18 Places Americans Can Visit With Few To No Travel Restrictions Right Now

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Patrick Clarke
by Patrick Clarke
Last updated: 8:32 PM ET, Wed August 11, 2021

Accessible Hotspots

Americans have access to more than 100 countries and territories around the world, with destinations throughout Europe and even Canada reopening to U.S. tourists this summer. While fully vaccinated individuals will have a much easier time crossing borders compared to unvaccinated travelers in the second half of 2021, there are plenty of places that Americans can visit right now with minimal restrictions and requirements. Here are some notable destinations with no testing or quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated U.S. travelers heading into the fall. In many cases, even unvaccinated travelers can visit with proof of a recent negative test result or recovery from COVID-19.


Americans visiting Austria will need to show one of the following: A COVID-19 vaccine certificate, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, an antigen test no older than 48 hours or proof of a past COVID-19 infection (you can enter Austria for 180 days after a coronavirus infection and proof of antibodies is valid for 90 days from the test date). Austria considers individuals vaccinated 22 days after their first dose for up to 90 days from the vaccination date. "After the second dose, the validity extends for another 270 days. Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose and for 270 days from the vaccination date," according to the country's official travel portal.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elsewhere in Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina is open to Americans with relatively straightforward entry requirements. According to the local embassy, "U.S. citizens wishing to enter BiH must have one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) not older than 48 hours if coming from Europe and not older than 72 hours if arriving from other countries (including the United States); or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing full vaccination completed 14 days prior to arrival, or a doctor's certificate of COVID-19 recovery in the period 14 to 180 days prior to arrival."


In South America, Colombia is open to travelers without any testing or quarantine requirements. "The Ministry of Health has announced that inbound international passengers (except those coming from India) no longer need a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers will not be denied entry for lack of a negative PCR test," according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia.

Costa Rica

Travelers to Costa Rica must complete a digital Health Pass within 72 hours of arriving in the country but fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to "purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19." Unvaccinated individuals will still need a policy valid for the duration of their stay, covering $50,000 for medical expenses and $2,000 for lodging expenses in case they require quarantine.


Americans traveling to Croatia can enter with proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours or proof of recovery from COVID-19. Anyone else must perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing immediately upon arrival at their expense and quarantine until receiving a negative test result. If they can't be tested, travelers must self-isolate for at least 10 days. "Travelers can facilitate faster processing at the Croatian border by completing the Enter Croatia web form and uploading their information and attachments ahead of their arrival," according to the U.S. Embassy in Croatia.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic continues to welcome international travelers without testing, vaccination or quarantine requirements this summer. Airports and other ports of entry in the DR are performing random rapid tests to a small percentage of passengers. However, those who present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Dominican Republic will be exempted in the event that they are selected for a random test. Visitors should also anticipate temperature checks upon arrival.


As of March 2021, all travelers over the age of two arriving in Ecuador will need proof of vaccination showing that they received a complete series of shots at least 14 days prior to entry or proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three days before entering the country. "Airlines will verify that travelers have a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination card before boarding at the point of origin," the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Ecuador states.


Fully vaccinated travelers coming from a "green" country, such as Canada or the United States, can visit France with proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Meanwhile, travelers who are not fully vaccinated will require a negative PCR or antigen test performed within the 72 hours before entering the world's most visited country.


As of August 1, all travelers age 12 and older must submit proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last six months or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter Germany. The country is accepting both PCR and rapid antigen tests. If a test is required, the PCR test must be taken less than 72 hours prior to entry while a rapid antigen test must be conducted less than 48 hours prior to entry.


Americans visiting Ireland with proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 180 days will not be subjected to testing or quarantine requirements. However, anyone else will need to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and self-quarantine for 14 days. Individuals receiving a negative test result from day five onwards can leave quarantine. Click here for the latest details.


This August, U.S. travelers can experience Italy without having to quarantine as long as they can provide proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. Travelers can also avoid self-isolation if they can present a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result conducted within 48 hours of departure.


As of July 19, the Government of Malta will recognize the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card, allowing inoculated travelers to Malta to avoid mandatory testing and quarantine requirements. Travelers from the U.S. to Malta can now also take advantage of the VeriFLY app. Users simply create a secure profile on their mobile device, upload vaccine information and the app will verify that the information matches the requirements set by Malta with a simple pass or fail message. Afterward, the individual will be guided to fill in the Passenger Locator Form for entry into Malta.


Mexico has no plans to request proof of vaccination against COVID-19 from international tourists and visitors haven't needed a negative test result since the country reopened last year. While Americans can still fly to Mexico, non-essential travel, including for tourism purposes, is restricted along the U.S.-Mexico land border until at least August 21.


According to the Embassy of Monaco, like France, Monaco has added Canada and the United States to its green list. That means fully vaccinated travelers from both countries are permitted to travel to Monaco with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, with no further tests needed.


Americans visiting the Netherlands will need to complete a health declaration and bring their proof of vaccination. "You need to show a negative test result if you are traveling from a safe country/region outside the EU/Schengen from August 8, 2021 onwards," the Government of the Netherlands states. "In some cases, a proof of vaccination is sufficient." Nonetheless, the country still advises all visitors to take a coronavirus test on arrival. "This applies even if you have been vaccinated."


"U.S. citizens on non-essential travel are permitted only if fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid-19," states the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia. Visitors who've previously been infected with COVID-19 can present a certificate of a positive result of a PCR test that's older than 10 days but not older than six months. According to the embassy, Slovenia accepts PCR and rapid antigen tests taken within the United States, Great Britain and the European Union.


As of June 24, 2021, U.S. citizens can travel to Spain regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status as long as they present a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, which can be obtained through the website or by downloading the SpTH app in Google Play or the App Store.


Switzerland is also open to Americans who are fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 or can show proof of a negative coronavirus test. "If you are not vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19, you might have to fill out an entry form, show proof of a negative test and/or go into quarantine," the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland and Liechtenstein warns.

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