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Border Report: Which Countries Are Open for Americans to Travel?
Updated July 22, 2021
As Covid-19 case numbers fluctuate, border policies around the world seem to change almost daily. Health and safety precautions are vital to the success of travel and tourism around the globe, yet it’s difficult to keep up with constant changes to government regulations. Here at Journeys, we are keeping our eyes peeled and our inboxes open to provide you with updated information regarding current travel restrictions. Note that this page pertains only to regulations regarding whether other countries will allow American tourist arrivals, and does not include any information on safety guidance from any source.
Countries with Verified Plans to Open Borders:
Benin – International airports are open, with mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival at traveler’s expense (~$165); travelers must self-isolate for approx. 48 hours until the results are received. In the instance of a positive COVID-19 test, the traveler will undergo a government-mandated 14-day quarantine. All travelers will be tested again after 15 days. Land borders are closed to tourists.
Botswana – airports are open. Travelers must provide a health certificate showing negative PCR test results obtained within 72 hours of arrival. Must stay in contact with local authorities for 14 days and submit to a screening of symptoms on arrival.
Ethiopia – Land borders are closed but international airports are open. Arriving passengers must undergo COVID screening and have a negative PCR Covid test taken within 5 days of departure.
Ghana – International airports reopened on September 1, 2020. Travelers must bring negative PCR COVID-19 test results obtained within 72 hours of arrival in Ghana, and must also undergo an additional rapid test at the traveler’s own expense upon arrival. If the rapid test yields a positive result, travelers will be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and to determine a further plan of action. Departing travelers will undergo temperature screening.
Kenya – International airports are open for visitors. Arriving passengers must undergo COVID screening and bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 96 hours of their arrival in Kenya. Any travelers displaying symptoms of COVID during their health screening, or anyone seated on the airplane within two rows of symptomatic passengers, may be subject to quarantine. Some movement between regions of the country is restricted. Incoming travelers are required to have a QR code for a completed Travelers Health Surveillance Form which you can access from: https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/
Morocco – Airports are open. Travelers require either a vaccine certificate or a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued within 48 hours of arrival.
Namibia – The international airport is open. Travelers must show negative PCR COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of departure for Namibia and must complete a health questionnaire before departure. Additional testing may be required throughout the stay in Namibia.
Rwanda – Airports are open for tourist arrivals. Travelers must submit negative PCR COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of departure for Rwanda but before departing their home country. If a traveler arrives without a previous test result, two tests will be administered on arrival, 48 hours apart, and travelers may not leave their hotel rooms during this time. Positive test results will require quarantine in government-approved facilities. Additional testing will be required before visiting tourist sites, tracking gorillas, and departing the country. Local guides will have to file a travel plan with the government.
South Africa – Airports are open. Travelers must provide a health certificate showing negative PCR test results obtained within 72 hours of arrival. Complete a health screening on arrival and download the Covid tracing app on your phones before arrival.
Tanzania – Airports, and borders are open; mandatory Health Surveillance Form completed within 24 hours before arrival. All travelers are required to present a negative PCR test in English, not older than 72 hours prior to arrival in Tanzania. A COVID-19 enhanced screening upon arrival including a rapid test on arrival. The test costs $25 payable on arrival.
Togo – Arriving passengers must present negative PCR test results obtained within 5 days of travel. An additional test will be administered upon arrival, and travelers must quarantine in their hotel until negative results arrive. Travelers must also download a contact tracing app.
Tunisia – Travelers must bring documentation of a negative PCR Covid-19 test administered with 72 hours of arrival. Download of a tracing app, pre-approved government approval and hotel bookings approved for safe travel must be booked in advance.
Uganda – The Entebbe International Airport is open. Travelers must provide documentation of negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours of arrival. Vistors from the U.S. will also need to have a PCR Covid-19 test done on arrival at your own expense, approx $65. Visitors are expected to travel under the care of tour operators and to remain separate from local people.
Zimbabwe – Borders are now open. Arriving passengers must present negative PCR test results obtained within 48 hours of travel. Victoria Falls area has reached herd immunity.
Antigua & Barbuda – The international airport is open for tourist arrivals. Passengers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days prior to departing on their trip. Testing may also be required at the airport or the traveler’s hotel. Additional monitoring may occur during the first 14 days of a traveler’s stay in the country. Face masks are required in public.
Aruba – Open to visitors from the US, travelers from some states must submit negative COVID-19 test results prior to departure from home; others may elect a rapid test on arrival. Official Aruba Travel Insurance is mandatory regardless of other insurance coverage. Masks are required in public.
Bahamas – Travelers are once again allowed to come to the Bahamas, but all arriving visitors must quarantine in a government facility for their first 14 days in the country.
Belize – International airports are now open for U.S. Citizens. You must arrive with proof of complete course of vaccination completed more than two weeks before travel OR negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours before departure of the flight.
Brazil – International airports are open. Visitors are required to hold health insurance that will cover them while traveling in Brazil, and to present negative COVID-19 results obtained within 72 hours of departure.
Colombia – International airports are now open for U.S. Citizens. Flights are operating from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Dallas. A negative test or vaccine certificate is not required. Download the app “CoronApp-Colombia” to register and fill in the online immigration form before arrival.
Costa Rica – Residents of the U.S. will be admitted with a vaccine certificate. A negative PCR COVID-19 test is not required. You must complete a health pass form. Any one presenting symptoms at the airport will be tested and quarantined at their own expense.
Cuba – Has announced the resumption of international flights. Visitors will be tested for Covid-19 immediately on arrival. You must isolate a specific hotel for 24 hours until the results of your test are available. Those who test positive will be “isolated,” presumably in specific quarantine facilities or by returning home. A second test will be given after 5 days. It is still unclear whether this model of travel will be permitted by the US consistent with any of the allowable categories of travel to Cuba.
Dominica – Opens to all travelers on August 7. Visitors must document a negative Covid-19 test result 24-72 hours before traveling and register online 24 hours before arrival. Officials will conduct health screening and rapid testing on arrival. Anyone who shows symptoms or tests negative must go to an official quarantine location.
Ecuador – Borders are open as of June 1st, 2021. All visitors are required to have a vaccine certificate or PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test done within the 3 days before their arrival OR a full course of vaccination completed two weeks before travel.
Galapagos Islands – As of July 1, 2021. All visitors are required to have a PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test done within the 3 days before their arrival OR a full course of vaccination completed two weeks before travel.
Guatemala – Borders are open. All visitors are required to have a PCR COVID-19 test done within 72 hours before arrival OR a complete course of vaccination.
Mexico – International airports are accepting travelers. Visitors may be subject to health screenings, and travelers exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms may be subject to testing and/or quarantine. However, land borders are closed for tourism.
Panama – International airport is now open. All visitors are required to have a PCR COVID-19 test done within 48 hours before arrival or a test can be taken directly at the airport on arrival for $50. Each individual entering Panama must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit prior to check-in. Movement around the countries is allowed. Masks are obligatory in all public, outdoors, and interior spaces. All suppliers and hotels have protocols in place as well as hygiene and cleaning procedures.
Peru – International airports are accepting travelers. Visitors may be subject to health screenings, and travelers exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms may be subject to testing and/or quarantine. You must arrive with a negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours before departure of the flight or an antigen test done within 24 hours. Complete an affidavit of health. Facemasks are required in all airports and a plastic face shield is required during flights. Restaurants and shops have reopened with limited capacity.
Cambodia – New tourist visas are not being issued, but those with visas already issued may travel under strict requirements:
- Travelers must arrive carrying a COVID-19 test result certificate with a negative result issued 72 hours (or less) prior to arrival
- Proof of medical coverage of at least $50,000
- All foreigners entering the country will be required to pay a $3000 deposit for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services.
- Upon arrivals, all visitors will be tested and await their results in a government-determined location.
- A positive test will result in quarantine in a government-designated location at the traveler’s expense.
- If someone on an arriving flight tests positive for COVID-19, all passengers on the flight will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
- If everyone on the flight tests negative, everyone will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and take another test 14 days later
- A positive test will result in quarantine in a government-designated location at the traveler’s expense.
Kyrgyzstan – Borders are open with electronic or hard-copy vaccination certificate or passport. All vaccines are recognized. 72 hrs PCR test before arrival for non-vaccinated travelers.
Nepal – (currently closed) Open for all travelers. Must have a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of flight check-in, must be covered by travel insurance for medical and evacuation. Accommodations must be booked in advance by a travel agent. Complete the need visa forms and CCMC confirmation forms with a barcode before arrival. There is no quarantine but you do have to have another PRC test at your hotel before you are free to move about the country.
South Korea – Open borders; all travelers must undergo a 14-day quarantine in government-designated facilities at their own expense (~$100-150/night)
Sri Lanka – Open borders to all travelers must stay in ‘certified safe & secure’ hotels. Before moving about the country must receive a negative PCR test result, done at the arrival hotel in Colombo or Negombo. During your visit, you are allowed to tour identified tourist sites in a bio-secure bubble but not allowed to meet with locals. If you are vaccinated you are able to travel freely through Sri Lanka and do not have to abide by the bio-secure bubble.
Tajikistan – Travelers are permitted with documentation of negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours of arrival in Dushanbe.
Uzbekistan – Travelers are permitted with documentation of negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours of commencing travel to Uzbekistan. Express tests are available at land border crossings for $30.
Albania – Travelers will undergo health screening on arrival. Those who are symptomatic will be required to quarantine and may have the opportunity to obtain testing at their own cost.
Azores – Travelers arriving from the USA must show negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours of arrival.
Croatia – Arriving travelers must present negative PCR Covid test results issued within 48 hours of arrival at the airport or border. If test results have expired, travelers must remain quarantined until negative test results are obtained locally. If travelers arrive without evidence of a prior negative test, they must quarantine for a minimum of 7 days and until receiving negative test results. Local tests will be at the cost of the traveler.
Czech Republic -U.S. Citizens can enter without quaranting or testing. Vaccinated travelers are free to dine, visit museums or public events. If you are not vaccinated, a negative PCR test less than 3 days old or a negative antigen test less than 24 hours old are needed to visit museums, restaurants or public events. A KN95 or FFP2 masks are required to enter shops, airports or other public places or transportation.
Germany – As of June 21, 2021, open to U.S. Travelers. You must get a PCR test within 72 hours of departure from the USA or present the white CDC Vaccination certificate with completeion at least 14 days prior to arrival or show proof of recovery from Covid-19.
Greece – Open to U.S. travelers without quarantine with either a vaccination certificate or negative Covid19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Also must complete a Passenger Locator Form that will generate a QR Code to be scanned on entry. The form can be found: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Greenland – Fully opened to vaccinated U.S. travelers. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to have testing on arrival.
Hungary – As of September 1, 2020, travelers must document they have had Covid-19 within the past 6 months, or must demonstrate a qualifying reason for entry. All travelers must show negative Covid-19 test results and will be quarantined for 14 days.
Iceland – As of July 26, 2021, open to vaccinated or proof of recovery of Covid19, U.S. travelers without quarantines. However, a negative PCR or antigen test is required within 72 hours of arrival for all travelers. Children born 2005 or later will not be tested and are free to arrive without a certificate or test. Unvaccinated travelers must have a PCR test on arrival and again after 5 days. Must stay in quarantine for 5 days.
Italy – As of June 21, 2021, open to U.S. Travelers. You must obtain a negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure from the USA or present the white CDC Vaccination certificate with completeion at least 14 days prior to arrival or show proof of recovery from Covid-19.
Netherlands – Open to all travelers from the U.S. No testing or quarantining needed. This includes unvaccinated.
Portugal – As of June 15, 2021, open to U.S. Travelers. You must obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure from the USA
Serbia – Travelers are recommended to bring documentation of negative PCR Covid-19 test results, but standard health screening is not in effect and no protocols are in place to ban travelers based on symptoms or virology.
Turkey – Travelers may undergo health screening on arrival. Those exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms will be taken to a local hospital for testing at their own cost, and anyone who receives a positive test result must quarantine at their own cost. If a traveler test positive, officials will use contact tracing to locate and test other travelers who may have been in contact with that individual while in transit.
UAE (Dubai) – Travelers must bring documentation of a negative PCR Covid-19 test administered within 96 hours of arrival. All travelers must also show documentation of valid travel health insurance and download an app for contact tracing and health monitoring.
Jordan – Travelers must bring documentation of a negative PCR Covid-19 test administered within 72 hours of departure. Testing again on arrival at the airport at own expense (approx. $40)
Israel – Open starting May 23 for group travelers only. Must arrive with a negative PCR Covid-19 test and a second test on arrival. Accompanied by vaccinated guides and drivers.
Maldives – Arriving passengers will be asked to complete a health screening process. Symptomatic passengers and their travel companions will be tested for Covid-19 at their own cost, and anyone receiving a positive test will be required to quarantine at their own cost.
Tahiti / French Polynesia – International airports are welcoming commercial flights. Arriving visitors must pre-register and complete screening online and bring results of a negative PCR Covid-19 test completed within 72 hours of arrival; travelers will be given a self-test kit to complete 4 days after arrival and to submit to local health authorities for processing.
Borders closed until further notice:
- Madagascar – Flights in and out of the country remain suspended
- Zambia – Borders are theoretically open, but no visas are being issued, and previously issued visas may not be honored.
- Argentina – Borders are closed indefinitely
- Bolivia – Borders remain closed, with no indication of an expected reopening date
- Chile – Borders are closed; some travel professionals predict reopening in October 2020
- Bhutan – Closed for tourism.
- China – Tourism not permitted.
- India – Closed for tourism.
- Japan – Ports of entry are closed to Americans as well as nationals of many other countries.
- Kazakhstan – Closed for international tourism.
- Laos – Tourism is discontinued until further notice.
- Malaysia – Closed for general tourism.
- Mongolia – Borders are closed with limited exception.
- Myanmar – Travel in and out of the country remains extremely restricted; international flights and tourist visas are suspended. Civil unrest in major cities.
- Singapore – Closed for tourism.
- Thailand – Closed for tourism.
- Tibet – Borders are closed through 2021.
- Vietnam – Tourism remains banned.
- Bulgaria – Remains closed to Americans, but now allows visitors from many other countries including Canada
- Estonia – Borders are closed to Americans.
- Latvia – Borders are closed to US citizens, but open to Canadians and others.
- Lithuania – Borders are closed to US citizens, but open to Canadians and others.
- Luxembourg – Borders are closed to Americans, but open to Canadians and others
- Norway – Borders are closed to US citizens and most non-Europeans until at least November 1, 2020.
- Poland – Borders are closed to US citizens and most non-Europeans.
- Romania – Borders are closed to Americans, but open to Canadians and others.
- Iran – Border status is unclear; travel not advised
- Saudi Arabia – Borders remain closed indefinitely
- Arctic –22/23 trips remain scheduled; individual country and cruise company policies prevail
- Antarctica – 2021/22/23 trips remain scheduled and bookings are currently underway
- Australia – Borders are closed until further notice
- Indonesia – Borders are closed
- Malaysia – Foreign travel restricted until at least August 31
- New Zealand – Borders closed until further notice; potential reciprocal opening only for Australian visitors in October. Do not expect to reopen to U.S. Citizens before March of 2022.
- Papua New Guinea – Borders are closed; national State of Emergency
The travel industry is facing a lot of uncertainty, and border statuses change almost every day. If you hear the news we are not yet reporting, or if you have any questions about the information above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, our own trip change policies are flexible in case border policies get in the way of your plans. We’re ready to dream and plan with you for travel in 2021 or 2022 and beyond. Adventure awaits!