Why are Americans still travelling?

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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Ben Hocking
Ben Hocking
Ben Hocking is a skilled writer and editor with interests and expertise in politics, government, Centrelink, finance, health, retirement income, superannuation, Wordle and sports.
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