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U.S. Department of Labor

Office of Labor-Management Standards
St. Louis District Office
Spruce Street, Suite E
St. Louis, MO
() Fax: ()






June 12,



Mr. Gary Cossarini, President
Teamsters Local
Elizabeth Avenue
St. Louis, MO
Case Number:
LM Number:


Dear Mr. Cossarini:

This office has recently completed an audit of Teamsters Local under the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to determine your organization’s compliance with the provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of (LMRDA). As discussed during the exit interview with you, Bookkeeper Jenny Morris, and Accountant Dennis Nilges on June 4, , the following problems were disclosed during the CAP. The matters listed below are not an exhaustive list of all possible problem areas since the audit conducted was limited in scope.

Recordkeeping Violations

Title II of the LMRDA establishes certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Section requires, among other things, that labor organizations maintain adequate records for at least five years by which each receipt and disbursement of funds, as well as all account balances, can be verified, explained, and clarified. As a general rule, labor organizations must maintain all records used or received in the course of union business.

For disbursements, this includes not only original bills, invoices, receipts, vouchers, and applicable resolutions, but also documentation showing the nature of the union business requiring the disbursement, the goods or services received, and the identity of the recipient(s) of the goods or services. In most instances, this documentation requirement can be satisfied with a sufficiently descriptive expense receipt or invoice. If an expense receipt is not sufficiently descriptive, a union officer or employee should write a note on it providing the additional information. For money it receives, the labor organization must keep at least one record showing the date, amount, purpose, and source of that money. The labor organization must also retain bank records for all accounts.

The audit of Local ’s records revealed the following recordkeeping violations:

Lack of Adequate Documentation for Disbursements and Credit Card Expenses

Local did not retain adequate documentation for credit card expenses incurred by Secretary-Treasurer Robin Norris totaling at least $1, Backup documentation for Norris’ April credit card bill was not retained.

Local did not retain adequate backup documentation for disbursements totaling at least $2, For example, the local purchased gift cards as Christmas gifts for shop stewards totaling $2, A receipt from the purchase was not retained. Also, the local reimbursed $1, in gas for members who were striking; however, the local retained gas receipts for only $

As noted above, labor organizations must retain original receipts, bills, and vouchers for all disbursements. The president and treasurer (or corresponding principal officers) of your union, who are required to sign your union’s LM report, are responsible for properly maintaining union records.

Based on your assurance that Local will retain adequate documentation in the future, OLMS will take no further enforcement action at this time regarding the above violations.

Reporting Violations

The audit disclosed a violation of LMRDA Section (b), which requires labor organizations to file annual financial reports accurately disclosing their financial condition and operations. The Labor Organization Annual Report Form LM-2 filed by Local for the fiscal year ended December 31, , was deficient in the following areas:

1. Disbursements to Officers and Employees


Local did not include some reimbursements to officers and employees / payments to officers and employees totaling at least $20, in Schedule 11 (All Officers and Disbursements to Officers) and Schedule 12 (Disbursements to Employees). It appears that the local erroneously reported these payments in Schedules 15 through

The union must report in Column F of Schedules 11 and 12 (Disbursements for Official Business) direct disbursements to officers and employees for reimbursement of expenses they incurred while conducting union business. In addition, the union must report in Column F of Schedules 11 and 12 indirect disbursements made to another party (such as a credit card company) for business expenses union personnel incur. However, the union must report in Schedules 15 through 19 indirect disbursements for business expenses union personnel incur for transportation by public carrier (such as an airline) and for temporary lodging expenses while traveling on union business. The union must report in Column G (Other Disbursements) of Schedules 11 and 12 any direct or indirect disbursements to union personnel for expenses not necessary for conducting union business.

2. Automobile Expenses


Local did not include in the amounts reported in Schedule 11 (All Officers and Disbursements to Officers) and Schedule 12 (Disbursements to Employees) disbursements for the operation and maintenance of union automobiles totaling at least $1,

The LM-2 instructions provide two methods for reporting automobile-related expenses. The union must report in Schedules 11 and 12 direct and indirect disbursements for the operation and maintenance of union owned and leased vehicles and the operation and maintenance of vehicles owned by union personnel (including gasoline, repairs, and insurance). The union may divide the expenses and report them in Columns F and G based on miles driven for union business (supported by mileage logs) compared with miles driven for personal use.

Alternatively, rather than allocating the expenses between Columns F and G, if 50 percent or more of an officer's or an employee's use of a vehicle was for official business, the union may report all of the expenses relative to the vehicle assigned to the officer or employee in Column F of Schedule 11 or 12 with an explanation in Item 69 (Additional Information) that the officer or employee used the vehicle part of the time for personal business. Similarly, if a vehicle assigned to an officer or employee was used less than 50 percent of the time for business, all of the expenses relative to that vehicle may be reported in Column G with an explanation in Item 69 that the officer or employee used the vehicle partly for official business.

3. Failure to File Bylaws


The audit disclosed a violation of LMRDA Section (a), which requires that a union submit a copy of its revised constitution and bylaws with its LM report when it makes changes to its constitution or bylaws. Local amended its constitution and bylaws, but did not file a copy with its LM report for that year.

Local has now filed a copy of its constitution and bylaws.

Local must file an amended Form LM-2 for the fiscal year ended December 31, , to correct the deficient items discussed above. The report must be filed electronically using the Electronic Forms System (EFS) available at the OLMS website at mynewextsetup.us The amended Form LM-2 must be filed no later than June 30, Before filing, review the report thoroughly to be sure it is complete and accurate.

I want to extend my personal appreciation to Teamsters Local for the cooperation and courtesy extended during this compliance audit. I strongly recommend that you make sure this letter and the compliance assistance materials provided to you are passed on to future officers. If we can provide any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to call.

Sincerely,


Investigator

cc: Mr. Robin Norris, Secretary-Treasurer
Mr. Dennis Nilges

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UPDATED: Americans can now visit countries and territories — here’s the complete list

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest information and will be updated often.


The United States has had one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world, with more than million cases and , deaths as of Aug, , according to Johns Hopkins University. Despite a new surge in cases from the delta variant, travelers are again exploring the world.

Indeed, the welcome mat that had been rolled up for Americans for much of is now back in place, and more than countries and territories have reopened to U.S. tourists, including Iceland, which began allowing in vaccinated U.S. travelers as of April 6, , and Greece, which did the same as of April 19,   France opened to fully vaccinated tourists as of June 9, , Spain began welcoming fully vaccinated Americans on June 7,  and Denmark reopened to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens on June 5,

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So what else is open? The full list is below. We included two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the USVI) among our destinations. Mexico, Central America and most islands in the Caribbean are also open to tourists, with varying degrees of testing and quarantine required — from no testing or quarantine in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic to pre-travel testing and day resort quarantine in St. Lucia.

Unfortunately, many South American countries are currently COVID hot spots, as are India and several other nations in Asia. Most of Oceania remains off limits (but French Polynesia has reopened to Americans). Europe has also now mostly reopened to Americans. Even England is now open to Americans.

Related: A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

Be sure to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. State Department and local U.S. Embassy websites, and read restrictions for U.S. residents carefully before planning a trip.

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Which places are open for Americans?

Albania

COVID test required: No

Other restrictions: Daily 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew; masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces.

What’s open: Most businesses, beaches and restaurants and cafes have reopened (but restaurants can offer takeout and delivery only during curfew hours).

Commercial flights returned to Albania in June , and the government lifted all restrictions on tourism on July 1, There are no testing requirements for visitors, but a health screening at the airport is mandatory. If a passenger has COVID symptoms and/or a fever, they may be required to undergo testing and a government quarantine. As the U.S. Embassy in Albania notes, “Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.”

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Albania is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Albania.

 Related: 5 reasons to visit Albania

Anguilla

COVID test required: Yes

• Three to five days (72 to hours) before departure, again upon arrival and a third time on day 7 or 14 (if not vaccinated)
• PCR test required (including infants and toddlers)

Other restrictions:  Travel Authorization is required for short-stay tourists and anyone seeking to work from Anguilla. Each individual traveler (including children) needs an authorization, and travelers entering/transferring via Dutch St. Maarten also must complete St. Maarten’s health screening application form and pre-arrange boat or air travel to Anguilla. Quarantine/movement restrictions for seven to 14 days (depending on country of origin and vaccination status) and additional on-island testing are required; all travelers need health insurance valid in Anguilla.

Beginning July 1, , fully vaccinated travelers will be able to visit Anguilla without having to pay fees, have travel health insurance or quarantine.

What’s open: Anguilla has certified many resorts, restaurants and activities for Safe Environment use by tourists.

Anguilla is, once again, welcoming pre-approved travelers as of May 25, , following a month-long suspension on all entries. Travelers must follow step-by-step instructions involving authorization, hotel and transfer reservations, and testing. However, with the reopening, quarantine time has been reduced to seven days for fully vaccinated travelers who are at least three weeks past their final dose, and that will be lifted as of July 1.

The government recommends starting the application process at least seven days before your intended travel date. All visitors seeking a short-term stay or a work-from-Anguilla arrangement need to seek a Travel Authorization (each individual traveler, including children, must get an authorization; the fee is $ for an individual, plus $ for any additional person on the application), provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken three to five days ( hours) before departure and then undergo a temperature check and take another test upon arrival.

For unvaccinated travelers, a third test on day 7 or 14 (depending on where the traveler is from) is also required. The U.S. is a high-prevalence country, so a day stay in your resort “bubble” is required until the second on-island test results are received. Multigenerational families and/or groups with a mix of unvaccinated and vaccinated persons will all have to quarantine for a day period, utilizing only approved short-stay services.

Guests must stay in place at their accommodations until receiving their second on-island test result or use Safe Environment-approved ground transportation to visit Safe Environment-certified restaurants or participate in Safe Environment-approved activities. See FAQs here.

Travel health insurance that covers COVID and is valid in Anguilla is also required for unvaccinated travelers. In addition, travelers entering/transferring via Dutch St. Maarten must complete St. Maarten’s health screening application form and prearrange boat or air travel to Anguilla.

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID PCR and rapid antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Anguilla is Level 1: Excercise Normal Precautions. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Anguilla, for additional information.

Antigua and Barbuda

Ffryers Bay in Antigua. Image by Ian Rogers Photography / Getty Images.

COVID test required: Yes

• Seven days before departure
• PCR test required (for all travelers 12 and older)

Other restrictions: All travelers must stay at a certified property, where they will quarantine and be monitored for COVID for up to 14 days, (As of May 14, , travelers who are two weeks past having completed vaccination must only quarantine for seven days.) Further testing upon arrival or at the place of lodging is required as determined by the Health Authorities (cost: $ per person); there is an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

What’s open: Beaches from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. (music, alcohol and parties prohibited), as well as certified hotels, excursions and restaurants. Bars had been closed, but a phased reopening started on May 19,

Antiqua and Barbuda reopened to tourists on June 4, , and American Airlines has resumed flights there. However, according to the islands’ latest Travel Advisory, visitors must complete a health declaration form, stay in certified accommodations and only book certified tours. They must also adhere to social distancing guidelines, including face masks in public. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to $5, XCD ($1,) and/or imprisonment for up to six months.

The Points Guy founder Brian Kelly canceled an early June  trip to Antigua but eventually was able to reschedule.

For details on PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID PCR and rapid antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Antigua and Barbuda is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Antigua and Barbuda, for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Antigua and Barbuda.

Sign up for TPG’s weekly newsletter written by Brian Kelly.

Armenia

COVID test required: Yes (unless fully vaccinated)

• 72 hours before arrival (or submit to a test upon arrival)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Passengers who opt to test upon arrival (cost: $40) are required to self-isolate until they receive the result (usually within 24 hours). Face masks are required in all public spaces and on public transportation; violators could face fines of 10, dram ($19).

What’s open: Most hotels, businesses and public transportation.

Armenia is welcoming visitors arriving via Zvartnots International Airport (EVN). Visitors can travel to the country without restrictions, and there is no curfew in place. Travelers older than one year are required to present a negative COVID PCR test taken with 72 hours of arrival. U.S. travelers who are two weeks or more past completing their COVID vaccination can present vaccination documentation instead of a test result.

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Armenia is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in Armenia website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Armenia.

Aruba

Aruba December (Photo by Clint Hederson/The Points Guy)

COVID test required: Yes

• 12 to 72 hours before departure (or test upon arrival)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers (including children and infants) must submit an online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card within 72 to four hours prior to travel and purchase visitors insurance from the nation of Aruba, which covers up to $75, in health expenses (cost: $30 for travelers age 15 and older and $10 for those 14 and younger). Masks must be carried at all times and worn in all indoor public spaces, including casinos.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, although they are subject to capacity restrictions. Nightclubs are closed, but beach bars, hotel bars and restaurant bars are open; casinos are open with safety measures in place and 1 a.m. closure time as of June 9, Details on restrictions can be found here.

Aruba began welcoming American travelers on July 10, , following the admittance of visitors from Europe on July 1, As part of the required online ED card process, travelers 15 and older must provide a certified negative COVID PCR test result taken within 12 to 72 hours of travel to Aruba or take a COVID PCR test upon arrival ($75) and quarantine in their hotel room until receiving a negative result (typically within 24 hours). Testing requirements can be found here.

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID PCR and rapid antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Aruba is Level 4: Do Not Travel. Visit the website of the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which overseas Aruba, for additional information.

Bahamas

(Photo courtesy Knight Frank)

COVID test required: Yes (vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing as of May 1, )

• Five days ( hours) before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All U.S. visitors, even those who are fully vaccinated, must purchase a “Bahamas Health Visa” (choose international) prior to arrival ($40 or $70, depending on length of stay; minors 17 and younger added to an adult’s visa), as well as health insurance, and upload negative pre-travel test results into the online visa form. (Travelers who are two weeks or more past completing vaccination must upload proof of vaccination.)

A second rapid antigen test is required for any unvaccinated traveler staying more than four nights/five days. Unvaccinated travelers must also self-report through the completion of a daily health questionnaire for a period of 14 days or the duration of stay (whichever is shorter). Face masks are mandatory in all public settings (excluding the beach); violators are subject to a $ fine for not wearing a mask and $1, for not taking the second test (with one-month imprisonment also possible).

There are nightly curfews from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Nassau/Paradise Island and 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Grand Bahama. In addition, all inter-island travel requires the completion of another online health application (choose domestic) and a negative test (for unvaccinated travelers).

What’s open: Hotels, restaurants and most businesses and attractions are operating, with social distancing measures in place; conditions may vary from island to island, requiring increased restrictions. (Only outdoor dining and takeout/delivery are allowed at restaurants on Nassau and Paradise Island.)

After hitting several speed bumps in its reopening — first opening up in July , then shutting down again — the Bahamas has fully reopened to international travelers, including Americans. There are still a few hurdles for visitors, but the process is fairly straightforward. Complete details on pre-arrival requirements, including the Bahamas Health Visa, can be found here.

Related: Bahamas reopening

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID PCR and rapid antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Bahamas is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in the Bahamas.

Related: Bahamas making it easier to visit; everything US citizens need to know

Bahrain

COVID test required: Yes (for non-vaccinated travelers before travel and for vaccinated travelers upon arrival)

• 48 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must download the BeAware Bahrain app, and nonvaccinated passengers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or at a government-designated hotel. All travelers must submit to and pay for a test upon arrival and another on day 10 (cost: 36 Bahraini dinars/$95), with steep fines of 1, Bahraini Dinars/$2, to 10, dinars/$26, and possible jail time for noncompliance. Any positive test results will necessitate quarantine at a government facility until a clean bill of health is received; face masks are mandatory in all public spaces (with a 20 Bahraini dinar/$53 fine for noncompliance).

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses. Indoor dining and other indoor (and large outdoor) activities are restricted to those who are fully vaccinated.

U.S. travelers have been permitted to receive a visa upon arrival and enter Bahrain since September 4, While non-vaccinated travelers must undergo a pre-travel test 48 hours before departure and receive a QR code, travelers vaccinated in the United States with approved vaccination certificates do not need to pre-test. But like non-vaccinated travelers, they will undergo a PCR test at their own expense on arrival and on day 10 in Bahrain. They are, however, exempt from quarantine and will be given a certification card for use within Bahrain.

The U.S. Embassy in Bahrain reports that flight schedules are reduced and remain subject to cancellation. Visitors should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into place with little or no advance notice.

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bahrain is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Bahrain.

Bangladesh

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure to Bangladesh and also 72 hours prior to departure from Bangladesh
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must have existing Bangladeshi visas (as long as they have not yet expired, they can be renewed); all visitors in possession of a negative test result must still undergo “home quarantine” in their accommodations for 14 days.

What’s open: With COVID cases and deaths reaching record highs, the country entered a national lockdown on April 5, (through at least June 16, ) and suspended international flights through April (limited flights resumed on June 1, ). During lockdown, public transportation is limited, all tourist sites are closed, and most businesses are closed or have limited hours.

Bangladesh is open to U.S. travelers, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh, which notes there is a countrywide lockdown through at least mid-June after the country experienced record cases and deaths in April and early May. The U.S. is considered a Group C country, and all travelers 10 and older must present written proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel upon arrival in Bangladesh, followed by 14 days of home/self-quarantine. Authorities will also collect health information cards and conduct temperature screenings. Further, travelers are required to produce a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departing the country.

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bangladesh is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Bangladesh.

Barbados

Bottom Bay in Barbados. (Photo by TommL/Getty Images)

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival (plus testing while in Barbados)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must complete an online immigration and customs form at least 24 hours before arrival in Barbados; all visitors must then board approved transportation to their resort and unvaccinated travelers must quarantine in their rooms for seven days as they await results of a PCR test taken on day five. As of May 8, , travelers who are two weeks or more past completing vaccination — and who have not traveled through countries of special consideration (South Africa, Brazil or India) within the past 21 days — will need to show proof of vaccination, be tested upon arrival and only need to remain at their preapproved accommodations until receiving a negative result (one to two days). Then they are free to move around the island.

What’s open: Most hotels, but hotel restaurants are open for room service only for quarantining guests. Beaches are now open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for swimming or exercise only. Indoor dining has resumed, but bar capacity is capped at 50%. There is an 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. curfew from Thursday night to Monday morning.

Barbados reopened to international travelers on July 12, JetBlue resumed commercial flights from the U.S. on July 25, , and American Airlines on August 5, In mid-November, Barbados announced a partnership with Stage Zero Life Sciences for pretravel testing for U.S. visitors (required for everyone ages 5 and older).

As of May 8, , all unvaccinated travelers must:

  • Have proof of a negative COVID PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within 72 hours prior to departure, which is required for travelers age 5 and older from countries of all risk levels.
  • Within 24 hours before traveling to Barbados, complete an online immigration/customs form (or use the BIMSAFE app) with personal health questions relating to COVID symptoms and upload their negative COVID test results.
  • Board transport to their preapproved accommodations (for a minimum of seven nights) and agree to in-room quarantine (no beach or leaving the property) for five days until they take a second PCR test and receive a negative result (available within another 48 hours). They must also self-monitor for symptoms for seven days, including daily temperature checks (bring a thermometer) and report them via the app or to public health teams who will call or text.

As of May 8, , all fully vaccinated travelers must:

  • Have proof of a negative COVID PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within 72 hours prior to departure, which is required for travelers age 5 and older from countries of all risk levels.
  • Within 24 hours before traveling to Barbados, complete an online immigration/customs form (or use the BIMSAFE app) with personal health questions relating to COVID symptoms and upload their negative COVID test results.
  • Provide official proof of vaccination.
  • Take a COVID rapid PCR test upon arrival in Barbados, either at the airport or at their preapproved accommodation.
  • Board approved transport to their government-approved accommodations to await their arrival test results (typically within 48 hours) before ending their on-property quarantine.

Complete details on protocols can be found here.

Related: Barbados wants you to move there and work remotely

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean are offering on-site COVID PCR and rapid antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Barbados is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Information on Barbados’ response to coronavirus and any updates to its protocols can be found on the government website. You can also visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean website for additional information.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Barbados.

Belarus

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: A day quarantine is required for all travelers from “red zone” countries, which include the U.S. Travelers must complete their quarantine in Belarus and will not be allowed to leave the country until doing so. Americans also require a visa for entry and must submit a health questionnaire and undergo temperature checks upon arrival.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses are open; there are neither curfews nor restrictions on movement throughout the country.

Belarus is in the middle of a popular uprising against the man called the “last dictator in Europe,” and the country’s government set off international furor on May 23, , when it ordered the diversion of a Ryanair flight traveling from Greece to Lithuania in order to arrest a journalist. The CDC also places the country at Level 3: High Level of COVID, so it might not be the best time to visit. However, since August 15, , the country bordering Russia is open to American tourists.

U.S. travelers are only allowed to enter via Minsk National Airport (MSQ), according to the U.S. Embassy in Belarus. Land borders are currently closed to U.S. citizens.

For details on PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Belarus is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Belarus.

Belgium

COVID test required: No

Other restrictions: Travelers must complete a passenger health locator form

What’s open: Most establishments are open; public transportation is operating with a mask requirement

Belgium reopened to American travelers on June There are no testing or vaccination requirements because the U.S. has been designated as an “orange” country as part of Belgium’s color-coding initiative to assess COVID risk for incoming travelers.

Travelers from the U.S. and other countries designated as orange or green — according to the Belgian Embassy — just need to complete a passenger health locator form within two days before arrival to enter the country.

Travelers who have been in a “red” country within two weeks of travel to Belgium are subject to testing and quarantine requirements.

Most businesses and restaurants in Belgium are open with restrictions. However, take note that the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Belgium, which means that there is a high level of COVID in the country.

A reader told TPG, “Ecolog is running the two testing facilities in BRU (departure and arrival). I paid 55€ for a rapid 15 minute Antigen test for the return to the U.S.” Link here: mynewextsetup.us

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Belgium is Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to COVID

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Belgium.

Belize

One of the most famous diving spots in the world is Belize's Blue Hole. (Photo via Shutterstock)

COVID test required: Yes (but not for fully vaccinated travelers)

• 96 hours before departure for PCR tests or 48 hours before departure for rapid antigen tests (Sophia, SD Biosensor and Abbott Panbio only)
• Testing upon arrival is also possible at a cost of $50

Other restrictions: All travelers must download the Belize Health App and complete the required information within 72 hours of their flight to Belize. They must also present a confirmed booking at one of Belize’s Gold Standard hotels. If a traveler tests positive upon arrival in Belize, they will be required to quarantine at a Ministry of Health-approved hotel for a minimum of 14 days at their own expense. Face masks are required in public spaces, and social distancing is practiced.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses are open, and there are no regional travel restrictions, but travelers are encouraged to stay within Belize’s “Safe Corridors” and to use Gold Standard tour operators and dine at approved restaurants. There is currently a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to a.m., and restaurants are open for outdoor dining and takeout/delivery only.

Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BEZ) reopened on August 15, , and tourism to Belize resumed on October 1, , with travel requirements and restrictions in place. The latest updates can be found here.

Related: Planning your trip to Belize during coronavirus

As of March 13, , anyone who is fully vaccinated against COVID can visit without pre-travel testing by presenting proof of vaccine completion at least two weeks prior to arrival.

All visitors must also stay at one of the country’s full-service hotels or resorts that have received the Belize Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition — and arrive with a confirmed reservation. Among the requirements for Gold Standard designation are transportation provided to and from the airport, a restaurant on the property and strict cleanliness protocols.

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Note: Many resorts in the Caribbean region are offering on-site COVID PCR and rapid antigen tests to their guests.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Belize is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Additional information is available on the U.S. Embassy in Belize website.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Belize.

Benin

COVID test required: Yes, upon arriving and departing Benin (must be pre-booked at cost of 50, CFA, or $92)

Other restrictions: Travelers are encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days.

What’s open: Businesses and transportation are operating normally; there is no curfew.

Benin is welcoming international travelers via Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport (COO), which is operating at close to pre-pandemic levels, according to the U.S. Embassy in Benin. To enter the West African country, travelers will need to apply for an eVisa and, upon arrival, undergo both a COVID rapid test and a PCR test; testing is also required prior to departure from Benin. A positive rapid test upon arrival will result in quarantine until receiving a negative PCR result. All travelers are encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone staying longer than 15 days must also undergo a third test. If all testing is negative, no quarantine is required.

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Benin is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Benin.

Bermuda

Fly United between Bermuda and Newark. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

COVID test required: Yes

• Five days ( hours) before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete the online Bermuda Travel Authorization process within 72 to 25 hours of departure for the island. A $75 fee per traveler covers the cost of required on-island testing. (Children 9 and younger are exempt from testing, and their Travel Authorization fee is $) All travelers must also have health insurance that’s valid in Bermuda and which covers treatment of COVID They must test again upon arrival, as well as on days four, eight and 14 of their visit; face masks are required in public spaces.

Note: Fully immunized travelers must quarantine only until receiving their arrival test results (generally 24 hours or less). They are then are free to explore and do not have to wear wristbands, but they still must test on days four, eight and 14 (if their stay is that long). Details are here.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, subject to social distancing requirements. As of April 20, , there is an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, and restaurants are open for takeout and delivery only.

Bermuda reopened to tourists, including to Americans, on July 1, There are strict protocols to follow, both before and after arrival. For details on the process, check the Travel Authorization FAQ.

Within five days of departure, visitors age 10 and older are required to take a COVID PCR test. Children who are 9 and younger are exempt but are subject to their adult travel companion’s quarantine. Children 10 to 17 must receive parental consent to be tested, and if consent is denied, young travelers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Negative test results must be entered as part of the online travel authorization process and be presented upon arrival in Bermuda.

Related: Bermuda opened to Americans July 1,

Bermuda will re-open for air travellers starting July 1, Over the last several months, we’ve been dedicated to protecting our island home for residents & guests to enjoy for years to come. When you are ready, we are out here to extend a warm welcome: mynewextsetup.us

— Bermuda (@Bermuda) June 11,

All travelers must also take a mandatory second COVID-PCR test upon arrival in the airport and self-quarantine in their accommodations until receiving results (generally 24 hours or less). Visitors must also submit to subsequent tests on days four, eight and 14 of their visit (if their stay is that long).

Health insurance covering illness and injury outside of home jurisdiction, including those related to a positive COVID diagnosis while in Bermuda, is required. If proper insurance is not obtained, visitors will be responsible for all health and accommodation costs should they require treatment for COVID and/or quarantine.

Related: Visiting Bermuda with kids

Visitors to Bermuda are also required to pack thermometers to record their temperatures twice a day and, if not yet immunized, wear a series of Traveller Wristbands for the first 14 days of their stay, which will remind them to be careful of their movements (restricted by color). Removal of the wristband will result in a fine of $ and home quarantine with an electronic monitoring bracelet. More information on coronavirus in Bermuda can be found here.

For details on PCR or rapid antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bermuda is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. The U.S. Consulate General in Bermuda website has additional information.

More reading: New resort and hotel options in Bermuda

Bolivia

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: American travelers need a tourist visa is (available at any Bolivian land or air border or at the Bolivian Consulate in the U.S. for $). All arriving passengers must also submit a sworn statement of location of stay within Bolivia, undergo temperature checks and health screenings, quarantine for 10 days and take another PCR test seven days after arrival (at the traveler’s cost). Those who do not have permanent residence in Bolivia must have health insurance with coverage for COVID valid in the country.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation are operating.

Bolivia had been off-limits to Americans until recently, but the country is again welcoming U.S visitors. The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bolivia, however, is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

All passengers must also submit a certified negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flights (except children 5 years and younger) and quarantine for at least 10 days after entering Bolivia (diplomats exempt), with a PCR test on day seven. The wearing of face masks in public places is mandatory, and social distancing requirements remain in effect. There is no curfew, and there are no restrictions on intercity travel.

The U.S. Embassy in Bolivia reports that commercial flights have resumed — Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA) airline has periodic flights between La Paz and Miami — but travelers should expect that additional restrictions affecting international travel could be put in place with little advance notice.

For details on PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Janiaru 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Bolivia.

Bonaire

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required (plus a negative rapid Antigen test taken no more than 24 hours prior to arrival)

OR

• A negative COVID NAAT test taken within 24 hours of departure

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete a health declaration form 48 hours prior to departure for Bonaire. Having travel insurance valid in Bonaire is recommended but not required.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation are open, with social distancing measures in place. Bonaire enacted Phase 6-level lockdown measures for two weeks beginning March 18, , after a surge in cases. Most restrictions and a curfew were lifted on April 23,

Americans are welcome to visit Bonaire, but because the U.S. is considered a high-risk country, all travelers 13 and older are required to present  a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and undergo a rapid antigen test taken upon arrival. Another option is a negative COVID NAAT test taken within 24 hours of departure. All travelers must also complete a health declaration form.

Face masks are required in the airport and on public transportation.

Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines are scheduled to resume regular service to Bonaire in June , with the first flights occurring on June 5,

For more information on health and safety protocols in Bonaire, check here. You can also visit the website of the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, which oversees Bonaire.

For details on PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of January 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bonaire is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

COVID test required: Yes

• 48 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Face masks are required in all public spaces.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and other businesses

Bosnia and Herzegovina reopened to international travelers on Sept. 13, , and Americans can visit, although the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to report that the country is currently experiencing a high number of COVID cases.

A negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival is required to enter. According to the U.S. Embassy, requirements and restrictions may change with little or no advance notice.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bosnia and Herzegovina is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Botswana

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure for Botswana (and also 72 before departure from Botswana)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health screening and rapid Antigen test upon entry; a negative test is also required to exit the country.

What’s open: Some businesses, many safari lodges and Chobe National Park; some transportation within Botswana is limited; restaurants are open at reduced capacity.

Botswana, one of Africa’s top safari destinations, is open to American tourists. A visa is not required, but the U.S. State Department’s advisory for Botswana is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Botswana due to COVID, indicating a very high level of COVID in the country.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Botswana, limited commercial flights to Botswana are available through South Africa and Ethiopia and some charter flights to Kasane and Maun may be available (check with tour companies operating in Botswana). The U.S. banned travel from South Africa (for non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents) on Jan. 30, , due to the COVID variant circulating there, so flight schedules transiting through South Africa may be more limited or subject to change.

All passengers must present a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel to Botswana; quarantine is not required.

All passengers must also present a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure from Botswana, which parallels a Jan. 26, U.S. requirement that everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from Botswana must show a negative viral COVID test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights. Details are available here.

Gaborone has a 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in place until further notice. Permits are required to travel between any of Botswana’s nine zones and are restricted to essential travel. Tourism is considered essential, but additional COVID testing may be required to travel between zones.

There are fines for non-compliance of Botswana’s mask mandate and other restrictions.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Botswana.

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Passengers must complete a Traveler’s Health Declaration form.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses; the Brazilian government has imposed very few restrictions.

Brazil has the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world—and the second-highest number of deaths, after the United States—and throughout March and April experienced record-high surges in cases, topping 4, deaths in a single day, because of a troubling new COVID variant that has caused many countries, including the U.S., to ban entry of travelers from Brazil.

Brazil lifted its own travel ban on foreigners at the end of July and tourists are welcome. However, the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Brazil and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil continues to recommend that all travelers who do choose to go to Brazil purchase insurance before departing the United States even though Brazil no longer requires proof of health insurance to enter the country.

Since December , all travelers aged 12 and older arriving in Brazil by air, both tourists and residents, must present a negative COVID PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding and complete a Traveler’s Health Declaration form.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

Brazilians are currently not allowed to travel to the U.S., which has also banned entry by foreign nationals who have been to Brazil in the past 14 days.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Brazil.

The British Virgin Islands

COVID test required: Yes

• hours before departure (and twice while in the BVI)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All visitors must register no later than 48 hours of travel; take a second PCR test upon arrival and a third on day 4; and download a tracking app and wear a wristband; as of May 15, , fully vaccinated travelers (two weeks or more past completion of vaccination) must follow all protocols, but can end quarantine after getting a negative result from their arrival test in the BVI.

What’s open: Most hotels, resorts, restaurants, businesses and activities, with social distancing measures in place.

The British Virgin Islands officially re-opened to tourism on Dec. 1, Americans can visit, but all travelers must follow strict protocols. These include:

  • Providing a negative COVID PCR test result taken within hours (5 days) of departure for the BVI.
  • Registering on the BVI Gateway seven days (and no later than 48 hours) before travel, and completing the application no later than 24 hours before travel.
  • Obtaining COVID health insurance valid in the BVI.
  • Taking a second PCR test upon arrival in the BVI (as of May 15, , fully vaccinated travelers can end their quarantine after receiving the results of this test).
  • Quarantining at their resort for four full days while using an activated tracking system on their phones and wearing a wristband monitoring device.
  • Taking a third PCR test on day 4 and await the results (typically given within 24 hours) before being able to move freely around the islands.
  • Pay a $ per person fee for testing and tracking devices.

Complete details on travel requirements and restrictions can be found here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the BVI is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Check the website of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which overseas the BVI, for additional information.

Bulgaria

COVID test required: Yes (if a traveler is not fully vaccinated or fully recovered from COVID)

• 72 hours before arrival (for PCR test) or 48 hours before arrival (for Antigen test)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Mask are required in all indoor public spaces and on public transportation.

What’s open: Most businesses and essential retail stores

U.S. citizens are allowed to enter the country as of May 1, , according to the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, but only under certain conditions.

Travelers currently allowed to enter are Bulgarian nationals, permanent residents and their family members; citizens of the European Union, the Schengen Agreement States (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City); and citizens of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Australia, Canada, the United States, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Israel, Kuwait, the Republic of Belarus, and Turkey.

To enter Bulgaria, a person from the above countries must present one of the following:

  • a vaccination certificate for a completed vaccination course against COVID; the vaccination certificate is considered valid 14 days after receiving the final dose and must include the full name of the vaccinated person as per the identification document, date of birth, dates the doses were administered, vaccine name and batch number, name of the producer, details of the vaccine certificate issuing authority and country
  • a positive result from a PCR or antigen test for immunity for COVID for persons who had the infection not more than 6 months from the date they enter the country
  • a negative result from a PCR test performed within 72 hours of their entry into Bulgaria or a negative antigen test performed within 48 hours of their entry into the country

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Bulgaria is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVOD cases in Bulgaria.

Canada

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure to Canada
• PCR test only

Other restrictions: Travelers face mandatory quarantine without vaccination and test results.

What’s open: Most businesses, public transportation and tourist sites; some may have reduced opening hours and capacity restrictions.

Americans who are fully vaccinated may now enter Canada for tourism or other nonessential purposes by air and land so long as they provide a negative PCR test result.

Here are the entry requirements for Canada without mandatory quarantine. You qualify for the quarantine exemption.

You must prove the following:

  • You’re fully vaccinated and received your last dose at least 14 days prior to entry.
  • You bring a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your flight’s scheduled departure to Canada.
  • You show no signs of COVID
  • Have a quarantine plan in place if you do not qualify for the quarantine exemption.

Currently, the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted by the Canadian government. It’s worth noting that antigen rapid tests are not accepted as proof of entry, so make sure you get a PCR, LAMP or other accepted test within 72 hours of departure. Check out TPG’s full guide to getting a fast COVID test for more information.

Cape Verde

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure to Cape Verde (and 72 hours prior to departure from Cape Verde)
• PCR test or rapid Antigen test required (PCR is required to transit through Lisbon or the Azores)

Other restrictions: Travelers must complete a health questionnaire; face mask mandates and inter-island travel restrictions are in place; there is a State of Calamity declaration in place through at least June 28,

What’s open: Most businesses, public transportation and tourist sites; some islands may have reduced opening hours and capacity restrictions.

Americans are allowed to visit Cape Verde, a group of 10 islands located off of Africa, where international flights resumed on Oct. 12, According to the U.S. Embassy in Cape Verde, all travelers must complete a health questionnaire and provide a negative COVID PCR or rapid Antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel (children under age seven are exempt from testing). Authorities will also conduct a health screening upon arrival.

Cases surged throughout April and May and while there is currently no curfew, inter-island travel restrictions are in place. Islands with a COVID infection rate below 20 per , inhabitants are considered “green” and passengers from those islands do not need COVID tests for inter-island travel. But those traveling from “non-green” islands to any “green” island must show a negative COVID rapid test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Face masks are required in public spaces, including sidewalks, and violators are subject to fines of about $

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Cape Verde is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Cape Verde.

Chile

COVID test required: Yes, but Chile has temporarily suspended entry by non-resident foreigners through at least September, due to record high COVID cases

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers need to complete an electronic affidavit and have proof of health insurance valid in Chile for COVID health issues; there is also a mandatory day quarantine.

What’s open: Most businesses and some hotels and restaurants, with varying restrictions in place;  public transportation is running; there is 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. national curfew.

A trip to Chile is no longer possible, at least through September, , as the country has temporarily suspended entry by all non-resident foreigners. Americans had been allowed to visit Chile since Nov. 23, , according to the U.S. Embassy in Chile, when the country began to gradually reopen its borders to foreign visitors via Santiago Airport.

When travel for non-citzens and non-residents resumes, all travelers are required to present three documents: a completed Affidavit of Travelers electronic form (done within 48 hours of travel); proof of a negative result from a COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure; and proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for COVID and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile.

Since Dec. 31, , anyone entering Chile with those three documents had also has to undergo a day quarantine, with a test taken on day 7 and a negative result releasing them from quarantine.

As of March 31, , however, the government said the first five days of quarantine need to be spent in a “transit hotel” (at the traveler’s cost); after receiving a negative test, travelers would then be released to finish their day quarantine at their chosen hotel or residence. All non-resident foreigners are also required to complete a day “Period of Vigilance for Travelers” by reporting their location and health condition to authorities daily via email.

Related: Chile is Open to Americans, But There are New Restrictions

Chile is under a State of Emergency through June and much of the country is under mandatory quarantine restrictions, which vary by region and neighborhood; there is a nationwide 9 p.m. curfew and face masks are required in public.

LATAM has resumed flights between Santiago and the U.S., but before November they had been used mostly for humanitarian and repatriation flights.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Chile is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Chile.

Colombia

COVID test required: No (as of June 8, )

Other restrictions: Health screening upon arrival and face masks must be worn in public spaces.

What’s open: Many hotels, restaurants and businesses, with safety protocols in place; restrictions vary widely by city, with some curfews starting at 6 p.m.

Americans can travel to Colombia for tourism, where international flights resumed on Sept. 21, , and are now available to Bogota and seven other cities, according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia. However, Colombia experienced record high cases and deaths throughout April and May , so travel is not advised.

Related: Colombia is open, but should you go?

Since Jan. 7, , all travelers to Colombia had been required to show proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 96 hours of flight departure—but despite the record-high cases, that requirement has been lifted as of June 8, Passengers will continue to face health screenings at their point of arrival.

Current requirements also call for all visitors to complete the online pre-travel registration form “Check-Mig” within one to 24 hours of their flight departure time, wear a mask at all times and wash their hands on a consistent basis. Further details are available here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Colombia is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Colombia.

Costa Rica

COVID test required: No

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete a digital HEALTH PASS and have travel/medical insurance with set minimum coverage; face masks are required in all public spaces; expect health screenings upon arrival.

What’s open: As of March , the majority of hotels, restaurants and businesses are operating; national parks are open at 50% capacity; bars and casinos can operate at 50% capacity; and beaches are open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

American tourists are welcome to visit Costa Rica, and as of Nov. 1, , no longer need to quarantine or provide a negative PCR test. However, cases surged in the country throughout May and have yet to level off, so travel to the destination is currently not advised.

Related: All you need to know to visit Costa Rica

All travelers to Costa Rica must complete a digital form called HEALTH PASS, available within 48 hours of travel. A form needs to be submitted for each individual traveler, including minors. It is also mandatory that all travelers have travel insurance that will cover accommodations (minimum of $2,) in case of quarantine and medical expenses (minimum of $50,) due to COVID illness. For details, click here.

Note that any emergency medical or dental coverage provided by credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve will not meet this requirement.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in Costa Rica have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

Travelers can also visit the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica website for information. The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Costa Rica is currently Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Costa Rica.

Cote d’Ivoire

COVID test required: Yes

• hours (5 days) before arrival in Côte d’Ivoire and hours (5 days) before departure from Côte d’Ivoire (but U.S. requirement is 72 hours/3 days)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must fill out an Air Travel Declaration Form and pay the required fees online.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation.

Côte d’Ivoire remains under a Health State of Emergency until at least June 30, , with increased health measures and a recommendation against non-essential movement, according to the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire, which also reports that international air travel resumed with limited service as of July 1,

Travelers planning to visit Côte d’Ivoire must present a COVID PCR test result taken no more than hours (5 days) before arrival and fill out a travel declaration form.

Everyone departing Côte d’Ivoire is also required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than hours before departure. Note: The U.S. requirement (as of Jan. 26, ) is that all international air travelers returning to the U.S. present a negative viral (PCR or rapid Antigen) test taken within 72 hours of travel, so to sync the two requirements, a PCR test within 72 hours is required. Check here for details.

Côte d’Ivoire also requires face masks and social distancing when traveling through any public area;  there are capacity limitations for venues.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Côte d’Ivoire is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Côte d’Ivoire.

Croatia

COVID test required: Yes, unless the traveler is 14 days past completing their COVID vaccinations or has recovered from an infection

• 48 or 72 hours before arrival
• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must complete an entry form and have proof of a hotel reservation that is paid in full; those who do not have a valid test result can test upon arrival and self-isolate until receiving the result; masks must be worn in indoor public spaces and outdoors when social distancing can not be maintained.

What’s open: Most businesses, as well as museums, galleries and casinos (with capacity restrictions); restaurants and bars are now open for both indoor and outdoor dining; nightclubs are closed and alcohol sales in other venues must end at 11 p.m; public transportation is running.

U.S. travelers can once again visit Croatia. Croatia had reopened in for tourists from all countries, but  on Dec. 1, , the government restricted entry and border crossings and instituted varying levels of lockdown to help limit COVID transmission, and as a result, entry for tourism purposes was not permitted for U.S. citizens. That changed as of April 1,

According to the U.S. Embassy in Croatia, U.S. tourists must fill out the Enter Croatia form and present one of the following:

  • a negative result of a COVID PCR test taken less than 72 hours before arrival or an accepted rapid Antigen test taken less than 48 hours before arrival
  • a vaccination certificate showing vaccination was completed at least 14 days before entry to Croatia
  • a certificate confirming recovery from a COVID infection with a positive test result having been received within 11 and days of arrival in Croatia

Travelers can also test upon arrival (at the traveler’s cost) and self-isolate until receiving a negative result. They must also provide proof of accommodation paid in advance in full (the U.S. Embassy notes this can be just for the first location visited if visiting multiple locations in the country) or they will not be permitted to enter the country.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Croatia is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Croatia.

Curacao

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required (plus a second on-island Antigen test)

Other restrictions: Passengers must complete an online immigration card and prior to travel; health insurance valid in Curacao is required; travelers who test positive for COVID while in Curacao will be quarantined at their own expense; social distancing measures are in place and face masks are required when distancing is not possible.

What’s open: Hotels are open, but after a surge of cases, Curacao announced lockdown measures on March 24, that have since been eased. Retail shops have been allowed to reopen, restaurants can offer both indoor and outdoor seating, beaches and beach club bars are open again; and casinos are open until 11 p.m.

Curacao reopened to U.S. tourists in November The U.S. is considered a high-risk country and all American travelers are required to complete a digital immigration card and then, within 48 hours of travel, digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) via the same portal and carry a printed copy with you. A negative result from a COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for Curacao must be uploaded to the portal and passengers are required to carry a copy of the results with you. Children six years and younger are exempt from testing and the PLC.

A second required test is also required for travelers from high-risk countries (including the U.S.), who on day 3 after arrival must undergo an on-island Antigen test at a local lab. Travelers will be required to make an appointment for the test to complete their Passenger Locator Card prior to travel. Details can be found here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Curacao is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Visit the U.S. Consulate in Curacao‘s website for additional information.

Cyprus

COVID test required: Yes, with the exception of fully vaccinated travelers as of May 10,

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers must obtain an approved Cyprus Flight Pass and take another test upon arrival.

What’s open: Many hotels are open, but nature trails, parks and beaches are open for exercise only; restaurants are open for takeout service only.

Cyprus, a small island nation off the coast of Turkey, is now open to Americans arriving directly from the United States—however, the country experienced record-high cases for the month of April , which have subsided by late May

According to the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus, as of April 1, “the the United States is classified as a ‘Orange’ category country. Non-vaccinated tourists may travel from the United States to the Republic of Cyprus without mandatory self-isolation provided they have uploaded proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Cyprus, complete another test upon arrival at their own expense (30 euros), and have an approved Cyprus Flight Pass.” Children under the age of 12 do not require testing.

As of May 10, , fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing with proof of vaccination. However, the U.S. Embassy notes that vaccinated travelers can still be selected for random COVID testing on arrival to the Republic of Cyprus.

There is a 1 a.m. daily curfew in place and face coverings are required in all public spaces for people age 12 and older. Many venues require proof of a negative test or vaccination; for tourists showing a valid Flight Pass will suffice.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Cyprus is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Cyprus.

Democratic Republic of Congo

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Additional testing is required upon arrival, with a self-quarantine (typically 24 hours) until getting the result; travelers must also test again before departure; a visa and proof of yellow fever vaccination are also mandatory; masks are required in public spaces and testing is required for travel between some provinces.

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation; Virunga National Park (as of April 1, ); there is a 10 pm to 4 am curfew in Kinshasa, North Kivu, South Kivu, Kongo Central, Lualaba and Haut-Katanga.

The Democratic Republic of Congo, home to Virunga National Park and the endangered mountain gorilla, reopened its borders in August and Virunga National Park reopened on April 1, However, armed conflict is ongoing in the DRC and six park rangers were ambushed and killed by militia inside the park in January. In February, the Italian ambassador to DRC was killed along with two others in an ambush.

According to the U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, all arriving international travelers age 11 and older must have proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days (72 hours) of their departure to DRC. Upon arrival, travelers age 11 and older must take a second COVID test at the airport. Travelers should register their information and pay for the test ($45) at mynewextsetup.us before they begin their travel (tests can also be paid in cash at the airport). After testing at the airport, arriving passengers must self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result, usually within 24 hours.

Americans also need a visa to visit as well as a World Health Organization (WHO) card with proof of yellow fever vaccination. The U.S. Embassy also recommends that Americans travel with proof of medical and emergency evacuation insurance.

To exit the DRC, all travelers age 11 and older must pay for and present a negative COVID test from an approved lab taken within 72 hours of travel. This parallels a Jan. 26 requirement by the U.S. government that everyone aged two and older traveling to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo must show a negative viral COVID test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Democratic Republic of Congo is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in the DRC.

Denmark

COVID test required: Yes, but only fully vaccinated Americans can visit for tourism and they are exempt from testing

• 48 hours before departure (for unvaccinated Americans with permission to enter for a “worthy purpose”)

Other restrictions: Testing upon arrival for unvaccinated Americans with permission to enter for a “worthy purpose” or close family connection; mandatory testing upon arrival and a day quarantine for for unvaccinated travelers (can be shortened with a test nor earlier than day four); masks are required in many public settings and the fine for failure to wear a face mask, violating gathering limits, or loitering in areas deemed “hotspots” is Danish Kroner ($).

What’s open: Hotels, restaurants, businesses, museums and cultural sites, but most require a “corona passport” for entry or indoor dining.

Denmark began welcoming fully vaccinated American tourists on June 5, Pre-travel testing, testing upon arrival and isolation are not required since the U.S. is an OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development) country and is categorized as Orange. Denmark labels all countries by color—Yellow, Orange or Red—with specific entry requirements for each. Travel restrictions for Denmark can be found here.

Related: Denmark has reopened to fully vaccinated U.S. and U.K. travelers

To enter Denmark as a tourist, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens who are at least 14 days past their final dose of Pfizer or Moderna or their single dose of Johnson & Johnson must present their official vaccination certificate. The U.S. Embassy in Denmark “strongly recommends you print out and carry with you a copy of the Danish government guidelines to demonstrate to airline personnel that you are exempt from COVID-related travel restrictions in place.”

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Denmark is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID in Denmark.

Djibouti

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure (and up to hours before arrival)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Both an eVisa obtained in advance of travel and a second saliva-based COVID test upon arrival are required; travelers must have a supply of masks and hand sanitizer upon arrival and masks are required inside all buildings.

What’s open: Most businesses (restaurants, shops) and some, but not all, public transportation

Djibouti, located in East Africa, started to reopen its economy in early May and began allowing air travelers in last fall. In addition to pre-travel testing required for boarding any flight to the country, the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti reports that travelers arriving at Ambouli International Airport will also be screened using a minimally invasive saliva test (cost $30); a positive result will require the traveler to quarantine at their hotel or seek treatment in a local hospital.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Djibouti is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Djibouti.

Dominica

COVID test required: Yes

• 24 to 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Pre-travel online screening and questionnaire; testing upon arrival, followed by quarantine or a managed experience (2 days for fully vaccinated travelers and days for unvaccinated travelers). Arriving passengers must wear color-coded wristbands and face masks and physical distancing is required when in public.

What’s open: Safe in Nature-certified hotel properties and excursions;

Dominica has been open to visitors since Aug. 3, All eligible arriving travelers are designated as coming from Low-Risk, Medium-Risk or High-Risk countries. The U.S. is currently considered High-Risk and all Americans must follow these procedures:

• Submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival

• Present notification of clearance to travel in the form of a doctor’s note or similar document
• Submit a negative PCR test result recorded within hours prior to arrival
• Provide confirmation of a booking at a government-certified private property
• Undergo a health assessment upon arrival, including a temperature check
• Provide confirmation of the health questionnaire and negative PCR test results
• Spend either 2 days (if fully vaccinated) or days (if not vaccinated) in mandatory quarantine at a Managed Experience at a Safe in Nature certified property, with another test before quarantine ends.

If the follow-up test result is positive, the traveler may be quarantined in isolation until released by an authorized health professional. For more information, see Dominica’s Travel Advisory.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Dominica is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which oversees Dominica, for more information.

Dominican Republic 

Playa Blanca, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Caribbean Sea. (Photo by © Marco Bottigelli / Getty Images)

COVID test required: No, but there are mandatory temperature checks upon arrival and a quick aleatory breath test will be administered to 3% to 15% of arriving passengers age five and older; anyone presenting symptoms or testing positive will be isolated at authorized locations. Passengers who present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival will be exempt from random testing.

Other restrictions: Masks and social distancing guidelines are in place for indoor public spaces, public transportation and outdoors when distancing isn’t possible; there is also an island-wide curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays) with earlier curfews in some regions; curfew hours are for venues outside of resorts and disobeying curfew can result in fines or jail time.

What’s open: Most resorts and hotels, public beaches during non-curfew hours, and restaurants at reduced capacity.

The Dominican Republic reopened to tourists in July 1, , when Punta Cana International Airport resumed commercial operations.

Travelers are also required to fill out and submit a combined digital Traveler’s Health Affidavit and an Electronic Entry Ticket to declare they have not felt any COVID related symptoms in the last 72 hours and provide contact details for the next 30 days. The DR is providing a free health coverage plan for all hotel guests through June 12,  For the latest updates on travel to the DR, check here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here. Many resorts in the Caribbean have begun offering on-property rapid Antigen and PCR tests to guests prior to departure for the U.S., so check your resort’s policy before traveling.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Dominican Republic is Level 4: Do Not Travel. Visit the U.S. Embassy’s website for additional information.

Ecuador

COVID test required: Yes, for unvaccinated travelers and travelers to the Galapagos

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR or rapid Antigen test required

Other restrictions: Random rapid Antigen testing (for travelers age 14 and older) may be conducted upon arrival at the airport in Ecuador; travelers who test positive must isolate for 10 days in a government-designated shelter; there are special requirements for entry to the Galapagos Islands.

What’s open: Most hotels and businesses, with social distancing requirements in place.

Ecuador is again open for Americans, although like many countries in South America it recorded record high cases in April All arriving passengers, including children over the age of two, are required to present results of a negative COVID PCR or rapid Antigen test taken within 72 hours (changed on March 22, from the previous requirement of a PCR test taken within 10 days prior to arrival), per the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador.

Ecuador is also now allowing travelers who have completed their COVID vaccination and present a vaccination card to enter without testing; travelers who have documented proof of recovery from COVID and are more than one month past the onset of symptom may also present that.

Note: There are special requirements for all travelers to the Galapagos Islands, where a negative COVID test taken within 96 hours must be presented upon arrival. It can be the same test used to enter the country if it’s a PCR test and is still within the required 96 hour timeframe for the Galapagos. To visit the Galapagos via transit through Quito or Guayaquil airports, vaccinated travelers need to present negative test results. The mynewextsetup.usy also says that travelers to the Galapagos need a “salvoconducto” from their tour operator, and should contact the operator directly for that document.

Airlines are now required to verify that all travelers traveling to Ecuador have a negative test result or proof of vaccination before allowing them to board.

Rapid Antigen testing may also be conducted upon arrival and if the test is positive the traveler will be required to isolate in a government shelter for 10 days. As long as a traveler has the negative PCR test result, doesn’t display any symptoms upon arrival, and doesn’t receive a positive test on a random rapid test at the airport, quarantine is not required.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for Ecuador is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Ecuador.

Egypt

This picture taken on March 25, , shows tourists in front of the Giza pyramids complex, on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

COVID test required: Yes

• 96 hours before departure for passengers from North America, South America, Japan, China, Thailand, London, Paris and Frankfurt (due to transit times); 72 hours for all other travelers.
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: A visa is also required (Americans can get theirs prior to travel via online enrollment or upon arrival); travelers must present the original printed test result; health insurance valid in Egypt is also required.

What’s open: Most hotels, shops, restaurants and some tourist sites; the Great Pyramids of Giza reopened in July ; restaurants are operating at 50% capacity.

International tourism resumed in Egypt on July 1, , although tourism at sites such as Luxor has reportedly been quite slow. The Great Pyramids of Giza, for instance, reopened on July 1, , after being closed since March and undergoing a deep cleaning, reported Reuters.

COVID PCR tests are required for all international arrivals age six and older. All U.S. citizens need a tourist visa (available via online enrollment) and proof of health insurance to enter the country, according to the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. Check with the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for more details.

As of Jan. 3, , anyone not following mask requirements may be subject to fines or prosecution.

Related: Egypt reopening

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Egypt is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Egypt.

Related: Dreaming of visiting Egypt

El Salvador

COVID test required: Yes, if the traveler does not have proof of a completed COVID vaccination

• 72 hours before arrival (from time test results were issued)
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Temperature check upon arrival; mask and social distancing rules are in place.

What’s open: Most hotels, businesses and public transportation, although municipalities can be placed under quarantine with little notice.

El Salvador reopened on Sept. 19, , to commercial flights to Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador. Local businesses are open with no restrictions.

According to the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, all airlines have been instructed that travelers age two and older seeking to enter El Salvador must produce a printed negative COVID PCR test result issued within 72 hours of arrival in El Salvador (note: the 72 hours, in this case, refers to the time the test results were issued, not when the sample was collected). The embassy also reports that as of March 29, , passengers who have completed their COVID vaccination can present proof of vaccination instead of a test result. But travelers are advised to confirm with their airline that it will also accept vaccination documentation for boarding.

While in El Salvador, visitors must wear face masks and practice social distancing in all public settings, including at the airport. Arriving passengers will also face temperature checks.

A curfew is currently not in place and there are no quarantine requirements for visitors. The U.S. Embassy notes, however, that the Salvadoran Ministry of Health can place municipalities under special quarantine with little or no prior notice when a high number of COVID cases is detected.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for El Salvador is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in El Salvador.

England

COVID test required: Yes

• hours (5 days) before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health check upon arrival and mandatory COVID test taken on 2nd day of visit

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation, with capacity limits

England will begin allowing fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and European Union to enter its borders without the need to quarantine as of 4 a.m. on Aug. 2,

Americans will be required to have their CDC vaccine card, while EU tourists will be required to have the “green pass.” The long-awaited move was reported to be in the works for weeks.

Related: England to allow fully vaccinated Americans as of Aug. 2

Fully vaccinated travelers coming from the U.S. and EU will need to show they got their second dose of COVID vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival.

They will also need to take a pre-departure COVID test within 72 hours of departure. They will also need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form and pre-book and take a PCR test on or before day two of arriving in the U.K.

The day two test has to come from a government-approved provider booked before traveling to England. Prices are around $56 (£40). If you test positive, you must quarantine in a secure location for 10 days from the day after the test was taken.

Ethiopia

COVID test required: Yes

• hours (5 days) before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Health check upon arrival and mandatory 7-day self-quarantine

What’s open: Most businesses and public transportation, with capacity limits

Commercial flights have resumed to Ethiopia. Entry rules require that every international traveler present a negative COVID PCR test taken within hours (5 days) of arrival, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia. Upon arrival, passengers will undergo a health check, register with authorities and self-quarantine at home or in a hotel for seven days. Anyone showing symptoms will be taken to a government-run isolation center.

The U.S. Embassy also reports that Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health issued an updated “Travel Advisory” stating that beginning June 7, all travelers entering, exiting or transiting through Ethiopia must present a digital negative RT PCR test from an approved lab. Full compliance is required by July 1, This is part of the African Union’s Trusted Travel (TT) Initiative. Paper certificates shall cease to be acceptable and only AU Trusted Travel or Global Haven COVID certificates shall be allowed for entry, exit, or transit purposes from July 1,

Ethiopia reported record-high COVID infections in April , but cases have been declining throughout May

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ethiopia is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Ethiopia.

Finland

COVID test required: Yes (For unvaccinated travelers)

Other restrictions:  You are required to be tested again three to five days after arrival even if you haven’t been fully vaccinated.

What’s open: Most tourist attractions and accommodations are open

Related: Finland is open again

Finland reopened its borders to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers alike as of July 26, according to the Visit Finland tourism board.

Vaccinated travelers from the U.S., are now permitted to enter Finland, so long as they have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days prior to arrival in Finland.

If you are not vaccinated, you must provide a negative PCR test on arrival in Finland, and you will be subjected to a COVID test three to five days after arrival, during which period you are directed to self-isolate until receipt of negative test results. COVID testing locations can be found here.

France

COVID test required: Yes (only vaccinated U.S. tourist are allowed to visit and they must have a pre-travel test)

• 72 hours or 48 hours before departure
• PCR test (72hours) or Antigen (48 hours) are required

Other restrictions: Being considered fully vaccinated depends on which vaccine you received; travelers must sign a sworn health declaration and contract tracing form before arrival; there is an 11 p.m. curfew with a fine for breaking it.

What’s open: Indoor dining at cafés and restaurants has resumed at 50% capacity, with a maximum of six people allowed per table; outdoor dining has resumed at full capacity; museums are open with capacity restrictions; many restrictions are scheduled to be eased at the end of June.

As of June 9, , France has reopened to tourists from a handful of nations, including the U.S. Those coming from the U.S. must possess proof of vaccination and a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of to gain entry to the country without mandatory quarantine. Unvaccinated Americans can only enter France for a “compelling reason” or if they are a French citizen or E.U. national.

Related: Traveling to France as a vaccinated American—my experience and what to expect

The U.S. has been classified as an “Orange” country. Entry requirements for tourism are very straightforward. According to the French Government, vaccinated Americans (and vaccinated travelers from other Orange countries) can enter France with the following:

  • Proof of completed vaccination—the following vaccines are accepted: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer
  • A negative COVID test: either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding or an Antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding

Note that you must wait a set amount of time after your COVID vaccine in order to enter France. The wait time depends on which vaccine you received: Travelers are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second injection for two injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) and four weeks after the injection for single injection vaccines (Johnson & Johnson).

According to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in France, masks are required in public spaces. Details on all restrictions are available here.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for France is Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID levels in France.

French Polynesia

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All travelers must complete and online registration form and take an Antigen test upon arrival; non-vaccinated travelers are required to quarantine for 10 days with PCR tests on days 4 and 8; fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine, but must test on day 4.

What’s open: Most resorts and businesses, but masks are required in public spaces throughout the islands and there are curfews of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

The South Pacific island nation originally officially reopened on July 15, Since Feb. 3, , however, French Polynesia had banned entry by international tourists until further notice — but on April 15, announced a gradual return to tourism as of May 1, The islands have initially opened to countries with “limited epidemic risk” and Americans are among the travelers who can once again visit for tourism. Updates can be found here.

Related coverage: French Polynesia will reopen

Enhanced protocols have been announced based on whether the traveler has completed vaccination, has antibodies from a prior infection or remains unvaccinated. Everyone six years of age and older is required to present a negative COVID (RT-PCR) test taken 72 hours before departure. Travelers also must present the receipt of an online health registration from the Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS) platform, which must be filled out with their itinerary and uploaded vaccination certificates or positive serology (antibody tests) 30 to 6 days before travel commences. Unvaccinated travelers who have not recovered from COVID must also register on ETIS, since ETIS receipts, negative PCR test results and boarding authorization must be presented at boarding.

Upon arrival, all passengers must take an Antigen test. Fully vaccinated (14 days past the final dose) and antibody positive travelers do not have to quarantine, but do have to take another test on day 4. Non-vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days at their chosen accommodation with PCR tests taken on day 4 and day 8. Children under six are exempt from testing and quarantine, but unvaccinated children age six and older who are not vaccinated or do not have antibodies must quarantine and the quarantine will be imposed on the entire family. Testing costs are 5, XPF ($50) for vaccinated and immune travelers and 12, XPF ($) for non-vaccinated travelers. Details can be found here.

Additionally, all incoming travelers (residents excluded) must provide proof of international travel insurance. Luckily, credit card travel insurance satisfies this requirement. Travelers could use a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card to pay for their airfare and hotel, then provide a copy of the card’s Guide to Benefits as proof of coverage.

Travelers exhibiting symptoms during their stay are advised to self-report and self-isolate in their room until further instruction from local emergency operators.

If you’re itching to travel to French Polynesia, there are lots of options for getting there. Be sure to check out our guide on the best way to get to Tahiti using points and miles. The destination is home to some famous hotels, such as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui and the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for French Polynesia is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precuations and the CDC’s advisory is Level 1: Low Level of COVID

Gabon

COVID test required: Yes

• hours (5 days) before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: All arriving passengers must pay for and take a second COVID PCR test ($36) and quarantine until receiving the results; a negative test taken within 14 days is required for any travel between cities and provinces.

What’s open: Hotels, restaurants and most businesses—all at reduced capacity

Gabon lifted many pandemic measures in July , but the U.S. Embassy in Gabon reported that restrictions were reimposed and land borders were closed in late January after cases began to rise. Travelers are being permitted into Gabon by air (there are flights several times per week), but not by land or sea.

Social distancing and masks are mandated at all times, with fines for non-compliance. There is a curfew in the capital of Libreville from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Gabon is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Gabon.

The Gambia

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers from “hotspot” countries where new COVID strains are circulating, including the United States, are now also required to take a rapid Antigen test upon arrival in The Gambia; anyone testing positive must then undergo a PCR test and quarantine at a government-run facility at their own expense; face masks must be worn in public spaces and limits on public gatherings remain in effect.

What’s open: Most hotels, restaurants and businesses

Americans are permitted to visit this West African nation, and according to the U.S Embassy in the Gambia, the government has lifted most restrictions on businesses. All arriving travelers must present a negative COVID PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and travelers from the U.S. will be tested again upon arrival. Anyone without a test that complies with these requirements—such as having a test taken outside of the hour window, rapid test results or a positive result when tested upon arrival—will be subject to mandatory quarantine in government-managed facilities.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for the Gambia is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in the Gambia.

Georgia

COVID test required: Yes, unless the traveler has proof of being fully vaccinated

• 72 hours before arrival
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Travelers can only arrive by air, are required to get and complete an application form and get a follow-up PCR test at their own expense three days after arrival in Georgia; there is also a nationwide curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and face masks are required in public spaces.

What’s open: Many hotels and most businesses and public transportation were allowed to reopen in early March

Americans can now visit the country of Georgia, according to the U.S. Embassy, including those who have documented proof of completed COVID vaccinations and those willing to stay for six months and work from home in the country. However, there is widespread community spread of COVID in Georgia and the U.S. State Department’s current advisory for the country is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Unvaccinated U.S. citizens or residents arriving by air through permitted countries are required to complete an application form, present a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and take a second PCR test (at their own expense) on the third day after arrival in Georgia. Details and links to requirements are available on the U.S. Embassy website and details on what’s open in Georgia are here.

Related: Work from home in these countries

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Georgia is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on COVID cases in Georgia.

Germany

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before arrival for PCR tests or 48 hours before arrival for antigen tests
• PCR or antigen test required

Other restrictions:

As of Sunday Aug. 15, , only Americans who are fully vaccinated may visit Germany.There may be enhanced screenings at the airport, including the possibility of COVID testing upon arrival for certain travelers.

What’s open: Many hotels and most businesses, and public transportation is operating with medical-grade masks required.

Americans can now visit Germany as of June 18, according to the U.S. Embassy.

Related: Germany now requiring vaccination for American visitors

On Sunday Aug. 15, Germany changed the rules for entry.

Germany will require a day quarantine for visitors from the United States and other countries considered “high-risk,” who cannot prove they’ve been fully vaccinated or have previously recovered from COVID

Visitors can ‘test out’ of quarantine if they get a test on day five that comes back negative.

The United States and Turkey and Israel were reclassified as “high-risk” on Friday as part of Germany’s weekly reconsideration of travel restrictions.

The COVID test can either be a PCR or antigen test. PCR tests need to be taken within 72 hours before arrival in Germany, while antigen tests need to be taken within 48 hours before arrival.

Take note that those traveling from a “virus-variant area” — as designated by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) — are subject to heightened restrictions and are possibly barred from entry into Germany, depending on vaccination status.

Inside the country, there are no intercity travel restrictions, and there is no curfew. However, masks are required on public transportation, and buses and trains are not running as frequently. There is a moderate level of COVID in Germany, according to the CDC.

Related:I was one of the first American tourists to enter Germany: Here’s what it was like

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Germany is Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Ghana 

COVID test required: Yes

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Second COVID test conducted upon arrival; masks required in public spaces.

What’s open: Essential businesses, restaurants and public transportation, with social distancing measures in place; all entertainment venues, bars, beaches and sports facilities remain closed.

Ghana’s Accra Kotoka International Airport (ACC) reopened for regular international service on Sept. 1, , although the country’s land and sea borders remain closed. According to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, all passengers arriving by air must present a negative COVID PCR test conducted by an accredited laboratory in the country of origin not more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Additionally, each traveler age five and older must undergo a COVID test conducted at the airport upon arrival. There is a $ fee per person. Travelers can pay the fee online before departure or pay upon arrival at the airport in Accra. The U.S. Embassy reports that individuals who test positive for COVID upon arrival in Ghana, asymptomatic or not, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine and treatment at a designated health facility or isolation center, for seven days at the government of Ghana’s expense, and while in quarantine, will undergo a repeat COVID test within 24 hours of arrival, also at the government’s expense.

Ghana’s Ministry of Public Health has mandated the use of face masks in public.

For details on new PCR or rapid Antigen testing requirements (as of Jan. 26, ) for all international air travelers returning to the U.S., check here.

The U.S. State Department’s advisory for Ghana is Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.

Check the Johns Hopkins University website for updates on cases in Ghana.

Greece

COVID test required: Yes, or proof of vaccination

• 72 hours before departure
• PCR test required

Other restrictions: Tourists are subject to the country’s ongoing restrictions (Greece still has a significant number of COVID cases after hitting record highs in April ), which currently involve an a.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and a mask requirement indoors and outdoors in public spaces; many restrictions have been eased over the past few weeks, with travel between regions allowed as of May 14,

What’s open: Hotels and resorts are open; cafes, bars and restaurants reopened for outside dining on May 3, ; museums and retail shops reopened on May 14,

Greece said in mid-March that it would open tourism to fully vaccinated travelers and travelers with proof of COVID antibodies

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was founded in It has million working members and , retirees in the U.S. and Canada. The Teamsters Union originally represented horse team drivers and stable hands. Over time, the union branched out and now represents a wide variety of occupations. The IBT celebrated its centennial in The union entered into an archival services agreement with The George Washington University in and an archivist was hired in

Teamsters Timeline

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