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.

Note: Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States — including U.S. citizens and residents — ages 2 and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Updated February 3, 2021

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 and Malliouhana. 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, Carlisle Bay and Jumby Bay Island are open.

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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 with proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel will be fast-tracked through the arrival process. (Certain rapid antigen tests taken 48 hours prior will also be accepted.) Travelers must also have confirmation of stay at a government-approved “Gold Standard” hotel. Rapid antigen test results will also be accepted no more than 48 hours prior to travel. Those without test results can get a test upon arrival for $50. 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

All travelers need to begin filling out a travel application seven days prior to arrival and finish no later than 48 hours prior to arrival. In order to receive a travel authorization certificate, they must provide proof of insurance, proof of a negative COVID test taken within five days of prior to arrival and pay a $175 fee to cover two PCR tests (one upon arrival and one on day four), a mobile tracking system that they must download to their phone, and a wristband monitoring device they must wear during their visit. Those testing negative on Day 1 must quarantine and be retested on Day 4. Those testing negative on Day 4 will be able to move about BVI freely; those testing positive will be quarantined for 14 days.

Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Necker Island and Guana Island are open.

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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 that 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

Visitors no longer need proof of a negative RT-PCR test, but they do need to either purchase travel insurance or have proof that their international health coverage is valid in Costa Rica and covers up to $50,000 for medical coverage and $2,000 for lodging in case of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Costa Rica are open with the exception of Hacienda AltaGracia, which is closed but relaunching in late 2021.

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Dominica

Secret Bay, Dominica
Secret Bay, Dominica - Secret Bay

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 to seven nights; another test will be given on day five. Visitors must agree to scheduled and nonscheduled health checks. Each COVID test costs the traveler $40.

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 physical health affidavit form. After February 1, 2021, visitors must use the digital E-Ticket form, both before they arrive and upon departure. Those testing positive will be required to quarantine. All international tourists arriving by air before March 31, 2021, 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.

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

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Ecuador/Galápagos

All travelers to Ecuador are required to have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 10 days of entry. As long as they have no symptoms, they are allowed to move freely. Authorities may randomly select passengers for a rapid antigen COVID test upon arrival; those who are positive must quarantine for 10 days at a government shelter. Those wishing to enter the Galápagos Islands must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to arrival there. This can be the same test that was used to enter Ecuador, as long as it was taken within 96 hours; if not, they must retest and await the results before traveling to the islands.

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 96 hours prior to arrival. Cafés and restaurants must close at 10 p.m. and hotels are operating at 50% capacity.

Both Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Egypt are open and operating at 50% capacity.

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French Polynesia

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

As of February 3, only travelers with compelling medical, professional or family needs will be allowed into French Polynesia. This new rule suspends travel to visitors from all points of origin and will be in place until further notice.

Both Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in French Polynesia are open to those already on the island.

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Grenada

Prior to travel, visitors must download a contact tracing app, fill out pretravel forms and have reservations at “Pure Safe” travel accommodations. U.S. citizens over age 5 must present a negative PCR test administered at least three days prior to travel, proof of travel insurance that covers COVID-related illnesses and a minimum seven-day reservation at an approved accommodation for observation and quarantine. On day five, visitors must take another PCR test ($150 fee). If they test negative they will be released to the non-quarantine area of their hotel and allowed to leave their “Pure Safe” hotel.

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 over 5 years of age from mainland U.S. can bypass a 10-day quarantine if they provide a negative NAAT 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. Kauai update: All incoming trans-Pacific passengers to Kauai can avoid quarantine as long as they participate in the “resort bubble post-travel testing program”; inter-island travelers to Kauai can avoid quarantine if they have been elsewhere in the state of Hawaii for 72 hours. (Read more on Kauai’s requirements.)

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Hawaii are open; however, 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

All travelers must receive an e-visa before boarding their aircraft for Kenya. U.S. citizens are not required to quarantine, but 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. Prior to leaving Kenya, visitors must submit to another COVID test.

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels in Kenya are open.

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Maldives

All travelers are required to submit a health form within 24 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 96 hours of departure to the Maldives. Visitors must undergo noninvasive screening measures and have their temperature taken at the arrivals terminal. Split-stays are allowed but must be approved.

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 at least February 21, 2021. 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 “stoplight” system, which designates the COVID case level and the restrictions associated with it. The latest map available (issued bimonthly), indicates the alert status from January 18 to 31, 2021. Currently there are 10 states in the red status (Coahuila, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico City, Mexico state, Morelos, Nuevo León, Querétaro and Tlaxcala), where only essential activities are allowed. Hotels in those areas have 25% capacity limits, and travelers may be asked for paperwork from their employer proving their travel is critical.

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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. Travelers to national parks must show proof of a negative test result. As of January 18, 2021, the city of Kigali was put on lockdown for a minimum of 15 days. Movement there is severely restricted. In the remaining parts of the country, movement is restricted from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. All travelers departing Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19.

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

As of February 3, only those who have “compelling reasons” (such medical, professional or family needs) will be allowed to visit St. Barths. The new rules, put in place by the French government, include its overseas territories. Those who are allowed in will also need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test from at least 72 hours before their departure and will need to quarantine for seven days upon arrival. Local authorities are currently working with France to relax these new rules.

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

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St. Kitts and Nevis

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 and must download the contact tracing app. 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. Effective February 10, all travelers (age 5 and older) from the United States must have proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than five days prior to arrival (previously it was seven). All travelers over 18 must submit a travel registration form and a health screening form and present a travel authorization letter that states that their chosen hotel is government approved. Passengers will be screened and temperature checked upon arrival and subject to screening throughout their stay. 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. After 14 days in a COVID-19-certified property, guests may remain at their hotel or check in to an accommodation certified to accept Bubble Travelers, with the opportunity to move about the island more freely.

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

As of February 3, only those who have “compelling reasons” (such medical, professional or family needs) will be allowed to visit St. Martin. The new rules, put in place by the French government, include its overseas territories, of which St. Martin is one. Those who are allowed to enter will need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test from no more than 72 hours before their departure and will need to quarantine for seven days upon arrival.

The Andrew Harper-recommended Belmond La Samanna is open.

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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 three days before arrival. Travelers may be retested upon arrival and must quarantine for 14 days in a government-approved hotel. They will then be retested between Day 4 and Day 7.

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 do not have to show proof of a negative PCR-based test unless their airline requires it before boarding. 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 specific guidance for U.S. citizens in Tanzania, nor does the embassy have information on the types or availability of testing there that would meet the requirements for returning U.S. citizens.

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. There is no additional testing at airports, no quarantine required and no additional testing while in Turks & Caicos. Restaurants are open but operating at 30% capacity.

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 may be subject to additional screenings upon arrival. Quarantine restrictions differ depending on the Emirate. Those traveling to Abu Dhabi from the U.S. may have to wear a GPS monitoring device for the duration of their quarantine (typically 10 days). Travelers to Dubai may not need to quarantine as long as they have a negative test.

The Andrew Harper-recommended Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and the One&Only The Palm are open.

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