Where can americans Travel Right Now? (Covid-19)
UPDATED: Oct 12, 2020
2020 has felt like the year that never ends, a type of Groundhogs Day if you will, where we’re met with more and more bad news about COVID-19 every time we turn around. But things are looking up!
As Americans we’ve been restricted from traveling to most of the world except for a handful of countries, but more countries are implementing plans to allow travelers back in from all around the world including the USA.
Below is a list of all the countries you can go to as a citizen of the United States of America and the level of restrictions in place, if any.
But first, let me say this.
Travel is not inherently dangerous.
Just like putting gas in your car, it can absolutely be done safely.
It may also even be safer than going to the grocery store in terms of the sheer disparity in the number of touch points.
We know how the Coronavirus spreads and we know how to avoid it. So as long as you’re acting as safely as you would when you’re in your hometown, then there isn’t anything more inherently dangerous about travel.
We have now traveled to Utah and Georgia by plane and also have flights booked to Cabo and Atlanta again. With that said, we have felt safer at LAX then we have at our local grocery store.
The first reason is that there is no reason to touch anything in an airport except a security tray that they have been sanitizing (in our experience). Everything is contactless, especially when you use your phone for your boarding pass.
But what about the actual planes?
We’re flying Delta on both flights because we’ve noticed that Delta, Southwest, and Alaska are taking more precautions compared to United, American, and others. In addition, we choose Delta because they have extended their no-middle seat policy until January 6, 2021 providing for greater distance and no rubbing elbows with other passengers.
They also are guaranteeing the cabin air to be completely recirculated every 2-3 minutes, pass out wipes for you to wipe down your seats (we bring our own too), require masks, use electrostatic spraying to disinfect every flight, have replaced nearly 500 aircraft HEPA air filters (twice as often as recommended) and are installing almost 600 MERV14 filters in jetways, spread out passengers lining up for boarding, etc.
It isn’t just Delta that is doing this. But in our experience we have noticed that not all of them are as strict in enforcing their standards as Delta. Regardless, make sure you’re paying attention to each airline’s policies.
All of that to say that travel is possible to do safely. Of course if you have preexisting conditions, are sick, or think you might be sick, please, do not travel. And always check for the most up to date information on the CDC website here.
Here is where you can go with an American passport, right now! (Updated Oct 12, 2020):
Countries You Can Freely Travel to with a US Passport: 9 Countries
Albania: You can only transit one Schengen (Schengen refers to the EU passport-free zone) country on your way home.
Belarus: Health screening procedures at airports.
Brazil: Proof of health insurance that is valid in Brazil and covers the entire stay. Read more here.
Dominican Republic: Rapid tests will be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival
Mexico: Airline travel is unrestricted, but car travel across the border is restricted to essential visits only. Read more here.
North Macedonia: Thermal screenings required at airports.
Serbia: Self assessment questionnaire required upon arrival. Negative test only required if entering from adjacent countries.
Turkey: No tests required unless you are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19.
Countries You Can Travel to with a US Passport with Restrictions- 37 Countries
Antigua and Barbuda: Negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) taken within seven days of their flight. Antigua and Barbuda is inviting digital nomads to apply for their new two year digital nomad visa. Sitting on a beach like this one with my laptop doesn’t sound like a bad idea. If this fits your life plans perfectly, you can apply for the visa here.
Armenia: Approved negative COVID-19 test result at airport or self-monitor/quarantine for 14 days
Aruba: Approved negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours
Bahamas: Approved negative COVID-19 PCR test result and 14 day shelter in place at hotel
Bangladesh: Approved negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of travel.
Barbados: Approved negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of travel. Similar to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados is inviting digital nomads to come live and work from their island nation by applying for their digital nomad visa.
Belize: Download Belize Health app and complete questionnaire within 72 hours of travel, booked stay at approved “Gold Standard Hotel,” PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel with a negative result, wristband required to be worn for duration of stay, and limited movement with only “Gold Standard” tour operators. Read more here.
Cambodia: Negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel and $2000 deposit required.
Costa Rica: As of October 1, American citizens from 21 states can enter with a negative COVID test within 72 hours. Travel insurance is also required. Starting October 15th, residents from Florida, Georgia, and Texas can enter Costa Rica as well. Beginning November 1, residents of all 50 states with valid driver’s licenses or state ID cards will be allowed access to the country as tourists.
Dominica: Submittal of a health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to travel and negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival.
Ecuador: Mandatory 14 day quarantine and negative COVID-10 test result within 7-days of arrival.
Egypt: Negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel
Ghana: Negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel
Grenada: Approved negative COVID-19 PCR test result required before departure and you will be tested upon arrival. If negative, you are free to stay in Grenada with limited movement monitored by a geofencing watch and required app download. If you test positive, you’ll be required to quarantine for 14 days in a state approved facility.
Haiti: Mandatory 14 day self quarantine with government check ins three times after arrival.
Honduras: Negative COVID-19 test result required, potentially upon arrival. There is a curfew in place in Honduras. Read more here.
Ireland: Self-isolation for 14 days is required for American citizens.
Italy: Italy has created a very simple way to find out if you can go with this online tool here. The general rule is that you can go if you’ve spent over 14 days in one of thirty approved countries.
Jamaica: Negative COVID-19 test result within 10 days of arrival
Kenya: Negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours of travel
Maldives: Negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel
Malta: You may enter Malta after spending 14 days in a safe corridor destination, see list here.
Montenegro: Negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel
Morocco: Negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel and a health screening before entering the country
Namibia: Negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel, second test on day five of visit
Rwanda: Negative COVID-19 test result within 120 hours of travel
St. Bart’s: Approved negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of travel.
St. Lucia: Health screening upon arrival to the airport and approved negative COVID-19 PCR test result within seven days of arrival.
St. Martin: Approved negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of travel.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Approved negative COVID-19 PCR test result within five days of arrival, retest upon arrival, mandatory five day quarantine in approved hotel at your cost, fully paid reservation, must be retested between days four and vie, and then potentially must continue quarantine in approved home hotel at the discretion of authorities. That’s a lot!
South Korea: Mandatory 14 day quarantine. Read more here.
Turks and Caicos: Negative COVID-19 test result within 120 hours
United Arab Emirates: Negative COVID-19 PCR test result required within 96 hours of arrival, travel insurance, and health form.
United Kingdom: Mandatory self-isolation for 14 days
Zambia: Negative COVID-19 test result within 14 days prior to arrival and health screening at airport
YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HERE ON THE US STATE DEPARTMENT’S WEBSITE
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Health Screenings: Almost all the countries listed, even the ones with no regulations, reserve the right to perform health screenings, check your temperature, etc. upon arrival at the airport. If you have a fever, you’ll most likely be quarantined and/or sent back home.
Changes: Come back to this blog post often so you don’t miss any changes before your trip! It’s also important that you’re aware that any country could make changes while you’re there, although that shouldn’t prevent you from returning home at that time.
Travel Insurance: Some countries require that you have specific forms of health insurance and we always recommend that you never leave the country without being covered by some form of travel insurance. Although, World Nomads travel insurance doesn’t cover cancellations from fear of travelling due to the coronavirus, it does cover losses associated with the pandemic or epidemic conditions! We absolutely recommend getting a policy at their inexpensive rates!
Let us know where you travel to and how your experience was! Best of luck and stay safe out there!