Open for Travel
Updated August 4, 2021
Where can Americans travel right now? The Coronavirus has caused unprecedented border closures over the past year. This page will provide an overview of which countries are open to US travelers, as well as what restrictions are in place, including testing requirements, for entry and return.
List of Open Countries in Which We Have Trips:
- Croatia – testing required
- France – proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required. See our update on France travel.
- Greece – proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required; passenger locator form also required. See our update on Greece travel.
- Italy – entry permitted with proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID, or negative test; or on COVID-tested flights. (See our update on Italy travel); passenger locator form also required
- Mexico – health screening required
- Morocco – testing required
- Peru – testing required
- Portugal – testing required, as is a passenger locator form
- Spain – proof of vaccination or negative test required, along with QR code generated through Spain Travel Health Portal. (See our update on Spain travel.)
- Thailand – testing/quarantine required
- Turkey – testing required along with entry form
- United Kingdom – the restrictions for the UK have recently changed, and US travelers are able to enter without quarantine with 1) proof of vaccination, AND 2) negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours. You are also required to book and pay for a COVID PCR test 2 days after arrival, and to complete a passenger locator form.
- United States – (open only to US citizens and residents)
Please keep in mind that although these countries are open to US travelers, some tourist sites may remain closed, and other restrictions may be in place. Contact us for the current status of our tours in these countries.
Additionally, many (but not all) countries in Europe are instating restrictions starting in August whereby you must show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours in order to enter public spaces (including museums, restaurants, etc.). This means that traveling to Europe as a vaccinated traveler will be infinitely easier than as an unvaccinated traveler. It is still possible to go as an unvaccinated traveler, but you will need to have a COVID test every 2 days. (Children under 12 are generally exempt from this restriction.) Please consult the up-to-date information for your particular destination at the embassy links below.
What Is Considered Proof of Vaccination?
This is the question that is currently being worked out among various nations. Until there is consensus, it appears the CDC vaccination card is acceptable for most countries. As policies evolved – including digital passes currently available only to European nationals– we will continue to keep you updated.
List of Countries Currently Closed but Expected to Reopen in 2021
Europe has announced that US travelers with proof of vaccination will be able to travel to Europe this summer. We will provide further details, and will update opening projections for all destinations, as soon as we receive additional information.
- Israel – scheduled to reopen May 23 to select tour groups and July for other tourists
Please note that although we will do our utmost to ensure accuracy and keep the information up-to-date, we take no responsibility for the accuracy or inaccuracy of the information provided here. The best source for any country is that country’s own website.
If you are not a US traveler, you should consult reopen.europa.eu/en for information on what European countries are open to you, or the websites of individual countries if not traveling to Europe.
For information on requirements for returning to the US from other countries, please see the State Department website at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html
Currently, the requirements for re-entry to the United States from a foreign country (not another US State or territory) are as follows:
“Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days . Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.” (COVID-19 Country Information, Travel.State.Gov)
On any of our tours, we will help schedule and get you to an authorized testing site to complete this requirement for return to the U.S. (Cost of test is paid locally.) We have had several travelers already to Europe in the past couple of months, and fortunately there have been no issues with getting the proper test and results for the return flight to the U.S.
For more information on the current COVID situation in the countries where we operate tours, including entry/exit requirements, testing availability, vaccine status, and country-specific restrictions, please see:
- Argentina: https://ar.usembassy.gov/covid-19/
- Cambodia: https://kh.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- Croatia: https://hr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/
- France: https://fr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ as well as https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/ and https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19
- Greece: https://gr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ and https://www.mfa.gr/en/current-affairs/statements-speeches/welcome-to-greece.html
- India: https://in.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
- Israel: https://il.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- Italy: https://it.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ and https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html
- Mexico: https://mx.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
- Morocco: https://ma.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- Peru: https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- Portugal: https://pt.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
- Spain: https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ and https://www.spth.gob.es/faq?tab=2
- Thailand: https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/ and https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
- Turkey: https://tr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/
- United Kingdom: https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/ and https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Vietnam: https://vn.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
Please see information on our “Worry-Free Trips” and Special Flexible Booking Terms.
And of course, contact us with questions!