Country Welcoming American Tourists Now and Resources for Your Visit

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Editor’s Note – CNN Travel updates this article regularly. It was last updated in its entirety on January 3, 2022.

(CNN) – Throughout the pandemic, U.S. passport holders have seen an ever-changing list of international travel options.

The only constant has been change. But compared to the spring and summer 2020 picks, the choices are now plentiful – even as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is sweeping the world.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether traveling to international destinations is a good idea.

The health risks are obvious if you are not fully immunized. Many places and events of interest to travelers are restricting or canceling outright due to the latest wave of Covid-19. Nations can change their rules with little notice once you have made plans or are already traveling. You may need to adhere to stricter curfews and masks than you are used to in the United States. Violations could result in heavy fines and even jail time.

Know before you go

The following is an organized list of countries and territories, sorted alphabetically by continent or region, where U.S. passport holders are permitted to enter for pleasure travel.

Click on the links for each destination for crucial information on:

If you must be fully vaccinated to enter. Some countries on this list only accept fully vaccinated Americans.

Possible exemptions from various rules for fully vaccinated people, people recovered from a recent case of Covid-19 or children.

Presentation of negative Covid-19 test results to enter, including time limits for taking the test, types of tests allowed, and additional tests on arrival.

Quarantines and durations possible as well as health examinations on arrival.

Health insurance obligations, curfews and closures.

Different rules if you are arriving from a third country compared to the United States, as well as entry rules by land and sea, which may differ from arrivals by air.

What security rating the CDC assigns to the destination

Links to various government and tourism websites next to each country will help you gather the most up-to-date information for your trip.

Sub-Saharan Africa)

In East Africa, Kenya is popular for safaris, where you may spot giraffes and other wildlife.

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Africa offers a wide variety of travel options – outdoor adventures in just about any climate and a wide range of cultures and urban experiences. There are 54 countries on the continent, each with its own response to the pandemic. The nations of North Africa are found in the Middle East and North Africa regrouping further.

Asia

In Thailand, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple sits on top of Doi Suthep mountain and offers an exceptional view of the city of Chiang Mai below.

In Thailand, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple sits on top of Doi Suthep mountain and offers an exceptional view of the city of Chiang Mai below.

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In general, Asian destinations have been much slower to reopen to international tourism than the rest of the world. Tourism giants like Japan and China are still closed to American vacationers. However, some places have opened their doors to Americans on vacation.

Australia / Pacific Islands

Surfing is popular in Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia.

Surfing is popular in Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia.

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Americans who wish to vacation in Australia and neighboring New Zealand will need to be patient. Like Asia, this region has taken a very cautious approach. Still, there are a few Pacific island groups that now allow American tourists to visit.

Europe

Pedestrians cross Westminster Bridge over the River Thames with the Houses of Parliament in the background in central London.

Pedestrians cross Westminster Bridge over the River Thames with the Houses of Parliament in the background in central London.

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At the start of January 2022, much of Europe was still grappling with the latest wave of Covid-19. American tourists are still allowed to visit most destinations there, although full vaccinations are required in many countries.

Middle East / North Africa

For more than two millennia, the ancient city of Petra majestically dominates the Jordanian desert.

For more than two millennia, the ancient city of Petra majestically dominates the Jordanian desert.

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Rich in culture and history, destinations in the Middle East and North Africa are also trying to cope with a modern pandemic, just like the rest of the world. While some places are inaccessible due to the coronavirus or other reasons, some favorites are open to US visitors.

North America / Caribbean

Mazatlan is a historic city located on the Pacific coast of central Mexico.

Mazatlan is a historic city located on the Pacific coast of central Mexico.

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North America and the Caribbean now offer American vacationers plenty of travel options with a relatively short plane ride. Be sure to check the disembarkation rules if you are going on a Caribbean cruise.

South America

The unusual wildlife of South America is a major draw to the continent, including this Amazon River dolphin near Iquitos, Peru.

The unusual wildlife of South America is a major draw to the continent, including this Amazon River dolphin near Iquitos, Peru.

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South America’s pandemic journey has mirrored the rest of the world in terms of mixed responses. Brazil has been wide open for the long haul while Argentina has only just opened up to American travelers.

Recently removed from the open list

Some destinations recently closed their borders to specific American travelers or to all tourists. These may be temporary actions, and they might reopen before this article’s next update, so click on the links to see their current status.

Omitted country

This is an organized list, not a complete catalog of each destination open to visitors from the United States.

CNN Travel has omitted some countries if they: had a very limited number of American travelers before the pandemic; are very isolated or have little or no tourist infrastructure; have ongoing or recent armed conflicts, terrorism or endemic crime and unrest; currently have a credible threat of war; have antagonistic relations with the US government; or have entry requirements so extensive and complicated that they put the country beyond the reach of almost all American citizens.

However, you can click here to directly check the status and entry requirements for any country or territory in the world you wish to visit.
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