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 October 26, 2020.
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. All U.S. visitors age 15 and older 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. All visitors must purchase the Aruba Travel Insurance within 72 hours prior to departure; they can use their existing medical insurance to supplement the Aruba policy, but it cannot replace the Aruba Travel Insurance.
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. On October 1, 2020 the Belize government re-opened the airports and land borders with mandatory COVID-19 testing and health screening. Visitors will have the option of providing negative test results 72 hours ahead of departure or will be tested upon arrival. Visitors will also need to book with a hotel that complies with the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program, in which the approved hotels have implemented health and safety standards. Both guests and employees will have to undergo daily health checks and the hotels have set aside “isolation/quarantine rooms” for anyone who may have contracted the virus. Visitors will need to have downloaded the Belize Health App at least three days before boarding a fight, which can be used for contact tracing and reporting health symptoms.
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, ideally within 72 hours of departure, but no more than 7 days old. This applies to adults and children aged 10 and up. Children who are 9-years-old and younger are exempt and are subject to their adult travel companion’s quarantine. 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 accommodations until results are ready – which can take 24 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.
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. As of October 26, 2020 all local and foreign visitors who enter Costa Rica by air will not be required to present a COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result. Coloradans can currently travel to Costa Rica, and on Nov. 1 it will reopen its air borders to all international visitors, as long as they meet the visa requirements and the requirements established within the framework of the pandemic. Both national and international travelers must follow all of the protocols established by the Costa Rican authorities when landing on Costa Rican soil.
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 enter Croatia as of July 10. However, they must present a negative polymerise chain reation (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. Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country in public transportation, medical facilities, shops, malls, salons, and businesses where face-to-face contact is required
Rolling green hills, dramatic coastlines, warm celtic culture, and historic sites - Ireland's charm offers travelers so much to explore. The country is open to U.S. travelers with restrictions in place. A COVID-19 test is not required to enter the country. Visitors arriving in Ireland are however required, with limited exceptions, to restrict their movements and fill in a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where they will self-isolate for 14 days. Several counties in Ireland are currently under level 3 restrictions. For more details on this, speak to a travel expert.
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. Effective September 10, 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. Passengers and aircrew members 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 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. Children 10 and under are exempt. On the island you can expect social distancing and mask-wearing. 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 are once again allowed to travel here. However, they 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. Symptomatic passengers will be tested and then quarantined at their hotel until the result is received. If positive, they will be in isolation at one of two hospitals. Mask wearing and physical distancing is mandatory in public spaces.
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. Passengers arriving in Turkey will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be transported to a hospital for examination. Face masks must be worn in public at all times in all 81 provinces of Turkey.
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”. Following a 30-day closure in mid-August due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, U.S. Virgin Islands is open to U.S. visitors again as of Sept. 19. All travelers are required to upload a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 5 days of travel. Arrivals who cannot produce the required test result will be subject to a 14-day quarantine or until they test positive. Travelers must also complete the online Travel Screening Portal within five days of travel.