The COVID-19 response by most national governments around the world has made traveling to their respective countries difficult, if not impossible.
With wall-to-wall border closings in the most-visited destinations in the world and no end in sight in the immediate future, your options for host countries for your next adventure are somewhat limited.
Most countries, even the relatively open ones, have certain requirements for incoming passengers. The exact nature of the restrictions varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Here is the latest in terms of the destinations around the globe that currently have limited travel restrictions, opening the door for possible visitation even during these uncertain times.
Eastern Europe has, since the outbreak began, become one of the friendliest destinations in terms of lax enforcement of COVID prevention measures.
Albania is open to Americans with no significant hurdles, quarantine or otherwise, that might prevent entry into the country.
Antigua and Barbuda
These Caribbean islands, apparently in a bid to retain precious tourist dollars that underpin the entire local economy, have positioned themselves prominently in the “open for business” category of tourist destinations.
Travelers from the US must submit a negative PCR test taken within 7 days of arrival and may need to quarantine in their hotel. Other than those minimal restrictions, though, Antigua and Barbuda are open to all.
Another Eastern European country with wide-open arms to American visitors, Belarus requires no quarantine, no PCR test, or any other anti-COVID measure that is often seen at ports of entry.
This beautiful South American country has weathered the COVID-19 storm better than others. Its borders, accordingly, have remained more or less open compared to its neighbors since the outbreak started.
Visitors to Ecuador coming from the United States must submit to a test (available at the airport) and quarantine for a minimum of 5 days before being allowed to explore the country.
Reporting shows that, as of January 26, individuals traveling to the United States (even citizens) from outside of the country must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 3 days of boarding the plane.
So, if you have etched any of the hot destinations discussed here into your itinerary, plan accordingly. Bon voyage!