Seascape with islands. Mediterranean Sea near Dalaman and Fethiye, Turkey.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, which is more plausible than it might usually be, you’ve probably seen that American’s won’t be welcomed in Europe this summer. The European Union issued a list of countries where travel will once again be possible, and the USA was noticeably absent. Travel with the blue passport just isn’t what it once was…

But that doesn’t necessarily mean an American can’t set foot on the European continent, nearby areas, The Caribbean or even Asia this summer. In fact, more than handful of countries are still theoretically possible for Americans this summer, albeit not without some rules.

Hot tip: all the information below is accurate as of the time of writing, but if you’re planning a trip, don’t miss out on the best ways to check current, updated travel information and requirements.

Serbia

Serbia is currently open to visitors, even from outside of Europe. Americans are welcome, and really, it’s an underrated country to visit. Though things are always subject to change, there are no current covid-19 testing requirements to enter.

How does an American get to Serbia? Fairly easily, actually. Most countries, even those in Europe currently banning American visitors still allow for transit through their respective airports. In other words, even though the Netherlands won’t be letting Americans into the country, a traveler could fly KLM, so long as they don’t leave the airport en route to Serbia. The same goes for most European airlines.

Turkey

Turkey is technically a Eurasian country, with borders bordering Europe, Middle East and Asia. As one of the most sought after summer travel destinations, with incredible seaside spots along its 8,000km of coastline, this is a top pick for anyone, not just those with few other options.

Destinations like Dalaman, Marmaris, Bodrum, Alanya, and Antalya are all superb, blending natural beauty, culture, delicious food and more. And yes, amazing beaches. Americans do need a visa in advance of travel to Turkey, but with Turkish rebooting flights, and plenty of airlines allowing one stop access from the USA, this is as good as it gets right now.

Ukraine

Ukraine is quickly becoming a fan favorite destination, but current restrictions for AMericans It may not sound like much of a holiday. Nonetheless, Ukraine will accept American visitors. US visitors are currently deemed to be entering from a “red zone” country, and  are required to isolate for 14 days, and must also provide (expensive) medical coverage for all things related to covid-19.

Red zone countries are re-evaluated every 3 days by the Ukranian Government, but current rates of infection in the United States mean it could be quite some time until the country is added to the “green”, quarantine free list. Still, it’s an option…

Croatia

Croatia, despite initial appearances, is actually open for US visitors. There’s just a couple things you’ll need first, now including a negative covid-19 test within 48 hours of arrival. The country will allow Americans, and you can even transit through a European country en route, making getting there much easier.

Before you rush out, you’ll need a confirmed reservation, you’ll need to state the purpose of your trip is tourism and you’ll need to send an email or two, and print out a couple letters stating that Croatia is accepting tourists from America, in addition to your test. Here’s a good run down.

United Kingdom

The bad news: you’ll need to stay in one place for 14 days. The good news: there are so many places in the UK where you’ll never want to leave, anyway. The UK never closed their border during covid-19, instead introducing 14 day quarantine measures to curb interest in travel. This is certainly not very appealing, but factually it’s a place Americans can still visit.

Anyone flying from the USA would need to quarantine for 14 days in one location, but there are so many cottages, castles and seaside estates where that wouldn’t be all that bad, and with things like UberEats you’re never too isolated. Intriguingly, airlines are urging governments to create a quarantine free travel corridor for New Yorkers.

The Maldives

The Maldives is always a bucket list destination, and as one of the few places in the world without any entry restrictions, it may be climbing up quite a few to do lists. All private island resorts, which is realistically where most visitors would end up are now open, and there are no quarantine or testing requirements.

With demand far lower than normal, it’s possible to uncover some fantastic rates, use points or enjoy extra attentive service in this atoll paradise, and there are a few airlines who never really stopped flying there, including Qatar Airways and Emirates.

Caribbean For The Win

For Americans, options are slim this summer in Europe, but there are still some fantastic prospects for travel in the Caribbean. Aruba, Bermuda, St. Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are all in play for summer travel.

The Bahamas recently closed its doors to American visitors, shuttering all direct flights between the USA and Bahamas, with the exception of private jet flights, and also limiting beach activities on a few islands…

Some destinations, such as St. Lucia, Antigua and others will require a negative covid-19 test before travel and won’t have all facilities open for visitors, while others will.

Antigua will require a negative covid-19 test before departure, but once in country, things are fairly business as normal. Travelers may use hotel beaches, and some restaurants are once again open for dine in meals, with the option of take-out as well.

But, Should You Travel This Summer?

There’s a fine balancing act going on right now, as countries look to manage health concerns while also providing economic opportunity. Tourism accounts for roughly 10% of the world GDP, and over 300 million jobs, livelihoods and even more businesses depend on visitors. At the same time, the world is facing an unprecedented pandemic, which continues to plague regions including the USA.

Travel isn’t without risk or responsibility this summer, or even autumn, and will undoubtedly require: wearing a mask on a plane, being subject to additional screening and perhaps having to miss out on popular landmarks or large gatherings.

For those who feel up to travel and believe they can do so safely for themselves and those around them, this is an incredible opportunity, perhaps of a lifetime, where cities and destinations which would usually be chock full of people will be all but empty. Basically, it’s all up to you.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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6 Comments

  1. I don’t think Ireland has any restrictions on US citizens right now?
    Quarantine required (but I suspect not particularly checked), maybe they will follow EU guidelines on banning US citizens but I Think unlikely

  2. Croatia is wide open to anyone who could visit pre-COVID, including Americans, with no real restrictions. You similar have to state you are visiting for tourism and show a hotel (or other) reservation.

    Wonderful country – went to Dubrovnik last summer and enjoyed it a lot. Highly recommended place to visit

  3. Thanks for publishing this invaluable list. As a non-American living in a major Asian country where 100-150 new Covid-19 cases in a day is considered a bad result, I want to keep well away from Americans. Nothing against you personally but until you get your daily total from 50,000 to under 1,000 and habitually wear masks, I am going to avoid you like the plague.

  4. hi..thanks for this update on European travel. Can you expand on this in your update on the United Kingdom? “Intriguingly, airlines are urging governments to create a quarantine free travel corridor for New Yorkers.”. I haven’t seen this discussed/written about anywhere. would appreciate a link to an article, etc. I have a trip planned to London in late September and I am a New Yorker.

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