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There are some weeks left of winter 2020-21 and many are still looking for a tropical destination to escape cold. But, due to the pandemic, lots of countries have enforced restrictions travelers may not be aware of.
Traveling Lifestyle has compiled a list of 23 warm vacation ideas and places for Americans to travel during COVID-19, along with travel restrictions and requirements for each destination!
A negative PCR COVID-19 test or a 10-day quarantine
Latest update: As of March 19, Hawaii only has around 40-80 new COVID cases per day and it’s considered a safe destination for US citizens. Therefore, Hawaii is one of the best places to travel in the U.S. during COVID!
Why travel to Hawaii – There are a number of reasons why you should travel to Hawaii. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous scenery, great food, loads of culture, endless fun and more.
Travel restrictions – Travelers who want to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine can bring a negative COVID-19 test result from a state-approved trusted testing partner.
Also, visitors must fill out a State Dept. of Agriculture paper form (Distributed on all flights) prior to arrival in Hawaii.
No entry restrictions from other US states!
Why visit Florida – Sunny sands, blues skies, subtropical wilderness, and affordable luxury.
Travel restrictions – Florida has no travel restrictions in place as of February 23. However, The Florida Department of Health recommends wearing a face mask if social distancing is not possible, not to go to gatherings of more than 10 people, avoid crowds, closed spaces, and close contact.
On the other hand, the COVID-19 has taken a toll on Florida. The State has had 1.87 million positive cases and 30,064 deaths.
On a visit to Florida, you will not only enjoy city life but also you will be entering the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.
No Quarantine, just bring a negative PCR test
Why travel to Puerto Rico – PR is a rare combination of diverse culture and heritage, warm people, and beautiful landscapes.
Puerto Rico was excluded from the CDC requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to re-entry the United States. However, local regulations demand visitors to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into PR.
Travelers must upload their test results to their Travel Declaration Form online (links above) in order to receive an Airport Exit Confirmation Number and QR code.
Without these two they won’t be allowed to leave the airport. Visitors do not need to quarantine.
Mexico – Baja California, Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Escondido
NO quarantine, no test required for US citizens!
Why visit Mexico – Its beaches, cenotes, marine life, and affordable shopping.
Travel restrictions – All countries (including US citizens) are allowed to travel to Mexico. No COVID test, quarantine, or insurance is required but you should definitely consider insurance that covers COVID-19.
Check the States that have made the Orange, Yellow and Green list. This means that in those States you will be allowed to visit hotels, restaurants, open-air parks, gyms, cinemas, theaters, museums, cultural events and more.
Consider Cancun or Baja California for your winter escape. Baja has taken the lead in creating and implementing “La Ruta Turística por México (the Tourist Route through Mexico)”, to fight COVID-19 and promote tourism.
Tulum is located in Quintana Roo, one of the most touristic states of Mexico due to its beaches and Mayan civilization history.
Since the area is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, multiple hotels have decided to offer up to a free 14-day stay to those who get the virus when in town.
Creative, isn’t it?
Puerto Vallarta is currently offering American visitors on-site tests (at their hotels) to ease their returning-home process.
The local government recommends visitors to schedule their COVID-19 as soon as possible to ensure to have it on time. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will need to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a hotel-designated room/area.
Check prices here.
Along with beachfront resorts and uncrowded beaches, hotels and famous hostel/coworking spaces such as Selina, are offering clients assistance to book their COVID-19 tests before coming back home.
No quarantine, but health insurance required for all visitors
Why travel to Costa Rica – It is the perfect place for diving lovers. This country is full of wildlife natural areas such as the famous Cocos Island National Park, which is also a World Heritage site.
Travel restrictions – Costa Rican government is currently allowing travelers from all over the world. However, you will need to present proof of health insurance that covers any medical treatment and quarantine lodging. Also, fill out the new Health Pass form.
Costa Rica is no longer requesting to present the results of a negative PCR test to be allowed entry.
No Quarantine, just bring your negative COVID-19 test
Why visit Aruba: Its turquoise sea, constant sunshine, soft white-sand beaches, surprising natural wonders to explore, and culinary delights found nowhere else in the Caribbean.
Travel restrictions: The first step to visit Aruba is to get tested for COVID-19 and upload the negative test results and other information to Aruba’s online immigration form.
Then visitors will need to acquire mandatory COVID-19 health insurance. If anyone fails to provide negative COVID-19 test results on arrival they will have to get tested at the airport and self-isolate until negative test results are available.
No Quarantine, just bring your negative PCR test
Why travel to the Bahamas – Its warm weather, crystal clear waters, great shopping deals, the big all-inclusive resorts, and endless tourist activities.
Travel restrictions – When visiting the Bahamas the first thing travelers need to do is to submit their Travel Health Visa Application.
Arrivals should not forget to bring their application confirmation and the original PCR test results with them. Airport authorities will check them before boarding and once again after landing in the Bahamas.
For further inquiries call the COVID-19 travel hotline +1 (242) 502 0829 or send a message to [email protected]
Once there, you cannot miss the duty-free shops!
14-day quarantine, and 3 negative COVID-19 tests are required
Why travel to Cuba – The culture, the beaches, the food, Cubans, the traditional music, and more.
Cuba is open to American tourists but in order to be allowed entry, visitors must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken less than 72 before arrival, and undergo a 14-day quarantine at government-designed accommodation or until they can produce two negative COVID-19 results.
Check the full list of requirements at Travel restrictions for entering Cuba
These are some of the places travelers are allowed to visit
- Southwest: Largo key
- North-central: Coco, Guillermo, Cruz, and Santa María keys
No quarantine, only 1 negative COVID-19 test
Why travel to Curacao – Euro-Caribbean culture and one of the most LGBT-friendly islands in the region.
Travel restrictions – All visitors need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival but they do not have to quarantine.
No quarantine, 2x test required.
Why travel to Bermuda – The island country is a relatively safe destination for Americans to visit during COVID-19. It has only reported 699 cases and 12 deaths.
Travel Restrictions: All passengers need proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure, get a second test on arrival and wait in quarantine for 24 hours if the test comes back negative, or 14 days if it comes back positive.
Starting Dec. 24, visitors who have been in the U.K in the 14 days prior to arrival in Bermuda must quarantine for 4 days or after they receive their negative COVID-19 results.
Additionally, all visitors are also required to submit a Visitor Travel Authorization before departure to Bermuda.
Antigua y Barbuda
14-day quarantine or $100 test!
Why visit Antigua y Barbuda – These islands in between the Atlantic and the Caribbean are well known for their reefs and natural scenery. You can relax at one of their many luxurious resorts, go snorkeling, yachting, or explore nature.
Travel restrictions – To be admitted to Antigua and Barbuda you need to present results of a negative COVID-19 test and undergo a 14-day quarantine. Only travelers from within the regional Travel Bubble (Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, and Barbados) are exempted from the mandatory quarantine.
If you ask to be tested on-site (for $200 paid to the Quarantine Authority) you may be eligible to forego all quarantine measures as long as the results come back negative and quarantine authorities allow it.
British Virgin Islands
4-day quarantine, plus multiple tests and health insurance.
Why visit The British Virgin Islands – Whether visitors are looking to practice water sports, go on a virgin nature adventure, or simply look forward to relaxing and being pampered, they will find what their heart desires on the British Virgin Islands.
Travel restrictions – There are many requirements to enter the BVI. For starters, travelers need to apply for a Travel Authorization and upload a recent COVID-19 test result.
Once they land on the islands they will have to present a Travel Authorization Certificate along with proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19. After that, they will also get tested twice more; once at the airport and the last one after their mandatory 4-day quarantine.
2 negative PCR tests and a 5-day quarantine
Why travel to Barbados? – This Caribbean island offers not only the customary dreamy beaches, perfect weather and a myriad of activities to enjoy, but also one of the more robust and comprehensive hospitality structures in the region.
Travel restrictions – The United States is considered a high-risk country by multiple health organizations. Thus, American visitors -in particular- need to comply with a set of requirements.
All visitors must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued by an approved lab within 3 days prior to arrival.
Effective Feb. 3, 2021 all travelers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival.
Travelers with valid negative COVID-19 PCR test results must undergo a 5-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel and take an additional COVID-19 on day 5th. All at their own expense.
If their results come back negative, they will be allowed to resume their trips.
14-days quarantine required, and 2+ COVID-19 tests
Why travel to the Cayman Islands – They are probably one of the best places on earth to do snorkeling, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and kitesurfing thanks to crystal-clear, turquoise waters.
Travel restrictions – Visitors must undergo pre-arrival PCR testing and a mandatory 14-day quarantine. If after that period they can produce a negative COVID-19 result they will be free to resume their trip.
Americans are now allowed entry if they are dual citizens, permanent residents, Workers or their families, students, spouses, fiancés, or if they own residential property in the Cayman Islands (among other types of travelers).
Read more about travel to the Cayman Islands here.
No Quarantine, just bring a negative PCR test
Why travel to the Dominican Republic? – The best-connected Caribbean destination (8 international airports), beaches, modern cities, mountains, and colonial towns!
Travel restrictions – Travelers do NOT need to bring a negative COVID-19 test result to be granted access to the Dominic Republic. Starting on September 15, the government decided to remove this requirement in order to encourage tourists to visit.
Plus – Once people arrive in The Dominican Republic the government gives them a temporary free travel assistance plan that provides coverage for emergencies in case they get COVID-19 while in the country.
The insurance plan includes medical attention by specialists, medical transfers, transfer of a relative, penalty for airfare changes, and lodging for prolonged stays among other benefits up to US $10,000.
The free travel insurance program has recently extended until March 31, 2021.
No Quarantine, just bring a negative PCR test
Why travel to St. Maarten – Sint Maarten has all of the wonders of a unique tropical paradise. Additionally, the entire island is duty-free so you can find great bargains on clothes, cosmetics, jewelry and electronics.
Travel restrictions – Visitors who provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken 120 hours before arrival do not need to quarantine. They only have to upload their test results to an online card prior travel Sint Maarten. Find more information here.
Sint Maarten lifted its “shelter-in-place” policy but social distancing protocols must still be observed when in public.
US Virgin Islands
No Quarantine, just bring a negative PCR test
Why visit the U.S Virgin Islands – Its beaches and turquoise waters, its year-round sunshine, and it’s incredibly vibrant culinary scene.
Travel restrictions – All travelers aged 5 years or older must apply for entry through the USVI Travel Screening Portal within five days of traveling. COVID-19 test results will also need to be submitted through the portal, which will then issue a travel certification.
Additionally, if a visitor is not able to produce a negative COVID-19 test they will need to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter, at a government-approved location at their own expense.
Click here for further information.
Only a 4-day quarantine and a negative PCR test
Why travel to Grenada: This often overlooked Caribbean island has plenty of charm to offer. From colorful towns, spice-scented markets, the mix of cultures of its people, and of course its natural scenery; it is a paradise to be discovered.
Travel restrictions – Travelers must apply for a travel authorization (link here) and get tested for COVID-19 at least 3 days before arrival.
Upon arrival in Grenada, they must pay a one-time $150.00 USD ($410.00 XCD) test fee, which will cover their day-four test or any test taken while on Island. After that, travelers will need to quarantine for 4 days at a government-approved accommodation or until they can produce a negative test result.
Visit Grenada’s Travel website for more info.
Tanzania – Zanzibar
Why visit Tanzania? – Tanzania is mostly famous for its paradise called Zanzibar. This little island is literally a dream of every traveler with crystal-clear water all around.
Tanzania is one of the favorite destinations during COVID-19 because of its relaxed travel restrictions and it’s also open for U.S. citizens.
To enter Tanzania, no test or quarantine is required, and also the local restrictions aren’t heavy.