Why are Americans still allowed to travel?

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With just over one-fifth of the world’s coronavirus cases, perhaps only Sweden could be accused of handling the pandemic worse than the United States and the Trump administration.

And despite the number of cases ballooning in the United States during November as the second wave takes numbers to unprecedented levels, there are some countries around the world willing to accept visitors from the US.

It all started in August when the US State Department stopped advising citizens to avoid all international travel, throwing open the doors to many countries who were not blocking visitors.

In fact, according to National Geographic there are currently 75 countries that are open and hoping to attract American tourists. Fortunately Australia is not one of them.

Incredibly, Albania, Belarus, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, North Macedonia and Serbia are all accepting United States citizens with no entry requirements beyond a fever check or filling in a simple contact form.

Americans can visit any of these destinations by showing proof of a negative COVID test: Antigua and Barbuda, Botswana (on 1 December), Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, the Maldives, Montenegro, Morocco, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia.

The negative test for a US citizen to enter these countries needs to be taken between 48 hours and one week before travel is approved and the results must be submitted in advance.

Other countries allow US citizens to enter if they submit to in-country COVID-19 testing or if they agree to quarantine.

These countries include: the Bahamas, Bahrain, Cuba, Djibouti, Lebanon, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ireland, Niger, South Korea, and the UK.

Importantly, hotel rooms in the UK can only be booked by those travelling for essential purposes.

Anguilla, Armenia, Aruba, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominica, French Polynesia, Ghana, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Jordan, Kosovo, Liberia, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Peru, Saint Barts, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, parts of the United Arab Emirates, and the US Virgin Islands are also accepting travellers from the United States.

Would you visit any country that was allowing visitors from the US given the current coronavirus numbers? When would you be comfortable with Australia accepting visitors from the US?

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Written by Ben


Total Comments: 3
  1. 0

    The question is – would you visit any country allowing U.S. visitors? Stupid question really, we are not even allowed out of our own country in the first place. Best stay here and look at local options. Our people can do with the money we spend within the country.

  2. 0

    I agree it is a stupid question. Australia can’t even provide for its own citizens to come back and they are compelled to have a fortune to cover the cost of doing so. Haven’t seen any politicians taking any pay cuts to do so but certain Americans have been offered quarantine perks so they are not completely banned. How about a slush fund being set up to use such profits for those who need health lifesaving treatment interstate etc or those severely hampered financially to get home. Our duty is to our own citizens first.



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