Where Americans Can Travel Now

by Kristy Tolley
Split waterfront aerial panoramic view through stone window, Dalmatia, Croatia

With ever-changing travel rules and regulations, figuring out where you can travel is not a simple task. However, the CDC recently issued an update for fully vaccinated people:

  • Fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) or self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
  • When returning to the U.S. from an international destination, you still must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test for re-entry.

Road trips and camping vacations are continuing to be a popular travel option for Americans. National and state parks offer almost limitless opportunities to soak in stunning landscapes and explore our own back yard.

For those who are ready for a getaway outside the US, there are more than 90 countries ready to welcome you (with a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of full vaccination). We’ve simplified your research and compiled a list of popular destinations open to US visitors. In addition to the requirements included below, many destinations require face coverings and social distancing. In some cases, visitors may be fined for failing to adhere to local protocols.

Travel guidelines change often due to the pandemic, so it’s a good idea to check with your local AAA Travel Agent for the most current requirements. We recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover potential flight changes or cancellations or other unplanned events. Your AAA Travel Agent can help you navigate your options.

Also, keep this in mind: All air passengers older than 2 years must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test that’s no more than 72 hours old to enter the United States. That includes US citizens returning from trips to other countries.

Where to go now

If you crave salty ocean breezes, sand between your toes and a fruity drink in your hand, here are a several places you can currently get to. Most of the Caribbean has re-opened to tourism.  
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Exuma, Bahamas

Antigua and Barbuda

Americans can now explore the reef-lined beaches and rainforests of these islands in the Lesser Antilles. You’ll need a negative coronavirus test taken no more than seven days to arriving at the airport. American visitors will also be subject to temperature checks and health screenings before being admitted. Once there, you’ll be monitored for COVID-19 for up to 14 days. Check the country’s tourism website for the latest travel advisory.

Aruba

Home to idyllic white-sand beaches and plenty of all-inclusive resorts, Aruba welcomes US vacationers with some caveats. Prior to arrival, you must complete an online embarkation/disembarkation card and a health assessment. Also, everyone older than 15 must provide a negative coronavirus test. Additionally, US visitors are required to purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance to cover any potential health costs during their stay.

The Bahamas

A popular spot for Americans, these picturesque islands are once again open to US visitors. You must provide a negative COVID-19 test less than five days before departure, as well as complete a Travel Health Visa application (and opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance). If you plan to stay longer than five days, you must take a second, rapid antigen test on the fifth day. Children 10 and younger aren’t required to test prior to arrival.

Belize

Situated on the northeastern coast of Central America, this dreamy country requires that American visitors present a negative coronavirus test less than 96 hours before you depart on your vacation. If you don’t show up with your test, you’ll pay $50 cash to take a test upon your arrival. In addition, to gain entry into the country, US visitors must also complete health forms on the Belize Health App (which you must download at least three days before you board your flight). Fully vaccinated? If you got your final shot more than two weeks before your trip, you’re exempt from these testing requirements.

Bermuda

Pristine beaches await American vacationers to this Atlantic paradise, provided said vacationers show a negative COVID-19 test result taken five days or less before they left of the trip. You must also submit a travel authorization form and pay $75 to be approved for entrance into the country. Upon arrival, you’ll be tested again and must quarantine until negative results come back (usually about 24 hours). A negative test result lets you move about your resort or hotel. Visitors will be tested again on days four, eight and 14 and are required to wear a traveler wristband for the first 14 days. Remove the wristband and you risk paying a fine.

Bonaire

A direct flight (from select cities) can now get US travelers to this small Dutch Caribbean island. Visitors 13 and older must provide negative COVID-19 test results taken within three days of arrival. Within 24 hours of arriving, you must also take a rapid antigen test. Travel medical insurance and a complete health declaration form are other requirements prior to arrival.

British Virgin Islands

Comprised of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with more than 50 other smaller islands and cays, BVI is once again an option for Americans seeking a tropical escape. You must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before you arrive, as well as complete an online travel authorization certificate and pay a $175 entry fee. On the fourth day of your stay you must take a second coronavirus test to determine if you can roam freely around the islands.

Costa Rica

Pura Vida in this popular Central American destination is an option once again for all US citizens (previously, only residents of select states were allowed in). Visitors must complete health forms within 48 hours of boarding a flight and purchase (or provide proof of) medical insurance prior to arrival.

Curacao

To help visitors keep track of the island’s latest COVID-related updates (entry requirements, which attractions, restaurants and beaches are open), Curacao introduced the “Dushi Stay” app. Dushi means “sweet” in Papiamentu. Requirements for Americans visiting the island include a negative test result (within 72 hours of arrival); proof of insurance; completion of an online immigration card, as well as a Health Department Passenger Locator Card, within 48 hours of their departure.

Dominican Republic

Before enjoying a vacation in the Dominican Republic, visitors must fill out a digital “e-ticket” that includes a Traveler’s Health Affidavit, the Customs Declaration and Embarkation/Disembarkation forms. If you’re staying at a hotel, the Ministry of Tourism is providing free viral antigen testing within 72 hours of your departure if you need to meet the protocols required for return to the United States.

Jamaica

Those older than 12 years traveling form the US must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or Antigen test result from an accredited medical lab. Before check-in and boarding your flight, Travel Authorization is required. Upon arrival in Jamaica, visitors will be screened for symptoms at the airport. If you are considered “high risk” (showing symptoms or you come from or traveled through countries where there is a high community transmission of COVID-19) you’ll be subject to a PCR test and placed in quarantine until the results are back.

Mexico

Mexico was one of the first foreign destinations to open up to US travelers. Americans can even enjoy a vacation here without taking a COVID-19 before they arrive. However, you will be subject to health screenings when you arrive. In addition, some cities have implemented curfews and other health restrictions. The land border remains closed, so your only option to get there is by plane.

Panama

Although this popular Central American nation doesn’t impose specific travel restrictions from any country, visitors must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within two days of their arrival. Once you arrive in Panama, you’ll be subject to additional health screening measures like temperature checks. Also, a Ministry Health work may perform random rapid tests on any traveler.

Puerto Rico

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken with 24 hours of arrival) and a completed Travel Declaration Form are all you need to roam free on the beaches and along the historic streets of this picturesque US territory. Social distancing and mask-wearing are health rules visitors must also follow during their stay. The island has also implemented a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.

St. Maarten

Armed with a negative test result taken no more than 72 to 120 hours prior to departure, Americans can head to for the pristine beaches of this Caribbean nation. Visitors must complete a health authorization application prior to arriving. St. Maarten also requires travelers to have health insurance that will cover any potential COVID-related expenses.

Turks and Caicos

The powder white sands of this popular destination await US visitors who’ve filled out a travel authorization form and can provide a negative COVID test result less than five days old. Kids age 9 and under are exempt. You must also complete a health questionnaire online and have travel medical insurance to cover potential COVID-related costs.

If cobblestone streets, charming towns, exotic wildlife and World Heritage sites are more your vibe, there’s plenty to explore Europe, Asia, South America and many other parts of the world. Here are a few places Americans can visit now.
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Northern Lights, Iceland

Croatia

Proof of a negative coronavirus test within 48 hours prior to arrival will get you into this gem on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Or, you can take a test once you arrive and quarantine as you wait for the results. In addition, you must show documented proof of payment for your accommodation.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Travelers (over age 2) must have completed their vaccinations, provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test newer than 3 days before arrival. You might be subject to random rapid testing at the airport (on your own dime). If the test is positive, you must quarantine for 10 days at a government shelter. If you’re visiting the Galapagos Islands, you must arrive in Ecuador with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours before you arrive in the Galapagos.

Egypt

Americans can travel to Egypt with written proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of their arrival. The U.S. Embassy in Egypt also indicates that you must provide proof of health insurance. Travelers to Sharm el Sheikh are allowed to arrive without a PCR test. However, they must be tested upon arrival and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Greece

This sun-splashed gem has announced plans to open mid-May to travelers who’ve been fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test. In addition, visitors may be subject to random coronavirus testing upon arrival.

Iceland

If you’re fully vaccinated or have completely recovered from having COVID-19, you are free to explore this natural wonderland. They will accept either printed or electronic documents proving vaccination. Additional requirements proving previous infection are also required

Kenya

Travelers are required to complete and submit a health form before visiting. Also, travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours before arrival.

 

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