Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve been seeing a lot of changes in our lives and others. Life was heavily restricted and a lot of our normal routines or activities as well as some we preferred for enjoyment were shut down to reduce the spread of the virus we all know. The pandemic changed everything about society and our lives, and now that those rules are loosened, many Americans are wondering what exactly is allowed or not allowed right now.
Travel is a touchy subject right now, and there are still plenty of areas that aren’t welcoming tourism or travel and others that have some restrictions. Here are some of the places that Americans can travel right now as well as an overview of common requirements, whether you want to travel for leisure or business.
Disclaimer: This information is up to date for the time, but as always you should do your own personal research before embarking on a trip to any of these destinations and others as guidelines are still consistently changing to ensure safety and wellbeing for countries and travel options as well as for those of us that want to travel.
Generally, most countries are requiring proof of negative COVID tests before leaving the U.S. as well as some guidelines while there such as social distancing, temperature checks, and more. Some places also require you to quarantine for an average of 14 days before getting to enjoy the sights and activities there. And places like the Bahamas also want non vaccinated travelers to have health insurance while there. Guidelines are pretty varied, but these are common.
Albania has some important rules in place for their travelers, but it is allowing Americans across the border now. Albania is a lovely European country for a vacation with interesting history and local attractions, to enter you do not need a negative COVID test. But they do require you to follow their curfew and social distancing rules while there as well as partake in important safety practices like sanitizing and reducing contact with others.
Barbuda and Antigua
Caribbean destinations Barbuda and Antigua are great for a relaxing retreat from your life and have multiple popular options for travel to get there in the first place like cruises or plane travel. To go here, you need to provide proof of negative virus test if you’re over 12 taken within a week before getting to your departure means. You also have to go through a health screening and temperature check when there before enjoying your vacation.
For a more unique experience involving culture and sights including the salt flats, interesting markets, hiking trails, diverse food, and more; you can take a vacation in Bolivia. That is if you have a negative test within 72 hours of departure, wear masks while in Bolivia, endure health screenings when arriving, and quarantine for 10 days after you arrive in the country. However, the country is definitely a lovely opportunity to travel to if you prepare for said rules.
Since we don’t have enough time to tell you the specifics on every single option out there, here are some of the other countries allowing American travel as of right now. Bosnia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, and so many more are also on this list.
As of right now, the CDC and all travel agencies also require that you get COVID tested 3 days or less before your flight back home to the United States, no matter whether you are or aren’t vaccinated and are or aren’t a U.S. citizen. Be sure to keep this in mind when you’re ready to travel as well, this rule seems to be a staple that will stay in place for quite a while longer to make sure incoming cases for Americans stay at a lower number.
Over 70 countries have agreed to allow Americans to travel to and from the regions within their borders as of right now, and their policies are set forth based on their own and our guidelines to continue to reduce the spread of the pandemic and provide a safe experience for everyone involved, locals or tourists. This information can give you a good basis of what that type of travel may look like for different countries and some of the countries that can be visited now that laws are allowing more leeway in lifestyles.
Many of us need this opportunity for exploration to get a break from the stress and difficulties the virus and its consequences have caused us, and hopefully this is just the beginning in a long road to recovering our own new normal again.