Countries Americans Can Visit Right Now (Updated September 2020)

Countries Americans Can Visit Right Now

What are the countries Americans can visit in the time of COVID-19? Unfortunately, not many, and even fewer depending on how much hassle you’re willing to put up with.

As of September 2020, there are currently 38 countries Americans  can visit without a 2-week quarantine. Keep in mind that many of those have some very strict guidelines and precautions in place, so may not be feasible for the average traveler. Some of these countries have had extremely low levels of infection, and they want to keep it that way, understandably so. 

All of the information in this article has come from a variety of sources, including the US Department of State website

Why Are So Many Countries Barring Americans From Visiting?

Without getting too political, we as Americans have found it more difficult to follow basic safety measures than other countries. Obviously no country is perfect, but through the eyes of the rest of the world, the US has more risk for infection of COVID-19. This is why there’s such a short list of countries Americans can visit.

For example, many places might require a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within 3 days of arriving in a country. Being that some PCR tests may take up to a week to give back results, this can be problematic.

SHOULD You Travel Right Now?

The general recommendation is no, unless absolutely necessary.  

Having said that, a true traveler can’t stay indoors forever. While things may have gotten worse in the US in recent months, things are also getting better around the world. Just as Italy was a hot spot back in March but is now much safer, the US will return to previous levels soon. 

If you’re going to travel, PLEASE wear a mask, PLEASE use hand sanitizer frequently, and PLEASE comply with any and all safety precautions enacted by your airline and/or destination. If you follow the guidelines, not only will your experience be much more safe and fun, but the sooner we’ll all get out of this pandemic. 

Without further ado, read on for all the Countries Americans Can Visit! 

Countries Americans Can Visit With NO Restrictions

The following is a list of countries you can legally travel to as of August 2020 with NO restrictions! However, I’m also including some things to be aware of in each country, before you scramble for plane tickets. 

Belarus

Belarus is one of the lesser-visited European countries, but has plenty of history and culture to offer. 

Brazil

While Brazil has no restrictions of any kind upon entry, you are required to have travel insurance covering you for the duration of your stay.

Brazil has also long been a problematic country due to high crime levels, especially in the cities, so please be aware of that.  

Egypt

Egypt recently opened to American tourists in July. Just be sure to have travel insurance. 

Mexico

Mexico is unique in being one of the only countries that never actually closed its borders to Americans. 

Mexico has been called one of the most dangerous countries in the world. However, from my own personal experiences, I can tell that it’s very possible to avoid dangerous areas. There are very many wonderful places in Mexico that are more than worth visiting and are safe. 

North Macedonia

North Macedonia–or as we like to call it, “Macedonia”–may not have the cultural clout of southern neighbor Greece, but it’s a cool destination in and of itself. 

Serbia

Yet another European country that flies under most peoples’ radar, Serbia has a lot to offer, especially on a budget.

St. Maarten

A Caribbean island paradise.

Turkey

While the capital megacity of Istanbul and cultural mecca Antalya are pretty safe, places closer to the Syrian border are absolute no-gos. There’s a lot of terrorist activity in that region.

Countries Americans Can Visit WITH Restrictions

The following countries are open to American travelers, but you’re going to have to either take a PCR test at the airport upon arrival, or present a negative PCR test, among other obstacles. 

Albania

RESTRICTIONS: Temperature check required at airport upon arrival.

Antigua & Barbuda

RESTRICTIONS: You are required to pay for a $100 PCR test upon arrival at the airport.

Armenia

RESTRICTIONS: 14-day quarantine which you can avoid if you order a mobile PCR test! Pretty sweet. 

Aruba

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours, and an online health declaration.

Bahamas

RESTRICTIONS: PCR testing and a 14-day quarantine. 

OTHER NOTES: Between the stringent safety measures and the growing level of crime in The Bahamas, this is a questionable vacation choice at this time. 

Barbados

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours.

Bermuda

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours and another test at the airport upon arrival. 

Costa Rica

The thing about Costa Rica is you can travel there, *IF* you live in one of the following 12 states: Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. You must provide government-issued ID from one of those states to travel there.

You are also required to take a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and you are required to have traveler’s insurance. 

Croatia

RESTRICTIONS: This one may change. Some websites are reporting a mandatory PCR test. Americans do need to fill out an online form and also show proof of accommodation.

Dominica

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours and another test at the airport upon arrival. 

Dominican Republic

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test prior to arrival.

OTHER NOTES: The Dominican Republic has reports of over-capacity hospitals, meaning that if you do contract COVID-19 there, you’re going to have some problems. Crime is elevated and tourist scams are extremely prevalent, especially around the resorts.

Dubai, UAE

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken in the past 96 hours. You are also required to download the contact tracing app, and you must have travel insurance.

OTHER NOTES: Please note that you can ONLY travel to Dubai at this time. The rest of the United Arab Emirates are prohibiting American tourists. As you can see, entry requirements are pretty stringent.

Ecuador

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken within the past 10 days. If not, 14-day quarantine.  

French Polynesia

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test and another test at the airport upon arrival.

Grenada

RESTRICTIONS: 2 PCR tests, downloading a contact tracing app, and a health declaration form. 

OTHER NOTES: In case I didn’t spell it out well enough, the entry process is pretty difficult.

Haiti

RESTRICTIONS: Temperature check and health declaration. However, some sources also mandate a 14-day quarantine, so please verify before you book your flight. 

OTHER NOTES: Haiti has never been a particularly carefree place to visit. While things may be a little better than in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, the crime rate is still VERY high. This site even went so far as to say that many travelers have reported that there are no safe areas in the country. 

Honduras

RESTRICTIONS: You must have a negative PCR test from the past 72 hours. 

OTHER NOTES: Honduras, while having one of the highest levels of violent crime in the world, also is a hot spot for COVID-19. Please take precautions. 

Jamaica

RESTRICTIONS: PCR test at the airport upon arrival and mandatory travel authorization card.

OTHER NOTES: Be aware of high levels of crime.

Kenya

RESTRICTIONS: All you need is a negative PCR test from the past 96 hours. 

Maldives

RESTRICTIONS: Temperature check required at airport upon arrival.

Montenegro

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken in the past 72 hours.

Namibia

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test within past 72 hours. 

Puerto Rico

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test.

Rwanda

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours and another test at the airport upon arrival.

St. Barths

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test.

St. Lucia

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken in the past 7 days.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

RESTRICTIONS: PCR test at the airport upon arrival.

Tanzania

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test taken within the past 72 hours.

Turks & Caicos

RESTRICTIONS: Negative PCR test.

Ukraine

RESTRICTIONS: You have two options:

1. Take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival, quarantine 12-48 hours, download contact tracing app, and have travel insurance.

2. Negative PCR test taken within past 48 hours.

Conclusion

I said it before and I’ll say it again: IF you’re going to travel internationally, please, for the love of god, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and comply with all safety protocols. I always say “Safe travels out there” and I mean it now more than ever. 

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3 Responses

  1. Intellichick1 says:

    Great info, very well organized to make it easier to know where to begin, if the travel bug hits.

  2. Good list. It’s a bit like the UK making people quarantine for 14 days, don’t think there’s many places left to go where you don’t have to quarantine!

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