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The Countries That Have Reopened to U.S. Travelers With No 14-Day Quarantine and What You’ll Find There

by Brook Wilkinson | November 24, 2020

Of the countries that are admitting U.S. residents with no 14-day quarantine, those in the first section below are the ones we feel most confident recommending to travelers at this moment. We believe it is possible to enjoy safe, smart trips to these places if you book through the right destination specialist.

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 14-day quarantine for U.S. residents.

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. If you prefer to stay in the U.S.—say, in a socially-distanced safari camp or wilderness lodge or private yacht—we can advise you on that too.  Are you a resident of another country?  We can probably help, so tell us what you have in mind.

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

Bahamas
Belize
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bora Bora, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Brazil
Caribbean islands (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands [expected opening December 1], Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin/Sint Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Chile (expected opening December 7)
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Eastern Europe (Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia)
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Egypt
Maldives
Mexico
Morocco
Nicaragua
Panama
Peru
Safari Africa (Botswana [expected opening December 1], Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Turkey
United Kingdom (expected opening December 15)

Additional Countries Open Without Quarantine

Countries Open With Mandatory Quarantine

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

Bahamas

Travel restrictions:

  • The Bahamas reopened its borders on October 15. Travelers over age 10 must bring negative results from an RT-PCR (swab) test conducted no more than 5 days before the date of arrival. Once they have their test results and at least 72 hours prior to departure, travelers must apply for an electronic health visa, which includes mandatory health insurance while in the Bahamas. Testing and a visa application are also required for inter-island travel. 
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms on arrival will be tested.
  • Visitors staying more than 4 nights/5 days will have to take a rapid antigen test. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 519 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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.

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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:

  • Belize’s international airport reopened on October 1. 
  • Visitors must complete a form on the Belize Health app within 72 hours of boarding their flight; those who arrive with negative results from a PCR test taken within the same time window will be eligible for fast-track entry. Travelers will be screened on arrival, and those exhibiting symptoms—as well as anyone arriving without a negative test—will be tested at the airport for a cost of about $50. Results are expected in 15 to 30 minutes. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,253 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Starting November 16, American Airlines will assist travelers in obtaining an at-home test kit before their trip.
  • All arriving passengers will have to walk through thermal scanners at the airport. 
  • Everyone must wear masks in public places, including the airport. 
  • Social distancing is required in public places, including restaurants, bars, and stores. 

Local intel: 

  • Initially, 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.
  • Restaurant capacity will be based on square footage.
  • Private helicopter transfers are available between the country’s inland jungle resorts and beachside properties.
  • Rental cars are not available for international visitors. 
  • Archaeological sites and national parks have capacity restrictions, with tours by appointment. 
  • Hotel spas can open, but high-contact treatments involving the face are discouraged.
  • 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 have at least 14 days between charters (and thus between contact with guests) and have earned Gold Standard certification. Write to Ask Wendy for details.

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Bermuda

The Reefs, Southampton, Bermuda

Bermuda started welcoming travelers back in July. Photo: The Reefs

Travel restrictions:

  • Bermuda opened its borders on July 1; flights from the U.S. started on July 6. 
  • Visitors who are coming from a country with community transmission of Covid-19—including the U.S.—must get a RT-PCR Covid-19 test no more than 7 days prior to departure. (Travelers aged 9 and under are exempt.) All arriving passengers will be tested on arrival and must isolate in their hotel room until results are returned, usually in 24 hours. All visitors must be tested again at a pop-up site on Day 4, Day 8, and Day 14 after the day of their initial test (if they are still on the island); details for these tests will be emailed to you 24 hours ahead of time. Visitors are asked to log their temperature and any symptoms twice a day. 
  • Travelers must complete a travel authorization 1 to 3 days before their departure for Bermuda; this includes uploading your 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. 
  • Travelers must also have insurance that covers Covid-19 illness. 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: 

  • 23 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Arriving passengers are asked to wear masks while traveling to their departure airport, practice physical distancing at that airport, and wear masks during flights and on arrival. Checked luggage will be disinfected before pickup at baggage claim.  
  • Visitors must wear masks in all public places and socially distance at all times. 
  • Many hotels have pledged to offer free accommodations for guests who test positive while at the property.

Local intel: 

  • Some hotels have reopened, with health protocols in place. 
  • Bars and nightclubs are open, with social distancing. 
  • Spas are open, subject to public health guidelines. 
  • Gatherings of up to 75 people are allowed. 
  • Scuba diving is permitted. 
  • There is a curfew in effect from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

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Bolivia

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers may enter Bolivia via air with proof of a negative PCR test within 7 days of their flight. The test may need to be certified by a Bolivian consulate. Land, river, and lake borders are closed.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,447 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 23)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in public places, and social distancing must be respected.
  • There is a curfew in effect from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT BOLIVIA

 


 

Bora Bora, Tahiti (French Polynesia)

Hammock in a beach in Tikehau, Tahiti

The island of Tikehau, in French Polynesia, is great for snorkeling, diving, birding, or just relaxing in a hammock. Photo: Shutterstock

Travel restrictions:

  • French Polynesia’s borders reopened to all travelers on July 15. 
  • Prior to boarding their flight, travelers must show airline staff proof of a negative RT-PCR test (one from this approved list done in person, not a mail-in kit) taken within 3 days of their flight and the receipt showing they filled out a health registration form during the same time period. This form includes a requirement that all travelers have insurance to cover any Covid-19 expenses, or that they will personally assume all such expenses. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy.  
  • Travelers will also be given a test kit to be self-administered 4 days after their arrival.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 4,223 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory on all forms of public transportation and in shops and markets.

Local intel: 

  • Nightclubs and discos are closed through at least November 16.
  • Tables in restaurants must be placed at least 1 meter apart, and masks are mandatory when moving around.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, including at the beach.

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Brazil

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 293,994 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Health screenings are being conducted at the airport.
  • Some states are mandating mask wearing and limiting capacity on public transportation.

ASK US ABOUT BRAZIL

 


 

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 visitors who receive approval prior to their trip. Requirements include a negative Covid test conducted 3 to 5 days before the trip; a health questionnaire; and proof of medical insurance that covers hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. Approved applications carry a fee that is based on the length of the trip and the number of travelers—$500 per couple for a 5-day trip, for example. Travelers will be tested again on arrival in Anguilla, with results in 1 to 3 hours.
  • U.S. visitors must stay in a “vacation bubble” for the first two weeks of their trip: They may move about their hotel and take part in certain “Safe Environment Approved” activities, which include golfing, scuba diving, picnics on offshore cays, and live entertainment at certified restaurants. Those who stay longer than two weeks will be tested again on day 14 and may move freely about the island once that test comes back negative.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 0 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • Masks are required on ferries to Anguilla.

Local intel:

  • Social distancing is required on the beach.

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Antigua and Barbuda

Travel restrictions:

  • Antigua and Barbuda’s border reopened on June 1; flights from the U.S. recommenced on June 4.
  • All visitors (including transiting passengers) must bring proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken in the last 7 days; mail-in kits are not accepted. They must complete a health declaration and may be subject to another Covid-19 test at a cost of $100. Those who are tested will have to stay at their hotel and its beach until results are returned in about 96 hours. Visitors must have their own masks to wear in all public areas during their stay.
  • Travelers are also asked to fill out a Traveler Accommodation form prior to their departure for Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 6 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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).
  • 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.

Local intel:

  • 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.
  • Restaurants offer take-away and delivery; most have also been certified to reopen for dine-in service.
  • Until December 31, there is a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., and beaches are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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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:

  • Residents of the U.S. are allowed into Aruba. All travelers aged 15 and older must take a PCR oral/nasal test either before entering Aruba or upon arrival. Those who choose the latter option must quarantine in their hotel room until results are received in no more than 24 hours, and typically in 6 to 8 hours. 
  • JetBlue passengers receive a discount on VaultHealth’s at-home testing kit, which is accepted by Aruba for entry. 
  • All visitors must fill out an Embarkation/Disembarkation card online, which includes a personal health assessment (this section must be completed between 72 and 4 hours prior to departure for Aruba) and the required purchase of Aruba Visitors Insurance, which will cover any Covid-related medical costs up to $75,000; premiums range from about $100 to $600, depending on age and length of stay. (You can purchase another travel medical insurance policy to supplement this, but not replace it.) 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 178 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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. 
  • While many hotels are implementing protocols that include plexiglass barriers and contactless check-in, some have made major investments in electrostatic machines and other technology to sanitize their property. 
  • Restaurants must place tables at least 1.5 meters apart and may seat no more than 4 people (excluding children). Bars and nightclubs are closed, though hotel bars can serve registered guests.
  • Spas have reopened. 
  • Gatherings of more than 4 people in public are not allowed, unless all are from the same household.
  • There is a curfew in effect from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
  • 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. 

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Barbados

Travel restrictions: 

  • U.S. travelers may enter Barbados provided that they have negative results from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival; only nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples are allowed, and home testing kits are not accepted. (Children under age 5 are exempt.) Travelers must upload those results to an online Immigration/Customs form, which will be available starting 72 hours before their trip. U.S. travelers must stay at their pre-approved accommodations until they take a second test, 4 to 5 days after their first; the beach is off-limits during this time, and access to other parts of the property may be limited. Once they receive negative results (usually within 24 hours), they are free to move about the island.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 13 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Health screenings will take place at the airport.
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory.
  • Public health teams will check in with travelers during the first 7 days of their trip, and will be requesting daily temperature checks.

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Bonaire

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers may enter Bonaire only after transiting through Curaçao and complying with that island’s requirements (see below). They must also fill out a health declaration form 48 to 72 hours prior to departure and have results from a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of their arrival.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 2 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14); data includes St. Eustatius and Saba
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Travel insurance that covers Covid-related costs is recommended. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • Social distancing of 1.5 meters is required.

ASK US ABOUT BONAIRE

British Virgin Islands

Travel restrictions:

  • The British Virgin Islands will open to all travelers on December 1. Travelers will need to obtain negative results from an RT-PCR test conducted within 5 days of their arrival, and show proof of payment for at least 5 days at an approved accommodation, in order to be issued a travel certificate. Applications must be completed at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Travelers will be tested on arrival and can thereafter move about their accommodations. They will be tested again after 4 days; assuming those results are negative, they can move freely about the territory.
  • Travelers must also have insurance that covers Covid. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • The same rules pertain to private yachts, which must have quarantine accommodations and may only moor at approved sites during the quarantine period.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 0 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 19)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Travelers must download an app for contact-tracing purposes.
  • 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.

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Curaçao

Travel restrictions: 

  • Resident of only four states—New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida—and who have been physically present in one of those states for the previous 14 days may enter Curaçao, provided that they show negative results from a PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to departure (“gargle” samples are not accepted), a Passenger Locator Card completed within 72 hours of departure, a Digital Immigration Form, and a state-issued I.D. Passengers must carry printed versions of all three elements with them.
  • Travelers must have insurance to cover medical and quarantine costs. 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: 

  • 317 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Social distancing is required in public places; masks are required when distancing is not possible.

Local intel:

  • Restaurants, bars, and beach clubs are open; guests are asked to make reservations in advance.
  • The Dushi Stay app details protocols in place at tourism businesses.

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Dominica

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 26 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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. 

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.

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Dominican Republic

Travel restrictions:

  • The Dominican Republic opened its borders on July 1. Rapid breath tests are administered at random to 3% to 10% of arriving passengers aged 5 and older, and all passengers exhibiting symptoms. 
  • Arriving passengers will also have to fill out a Traveler’s Health Affadavit, declaring themselves to be symptom-free for the past 72 hours.
  • Until December 31, all travelers staying at a hotel will be provided a free “travel assistance plan” that includes coverage for emergencies, Covid testing, lodging for prolonged stays, and costs for changing flights if a traveler is infected.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 6,222 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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. 
  • Parts of the country are under a nightly curfew.

Local intel: 

  • All commercial establishments with closed environments must maintain 1.5 meters of social distancing between parties.
  • Restaurants are allowed to reopen.
  • Beaches are open under social distancing guidelines.

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Grenada

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. residents can enter Grenada provided they have negative results from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their travel and have filled out a pre-travel authorization, which requires proof of insurance that covers Covid. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • There will be health screenings on arrival, with testing done if deemed necessary.
  • Visitors must have proof of payment for at least 5 days at one of the accommodations on the “Pure Safe Travel” approved list. Travelers must stay at their hotel for the first 4 days of their trip. If, after 4 days a traveler wants to interact with the local community, they must take a PCR test; results are usually available in 1 to 2 business days.
  • Travelers are asked to download Ronatrac, a contact-tracing app.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 4 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Starting November 16, American Airlines will assist travelers in obtaining an at-home test kit before their trip.

ASK US ABOUT GRENADA

 

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.
  • Before departing the U.S., travelers must upload proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 10 days prior to their travel date (mail-in test kits are not allowed) and complete an online form 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 free of charge. Those who are tested must await results (promised within 48 hours) in their hotel room.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 718 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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.
  • Any booking at a Sandals resort made before 2021 and for travel by May 31, 2021 will include insurance coverage for medical expenses.

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Puerto Rico

Travel restrictions:

  • Puerto Rico opened to visitors on July 15. Visitors must complete a Travel Declaration Form. If you do not provide proof of a negative molecular (nasal or throat swab) Covid-19 test taken within the past 72 hours, you will be required to quarantine until you receive negative results from a molecular test taken within 72 hours of your arrival, or one taken on the island. Thermal screenings will also be 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: 

  • 10,247 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are required, including at the airport. Masks are also required and passengers may not sit in the front seat in taxis and other shared vehicles. 
  • Through at least December 11, there is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

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.
  • Hotel pools are open at 30% capacity; hotel spas are open. 
  • Restaurants, casinos, retail stores, and museums are open at 30% capacity. Bars, cafes, and discos are closed.
  • Public beaches and nature reserves are open only for individual sports, following social distancing guidelines and mask usage when not in the water. Marinas are open. 
  • Golf courses are open. 
  • Ferry service to Vieques and Culebra is limited to residents.

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Poolside in St. Barts

In St. Barts, many hotels will not be reopening until the fall; until then, a private villa may be the best option.. Photo: St. Barth Properties.

St. Barts

Travel restrictions: 

Health info:

  • 26 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Tradewind Aviation, which operates between San Juan and St. Barts, requires that passengers wear masks and fill out a health questionnaire prior to flying; those who answer “yes” to any question will not be allowed onboard unless they can show a negative test result in the last 2 days.
  • All those over age 10 are required to wear masks in enclosed public places and encouraged to practice social distancing.

Local intel:

  • Restaurants are open with increased distancing; a few are offering take-away service.
  • Boutiques are operating as normal.
  • Beaches are open with no restrictions; social distancing is encouraged.

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St. Kitts and Nevis 

Travel restrictions:

  • The islands’ air and sea borders reopened for commercial air and sea traffic on October 31. Travelers from the U.S. must fill out a Travel Authorization Form and submit proof of a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours of their travel.
  • International visitors must stay at an approved hotel, and must remain on the property for the first 7 days of their trip. On Day 7, they will be tested again, at a cost of $100; if results come back negative, they can book certain excursions through their hotel’s tour desk. Travelers staying longer will be tested again on Day 14; assuming results are negative, they may then move freely about the islands.
  • There are health screenings at the airport.
  • Travelers must download the SKN COVID-19 app, which assists with contact tracing.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 0 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Masks and social distancing are required when outside your hotel room.

Local intel:

  • Tourism businesses must obtain a “Travel Approved” certification (which includes an inspection) before reopening.

ASK US ABOUT ST. KITTS AND NEVIS

Beautiful white sand beach in Saint Lucia, Caribbean Islands

Beaches in Saint Lucia are open, as are the hiking trails on the Pitons. Photo: Shutterstock

St. Lucia

Travel restrictions:

  • St. Lucia opened to U.S. travelers arriving by air on June 4. Travelers must have confirmed reservations at one or two Covid-certified accommodations; they may leave their hotel only for certain Covid-certified activities (options include hiking, horseback riding, and scuba diving) or to dine in certain approved restaurants.
  • Visitors must provide proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within the 7 days prior to their travel (so, on Wednesday or later prior to a Tuesday trip) and complete a Pre-Arrival Registration Form prior to travel. The airport is doing temperature checks and luggage sanitization.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 82 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • Starting November 16, American Airlines will assist travelers in obtaining an at-home test kit before their trip.
  • Restaurants and bars must close by 9:00 p.m.
  • Masks are required in all public places, including at hotels.
  • The hotels that have been certified to reopen have nurses’ stations and quarantine facilities on site, and are implementing temperature checks of employees daily and of guests at every meal.

Local intel:

  • Hotels will administer temperature checks at mealtimes, and have nurses’ stations and quarantine facilities.
  • Beaches are open. Travelers are encouraged to bring their own snorkeling gear. Hotel staff are ensuring that guests maintain social distancing on their beaches.
  • Car-rental agencies are closed. Covid-certified taxis can be booked via your hotel.
  • St. Lucia Helicopters has received COVID certification and is now operating for helicopter transfers.
  • Spas are closed.
  • Some shops are open, with limited numbers allowed in at once.

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St. Martin/Sint Maarten

Travel restrictions:

  • Both Princess Juliana International Airport, which is on the Dutch side of the island, and Grand Case-Expérance Airport, on the French side, have reopened to flights from the U.S. 
  • Travelers to the Dutch side 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 120 hours of the last leg of their flight(s) to Sint Maarten; they should apply for entry to the island via the Electronic Health Authorization System as soon as they receive their test results. Travelers must have health insurance coverage. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. There will be temperature checks at the airport. 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. 
  • Travelers to the French side must have negative results from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their departure, and must make a sworn statement that they have not experienced any symptoms or been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the past 14 days.
  • Here are the U.S. State Department advisories for St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

Health info: 

  • 41 new Covid-19 cases on St. Martin in the past two weeks; 118 new Covid-19 cases on Sint Maarten in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here are the CDC advisories for St. Martin and Sint Maarten
  • Masks are mandatory in closed establishments, and social distancing must be respected. 
  • all public places on Sint Maarten, and people must maintain 5 to 6 feet of social distancing at all times, including at the beach.

Local intel:

  • Bars and restaurants must close by midnight.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 4 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.

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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 provided they have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 5 days of travel, including the day of their flight (mail-in kits 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: 

  • 13 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in all public places. 
  • There is a curfew in effect from midnight. to 5:00 a.m until at least November 16.

Local intel:

  • Providenciales Airport’s Fast Track service expedites travelers through customs and immigration.  
  • Restaurants can open with 30% capacity and 6 feet between groups.
  • The weekly Thursday Fish Fry and other large events have been cancelled.
  • The cruise port will remain closed until January 1, 2021.

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Travel restrictions:

  • The U.S.V.I., which paused its reopening earlier this summer, has started allowing travelers in again. Travelers need to bring proof of a Covid test with negative results received no more than 5 days prior to their travel, or a positive antibody test from the past 4 months. Visitors must also log on to the Travel Screening Portal within 5 days of their travel. 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:

  • 48 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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 50 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 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed. All island-wide festivals for 2020 have been canceled.

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Chile

Travel restrictions: 

  • Chile plans to open Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez Airport to international flights on November 23. However, travelers from the U.S. arriving before December 7 will have to quarantine for 14 days; no quarantine will be necessary after December 7, provided you present a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before their departure. Travelers will also have to complete an affidavit less then 48 hours before their trip, listing location and health information, and will have to self-report their location and symptoms during the first 14 days of their trip.
  • Travelers must show proof of insurance that covers Covid-19 and related health issues. 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: 

  • 19,549 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Masks are mandatory in all urban areas.
  • Health screenings will be conducted at the airport.
  • There is a nationwide curfew in effect from midnight to 5:00 a.m., with more restrictive curfews in certain regions.

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Colombia

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

Local intel:

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Costa Rica

Travel restrictions:

  • All U.S. residents may enter Costa Rica. They must complete a health pass prior to travel and 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. For more options, see our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. but they will still have to provide the other requirements.
  • 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: 

  • 13,257 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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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Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dubai Burj Khalifa view from hotel balcony

Dubai opened to travelers on July 7. Photo: Timothy Baker

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers have to show a negative PCR (nasal swab) test result from the previous 96 hours in order to board a commercial flight to Dubai (mail-in test kits are not allowed). Travelers under the age of 12 are exempt from the test requirements. All arriving passengers will also have their temperature taken.
  • 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 offers free coverage for Covid-related costs to all passengers. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • Tourist visas are not being issued at the Abu Dhabi airport. In order to enter Abu Dhabi by road, travelers must show negative results from a test conducted in the past 48 hours.
  • Visitors must register with the Dubai Health Authority’s Covid-19 DXB app.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory for the United Arab Emirates. 

Health info: 

  • 16,453 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory for the U.A.E. 
  • Everyone in Dubai is required to wear masks when around others outdoors and maintain two meters of social distancing. 
  • In the airport, gloves and masks are required; lounges are closed. Protective plexiglass has been installed at check-in and immigration counters. 

Local intel: 

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Eastern Europe

Croatia

Aerial view at famous european travel destination in Croatia, Dubrovnik old town.

Visitors can walk the old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia, with proof of a negative test result. Photo: Shutterstock

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 32,431 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory in many businesses and public places.

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Montenegro

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 8,043 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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 at beaches and national parks when social distancing is possible. Those younger than 8 are exempt.
  • Health screenings are being done at the airport and other points of entry.

Local intel:

  • Gatherings are limited to 40 people outdoors and 20 people indoors. Political rallies are limited to 100 outdoors and 50 indoors.
  • Cafes, restaurants, and bars may stay open until 1:00 a.m. Tables must be 2 meters apart and may seat no more than 4 in a garden/terrace or 2 inside. Employees must wear masks. Patrons must disinfect hands upon entrance and exit; self-service and bar service are not allowed. In the municipalities of Pljevlja, Podgorica, Kotor, and Budva, such businesses must close at 10:00 p.m. and may seat no more than 2 people at a table.
  • Nightclubs and discos are closed.
  • Live music is permitted, but musicians must be 4 meters from patrons or behind a plexiglass shield. Patrons may not dance.
  • Beaches are open with social distancing of at least 2 meters.
  • National parks are open.
  • Shopping centers are open with social distancing.

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Bosnia

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

  • 21,472 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required indoors, on public transportation, and when social distancing isn’t possible outdoors.

Local intel: 

  • Restaurants and bars must close by 11:00 p.m.

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Serbia

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 32,127 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required indoors, on public transportation, and when social distancing isn’t possible outdoors.

Local intel: 

  • Restaurants and bars must close by 9:00 p.m.

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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. residents can enter Ecuador. Travelers should bring proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken up to 10 days prior to their arrival in Ecuador. (Children younger than 18 are exempt.) Those who don’t—as well as anyone displaying symptoms—will be tested on arrival at their own expense and must quarantine until negative results are delivered. 
  • Certain well-connected travel specialists can arrange for you to be tested at your hotel or hacienda rather than at the airport, and if continuing on to the Galapagos to get test results in less than 48 hours; write to Ask Wendy for details. 
  • Travelers must also fill out a Health Declaration
  • Travelers may not fly to the Galapagos unless they have been tested no more than 96 hours prior to their arrival on the islands. Only guests with a “safe passage” form issued by a company with established bio-safety protocols authorized by the Ministry of Tourism will be allowed to travel to Galapagos
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 11,527 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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:

  • Hotels, Galapagos vessels, and tourism vehicles are currently operating at 30% capacity. The exception is if a family buys out an entire boutique hotel or yacht.
  • Many tourism businesses are developing 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 to the sea resort areas without restrictions; those who want to see the Giza Pyramids or other parts of the country will have to provide 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:

  • 2,943 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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.
  • Restaurants, cafes, sports clubs, and movie theaters are open at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants and cafes 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.
  • Nile cruises resumed in October.

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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: 

  • 469 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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.

Local intel: 

  • The Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jhani resorts are testing all guests, who must stay in their villas until results arrive in 24 to 30 hours. Anyone who tests positive may stay in their villa at no room charge for the next 14 days. 

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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:

  • While the land border between the U.S. and Mexico remains closed, flights between the two countries have continued to operate throughout the pandemic.
  • Travelers arriving by plane may be subject to health screenings and temperature checks; those exhibiting symptoms may be required to quarantine. No pre-trip Covid testing is required.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 78,582 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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, and recreational activities to operate at 50% capacity.
  • The state of Jalisco (home to Puerto Vallarta) is allowing hotels to operate at 50% capacity; their pools, beach clubs, restaurants, gyms, and spas can open. The beaches immediately in front of hotels are open to guests. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs can operate at 50% capacity.
  • In Nayarit (home to Punta Mita), hotels can operate at 30% capacity, with social distancing in common areas and pools. Beaches and tours are also limited to 30% capacity.
  • Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Tulum, and Cozumel, has allowed hotels to open at 60% capacity; beaches are also open at 60% capacity. There is a curfew in Cozumel from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Face masks are mandatory in public. 
  • In Guanajuato, hotels have opened at 30% capacity; masks and social distancing are required. The colonial city of San Miguel de Allende has launched a Health First certification for local businesses.
  • Sonora’s governor has imposed stay-at-home orders on the state’s 12 major cities; U.S. citizens are not allowed on the state’s beaches. Other state-by-state restrictions are listed on the U.S. embassy’s website.
  • Some museums and Mayan ruins are reopening with Covid protocols in place.

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Morocco

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 67,042 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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 Casablanca from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m
  • Public beaches are closed.

Local intel: 

  • There are temperature checks at restaurant entrances; masks are required when moving around.

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Nicaragua

Travel restrictions:

  • Flights have resumed between the U.S. and Nicaragua. Travelers must take a “real time PCR” test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, and upload the results at least 36 hours before their flight. In addition, any travelers displaying symptoms will not be allowed to board.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 147 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

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Panama

Travel restrictions:

  • The government reopened its borders on October 12. Travelers should show a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival. If their test falls outside this window, or if they show an elevated temperature or other symptoms, they will be given a rapid test at the airport at a cost of about $50. If the results are positive, the traveler will be quarantined at a hotel, with the cost covered by the government.
  • Prior to flight check-in, passengers have to fill out an electronic affidavit agreeing to comply with all public-health measures, provide contact information while in Panama, and confirm that they have not had any symptoms of or been exposed to Covid in the previous 14 days.
  • Health insurance is not required but it’s highly 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:

  • 11,610 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in public. 
  • There is a curfew in effect throughout the country from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Many businesses are carrying out temperature screenings.

Local intel: 

  • Dine-in restaurant service, shops, and beaches reopened September 28. Restaurants must separate tables by at least two meters, and may not use buffets. 
  • Hotels and pools are open. Hotel lobbies are cleaned three times a day, and elevators disinfected every two hours. 
  • Ground transportation vehicles can operate at 50% capacity.
  • All gatherings of more than 50 people are banned. 

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Peru

Travel restrictions:

  • International flights from a number of Latin American countries resumed on October 5. The U.S. embassy believes that U.S. residents could fly to one of these countries (including Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil) and from there be allowed to board a flight to Peru. Direct flights from the U.S. are expected to resume at a later date.
  • Travelers entering Peru must have negative results from a molecular Covid test carried out in the previous 48 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 32,470 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory in public.
  • Face masks and face shields are required in the airport and on flights.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Local intel: 

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Safari Africa

Botswana

Travel restrictions:

  • Botswana has announced that it will allow international flights to resume on December 1. Travelers must have a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to their departure.
  • Visitors will be screened on arrival and may have to be tested again.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 1,583 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Travelers must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

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Kenya

Travel restrictions:

  • International flights to Kenya resumed on August 1Travelers 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: 

  • 14,396 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Masks are required in both public and private transportation, and at the airport. 

Local intel:

  • 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.

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Namibia

Travel restrictions:

  • Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport has reopened. Passengers may enter Namibia, provided they have proof of a negative PCR and/or serology test with results not older than 72 hours upon boarding the plane. They must also fill out a health declaration form and provide their full travel itinerary. Travelers 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.) 
  • Visitors must have travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy.  
  • Tourists will be tested for Covid-19 again on Day 5 of their trip at a cost of about $90, with results delivered on Day 7. Anyone testing positive must go into isolation. Some tour operators can arrange for you to be tested at your camp, rather than having to travel to a medical facility; write to Ask Wendy for details. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

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.

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Rwanda

gorilla standing in the jungle in Rwanda

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

Travel restrictions:

  • Rwanda’s borders are openArriving passengers must carry proof of a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken no more than 120 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.
  • Travelers must bring proof of a health-insurance policy that would cover any required medical care. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy.   
  • Departing travelers must also present negative test results from the previous 120 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 228 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks must be worn in public at all times, including at the airport. 
  • There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

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 under social-distancing guidelines. 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. 

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South Africa

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

Local intel: 

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Tanzania

Travel restrictions:

  • Tanzania’s borders are open to all travelers. 
  • Passengers have to fill out a Health Surveillance Form and will be subject to a health screening and sanitization on arrival, and possibly a Covid-19 test. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 0 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Tanzania has not published data on Covid-19 cases nationwide since May 8; as a result, Kenya and Zambia have closed their borders with the country, and some safari operators are choosing not to open their lodges and camps in the country. 
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are recommended in public; they are required at the airport, where social distancing is also being enacted. 
  • Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 will be required to quarantine unless they can show proof of a negative test. 
  • Auric Air, which flies to some of the country’s most remote safari destinations, has enacted a number of safety protocols—including taking passengers’ temperatures prior to boarding.

Local intel: 

  • Most restaurants, cafes, and bars in mainland Tanzania remain closed; some are offering take-out service. Zanzibar’s Minister of Tourism reports that all of the island’s tourist hotels, restaurants, and bars are open
  • There is a ban on public gatherings. 
  • The top safari camps and lodges that have opened are implementing a range of strict protocols, including testing or quarantining all staff before coming on duty, taking staff members’ temperature daily and guests’ on arrival, appointing dedicated staff members and guides to serve each group of travelers, and utilizing private safari vehicles or leaving the middle row of seats open.

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Uganda

Travel restrictions: 

  • Entebbe International Airport reopened to commercial flights on October 1.  Visitors must bring negative results from a PCR test done within 72 hours of boarding an aircraft in-bound to Uganda.
  • Travelers must proceed directly from the airport to their tourist destinations without mixing with Ugandans.
  • Departing passengers must also be tested within 72 hours of their flight.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 2,992 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are required in public.
  • There is a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • The airport has installed social-distancing markers, sanitizer dispensers, and countertop barriers.

Local intel: 

  • Hotels must follow a set of Covid-related protocols.
  • Restaurants may open with limited capacity. Bars are closed.

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Zambia

Travel restrictions:

  • Tourists may enter Zambia with a negative PCR test conducted within the previous 14 days. 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.

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Zimbabwe

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 5403 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

Local intel:

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Turkey

Balloon flights in Turkey have resumed, with reduced occupancy. Photograph courtesy of Earl Starkey

Travel restrictions:

  • Turkey reopened its borders on June 1. Travelers must fill out a form with their contact information while on their arriving flight and undergo a health screening upon arrival; those with symptoms will be tested for Covid-19, with results promised in 3 to 5 hours. Anyone who tests positive will be taken to a private hospital for treatment. 
  • It is recommended that travelers bring proof of a health-insurance policy that would cover any required medical care. 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: 

  • 34,785 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of November 14)
  • 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: 

  • Hotels must be certified by the Ministry of Health and can operate at no more than 50% occupancy; some have installed thermal scanners.
  • Restaurants have reopened with reduced capacity and staff wearing masks, face shields, and gloves. 
  • Turkey’s Safe Tourism Certification Program requires an on-site inspection before applying its seal to a hotel or restaurant.
  • Museums are open, with social-distancing measures in place. The Istanbul Modern, for example, is limiting capacity to 70 visitors at a time, taking visitors’ temperature before entering, and requiring masks while inside. Ephesus, which used to allow 40,000 visitors at a time, has slashed that figure to 650.  
  • The underground cistern in Istanbul and underground cities in Cappadocia are now open with very limited capacity.
  • At the beach, sunbeds are spaced at least two meters apart; some resorts have private beach areas where you can reserve sunbeds and cabanas. Masks are required when walking on the beach, but not when seated.
  • All international airport lounges are open, but with very limited services. Domestic business-class lounges may not be open in every airport.

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United Kingdom

Travel restrictions

  • Starting December 15, travelers coming from the U.S. and other countries outside the U.K.’s travel corridors must self-isolate for 5 days and can then take a Covid test; negative results will end their quarantine. Self-isolation can take place anywhere from a cottage in the Cotswolds to a castle in Yorkshire.
  • Travelers must also complete a passenger locator form, including their appointment for Day 5 testing.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

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Additional Countries Open Without Quarantine

Albania

Armenia

Bahrain

Belarus

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Chad

Cote d’Ivoire

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Gabon

Ghana

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Iraq

Kosovo

Lebanon

Liberia

Madagascar (the island of Nosy Be only)

Mali

Mauritania

North Macedonia

Pakistan

São Tomé and Príncipe

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Sudan

Togo

Ukraine

 


 

Countries Open With Mandatory Quarantine

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Benin

Cambodia

Central African Republic

Comoros

Ethiopia

Haiti

Honduras

Ireland

Jordan

Kuwait

Mauritius

Mozambique

Nigeria

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Republic of the Congo

Somalia

South Korea

Tunisia

Uzbekistan

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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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