Summer is generally the peak travel season due to hot weather and school closures. However, we continue to see some of the highest travel numbers since the start of the pandemic. As many people continue to travel, several variants of the coronavirus threaten plans to reopen destinations around the world. Here’s a look at the latest travel restrictions for the United States and international travel destinations.

Travel restrictions in the United States

There are minimum travel restrictions when traveling to the United States. However, the Delta variant forces several locations to be more careful by reintroducing mask mandates. However, we don’t see states requiring mandatory quarantines or pre-arrival testing like we did in 2020.


Los Angeles has a mandatory mask mandate for indoor public places. Other counties in the state have a similar policy.


The city of Chicago assigns a yellow or orange risk level to each US state. The list is updated weekly.

Orange states have a higher daily case count. The city is asking residents to return and visitors will not have to self-quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. However, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people must either test negative or self-quarantine for ten days.


The tropical destination of Hawaii continues to have the strictest entry requirements of the 50 U.S. states. Tourists and returning residents will need to show proof of vaccination or have a negative test before travel to waive the mandatory 10-day quarantine.

A follow-up travel test is no longer required for inter-island travel.

New York City

New York City is the first major city in the United States to require a full vaccination to enter specific indoor environments, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Concerts and public shows
  • Gyms

City residents and visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination when the mandate goes into effect on September 13, 2021. The transition period begins on August 16, 2021.

Porto Rico

You may be considering a trip to Puerto Rico for a Caribbean getaway that doesn’t require a travel passport. Proof of vaccination or a negative test before arrival is required to avoid a possible fine or mandatory quarantine.

International travel restrictions

Travel restrictions vary by country. However, it is possible to fly to several destinations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. Upon returning from any foreign country, travelers must have a negative test result to re-enter the United States.


Fully immunized Americans will finally be able to travel to Canada on non-essential travel for the first time since the start of the pandemic. If the health situation does not deteriorate, travel restrictions will ease on September 9, 2021. It will be possible to enter Canada by air or land and not have to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine.

However, you will only be able to travel to Canada for essential reasons in August.


It is possible to fly to Mexico. However, the land border is still not open for non-essential travel. Entry requirements are more lenient than most international tropical getaways. Americans will not have to show proof of vaccination or take a pre-arrival test to enter.


You will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test prior to arrival to enter Belize without quarantine. Vacationers will also need to stay at government approved Gold Standard properties.

The Caribbean

Entry requirements for various Caribbean countries can differ significantly. Some islands remain closed to non-essential travel.

Most open destinations require a negative test before arrival or proof of vaccination. Some islands also require travelers to purchase a qualifying coronavirus travel insurance policy.

Some of the islands to consider visiting first include:

  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

If you’d rather stay on the mainland, Costa Rica is also tourism friendly this summer. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands also welcome Americans from all 50 US states.


It is again possible to go on vacation to Europe. Entry requirements differ from country to country. The European Union is developing a Green Pass to make it easier for fully vaccinated travelers to travel to several countries participating in the Schengen Agreement.

Here is an overview of some of the countries open to Americans and what is required to enter.


The UK is the most recent country to reopen to Americans. As of August 2, 2021, fully vaccinated Americans can travel to England and Scotland without self-quarantining. Unvaccinated travelers will still need to self-quarantine for up to 10 days.

All travelers will need to test negative for the pre-trip test to lift the quarantine.

Other travel restrictions may apply for other UK member countries including Wales and Northern Ireland.


The easiest way to get to Italy from the United States is to take a “COVID-tested flight”. The country is waiving mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated people and those with negative pre-travel test results.


France welcomes fully vaccinated Americans without quarantine. Unvaccinated people will have to take a test before travel to lift the quarantine.


You can enter Greece with proof of vaccination or a negative test before arrival.

Hard-to-reach destinations

Here are some of the exotic destinations open for a unique experience. However, you will need to be prepared to fly halfway around the world.


The Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius began reopening on July 15, 2021 at qualifying resorts. The island anticipates a full reopening on October 1, 2021.

Entry requirements require adult travelers over 18 to be fully vaccinated during the first phase of reopening. Being able to enter with a negative PCR test may be possible from October 1, 2021.


The Maldives were one of the first exotic nations to reopen. All tourists must be tested before travel, regardless of their vaccination status.


The Seychelles are also open to tourism. A negative test before arrival is required and the country recommends that eligible travelers be fully immunized.


Traveling to the United States may be the best option to avoid travel restrictions or strict entry requirements. However, it is possible to travel for fun again to many favorite places in the Western Hemisphere and continental Europe.

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