Peak summer travel season is now in full swing. As a result, many countries are loosening their Covid-19 travel restrictions as the world “returns to normal” this year. Here are the current entry protocols for several popular destinations.
There are no travel restrictions within the United States, making it easy to visit beautiful beaches.
One exception is for unvaccinated Americans visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands who need a negative entry test result.
If traveling outside the United States, returning citizens at least two years old must have a negative pre-arrival test result for the return trip. However, airlines are calling for an end to this rule, so it may disappear soon.
TSA Mask Mandate Suspension
Wearing masks on planes and for other public transportation forms is also optional. However, local and carrier mandates can still apply.
For example, these New York City airports still require masks indoors:
Depending on the airline and destination policies, a mask may still be necessary for select flights departing or traveling to the United States.
Canada is only open to vaccinated visitors by plane, vehicle or boat. Thankfully, they don’t need to provide a negative pre-arrival test. Masks can also be required indoors and outdoors.
Mexico doesn’t have any entry requirements for international visitors arriving by plane or car.
The entry requirements are generally loose across the Caribbean as it’s relatively common to enter without needing a test or proof of vaccination. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are two more popular destinations that do not require vaccination proof or a negative pre-arrival test.
The Bahamas requires adults to have a negative pre-arrival test and receive an entry visa. The entry visa fee also includes Covid-19 travel insurance for the travel dates.
Some nations are still closed to travelers. For example, the Cayman Islands only remain open to vaccinated guests, while Montserrat is closed to all outsiders.
The entry requirements differ between Latin American countries and depend on vaccination status. Nearly every Central and South American country is open to vaccinated tourists without restrictions. Still, the government may require carrying travel health insurance.
However, it’s more difficult for the unvaccinated as most nations require a negative pre-arrival test. Costa Rica doesn’t require pre-arrival testing.
Brazil doesn’t allow unvaccinated travelers to enter, but fully vaccinated guests can visit.
Most European countries have removed the vaccination and pre-arrival testing requirements. However, local mask mandates can still apply in crowded areas and on planes.
Unvaccinated travelers must still have a negative entry test to visit France, Spain or Portugal. The Netherlands currently bans unvaccinated travelers.
Australia is open to fully vaccinated travelers only, and a pre-arrival test isn’t necessary. However, you may still need to test to transit within the country.
Another popular Oceania destination, New Zealand, is closed to most non-essential travel.
For some good news, the country plans to reopen to international visitors in July 2022. Fully vaccinated travelers with a negative pre-departure test can enter at this time.
The Asian nations are starting to resume non-essential international travel, but the entry requirements are relatively strict.
In many instances, it’s necessary to be fully vaccinated and have a negative pre-arrival test. Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia can be the easiest Asian countries to reach.
The Philippines are also open but require a negative pre-arrival test.
Unfortunately, Japan remains closed to tourists.
The world is mostly open again for the first time in two years. Additionally, there are virtually no domestic travel restrictions. Going abroad is also relatively easy, but reviewing the destination’s masking and testing guidelines is wise.