The peak summer travel season is in full swing. As a result, many countries are easing their Covid-19 travel restrictions as the world “gets back to normal” this year. Here are the current entry protocols for several popular destinations.
There are no travel restrictions in the United States, making it easy to visit beautiful beaches.
An exception is for unvaccinated Americans visiting the US Virgin Islands who require a negative entry test result.
If traveling outside the United States, returning citizens two years of age or older 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 soon disappear.
Suspension of the TSA mask mandate
Wearing masks on planes and for other forms of public transport is also optional. However, local and carrier mandates may still apply.
For example, these New York airports still require masks inside:
Depending on airline and destination policies, a mask may still be required for some flights departing from or arriving in the United States.
Canada is only open to vaccinated visitors by plane, vehicle or boat. Luckily they don’t need to provide a negative test before arrival. Masks may also be required indoors and outdoors.
Mexico has no entry requirements for international visitors arriving by plane or car.
Entry requirements are generally loose in the Caribbean as it is 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 proof of vaccination or a negative test before arrival.
The Bahamas requires adults to take a negative pre-arrival test and receive an entry visa. The entry visa fee also includes Covid-19 travel insurance for travel dates.
Some nations are still closed to travellers. For example, the Cayman Islands only remain open to vaccinated guests, while Montserrat is closed to all foreigners.
Entry requirements differ between Latin American countries and depend on vaccination status. Almost all countries in Central and South America are open to vaccinated tourists without restrictions. However, the government may require you to purchase travel health insurance.
However, it is more difficult for the unvaccinated as most countries require a negative test before arrival. Costa Rica does not require pre-arrival testing.
Brazil does not allow unvaccinated travelers to enter, but fully vaccinated guests can visit.
Most European countries have removed vaccination and pre-arrival testing requirements. However, local mask mandates may still apply in crowded areas and on airplanes.
Unvaccinated travelers must still have a negative entry test to visit France, Spain or Portugal. The Netherlands currently prohibits unvaccinated travellers.
Australia is only open to fully vaccinated travelers and pre-arrival testing is not required. 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 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.
Asian countries are beginning to resume non-essential international travel, but entry requirements are relatively strict.
In many cases it is necessary to be fully vaccinated and to have a negative pre-arrival test. Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia may be the easiest Asian countries to reach.
The Philippines is also open but requires a negative pre-arrival test.
Unfortunately, Japan remains closed to tourists.
The world is open again for the first time in two years. Additionally, there are virtually no restrictions on domestic travel. Going abroad is also relatively easy, but it’s wise to review the destination’s masking and testing guidelines.