- Only a handful of countries are still welcoming US Citizens.
- All of the countries OPEN to US Citizens have certain restrictions.
- One country that CNN mistakenly put on it’s “Open to US Citizens” list.
- Travel prediction: When this 1 thing happens countries will welcome US Citizens with open arms.
It’s hard to believe that there are only a handful of countries welcoming US travelers. A quick look at the list of countries open for US travelers is sobering:
As if the list wasn’t short enough. I researched CNN’s list of countries “OPEN” to US Citizens and discovered that one of them was NOT allowing US Citizens at the time of this writing (July 17, 2020).
As Americans start to go back out they are quickly discovering that when it comes to international travel, their options are limited.
Uncle Sam not traveling anytime soon…
With so many challenges taking place throughout America, international travel may is not high on the list of things to do post quarantine and for the time being Uncle Sam wants to keep it that way.
A US State Department health advisory issued on March 31 advises US citizens to avoid all international travel due to Covid-19, and the CDC’s latest guidance says “travel increases your chances of getting and spreading Covid-19.”
While Americans may be disappointed to cancel their summer vacation to Europe, the International travel & hospitality sector will bear most of economic pain.
Europe will especially feel the pain. On July 1st, European nations reopened their borders to nonessential travelers but the US did not make the selected list.
Simple math gives us an idea of how much pain Europe will endure during the US traveler shutdown.
Tourism contributes 10% to EU GDP and creates jobs for 26 million people. The U.S. is Europe’s main tourist market, in terms of the number of arrivals and spending.
To put it in even simpler terms: The European Commission stated that visitors from the U.S. made up an astonishing half of total hotel nights in 2016 and that number has only risen since then.
While most of the travel news remains doom and gloom, there are countries that have decided not to close the doors on American travelers.
Where US Citizens are allowed to travel to this summer
With the current resurgence of the pandemic it is no surprise that all of the countries open to US Citizens have some sort of condition or quarantine restriction.
List of Countries Open to US Citizens
- Antigua and Barbuda – With Negative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
- ArubaNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours for travelers from 24 US states
- BahamasNegative Covid-19 test result within a week before travel
- BarbadosNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
- BelizeDeclaration of no Covid-19 symptoms 72 hours
- BermudaNegative Covid-19 test result within 5 days + $75
- CambodiaNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours + $3,000 Covid-19 deposit
- CroatiaNegative Covid-19 test not older than 48 hours presented on arrival
- EcuadorMandatory 14 day quarantine and negative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
- EgyptNegative Covid-19 test result within 48 hours
- French PolynesiaNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
- JamaicaTravelers from New York, Florida, Arizona and Texas must have negative test result within 10 days
- RwandaArrival by private jet or charter only until August 1, then commercial flights will resume
- St. BartsNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
- St. LuciaNegative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
- St. Maarten(Opens August 1 — though subject to change)
- St. Vincent and GrenadinesCovid-19 test on arrival with mandatory 24 hour quarantine while awaiting results
- TanzaniaCovid-19 tests on arrival are possible
- Turks and Caicos(Opens July 22 with restrictions)
- UkraineDownload app, test upon arrival, 24 hours self isolation
- United Arab EmiratesOnly Dubai is open, all other Emirates are closed
- United KingdomSelf-isolate for 14 days
The Travel & Hospitality world can not thrive without the participation of the US travelers. Once again, simple math proves this point:
- US Citizen outbound tourism: Americans take 93.0 Million international outbound trips each year. (Source: https://www.condorferries.co.uk/us-tourism-travel-statistics)
- $1,089 Billion: Yearly American tourism expenditure ($932.7b domestic / $156.3b international) (Source: https://www.condorferries.co.uk/us-tourism-travel-statistics)
Right now the world is being cautious and nobody can blame a country for not wanting to receive tourists from the US due to our high infection rate. That being said once there is a clear mitigation in the form of a vaccine, standardize screening, international cooperation, or a combination of these safety measures; the world will once again open it’s doors to US Citizens.