Countries Reopened for Travel (& open to american tourists!)

Updated Nov 15th 2020

After 5 months of being grounded at home we took our first trip amid the pandemic to French Polynesia. It was everything we had dreamt of and more. Going on this trip also gave me hope for the thing I love to do the most – TRAVEL ! With the world slowly opening up and travel starting to gradually pick up while adapting itself within this “new normal”, it certainly made me confident for the future of safe travel. The US travel state department has also removed its Level 4 Do not Travel warning and has advised to consult country specific guidelines before making any decisions. Check out this post for my tips on how to travel safely amid the pandemic.

Even though the choice is limited to American tourists at the current moment, I am still grateful there are some beautiful destinations we can travel to safely now! I will keep updating this regularly so definitely bookmark this post for the future!

Here are 9 destinations to travel to now (or gain inspo to travel to later!) :

1 ) French Polynesia 

French Polynesia – the country that has beautiful islands such as Moorea, Tahiti, Bora Bora, etc opened up to international tourism on July 15th with strict entry & stay requirements. They are one of the few countries that require a COVID test before departure and after arrival too. Check out all the travel requirement details in my blog post here. You can also check out my Bora Bora travel guide for more inspo.

 

2 ) Mexico

Mexico has been open for U.S. travelers since awhile and requires no tests (it never actually really closed its borders to Americans in the first place). Even if the land borders are closed, flights are allowed into many tourist cities like Cancun, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, etc where hotels have reopened and tourists are allowed.

Check out my travel guide to Cabo ; its such a quick and easy flight from California!

 

3 ) Maldives

The Maldives has reopened to international tourism of all nationalities as of July 15th 2020! There is no quarantine requirements but you need a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to travel. You can however split your stay across only 2 resorts according to the latest update by the tourism board. You can also check out the Visit Maldives news section to keep up to date with latest travel related news.

Check out my Travel Guide to the Maldives for all the details and inspo to plan a trip to this paradise.

 

4 ) Morocco

Morocco’s largest airline (Royal Maroc ) recently announced that it will start boarding Morocco-bound travelers from 67 countries whose citizens are cleared to travel to the country without a visa. Travelers need to have either an invitation from a Moroccan company or a confirmed local hotel reservation. U.S. travelers are permitted to stay up to 90 days in Morocco without a visa. You would need a negative Covid-19 test result within 48 hours and a serological test (can be outside 48 hours).
Check out my travel guide to Morocco here.

 

5 ) Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda opened its borders on June 1 in a phased plan that includes reopening the international airport, according to the government. Visitors are required to wear a mask in all public places. Additionally, visitors must take a COVID-19 test 7 days prior to arrival and be able to present documentation of negative results. Check out more details and updates on their tourism board.

Check out my full travel guide here.

6 ) Aruba

Aruba is opening to the US from July 10th. if you live in certain high risk US states you would need to show a negative COVID 19 result from a RT PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. For other low risk states – you have the option of taking the test 72 hours prior to departure or taking the test upon arrival (and being in quarantine until they give you the results). Check out all the reopening details here.

Check out my full travel guide here.

 

7 ) Jamaica 

Jamaica opened for travel from June 15th. All travellers must obtain a Travel Authorization prior to departure and to adhere to safety protocols while in Jamaica. For all travel from July 10, 2020 and onwards, all travelers from USA will be required to upload a negative Covid-19 RT PCR test result. The date of the test must be within 10 days of the arrival date in order to obtain a Travel Authorization.Check out more details here.

Check out my full travel guide here.

 

8 ) Dominican Republic

Travelers to the Dominican Republic have to show a negative PCR Covid-19 test on arrival that’s five days old or less. Otherwise, you are given a test and a health evaluation upon arrival. Check out all details here.

Check out my full travel guide here.

 

9 ) Colombia

Colombia is reopening borders for international tourism and flights on September 21! Americans are permitted to enter for tourism and some of the first flights heading back are from the US. You will need to bring a negative PCR test taken no longer than 96 hours before departure. Chec out more about the reopening and requirements here.

Check out my Travel guide to Cartagena and best photo spots in Old town Cartagena for more inspo.

 

10 ) Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis is reopening its borders on Oct 31st! You would need to complete an entry form on the national website and submit a negative PCR test completed within 72-hours of travel. You also need to undergo a health screening at the airport, download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app and have an approved hotel accommodation. You can only stay in the hotel from day 1-7 and take an additional test on day 7 – which has to be negative to be able to move around the island. More details here.

Check out my full travel guide to Nevis for more details on this untouched Caribbean gem.

 

11 ) Bahamas

Until 31st October all incoming visitors must “Vacation in Place” for 14 days or the duration of stay, whichever is shorter, which means limiting the vacation experience to the grounds and amenities of a traveler’s hotel or accommodations. Beginning 1st November, The Bahamas will remove the mandatory “Vacation in Place” requirement for all visitors, returning citizens and residents thereby, enabling everyone to move about and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.

You would need a negative RT PCT Covid test taken 7 days prior to travel and a Bahamas health travel visa. You are also required to take a rapid test upon arrival and on day 5. More details here. 

Check out my travel guide to the Exumas here.

12 ) Anguilla :

Anguilla is my favorite Caribbean country and it recently reopened for travel. You would however have to be pre approved and have to stay for atleast 10 days in the same resort once you travel to the country. Read more about the travel requirements here.

Find my Anguilla travel guide here.

 

13 ) South Africa

South Africa has reopened borders to all international travelers who can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, including those from the U.S. and Europe who are banned under current policies. All arrivals will need to bring proof of a negative PCR test, administered no more than 72-hours before departure, more details here.

Check out my Cape town and Cape Peninsula travel guides for more.

 

 

14 ) Turks & Caicos

US travelers can travel to Turks and Caicos by flight and need a negative-PCR test 5 days before departure, mandatory travel insurance and registration on TCI Assured before arrival. We just returned from a trip to TCI, here is my full travel guide. You can read more about the reopening details to know here.

 

 

Need more inspo?

There are about 40+ countries open to travel for US travelers with/without restrictions. Check out the full list here and of course, before any travel check the destination’s tourism board for any changes/updates. I already have my eye on a few countries in this list and may or may not have booked a few trips from this list already 😉 !

Countries open without restrictions : Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Mexico, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Zambia

Countries open with restrictions/testing requirements but no 14 day quarantine : Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cambodia, Curacao, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Egypt, French Polynesia, Ghana, Guatemala, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Maldives, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, St. Barts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Senegal, Tanzania, Turks and Caicos.

(**resource : CNN TRAVEL)

Also check out this blog post for Caribbean countries opening details.

As a disclaimer : I understand that the decision to travel might not make sense to everyone right now, and that is totally fine. I’m not one to tell you whether to travel or not – that is something you have to decide for yourself, based on your circumstances. However, I DO want to be a helpful resource for travel related openings, show you how it is possible to travel safely + responsibly if you choose to travel during the pandemic and of course I want to inspire you to travel after the pandemic is over.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jyo

 

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