Where can Americans travel right now?
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After a failed, curious three-week experiment, the Bahamas officially closed its borders to U.S. travelers, effective last Wednesday. And then on Friday, it (sort of) opened them again, saying that U.S. travelers are welcome as long as they quarantine in a government facility for 14 days. As I wrote in a tip on the subject, the new Bahamas policies shrink the list of countries that we can visit even further. That list was already very small. The EU, as I wrote here, is not permitting American visitors through its borders, nor are most countries in other continents. Travel is restricted even within the U.S., and quarantine rules, even when strict, must be followed. So, where can Americans travel right now?

Note: The State Department’s unprecedented Level 4 Global Travel Advisory, applied to the whole world, remains in place. You should not travel without consideration of all the risks and the health of others. For more, see this story: Would Doctors Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic?


The best regularly updated rundown of where Americans can travel right now seems to be this one from the New York Times. Each country on the list is accompanied by the specifics of its policy toward U.S. travelers. For example, here’s the latest on Barbados:

“Commercial flights to Barbados resumed on July 12, and JetBlue is tentatively set to return on July 25 with four weekly flights out of New York’s Kennedy Airport, according to a spokeswoman with Barbados Tourism Marketing. Travelers are expected to have the results of a negative Covid-19 test performed no more than 72 hours before arrival. If not, one will be taken upon landing or at a testing center at a designated hotel, and the person will need to quarantine while awaiting results. Visitors also undergo a temperature check; need to complete an embarkation/disembarkation card that will ask personal health questions related to Covid-19; and must wear a mask at the airport. Travelers from high risk settings may be monitored daily for possible symptoms with a follow-up coronavirus test on day seven. If the follow-up test is negative, the monitoring is discontinued. If a second test is not done, the monitoring will continue for 14 days. Travelers from moderate risk countries will be monitored for seven days.”

If you have another resource or other insights into where Americans can travel during the pandemic, please share it in the comments below!


Your ability to travel within the U.S. depends in part upon your state of residence. The tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, for example, is requiring 14-day quarantines from all visitors coming from states with high infection rates (it’s regularly updating that list of states). For a state-by-state breakdown of travel policies and where to find the latest, see: Where to Find the Latest Quarantine Rules in Each State


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3 Comments On "Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?"
  1. Wayne Brubaker|


    I started a business 4 years ago to provide RV Dealers with video content for their websites. The RV business has exploded. My dealers are having the best season ever. The problem now is getting products on their lots. Have you ever checked into that form of travel? I know you focus on jet travel but you might have to start thinking about expanding your travel experiences!

    1. Johnny Jet
      Johnny Jet|

      Yes! We had a tip about it not long ago and I hope to rent one when the west contains the virus

  2. Martin|

    It would be better if you didn’t reference articles behind a paywall, not everyone has a subscription to the New York Times.

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