Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?
Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?
May 26, 2021 · 5 min read

Last updated: 31.08.2021

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Things have changed a lot in the last month. Just up until recently, traveling in or out of the US was almost impossible. However, things are slowly changing. Passport holders in the United States currently have more foreign travel options than they did before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the pandemic began, the number of cases in the United States has surpassed 33.2 million, although the pace has recently slowed. The United States ranks first among countries with populations of more than 100 million people in terms of vaccination rates.

Traveling to Europe from the US

Some of the current highlights include:

On Wednesday, May 19, the European Union announced that it will open its borders to completely vaccinated vacationers from countries with low Covid-19 infection rates. US people who have been vaccinated will have to wait to see if this move opens up travel to the country this summer.

On May 14, entry restrictions to Greece were officially relaxed, allowing vaccinated travelers and those with a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to enter.

In April, Iceland, a member of the European Economic Area, opened its borders to vaccinated visitors.

In Croatia, vaccinated travelers are also welcome, as are those who show a negative PCR test or evidence of recovery from a Covid-19 test within the last 180 days and at least 11 days before their arrival.

And there is more!

Cyprus reopened to vaccinated tourists from 65 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

What are some of the best countries to travel to right now? 

We highlighted some of the best EU countries to travel to now above. Here, you can see our favorite picks for travel from the US right now, presented with their current restrictions and rules. The highlights are:

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The Bahamas 

The Bahamas, a renowned tourist destination among Americans, are now welcoming American visitors to their beautiful islands. However, there is a bit of work that one has to do to enter the county – travelers must fill out a Travel Health Visa application and submit a COVID-19 examination that was negative no more than five days prior to arrival. Visitors must also purchase health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay (the cost of which is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee). On the fifth day, anyone staying on the island for more than five days must take a rapid antigen test. Fines would also be imposed on those who travel across the Bahamas without wearing face masks.

Barbados

Travelers (over the age of 5) will be able to visit this Caribbean paradise if they complete an online travel form at least 24 hours before their flight and have a negative coronavirus test result within 72 hours of their arrival. Even if the test is negative, travelers must quarantine for a minimum of five days in a licensed hotel or villa before taking another test to be released. Fully vaccinated travelers will also need to take a test to have a negative outcome before leaving, but they will be able to move around the island after getting a second negative result from their test upon arrival. It is not the best because of the 5 day quarantine, but if you have a lot of time on your hands it is worth it to visit the beautiful paradise.

Costa Rica

All U.S. people are welcome to visit this Central American country, which is known for its lush landscape and pristine beaches.  Costa Rica no longer needs tourists to request a COVID-19 test that was negative less than 72 hours prior to their arrival. Visitors must, however, buy or display evidence of medical insurance to cover any potential coronavirus-related expenses, as well as fill out health pass forms, according to the website of the US Embassy in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government also has the authority to limit the length of time visitors can stay in the country. Easy to travel to and definitely worth it!

Egypt

If you’re traveling to Egypt from the United States, you’ll need to provide physical evidence of a negative COVID-19 examination taken no more than 72 hours before your arrival (though because of the long flight time from the U.S., a document no more than 96 hours old will suffice). Although no quarantine is needed for American visitors, there may be some restrictions on travel within the country. You must be careful to check out the actual rules before going. On the embassy’s website, you can learn more about unique interstate travel restrictions.

South Korea

A bit different than the other destinations – South Korea can be incredibly interesting to visit. We were surprised to find out that one can actually visit South Korea right now. A negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure is needed for US visitors to South Korea. Even with a negative test or complete vaccination, US travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. You must also agree to health screenings and download a regular report self-diagnosis app and make sure to fill out the app daily.

International Travel – should you go?

Even though countries are opening up, there are still a lot of risks involved with traveling from the US (or from anywhere else, really). Therefore, you must determine whether or not traveling to foreign destinations is a good idea. The dangers to one’s wellbeing are apparent. The virus has evolved into different strains and most nations have the ability to alter their laws, rules and restrictions at any time. You may be required to follow strict curfews and wear a mask in places where you really would not want to wear one on your holiday. Violations can result in hefty fines and even prison time so you must be very careful with your choices.

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Overview last updated on 31.08.2021