Where U.S. Citizens Can Travel Right Now

These countries are allowing U.S. citizens to enter but may require coronavirus testing or self-quarantine.

Elina GellerNovember 25, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, and with the United States being one of the hardest hit places, U.S. citizens continue to find themselves blocked from entering many countries. Europe, which is a favorite vacation destination for many, has basically closed its borders to U.S. citizens.

If you're hoping to do some international traveling, don’t despair, because you still have some options. Here’s what you need to know about which international destinations are open and closed to U.S. citizens. We’ve compiled continent/regional maps that show the entry requirements for U.S. tourists.

In all instances, it's important to remember that if you plan on traveling, consider travel insurance as it can help protect your nonrefundable deposit in the event that things don’t go according to plan, and always research the local situation further before making plans.

Important notes: We have indicated in gray countries that may be allowing U.S. citizens in but also have a country specific “Level 4 - Do Not Travel” warning from the U.S. State Department. The following information also assumes you are a citizen of only the U.S. and do not have some other form of citizenship, passport or other exception that would allow travel to a certain country.

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.

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. For example, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are requiring visitors to fill out Health Traveler Forms upon disembarking from flights, or be subject to a $2,000 fine. In addition, visitors to New York from certain states with surging COVID numbers will be required to quarantine.

Caribbean islands accepting U.S. tourists

Country

Accepting U.S. citizens?

Antigua and Barbuda

Yes, with conditions: COVID testing and some quarantine requirements.

Aruba

Yes, with conditions: COVID testing and some quarantine requirements.

Barbados

Yes, with conditions: COVID testing and some quarantine requirements.

Cayman Islands

No

Curaçao

No

Dominica

Yes with conditions: COVID testing and some quarantine requirements.

Grenada

Yes, with conditions: COVID test and some quarantine requirements. Flights from the U.S. may be limited.

St. Barts

Yes, with conditions: COVID test required.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Yes, with conditions: Some quarantine requirements.

St. Lucia

Yes, with conditions: COVID testing and some quarantine requirements.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Yes, with conditions: COVID testing and some quarantine requirements.

Turks and Caicos

Yes, with conditions: COVID test and health forms required.

The Caribbean region features several vacation options, although some of the requirements include presenting a negative COVID test result or quarantine restrictions. Notably, the Dominican Republic is open for tourism but with strict curfews in place.

South American countries accepting U.S. tourists

South America does not present many options, with only Colombia, Ecuador and the Falkland Islands accepting U.S. citizens.

European countries accepting U.S. tourists

Unfortunately, Europe may not be in the cards for many U.S. tourists this fall. If you’d still like to make your way over to the region, you'll have better luck in Eastern Europe. The U.K. and Ireland are additional options if you’re able to comply with each country’s quarantine requirements.

African countries accepting U.S. tourists

There is a wide range of situations in Africa spanning everything from countries accepting U.S. citizens to several Level 4 Do Not Travel advisories.

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.

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  • 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: Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, The Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  • Asia: South Korea

  • Caribbean Islands: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Turks and Caicos.

  • Europe: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

  • Middle East: Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, the U.A.E., and Uzbekistan.

  • North America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and the United States.

  • South America: Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Falkland Islands.

  • Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Maldives and Papua New Guinea.

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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