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Where can Americans vacay Internationally today?

The question for so many Americans is where can they travel internationally today with the Covid-19 pandemic? Folks are very curious to know the answer, which is “not very many places”, and the number seems to be going in the wrong direction. The good news is that several spots in the Caribbean and Mexico are welcoming tourists again and drawing American tourists as U.S. airlines resume flights and add new ones. For instance, United Airlines added additional flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, VI.

Dominican Republic

Of the few Americans traveling internationally, the choice of travel to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic topped the list in the past two months.

Nassau, Bahamas

The welcome mat was quickly rolled back up though in one popular destination, and other destinations have tightened their entry requirements. The Bahamas touted its reopening on July 1st but changed its mind a few weeks later due to an uptick in coronavirus cases in the United States, banning commercial flights from the U.S. as of July 22nd but then reversed course on July 31st and reopened to Americans with a 14-day quarantine, negative COVID-19 test, and other restrictions.

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The popular islands off the coast of Florida adjusted their stance again a week later, to allow U.S. travelers as long as they present a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days, the latter which still effectively rules out vacations. Southwest Airlines has suspended its service to Nassau through October whereas American Airlines has suspended service there through August.

U.S.V.I.

Even though many European countries have reopened their borders, most are off-limits to U.S. vacationers due to the surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. The two that are currently welcoming U.S. visitors are Croatia and Turkey. Canada is still off limits as the U.S. border remains closed and only essential travel is permitted, even by air.

Dominican Republic

Keep in mind that even though international travel is reopening, and the U.S. State Department has lifted a global travel advisory which had been in place since March, there are still advisories galore for individual countries due to COVID-19. Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends against nonessential travel to much of the planet.

Croatia

Travelers also need to be aware that many countries have rapidly changing COVID-19 regulations. Also, tourist attractions and other businesses may or may not be open, so if you’re really wanting a vacay, make sure to thoroughly research the trip before booking and carefully check cancellation and change policies of airlines, hotels and vacation rentals. You will probably want to consider Travel Insurance for more expensive vacay plans.

Cabo San Lucas

Below is a list of popular spots that are welcoming American tourists but are not requiring a 14-day quarantine upon arrival because few travelers want to book a pricey international trip if they can’t leave their hotel room or vacation rental which rules out popular places like London, Ireland, The Bahamas and many others.

Barbados

Please note that as the Covid-19 pandemic is constantly changing, so are countries often changing their travel policies as well. Vacaydaze has provided the official travel website for each country below so please check their website frequently if you are planning a vacay there. Also keep current with the U.S. Government travel advisories at travel.state.gov.

Mexico

The land border between the U.S. and Mexico is closed to nonessential travel through at least late August, but tourists are free to fly to several destinations that have reopened. The below locations are included on this list.

Cancun

No COVID-19 test required but other entry requirements are that masks are required at the airport and travelers must fill out a traveler risk factor questionnaire upon arrival and departure.

Official Travel Website: Quintana Roo Tourism Board

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Cozumel

No COVID-19 test required but other entry requirements are that masks are required at airports, and travelers must fill out a traveler risk factor questionnaire upon arrival and departure.

Official Travel Website: Quintana Roo Tourism Board

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Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo (aka Los Cabos)

No COVID-19 test required but other entry requirements are that masks are required at airports, and passenger temperatures are checked via thermal screening.

Official Travel Website: Los Cabos Tourism Board

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Puerto Vallarta

No COVID-19 test required but other entry requirements are that temperature screening and face masks are required at Puerto Vallarta airport.

Official Travel Website: visitpuertovallarta.com

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Riviera Maya (includes Playa del Carmen and Tulum)

No COVID-19 test required but other entry requirements are that masks are required at airports, and travelers must fill out a traveler risk factor questionnaire upon arrival and departure.

Official Travel Website: Quintana Roo Tourism Board

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Riviera Nayarit (includes Punta Mita and Nuevo Vallarta)

No COVID-19 test required but other entry requirements are that temperature screening and face masks are required at Puerto Vallarta airport.

Official Travel Website: Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Caribbean and nearby islands

Aruba

COVID-19 tests are required although the timing of the test depends on which U.S. state you’re arriving from. Travelers arriving from a long list of U.S. states with rising COVID-19 infections must get a PCR test no more than 72 hours before their flight as the initial option for airport testing is no longer available those coming from those high risk states.

Travelers from all other U.S. states do still have the option for airport testing for $75, or they can take a test no more than 72 hours before their departing flight. For those taking tests in advance, the results must be uploaded no less than 12 hours prior to flight departure by filling out Aruba’s online embarkation/disembarkation forms. Tourists must also fill out an embarkation/disembarkation card online and purchase mandatory Aruba Visitors Insurance, a measure Aruba says is designed to help cover medical expenses of up to $75,000 for tourists who test positive during their stay.

Official Travel Website: Aruba Tourism Authority

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Barbados

Although a COVID-19 test is not required, all travelers are strongly encouraged to take a PCR test within 72 hours of travel and submit the results electronically and bring a copy with them. Those who don’t and arrive from high-risk countries, including the U.S., will be tested at the airport at no charge and must remain at the airport or a government-approved facility until the results are available.

Official Travel Website: Barbados Ministry of Tourism 

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Bermuda

Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test which was taken pre-departure that’s no more than 7 days old. They will also be tested at the airport and are required to quarantine wherever they’re staying overnight until the results are ready, which usually take 24 hours.

Official Travel Website: Government of Bermuda

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Dominican Republic

Travelers ages 5 and older must show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 5 days before arrival. Those who don’t provide proof will need to undergo a rapid diagnostic Covid-19 test at the airport, at no charge. Travelers that do test positive or show symptoms of Covid-19 will be isolated at authorized locations.

Official Travel Website: Dominican Republic tourism website

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Jamaica

U.S. residents from designated high-risk states must upload a negative Covid-19 PCR test from a College of American Pathologists accredited lab. The test, which is required for travelers ages 12 and older, must be taken within 10 days of arrival. Tourists from other areas aren’t required to take the test but are subject to health screening on arrival. Those who are showing symptoms will be tested and must quarantine in their hotel room until test results are available.

Official Travel Website: Jamaica Tourist Board

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Puerto Rico

Tourists to the U.S. territory are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those who have taken a test within 72 hours but are still awaiting results will be required to quarantine for 14 days or until they’re able to present negative results to the Puerto Rico Health Department. Those who arrive on the island without a recent Covid-19 test will be tested locally and must quarantine until they can present a negative result. Tourist who are not willing to undergo a test must quarantine for 14 days.

Official Travel Website: Discover Puerto Rico

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St. Lucia

Tourists must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test no more than 7 days before arrival. Travelers must fill out a pre-arrival registration form that includes a reservation at an authorized hotel. Visitors may only stay in one approved hotel per visit. At the airport, there’s a health screening, including temperature checks.

Symptomatic passengers are going to be immediately isolated and tested. If positive for COVID-19, they’re going to be transferred to a hospital for treatment and care at their expense. All other passengers must take an authorized taxi to their certified hotel or government quarantine facility and must stay there for the duration of their stay except to participate in water excursions arranged by the hotel.

Official Travel Website: St. Lucia tourism website

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St. Maarten

Tourists are required to submit negative Covid-19 results from a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Children ages 10 and younger are exempt from this requirement. Tourists also must complete an online health declaration form. Temperature checks will be conducted at the airport and face masks are required.

Official Travel Website: St. Maarten Ministry of Tourism 

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U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix)

Tourists from U.S. states with an infection rate of more than 10% are required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 5 days prior to arrival in the U.S. territory. Tourists must complete an online prescreening. There will also be health screenings at the airport and visitors with symptoms are going to be referred to the Department of Health. Face masks will also be required at the airport.

Official Travel Website: U.S. Virgin Islands tourism website

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Europe

Croatia

Croatia is requiring travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival. If the test is older than 48 hours upon arrival, travelers will be required to self-isolate until getting tested again locally and providing negative results. Those entering the country without a COVID-19 test will have to quarantine for 14 days, but that may be shortened to 7 days with a test in the country.

Official Travel Website: Republic of Croatia’s Ministry of Interior

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Turkey

No Covid-19 test is required but upon arrival, tourists are required to fill out an information form and will be checked for COVID-19 symptoms. If tourists are exhibiting any symptoms, they will be transported to a local hospital for additional screening. Masks are mandatory in all public areas and those in non-compliance may be subject to a $130 fine.

Official Travel Website: U.S. Embassy in Turkey

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United Arab Emirates

Dubai

All tourists must present a negative COVID-19 test which is not more than 96 hours old upon arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with certain disabilities are exempt from this requirement. Some visitors may be tested again, upon arrival at the airport, if they’re suspected of having Covid-19. Tourist must also fill out a health declaration form and are required to download a mobile app. They’re also required to possess International health insurance while within the country.

Official Travel Websites: U.S. Embassy in the UAE and Government of Dubai

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Abu Dhabi

Tourists must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours upon arrival or show proof of an appointment for a laser blood Covid-19 test, which can rapidly detect a rising COVID-19 infection. Face masks are required in all public areas, social distancing measures are enforced and no more than three occupants are allowed in a private vehicle at one time. Failure to abide by the rules may be subject to a fine starting from $270 to $270,000.

Official Travel Website: U.S. Embassy in the UAE

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Considering an International vacay?

You may decide to go ahead a book an International future vacay. If you do decide to plan a Vacay, you probably will want to consider a Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) optional travel insurance upgrade. True to its name, this additional option allows you to cancel your trip for any reason.

You will also want to keep informed of the latest International travel policies and restrictions with U.S. Government travel advisories at travel.state.gov.

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