Lockdowns are ending around the world and countries are starting to ease border restrictions and reopen for international tourists. On August 6, 2020, the U.S. State Department lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory, which advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. So you now might wonder what countries are open for travel and for U.S. citizens travel in particular.
Open countries have implemented different regulations and requirements in order to welcome tourists. Most countries require a negative COVID-19 test, many require a mandatory quarantine or self-isolation, and all tourists are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing in public settings. The rules are ever-changing so we recommend you research the destination before you book a trip. You can also check out CDC’s travel recommendations for travel recommendations by destination.
Here are destinations that are open to American tourists:
Albania opened its borders on July 1, 2020. All nations, including Americans, are allowed to enter without any negative COVID-19 or quarantine required.
However, the temperature will be measured in the arrivals area. Travelers with a temperature above 37.5 C degrees will be required to go through additional verification procedures.
You can visit the U.S. Embassy in Albania page for details and the latest alerts.
The country reopened its borders to tourists on June 4, 2020. Travelers arriving by air are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result taken within seven days of their flight. Those who arrive by sea are subject to quarantine.
All visitors will be monitored every 14 days and, if there is a need, they will be required to take another coronavirus test upon arrival or at the hotel or accommodation. The cost of a covid test is $100.
You can visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS to see all the details for Antigua and Barbuda reopening.
Armenia lifted the restrictions on the entry of non-Armenian citizens on August 12. All travelers, including U.S. citizens, are now permitted to enter the Republic of Armenia. However, there are some requirements. Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 14 days or take a PCR test. If they choose the last option, their quarantine can be shortened or removed.
All info about Armenia’s reopening can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Armenia page.
Aruba reopened for the U.S. citizens on July 10, 2020. Americans from 24 states considered high-risk will need to go through additional testing. Travelers will be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to travel, upon arrival, or both. You can visit the COVID-19 Testing Requirements page to see the exact details for your state. All visitors are required to purchase the Aruba Visitors Insurance.
See all information you need to know prior to travel to Aruba.
Americans are welcome to visit the Bahamas. Tourists will need a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test and will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Another requirement is the submission of a Travel Health Visa Application, which travelers should present upon arrival in the Bahamas.
More details can be found on the U.S. Embassy in The Bahamas page.
Barbados reopened to international travel on July 12, and U.S. commercial fights resumed on July 25 for JetBlue, August 1 for Virgin Atlantic, and American Airlines will resume flights on October 5.
While Americans are welcomed to enter Barbados, they are considered high-risk and will be required to quarantine upon arrival. A negative COVID-19 PCR test is also required for entry. Travelers will need to fill out the Online Immigration/Customs form and submit it 24 hours before travel.
Other details and recommendations can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS page.
While it may not be the best time to visit Belarus, the country is open to tourism, including American tourists. There is no negative COVID-19 test required to enter the country, but health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. At this time, no quarantine is required for U.S. citizens.
Read more on the U.S. Embassy in Belarus page.
Bermuda is now officially open to American tourists. To be able to visit Bermuda, Americans need to complete the Bermuda travel authorization form online, with a required $75 fee. A negative COVID-19 test is required prior to travel and upon arrival. Also, health insurance is recommended for all travelers and it should include coverage of illness and injury outside of your home jurisdiction.
You can read more details on the U.S. Consulate General in Bermuda page.
Brazil lifted a travel ban on foreigners at the end of July. All tourists, including American citizens, are allowed to visit the country as long as they have health insurance that is valid in Brazil for the entire period of the trip.
There is no quarantine required upon arrival and tourists are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test. However, health screening procedures are in place at airports.
Read more information about requirements on the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Brazil page.
Cambodia is open to US travelers, but a valid visa and a $2,000 deposit are required for all travelers. The deposit is needed to cover mandatory COVID-19 testing upon arrival and possible treatment services. Additionally, travelers should have a negative COVID-19 test issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival.
Read more about restrictions and requirements on the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia page.
Croatia is welcoming tourists from all countries, including from the U.S. American tourists can travel to Croatia for tourism without quarantine, provided they have a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours. Those who do not have a negative PCR test or have an expired test, will be required to self-isolate and take a test locally.
Other details about requirements for U.S. travelers can be found here.
While Dominica has opened its borders, there are strict guidelines for visitors. Americans will need to bring a negative coronavirus test taken 24-72 hours before arrival. Travelers are also required to submit a health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to arrival.
Upon arrival, travelers will be required to undergo health screening procedures and additional testing. Read all about Dominica’s entry requirements here.
The country has now reopened for American tourists. Americans can visit Ecuador without quarantine provided they bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test and show no symptoms of coronavirus upon arrival. Those who wish to visit Galapagos Islands will have to take a second PCR test at their own expense.
Read more about rules and requirements on the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Ecuador page.
Egypt reopened its borders on July 1. Starting September 1, all arriving travelers, including Americans, will need to present a negative PCR test taken prior to arrival. There are no quarantine requirements for U.S. travelers, but health screenings are in place at the airport.
See all information and requirements for entry on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt page.
French Polynesia reopened for American tourists on July 15, 2020. Tourists will need to bring a negative COVID-19 test before boarding and they will be tested again 4 days after arrival. Tourists are not required to quarantine at this time.
You can read more information about the requirements here.
Ghana has reopened for tourism and Americans can visit the country by air starting September 1, 2020. A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure is required. Plus, there will be testing upon arrival, which will cost a $150 fee per person and should be paid online in advance. If the test is negative, U.S. citizens are free to enter Ghana without quarantine.
See more information on the U.S. Embassy in Ghana page.
Honduras resumed international tourism on August 17, 2020. All travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (either PCR test or Rapid Test) taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. U.S travelers are not required to quarantine, but individuals with coronavirus symptoms may be isolated.
More information about requirements can be found here.
Jamaica reopened for international tourism on June 15, 2020. To be able to visit the island, American tourists should request a travel authorization and upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Upon arrival, visitors will have to quarantine for up to 14 days.
You can find more information about travel to Jamaica here.
Kenya started reopening in July and on August 1, international flights resumed. The only requirement for Americans to visit Kenia is a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival.
Read more about requirements and restrictions on the U.S. Embassy in Kenya page.
Lebanon reopened for tourism in July and American tourists can visit the country now. Tourists will need to provide a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before departure and a medical form. Another test will be taken upon arrival in Lebanon and will cost $50 USD. Visitors will have to quarantine while waiting for the results.
See all entry requirements on the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon page.
The country reopened its borders for international travel on July 15. Tourists are not required to present negative CIVID-19 tests or quarantine upon arrival. However, temperature checks and screening are in place at the airport and if a person shows symptoms, testing will be required. To be able to travel to the Maldives, tourists should have confirmed booking and the Traveler Health Declaration.
You can see all the Maldives entry requirements here.
Montenegro has been welcoming international tourists back since June 1. Americans are allowed to enter the country with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. No quarantine is required at this time.
Read more information about restrictions and requirements on the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro page.
North Macedonia started accepting U.S. travelers on July 1. There is no negative COVID-19 test required, nor should travelers quarantine upon arrival. However, all passengers will face temperature checks and health screening at the airport.
You can read more details on the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia page.
Rwanda reopened to all nationalities on June 17. American tourists must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test prior to departure with their Passenger Locator Form. All passengers will be required to take another PCR test upon arrival and will have to quarantine while waiting for the results. The second test upon arrival will cost $50 USD.
More information about restrictions and requirements can be found here.
Serbia reopened for tourism on May 22, 2020, and currently, there are no restrictions for U.S. citizens to enter the country. Americans are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test unless they enter Serbia from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, or Romania. There also are no health screenings or quarantine requirements for American tourists.
Read more about requirements and restrictions here.
St. Barthelemy (St. Barth) officially reopened its borders for tourism on June 22, 2020. American tourists are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before their departure. For individuals planning to stay longer than seven days, a second test will be required. The cost of the second test is €135.
See all information about requirements and restrictions for tourists visiting St. Barth here.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020. American tourists should complete the Pre-Arrival Form and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within seven days of arrival. All travelers will also be tested upon arrival and will be required to quarantine for 5 days. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are also requiring proof of a filly-paid reservation in an approved hotel for five nights.
Read more information about requirements and restrictions here.
Saint Lucia reopened for U.S. travelers on June 4. Americans are required to fill out a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 7 days before arriving in Saint Lucia. Once they arrive, tourists will undergo health and temperature checks.
You can read all requirements and restrictions here.
Tanzania started accepting tourists under normal rules in June 2020. Tourists are required to fill out a Health Surveillance Form upon arrival and should show a negative COVID-19 test. There is no quarantine required but health screening is in place at the airport.
Read more information about requirements and restrictions for visiting Tanzania here.
The Dominican Republic reopened for international tourism on July 1 and ceased requiring a mandatory COVID-19 test on September 15. Now tests will be performed only on randomly selected travelers upon arrival. If tested positive, a mandatory quarantine or self-quarantine will be required.
There will be health screening and temperature checks on arrival.
You can find more details about requirements and restrictions here.
Turkey opened its international borders for tourists, including for the U.S. travelers, in June 2020.
U.S. travelers are not required to bring a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country, nor will there be a mandatory test upon arrival or quarantine. However, if tourists show symptoms, they will be required to take a test and if tested positive, they will be referred to a private hospital.
Read more information on the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Turkey page.
Turks & Caicos reopened for international tourists on July 22, 2020. All visitors required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than five days prior to visiting the islands. Also, each traveler will need to show a copy of their TCI Assured Travel Authorization form. Plus, a medical or travel insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs is required for all tourists.
To learn more about requirements for visiting Turks & Caicos, visit U.S. Embassy in The Bahamas.
Dubai welcomed back tourists on July 7, 2020. American visitors are required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure and can be tested upon arrival again. Tourists are also required to have medical travel insurance and complete the Health Declaration Form before departure. Plus all tourists are required to register in the COVID-19 DXB app.
You can read more about requirements and restrictions here.
The United Kingdom has never officially closed its borders, so tourists from the U.S. are allowed to visit the country. Americans must self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Also, all visitors are required to complete a public health passenger locator form to provide details of their journey.
Visit the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom page for more information.
Zambia is open for international tourists. All visitors are required to have a negative SARS CoV2 PCR test and do not have to quarantine. However, anyone with symptoms will be tested and will be required to quarantine until the results are ready.
More information about Zambia’s requirements can be found here.
Disclaimer: Reopening news is changing and being updated constantly. We encourage you to contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.