Summer Is Here: Where Can Americans Fly To?
Updated: Jul 16, 2021
With almost 50% of the American population fully vaccinated and travel destinations opening up their borders, the possibility of national and international travel is becoming increasingly more feasible.
On June 18th, the United States was added to the European Union’s approved list of countries, following a 15 month ban of American travelers due to COVID-19.
Counties that Americans can travel to include Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Ireland and Portugal. Some of these countries, including France, require travelers to be vaccinated however others, such as Portugal, are allowing unvaccinated travelers across their borders.
For individuals looking for an easy entry into Europe, they may want to consider a holiday to Germany. The central European country announced that as of June 20th it will allow unrestricted entry to travelers on its list of approved countries, which includes the U.S. Travelers will only have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination to gain entry.
Italy, too, has decided to eliminate its ‘Covid-tested’ protocol for travelers from the United States, with travelers only needing to present proof of double vaccination to enter the country. If you fit in with such requirements you are free to visit Rome, Venice and the Amalfi coast alongside several other popular Italian destinations.
You shoould be aware that some countries, such as Austria, Belgium and Sweden have not automatically updated their travel advice following the EU announcement. On June 18th it was reitereated that nonessential travel from the U.S to Austria remains off limits.
Closer to home, international destinations in The Americas are also opening up their borders.
Mexico was one of the first countries to allow American tourists in. Easy to reach from the U.S. and with lenient entry requirements, Mexico has been many U.S. tourists’ first choice destination throughout the pandemic.
If it’s luxury and privacy you’re after, travelling just a few hours east of the Mexican border will land you in the Caribbean. The islands are open to American tourists, with the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas being more receptive to post-pandemic travel.
Those of you keen to get away to the Bahamas will just need to complete a Travel Health Visa application and provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before arrival. If you are fully vaccinated you are exempt from these testing requirements, however all travelers must opt-in to health insurance which will cover you for the entirety of your stay.
If you fancy taking a trip slightly further afield, some African countries are allowing American tourists in.
As long as you can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of arriving, Kenya will allow you in after passing health screenings, such as temperature checks, at the airport. The same rules apply to those travelling to Niger, with a test required to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to landing.
Similar rules apply to Namibia, with tourists just having to provide a negative COVID-19 test no more than 5 days before their initial flight, as well as health screenings on arrival. Tanzania’s rules are similarly lenient, with a COVID-19 test required to be taken just 3 days before arrival, alongside participating in health screenings on landing.
South Africa’s rules are also straightforward, however nightly curfews have been put in place which restrict activities within the country.