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These countries still welcome Americans despite pandemic.

Please note that The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
advises against all nonessential international travel at this time.

WORLDWIDE – The United States is now the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, but a handful of countries are still on the table for American travelers.

As COVID-19 cases surpassed the four-million-mark in the US, nations that previously vied for American tourist dollars have closed their borders to us. Even as some countries loosen restrictions and begin rebuilding tourism, the United States remains on the No Fly list in most of the world. Our money simply isn’t worth the risk we pose.

But there are options. Although the question of whether travel is necessary or advisable is one igniting substantial debate across the internet, the fact remains that some travel plans cannot be deterred by a global crisis. Whether you feel a growing urge to flee the country or you survived seven months of 2020 and damn-well deserve a vacation, there are a handful of destinations that remain open to American tourists.

Of the few countries that currently allow travel from the United States, even fewer do so without restrictions. For the most part, the ‘free travel’ destinations are places that rely on American tourism to thrive, where the risk is worth the reward. Restricted travel offers more options, but each country has its own set of rules, some of which are so complicated that a travel agent will feel more like an angel as you plan your travel itinerary.

It’s also worth noting that these destinations and their restrictions have changed repeatedly over the last few weeks. As the pandemic evolves, so do the rules, so travel insurance is highly recommended during this time, as flights can and have been cancelled at the last possible moment since the crisis began. It is advisable to contact the airline, as well as the US Embassy in your destination country throughout the planning process.

Open to US citizensOpen with restrictionsto US citizens
AlbaniaAntigua and Barbuda
Negative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
Dominican Republic
Negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours for travelers from 24 US states
Negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
Declaration of no Covid-19 symptoms 72 hours
Negative Covid-19 test result within 5 days + $75
North MacedoniaCambodia
Negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours + $3,000 Covid-19 deposit
Negative Covid-19 test not older than 48 hours presented on arrival
Opens August 7, Negative Covid-19 test not older than 72 hours presented on arrival
Mandatory 14 day quarantine and negative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
Negative Covid-19 test result within 48 hours
French Polynesia
Negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
Self-isolate for 14 days
Travelers from New York, Florida, Arizona and Texas must have negative test result within 10 days
Arrival by private jet or charter only until August 1, then commercial flights will resume
St. Barts
Negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
St. Lucia
Negative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
St. Maarten
(Opens August 1 — though subject to change)
St. Vincent and Grenadines
Covid-19 test on arrival with mandatory 24 hour quarantine while awaiting results
Covid-19 tests on arrival are possible
Turks and Caicos
(Opens July 22 with restrictions)
Download app, test upon arrival, 24 hours self isolation
United Arab Emirates
Only Dubai is open, all other Emirates are closed
United Kingdom
Self-isolate for 14 days
Note: Information subject to change. Source: Government embassies and tourism boards via CNN News.

Aleigh Farris

Aleigh Farris is a writer, performer, and small business owner from Tupelo, Mississippi. You can hear her work on the upcoming podcasts Radio Analekta and Once Shattered.

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