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. Please contact a travel expert to learn about more countries open to U.S. travelers and to help guide you on the latest travel guidelines, safety measures, and local government restrictions due to COVID-19.
Updated January 7, 2021.
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, 2020, four months after the borders were closed. Travelers are required to complete an online immigration (ED) card prior to travel. Travelers must also show a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival and upload to their online ED card. Travelers who do not provide a negative COVID-19 PCR prior to arrival must test upon arrival at the airport and isolate in their hotel until they receive a negative test result. All visitors are required to purchase mandatory COVID-19 health insurance prior to travel.
Belize is known for its gorgeous barrier reef, and is a haven for divers, ecotourists, and wildlife lovers. Travelers can visit the ancient Mayan archaeological sites and the country also possesses the largest cave system in Central America. The international airport is open. However, land borders and seaports remain closed. Visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a flight to Belize. If it has been more than 72 hours, travelers are able to take a rapid test at the airport. The cost is USD $50 per passenger. The Government of Belize also requests that travelers download the Belize Health application on their mobile device and complete required information within 72 hours of the traveler’s flight to Belize. After completing the form in the health app, travelers should screenshot their unique ID and QR code to show the Health Officer upon arrival in Belize. A negative test will fast track arrival processing. However, depending on the health screening results, the traveler may be randomly selected for secondary testing.
Pink-sand beaches, secluded coves, and surreal seascapes make Bermuda a desirable beach getaway. Bermuda is open and welcoming visitors to the island, however, they must comply with Bermuda Government protocols. Travelers must show a negative Covid-19 test, ideally within 72 hours of departure. This applies to adults and children aged 10 and up. All residents and visitors to Bermuda are required to wear a Traveler Wristband for the first 14 days of their stay. The Wristbands will remind travelers to be careful of their movements and follow the first 14 Days guidance in order to minimize COVID spread. Bermuda requires that all travelers apply for a Bermuda Travel Authorization. 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.
Located just north of the equator, Costa Rica means “rich coast”, and contains secluded beaches, exotic wildlife, one of the most active volcanic regions in the world, and lush jungles. Visitors traveling to Costa Rica will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica. All visitors must also complete an online Health Pass 48 hours prior to travel to Costa Rica. A negative COVID-19 test is not required.
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. All tourists will be required to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. Maldives will provide a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival. Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. Islands with confirmed COVID-19 patients have been placed under travel lockdown, with arrivals and departures to those islands prohibited.
Mexico is a vacation destination with abundance of things to see and experience. Its blessed with year-round sunshine, deserted white beaches, cultural sites, tropical rain forests, world-class spas, award-winning cuisine, and much more. The many coastal resorts have fantastic facilities and once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave. Visitors arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screening and/or quarantine. Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to health screen including temperature checks.
St. Barts is a beautiful French-speaking Caribbean island with stunning ocean views and white-sand beaches. Visitors (age 11+) will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. Travelers must also present a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight. For visitors staying on the island for more than seven days, a second test will be required during their stay. Those staying longer than a week will need to pay about $150 for an additional test on their eighth day.
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. U.S. Visitors (age 5+) must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test done within seven days of travel and must complete a pre-arrival registration form. They must also indicate which COVID-19 certified hotel they will be staying in. All passengers will be screened at the airport. Hotel guests traveling from outside the designated travel bubble are required to remain on property for the duration of their stay except to transfer to another COVID-19 certified property to continue their stay, or participate in excursions arranged by the hotel. Guests may not leave the property by vehicle or on foot during their stay. After 14 days, visitors may leave the resort.
Turkey is popular for its beautiful scenery and historically rich culture. There is an extensive variety of experiences, attractions, and food! Beginning December 30, 2020 all international passengers age 6 years and older traveling to Turkey are required to have taken a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours prior to their flight. Passengers must submit their test results to the airline at the time of check-in. Passengers failing to submit a negative PCR test will not be permitted to board the flight to Turkey. This requirement will remain in effect until March 1, 2021.
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. Travelers must carry travel medical insurance to cover any Covid-19-related costs.
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”. All travelers are required to upload a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 5 days of travel. Travelers must also complete the online Travel Screening Portal within five days of travel. All travelers will be required to test on arrival. Once the result is negative, they will be allowed free movement within the territory. On the fourth day after arrival, travelers will be required to take another PCR test, and once this test also returns negative, travelers will be able to move within the Territory, without limitation.