Where can Americans travel right now?
New rules and safety measures
Countries around the world are starting to open their borders to U.S. travelers. There are still different restrictions and requirements depending on where you go. AAA Travel has put together a list of some of the places you can travel to right now. Due to the rapidly changing travel climate, please contact a travel expert to help guide you on the latest travel guidelines, safety measures, and local government restrictions due to COVID-19.
The white sand, warm sunshine and clear blue water of Aruba make for a relaxing and peaceful vacation option. The island started welcoming U.S. visitors back again on July 10, four months after the borders were closed. Tourists will need to complete a self-health declaration 72 hours before to arriving in Aruba, as well as show a negative Covid-19 test or prepay for a test to be completed while there. Resorts are implementing new health and safety protocols, and many are also introducing new special rates or flexible cancellation policies.
Pink-sand beaches, secluded coves, and surreal seascapes make Bermuda a desirable beach getaway. As of July 1, Bermuda is open and welcoming visitors back to the island, however, they must comply with Bermuda Government protocols. Travelers must show a negative COVID-19 test no more than 5 days old. Visitors will also have to fill out a travel authorization process online and pay at $75 fee. Travelers will also be tested at the airport and have to quarantine at their accommodation until results are ready – which typically takes 4-8 hours. Visitors will be tested every few days while on the island and will be required to take their temp twice each day and report it online.
Croatia has an enticing mix of pristine beaches and dramatic natural landscape, and ancient and historic monuments, including UNESCO world heritage sites. Croatia has a long history of wine making with an abundance of vineyards. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy including diving, snorkeling, sailing, and visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park. U.S. citizens can once again enter Croatia as of July 10. However, they must present a negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing). Visitors must show proof of reserved accommodations prior to entry and must fill out an entry form online.
French Polynesia, known for its Islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora, offers picture-perfect beaches, lagoons, and grottos, making for a once-in-a-lifetime romantic escape. On July 15th French Polynesia reopened to U.S. visitors. Tourists are required to take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and show the negative results before boarding a flight. Travelers will also be required to have travel insurance and during the stay self-tests will be required four days after arrival.
Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean. It welcomes tourists with tropical beaches, reggae music, friendly locals, and a delightful array of fresh fruit and island delicacies. As of June 15, Jamaica reopened to U.S visitors. Travelers are required to undergo a temperature check and some will need to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival. Each hotel also has a COVID-19 Safety Point Person who will conduct spot checks.
The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, that spans across the equator. Its surrounded by coral reefs, white sand, and turquoise water. Visitors are drawn to the dreamy overwater bungalow resorts. As of August 1, both the inhabited and uninhabited islands reopened to U.S. travelers. Visitors won’t have to pay any additional fees or show negative test results and those who don’t have any symptoms also won’t have to quarantine.
St. Barths is a beautiful French-speaking Caribbean island with stunning ocean views and white-sand beaches. Visitors will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure. They may also be tested (at cost) at the airport upon arrival and wait in quarantine for 24 hours for test results. Other than social distancing and mask wearing, life has somewhat returned to normal for tourists.
The soothing waves and warm beaches entice visitors to this eastern Caribbean island. From ziplining through rainforests, to soaking in the volcanic mud baths, to indulging in authentic island food, Saint Lucia is a luxurious vacation destination. Visitors are once again allowed to travel here. However, they must show certified proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 48 hours of boarding a flight. Businesses on the island have resumed with social distancing measures in place.
The enchanting scenery, rich cultrual heritage, and abundance of natural beauty make Serbia an unforgettable destination. The country lifted all COVID-19-related restrictions on entry for U.S. citizens. There are still country-wide measures including required face masks in all indoor locations, as well as outdoors when required physical distancing is not possible, and bans on public gatherings involving more than 10 people. Establishments with outdoor seating will be allowed to operate from 6am to 11pm.
Turkey is popular for its beautiful scenery and historically rich culture. There is an extensive variety of experiences, attractions, and food! As of June 12, Turkey is now reopened for U.S. visitors. Travelers must have an e-visa. No mandatory testing is required. Tourists are required to wear a face-mask during the inbound flight to Turkey, as well as in the airport. Travelers must also agree to a health screening and temperature check. The wearing of face-mask wearing in Turkey’s public places is also mandatory for many cities including Ankara and Istanbul.
Turks and Caicos
This Caribbean archipelago, located south of the Bahamas, consists of long, sandy beaches, tropical wetlands, and abundant marine life. This is a vacation spot perfect for travelers looking to enjoy sun, sand, luxury resorts, and fine dining. U.S. travelers can fly into Turks and Caicos. However, all travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks, an approved online TCI Assured Travel Authorization is required for every person regardless of age, and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory is required for everyone age 10 and over.
U.S. Virgin Islands
The United States Virgin Islands is an exotic group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea. It is often referred to with the nickname “America’s Paradise”. If you are from a state with over 10% infection rate, you must bring a negative PCR test with you. Visitors coming from a state with an infection rate of between 7.5% and 10% are recommended to bring a negative PCR test. All visitors will have their temperature taken on arrival, as well as a health screening. Any symptomatic travelers will be tested and/or quarantined.