The coronavirus pandemic has put international travel on hold this year for many. Unfortunately, due to an uptick in coronavirus cases and varying levels of restrictions throughout the nation, many countries have blocked Americans from visiting, and the State Department imposed a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory that has been in place since March, with instructions "to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19."
This has caused Americans looking to add another stamp to their passport, to postpone their global itineraries.
But as hygiene measures are put in place, some countries around the world are starting to welcome tourists back, Americans included.
Here I list 5 of those countries to which you as an American Citizen could travel to.
Aruba started welcoming U.S. visitors on July 10.
Tourists will have to complete a self-health declaration 72 hours before arriving in Aruba as well as show a negative COVID-19 test or pre-pay for a test to be completed while there.
The island has in place strict hygiene procedures and has reopened its outdoor restaurants.
To enter the country, Tourists are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure and be able to present negative results at the airport.
Travelers can also choose to undergo a test at the airport and quarantine until the results are ready.
The island has reopened retailers, parks, and dining in restaurants. All businesses are allowed to open and timing restrictions on beaches have been eliminated.
The entry to Cambodia is allowed to U.S. citizens but it will cost you.
The country is requiring visitors to pay a $3,000 travel deposit before entering, to cover any potential coronavirus-related costs.
Travelers will also be required to show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than 72 hours before traveling, proof of medical insurance coverage for at least $50,000, as well as undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in an official facility until the results are ready. Travelers who test negative while there will only be on the hook for about $165 for the mandatory test.
If someone on their arriving flight does test positive for the virus, all passengers have to quarantine for 14 days at a location chosen by Cambodian authorities. If all travelers test negative, they have to self-isolate for two weeks at their lodging.
The Maldives islands have reopened their borders to international tourism since July 15.
The island nation will first reopen its uninhabited islands, followed by inhabited islands on Aug. 1.
Visitors won’t have to pay any additional fees or show negative tested results. Furthermore, visitors who don’t have any symptoms won’t have to quarantine themselves.
The United Arab Emirates country allows the entry to foreign tourists but requires visitors to download the city’s COVID-19 DXB app and register.
Tourists will have to either arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than four days before departure or get tested at the airport upon arrival, and the airport is also implementing thermal temperature screenings.
In Dubai, services like restaurants have reopened, but with safety restrictions.
Although the countries listed above are currently accepting American visitors, those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 before departure.
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Please also make sure to share this post so that fellow Americans can get access to this information and plan accordingly. Traveling in times like these, should not be a decision taken lightly, and the more information is available to possible travelers, the more responsible decisions that can be made.