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Where Can Americans Travel Now in 2021?

The World has been closed to travelers for the past year, and traveling has become impossible. Things are changing, more places are starting to reopen, and more people want to travel and are ready to go. The situation is still unclear, rules change daily, and different countries have different standards and regulations. If you’re one of the millions of people wondering “Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?” this article will give you all the information you may need.

We also bear somehow good news: more than 90 countries have reopened to U.S. tourists, offering a bit of hope for travelers eager to get back to exploring the world.

Full disclaimer: Those who choose to travel are encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discourage U.S. citizens from non-essential international travel. It’s up to each individual to decide whether travel to international destinations is a good idea since the health risks are still obvious, new variants of the virus keep emerging, and rules can change at any time.

What follows is a list of countries and territories where Americans can travel now: the article is a work in progress. It is updated regularly to reflect changes to the actual situation.

Can Americans travel to Europe now?

American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer 2021, at least according to what EU officials have declared. Very few European countries are opened to Americans, and they all require to comply with strong entry requirements. For example, Americans can enter Malta only once they’ve quarantined in a third country accepting Americans.

Read our article on the safest places to travel in Europe to get ready for when the EU will reopen to Americans.

Can you travel if you’re vaccinated?

If you’ve already been vaccinated, you can travel to certain countries, but you may still be required to quarantine or show a negative PRC test. Travelers must be fully vaccinated, with the final dose (or a single dose, for one-jab vaccines like Johnson & Johnson) administered at least 14 days before departure. Certain countries (such as France and the EU) are thinking of releasing a special vaccine certificate to allow vaccinated people to travel freely, but this has not been finalized yet.

If you’re fully vaccinated you can safely travel within the U.S. but remember that States may have implemented their own travel rules and restrictions when it comes to traveling within the country so it’s always better to check before planning.

Some of the Countries Americans can visit right now 

Overall, about 90 countries are potentially opened to US travelers with varying degrees of testing and quarantine required. Most of Asia, Oceania, and Europe remains off-limits for vaccinated people, although things may change before or during the summer 2021.

The following is a curated list; we have omitted countries if not considered relevant, if regional conflicts are ongoing or if entry requirements are so complicated that basically going is off-limits.

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1. Albania

COVID-19 test required: No

A 14-day mandatory quarantine for anyone entering Albania from Greece or North Macedonia; daily 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew; and masks are mandatory in public spaces.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Albania website for more information and updates.

2. Anguilla

COVID-19 test required: Yes, but travel to the island has been temporarily suspended

• 3-5 days (72 to 120 hours) before departure, again upon arrival and a third time on day 10 or 14
• PCR test required (infants and toddlers are not excluded)

Anguilla, which had been welcoming approved visitors, has temporarily suspended entry (and its visitor application portal) through at least May 6, 2021. Before the suspension, Travel Authorization had been required for short-stay tourists and anyone seeking to work from Anguilla; each traveler (including children) needed authorization; travelers entering/transferring via Dutch St. Maarten also had to complete St. Maarten’s health screening application form and pre-arrange boat or air travel to Anguilla; quarantine/movement restrictions were in place for at least 10 days until the second on-island test results are received.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Anguilla, for more information and updates.

3. Antigua and Barbuda

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 7 days before departure
• PCR test required (for all travelers age 12 and older)

All travelers must stay at a certified property, where they will be monitored for COVID-19 for up to 14 days; further testing upon arrival or at the place of lodging may be required as determined by the Health Authorities (cost: $100 per person); there is an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Antigua and Barbuda, for more information and updates.

4. Aruba

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 12 to 72 hours before departure (or test upon arrival)
• PCR test required

All travelers (including children and infants) must submit an online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card within 72 to 4 hours before travel and purchase visitors’ insurance from the nation of Aruba that covers up to $75,000 in health expenses (cost: $30 for travelers age 15 and older and $10 for those 14 and under); masks must be carried at all times and worn in all indoor public spaces, including casinos.

Visit the website of the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which overseas Aruba, for more information and updates.

5. Bahamas

COVID-19 test required: Yes (as of May 1, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing)

• 5 days (120 hours) before arrival
• PCR test required

All U.S. visitors must purchase a “Bahamas Health Visa” before arrival ($40 or $70, depending on the length of stay), and an health insurance. A negative pre-travel test has to be uploaded as well. Travelers who are vaccinated must upload proof of vaccination. A second rapid Antigen test is required for any unvaccinated traveler staying more than four nights/five days; travelers must complete a daily health questionnaire for a period of 14 days or the duration of stay. All inter-island travel requires the completion of an online health application.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas website for more information and updates.

6. Barbados

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival (plus testing while in Barbados)
• PCR test required

Travelers must complete an online immigration and customs form at least 24 hours before arrival in Barbados. All visitors must board approved transportation to their resort and quarantine in their rooms for seven days as they await results of a PCR test taken on day 5. Note: Beginning May 8, 2021, travelers who are two weeks or more past completing vaccination and who have not traveled through countries of special consideration (South Africa, Brazil, or India) within the past 21 days will need to show proof of vaccination, be tested upon arrival and only need to remain at their pre-approved accommodation until receiving a negative result (one to two days).

 Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean website for more information and updates.

7. Belize

COVID-19 test required: Yes (but not for travelers who have completed their vaccination)

• 96 hours before departure for PCR tests or 48 hours before departure for rapid Antigen tests (Sophia, SD Biosensor and Abbott Panbio only)
• Testing upon arrival is also possible at a cost of $50

Travelers must download the Belize Health App and complete the required information within 72 hours of their flight to Belize. They must present a confirmed booking at one of Belize’s Gold Standard hotels. If a traveler tests positive upon arrival in Belize, they will be required to quarantine at a Ministry of Health-approved hotel for a minimum of 14 days at their own expense.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Belize website for more information and updates.

8. Bermuda

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 days (120 hours) before departure
• PCR test required

Travelers must complete the online Bermuda Travel Authorization process within 72 to 25 hours of departure for the island. A $75 fee per traveler is due to cover the cost of required on-island testing; all travelers must also have health insurance valid in Bermuda and for the treatment of COVID-19 and test again upon arrival as well as on days 4, 8 and 14 of their visit. Note: Fully immunized and vaccinated people must quarantine only until receiving their arrival test results (24 hours or less) but they still must test on days 4, 8, and 14.

Visit the U.S. Consulate General in Bermuda website for more information and updates.

9. Bolivia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure for all travelers (recently changed from 10 days for those from the U.S.)
• PCR test required

Americans need a tourist visa is (available at any Bolivian land or air border or the Bolivian Consulate in the U.S. for $160). All passengers must submit a sworn statement of the location of stay within Bolivia, undergo temperature checks and health screenings, quarantine for 10 days, and take another PCR test 7 days after arrival (at the traveler’s expenses); those who do not have permanent residence in Bolivia must have health insurance with coverage for COVID-19 valid in the country.

Visit the U.S. Consulate General in Bolivia website for more information and updates.

10. Bosnia And Herzegovina

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 48 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina website for more information and updates.

11. Brazil

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Passengers must complete a Traveler’s Health Declaration form.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Brazil website for more information and updates.

12. The British Virgin Islands

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours before departure (and twice while in the BVI)
• PCR test required

All visitors must register no later than 48 hours of travel; take a second PCR test upon arrival and a third on day 4, and download a tracking app and wear a wristband; fully vaccinated travelers (two weeks or more past completion of vaccination) must follow all protocols but can end quarantine after getting a negative result from their arrival test.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean website, which oversees the BVI, for more information and updates.

13. Colombia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure
• PCR test required

 Health screening and testing/quarantine upon arrival are mandatory for those without the required pre-travel testing.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Colombia website for more information and updates.

14. Costa Rica

COVID-19 test required: No

All travelers must complete a digital HEALTH PASS and have travel/medical insurance with set minimum coverage. Random health screening at arrival.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica website for more information and updates.

15. Croatia

COVID-19 test required: Yes unless the traveler is 14 days past completing their vaccinations or has recovered from an infection:

• 48 hours before arrival
• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

ravelers must complete an entry form and have proof of a hotel reservation paid in full; those who do not have a valid test result can test upon arrival and self-isolate until receiving the result.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Croatia website for more information and updates.

16. Cyprus

COVID-19 test required: Yes, with the exception of fully vaccinated travelers as of May 10, 2021

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Travelers must obtain an approved Cyprus Flight Pass and take another test upon arrival.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus website for more information and updates.

17. The Dominican Republic 

COVID-19 test required: No, but there are mandatory temperature checks upon arrival.

A quick breath test is administered to 3% to 15% of arriving passengers age five and older; anyone presenting symptoms or testing positive will be isolated at authorized locations.

Visit the U.S. Embassy’s website for more information and updates.

18. Georgia

COVID-19 test required: Yes, unless the traveler has proof of being fully vaccinated

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Travelers are required to get complete an application form and get a follow-up PCR test at their own expense three days after arrival in Georgia; anyone who has traveled to the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) over the past 14 days must undergo a 12-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense.

Visit the U.S. Embassy website for more information and updates.

19. Greece

COVID-19 test required: Yes, or proof of vaccination

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Greece website for more information and updates.

Read our Greece Travel Guides

20. Grenada

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Travelers must obtain authorization, complete online forms, obtain travel/health insurance valid in Grenada, have confirmed reservations at a certified property for at least seven nights, and quarantine there until receiving a negative test result (testing is on day 5). Fully vaccinated travelers who arrive with proof of vaccination will be given a test upon arrival and are required to quarantine for just 48 hours until they receive a negative result.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean website, which oversees Grenada, for more information and updates.

21. Guatemala

COVID-19 test required: Yes, unless traveler can provide proof of completed vaccination at least two weeks prior to travel or recovery from the disease within three months of travel

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR or Antigen test required

All travelers must complete a Health Pass; travelers who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa within two weeks of arriving in Guatemala may be denied entry or be required to quarantine.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala website for more information and updates.

22. Honduras

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Travelers must complete government forms and sign an affidavit

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Honduras website for more information and updates.

23. Iceland

COVID-19 test required: Not pre-travel, but vaccination or proof of recovery from previous infection are required and travelers will undergo one test upon arrival

U.S. travelers can enter Iceland only if they have proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from a previous infection with a confirmed antibody test or a positive PCR test more than 14 days old. All travelers must register before arrival in Iceland.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Iceland website for more information and updates.

Read our Iceland Travel Guides

24. Ireland

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

14-day mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival (testing can end it early); travel between counties is banned; arriving in Ireland without a negative PCR test may lead to a stiff fine or six months in jail.

Read our Ireland Travel Guides and get in touch if you’re planning a trip to Ireland in 2021

25. Jamaica

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival (as of March 11, 2021, changed from 10 days)
• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

A travel authorization is required and arriving visitors will undergo a health screening and risk assessment. Guests must stay at their resort and use only certified tours or visit certified attractions.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica website for more information and updates.

26. Jordan

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

All travelers must fill out a pre-travel arrivals form, have health insurance valid in Jordan and take a second test upon arrival.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Jordan for more information and updates.

Read our Jordan Travel Guides

27. The Maldives

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure
• PCR test required

A health declaration and proof of a reservation at a hotel or resort are required.

28. Mauritius

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 to 7 days before departure
• PCR test required

All travelers are allowed to enter the country only if they have pre-purchased a travel package. It’s mandatory to quarantine in-room for 14 days upon arrival, and undergo multiple COVID-19 PCR tests. Anyone who has visited certain countries within 14 days is banned until further notice.

Visit the the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius website for more information and updates.

Read our Mauritius Travel Guides

29. Mexico

COVID-19 test required: No

Health checks upon arrival are expected.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Mexico website for more information and updates.

30. Morocco

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Test results must be presented in printed form. Travelers have to have a confirmed reservation with a hotel or travel agency or show an invitation from a Moroccan company to do business.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Morocco for more information and updates.

31. Nepal

COVID-19 test required: Yes, unless fully vaccinated

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

U.S. travelers need a visa, a hotel booking reservation, and proof of insurance; travelers must take a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine until receiving the result.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Nepal website for more information and updates.

32. Panama

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 48 hours before departure
• PCR or Antigen test required

All travelers must sign an electronic affidavit prior to their flight. Travelers arrivinbìg without a valid test result can take a rapid test after arrival. If tested positive upon arrival, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory.

Visit U.S. Embassy in Panama website for more information and updates.

33. Paraguay

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR or NAAT test required

Travelers must have international health insurance and face a temperature screening at the airport.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay website for more information and updates.

33. Peru

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure (issued within 72 hours)
• PCR or Antigen test required

A 14-day quarantine is required (Antigen testing option upon arrival to avoid quarantine with a negative result).

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Peru website for more information and updates.

34. Puerto Rico

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Passengers will face health screenings and could be subject to additional testing.

35. St. Lucia

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 days (120 hours) before departure
• PCR test required

Visitors must book a stay in a certified property, complete the online Travel Registration Form, upload test results before departure, and present a Travel Authorization email confirmation upon arrival. Travelers will undergo a health check and must remain at their property for 14 days with only a few certified activities allowed.

Visit the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean‘s website for more information and updates.

36. St. Maarten

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours before departure for travelers from the U.S. (72 hours from other countries) for PCR test or 48 hours for rapid Antigen test
• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

Travelers need to complete a health declaration, apply for St. Maarten’s health insurance, and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

37. St. Vincent & the Grenadines

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Travelers must fill out a health form prior to departure for St. Vincent, may be subject to testing upon arrival, and must quarantine at an approved (and pre-paid for) hotel for 14 days; additional testing and monitoring may also be required.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean‘s website, which oversees St. Vincent, for more information and updates.

38. São Tomé and Principe

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Anyone traveling to the islands of São Tomé and Principe must submit to a COVID-19 rapid test within 24 hours of departure.

Visit the U.S. Embassy‘s website for more information and updates.

39. Seychelles

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers are allowed. All travelers (even those who are vaccinated) must provide PCR test results. All visitors also must obtain a Travel Health Authorization, have valid travel health insurance and stay at certified accommodations.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius and the Seychelles’ website for more information and updates.

40. South Korea

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Mandatory 14-day quarantine regardless of vaccination status and passengers must sign a release agreeing to quarantine before boarding their flight. It is not possible to board connecting flights within South Korea until after completing the mandatory quarantine.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in South Korea‘s website for more information and updates.

41. Sri Lanka

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Visitors are allowed to remain in a “travel bubble” within designated tourism zones. Testing upon arrival and on day 7 is also required.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka‘s website for more information and updates.

42. Thailand

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Travelers need a Certificate of Entry and valid medical insurance. A test upon arrival and an 11-night quarantine in specific hotels (7 nights for travelers who are two weeks past vaccination completion) are mandatory; confirmation of a booked stay before travel and testing during quarantine is also mandatory.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Thailand’s website for more information and updates.

43. Turkey

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Travelers must complete a passenger information form and undergo a medical screening. Symptomatic passengers will be tested and be subjected to quarantine and treatment if positive.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia‘s website for more information and updates.

44. Turks and Caicos

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 days before departure
• PCR test required

A travel pre-authorization is required to enter the country.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas‘s website, which oversees Turks and Caicos, for more information and updates.

45. United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours (for Dubai) and 96 hours (for Abu Dhabi) before departure
• PCR test required

In Abu Dhabi, an additional test upon arrival and a 10-day self-isolation with the third test on day 4 or day 8 depending on the length of stay is mandatory. In Dubai, travelers may be requested to take another test at the airport upon arrival.

46. United Kingdom 

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

All travelers must fill out a passenger locator form and quarantine for 10 days (plus book a testing package in most cases), with different quarantine testing requirements for England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Visit the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom‘s website for more information and updates.

47. U.S. Virgin Islands

COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 5 days before departure
• PCR or rapid Antigen test required (or positive antibody test result within four months of travel)

Is it safe to travel now?

With more and more people getting vaccinated, the urge to travel is real. Still, international travel poses some risks. Restrictions are in place, rules change constantly, and overall, nothing is certain yet. So if you decide to travel internationally, make sure you take all the necessary precautions to stay safe and to make sure others are safe as well. Be sure to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. State Department, and local U.S. Embassy websites and read restrictions for U.S. residents carefully before planning a trip.

[Disclaimer: The information in this article reflects that of the publishing time above. While we strive to keep our content as up to date as possible, we also recommend visiting sites like the CDC or websites of local health departments. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that we may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link]

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