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20 Countries You Can Visit Right Now Without A Quarantine

Oh no, I'm being forced to quarantine here!

After the whirlwind of a year that 2020 has been, we all deserve a nice, relaxing vacation. It seems like every country has some travel restrictions these days, leaving many of us wondering: where are we allowed to travel, what are the requirements, and critically: do we have to quarantine?

If you want to explore vacation ideas that may keep you safer than staying at home, we’ve scoured the world looking for countries that fit all your criteria: open for tourism, no quarantine, and lower number of COVID-19 cases per capita than the US.

Most travelers don’t have weeks to spend in quarantine instead of vacation. As such, the few countries with a short quarantine period listed below have so many exceptions that we feel you can enjoy a normal vacation even if you are in “quarantine”. We’ve personally traveled to almost all of these in the last year.

Other things to consider before traveling: sanitary practices and health-related regulations, health care, weekly trend of cases, results from the first wave, and flight availability. You can rest assured that airplanes are amongst the safest places you can be during a pandemic – much safer than restaurants and grocery stores.

If you’re looking for an incredible escape to a nearly COVID-free zone, don’t worry – you have plenty of great options for a safe vacation. Plus, they’re almost all on discount right now.

Keep this page bookmarked as I am constantly adding countries! (Added one 3/19/21, two on 3/24/21, one 3/25/21, added many 5/26/21)

RELATED: As an airline pilot, I traveled throughout the pandemic. Here are the face masks that kept me safe all around the world.

Return Covid testing for the US is now SO easy!

To satisfy the rapid test requirement before returning to the US, simply pack a CDC-approved eMed at-home rapid test and take it within 3 days of heading home. Make sure to buy this ahead as these sell like hotcakes. You might be able to find one at your local pharmacy.

They only cost $25 and you can throw them in your backpack or suitcase.

Otherwise, every country listed below has easy Covid testing options with details in each list.

RELATED: Every Country You Can Enter Right Now Without a Covid Test

Countries Listed Below:

European Countries You Can Visit With No Quarantine in 2021

Though summer of 2020 probably didn’t meet anyone’s expectations, 2021 looks to be a big one. Much of Europe is already open, and the countries that aren’t yet open are expected to be soon!

So go ahead and pack your bags – this summer will be one to remember.

Albania – No Quarantine

Gipje beach is a perfect example of how Albania is truly underrated, undiscovered, and absolutely sublime.

Looking for a cheaper, less touristy version of Greece? Located between Croatia and Greece on the Dalmatian Coast, Albania makes an incredible way to explore the Mediterranean on a budget. You just might be surprised by the diversity of this incredible country, from large alpine mountains to some of the clearest seawater and most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen.

  • Active Cases: 875 (30 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? No.
  • Health Declaration Form? No.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not required.
  • Masks Required: Yes, in public places.
  • Curfew: 8PM to 7AM.
  • Return Covid Testing: You can find Covid testing sites in Albania on the US Embassy website.

Croatia – No Quarantine (Yes, Croatia is open!)

Croatia: the land of entry into Europe. Travel restrictions here aren't too stringent!
Dubrovnik, Croatia has attracted tourism after Game of Thrones scenes were filmed here.

Croatia has to be my favorite country in the Mediterranean. I spent 8 days on the most incredible road trip of my life in Fall 2018, and I’m ready to go back in a heartbeat, this time on a sailing charter.

Though most of Europe has been closed off to the US, Croatia remains one of the few countries accessible even to Americans. Note: You must bring documentary evidence of an accommodation paid in advance and in full, prior to arrival at the border.

  • Active Cases: 3019 (70 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high risk of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Visitors must have a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of arrival,
    • OR– visitors must take a PCR test on arrival at their own expense and self-isolate while awaiting the results.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
    • All passengers should fill out the “Enter Croatia” online form prior to travel.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? No.
  • Masks: Required in all public spaces.
  • Curfew: None.
  • Return Covid Testing: You can find Covid testing centers in Croatia here.

Greece – No Quarantine

Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu. I know these top sights to visit in Greece are on my list for this summer. Greece was one of the first countries to open up – regardless of vaccination status – to tourists from these countries (including the US).

Reclaim your summer of travel and take that trip to Greece you’ve always wanted… before everyone else does.

  • Active Cases: 21852 (150 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high risk of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes, if not fully vaccinated.
    • All travelers are required to present a negative molecular test result (PCR test) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
    • OR– fully vaccinated residents of the U.S., EU, and certain other countries (completed vaccine course <14 days ago) may enter Greece without a PCR test if they present a vaccination certificate.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? No.
  • Masks: Required in all public spaces.
  • Curfew: 12:30am to 5:00am
  • Return Covid Testing: You can find a Covid testing center in Greece at the Athens Int’l Airport.

Iceland – No Quarantine if Vaccinated

No quarantine for those vaccinated!

Yes, you WILL be able to visit this rugged, mind-boggling country without having to quarantine, one on condition: you’re vaccinated. Otherwise, there’s a procedure – testing before arrival, testing on arrival, quarantining 5 days, and testing again. I think it’s just easier to get vaccinated. Note that Iceland is closed to Americans and Canadians.

  • Active Cases: 10 (<1 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 3: high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Required to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of departure.
    • A second PCR test will be performed on arrival.
  • Health Declaration Form? No.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? Yes, unless you are vaccinated.
    • After your arrival PCR test, you must quarantine 5-6 days and take another PCR test. If negative, you can leave quarantine.
  • Masks: Required in all public places
  • Curfew: None.
  • Return Covid Testing: There are ample Covid testing clinics in Iceland.

Italy – No Quarantine on “Covid-Free” Delta Flights

For those looking to maybe visit the world-famous Cinque Terre, Portofino/Almafi Costa, or Lago di Como without the crowds, this might be your only chance.

Hop onboard a Delta “Covid-Free” flight and you can hit the ground running – no quarantine included.

  • Active Cases: 276,000 (42 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Required to obtain a negative test result within 72 hours of departure.
    • A rapid test will be performed on departure allowing you to skip quarantine on arrival.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes, for contact tracing.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? Not on a special Covid-free flight.
  • Masks: Required in all public places
  • Curfew: 11:00pm to 5:00am, but going away completely June 21st.
  • Return Covid Testing: PCR Tests costs $75, Rapid Test cost $25

France and Spain: Opening June 9th and June 7th

Those of you looking ahead may be interested to know that France and Spain are opening very soon. Look for more details in the near future.

Caribbean Countries You Can Visit With No Quarantine Right Now

Anguilla – “Bubble Concept” Quarantine

Bubble concept quarantine in Anguilla makes it worth a visit.
Soft white sand beaches you CAN actually enjoy during quarantine!

If you’re looking for a retreat you can enjoy even during quarantine, Anguilla is perfect for you. Tiger Woods actually has a massive (private) golf course on this island, so if it’s good enough for him, it’s probably good enough for you.

With an enormous supply of “bubble concept” activities you can undertake from day 1, and plenty of “bubble” restaurants, Anguilla makes the best island to forget that Covid-19 even exists.

  • Active Cases: ZERO
    • CDC Level 1: very low level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Visitors are required to take a PCR test within 3 to 5 days of arrival. Rapid tests are not allowed.
    • Another PCR test will be taken on arrival with results in 2 hours or less. There are fees for travelers.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
    • Travelers must preregister on Anguilla’s Covid-19 website.
  • Travel Insurance: Required unless vaccinated.  
    • Travelers must have medical insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 related treatment for 30 days.
  • Quarantine Required? Yes.
    • 14-day quarantine, but you can engage in “bubble concept” activities with many options. For example, you can visit Prickly Pear and Sandy islands, go scuba diving, and even charter a boat!
    • 7-day quarantine for those vaccinated.
    • “Bubble” activities and restaurants are listed here.
  • Masks Required: On public transportation (including tour buses) and at indoor public spaces.
  • Curfew: Businesses (except for hotels) must close by 11PM
  • Return Covid Testing: You must obtain an return Covid test appointment at least 48 hours ahead of departure using this link or calling the Ministry of Health at 264-497-3930.
  • https://beatcovid19.ai/

Aruba – No Quarantine

No quarantine makes this one happy island.
“One Happy Island”

Thanks its lovely shopping and dining in downtown Oranjestad, endless white sand beaches, and rugged east coast, Aruba makes a great case for your next vacation. There’s no quarantine on arrival, unless you test positive. And if you’re not able to get a test before leaving, you can sign up to receive one on arrival!

  • Active Cases: 70 (67 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Visitors are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours of the departing flight to Aruba.
    • You can also take a test on arrival but may have to quarantine up to 24 hours while awaiting results.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
    • Must be approved at least 24 hours prior to entry in Aruba.
  • Travel Insurance: Required.  
  • Quarantine: Not required.
  • Masks Required: On public transportation (including tour buses) and at indoor public spaces.
  • Curfew: Businesses (except for hotels) must close by 11PM
  • Return Covid Testing: Aruba lists its Covid testing centers here.
  • https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements

Bahamas – No Quarantine

Swim with the pigs as soon as you arrive!
Did you know you could swim with pigs in Staniel Cay? Apparently, so can the birds!

Can I have another Bahama Mama please? The Bahamas is basically as close geographically to the US as it gets, and yet, it’s so much nicer. Where in Florida can I swim with pigs?

  • Active Cases: 994 (250 per 100,000 people. For comparison, USA is at 2,650 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 3: high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result is required, and must be taken within 5 days prior to travel.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Required.
    • As part of the Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee.
  • Quarantine: Not required.
  • Masks: Required in public spaces.
  • Curfew: 10PM to 5AM
  • Return Covid Testing: Information on return testing from the Bahamas is here.

British Virgin Islands – No Quarantine*

Our BVI trip quarantine on a yacht was AMAZING.
We actually quarantined on a sailboat in the BVI a couple weeks ago! Best quarantine you could ever ask for.

When we heard about the BVI’s yacht quarantine program, we couldn’t resist but to try it out for ourselves. The journey was truly seamless from start to beginning. And the best part: you can feel safe knowing that there’s nearly no Covid-19 onshore in the British Virgin Islands.

  • Active Cases: 21 (66 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 1: very low level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Visitors must have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Required.
    • Must cover coronavirus-related incidents.
  • Quarantine Required? Not if you’re fully vaccinated. Otherwise:
    • A PCR test will be administered on arrival and you will be given a tracking device.
      • The PCR test and tracking device cost $175 USD
    • 4-day quarantine required only if not vaccinated. You can quarantine onboard a sailing vessel and sail to approved anchorages on most of the British Virgin Islands!
    • On Day 4, you will take a second PCR-test. Negative results will clear you from quarantine, allowing full access to the islands and community.
  • Masks: Required in all public spaces.
  • Curfew: 2 AM – 5 AM
  • Return Covid Testing: Make an appointment at least 3 days before leaving the BVI here.
  • https://www.bvitourism.com/sites/default/files/Welcome-Brochure-Covid-Brochure.pdf

Dominica – Short Quarantine with Tours Allowed

There are so many activities you can enjoy during your "quarantine" in Dominica.
Calibishie (photo: Wikipedia)

Welcome to Dominica, the greenest and most incredible Caribbean island we’ve been to this year. Dominica (not the Dominican Republic) features 9 volcanoes (yes 9!), the most frequent sperm whale sightings in the Caribbean, unspoiled black and pink sand beaches, and fantastic snorkeling and diving along . And you can see all of that during your quarantine – simply embark on approved “Safe in Nature” activities.

Vaccinated people will only have to quarantine for 2 days, but still must arrive with a negative PCR test result within 24-72 hours.

  • Active Cases: 14 (8 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 2: low level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Visitors from High Risk Countries (such as the USA) must have a negative PCR test result within 24-72 hours of arrival.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Recommended.
    • Must cover coronavirus-related incidents.
    • Alternatively, you can agree to cover the costs if you get sick.
  • Quarantine Required? Yes.
    • A rapid test will be administered on arrival.
      • The PCR test costs $40 USD
    • 5-day quarantine required even after a negative test result
  • Masks: Required in all public spaces.
  • Curfew: 4PM-8AM
  • Return Covid Testing: Your “Safe in Nature” accommodation in Dominica will take care of Covid testing requirements.
  • https://discoverdominica.com/en/travel-advisory-for-dominica

Dominican Republic – No Quarantine

The Dominican Republic in 2021
You can find some of the best beaches and resorts of the Caribbean in the Dominican Republic.

Let’s head to the Dominican Republic, land of the plátano (plantain), good vibes, great beaches, and lush jungles. We’re actually here right now to try it out for ourselves. And it’s been our easiest international trip of the year.

  • Active Cases: 44,000 (400 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? No.
    • The Dominican Republic does random rapid tests on arrival. Pro Tip: in our experience, those who got off the plane first were all “randomly” tested.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Not Required.
  • Quarantine Required? Only if you test positive on a random test done on arrival.
  • Masks: Required in all public spaces (but not enforced).
  • Curfew: 9PM-5AM M-F, 7PM-5AM Weekends
  • Return Covid Testing: You can find a list of rapid (antigen) and PCR testing centers in the Dominican Republic here.

St. Lucia – Quarantine at resort with activities

We took this during our quarantine in St, Lucia!
We took this on our trip to St Lucia last month. This was a featured quarantine activity at Jade Mountain!

Last month, Andi and I decided to try out St. Lucia’s resort quarantine program. At Jade Mountain, we were pleasantly surprised by the long list of activities we were able to enjoy during our quarantine – sailing, diving, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, massages, and more!

  • Active Cases: 201 (170 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? Yes.
    • Must have verified reservation at a COVID-19 certified property.
    • You will be transferred by certified taxi to an approved COVID-19 accommodation or to a government quarantine facility.
    • Required to remain on property for the duration of your stay except to transfer to another Covid-19 certified property to continue your stay, or to participate in certified activities, tours and excursions.
    • Guests who spend 14 days in a COVID-19 certified property may then leave the property and travel freely within Saint Lucia.
  • Masks: Required in public spaces, but not at restaurants when seated or at the pool.
  • Curfew: None.
  • Return Covid Testing: Resorts in St. Lucia typically arrange in-house testing. Otherwise, here is a list of facilities.

Turks and Caicos – No Quarantine

Top beaches on the planet and no quarantine? Sign me up.

The Turks and Caicos are mostly known for their incredible beaches, but did you know there are some pretty cool caves to visit? Turks and Caicos doesn’t have a mandatory quarantine, so you can explore as soon as you touch down. Just make sure to get a PCR test within 5 days of travel.

Here are the 5 things you should know before visiting the Turks and Caicos.

  • Active Cases: 13 (38 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result is required, and must be taken within 5 days prior to travel.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Required.
    • Must cover COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
  • Quarantine? Not Required.
  • Masks: Required in public spaces.
  • Curfew: 12AM to 5AM, all business must close by 11PM
  • Return Covid Testing: Everything you need to know about Covid testing in the Turks and Caicos is found here.

US Virgin Islands – No Quarantine

Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands. Open for travel! Photo credit: Nickelstar

Though not a sovereign nation, the Virgin Islands feel nothing like the mainland US in any way. And they’re super easy to get to, have some of the nicest beaches in the world, and the best thing is: you don’t need a PCR test to return home!

  • Active Cases: 90 (88 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes. One of the below is required:
    • an RT-PCR, viral or nucleic acid amplification test from a nasal or throat or saliva swab sample taken and NEGATIVE result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory)
    • an antigen/rapid test from a nasal or throat swab sample taken and NEGATIVE result received (both within five days of commencement of travel to the Territory)
    • a COVID-19 antibody (rapid) finger stick or blood draw test taken and POSITIVE result received (both within four months of commencement of travel to the Territory)
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine? Not Required.
  • Masks: Required in public spaces.
  • Curfew: Beaches closed at 4pm on weekends and holidays
  • Return Covid Testing: Not required! If you need testing, you can find all relevant details here.

Countries in Latin (Central, South) America Without Quarantine

Belize – No Quarantine

No quarantine in Belize!
Belize no longer requires testing for vaccinated passengers!

The incredible country of Belize offers so much for such a small country. From some of the best diving in the world at the Great Blue Hole to ancient Mayan ruins (such as the world-famous ATM cave), there’s so much to discover. And better yet, you won’t have to quarantine!

  • Active Cases: 88 (25 per 100,000 people)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • Covid Test Required? Yes, kind of.
    • Negative PCR test results required within 96 hours of arrival, OR a rapid test within 48 hours of arrival.
    • If you don’t have test results, a rapid test will be performed upon arrival in Belize.
    • You can also bring proof of your Covid-19 vaccination and skip all test requirements.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not Required
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: 10PM – 5AM everyday.
  • Covid Testing: Information on return testing from Belize is here.

Costa Rica – No Quarantine

No quarantine in this gorgeous country!
Volcan arenal: just one beauty you’ll be able to visit in Costa Rica minutes after landing!

Pre-pandemic, Costa Rica attracted tourists to its volcanos, lush jungles, and beautiful beaches from all around the world. After the pandemic started, Costa Rica shut its borders down to protect itself. Last summer, they finally re-opened to tourism after establishing health and safety measures across the country. As a result of those measures, Covid-19 levels in Costa Rica are at their lowest in about a year.

  • Active Cases: 70,000 (680 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: Not Required.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes. Complete the Costa Rica Health Pass within 48 hours of travel.
  • Travel Insurance: Required.
    • Tourist must purchase travel insurance, covering their accommodations ($2000) in case of quarantine and medical expenses ($50000) due to COVID-19 illness.
  • Quarantine: Not Required
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: 11PM – 5AM everyday.
  • Return Covid Testing: Here is a list of authorized Covid testing centers in Costa Rica. We recommend contacting your hotel/accommodation for additional information.
  • https://www.visitcostarica.com/en

El Salvador – No Quarantine

Did you know that the surf capital of Central America is actually in El Salvador? Far from dangerous, El Salvador actually makes a genuinely fascinating and fun country to visit? Not convinced?

Read the Ultimate 2021 El Salvador Travel Guide from my trip there last month.

  • Active Cases: 2579 (43 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: Required if not vaccinated.
    • If not fully vaccinated (full course completed 14+ days ago), must bring a printed original negative Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test result issued within 72 hours of the scheduled arrival at El Salvador
  • Health Declaration Form?
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not required.
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: None
  • Return Covid Testing: Here is a list of authorized Covid testing centers in El Salvador. We recommend contacting your hotel/accommodation for additional information.

Guatemala – No Quarantine

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Travel in 2021.
The enchanting Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Visit here with no quarantine. I’m headed there to try it out myself!

Mayan ruins, enormous volcanos, clear blue lakes, and spectacular colonial-era towns; what isn’t there to love about Guatemala? The best news is that vaccinated passengers no longer need a PCR test to enter!

Here’s what traveling to Guatemala is like in 2021.

  • Active Cases: 11,676 (78 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: Required within 72 hours unless vaccinated or providing proof of recovery within 3 months.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes. Complete the Guatemala Health Pass prior to travel.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not Required
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: None!
  • Return Covid Testing: Here is a list of authorized Covid testing centers in Guatemala. We recommend contacting your hotel/accommodation for additional information.

Honduras – No Quarantine

A country notorious for crime, street gangs, and unrest, Honduras might not seem appealing from the outside. But when we visited earlier this year, we were definitely in for a surprise.

All I’m saying is don’t judge a book by its cover.

  • Active Cases: 143,000 (1558 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: Required within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes. Complete the Honduras Prechequeo prior to travel.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not required.
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: Yes, see the schedule here.
  • Return Covid Testing: Here is a list of authorized Covid testing centers in Honduras. Make sure to plan ahead.

Mexico – No Quarantine

Mexico, in particular the Yucatan peninsula (where Cancun and Tulum are), has gained notoriety as a top spot to vacation. And why not? Awesome beaches, incredible cenotes (clear blue sinkholes), great & cheap food, and awesome nightlife.

Mexico is one of the few countries that have remained open during the entire pandemic.

  • Active Cases: 260K (500 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: Not required
  • Health Declaration Form? You will be given one to complete on your flight to Mexico.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not required.
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: Yes, varies per locale.
  • Return Covid Testing: Available all over the country. Ask your hotel/accommodation.

Nicaragua – No Quarantine

Having just been there, I can assure you that Nicaragua is as awesome and special as ever. I really enjoyed my time there.

The only real downsides to traveling to Nicaragua right now are the lack of flights and PCR test requirement.

  • Active Cases: 260K (500 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: A negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival is required.
  • Health Declaration Form? You must complete a prechequeo ONE WEEK before arriving.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not required.
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: None
  • Return Covid Testing: All testing in Nicaragua is carried out at the National Center for Diagnosis and Reference (CNDR) from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Test results are returned the same day between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Panama – No Quarantine

The Panama Canal might be your reason for visiting Panama, but there’s so much more to see and explore. Volcanos, ancient colonial cities, markets, beaches, etc.

  • Active Cases: 260K (500 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • COVID Test: Yes.
    • Panama requires a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) within 48 hours prior to traveling. Otherwise, you will be required to take a test at the airport at your expense ($50).
    • Effective May 24, passengers who present a “Full Digital Vaccination Certificate” that proves the passenger received all required doses at least 14 days prior to their entry, AND a negative test properly registered in the IATA Travel Pass app 48 hours before entering the country will not be required to undergo home quarantine nor carry out COVID testing at the airport.
  • Health Declaration Form? You must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit  prior to check-in.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not required.
  • Masks: Mandatory in all public places.
  • Curfew: Yes. 10PM-4AM.
  • Return Covid Testing: Centers are shared here.

Peru – No Quarantine

Enjoying Machu Picchu in all of its splendor.
I traveled here in December before quarantine rules changed. And I’m glad to announce that Peru is once again quarantine-free!

There’s no country quite like Peru. You can hike days along the Inca Trail and get lost in a sea of mind-blowing history. Or you can surf down sand dunes in Ica Huacachina. Head on a boat and go whale watching. Or indulge in some of the best food (especially Ceviche) of your life. As of this month, Peru is quarantine free, and that’s a great thing.

  • Active Cases: 143000 (490 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 4: very high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours of boarding.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  •  All passengers must complete an affidavit of health.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? Not anymore.
  • Masks: Required in public places. Highly enforced.
  • Curfew: 9PM to 4AM
  • Return Covid Testing: The Peruvian Health Ministry (MINSA) maintains a list of facilities that provide COVID-19 testing here.

Countries You Can Visit Right Now in Africa Without Quarantine

Rwanda – 24 Hour Quarantine

Ok, this one is kinda far... but kinda cool. 10/10 would go. Only a 24 hour quarantine!
Gitarama, Rwanda (Photo: Wikipedia)

Rwanda’s National Parks feature endemic gorilla viewings and awesome safaris, but there’s more. Rwanda is Africa’s most quickly developing country and offers luxury and comfort to those who seek it. What else do you need?

  • Active Cases: 1148 (8 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 3: high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before initial flight.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
    • Before travel to Rwanda, you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form.  You must be able to provide passport information, travel details, negative PCR COVID-19 test results, and a booking confirmation at one of the designated hotels for a 24-hour quarantine upon arrival.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine Required? Yes.
    • Upon arrival, you will take another RT-PCR test. You must stay at a designated quarantine hotel of your choice. 
    • You are required to quarantine in your hotel room until you receive a negative COVID-19 result, approximately 24 hours after arrival.
    • Arriving travelers are required to self-quarantine at home for seven days EXCEPT international tourists scheduled to visit national parks will not be required to undergo the seven day quarantine. Proof of such plans will be verified upon entry at Kigali International Airport.
  • Masks: Required in public places.
  • Curfew: 7PM to 4AM
  • Return Covid Testing: All travelers must test negative using an RT-PCR test within 120 hours of departure FROM Rwanda. More info here.
  • Here’s how you can transit via Europe to get there.

Pacific Countries You Can Visit Right Now Without Quarantine

Hawai’i – No Quarantine

No quarantine required on this magical part of the world.

OK, Hawaii isn’t a country… but it definitely feels nothing like the continental United States. Traveling to Hawaii is one popular way to say Aloha (hi) to beauty and Aloha (bye) to Covid-19. As always, be mindful to the ‘ohana (locals) living in Hawaii. Respect mask mandates, social distancing, and test requirements.

  • Active Cases: 674 (48 per 100,000)
    • CDC Level 3: high level of Covid-19
  • PCR COVID Test Required? Yes.
    • Required to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result to check in for a flight, within 72 hours of departure.
    • Kauai is now open, but requires a 3-4 day quarantine followed by a second PCR test.
  • Health Declaration Form? Yes.
  • Travel Insurance: Not required.
  • Quarantine: Not Required, unless you don’t take an RT-PCT test, or test positive.
    • In this case, 14 days. Otherwise, no quarantine.
  • Masks: Required in all public places
  • Curfew: None.
  • Return Covid Testing: Not required (unless your state requires a test).

Flight Availability

Most of the destinations listed above have direct flights available from the US and Europe. In fact, the only place listed without a direct flight is Rwanda.

Right now, the airline with the best safety protocols is Delta Air Lines. They’re currently still blocking middle seats (unlike American, United, or Southwest), sanitizing planes between each flight (unlike Southwest), and ensuring a clean experience from start-to-finish.

Thanks to all the safety protocols, you can rest assured that airplanes are the safest public areas – cleaner than even grocery stores.

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Cheap Flights

If you’re looking for cheap flights, rest easy knowing that they’ve never been cheaper, but prices are increasing as demand returns. One great example, from New York to Jamaica, roundtrip:

Link below!
By mixing fares, the round trip price down to the Caribbean is only $308

Another thing to note is that most airlines offer travel flexibility with no change fees. As a result, you could book your flight now to secure a lower rate. And later on, you could change your flight at no additional cost (except the fare difference).

Right now, CheapOAir offering a rare offer of $30 off until the end of April as part of their Spring sale!

Thanks for reading!

Hopefully this will inspire some life-saving travel. The world could use more tourism, especially if it’s done as safely and responsibly as possible. Please be courteous and respectful of other countries by wearing your masks, social distancing, and complying with testing requirements. That way you can stay safe AND you can help keep these countries safe.

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