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Holiday Travel for American's

Updated: 5 days ago

Let’s face it, COVID-19 really ruined a lot of once-in-a-lifetime trips. Not to mention, most of us are still stuck in our homes, unable to go anywhere for months because of strict guidelines and protocols. While working at home has its benefits and perks (like being able to take naps and saving money on eating in), it’s not as fun as it used to be especially if all you’ve been seeing for the past 8 months are the walls of your home.

There’s also one thing that COVID-19 might have ruined for some of us: fun and exciting date nights and trips! A lot of people want to know where they can spend the holidays with fewer restrictions. The good news is that as the world adjusts to the pandemic, country border regulations have also eased up a bit, and just in time for the holidays! The good news is, we’ve made it easier for you and compiled a list of countries that only require quarantine. You’ll also find a few pros and cons of each destination if you’re planning to spend a month in them, so that you can truly see which one is the place for you:

AFRICA

Tanzania

  • Only requires testing if the airline you chose or your country of origin requires it

  • Quarantine not required

  • Airlines flying into Tanzania is limited (Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, Air Tanzania)

ASIA

Maldives

  • Free 30-day tourist visa

  • No testing required

  • No quarantine required

  • Testing services available (if needed to return to country of origin)

South Korea

  • No testing required (NOTE: U.S. citizens traveling to Korea from the United States as tourists on the 90-day visa-waiver program do not need a COVID-19 test prior to travel but will be tested upon arrival in Korea and MAY BE subject to quarantine in government facilities at their own expense

  • No restrictions on interstate/inter-city travel

  • Commercial flights and public transportation working as normal

  • 14-day mandatory quarantine

  • Nightly cost at quarantine facilities could range from $100 to $150 USD per night (approximately $1,400-$2,100 USD total)

Turkey

  • No testing required

  • No quarantine required

  • No health documentation needed

  • No curfew in place

  • All transportation systems working as normal

CARRIBEAN

Dominican Republic

  • No testing required

  • Free Health Coverage plan that states that All international tourists arriving from commercial flights and visiting a hotel will be granted during the check-in process a temporary, free health coverage plan that provides coverage for emergencies in the event of an infection or exposure to COVID-19 while in-country.

  • Curfew of 9 PM to 5 AM from Monday to Friday and 7 PM TO 5 AM on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays

  • Transportation services limited

  • Bars, parks, museums operate on a limited schedule

  • Use of public pools, lakes, and rivers banned

Haiti

  • No testing required

  • No restrictions on interstate/inter-city travel

  • COVID-19 testing free of charge

  • 14-day quarantine required

  • Curfew from 12 MN to 4 AM

CENTRAL AMERICA

Costa Rica

  • No testing required

  • No quarantine required

  • No curfew in place

  • All transportation systems working as normal

  • must still complete an epidemiological Health Pass and provide proof of health insurance

EUROPE

Belarus

  • No testing required

  • No curfew in place

  • No restrictions on interstate/inter-city travel

  • Required self-quarantine for 10 days

  • Schengen visa needed

  • Travel requirements for traveling in Europe often change

Ireland

  • No testing required

  • No curfew in place

  • No mandated quarantine, but are suggested to self-quarantine required for 14 days

  • Schengen visa needed

  • Restrictions on interstate/inter-city travel

  • Travelers to Ireland should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

North Macedonia

  • No testing required

  • No quarantine required

  • No curfew in place

  • No restrictions on interstate/inter-city travel

  • No visa required if under 90 days

  • Ban on gatherings in public spaces

Serbia

  • No Schengen visa needed if under 90 days

  • No quarantine required

  • No testing required

  • As a safety precaution due to xenophobic violence, the following clubs have been declared off-limits for U.S. Embassy personnel in Serbia: Plastic, Klub Šlep (Shlep), Mr. Stefan Braun

United Kingdom

  • No testing required

  • No curfew in place

  • UK visa required

  • Different places in the UK have different restrictions that often change without notice

  • Mandated quarantine for 14 days

  • Restrictions on interstate/inter-city travel

  • Second lockdown being talked about

NORTH AMERICA

Mexico

  • No testing required

  • No quarantine required

  • Non-essential travel discouraged until at least November 21, 2020

  • Curfew in place (time may vary depending on location)

  • Restrictions on interstate/inter-city travel

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil

  • No testing required

  • No quarantine required

  • Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel)

  • High crime rates

  • Only 2 airports are open: Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. There are still bans for international flights landing at airports in Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraíba, Rondônia, Rio Grande do Sul, and Tocantins

Take note of the advantages and disadvantages of each country and prepare the necessary things for your chosen place so that you won’t be caught off guard. It is also important to bring lots of the required PPE with you (masks/sanitizers/alcohols) so that you don't get caught paying extra to buy it last min to comply. As of November 17, 2020, all stated information are accurate to the best of my knowledge. HOWEVER, travel regulations can often change without notice, especially since the world is still trying to adjust to life during a pandemic. Exercise caution, and do your research thoroughly!

LINKS:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/us-international-travel-covid-19/index.html

https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/newsroom/coronavirus/

https://tr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/

https://kr.usembassy.gov/022420-covid-19-information/

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

https://ht.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://ie.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Serbia.html

https://mk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/coronavirus-travel/2018218-countries-open-us-tourists-june-2020-beyond.html



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