With the ongoing pandemic, many countries have shut their doors to others, including Americans. While many people prefer to stay home right now, some may be wondering what countries are open right now for Americans, especially those who live in New York. Living in New York means you can mostly catch a direct flight to so many cities from around the world. It also means you're probably tired of the snow by now and need an adventure or two.
Maybe you're yearning for a safe, socially-distanced escape, or you're looking to work remotely with a nice view for a few weeks. Here are some top vacation-worthy countries that are open to Americans, especially New Yorkers.
1.) Antigua and Barbuda
Ready for resorts and rainforests? Antigua and Barbuda is open to Americans who present a negative covid-19 test taken within seven days of their flight. Visitors are not required to quarantine as well. This only applies to travelers 12 and older. If you're looking for a great escape from America, this is a great option.
Aruba is an island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the mid-south of the Caribbean Sea and, honestly, worth visiting even if just to see flamingos. Like many of the countries on this list, you'll need to show a COVID test 72 hours before your flight, and I hear the safety measures in place are very stringent. More details here.
3.) The Bahamas
One of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean is open to tourists in the US. If you are 11 and older, you can visit The Bahamas as long as you test negative for COVID no more than seven days before your arrival.
Belize, known for its jungle wildlife and diving, is allowing international visitors, including US citizens. To enter, you must download the Belize Health App and have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within three days of arrival. Or you can be tested upon arrival at a cost of $50.
UPDATE: Bermuda requires each inbound passenger 10 and older to apply for travel authorization at the cost of $75 per adult and $30 for flight crew and children 9 and younger. Upon arrival, passengers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than five days before departure. More tests are required on days 4, 8 and 14 of your visit. Read Bermuda's extensive requirements here, including a new traveler's wristband rule.
NEW: US citizens can enter this safari favorite in southern Africa with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure. If you fail to provide test results or show coronavirus symptoms, you will be forced to quarantine for 14 days at your own expense. Another test will be given on the 10th day. Visitors should expect some restrictions on interstate travel between the country's different zones. For details, check here.
NEW: This South American country full of amazing mountains and lakes recently opened to US citizens. You must fill out an "affidavit of travelers" form 48 hours or less before boarding, present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure and have proof of Covid-19 health insurance with $30,000 minimum coverage. Click here for more details.
UPDATE: Costa Rica is allowing residents from all US states access. Visitors must complete a "health pass" form but are no longer required to take a Covid-19 PCR test. You must have proof of travel medical insurance, which you can get in Costa Rica. Get more details here.
People traveling to the Dominican Republic no longer have to show a negative PCR Covid-19 test result on arrival. DR authorities will give breath tests to no more than 10% of random passengers plus anyone showing symptoms. You must also fill out a health affidavit.
UPDATE: Visitors to Dubai must have medical travel insurance to cover any Covid-19 treatment and present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 96 hours of arrival printed in English or Arabic. You must complete a "health declaration form" before departing to confirm you don't have coronavirus symptoms. "Tourists are required to register all their details in the Covid-19 DXB app on arrival," according to the Visit Dubai website.
UPDATE: US travelers to Egypt need to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test result taken within 98 hours before arrival. Travelers must present paper copies; digital copies aren't accepted. Children 5 and younger are exempt. You may be required to show proof of health insurance. Luxor and Aswan governorates are open to international visitors, including temples, archaeological sites, and museums.