More than 50 countries in total are open to travelers from the United States
If you’re itching to travel abroad in the near future, we’re bringing you a list of countries that are open to Americans right now. Different countries have different regulations in place and we’ve selected those with the least requirements for entry at the moment.
As the pandemic situation may develop quickly, check official sources for US travelers at your destination before booking a trip. Kiwi.com offers flexible booking and COVID-19 travel insurance options.
Vacationing in the Caribbean
The Caribbean has been a popular choice for many US travelers. With short travel times from the US, stunning nature, and amazing beaches, which Caribbean country is an option for travel right now?
Nestled in a dimple of the Caribbean Sea, Belize permits US travelers to cross its borders. Visitors are encouraged to download and complete the Belize Health App within 72 hours of arrival.
Belize is now accepting proof of vaccination against COVID-19 — the last dose should be administered at least two weeks before travel. Otherwise, it is necessary to present a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to travel or a negative rapid test not older than 48 hours before travel. It is also possible to get tested on the spot for $50 per passenger.
Central American Costa Rica requires international visitors to complete the digital form Health Pass for every passenger, including minors. Tourists from the US no longer need to present a negative test result to enter but they must purchase travel insurance covering potential COVID-19 medical treatment and quarantine costs.
A beach and golfing paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea from the east allows US visitors to enter without the requirement to self-isolate or even show a negative test result. The officials may ask at random for a quick breath test on a small number of visitors on arrival and departure, including those showing symptoms.
As of 1 April, travelers are asked to complete a digital form of an e-ticket for entering and leaving the country.
Sharing a border with Mexico, Guatemala is open to US travelers who can present a negative test result, have recovered from or been vaccinated against COVID-19.
All passengers ten years and older who are arriving by land or air will have to show a negative PCR or rapid test not older than 72 hours before airport check-in or arrival at the land border. Alternatively, travelers can show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months or proof of immunization completed at least two weeks before traveling to Guatemala.
From Southeast Asia to the Middle East
Some countries across Asia have opened up for international tourists with relatively soft restrictions, while some — such as Nepal, or Sri Lanka — are taking a slower pace with stricter regulations, and others are yet to open for tourism. Here is a list of countries in Asia with low-level restrictions for US travelers.
With its archipelagic geography and focus on health and safety, the Maldives is among the ideal destinations to visit right now. In late 2020, the island nation received an international “Safe Travels Stamp” ensuring travelers’ confidence in selecting the Maldives as a safe destination.
US travelers are permitted to enter the country with a negative PCR test carried out within 96 hours or travel. There’s no need to quarantine upon arrival.
United Arab Emirates
US travelers are allowed to enter the United Arab Emirates and Dubai upon presenting a negative PCR test within 96 hours of their flight departure (some airlines might require a negative test not older than 72 hours). Children younger than 12 years may be exempt from this requirement.
Visitors can receive a tourist visa on arrival in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. These are typically valid for 30 days. According to the official website, quarantine requirements may differ per Emirate, testing result, and government guidance.
Bridging Asia and Europe, culturally diverse Turkey is open to US citizens who present a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours before their flight. Currently, there’s no need to quarantine upon arrival but travelers must fill out a form for entry and undergo a health screening. Find more details on the US embassy website.
Dab into and beyond continental Africa
With varied cultures and landscapes, Africa has been a place of awe for a growing number of international tourists. Which countries on and off the continent allow US travelers to visit?
With a distance of 5,600 miles between New York and Cairo, Egypt’s officials recognize the long travel and transit times between the two countries. For this reason, the validity of a test result has been extended to 96 hours for those coming from North America. However, the US embassy website advises for the test not to be older than 72 hours before the departing flight. It is necessary to bring a paper copy as a digital one won’t be accepted.
As for travelers to Sharm El Sheikh, they may enter without a PCR test beforehand and they’ll be tested upon arrival. They will have to quarantine until they find out the test result or in case they test positive.
Becoming increasingly more popular among international visitors, at the moment, Namibia allows non-Namibian travelers into the country without the need to quarantine. They must present a negative PCR test result not older than seven days (applicable also to individuals who have been vaccinated).
Western African Senegal, known for its beaches and the Paris–Dakar Rally, allows US travelers to enter the country now. Everyone over the age of two must have a negative COVID-19 test result with the testing taking place within five days before entering the country. There’s no self-isolation requirement but travelers may be asked to complete a passenger location form.
All travelers, including those coming from the United States, have to show a negative result of a PCR test taken 72 hours or less before their departure to the archipelago. It is also necessary to have valid travel insurance that covers potential COVID-19 related costs, such as quarantine and treatment.
Exploring Europe and the Balkans
Only a handful of European countries are open to travelers coming from the United States. Malta, Montenegro, and Ireland are open under strict regulations and vacationing there might offer a limited experience. Which countries can US travelers visit without much ado?
With the summer in Europe coming up, the coastal country of Albania isn’t yet overly popular among tourists but offers plenty of archaeological sites, mountain hiking opportunities, and sea getaways. US travelers can enter the country for tourism without the need to quarantine or show a negative PCR test.
Recently, this popular summer holiday destination opened up for tourists, including those from the United States. They can either present a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours or proof of completed vaccination. Travelers must fill out a protocol for arrivals and departures.
The landlocked country on the Balkan peninsula is open to international travelers, including those from the United States. It is required to show a negative PCR test that is not older than 48 hours and there’s no requirement for a quarantine. Visit the US Embassy in Serbia website for further details.
Traveling in South America
Home to Machu Picchu, Uyuni Salt Flats, or the large geoglyphs Nazca Lines, some countries in South America have been hesitant to open up to international tourists or have set up strict entry requirements. The countries below might be an option worth considering while planning a future trip.
Sitting right on the equator on the west coast of South America, Ecuador requires showing a negative test result taken within three days before entering the country or proof of completed vaccination. It is also possible to have a test done upon arrival and self-isolate while waiting for the results. Airports may perform random rapid testing regardless of whether one presents a negative test result.
Returning to and entering the US
All passengers traveling by air into the United States, including US citizens and permanent residents, are required to get tested no more than three days prior to the departure of their flight and present the test result to the airline. According to CDC, It is now also possible to show proof of recovery after having been tested positive for the virus.
Whether you’re planning to travel in the near future or wait until the global situation stabilizes, make sure to check the official websites and resources for the latest information and travel advice.