Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on October 19.
Early in the year, vaccines gave cause for optimism. Then the mid-summer surge of the Delta variant of the coronavirus showed it wouldn’t be a smooth, easy comeback for international travel.
List of nations
What follows is a curated, alphabetical list of countries and territories where it’s still possible for US passport holders to go for a vacation. Click the links at the end of each destination for important information on:
— Presenting negative results from Covid-19 tests to enter (including time limits to take the test, types of tests allowed and additional tests upon arrival).
— Possible quarantines and durations as well as health screenings upon arrival.
— Possible exemptions from the rules for the fully vaccinated, people recovered from a recent case of Covid-19 or children.
— Health insurance requirements, curfews and lockdowns.
— Different rules if you’re arriving from a third country vs. the United States.
These are all things you need to research before you book your trip. If you test positive for Covid-19 upon arrival or while visiting, expect to go into quarantine. Rules for land and sea entry might differ from air arrivals.
Antigua and Barbuda
Stroll along Turners Beach on Antigua’s southwest coast.
Scroll down to the Dutch Caribbean entry below for information on Aruba and other islands in this group.
Dive Bahrain, an underwater theme park, opened in 2019.
A view of Copacabana, a Bolivian tourist town on Lake Titicaca.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Perched on the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena is a mix of colorful buildings, tropical flavors and a laid-back vibe.
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Scroll down to the United Arab Emirates entry below.
Dutch Caribbean islands
Find out the important details on these various Dutch islands in the Caribbean — renowned for their hospitality and ocean life — by clicking on the links:
A beach in Oranjestad, Aruba.
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Giverny, famed home of Monet, is short train ride from Paris.
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French West Indies
Find out the important details on these various ritzy French islands in the Caribbean by clicking on the links:
St. Martin: (See Sint Maarten in Dutch Caribbean entry above)
Great Blasket Island is a hiker’s paradise — and the donkeys seem to like it, too.
Courtesy Tourism Ireland
Kenyan food is a treat. This is oven-baked whole tilapia with roasted tomato and dhania salsa
This tiny nation is open. Scroll to Switzerland below for details.
People walk along the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The Cathedral of Granada is a popular site.
You can take a fishing trip in Senegal’s mangroved-lined creeks and waterways.
Bibimbap is a popular dish in South Korea.
courtesy Korean Tourism Organization
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Kilimanjaro’s glaciers could become a thing of the past as average global temperatures rise.
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Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
United Arab Emirates
The Roman Baths in Bath, England.
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Recently removed from the open list
The following countries had been allowing US citizens to enter but have closed again or were removed by CNN Travel for other reasons: