Travel Is Opening Up For US Tourists, But Where Can You Go On Vacation?
For a large majority of us, our passports have been out of use for the last year. However, there is hope on the horizon as over 90 countries have started to open up their borders to US travellers.
As US COVID-19 cases near that 30 million mark, there is room for caution as restrictions start to ease in states around the country, as some international nations still remain wary at the US traveller.
Choosing to travel abroad comes with new risks and considerations which we didn’t have to think twice about before COVID-19. For example, borders can close at any times, stricter curfews may have to be adhered to and obvious health risks must also be considered. In some countries, ignoring these rules and regulations can lead to large fines and even jail time.
It’s important to remember to obtain a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before returning to the USA. Take this into consideration when booking accommodation and air travel, looking for nearby COVID-19 testing facilities and making note of their costs when budgeting for your trip.
Although a hop across the border is not yet allowed by land, as the crossing remains closed until at least 21st April, US travelers are allowed to fly into Mexico.
No COVID-19 testing requirements are in place to visit our southern neighbour, with the only travel requirement being a health screening which is carried out upon arrival.
The country’s four tier traffic light system shows easily which cities are the safest to travel to. As of 19th March cities such as Chiapas and Campeche in southern Mexico and Sonora state in northern Mexico were listed as green. The green listing denotes no restrictions are in place in these areas - making them the perfect holiday destinations!
Several Caribbean islands have opened up their borders to US travelers, including the 700 islands which make up the Bahamas.
Before travelling you just need to ensure that you have completed a health form within 72 hours of your departure to the country, alongside proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 7 days before your arrival into the Bahamas. This gives you plenty of time to get the test sorted in advance of travelling. Instead of a period in quarantine, travellers just have to take an antigen test and are tested again on the fourth day of their trip.
In places such as Cat Island and Andros, indoor dining is allowed and there is no curfew, with no restrictions applying to beaches and parks as well. This will ensure an easy stress-free getaway from the US.
Antigua and Barbuda
With sandy beaches and clear seas matching those in the Bahamas, similar COVID-19 rules apply to those of their Caribbean neighbour.
Anyone over the age of 12 must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at least 7 days before flying as well as completing a Traveler Accommodation form upon arrival. After passing a temperature check and checking into one of 160 certified villas and hotels, you are free to participate in certified tours and activities.
This allows you to go out for dinners, enjoy water sports and even attend destination weddings!
For those of you looking to travel further afield without incurring fees for COVID-19 tests on arrival, Kenya might provide the perfect adventure.
The only requirements you need to take into consideration when travelling here are to remember to obtain a negative COVID-19 test no more than 96 hours before arriving in the country. Individuals must also pass a strict health screening on arrival.
Perhaps not the first place you may think to visit, however North Macedonia is one of few countries who are allowing American citizens in with no testing or quarantining. This means you are able to travel freely to the country as you would before COVID-19 restrictions began.
Thermal screenings are conducted at airlines for all passengers but once you have passed that you are free to explore the country at your own leisure.
The country is home to some stunning scenery including Mount Ljuboten and the Matka Canyon.