No Widgets found in the Sidebar

Table of Contents

US extends vaccine requirement for non-US travelers until January 8

The U.S. is open to tourists from all countries without testing requirement but vaccination is still required for all non-US citizens/residents.

Read Post  How Much Money Do I Need To Travel Europe?

US Reopening Tourism – LATEST UPDATES

November 10: TSA extended the vaccine mandate for non-US visitors

On November 7, the U.S. extended vaccine mandate for travelers until January 8. All non-US visitors still need to show a proof of the full vaccination against Covid-19. (Source:

How can unvaccinated travel to the U.S.?

The only way unvaccinated travelers can visit the U.S. is to meet one of the exceptions. You can find all the details about exceptions on the C.D.C website.


  • Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel
  • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Children under 18 years of age
  • Persons issued a humanitarian or emergency exception
  • Sea crew members traveling with to a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa
  • Persons with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (See list for updates effective June 28, 2022)
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age)
  • Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees)

U.S. Reopening FAQs

Yes, U.S. requires proof of a Covid vaccine for land border crossinngs until at least January 8.

No, the testing required to enter the U.S. was dropped in June 2022 for all travelers entering.

Yes, the U.S. is fully open for regular tourism but the Covid-19 vaccine is still required.

The United States is still requiring Covid vaccine from non-US travelers and TSA has recently extended the mandate until at least January 8.

Read Post  When’s the Best Time to Go to Europe for Budget Travelers?

Even tho Covid restrictions and requirements are slowly losing importance around the world, there are more than 100 countries that still require Covid vaccines or tests for travel, and the U.S. is one of them.

November 2: Puerto Rico Officials scrap COVID-19-related domestic restrictions as of Oct. 31

Puerto Rican officials just lifted the island’s COVID-19-related domestic regulations as of Oct. 31. Facemasks are no longer necessary for attendees at events with more than 1,000 participants. Additionally, event goers are no longer needed to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result upon admittance.

Travelers must continue to adhere to the federal regulations for travel from countries other than the United States and its territories. Nonresident foreign nationals aged 18 and up must be properly vaccinated before flying into Puerto Rico. Vaccination is not required for children under the age of 18, and it is not required for air travel from the mainland United States.

October – The United States, the last North American country requesting proof of vaccination

The United States is officially the last North American country to prevent unvaccinated travelers from entering the country.

As of today, visitors to the United States must present proof of a COVI-19 vaccination certificate to be allowed entry.

Over the past two years, the U.S. has banned travelers from the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil from entering the country at various times.

But while it was once supported by its best allies, notably Canada, it now stands alone in its quest for Covid security.

June – US Lifts Covid-19 Testing for International Travelers

Travelers to the United States are no longer required to submit a negative Covid 19 test taken within one day prior to departure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on Friday that this requirement would be removed beginning early Sunday morning. The health service stated that it will continue to monitor the pandemic’s progress and reevaluate the need for testing if the situation changes.

“This step is possible because of the progress we’ve made in our fight against COVID-19,” said the U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra.

How safe is it to travel to the States at the moment?

According to America’s COVID Warning System, the country is overcoming the 4th wave of coronavirus infections.

COVID-19 risk level in the US

COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

COVID-19 cases in the US

As of October 5, the U.S. has recorded 98,308,956 cases and 1,085,366 the highest death toll in the world.

Some of the current carrier flying from Europe to the U.S.

  • Lufthansa United
  • Air Europa
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Air France
  • Alitalia, Delta Operated by Alitalia CityLiner
  • Delta
  • KLM, Delta Virgin Atlantic
  • Lufthansa, Air Canada 0perated by Air Canada Express – Sky Regional
  • Lufthansa, Air Canada operated by Air Canada Express – Jazz
  • Lufthansa, United operated by Mesa Airlines DBA United Express
  • Tap Air Portugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic

US reopening borders for tourism: Update Archives

September – US still requires Covid vaccine from non-US citizens

As of September 19, proof of Covid vaccination is still required for entry into the United States for all non-US citizens. There is no recent update from the government on when they are planning to drop this requirement.

February 18 – The CDC considers lifting indoor mask-wearing mandate across the US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director may recommend the US to lift the need to wear face coverings in indoor settings, said CDC Head Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a White House briefing.

“We want to give people a break from things like mask wearing when these metrics are better, and then have the ability to reach for them again should things worsen.”

The CDC will review the number of severe cases and hospital capacity rather before making a final decision.
Also read: More US States Lifting Mask Mandates as COVID-19 Drops

January 15 – The US issues a “Do-not-travel” notice against Canada and Singapore

The CDC has issued the highest travel health advisory to Canada, Singapore and Curaçao due to the high incidence in COVID-19 cases in the previous week.

The CDC currently lists about 80 destinations throughout the world as Level Four.

Canadian health officials forecast the Omicron wave peak at 170,000 cases a day this month, with 2,000 hospitalizations also per day.

The CDC will revisit this travel advice on Monday.

December 22 – US considers lifting travel ban on Southern African countries

The US is reportedly considering lifting its ban on Southern African countries over the next few days.

According to the government, “we’re letting in people from other countries that have as much or more infection than the Southern African countries.”

“We likely are going to pull back on that pretty soon because we have enough infection in our own country,” said Dr. Fauci at the National Press Club.

In less than three weeks, the Omicron variant already accounts for over 73% of the new infections in the U.S. said the CDC on Monday.

December 4 – The US government tightens travel restrictions for all travelers

All international arrivals are now required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 1 day of departure.

“Our doctors believe tightening testing requirements for pre-departure will help catch more cases, potential cases of people who may be positive and inside the country,” a White House official said.

Also, domestic travelers using all types of public transportation such as trains, cruise ships or domestic flights will have to wear a face mask at all times or face fines of up to USD 3,000.

November 28 – The U.S. to ban all travel from South Africa and other 7 countries from Monday

The U.S. will ban travel from South Africa and other seven countries starting Monday as a new heavily mutated coronavirus variant emerges, announced White House officials on Friday.

Other countries included in the restriction are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

National and residents are allowed to come back.

“As we move forward,” said the President in a statement, “we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises.”

November 21 – The U.S. makes booster shots available to all people 18 and above

With an increasing number of countries requiring passengers to provide proof of booster shots to give them access to a number of tourist venues, the U.S.’s move to make booster doses available for most citizens brings relief for international travelers.

“Based on the compelling evidence, all adults over 18 should now have equitable access to a COVID-19 booster dose,” says the CDC.

Despite the fact that more than 195 million Americans are fully vaccinated, Covid cases are on the rise in some locations as vaccine effectiveness declines over time.

The Pfizer booster dose was found to be 95 percent effective in a clinical trial involving 10,000 people aged 16 and up.

November 13 – Travelers experiencing long wait times at U.S. airports

Following the reopening on Nov. 8, large numbers of overseas travelers have begun to arrive in American airports.

Although this is wonderful news for families and the tourism sector, 21 months of closure did not seem to be enough time for American airports to prepare for such a large influx of passengers all at once.

Thousands of travelers have complained about having to wait over two hours to get through customs. Things are expected to worsen as the Christmas holidays approach.

“The expectation is that we could see wait times of up to eight hours,” said Sherry Stein, the leader (SITA).

November 5 – The U.S. to welcome EU travelers as soon as ports of entry open on Nov. 8

Beginning Monday, the United States will drop entrance restrictions for vaccinated EU and Asian travelers, putting an end to historic restrictions that have kept the country partially isolated from the rest of the world for almost 21 months.

According to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. will reopen its air and land borders as soon as ports of entry start operations on Nov. 8

That means that border crossings that are open 24 hours a day will accept international travelers from midnight, while the rest will open during regular business hours.

October 15 – U.S. Government announces the reopening date for the European Union

White House has confirmed the reopening date for international tourism, current travel curbs will be lifted on November 8. Both land and air borders will reopen to fully vaccinated travelers.

Non-vaccinated air travelers will be also able to enter but they will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

The ban on non-vaccinated travelers will still remain in place on the Mexican and Canadian land borders.

October 20 – The U.S. is set to reopen land borders with Canada and Mexico in “early November”

The U.S. land borders, which have been shut down since March 2020, will reopen to Canadian and Mexican visitors at some point in November as long as they can prove they are fully vaccinated.

“We are pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner,” Homeland Security Secretary said in a statement.

Essential travelers such as truck commercial drivers, students, and other essential personnel will have until January to present their vaccine certificates.

October 10 – U.S. Reveals the vaccines it will accept for EU travelers

There was a lot of uncertainty over which brand of vaccines the US would accept as a valid entry requirement for EU travelers, once it open its borders.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed the country will accept the following:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • AstraZeneca, including Covishield
  • Sinopharm (Beijing)
  • Sinovac

The CDC also informed that more information will be released as soon as the travel protocols are completed.

The reopening date has not been announced yet.

October 2 – US, Canada, UK, and other G7 leaders met to discuss the future of international travel

Transport and health ministers of Canada, Germany, the U.K, the U.S, Japan, Italy, and France virtually met to discuss the future of international travel on Thursday.

Among other things, the U.S. committed to a number of principles “for a safe and sustainable reopening of travel.” These include trusting scientific evidence, accepting both digital and non-digital test and vaccine passports, protecting users’ private data, and supporting cleaner technologies for land, air, and maritime transport.

Sept. 24 – The U.S. lifts the ban on European Travel but reopening date remains unknown

This week, the U.S. announced that its long ban on European travel will end in “early November”. But so far, they haven’t provided an exact reopening date yet.

The head of the White House’s COVID-19 Response Team, Jeff Zients, said that all travelers must be fully vaccinated, no exceptions.

The CDC will order commercial airlines to collect information from U.S.-bound visitors including their phone number and email address to act as a “public health surveillance system.”

More information about the date and the requirements is expected to be revealed over the next few weeks.

September 16 – The U.S. works on a “new system for international travel” aiming to reopen borders

White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Wednesday the country is working on a “new system for international travel” that will include contract tracing for international visitors when the country lifts its travel ban.

The government aims to replace the current restrictions with a “safer, stronger, and sustainable” system.

The official did not reveal when the new system will be put into motion or the metrics it will use.

September 21 – The U.S. to reopen for vaccinated EU and other travelers in November, says government

Jeff Zients, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, announced that the U.S. will reopen to visitors from the European Union in “early November.”

Additionally, fully vaccinated travelers from other 33 countries including China, India and Brazil will also be allowed to come back.

“We will move to this much stricter global system, so we will have a consistent approach across all countries,” Zients said.

Visitors will need to present proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test.

September 10 – Nine EU countries have reimposed entry restrictions for American travelers in the last 10 days

On August 31, the European Council recommended removing the U.S. from the “save travel list.” Since then, 11 European countries have taken a stand on the U.S. situation.

As of today, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and France have enforced additional entry restrictions for Americans.

Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic and France not only increased their restrictions but also completely barred the unvaccinated.

Sweden and Bulgaria have indefinitely closed their borders to all U.S. arrivals. Croatia, Portugal and Ireland will remain open.

August 31 – U.S. Updates Travel Advisory For Canada, Puerto Rico and Other Countries

Seven countries were moved up to Level 4 travel warning since they surpassed the limit of 500 new cases per 100,000 population over the last 28 days.

The affected countries this time were Switzerland, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Laos and Estonia due to their COVID-19 reports; and Oman and Azerbaijan because of raising concerns about terrorism.

Additionally, other 12 countries were moved up or down to the Level 3 travel advisory (high level of COVID).

Some of them because of their improvements in the fight against the pandemic, and some others like Canada and Germany because their efforts are not producing the expected results.

August 19 – U.S. officials and border mayors demand the White House to reopen international borders

A number of U.S. officials and border mayors are joining forces to request the White House to lift the travel restriction that has been in place for 18 months severely affecting their local economies.

A few weeks ago, Washington announced it will maintain restrictions on multiple countries and territories including the EU and China for the time being.

“The ultimate goal is to look for easing of restrictions on nonessential travel,” as well as the “specifics on what we can, need or must do to achieve that.” said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

The government has not replied yet.

August 5 – the US works on a plan to request all international travelers to be fully vaccinated

The U.S. is reportedly putting in place a new system requiring all international arrivals to be fully vaccinated so they can be allowed to travel into the country, a White House official told Reuters.

“With limited exceptions (…) all foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) need to be fully vaccinated,” said the official.

He also added that “working groups” are getting ready for “when the time is right to transition to this new system.” However, the date when this plan will be set into motion was not released.

August 5 – the US works on a plan to request all international travelers to be fully vaccinated

The U.S. is reportedly putting in place a new system requiring all international arrivals to be fully vaccinated so they can be allowed to travel into the country, a White House official told Reuters.

“With limited exceptions (…) all foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) need to be fully vaccinated,” said the official.

He also added that “working groups” are getting ready for “when the time is right to transition to this new system.” However, the date when this plan will be set into motion was not released.

July 30 – Fully vaccinated Americans will be able to resume travel with the U.K. on August 2, but U.S. remains closed due to a delta variant and a surge in cases

While the U.S. continues to be closed for half of the world due to a surge in Covid cases, more countries have been adding it to the list of allowed visitors.

Effective August 2, double-vaccinated Americans and residents will be allowed to travel to the U.K. without quarantine.

There is a catch. Americans should’ve been vaccinated in the U.S. or in one EU country.

Although these travelers no longer need to quarantine, they will still be required to submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test before boarding and take another one on the second day of their stay in England.

This scheme does not apply to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for now.

July 16 – The U.S. borders will not reopen for EU or other travelers for the time being

“It defies logic. It defies science. It defies fact,” Democratic Representative of New York, Brian Higgins told CNN, regarding the lack of transparency about the U.S. international borders reopening.

Another White official said that European Union, United Kingdom, Canadian and Mexican task groups have met with their American counterparts to discuss the aspects that would allow them to safely reopen the country.

However, another White House official told Reuters that “the Biden Administration is not in a rush to lift travel restrictions soon.”

July 9 – The U.S. can’t put a date on the international borders reopening, says government

The U.S. is unable to put a date on international travel reopening according to a White House official who spoke to Reuters on July 7.

“There are further discussions to be had before we can announce any next steps on travel reopening with any country,” said the official.

This is the second time in less than 2 weeks that a Biden’s administration official speaks about the impossibility to determine when the country will reopen for tourism.

On June 25, the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken also told reporters they could not give an approximate date and that everything will “have to be guided by the science and by medical expertise.”

As of today, Schengen area residents who are not American citizens are only allowed if traveling under the National Interest Exception (NIE).

June 25 – U.S. to resume international tourism after September 6, said U.S. Commerce Secretary

The long-awaited reopening to EU tourists may be about to be over.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo has stated the country is actively seeking to open travel bubbles with key partners so they can resume international travel soon.

Although not a specific date was announced, Raimondo mentioned Labor Day, which is celebrated on September 6, as the potential date for free foreign travel.

“I’m hopeful that post-Labor Day we will see a nice uptick in business travel and international travel” […] “I can promise that getting business travel and international travel going again is a top priority,” said Raimondo.

June 9 – U.S. to form task groups with Canada, Mexico, the EU and the U.K. to create a strategy to safely reopen borders soon

Multiple EU countries expected President Joe Biden’s announcement about the U.S. border reopening during his visit to the U.K. for the very first G7 summit of his administration.

But instead, the White house has issued a statement informing the country will not reopen just yet.

“While we are not reopening travel today, we hope that these expert working groups will help us use our collective expertise to chart a path forward, with a goal of reopening international travel with our key partners when it is determined that it is safe to do so,” reads the statement.

For now, the U.S. will form task groups with Canada, Mexico, the EU and the U.K to find the safest way to start international travel.

May 24 – The U.S. has not decided yet whether they will reopen to Europeans or not this summer

On May 19, all E.U. members agreed to welcome back Americans from June. E.U. countries can still enforce extra testing or quarantine requirements, but in principle, all vaccinated Americans will be allowed to visit Europe for tourism again.

Unfortunately, on the other side of the Atlantic things seem to be different. Biden administration has been reportedly holding meetings and contacting tourism industry leaders but reopening decisions have not been made yet.

Last week, White House spokesman Jen Psaki stated that no changes on current travel restrictions have been planned thus far when asked if the U.S. would allow vaccinated travelers to visit America Again. (Source: Reuters)

13 travel warnings other countries have issued about visiting the US

Email Twitter icon A stylized bird with an open mouth, tweeting.

Snapchat Fliboard icon A stylized letter F.

Flipboard Pinterest icon The letter “P” styled to look like a thumbtack pin.

Pinterest Link icon An image of a chain link. It symobilizes a website link url.

nypd counterterrorism times square

Members of the New York City police counterterrorism unit patrol in Times Square. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • Some countries issue warnings or advisories for their citizens about traveling in the US.
  • Many of them mention the ongoing threat of terrorism and mass shootings.
  • Others touch on cultural differences such as laws around consuming alcohol in public or swimming nude at beaches.

The US Department of State issues travel advisories regarding the safety, health, laws, and customs of other countries. Other countries do the same for the US.

While some cultural differences between the US and other countries can make for amusing moments of confusion when traveling abroad, other misunderstandings can carry more serious legal consequences.

The recent spate of mass shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, has also made other countries cautious.

Here’s what 13 countries want their citizens to know about traveling in the US.

Japan warned residents that the US is a “gun society.”

A makeshift memorial for victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

In the wake of deadly mass shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Japan’s Consulate General in Detroit released a statement instructing Japanese citizens to “be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States.”

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry recommended postponing travel plans to the US due to the “proliferation of acts of violence and crimes of indiscriminate hatred.”

Members of the white nationalist group the Honorable Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan hold a rally in Dayton, Ohio. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

“These growing acts of violence have found an echo and support in the conversations and actions impregnated by racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed by the supremacist elite who hold political power in Washington,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs cited “indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population” in the US as a reason to be cautious.

It warned travelers from Uruguay to “take precautions against growing indiscriminate violence” in the form of “hate crimes, including racism and discrimination.” It also recommended avoiding public places with large concentrations of people, including theme parks, shopping centers, festivals and, religious events.

Germany’s Federal Foreign Office tells German travelers that it’s often cheaper to fly back to Germany to get medical treatment there.

The office advises German travelers to have travel health insurance and a credit card in case of necessary medical attention, and that medical care is often more expensive in the US.

Austria warns travelers that attitudes about topless or nude bathing are different in the US.

” Topless bathing, nude bathing or changing clothes on the beach, even of toddlers, is frowned upon or even punishable,” Austria’s Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs writes.

The drinking age and laws around consumption of alcohol in the US bear repeating by Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

” It is very important to bear in mind that in the United States you can not bring bottles of alcoholic beverages open in cars. If a driver is stopped by the police, and they find bottles open, the law considers that the driver and/or passengers are consuming while driving. In certain cases, this fact has been sufficient reason for Immigration to deny entry to passengers who visit the United States again,” the ministry writes.

France recommends that travelers “adopt a reserved attitude towards people of the opposite sex” to avoid charges of sexual harassment.

Canada warns travelers about home break-ins at US vacation homes.

“Canadians living in holiday homes have been the victims of break-ins and burglary,” reads the Canadian government’s official travel website. “Whether you are staying in either private or commercial accommodations, make sure you lock windows and doors securely at night and when you are away.”

Australia’s government says that “you’re almost twice as likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in the US as you are in Australia.”

Many countries, including New Zealand, caution travelers about terrorism in the US.

Members of the New York City police counterterrorism unit patrol in Times Square. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

” There is a heightened threat of terrorism in the United States and terrorists remain likely to try to carry out attacks,” New Zealand’s government writes of visiting the US, adding, “Follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and be aware of your surroundings in public places such as shopping malls, markets, monuments, tourist destinations, demonstrations, large gatherings and on public transport.”

“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the USA,” the UK advises on its foreign travel advice website.

The ‘Tribute in Lights’ shines on the skyline of lower Manhattan on the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. Reuters

The UK advises travelers to “be vigilant at all times” due to the ongoing threat of terror attacks in the US.

The Bahamas issued a travel advisory in 2016 saying that young men in particular should “exercise extreme caution” when interacting with police.

After the fatal shootings of two American black men, Alton B. Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, the Bahamas issued a travel advisory regarding ” recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers.”

“Do not be confrontational and cooperate,” the Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration advised those traveling States-side.

Ireland warns citizens traveling in the US to keep their travel documents on them at all times due to recent legislation “designed to identify and reduce the number of illegal immigrants.”

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade writes that measures to target “illegal immigrants” include “authorisation for police officers to detain people they suspect of being in the US illegally.”

“Although some of the measures are being contested in the courts, it is important that you have your documents available for scrutiny if you’re asked by law enforcement officials to present them wherever you are in the United States,” the department writes on their website.

These 79 Countries Currently Have Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisories

This post may have affiliate links, which means we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you!) if you choose to purchase through them. Here’s our Disclosure & Privacy Policy for more info.

Share The Article

Last Updated 1 year ago

Despite the United States reopening for travel in 6 days, the U.S. State Department still has 79 countries listed on its Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ list.

The CDC and U.S. State Department recommends U.S travelers avoid these destinations because of high COVID-19 cases and stress the need for U.S travelers to be fully vaccinated if they’re flying there.

The CDC currently categorizes travelers into four levels:

  • Level 4: COVID-19 Very High
  • Level 3: COVID-19 High
  • Level 2: COVID-19 Moderate
  • Level 1: COVID-19 Low

The U.S. State Department and the CDC now work together and issue the same level of Travel Advisory for each destination.

travelers LAX airport masks

The U.S. State Department also has four levels

  • Level 4: Do Not Travel
  • Level 3: Reconsider Travel
  • Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
  • Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Here are some popular destinations currently under the Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ list.

1. The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom reopened to fully vaccinated U.S travelers in the summer, but the U.S. State Department still has the United Kingdom on its Level 4: Do Not Travel list because of high COVID-19 cases.

England, shortly followed by the other home nations, scrapped all COVID-19 restrictions on July 19, 2021. Although cases of COVID-19 haven’t hugely increased, the current 7-day case average is 40,565.

The U.K decided to live with COVID-19 before many nations due to a rapid vaccination rollout. Fully vaccinated travelers must take a lateral flow test before their second day in the United Kingdom. If the test is negative, they must take a PCR test. If it’s still negative, they must self-isolate for 10 days.

2. Ireland

Beautiful Irish Landscape

Ireland reopened its borders to fully vaccinated U.S tourists in the summer, but the U.S. State Department still places Ireland on its Level 4: Do Not Travel list due to high COVID-19 cases.

However, the current 7-day case average in Ireland remains relatively low. The current 7-day average is 2,245 cases, significantly lower than many nations.

Travelers can enter Ireland if they’re fully vaccinated without testing or quarantine. Also, if travelers provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the previous 180 days, they don’t need to undergo testing or quarantine.

3. The Bahamas

The Bahamas are a super popular destination for U.S travelers, yet the U.S. State Department still places the Bahamas on its Level 4: Do Not Travel list due to ‘high’ cases of COVID-19.

That said, the current 7-day average in the Bahamas is only 28 cases nationwide. The Bahamas has had 22,407 cases since the pandemic began.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can currently enter the Bahamas. Fully vaccinated travelers will need to take a PCR or antigen no more than 5 days before arriving, and unvaccinated travelers must take a COVID-19 swab test 5 days before arrival.

4. Costa Rica

Costa Rica waterfall

Costa Rica is a very popular destination for Americans and has been since the pandemic began due to low COVID-19 entry restrictions. However, the U.S. State Department still places it on its Level 4: Do Not Travel list.

The current 7-day case average in Costa Rica is 495 cases nationwide, which is a large decrease from the summer.

Fully vaccinated travelers can enter the country without a travel policy, and they must provide evidence of full vaccination. Unvaccinated tourists must purchase a policy covering COVID-19 and quarantine if needed.

5. Barbados

Barbados is the perfect winter getaway for many American travelers this winter, but it remains on the U.S. State Departments Level 4: Do Not Travel list due to COVID-19 cases.

The current 7-day case average in Barbados is 348, which is the highest case average since the pandemic began (but still very low.)

Barbados recently scrapped quarantine on arrival for fully vaccinated tourists, but they’ll still need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arriving.

The Other 74 Nations On The CDC’S and U.S. State Department Level 4: Do Not Travel List

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Burundi
  • The Central African Republic
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curaçao
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Jersey (part of the UK)
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Martinique
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • New Caledonia
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Virgin Islands, U.S.

The remaining nations are in either level three, level two, or level one. Either way, the CDC and U.S. State Department still recommends against traveling to a vast portion of the world.




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *