For the past several months, travel bans have been the bane of our existence, seemingly destroying all hopes and dreams to explore the world… but don’t freak out just yet. Fortunately, despite the current pandemic, there are still plenty of places to travel to that will fulfill your wanderlust needs. Check out these 11 beautiful destinations where you can go right now—then start booking those plane tickets!
Antigua and Barbuda
These islands located in the Carribean are known for their gorgeous beaches, exotic rainforests, and luxurious resorts. Some spots to be sure to hit during your stay include Nelson’s Dockyard, Dickenson Bay, and Stingray City. In order to travel here, all visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of their flight and may also be subject to a medical screening upon their arrival.
Find out more about visiting Antigua
This Carribean island just off the Venezuelan peninsula of Paraguana is open to U.S. travelers, but residents of 24 different states must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Some of the most beautiful beaches on the island are Eagle Beach, which is a popular spot for jet skiing and wakeboarding, and Palm Beach, which is better for simply relaxing on the shore and wading in the water.
Learn more about traveling to Aruba!
This eastern Caribbean island is open for travel, but travelers must submit their COVID-19 test results online at travelform.gov.bb 72 hours prior to traveling, as well as come with a copy of their test results. Barbados is known for its sandy beaches, botanical gardens, and fascinating coral and limestone formations at Harrison’s Cave and Animal Flower Cave.
Find a full Barbados travel guide here!
Bermuda is open to international travelers, however, visitors are required to be tested at least twice for COVID-19 no more than five days prior to traveling, and another upon arrival. Popular attractions in the area include Horseshoe Bay, a pink sand beach, and Crystal and Fantasy Caves, which is full of incredible crystal formations and deep clear pools.
This beautiful Mediterranean country is allowing American visitors to enter who either have proof of a negative COVID-19 test or have quarantined for two weeks prior to visiting. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Krka National Park, Roman emperor Diecletian’s Palace, and the historic Walls of Dubrovnik.
Find out the top 5 things to do in Croatia!
Comprising 118 islands including the popular destinations, Tahiti and Bora Bora, French Polynesia has opened its borders to travelers. All visitors must be able to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before their flight, and another four days after their arrival.
Thinking about heading to the islands? Check out this two-day French Polynesia itinerary first!
Jamaica welcomes international travelers, although they are subject to temperature checks and health screenings at the airport upon their arrival. This country offers stunning scenery with its towering mountains, lush rainforests, and soft white beaches. Attractions you won’t want to miss include Dunn’s River Falls, Dolphin Cove, and of course, the Bob Marley Museum.
Before you visit Jamaica, make sure to read We Are Travel Girls' Jamaica guide!
U.S. citizens are allowed to enter the Republic of North Macedonia without any coronavirus testing requirements. Some of the top things to do are to explore Canyon Matka, visit the grand historic church of St. John the Theologian, and tour The Old Bazaar which embodies the cultural influence of the Ottoman era.
Learn how to travel Macedonia on a budget!
This gorgeous destination is open for travel to Americans, although all visitors are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 7 days prior to arrival and should expect to undergo a screening and temperature check at the airport. Gros Piton Mountain, Marigot Bay, Rodney Bay, and Reduit Beach are some of the most scenic spots on the island.
Check out Mollie Moore's travel guide on Saint Lucia!
Turks and Caicos
All travelers to these islands in the Atlantic Ocean must have pre-authorization through the Turks and Caicos “TCI Assured Portal” as well as be able to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of their arrival. Grace Bay Beach, which is near a majority of the resorts, is must-go and has been called the “world’s best beach” by vacationers. It’s also in close proximity to a variety of shops, restaurants, and a golf course.
Find a full guide to Turks and Caicos!
And finally, you can even travel to the UK right now! This means that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all open to Amercian travelers. However, in order to travel here, you must fill out the Public Health Locator Form and quarantine for 14 days. If you’re wondering how to make the most of the trip (that you’re probably booking right now), among my favorite places in the UK is London, and I would highly recommend riding the London Eye, taking a tour of the Harry Potter Studio, and shopping in Mayfair.
Are you traveling during Covid-19? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!
This blog was written by Featured Wrighter, Annika Rowe.