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

by Brook Wilkinson | May 12, 2021

The countries in the first section below are admitting U.S. residents with no 14-day quarantine. 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.

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

Bahamas
Belize
Bora Bora, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Caribbean islands (Anguilla [expected reopening May 25], Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands [new rules starting May 15], Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Dubai
Eastern Europe (Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia)
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Egypt
France (expected reopening June 9)
Georgia
Greece
Iceland
Israel (expected reopening for group travel May 23)
Italy (anticipated reopening in mid June)
Jordan
The Maldives
Mexico
Morocco
Peru
Safari Africa (Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
The Seychelles
Spain (expected reopening in June)
Sri Lanka
Thailand: Phuket only (possible reopening July 1)
Turkey
Uzbekistan

More Countries Open Without Quarantine 

Countries Open With Mandatory Quarantine

To find the best and most-informed travel specialist for a particular area, Ask Wendy.

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

Bahamas

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers to the Bahamas who are 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: 

  • 843 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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:

  • Visitors to Belize must complete a form on the Belize Health app within 72 hours of boarding their flight. Fast-track entry is available to travelers who arrive with one of the following: negative results from a PCR test taken within 96 hours of their arrival; a Rapid Antigen, Sophia, SD Bisensor, or ABBOT (Panbio) test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel; or proof of full vaccination completed at least two weeks prior.
  • 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: 

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

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. 
  • There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • 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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Bora Bora, Tahiti (French Polynesia)

Travel restrictions:

  • French Polynesia’s quarantine requirements are waived for travelers who have been fully vaccinated or who test positive for antibodies via a serology test administered 15 to 30 days prior to arrival. (Travelers must also have been in the U.S. for the past 30 days.) Visitors must register online between 6 and 30 days prior to arrival, supplying their itinerary and either their vaccine certificate or a positive serology test and a positive PCR test dated 15 days to 6 months prior to departure.
  • Visitors under 6 years old are not subject to quarantine; however, those 6 and over who are not vaccinated or immune must still quarantine on arrival; anyone traveling with them must quarantine as well.
  • Travelers must also take an RT-PCR test no more than 3 days before their travel, and submit the negative results before boarding their flight.
  • Travelers must submit to an antigenic test on arrival and a self-administered test on day 4 of their trip, paying the cost of $50 per test.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

Local intel: 

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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:

  • After a monthlong closure to deal with a cluster of Covid cases, Anguilla is expected to reopen to visitors who receive approval prior to their trip on May 25. Requirements include a negative PCR test from a nasopharyngeal swab conducted 3 to 5 days before the trip; a health questionnaire; and for unvaccinated visitors, 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 travelers’ vaccination status and the type of accommodations—$500 for a vaccinated couple staying at a hotel, for example, or $800 for an unvaccinated couple staying in a villa.
  • Travelers will be tested again on arrival in Anguilla, with results in 1 to 3 hours.
  • Unvaccinated U.S. visitors must stay in a “vacation bubble” for the first 14 days 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. Visitors who received their final vaccine dose at least 21 days prior to arrival may leave the “vacation bubble” with a negative test after 7 days on the island. Mixed groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers must stay in the bubble for 10 days.
  • People traveling in groups of more than 10 must be fully vaccinated to attend any mass gatherings; spa, gym, and cosmetology services will be allowed only if both guests and staff are fully vaccinated.
  • Starting July 1, travelers 18 and older must be fully vaccinated in order to enter Anguilla. They must still produce a pre-trip test but will not have to pay a fee or stay in a “vacation bubble.”
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 37 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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:

Health info:

  • 15 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 may offer dine-in and take-out and must close at 8:00 p.m.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., and beaches are open from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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:

  • All U.S. 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: 

  • 252 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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. 
  • 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 are open.
  • 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 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Certain restricted zones, including all beaches and public parking lots, are off-limits from 7:00 p.m. 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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Bonaire

Travel restrictions:

  • U.S. visitors to Bonaire aged 13 and over must have negative results from either a NAAT test conducted within 24 hours of their departure for Bonaire, or both a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival and an antigen test conducted within 24 hours of their departure.
  • 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: 

  • 14 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Social distancing of 1.5 meters is required.

ASK US ABOUT BONAIRE

British Virgin Islands

Travel restrictions:

  • Starting May 15, fully vaccinated travelers with negative results from a PCR test 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 $175 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: 

  • 22 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.

ASK US ABOUT THE BRITISH VIRGIN 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. A PCR test will be conducted on Day 5; once negative, travelers can fully explore the island. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 2 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.

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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: 

  • 6,249 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 from 10:00 p.m. (with a transit grace period until 12:00 a.m.) to 5:00 a.m. on weekdays, and 9:00 p.m. (with a transit grace period until 12:00 a.m.) to 5:00 a.m. on weekends.

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Grenada

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 1 new Covid-19 case in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.

Local intel:

  • Face masks are required in public spaces; you must provide your name and contact information when entering businesses. Social distancing is required.
  • There is a curfew in effect from midnight to 4:00 a.m.

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; 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:

  • 1,836 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, the curfew is 4:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. On Sundays, the curfew is 2:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT JAMAICA

Puerto Rico

Travel restrictions:

  • Visitors to Puerto Rico must complete a Travel Declaration Form. If you do not provide proof of a negative molecular 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 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: 

  • 6,396 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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. 

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. Common areas at hotels close at 10:00 p.m. 
  • Restaurants are open at 30% capacity. Casinos, retail stores, and museums are open at 30% capacity. Bars 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.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT PUERTO RICO

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:

  • Travelers to St. Lucia must have confirmed reservations at one or two Covid-certified accommodations. They may move about their hotel’s property freely, but can leave 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 152 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 not available to 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 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

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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 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 is the U.S. State Department advisory for Sint Maarten.

Health info: 

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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 Turks and Caicos 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: 

Local intel:

  • Providenciales Airport’s Fast Track service expedites travelers through customs and immigration.  
  • Restaurants and bars can open with 30% capacity and 6 feet between groups. Restaurants and bars must close by 10:00 p.m.
  • The weekly Thursday Fish Fry and other large events are not allowed.
  • There is a curfew in effect on all islands from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. at least through June 30.

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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:

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

ASK US ABOUT THE U.S.V.I.

 


 

colorfully painted walls on a block of Cartagena Colombia

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

Colombia

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 230,482 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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:

ASK US ABOUT COLOMBIA

 


 

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: 

  • 27,820 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 or rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of their arrival in Croatia (those using an antigen test must be tested again 10 days after the first one, if still in Croatia); proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior; or a medical certificate stating the traveler has recovered from Covid after testing positive 11-180 days prior to arrival.
  • Travelers are also asked to fill out this announcement certificate before entering Croatia.  
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 24,744 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 open-air dining and takeout.
  • Public events and gatherings must end at 10:00 p.m.

ASK US ABOUT CROATIA

 


 

Dubai

Dubai Burj Khalifa view from hotel balcony

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

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 26,072 new Covid-19 cases in the United Arab Emirates in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Everyone in Dubai is required to wear masks when around others outdoors and maintain two meters of social distancing. 

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Eastern Europe

Montenegro

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 1,855 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.
  • 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 8:00 p.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.
  • There is a curfew in effect from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

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Bosnia

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

  • 5,982 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required indoors, on public transportation, and when social distancing isn’t possible outdoors.

Local intel: 

  • Most businesses are open, but each region has a different daily curfew.

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Serbia

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 23,721 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 only operate outdoor service, take-out, and delivery.
  • Nightclubs and shopping malls are closed.
  • Food stores and cultural institutions may operate until 9:00 p.m. Other businesses are required to close by 8:00 p.m., with capacity limits based on their size.
  • Public gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited indoors and outdoors.
  • Public transport is operating at 50% capacity.

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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.  
  • Travelers may not fly to the Galapagos unless they have been RT-PCR 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 GalapagosCertain 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. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 29,934 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 (unless a family buys out an entire boutique hotel or yacht).
  • 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:

  • 14,241 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.

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France

Travel restrictions: 

  • President Macron announced that non-E.U. travelers will likely be allowed into France starting June 9.
  • Travelers will need to have a pass sanitaire; a prototype currently being tested allows travelers to upload either a vaccination certificate or a recent negative Covid test.
  • The border reopening is contingent on the country’s Covid caseload decreasing during earlier phases of the reopening plan.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 319,609 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

Local intel: 

  • Starting June 9, there will be a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Cafes, bars, and restaurants may open indoor spaces, with no more than 6 people per table.

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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: 

  • 17,455 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces.
  • Health screenings are conducted at the airports.

Local intel: 

  • There is a curfew in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

ASK US ABOUT GEORGIA

 


Greece

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 29,050 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the CDC advisory
  • Masks are required indoors and outdoors.
  • Ferry operators and airlines require travelers to complete a health questionnaire, have their temperature taken, and wear a mask. Ferries are operating at reduced capacity.

Local intel: 

  • There is a nationwide 24-hour lockdown that applies to both residents and visitors, and nonessential travel between regions is forbidden. Sources tell us these restrictions will be lifted before the country reopens its borders to all travelers on May 14.
  • There is also a curfew in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Restaurants may operate for outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.
  • Retail stores are open by appointment only.
  • Open-air archaeological sites are open. Most museums have only opened their outdoor areas.
  • Hotels must test staff weekly.

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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 20 people and maintain 2 meters of distance between parties. They must close at 10:00 p.m.

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Israel

Travel restrictions:

  • Israel plans to open to a limited number of organized groups of vaccinated travelers starting May 23. 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.
  • Sources on the ground tell us that individual vaccinated travelers may be allowed to visit starting in July.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,021 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required indoors, and for outdoor public gatherings.

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Italy

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

  • 165,501 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 5)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

Local intel: 

  • The country’s regions are divided into red, orange, and yellow tiers, with most currently falling in the yellow, or low-risk, category. In those regions, masks are required indoors and out (except when eating or exercising); there is a curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.; restaurants and bars may open for outdoor service and takeout outside of those hours; museums may open with reduced capacity (and by reservation only on Saturdays and holidays); and theaters can operate under specific protocols.

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Jordan

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers may enter Jordan with negative results from a PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival. Everyone aged 5 and over must take a second test on arrival in Amman at a cost of about $40; those who test negative do not have to quarantine.
  • 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: 

  • 20,443 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 6:00 p.m. for commercial establishments and 7:00 p.m. for individuals until 6:00 a.m.
  • Gatherings are restricted to 20 people.

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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: 

  • 6,284 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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

 


 

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:

  • 39,312 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 66% 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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Fez Morocco ceramic studio Art d'Argile

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

Morocco

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 5,078 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.
  • Public beaches are closed.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Businesses must close by 7:00 p.m.

Local intel: 

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

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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: 

  • 89,851 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 at 30% capacity; there is not access to the site via the Inca Trail, as the permit office is closed.
  • 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.

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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 may have to be tested again.
  • 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:

  • 2,562 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Travelers must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

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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: 

  • 7,706 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.

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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 11 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: 

  • 585 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6).
  • 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 8:00 p.m.
  • Bars and nightclubs are closed.
  • Other businesses may open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 4:00 p.m. on weekends.

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Namibia

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers may enter Namibia, provided they have proof of a negative PCR or antigen 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.) 
  • 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: 

  • 2,288 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 100 people.
  • Alcohol may be sold for on-site consumption only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

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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:

  • 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.
  • 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 72 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,224 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 30% occupancy and they close at 8:00 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. 
  • In Kigali, all nonessential movement is prohibited. In other parts of the country, there is a curfew in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., and all social gatherings are prohibited. 

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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.
  • While South Africa experienced a major surge in Covid cases between December and February–caused in part by a more contagious variant–the country is seeing very few cases right now (possibly because the population has reached herd immunity). We interviewed a pathologist about this, and he explained that current vaccines provide strong immunity against the South African variant. As elsewhere, you can reduce your risk by spending minimal time in densely populated areas. 
  • Travelers will be screened for symptoms on arrival and may be tested again.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 19,022 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 midnight to 4:00 a.m. daily.
  • Masks and social distancing of 2 meters are required public places.

Local intel: 

  • Gatherings may not exceed 50% of the venue capacity, to a maximum of 100 people indoors or 250 outdoors. 

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Uganda

Travel restrictions: 

  • Visitors to Uganda must bring negative results from a PCR test done within 120 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 120 hours of their flight.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 623 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are required in public.

Local intel: 

  • There is a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Gatherings of over 200 are banned.

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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.

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Zimbabwe

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 380 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory.

Local intel:

  • There is a curfew in place from 10:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. daily.

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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:

  • 1,203 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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 10:00 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.

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Spain

Travel restrictions: 

Health info: 

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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:

  • 20,702 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.

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Thailand: Phuket only

Travel restrictions: 

  • Thailand has announced plans that would allow vaccinated visitors to the island of Phuket to bypass the country’s mandatory quarantine on arrival starting July 1. However, the plan is contingent on Phuket vaccinating 70% of its residents by July–and on the region’s current surge in cases easing. Travelers would have to fly directly to Phuket, without transiting through Bangkok.
  • The same waiver may be extended to Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi, and Pattaya as early as October 1.
  • Travelers must also show negative results from an RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their departure, a Certificate of Entry, and proof of health insurance. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. 
  • Travelers will be tested again on arrival must download an app that will ensure they only visit designated areas during the first 7 days of their trip. After that, visitors can move freely about the country.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 28,698 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • There will be health screenings at the airport.

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Turkey

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 476,600 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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: 

  • There is a nationwide curfew in effect weeknights from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and all weekend. The country is under a lockdown until May 17; nonessential businesses are closed, including restaurants. However, foreign travelers are exempt from the curfew and lockdown. 
  • The Grand Bazar and Spice Bazar are closed until May 17.
  • 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.

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Uzbekistan

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

  • 5,241 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of May 6)
  • 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.

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

Albania

Armenia

Bahrain

Belarus

Bermuda

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Chad

Cote d’Ivoire

Curacao

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Gabon

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

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Tanzania

Sudan

Tajikistan

Togo

Ukraine

 


 

Countries Open With Mandatory Quarantine

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Barbados

Benin

Bolivia

Cambodia

Central African Republic

Chile

Comoros

Cuba

Ethiopia

Ireland

Kuwait

Lebanon

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mongolia

Nepal

Nigeria

Oman

Papua New Guinea

Republic of the Congo

Somalia

South Korea

St. Martin (French side)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tunisia

United Kingdom

 

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5 Comments

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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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