Relying on travel experts has never been more important than now. From the latest travel guidelines to the health standards of suppliers, your favorite travel advisor is equipped with the knowledge you need to travel confidently and safely. I’ve reviewed all of the destinations open to American travelers now and the necessary travel requirements needed.

As always, before traveling to any foreign country, be sure to check the State Department’s website for any warnings or advisories and the CDC’s website. Please know that any travel requirements listed in this article are current as the day of publishing. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel and entry requirements can change overnight. Be sure to always check with your travel agent at least 10 days prior to your trip departure to ensure you have the proper documents, authorization forms and testing (if required).

CANCUN

Why Go?
Along with it’s postcard worthy waters, white powdery beaches, and amazing sunsets, visitors can experience markets filled with handmade crafts, high end resorts and spas, great food, and more water activities than you can shake a stick at! Whether you want to explore ancient Mayan ruins (just a day trip away) or learn to paddle board, your epic adventure awaits.

Travel Requirements

Mexico’s airports and seaports are currently open, however the land border is closed until further notice. No COVID testing is required. Passengers and aircrew members arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Upon departure, there is a health screen form required to be completed and thermal temperature scans are conducted inconspicuously upon your approach to security.

Health Precautions
Tourist destinations in Cancun are opening gradually with the use of face masks being mandatory. Some resorts require face coverings in all indoor public areas. Others leave that up to the discretion of the guest. Gatherings are limited to 100 people in public places and public transport services, transportation companies, and tour operators are all abiding by the Responsible Tourism Chains guidelines. Within the state of Quintana Roo (where Cancun is located), hotels are currently limited to 60 percent capacity.

My favorite resort in the Cancun area is Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach.

HAWAII

Why Go?
Full of lush rainforests, deep canyons, golden beaches and picturesque waterfalls, Hawaii is an American paradise that should not be overlooked. Whether you’re looking for thrills, romance or plain old family fun, this unique group of islands can offer something for everyone. Drive on the Hana highway in Maui, relax at a spa resort in Kauai, visit Pearl Harbor in Oahu..with so much to offer, Hawaii is a must see.

Travel Requirements

Hawaii has an enhanced entry protocol that includes a pre-travel testing program, the Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form, and temperature screening at all Hawaii airports upon arrival.

The state of Hawaii will ONLY accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS.

Check the Hawaii COVID 19 portal for the most updated information.

Health Precautions
All visitors are required to wear a mask at all airports and until they are inside their resort or hotel room. Certain attractions and public areas are open. For the latest information, see the “While in Hawaii” page.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Why Go?
The second largest and one of the most unique Caribbean countries, the Dominican Republic is a lush tropical island filled with rich culture and gorgeous scenery. Boasting nearly 600 miles of beaches, you can dance to the merengue, explore ancient ruins, swim under a waterfall, or play a round of golf with an epic coastline as your backdrop.

Travel Requirements
Travelers arriving to the Dominican Republic do not need to present proof of a COVID-19 test, however visitors may be subject to on-site testing. If found positive, a mandated quarantine will be required. Americans and other foreign visitors entering the country before December 31st, 2020, will have a traveler assistance plan provided at the time of check-in at the hotel or resort. This includes emergencies in case of a COVID-19 infection.

Health Precautions
Social distancing by residents and visitors is required, including at beaches (which remain accessible). Face masks are mandatory at all indoor public places. All large events are prohibited, and entertainment venues such as casinos, nightclubs, and theaters remain closed.

ARUBA

Why Go?
Located just outside of the hurricane belt and with one of the lowest amounts of rainfall in the Southern Caribbean, visitors to this island can expect great weather all year long. Soak up the sun on a white-sand beach in the morning, explore a rugged desert with tall green cacti and limestone cliffs before lunch, browse the colorful Dutch shops of Oranjestad in the afternoon, and snorkel the delicate reefs of Mangel Halto before the sun sets.

Travel Requirements
All visitors traveling to Aruba are required to complete the online Embarkation/Disembarkation card and be approved in order to be permitted entry to Aruba. The online card includes basic traveler information, health information, PCR testing information, purchase of the Aruba Visitors Insurance, and consent to Aruba government COVID-19 mandates.

Visitors from the U.S. residing various “hot spot” states must take a COVID-19 PCR test at their own expense within the 72-hour period prior to their departure and take another COVID-19 test at their own expense upon arrival. The traveler must remain in quarantine while they await test results. All other visitors have the option of taking a PCR test upon arrival in Aruba or they can upload the COVID-19 PCR test during the 72-hour window.

Health Precautions
Thanks to its public health protocols, Aruba boasts very low COVID-19 cases. A nightly curfew from midnight until 5:00am has been extended until further notice. Beach weddings are permitted with a maximum of 25 people and proper social distancing maintained. Spa services are allowed to reopen as well. Masks are required in public places including public transit.

LOS CABOS

Why Go?
An ideal location for anyone who wants to check off as many activities as possible, Los Cabos offers plenty of experiences for the thrill seeker. Beyond the typical snorkeling and surfing, you can also swim with whale sharks, zipline 300 feet above washed-out canyons, ride camels on the beach, and rock climb the Sierra de Laguna Dry Forest for some amazing views.

Travel Requirements
Mexico’s airports and seaports are currently open, however the land border is closed until further noticet. When arriving in Mexico you will be asked to show your completed health declaration form.

Health Precautions
Tourist destinations in Los Cabos are opening gradually with the use of face masks being mandatory. Gatherings are limited to 100 people in public places and public transport services, transportation companies, and tour operators are all abiding by the Responsible Tourism Chains guidelines. Within the state of Baja California Sur (where Los Cabos is located), hotels and parks are permitted at 25 percent capacity.

JAMAICA

Why Go?
Whether you’re looking to get back to nature or immerse yourself into the music and culture scene, Jamaica is an island that appeals to most everyone. Discover breathtaking landscapes as you wade in the pools at Dunn’s River Falls, swim in the bio-luminescent waters outside of Montego Bay, or board a bamboo raft and drift down the Martha Brae river through the lush island rainforest.

Travel Requirements
All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to check in for a flight. Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration or ISO 15189 certification. The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the travel date to Jamaica. Example: For a travel date of October 20, the earliest the test sample may be collected is October 11. Use the Test Date Calculator. Visitors must also obtain a travel authorization.

Samples collected using home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody tests will not be accepted.

See the full COVID-19 test requirements here.

Health Precautions
Theme parks and zoos are open during reduced hours, but water sports and amusement parks are currently closed. Markets, pharmacies, and other shops are open, however non-essential businesses, including salons and nightclubs, are closed until further notice. No more than 15 people are allowed to gather at any site

RIVIERA MAYA

Why Go?
You can swim alongside sea turtles in Akumal, zipline into the sacred subterranean caverns of LabnaHa Eco Park, swim within the world’s three longest-running underwater cave systems, and visit the impressive, world-famous ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza. Of course, while the Riviera Maya is full of activities, you can always end the day in a beach-side hammock with your favorite cocktail as the sun sets into the sea.

Travel Requirements
Mexico’s airports and seaports are currently open, however the land border is closed until further notice. When arriving in Mexico you will be asked to show your completed health declaration form.

Health Precautions
Tourist destinations in Riviera Maya are opening gradually with the use of face masks being mandatory. Gatherings are limited to 100 people in public places and public transport services, transportation companies, and tour operators are all abiding by the Responsible Tourism Chains guidelines. Within the state of Quintana Roo (where Riviera Maya is located), hotels and parks are permitted at 25 percent capacity.

Wondering what fun things you can do while you’re there? Check out my list of 13 great activities.

ST. LUCIA

Why Go?
Unique culinary creations, breathtaking scenery, and lively culture guarantee a trip to St. Lucia is an adventure for the senses. Learn how cocoa pods are harvested into chocolate, partake in a traditional fish fry, or visit the Castries Market at the islands capital to discover everything from unique spice blends to exotic homegrown fruits. You can even drive through a real volcano or enjoy mud baths in the mountains. St. Lucia also hosts several renowned annual celebrations, like the lively Carnival and the Jazz festival.

Travel Requirements
All travelers visiting St. Lucia are required to have a negative result from a PCR test within seven days of travel, as well as the completion of a pre-arrival registration form. In addition, all arriving passengers will be screened, including temperature checks.

Health Precautions
All restaurants are open for take-out or delivery service only, as seated service is currently prohibited. Hotels that have completed certification are allowed to reopen. Over 20 properties have been certified so far, and you can find the growing list here. In addition, masks are required in public places, with a few exceptions such as your resort’s pool.

Stacy