Summer travel will still look a little different this year even as destinations begin to open their doors to U.S. citizens. Restrictions may still apply - think, masks, pre-travel Covid tests, and limited capacity at hotels and attractions and some countries still require quarantine. However, many countries are rolling out the welcome mat to tourists who have proof of being fully vaccinated.
Where can U.S. tourists go?
Mexico, most of Central America and most islands in the Caribbean are open to U.S. tourists, although many locations still require testing and/or quarantines required. Asia, most of Europe and Oceania are still in a holding pattern but some countries are planning for summer tourism season for vaccinated tourists. Here's just a sampling of where vaccinated U.S. Tourists are welcome:
This tiny island has a lot to offer. Explore rainforests and Mayan ruins, bask in the sun or explore the mysteries of the ocean at one of the best diving spots in the world. Belize has a range of adventures no other country of its size can offer. U.S. citizens who have been fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to arrival can avoid a Covid-19 pre-test or quarantine.
As of April 1, U.S. citizens can enter Croatia if they present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, with the last dose administered at least 14 days before arrival. Travelers can also enter if they can present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Croatia or have proof that they were diagnosed with and recovered from COVID-19 no more than 180 days prior to arrival.
For those of you who want to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, scale a glacier, or catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis you are in luck! As of March 18, U.S. citizens who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to border measures, such as testing and quarantine. The exemption also applies to those who can provide valid proof of prior infection. On the heels of this news, Delta announced it is resuming direct flights to Iceland. Flights between Boston's Logan Airport and Iceland's Keflavík International Airport will begin on May 20. Daily service to Iceland from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport will resume on May 1 and service from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport will begin on May 27.
A ripe tomato freshly picked. The musky scent of oregano and sage carried on the breeze. Moonlight over marble. These are the flavors, smells and sounds of Greece, a land of plenty, simplicity, and infinite variety. And, as of April 19, the borders are reopening for vaccinated American tourists! Not sure where to go - From delicious Paros to mystical Patmos and hidden-away Zakynthos each of the Greek Islands is its own, distinct world. But don’t overlook the mainland, where ancient ruins and Byzantine monasteries are hidden among forests, lakes and snowy peaks. As Aristotle said, 'Adventure is worthwhile'.
The EU has announced a phased reopening in many countries (with a shut-down phase in place just in case). Italy is welcoming vaccinated travelers as is France and Portugal and Spain aren't far behind.
The list of reopened destinations has grown to more than a dozen now allowing vaccinated U.S. travelers to visit, including:
- British Virgin Islands
- Republic of Georgia
Additionally, Europe has signaled that it plans to open to vaccinated travelers this summer, a move that has already been backed up by statements from France and Spain indicating a June reopening. But countries are only placed on this list once there is an official policy in place and guidelines for travelers to follow.
Keep in mind that travel restrictions and lockdowns are still fluid and can change quickly. Be sure to consult the CDC and the U.S. State Department before planning a trip.