As surreal as it may seem, the summer flies by, and some restless Americans are looking for a way out beyond a domestic trip. While the EU’s travel ban has made a European vacation a taboo, there are countries that welcome US tourists – though not without restrictions.
For more than four months, Americans have had to deal with more or less severe restrictions as the country – and the world – fights the COVID 19 pandemic. New York City, once the epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States, reached a milestone of a full 24 hours on Monday, during which no one died from the virus.
Outside the city, New York State, along with other states such as Connecticut and New Jersey, continues to see a steady decline in coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations. Unfortunately, in other states such as Arizona, Florida and Texas, the number has risen sharply in recent weeks. On Sunday, Florida reported 15,300 new cases of coronavirus – a record increase in the daily reported cases in the nation.
Because of this increase in cases in various parts of the country, when the EU opened its borders to more than a dozen non-EU countries earlier this month, travelers from the United States were removed from the list. The restrictions do not only come from overseas, the State Department continues to advise against all international travel from the U.S. and adheres to a Level 4 health consultation in effect since March.
In addition to the EU decision, which remains in force indefinitely, Canada has completely closed its borders with the U.S., and Mexico continues to restrict its land borders between the two countries. Nevertheless, some countries have begun to allow travelers from the United States.
Each country has unique and specific restrictions, so it is important to check with local governments and tourism authorities before packing your bags. It is also a good idea to check with the individual hotels as they may have their own rules.
Updated: 22 July 2020.
This list will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
The “happy island” welcomed visitors from the USA from July 10th. Tourists must complete and submit the online procedure for the embarkation and disembarkation card, which includes a personal health assessment to be submitted prior to arrival and a negative PCR test (or a scheduled PCR test upon arrival on the island). The results must be submitted online at least 12 hours before departure. However, if a visitor lives in one of these 24 states, which is noted by the Aruba Tourism Board, the possibility of a test on arrival is not available and all tests must be done and submitted before the trip. Masks are not required once on the island, but are of course still recommended if social distancing is not easily possible.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Flights from the USA to Antigua and Barbuda resumed in early June, with passengers required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test within seven days of departure. Tourists will also be subject to a test upon arrival, which costs $100 per person. Before arrival, passengers are asked to register with the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment and fill out a health declaration. Masks must be worn in all public areas, and there is a curfew until 23:00 on July 31st.
Barbados will begin opening its borders to tourists on July 12. Visitors who wish to be considered for “process fast tracking” must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test, which must be performed no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Those who do not do so must take a test upon arrival in Barbados either at the airport or at a designated satellite test hotel. All travelers will undergo a health check and must complete an online pre-arrival and pre-departure check-in/disembarkation form before arrival.
Belize takes a little more time before it welcomes tourists back. They are well on their way to opening Belize’s airport on August 15th with restrictions. Visitors must download the “Belize Health App” (not yet available for download) before traveling and complete the required forms 72 hours before boarding the plane. Visitors are advised to undergo a COVID 19 test 72 hours prior to travel and present a negative result upon arrival; visitors who do not do so must present themselves at Belize airport for a T