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Border Report: Which Countries Are Open for Americans to Travel?
Updated May 12, 2022
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.
Algeria – Policies for visiting Algeria are difficult to verify, but international airports are open. Visas are required for Americans, and the visa process can help clarify permission to enter. Vaccination will be required for all adults over age 18. COVID testing seems to be required BOTH in advance and on arrival at own expense, approx. $12. Land borders remain closed.
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. Vaccinated travelers no longer need to arrive with a negative test. Unvaccinated individuals who wish to enter must show negative PCR tests results issued within 72 hours of travel, and must agree to be vaccinated 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. Vaccination or COVID recovery certificate is also required to avoid quarantine on arrival. COVID testing is also required prior to departure from Ethiopia.
Ghana – International airports are open. Vaccination is required for travelers age 18 or older. In addition. 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 (approx. $150) 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 – Arriving passengers must show proof of full vaccination OR show proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure to Kenya. Unvaccinated travelers will also be subject to rapid antigen testing on arrival at a cost of $30.
Madagascar – Airports are open for international travel. Visas are required. Visitors must arrive with a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of departure for Madagascar. Visitors must also undergo a antigen test upon arrival (approx. $27 paid in cash). Must complete compliance forms as well as a tracking form.
Morocco – Borders are open. Travelers require both proof of vaccination and a negative PCR Covid-19 test result issued within 48 hours of travel. An additional antigen test will be administered on arrival. Children under 11 do not require vaccination.
Namibia – The international airport is open. Arriving passengers must show proof of full vaccination OR show proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure to Namibia.
Rwanda – Travelers must submit negative PCR COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of departure for Rwanda. Additional testing will be required upon arrival at the Kigali airport and again 3 days later, as well as before visiting some tourist sites, tracking gorillas, and departing the country. Hotels are only permitted to serve vaccinated travelers, so all travelers must be vaccinated. Local guides will have to file a travel plan with the government.
South Africa – Airports are open. Arriving passengers must show proof of full vaccination using a QR Code OR show proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure to South Africa. 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. Arriving passengers must show proof of full vaccination using a QR Code OR show proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure to Tanzania.
Togo – Arriving passengers must present negative PCR test results obtained within 3 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.
Uganda – The Entebbe International Airport is open. Travelers must provide documentation of negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours of arrival. Vaccinated travelers do not need to test on arrival. Visitors are expected to travel under the care of tour operators and to remain separate from local people. All travelers must submit the test and fly document.
Zambia – Borders are now open. Arriving passengers must show proof of full vaccination OR show proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure to Zambia.
Zimbabwe – Borders are now open. Arriving passengers must show proof of full vaccination OR show proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure to Zimbabwe.
Argentina – Open to visitors from the US. Travelers must show proof of travel insurance that would cover quarantine costs if necessary and complete an electronic sworn health statement within 48 hours prior to arrival.
Bahamas – Regardless of vaccination status, travelers must show negative COVID-19 test results obtained within 72 hours of departure. Negative test results are also required for inter-island travel.
Barbados – All travelers may enter Bolivia with proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Non-vaccinated travelers will be subject to 3-day quarantine.
Belize – You must arrive with proof of complete course of vaccination completed more than two weeks before travel OR negative test results issued within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen) before departure of the flight. All travelers must purchase supplemental travel insurance from the Belize government to cover possible quarantine costs in the event of contracting Covid-19 while traveling in the country.
Bolivia – All travelers may enter Bolivia with proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Non-vaccinated travelers will be subject to 3-day quarantine.
Brazil – Only vaccinated travelers are permitted. 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.
Canada – Only vaccinated travelers are admitted, and proof of vaccination must be uploaded in the ArriveCAN app before arrival.
Colombia – A certificate of complete vaccination is required to enter. Download the app “CoronApp-Colombia” to register and fill in the online immigration form before arrival. If you are not fully vaccinated, you may enter with negative Covid test results from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test within 48 hours of travel. A mask mandate is in effect for areas of Colombia that have not yet reached 70% vaccination.
Costa Rica – Travelers can enter Costa Rica without restrictions.
Chile – Open to visitors from the US. All visitors are required to have a full course of vaccination completed a least one month before travel. Must complete a mobility pass prior to travel via the national vaccine validation system. It is important to solicit this at least 30 days in advance since the process can take 14 days. Must also complete the Traveler’s sworn statement within 48 hours before boarding and show proof of travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000.
Cuba – Adult travelers require proof of vaccination. All travelers require proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test results obtained within 72 hours of departure.
Curaçao – Travelers may enter without restrictions.
Dominica – 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.
Dominican Republic – Travelers can enter the Dominican Republic without restriction.
Ecuador – All visitors are required to have a PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test done within the 72 hours before travel OR a full course of vaccination completed two weeks before travel. Travelers must also complete a health declaration form.
El Salvador – Travel to El Salvador is possible for Americans without restrictions.
Galapagos Islands – All visitors are required to have a PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test done within the 72 hours before their arrival OR a full course of vaccination completed two weeks before travel. Travelers must also complete a traffic control card specific to the Galapagos and available at the Quito or Guayaquil airport.
Guatemala – Travelers age 12 and older are required to be vaccinated to enter Guatemala. They must also present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of departure for travel OR a certificate of Covid recovery issued within 3 months of travel.
Mexico – Travelers may enter Mexico without restrictions.
Nicaragua – Regardless of vaccination status, travelers will be required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test obtained within 72 hours of departure. You may be required to submit these results to your airline 36-48 hours before travel.
Panama – You must arrive with proof of complete course of vaccination completed more than two weeks before travel OR negative test results issued within 72 hours. Each individual entering Panama must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit prior to check-in.
Peru – You must arrive with a vaccination certificate OR negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours before departure. Travelers must also complete an affidavit of health. Vaccine certificates are required to enter restaurants and enclosed spaces.
Uruguay – Only vaccinated travelers are admitted. Travelers are required to submit proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel.
Cambodia – Vaccinated travelers may enter with proof of vaccination. No tests required. Unvaccinated travelers must have negative COVID-19 PCR test results issued within 72 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated travelers will also receive a rapid antigen test on arrival. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
India – India is open for fully vaccinated travelers or those who submit negative Covid-19 PCR test results issued within 72 hours of travel.
Kazakhstan – American travelers require documentation of negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours of border crossing.
Kyrgyzstan – Borders (except the land border with Tajikistan) are open. American travelers require a negative PCR test administered no more than 72 hours before arrival.
Laos – Borders are open for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated travels must have an antigen test 48 hours prior to traveling to Laos. Tourist visas available on arrival. Flights have not completely resumed.
Nepal – Open for all travelers. Fully vaccinated travelers do not require COVID-19 testing. Non-vaccinated travelers must show a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of flight check-in. All travelers must be covered by travel insurance for medical emergencies and evacuation. Accommodations and trekking permits must be booked in advance by a travel agent.
Singapore – Singapore is open without quarantine for vaccinated travelers from select countries, including the United States. However, travelers must provide proof of negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of travel, must bring a health department letter certifying the validity of a vaccine card, must show proof of satisfactory travel insurance, and must submit to an additional Covid-19 test if requested upon arrival.
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. 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 – Land border with Kyrgyzstan remains closed, but border with Uzbekistan is open. Travelers are permitted with documentation of negative PCR COVID-19 test results issued within 72 hours of arrival.
Thailand – Vaccinated travelers are permitted to enter Thailand without quarantine. They must show proof of vaccination and Covid-19 insurance coverage with a minimum of $20,000 in medical coverage. Travelers will be tested upon arrival and are required to stay in a registered hotel for 1 night until receiving negative PCR test results. Self-test is required on Day 5.
Uzbekistan – American travelers require 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.
Vietnam – Travelers must show proof of a negative test result issued within 24 hours before departure for Antigen test or 72 hours for PCR test. Must show proof of full vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 and have medical insurance covering Covid treatment worth at least $10,000.
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 – Borders are open. Travelers arriving by air must present one of the following: proof of vaccination and negative PCR Covid-19 test results issued within 72 hours of travel OR negative antigen test issued within 48 hours of travel OR valid certificate of recovery from Covid-19.
Croatia – Arriving vacinnated travelers only need to show proof of vaccination not older than 270 days or less than 14 days or the certificate must contain the booster.
Czech Republic -U.S. Citizens can enter without quarantining 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 mask is required to enter shops, airports, or other public places or transportation.
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.
Iceland – Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are welcome without Covid testing.
Italy – Vaccinated travelers may enter with CDC Vaccination certificate showing completion of full course of vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival and less than 270 days prior; booster may satisfy date requirement. Certificate of recovery from Covid-19 within 90 day is an acceptable alternative. Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.
Netherlands – Open to all vaccinated travelers from the U.S. No testing or quarantine is needed.
Norway – Open to all vaccinated travelers from the U.S. No testing or quarantine needed.
Portugal – Borders are open. Travelers arriving by air must present one of the following: proof of vaccination OR negative PCR Covid-19 test results issued within 72 hours of travel OR negative antigen test issued within 24 hours of travel OR valid certificate of recovery from Covid-19.
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.
Israel – Israel opened up to vaccinated and unvaccinated U.S. travelers. You must have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to your outbound flight or 24 hours if an antigen and complete a passenger declaration.
Oman – Borders are open to vaccinated travelers who show proof of a negative PCR test. Travelers arriving without a negative PCR test will be required to test on arrival, and quarantine for 24-48 hours while awaiting results. Travelers are also required to show proof of travel insurance that will cover the cost of COVID-related medical care and quarantine costs.
Australia – Australia is open to fully vaccinated travelers. Complete a Digital Passenger Declaration and self-test on arrival. Some individual states within Australia may still maintain quarantine requirements for international visitors.
Fiji – Fully vaccinated travelers may visit without pre-departure testing. All travelers over age 16 must be fully vaccinated. All travelers must carry health insurance with COVID-19 coverage and register for a rapid antigen test within 72 hours of arrival in the country.
Indonesia – Travelers must be fully vaccinated. Travelers must have valid health insurance covering Covid-19. Unvaccinated can visit Bali but cannot travel to other islands.
Maldives – Arriving passengers will be asked to complete a health screening process. Vaccinated travelers may enter with no testing requirement. Unvaccinated travelers are required to show a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel.
New Zealand – Starting in April 2022, fully vaccinated travelers will be permitted to enter New Zealand without quarantine. Entry will require negative PCR test results issued immediately prior to travel. Travelers must also submit to rapid antigen testing on arrival.
Papua New Guinea – Vaccinated travelers are permitted to enter with proof of vaccination. It is recommended to download and complete the “Look PASS” app.
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:
- Bhutan – open with 5 day quarantine
The travel industry continues to face 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 email@example.com.
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 2022 or 2023 and beyond. Adventure awaits!