Editor’s note: This post was last updated on August 6 with new information.
Evolving testing and vaccination requirements for international travel continue to make it confusing for Americans to figure out what’s required for entry into specific countries.
Some of the most restrictive nations have finally opened to tourists again, including Australia, which opened to tourists on Feb. 21 for the first time in two years, and Vietnam, which opened its borders on March 16. And Japan opened on June 10 to tourists, but initially only those who booked specific guided tours.
Reentering the United States has gotten easier as well, since the government ended its requirement that all air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 antigen test the day before their flight, as of June 12. The U.S. continues to require that noncitizens and nonresidents be fully vaccinated to enter. For details, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Warnings from the CDC and U.S. Department of State also continued to evolve, with the CDC in April dropping its “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19” warning for almost 90 countries and designating Level 4 as “Special Circumstances: Do Not Travel” for future risk assessment. As a result, many Caribbean islands and most European favorites that had been Level 4 are now “Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.” State Department “Level 4: Do Not Travel” warnings were also dropped for a number of countries, with many lowered to “Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.”
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As of June 12, travelers arriving by air to the U.S. no longer need to present results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of their flight. However, all noncitizen and nonresident travelers need to show proof of full vaccination to enter the U.S.
The U.S. reopened to fully vaccinated international travelers on Nov. 8, 2021. Current details on requirements for entering the U.S.can be found on the CDC’s website.
All U.S. states are open and most proof-of-vaccination requirements for many indoor activities in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and other cities have been eased, so check local government websites for updates.
As of March 26, Hawaii has ended restrictions for domestic travelers. International arrivals are still subject to the U.S. government’s vaccination rules.
On April 18, a federal judge vacated the executive order President Joe Biden signed soon after taking office in late January 2021 that mandated the wearing of masks on federal property and domestic public transportation, including planes, buses, subways, trains, airports and train stations. Mask-wearing is optional in airports, on airplanes and on certain other public transportation. However, New York City is still enforcing its own public transportation mask mandate on subways, buses and shared rides.
The CDC has updated its domestic travel guidance for fully vaccinated travelers, but still strongly advises unvaccinated individuals to test before and after travel (with self-isolation after travel) within the United States. Check the CDC website for the latest updates.
Long-standing U.S. restrictions on visitors, including a ban on tourists driving into the country from Canada and Mexico, were lifted on Nov. 8, 2021, but only for fully vaccinated travelers (at least 14 days past their final dose). The vaccination requirement does not include children under age 18.
Niagara Falls on the U.S.-Canada border. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Fully vaccinated travelers to Canada, while no longer required to present proof of a pre-travel negative test result, still need to fill out the electronic ArriveCan app or web portal form within 72 hours of arrival and have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or a certified translation, along with the original) ready to show a government official on request.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children under 12 are allowed to enter Canada without a negative pre-travel test result if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, but their information must be electronically submitted through ArriveCan. If traveling unaccompanied, they must have a pre-travel test.
According to the ArriveCan website, travelers may be randomly selected to take an arrival test; they can travel onward to their destination and will be notified of the test results.
The domestic travel rule, in effect since Nov. 30, 2021, that all passengers age 12 and older traveling domestically in Canada by air or by rail need to be fully vaccinated has been suspended as of June 20.
Details on the latest restrictions can be found here.
Quebec requires anyone seeking to buy alcohol or cannabis at a province-run store to be fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated Canadians are again able to enter the U.S. via a land crossing at the border as of Nov. 8, 2021.
For more information and updates, visit the U.S. Embassy in Canada website.
Mexico City in August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Mexico has never required testing for entry and has lifted most coronavirus restrictions.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to health screenings, including temperature checks. Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or quarantined in Mexico.
An increase in crime against tourists in Cancun and Riviera Maya made the U.S. Consulate General in Merida issue a security alert for Americans traveling in the region in January 2022. Crime in many regions of Mexico is high. The U.S. consulate classifies Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas as “Do Not Travel” states.
The U.S.-Mexico land border reopened on Nov. 8, 2021, and fully vaccinated travelers are once again allowed to enter the U.S. from Mexico by land. Proof of vaccination is not required for U.S. citizens, but international travelers are required to be vaccinated.
The CDC’s travel advisory for Mexico is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19 and the State Department’s advisory is now broken down state by state due to threats of crime and kidnapping.
Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the U.S., is open to all international travelers. It’s worth noting, however, that COVID-19 cases surged in April and May and remain at an elevated level after mandates and restrictions were eased.
As of March 10, all domestic travelers (U.S. citizens and residents), both vaccinated and unvaccinated, no longer need to provide proof of a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test result to enter Puerto Rico.
International visitors must be fully vaccinated, but the U.S. requirement to provide proof of a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test taken one day before entry ended on June 12.
As of March 10, all lodging facilities in Puerto Rico are no longer required to see visitors’ vaccination records or negative test results at check-in, and establishments serving food or drinks no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative antigen or PCR test. All capacity restrictions have also ended and masks are no longer required in indoor public places, but are recommended on public transportation and when vaccination status cannot be guaranteed. Masks are still required at events with over 1,000 people.
Attendees of concerts and shows at venues including the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Convention Center and Coca-Cola Music Hall, among others, regardless of event size, are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 72 hours prior.
For the latest updates, check here.
US Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands, which includes St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, has been open to tourism since Sept. 19, 2020. As of June 1, all travelers, whether fully vaccinated or not, no longer need to provide proof of a pre-travel negative test to enter (the test requirement had been dropped for vaccinated domestic travelers as of March 7).
The territory also ended the use of the U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Screening Portal to be cleared for entry.
Details can be found here.
Related: US Virgin Islands reopening
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda reopened to tourists on June 4, 2020, and the government’s travel advisory as of April 16, 2022, no longer requires all arriving passengers age 18 and older to be fully vaccinated — but testing and quarantine are required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated adults. Here are the new protocols:
Fully vaccinated passengers must show proof of vaccination but are no longer required to present proof of a negative pre-travel test. If they show symptoms of possible infection upon arrival, however, they may be required to submit to a PCR test (at their own cost).
Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated passengers age 18 or older need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival. They must also submit to a PCR test upon arrival (at their own expense) and quarantine at a government-approved facility (at their own expense) or their own homes for 10 days (if partially vaccinated) or 14 days (if unvaccinated).
Unvaccinated minors between the ages of 5 and 18 need to present proof of a negative result of an approved COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated minors who are not staying at a certified resort/accommodation (for example, a non-resort option such as an Airbnb) may be required to quarantine at home for 10-14 days. Children below the age of 5 are not required to test.
Vaccination requirements mean passengers must present verifiable documentation of full vaccination using a World Health Organization- or Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment-approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or single-dose vaccine (completed 14 days or more before entry). Check for updates here.
Passengers arriving by sea (private yachts or ferries) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health.
Travelers will also have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and face masks are highly encouraged in crowded public settings. Beaches and excursions are open; restaurants are open for dine-in with no proof of vaccination required; non-hotel bars reopened as of Nov. 15, 2021.
Anguilla began welcoming preapproved travelers as of May 25, 2021, after a monthslong suspension of all entries. However, as of July 1, 2021, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed and they must show proof of vaccination and a negative test. Children under age 18, when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
All visitors seeking a short-term stay or a work-from-Anguilla arrangement need to provide proof of vaccination with an approved vaccine (with the final dose at least 14 days prior to arrival) and proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken three days before arrival or a negative antigen test from an accredited lab taken no more than two days prior to arrival. Both documents must be presented to airline or ship personnel and then again upon arrival in Anguilla.
No arrival testing is required if it has been six months or less since completing vaccination or at least 14 days since receiving a booster dose. Travelers whose last dose was more than six months ago and are not boosted — including minors not eligible for booster doses — will be tested upon arrival at their own expense.
See the latest entry rules here.
Unvaccinated visitors who have been granted a medical exemption will be required to apply for a travel authorization on the entry portal, test on arrival, quarantine for five days and receive a negative test result to exit quarantine. There is a fee of $100 per person.
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Anguilla is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Anguilla, for additional information.
Aruba in December 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of March 19, Aruba has relaxed its COVID-19 testing requirements.
Aruba reopened to tourists in the summer of 2020 and American visitors were welcomed back on July 10, 2020. As of Nov. 1, 2020, all U.S. travelers to Aruba must complete an online embarkation/disembarkation card process within 72 to four hours prior to travel, which is still required as part of the country’s digitized customs and immigration process. However, proof of vaccination and pre-travel COVID-19 testing are no longer required. The questionnaire asks for identifying information, including passport details. The form also includes a section where visitors can input their travel plans and answer health questions. Travelers must also download the Aruba Health app as part of the ED card process.
Details can be found here.
The requirement that all visitors purchase visitors insurance from the nation of Aruba to cover up to $75,000 in health insurance has been discontinued as of July 8.
Visitors are required to carry a mask with them and wear one in businesses that require them. As of Feb. 17, all other safety measures have been eased.
Visit the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which oversees Aruba, for additional information. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Aruba is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory for the island is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
For the latest updates related to travel, check Visit Aruba’s entry requirements page.
Paradise Island in Nassau in the Bahamas. (Photo by Pola Damonte/Getty Images)
The Bahamas is open to tourism and Americans are allowed to visit. As of June 19, the need to apply for a Bahamas Health Visa has been suspended and pre-travel testing is mandatory only for visitors who are not fully vaccinated. All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors over the age of 2 must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, either rapid antigen or PCR, taken within three days (72 hours) of arrival.
While in the Bahamas, all visitors are required to wear a mask in public spaces excluding the beach. A negative test is no longer required to travel between islands in the Bahamas and nightly curfews have been lifted.
Barbados, which reopened to international travelers on July 12, 2020, requires unvaccinated visitors to download the BIMSafe app designed to expedite the entry process.
As of May 25, Barbados’ mandatory protocols no longer require fully vaccinated visitors to have a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test to enter. Unvaccinated travelers are still required to take a pre-travel test as well as a test upon arrival, but as of June 1, hotel quarantine is no longer required.
All fully vaccinated travelers must:
Complete an online immigration and customs form and upload their negative COVID-19 test results within 24 hours before traveling to Barbados.
Provide official proof of vaccination.
Agree to be tested upon arrival if selected for random rapid antigen testing.
All unvaccinated travelers must:
Have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days or antigen test taken within one day prior to arrival, from an accredited laboratory, which is required for travelers age 5 and older.
Take a rapid antigen test upon arrival and await the result.
Within 24 hours before traveling to Barbados, travelers must complete an online immigration and customs form (and download the BIMSafe app) with personal health questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms and upload their negative COVID-19 test results.
Complete details on protocols can be found here.
Social distancing and face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces and on public transportation.
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Barbados is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. The CDC’s advisory for the island is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19. More updates on Barbados’ response to the coronavirus and any updates to its protocols can be found on the Barbados government website.
Colorful homes and hotels on a hillside in Hamilton, Bermuda. (Photo by andykazie/Getty Images)
Bermuda, which reopened to travelers on July 1, 2020, requires pre-travel authorization (with a fee reduced from $75 to $40 as of March 7) and testing. While requirements for fully vaccinated visitors with proof of vaccination have been eased, unvaccinated travelers age 12 and older are not currently allowed to enter Bermuda. Unvaccinated children age 11 and younger may enter with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.
Apply for a Bermuda Travel Authorisation.
Present certified negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within four days of departure or a negative antigen test taken within two days of arrival, along with proof of vaccination.
Wear a face mask and practice physical distancing at the departure airport.
As of March 7, no additional on-island testing is required.
The Bermuda government launched the WeHealth Bermuda app, which provides anonymous COVID-19 exposure notifications and is encouraged for all visitors to download.
More information on the coronavirus in Bermuda can be found here.
Americans are welcome to visit Bonaire. As of April 20, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is no longer required for entry.
For the latest details, check here.
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bonaire is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory for the island is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19. For more information, visit the website of the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which oversees Bonaire.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands officially reopened to tourism on Dec. 1, 2020, and as of July 15, 2022, visitors are no longer required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter, even if unvaccinated. Proof of health insurance valid in the British Virgin Islands is also no longer required.
Complete details on travel requirements and restrictions can be found here.
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the British Virgin Islands is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19. Check the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees the British Virgin Islands, for additional information.
The Cayman Islands welcomes fully vaccinated tourists. The country entered Phase 5 of its reopening on Jan. 20, and now allows fully vaccinated U.S. travelers and accompanying minor children under age 12. Cruise tourism resumed on March 21.
When traveling to the Cayman Islands with minors, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will assume the vaccination status of their adult travel companions. All children age 12 and over are required to be vaccinated to be exempt from a seven-day quarantine.
All travelers must be approved for entry via the Cayman Travel Portal (within 72 hours if fully vaccinated and five days if unvaccinated but qualified to enter).
Pre-arrival testing is no longer required, but all arriving passengers are encouraged to take daily rapid antigen tests during the first seven days of their stay.
Cuba began welcoming international tourists back Nov. 15, 2021, and as of April 6, 2022, neither a negative COVID-19 test nor proof of full vaccination is required for entry. Tourists are not required to quarantine but should have medical insurance valid in Cuba.
The U.S. State Department has a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution advisory in place for Cuba and the CDC’s advisory is Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19. Politics limits Americans’ travel to Cuba more than COVID-19. Long-standing travel restrictions were tightened by the U.S. government in late 2019, eliminating many of the reasons Americans were allowed to visit Cuba in recent years. For information on exemptions that allow Americans to travel to Cuba, visit the U.S. Embassy in Cuba’s COVID-19 page and “Traveling to Cuba” page.
There are a number of additional restrictions for U.S. travelers visiting Cuba that are not related to the pandemic, and which remain active.
Curacao reopened to U.S. tourists in November 2020. All travelers are required to complete a digital immigration card before departure. As of June 2, there are no other pre-travel testing requirements for all international visitors. Details are here.
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Curacao is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory for the island is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19. Visit the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao’s website for additional information.
Dominica has been open to travelers since Aug. 3, 2020, and as of April 4, 2022, entry protocols have been greatly simplified.
Visitors no longer need to fill out a pre-travel questionnaire and fully vaccinated travelers are only required to present proof of vaccination upon boarding their flight and upon arrival in Dominica. Children age 12 and under will assume the vaccination status of their parents.
Visitors who are not fully vaccinated (including minors ages 13-17) must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours or a professionally supervised negative rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
Testing upon arrival for symptomatic travelers will remain in effect.
Visitors must wear face masks at all times during the arrival process, up to and including departure from the airport, observe physical distancing guidelines and follow all instructions from local health care staff and officials.
For more information, see the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean’s website and Dominica’s travel advisory.
The Dominican Republic reopened July 1, 2020, and most hotels and resorts have reopened. U.S. travelers are welcome and there are no pre-travel COVID-19 testing requirements for visitors.
As of April 23, 2022, travelers no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to enter and random tests at the airport have ended. Check for updates here.
All travelers must still fill out and submit an electronic entry ticket (for both arrival into and departure from the Dominican Republic) to declare they have not felt any COVID-19-related symptoms in the last 72 hours and provide contact details for the next 30 days.
As of Feb. 16, 2022, COVID-19 measures have been suspended and the use of masks and social distancing measures in public spaces is the responsibility of the individual.
St. George’s Harbour, Grenada. (Photo by Westend61/Getty Images)
Grenada began reopening to foreign tourists on Aug. 1, 2020, with strict protocols, including quarantine, in place for all visitors. But as of April 4, 2022, Grenada has removed all COVID-19-related entry requirements and restrictions for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Complete details can be found here.
For more information, check the U.S. Embassy in the Eastern Caribbean’s COVID-19 page for Grenada. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Grenada is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory for the island is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
Haiti, which suffered political turmoil following the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moise, on July 7, 2021, and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake two weeks later, has reopened its borders to regular international passenger traffic. It has also opened its land borders with the Dominican Republic.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, as of April 18, all travelers to Haiti age 12 and older will need to present either a vaccination card proving full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel to their airline; proof of prior COVID-19 infection (a positive test and documentation from the attending physician) is also allowed. Passengers ages 5-11 must only present a negative test result.
Jamaica officially reopened for tourism on June 15, 2020, and as of April 16, 2022, passengers no longer need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test to board their flight to Jamaica.
For faster processing upon arrival at the airport, travelers are encouraged to submit their Immigration/Customs C5 card online anytime before arrival. If the card has not been submitted online, passengers may complete the paper form issued in flight by the airline.
For the latest updates on requirements for travel to Jamaica, check here.
Visit the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica’s website for additional information. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Jamaica is Level 3: Reconsider Travel and the CDC’s advisory for the island is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
Americans are now able to visit Martinique for tourism — if they are fully vaccinated.
According to the U.S. Embassy for the Eastern Caribbean, fully vaccinated travelers from “green” and “orange” countries (the U.S. is currently green) may enter if it has been more than two weeks since their second injection of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine or more than four weeks since the single-injection Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Travel is prohibited for unvaccinated people unless it is based on an overriding personal or family reason, an emergency health reason or a professional reason that cannot be postponed.
All arrivals over the age of 11 who are permitted must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure for Martinique and sign a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and have not been in contact over the past 14 days with a person confirmed to have COVID-19. Unvaccinated travelers granted permission to enter for a justified reason must quarantine for seven days until taking another test.
There is currently a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. (which is categorized as a green country) are allowed to visit St. Barts for tourism without the need for a pre-travel test. Americans age 18 and older planning to visit St. Barts must provide proof of being at least two weeks past their final vaccination with a Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine or at least four weeks past the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Children ages 12-17 must be fully vaccinated if traveling alone.
Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours.
Travelers must also present a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight. Those arriving in St. Barts via St. Martin will need to register in advance through the St. Martin Electronic Health Authorization System.
For updates on travel to St. Barts, check with the U.S. Embassy in the Eastern Caribbean.
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis began a phased reopening on Oct. 31, 2020, but on May 29, 2021, changed its protocols to allow only fully vaccinated travelers to visit. Unvaccinated children under 18 accompanied by fully vaccinated parents (who are two weeks or more past their final vaccination) can enter without additional testing or quarantine.
All travelers regardless of age are required to complete the embarkation/entry form here no later than 24 hours before arrival and submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS-approved laboratory taken within 72 hours of arrival or a negative rapid antigen test taken at an approved lab within 24 hours of arrival. Those who are age 18 and older (or younger and fully vaccinated) are also required to submit proof of vaccination (an official vaccination certificate) and a travel approval letter. Hard copies of negative test results and vaccination cards are also required.
Unvaccinated travelers age 12 and younger will experience the same entry protocol as their fully vaccinated parents. However, unvaccinated travelers ages 12-17 will have to take an RT-PCR test for $150 within 24 hours of arriving on the island — and their parents must quarantine with them until the child’s negative results are received.
Details can be found here.
Americans can now stay anywhere on the island, with the option of staying at one of 14 approved hotels for international visitors, such as the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, the Four Seasons Nevis or the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
If travelers choose to stay at an approved hotel, unvaccinated children’s testing is organized through the hotel. If you stay somewhere else you must coordinate directly with RT-PCR testing services yourself.
For complete details on travel requirements, visit the St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism website.
(Photo by Pawel Toczynski/Getty Images)
Americans are welcome to visit St. Lucia, where immediate access to on-island activities is now available (as of July 2) to both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated travelers had previously been required to vacation in place at certified properties for the first seven days of their visit.
Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter St. Lucia; they must show a valid vaccination record.
All unvaccinated travelers 5 years and older must still present proof of a negative RT-PCR test, taken up to five days prior to entering St. Lucia.
All travelers must complete and have a printed and signed copy of the St. Lucia Health Screening form.
Masks and social distancing are required in public spaces.
For further details, visit the international arrivals page on the St. Lucia Tourism website and the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean’s website.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines began reopening on July 1, 2020. Most protocols have recently been eased for fully vaccinated travelers, and visitors from all countries are welcome.
As of June 13, fully vaccinated visitors no longer need to fill out a health form within 24 hours of departure for the islands, provide a negative pre-travel test result or quarantine.
Travelers who are unvaccinated must arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours and meet with a Port Health officer upon arrival to fill out a Port Health form; they may also be tested again upon arrival and must quarantine for five days at a Tourism Authority-approved Transition/Quarantine Hotel with testing between days three and four.
Details are here.
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for St. Vincent and the Grenadines is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory for the islands is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19. Check the website of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and Discover St. Vincent and the Grenadines for COVID-19 updates.
St. Maarten in January 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Dutch St. Maarten is open and welcoming U.S. and other travelers arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). As of March 1, testing protocols are based on vaccination and booster status:
Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers no longer need to pretest to enter St. Maarten as long as they have proof of full vaccination or full vaccination plus a booster dose taken at least two weeks prior to arrival. Travelers with proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past nine months also do not need a pre-travel test.
Unvaccinated travelers age 5 and older must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of travel; as of April 1, a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours is also allowed.
No test is required for children under 5.
All travelers to St. Maarten must also apply for a pre-authorization health form online, in addition to purchasing a St. Maarten Visitors Protection Plan, which provides health insurance covering COVID-19 testing and treatment while on the island. The plan is free for those travelers under the age of 14 and $15 for everyone else. Travelers should expect health checks upon arrival.
As travelers from a high-risk country (all countries are currently considered high risk), Americans are also expected to practice daily self-monitoring and reporting of symptoms for five days.
U.S. tourists are currently allowed to cross the border from Dutch St. Maarten to French Saint-Martin.
The U.S. State Department advisory is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions for both Dutch St. Maarten and French Saint-Martin. The CDC’s advisory for Dutch St. Maarten is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad in January 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Trinidad and Tobago issued a stay-at-home order in late March 2020 and banned tourists. The country’s borders reopened on July 17, 2021, and as of July 1, 2022, pre-travel testing is no longer required for entry.
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Trinidad and Tobago is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution and the CDC’s advisory is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19. Check the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad & Tobago website for updates.
Turks and Caicos
Grace Bay Beach. (Photo by minimum/Getty Images)
Turks and Caicos, a group of 40 low-lying coral islands popular with tourists in the Caribbean, began welcoming international visitors to Providenciales International Airport (PLS) on July 22, 2020. This British overseas territory includes the island of Providenciales, also known as Provo.
Turks and Caicos now requires all visitors 18 years of age or older to be fully vaccinated, meaning 14 days must have passed after receiving a single-dose vaccine or a second dose of a two-dose vaccine. Vaccines currently approved are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and others.
To show proof of vaccination, you’ll need to provide:
A digital or paper vaccination record, including the CDC-issued card, or a vaccination letter signed by a medical professional (physician or registered nurse with license number), or one printed from an electronic vaccination database.
As of May 1, travelers to Turks and Caicos are no longer required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 pre-travel test, show proof of medical insurance valid for the treatment of COVID-19 in Turks and Caicos or obtain travel pre-authorization. Masks are no longer required in public places.
Related: Why I love Turks and Caicos
Much of Europe continues to experience COVID-19 waves due to omicron subvariants, although cases are easing in some areas. A number of countries have opted to relax COVID-19 restrictions.
Most European countries have also dropped vaccination or testing requirements to access indoor spaces such as restaurants, hotels and museums.
The European Council recommended in late February that its member countries open more broadly to travelers from outside the EU, but individual countries are setting specific dates for easing their restrictions.
By early July, more than three dozen European countries had dropped all COVID-19-related entry requirements for travelers. They include: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Bulgaria.
The Albanian government reopened for tourism on July 1, 2020, and Americans can visit, according to the U.S. Embassy in Albania.
Effective May 1, 2022, Albania repealed all COVID-19 entry and public health measures, per the U.S. Embassy.
Armenia has reopened its borders to Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan. As of early May, the country no longer requires proof of vaccination or a pre-travel negative test to enter the country.
Vienna in September 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of May 16, Austria no longer requires visitors from any country to be vaccinated, recovered or tested.
Information can be found here.
As of June 1, FFP2 or KN95 face are no longer required on public transportation and in essential shops and pharmacies — but in Vienna they remain compulsory on public transportation and in pharmacies. For details on current restrictions, check here.
Check the U.S. Embassy in Austria for additional information. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Austria is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, as of June 21, 2021, U.S. citizens can fly to Azerbaijan. Entry by land is not permitted, however, and all travelers over the age of 18 must have proof of vaccination or proof of immunity from a previous infection (the testing requirement was eliminated as of April 14, 2022).
The country is under special restrictions through at least July to require proof of vaccination for those 18 and older to enter indoor venues, including restaurants, cafes and malls. Masks, however, are no longer required as of May 1.
Belarus is on the front lines of the Russia-Ukraine war. The country has also been in the midst of a popular uprising against Alexander Lukashenko, called the “last dictator in Europe.”
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the country is Level 4: Do Not Travel (“due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detention, the Russian military attack on neighboring Ukraine, and the buildup of Russian military in Belarus along the border with Ukraine”) and the CDC reports an unknown level of COVID-19.
It isn’t wise to visit — the embassy has suspended operations in Minsk and has asked Americans to depart Belarus if they are there — but the country bordering Russia and Ukraine is open. According to the U.S. Embassy in Belarus, America is on a list of countries that were allowed to enter as of Aug. 15, 2020, but only through Minsk National Airport (MSQ). Land borders are closed to American travelers.
Americans require a visa. A COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours is also required and unvaccinated travelers from a “red zone” country (including the U.S.) must self-quarantine for seven days — and complete the full quarantine in Belarus. Travelers also need to fill out a health questionnaire and submit to temperature and health checks on arrival.
Note: On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation prohibited the sale of direct passenger air transportation, including tickets booked through one airline that contain flights operated by multiple airlines, between the U.S. and Belarus. Once this order becomes final, only direct air transportation deemed to be in the national interest of the United States, including on humanitarian or national security grounds, will be allowed, per the U.S. Embassy.
Brussels in March 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of May 23, Belgium has lifted entry restrictions for all travelers, except those from “Very High-Risk” countries — but as of late May, no countries are categorized as such.
That means all Americans, whether they are vaccinated or not, can now travel to Belgium without the need to test or quarantine, according to the Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in the U.S.
Belgium had also instituted social distancing restrictions, which are being reduced. Face masks are recommended on public transit. For more information, check the country’s current measures.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Americans can travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and, according to the U.S. Embassy, as of May 16 all COVID-19-related restrictions have been removed for all visitors.
Sofia, Bulgaria, in September 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Americans can enter Bulgaria for tourism, per the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria.
According to the embassy, as of May 1, all COVID-19-related entry restrictions have been lifted and all travelers to Bulgaria no longer need to provide vaccination or testing documents.
The U.S. Embassy does note that entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice and that the Croatian Border Police have final authority regarding entry into Croatia.
Croatia no longer requires that masks be worn in indoor public spaces, with the exception of health care facilities.
Cyprus, a small island nation off the coast of Turkey, is now open to all international visitors and all previous COVID-19-related entry protocols ended on June 1.
As of July 8, masks are required in all indoor areas, including public transportation, for those over 12 years old.
Check the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus for additional information.
As of April 9, the Czech Republic has suspended all entry restrictions related to COVID-19. This means Americans can visit for tourism, whether they are vaccinated or not. Details can be found here and here.
Direct flights between the U.S. and the Czech Republic resumed this summer on Delta Air Lines.
Copenhagen in October 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of March 29, there are no longer any COVID-19-related restrictions for entering Denmark. Americans, whether they are vaccinated or not, can travel there for tourism.
Denmark also dropped all COVID-19-related restrictions within the country as of Feb. 1, although private businesses and cultural institutions may continue to require certain things and there will be recommendations for the use of masks and “corona passports” in certain limited situations. Face masks are no longer required in Danish airports.
Tallinn, Estonia, in May 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Estonia reopened to Americans as of June 21, 2021, according to the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, including for tourism. As of early July 2022, Estonia has lifted all COVID-19-related entry restrictions. See details here.
Masks are recommended in indoor public spaces.
Helsinki in August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Americans can visit Finland for tourism and all COVID-19-related border restrictions ended as of June 30, per the Visit Finland tourism board.
Check the U.S. Embassy in Finland for additional information. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Finland is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory for the country is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
Paris in June 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of Aug. 1, all COVID-19-related entry requirements have been dropped. This includes proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a negative test result.
Related: Updated France entry rules
Updates to entry restrictions can be found here.
Check the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in France for additional updates. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for France is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution and the CDC’s advisory for the country is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
Americans are welcome in the country of Georgia, according to the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative pre-travel test is no longer required. Proof of health insurance valid in Georgia is recommended.
Berlin in August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
The German government confirmed that Americans are welcome as of June 20, 2021— and as of June 11, 2022, Germany has dropped all COVID-19-related vaccination and testing requirements for entry.
Masks are still required on public transportation.
Athens in May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Greece began welcoming U.S. travelers on April 19, 2021, and several cruise lines, including Celebrity, also spent last summer sailing the Greek islands from Athens.
As of May 1, 2022, all travelers to Greece are no longer required to present a vaccination certificate, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or proof of a negative PCR or antigen test. Details can be found here.
As of March 15, 2022, it is also no longer mandatory to complete an online passenger locator form but filling out a simplified version of the form is recommended.
Face masks are only required on public transportation.
Check the U.S. Embassy in Greece website for additional information.
Budapest, Hungary, in October 2014. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of March 7, Hungary ended all COVID-19-related travel restrictions for travelers, including Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Hungary.
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)
Iceland is welcoming U.S. travelers — and as of Feb. 25, there are no longer any testing or vaccination requirements to enter from any country.
Read the latest updates on Icelandair’s website.
Check the U.S. Embassy in Iceland’s website for additional information.
Dublin in November 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of March 6, Ireland has dropped all COVID-19-related entry requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, and completing a passenger locator form is no longer required.
Masks are no longer required, but are still recommended on public transportation and in health care settings.
For additional information, visit the U.S. Mission Ireland’s website.
Milan in March 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Americans are allowed to visit Italy for tourism — and as of June 1, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can enter without any COVID-19 vaccination or testing restrictions.
All passengers traveling to Italy had been required to fill out the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form, but that requirement ended on May 1.
In addition, as of June 1 proof of vaccination (the “Green Pass”) is no longer required to visit museums, dine in restaurants, use public transportation and access most other indoor venues. However, until Sept. 30, the use of FFP2 and KN95 masks is mandatory on all public transportation (trains, ships and local trams and buses).
Check the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Italy website for additional information. Details for U.S. travelers can be found here. The latest updates by Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be found here.
Kosovo has reopened its borders to Americans and Prishtina International Airport (PRN) is open. According to the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, as of May 1, travelers can enter Kosovo without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, but the embassy says that travelers should bring their vaccination certificate with them because it is still required to enter certain indoor spaces.
The embassy also notes: “Airlines, transit points, and destination countries impose a patchwork of different testing requirements and airlines may refuse boarding for some passengers (including U.S. citizens and Kosovo residents). Airlines have the sole authority to decide who they allow to board their aircraft. Generally, pre-travel testing is recommended.”
To dine inside restaurants or enter museums, malls or public institutions, you must show evidence of vaccination or a negative PCR or rapid antigen test.
Riga, Latvia, in August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Americans can visit Latvia and, according to the U.S. Embassy in Latvia, the country ended entry protocols for travelers from non-high-risk countries as of April 1. Currently, the U.S. is not on that list and Americans can visit whether they are vaccinated or not without the need to pretest or register.
Switzerland handles immigration and customs matters for Liechtenstein, meaning that as long as you are qualified to enter Switzerland, you are able to enter Liechtenstein since there’s an open border between the two countries.
All Americans had been allowed in for tourism as of June 28, 2021, according to the U.S. Embassy, and as of May 2, 2022, all Americans, no matter their vaccination status, can enter Liechtenstein without any pandemic-related measures.
All COVID-19 restrictions for businesses and public transportation have been lifted. Details are here.
Vilnius, Lithuania, in May 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Americans can visit Lithuania for any purpose, and as of May 1, according to the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania, all COVID-19-related entry requirements have been lifted.
Luxembourg in November 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
According to the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, as of Nov. 7, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. are again allowed to enter Luxembourg and the CDC card is accepted as proof of vaccination.
Details on travel to Luxembourg are available here.
Masks and CovidCheck are no longer required for entrance to bars, restaurants, stores or on public transportation (only for hospitals and nursing homes). Read more about Luxembourg’s restrictions here.
There are no COVID-19-related travel requirements in place for entering Malta.
Details are available on the Ministry of Health website.
Masks are now required only in certain settings such as hospitals and care homes.
As of March 16, Moldova has lifted all COVID-19-related entry restrictions and Americans are permitted to enter Moldova, but the country’s proximity to Ukraine makes travel there inadvisable at this time. Airspace had been closed through March 21, but has reopened.
Face masks are now recommended but not required in all indoor public spaces.
The Embassy of Monaco in Washington, D.C., reports that as of Feb. 12, fully vaccinated travelers over the age of 11 from the U.S. and Canada are permitted to travel to Monaco (whose immigration is overseen by France) for tourism with proof of full vaccination (a booster is required for those age 18 and older if the final dose was more than nine months ago) and no required pre-travel test (children under age 12 are exempt from testing). Travelers must also sign a sworn statement attesting to an absence of symptoms and no contact with an infected individual.
France recently relisted the U.S. as a “green country,” so unvaccinated U.S. travelers age 12 and older can again visit Monaco for tourism and must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding. Requirements for random antigen testing upon arrival and seven days of self-isolation have ended.
France handles immigration and customs for Monaco. Details are here.
Montenegro is open to Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro notes that as of March 11, no proof of vaccination, COVID-19 passports/certificates or COVID-19 tests are required to enter Montenegro.
Face masks must be worn on all public transportation and in hospitals and collective accommodations.
Amsterdam. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)
According to the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands, passengers arriving from outside of the EU/Schengen Area who are fully vaccinated no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the Netherlands as of March 23.
Those traveling from countries that participate in the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme and have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within 11-180 days also do not have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
As of April 20, travelers also no longer need to complete an online health declaration form before traveling to the Netherlands.
Unvaccinated travelers who are traveling for essential reasons (tourism is not allowed without a vaccination or recovery certificate) are strongly advised to test on days two and five.
The country also lifted COVID-19 restrictions on social venues as of Feb. 25.
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North Macedonia is now open to all tourists, including Americans, with no testing or vaccination requirements, according to the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia.
Reine, Norway. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)
As of Feb. 12, Norway’s travel restrictions have been lifted. The same rules as prior to the COVID-19 pandemic now apply. There are no requirements for testing, quarantine or registration upon arrival in Norway.
Unvaccinated people are advised to be careful when traveling to Svalbard, where testing before and after arrival will continue, according to the U.S. Embassy in Norway.
Detailed information about travel to Norway and national and local COVID-19 prevention measures are available on Health Norway’s website.
Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of March 28, Poland has lifted all vaccination and testing requirements for all arriving travelers, including those from outside the EU/Schengen Area. All U.S. citizens are now permitted to visit.
Details and updates can be found here.
Portugal in September 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of July 1, Portugal has dropped all COVID-19 vaccination and testing restrictions and U.S. travelers can visit without any pre-travel requirements.
Masks are required on public transportation and in health care facilities and nursing homes.
As of March 9, Romania has lifted all COVID-19-related entry restrictions, according to the U.S. Embassy in Romania, and foreign citizens entering Romania no longer need proof of vaccination or a negative test result.
The embassy cautions that regulations continue to change, so before traveling to Romania travelers are advised to consult their airline as well as the Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C., for entry requirements.
Romania also borders Ukraine, where armed conflict continues.
Travel to Russia at this time is not advised due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, which has limited international transportation options as airlines have canceled flights to and from the country. In addition, most cruise lines have canceled scheduled port calls on St. Petersburg and even entire Baltic itineraries during the summer 2022 cruise season.
The Russian government requires that all foreign travelers present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result upon arrival, dated within two days prior to arrival in Russia, along with completion of a digital form that must be printed out and presented to customs in Russia.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Russia as the country’s infrastructure has been unsettled by global sanctions imposed since the Ukraine invasion and because Russia is one of the countries “most affected” by COVID-19. Cases and deaths have surged, hitting record highs through mid-February.
As of May 3, all travelers entering Serbia no longer need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, according to the U.S. Embassy in Serbia. Most pandemic-related restrictions have gradually been lifted.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia, as of April 6, all COVID-19-related requirements for entry to Slovakia are canceled, regardless of vaccination status, and Americans are allowed to visit for tourism.
As of April 23, most social restrictions were ended and masks are no longer required in public spaces other than health care settings.
The U.S. Embassy notes that there are no direct flights from the U.S. to Slovakia and if you fly into an airport in a neighboring country, you need to comply with all requirements for transiting passengers for the country where the airport is located.
Check the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia website for additional information.
All travelers entering Slovenia by air or sea still need to fill out a digital passenger locator form.
Madrid in June 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of Sept. 6, 2021, Spain required proof of vaccination for U.S. tourists or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival for unvaccinated travelers who met exceptional situations to enter the country. But as of May 27, 2022, unvaccinated tourists can also now enter Spain with predeparture testing.
Visitors arriving for tourism must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, with the last shot no more than 270 days prior to arrival or a booster shot is required at least 14 days before entry. Tourists who are not fully vaccinated must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for Spain or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure.
Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 180 days can also provide proof that they have successfully recovered from COVID-19 at least 11 days prior to travel.
Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 may accompany fully vaccinated adults.
All U.S. travelers must present a QR code upon arrival in Spain, generated through the Spain Travel Health portal. The Spanish government requires all passengers coming to Spain from outside the country who do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate to complete the Health Control Form portion via the portal at least 48 hours prior to departure to the country, including international transits. You may begin to fill out the form at any time prior to your trip, excluding sections that are limited to two days prior to your arrival. Both the form and associated QR code are necessary for entry.
Stockholm in August 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of April 1, all COVID-19-related entry restrictions and bans by Sweden have been lifted and traveling to the country does not involve showing proof of vaccination or a negative test, according to the Swedish Border Police.
The U.S. Embassy in Sweden also has information on traveling to Sweden.
As of Feb. 9, Sweden has dropped all domestic COVID-19-related restrictions, including the wearing of face masks on public transit and capacity limits and vaccine requirements for restaurants.
Lucerne, Switzerland, in April 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Americans had been allowed in for tourism as of June 28, 2021, according to the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland, and as of May 2, 2022, all Americans, vaccinated or not, can visit Switzerland without any COVID-19-related protocols.
All COVID-19-related restrictions for business and public transportation have also been lifted as of May 2. Details are here.
Istanbul in May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Turkey’s international borders are open for travelers from a number of countries, including the U.S., according to the U.S. Embassy in Turkey.
As of June 1, Turkey has dropped all COVID-19-related entry requirements, so proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required, per the Turkish Airlines website.
The Turkish Ministry of Health announced on March 2 that masks are no longer required outdoors and indoors if air circulation and social distancing are adequate. Restaurants are open without restrictions.
Due to heavy and sustained armed war with Russia within Ukraine, the government’s state of emergency and COVID-19, any travel to Ukraine at this time is not advised. Those U.S. citizens currently in Ukraine should depart immediately, per the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
Prior to the tensions, all U.S. citizens age 12 and older entering Ukraine from the U.S. or another “Red Zone” country were required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a document confirming the receipt of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 with vaccines on the WHO’s list of approved vaccines.
U.S. citizens traveling to Ukraine must also demonstrate that they have medical insurance covering all expenses related to COVID-19 treatment while in Ukraine.
Since Aug. 5, 2021, all foreign tourists over 18 years old who have not been vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 days and monitor such via the Vdoma mobile app, to be shortened by testing negative within three days. Quarantine is not required if you are in the country for less than 72 hours.
Mask-wearing is mandatory on public transportation and in indoor public spaces.
London in November 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of March 18, the United Kingdom has lifted all COVID-19-related entry requirements, so U.S. travelers no longer need to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test to enter. The need to fill out an online passenger locator pass has also ended.
Lockdown measures have been fully lifted in England, where pretty much everything has reopened to full capacity, indoors and out.
Visit the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom for regular updates.
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Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) reopened on Aug. 15, 2020, and the return of tourism began on Oct. 1, 2020, with travel requirements in place. Americans are welcome to visit Belize, with vaccination or testing still required for entry, but as of April 1, 2022, the country has removed all remaining in-country COVID-19-related restrictions, including mask mandates.
All travelers to Belize are advised to purchase local travel health insurance ($18 per person for a visit lasting up to 21 days) from Belize Travel Insurance, but it is not required.
Costa Rica, which reopened to Americans on Nov. 1, 2020, has repealed its COVID-19 entry requirements as of April 1, 2022.
Most businesses are open and face masks are recommended but no longer mandatory in all indoor public settings. Beaches are open and national parks are welcoming visitors at 100% capacity.
Travelers can also check the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica website for information.
The country of El Salvador reopened for commercial flights to Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador on Sept. 19, 2020.
Local businesses are open with no restrictions. According to the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, as of Nov. 17, 2021, the government of El Salvador removed the COVID-19 test and/or vaccination requirements for entry. Travelers are advised to confirm with their airlines that the airline understands and has implemented this change to avoid complications at their departure airport.
The country has said arriving passengers will face temperature checks. A curfew is currently not in place and there are no quarantine requirements for visitors.
Guatemala began slowly reopening to tourism on Sept. 18, 2020, and La Aurora International Airport (GUA) is accepting international arrivals. Vaccinated Americans are welcome to visit.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, as of March 11, 2022, passengers must adhere to one of the following requirements: If age 12 or older, evidence of receiving a complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), with the final dose being administered at least two weeks before travel to Guatemala; if age 10 or older, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab conducted no more than three days prior to check-in at the airport or arrival at the land border.
Upon arrival, travelers must pass through health checkpoints and masks are required in some public settings.
Honduras reopened for tourists from all countries on Aug. 17, 2020, with its international airports in operation. Spirit Airlines has resumed service from Fort Lauderdale and Houston, and American Airlines is flying from Miami.
Entering visitors must complete a government registration form and print it, as well as present their original vaccination certificate indicating they are 14 days or more past completing their vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 72 hours of check-in at the airport. They will also be required to sign an affidavit and complete customs forms.
Masks are required in all public spaces. Individuals remaining out after 10 p.m. are required to carry their COVID-19 vaccination card. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.
Updates on guidelines can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Honduras website.
Jinotega, Nicaragua. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)
Nicaragua never really shut down. There were never any stay-at-home or social distancing orders and there are continued questions about how many cases Nicaragua actually has had. In addition, only limited flights from the U.S. have resumed (on Avianca and Copa).
The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua notes that U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Nicaragua, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of travel is required for entry. Travelers should also be prepared for additional health screenings and may be asked to produce their negative test results. Anyone entering Nicaragua from a country with a known yellow fever risk must also show proof of vaccination at least 10 days prior to arrival.
Panama in February 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Panama began reopening its airport back in late August 2020 and reopened to tourism on Oct. 12, 2020. The country currently requires all travelers to submit an online health affidavit and unvaccinated travelers age 17 or older must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Travelers who are at least two weeks past being fully vaccinated can show their vaccination certificate to avoid testing. Details are available here.
All unvaccinated travelers arriving in Panama must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours. Any unvaccinated traveler who was unable to obtain a negative coronavirus test within that time frame can take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at the airport upon arrival (the cost is $50), but if the result is positive they must quarantine for five days in a hotel. Children under age 17, when accompanied by an adult, do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.
As of July 11, face masks are required only on public transportation and in hospital and health care settings.
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Argentina had one of the world’s strictest travel bans, restricting all international visitors until Nov. 1, 2021, when fully vaccinated foreigners (including Americans) were allowed to enter the country. As of early April 2022, all international visitors are welcome, without the need to be vaccinated or tested. See details here.
However, all travelers to Argentina must sign a sworn electronic statement within 48 hours before their arrival and have proof of health insurance valid for COVID-19 treatment in Argentina. And the Argentine government recommends that travelers take a COVID-19 test (at their own cost) within 24 hours of arrival in the country.
Visit the U.S. Embassy in Argentina for additional information.
Bolivia had been off-limits to tourists, but the country is now open to visitors, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, with a notation that travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions affecting international travel to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
U.S. citizens will need to obtain a tourist visa ($160 and valid for 30 days).
Entry rules recently changed and now travelers to Bolivia, regardless of their country of origin, must present either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or submit a certified negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours (children 5 years old and younger are exempt).
Face masks are required in some public spaces and social distancing rules are in place.
The U.S. Embassy reports that commercial flights have resumed — Boliviana de Aviacion has flights between La Paz and Miami — but travelers should expect that additional restrictions affecting international travel could be put in place with little advance notice.
Rio de Janeiro, May 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Brazil has had the most coronavirus cases in South America. Weekly cases due to the omicron surge hit a record 1.3 million in late January 2022 and the country recently surpassed 679,000 deaths.
Fully vaccinated tourists are currently welcome and while Brazil no longer requires proof of health insurance for entry, the U.S. State Department continues to recommend that all travelers purchase insurance before departing the United States. For updates, check the U.S. Embassy in Brazil’s website.
Only unvaccinated travelers who meet exceptions to the vaccine requirement must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or a negative laboratory antigen test taken within one day of boarding.
Fully vaccinated travelers to Brazil age 12 and older are required to present proof of full vaccination to their airline. It can be electronic or printed, but proof in the form of just a QR code will not be accepted.
Chile is welcoming international travelers — and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required, although all travelers are encouraged to test before travel and may be randomly tested upon arrival, and proof of vaccination is required for many activities in the country.
Register at mevacuno.gob.cl to obtain a 30-day mobility pass (this process might take more than four weeks); while no longer required to enter Chile, the pass (which proves a traveler is vaccinated) is necessary to travel within the country and for indoor dining at restaurants.
Fill out the Affidavit for Travelers form online, up to 48 hours before departure. The form will issue a QR code as a means of verification.
Have medical insurance with coverage of at least $30,000 for COVID-19-related care.
Americans are allowed to travel to Colombia, where international flights resumed on Sept. 21, 2020, and according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, that now includes tourists. As of May 1, 2022, all visitors age 18 and older need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of their departure to Colombia.
Quito, Ecuador, in October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Ecuador is again open for Americans and as of July 18, all arriving passengers over 3 years old are now required to present a vaccination card showing completion of COVID-19 vaccination (at least 14 days prior to travel) or results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight, per the Ecuador Tourism website. All visitors must also fill out an online health declaration form.
Requirements for the Galapagos Islands are now the same as entry into Ecuador; travelers who aren’t fully vaccinated can use the same PCR test result if they are transiting directly to the Galapagos upon arrival in Ecuador and their test is still within the required 72-hour time frame at the time of boarding their flight to the Galapagos. If not, travelers need to test again in Ecuador. Travelers to the Galapagos also need a “salvoconducto” (transit control card) from their tour operator and should contact the operator directly for that document.
The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Ecuador is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution and the CDC’s advisory for the country is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador website for additional information.
According to the U.S. Embassy, vaccinated Americans can visit Guyana. As of June 18, all travelers age 12 and older must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks past their final shot). Predeparture testing is no longer required to enter Guyana.
Restaurants are open and dining is allowed at 100% capacity. Mask-wearing in public is no longer mandatory but is strongly encouraged.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, all individuals age 12 and older must present proof of full vaccination to enter the country. People age 12 and older who are unvaccinated must present proof of a negative RT-PCR/LAMP/NAAT test taken within 72 hours before boarding their flight to Paraguay. Vaccine records must be in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.
The U.S. Embassy says that U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business.
The CDC encourages all travelers over the age of 2 to wear masks while visiting Paraguay.
The U.S. Embassy in Peru reports that direct flights from the U.S. are available and Americans are welcome to enter Peru, although testing is required for all unvaccinated visitors to enter the country (as well as to ride most public transportation and enter certain businesses) and the country’s health emergency has been extended through Aug. 28.
All passengers age 12 and older must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure for Peru (children under 12 must only be asymptomatic to board) and complete an online electronic Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization administered by Migraciones.
Peru instituted regional risk metrics of High, Very High and Extreme, based on COVID-19 risk, subject to review every 21 days. KN95 or double face masks are now required to enter indoor spaces and on public transportation.
According to the U.S. Embassy, all passengers older than 18 years of age using commercial transportation to travel domestically in Peru by land or air must present proof of vaccination or a negative molecular test taken within 48 hours. As of Feb. 28, everyone age 40 and older must present proof of having had a booster. Additionally, anyone over 18 years old is also not allowed to enter the premises of public businesses without their physical or virtual ID card that proves they have completed, in Peru or abroad, their COVID-19 vaccination schedule.
Check the Peru Tourism website for additional updates.
Uruguay reopened to fully vaccinated international travelers on Nov. 1, 2021, and commercial flights have resumed. According to the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, unvaccinated travelers can enter with testing and/or quarantine. Here’s what’s required:
Vaccinated travelers require proof of vaccination, but no longer require a pre-travel negative test.
Unvaccinated travelers require a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours before initiating travel, and an additional PCR test seven days after arrival ($100 cost to the traveler) or they need to self-quarantine for 14 days. (Minors under age 6 are exempt.)
All travelers will be screened for body temperature at the port of entry.
Proof of health insurance effective in Uruguay for the duration of your stay is required for all foreign travelers entering Uruguay.
A signed declaration of health completed within 48 hours before initiating travel is required. This online form can be found here.
While travelers are no longer required to wear masks, the State Department recommends wearing face coverings inside crowded buildings and on public transportation.
Current entry requirements are that U.S. travelers must apply for and obtain a visa and all arriving air passengers must present proof of full vaccination, either with a physical card or a digital card (with a QR code). A booster dose is required if the second dose was more than 270 days prior. If unvaccinated, a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival is required (but the embassy notes that this could be subject to change). There are health screenings upon arrival, but no quarantine is currently required.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, limited flights to the country resumed in early November 2020 and, per the Venezuelan Civil Aviation Authority, are limited to Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Bolivia. Flights to Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Cuba and Argentina began in December 2021.
Bangladesh requires international visitors, including those from the United States, to be fully vaccinated or present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh.
U.S. citizens need a valid visa or “no visa required” seal to enter and must complete a passenger health declaration form within three days of travel to Bangladesh. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to present proof of a negative pre-travel test, but those age 12 and older who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel to Bangladesh.
Cambodia has reopened for tourism — with no pre-travel testing or quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers, including Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia. The new rules allow travelers to visit any place in the country as long as they follow entry protocols.
Fully vaccinated travelers must carry a vaccination card or certificate. Unvaccinated travelers must submit an antigen rapid test to the Ministry of Health. All COVID-19 costs for treatment, accommodations and testing fall on the traveler.
All travelers must also obtain a visa to enter the country and are encouraged to purchase COVID-19 health insurance valid in Cambodia.
China was where COVID-19 emerged, and the country suspended entry for nearly all foreigners — including all foreign spectators for the Beijing Winter Olympics, which took place Feb. 4-20, 2022 — and slashed the volume of international passenger flights to and from the country in March 2020. An outbreak in Xian in December 2021 and January 2022 resulted in a monthlong lockdown of the city’s 13 million residents and a new wave in March resulted in lockdowns in Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Strict anti-travel measures remain in place. Flights have resumed and in September 2020 the State Department eased its travel advisory for China, lowering it from Level 4: Do Not Travel to Level 3: Reconsider Travel, mainly due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws. The CDC’s advisory for China is Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19.
The U.S. Embassy in China says that U.S. citizens with valid resident permits and visas can enter China “under certain conditions.” On Dec. 23, 2020, Chinese authorities increased the requirements for passengers seeking to enter China from the United States. Both COVID-19 PCR testing and IgM antibody tests (with special requirements for individuals vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) must be performed in the departure city for the last (direct) flight to China, and a 14-day quarantine after arrival followed by more testing is required. Per the PRC Embassy website, China seems to have added an antigen test requirement as of April 1.
The U.S. Embassy notes that testing upon arrival and for release from quarantine may include blood tests, as well as oral, nasal and anal swab tests.
Hong Kong, October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of May 1, nonresident foreigners can again enter Hong Kong.
Hong Kong, which earlier this year experienced its worst outbreak of the pandemic and banned direct flights from eight countries (including the U.S) from Jan. 8-March 31, began easing some of its travel restrictions on April 1, opening for Hong Kong residents who had been abroad and transit passengers (who had been banned since Jan. 16).
Now, according to the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau, foreign travelers can visit Hong Kong, but they must present a record of full vaccination and proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of their flight to Hong Kong. Travelers must also show a booking for seven nights at a designated quarantine hotel. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 may be permitted to enter Hong Kong due to a caregiver’s vaccine status, but might be required to quarantine for longer.
As of May 9, all travelers are also subject to a PCR test and antigen test upon arrival at the airport; a positive antigen test requires a stay in a quarantine hotel.
Travelers from the mainland and Macau fall into three groups. Those who enter Hong Kong on the Return2hk or the Come2hk schemes may enter quarantine-free. (See the Hong Kong government websites for further information: Come2hk and Return2hk.) Non-Hong Kong residents may participate in the Come2hk scheme. Those who are not using these schemes for entry face a seven-day quarantine.
Transit passengers are allowed as of April 1, according to Airport Authority Hong Kong. Transit passengers are international travelers who are only flying into Hong Kong in order to catch another flight. Transit passengers cannot leave the airport.
The U.S. Embassy in India notes that travel to India for tourism and other short-term purposes has resumed fully for individuals holding tourist or e-tourist visas. Valid visas, which were previously suspended due to COVID-19 precautions, have been fully reinstated and are valid for travel until their printed expiration dates.
According to the U.S. Embassy, as of Feb. 14 all international passengers age 5 and older must either upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of travel or a vaccination certificate proving full vaccination (India recognizes the CDC vaccination card) to the Air Suvidha portal. Travelers must also submit a self-declaration form detailing their past 14 days of travel 72 hours prior to the start of travel to India.
Passengers may be tested again upon arrival (2% will be selected at random) and must self-monitor for 14 days. U.S. citizens who must travel to India are strongly urged to get fully vaccinated before travel and continue to take personal health safety measures to protect themselves.
Some Indian states also require testing upon arrival and/or quarantine for all individuals arriving from outside the state’s borders.
Visit the Indira Gandhi International Airport website for the latest updates to COVID-19 protocols, which vary by state.
Indonesia is finally open again for tourism, after months of stops and starts.
Indonesia had been reopening gradually in 2020, but in August 2020 the country canceled plans to reopen Bali until a yet-to-be-determined date. That date turned out to be Oct. 14, 2021, for select foreign travelers from 19 countries — but not the United States — who would be allowed to visit Bali for tourism. But without international flights, the process was slow to roll out, finally happening in early February.
On Feb. 4, Bali reopened to all international visitors. And now the entry protocols are the same throughout Indonesia. According to the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia, travelers age 6 and older entering the country through airports, seaports and land borders must be fully vaccinated, but pre-travel testing is no longer required. They will undergo a symptom check upon arrival and travelers may be tested if their temperature is above 99.5 degrees. All travelers are also required to have international health insurance valid for COVID-19 treatment and medical evacuation from Indonesia and download the PeduliLindungi app. The embassy also warns that Indonesian authorities might vaccinate and/or quarantine unvaccinated travelers arriving in Indonesia.
Travelers must also have a short-visit visa or other entry permit; visas upon arrival are again available.
Proof of full vaccination is also required to board domestic flights.
Tokyo, April 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Japan, which banned entry by all foreign nationals on Nov. 29, 2021, in response to the omicron variant and had been closed to tourism since 2020, began welcoming tourists on June 10 — but only on tours with fixed schedules and guides.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the basic rules for travelers to Japan are:
Americans must obtain a visa to travel to Japan.
Tourists must be part of a group tour led by an officially certified agency.
For tourism, “visa applications should be submitted through accredited travel agencies.”
Visas are valid only for a three-month period (so don’t apply too early).
Required documents to get a visa (to be collected by the tour company) include proof of vaccination and medical insurance.
Visitors must submit proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Visitors must sign a written “pledge” saying they will comply with all health regulations (including mask-wearing) under the potential penalty of detention or deportation.
Visitors must download a health and tracking app to their smartphone for use during their trip.
Current tours are allowed to travel anywhere in Japan.
Since March 1, according to the U.S. Embassy in Japan, foreign students, technical trainees and business travelers have been allowed to enter Japan in limited numbers. The embassy advises travelers who believe they qualify for entry to monitor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website and the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare’s website, or contact the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for additional information. Students and technical trainees should contact their educational institutions directly for guidance.
Japan experienced record-high cases into early February and case levels remain elevated.
The Japanese government requires all entering travelers to be fully vaccinated and boosted, to submit a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their international departure and to download smartphone apps. As of June 1, according to the U.S. Embassy, eligible travelers from the U.S. are no longer required to test again upon arrival or quarantine for seven days (or three days with a PCR or antigen test on day three) at home or in a government-designated hotel. Details are available here.
The landlocked Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has reopened to Americans arriving via its international airports (visa-free for 30 days), according to the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan. International flights from Azerbaijan, China, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Germany and the United Arab Emirates have resumed.
A negative pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test is no longer required. The U.S. Embassy notes that travelers who enter with an elevated temperature will be isolated in a facility for infectious diseases.
The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Kazakhstan is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution and the CDC reports an unknown level of COVID-19. As of July 27, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan advises travelers to reconsider travel to the country due to COVID-19 risk.
The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic says the entry ban for U.S. citizens was lifted in December 2020, but advises citizens that the country offers limited health care services. In the case of a COVID-19 infection, travelers might have a hard time getting the treatment they need.
Those who do visit Kyrgyzstan via airports in Bishkek, Osh and Issyk Kul no longer need to present either their original vaccine card showing full vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. But the U.S. Embassy still recommends carrying both since requirements are subject to change with little to no notice. U.S. citizens may now enter Kyrgyzstan from land crossings in Kazakhstan, but entering from land borders with China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is currently prohibited.
As of May 9, fully vaccinated international travelers can enter Laos, but they must also apply for a visa, according to the U.S. Embassy in Laos. The CDC vaccination card is accepted as proof of vaccination. A negative PCR or antigen test is not required for entry.
Macau, October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Most Americans cannot travel to Macau. According to the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau, only U.S. citizens with Macau, mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan residency (or those who have spent the preceding 21 days in mainland China) and have the appropriate visa are permitted to enter Macau.
According to the U.S. Consulate General, travelers who have been in mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan 21 days before entry must present proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test conducted within the past seven days, 48 hours or 24 hours, depending on their point of origin; quarantine also depends on the traveler’s point of origin. Details can be found here. Nonresident Americans who have been outside mainland China or Macau in the past 21 days must prove their entrance into Macau would be in Macau’s public interest.
Note: According to the U.S. Consulate General, as of May 8, a series of COVID-19 tests will be required for all people who enter Macau. Visitors from Taiwan, Hong Kong or any country outside China will be required to take eight COVID-19 tests at a cost of 2,000 Macau dollars. Visitors coming from the mainland will have to pay 1,250 Macau dollars for five tests.
See links on the U.S.Consulate General website for full details.
All outbound travelers from Macau must also test negative within seven days of departure.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
As of April 1, Malaysia has lifted most entry restrictions on foreign nationals, according to the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. U.S. citizens and other non-Malaysian foreign travelers can now enter the country without receiving permission in advance. As of May 1, fully vaccinated travelers and children under age 12 no longer need to present results of a pre-travel negative COVID-19 test or take a test upon arrival.
The embassy reports that arriving travelers must fully comply with all Malaysian entry requirements, including downloading and updating the MySejahtera app, and completing the digital pre-departure form.
There is no quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers or any traveler 17 or younger unless they receive a positive test result on arrival. However, travelers who were vaccinated outside of Malaysia must submit their vaccine records in advance of travel through the MySafeTravel web portal. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers age 18 and older must obtain a negative PCR test result two days prior to departure and undergo a professionally administered COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival. They will also be issued a digital Home Surveillance Order and are required to quarantine for five days.
Entry restrictions may change with little advance notice. Requirements may also vary throughout different regions of the country. The U.S. embassy recommends checking the social media accounts of the Malaysian Ministry of Health and the Malaysian Immigration Department for the most recent updates on COVID-19 procedures.
Travelers to the Maldives are no longer required to present proof of a pre-travel negative test as of March 14, when the island nation’s public health emergency was revoked. However, travelers (with the exception of arriving tourists and returning residents of the Maldives) are encouraged to take a PCR test between three and five days after arrival.
According to the Maldives Immigration website, travelers do not need to be vaccinated for entry. However, all international visitors, including Americans, must still complete a traveler declaration within 72 hours prior to travel. A free 30-day tourist visa will be issued upon arrival. Further details can be found here.
If a traveler tests positive or is exposed to someone with COVID-19 while visiting the Maldives, they must complete a government-mandated quarantine at their own expense.
The latest update on resort openings can be found here.
Emirates is offering connections through Dubai from major global cities including Chicago. Etihad resumed flights from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to the Maldives starting in July 2020. Turkish Airlines also started flights in July 2020.
Additional information can be found on the U.S. Mission to Maldives website. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Maldives is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution and the CDC reports an unknown level of COVID-19.
Mongolia lifted its restrictions on outbound and inbound travel in June 2021 and ended pre-travel testing requirements in March 2022, according to the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia.
U.S. citizens are allowed to visit, according to the U.S. Embassy, and do not need a visa for a stay of under 90 days (but for stays of more than 30 days, travelers are required to register and failure to do so will incur a fine of $100-$300). Passengers do not need to be vaccinated, but they must fill out a medical declaration form upon arrival.
Nepal, which had remained mostly closed to tourism until early 2021, has fully reopened and as of March 10, all travelers arriving by air may now receive on-arrival visas without quarantine (subject to proof of vaccination or negative test results).
According to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal, changes to restrictions and requirements can be enacted with little notice. With the March 10 changes, travelers can enter with proof of full vaccination and those who are not fully vaccinated can enter by presenting proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight for Nepal.
Pakistan has reopened for Americans. However, the U.S. State Department discourages travelers from visiting Pakistan at present due to terrorism and violence.
According to the U.S. Embassy, vaccinated individuals can enter Pakistan with proof of full vaccination, while unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12 must present the results of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight if they have proof of being medically exempt from vaccination.
Americans wishing to travel to Pakistan will need a visa. They will also need to download and install the Pass Track app. Guidelines can be found here.
There are few remaining COVID-19-related restrictions and there is no curfew at this time.
Cebu, Philippines. (Photo by KrisCav/Getty Images)
According to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the Philippines is now granting entry to fully vaccinated visitors from countries that are permitted visa-free travel for up to 30 days, including the United States, but when entering they must have a valid departure ticket within that time frame.
Fully vaccinated travelers and unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children must complete a Bureau of Quarantine e-Health Declaration Card to receive a QR code. Travelers must also present proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure. Travelers must have health insurance valid in the Philippines for COVID-19 care up to $35,000 and must self-monitor for symptoms for seven days after arrival, reporting to local government authorities if they begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. Travelers should expect health screenings at ports of entry in the Philippines.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers are not allowed entry into the Philippines. Travelers who are unable to present acceptable proof of vaccination will be subject to quarantine in a government facility until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth day, followed by home quarantine until the 14th day.
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the vaccination requirements.
Singapore, September 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Point Guy)
As of April 1, all fully vaccinated travelers (and children under 12 regardless of vaccination status) are able to enter Singapore quarantine-free via any flight. Details can be found here.
With the April 1 changes, travelers must complete an electronic SG Arrival Card and upload a digitally verifiable vaccination certificate within 72 hours of travel. Fully vaccinated adults and their accompanying children age 12 and below no longer need to provide proof of a negative predeparture COVID-19 test, but anyone age 13 and above who is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and granted entry approval must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within two days of departure for Singapore and serve a Stay at Home notice/quarantine.
All visitors must also install and activate the TraceTogether app.
Singapore had remained mostly closed for short-term visitors (including tourists) until Oct. 19, 2021, when fully vaccinated travelers from eight countries (including the United States) were once again allowed to enter via the Vaccinated Travel Lane program.
South Korea, which enforced strict quarantine requirements for two years, has pulled back on restrictions. As of June 8, the country has eliminated quarantine requirements for all travelers, regardless of vaccination status.
All travelers must register for a Q-code before travel and those over age 6 must present proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure or a supervised antigen test taken at a clinic or hospital within 24 hours of departure. They must also take a PCR test within three days after arrival; a rapid antigen test also is recommended six to seven days after arrival. Travelers should expect health screenings at ports of entry, including temperature checks, symptom checks and COVID-19 tests.
After being closed to tourists since March 2020, Sri Lanka reopened its two international airports — Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and Mattala International Airport (HRI) — in early 2021, allowing tourism to resume.
All travelers can visit without quarantine as of April 20, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism website, and need to have a valid tourist visa and mandatory local health insurance ($12 for coverage for one month). Those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to present proof of a pre-travel negative test while unvaccinated travelers must be tested in their own country and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours. They must also test again upon arrival.
Visit the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka website for additional updates.
The overlook in Jiufen, Taiwan. (Photo by Munzir Rosdi/EyeEm/Getty Images)
Taiwan banned international tourism as of March 19, 2020. That ban remains in place, but as of March 7, 2022, the country is allowing the entry of international business travelers and humanitarian aid workers. They must apply for a special entry permit.
Aside from those entering for the purposes of business visits, humanitarian aid and fulfilling contractual obligations and employment, only those with a valid Alien Resident Certificate or a special entry permit are allowed entry.
All arrivals must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within two calendar days of arrival. ARC holders are exempt from this. Travelers are subject to a three-day quarantine in a hotel, home or a combination thereof upon arrival in Taiwan. They are also required to purchase a local SIM card at the airport for the purpose of location tracking while under quarantine.
For additional information see the American Institute in Taiwan’s website.
Tajikistan never had a full lockdown, and most businesses, hotels and restaurants reopened on June 15, 2020.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan, all Americans need a Tajik visa for entry (as well as government permission in advance if seeking to enter via a land border) and those age 3 and older must show a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival when boarding flights to Dushanbe International Airport (DYU). These test results must then be verified by Dushanbe authorities.
The U.S. Embassy also notes that access to medical care in the country may be limited and that “the Government of Tajikistan frequently adjusts its entry and exit requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and changes to the policy are not immediately made available to the public.” An unexpired visa is also required to leave Tajikistan.
Bangkok, December 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
After suspending its Test & Go program in December 2021 due to the omicron variant, Thailand resumed its quarantine waiver for vaccinated travelers from all countries as of March 1, and as of May 1, international arrivals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, can enter the country quarantine-free by following specific protocols. As of July 1, travelers no longer need to apply for Thai Pass or have travel health insurance.
Fully vaccinated travelers must have proof of vaccination with an approved vaccine, with the final dose at least 14 days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or professionally administered rapid antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel. Thai authorities and airlines reserve the right to check these documents at random. Travelers are also subject to health screenings when arriving in Thailand.
Details and rules are available here.
Since April 1, 2021, U.S. passport holders have not been required to obtain a visa for a tourist visit of up to 45 days in Thailand.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, U.S. citizens are allowed to visit the country, but both the U.S State Department and the CDC heavily discourage going there. Although Turkmenistan just lifted its suspension of all international flights, few commercial airlines offer flights into the country.
The government has not acknowledged any cases of COVID-19 within the borders of Turkmenistan, and the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan suggests that the government in Turkmenistan “may be disinclined to do so if cases were confirmed.”
Any private U.S. citizen seeking to enter Turkmenistan will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test and a serology certificate confirming the presence of antibodies, both taken within 48 hours of departure from the U.S. or other point of origin. All travelers will also undergo a PCR test upon arrival ($44), followed by a quarantine of up to 14 days. Another PCR test ($44) is required to exit quarantine.
The U.S. Embassy notes, “The government of Turkmenistan can and does change quarantine requirements and arrival procedures for private citizens with little advance notice.”
Uzbekistan is open to Americans. U.S. citizens need a visa for entry, but as of June 10, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry. All arriving travelers must complete a health screening form and are subject to temperature checks upon arrival in Uzbekistan.
On March 15, Vietnam reopened to foreign tourists after two years of widespread travel restrictions. The decision came after COVID-19 levels declined from record highs in March 2022.
Pre-pandemic visa-issuing policies have now resumed, and COVID-19-related mandatory quarantine requirements for both foreigners and Vietnamese nationals entering the country are now lifted. As of May 15, travelers no longer have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be allowed into Vietnam. Still, the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam recommends that travelers check with their airline to confirm if tests are needed for the airline or for transit to other countries.
Check with the Vietnam Embassy in the U.S. for additional information.
Sydney, March 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Australia had remained closed to most foreign visitors for the past two years, although that changed on Feb. 21, when the country finally reopened to fully vaccinated international visitors. And as of July 6, requirements for proof of vaccination or pre-travel testing have been lifted. Health screenings at ports of entry still stand. Details are here.
All international arrivals in Australia do still need to apply for an electronic visa.
Australia also reopened to cruise ships in February.
Check the U.S. Embassy in Australia website for updates.
Qantas has resumed international flights between Sydney and Los Angeles, London and other cities. American, Delta and United are also offering flights from the U.S. to Australia.
The Islands of Tahiti are now open to all U.S. visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccinated travelers to French Polynesia must have a booster shot if their last dose was more than nine months before their travel date, but as of May 18, pre-travel testing requirements have been lifted for vaccinated travelers flying to Papeete on flights from Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco and certain other cities.
Unvaccinated U.S. travelers (the U.S. is considered a green zone) can also now visit for tourism, but anyone over age 12 must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of their departure for Tahiti.
Travelers must also complete and print an online sworn statement.
Mandatory mask-wearing was lifted as of March 14, but is still required on public transportation. Travelers exhibiting symptoms during their stay were told to self-report and self-isolate in their room until further instruction from local emergency operators.
If you’re itching to travel to French Polynesia, there are lots of options for getting there. Be sure to check out our guide on the best ways to get to Tahiti using points and miles. The destination is home to some famous hotels, such as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui and the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.
Fiji began allowing fully vaccinated travelers from select countries, including the United States, for tourism as of Dec. 1, 2021, after having been in strict lockdown since March 2020, with no tourism allowed for more than 18 months. Fiji reopened to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries on April 7, 2022.
To enter Fiji, fully vaccinated travelers age 16 and older and their accompanying minors age 16 and older need to present proof of full vaccination, but predeparture COVID-19 test requirements have been lifted. Children under age 16, when accompanied by a vaccinated adult, do not need to be vaccinated and children 11 and younger are exempt from testing.
As of April 7, travelers age 12 and older must pre-book a rapid antigen test to be conducted within 72 hours after arrival at their hotel or a nearby testing facility. They also need to have travel health insurance valid for COVID-19 in Fiji.
Check for updates here and visit the U.S. Embassy in Fiji website for additional information. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Fiji is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions and the CDC’s advisory is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
Auckland, New Zealand, March 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Americans who are fully vaccinated are once again allowed to visit New Zealand as of May 2.
The country was praised for its early and tough restrictions that kept cases of coronavirus low. In fact, New Zealand was hailed as one of the shining stars of dealing with COVID-19 — however, after almost two years of restrictions and lockdowns, cases reached record highs in February and early March of this year.
In early February, the government announced a five-step reopening plan that began with fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens living in Australia being allowed to return home as of Feb. 27 and isolate for 10 days at home. New Zealand citizens living in all other countries followed on March 4.
Step Four, which was set to take place sometime in July, was changed to May 1 at 11:59 p.m. (so effectively May 2), when all visitors who can normally travel visa-free to New Zealand (which includes Americans) could enter for tourism. All foreign travelers age 17 and older need to be fully vaccinated. Details can be found here.
Anyone allowed to travel to New Zealand must obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration and take two rapid antigen tests (which will be provided) on days zero/one and five/six after arrival).
As of Aug. 1, foreign nationals are able to enter Samoa, according to the U.S. Embassy in Samoa. However, international flights to Samoa are still limited, and travelers will face extensive COVID-19 restrictions.
Travelers must be approved by the government in Samoa before entering the country. See more information here. All travelers over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated to enter Samoa and must be able to present a physical vaccine certificate. Travelers also must take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test 24 hours before departure or a nucleic acid amplification test within 48 hours of departure. The testing requirement also applies to children under 12. Travelers will be tested again upon arrival in Samoa and must provide contact information during the health screening process. Travelers must wear masks at all times while in Samoa. More information on these requirements can be found here.
U.S. citizens cannot enter Tonga for tourist purposes. At present, the U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu does not advise traveling to Tonga.
Only travelers approved by the Tongan government may enter Tonga. All travelers must quarantine for 15 days upon arrival. Travelers will face health screenings and COVID-19 testing upon arrival.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, U.S. travelers have been permitted to receive a visa upon arrival and enter Bahrain since Sept. 4, 2020.
As of Feb. 20, 2022, Bahrain no longer requires pre-travel testing or testing upon arrival, no matter a traveler’s vaccination status. If travelers plan to go to Saudi Arabia (one Bahrain’s neighboring countries) from Bahrain, however, the U.S. Embassy notes that COVID-19-related restrictions might be enforced or changed with little to no notice. The embassy discourages travelers from flying into Bahrain solely to go to Saudi Arabia.
Face masks are now optional in all indoor public spaces and indoor dining has returned to full capacity.
Americans have been able to visit Israel if fully vaccinated, and as of March 1, even unvaccinated travelers can enter the country.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Israel, as of March 1, unvaccinated travelers may enter Israel by following the same protocols as vaccinated travelers. All arriving passengers must fill out an inbound passenger statement within 48 hours of their flight’s departure and have medical insurance valid in Israel. But pre-travel testing and testing upon arrival have been lifted for all passengers as of May 20.
Information on all requirements for foreign nationals entering Israel is available here.
Jordan is open to Americans, according to the U.S. Embassy in Jordan. All arriving passengers must register online before the flight, but pre-travel and arrival COVID-19 test requirements were dropped as of March 1, 2022. Passengers are encouraged to check with their airlines for specific requirements, though. All travelers must ave travel health insurance valid in Jordan and must complete their online Gateway2Jordan registration to receive a QR code to be presented upon boarding their flight.
Americans can once again travel to Kuwait without the need to test or quarantine, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. Travelers seeking to enter will only be permitted in with either a valid visa or a residency permit. Electronic visas (eVisas) are available for U.S. citizens on the MOI website.
According to the U.S. Embassy, as of May 1, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter.
As of March 28, registration on the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) PASS platform has been canceled and travelers no longer need to show their enrollment before being permitted to board a flight bound for Lebanon.
As of March 1, 2022, fully vaccinated passengers who received their last dose of a COVID vaccine (or a booster shot) within the past six months are exempt from performing a PCR test or rapid antigen test in their country of departure and from being tested upon arrival at Beirut’s airport.
All unvaccinated travelers to Lebanon over the age of 12 must present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight to enter the country, per the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. All unvaccinated passengers, except those under the age of 12, are also now required to take a PCR test upon arrival at Beirut Airport and refrain from going out in public for 24 hours until receiving a negative result.
International flights to Oman have resumed and as of May 23, all COVID-19 entry restrictions have been lifted, according to the U.S. Embassy in Oman. However, the embassy notes that travelers to Oman “may be requested to present a vaccination certificate indicating they have received at least 2 doses of a Sultanate approved COVID19 vaccine. The last dose is required to be taken at least fourteen (14) days ahead of the estimated arrival time.”
The Sultanate is currently accepting the following approved vaccines: Oxford-AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca-Covshield, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik V, Novovax, CanSinoBio, Covaxin and Sputnik Lite.
The Royal Oman Police resumed all visa operations and services on Sept. 1, 2021. All travelers are also required to have travel health insurance that is valid in Oman and covers the cost of COVID-19 treatment for at least a month.
Qatar is welcoming foreign tourists, but they need to have proof of being fully vaccinated (if age 12 or older) or recovered from COVID-19 to avoid a five-day quarantine. According to the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, entry requirements, including quarantine, are based on the MOPH standard and red list of countries. The U.S. is currently on the standard list. Details can be found here.
U.S. travelers are allowed to enter Qatar. All travelers must register prior to travel, download the Ehteraz mobile app, upload their vaccination certificate if vaccinated. Travelers might have to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of travel depending on their vaccination status or origin of travel. Those who are fully vaccinated (14 days past final dose but within nine months) with an approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Astra-Zeneca) are now exempt from quarantine.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated U.S. travelers must do all of the above (register and undergo a pre-travel PCR test within 48 hours of travel), and then undergo home quarantine or quarantine in a hotel booked via the Discover Qatar website for five days and take a rapid antigen test on day 5 to end quarantine.
U.S. citizens also need a visa to enter Qatar.
Details on entry requirements are available on Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health website.
Fully vaccinated and boosted Americans can travel to Saudi Arabia, and as of March 5, 2022, the country has removed all COVID-19-related testing and quarantine restrictions. According to the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia, fully vaccinated travelers to the Kingdom are:
no longer required to provide a PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival
no longer required to undergo any mandatory COVID-19 quarantine upon arrival
According to the U.S. Embassy, all persons in Saudi Arabia still need to show proof of vaccination via the Tawakkalna app by a Ministry of Health-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covaxin, Sputnik and Covovax) to enter all government and private establishments, as well for public transportation and domestic air travel. All travelers must also obtain a visa and have health insurance valid in Saudi Arabia.
U.S. travelers are not able to enter Syria at this time. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Syria is Level 4: Do Not Travel.
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in May 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
The United Arab Emirates is open to tourism and Americans are welcome — without the need to test or quarantine if fully vaccinated.
As of Feb. 26, the UAE no longer requires PCR tests for fully vaccinated or recovered visitors. The country posted the new relaxed guidelines on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. The new policy says vaccinated passengers only need to show a vaccine certificate with an approved QR code. The CDC vaccination card issued in the U.S. does not have a QR code, so a negative test is still required unless the traveler can provide a vaccine certificate with a QR code.
Unvaccinated travelers can enter the UAE, but they “have to present an approved negative PCR test result received within 48 hours of departure or a QR code-accompanied certificate of recovery from a COVID-19 infection obtained within one month from the date of travel.” Children under the age of 16 are exempt from testing.
For complete information on traveling to Dubai, check the Emirates website.
Tourist visas (required for U.S. travelers) are being issued in all emirates. In Abu Dhabi, travelers must download the Alhosn app to streamline the vaccination and testing process and to access most public places and attractions. Visitors must get a negative PCR test result every 14 days to keep the Green Pass active. Details are available here.
The U.S. State Department has maintained a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Yemen due to issues with terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, kidnapping, armed conflict and landmines. The embassy in Sanaa suspended operations in early 2015, and U.S. citizens in Yemen will not be able to rely on emergency services from the U.S. government.
All travelers entering on U.S. documents are required to have a visa from the Yemeni government before entering the country, and passports must have an additional six months’ validity from the date of departure.
The CDC reports an unknown level of COVID-19 in Yemen.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Botswana, fully vaccinated Americans are permitted to enter without testing; those who are not vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo reopened its borders in August 2020. It is perhaps best known for Virunga National Park, which reopened on April 1, 2021.
According to the U.S. Embassy, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to submit to an arrival COVID-19 test to enter the DRC, provided they have proof of vaccination and a negative pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test (required of anyone age 11 and older) taken within three days of travel. A negative PCR test is still required to depart the DRC, regardless of vaccination status.
All unvaccinated international travelers age 11 and older must arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their departure to the DRC. Upon arrival, unvaccinated travelers age 11 and older must take a second COVID-19 test at the airport. Travelers should register their information and pay for the test ($45) at inrbcovid.com before they begin their travels and must self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result, usually within 24 hours.
Americans need a visa to visit as well as a WHO card with proof of yellow fever vaccination and proof of health and medical evacuation insurance valid in the DRC. Travelers may also need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days for travel between certain provinces.
Masks are required in public indoor and outdoor spaces.
To exit the DRC, all travelers age 11 and older, no matter their vaccination status, must pay for and present proof of a negative COVID-19 test from an approved lab taken within three days of travel ($30).
Luxor, Egypt. (Photo by Getty Images)
International tourism resumed in Egypt in July 2020 and the country is now open to Americans. The U.S. State Department recently lowered its warning to a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory and the CDC’s advisory for the country is Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19. There are also some important things to know before you go.
Related: Egypt reopening
Americans will need a tourist visa, available on arrival or before arrival via online enrollment. There are no quarantine requirements, although you will need proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test with a QR code. According to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, travelers over the age of 6, including Egyptians, must present results of tests taken within 72 hours prior to departure for Egypt. You also have to have the physical (printed/paper) test results. No digital documents are being accepted. Proof of health insurance valid in Egypt is also required.
The U.S. Embassy website notes that it is reported that the government of Egypt will also allow travelers to enter with proof of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination instead of a negative test. However, the vaccination certificate must comply with the rules of the issuing country and contain a QR code. Note: The U.S. vaccination cards, including those issued by the CDC, do not include the QR code required by the government of Egypt but the embassy says that it has been reported that CDC cards can be certified if a traveler has access to an Egyptian consulate in the U.S.
Anyone not following mask requirements may be subject to fines or prosecution and restaurants are operating at 70% capacity.
Related: Dreaming of visiting Egypt
Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport (ACC) reopened for regular international service on Sept. 1, 2020, and the country’s land and sea borders reopened on March 28, 2022. According to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, Americans are allowed to enter the country and all passengers arriving by air must be fully vaccinated (if age 18 or older) and fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to present proof of a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test.
The embassy notes: “All persons 18 years old and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine. Citizens of Ghana and foreign residents who are not fully vaccinated, will, however, need to provide a negative PCR test result no more than 48-hours old, will undergo an antigen test upon arrival in Ghana, and will be offered vaccination upon arrival. Ghana’s Foreign Missions have been instructed to make vaccination a requirement for visa acquisition.”
Ghana’s Ministry of Public Health has ended its mandate for the use of face masks in public, but social distancing and good hand hygiene are still recommended.
Kenya reopened to tourism on Aug. 1, 2020, and Americans are currently welcome to visit. According to the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, all visitors must fill out a mandatory online health form (to obtain a QR code for scanning upon arrival) and have a valid vaccination certificate. If unvaccinated (and over age 5), travelers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for Kenya. Both vaccination and test results documents must be uploaded prior to travel into the Global Haven portal. Paper documents are not accepted at this time. Unvaccinated passengers also face a health screening on arrival and must take a rapid antigen test ($30).
All visitors need to obtain an e-visa.
Americans are currently exempt from quarantine requirements.
The Kenya Ministry of Health launched the Trusted Travel Initiative; at this time, the QR code is for arriving passengers and the TT code is for those departing. Travelers can get the TT code with their test results from an accredited lab at any major hospital. Everyone departing Kenya needs to present a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Face masks are no longer mandatory in public but are recommended for indoor functions.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Malawi, Americans are allowed to enter Malawi. As of June 1, travelers who can show a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate no longer need a pre-travel PCR test to enter.
Unvaccinated entry is a bit more complicated. As of Dec. 6, 2021, the government of Malawi requires a visa and electronic proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test for unvaccinated travelers. The test must be taken at least 72 hours before the day of arrival or departure to both enter and exit Malawi. According to the Malawi Tourist Board, those unable to show a certificate will need to either receive a complimentary COVID-19 vaccine or take a COVID-19 test upon entry to Malawi. If a traveler opts for the test and tests positive, they are subject to an institutional 21-day quarantine. Unvaccinated travelers risk a 10-day mandatory quarantine even if they refuse the vaccine and test negative on a COVID-19 entry test. More details are available on the Malawi Tourism website.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius, the island nation dropped its pre-travel testing requirement as of March 12 — and as of July 1, there are no longer different rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Both groups do need to fill in Mauritius’ All in One Travel Form to generate an arrival QR code, and might be subject to health screenings upon arrival.
Details of travel requirements and travel alerts for Mauritius can be found here.
Morocco reopened to foreign visitors on Feb. 7, 2022, reversing Morocco’s ban on air travel that was instated in November of 2021.
Entry requirements include:
A vaccination certificate or pass for anyone age 12 and older (the CDC card is accepted but travelers must be boosted if the second dose was more than four months ago). If a traveler is unvaccinated, they need proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the date of entry. Children age 6 and under are exempt.
Completion of a health form.
A rapid antigen test upon arrival for random passengers.
Health screenings at the airport.
The Moroccan government requires proof of vaccination to enter most private and public establishments — this includes restaurants, hotels and public transit. According to the U.S. Embassy in Morocco, “If vaccinated in Morocco, U.S. citizens should carry the vaccine pass (‘pass vaccinal’) issued by the Moroccan government and available at the Ministry of Health vaccination website. If vaccinated in the United States, we recommend U.S. citizens carry their white CDC card as proof of vaccination.” Read more here.
Masks are mandatory in flight and in all public spaces.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique, U.S. citizens can enter Mozambique.
Travelers must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered in their country of origin within 72 hours of departure. Children up to age 11 are exempt from this requirement. Travelers should expect health screenings upon arrival and there are many regulations and restrictions in effect for commercial business and gatherings.
Although the government of Mozambique does not require all travelers to take COVID-19 tests, individual airport agents might. Travelers should check their airline’s requirements ahead of time.
Namibia has been open for tourism since Sept. 1, 2020. Tourists, including Americans, are allowed to fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Only Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer border posts and Walvis Bay Harbour can be used for tourist entries by land and sea.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Namibia, travelers who can provide proof upon entry of being fully vaccinated do not need a pre-arrival test. But the embassy strongly encourages travelers to verify their vaccination status by registering with the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System. Registration in VAMS allows the traveler to obtain a free QR-coded digital vaccination certificate which serves as additional proof of the traveler’s vaccination status.
Travelers without proof of vaccination must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. All visitors must fill out a health questionnaire.
According to the U.S. Embassy, as of Dec. 1, 2021, only COVID-19 test certificates obtained from providers participating in the Trusted Travel platform or verified on the Global Haven system will be valid for entry into and exit from Namibia. To supplement your certificate(s), the U.S. Embassy strongly recommends travelers also bring paper copies of all COVID-19 test results to the airport or port of departure. You can learn more here.
Nigeria reopened its airports for domestic travel on July 8, 2020, and international flights resumed in August 2020. All tourists are again welcome, including Americans.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, arriving international passengers age 18 and older must have verifiable proof of being fully vaccinated or, if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure on the first leg of their journey. A protocol issued in September requires all international visitors to register via the Nigeria International Travel Portal and upload test results or vaccine certificates prior to travel.
In addition, all travelers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are required to take additional COVID-19 PCR tests on day two and day seven after arrival (and they must register and pay for them beforehand to obtain a QR code). The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria says that travelers might face penalties if they do not comply with COVID-19 regulations while in Nigeria.
Arrival testing details can be found here.
Republic of the Congo
The Republic of the Congo, located in Central Africa between Gabon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is allowing U.S. travelers to visit. According to the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of the Congo, all arriving passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (check with your airline for the time frame) and undergo a health screening upon arrival.
Rwanda is open to American tourists. According to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda, COVID-19 testing is not required for entry.
Rwanda offers visas on arrival for people of all nationalities.
Although Rwanda doesn’t require vaccinations for entry into the country, most public places — like restaurants and public transit — require visitors to be vaccinated. According to the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, national parks also require COVID-19 tests. Testing is available at health facilities and other designated sites for 5,000 Rwandan francs (or $5) for rapid antigen tests, and 50,000 Rwandan francs (or $50) for PCR tests.
Face masks are no longer required nationwide in public spaces, but are recommended.
At present, U.S. citizens can visit Senegal. While international flights to Senegal have resumed, most land borders remain closed, according to the U.S. Embassy.
Senegal requires travelers over the age of 2 to present either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code (which the white CDC card doesn’t have) showing that they were fully vaccinated with the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, Covishield, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine at least 14 days before departure or the original certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for Senegal and issued in English or French. Senegal also requires all arrivals to submit a passenger locator form. Arriving passengers should expect to face health screenings.
The Seychelles, which had gone to extremes to protect itself from COVID-19, began welcoming vaccinated Americans in February 2021. As of March 25, 2021, unvaccinated U.S. travelers can visit. Details can be found here.
All visitors require travel authorization via the online portal and must present valid travel and health insurance that covers, at a minimum, COVID-19-related isolation, quarantine and clinical care.
Fully vaccinated travelers (a booster dose is required for those age 18 and older if the second dose was more than six months prior) and those who have proof of having tested positive in the past two to 12 weeks no longer need to present proof of a negative pre-travel test to enter. Those who are unvaccinated must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight and upload the test results to the online portal.
Visitors may only stay at licensed establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority.
All travelers to Sierra Leone are required to register online to receive a Sierra Leone Incoming number, according to the U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone.
As of April 13, a pre-travel COVID-19 test or a test upon arrival is no longer required for travelers who are fully vaccinated.
Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers no longer have to present proof of a negative pretest, but will be tested upon arrival and must pay the fee online when registering for their Sierra Leone Incoming number.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is also required.
When departing Sierra Leone, an Outbound number and a negative test taken within 48-72 hours of departure are also required.
South Africa reopened to tourism on Oct. 1, 2020, and as of Nov. 11, 2020, U.S. citizens can enter for tourism purposes, according to the U.S. Embassy in South Africa. As of June 22, 2022, all COVID-19-related entry requirements have been dropped; proof of vaccination or a negative test is no longer required to enter South Africa. However, all arriving travelers must fill out a health questionnaire.
U.S. citizens can enter Tanzania with a vaccination certificate containing a QR code (the CDC card does not have one, but one can be accessed via the VAMS system or via Global Haven). Vaccinated travelers do not need to take a COVID-19 test upon entry.
Tanzania currently requires all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result containing a QR code and taken within 72 hours of their flight to Tanzania or Zanzibar.
Related: Dreaming of Tanzania
All travelers must complete an online Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours prior to arrival to receive a unique health code. U.S. tourists need a visa to visit Tanzania. All travelers will undergo screening upon arrival. For more information, see the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania’s website.
Americans can currently travel to Uganda.
According to the U.S. Embassy, arriving passengers must have a visa applied for online and approved by the Ugandan government as well as proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin taken no more than 72 hours before boarding their flight for Uganda. Carrying paper copies of both vaccine certificates and test results are required.
The U.S. Embassy also notes that the government of Uganda requires that all departing passengers present proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. This requirement is mandatory for all departing passengers out of Uganda even if the destination country does not require it.
Zambia, home to Victoria Falls and known as a top safari destination, is open to international travelers, including Americans.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Zambia, the country requires proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel (travelers below age 12 are exempt). Tourists also need a visa (apply online for an e-visa here). There are health screenings upon arrival and symptomatic individuals may be required to submit to testing and/or self-isolation.
Zimbabwe reopened its borders to international flights on Oct. 1, 2020, and Americans can visit for tourism. All travelers arriving and departing are required to have proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued by a recognized facility and taken within 48 hours of their time of departure for Zimbabwe. The test must be validated via the Trusted Travel Initiative platform or uploaded to the Global Haven website. Details are here.
A yellow fever vaccination is also required, according to the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe.
Currently, there is a curfew from midnight to 5:30 a.m. Restaurants, bars and other indoor establishments might require visitors to be vaccinated.
Additional reporting by Katherine Fan, Jordyn Fields, Jane Frye, Jacob Harrison, Donna Heiderstadt, Liz Hund, Brian Kim, Stella Shon, Caroline Tanner and Mimi Wright.
Featured photo by wilar/Shutterstock.
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