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Find out which countries are welcoming US tourists back

Forrest Brown and Brekke Fletcher, CNNUpdated 18th November 2020
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Editor's Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on November 18. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC's latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first.
(CNN) — Once one of the world's most powerful travel documents, the might of the US passport has shriveled during the Covid-19 pandemic. With US coronavirus cases over the 11.4 million mark and climbing rapidly, many nations continue to view America with trepidation.
The European Union has omitted the United States from its list of countries whose tourists may visit. Americans still can't vacation in their neighbor to the north, Canada, nor head to many Asian favorites such as Japan.
While most US travelers are staying close to home, some still want to go abroad. For those people, there are still popular vacation options such as Mexico, Ireland and South Korea.
Whether travel to open international destinations is responsible or advisable is up to you. Remember that rules can change at any time. Rules' violations might involve stiff fines or even jail time. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US State Department provide Covid-19 risk assessments by country.
What follows is a list of countries, in alphabetical order, where it's still possible for US passport holders to go for a vacation:

Albania

UPDATE: Set on the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, Albania is open. However, key airlines have canceled or curtailed flights into December. The US Embassy website states that while there's no Covid-19 test requirements or quarantine, you can expect a health screening.

Anguilla

This British territory in the Caribbean is accepting international visitors. You must be pre-approved; click here to start the process and read up on extensive Covid-19 testing requirements. The United States is considered a high-risk nation by most places, so Americans might be far down the list.

Antigua and Barbuda

Turners Beach is found on Antigua's southwest coast.
Turners Beach is found on Antigua's southwest coast.
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US travelers 12 and older to Antigua and Barbuda "arriving by air must present a negative Covid-19-RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven days of their flight," according to the country's tourism website.
Visitors are subject to monitoring by health officials for 14 days and another Covid-19 test may be required, which could mean quarantining while waiting for the result. Masks are required in public spaces.

Aruba

Scroll down to the "Dutch Caribbean" entry below for information on Aruba and other islands in this group.

The Bahamas

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Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the United States -- just 50 miles off the Florida coast.
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UPDATE: Visitors to these sun-kissed islands must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result no more than five days old before arrival. Once you have the negative result, you can apply for Bahamas Travel Health Visa here, where you must opt in for Covid-19 health insurance. Get updates on the islands' travel website.

Bangladesh

US citizens may travel to this culturally rich South Asian nation. The US Embassy in Bangladesh says you must have a medical certificate with English translation stating you're negative for Covid-19, with the test taken within 72 hours of travel. You must also "home quarantine" for 14 days even with a negative test.

Barbados

US citizens must complete an online form and submit it 24 hours before travel, the US Embassy reports. You must present a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival. As the US is designated a high-risk country, you must still quarantine at an approved hotel or resort until you get a second test and negative result. Find out more at the Visit Barbados website.

Belize

Belize, known for its jungle wildlife and diving, is allowing international visitors, including US citizens. To enter, you must download the Belize Health App and have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within three days of arrival. Or you can be tested upon arrival at a cost of $50.

Bermuda

Bermuda requires each inbound passenger 10 and older to apply for travel authorization at the cost of $75 per adult and $30 for flight crew and children 9 and younger. Upon arrival, passengers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than seven days before departure. More tests are required on days 4, 8 and 14 of your visit. Be sure you read the extensive requirements.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Old Bridge in Mostar is one of the most iconic places in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Old Bridge in Mostar is one of the most iconic places in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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NEW: The US Embassy in Bosnia says US citizens may enter with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that's less than 48 hours old.

Brazil

While Brazil maintains a "Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) due to Covid-19" by the US State Department, its borders are open to US visitors. Neither a negative Covid-19 test result nor a quarantine is required.

Cambodia

If you have $2,000 and want a Cambodian adventure, it's a real option. Rules are stringent. You must possess a negative Covid-19 test result taken with 72 hours of arrival. You must also take two more Covid-19 tests -- on arrival and day 13 of a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Colombia

Medellin is celebrated for its lovely setting and springlike weather yearround.
Medellin is celebrated for its lovely setting and springlike weather yearround.
All arriving passengers to Colombia should have a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before departing. No quarantine required. Find out additional details here.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is allowing residents from all US states access. Visitors must also complete a "health pass" form showing negative on Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 48 hours of travel. You must have proof of travel medical insurance, which you can get in Costa Rica.

Croatia

Croatia has a stunning coastline, and it allows US visitors who have a negative Covid-19 PCR test not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing) to enter the country.

Dominica

This eastern Caribbean island reopened to international tourism in early August. All travelers to Dominica must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, recorded between 24 and 72 hours before arrival, and complete an electronic Immigration and Customs form via Dominica's online portal 24 hours before traveling. US travelers should expect further testing and screening as it's deemed a high-risk country.

Dominican Republic

People traveling to the Dominican Republic no longer have to show a negative PCR Covid-19 test result on arrival. DR authorities will give breath tests to no more than 10% of random passengers plus anyone showing symptoms. You must also fill out a health affidavit.

Dubai

Visitors to Dubai must have medical travel insurance to cover any Covid-19 treatment and present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 96 hours of arrival. You must complete a "health declaration form" before departing to confirm you don't have coronavirus symptoms. "Tourists are required to register all their details in the Covid-19 DXB app on arrival," according to the Visit Dubai website.

Dutch Caribbean islands

Find out the important details on these various Dutch islands in the Caribbean by clicking on the links:
-- Aruba (update): All US visitors 15 and older must fill out a health assessment and have a negative Covid-19 test result. Aruba has eliminated its list of US states that require extra testing. Check the Aruba tourism site for all the specific health requirements.
-- Bonaire: It's possible for US citizens to visit here. You must transit through Curaçao (see below) and comply with a host of testing and quarantine protocols. Find out the details on Bonaire's tourism website.
-- Curaçao: The island of Curaçao is reopening to US citizens, but only if you're a resident of Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey or New York. Other US citizens must get additional approval. All visitors must present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of traveling. You must fill out a digital immigration card at dicardcuracao.com.
-- Saba: This unspoiled island has extensive entry requirements for US citizens, including getting government permission, negative Covid1-19 PCR test result and two weeks of quarantine. Check the the details here.

Ecuador

Photographers get to film the wildlife of the Galapagos within inches of their cameras.
Ecuador requires US travelers to present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 10 days of arrival to avoid quarantine. Testing is available for those who don't have a negative result. You must quarantine at an approved facility while waiting for results.
The Galapagos islands' require visitors to take another Covid-19 PCR test and present negative results within 96 hours of arrival in Ecuador.

Egypt

All international travelers to Egypt need to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival. Travelers must present paper copies; digital copies aren't accepted. Children 5 and younger are exempt. Luxor and Aswan governorates are open to international visitors, including temples, archaeological sites and museums.

Ethiopia

Known for its surreal landscapes and ancient culture, Ethiopia requires arriving US citizens to have a medical certificate with a negative Covid-19 RT PCR test before boarding their flight that's no more than 120 hours old. In addition, Ethiopia requires a 14-day quarantine.

French Polynesia

UPDATE: US travelers are welcome to the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora. French Polynesia requires a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure, to be presented before boarding. Passengers must complete a "health commitment form" as well.

Ghana

A West African cultural jewel, Ghana is open to US travelers. You must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that's 72 hours old or less. Arriving passengers then must take a second test that costs $150. There's also a temperature screening.

Grenada

This Caribbean island is welcoming US visitors, but they must do the following: Present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within seven days of travel. Have a minimum four-day reservation at an approved hotel for quarantine. Take a second test to be allowed to move about or remain at the hotel for the rest of the vacation. Read more about Grenada's requirements here.

Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Antigua, Guatemala, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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UPDATE: All people 10 and older entering Guatemala by air and land must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken 72 hours or less upon arrival. No quarantine. However, you should check on damage from Hurricane Iota in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and elsewhere in Central America.

Honduras

Travel to Honduras is permitted with a negative Covid-19 PCR and/or serology test. There may also be a quarantine requirement for passengers who have symptoms.

Ireland

US travelers were never banned from visiting Ireland, but you must finish a 14-day quarantine upon arrival and fill out a "passenger locator form."

Jamaica

Through at least November 30, Jamaica requires completion of an online "travel authorization" and the possibility of being tested upon arrival. All passengers arriving from the US 12 or older are required to upload negative Covid-19 test results to receive travel authorization. The test date must be less than 10 days of arrival. Read the website's requirements carefully as it has explicit instructions about taking tests and where you can go.

Kenya

Three giraffes graze with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Kenya is open to US travelers who have proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
Three giraffes graze with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Kenya is open to US travelers who have proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
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Loved for safaris, Kenya is open to US travelers with a negative Covid-19 test result taken 96 hours or less upon arrival and who pass a strict health screening. No quarantine.

The Maldives

UPDATE: The Maldives has reopened to all international tourists. All arriving tourists must present a negative result for a PCR Covid-19 test taken within 96 hours of arrival. There is no mandatory quarantine. See the Maldives' official tourism website for details.

Malta

Travelers wishing to sidestep the EU travel ban and who are willing to quarantine can visit Malta. Passengers who transit via a "safe corridor country" that allows US visitors may enter Malta after they've been in that country for 14 days. For example, US travelers can stay 14 days in Ireland or Croatia and then be eligible to enter Malta. All passengers must fill out Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator forms before departure.

Mexico

San Ildefonso Cathedral in Mérida, Mexico, is one of the oldest churches in Latin America
San Ildefonso Cathedral in Mérida, Mexico, is one of the oldest churches in Latin America
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Though the land border between the United States and Mexico remains closed through at November 21, US travelers can still fly to Mexico. No testing requirements are in place, but the State Department lists numerous states to avoid because of crime. You can expect temperature checks and other screenings upon arrival.

Montenegro

Montenegro welcomes Americans with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result or a positive coronavirus antibody test result, neither older than 72 hours. Travelers 5 and younger than do not have to show test results. No quarantine with a negative result. According to the US Embassy in Montenegro, "Travelers must not have stopped, nor transited through, countries that are not permitted to enter Montenegro within the previous 15 days."

Morocco

This North Africa favorite is open to specific US travelers only. You must have reservations with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency or be invited by a Moroccan company, the US Embassy in Morocco says. A printed, negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours and a serological test (can be outside 48 hours) are required. Expect a health screening, though no mandatory quarantines are in place. Limited flights available.

Namibia

US citizens can visit the desert nation of Namibia, which requires a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that's 72 hours old or less. You can enter the country with a negative test result that's between four and seven days old, but you must quarantine for seven days in that case.

Nicaragua

UPDATE: Home to volcanoes and beaches, Nicaragua is open. You must have a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR or serology test. No time frame is provided for how old it must be. Before you go, you'll want to check about damage from Hurricane Iota.

North Macedonia

North Macedonia is open for tourists. No tests or quarantines are required, but airports conduct thermal screenings for all passengers.

Panama

Visitors will soon be able to visit Panama City along with the country's wildlife areas.
Visitors will soon be able to visit Panama City along with the country's wildlife areas.
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A Covid-19 PCR or antigen test with a negative result, taken 48 hours or less before arrival time, is required to visit Panama. If the test results are older than 48 hours, you must take a rapid Covid-19 test at the airport. Read the government's detailed requirements here.

Peru

Travelers from the United States may enter Peru for tourism with a negative Covid-19 test result less than 72 hours old. Note that the country has a "Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) due to Covid-19" by the US State Department. Peru reopened Machu Picchu on November 1.

Rwanda

UPDATE: All international visitors to Rwanda must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 120 hours of departure to Rwanda. They also must take a second test upon arrival, shelter in a hotel and receive their results within a day. The national parks are open, including primate tracking. To enter a park, you must have a negative test result less than 72 hours old.

Senegal

Senegal is known for it music, but beaches such as Saly are a draw as well.
Senegal is known for it music, but beaches such as Saly are a draw as well.
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Culturally rich Senegal is allowing US tourists to visit. To enter, all people 3 and older must present an original Covid-19 PCR test certificate with a negative result that was taken five days or less upon arrival. There's no quarantine.

Serbia

You must fill out a self-assessment before entering Serbia. One notable exception: If entering Serbia from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria or Romania, US citizens need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within the previous 48 hours.

South Korea

UPDATE: US travelers can visit South Korea, but you must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Generally, US citizens traveling there on the 90-day visa-waiver program do not need a Covid-19 test before arrival but will be tested after they arrive.

St. Barts

The island of St. Barts reopened to international travelers in late June. Visitors are required to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those staying longer than a week will need to pay about $150 for an additional test on their eighth day. Find out more here.

St. Kitts and Nevis

UPDATE: This Caribbean island federation reopened on October 31. You must fill out a Travel Authorization Form before arrival and upload a negative Covid-19 PCR-test result taken 72 hours or less before you start your trip. Travelers staying seven nights or less must have a second PCR test 72 hours before leaving on hotel property.

St. Lucia

Pigeon Beach in Saint Lucia as seen from Fort Rodney
Pigeon Beach in St. Lucia awaits if you meet the requirements.
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US citizens traveling to St. Lucia must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within seven days of arrival. Visitors must also complete a travel registration form and arrive with a printed copy. You must have confirmed reservations at a Covid-certified property for the duration of the trip.

St. Maarten

UPDATE: St. Maarten has reopened to US travelers, who must present a negative result from a PCR test for Covid-19. It must be 120 hours old or less. Be sure to read the website for explicit instructions.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

US travelers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken five days or less upon arrival. You'll need to quarantine in an approved hotel for five days and get a second Covid-19 test.

Tanzania

A favorite for safaris, Tanzania is open to tourists. Incoming passengers are required to fill out a health surveillance form and have a health screening. You might also have to take a Covid-19 test.

Turkey

There no restrictions for US citizens traveling to Turkey, although passengers must complete an information form and prepare to be checked for coronavirus symptoms. You will be asked to take a Covid-19 test if you show symptoms.

Turks and Caicos

Visitors to the Turks and Caicos must fill out a travel authorization form and provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken within five days of arrival. Children 9 and younger are exempt. Travelers must complete an online health questionnaire and carry travel medical insurance to cover any Covid-19-related costs.

United Kingdom

UPDATE: US travelers may travel to the United Kingdom, but there's a mandatory, 14-day quarantine. Note that England is in a second lockdown, which would likely affect the typical tourist's agenda. Click here for details about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Zambia

Known for Victoria Falls and its wildlife, Zambia is allowing all international travelers to enter. You'll need a negative Covid-19 test result taken at least 14 days before arrival. There's also a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Recently removed from the list

The following countries had been allowing US citizens to enter but are closed again or removed by CNN Travel for other reasons: Belarus (because of mass protests) | Haiti (CNN can't confirm important details on quarantining)

Omitted countries

CNN Travel has omitted certain open countries from this list if they had very limited numbers of US travelers who visited before the pandemic; have ongoing armed conflicts, terrorism or rampant crime and unrest; or have entry requirements so extensive and complicated that they put the country out of reach of almost all US citizens. However, you can click here to check for the status and entry requirements, if any, of any country in the world.