Destinations are slowly reopening to US travelers, but it can be tricky to keep up with the constantly changing list and associated restrictions. That’s where our River Oaks Travel advisor team comes in! We are constantly monitoring domestic and international news, speaking with tourism boards, and checking with official government publications to stay up-to-date with the current travel options available to our travelers. Check out our below destination opening guide to see the countries and states currently (or about to be) open, along with their quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements.

Open to US Travelers

Domestic Destinations

New York

  • If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine. Texas is one such state.

More information can be found here.

Connecticut

  • Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. As of publication, Texas is on this list.

More information can be found here.

Illinois

  • On Thursday, July 2, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This includes both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a designated state.

More information can be found here.

New Hampshire

  • If you’re visiting New Hampshire from out of state (excluding New England) for an overnight trip at a lodging property, you’re required to provide signed documentation stating you remained at home for at least a 14 day quarantine* period prior to arriving in the state. This documentation will be provided at your lodging destination. Lodging properties include hotels, motels, B&Bs, cabins, cottages, condominiums, and other short-term rentals. For complete lodging guidance, please click here.

More information can be found here.

New Mexico

  • Effective September 4, any individual traveling to New Mexico from states deemed high-risk based on COVID-positivity rates will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico or for the duration of their stay in the state, whichever is shorter. As of publication, Texas is on the list.

More information can be found here.

Vermont

  • If you are visiting Vermont you must quarantine for 14 days, once you arrive. You have the option to get a PCR test on or after day 7 of quarantine and end your quarantine with a negative test result.
  • Some travelers have the option to quarantine in their home state before coming to Vermont.

More information can be found here.

Washington D.C.

  • If you are out in DC, you are required to wear a mask, with a few exceptions for vigorous exercise or while you’re actively eating or drinking.
  • A self-quarantine of 14 days is required after participating in non-essential travel to/from high-risk areas (Texas included) when returning or traveling to Washington, DC, beginning July 27. As of June 22, Washington, DC is in Phase Two of reopening.

More information can be found here.

Hawaii

  • All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The Pre-Travel Testing Program will not begin until October 15, at the earliest.
  • Through the Pre-Travel Testing Program, all travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their flight to Hawaii, and to show proof of a negative test result upon arrival at the airport, to avoid the 14-day quarantine. The FDA-approved NAAT test from a CLIA-certified laboratory will need to be done prior to arrival. No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport. Click here for the initial July 13 press conference.

International Destinations

Central America

Mexico

Open

Nicaragua

Open

Belize

Open with negative test

  • The Belize airport will reopen on October 1st for international travel. Travelers to Belize must test negative for COVID-19 and may only stay at approved Gold Standard Hotels.
  • All visitors to Belize must download the Belize Health app on their mobile phone. This will help authorities manage your movement in Belize and provide timely communication to  you.
  • Visitors are also highly encouraged to take a PCR test (not an antibody test) within 72 hours (3 days) of your original travel departure to Belize which will fast track your entry into the country. A certified negative result will put you on the fast track arrival lane at the airport. If you don’t have a certified test prior to arrival, you will be required to take a rapid test at your own expense when you arrive at the airport. The cost of the rapid test will be $50 USD. You may also bring your own rapid test kit to be administered by health officials at the airport in Belize.

More information can be found here.

Costa Rica

Open with negative test. No test required starting Nov.1

Requirements to enter Costa Rica: Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr. RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica. Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the authorized states. This requirement excludes children traveling with their families. This requirement will be necessary until Nov. Traveler’s Medical Insurance- international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute. For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions. (This certification must be uploaded when filling out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS):

  • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
  • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.

More information here

Honduras

Open with Negative test

El Salvador

Opening soon

Guatemala

Opening soon

Panama

Opening soon

Caribbean

Anguilla

  • Complete pre-registration on beatcovid19.ai. Visitors must complete the form on beatcovid19.ai to initiate the approval process, all information is confidential and intended for official use by the Government of Anguilla.
  • Passengers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test, receive and present negative results within three to five days of travel. Upon arrival all travelers will also be required to be tested and on day ten of the visit.
  • All persons are required to provide insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
  • Remain quarantined at your approved location for at least 10 days.

More information can be found here.

Antigua & Barbuda

All passengers arriving by air MUST have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven (7) days of their flight. This includes transiting passengers. Children under 12 years of age are not required to present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative Test to enter the Country. Passengers arriving by sea are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health. All travelers are also subject to assessment by Port Health Authorities for signs and symptoms through a series of checks and the completion of a health declaration form on arrival.

All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines. Visitors may be required to undergo further testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities.

More information can be found here.

Aruba

  • All visitors will be required to complete the online Embarkation/Disembarkation card process and be approved in order to be permitted entry to Aruba. The new ED card process includes five components. This must be completed within 72 hours and 4 hours prior to travel to Aruba.
  • All visitors, 15 years and older, traveling to Aruba must take a Molecular COVID-19 test. There are three testing options: test prior to travel, test upon arrival or a dual-testing process.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Aruba must ensure that all visitors are properly insured. The Aruba Visitors Insurance is a mandatory insurance that helps protect visitors against incurred medical and non-medical expenses if testing positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Aruba. Note: River Oaks Travel recommends supplementing this insurance with a comprehensive policy – your advisor can provide a quote.

More information can be found here.

Bahamas

  • Before traveling, each traveler must go to travel.gov.bs, select “International,” and submit a Travel Health Visa Application. The application will require a negative COVID-19 test. Travelers will receive an automated email response once the application is completed. Applications take up to 72 hours to process, after which each traveler will receive a confirmation that their application has been approved. Each traveler must present their final confirmation document upon arrival in The Bahamas (whether by air or by sea).
  • All travelers entering The Bahamas must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, at their own expense. Visitors may quarantine at:
    • A private residence or rented accommodation (like AirBnB) where the person can quarantine in an unoccupied bedroom with its own connected bathroom.
    • A hotel or private club where the person can quarantine in an unoccupied bedroom with its own connected bathroom.
    • A private boat

More information can be found here.

Barbados

  • All travellers to Barbados must complete a pre-arrival Online Immigration/Customs form at least 24 hrs before arrival. This online form will include personal health information related to COVID-19.
  • The Online Immigration/Customs form is available at www.travelform.gov.bb
  • With effect from September 19th it will be mandatory for all persons travelling to Barbados from High, and Medium risk countries to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility/ laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival in order to enter the country. Persons travelling from Low-Risk countries, in order to expedite processing through the airport are strongly advised to take, and will be allowed to present results of, tests taken up to 5 days prior to arrival. Relevant accrediting bodies and standards include: ISO:15189, CAP, UKAS or the equivalent.

More information can be found here.

Bermuda

  • One to three days before departure, complete the Bermuda travel authorisation process online which gathers important information for the island’s health and immigration officials; a $75 fee per traveller is required, which includes the cost of all COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. Only MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Each passenger must have a form completed regardless of age. NOTE: Children 9 and younger do not have to be tested at any point, and their Travel Authorisation fee is $30.
  • Ideally within 72 hours, but no more than seven days before departure, visitors must take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result. The day of testing, is day 0. This applies to adults and children aged 10 and up. Children who are 9-years-old and younger are exempt and are subject to their adult travel companion’s quarantine. Children 10-17 must receive parental consent to be tested. If consent is denied, the young traveller must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Test results must be entered as part of the online travel authorization process and be presented upon arrival in Bermuda. As of July 11, 2020, such visitors without a pre-departure test will not be able to obtain Travel Authorisation and enter Bermuda.
  • Acquire health insurance covering illness and injury outside of your home jurisdiction, including those related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis while in Bermuda. If this is not obtained, a visitor will be responsible for all health and accommodation costs should they require treatment and/or quarantine, including costs related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in Bermuda
  • Undergo PCR COVID-19 testing at the Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport. Those with a pre-departure PCRCOVID-19 test will quarantine at their accommodation until results are ready (turnaround time is approximately 24 hours for most results, though results may take longer depending on arrival time).This applies to adults and children ages 10 and up. Children less than 10 years-old are exempt from the PCR COVID-19 test.
  • During your trip, take a COVID-19 test, administered on Day 4, Day 8 and Day 14 at testing centres (Perot Post Office, City of Hamilton Mon–Sat; Southside, St. David’s Sun). The location and time of each of your tests will automatically be booked for you, so please do not arrange separate appointments. You will receive email reminders 24 hours before each test.

More information can be found here.

Bonaire

Not currently open

British Virgin Islands

Not currently open. Planning to reopen starting Dec.1, 2020

Cayman Islands

As of October 1, 2020, the Cayman Islands commenced the phased opening of its international borders. Leisure travel is not allowed in this phase which focuses on repatriation flights and returning residents/homeowners. When US visitors are allowed, they and all travelers must register via www.exploregov.ky/traveltime to receive pre-travel authorization. Visitors must submit proof of Covid insurance

Cuba

Not currently open

Curacao

Not currently open

Dominica

Visitors must upload an online health questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to arrival; submit a negative PCR test result taken between 24 and 72 hours before arrival, and receive an email notification from Dominica of clearance to travel. Once on the ground in Dominica, visitors have a temperature check and undergo rapid test screening at no charge, with results available in 15 to 20 minutes. If test result is negative, guests go through immigration and customs and are transferred to a property that has been certified safe by the Environmental Health Department. Entry requirements can be found here

Dominican Republic

All travelers are still required to fill out a Traveler’s Health Affidavit and get a temperature check upon arrival. In place of the test result is a rapid Breathalyzer-style test that will be performed on randomly selected travelers upon arrival. The test takes five minutes and detects if a traveler was exposed or infected within the last four hours. If positive, the traveler quarantines in a designated area within his hotel and is regularly tested until symptoms are gone. The rapid test is part of the government’s initiative called The Plan for the Responsible Recovery of Tourism and includes free health and travel insurance coverage through Dec. 31 that covers hospitalization for coronavirus in the DR, telemedicine services, costs for extended hotel stays and airline ticket changes. The insurance is paid for by the DR. For details, visit godominicanrepublic.com.

Grenada

On arrival, visitors must present negative PCR test taken within seven days of travel, proof of a minimum four-day reservation from one of the Pure Safe travel accommodations of hotels and resorts, health declaration forms and waivers and download the Ronatrac mobile app for contact tracing. Visitors must quarantine at their hotel for the first four days of their visit; on day four visitors have the option to get a PCR test and, if negative, can then move about the island, or they can remain at the hotel for the duration of their stay. All forms and information are at https://covid19.gov.gd. The list of approved safe accommodations is at puregrenada.com/travel.

Guadeloupe

Not open

Haiti

The airports in Porte-au-Prince and Cap Haitien have reopened to scheduled flights. Airlines are distributing a health declaration form to all passengers who must complete the form, present it to immigration authorities upon arrival and then retain the form while in Haiti. Temperature screenings are mandatory upon arrival; visitors must provide local address while in Haiti; mask-wearing in public is required, and social gatherings are limited to 10 people.

Jamaica

Open to U.S. visitors. Arriving passengers are required to complete and submit the online Travel Authorization between two and five days prior to their planned arrival in Jamaica. Once travelers are approved, they receive a certificate that must be submitted during the airline check-in process. In addition, all travelers from the U.S. must upload the results of a negative Covid-19 test, not older than 10 days before the date of travel, prior to departure. Once on the island, visitors must remain on property during their entire stay and must stay at Covid-19 Protocol Compliant Approved accommodations, which are listed on the www.visitjamaica.com website.

Martinique and Monserrat

Not currently open

Puerto Rico

  • Travelers entering Puerto Rico must fill out a Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal, get a molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) no more than 72 hours prior visiting the Island, and show proof of a negative result or they must quarantine. A curfew on the Island is in effect through October 2nd from 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM, except for emergencies. As a U.S. territory, no passport or currency exchange is needed upon arrival.
  • Starting September 12, public beaches and natural reserves will be open for leisure, following social distancing guidelines and with the use of masks when not in the water. Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations are open, with supermarket delivery services available through midnight. Restaurants and museums will be operating at 50% capacity and pools at hotels and other establishments are open at 25% capacity.
  • More information can be found here.

St. Barths

  • ARRIVAL: Visitors (age 11+) are required to show a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test (this is the molecular-based swab test) where the date the test was administered is within 72 hours of their arrival. Visitors (age 11+) staying longer than 7 days will be required to take an additional RT-PCR Covid-19 test in St. Barth, at their own expense (€135), on the 8th day following their arrival. (i.e. if you arrived in St. Barth on Sunday, you will need to test locally on the following Monday).  The testing lab is available to drive up Monday-Friday from 2-3 PM and Saturday 9-10 AM.  If a visitor tests positive, they will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days or until they re-test negative. 

More information can be found here.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Not currently open. Plans to reopen beginning Oct. 31, 2020

More information can be found here.

St. Lucia

  • All arriving passengers must have a negative result from a PCR test done no more than 7 days prior to arrival in Saint Lucia
  • All passengers must complete and submit a Travel registration form no less than 3 days before travel to Saint Lucia

More information can be found here.

St. Martin

  • Complete self health declaration form online 72 hours prior to arrival at www.stmaartenentry.com, and carry your copy.
  • Take a COVID-19 (PCR) and receive the negative test result within 72 hours prior to your arrival date.

More information can be found here.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

All passengers arriving from the United States of America, including those transiting through another country to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, having travelled on a commercial flight out of the USA:

  • Must arrive with a negative result of a COVID-19 test done no more than seven (7) days before arrival.
  • Will be retested for COVID-19 on arrival.
  • Must complete mandatory quarantine for five (5) days in a Tourism
    Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (TA/ MOHWE) approved transition/quarantine hotel for five (5) nights at their cost. Must arrive with a fully paid reservation.
  • Must be re-tested for COVID-19 between day four (4) and day five (5) of quarantine. 
  • Must continue nine (9) to sixteen (16) days of quarantine in an approved home/hotel at the discretion of the Port Health Officer.

More information can be found here.

Turks & Caicos

The Government has launched TCI Assured, an online portal where international travelers to the Turks and Caicos are required to provide the following prior to travel:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 5 days prior to arrival in the islands (changed from 72 hours). Children under 10 are exempted from this requirement.
  • Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
  • Completed online health screening questionnaire.

More information can be found here.

South America

Brazil

Open

Columbia

Open with test required

Equador

Open with test required

Europe

Croatia

  • As of July 10, 2020, U.S. citizens arriving to Croatia for tourism, business, urgent personal reasons, or educational purposes must present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing). This is also valid for passengers and crews traveling by yacht. 
  • Travelers whose test is older than 48 hours will be allowed to enter Croatia, but they will be issued a self-isolation order and will have to be tested again locally, at their own expense. Having an expired PCR test upon arrival will allow for a shortened period of time in self-isolation pending a negative result of a local PCR test. Those who do not provide a negative PCR test upon arrival will be ordered to quarantine/self-isolate for at least 7 days prior to taking a local PCR test. Travelers who fail to present a PCR test upon arrival and refuse to take a test locally will be ordered to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days. A local test cost ranges from $130 to $300 or more, depending upon the location, and the result can be expected between 24-48 hours. 

More information can be found here.

Montenegro

  • U.S. citizens are permitted to enter with a negative PCR test for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 72 hours or a positive coronavirus antibody test result (SARS-CoV-2) of the IgG class obtained by ELISA serologic test not older than 72 hours.  This does not apply to children up to the age of 5. Travelers must not have stopped, nor transited through, countries that are not permitted to enter Montenegro within the previous 15 days. 
  • The list of countries’ citizens who are able to enter and the requirement are listed here https://www.ijzcg.me/me/novosti/covid-19-popustanje-mjera-u-medunarodnom-saobracaju

Ireland

  • The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.
  • Passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form Passenger Locator Form . This is now an online form. Paper versions of the form are also available at points of entry into Ireland, if required.

More information can be found here.

United Kingdom

  • You must show proof of a completed passenger locator form at the UK border. You should complete the form before you enter the UK. You can complete it any time in the 48 hour period before you are due to arrive in the UK.
  • When you arrive in the UK, you will not be allowed to leave the place where you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK (known as ‘self-isolating’) unless you’re arriving from an exempt country.

More information can be found here.

Africa

Egypt

  • Starting September 1, all arriving international travelers, including Egyptian citizens, will need to present a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 taken prior to arrival. PCR tests must be taken within 72 hours before arrival. Travelers must present paper copies of the test results; digital copies will not be accepted. Children under the age of six of all nationalities are exempt. Additionally, we have been informed that incoming tourists must show proof of health insurance upon arrival – our River Oaks Travel advisors can provide you a quote.

More information can be found here.

Kenya

  • Arriving U.S. passengers are permitted to enter if the conditions are met: 1) The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F); 2) The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms; 3) The passenger has a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours of arrival. 
  • A 14-day quarantine may be required. This includes travelers from California, Florida and Texas. 

More information can be found here.

Namibia

  • Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, the tourists proceed to the pre-booked destination and engage in the planned daily tourist activities at the facility for the number of days the tourist is staying there.
  • If the tourist intends to spend less than five days at the pre-booked facility, the tourist can proceed to the next destination. However, on day five (5), the tourist must be available for swabbing wherever they find themselves.
  • The tourist must be reachable on day seven (7) to receive the results of the swabbing. If the result is negative, the tourist is released from any surveillance. If the result is positive, the tourist will be taken to the isolation facilities identified by the Ministry of Health and Social Services and treated at their own cost and according to national case management guidelines.

More information can be found here.

Rwanda

  • Travelers to Rwanda must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test taken no more than 120 hours before their initial flight. The U.S. Embassy recommends that travelers carry a printed copy of their negative test results during all legs of their flights to Rwanda.
  • Upon arrival to Rwanda, visitors will be taken to the designated quarantine hotel of their choice.  At the hotel, they will be tested again, at their own expense, for COVID-19.  They will be required to quarantine in their hotel room until they receive a negative COVID-19 result, approximately 24 hours after arrival.
  • Before travel to Rwanda, passengers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form.  To fill out this form, passengers must be able to provide passport information, travel details, negative PCR COVID-19 test results, and a booking confirmation at one of the designated hotels for a 24-hour quarantine upon arrival.   The U.S. Embassy recommends that travelers carry a printed our copy of their Passenger Locator form during all legs of their flights to Rwanda.

More information can be found here.

Asia

South Korea

  • Most foreign travelers on short-term travel will be required to quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense for 14 days.  This includes U.S. citizens traveling on 90-day visa-free travel and short-term visa holders.  The nightly cost at these facilities could range from $100 to $150 USD per night (approximately $1,400-$2,100 USD total) depending on various factors, and prices are set by the Korean authorities.  Passengers that fall into this category will be required to sign a release form agreeing to these conditions prior to boarding a plane.  Passengers who refuse to sign the form will be denied boarding.

More information can be found here.

United Arab Emirates

Beginning August 1st, a COVID-19 PCR test is mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers, including Emirati citizens, UAE residents, and tourists, arriving to the UAE or transiting through its airports. Travelers to the UAE are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report taken at check-in desks before flying to the Emirates. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure.

Tahiti/French Polynesia

  • Prior to boarding:
    • Proof of a negative RT-PCR test (list of approved and non approved tests) carried out within three days prior to their international air departure;
    • Present the receipt of the health registration on the Etis.pf platform (Electronic Travel Information System) ;
  • During the stay:
    • Self-test 4 days after arrival in The Islands of Tahiti.

More information can be found here.

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