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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President Trump SUSPENDS all flights from Europe

Hours after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, President Donald Trump on Wednesday night announced a 30-day travel ban on most of Europe.

Flights Ban Details:

•30-day travel ban targets 26 countries that are part of a visa-free travel area known as the Schengen Area.
•Begins Friday, March 13, at midnight.
•Does NOT include the United Kingdom.
•Goods and cargo are exempted.

US Travelers face Restrictions

Why is this happening?

Coronavirus is spreading around the world. Italy has been hit the hardest, with more than 12,000 confirmed infections and more than 800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. France, Spain and Germany each have about 2,000 confirmed cases.

The restrictions will “deny entry to foreign nationals who have been in affected areas and will keep Americans safe and save American lives,” said Wolf.

Will the Coronavirus IMPACT Disney World in Florida?

As Florida’s busy spring break season kicked off this month, coronavirus czar Vice President Mike Pence addressed something that’s been on the mind of tens of thousands of families preparing to travel to theme parks: Is it safe?

Disney World remains OPEN!

@DavidSecurity’s Take

VP Pence makes a Good Point:

“Whether it be Disney World, whether it be other destination, whether it be cruise ships … those most at risk are seniors with serious or chronic underlying health conditions.”

“Otherwise Americans can confidently travel in this country,” Pence said at a meeting with cruise industry officials in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday

Impact on Tourism

Though several conventions in Orlando have been canceled because of concerns, individual leisure travel hasn’t been affected, local officials said.

The U.S. Travel Association on Tuesday predicted a 6% decline in international visitors to the U.S. over the next three months as a result of coronavirus. If the prediction holds, it would be the largest decline in international inbound travel since the recession a dozen years ago, the association said.

Coronavirus fears hit Florida last week as Disney World opened a new ride based on Mickey Mouse, a park first. The resort’s most anticipated new land in years, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, debuted only last August.

Could the Coronavirus IMPACT Disney World in Florida?

Yes of course! However it’s important to note that they have a comprehensive safety plan and a good track record of dealing with these types of situations.

The chief medical officer for Disney Parks has confirmed that officials are “carefully monitoring” the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, while Walt Disney World and Disneyland currently remain open for business.

Stay Safe!

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Awareness is the Key!

After all the clashes in the Middle East the State Department issued a statement advising all Americans to: “Maintain ‘Situational Awareness’ in the region.

Well…I disagree with this statement.  Americans and all travelers for that matter should ALWAYS maintain situational awareness (SA).

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While the formal definition may sound complicated:  “Situational awareness or situation awareness (SA) is the perception of environmental elements and events with respect to time or space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their future status.”

Situational Awareness is EASY.  Essentially, what SA means is paying attention to your environment with regard to your safety.

Check out my video on Situational Awareness! 

Of course we all know that Iran and Iraq are NOT destinations for tourists, but the reactionary headlines were all SCREAMING the same thing:  “Exercise caution when traveling to other countries in the Middle East!”

My point is that we should ALWAYS exercise caution.  Situational Awareness is NOT something we should activate after a major incident; rather it should be a habit we practice regularly.

Safe TRAVELS!