September 20, 2020

More countries welcoming US tourists

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By Forrest Brown and Brekke Fletcher | CNN

Editor’s note: CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated on September 10. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first.

Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the US passport has shriveled during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With US coronavirus cases above the 6.3 million mark, many nations continue to view America with trepidation. The European Union has omitted the United States from its list of countries whose tourists may visit. Americans still can’t vacation in their neighbor to the north, Canada, nor head to many Asian favorites such as Thailand.

While most US travelers are staying close to home with short-distance car trips, some still want to go abroad. For those people, there are still popular vacation options such as Mexico, Ireland and South Korea. And the list has been slowly growing.

Whether travel to “open” international destinations is responsible or advisable is up to you. It’s worth noting that since the pandemic is ongoing, anything can change at any time.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US State Department provide Covid-19 risk assessments by country. The vast majority on the CDC website are deemed “high risk.” The State Department categorizes most nations as Level 3, or “reconsider travel.”

What follows is a list of countries, in alphabetical order, where it’s still possible for US passport holders to go for a vacation.

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Albania

On the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, Albania has resumed international commercial flights. The US Embassy website states that while there’s no Covid-19 test requirements, you can expect a health screening.

“Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice,” it also states.

Antigua and Barbuda

US travelers to Antigua and Barbuda “arriving by air must present a negative Covid-19-RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven days of their flight,” according an advisory on the country’s tourism website.

Visitors are subject to monitoring by health officials for 14 days and another Covid-19 test may be required, which could mean quarantining while waiting for the result. Masks are required in public spaces. Violations can involve stiff fines and even jail time.

Armenia

Turkey’s intriguing neighbor to the east is open for US tourists to explore. Travelers will need to take a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival or face mandatory isolation for 14 days. Passengers who get tested must isolate until they get a negative result. A list of testing sites can be found on Zvartnots International Airport’s website.

Aruba

US passengers from 24 states, including California and Florida, are required to upload a negative Covid-19 …read more

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