Where can Americans travel during the pandemic? Much of the world is closed to U.S. passports at the moment — and of course we need to carefully consider the decision to travel, and the impact it can have. (I’ve postponed all my Women’s Adventure Tours indefinitely.) But there are valid reasons to roam outside our borders, like connecting with relatives who can’t enter the States.
If you’re determined to travel at this time, where can you go?
Where Can Americans Travel?
Most of these countries require a negative COVID test taken a short time before you enter the country. The exact rules vary widely, and so do the consequences if you arrive without a required test. Each country is linked to an official page for more information.
List of countries Americans can visit right now:
This list is current as of November 9, 2020, according to US News and World Report. The situation is constantly changing. Be sure to check the official linked sources for up-to-the-minute information.
Albania: Requires screening, and some restrictions on where you can pass through on your way home.
Antigua and Barbuda: Requires testing and screening.
Armenia: Must present a negative test or quarantine 14 days on arrival. (note that some areas of Armenia are not suitable for travel due to conflict)
Aruba: Requires testing, health assessment, and screening. Must buy visitor insurance.
The Bahamas: Requires testing before departure and rapid test on arrival. After mid-November, you’ll also need to buy health insurance for your stay
Bangladesh: Requires testing and 14-day quarantine.
Barbados: Requires testing, quarantine in an approved location at your own expense, and retesting after five days.
Belarus: Requires health screenings at port of entry.
Belize: Requires testing, you’ll be allowed to stay at certain “gold-standard” hotels.
Bermuda: Requires testing before departure, periodic testing during your stay, a travel authorization form, and $75 fee.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Requires a negative test prior to entry.
Brazil: Open to American visitors without restriction (although the US State Department advises against going there due to virus and crime.)
Cambodia: Requires test before travel and on arrival and quarantine, plus a $2,000 deposit to cover potential medical treatment plus a $90 health insurance package.
Colombia: Requires testing and screening.
Costa Rica: Requires purchase of insurance and a health pass form.
Croatia: Requires testing and screening.
Djibouti: No pre-departure testing required, but you’ll be screened at your own expense ($30) on arrival.
Dominica: Testing, health questionnaire, and possible 5-day quarantine on arrival.
Dominican Republic: Random testing on arrival, plus screening. US State Department advises against visiting DR right now.
Ecuador: Requires testing.
Egypt: Requires testing.
El Salvador: Requires testing and screening.
Equatorial Guinea: Requires testing.
Ethiopia: Requires testing and screening.
French Polynesia: Requires testing before entry, a health form, and self-test after arrival.
Ghana: Requires testing, screening, and a rapid test on arrival at your own expense ($150).
Grenada: Requires testing and four-day quarantine in an approved hotel, followed by a second test.
Guatemala: Requires testing and screening.
Haiti: Requires screenings. Travelers arriving from high-risk states may be required to quarantine.
Honduras: Requires testing and screening.
Ireland: Requires testing and a 14-day quarantine on arrival.
Jamaica: Requires testing and an application to enter.
Kenya: Requires testing and screening.
Kosovo: No requirements.
Lebanon: Requires testing.
Liberia: Requires testing and screening.
Maldives: Requires testing.
Malta: Cannot enter from the US, but can enter with screening after quarantining in a different country for 14 days.
Mexico: Requires testing and screening. Land travel is limited to essential trips.
Montenegro: Requires testing; cannot stop in restricted countries on the way in.
Morocco: Americans can only enter if they are dual citizens or have reservations with a Moroccan tour group or hotel. Testing and screening required.
Namibia: Requires testing and screening.
Niger: Requires testing and screening.
Nigeria: Requires testing, health declaration, and a retest at your own expense after seven days.
North Macedonia: No requirements, but may screen on arrival.
Panama: Requires testing and screening.
Puerto Rico: Requires testing on arrival.
Rwanda: Requires testing and screening. You must also retest on arrival and submit a Passenger Locator Form with your full travel plan.
St. Barts: Requires testing and a health statement.
St. Lucia: Requires testing, health disclosure, and screening.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Requires multiple tests, five-day quarantine. Allows vacationing “in place” for 9-16 days in an approved location.
Senegal: Requires testing and screening.
Serbia: Requires self-assessment. Testing required only if you are entering from certain European countries.
South Korea: Requires 14-day quarantine, test on arrival, and daily health monitoring via mobile app.
Tanzania: Requires screenings; some airlines require testing.
Turkey: Requires screening. Testing is only required if you display symptoms.
Turks and Caicos: Requires testing, health form.
United Kingdom: Requires quarantine and you must share your trip details and contact information.
U.S. Virgin Islands: Requires testing and screening.
Zambia: Requires testing.
Americans can currently travel to the following countries, subject to local rules regarding testing, screening, quarantine, and contact tracing:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Turks and Caicos
United Arab Emirates
U.S. Virgin Islands
Not yet. Europe isn’t likely to open its borders to Americans until the pandemic dies down and the US lifts its ban on European nationals.
Yes, if they’re entering by air. Overland travel is still restricted.