Where Can U.S. Citizens Travel to During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Even as many countries remain off-limits to American visitors because of the high rate of coronavirus within the United States, others have started to welcome, and in some cases woo, U.S. citizens to come spend their tourist dollars. Still, would-be vacationers generally face a host of conditions and a lot of traveler beware.

The U.S. State Department continues its Global Level 4 Health Advisory, which cautions against international travel because of the pandemic. However, it is also posting country-specific information as restrictions loosen.

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Getting there is only part of the equation. Countries have their own Covid-19 mitigation measures that might include curfews or curtailed activities and services; most standard travel insurance policies won’t cover medical or travel expenses related to the coronavirus; and borders can close and flights be canceled with little warning, stranding people in foreign countries. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to avoid contact with others for 14 days after they return from international travel.

Here is a list of countries, in alphabetical order, that as of early July were open to U.S. citizens, or are expected to open soon.

Commercial flights to Barbados resumed on July 12, and JetBlue is tentatively set to return on July 25 with four weekly flights out of New York’s Kennedy Airport, according to a spokeswoman with Barbados Tourism Marketing.

Travelers are expected to have the results of a negative Covid-19 test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival. If not, one will be taken upon landing or at a testing center at a designated hotel, and the person will need to quarantine while awaiting results.

Visitors also undergo a temperature check; need to complete an embarkation/disembarkation card that will ask personal health questions related to Covid-19; and must wear a mask at the airport.

Travelers from high risk settings may be monitored daily for possible symptoms with a follow-up coronavirus test on day seven. If the follow-up test is negative, the monitoring is discontinued. If a second test is not done, the monitoring will continue for 14 days. Travelers from moderate risk countries will be monitored for seven days.

Travelers arriving in Belarus from the United States do not have to self-quarantine. Temperature screening will be done at Minsk National Airport. Different travel requirements may be in place for countries that travelers transit en route from the United States.

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus advises: “Due to border closures and flight cancellations, options for departing Belarus are increasingly limited. Those wishing to depart Belarus should immediately take advantage of remaining flights.”

The rules are in effect until July 31, though they may be extended.

There are no requirements for a Covid-19 test or self-isolation for North Macedonia, which has been going by that name only since last year (it was previously just Macedonia). Masks are required in closed public spaces.

When departing, travelers must arrive at the airport at least three hours before flight time. Those with symptoms of Covid-19, such as a fever of 99.1 or higher and coughing, may not be permitted to enter the airport and board their flights.

Puerto Rico has postponed its reopening to tourists from outside the territory.

When planning a future trip, travelers must have evidence of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and complete an online travel declaration form. If the test result is pending, they must quarantine until it is available. If the result comes back positive, or if it doesn’t arrive, the person must quarantine for 14 days. Those arriving without a test must have one done on the island at their own expense, and must quarantine while awaiting the result. Anyone not taking a test must quarantine for 14 days.

While Dubai is open, those wanting to enter Abu Dhabi must show proof of a test conducted in the previous 48 hours, or schedule an appointment for a blood test.

Fines for violators can range from $250 to more than $27,000.



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