As the coronavirus pandemic continues and because the United States was one of the hardest hit places, U.S. citizens continue to find themselves blocked from entering many countries.
If you're hoping to do some international traveling, don’t despair. You still have some options, and we’ve compiled maps that show the entry requirements for U.S. tourists.
Here’s what you need to know about which international destinations are open and closed to U.S. citizens.
Important notes: The U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued fairly wide ranging "Do Not Travel" advisories for the majority of countries worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maps and information below do not take into account these travel warnings. Make sure you check both organization's websites for the latest travel safety recommendations for a specific country before making plans. The information that follows is based on the requirements to enter a country, not what is recommended by the U.S. State Department or CDC.
In all instances, it's important to remember that if you plan on traveling, consider getting travel insurance. This coverage can help protect your nonrefundable deposits if things don’t go according to plan.
We do our best to keep the information and maps updated, but if you have information or links to updated information, please submit them to us at [email protected].
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How to read these maps
Hover over the country you’re interested in to see what is required for admission. The countries you’ll want to focus on are those colored in green or yellow as they are the ones that accept U.S. citizens for tourism. “Yes, with conditions” denotes that that country has entry requirements, such as a negative COVID test result, a COVID test upon arrival, a mandatory quarantine and/or another prerequisites.
Entry requirements can change unexpectedly, so it's best to check with each country’s embassy or tourism board before booking your trip.
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North American countries accepting U.S. citizens for tourism
Not surprisingly, not every country in this region is open to tourists. Those who want to travel domestically may be required to quarantine if the state they are coming from has surging COVID numbers.
Caribbean islands accepting U.S. tourists
The Caribbean region features several vacation options, although some of the requirements include presenting a negative COVID test result or quarantine restrictions.
Antigua and Barbuda: Yes, with conditions — COVID test, curfew and quarantine requirements all in effect.
Aruba: Yes, with conditions — COVID test, curfew and quarantine requirements all in effect.
Barbados: Yes, with conditions — COVID test, curfew and quarantine requirements all in effect.
Cayman Islands: No.
Curaçao: Yes, with conditions — COVID test, curfew and quarantine requirements all in effect.
Dominica: Yes, with conditions — COVID test and quarantine requirements in effect.
Grenada: Yes, with conditions — COVID test and quarantine requirements in effect.
St. Barts: No.
St. Kitts and Nevis: Yes, but only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter.
St. Lucia: Yes, with conditions — COVID test, curfew and quarantine requirements all in effect.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Yes, with conditions — COVID test and quarantine requirements in effect.
Turks and Caicos: Yes, with conditions — COVID test required.
South American countries accepting U.S. tourists
South America does not present many options, with very few countries accepting U.S. citizens.
European countries accepting U.S. tourists
Unfortunately, much of Europe may not be in the cards for many U.S. tourists in the near future. If you’d still like to make your way over to the region, you'll have better luck in Eastern Europe.
African countries accepting U.S. tourists
Most of Africa is technically open to U.S. travelers with proper COVID-19 testing and/or quarantining. However, be sure to check the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for health and safety guidance on traveling to the region.
Asia, Middle East and Oceania countries accepting U.S. tourists
Within this massive region, you won't find any countries that will just let you in unconditionally. Only a handful are even letting U.S. tourists travel there with negative COVID test results.
Last but not least: travel insurance
Given the constantly changing landscape around which countries are permitting U.S. tourists, consider getting travel insurance before booking your trip. Between flight cancellations, border closures and the risk of getting sick, travel insurance is a good way to protect yourself in case something goes wrong. Depending on where you travel to, different travel insurance options can make sense for you.
Stand-alone travel insurance — these plans offer the most comprehensive coverage, and usually include trip cancellation, trip interruption/delay, emergency medical and lost luggage. There are single- and multi-trip plans available, and your options depend on which state you’re from.
Travel medical insurance — these plans mainly provide emergency medical and repatriation/evacuation benefits. Limited trip cancellation benefits can be included. These plans are good options for those who do not need trip cancellation coverage and are looking only for emergency medical protections.
Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) — these policies are sometimes available as an optional add-on to a comprehensive travel insurance policy. CFAR allows you to cancel a trip for any reason and receive a partial reimbursement (usually up to 75% of your nonrefundable trip) as long as the trip is canceled no less than two days in advance of departure. You will need to insure the entire cost of your nonrefundable trip.
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What countries are allowing U.S. citizens in for tourism?
Although COVID-19 continues to impact travel options for U.S. citizens, a decent number of countries are allowing U.S. citizens in as tourists. Each country likely has a COVID-19 test requirement, and may also ask for completed health declarations, and possible quarantine.
Africa: Gabon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Dem. Rep. Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial. Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Caribbean Islands: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Turks and Caicos.
Europe: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Middle East: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, the U.A.E., and Uzbekistan.
North America: Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and the United States.
Oceania: Fiji, Nauru and Palau.
South America: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Guyana, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela,
Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Maldives, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Given the constantly changing requirements, it's always best to check the U.S. Embassy site for the country you’re planning to visit before booking your trip. Keep in mind that some travel insurance providers may nullify coverage if the country has a Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory.
The bottom line
Although many countries are not welcoming U.S. tourists this fall, there are still options. Regardless of where you choose to go, consider protecting your trip with a travel insurance policy as it can be extremely useful if a cancellation or border closure derails your trip, and of course check both U.S. State Department and local resources online before making any official plans.
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