United States air travel has seen a strong return in recent weeks. Domestic capacity is undoubtedly on the right path, and now International services are starting to return, with the US relaxing its restrictions to numerous destinations.
Here is a look at which nations are allowing travel from the US by region. Even though policies are improving, it’s important to note that many of these countries still have health requirements to enter. Measures include health questionnaires, quarantines, vaccinations, and testing.
We reported yesterday that Canada postponed its reopening of non-essential travel from across the border until at least July 21st. So, travel from the US is still restricted till then.
The land border between the US and Mexico also remains closed until at least June 21st. However, there is a smooth process when it comes to air. There are no testing or quarantine requirements in place for flights to Mexico from the US.
Passengers can also travel to several destinations across the Caribbean. Jamaica, Haiti, Grenada, Dominica, Curacao, Barbados, The Bahamas, Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands are all allowing travel.
Several Central American countries are also allowing travel from the US, at least if certain requirements are met. Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua allow entry.
Airlines have been ramping up activity between the US and South America over the last year. Moreover, certain services have also been a hot topic.
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, and Peru allow some form of general travel if passengers undergo health measures. Notably, Chile is now only open to Chilean nationals as it remains under a state of emergency for June.
Africa was one of the regions that shut down services later on compared to others. Since last summer, activity has primarily been focused on domestic and regional routes.
Botswana, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, and Guinea are all countries that allow travel for Americans. Other countries across the continent allowing entry from the US include Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda.
The Middle East is home to some of the most important carriers when it comes to connections. Relying on international routes, airlines in the area have been keen for long-haul destinations to remain open.
Bahrain, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and United Arab Emirates allow entry. Qatar remains heavily restricted, but many passengers still transit smoothly through its Doha hub.
Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are the only two Central Asian countries allowing travel. Passengers have to adhere to the testing and screening requirements of the two nations.
The Maldives, Armenia, Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are some of the only countries across the continent to allow general entry from the US. The region remains heavily restricted.
French Polynesia is one of the few destinations open to US tourists. Notably, the likes of Australia and New Zealand have ongoing travel bans.
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The European Union yesterday formally recommended that member states lift restrictions on US travelers. Therefore, 27 countries under the union may lift travel bans for Americans. However, individual nations still have the power to implement restrictions.
Before this call, EU and non-EU members across Europe to allow travel from the US include Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
Back on track
Altogether, even though travel is undoubtedly opening up for US travelers, it’s best to always check the requirements with airlines and authorities before booking a ticket and flying out. Policies are always changing amid the ongoing situation.
Overall, what are your thoughts on the current situation for US travel? Let us know what you think in the comment section.