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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Traveling to Tunisia from the UK in 2020

Posted on July 8, 2020 Edited & Updated on July 9, 2020

Important UPDATE: During the evening of July 8, 2020 the Tunisian authorities changed the UK status from Orange to Green.


Since Tunisia officially reopened its borders on June 27, 2020 I’ve received so many questions from my followers at the Tunisia Security Update.

Here’s an example of a recent question:

“Hello, my friend is hoping to travel to Tunisia to be at his sisters engagement in a few months. What is the requirements for when he lands there does he have to go in Quarantine for a few days or is it safe for him to go right to his family’s home?  Thanks for your answer.”

After replying to quite a few similar questions I thought I should just write a blog post for all my British followers. Hopefully the information will also help out all travelers wanting to know what Tunisia’s COVID19 travel requirements.

A woman wearing mask and gloves as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting coronavirus work at Tunisia Airport in Tunis, Tunisia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi – RC2IAF9TO130

Tunisia Entry requirements for British Citizens

Before going into the entry requirements let’s take a moment to give credit where credit is due.

Tunisia received international praise for their COVID-19 response. After three months of closure, Tunisia began easing its lockdown on 13 May. Tunisia now reports very few instances of COVID-19, with a total of 1,110 cases and 49 deaths for its 11 million citizens. 

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said the country recorded among the lowest mortality rate from COVID-19 in the world “with four deaths per million inhabitants.”

 The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) also recognized Tunisia’s successful response and awarded them the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp.

WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, designed the Safe Travels stamp to enable travellers to identify destinations and businesses around the world which adopted its health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

Entry requirements

It is important to note that the Tunisian authorities are constantly evaluating the situation and making changes as needed. As a best practice, travelers should always look to their respective embassy for travel guidance and make their own decisions.

British tourists have their photo taken after arriving to Tunisia with the Thomas Cook travel agency at the Enfidha Airport in Enfidha, Tunisia February 14, 2019 (Reuters)

Tunisia has implemented a color-coded system to show which countries may enter without restrictions and which countries can enter with enhanced restrictions.

  • Green= Welcome to Tunisia. NO Restrictions. Enjoy your holidays!
  • Orange= Welcome to Tunisia. Comply with the safety protocol. Enjoy your holidays!

The UK is currently classified as an “Orange”country changed to GREEN on the evening of July 8, 2020 by the Ministry of Health .

As of July 8, 2020 here are the COVID-19 entry options:

  1. Take a coronavirus PCR test 72 hours before departure and provide the negative results upon arrival. OR
  2. Self-isolating in your place of residence or a hotel at your own expense for 14 days.

Additionally, if British citizens want to shorten the self-isolation, they may do so from the sixth day after arrival, by paying for a PCR test and receiving a negative result in Tunisia.

Know before you go!

The world agrees that Tunisia’s response to the pandemic was effective. Regardless, travelers must ensure that they conduct their own research and take necessary measures before traveling. In order to accomplish this INFORMATION is essential Here are (3) good sources to obtain the latest information:

I hope this information helps. Feel free to reach out if I can be of any assistance. For companies operating in Tunisia learn how you can obtain reliable & actionable security information to address your risk management concerns.


VIDEO UPDATE: Tunisia travel…Pre-Flight COVID-19 tests

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Ahead of boarding their Emirates flight from Dubai to Tunisia on April 15th, masked passengers were given blood tests for Covid-19, with results delivered within 10 minutes. Emirates, which claims to be the first airline to perform these tests.

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Tunisia Crime & Safety 2014

Greetings Expats, 

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (O.S.A.C.) was “created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State.”

Each year OSAC publishes a Crime & Safety Report covering a variety of security & safety topics.  I find the report very helpful especially for newly arrived expats.   

Below is a brief presentation highlighting the key aspects of the report.  I hope you find the information helpful and let’s continue to share practical security information.

TS Update-(Sejnane Advisory)

Before I share some analysis concerning the alarming incidents that took place in Sejnane (Bizerte, Tunisia), I would like to thank all the motivating Tunisia Security Updaters out there who keep sending me solid & relevant information. It’s one thing to read a story online, but to actually receive eye-witness accounts is so much more empowering. 

As reported by various news outlets, two separate yet related incidents recently took place in the town of Sejnane: 

  1. A group of students on a field trip from the Higher Institute of Applied Biological Sciences (ISSBAT), stopped in Sejnane (Bizerte) on their way to Ain Draham. According to eyewitnesses students were attacked by religious activists.  
  2.   Basically, a mix group of foreigners and Tunisians were attacked on the road while on their way back from a trip to Cap Serrat.  In the words of one of the victims:  “I would  highly recommend to avoid the City of SEJNANE / Cap Serrat.”
  3. Additionally, other security coordinators have received similar accounts related to the same area.  

While Sejnane itself is not a popular touristic destination, it is on the way to Ain Draham, Tabarka, and several other more attractive places.  The “Sejnane incident” is not a surprise for anyone who has been following the developments throughout the country since the Revolution. As early as January 2012, the Tunisian media reported that a  “group of about 250 individuals managed to “talibanize” Sejnane , imposing their hardline Islamic rule, without being in any way contravened by the country’s security forces.”

Field Trip Security

Interestingly enough there is a useful correlation between driving and good situational awareness.  Make sure that you are using at least 3 levels of situational awareness while driving.  Here’s a simple model which you can use as a starting point: 

  • Level 1:  Relaxed Awareness…In this state you want to make sure that you are not only driving safely but also able to look ahead for possible hazards.  Like a good chess player, make sure you’re at least 3 moves ahead of the next guy.
  • Level 2:  Focused Awareness…Have you ever been driving and suddenly knew that something was wrong up ahead?  You don’t know how but something (intuition, experience, higher self…) let you know that you better be careful and most of the times you are right! 
  • Level 3:  Action Awareness….Whereas in focused awareness your attention was on identifying what was happening…in action awareness you are moving from thinking to doing. Make sure your action is swift and precise.

The bottom line is that Tunisia has many beautiful sites to visit and road trips are usually enjoyable & safe.  By practicing good situational awareness you will make sure that all your excitement remains on the fun side of the Expat experience.

 Once again thank you for all the feedback & let’s keep sharing information…

TS Update-(Djerba Advisory)

It’s interesting to see that Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) has “increased its travel warning to Tunisia following reports of possible attacks on Israeli or Jewish targets in the country.”  According to their Anti-terrorism Bureau their major concern is on the island of Djerba and the upcoming pilgrimage that will be taking place there this Wednesday and Thursday (May 9th & 10th, 2012). 

As stated by the latest US embassy travel alert, the security situation “in most tourist and business centers remains calm.”  However, for the time being we would recommend that you think twice about visiting the lovely island of Djerba at least for this week. 

On a Positive Note…

I had the privilege of coordinating security for 9 field trips throughout Tunisia. Trips in Zaghouan, Ghar El Milh, Mannouba, Sidi Thabet, Testour, Raf Raf, Sid Bou, and Carthage; all proved to be successful.  On all sites we encountered cooperative security forces that appeared alert & prepared.  Additionally, not only was the weather amazing but the people were friendly and welcoming. 

Field Trip Map

Enjoy the nice weather and remember to stay safe, informed, and positive. 

Eid Al-Adha Travel-Security

Wishing everyone a pleasant and relaxing Eid weekend.  Here are a few points you may wish to consider before you hit the road:  

General
The Tunisian Interior Ministry has called on road users to show extra vigilance while driving.  The ministry also warns people against the “traffic congestion over the next week or so, especially Saturday 5th November (from 2:00 p.m.), and Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November 2011.”  As always it is recommended that you avoid excessive speed, observe the safety distance and respect road priority.

Local Travel
Because of the unpredictability of demonstrations and an increase in the levels of crime, if you wish to visit sites in the interior of the country, it is recommended that you do so with an approved local guide or reputable tour operator. Please also note that tourists wanting to visit the southern border areas have to obtain permission from the Tunisian authorities to enter certain desert areas on the borders with Algeria and the southern military zones and must travel with licensed guides.

Stay Alert/Stay Safe
A State of Emergency remains in place. You should be aware that the authorities may restrict travel or enforce local curfews with little or no notice. It is important that you observe instructions given by security authorities and above all use good common sense.

Good Emergency Numbers while on the road:
193 for the National Guard, 197 for police assistance, the 198 Civil Protection, the 71,960,448 for the Intelligence Center of the National Guard and 71,342 .787 for the operating room of the traffic police.