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The Countries That Are Open to U.S. Travelers and What You’ll Find There

by Brook Wilkinson | August 5, 2021

For a list of countries that are open to fully vaccinated travelers with no pre-trip Covid test or quarantine required, go to Where You Can Travel If You’re Vaccinated, No Pre-Trip Testing Required.

For a complete list of countries that are admitting U.S. residents with no quarantine, but sometimes with a pre-trip Covid test required, see the first section below.  We are in touch with travelers who just got back and who minimized their risk and maximized their experience by working with the right local fixer. We can point you to the right one, depending on your destination.

Additional countries that are open to U.S. travelers without quarantine are in the second section. The third section lists the countries that require a lengthy quarantine for U.S. residents. (The U.S. requires a negative Covid test for all travelers arriving by air.)

It can be a challenge to untangle the rules for getting into these places and then successfully meet those requirements. So start with the intel below, then ask us for the best sources to help you through the necessary hoops (whether that’s procuring your Covid-19 test results within the required time frame or scoring an idyllic homebase for a shortened quarantine) and pave your way to a safe, smart trip.

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Countries Open to U.S. Travelers With No Quarantine: Low-Hassle Trips Are Possible Now

Europe
Mediterranean:  Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain, Turkey
Northern and Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden, United Kingdom
Central:  Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland
Eastern: Bosnia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Russia

Atlantic Islands
Bahamas, Bermuda

Caribbean Islands
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize’s islands, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands (reopening October 14), Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico’s Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barts, St. Lucia, St. Martin/Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Americas (North, Central, South)
Belize, Canada (reopening August 9), Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Peru

Pacific and Asian Islands
Bora Bora and Tahiti (French Polynesia), Indonesia: Bali, Bintan, and Batam only (late July/early August reopening now on hold), the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand (Phuket and Samui area only)

Africa: Safaris and Islands
Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, the Seychelles, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Cradle of Civilization, Ancient Lands, Arabian Peninsula
Egypt, Israel (open for group travel only; expected full reopening in September), Jordan, Morocco, Republic of Georgia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Uzbekistan (Silk Road)

Our Picks for Most Awesome, Unusual Escapes Right Now Within a 7-Hour Flight from the U.S. Mainland
Belize, Bermuda, Iceland, Galapagos Islands, Morocco, Portugal, St. Barts

 

More Countries Open Without Quarantine 

Countries Open With Mandatory Quarantine

The Covid cases numbers listed below are taken from Our World in Data, Worldometer, and the WHO

 


Countries Open to U.S. Travelers With No 14-Day Quarantine

Austria

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. travelers may enter Austria with proof of vaccination, a recent negative test, or proof of past infection. (Those under age 12 are exempt.) Sufficient vaccination starts the 22nd day after your first dose of a two-shot vaccine and lasts for 3 months after the vaccination date; the second dose extends that validity by an additional 6 months. One-shot vaccines are valid starting the 22nd day after that dose and for 9 months after the vaccination. Those entering with test results must have a PCR test no older than 72 hours or an antigen test no older than 48 hours. Proof of past infection is valid for 6 months, proof of antibodies for 3 months.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 5,147 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in public enclosed areas, including public transit. 1 meter of social distancing is also mandatory.

Local intel:

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Bahamas

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to the Bahamas who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after final shot) need only apply for an electronic health visa, which includes mandatory health insurance while in the Bahamas. The applications take up to 48 hours to process
  • Unvaccinated individuals older than 10 must also include in their application negative results from a PCR (swab) test conducted no more than 5 days before the date of arrival; those staying more than 4 nights/5 days will have to take a rapid antigen test. 
  • A visa application is also required for inter-island travel (as is testing for unvaccinated travelers). 
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms on arrival will be tested.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 758 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are required in all public places, including when entering and exiting beaches. 
  • Curfews, business openings, and other regulations vary by island. Scroll down to the Interactive Island Guide here for the latest info.

Local intel: 

  • Hotels, restaurants, and other tourism businesses can apply for “Clean & Pristine” certification; each business must display its own specific protocols.

ASK US ABOUT THE BAHAMAS

 


 

Belgium

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 20,473 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required on shopping streets, shops, shopping centers, and any private or public place with significant footfall (as defined by local mayors).

Local intel:

  • Restaurants and bars may stay open until 1:00 a.m. Seating is limited to 8 people per table or one household.

ASK US ABOUT BELGIUM

 


 

Belize

boy jumping in to ocean from a high dock in Belize

Tourism businesses need to earn a Gold Standard Certificate to operate in Belize. Photo: Wendy Perrin

Travel restrictions:

  • Fast-track entry is available to travelers who arrive with one of the following: proof of full vaccination completed at least two weeks prior; negative results from a PCR test taken within 96 hours of their arrival; or a Rapid Antigen, Sophia, SD Bisensor, or ABBOT (Panbio) test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel. 
  • American Airlines will assist travelers in obtaining an at-home test kit before their trip.
  • Travelers are screened on arrival, and those exhibiting symptoms—as well as anyone not eligible for fast-track entry—will be tested at the airport for a cost of about $50. Those travelers can continue on to their Gold Standard-certified accommodations and will be notified within 24 hours if they test positive. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 456 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Everyone must wear masks in public places, including the airport. Social distancing is required in public places, including restaurants, bars, and stores. 
  • There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and from midnight to 4:00 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.

Local intel: 

  • Only those hotels and yacht-charter operators that have earned the country’s Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition can open. Restaurants and tour operators must follow these guidelines as well, which include social distancing, enhanced cleaning, and contactless service. Hotel spas can open, but high-contact treatments involving the face are discouraged.
  • Restaurant capacity is based on square footage.
  • Private helicopter transfers are available between the country’s inland jungle resorts and beachside properties.
  • Archaeological sites and national parks have capacity restrictions, with tours by appointment. 
  • A yacht charter is a relatively safe, sanitized, and socially distanced way to relax and enjoy the Caribbean Sea that flows around Belize. We know yachts whose crews are vaccinated or Covid-tested and have earned Gold Standard certification. Write to Ask Wendy for details.

ASK US ABOUT BELIZE

 


 

Bermuda

The Reefs, Southampton, Bermuda

The Reefs, Southampton, Bermuda.

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose), and who arrive with negative results from a PCR test conducted no more than 4 days before their trip, will be tested again on arrival. Once that test comes back negative, they may move freely about the island. They will be tested again on days 4 and 10 of their trip.
  • All visitors must apply for a travel authorization 1 to 3 days before their trip; this includes uploading test results and paying a $75 fee ($30 for those 9 and under) to cover the cost of the in-country testing. The authorization must be reviewed and approved before you can fly to Bermuda; you will need to show a copy in order to board your flight.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 8 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Visitors must comply with local public-health guidelines, including wearing masks in public places, sanitizing hands regularly, and practicing physical distancing.
  • Travelers are strongly encouraged to download the WeHealth Bermuda app, to assist with contact tracing.

Local intel:

  • Many hotels have pledged to offer free accommodations for guests who test positive while at the property.

ASK US ABOUT BERMUDA

 


 

Bora Bora, Tahiti (French Polynesia)

Travel restrictions:

  • French Polynesia’s quarantine requirements are waived for U.S. travelers who have been fully vaccinated (14 days after final Pfizer or Moderna dose, or 28 days after Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Travelers must also have been in the U.S. for the past 15 days.
  • Visitors must register online between 6 and 30 days prior to arrival, supplying their itinerary and their vaccine certificate and paying a fee of $50 per person.
  • Travelers must also take an RT-PCR test no more than 3 days before their travel, or an antigen test detecting the N protein no more than 48 hours ahead, and submit the negative results before boarding their flight.
  • Travelers will have to take an antigen test on arrival, at a cost of about $50.
  • Unvaccinated children traveling with a vaccinated legal guardian do not have to quarantine, but will have to self-test on days 4 and 8 of their trip.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

Local intel: 

ASK US ABOUT TAHITI + FRENCH POLYNESIA

 


 

Bosnia

Travel restrictions: 

  • U.S. residents can visit Bosnia and Herzegovina with proof of full vaccination (14 days since final dose), recovery from Covid in the last 14 to 180 days, or a negative Covid test. If coming from the U.S. the test must be not older than 72 hours from the moment of entry; if coming from Europe the test must be not older than 48 hours. If a traveling parent meets one of those conditions, their children under age 7 are exempt.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 266 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required indoors, on public transportation, and when social distancing isn’t possible outdoors.

ASK US ABOUT BOSNIA


 

Canada

Travel restrictions: 

  • Canada will open to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers (14 days since final dose) starting August 9; no pre-trip testing or post-arrival quarantine is required.
  • Unvaccinated minors under 12 who are accompanied by vaccinated parents/guardians may also skip quarantine.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 6,830 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Visitors will be randomly selected for Covid testing on arrival.

ASK US ABOUT CANADA

 


 

Caribbean islands

Idyllic tropical beach with white sand, turquoise ocean water and blue sky at Antigua island in Caribbean

Caribbean islands are opening with various rules and restrictions. Photo: Shutterstock

Anguilla

Travel restrictions:

  • Anguilla is open to fully vaccinated visitors (3 weeks since final dose) who receive approval prior to their trip. (Those under age 18 and pregnant women are exempt.) Visitors must also apply for pre-trip authorization at least 7 days before their arrival, and show a negative PCR test from a nasopharyngeal swab conducted 3 to 5 days prior to arrival.
  • Travelers will be tested again on arrival in Anguilla and must stay at their hotel or villa until they receive results, usually within 12 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • Masks are required on ferries to Anguilla.

Local intel:

  • Social distancing is required on the beach.

ASK US ABOUT ANGUILLA

Antigua and Barbuda

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 11 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • Masks are required in all public areas, and people are urged to maintain 6 feet of social distancing (including on beaches).
  • There is a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., and beaches are open from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Local intel:

  • All accommodations (hotels, resorts, rentals, villas) and transportation operators must meet cleaning and safety protocols and be certified by the islands’ health authorities in order to resume service. For example, hotel employees have to live on-property in order to limit their possible exposure to the virus, and taxi drivers will be allowed to wash their hands at hotels between passengers.
  • Travelers arriving at the airport must take approved taxis or vans to their accommodations, where they may be able to arrange for a rental car. Taxis and vans are limited to 50% capacity and must be sanitized after each trip.

ASK US ABOUT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

beach with yellow hammock in Aruba, Caribbean Islands, Lesser Antilles

Aruba’s travel businesses—including hotels—must apply for the Aruba Health & Happiness Code certification, which requires an on-site assessment. Photo: Shutterstock

Aruba

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 100 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required on flights to Aruba, in the airport, on public transportation and taxis, and in indoor public places. 

Local intel: 

  • Travel businesses—including accommodations, restaurants, food trucks, casinos, stores, transportation companies, spas, and tour operators—must apply for the Aruba Health & Happiness Code certification, which requires an on-site assessment. 
  • The Aruba Health app promises less time spent waiting at the airport, quicker results if you’re tested on the island, and listings of Health & Happiness Code-certified businesses. 

ASK US ABOUT ARUBA

Bonaire

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. visitors to Bonaire who are fully vaccinated must have negative results from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of arrival. Those you are unvaccinated have two options: negative results from a PCR test within 24 hours of departure, or negative results from a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and an antigen test on arrival. Children under 12 are exempt.
  • Travelers must fill out a health declaration form 48 to 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Travel insurance that covers Covid-related costs is recommended. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 24 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Social distancing of 1.5 meters is required.

ASK US ABOUT BONAIRE

British Virgin Islands

Travel restrictions:

  • Fully vaccinated travelers with negative results from a PCR test or an approved rapid antigen test conducted within 5 days of their travel may enter the islands. They will be tested again on arrival and must stay at their hotel until they receive results, which are expected in 24-48 hours.
  • Travelers must also apply for a travel authorization no later than 48 hours before travel, and must complete it at least 24 hours prior to travel. Approved applicants are charged a $50 entry fee.
  • Travelers must also have insurance that covers Covid. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,632 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Visitors must install the BVI Gateway app for health monitoring and contact tracing.
  • Masks are required.

Local intel:

  • Tourism businesses must receive Gold Seal certification in order to reopen; this includes staff training and an in-person inspection.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

 

Cayman Islands

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

ASK US ABOUT THE CAYMAN ISLANDS

 

Dominica

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to Dominica must complete a health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to arrival and bring negative results of a PCR test recorded 24 to 72 hours prior to arrival. Those from a high-risk country, including the U.S., will be given a rapid test on arrival; once they have negative results, they can proceed to a “Safe in Nature”-certified property and can participate in certified land and water activities while their health is monitored daily. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on Day 2 of their trip, unvaccinated travelers on Day 5; once negative, travelers can fully explore the island. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 12 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Health assessments, temperature checks, and rapid testing will be done at the airport. 
  • Travelers must wear masks and observe social distancing of 3 feet in all public spaces. 

Local intel:

  • Hotels and other tourism businesses must abide by a set of health and safety protocols. The hotels that have been certified to open are listed here
  • Restaurants must keep tables at least 6 feet apart and sanitize three times a day. 
  • Certified tourism vehicles will be sanitized before and after each trip; drivers and passengers must all wear masks. 
  • Watersports vessels are limited to 70% capacity, with temperature screenings and sanitization before and after each excursion.

ASK US ABOUT DOMINICA

Dominican Republic

Travel restrictions:

  • There are no pre-trip requirements to enter the Dominican Republic. Rapid breath tests are administered at random to 3% to 15% of arriving passengers aged 5 and older, and to all passengers exhibiting symptoms. 
  • Visitors must complete an Electronic Ticket both when entering and departing the country; this includes a health affidavit, customs declaration, and embarkation/disembarkation form. While it’s possible to do this at the airport on arrival, it’s recommended that travelers fill out the form 72 hours before their trip and present the QR code at the airport.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 8,207 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • It is mandatory to maintain social distancing and wear masks in all public spaces. 
  • Punta Cana Airport has installed temperature sensors and boarding-pass readers for direct passenger use, expanded immigration lanes, and reduced bus capacity by 50% to 60%. Passengers who opt for V.I.P. service will disembark from the plane to a golf cart; capacity has been reduced in the V.I.P. lounge. 

Local intel: 

  • All commercial establishments with closed environments must maintain 1.5 meters of social distancing between parties.
  • Beaches are open under social distancing guidelines.
  • There is a curfew in effect, with varying hours depending on the province. Hotel guests may still move about their hotel during curfew hours.

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Guadeloupe

Travel restrictions:

  • Guadeloupe is open to U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past double-injection vaccine, 4 weeks past single-injection vaccine). Visitors must also have negative results from a PCR test carried out within 72 hours of their departure, or an antigen test conducted within 48 hours, and must complete a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and have not been in contact with a Covid-positive individual in the previous 14 days.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 331 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 26)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Arriving passengers will undergo temperature checks and health assessments at the airport.
  • Masks are required in public establishments, busy streets, and at any gathering of more than 3 people.

Local intel: 

  • There is a curfew in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Beaches are closed from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Restaurants may open indoor and outdoor areas at 50% capacity. Bars may open their terraces, with capacity limited to 50%.
  • Gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people.

ASK US ABOUT GUADELOUPE

beach of the Jamaica Inn, caribbean islands

The Ministry of Tourism has imposed many guidelines to attempt to keep travelers safe in Jamaica. Photo: Lindsey Epperly Sulek

Jamaica

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers can visit Jamaica without a quarantine, provided they stay on the property of their accommodations in the “resilient corridors” stretching along the coast from Negril to Port Antonio and from Milk River to Negril; these travelers may also visit certified tourist attractions within the corridor.
  • Before departing the U.S., travelers must upload proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of their travel date (mail-in test kits are not allowed) and complete an online form within 7 days of their travel date that asks about their health and in-country contact information. Those under age 12 are exempt.
  • Arriving passengers will be screened and have their temperature taken and, if showing symptoms or deemed to be high risk, will be tested and must await results in their hotel room.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 746 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • All are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Local intel:

  • All tourism businesses, including hotels, attractions, and transportation companies, must abide by guidelines issued by the Ministry of Tourism. The accommodations and tour operators that have been approved to operate are listed here.
  • Restaurants are open only for take-out and outdoor service.
  • Bars are open with protocols in place.
  • Beaches, water parks, and other attractions must close by 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday.

ASK US ABOUT JAMAICA

Martinique

Travel restrictions:

  • Martinique is open to U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past double-injection vaccine, 4 weeks past single-injection vaccine). Those over 11 years old must also have negative results from a PCR test carried out within 72 hours of their departure, or an antigen test conducted within 48 hours, and must complete a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and have not been in contact with a Covid-positive individual in the previous 14 days.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 94 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Arriving passengers will undergo temperature checks and health assessments at the airport.
  • Masks are recommended in all places open to the public, and required in open-air markets and other crowded areas.

Local intel:

  • Restaurants are open with distancing between tables and no more than 6 per table.
  • Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT MARTINIQUE

Puerto Rico

Travel restrictions:

  • Visitors to Puerto Rico must complete a Travel Declaration Form. Fully vaccinated travelers arriving on a flight from the U.S. mainland do not need to show Covid test results.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative molecular Covid-19 test taken within the past 72 hours; otherwise, they will be required to quarantine until they receive negative results from a molecular test taken within 72 hours of their arrival, or one taken on the island.
  • Thermal screenings are also conducted, and San Juan Airport has enacted a number of sanitization and social-distancing protocols. Anyone showing symptoms will be required to quarantine until they test negative (even if they arrive with results of a test taken in the last 72 hours).
  • The U.S. State Department does not advise on travel to Puerto Rico, as it is a territory of the U.S.

Health info: 

  • 1,330 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are not required if you are fully vaccinated, except on public transportation (including in taxis) and in the airport. 

Local intel: 

  • All tourism businesses, including hotels, must abide by a set of mandatory health and safety guidelines that include temperature checks and cleaning to C.D.C. and E.P.A. standards; businesses can choose to be endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, showing that they meet or exceed these standards.
  • Restaurants, bars, casinos, retail stores, and museums are open.
  • Public beaches and nature reserves are open, following social distancing guidelines and mask usage when not in the water. Marinas are open. 
  • Golf courses are open. 
  • Ferries to Vieques and Culebra are operating.

ASK US ABOUT PUERTO RICO

Saba

Travel restrictions: 

Health info:

  • 0 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • Masks are required inside airport terminals and port buildings.

ASK US ABOUT SABA

St. Barts

Travel restrictions: 

  • Vaccinated travelers may enter St. Barts, provided they also have negative results from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their departure for the island, or an antigen test conducted within 48 hours.
  • Passengers must also present a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and have not been in contact with any known Covid-positive individuals in the last 14 days. 

Health info: 

  • 3 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • All those over age 10 are required to wear masks in enclosed public places and encouraged to practice social distancing.

Local intel: 

ASK US ABOUT SAINT BARTS

Beautiful white sand beach in Saint Lucia, Caribbean Islands

Beautiful white sand beach in Saint Lucia, Caribbean Islands. Photo: Shutterstock

St. Lucia

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to St. Lucia must have confirmed reservations at Covid-certified accommodations. Visitors aged 5 and over must provide proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within the 5 days prior to their travel (so, on Wednesday or later prior to a Sunday trip) and submit a Pre-Arrival Registration Form as soon as their flight and hotel are booked (and no less than 7 days prior to travel). The airport is doing temperature checks and luggage sanitization.
  • Those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final dose) may move about the island freely. Unvaccinated travelers may leave their hotel only for certain Covid-certified activities (options include snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing; some driving tours are allowed, but passengers may not get out of the vehicle) or to dine in certain approved restaurants.
  • American Airlines will assist travelers in obtaining an at-home test kit before their trip.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 101 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • Masks are required in all public places, including at hotels (except at restaurants and when seated at a pool).
  • Screening at the airport of arriving passengers includes temperature checks.

Local intel:

  • Car rentals are only available to vaccinated travelers from the U.S. Taxis are available with protocols in place.
  • St. Lucia Helicopters has received Covid certification and is now operating for helicopter transfers.
  • Events are limited to 25 people.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT SAINT LUCIA

St. Martin/Sint Maarten

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to the Dutch side of the island who are aged 10 and over from high-risk countries (including the U.S.) must bring negative results from an rt-PCR test using a naso-pharyngeal swab taken within 72 hours of the last leg of their flight(s) to Sint Maarten, or negative results from certain approved antigen tests conducted within 48 hours of their departure. Travelers should apply for entry to the island via the Electronic Health Authorization System as soon as they receive their test results. There are temperature checks at the airport.
  • Travelers to the French side of the island must have negative results from a test conducted within 72 hours of their arrival.
  • Travelers to Sint Maarten must have health insurance coverage. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • While in Sint Maarten, travelers from high-risk countries must monitor themselves for fever and other symptoms for 14 days and will be alerted via email to submit updates online. 
  • Here are the U.S. State Department advisories for Sint Maarten and St. Martin.

Health info: 

ASK US ABOUT ST. MARTIN/SINT MAARTEN

Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Masks are required in all public places in Turks and Caicos. Photo: Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers are allowed to enter Turks and Caicos provided they have proof of a negative test taken within 3 days of travel, including the day of their flight (home-based tests are not allowed). Those aged 9 and under are exempt. 
  • Prior to travel, visitors must register on the TCI Assured portal, and present the authorization they receive when checking in for their flight. 
  • Travelers must have insurance that covers medevac services if they become ill on the islands. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy.  
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

Local intel:

  • Providenciales Airport’s Fast Track service expedites travelers through customs and immigration.  
  • Restaurants and bars can open with 70% capacity and 6 feet between groups. Restaurants and bars must close by midnight.
  • The weekly Thursday Fish Fry and other large events are not allowed.
  • There is a curfew in effect on all islands from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT TURKS AND CAICOS

U.S. Virgin Islands

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to the U.S.V.I. must use the Travel Screening Portal to provide proof of negative results from a molecular or antigen test taken within five days of their travel to the islands, or negative results from an antibody test in the past 4 months. Passengers who have not done so may not be allowed to board their flight.
  • Travelers who arrive with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will undergo further screening. 
  • The U.S. State Department does not advise on travel to the U.S.V.I., as they are a territory of the U.S.

Health info:

  • 239 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • Travelers are asked to keep masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer with them at all times.
  • Masks must be worn on flights, in airports and when entering most businesses, but not in restaurants or on beaches.
  • Certain businesses, including some hotels, require temperature checks before entering.

Local intel:

  • Restaurants can operate with up to 75% occupancy with a max of 100 customers, must place tables at least six feet apart, and may seat no more than six in a party. Staff must wear masks; patrons must wear masks except when seated. Alcohol service is not allowed at counters and may not be served between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.; bars are open for seated service only.
  • Taxis and vans are limited to half their normal capacity.
  • Beaches are open but social distancing must be maintained, and they are off-limits between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • Gatherings of more than 100 people are not allowed.

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colorfully painted walls on a block of Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia, is colorful, almost like New Orleans. Photo: Shutterstock

Colombia

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 191,767 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Masks and 2 meters of social distancing are required in public places, including the airport.
  • Domestic flights are opening with limited frequency; only airlines with strict bio-safety protocols in place are allowed to fly.

Local intel:

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Costa Rica

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to Costa Rica must complete a health pass prior to travel, but do not need to be tested before their trip.
  • Visitors must have proof of medical insurance that covers Covid-related bills in Costa Rica up to at least $50,000, and lodging expenses related to the pandemic up to at least $2,000. Two local companies, the National Insurance Institute and Sagicor, offer such policies. Travelers have also reported to us that Trawick International charges reasonable rates for their Costa Rica-approved policies, and easy access to the required documentation. For more options, see our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy.
  • Travelers must have a return ticket, and should carry a copy or photo of the passport page with their entry stamp at all times. 
  • Temperature screenings will be done at the airport. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 16,789 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Masks are required in the airports and other crowded places, and where social distancing is not possible.

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Croatia

Travel restrictions:

  • Residents of the U.S. can enter Croatia, provided they have proof of accommodations paid in advance in full, and one of the following: a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival in Croatia or an antigen test taken within 48 hours; proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior; or a medical certificate stating the traveler has recovered from Covid after testing positive 12-180 days prior to arrival.
  • A PCR or rapid antigen test must be carried out on arrival.
  • Children under 12 who are accompanied by adults who meet one of the above conditions need not present test results.
  • Travelers are also asked to fill out this announcement certificate before entering Croatia.  
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,367 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the CDC advisory
  • Masks are mandatory in all closed spaces, and in open spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

Local intel:

  • Museums and galleries must allow for 7 square meters of space per person.
  • Restaurants are open for inside dining, open-air dining, and takeout.
  • Public events and gatherings must end at 10:00 p.m., and businesses must close.

ASK US ABOUT CROATIA

 


 

Czech Republic

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

  • 2,944 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • FFP2 or N95 masks are required indoors, and outdoors where social distancing can not be maintained.

Local intel: 

  • Stores may open with 1 person per 15 square meters.
  • Museums, botanical gardens, and some cultural sites have opened with limited capacity.
  • Restaurants may not seat more than 4 people per table (unless from the same household). Tables must be 1.5 meters apart.

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Denmark

Travel restrictions:

  • Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers (two weeks after final dose) may enter Denmark, no testing or quarantine required.
  • Unvaccinated children under the age of 15 who are traveling with vaccinated adults may enter with no testing or isolation requirements. Those aged 15 to 17 who are accompanied by vaccinated adults must show a negative test to board their flight, and will be tested on arrival, but they are exempt from isolation requirements.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 11,932 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

Local intel:

  • Museums, art venues, theaters, and gardens require that visitors show proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test.
  • Restaurants, cafes, and bars may open between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., and must stop serving alcohol at 10:00 p.m. Guests must have a reservation and show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test to dine indoors.
  • Gatherings are limited to 100 people outdoors and 50 indoors.

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Dubai Burj Khalifa view from hotel balcony

Dubai is open to travelers who have recent tested negative for Covid. Photo: Timothy Baker

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers have to show a negative PCR test result from the previous 96 hours in order to board a commercial flight to Dubai (some airlines require a test within the past 72 hours). Passengers may be tested again on arrival. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the test requirements. 
  • Travelers entering Abu Dhabi from another emirate must have a negative PCR test from the past 48 hours, and must be tested again on days 6 and 12 of their visit. Everyone in Abu Dhabi must use the Al Hosn app to show their testing/vaccination status when entering public venues, including hotels, restaurants, malls, parks, and beaches.
  • Travelers must complete a Health Declaration Form, sign a declaration that they will cover the cost of quarantine and treatment if needed, and have medical insurance. Emirates and Etihad offer free coverage for Covid-related costs to all passengers. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • Visitors must register with the Dubai Health Authority’s Covid-19 DXB app.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory

Health info: 

  • 21,438 new Covid-19 cases in the United Arab Emirates in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Everyone is required to wear masks when around others outdoors and maintain two meters of social distancing. 

Local intel: 

  • There is a curfew in effect in Abu Dhabi from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers entering Ecuador must bring proof of one of the following: (1) a negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken up to 3 days prior to their arrival in Ecuador, (2) full vaccination, or (3) recovery from a Covid infection with onset at least 1 month prior. Random rapid antigen testing may be conducted at airports, and anyone presenting symptoms will be evaluated. If a test comes back positive, that traveler must isolate for 10 days at a state-designated shelter.  
  • The requirements to enter the Galapagos are the same as those to enter mainland Ecuador.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 8,963 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • At the Quito airport, both arriving and departing passengers will be required to pass through thermal detectors and foot baths that sanitize shoe soles and luggage wheels.  Masks and social distancing are required. Airport workers who interact with travelers will wear N95 masks and face shields.
  • Some parts of the country are under a nightly curfew, which in certain places is waived for tourist vehicles.

Local intel:

  • Most museums, churches, and other visitor sites have limited capacity to 30-50%.
  • Many tourism businesses have developed their own safety and hygiene protocols; a hacienda in the Andes, for instance, may arrange public areas so that each family unit has its own separate space, or disinfect guest rooms with UV light between reserved stays.

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Egypt

Egypt is admitting travelers with proof of a negative Covid test. Photo: Shutterstock

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers can enter Egypt with a negative certificate (paper, not digital) from a PCR test; for most travelers, this test must be performed 72 hours before their flight. The U.S. embassy says that those flying from the U.S. can be tested up to 96 hours prior to departure; however, the Egypt experts we know and trust advise travelers to be tested within 72 hours to avoid being denied entry. Children under 6 are exempt. 
  • You must also show proof of medical insurance on arrival. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 719 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  •  Masks are required in public places.

Local intel:

  • Hospitality establishments, tourism activities, archeological sites and museums must earn a government-issued Hygiene Safety Certificate before opening to visitors. Certified establishments undergo routine inspections. Criteria include mandatory temperature checks for guests every time they enter the premises (that goes for hotels, museums, and archaeological sites), luggage disinfection, protective-gear kits in each room, various cleaning criteria, and an on-call doctor and a clinic at hotels.
  • Hotels and Nile cruise vessels may open with 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants and cafes are also open at 50% capacity and must close by midnight; other shops must close by 10:00 p.m.
  • Public parks and beaches are closed.
  • Archeological sites and museums are allowed to reopen, with protocols in place.

ASK US ABOUT EGYPT

 


 

Estonia

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 1,273 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Masks are recommended in enclosed or crowded places.
  • Distancing is required in indoor public spaces.

Local intel: 

  • Restaurants, bars, and cafes may open indoors and out, with a 50% capacity limit indoors.
  • Stores may open at 50% capacity.

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Finland

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

  • 5,346 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 27)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required on public transportation.

Local intel:

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France

Travel restrictions: 

  • U.S. travelers may enter France provided they are fully vaccinated (two weeks after final Pfizer or Moderna dose, four weeks after Johnson & Johnson dose) or show negative results from a Covid test conducted no more than 72 hours before entering France. Children under 11 are exempt from testing. Those aged 11 to 17 are treated as vaccinated if accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent/guardian.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

Local intel: 

  • Starting August 1, proof of vaccination or a recent negative test will be required to enter restaurants, cafes, and movie theaters, and to travel on long-distance trains. We know travel planners who can help U.S. travelers use C.D.C vaccination cards to obtain an E.U. Digital Pass; write to Ask Wendy for details.
  • Cafes, bars, and restaurants may open for indoor and outdoor dining.
  • Museums and other cultural sites may reopen with limited capacity.

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Georgia

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. travelers may enter Georgia, provided they have negative results from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their departure and have filled out a pre-registration form. They must travel by air directly from certain countries; that list includes the U.S. and E.U. member states. Land and sea borders are closed to entry.
  • Vaccinated travelers need only show proof of receiving two full doses (or one dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
  • Unvaccinated visitors must get another PCR test, at their own expense, on their third day after arrival in Georgia.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 29,494 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces.
  • Health screenings are conducted at the airports.

ASK US ABOUT GEORGIA

 


Germany

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 30,301 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the CDC advisory
  • Masks are required on public transportation, in stores, and in busy outdoor places.
  • There are curfews in place in certain states, but those who are vaccinated or recovered from Covid are exempt.

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Greece

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers from certain countries, including the U.S., may enter the country with no quarantine, provided they have been fully vaccinated (14 days past the final dose), can show that they recovered from Covid in the last 9 months, or have a negative PCR test that was conducted within the previous 72 hours prior to arrival. Children 5 and under are exempt.
  • Travelers will be subject to random health checks and testing on arrival. Anyone who tests positive (along with their companions) will stay at a local hotel free of charge.
  • Visitors to Greece must complete a Passenger Locator Form no later than 11:59 p.m. on the day before their arrival.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 32,183 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the CDC advisory
  • Masks are required indoors and in crowded outdoor settings.
  • Ferry operators and airlines require travelers to complete a health questionnaire and provide proof of full vaccination, recovery from Covid within the previous 2-9 months, a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours, or a negative rapid test from the previous 24 hours.

Local intel: 

  • Proof of full vaccination is required to enter public indoor spaces.
  • Restaurants are open with protocols in place.
  • Museums and archaeological sites may open; in some cases, hours are limited.
  • Hotels must test staff twice per week.

ASK US ABOUT GREECE

 


 

Hungary

Travel restrictions: 

  • U.S. travelers may enter Hungary via land or river; entry via air requires the European Green Pass which is not currently available to U.S. residents. Visitors must show proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid, or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 766 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the CDC advisory

Local intel: 

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Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Photo: Shutterstock

Iceland

Travel restrictions: 

Health info:

Local intel:

  • Restaurants that sell alcohol, as well as bars and nightclubs, must limit capacity to 100 people and maintain 1 meter of distance between parties. They must close at 11:00 p.m. All guests have to be registered by name, ID number, and telephone number.

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Indonesia: Bali, Bintan, and Batam only

Travel restrictions:

  • Indonesia’s tourism minister has announced that the expected late July/early August reopening of Bali, Bintan, and Batam to travelers has been put on hold until the country’s new cases fall below 30 or 40 per day. Specific entry requirements have not yet been announced.
  • The plan is also contingent upon the Covid situation not worsening in these regions.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 617,681 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

ASK US ABOUT INDONESIA

 


 

Ireland

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 10,940 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are recommended in crowded outdoor areas.

Local intel:

  • Hotels may open, with services restricted to overnight guests (including those who are unvaccinated).
  • Restaurants and bars are open with protocols in place.
  • Museums and other cultural attractions may open with protective measures in place.

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Israel

Travel restrictions:

  • Israel is open to a limited number of organized groups of vaccinated travelers. All visitors must have negative results from a PCR test within the previous 72 hours to board a flight to Israel, and on arrival will be given a second PCR test, as well as a serological test to prove that they are vaccinated.
  • Israel’s incoming government had previously announced that all vaccinated U.S. travelers (along with their unvaccinated children under the age of 6) would be admitted starting July 1; that has now been pushed back to September. Expected entry requirements are as follows: Visitors must fill out an online entry statement no more than 24 hours before their flight to Israel. They must also have negative results from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their departure, and they will be tested again on arrival (at a cost of about $30).
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 18,918 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required indoors, and at large outdoor gatherings.

ASK US ABOUT ISRAEL

 


 

Italy

Travel restrictions: 

  • U.S. travelers may enter Italy with proof of full vaccination (two weeks past final dose), recovery from a past infection, or a negative test conducted within 48 hours of their departure. Minors aged 6 and over who are accompanied by a parent or caregiver must be tested before the trip; those under 6 are exempt.
  • Visitors must also fill out a European Digital Passenger Locator Form.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 25,731 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

Local intel: 

  • Masks are only required indoors and on public transit.
  • Restaurants and bars may open for indoor and outdoor service and takeout.
  • Starting August 6, proof of vaccination, a recent negative test, or recovery from Covid is required for certain activities, including eating indoors at a restaurant and entering a museum.

ASK US ABOUT ITALY

 


 

Jordan

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers may enter Jordan with negative results from a PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival. Travelers aged 5 and over who are not fully vaccinated must take a second test on arrival in Amman at a cost of about $40; those who test negative do not have to quarantine. (To obtain the testing exemption, vaccinated travelers must register via Gateway2Jordan.
  • All travelers will have to fill out a health form prior to boarding their flight for Jordan.
  • Visitors must have travel insurance that covers Covid treatment. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy.  
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 9,357 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are required in businesses, public transportation, and government facilities.

Local intel:

  • There is a curfew in effect from midnight for commercial establishments and 1:00 a.m. for individuals until 6:00 a.m.
  • Gatherings are restricted to 20 people.

ASK US ABOUT JORDAN

 


 

Latvia

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. travelers may enter Latvia provided they are fully vaccinated or tested negative within 72 hours of their arrival. (Those aged 10 and under are exempt.) Travelers must fill out a health questionnaire at least 48 hours before crossing the border.
  • Visitors from outside the E.U. will be tested on arrival at their own expense.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 676 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 29)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required at the airport.

ASK US ABOUT LATVIA

 


 

Lithuania

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 2,551 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in public places.

Local intel: 

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Luxembourg

Travel restrictions: 

  • U.S. travelers may enter Luxembourg with proof of one of the following: full vaccination, recovery from Covid in the previous 6 months, a negative NAAT test performed less than 72 hours before their flight, or a negative antigen test performed less than 48 hours prior.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,184 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory on public transit and in shops.

Local intel: 

  • Restaurants and cafes can stay open until 1:00 a.m. Groups larger than 4 people must show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test in order to be seated together indoors.

ASK US ABOUT LUXEMBOURG

 


 

The Maldives

private villa in the Maldives on a spit of land surrounded by turquoise water

Travelers arriving in the Maldives must have confirmed reservations at one or two resorts. Photo: Soneva Fushi

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 1,689 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Visitors are encouraged to install the TraceEkee app, which aids in contact tracing. 
  • Travelers will be screened again when departing their accommodations, and tested if showing symptoms. 
  • Masks and social distancing are required in the airport.

ASK US ABOUT THE MALDIVES

 


 

Mauritius

Travel restrictions:

  • Mauritius welcomes fully vaccinated travelers (at least three weeks after final dose). Visitors must also take a PCR test 5-7 days before their departure for Mauritius, and make a reservation at a certified Covid-safe hotel.
  • Visitors must have travel insurance that covers Covid-19. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy.  
  • Travelers are given a PCR test on arrival and must stay in their hotel room until results are returned in 6-12 hours. After that, they may move freely about their hotel, including its beach but not including the spa. (If the hotel has a golf course, it will be available on certain days.) Additional PCR tests will be conducted on days 7 and 14; following the final negative test, travelers may fully explore the island.
  • Children may be unvaccinated but will have to take the PCR tests.
  • Starting October 1, vaccinated travelers may enter Mauritius with no restriction, provided they have a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

Local intel: 

  • Restaurants are currently open only for pick-up and delivery.

ASK US ABOUT MAURITIUS

 


 

Mexico

Tulum Riviera Maya, Mexico

Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Tulum, and Cozumel, has allowed hotels to open at 30% capacity. Photo: Journey Mexico.

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 174,047 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • As in the U.S., the caseload of—and the response to—Covid-19 has varied greatly among Mexico’s states. The national government never mandated mask wearing, though several state governments have done so.

Local intel:

  • The government of Baja California Sur (home to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo) has allowed hotels, restaurants, beaches, and recreational activities to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Puerto Vallarta is allowing hotels to operate at 80% capacity throughout; their pools, beach clubs, restaurants, gyms, and spas can open. The beaches immediately in front of hotels are open to guests; other beaches are open from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity.
  • In Nayarit (home to Punta Mita), hotels can operate at 70% capacity, with social distancing in common areas and pools. Beaches and tours are also limited to 70% capacity.
  • Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Tulum, and Cozumel, has allowed hotels to open at 50-60% capacity, depending on the location; beaches are open at 30-60% capacity. There is a curfew in Cozumel from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Face masks are mandatory in public. 
  • Other state-by-state restrictions are listed on the U.S. embassy’s website.

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Montenegro

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 352 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in all public spaces, both open and enclosed, and in all vehicles except when alone or with only immediate family. Masks are not necessary outdoors when social distancing is possible.
  • Health screenings are being done at the airport and other points of entry.

Local intel:

  • Cafes, restaurants, and bars may be open between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. at full capacity, with a maximum of four people per table.
  • There is a ban on gatherings of more than two adults in open public spaces.
  • National parks are open.
  • Shopping centers are open with social distancing.

ASK US ABOUT MONTENEGRO


 

Fez Morocco ceramic studio Art d'Argile

The ceramic studio Art d’Argile in Fez Morocco. Photo: Tim Baker

Morocco

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers flying directly from the U.S. are allowed to enter Morocco, provided they have a reservation in the country with a hotel or travel agency. Travelers aged 11 and over must bring proof of either vaccination or a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their travel. The U.S. embassy advises that vaccinated travelers also bring a negative PCR test. 
  • Visitors must complete a passenger health form. Health screenings will be conducted upon arrival. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 50,603 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory in all public spaces.
  • Travelers are asked to download the Wiqaytna app to help with contact tracing.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Local intel: 

  • There are temperature checks at restaurant entrances; masks are required when moving around.
  • Both public-owned and privately owned monuments and museums are open, as are the country’s medinas and souks.

ASK US ABOUT MOROCCO

 


 

The Netherlands

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 94,583 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Social distancing of 1.5 meters is mandatory; masks are only required where distancing isn’t possible, such as on public transport.

Local intel: 

ASK US ABOUT THE NETHERLANDS

 


 

Peru

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers may enter Peru via air (land borders are closed) with a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within 72 hours of their flight, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge. Visitors may skip the 14-day quarantine provided they receive negative results from an antigen test given on arrival (though sources tell us this testing isn’t always enforced when a negative pre-trip test is presented). All passengers must complete an Affidavit of Health.
  • Children under 12 can present a certificate of health issued by a doctor in lieu of test results.
  • For domestic flights, travelers must sign a sworn statement that they do not have symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 21,990 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory in public. Both masks and face shields must be worn to enter many establishments, including shopping centers, markets, and other potentially crowded places.
  • There are curfews in effect in some parts of the country.

Local intel: 

  • Machu Picchu is open with to 667 visitors per day; sources tell us that about 100 people are typically at the site each day (versus 2,500 pre-Covid).
  • The Inca Trail is open.
  • Other archaeological and historical sites are open.
  • Restaurants and museums are open at limited capacity.
  • Beaches in Lima and along the Pacific coast are closed.

ASK US ABOUT PERU

 


 

Poland

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

Local intel:

  • Hotels may open with 75% capacity. This does not include people who are fully vaccinated.
  • Restaurants are allowed to operate outdoor areas with distancing, and indoor areas with 75% capacity.
  • Museums and large stores may open with limited capacity.

ASK US ABOUT POLAND

 


 

Portugal

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. travelers may enter Portugal with negative results from an NAAT test (such as a PCR test) conducted within 72 hours of boarding their flight, or a rapid antigen test conducted within 48 hours of boarding. Travelers age 2 and under are exempt from testing. Visitors must also fill out a passenger locator card within 48 hours of travel.
  • All travelers aged 12 and over arriving in the Azores must provide negative results from a test conducted within 72 hours of boarding, or proof of recovery from Covid. Travelers must fill out a health questionnaire and will be tested again on day 6 of their visit.
  • All travelers arriving in Madeira must provide negative results from a test conducted within 72 hours of boarding, or proof of full vaccination or recovery from Covid. Visitors are advised to fill out a health questionnaire 48 to 12 hours before arrival.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 40,237 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in closed public spaces, and where social distancing isn’t possible. They are also required when moving about the beach.
  • Some regions—Lisbon and Porto among them—have a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Local intel: 

  • Accommodations require one of the following at check-in: an EU Digital Certificate or a negative Covid test (PCR from the previous 72 hours, antigen within 48 hours, rapid test before a health official within 24 hours, or a rapid test before a hotel employee on arrival).
  • The same is required for indoor dining after 7:00 p.m. on Fridays, weekends, and holidays in certain areas, including Lisbon.
  • Restaurants and cafes may stay open until 1:00 a.m.; groups are limited to 10 outdoor and 6 indoors. Alcohol may not be sold after 8:00 p.m.
  • Museums and cultural centers are open. Theaters may open with 50% capacity.
  • Masks must be worn at access points to beaches and when moving around them.

ASK US ABOUT PORTUGAL

 


 

Qatar

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

  • 1,967 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in public places.

Local intel: 

  • Gatherings are limited to 15 vaccinated people or 5 unvaccinated people.
  • Public transit is operating at 50% capacity.
  • Malls and souks are operating at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants are open with limited capacity and may only serve vaccinated patrons indoors.

ASK US ABOUT QATAR

 


 

Romania

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 699 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory in public areas, unless there are fewer than six people and all are vaccinated.

Local intel:

  • Restaurants and cafés may open between 5:00a.m. and midnight at 70% capacity, or full capacity if all guests are vaccinated.

ASK US ABOUT ROMANIA

 


 

Russia

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

  • 330,707 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Temperature screenings are taking place at the airports.
  • Masks are required in crowded public areas, including on public transportation and in taxis.

Local intel: 

  • Specific measures vary by region and may include curfews for restaurants and bars. Restaurants and cafes in Moscow require proof of vaccination, but the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not currently accepted.

ASK US ABOUT RUSSIA


 

zebras in Kenya savanna

Zebras in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya. Photo: Julian Harrison

Safari Africa

Botswana

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to Botswana must have a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to their departure.
  • Visitors will be screened on arrival and given a rapid antigen test.
  • Travelers exiting Botswana must also present a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 21,971 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Travelers must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

Local intel:

  • There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Restaurants may operate at half capacity, with no more than 50 guests.
  • Alcohol may not be served in public areas; many game camps will allow alcohol in guests’ private tents, and will serve meals there if requested.

ASK US ABOUT BOTSWANA

Kenya

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to Kenya must bring proof of a negative Covid test done within 96 hours of their arrival, and will be asked to fill out a health declaration form and Passenger Locator Card. 
  • Upon arrival, passengers will have their temperatures taken and undergo a health screening. Those displaying symptoms will be quarantined; passengers who were sitting within two rows of the symptomatic traveler may also be quarantined.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 9,758 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in both public and private transportation, and in all public spaces. 

Local intel:

  • There is a nationwide curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. 
  • The best safari camps and lodges have implemented staff temperature checks, limitations on vehicle occupancy, and other measures to minimize health risks.
  • Restaurants and bars must close at 9:00 p.m. 
  • Social and political gatherings are banned.

ASK US ABOUT KENYA

Mozambique

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers can enter Mozambique if they have negative results from a PCR test conducted in their country of origin within 72 hours of their departure. Children 5 and under are exempt from the testing requirement. Visitors must also show a return ticket and hotel booking to receive a visa upon arrival.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 22,457 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28).
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Face masks or visors and social distancing of at least 1.5 meters are required in public.

Local intel:

  • Restaurants and cafés may open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • Bars and nightclubs are closed.

ASK US ABOUT MOZAMBIQUE

Namibia

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers may enter Namibia, provided they have proof of a negative PCR test with results not older than 7 days. They must also fill out a health declaration form and provide their full travel itinerary. Visitors are screened on arrival; anyone with a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius or exhibiting other symptoms of Covid-19 will be tested. (Screenings will also take place prior to flights departing from Namibia.) 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 8,785 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory in public.  

Local intel:

  • Tourism establishments must abide by certain protocols and obtain a health certification license in order to operate. 
  • Public gatherings are limited to 10 people.
  • Alcohol may be sold for on-site consumption only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Ask us about Namibia

Rwanda

gorilla standing in the jungle in Rwanda

Visitors to Rwanda must take Covid tests both before and after arrival.

Travel restrictions:

  • Passengers arriving in Rwanda must carry proof of a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their departure for Rwanda; all visitors will then be tested again upon arrival, at their own expense, and must await their results for approximately 24 hours at a hotel with a quarantine floor. Travelers must stay in their room (including for meals) until presenting a second negative test, and those who test positive will be quarantined at a government facility. 
  • Prior to departure, each traveler must also complete a Passenger Locator Form with travel details, test results, and a hotel booking confirmation for their quarantine.
  • Departing travelers must also present negative test results from the previous 72 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 17,160 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks must be worn in public at all times, including at the airport. 

Local intel: 

  • Top safari camps and lodges are enacting hygiene measures that include enhanced cleaning regimens, staggered meal times, and empty rows in safari vehicles.
  • Tourism activities are permitted, with social distancing and other protocols required. 
  • Restaurants are open with limited occupancy and must close at 5:00 p.m. Bars (including those inside hotels and restaurants) are closed. 
  • Visitors must wear masks and maintain a distance of at least 10 meters while visiting primates in Nyungwe and Volcanoes national parks. Temperatures will be taken prior to the trek. 
  • There is a curfew in effect from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT RWANDA

South Africa

Travel restrictions:

  • South Africa is open to travelers who present a negative Covid test not older than 72 hours from their time of departure for the country.
  • Travelers will be screened for symptoms on arrival.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 154,418 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Visitors are asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa app to assist with contact tracing.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily.
  • Masks and social distancing of 2 meters are required public places.

Local intel:

  • Leisure travel in and out of Gauteng province is prohibited; travelers may still transit through Johannesburg, and overnight there if necessary. 
  • Public gatherings are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. 
  • Restaurants are open; alcohol may be sold from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  

ASK US ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA

Uganda

Travel restrictions: 

  • Uganda does not recommend that unvaccinated travelers visit at this time. Visitors must bring negative results from a PCR test done within 72 hours of boarding an aircraft in-bound to Uganda; they will be tested again on arrival (at a cost of $65) and must wait in a holding area or designated hotel until receiving their results.
  • Departing passengers must also be tested within 72 hours of their flight.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 4,448 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are required in public.

Local intel: 

  • There is a curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
  • Public gatherings are banned.

ASK US ABOUT UGANDA

Zambia

Travel restrictions:

  • Tourists may enter Zambia with a negative PCR test conducted within the previous 72 hours. 
  • Travelers with temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius or above will be tested on arrival; those with other symptoms may also be tested, and may be quarantined until results are returned. Random testing will also be conducted. All are asked to monitor themselves for Covid symptoms for the first 14 days of their trip. 
  • Health questionnaires will be distributed onboard flights to Zambia. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

Local intel:

  • Tourism businesses may operate under Covid-19 protocols.
  • Some safari camps are only allowing guests to reserve all of their rooms, so that they have exclusive use of the property; write to Ask Wendy for details.

ASK US ABOUT ZAMBIA

Zimbabwe

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 27,186 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory.

Local intel:

  • There is a curfew in place from 6:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. daily.

ASK US ABOUT ZIMBABWE

 


 

Serbia

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 3,038 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required indoors, on public transportation, and when social distancing isn’t possible outdoors.

Local intel: 

  • Cafes, bars, and restaurants may operate until 1:00 a.m. for indoor seating and without time restrictions for outdoor seating. Live music is allowed.
  • Nightclubs and live music venues are closed.
  • All shopping centers, cultural institutions, theaters, and galleries may be open as late as 10:00 p.m.
  • Public gatherings of up to 500 people are allowed.

ASK US ABOUT SERBIA

 


 


 

The Seychelles

Travel restrictions: 

  • Travelers may enter the Seychelles with negative results from an RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. Once you have your test certificate, you must apply for a Health Travel Authorization, which you’ll need to show when you check in for your flight.
  • Visitors must also have a travel health insurance to cover potential Covid-related costs (isolation, quarantine, and treatment). See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 1,057 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory in public places.
  • Temperature checks and health screenings will be conducted at the airport.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Inter-island travel is discouraged.

Local intel:

  • Visitors may only use certified transportation companies, and must wear masks while in vehicles. They are not allowed on public buses.

ASK US ABOUT THE SEYCHELLES

 


 

Slovakia

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

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Slovenia

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated (7 days since second dose of Pfizer, or 14 days since Johnson & Johnson or second dose of Moderna), have a negative test conducted within 48 hours of their arrival, or recently recovered from Covid may enter Slovenia. Children under the age of 15 who are accompanied by their parents are exempt.
  • It is recommended that visitors complete an online application before their arrival.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

Local intel: 

  • Hotels may open at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants may open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; diners should carry proof of vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery. Groups are limited to 4 people from a family, not including minors.

 

ASK US ABOUT SLOVENIA

 


 

Spain

Travel restrictions: 

  • Travelers arriving in Spain directly from the U.S. need not present proof of vaccination or a negative test. (Transiting through a third country without leaving the airport is allowed.)
  • Those arriving from other countries may need to provide proof of vaccination, recent recovery, or a negative test. Details are found here.
  • Travelers must fill out a health questionnaire within 48 hours of their flight.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 295,735 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Visitors are encouraged to install the RadarCovid app for contact tracing.
  • Masks are required in all indoor public places, and outdoors if distancing isn’t possible.

Local intel:

  • Restrictions vary by region. In Madrid, restaurants and bars are open from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., with 50% capacity indoors and 75% outdoors, and groups limited to six people inside and eight outside. Hotels may open with 50% capacity; museums, monuments, and theaters may open with 75% capacity. Nightclubs and other late night venues are now allowed to open until 3am.
  • In Barcelona, restaurants and bars may open from 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., with 50% capacity indoors and 100% outdoors, at least 2 meters between tables, and no more than 6 per table inside our 10 per table outside. Shops are open until 10:00 p.m. Museums and theaters may open with 70% capacity.

ASK US ABOUT SPAIN

 


 

Sri Lanka

Travel restrictions:

  • Sri Lanka is open to international travelers, provided they take a PCR test that returns negative results within 72 hours of their flight. In order to apply for the necessary visa ahead of a trip, visitors must have a booking at a “Certified Safe and Secure Level 1” hotel (options range from boutique beach resorts to private tea bungalows), pay for the PCR tests they will be required to take in the country ($40 each), purchase mandatory Covid-19 insurance ($12 for one month of coverage), and download the Visit Sri Lanka mobile app. Visitors must also present a completed Health Declaration Form on arrival.
  • All travelers will be tested again on arrival. Those who are fully vaccinated may move freely about the country after receiving negative results from their in-country test, typically in 24-48 hours.
  • Unvaccinated travelers may only stay at certain approved hotels—where they are free to use all of the facilities—and visit approved tourist sites during the first 14 days of their trip; they may not mix with the local community (apart from approved guides and drivers) or use public transportation. Depending on the length of their trip, they may have to submit to additional tests.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 22,773 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing of 1.5 meters are mandatory in public places.

Local intel:

  • All “Certified Safe and Secure” hotels have a medical officer; Level 1 hotels may not accept bookings from local Sri Lankans or hold any events for locals. Staff who interact with guests must stay in the hotel’s staff accommodations and are screened regularly for Covid-19.
  • Private guides, drivers, and others who interact with international travelers must also undergo quarantine and testing.
  • Hotels may open with 75% occupancy; common areas are open with social-distancing guidelines.
  • Each group of travelers must be transported separately.
  • Touring itineraries must be shared with the approved sites in advance.

ASK US ABOUT SRI LANKA

 


 

Sweden

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

Local intel: 

  • Restaurants and cafes may stay open until 10:30 p.m.

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Switzerland

Travel restrictions: 

  • Switzerland is open to U.S. travelers who were fully vaccinated (14 days since final dose) within the last 12 months, have recovered from Covid in the past 6 months, or have negative results from a PCR test not older than 72 hours or an antigen test not older than 48 hours. Children under 16 who are traveling with an adult need not show proof of vaccination or a negative test. Those aged 16 to 18 must have a negative test.
  • Travelers must bring proof of vaccination and complete a public-health form.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 9,508 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 30)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory on public transit (including open-air chair lifts) and in all indoor public places where distancing isn’t possible.

Local intel: 

  • Restaurants are open, and must collect contact details from one person in every group seated inside.

ASK US ABOUT SWITZERLAND

 


 

Thailand: Phuket and Samui

Travel restrictions: 

  • Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers—14 days since final dose—may visit the islands of Phuket, Samui, Phangan, and Tao and bypass the country’s mandatory quarantine on arrival. (Those under age 18 are exempt.) Travelers must have spent the previous 21 days in an approved country and may transit through Bangkok only on certain approved flights.
  • Visitors must also show proof of a negative RT-PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before their travel dates, and payment for their stay at an SHA Plus-approved hotel; these properties meet certain hygiene standards and have at least 70% of their staff vaccinated.
  • Travelers must also show a Certificate of Entry and proof of at least $100,000 in insurance coverage for Covid-related medical expenses. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • Travelers must download an app that will ensure they only visit designated areas during the first 14 days of their trip. After that–and once they have negative results from RT-PCR test conducted on days 0, 6/7, and 12/13 of their trip–visitors can move freely about the country.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 180,332 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • There will be temperature screenings at the airport.
  • Masks are required in all public areas and in any vehicle carrying 2 or more people.

ASK US ABOUT THAILAND

 


 

Turkey

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to Turkey aged 6 and over must present proof of full vaccination, recovery from Covid within the previous 6 months, a negative PCR test made no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, or a negative antigen test made no more than 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • All travelers must also complete a Form for Entry to Turkey within 72 hours of their flight.
  • Travelers may be tested on arrival, but will not have to quarantine before results are returned.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 87,922 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory in all public areas, including on all flights and in airports. 
  • Passengers will be screened—and tested if showing symptoms of Covid-19—before every flight (both international and domestic). 
  • The Ministry of Aviation has implemented strict sanitizing protocols in airports.
  • Smoking is banned in all public spaces.

Local intel: 

  • Restaurants are open with no restrictions.
  • Archaeological sites are open (except those under renovation).
  • Turkey’s Safe Tourism Certification Program requires an on-site inspection before applying its seal to a hotel or restaurant.

ASK US ABOUT TURKEY

 


 

United Kingdom

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

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Uzbekistan

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 9,218 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of July 28)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

Local intel: 

  • All tourist sites and hotels must obtain a “Safe Travel. Guaranteed” permit before opening. Protocols include temperature checks, masking, and social distancing.
  • Large gatherings are discouraged.

ASK US ABOUT UZBEKISTAN

 


 

Countries Open Without Quarantine But We Don’t Recommend Them Now

Afghanistan

Albania

Armenia

Bahrain

Belarus

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Chad

Cote d’Ivoire

Curacao

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Gabon

Grenada

Ghana

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Iraq

Kosovo

Kyrgyzstan

Liberia

Malawi

Mali

Moldova

Nicaragua

North Macedonia

Panama

Pakistan

Paraguay

Republic of Cyprus

St. Kitts and Nevis

São Tomé and Príncipe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Tanzania

Sudan

Tajikistan

Togo

Tunisia

Ukraine

 


 

Countries Open With Mandatory Quarantine

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Barbados

Benin

Bolivia

Cambodia

Central African Republic

Comoros

Cuba

Gabon

Ethiopia

Kuwait

Lebanon

Malta

Mauritania

Mongolia

Nepal

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Papua New Guinea

Republic of the Congo

Somalia

South Korea

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Venezuela

 

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11 Comments

  1. Alice Redmond-Neal

    I have a trip to Morocco in late September, so I’m watching closely. The U.S. Embassy in Morocco site states those coming from List A countries, which include the U.S., need a negative PCR test OR proof of COVID-19 vaccination. They add “it may be advisable to also take a PCR test to have available, if asked.” So do vaccinated travelers need a PCR test or not?

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Hi Alice, If I were you, I would bring both my CDC vaccination card AND a negative Covid test. Better to be safe than sorry!

  2. Ashley

    What are the rules as of now for travel to Nevis? Do fully vaccinated travelers still need to stay at approved hotels and are their movements about the island limited? We have family there and are wondered if a visit at Christmas makes any sense?
    If not, we are considering Zanzibar….what is the status of travel there for fully vaccinated US Citizens?
    Thank you!

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Both St. Kitts/Nevis and Tanzania (of which Zanzibar is a part) are listed in the “countries open without quarantine but we don’t recommend them now” section above. There are a couple of reasons for this: In the case of St. Kitts and Nevis, travelers are not allowed to leave their hotel for the first 9 days of their trip. The government has also announced a “restriction of movement” until at least June 26, which may further curtail activities at approved hotels. However, the situation may well be different by December. As for Tanzania, though U.S. travelers may enter with a recent negative test (required whether you are vaccinated or not), we do not currently recommend travel there because the government has not been forthcoming about its epidemiological situation–it has not released numbers on Covid cases since April 2020, nor has it supported mask usage or social distancing.

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Yes, Cuba still requires that travelers self-isolate for five days. For that reason, it is listed in the “Countries Open with Mandatory Quarantine” section of this article. Thanks for reading!

  3. chelsea

    Since the United States is not allowing anyone in from Ireland… If they first travel to Mexico and stay there for 14 days, can they then fly to the US with a negative test?

  4. Linda Kolb

    What happens if you go to South Africa for 2 weeks and then want to travel to Bostswana? Do you have to get another test in South Africa?

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Yes, since Botswana requires a test within 72 hours of a traveler’s departure to the country, you would need to be tested during the last few days of your time in South Africa. Our Trusted Travel Experts can usually arrange for this to be done at your camp or lodge so as not to interrupt your itinerary.

  5. Chris Menzel

    Brook,

    What an interesting update on the state of international travel! It looks like we still have some fantastic options if we are willing to jump through a few extra hoops. Savvy travelers need not worry.

    Best,
    Chris

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