With countries slowly opening, and some now closing, their borders to U.S. travelers, I want to help keep you abreast of the ever-changing entry requirements and restrictions to varying international travel destinations. This is NOT a comprehensive list so if you don't see your specific desired destination my apologies. As you know with so many countries it is difficult to stay updated but I will do my best to keep this as comprehensive as possible.
I will update this every month but as always, if you are considering traveling you should always check with the U.S. Embassy on the country specific information and the airline before finalizing travel plans.
See below, the countries that have opened their borders or closed their borders and updates on the travel entry requirements for U.S. travelers:
Albania: PCR test is not required to enter the country.
Anguilla: Anguilla is open for pre-approved visitors from certain countries, and these people must apply to visit Anguilla. Approved travelers must complete a pre-registration form, take a COVID-19 PCR test within 3 to 5 days of travel, and present negative results. Everyone is required to be tested on day 10 of their visit.
Antigua: All travelers arriving by air must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 7 days of their flight. Not required for children under 12 years of age.
Aruba: All non-resident eligible travelers must obtain an online travel qualification, and 72 hours prior to travel you will be sent a health questionnaire. You must provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure, purchase Aruba’s COVID-19 insurance, agree to health screening and temperature checks on arrival.
The Bahamas: All travelers must apply for an online Health Visa, present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result that has been taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of travel, and anyone staying longer than 5 days will be tested again on day 5.
Barbados: Borders are open to American citizens. Negative PCR must test taken within 72 hours of flight departure. Quarantine in effect. Everyone must fill out an online Immigration and Customs Form 24 hours before travel.
Belize: Passengers must download the Belize Health app and obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test result 72 hours before departure.
Bermuda: If you are from a country the WHO has classified as having community transmission of COVID-19, you must obtain Travel Authorization, and this requires a negative pre-departure test result taken no more than 7 days before departure. Eligible travelers must fill out a screening form, show proof of health insurance, undergo further COVID-19 testing upon arrival and quarantine until the results are ready.
Bolivia: Negative PCR test taken within 7 days prior to arrival in Bolivia and foreign travelers must have their test result endorsed by the respective Bolivian Consulate before arriving. Anyone who arrives without a medical certificate and negative test result will be subject to quarantine.
Botswana: International borders are open. Negative COVID PCR test must be taken within 72 hours of departure from country of origin. Screening and health questionnaire to be completed upon arrival.
Burkina Faso: All international travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated no more than 5 days prior to departure, and quarantine for 14 days on arrival at a location of your choice and at your own cost.
Burundi: Burundi re-opened for international flights on November 8th. Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative PCR test for COVID-19, issued no more than 72 hours before departure. Arrivals will be tested again, and must quarantine for 72 hours at booked hotel.
Cape Verde: Passengers need a COVID-19 test to enter and exit, and the test has to be done within 72 hours before travel. Anyone without a COVID-19 test within the 72 hour timeframe will not be allowed to board their flight. Inter-island travel requires a form to be filled out prior to flight.
Central African Republic: Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 7 days before arrival. Everyone will be subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
Chad: Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 7 days before arrival. Everyone will be subject to quarantine for 7 days.
Chile: The country opened borders on November 23rd. Entry is via Santiago [SCL] only. PCR test 72 hours prior entering the country, 14 Days quarantine, curfew 12am-5am, affidavit of good health, insurance policy covering Covid19, tracking app downloaded.
Colombia: As of November, a negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer required to enter the country. All eligible international passengers must fill out an immigration form online 24 hours before the flight.
Costa Rica: PCR Test is no longer a requirement to enter the country (as of October 26th). Travel insurance including medical and lodge coverage are required.
Côte d’Ivoire: You must have a valid visa for entry, and you should organize this in advance. An air travel declaration form must be filled out prior to departure, and travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result, dated a maximum of 7 days prior to travel.
Croatia: Rollback - Croatia has closed borders to North American travelers.
Djibouti: On arrival at all entry points, anyone over the age of 11 will be tested for COVID-19 and must remain at the point of entry until results are received (up to 4 hours). If your result is negative, you will be free to go to your accommodation. If the result is positive you will be taken to a government designated-quarantine facility.
Dominica: All visitors must fill out an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival, take a PCR swab test up to 72 hours before arrival and provide proof of a negative result. Upon arrival, health checks are in place, including a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) on arrival. If the RDT is negative, then the traveler must self-isolate in a government operated or certified facility for 5 days before having another PCR test.
Dominican Republic: All passengers must fill out a completed Traveler’s Health Affidavit, and rapid tests for COVID-19 will be given to randomly selected travelers upon arrival, and those who are displaying symptoms.
Dubai: Dubai has opened to all travelers. Negative PCR (valid for 96 hours) upon arrival to Dubai. Passengers must have proof of medical insurance, sign a health declaration form before departure, register all details in a COVID-19 DXB app and undergo a second PCR test at the airport, before immigration and self-isolate until results are ready. Remaining U.A.E borders remain closed.
Ecuador: Open to all international travelers with proof of negative Covid-19 test within 10 days, no quarantine. Galápagos Islands are also open but with proof of negative Covid-19 test within 4 days, mandatory health insurance and health declaration needed.
El Salvador: Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before your departure flight or land arrival.
Egypt: Passengers must submit a fresh PCR test 96 hours before flight and fill out a public health card. Medical Insurance needed. Passengers are also subject to temperature checks.
Ethiopia: Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative PCR COVID-19 test result that has been issued no more than 5 days (120 hours) prior to arrival. Arrivals are subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation. Passengers without a negative PCR test result will be quarantined and tested on arrival.
Equatorial Guinea: A negative COVID-19 test result that is no older than two days must be presented on arrival. Passengers without a medical certificate are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
French Polynesia: Proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 3-days prior to international air departure, sanitary entry form upon arrival and health registration. Self-test 4 days after arrival (an envelope will be given to each traveler upon their arrival at the airport) containing an oral and nasal swab and instructions. Visitors must obtain proper travel insurance and self-test 4 days after arrival.
Ghana: Negative PCR test required within 72 hours of scheduled departure from origin and a second PCR test upon arrival (paid locally) with results in 30 minutes. Face coverings mandatory in public.
Grenada: Borders are open to American citizens. Travelers arriving from all countries are required to present a certified copy of a negative PCR test conducted within 7 days of travel. All travelers must fill out a health declaration form, register and download the Grenada contact tracing app, and will be given a rapid test on arrival. Non-nationals must have travel insurance to cover COVID-19, or declare that they will bear the cost for treatment and isolation.
Guatemala: Negative PCR test required within 72 hours of travel to Guatemala. Passengers need to fill the Health Pass Covid-19 Form.
Guyana: All passengers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate, and the test must be taken at least 7 days prior to arrival. Passengers who have a test completed within 72 hours will be allowed immediate entry into Guyana without restrictions. If your test was taken between 4 and 7 days of entry, you will be subject to a second PCR test and must self-isolate until a negative result is produced.
Haiti: Passengers must complete a COVID-19 health questionnaire, and anyone with a temperature above 100.4ºF (38ºC) will not be allowed to board the flight.
Honduras: Travelers must obtain a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result issued within 72 hours of arriving, and fill out a form online before departure. If you bring a negative PCR or rapid test, no quarantine is required.
Iceland: All travelers must fill out a pre-registration form. All passengers arriving from high-risk areas who intend to stay for 10 days or more must undergo 14 days quarantine. To shorten quarantine, you must take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival to Iceland, followed by a second test after 5 days. While waiting for results, you must follow quarantine measures until the result of the second test is known.
Ireland: All travelers must fill out a health passenger locator form. Travelers from Northern Ireland or a green list country will not have to restrict their movements for 14 days upon arrival. All arrivals not on the green list will be asked to restrict their movements for 14 days.
Jamaica: U.S. Citizens over the age of 12 must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result or negative antigen result, conducted less than 10 days from your intended travel date at an accredited medical laboratory. Prior to check-in or boarding a flight to Jamaica, all passengers must apply for travel authorization up to five days before the date of intended travel to Jamaica, but no less than two days prior.
Kenya: Passengers are permitted to enter with a negative PCR-based Covid-19 test conducted up to 96 hours before arrival. Passengers need to complete a Traveler Health Surveillance form on the plane.
Kosovo: Travelers do not require a COVID-19 test for arrival, and there is no mandatory quarantine.
Lebanon: Passengers must fill out a health declaration form online before departure, and have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours before arrival. A second PCR test must be taken on arrival. Depending on where you are traveling from, requirements may differ. Check with your airline for the most up-to-date information.
Liberia: Travelers who arrive with a negative COVID-19 test result done within 72 hours prior to arrival will be allowed entry with symptom monitoring via a mobile app. If you do not get a pre-travel test, you will be tested upon arrival and have to wait for the results.
Maldives: All visitors must fill out a health declaration form and an immigration arrival card. Health screenings are in place on arrival, and anyone showing symptoms will require a PCR test at their cost. All tourists and short term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, conducted within 96 hours of departure.
Mauritania: Travelers entering Mauritania must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test dated within 72 hours before arrival.
Mauritius: Passengers arriving in Mauritius must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 7 days before departure, and are subject to another test on arrival. Mandatory quarantine for 14 days, and a quarantine hotel reservation must be made.
Mexico: Borders are open to American citizens. No testing requirements in effect.
Mozambique: Negative COVID PCR test must be taken within 72 hours of departure from country of origin. Screening and health questionnaire to be completed upon arrival.
Namibia: Negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival, full travel itinerary to be provided and medical insurance required. On arrival travelers will go through a health screening and will also need to complete a short health questionnaire.
Nicaragua: Anyone who does enter Nicaragua is required to have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result, and the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
Nigeria: From 5 September, flights have restarted to Abuja and Lagos. All intending travelers must register via the Nigerian International Travel Portal. Eligible passengers must fill out a Health Declaration Form and upload evidence of their negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours (4 days) of departure to Nigeria. Everyone must self-isolate at one location for at least 7 days, and will be tested again on day 7.
Pakistan: All arrivals must submit a health declaration form, and will be subject to thermal screening. Anyone without COVID-19 symptoms will be given instructions to self-isolate for 14 days.
Panama: Negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival in Panama. Quick tests are available at the airport for those not able to fulfill the 48-hour requirement. Arrivals must sign a health declaration form.
Paraguay: Non-resident foreign nationals are now permitted to enter Paraguay by air, so long as they follow health protocols. Non-resident passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result (taken at most 72 hours before arrival at an authorized laboratory in the country of departure or of transit). Foreign travelers must have international medical insurance with coverage of coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs. Everyone must fill out a Traveler's Health information form online, at most 24 hours before departure.
Peru: International borders to Americans under the following restrictions: Negative PCR test, antigenic test or medical certificate of epidemiological discharge required and cannot be more than 72 hours old. Children only need a medical certificate of good health.
Romania: Arrivals from countries with a high rate of COVID-19 infection should self-isolate at home or quarantine for 14 days. Travelers from countries with a lower or equal rate of COVID-19 transmission to Romania in the last 14 days are allowed to enter without restrictions.
Rwanda: Borders open with requirement of negative PCR test 120 hours prior to arrival, fill out a passenger locator form, and upload their COVID-19 test certificate. Arrivals will be subject to a second test, and results will be delivered within 24 hours, during which time you will self-quarantine in designated accommodation.
São Tomé and Príncipe: Air passengers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, and must undergo 14 days of compulsory quarantine in a private residence or hotel (at your own expense).
Sierra Leone: Travelers to Sierra Leone must obtain authorization from the Government of Sierra Leone, produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test issued no later than 72 hours before departure, fill out a pre-departure public health passenger locator form, provide proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid through the online portal, and then upon arrival undergo both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test.
Somalia: Travelers flying to Somalia must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel.
Somaliland: Travelers flying to Egal International Airport must have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours before travel. If you do not have a negative result, you may be quarantined for 14 days at your own expense in a government approved facility.
South Korea: Anyone who arrives in South Korea will undergo quarantine for 14 days. Some travelers may be tested for COVID-19 within 3 days of arrival depending on the country of origin, others will be tested within 14 days. If you are not a resident in South Korea, you will be quarantined in government-arranged facilities and charged a fee.
St. Lucia: Borders are open to American citizens. All arriving passengers 5 years and older must have a negative result from a PCR test done no more than 7 days prior to arrival in St. Lucia, and need to submit it by email before travel. Clients must then print and travel with a copy of their test results, the auto response email from the form submission and the Travel Authorization Letter they will receive.
St Kitts and Nevis: All incoming passengers must fill out a Travel Authorization Form and obtain a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel, and upload to the authorization portal.
St Vincent and the Grenadines: All travelers must complete an online Pre-Arrival Travel Form, and everyone should arrive with a certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 5 days before arrival. Upon arrival, everyone will be subject to another PCR test. While waiting for the results, everyone will undergo mandatory quarantine for clearance. The Port Health Officer may request a continuance of quarantine for 9 to 16 days.
South Africa: South Africa is open! Negative COVID PCR test must be taken within 72 hours of departure from country of origin. Screening and health questionnaire to be completed upon arrival.
Sudan: Travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before arrival to be eligible for entry.
Tanzania: Open to international travel. Passengers must complete a “Health Form” and present this upon arrival. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival may undergo enhanced screening and COVID-19 testing, followed by potential 14-day self-isolation. Mt Kilimanjaro open with precautions.
The Democratic Republic of Congo: Travelers must submit a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours (3 days) before arrival, and will have to pay for another COVID-19 test on arrival.
The Republic of Congo: All passengers arriving in the Republic of Congo by commercial flights are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry, and will be subject to quarantine at their own expense.
Togo: Travelers require a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, must complete an online form and pay for a COVID-19 test (on the same website) before travel. Upon arrival, the COVID-19 PCR test will be carried out, and before leaving the airport you must download the Togo Safe app, and specify the location of self-isolation until you receive your test results (up to 24 hours). A positive test result requires self-isolation either at home or at a government facility until you test negative.
Tunisia: All visitors must present a negative RT-PCR laboratory test taken within 72 hours of departure (it must not exceed 120 hours upon arrival). All travelers must fill out an online form, and present the QR code prior to boarding and to immigration upon arrival. Everyone must download the Tunisian government’s ‘track and trace’ app. For the first 14 days, most travelers will be subject to self-isolation at their place of residence, a government-approved hotel or quarantine center.
Turkey: Borders open to all travelers with temperature check upon arrival.
Turks & Caicos: Borders are open. All travelers must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 5 days of arrival in the TCI. Passengers must obtain pre-authorization via the TCI Assured portal.
Uganda: Arriving passengers must show negative PCR test results issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft. Departing passengers must show a negative PCR test results issued within 72 hours prior to departing from Uganda. So if you have been in Uganda longer than 72 hours, you will need to be tested again in Uganda.
United Kingdom: Within 48 hours of arrival in the UK, all travelers must complete an online form. Most travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to the UK, unless arriving from countries listed on the travel corridor exemption list. Different rules apply through the UK with the national governments of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland easing restrictions in different phases and at different times.
Uzbekistan: Countries will be divided into color categories of green, yellow and red. Travelers from the yellow or red zones must obtain a negative test result prior to arrival, and may be subject to further testing and self-isolation for 14 days.
Zambia: Negative COVID PCR test must be taken within 14 days of departure from country of origin, and upon entry may be tested via nasal swab if symptoms are displayed. Screening and health questionnaire to be completed upon arrival. Tourist visas are only available in advance, not on arrival.
Zimbabwe: Negative COVID PCR test must be taken within 48 hours of departure from country of origin. Screening and health questionnaire to be completed upon arrival.