With a handful of countries opening their borders to American tourists, there is plenty to be excited about. Before committing to any one destination, you should be aware of the conditions, restrictions, and requirements that each country has in place, as this could greatly affect the quality of your trip. There'd be nothing worse than arriving at your dream vacation to then be forced into a two-week quarantine - at your expense!
To narrow the gap and make life easier on you, we've handpicked some countries that impose minimal restrictions on tourism and of course, are awesome travel destinations.
Here's our list of our top 8 countries you can travel to right now:
Nestled in the heart of Central America, Belize is a travel gem littered with world-class scuba diving, ancient Mayan Ruins, and stunning beaches. To successfully enter Belize, you must provide proof of a Covid vaccination or negative Covid test result taken within 96 hours of your arrival. In addition, immigration will require you to download and register on the Belize national health app and present a booking confirmation of a qualified 'Gold Standard' hotel. While the Belize government encourages tourists to stay within designated travel bubbles, you are allowed to move around the country freely.
2. Dominican Republic
You can travel to this Caribbean nation without the need of being vaccinated and in many cases, even proof of a negative test result. Making transit a breeze. However, airport staff of the Dominican Republic will select between 3% and 15% of passengers at random to undergo a breath test, which will also be administered to anyone showing symptoms. Immigration will require you to electronically fill out a Travelers Health Affidavit, Customs Declaration, and Embarkation/Disembarkation form, which have all been compiled into a single digital form. You can fill this out 72 hours before arriving to save time at the airport. Be advised that the Dominican Republic currently has a 5 am-10 pm curfew on business days and a 5 am-9 pm curfew on weekends.
The recent reopening of beaches and lifting of lockdowns in Greece is a calling for American travelers to visit the Mediterranean country. And with the tourism sector quieter than ever, there's never been a better time to hit the country's, usually overcrowded hot spots. Upon entering you will be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), provide a negative test result taken within 72 hours of arrival, or a certificate of vaccination. All arrivals are subject to random rapid testing at the airport.
Traveling to Mexico is hassle-free in regards to Covid restrictions. The country currently does not require Americans to undergo a quarantine, self-isolation period, or provide proof of vaccination or even a negative test result. What you'll find in many of the country's prime tourist destinations is hotels and restaurants operating at 30% capacity. The land border is still currently closed for non-essential travel but flights are operating routinely. Visiting our southern neighbor is currently as easy as it is convenient.
The exotic country of Nicaragua, also known as 'The Land of Lakes and Volcanos' is open for travel and requires a negative PCR test taken 72-hours within arriving, which must be submitted within 36-hours of departure. In addition, an online form for the Nicaraguan Ministry of Interior must be filled out and submitted at least 7 days before arriving in the country. Once you've successfully entered Nicaragua, you are free to move around the country without essential travel bubbles.
The prospect of having Machu Picchu all to yourself has travelers all over the world buzzing and outdoor enthusiasts readying their hiking gear. Peru currently requires all visitors to present a negative PCR test result or proof of having contracted and recovered from the virus. Unfortunately, you will be required to do a 14-day quarantine unless you agree to take an antigen test on arrival. To avoid wasting 2 weeks of your trip in a hotel room, opting for the arrival test is a no-brainer. In addition, all visitors will have to sign a sworn statement pertaining to their health history.
7. Puerto Rico
Having never closed its borders to American citizens, Puerto Rico is a relatively relaxed travel stop. Aside from mild domestic restrictions such as social distancing, mask-wearing, and limited operational capacity within the hospitality sector, the only requirements are that each passenger fills out and uploads a Travel Declaration Form and a negative result from a PCR test to the Puerto Rico Health Department website. As of May 10th, the nationwide curfew is being loosened to 12 am - 5 am. The benefit of traveling to Puerto Rico is that the CDC does not require a negative Covid test upon return to the States, as the island is a US territory.
This Middle Eastern nation requires the standard proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72-hours of arriving and to fill out an entry form. While in the country, you can expect to adhere to common practices such as mask-wearing and social distancing. Turkey is currently coming out of a lockdown that is scheduled to end on May 17th. The kicker with tourism in Turkey is that tourists are exempt from lockdown rules. Providing a truly unique opportunity to experience traveling and exploring the country without fear of serious restrictions.
The coronavirus pandemic has left travelers in a state of anticipation. While it has crippled tourism all over the world, it's also given the industry a reboot. So many destinations that are usually congested with tourists have a fraction of the traffic. Making this a golden opportunity to see some of the world's most visited locations without the crowds. If you put some of the restrictions associated with going abroad aside, you'll find that there is really no better time to travel.
To ensure you have an amazing trip, stay informed on changing conditions pertaining to Covid restrictions before and during your trip, as they are subject to change.