At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, international travel seemed almost impossible. Thankfully, the world is rapidly reopening—and that includes the tropical destinations we were all fantasizing about all winter long.
Here are seven countries American tourists can visit right now. Like, right now. Seriously, start packing your bags.
The Bahamas are currently open to American travelers—and there’s no need to quarantine when you arrive. To visit this sun-soaked Caribbean country, you must first complete a Travel Health Visa application and provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before your arrival. You must also obtain travel insurance that covers the duration of your stay. If you’re staying longer than five days, you’re required to take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day of your visit. Masks are also required in public areas. For more information, check out the country’s official website.
Barbados is among the easiest countries for Americans to visit at the moment. The only thing between you and the this Caribbean country’s postcard-worthy beaches are an official travel form—which must be completed no less than 24 hours before departure—and a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Unfortunately, while the country is fairly easy to visit, visitors are required to quarantine for five days upon arrival. Keep up on to date on Barbados’ travel restrictions, which are anticipated to change on May 8, right here.
Americans visiting Belize are required to present a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure. Those who don’t provide a negative test result can pay $50 to undergo a test upon arrival. Regardless, visitors must also complete several health forms using the Belize Health App. Be advised: the country is currently implementing a curfew that requires people to be indoors from 10:00pm – 5:00am. Find the latest information on Belize’s travel restrictions here.
The stunning coastlines, mountains, and rainforests of Costa Rica are well within reach for Americans. The Central American country is open to all U.S. travelers, and those travelers are not required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before arriving. However, visitors must acquire travel insurance for the duration of their stay. The country’s government also holds the authority to shorten or lengthen the duration of your stay as required—so prepare for potential changes to your itinerary.
The Dominican Republic is among the easiest Caribbean countries for Americans to visit at present. The country doesn’t currently require a negative coronavirus test from visitors. However, visitors are subject to random tests upon arrival. While the country’s push to vaccinate hospitality workers should also give visitors some peace of mind, it’s worth noting that there is currently a national curfew in place, starting at 10:00 pm and ending at 5:00 am. Find more information on the Dominican Republic tourism board’s official website.
To visit Jamaica, Americans over 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from an accredited medical lab taken no more than 72 hours before arrival—that could be a PCR test, a Nucleic Acid Amplification test, an RNA or molecular test, or an antigen test. Visitors must also complete a travel authorization application no more than seven days before their arrival in the country. Like the Dominican Republic, Jamaica recently made [a huge effort to vaccinate its tourism workforce](travel authorization application), which should give visitors additional peace of mind.
Americans can visit the Maldives, a sun-soaked island nation in the Indian ocean, by providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours before arrival. Amazingly, the Maldives are actually planning on offering visitors the opportunity to get vaccinated locally in the near future—so you can even get the jab while you’re there. Learn more about visiting the Maldives right here.