Where We Can Travel Now: 25 Destinations Open to Americans

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Just as our lives have changed drastically in the past year, so has the travel landscape. Many countries are off-limits to Americans, some U.S. states imposed mandatory quarantines, and a few countries have opened up only to close down just as quickly. Andrew Harper members have been calling our travel advisors to ask one question: Where can we go?

To answer that, we’ve put together a selection of 25 destinations that are welcoming U.S. travelers by air. An exhaustive list this is not, but it includes the places of most interest to our members. Note that rules vary for children and restrictions can change without notice, so before making plans be sure to check the links provided or contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office for more detailed information, including where to purchase the additional health insurance now required by some countries.

Updated Nov. 3, 2020

Anguilla

Villa pool at Malliouhana in Mead's Bay, Anguilla
Villa pool at Malliouhana in Mead's Bay, Anguilla - Malliouhana

Visitors need to apply for pre-authorization to travel and pay an application fee, which varies depending on the length of stay and number of people. (For example, for individuals staying up to five days, the fee is $300, or $400 for up to three months.) The fee covers two COVID-19 tests (one upon arrival and one upon departure), surveillance and other associated costs. Upon arrival, guests must provide a hard copy of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken three to five days before the visit and submit to another mandatory PCR test on the spot. They must undergo regular health monitoring and stay quarantined at their approved hotel until a negative test can be shown on day 10 or 14 (currently it’s 14 for U.S. travelers). Proof of international health coverage is required; guests who test positive on the island must be cleared of infection before departure. Use of rental vehicles is prohibited until the final test proves negative.

Andrew Harper-recommended hotel Belmond Cap Juluca reopened Nov. 1; Malliouhana will reopen Dec. 17. Both are government-approved properties.

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Antigua

Travelers must have a negative RT-PCR test within seven days of their flight, and they will be monitored throughout their stay for up to 14 days. Arriving passengers must be transferred to their certified accommodation (must have proof of stay) by certified ground transportation. Once there, they are allowed to leave the property as long as they abide by health protocols. Most land- and water-based excursions are open, as are most restaurants.

Certified Andrew Harper-recommended hotels Hermitage Bay and Carlisle Bay are open. Jumby Bay Island is set to reopen Nov. 7.

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Belize

Travelers must provide health information via a downloadable app and present the unique QR code and ID to health officials upon arrival. Visitors must have proof of a negative PCR test taken with 72 hours of arrival and confirmation of stay at a government-approved “Gold Standard” hotel. Those without test results can get a test upon arrival. No quarantine is necessary for those with negative results.

All Andrew Harper-recommended properties in Belize are “Gold Standard” certified.

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British Virgin Islands

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands - Owen Buggy

Plans to reopen Dec. 1. COVID test protocols for after that date will be announced soon. As of this writing, the territory is allowing controlled reentry only to certain people (for example: residents, belongers, work permit holders, vacation home owners) and with preapproval. U.S. citizens who get approved do not have to submit a negative COVID test, but they must undergo 14 days of quarantine at a government-approved accommodation and pay a fee of $2,500 (covering security, accommodation and meals).

Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Necker Island and Guana Island are ready to receive new guests.

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Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands began its first phase of reopening on Oct. 1. Travel there is open for repatriation only (residents, work permit holders, property owners and other approved visitors), however, it has instituted a Global Citizen Concierge Program, which allows “professionals and digital nomads” to live and work on the island for up to two years. Those who wish to visit must apply first. If approved, they will receive a PCR test upon arrival; they also must show proof of international health coverage and must quarantine for 14 days no matter the result. On day 15 they will be retested.

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Costa Rica

All U.S. citizens and residents are allowed to visit. As of Oct. 26, visitors no longer need proof of a negative RT-PCR test, but they do need proof of international health coverage.

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Costa Rica are open with the exception of Four Seasons Papagayo (opening Nov. 12) and Hacienda AltaGracia (closed indefinitely).

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Dominica

Secret Bay, Dominica
Secret Bay, Dominica - Secret Bay

Dominica opened on Aug. 7 for all travelers. Those from the U.S. must fill out a health questionnaire 24 hours prior to arrival, submit a negative PCR test 24 to 72 hours prior to arrival and present the test result and notification of health clearance prior to boarding and upon disembarkation. Upon arrival, a rapid COVID test will be administered. If the test is negative, visitors will be transported to a government-run facility or a “Safe in Nature”-certified property for five days; another test will be given on day five. Visitors must agree to scheduled and nonscheduled health checks.

Andrew Harper-recommended Secret Bay is certified by Dominica as a “Safe in Nature” accommodation.

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Dominican Republic

A negative test is not required to enter, but officials will be performing breath tests on select travelers upon arrival. All passengers must submit to a temperature check and must fill out a health affidavit. Those testing positive will be required to quarantine. All international tourists arriving by air before Dec. 31 will be granted insurance (paid for by the government) to cover medical attention, lodging, transfers, flight changes and more should they become exposed to the virus or be infected. Through Nov. 11, there is a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

All four Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in the Dominican Republic are open.

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Ecuador/Galápagos

Travelers to Ecuador are not required to quarantine if they have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 10 days of entry. Those wishing to enter the Galápagos Islands must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to arrival there, and they must wait for the results before traveling.

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Ecuador are open.

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Egypt

All passengers arriving in Egypt by air must have their temperature taken, fill out a Public Health Card and provide a medical certificate, indicating proof of a negative COVID test, issued 48 hours prior to arrival. Cafés and restaurants are allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Entrance fees to all museums and archaeological sites have been cut in half.

Both Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Egypt are open and operating at 70% capacity.

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French Polynesia

Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Moeava de Rosemont

All quarantine measures have been lifted. Prior to boarding, travelers must submit proof of an approved negative RT-PCR test carried out within three days prior to their international air departure, and present the receipt of the health registration. A self-test, provided by French Polynesia, must be done four days after arrival. Certain health restrictions have been extended through Nov. 16, including no gatherings of more than six people and the closures of nightclubs. A curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Both Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in French Polynesia are open.

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Grenada

U.S. citizens must have a negative PCR test administered within seven days of travel and a minimum four-day reservation at an approved accommodation for observation and quarantine. On day four, visitors can move about the community only after a negative PCR test or can remain at their hotel for the duration of their stay. Prior to travel, visitors must download a contact tracing app, fill out pretravel forms and have reservations at “Pure Safe” travel accommodations.

At this time, Andrew Harper-recommended Silversands is a “Pure Safe” hotel. (Spice Island Beach Resort will reopen in October 2021.)

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Hawaii

Tourists from mainland U.S. can bypass a 14-day quarantine if they provide a negative test result (from an approved partner) taken 72 hours before arrival. Travelers will also need to fill out a health questionnaire and have their temperature checked before leaving the airport. Masks are recommended at all times in public places, including outdoors and the beach. Update: As of Oct. 27, Lanai has closed to travel through Nov. 11 due to an uptick of COVID cases.

Three Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Hawaii are open: Hotel Wailea, Kahala Resort and Mauna Kea. The others are opening later: Mauna Lani Bay (Nov. 7); Four Seasons Lanai (Nov. 20); Four Seasons Hualalai (Dec. 1); Halekulani is closed for renovations and will reopen July 2021.

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Kenya

Rothschild giraffes at breakfast at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Rothschild giraffes at breakfast at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya - The Safari Collection/Robin Moore

U.S. citizens are permitted to travel to Kenya and not required to quarantine. They must show proof of a negative PCR-based test conducted within 96 hours of arrival and not show any symptoms. Other health screening procedures will be conducted at the airport.

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Kenya are open.

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Maldives

All travelers are required to submit a health form within 96 hours prior to travel and must have a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility. All tourists are required to have a negative COVID-19 result prior to entry; the test must be taken within 72 hours of departure to the Maldives. Visitors must undergo noninvasive screening measures and have their temperature taken. Some visitors will randomly be chosen for a voluntary on-site rapid COVID test. As of Oct. 15, visitors are allowed to move between islands with prior approval.

All Andrew Harper-recommended properties in the Maldives are open. All are registered tourist facilities.

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Mexico

The land border between the U.S. and Mexico is closed to nonessential travel through Nov. 21. However, all airports are open to Americans and no testing is necessary, though arriving passengers will be subject to health screenings, including temperature checks. The availability of hotel rooms and economic limitations of an area depend on what color it is on the national “traffic light” system, which designates the COVID case level and the restrictions associated with it. This is the latest map available (issued bimonthly), indicating the alert status from Oct. 12-25.

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Rwanda

Travelers to Rwanda must present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 120 hours before their initial flight. Upon arrival to Rwanda, visitors must fill out the passenger locator form and take a second PCR test at their own expense ($60). They will then be taken to a designated quarantine hotel for 24 hours to await the results. After testing negative, they will be released to the hotel of their choice. All travelers departing Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19. Travelers visiting national parks must test negative at their own expense. There is a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Rwanda are open.

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St. Barths

Beach room balcony at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France
Beach room balcony at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France - Pierre Carreau

Visitors are required to have a negative test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those staying longer than seven days must take an additional test on the eighth day at their own expense (135 Euro).

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in St. Barths are open.

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St. Kitts and Nevis

Reopened its borders Oct. 31. U.S. travelers must submit an entry form and proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival. They will undergo a health screening and temperature check upon arrival. If negative, visitors must quarantine for seven days at an approved accommodation. On the seventh day, a second PCR test is administered, and if negative, visitors are free to book select excursions or visit select tourist sites. Those visiting for longer will undergo a third test on day 14, and if negative, they can move about the islands.

Neither of Andrew Harper’s two St. Kitts and Nevis hotels are currently certified accommodations.

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St. Lucia

Open to visitors from all countries. Travelers from the United States must have a negative PCR test at least seven days prior to arrival and must submit a travel registration form and present a travel authorization letter that states that their chosen hotel is government approved. Passengers will be screened and temperature checked. Hotel guests must remain on the property for the duration of their stay at an approved property except to participate in certified activities, tours and excursions.

There are no Andrew Harper-recommended properties in St. Lucia, however, Marigot Bay Resort & Marina is on the list of government-approved hotels.

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St. Martin

Every visitor must fill out a mandatory health authorization application that includes proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 120 hours of departure. However, preapproval does not guarantee entrance to St. Martin. Visitors must still pass additional screening procedures at the airport. All travelers must also have international health coverage.

The Andrew Harper-recommended Belmond La Samanna will reopen Dec. 1.

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St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Travelers must submit a prearrival travel form and upload a negative test result taken no more than five days before arrival. Travelers will be retested upon arrival and assessed to determine their level of risk and the length of mandatory quarantine. They will then proceed to an approved accommodation for a 24-48 hour period to await the test results.

Currently, neither Andrew Harper hotel is a government-approved accommodation.

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Tanzania

Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania
Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania - Singita

U.S. citizens are permitted to travel to Tanzania and not required to quarantine. They must show proof of a negative PCR-based test upon arrival. Other health screening procedures may be conducted at the airport. Passengers will fill out a health surveillance form on the plane. Be aware that the Tanzanian government has not released case numbers since April 29, so the U.S. government is unable to provide guidance on whether citizens should travel there.

All Andrew Harper-recommended safari camps are open and many have relaxed their cancellation policies.

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Turks & Caicos

The Providenciales Airport is open. All travelers must obtain travel pre-authorization and submit a negative result from a test taken within five days prior to travel. They must also have proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, including prescriptions and air ambulance. Through Nov. 2, there is a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and all restaurants close at 9 p.m.

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Turks & Caicos are open.

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United Arab Emirates

One&Only The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
One&Only The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Nicolas Dumont

A hard copy of a negative PCR test, taken within 96 hours prior of departure, is necessary for those traveling from the United States. Travelers must also fill out a health form and a “quarantine undertaking form.” Visitors may need to undergo a test at the airport and self-quarantine until the result is available. Emirates passengers are automatically enrolled in free health insurance, which covers any COVID-19 expenses and quarantine costs.

The Andrew Harper-recommended Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and the One&Only The Palm are open. Should guests require it, the One&Only is offering on-site PCR COVID testing for those staying longer than five days.

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