List of Countries Americans can STILL travel to this summer…

Key Points:

  • 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:

Source: CNN The handful of countries still welcoming US tourists

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.

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

Travel Prediction

The Travel & Hospitality world can not thrive without the participation of the US travelers. Once again, simple math proves this point:

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.

Safe Travels!

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TS Update-(Avenue Habib Bourguiba)

In the last year or so…we’ve witnessed a wide variety of protests.  From municipality workers to university students, the unemployed to police officers, secularist and Islamists…the range of demonstrations have been extensive & colorful.

On Monday, April 9th, a protest for the right to protest took place in downtown Tunis and unfortunately the event looked too similar to the revolution days.  In fact, Monday’s protest marks a new chapter in the already heated debate between so-called secularists & Islamists. According to one account:  “the clashes appeared to mark a new level of animosity between the government and the secular left.” 

This is rather unfortunate as things seemed to be going in a positive direction right in time for the summer tourism season.

To ban or not to ban?

When one looks at the big picture, it’s easy to see the dilemma the current government has regarding the decision of whether to ban protests on Avenue Habib Bourguiba.  On the one hand they have a troubled economy and a mountain of complaints coming from commercial vendors demanding that the cycle of protests be put to an end.  On the other hand there’s the issue of the symbolic significance of Avenue Habib Bourguiba and the right the Tunisian people have to peacefully demonstrate. 

The Ministry of Interior made the decision to ban protests and on Monday we saw first hand that a lot of people are not in favor of this law.   

After Action Summary

Monday’s protest made several things clear that should be noted: 

  1. Tunisian security forces will react in a strong manner to enforce this ban.
  2. We can safely assume that this issue will not go away and that it will remain a central point of dispute between “secularist” and the current government.  
  3. We are likely to see similar protests & reactions on Avenue Habib Borguiba in the near future or during the next significant date.

Expats on the Watch

During these beautiful Spring days, Expats have a lot to be excited for and naturally they are exploring & enjoying Tunisia more than ever, however Monday’s protest is a prime example of the usefulness of situational awareness.  I received a couple of phone calls from Expats that found themselves “caught in the madness”.

As Expats it is important to stay updated with the current security situation and we should continue to strengthen our channels of communication.



Keep the feedback coming…