While people continue to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, some may think it’s time to go on vacation.
Over the course of the last five months, many countries closed their borders to curtail the spread of the novel virus.
As of August 12, here are the countries that are open to Americans, with safety and health restrictions in place:
- Dominican Republic
- French Polynesia
- Puerto Rico
- St. Barths
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent
- Turks and Caicos
- United Arab Emirates and the Virgin Islands.
All of these countries have a different set of requirements for travelers. Several places say travelers should include confirmation for a negative coronavirus test. Destinations are also asking for health and travel documents.
The United Kingdom is also allowing U.S. tourists, but all visitors must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival, the outlet noted. The U.K. is the only location in which a quarantine is mandatory.
On August 6, the United States Department of State lifted its “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory for all international travel. That advisory had been in place since March, the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The State Department is now returning to the previous rating system of “country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions)” to give American tourists “detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions.”
The State Department recommends “exercising caution” while traveling to different places and doing research on your destination.
Travelers should be aware that many places are continuously changing as governments watch the global spread of COVID-19.