Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?

Where can Americans travel right now as of 10 May 2021? Below is an updated list of where vaccinated Americans can travel to internationally. The list below of countries welcoming American tourists is constantly changing as countries deal with further surges in Covid-19 infection rates and the list will be updated as and when there are changes. Check with the relevant countries embassy before planning any international travel.

After a year of closed borders and lock down regulations, things are slowly opening up to fully vaccinated travellers with some really good deals to be had as tourism slowly starts to get back on its feet. However, the U.S. State Department has recently changed its advisory to Level 4, Do Not Travel to 80% of international countries. This has been done to better align with recommendations by the C.D.C. For a current map of travel recommendations by destination, follow the link.

Many countries internationally are rolling out the red carpet for fully vaccinated travellers and these countries are open for tourism without quarantine. Most countries in Southern Africa are completely open to visitors from America. If you are looking for wide open spaces and stunning landscapes with a warm and friendly population, Southern Africa is the place to visit.

Remember that on returning to the U.S.A. all passengers older than 2 years of age must show a negative Covid-19 test no older than 3 days or 72 hours old to enter the U.S.A.

Where can Americans travel right now? Below is a list of all countries globally that are currently open to American travellers in alphabetical order. Below that is a section for Southern African countries and detailed requirements of what is required in terms of Covid-19 when planning to visit Southern Africa.

Where Can Americans Travel Right Now? 99 Countries Below.

  • Albania 
  • Jordan
  • Anguilla
  • Kenya
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Kosovo
  • Armenia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Aruba
  • Lebanon
  • Bahamas
  • The Maldives
  • Bahrain
  • Mauritius
  • Bangladesh
  • Mexico
  • Barbados
  • Morocco
  • Belarus
  • Mozambique
  • Belize
  • Namibia
  • Benin
  • Nepal
  • Bermuda
  • Nicaragua
  • Bolivia
  • Niger
  • Bonaire
  • Nigeria
  • Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia
  • Botswana
  • Oman
  • Brazil
  • Pakistan
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • Panama
  • Cape Verde
  • Paraguay
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Puerto Rico
  • Costa Rica
  • Rwanda
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Saba
  • Croatia
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Curacao
  • St. Lucia
  • Cyprus
  • St. Maarten
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Djibouti
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Dominica
  • Senegal
  • The Dominican Republic 
  • Serbia
  • Ecuador
  • Seychelles
  • Egypt
  • South Africa
  • El Salvador
  • South Korea
  • Ethiopia
  • Sri Lanka
  • French Polynesia
  • Tajikistan
  • Gabon
  • Tanzania 
  • The Gambia
  • Thailand
  • Georgia
  • Tunisia
  • Ghana 
  • Turkey
  • Greece
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Grenada
  • Uganda
  • Guatemala
  • Ukraine
  • Guinea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Guyana
  • United Kingdom 
  • Haiti
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Honduras
  • Uzbekistan
  • Iceland
  • Zambia
  • Ireland
  • Zimbabwe
  • Jamaica

Southern Africa Covid-19 Requirements By Country

South Africa – COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other Covid-19 restrictions – Health screening upon arrival at international airport. Without the proper PCR test, visitors must quarantine for 10 days. Face masks and social distancing are required in all public spaces.

What’s open in South Africa? Most businesses are open including restaurants, many hotels, safari lodges and game reserves and national parks are all open with capacity controls. Public transportation is running and domestic and regional air transport is operating.

South Africa has re-opened to international tourism on 1 October 2020, and, according to the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, as of 11 November 2020, U.S. citizens can enter the country for tourism purposes, but they need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours from the time of departure, or they must remain in mandatory quarantine for 10 days at their own cost.

South Africa has suffered a second Covid-19 wave in December 2020 and January 2021, surpassing 1.5 million total cases and forcing a return to a Level 3 lockdown. Restrictions have been eased back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021 as cases in South Africa declined. 

All visitors to South Africa must also download the South Africa coronavirus mobile tracing app, and fill in all the information on that app during their visit to South Africa.

Need A PCR Test In Cape Town?

Ian Wallace, a trained medical professional offers PCR testing at all hotels and guesthouses in the greater Cape Town area. A PCR test costs R650.00 and with a travel certificate costs R850.00. There is a minimum call out fee of R400.00 and the results are received on the same day. Please contact Ian Wallace ahead of time to arrange for a fast reliable PCR test in the comfort of your hotel room.

Airlines flying into South Africa

Following the president’s announcement that South Africa will institute adjusted Level 1 Lockdown regulations, the curfew requires every person to be at their place of residence from 00:00 to 04:00. If  a flight arrives within the curfew hours, passengers will be able to show proof of their boarding passes or tickets for their flights if stopped by law enforcement en route to the airport, hotel or home.

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Air France
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Lufthansa
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Virgin Atlantic

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for South Africa is Level 4: Do Not Travel.


Botswana – COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure for Botswana and also 72 before departure from Botswana. Most lodges in Botswana can assist with PCR test on departure from Botswana. Quarantine is not required.
• PCR test required

Other Covid-19 restrictions – Health screening and rapid Antigen test upon entry in Botswana. A negative test is also required to exit the country. Face masks must be worn in public spaces and social distancing is required. Gaborone has a 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in place until further notice.

Permits are required to travel between any of Botswana’s nine zones and are restricted to essential travel. Tourism is considered essential, but additional COVID-19 testing may be required to travel between zones.

What’s open in Botswana?  – Most businesses are open including restaurants, many safari lodges and Chobe National Park are all open to international and regional visitors. Charter flights between safari camps are operating and flights on Airlink into Kasane from South Africa are operating.

Airlines flying into Botswana

  • Private charter flights
  • Airlink
  • Air Botswana
  • Qatar Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines

Botswana is one of Africa’s top safari destinations, but the U.S. State Department’s advisory for Botswana is Level 4: Do not Travel

Mozambique – COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Visas or resident permits are required for entry. Visitors must have a confirmed hotel booking and return ticket.  All visitors face a health screening upon arrival. Face masks are required. In the Greater Maputo area (Maputo, Matola, Marracuene, and Boane) and provincial capitals, a curfew is in place from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

What’s open: Most businesses, shops and restaurants are open, subject to curfews and early closures. Public transportation is running. Museums and other cultural institutions are closed as well as bars and beaches are closed.

Limited international flights are available to Mozambique, where enhanced mitigation measures were recently extended through 25 May 2021. Arriving visitors aged 12 and older are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. There is health screening upon arrival, but quarantine isn’t required with a negative test result.

According to the U.S Embassy in Mozambique, “For travelers arriving for tourism purposes only, visas are available upon arrival with proof of a return ticket and hotel booking. Please be aware that U.S. citizens have been denied entry for not having obtained the proper type of visa in advance. “

Airlines flying into Mozambique

  • All of the main airlines flying from Portugal, Turkey, Qatar, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa.
  • Airlink from South Africa.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Mozambique is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Namibia – COVID-19 test required: Yes, if vaccination is not yet complete

• 7 days before arrival
• PCR or rapid antigen test required

Other Covid-19 restrictions: All visitors must complete a health questionnaire. Visitors with proof of vaccination must provide a negative test result. Masks must be worn in public places and social distancing must be observed. There is a nationwide curfew in Namibia from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

What’s open: Most hotels, safari lodges and camps, restaurants and shops. Public transportation is running.

Namibia has been open for international tourism since Sept. 1, 2020, although most of its land borders are currently open.

Tourists, including Americans, are allowed to fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), and according to the U.S. Embassy in Namibia, they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test result taken within 7 days of arrival and fill out a health questionnaire. Even visitors who have proof of vaccination must provide a negative test result. Those whose test result is more than 7 days old will need to undergo a day-of-arrival quarantine until getting a negative result on a second test before being allowed to move freely in the country. Children under the age of five are exempt.

Airlines flying into Namibia

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Lufthansa 
  • Air Namibia
  • Eurowings 
  • Qatar Airways 

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Namibia is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Zambia – COVID-19 test required: Yes

•  72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening and temperature check upon arrival

What’s open: Most hotels, safari lodges and camps, restaurants, national parks and tourist sites; public transportation is operating.

Zambia, like Zimbabwe is home to Victoria Falls and known as a top safari destination. Zambia is open to international visitors, including Americans. However, according to the U.S. Embassy in Zambia, a second wave of cases is winding down in the country and it strongly recommends reconsidering travel to Zambia. The CDC has issued a Level 3: High Level of COVID-19 warning for the country.

Zambia now requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival (changed from 7 days). Tourists also need a visa. There are no quarantine requirements right now, but symptomatic individuals may be required to submit to testing and/or quarantine.

Airlines flying into Zambia

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • RwandAir
  • Kenya Airways
  • Emirates 
  • Proflight Zambia is operating limited domestic flights.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Zambia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Zimbabwe – COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 48 hours before arrival (test issued within that time)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Quarantine in a government holding facility for anyone arriving without the required test, until receiving a negative test result; masks and social distancing are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Mostly essential businesses including restaurants which are take-out and delivery only unless serving hotel guests. Bars are closed. Public transportation is running on a limited basis. In the town of Victoria Falls, the government has vaccinated 60% of the population to create herd immunity and all tourism related staff are vaccinated.

U.S. citizens can travel to Zimbabwe, according to the U.S. Embassy, and must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued within 48 hours of arrival. However, as cases surged in January 2021, a nationwide lockdown with a curfew from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. was put into place and extended with slightly relaxed restrictions on 1 March 2021. 

Zimbabwe reopened its borders to international flights on Oct. 1. 2020.

Travelers who arrive in Zimbabwe without the required test must get tested upon arrival and quarantine in a government holding facility until getting a negative result.

Airlines Flying Into Zimbabwe

  • British Airways
  • Fast Jet

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Zimbabwe is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Where Can Americans Travel Right Now? East Africa.

Kenya – COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All arrivals require a visa and face a health screening. Departing passengers must also obtain a negative test result before their flight if their destination country requires it. There is a nightly curfew of 10 p.m. through at least 12 May 2021.

What’s open: Hotels, safari lodges, game reserves, restaurants with closure at 9 p.m., most businesses and public transportation; there are movement restrictions and closures, with restaurants limited to takeout only.

Kenya reopened to tourism on Aug. 1, 2020 and Americans can visit. Under the reopening plan, travel in and out of Nairobi is allowed. All visitors need to obtain an e-visa, fill out an online health form and obtain a QR code for scanning and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel. Visitors also face a health screening on arrival, but are exempted from quarantine.

The U.S. Embassy reports that Kenya now also requires departing visitors whose destination requires a test must visit an authorised laboratory in the Trusted Traveler initiative and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test and a TT code before they will be allowed to board departing flights. 

Cases surged in the country this spring and on 26 March, 2021, President Kenyatta has announced a lockdown for Nairobi and several surrounding areas until further notice to stem the country’s third COVID-19 wave. A mandatory face mask requirement while in public remains in effect and a nightly curfew starting at 10 p.m. has been extended through at least 12 May, 2021. In Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru it’s 8 p.m.. Movement into and out of these 5 areas has been suspended, bars are closed and restaurants are limited to take-out only.

Airlines flying into Kenya

  • Kenya Airways
  • Emirates 

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Kenya is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Tanzania – COVID-19 test required: Yes, as of May 3, 2021

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: U.S. visitors need a tourist visa and must complete an online Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours of arrival. Arriving passengers face enhanced screening and those from countries with new COVID-19 variants will be subjected to a rapid test, followed by a 14-day quarantine.

What’s open: Most businesses, hotels, safari lodges and camps and national parks. Public transportation is running.

Tanzania, which had been accepting tourists with no testing or quarantine conditions attached, now requires all visitors to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and to complete an online Health Surveillance Form  within 24 hours prior to arrival. Travelers will undergo screening upon arrival and those arriving from countries with a high number of COVID-19 cases (or those who have been in those countries within the past 14 days) will also be required to take a rapid test ($25) upon arrival in Tanzania, followed by a 14-day quarantine at their own cost.

The new requirements were put into effect by the country’s new president Samia Saluhu Hassan to try to curb the spread of new variants.

The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania is reporting that it has seen an increase in the number of cases reported to it since January 2021 and that the use of masks, social distancing and other prevention strategies are largely absent throughout the country.

Airlines flying into Tanzania

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Air Tanzania 

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Tanzania is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Uganda – COVID-19 test required: Yes

• 120 hours before departure (and 120 hours before departure from Uganda, but United States’ requirements call for testing within 72 hours for those traveling back to the U.S.)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening and temperature check upon arrival. There is a nightly 9 p.m. curfew and masks are required in public.

What’s open: Many businesses and restaurants; casinos with restricted hours; and all national parks.

Americans can currently travel to Uganda, known as one of the top destinations for gorilla trekking. The country’s national parks reopened to tourists in October 2020.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Uganda, arriving passengers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin taken not more than 120 hours before departure for Uganda. Passengers will be subjected to temperature and health screening upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, but are not required to quarantine.

However, any arriving passengers who exhibit signs or symptoms of infectious disease will be transported to an isolation centre for a COVID-19 test where they must remain, at their own cost, until the results of the test are received. Travelers who test positive will be taken to a Ministry of Health facility for treatment, at their own cost.

Airlines Flying Into Uganda

  • Kenya Airways
  • Emirates
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Qatar Airlines
  • Uganda Airlines
  • AeroLink Airlines

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Uganda is Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to COVID-19 and the risk of kidnapping.

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