Curious about international regions that’ll be open to travel? As the coronavirus pandemic ebbs, some countries are beginning to ease travel restrictions. But not completely: many places, for example, are only allowing domestic visitors or those from certain cherry-picked countries. Others have mandatory 14-day quarantines. And that’s if you can even land at their airport: due to decreased demand, airlines have slashed their flight schedules by up to 70 percent. As the summer ramps up, and with it, the traditional vacation season, many are left wondering: where should I—and where can I—go?
Popular tourist destinations, such as Costa Rica and Belize, remained closed to foreign visitors. As the IATA recommended, Belize’s international airport will likely not reopen until rapid testing is available. Panama’s international flight ban was recently extended through June 22, and Guatemala remains under a strict 6 p.m.to 5 a.m. curfew.
The United States is still off limits for travelers from Europe, China, and Brazil. The U.S.-Canada border is closed to non-essential travel, and Canada itself is closed to most international visitors. Beaches in Mexico began to welcome tourists in June. However, the U.S. State Department advises to avoid international travel if possible, though the region may be open.
The region is beginning to reopen in mid-June and July: for example, Jamaica will begin welcoming international travelers on June 15, the Bahamas, on July 1. Turks and Caicos is not far behind, reopening on July 22. But make sure to check for any newfound visiting requirements before you go: St. Lucia, for example, opened on June 4, but when you check in at the airport, you must present a negative COVID-19 test.