Where Can US Travelers Travel To?
That is the big question these days. Clients want to know what is open and what is not when it comes to traveling outside the US. Short answer is that there are a LOT of places someone can travel to right now. If you are looking for a Caribbean getaway, you have plenty of options. Mexico, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Belize, Aruba, etc are all places someone can travel to at this very moment. Other destinations like St Kitts/Nevis and Curacao are in the process of reopening.
If someone is looking for a European vacation, that is where things become a bit more challenging. So many European destinations like Italy, Spain, France etc are not currently allowing travelers with US passports to enter their Countries without some form of mandatory quarantine process. Not much has been said yet about when those Countries will decide to open their tourism again to US citizens. Our guess is that it won't happen until possibly Spring 2021, especially since we are entering Europe's off season when it comes to tourism.
So if you are looking for a getaway, don't think you can't travel somewhere. But please be aware that each destination has their own requirements when it comes to entry into their Country. Most, except for Mexico, are requiring some form of pre-arrival Coronavirus test with a negative result. Some places require the test to be done no earlier than 5 days prior to arrival, some say 3 days, some say a week. Some require you to fill out a pre-arrival form on their government website and they will issue you an "ok to travel" declaration.
Every Country that has reopened has initiated cleaning protocols at their airports and resorts like never before. Airplanes are being cleaned and sanitized better than any time in history. The question really is not about the safety of travel as much as it is about what someone is willing to do in order to travel. If you don't want to subject yourself to a virus test, your options are pretty limited. If you are ok with the testing and the waiting to see if the destination is going to approve your results and entry, then again we have lots of places we can chat about.
So before you make a travel decision right now, we implore you to reach out to us (or your preferred travel professional) and let us guide you on what is being required and what is not and let us make sure you have the right expectation about your trip before you commit to buying those airline tickets etc. Things are somewhat confusing but we can help clear things up quite