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Where in the World?

We have been grounded for a pretty long time now. Canceled trips, working from home, schooling from home. Some people are really just ready for a getaway. If you feel like it’s just about time for a trip, you may be wondering where in the world can you go? Some places have closed their borders to tourists, and some have not. Some have specific requirements for entry. How can you keep it all straight?

Always check the state department for information regarding international travel.

Besides that, here is a summary of some popular destinations and their requirements for travel. I chose these destinations because they have been the most lenient with US travelers to date.

Use this summary as a guide only. Be sure to verify the information is still accurate before booking any travel as the information is likely to change.

Countries requiring a negative Covid-19 test before travel and upon arrival

In addition, you may be asked to complete additional health screenings upon arrival. Some resorts have been approved for your stay. These resorts have met all health and safety requirements set by their health department.

  • Anguilla

  • Bermuda

Countries requiring just one negative test.

These countries require that you present proof of a negative COVID-19 test when you arrive at the airport or before travel. Some will allow you to take a test on arrival at your own cost. Take care to look for the timeframe of the test. Each country has specific requirements for the time frame of your test. Most are requiring that your test be taken 5 days or less before your trip.

  • Barbados

  • Jamaica

  • St. Lucia

  • St. Barts

  • Aruba

  • St. Marteen

Destinationsthat do not require a Negative COVID-19 test

There will most likely be health screening questions and infrared temperature checks at the airport. COVID-19 tests could be done at random, depending on the results of screening and temperature checks.

  • Dominican Republic (started September 15)

  • Mexico

This is just a brief summary to get you started on deciding which destinations to visit. This is not an all-inclusive summary of requirements. Once you’ve narrowed down a destination, visit their board of tourism to see if any other requirements are in place.

While visiting these destinations, note that things will look different when you arrive just as they do here. Expect to see;

  • Mask requirements in public places

  • Shields at check-in

  • Lots of outdoor dining options.

  • Social distancing requirements

  • Some resorts that have not reopened

  • Restrictions on excursions and leaving your resort

  • No Buffets

Is it possible to travel? The answer is, absolutely yes. But those of us who are travel lovers and have had travel experiences in the past will need to curb our expectations. We will need to recognize, things have changed and will remain changed for some time now. From there it will be up to each individual traveler to decide whether now is the right time to travel or not.



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