The Maldives and the Seychelles (shown here) are currently open to tourists arriving via private jet, chartered flight or yacht, but that changes in July.
Andrea Comi
Global Traveler

Which countries are open for summer travel? Here's the list

Many of the world's greatest travel destinations are reopening to international travelers this summer.

But not all openings are created equal. A handful of countries are letting in everyone, while others are inviting only a select few.

Here is a definitive guide to the countries that are now welcoming travelers — or have indicated they will before August.

Do consider:

  • We are excluding countries that require a 14-day quarantine upon entering; we assume even those staying at the poshest of places want to occasionally leave their rooms.
  • Importantly, this is a list of where you can go — not whether you can ease back into your home country. Americans who have always dreamed of seeing the Maldives can likely do so only if they've got the vacation time for a 14-day quarantine upon returning home.
  • Nearly all countries have special requirements to enter; some are noted.
  • We will update this list as new information is made public.

The Caribbean 

Some of the Caribbean's most famous islands are already open, including AntiguaJamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Lucia.

The Bahamas officially reopens its borders on July 1.
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On June 15, the Bahamas welcomed yachts and private flights; everyone else can join from July 1. Bermuda is opening its borders to travelers who comply with these measures on July 1. Also on the first day of July, Aruba welcomes residents of Canada, Europe and other Caribbean islands (excluding the Dominican Republic and Haiti); Americans can join on July 10.

Travelers are welcome into Barbados starting July 12, while Puerto Rico's borders open on July 15. Travelers to Turks and Caicos will need to wait a little longer; it opens July 22.

Grenada is taking a more cautious approach. On June 28, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell announced that due to increased rates of infection, especially in the U.S., Grenada will only allow in foreigners arriving by charter flights. Passengers must undergo testing before departing and after landing. 

Other islands, including St. Lucia and Bermuda, are requiring negative Covid-19 tests within 48 to 72 hours before departure too. In addition to completing an electronic health visa prior to departure, those who arrive in the Bahamas after July 7 must present negative test results that are no more than seven days old.

Europe

After a patchwork of internal border openings in May, the EU announced that the bloc would begin allowing in residents of select countries from July 1. 

On June 30, the European Commission released its much-anticipated list, which included Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. If China reopens its borders to EU residents, it will also be included. 

The list is non-binding, however, and EU member countries can choose to allow residents of other countries in, though the EU has greatly discouraged this since internal travel restrictions among members nations have mostly been lifted. 

The list was created by senior EU diplomats in Brussels after difficult negotiations and will be reviewed every two weeks going forward. Despite intensive lobbying, Americans did not make the first cut

Italy has reopened its borders to most European countries but not everyone has returned the gesture.
Suttipong Sutiratanachai

The continent took a giant leap forward to reopen internally in mid June. On June 13, Poland reopened its borders to EU nations. On June 15, Germany lifted a travel ban to 31 European countries, Greece to 29 countries (including Australia) and the Netherlands to 12 EU countries. Iceland, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Spain have since opened their borders to all EU and Schengen Area travelers, though travelers from the U.K. are subject to a 14-day quarantine in some countries. 

June 15 also marked easing of restrictions among the Nordic countries of Norway, Denmark and Finland. The countries are excluding Sweden, which has taken a more lax approach to contain coronavirus infections. 

A few considerations:

  • After June 30, travelers to Greece are subject to random Covid-19 testing based on assigned barcodes. 
  • Certain parts of southern Italy, including Puglia, Basilicata and Sardinia, require travelers to send health and registration forms before arriving.
  • Travelers who are allowed into Iceland can avoid a 14-day quarantine by testing negative for Covid-19 upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport.

Asia

Asia is largely closed to foreign holidaymakers for the time being. Most countries have not announced reopening dates, though the Indonesian island of Bali has tentatively said it will allow foreign tourists to enter starting September 11. 

In early July, authorities in Thailand announced it will reopen borders in August through a system of "travel bubbles" created with low-risk countries. In the first of three phases of reopening, Thailand will allow a limited number of tourists to visit specific locations, such as Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket and Pattaya. The list of countries is to be finalized in July. 

Opening July 1, the Maldives is allowing travelers in without new visa requirements and fees.
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So where can you explore in Asia? Private jets and yachts are already welcome in the Maldives, and commercial airlines are scheduled to resume from July 1. After announcing testing and visa protocols, the country appears to be backing off those requirements for now.

On June 17, Taiwan opened its borders, albeit ever so slightly. Short-term business travelers from select Asia Pacific countries can enter (though shortened quarantine requirements still apply). Japan is also allowing select business travelers from Vietnam and Thailand to enter as early as July. 

Turkey has indicated it will be welcoming tourists in July, as has the Caucasus nation of Georgia (though who exactly can enter Georgia is unclear).

Sri Lanka is preparing to reopen its borders to all nationalities on Aug. 1, if individuals can produce proof of medical insurance, plan to stay at least five nights, and can show a negative Covid-19 test taken less than 72 hours before departure. Travelers to the "teardrop island" will also undergo a second test upon arrival.

On June 11, Cambodia announced foreign travelers could enter upon paying a $3,000 deposit to cover a mandatory Covid-19 test, hotel stays (pending results or for as long as 14 days, should anyone on your flight test positive), necessary treatment fees and even a funeral (the latter valued at $1,500). 

French Polynesia

French Polynesia announced tourists from all countries can arrive from July 15.

The country, which includes Tahiti, Mo'orea and Bora Bora, is requiring travelers to have either a negative Covid-19 test (administered 72 hours before departure) or an "immunity certificate" that proves you've recovered from a previous infection. Travelers may be retested during their stay.

North America

Travel to the U.S. is prohibited for some nationalities; all others may be subject to state-mandated quarantines, such as Hawaii's 14-day quarantine requirement that was extended this week to July 31.

Canada has two-week quarantine requirements too. The border closure for nonessential travel between the U.S. and Canada has been extended through July 21, though it's reported some Americans are entering via a "loophole" that allows travelers to transit through Canada in order to drive to Alaska.

The Riviera Maya in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo is open to international travelers.
Marianna Massey

Mexico is opening state by state, and Quintana Roo — home to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum — opened this week. Los Cabos officially reopened on June 15, and flights from major U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago, are scheduled to resume in late June to July.

Mexico's travel industry has been hindered by a joint agreement between Mexico and the U.S. that restricts nonessential travel until July 21. Mexico has also been named one of seven coronavirus "international hot spots" — a list that also includes the United States.

The Middle East

From Israel to Qatar, much of the Middle East is not open for travel yet.

A trip to Dubai may be possible in the latter half of the summer. It's reported to be opening sometime between July to September.

Africa

Popular African tourist destinations, such as Morocco and South Africa, have not announced plans to loosen border restrictions yet.

After widespread reports that South Africa wouldn't open until 2021, the country's tourism officials clarified this week that this was a "worst-case scenario" and that it hopes to welcome travelers by September.

Last week, the Seychelles opened to tourists arriving on a private jet, chartered flight or yacht. Plans to resume commercial flights are set for July.

Commerical flights are expected to resume to the Seychelles in July.
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Tunisia is opening land, air and sea borders to residents from Algeria and select European nations, including Germany and the U.K., from June 27.

Tanzania unconditionally welcomed tourists from all nations in May, one of the earliest countries to do so. The country has been criticized for a lack of transparency regarding infection rates, as well as statements by President John Magufuli that the coronavirus could be cured by drinking ginger and lemonade. He also said the virus had been removed from Tanzania "by the powers of God" despite evidence to the contrary.

South America

Much of South America — including Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Peru — remains off-limits to international travelers for the time being.

Colombia banned all passenger flights until at least Aug. 31. Argentina has a similar flight ban through Sept.1, though there is talk of bringing this date forward to July.