What Countries Can Americans Travel To? Here's Your July Update
July is an exciting month for international travel as more countries open their borders to foreign travelers. Airlines are offering more domestic and international flight options than in the last few months. However, there are still many countries that Americans cannot travel to this summer.
As the global coronavirus health situation is continuously changing, countries may restrict American visitors with short notice. Before traveling, you should verify if the country requires a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a 14-day quarantine after returning from a foreign trip.
Most Americans' travel plans will stay within the Western Hemisphere this summer. Mexico is one of the first countries welcoming American tourists. However, you must fly to Mexico as the land border is closed to unessential travel through July 21, 2020, and potentially longer. The border first closed on March 21, 2020.
The Mexican beaches at Quintana Roo (Cancun and Riveria Maya) began opening in June to American tourists and can have the most lenient travel restrictions. Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos are open again but in the early reopening phases.
Flights to these beach destinations are slim versus previous summers. Not all amenities are open and might only operate at 50% capacity.
The U.S. State Department tracks the latest Mexico COVID-19 information. You will find information about street closures, safety advisories and when you can buy alcohol.
If you don't go to Mexico, many Caribbean Islands are opening to flight arrivals. However, cruise ship arrivals may need to wait until this fall or even 2021 to dock. Each island has its own entry requirements.
Expect on showing negative results for a COVID-19 test shortly before arrival. You may also need to take a test upon arrival at your expense. You may try booking a flight to these islands:
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba (reopens July 10, 2020, to Americans)
Barbados (reopens July 12, 2020)
St. Lucia (reopens July 9, 2020)
Turks and Caicos (reopens July 22, 2020)
Although American territories, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are open to tourists again.
One place you may not expect to open so soon is the Maldives. This series of islands in the Indian Ocean begins reopening on July 15, 2020, with the uninhabited islands. The inhabited islands reopen on August 1, 2020. You will need to limit your stay to one lodging location during the initial reopening phase. Inter-island travel is impermissible at this time.
There aren't mandatory temperature testings or self-quarantines upon arrival. However, you may need to self-quarantine or undergo a medical examination if you're asymptomatic or came into contact with an infected person within 14 days before arrival.
The Maldives government recommends all visitors to install the TraceEkee contact tracing app during their stay. Masks are also encouraged in addition to practicing social distancing at all times.
As you will be traveling across the world to an island nation with limited hospital space, consider all possibilities, including potential outbreaks. You don't want to rob the locals of their resources.
Europe Travel Ban
The European Union reopened its borders to many international visitors on July 1, 2020. Unfortunately, most Americans are still not allowed to enter, except for essential reasons. The reason for the continued ban is the United States' above-average infection rate. The EU travel restrictions might ease if America flattens the curve.
A few weeks ago, it looked like Americans would be able to travel to Greece starting July 1, 2020. That's no longer the case now that July is here.
There is a potential loophole in the travel ban. For example, American citizens might be able to travel between the Schengen Area if they are already in Europe. You must respect the entry requirements of the nations you wish to visit. For right now, most nations are accepting entries from neighboring countries.
If you want to take a trip to Europe, you must wait until 2021 to take a vacation under current circumstances.
Canada Travel Ban
The Canadian land border and skies remain off-limits to American citizens except for essential reasons. The border closures last through July 21, 2020, and potentially later. If traveling to Alaska by car, you can get permission to drive through Canada, but must directly drive to Alaska with minimal stops.
If you can travel to Canada this summer, a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine is in effect through August.
If you must take an international trip this summer, Mexico and select Caribbean nations are your only real possibilities. You shouldn't have to self-quarantine for most countries listed above. However, always check the latest government travel advisories before booking your flight.