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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 | September 21, 2020

Listed below are the countries of interest to travelers that are currently admitting U.S. residents with no 14-day quarantine, or have announced plans to do so soon.

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 contact us for the up-to-the-minute sources who can 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 can ensure you get a safe and extraordinary vacation. If you’d prefer to stay in the U.S.—say, in your own wilderness lodge in Alaska, safari camp out West, or private yacht off New England—we can advise you on that too.

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Belize (expected opening October 1)
Bermuda
Bora Bora, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Brazil
Caribbean islands (Antigua, Aruba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, St. Barts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Egypt
Maldives
Mexico
Montenegro
Morocco
Nicaragua
Safari Africa (Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe [expected opening October 1])
Turkey

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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 reopens 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: 

  • 435 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • 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 will open; restaurants and tour operators must follow these guidelines as well, which include social distancing, enhanced cleaning, and contactless service. In order to open, hotels must also provide all services to guests (transportation, a restaurant, a pool or beach access, and touring options) in order to limit interaction with local communities. 
  • 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 will have capacity restrictions, with tours by appointment. 
  • Hotel spas are allowed to 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 48 hours 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. You will need to show a copy of your authorization in order to board your flight to Bermuda. Starting September 9, the travel authorization must be done 1 to 3 days before travel and will need to be reviewed and approved before a traveler can fly to Bermuda. 
  • 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. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs. She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 9 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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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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. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs. She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • 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: 

  • 539 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 October 15.
  • 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:

  • Brazil reopened to travelers arriving by air on July 29. Prior to boarding a flight to Brazil, passengers will need to present proof of medical insurance. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs. She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 421,218 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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.

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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

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. 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:

  • 1 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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.
  • Some restaurants have reopened for dine-in service, but travelers are encouraged to make use only of take-away services.
  • Until October 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 before entering Aruba. Travelers from certain high-risk states must be tested prior to departure to Aruba; travelers from low-risk states may be tested on arrival and quarantine in their hotel room until results are received in no more than 24 hours, and typically in 6 to 8 hours. If you are tested at home via a mail-in kit, you will be tested again on arrival. 
  • 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: 

  • 1,117 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 are open for indoor and outdoor dining until 11:00 p.m. Tables must be 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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Dominica

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 4 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 will be 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: 

  • 9.894 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 50-60%. 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.
  • Roughly half of the island’s hotels reopened in July
  • Restaurants are allowed to reopen.
  • Beaches are open under social distancing guidelines.

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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 RT-PCR 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.
  • 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:

  • 1,329 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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.

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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: 

  • 4,851 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 October 2, 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 25% capacity; hotel spas are open. 
  • Restaurants are open at 50% capacity. Bars, cafes, and discos are closed.
  • Museums, shopping malls, and retail stores are operating at 50% capacity.
  • Theaters, casinos, and gyms are open with 25% capacity. 
  • Public beaches and nature reserves are open with social distancing; visitors must wear masks when not in the water. Marinas are open. El Yunque National Forest is partially open with limited capacity and reservations required
  • Golf courses are open. 
  • Attractions and tours are closed, and group activities are not permitted.
  • Ferry service to Vieques and Culebra is limited to residents.

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Sint Maarten

Travel restrictions:

  • Princess Juliana International Airport, which is on the Dutch side of the island, reopened to flights from the U.S. on August 1. U.S. travelers are not allowed to cross to the French side of the island (known as Saint Martin). 
  • Travelers 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. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs. She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • 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. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory for Sint Maarten.

Health info: 

  • 75 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the CDC advisory for Sint Maarten
  • Masks are mandatory in all public places, and people must maintain 5 to 6 feet of social distancing at all times, including at the beach.

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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:

  • 23 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory.
  • Visitors staying more than 7 days must be tested again on Day 8, at a cost of €135. Anyone who tests positive will be required to quarantine for 14 days or until they test negative.
  • Travelers must also be tested when departing St. Barts, as the connecting airports require proof of negative test results within 72 hours of travel.
  • 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 are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear masks in enclosed public places (some businesses require them, as does the airport).

Local intel:

  • Many hotels will not be reopening until the fall; until then, a private villa may be the best option.
  • 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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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:

Health info:

  • 1 new Covid-19 case in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the C.D.C advisory.
  • There is a curfew in effect from midnight to 5:00 a.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; dive centers remain closed. Hotel staff are ensuring that guests maintain social distancing on their beaches.
  • Car-rental agencies are closed and helicopter transfers are not operating. Covid-certified taxis can be booked via your hotel.
  • Spas are closed.
  • Some restaurants have reopened, but only for delivery and take-away service.
  • Some shops are open, with limited numbers allowed in at once.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Travel restrictions:

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ borders are open. Travelers are advised to bring negative results from a PCR test done within 5 days of arrival; those who don’t will be tested on arrival. All travelers who arrive by air may be quarantined for at least 24 hours to await results of all passengers from the same flight. 
  • Travelers must complete this Pre-Arrival Form before departing for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 3 new Covid-19 case in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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. 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. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs. She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with COVID-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 104 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are required in all public places. 
  • There is a curfew in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. All businesses must close at 7:00 p.m.

Local intel:

  • Providenciales Airport’s Fast Track service expedites travelers through customs and immigration.  
  • Restaurants are open for take-out service only.
  • 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:

  • 94 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 must place tables at least six feet apart and seat no more than six in a party. Alcohol service is not allowed at counters; bars remain closed. Staff must wear masks; patrons must wear masks except when seated and consuming food and beverages.
  • 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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Colombia

Travel restrictions:

Health info:

Local intel:

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Costa Rica

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers from certain parts of the U.S.—Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming, as well as Washington, D.C.—may enter Costa Rica, provided they can prove their residency via a driver’s license. Starting October 1, residents of California will also be allowed in. Private flights are allowed into Costa Rica, with passengers from states other than those listed above “reviewed on a case-by-case basis.” Private yachts are also allowed. 
  • Allowed travelers must also provide negative results from a RT-PCR test done within 72 hours of their departure, complete a health pass prior to travel, and have proof of medical insurance that covers Covid-related bills up to at least $50,000, and lodging expenses related to the pandemic up to at least $2,000. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs. She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • Travelers must have a return ticket, and should carry a copy or photo of the passport page with their entry stamp at all times. 
  • Temperature screenings will be done at the airport. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 16,211 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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

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: 

  • 3,304 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory in many businesses and public places.

ASK US ABOUT CROATIA


Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dubai Burj Khalifa view from hotel balcony

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

Travel restrictions:

  • As of August 1, 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. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs. She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • 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: 

  • 10,242 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Travel restrictions:

  • Travelers should bring proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken up to 10 days prior to their arrival in Ecuador. 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 until they have been tested in-country, no more than 96 hours prior to their departure for the islands. (This is not mandatory for those age 11 and under.) 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: 

  • 6,068 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 business 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.

ASK US ABOUT ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS


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 without restrictions, provided they stay in the coastal governorates of Red Sea, South Sinai, and Matrouh. Travelers who want to visit other parts of the country will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours earlier. Egyptair is requiring that, starting September 1, passengers be tested no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival in Egypt; sources tell us that this requirement will likely be extended to all travelers entering Egypt. 
  • The U.S. embassy reports that the airports are conducting temperature screenings and requiring travelers to fill out a Public Health Card and show proof of medical insurance. See our guide to travel insurance for the factors to consider when buying a policy. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs.  She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 2,220 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 plan to reopen September 1, with protocols in place.
  • Nile cruises will not restart until October.

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Maldives

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

Travelers to the Maldives must have a confirmed reservation at a single resort. Photo: Soneva Fushi

Travel restrictions:

  • The Maldives opened to international arrivals on July 15; travelers must have a confirmed booking at a single resort, hotel, or liveaboard for their entire stay. 
  • Passengers must provide proof of a negative PCR test from the 72 hours prior to their departure, submit a health declaration card within 24 hours of their departure, and have their temperature taken on arrival. Anyone showing symptoms will be tested at their own cost and will be quarantined at their resort (if allowed) or at an isolation facility for 14 days after symptom onset and at least three days without symptoms. People in close contact with the symptomatic individual during travel may also be quarantined. Random testing may be done at no cost. 
  • Travelers are not allowed to visit the capital city of Malé.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,287 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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. 

ASK US ABOUT 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:

  • While the land border between the U.S. and Mexico remains closed, flights between the two countries have continued to operate throughout the pandemic (though at much lower frequency).
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info:

  • 69,974 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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.
  • Travelers arriving by plane may be subject to health screenings and temperature checks; those exhibiting symptoms may be required to quarantine.

Local intel:

  • The government of Baja California Sur (home to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo) has allowed hotels, restaurants, and beaches to open at 30% capacity. Private activities are operating, including fishing charters.
  • 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.
  • 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.

ASK US ABOUT MEXICO


Montenegro

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 2,338 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 18)
  • 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.
  • 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.

ASK US ABOUT MONTENEGRO


Morocco

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 26,563 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • Masks are mandatory in all public spaces.
  • There is a curfew in effect in Casablanca from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.; markets must close by 3:00 p.m., cafes and shops by 8:00 p.m., and restaurants by 9:00 p.m. You need a letter from the Moroccan authorities to enter or leave the city. 

ASK US ABOUT MOROCCO

 


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: 

  • 293 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 21)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

ASK US ABOUT NICARAGUA

 


Safari Africa

Kenya

Travel restrictions:

  • International flights to Kenya resumed on August 1
  • Travelers 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. Travelers from California, Florida, and Texas may also be quarantined.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 1,808 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory
  • There is a curfew in effect from 9:00 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 must close at 8:00 p.m. and cannot serve alcohol. Bars are closed. 
  • Social and political gatherings are banned.

ASK US ABOUT KENYA

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. If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs. She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • 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.

Ask us about Namibia

Rwanda

gorilla standing in the jungle in Rwanda

Despite opening for tourism, traveling to Rwanda remains largely infeasible.

Travel restrictions:

  • Rwanda’s borders are openArriving passengers should 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 Kigali hotel with a quarantine floor. Those who can’t be tested before arrival will need to take a second test 48 hours after arrival. Travelers must stay in their room (including for meals) until presenting two negative tests, 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.  If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs.  She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • Departing travelers must also present negative test results from the previous 120 hours.
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 416 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 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 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. 

ASK US ABOUT RWANDA

 

safari tourists in a jeep watching elephants pass in Tanzania

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. Photo: Chem Chem Safari Lodge

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 Sept 17)
  • 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.

ASK US ABOUT TANZANIA

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:

ASK US ABOUT ZAMBIA

Zimbabwe

Travel restrictions:

Health info: 

  • 960 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • Here is the C.D.C. advisory

Local intel:

ASK US ABOUT ZIMBABWE


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 in-country and undergo a health screening upon arrival; those with symptoms will be tested for COVID-19, with results promised in 3 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.  If you don’t have a preferred provider, Wendy recommends Travelex for a policy that covers Covid-19 medical and evacuation costs.  She also recommends Medjet: While they cannot transport patients who are ill with Covid-19, they can transport you from a foreign hospital to one close to home if you should need extended hospitalization after your initial infection has cleared. 
  • Here is the U.S. State Department advisory.

Health info: 

  • 23,090 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks (as of Sept 17)
  • 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; passports will be UV-cleaned before being given to customs officers.

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. After-hours tours are possible at the Hagia Sophia. 
  • The underground cistern in Istanbul and underground cities in Cappadocia remain closed.
  • 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 airport lounges are closed.

ASK US ABOUT TURKEY

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