Countries open to US tourists

As the COVID-19 starts to take its toll on a 2nd wave, many countries continue to view America with trepidation. Many countries in the European Union hasn’t granted approval for tourist from the US to enter its borders.

While most of the Americans are trying to stay away from travelling abroad, some still prefer to travel abroad for vacations. For such tourist, there are some travel options such as Mexico, Ireland and South Korea.


Albania has resumed international flights. The US Embassy website has mentioned that even though there are no Covid-19 test requirements to enter into the country, you will still have a health screening.

Antigua and Barbuda


Travellers from the US who enter to Antigua and Barbuda “arriving by air must present a negative COVID-19-RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven days of their flight,” according to the country’s tourism website. Visitors who enter the country are subject to monitoring by health officials for 14 days and another Covid-19 test may be required, so visitors will need to quarantine while waiting for the result. People need to wear masks in public spaces failing to do can involve stiff fines and even jail time.


Armenia is open for US tourists. Travellers will need to take a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival or face mandatory isolation for 14 days. Passengers who are tested positive for COVID must isolate until they get a negative result. A list of testing sites can be found on Zvartnots International Airport’s website.


Passengers from the US from 24 states including California and Florida are required to upload a negative Covid-19 test result via Aruba’s embarkation/disembarkation card process 72 hours before arrival. Travellers arriving from the other 26 states can have a test taken upon arrival. The test must be prepaid and travellers are required to quarantine while awaiting results. Aruba also requires travellers to be insured. For information, The Aruba tourism site has all the necessary health requirements for incoming passengers.

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The Bahamas


The Bahamas has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all passengers who enter the islands. Visitors must request a health visa before travel, upload and later present a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result no more than 72 hours before arrival. For more updates visit Covid-19 travel website.


US citizens can travel to Bangaladesh but with cretain restrictions.  The US Embassy in Bangladesh says you must have a “medical certificate with English translation” stating you’re negative for Covid-19, with the test taken within 72 hours of travel. Upon arrival all travellers have to “home quarantine” for 14 days even with a negative test.


Barbados has introduced new restrictions for visitors and residents when it reopened in July. Travelers must complete an online immigration card, which can be done 72 hours before departure and submitted 24 hours before traveling. The form includes health questions, including whether the traveler has a negative Covid-19 test result. Travelers from the US can use this method rather than taking a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival.


Belarus has the borders open to US citizens. There are no restrictions on entry, but there would be temperature checks at Minsk National Airport.


Bermuda requires travelers to apply for a travel authorization, at the cost of $75 per adult and $30 for flight crew and children 9 and younger. Travellers who do not have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will not be given permission to enter Bermuda. Upon arrival, all passengers are required to present the pre-departure negative test results and submit to an additional Covid-19 test and quarantine until the results are ready. More tests are required after day three, seven and 14.

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Brazil has been maintaining a “Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) due to Covid-19” by the US State Department, but its borders are open to US visitors who are able to show proof of health insurance that is valid in Brazil and covers the entire stay. Because of the current pandemic situation, “only emergency American Citizen Services are available at the US Embassy in Brasilia and Consulates General” throughout the country.


Visitors who travel to Cambodia needs to present a PCR negative test taken no more than 72 hours upon arrival. Once arrived another Covid-19 test needs to be taken. If the results are negative, the remaining funds will be returned minus $160 to cover the cost of the test and a fully catered day in a waiting centre.

In case of a positive test result, there are serious financial and social consequences, involving hospitalization, medical care and the 14-day quarantine of all fellow inbound flight passengers and additional affiliated expenses. More information could be found on the embassy website.

Costa Rica

US tourists from 18 states and Washington, DC may enter Costa Rica: As of September 21, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey,New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and Wyoming. The Costa Rica government is planning to allow travelers from California on October 1 “if the epidemiological scenario permits it.” Travelers’ residency in these states will be verified by driver’s license. The list of states from which visitors could arrive is subject to frequent changes.Visitors who enter Costa Rica must also complete a “health pass” form and also present a test result with negative on Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 48 hours of travel. You must have proof of travel medical insurance, which you can get in Costa Rica.

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The Maldives

 The Maldives has reopened its airports to all international tourists. All tourists are required to present a negative PCR result for a Covid-19 test. It should be within 72 hours of arrival. There is no mandatory quarantine procedure up to now. See the Maldives’ official tourism website for details.


Malta may be visited by travellers wishing to circumvent the EU travel ban and reluctant to quarantine them. Passengers travelling through a “secure country corridor” that enables US visitors to enter Malta after 14 days in that country may enter Malta.

US passengers, for instance, can stay in Ireland or Turkey for 14 days and then be able to join Malta. Before departure, all travelers must fill out the Public Health Travel Declaration and Passenger Locator Forms.


While the U.S.-Mexico land border stays closed until October 21, US travellers can still fly to Mexico. No testing standards are in effect, but because of the crime rate, the State Department lists several states to avoid. Upon arrival, you can expect temperature tests and other screenings.

United Kingdom

US travelers can fly to the United Kingdom, but a mandatory 14-day quarantine is required. For information on England , Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland, click here.

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