movement in personal and public vehicles is restricted.

What’s open: Essential shops and services and restaurants with some restrictions; a gradual lifting of restrictions is ongoing but an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remains in place.

Lebanon imposed a 24-hour countrywide lockdown, which closed all but essential businesses, through Feb. 8, 2021 when some restrictions were eased—but the 24-hour curfew was extended through March 8, 2021. Cases have plateaued, but remain relatively high.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, Americans can travel to the country. All travelers over the age of 12 must produce a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel in order to enter the country. Upon arrival, travelers must take a second PCR test at the traveler’s expense ($50), self-quarantine for three days at their hotel and take a third PCR test after that. All travelers to Lebanon must complete a medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding their flight and download an app.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Lebanon is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Lebanon.

The Maldives

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Traveler health declaration and proof of a reservation at a hotel or resort are both required; masks are mandatory at the airport, while in transit and in all public spaces.

What’s open: Most resorts; tourists need authorization to island-hop from one island and/or resort to another.

In July 2020, the Maldives announced one of the most liberal opening policies in the world, but according to the U.S. Mission to the Maldives, the island nation has since placed restrictions on tourists. Cases have been increasing and certain islands with confirmed COVID-19 cases have been placed under lockdown.

International visitors, including Americans, must now have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of their departure and complete a Traveler Health Declaration within 24 hours prior to travel. A free 30-day tourist visa will be issued upon arrival. Further details can be found here.

Tourists also need proof of reservation with an approved hotel or resort. The latest update on resort openings can be found here.

Emirates Airlines is offering connections through Dubai from major global cities including Chicago. Etihad resumed flights from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives starting in July. Turkish Airlines also started flights in July 2020.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Maldives is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in the Maldives.

See you in July#VisitMaldives pic.twitter.com/NriaGL8ysq

— Ministry of Tourism (@MoTmv) June 10, 2020

Mauritius

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 to 7 days before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: International flights are currently suspended until further notice; when travel resumes, all travelers must pre-purchase a travel package, quarantine in-room for 14 days upon arrival and undergo multiple COVID-19 PCR tests; anyone who has visited certain countries within 14 days is banned until further notice; mask mandates remain in effect throughout the island.

What’s open: Most businesses, with social distancing and capacity restrictions as outlined by the government, and public transportation on a limited basis. (Note: On March 10, 2021, the country went into an island-wide lockdown that closed beaches, shops and restaurants through March 31, 2021).

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has suspended all international flights to the country through at least April 15, 2021. Flights to the island are tentatively scheduled to resume on a limited basis on April 16, 2021, but may be subject to cancellation through at least May 31, 2021.

Mauritius began lifting restrictions in June 15, 2020, and according to the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius, as of Oct. 1, 2020 Americans had been allowed to visit—but only long-stay arrivals who purchased a travel package would be approved. Travelers also needed to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 to 7 days of travel and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in-room at an establishment recognized by the authorities. Travelers must also undergo multiple COVID-19 PCR tests. These rules are expected to be in effect through at least May 31, 2021 and all travel alerts can be found here.

Any traveler who has visited The United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan or Brazil within the past 14 days will be denied entry to Mauritius until further notice.

The U.S State Department’s advisory for Mauritius is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Mauritius.

Mexico

COVID-19 test required: No

Other restrictions: Health checks upon arrival; capacity restrictions and face masks required in some public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels, resorts, restaurants and businesses; beaches and many tourist attractions are also open.

Mexico eagerly flung open its doors to U.S. tourists—without any testing required for entry. The country began a slow regional opening on June 29, 2020 and many coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. At first, it was just beach destinations like Cancun, but now all Mexican airports are open to Americans. However, widespread community transmission remains a current concern and the government has established a federal “stoplight” system that limits activities and capacity in some regions.

Enhanced screening and cleaning procedures are in effect. There are also health checks at all airports, but no testing requirements upon arrival. However, as of Jan. 26, 2021, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Mexico is required to show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

Many Mexico resorts have begun to offer on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests for guests returning to the U.S.

Mexico saw a major surge in cases in late December 2020 and early January 2021 following an influx of tourists. Community spread continues throughout the country, but capacity restrictions were recently relaxed in many regions. Should you travel to Mexico? For more information, check here.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Mexico is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. and the CDC’s advisory is Level 4: Do Not Travel, according to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, which reports that community transmission remains widespread. No states were deemed “red” under Mexico’s stoplight system as of March 28, 2021, but eight states (including Mexico City) are “orange,” requiring capacity restrictions of 50% in hotels and restaurants.

The U.S.–Mexico land border is closed to nonessential travel until at least April 21, 2021.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Mexico.

Morocco

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Test results must be presented in printed form; confirmed reservations with a hotel or travel agency or invitation from a Moroccan company to do business are also required

What’s open: Flights are very limited; some hotels, restaurants and shops are open, with a daily curfew through at least April 13, 2021.

Morocco recently extended its strict state of emergency until April 10, 2021 and also has suspended flights from more than two dozen countries, making tourism here challenging. According to the U.S. Embassy in Morocco, Americans are among citizens of several dozen countries currently allowed to enter the country without a visa, but anyone age 11 and older must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and present it in printed form at airport check-in and upon arrival in Morocco.

Commercial flights remain very limited (Royal Air Maroc flights between New York’s JFK Airport and Casablanca and Casablanca and Washington Dulles International Airport). Masks are mandatory in flight and in all public spaces.

Travelers are limited to those who have confirmed reservations with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency or an invitation from a Moroccan company for business purposes, according to the U.S. Embassy. Domestic travel within Morocco requires a travel authorization letter from local officials, but apparently, a hotel reservation can be all the documentation you may need.

The government of Morocco also announced additional measures designed to curb the spread of COVID-19: a nationwide curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. through at least March 16, 2021; a daily closing of cafes, restaurants, shops and grocery stores at 8 p.m.; and a ban on all public and private gatherings and parties.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Morocco is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Morocco.

Mozambique

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Visas or resident permits are required for entry; health screening upon arrival.

What’s open: Most businesses, shops and restaurants are open, subject to curfews and early closures; public transportation is running; museums and other cultural institutions are closed; beaches are closed.

Limited international flights are available to Mozambique, where enhanced mitigation measures were extended in early March 2021 for at least 30 days. Arriving travelers age 12 and older are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. There is health screening upon arrival, but quarantine isn’t required with a negative test result.

According to the U.S Embassy in Mozambique, “For travelers arriving for tourism purposes only, visas are available upon arrival with proof of a return ticket and hotel booking. Please be aware that U.S. citizens have been denied entry for not having obtained the proper type of visa in advance. Obtaining your visa in advance from the Mozambican Embassy in Washington, DC is strongly encouraged.” Non-Mozambiqan business travelers must seek authorization to enter the country from the Ministry of the Interior, according to the U.S. Embassy.

Public transportation is running and face masks are required. In the Greater Maputo area (Maputo, Matola, Marracuene, and Boane), a curfew is in place from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Mozambique is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Mozambique.

Namibia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 7 days before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete a health questionnaire; even travelers with proof of vaccination must provide a negative test result.

What’s open: Most businesses (hotels, safari lodges and camps, restaurants, shops); public transportation is running.

Namibia has been open for international tourism since Sept. 1, 2020, although most of its land borders are currently closed.

Tourists, including Americans, are allowed to fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), and according to the U.S. Embassy in Namibia, they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 7 days of arrival and fill out a health questionnaire. Even travelers who have proof of vaccination must provide a negative test result. Those whose test result is more than 7 days old will need to undergo a day-of-arrival quarantine until getting a negative result on a second test before being allowed to move freely in the country. Children under the age of five are exempt.

There is a nationwide curfew in Namibia from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Related: Country-by-country guide to Africa reopening

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Namibia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Namibia.

Nepal

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: 10-day quarantine, which can be shortened with testing

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and businesses have resumed normal operations; domestic flights have resumed and public transportation is running.

Nepal, which had remained mostly closed to tourism, reopened in late 2020 to some travelers arriving via air, according to the Kathmandu Post. Americans are now allowed to visit, although travelers transiting through the United Kingdom will be denied entry.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, the government of Nepal has resumed issuing tourist visas. and travelers should obtain a tourist entry visa from a Nepali diplomatic mission abroad or obtain a pre-approval /recommendation from the concerned ministry for ensuring their on-arrival visa. For more information, contact the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C. Further information on obtaining a tourist visa is also available from Nepal’s Department of Immigration.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin are also required for entry. A 10-day quarantine is also required but can be shortened to seven days after testing on day five.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Nepal is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Nepal.

Nicaragua

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Limited flight options; tourist visa is required; pre-departure airline form must be filled out; health screenings upon arrival.

What’s open: Most businesses are

Nicaragua never really shut down. There were never any stay-at-home or social-distancing orders and because of these relaxed rules, there have been questions about how many cases Nicaragua actually has. The Nicaraguan government also never officially implemented any travel restrictions, but its borders and airports effectively closed until October 2020; only limited flights (on Avianca and Copa) have since resumed and U.S. carriers have not set dates for flights to resume.

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua notes that the Nicaraguan government has yet to officially impose any domestic travel restrictions or national quarantine policies. The embassy also states that U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Nicaragua, and a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours of travel is required for entry. Travelers should also be prepared for additional health screenings, although the embassy says that travelers are not officially required to produce any additional health documentation to enter Nicaragua unless they are traveling from a country with a known yellow fever risk.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The CDC’s health advisory for Nicaragua is Level 4: Do Not Travel and U.S. State Department’s advisory for Nicaragua is Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to limited healthcare, arbitrary enforcement of laws and crime.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Nicaragua.

Niger

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival (and 72 hours before departure)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening upon arrival; 7-day self-quarantine for travelers staying more than 14 days.

What’s open: Restaurants, markets, stores and public transportation; bars, nightclubs, and performance venues have been closed since Dec. 24, 2020.

The government of Niger’s state of emergency has continued into 2021, according to the U.S. Embassy in Niger. Travelers arriving into the West African country must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test dated within 72 hours of arrival and undergo a health screening. Travelers who plan to stay in Niger for more than 14 days must also provide precise home/accommodation information and self-quarantine for seven days before getting tested again (free) at a specified COVID-19 testing facility.

The U.S. Embassy also reports that travelers departing Niger by air must provide a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of departure. This parallels a new U.S. requirement as of Jan. 26, 2021 that requires everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Niger to show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights.

Social distancing rules are in effect in Niger and it is mandatory to wear a face mask in public spaces in Niamy.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Niger is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Niger.

Nigeria

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours (4 days) before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Self-isolate for 7 days and pay for a second test

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation (at 50% capacity)

Nigeria reopened its airports on July 8, 2020 after months of closure. Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports all reopened for domestic flights in July 2020, and international flights resumed in August 2020.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, arriving international passengers over the age of 10 must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours (four days) of departure. A Quarantine Protocol issued in September requires all international visitors to register via the Nigeria International Travel Portal, upload test results prior to travel, and then self-isolate and pay for another test seven days after arrival in Nigeria and continue self-isolating until receiving a negative result (typically in 24-48 hours).

Travelers from the United Kingdom and South Africa have been subject to additional protocols since Dec. 28, 2020.

The country saw a surge in COVID-19 infections in December 2020, resulting in increased restrictions. Cases have since been substantially reduced, but a curfew remains in place from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Mask wearing is inconsistent and in early March 2021, a new COVID-19 variant was detected in the country.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Nigeria is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

North Macedonia

COVID-19 test required: No

Other restrictions: Arriving passengers must undergo thermal scanning; face masks and social distancing are required in public spaces, including shops and public transportation.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses; there is a 10 p.m. curfew through at least April 6, 2021 and restaurants and bars cannot serve customers after 9 p.m.; indoor capacity is limited to 30%.

North Macedonia is now open to all tourists. Skopje International Airport (SKP) and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport (OHD) opened on July 1, 2020. But as of March 10, 2021, North Macedonia has mandated a 14-day quarantine for all travelers arriving from countries in Africa. There are also restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing, with a nationwide state of crisis is in effect through June 30, 2021.

All passengers will face temperature screening, but there are no quarantine or testing requirements. Check the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia website for updates.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for North Macedonia Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in North Macedonia.

OMAN

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Second COVID-19 test upon arrival (must be pre-booked) and use of the app are required; 7-day quarantine (with monitoring bracelet) is mandatory before a final test; travelers must have health insurance valid in Oman; travelers should carry tests results with them and masks must be worn in public spaces.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation; all beaches ad public parks are closed until further notice and there is an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew through at least April 8, 2021.

Americans can visit Oman, according to the U.S. Embassy in Oman. While international flights have resumed, the country began suspending flights from 10 countries (South Africa, Brazil, Sudan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia) until further notice.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the Sultanate through Muscat International Airport (MCT), Salalah Airport (SLL), Sohar Airport (OHS), and Duqm Airport (DQM) is required. Travelers must also undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and quarantine while wearing a monitoring bracelet for seven days. A third PCR test is required on day eight before the quarantine can end. Each test costs OMR25 ($65).

PCR tests and hotel quarantine accommodations must be pre-booked separately. Mandatory PCR tests will have to be pre-booked on the Tarassud+ mobile app prior to arrival in Oman. The app serves to gather all relevant passenger details and gives the users secure and easy access to pay for their PCR tests online. Quarantine hotel accommodations must be booked on the Sahala platform before arrival in Oman; airlines are required to check that travelers hold a confirmed hotel booking. All travelers are also required to have travel health insurance that is valid in Oman.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Oman is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Oman.

Pakistan

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: A visa is required for entry; travelers also need to download an app and undergo a thermal scan upon arrival; masks are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Most businesses are open, but commercial areas identified as “hot spots” by authorities could be shut down without advance notice or subject to capacity restrictions; public transportation is operating.

Pakistan has reopened for Americans, however, the U.S. State Department’s Level 3 advisory says, “Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to COVID-19, terrorism and sectarian violence.” Pakistan has suspended all travel from the United Kingdom, whether direct or indirect, until further notice.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, Americans wishing to travel to Pakistan will need a visa, and as visitors from a Category B country, must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure from the U.S. They will also need to download and install a Pass Track app and face health screenings on arrival. Guidelines can be found here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Pakistan.

Panama

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 48 hours before departure

• PCR or Antigen test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must sign an electronic affidavit prior to their flight; travelers who arrive without valid test results can take a rapid test after arrival; a positive result requires a 14-day quarantine; some movement restrictions are in place throughout the country; masks are required any time you leave your hotel room or home.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and businesses with capacity restrictions; beaches are open for “family bubbles” to gather while socially distanced from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m through April 5, 2021 and will reopen to the public after that.

Panama, which reopened its airport back in late August 2020, is now in a phased reopening across the country. Tourism returned on Oct. 12, 2020, but widespread infections in late 2020 and early 2021 and a phased reopening have slowed progress. The U.S. Embassy in Panama notes on its website that the CDC has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel and the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory.

Panama also said on Dec. 21, 2020, that it was temporarily banning anyone who has stayed in or transited through the United Kingdom and South Africa within the past 20 days due to the COVID-19 variants in both countries. The ban remains in effect.

Panama currently requires travelers to register via an online health affidavit and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or Antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure. Anyone unable to obtain a negative coronavirus test within that time frame can take a COVID-19 rapid test at the airport (cost: $50) and if the result is positive they must quarantine for two weeks at a designated hotel. A negative test on day 7 will allow for release, but a positive test mean quarantine continues for 14 days or until a negative test result.

Panama has also instituted a 10 p.m. nationwide curfew (11 p.m. after April 5, 2021) and movement restrictions that vary by region.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Panama.

PARAGUAY

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR or NAAT test required

Other restrictions: Visa upon arrival is available; arriving travelers face a temperature screening in the airport; face masks are recommended when in public spaces and required in supermarkets, retail stores, pharmacies, gas stations and other places where people gather.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation, with capacity and social distancing restrictions per the government’s phased re-opening; there is an 8 p.m. curfew through at least april 4, 2021 and restaurants are open for takeout and delivery only.

The government of Paraguay began easing its internal lockdown last fall and on Oct. 2, 2020, reopened Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. Some regular commercial flights then resumed in November 2020. However, COVID-19 cases in the country have surged throughout March 2021, reaching record highs, and lockdown restrictions are in place through at least April 4, 2021.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, the country ended its required quarantine for foreigners on Nov. 16, 2020, but everyone age 10 and older entering Paraguay must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or NAAT test result taken within 72 hours before arrival. In addition, the embassy reports that travelers who contracted and recovered from COVID-19 in the last 14-90 days also may enter with documentation and without a current test.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Paraguay is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Paraguay.

Peru

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure (issued within 72 hours)

• PCR or Antigen test required

Other restrictions: 14-day quarantine is required (with an Antigen testing option upon arrival to avoid quarantine with a negative result); domestic flights are limited; face masks and social distancing are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels and restaurants and some businesses, but at limited capacity depending on the region’s alert level; Machu Picchu is open at a reduced capacity.

After a prolonged state of emergency, Peru began Phase 4 of its economic reactivation on Oct. 1, 2020, including the resumption of a limited number of international flights. The U.S. Embassy in Peru reports that direct flights from the U.S. have resumed and Americans are welcome to enter Peru, although pre-travel testing is required for all visitors, a negative Antigen test result upon arrival is required to avoid a 14-day quarantine, regional restrictions are in effect, domestic flights are currently limited and the CDC maintains a Level 4: Do Not Travel health advisory for the country while the State Department’s advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

All passengers age 12 and older must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result issued within 72 hours of departure for Peru and complete an online electronic Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization administered by Migraciones. To avoid a 14-day quarantine, arriving travelers can submit to an Antigen test at the airport; if negative, they don’t have to quarantine.

The U.S. Embassy suggests travelers confirm requirements with their airline prior to departure since they could be subject to change.

As of Jan. 24, 2021, all travelers to Peru must also quarantine for 14 days in a hotel or isolation center in coordination with Peruvian health authorities, but at their own cost. Those staying less than 14 days can request a PCR test after six days and then be released.

With cases rising, Peru instituted regional risk metrics of High, Very High and Extreme, based on COVID-19 risk—Lima and Cusco have been listed as Extreme through at least April 11, 2021, subject to review every 15 days. Nightly curfews of 8 p.m. or 9.p.m. remain in effect in many regions, where restaurants are open at reduced capacity and bars and cinemas remain closed.

Machu Picchu, one of Peru’s top tourist destinations, is open at reduced capacity with strict social distancing measures in place.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Peru is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Peru.

Puerto Rico

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Arriving passengers will face health screenings and could be subject to additional testing; masks are required in all public spaces; an island-wide curfew of 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. is in effect.

What’s open: Most hotels and resorts; public beaches have reopened and water activities are allowed with reduced capacity and appropriate social distancing; restaurants are open at 50% capacity, but self-serve buffets are not allowed; casinos, golf courses and hotel pools are operating at 50% capacity; some attractions are open, but access to Old San Juan between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. (curfew hours) is limited to residents and guests of Old San Juan hotels.

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the U.S., has officially reopened to all international travelers. In order to visit, all travelers, including Americans, must complete an online Travel Declaration available on the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal. Passengers must present a negative molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) taken no more than 72 hours prior and will obtain an Airport Exit Confirmation Number.

Upon arrival at San Juan International Airport, travelers will be subject to health screenings, including possible additional COVID-19 testing. You could be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of symptoms.

A note for travelers returning from Puerto Rico: The U.S. began requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test on Jan. 26, 2021, for all international arrivals by air, but passengers traveling back to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico will not be required to have taken a test.

Related: Everything you need to know about Puerto Rico reopening

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory for Puerto Rico is Level 4: Do Not Travel, due to a very high level of COVID-19 on the island. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Puerto Rico.

Related: Your points and miles guide to Puerto Rico

Rwanda

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Testing upon arrival and 24-hour quarantine with another test before release; testing is again required for departure; face masks are required nationwide when in public spaces and there is a curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

What’s open: Most businesses, hotels and public transportation, as well as all three national parks, including Volcanoes National Park; restaurants are open with restricted hours and capacity; bars are closed.

Rwanda had been doing a relatively good job controlling the coronavirus outbreak since reopening to commercial flights on Aug. 1, 2020, although cases did spike in early 2021 and the U.S. State Department updated its advisory for the country to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

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According to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda, all arriving passengers are required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form and upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (three days) of departure for Rwanda. All travelers are also subject to testing upon arrival (at a cost of $60) and must spend 24 hours in a designated transit hotel; some travelers (but not business travelers or tourists headed to national parks) may need to undergo a seven-night quarantine.

VisitRwanda’s reopening guidance says, “For passengers entering Rwanda, a second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered within 24 hours, during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost.” Some travelers then must continue quarantining at the designated hotel or at home for seven days until receiving a text message to appear for a final test. Business travelers who plan to be in Rwanda for less than seven days and international tourists scheduled to visit national parks are not required to undergo the seven-day quarantine.

Related: Visiting Rwanda during COVID-19

Travelers departing Rwanda must also test negative within 120 hours (five days) of their flight. They are encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least two days prior to their return flight. As of Jan. 26, 2021 everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Rwanda must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights.

For information on testing in Rwanda, check this FAQ section on VisitRwanda.com.

Rwanda is offering visas on arrival as well for all nationalities. There are a number of additional planning resources available at VisitRwanda.com. All three major national parks in the country are open but visitors will have to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of visiting. You can even book a trip to see the endangered mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Rwanda.

Saba

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours before arrival for travelers from the U.S. and Canada; 72 hours for other countries

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: U.S. travelers must seek permission for a long-term stay and are required to undergo in-room hotel quarantine for 10 days, with monitoring via text messages and phone calls and testing on day 10. These requirements are scheduled to change on May 1, 2021.

What’s open: Hotels and restaurants, but subject to restrictions.

International travelers have been welcome to apply for permission to visit the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba since Nov. 1, 2020. The U.S. is considered a high-risk country, so all travelers from the U.S. must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 120 hours of arrival in Saba and then undergo a 10-day quarantine in their hotel room, with monitoring by local authorities and a PCR test administered on day 10. If the room has a balcony or patio, travelers can sit outside, but there will be no daily housekeeping services and all room-service food will be left outside the door.

Beginning May 1, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers to Saba will still need to apply for permission to visit Saba, but will be able to skip quarantine; quarantine length for non-vaccinated travelers will be reduced to five days. All visitors from high-risk countries, which includes the United States, will continue to have to present a pre-travel test.

Travelers arriving in Saba via St. Maarten must also follow the travel requirements for St. Maarten.

St. Kitts and Nevis

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 48 to 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must have a confirmed reservation at a certified hotel, undergo a health screening upon arrival, download a contract tracing app, stay at their hotel property for seven nights, and test prior to departure or before being allowed to book select excursions; a test on day 14 allows visitors to explore freely; masks are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Certified hotels, resorts and certified activities/excursions for tourists; restaurants are open with capacity restrictions.

St. Kitts and Nevis began a phased reopening on Oct. 31, 2020. According to the St. Kitts and Nevis tourism board, Americans wanting to visit need to take the following steps:

  • Complete the entry form here and submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test completed within 48 to 72 hours of arrival from an accredited laboratory as well as confirmation of a hotel reservation at a certified hotel.
  • Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
  • Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app (to be used for the first 14 days (or less) of travel.
  • Days 1-7: Visitors are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities. Visitors staying 7 nights or less are required to take a PCR test ($100) two days prior to departure at their hotel, at the nurse’s station, per a directive from the Ministry of Health. If positive before departure, the traveler will be required to stay in isolation at their cost at their respective hotel. If negative, travelers will proceed with departure on their respective date.
  • Days 8 -14: Visitors staying longer than 7 days will undergo a PCR test (visitors’ cost is US $100) on day 7. If the traveler tests negative on day 7, they will be allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites.
  • Visitors staying 14 days or longer will also need to undergo a PCR-test (visitors’ cost is US $100) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into the St. Kitts and Nevis community.

One other note: Americans will need to stay at one of eight approved hotels for international visitors. Good news? They include the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, the Four Seasons Nevis and the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

For complete details on travel requirements, visit the St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism website.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for St. Kitts and Nevis is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which overseas St. Kitts and Nevis, for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in St. Kitts and Nevis.

St. Lucia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 days (120 hours) before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Visitors must complete the online Travel Registration Form, upload test results before departure and present a Travel Authorization email confirmation upon arrival; once in St. Lucia, travelers will undergo a health check and must remain at their property for 14 days with some certified activities allowed; masks and social distancing are required island-wide.

What’s open: Most resorts and activities have been certified for tourists; bars are only open for take-out service between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. through April 16, 2021, but restaurants may serve alcohol as part of dine-in service.

Flights to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) have resumed and St. Lucia is again welcoming U.S. visitors.

Travelers age five and older (from outside St. Lucia’s designated Travel Bubble) are required to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within five days of boarding their flights to UVF (this was reduced from seven days as of Feb. 10, 2021). All International travelers, including those from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, must complete an online Travel Registration Form and then upload the negative test results before travel. All travelers must also present the Travel Authorization email they receive or they may be denied boarding.

Once they arrive, travelers will undergo health checks and temperatures will be taken. All international visitors from outside the St. Lucia Travel Bubble will be required to remain at their COVID-19-certified property and only participate in certified tours and activities for the duration of their stay; after 14 days, visitors be able to move around the island freely. Masks and social distancing will be required for the duration of the stay.

For complete details, visit the International Arrivals page on the St. Lucia Tourism website.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for St. Lucia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean‘s website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in St. Lucia.

St. Maarten

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours before departure for travelers from the U.S. (72 hours from other countries) for PCR test or 48 hours for rapid Antigen test

• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

Other restrictions: Travelers need to complete a health declaration, apply for St. Maarten’s health insurance, and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

What’s open: Most resorts, businesses and attractions; tourists can cross from the Dutch side of the island to French St. Martin.

Dutch Sint Maarten is open and welcoming U.S. and other travelers arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport.

Before arrival, travelers from high-risk countries (which includes the U.S.) are required to follow several protocols, including submitting the results of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of the day of travel. This was reduced from 120 hours as of Feb. 12, 2021, but both the St. Maarten Health Authorization System website and the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which oversees Dutch St. Maarten, report the 120-hour requirement remains for Americans.

Americans can also now opt to present the results of any FDA-approved rapid Antigen test done within 48 hours.

All arriving passengers must also submit a health declaration form in advance (confirmation must be shown at immigration). And as of Jan. 11, 2021, all travelers must also apply for the St. Maarten Visitor Protection Plan, which provides health insurance covering COVID-19 testing and treatment while on the island. It costs $30 for travelers age 15 and older and $10 for those 14 and under. Travelers from high-risk countries (which includes the U.S.) are also expected to follow, including daily self-monitoring and reporting of symptoms for 14 days.

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According to the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, the U.S. State Department advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel for St. Maarten and Level 4: Do Not Travel for French St. Martin.

St. Maarten has travel ban is in effect since Jan. 27, 2021 for anyone, including U.S. citizens, who have been in a banned country (including the United Kington, South Africa, Brazil and a dozen South American countries) over the past 14 days.

For more information on travel requirements, check the St. Maarten Health Authorization website.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must fill out a health form prior to departure for St. Vincent, may be subject to testing upon arrival and must quarantine at an approved (and pre-paid for) hotel for 14 days; additional testing and monitoring is also required; masks are required in all public spaces.

What’s open: Certified resorts and most businesses; restaurants may have capacity or outdoor-dining-only restrictions.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines began reopening on July 1, 2020. Visitors from all countries are welcome, but everyone must fill out an entry form within 24 hours of departure for the islands. Americans face especially strict requirements, which were updated as of Feb. 8, 2021.

All travelers from high-risk countries, which includes the U.S., need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (three days) of arrival. All high-risk travelers may also be tested on arrival. They are also required to quarantine at an approved hotel for 14 nights and show proof of a fully-paid reservation for those 14 nights. Then, retesting is required between day four and day seven along with ongoing monitoring by a Port Health Officer.

Travelers who have proof that they are fully vaccinated (at least four weeks after the final dose) must still have a pre-travel COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival and be tested upon arrival, but are only required to quarantine for 7 nights and be retested on day 5.

For more information on entry requirements, click here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for St. Vincent is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees St. Vincent, for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

São Tomé and Principe

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Anyone traveling between the islands of São Tomé and Principe must submit to a COVID-19 rapid test within 24 hours of departure; masks are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Most businesses; markets have restricted hours.

São Tomé and Príncipe, a lush and tropical island nation located off the coast of western Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, released a three-phase plan for reopening the country beginning in June 2020. Currently, travelers are welcome, but there are social distancing restrictions in place and people are encouraged to remain at home for all but essential business.

According to the U.S. Embassy (which overseas Gabon as well as São Tomé and Principe), all arriving passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Any arriving passenger displaying symptoms (temperature above 38 degrees Celsius/100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) must undergo a rapid test. The embassy also reports that there is a curfew in place in Principe but not in São Tomé.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for São Tomé and Príncipe is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in São Tomé and Príncipe.

Senegal

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours (5 days) hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Passenger Locator form required and face masks mandatory in all public spaces.

What’s open: Hotels, most businesses and public transportation; restaurants, casinos and beaches are open with social distancing measures in place; a mandatory mask order remains in place countrywide.

International flights have resumed to Senegal, but most land and sea borders remain closed. According to the U.S. Embassy in Senegal, Americans are welcome to visit and must follow entry protocols. The embassy notes, however, that it has received reports from some Americans who report difficulty booking travel to Senegal because of current restrictions.

Senegal requires the original certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken with five days (120 hours) of arrival. The West African country also requires all arrivals to submit a ‘Public Health Passenger Locator’ form. Arriving passengers face health screenings.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Senegal is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Senegal.

Serbia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 48 hours before arrival

• PCR or Antigen (only for travel originating in the U.S.) test required

Other restrictions: Face mask requirements and social distancing measures are in place.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, but cafes and restaurants are open for take-out or delivery only.

Serbia isn’t part of the European Union, and according to the U.S. Embassy in Serbia, Americans can enter the country. To do so, they need to provide a negative PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours. If a U.S. citizen’s travel originates in the U.S., they can provide either a negative PCR or Antigen test. The embassy reports that the Antigen test allowance includes passengers who transit another airport on their way from the U.S. to Serbia, but not those whose travel originated outside the U.S.

COVID-19 cases rose sharply in Serbia and throughout the Balkans in early March 2021 and the government announced that tighter measures may need to be introduced. On March 22, 2021, all cafes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shopping malls were ordered to close (except for takeout and delivery). Cultural institutions and public transportation are open, but at limited capacity. Face mask and social distancing measures remain in place and certain businesses must close early.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Serbia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Serbia.

Seychelles

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Only fully vaccinated U.S. travelers were allowed until March 25, 2021, when arrivals opened to all U.S. travelers; all travelers (even those who are vaccinated) must provide PCR test results; all visitors also must obtain a Travel Health Authorization, have valid travel health insurance and stay at certified accommodations; face masks and social distancing are required.

What’s open: Most businesses and hotels, but tourists must stay only in certified properties and avoid prolonged interaction with the local community; there is a 10 p.m. curfew.

The Seychelles, which has gone to extremes to protect itself from coronavirus (in May 2020, TPG cruise reporter Gene Sloan wrote about the small island nation off the coast of Africa banning cruise ships until 2022), is now welcoming vaccinated Americans, and as of March 25, 2021, even non-vaccinated U.S. travelers can visit. Details can be found here.

In February 2021, the country announced that fully vaccinated U.S. travelers can visit, but must have a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight and show a valid certificate of vaccination, with the vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to travel, and upload the test results to obtain a Travel Health Authorization.

As of March 25, 2021, both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors must obtain a Travel Health Authorization via the online portal. All travelers must also upload a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight, submit their flight and hotel details and have valid travel health insurance that covers, at a minimum, COVID-19 related isolation, quarantine and clinical care. Note: Visitors may only stay at licensed establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority.

Related: Seychelles reopening: Fire up the private jet

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Seychelles, as shown on the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius and the Seychelles website, is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Seychelles

South Africa

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening upon arrival; without the proper test, travelers must quarantine for 10 days; face masks and social distancing are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Most businesses (with limited hours and capacity restrictions); many hotels, safari lodges and game reserves and national parks are open; public transportation is running at reduced capacity.

South Africa re-opened to tourism on Oct. 1, 2020, and, according to the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, as of Nov. 11, 2020, U.S. citizens can enter the country for tourism purposes, but they need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours from the time of departure, or they must remain in mandatory quarantine for 10 days at their own cost. Details can be found here.

In December 2020, both South Africa and the United Kingdom began reporting troubling new COVID-19 variants, which resulted in the widespread suspension of flights and travel to and from both the U.K. and South Africa. The U.S. government on Jan. 26, 2021 then banned travel from South Africa, with the exceptions of U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents (travel from the U.K. and Brazil, where another COVID-19 variant has emerged, had already been banned).

South Africa suffered a dangerous second wave in December 2020 and January 2021, surpassing 1.5 million total cases and forcing a return to a Level 3 lockdown alert with restrictions that were eased back to Level 1 on March 1, 2021 as cases declined. Still, many questions remain about the COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa, including its potential resistance to current vaccines.

All arriving travelers will face a health screening. If a passenger has a negative test result, they will not have to quarantine. Those who don’t present test results will need to quarantine for 10 days at their own expense. Travelers must also download the South Africa coronavirus mobile tracing app, and fill in all the information on that app.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for South Africa remains at Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in South Africa.

South Korea

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Mandatory 14-day quarantine regardless of vaccination status and passengers must sign a release agreeing to quarantine before boarding their flight; visitors cannot board connecting flights within South Korea until after completing the mandatory quarantine.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, subject to local regulations in response to outbreaks; public transportation is running and masks are mandated.

Americans can go to South Korea, but a mandatory two-week quarantine will make it undesirable for most travelers.

While the country is technically open to foreigners on short-term visits, most (with limited exceptions) are subject to a mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense for 14 days. The U.S. Embassy in South Korea notes that this will cost approximately $100-$150 USD per night, and passengers will be required to sign a release form agreeing to these conditions before departing. As of Jan. 8, 2021 all travelers are also required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure; airlines will not permit passengers to board without the proper test results in their original form (English is acceptable). Additional details can be found here.

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For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for South Korea is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in South Korea.

Sri Lanka

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Visitors must remain in a “travel bubble” within designated tourism zones; testing upon arrival and on day 7 is also required.

What’s open: Select hotels, resorts and tourist sites; tourists are not allowed to mix with the local population.

Sri Lanka, which had been closed to tourists since March 2020, recently re-opened its two international airports — Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and Mattala International Airport (HRI) — and is beginning to allow tourism to resume. The re-opening began in December 2020 with a pilot program with Ukraine, in which tourists are allowed to visit in a “travel bubble.” After a review, the country extended the re-opening to other countries, beginning Jan. 21, 2021. However, flights to Sri Lanka remain extremely limited and a recent rise in cases has resulted in preventative measures, including curfews and some travel restrictions, to be enacted.

The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka now says that travel by Americans to Sri Lanka is allowed but on a very limited basis. A valid visa is required (visa upon arrival remains suspended) travelers also need to be tested (COVID-19 PCR test) in the U.S. within 72 hours of their flight and then again when they check-in at their hotel and a third time seven days later. They will also need to remain within a “travel bubble” in 14 designated tourism zones—about 180 hotels are participating—and not mix with the local population.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Sri Lanka is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka.

Tajikistan

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: A Tajik visa is required for entry; travelers must undergo another PCR test upon arrival; a positive result may require transfer to a government facility for quarantine.

What’s open: Most businesses, hotels and restaurants; public transportation is running and masks are required.

Tajikistan never did have a full lockdown, and most businesses, hotels and restaurants reopened on June 15, 2020. According to the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan, all Americans need a Tajik visa for entry and must show results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival when boarding flights to Dushanbe; they are also are subject to PCR testing at the airport upon arrival. Travelers must provide contact information and will be allowed to leave the airport, but if the result is positive for COVID-19, travelers may be transferred to a government quarantine facility.

The U.S. Embassy also notes that access to medical care in the country may be limited and that “the Government of Tajikistan frequently adjusts its entry and exit requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and changes to policy are not immediately made available to the public.” A non-expired visa is also required to leave Tajikistan.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department has a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory in effect for Tajikistan related to both COVID-19 and the potential for terrorism.

Tanzania 

COVID-19 test required: No, unless your departing country requires it for travel

Other restrictions: U.S. travelers need a tourist visa; arriving passengers with any signs of infection will undergo enhanced screening.

What’s open: Most businesses, hotels, safari lodges and camps, and national parks; public transportation is running.

Tanzania, whose late president John Magufuli had until a few weeks before his death  denied widespread COVID-19 transmission (the government had not been reporting cases), is currently accepting tourists with no testing or quarantine conditions attached. President Magufuli, 61, died on March 18, 2021 after not being seen in public for more than two weeks.

The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania is reporting that it has seen an increase in the number of cases reported to it since January 2021 and that the use of masks, social distancing and other prevention strategies are largely absent throughout the country. The chance of contracting COVID-19 through community spread remain elevated and the U.S. State Department’s advisory for Tanzania is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Tanzania was among the first African nations to reopen to tourism. Currently, all travelers need to fill out a Health Surveillance Form while on the plane, but incoming travelers only need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival if their country of departure or airline requires it for travel. If their country does not require testing to fly, travelers with any signs of infection will undergo enhanced screening upon arrival and may be tested.

U.S. tourists need a visa. See details here.

Related: Country-by-country guide to Africa reopening

Tanzania has received much criticism on how it has handled the coronavirus pandemic. The government hasn’t actively revealed data about infection rates or death. President Magufuli had said that releasing the data was “causing panic” and at the start of the pandemic declined to close churches, saying that the virus “cannot survive in the body of Christ — it will burn.” He also claimed Tanzania was free of coronavirus as of June due to prayer and the work of front-line workers. He even celebrated citizens who weren’t wearing masks as a sign that people were no longer afraid and the virus was gone.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Related: Dreaming of Tanzania

Thailand

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travel is for long stays only; valid medical insurance, testing upon arrival and 14-day quarantine are required.

What’s open: Many hotels and businesses, but it varies by region based on control measures following a January 2021 surge in cases.

Thailand had remained closed to most foreign tourists, but in late 2020 began offering long-stay visas to residents of low-risk countries, and more recently, medium-risk countries, including the United States.

To be approved for the 60-day visa program to which Americans can apply, applicants will have to pay a $40 visa fee and present proof of medical insurance (covering up to $100,000 in potential medical costs while in Thailand) as well as a bank statement, a roundtrip flight confirmation, and a reservation at one of Thailand’s Alternative State Quarantine hotels for 14 nights (changing on April 1, 2021 to 11 nights for travelers from countries without COVID-19 variants; an updated list will be published every 15 days).

When boarding flights to Thailand, travelers must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. There will be an additional test upon landing. If there’s a negative result, and after a two-week quarantine at the approved hotel, travelers will be able to freely move around the country for up to 60 days.

For further information on visiting Thailand, check the U.S. Embassy in Thailand’s website.

Thailand recently announced that it plans to waive quarantine requirements for travelers who have been vaccinated, perhaps as soon as June 2021. Thailand also recently began promoting six resorts offering a “golf quarantine.”

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Thailand is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Thailand.

Tunisia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Pre-travel online health questionnaire; health screening upon arrival; possible selection for rapid test; 48-hour self-quarantine followed by a second PCR test; masks are required in all public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants (until 8 p.m.) and businesses.

Tunisia is open to U.S. tourists, and according to the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia, visitors to this North African country must present the negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight. All travelers must complete a pre-travel online health questionnaire (which they should print and sign and be prepared to show it upon flight check-in and/or to immigration authorities in Tunisia) and undergo a health screening upon arrival. Some passengers may also be selected for a rapid test.

All visitors to Tunisia are required to self-quarantine for 48 hours and pay for a second PCR test. The U.S. Embassy recommends contacting the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, DC for details.

Face masks and adherence to COVID-19 restrictions are required and those who don’t obey local requirements can face stiff fines of 1,000 TND to 5,000 TND (approximately $366 to $1,800).

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Tunisia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Tunisia.

Turkey

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Arriving travelers must complete a passenger information form and undergo a medical screening; symptomatic passengers will be required to undergo testing and quarantine and treatment if positive.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, with varying restrictions and operating hours based on four risk zones; restaurants are open at limited capacity, except in very-high risk zones; there is a nationwide curfew of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; public transportation is running; smoking in public spaces is banned.

Turkey is welcoming tourists from a number of countries, including the U.S., according to the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. However, Turkey recently banned all travelers from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Brazil and South Africa and said those who are arriving from other countries but have visited the banned countries within the past 10 days will be required to quarantine at a government facility for 14 days (with a negative test on day 10 ending quarantine). Country-specific restrictions are available here.

Related: Turkey is open to Americans

Since Dec. 30 2020, all international travelers six years of age and older are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel and submit it at airline check-in. Travelers without the required test results will not be allowed to board flights or enter the country. And since March 15, 2021, all travelers six years of age and older must also must complete a Turkey Entrance Form within 72 hours of their flight (a print out or mobile screen shot of the completed form must be presented before boarding).

Upon arrival, travelers will be asked to fill out another passenger information form and undergo medical screenings for infection, and anyone showing symptoms upon arrival will be tested for coronavirus. Anyone who tests positive will be referred to a Turkish hospital or to a dormitory for quarantine.

Restrictions put into place in September 2020 mandate the wearing of face masks at all times when in public and travelers should note a couple of precautions unrelated to COVID-19:

  • The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory guide lists Turkey at Level 3: Reconsider Travel, due to concerns over COVID-19, terrorism and arbitrary detention. Travelers are strongly advised to avoid the areas bordering Iraq and Syria due to terrorist activity.
  • U.S. travelers will still need to apply for a visa before entering Turkey. You can do so via e-visa application, which takes about three minutes.

The official crime and safety report for Turkey can be found here, and the State Department’s travelers’ checklist here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Turkey.

Turks and Caicos

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 days before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travel pre-authorization is required; masks are mandated in public spaces.

What’s open: Most resorts and beaches are open; restaurants are open at a reduced capacity.

Turks and Caicos, a group of 40 low-lying coral islands popular with tourists in the Caribbean, reopened for international visitors, including U.S. travelers, on July 22, 2020. The Providenciales Airport reopened that day.

This British Overseas Territory includes the island of Providenciales, also known as Provo.

More: What you have to know for Turks and Caicos reopening

Travelers age 10 and older to Turks and Caicos are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within five days of visiting the islands and obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal. Masks are also required in public places and the government recently re-imposed an 11 p.m. curfew through at least April 2, 2021.

For the latest information on requirements, visit the Turks & Caicos Tourism website.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

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The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Turks and Caicos is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas, which oversees Turks and Caicos, for additional information.

Uganda

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours before departure (and 120 hours before departure from Uganda, but United States’ requirements call for testing within 72 hours for those traveling back to the U.S.)

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening and temperature check upon arrival

What’s open: Many businesses and restaurants; casinos with restricted hours; and all national parks.

Americans can currently travel to Uganda, known as one of the top destinations for gorilla trekking. The country’s national parks reopened to tourists in October 2020.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Uganda, arriving passengers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin taken not more than 120 hours before departure for Uganda. Passengers will be subjected to temperature and health screening upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, but are not required to quarantine. However, any arriving passengers who exhibit signs or symptoms of infectious disease will be transported to an isolation center for a COVID-19 test where they must remain, at their own cost, until the results of the test are received. Travelers who test positive will be taken to a Ministry of Health facility for treatment, at their own cost.

The U.S. Embassy also notes that the Government of Uganda also now requires that all departing passengers present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken not more than 120 hours before departure. This requirement is mandatory for all departing passengers out of Uganda even if the destination country does not require it. But the U.S. now does: As of Jan. 26, everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Uganda must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights.

Uganda had eased some of its lockdown restrictions, allowing some businesses like hardware shops, restaurants and wholesale stores to reopen. There is a nightly 9 p.m. curfew and masks are required in public.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Uganda is Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to COVID-19 and the risk of kidnapping.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Uganda.

Ukraine

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening upon arrival; proof of medical insurance valid in Ukraine is also required.

What’s open: Ukraine is under adaptive quarantine until at least April 30, 2021, with different restrictions by region (in Kyiv, museums, theaters and shopping malls are closed and restaurants are take-out only through April 9, 2021); mask-wearing is mandatory on public transportation and in indoor public spaces.

Americans are currently able to enter the country, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine’s website, although the Ministry of Health “considers the United States a country with a high incidence of COVID-19.” Ukraine itself has seen a resurgence of the virus in recent weeks and remains under adaptive quarantine.

All U.S. citizens entering Ukraine from the U.S., regardless of age, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and must also demonstrate that they have medical insurance covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment while in Ukraine.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ukraine is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Ukraine.

United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours (for Dubai) and 96 hours (for Abu Dhabi) before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: In Abu Dhabi, an additional test upon arrival and a 10-day self-isolation with a third test on day 4 or day 8 depending on the length of stay; in Dubai, travelers may be requested to take another test at the airport upon arrival; face masks and social distancing are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants, malls and beaches are open at reduced capacity, but amid ongoing case surges, bars and pubs in Dubai are closed through mid-April.

The United Arab Emirates is open to tourism and Americans are welcome. However, a recent spike in cases of both the U.K. and South African variants linked to travel resulted in Dubai closing all bars and pubs and limiting certain activities through at least mid-April 2021.

Dubai reopened to tourists on July 7, 2020, and tourist visas (required for U.S. travelers) are being issued in all emirates, including Abu Dhabi, which began welcoming back international travelers on Dec. 24, 2020, with testing and quarantine protocols in place.

To enter Abu Dhabi, tourists over the age of 12 will be required to present a COVID-19 PCR test negative certificate done within 96 hours of departure and undergo a second test upon arrival, with results delivered in 90 minutes. If the traveler is from from “green list” country (the U.S. is not on the list) and receives two negative tests, they are not required to quarantine. All other travelers, even if they test negative, are required to self-isolate for 10 days. And all travelers will be required to take a third COVID-19 PCR test on day 4 if staying four days or more and a fourth on day 8 if staying eight days or more. Details are available here.

Tourists over the age of 12 traveling to Dubai are also required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure (recently changed from 96 hours) and some travelers, depending on their country of origin, will be tested again upon arrival. All travelers must also download the COVID-19 DXB app and register their details. However, visitors entering Dubai are not required to quarantine. For additional information on traveling to Dubai, check the Emirates airline website.

All test results for both emirates must be presented either in English or Arabic in original, physical form. Digital copies will not be accepted. Travelers with severe and moderate disabilities may be exempted from the test requirement.

All arrivals will also be subject to thermal screenings. If a traveler is suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms, Dubai airports have the right to re-test to ensure the tourist is free of the virus.

Tourists must comply with preventive measures and safety procedures and must self-isolate for 14 days if they test positive. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority of the UAE (NCEMA), as well as the official website of the UAE, has stated that anyone entering the UAE from another country who receives a positive test result upon arrival must undergo a self-quarantine of 14 days. Violating home quarantine is punishable with fines of AED 50,000 ($13,600).

Related: Dubai and Abu Dhabi are open

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the UAE is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in the UAE.

United Kingdom 

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All arriving travelers must fill out a passenger locator form and quarantine for 10 days (plus book a testing package in most cases), with different quarantine testing requirements for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; face masks are required in all public spaces.

What’s open: England and Wales are emerging from lockdown with only essential shops open and restaurants and pubs closed until outdoor dining returns in mid-April; Scotland plans to lifts its lockdown in phases.

Americans can travel to the United Kingdom, but are strongly advised not to and will face strict testing requirements and a 10-day quarantine and in most cases two tests on days 2 and 8 (in England only, quarantine can be reduced after one negative COVID-19 PCR test taken on day 5 under its Test to Release scheme). The U.K. also now requires all arriving travelers to fill out a passenger locator form within 48 hours of travel and to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for the U.K.

On Feb. 8, 2021, the U.K. also increased the fine for non-compliance and anyone who fails to comply will be subject to a fine of 1,000 pounds ($1,360). The government also revealed stiff fines and even jail time for those who try to circumvent the mandates or lie on their required passenger locator forms; the latter could be a 10,000 pound ($13,789) fine or 10 years in jail. Details are here.

COVID-19 infections and deaths have begun to level off after hitting record highs in January 2021. Some lockdown measures are gradually being eased in England and Wales with some shops reopening, but restaurants and pubs are expected to remain closed until at least mid-April 2021; Scotland plans to lift its lockdown in phases.

All four nations that comprise the U.K. have separate testing and quarantine requirement: England’s are here, Scotland’s are here, Northern Ireland’s are here and Wales’s are here.

The U.K. has been especially hard-hit by the coronavirus and the new restrictions are a result of the chaos that erupted in December when a more infectious COVID-19 variant was found to be widely circulating in London and southeastern England. As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for the U.K. The U.S. State Department’s advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom‘s website for regular updates.

The quarantine rules do not apply to international passengers transiting U.K. airports.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom.

U.S. Virgin Islands

COVID-19 test required:

• 5 days before departure

• PCR or rapid Antigen test required (or positive antibody test result within four months of travel)

Other restrictions: Masks are mandatory when going into businesses and attractions and when using public transportation.

What’s open: Resorts, hotels, villas and Airbnb accommodations are open; beaches are open, subject to social distancing; capacity guidelines are in place for restaurants, retail businesses and attractions, taxi vans, safari vehicles and limo services.

The U.S. Virgin Islands, which includes St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, was under a state of emergency until July 11, 2020, but began welcoming back tourists on June 1, 2020, with restrictions. After a surge in cases, the islands returned to a “stay at home” order on Aug. 13, 2020, but again reopened to tourism on Sept.19, 2020.

Every traveler five years of age or older (even those who have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations) is currently required to submit to the U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Screening Portal a negative COVID-19 test result (molecular, PCR or rapid Antigen) obtained within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory or a positive COVID-19 antibody test taken and received within four months of travel date. Visitors must produce the original test result and the travel certification from the portal upon arrival. As of Jan. 25, 2021, travelers age five and older are not allowed to board flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands without travel certification from the portal. Details can be found here.

No quarantine is required for healthy visitors who have negative test results.

Anyone without a negative test result will be required to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense, and according to the government, “are responsible for all associated costs, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care.”

Related: U.S. Virgin Islands reopening

A note for travelers returning from the U.S. Virgin Islands: The U.S. now requires proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test for all international arrivals by air, but passengers traveling back to the U.S. mainland from the U.S. Virgin Islands will not be required to have taken a test.

Uzbekistan

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: U.S. travelers need a visa for entry; health screening and rapid Antigen test upon arrival; face masks are required in all public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and businesses are open; public transportation is operating.

Uzbekistan is open to Americans. In fact, it promises to compensate tourists up to $3,000 if they catch COVID-19.

U.S. citizens need a visa for entry, according to the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan, and a negative COVID-19 PCR test is required within 72 hours of departure to the country. Tourists face health screenings on arrival, as well as a rapid Antigen test (at a cost of approximately $9). Passengers must wait for results and if they test positive, they will be taken to a health facility for treatment and quarantine; they will not be able to go to a hotel, as hotels will not take COVID-19 positive travelers. After two weeks and a negative test, they will be released from quarantine.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State department’s advisory for Uzbekistan is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID-19 cases in Uzbekistan.

Zambia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

•  72 hours before arrival

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening and temperature check upon arrival

What’s open: Most businesses, hotels, safari lodges and camps, restaurants, national parks and tourist sites; public transportation is operating.

Zambia, home to Victoria Falls and known as a top safari destination, is open to international travelers, including Americans. However, according to the U.S. Embassy in Zambia, the second wave of cases is currently infecting the country, with Lusaka one of the hot spots, and the CDC has issued a Level 4: Very High Level of COVID warning for the country.

Zambia now requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival (recently changed from 7 days). Tourists also need a visa (apply online for an e-visa here). There are no quarantine requirements right now, but there are reports of some health screenings and symptomatic individuals may be required to submit to testing and/or quarantine.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Zambia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Zambia.

Zimbabwe

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 48 hours before departure

• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Quarantine in a government holding facility for anyone arriving without the required test, until receiving a negative test result; masks and social distancing are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Mostly essential businesses; restaurants are take-out and delivery only unless serving hotel guests; bars are closed; public transportation is running on a limited basis.

U.S. citizens can travel to Zimbabwe, according to the U.S. Embassy. However, as cases surged in January 2021, a nationwide lockdown with a curfew (now 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.) was put into place and extended with slightly relaxed restrictions on March 1, 2021. Amid the January surge, four officials in the Zimbabwe government died of COVID-19.

Zimbabwe reopened its borders to international flights on Oct. 1. 2020.  In a statement, the government said, “All travelers will be required to have a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 clearance certificate issued by a recognized facility within 48 hours from the date of departure.”

Travelers who arrive in Zimbabwe without the required test must get tested upon arrival and quarantine in a government holding facility until getting a negative result.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, 2021) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Zimbabwe is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Zimbabwe.

Important caveats and things to know

COVID-19 continues to spread around the world. While some countries have done a good job of containing the virus, there is still much we don’t know. Travel is still considered a risky undertaking. Know the rules and regulations for the place you are planning to visit and make sure you have completed all the necessary steps (like pre-departure testing in most cases). There is also the possibility countries could change their minds on reopening at the last minute (like we saw in Portugal and Iceland), so make sure you are booking refundable tickets and hotels or purchasing travel insurance.

What about Europe?

Most of the EU is still closed to Americans and will likely remain that way until the total number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. falls. Americans can go to the U.K., but a 10-day required quarantine and restrictions on internal travel make the prospect less than ideal.

Additional reporting by Katherine Fan, Ariana Arghandewal, Jordyn Fields, Donna Heiderstadt, Zach Honig, Brian Kelly, Brian Kim, Samantha Rosen, Victoria Walker, and Zach Wichter.

Featured image from Aruba in December of 2017 by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy.

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