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Find out which countries are welcoming US tourists back

Forrest Brown and Brekke Fletcher, CNNUpdated 16th June 2021
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Editor's Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on June 15.
(CNN) — US passport holders have more international travel options now than at any point during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Total US cases are nearing the 33.5 million mark since the pandemic started, but the rate of new cases has been slowing down recently. The United States is one of the world leaders in vaccination rates and has been leading among nations with a population over 100 million. But we're not out of the woods -- the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said June 15 that the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus, also known as B.1.617.2, is a "variant of concern."
Still, more of Europe is opening up to US leisure travelers in time for summer -- especially the fully vaccinated. Travel heavyweights France and Spain are the latest to open their doors. The global situation is in flux, though. Even as some places reopen for the first time, others are closing back up.
In the end, it's up to you to decide whether travel to international destinations is a good idea. The health risks are obvious if you're not fully vaccinated. Nations might change their rules at any time. You may have to adhere to strict curfews and mask mandates. Violations could involve big fines and even jail time.
If you want expert input into your decision, the US State Department and the CDC provide Covid-19 risk assessments by country. Both agencies rate many of the countries open to US travelers at Level 4, the highest risk for Covid-19. Also, remember that all air passengers 2 and older must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test that's no more than three days old to enter the United States.
What follows is an alphabetical list of countries and territories where it's still possible for US passport holders to go for a vacation. Click the links we've provided for very 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).
-- Quarantines (if any) and health screenings.
-- Possible exemptions from the rules for the fully vaccinated or people recovered from a recent case of Covid-19.
-- Health insurance requirements, curfews and lockdowns.
These are all things you need to research before you book your trip. People testing positive for Covid-19 upon arrival or while visiting can expect to go into quarantine. Rules for land entry may be different.

Albania

Blessed with a gorgeous Adriatic Sea coastline, this southeastern European country has no test requirements or quarantine. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Anguilla

US visitors will once again have access to the tropical waters of Anguilla.
US visitors will once again have access to the tropical waters of Anguilla.
Courtesy Belmond Cap Juluca
This upscale British island in the Eastern Caribbean has reopened. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Anguilla International Travelers.

Antigua and Barbuda

This independent nation in the eastern Caribbean, known for sheltered bays and historical sites, is open. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Antigua and Barbuda government website.

Armenia

From the historic capital of Yerevan to wild national parks, Armenia is open to US tourists. Testing required; quarantines in some circumstances. Details and updates: US Embassy | Armenia's official Covid-19 travel website.

Aruba

Scroll down to the Dutch Caribbean entry below for information on Aruba and other islands in this group.

The Bahamas

Off the coast of Florida, this large chain of islands is loved for its many beaches. Testing required; exemptions for the fully vaccinated. No quarantine in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Bahamas travel website | Bahamas Travel Health Visa.

Bangladesh

This populous South Asian nation offers beaches, interesting architecture and cultural experiences. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Barbados

Why do people come to Barbados? For starters, places such as Bottom Bay.
Why do people come to Barbados? For starters, places such as Bottom Bay.
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This British island, the most easterly one in the Caribbean, is set to become an independent republic later in 2021. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Visit Barbados website | Rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers | BIMSafe travel app

Belize

English is spoken in this Central American nation filled with wildlife spotting opportunities and stunning barrier reefs. Testing required; fully vaccinated exempt. No quarantine in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Belize Tourism Board.

Bermuda

This island in the mid-Atlantic is renowned for its pink beaches and British flair. Testing and quarantine requirement are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Bermuda Tourism Authority | Specific instructions for immunized travelers.

Bolivia

This landlocked South American country offers surreal landscapes from Andean to jungle. Testing and quarantine requirements in place. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina features cosmopolitan Sarajevo and gorgeous lakes. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Bosnia Border Police

Botswana

Botswana is renowned for its safari opportunities. Elephants are always a top sighting on any excursion.
Botswana is renowned for its safari opportunities. Elephants are always a top sighting on any excursion.
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This southern African nation is famed for its wildlife in the Okavango Delta and elsewhere. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Brazil

South America's largest country has the lure of Rio's party atmosphere and the Amazon River's mystique. It also has a very high daily number of Covid-19 cases. Testing required; quarantines are not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Health declaration.

British Virgin Islands

This pretty island group lies just to the east of the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | BVI government website | BVI Gateway website.

Bulgaria

Historic towns and natural landscapes are Bulgaria's calling cards. Testing required; exemptions for fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 infection. No quarantine. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Colombia

Downtown Medellin is a great place to take a stroll and soak up urban Colombian atmosphere.
Downtown Medellin is a great place to take a stroll and soak up urban Colombian atmosphere.
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UPDATE: Colombia offers Medellin, "the city of eternal spring," and lush landscapes throughout. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Colombia's travel website.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica's rich wildlife and beautiful landscapes draw visitors. No testing or quarantines are required. Details and updates: US Embassy | Visit Costa Rica website | Health pass form | Costa Rica health insurance.

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Côte d'Ivoire is a popular destination for people wanting to enjoy West African culture and food. Testing required; quarantine encouraged but not required. Details and updates: US Embassy | Travel declaration and fee.

Croatia

Croatia, the jewel of the Adriatic, is once again open to US leisure travelers. Testing required to enter; exemptions for the fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 infection. No standard quarantine in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Croatia official entry form.

Cyprus

Both parts of this politically divided Mediterranean island are open to US tourists. The Republic of Cyprus and the northern third of the island administered by Turkish Cypriots (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) each have their own rules of entry and testing. Details and updates: US Embassy in Nicosia | Visit Cyprus.

Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, the capital city, is both quaint and sophisticated at the same time.
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NEW: Often at the top of "happiest countries" lists, Denmark now accepts US travelers only if they are fully vaccinated. Details and updates: US Embassy | Denmark tourist information.

Dominica

This rugged Eastern Caribbean island with deep valleys and 365 rivers has testing and quarantine requirements. Details and updates: US Embassy | Discover Dominica | Online registration portal.

Dominican Republic

This Caribbean nation, popular for its resorts and beaches, doesn't require tests or quarantines. Random health screenings upon arrival. Details and updates: US Embassy | GoDominicanRepublic.com | Electronic entry and exit form.

Dubai

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:
Aruba: Testing required. No quarantine. Details and updates: Aruba's official tourism site | embarkation and disembarkation card | Aruba Visitors Insurance.
Bonaire: Testing required. No quarantine. Details and updates: Bonaire Crisis | Health declaration form.
Curaçao: Testing required. No quarantine. Details and updates: Traveling to Curaçao | Curaçao news bulletins | Passenger locator card.
Saba (new): Known more for its rugged landscape and hiking than beaches, little Saba is open. Testing required. Quarantine in place; exemption for fully vaccinated. Details and updates: Saba Tourism | Saba EHAS application.
Sint Maarten: An autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, it shares an island with the French collectivity of Saint-Martin. Testing required. No quarantine. Sint Maarten | Health authorization application | Covid-19 health insurance.
Get more US consulate information on all of these islands here.

Ecuador

A Galapagos marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) at the Tortuga Bay beach on the Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos, Ecuador, on January 20, 2018.
The animals of the Galapogos Islands, part of Ecuardor, fascinate scientists and tourists alike.
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This Andean country at the equator also owns the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific. Testing required; fully vaccinated exempted. Quarantine required in some circumstances. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Egypt

The Nile River nation has been attracting people to see its wonders for many centuries. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has a unique and ancient culture and rugged, otherworldly landscapes. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Before you travel there, closely monitor news reports about violence in the northern Tigray region (video) on the border with Eritrea. Details and updates: US Embassy.

France

Fully vaccinated US leisure travelers are allowed to enter France. Testing required. Details and updates: US Embassy | France Diplomacy Twitter.

French Polynesia

UPDATE: French Polynesia is the idealized South Pacific destination. Testing required; quarantine in place with an exemption for the fully vaccinated. Details and updates: Islands of Tahiti | FAQ document | Online ETIS form.

Georgia

UPDATE: Georgia is a geographical and cultural crossroads at the Caucasus Mountains. Testing required unless you're fully vaccinated. No self-isolation for the unvaccinated under certain conditions. Details and updates: US Embassy | Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ghana

This West African cultural jewel offers historical sites, delicious food and surfing. Testing required. No quarantine. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Greece

Beautiful houses grace the port of  Gytheio on the Peloponnese.
Beautiful houses grace the port of Gytheio on the Peloponnese.
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Greece, with its many ancient ruins and islands, is now open to US travelers. Testing required; exception for the fully vaccinated. No quarantine. Details and updates: US Embassy | Passenger locator form.

Grenada

This Caribbean island with lush rainforests is welcoming US visitors. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Grenada's Ministry of Health | Travel authorization application.

Guatemala

This Central American country offers historical sites and stunning volcano landscapes. Testing required; exceptions for the fully vaccinated or those fully recovered from Covid-19. No quarantine. Details and updates: US Embassy | Online health pass.

Honduras

UPDATE: Honduras has epic diving off Roatan Island and other locations. Testing required; fully vaccinated travelers are exempt. Conditional quarantine in some circumstances. Details and updates: US Embassy | Online precheck form.

Iceland

Geysers, glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls await in Iceland. You must be fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery from Covid-19 to enter. Testing and quarantine requirements in place as well. Details and updates: US Embassy | Iceland travel registration.

Ireland

Great Blasket Island is a hiker's paradise -- and the donkeys seem to like it, too.
Great Blasket Island is a hiker's paradise -- and the donkeys seem to like it, too.
Courtesy Tourism Ireland
Leisure travel to Ireland is discouraged but not forbidden. Testing and quarantine requirements in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Irish government travel page | Passenger locator form.

Israel

NEW: From ancient Jerusalem to modern Tel Aviv, Israel now allows US tourists. Testing required. Quarantine in place for those not fully vaccinated or recovered from a case of Covid-19. You should keep a close watch on developments as you plan your trip regarding the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza. Details and updates: US Embassy | Israel Ministry of Health.

Italy

US travelers can finally return to Rome, Venice and the rest of the country. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Jamaica

Jamaica's music, laid-back vibe, beaches and food draw visitors. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy in Jamaica | Visit Jamaica website | Online travel authorization form.

Jordan

A visit to Jordan's ancient city of Petra is a travel highlight not only of the Arab nation but of the entire world.
A visit to Jordan's ancient city of Petra is a travel highlight not only of the Arab nation but of the entire world.
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Home to the amazing ruins of Petra, Dead Sea coastline and the dazzling landscape of the Wadi Rum, Jordan is open to US vacationers. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Kenya

Kenya is the definitive African safari destination, but Nairobi's urban beat attracts tourists too. Testing required; no quarantine. Details and updates: US Embassy | Trusted Travel initiative.

The Maldives

These Indian Ocean islands are a favorite among luxury travelers. Testing required, including vaccinated travelers. No mandatory quarantine. Details and updates: US Embassy | Maldives' official tourism website.

Malta

UPDATE: This sun-soaked Mediterranean island is open to US citizens under certain restrictive conditions. Details and updates: US Embassy | Public Health Travel Declaration and the Passenger Locator forms.

Mexico

The land border between the US and Mexico remains closed through at least June 21, but US travelers can still fly there. No testing or quarantine requirements are in place. The US State Department lists numerous states to avoid because of crime. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Montenegro

This Balkan nation is allowing US travelers. Testing under most circumstances required; exceptions for the fully vaccinated or the naturally immune because of previous Covid-19 illness. Details and updates: US Embassy | Institute of Public Health of Montenegro.

Morocco

UPDATE: Starting June 15, this North African favorite is open leisure travelers from the United States without special invitations. Testing required, but no quarantines in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Visit Morocco.

Namibia

UPDATE: US citizens can visit this southern African desert nation that appeals to adventure travelers. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Nepal

US travelers can visit the landlocked Himalayan nation. Testing and quarantine requirements in place, regardless of vaccination status. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Nicaragua

The Cathedral of Granada is a popular site.
The Cathedral of Granada is a popular site.
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Home to historical sites such as Granada and tropical beaches, Nicaragua is open. Testing required; quarantines are not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Avianca Airlines.

North Macedonia

North Macedonia has a part Balkan, part Mediterranean feel and its natural wonders are relatively unknown. No testing or quarantine required. Details and updates: US Embassy | TAV Macedonia.

Panama

Wildlife, beaches, mountain towns and a canal are Panama's calling cards. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Visit Panama | Online health affidavit.

Peru

Peru offers up Incan history, mind-blowing scenery and delicious food. Testing required; quarantine is conditional. Details and updates: US Embassy | Lima airport protocols | Affidavit of health.

Portugal

US travelers now have a travel window to get their Lisbon fix.
US travelers now have a travel window to get their Lisbon fix.
Courtesy Jessica Yubas
NEW: Portugal is open to US citizens from June 15 to 27. The measure will be reviewed every two weeks and unless renewed expires midnight on June 27. Testing is required; quarantine is a possibility. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Romania

NEW: Romania offers mystique, wooded and mountainous landscapes and lots of history. No testing required. Quarantine in place with exceptions for fully vaccinated and those recovered from Covid-19. Details and updates: US Embassy | Romanian Embassy.

Rwanda

Rwanda's green hills and mountains are home to rare gorillas. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Visit Rwanda.

Senegal

Senegal, known for its West African beaches and music, welcomes US tourists. Testing is required; no quarantine in place. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Serbia

Subotica City Hall
Serbia features noteworthy architecture. City Hall is in the city of Subotica in the far north of the country, near the border with Hungary.
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Serbia is steeped in historical sites and dramatic Eastern European scenery. Testing is required but quarantines are not. Details and updates: US Embassy.

Seychelles

These picture-perfect Indian Ocean islands way off the east coast of Africa are open. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Seychelles Travel Advisory Updates | Travel authorization

South Africa

With superb national parks, wineries and the allure of Cape Town, one of the most popular destinations in Africa is open. Testing is required; quarantine is not. Be aware some nations aren't allowing entry to tourists who have recently been to South Africa. Details and updates: US Embassy.

South Korea

From busy Seoul to relaxing Jeju Island, South Korea is open. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Self-diagnosis app

Spain

Spain is now open to US leisure travelers who are fully vaccinated. Testing required. Details and updates: US Embassy | Spain Travel Health portal | Spain travel FAQs

St. Barts

NEW: After an extended closure, this French island is allowing fully vaccinated travelers from the United States. Testing required. Details and updates: St. Barts entry protocols

St. Kitts and Nevis

This Caribbean escape allows only fully vaccinated tourists to visit. Exemptions are in place for children 17 and younger traveling with vaccinated parents. Details and updates: US Embassy | St. Kitts Tourism | Travel authorization form.

St. Lucia

Home of the steep and towering Pitons, waterfalls and volcanic beaches, the independent Caribbean nation of St. Lucia is open. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | St. Lucia travel website.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The aftermath of recent eruptions at La Soufrière volcano on St. Vincent could make travel to that island difficult. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Covid-19 protocol documents | Official prearrival form.

Tanzania

Kilimanjaro's glaciers could become a thing of the past as average global temperatures rise.
Kilimanjaro's glaciers could become a thing of the past as average global temperatures rise.
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A favorite for big-game safaris, Indian Ocean beaches and Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is open. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Health surveillance form.

Thailand

US passport holders can again visit this fascinating Southeast Asian destination famed for its beautiful beaches and spicy cuisine. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy | Royal Thai Embassy | Certificate of entry.

Tunisia

Tunisia offers ancient ruins, desert scenery and sunny Mediterranean beaches. Testing and quarantine requirements in place. Fully vaccinated visitors are exempt from both. Details and updates: US Embassy | Online questionnaire.

Turkey

From cosmopolitan Istanbul to rural coastal escapes, Turkey is open. Testing is required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Form for entry.

Turks and Caicos

This British overseas territory northeast of Cuba and southeast of the Bahamas is known for it coral reefs, ripsaw music and low-key vibe. Testing is required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy | Visit Turks and Caicos | Travel authorization form.

Uganda

Visitors with a respectful approach and careful eye might see a giant gorilla munching shoots and leaves.
Visitors with a respectful approach and careful eye might see a giant gorilla munching shoots and leaves.
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This lush nation in Central Africa offers gorilla trekking, Nile River rafting and beautiful lakes. Testing required; quarantine is not. Details and updates: US Embassy.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE, with its glittering towers and luxury resorts, has emerged as a major world destination in the 21st century. Testing required. Quarantine protocols depend on the emirate. Details and updates: US Embassy.

United Kingdom

Leisure travel to the UK is highly discouraged but not banned. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Rules may vary between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Details and updates: US Embassy | UK government | Declaration form.

Zambia

Known for Victoria Falls and wildlife, Zambia is allowing visitors. Testing and quarantine requirements are in place. Details and updates: US Embassy.

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:
-- Cambodia: The US Embassy reports the Southeast Asian nation has stopped issuing tourist visas; you can still apply for business-linked visas.
-- Chile: It has closed its borders to almost all tourists through June 30.
-- Sri Lanka: No international flights allowed until June 1.

Omitted countries

This is a curated list and not a full listing. CNN Travel has omitted certain open countries if they had very limited numbers of US travelers before the pandemic; have ongoing or recent armed conflicts, terrorism or rampant crime and unrest; or have entry requirements so extensive and complicated that they put the country out of reach of almost all US citizens. However, you can click here to check for the status and entry requirements of any country or territory in the world you wish to visit.