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Where Can Americans Travel to During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. citizens are allowed to enter with a negative Covid-19 test result not more than 72 hours old. Upon arrival, travelers must pay a $2,000 deposit for testing that is done at the airport and on day 13, as well as for a required 14-day quarantine in a government facility. Visitors must also purchase a $90 insurance policy.

Americans tourists must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. While a negative PCR test is not requested by the country, some airlines may require it to board.

Visitors must complete an electronic affidavit in the 48 hours before departure, and those over age 2 must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding the final leg of the flight, and have health insurance that covers at least $30,000 in coronavirus-related illnesses. A mandatory 10-day quarantine is in effect, however a PCR test can be taken on the seventh day, and if the result is negative, the traveler is free to go. Travel to get to a destination outside of Santiago to complete quarantine must be completed within 24 hours of arrival, and those areas may have restrictions and quarantines.

Americans are allowed to enter with proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 96 hours of their flight departure. There are no quarantine requirements for those with the pre-test. For those allowed to board their aircraft without the documentation, Colombia will require testing and possibly a quarantine for 10 days, or 7 days with a negative test three to five days after arrival. All passengers must complete an immigration form, according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia.

The country is open to all U.S. citizens arriving by air or sea with no testing and no quarantine mandate, however mandatory insurance that covers medical and other expenses related to the coronavirus is required. A digital Health Pass must be completed 48 hours before boarding a flight to Costa Rica.

Land and maritime borders are closed, but U.S. citizens are allowed to enter and leave by air with a negative PCR test dated within five days of arrival and departure. Those arriving at or transiting through the Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport are required to fill out an Air Travel Declaration Form and pay the fees online. People are encouraged to quarantine for two weeks.

General tourism is not permitted, but Americans are allowed to visit to see family, and under certain professional and humanitarian circumstances. A negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before arrival is required for entry, as is a completed health declaration card. Incoming travelers will be transferred to a hospital or health clinic for another PCR test upon arrival, and they must self-isolate at their own expense in Cuban government-approved hotel for five days. At that time, the visitor will be tested again.