Best vacation destinations for Americans during COVID-19 and the travel rules:
Fortunately for Americans and Canadians, Mexico is allowing tourists these days with very few restrictions. Since winter is the busiest time of year in Mexico, the country should be the most popular destination by far and staying relatively safe should be fairly easy.
COVID-19 rules: Land borders are restricted but flights are not. A negative test is NOT required, though passengers can expect to be screened (not tested) at airports upon arrival. Land borders were set to reopen to Americans on November 21, but it's now been pushed back (again) to at least December 21. It's better to just fly. https://www.visitmexico.com/en/
Good news for those who love affordable all-inclusive resorts is that the Dominican Republic is ready for you. Most guests to these resorts tend to stay on the property the entire stay anyway, so they are wonderfully set up with everything you need. As long as the resort practices safety precautions, this should be one of the safest places to travel in the coming months.
COVID-19 rules: Arriving passengers have to fill out a health form, and anyone showing any symptoms is likely to get a screening at the airport. That's it. https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/newsroom/coronavirus/
COVID-19 rules: All residents of the United States of America ,Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to check in for a flight. NOTE: Residents of all other countries are NOT REQUIRED to present a test result. https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/tas/
COVID-19 rules: Visitors must complete an online application at least 24 hours before arrival and provide proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival, so that's a pretty tight window and you'll obviously have to take a test where you get the results almost immediately. You'll also have to quarantine at your hotel for at least the first five days of your stay. https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening
COVID-19 rules: Bermuda requires an application fee of US$75 per passenger and also a negative Covid-19 PCR test result. Upon arrival you'll have to take another COVID test and then quarantine at their accommodation until the results are ready, which is usually within 24 hours. https://www.gotobermuda.com/bta/press-release/bermuda-tourism-authority-update
COVID-19 rules: Visitors to Grenada are required to submit a negative PCR test taken within 7 days of arrival. You also have to have a reservation for at least 4 nights at an approved accommodation for observation and quarantine. After four nights you can take another test and move about freely if the result is still negative. https://travelauth.health.gov.gd/
COVID-19 rules: Visitors to St. Barts need to provide a negative test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those wanting to stay more than 7 days will need to take another test on the 8th day.
COVID-19 rules: Visitors to St. Lucia will need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 7 days of arrival. You'll also need to have reservations at one of the approved hotels on the island so they can monitor you and make sure precautions are all being followed while you are there. https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/
COVID-19 rules: Visitors must submit an rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab only and performed within 120 hours prior to departure to St. Maarten.
Turks and Caicos
COVID-19 rules: Visitors must submit a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 5 days of arrival. You also have to complete an online health questionnaire and prove that you have travel insurance that would cover any COVID-related costs. https://www.st-martin.org/us/covid-19?dt=1615226529734
Caribbean: Smaller Islands
Antigua and Barbuda
COVID-19 rules: Visitors must show a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven (7) days of their flight. https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory/
COVID-19 rules: Visitors from all US states will be allowed into Costa Rica as of November 1, 2021, and many states are allowed before that date. You'll need to complete a Health Pass and provide a negative test taken within 48 hours of travel. You'll also need to show that you have travel insurance, or buy it when you arrive. https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements#Document
COVID-19 rules: Belize opened back up to tourists on October 1 and they are requiring visitors to download their health app to prove your status as someone who submitted a negative COVID test less taken less than 3 days before arrival. Visitors also have to stay within the approved resort areas and hotels, though that shouldn't be a problem for most people. https://belize.com/news/belize-reduces-covid19-safety-measures-to-stimulate-tourism/
COVID-19 rules: Visitors must show a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 48 hours of arrival time in Panama. Since that isn't easy for many people they are fortunately able to test visitors upon arrival if they don't have a very-recent test. https://visitpanama.com/information/travel-guidelines/
COVID-19 rules: In spite of the fact that Brazil is famously one of the worldwide COVID-19 hot spots, they only require proof of health insurance to cover your stay. No tests are required as of this update. https://br.usembassy.gov/health-alert-update-to-requirements-for-travel-to-brazil/
Tahiti: Bora Bora, Moorea
COVID-19 rules: Visitors must provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test that was taken within 3 days prior to international air departure. You also have to fill out an electronic health form. https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/
COVID-19 rules: Arriving visitors must present a negative result for a PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. One tricky part about that for Americans is that it literally takes about 24 hours to get from the US to Male International Airport, usually with a plane change in the Middle East or Europe. https://www.tourism.gov.mv/covid19
Last Update: March 3, 2021 9:00 AM
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