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American’s Where to Travel during Covid 19 for Thanksgiving?

Well, America, the election may be over, but it is clear, Covid-19 is not. Where are all the places restrictions still in place on where Americans can travel? One of the most popular holidays upon us, Thanksgiving this month, you may have a hankering to get out and explore. Do something charitable (and make a difference in helping those less able).

Before you begin packing your bags, it is essential to ask yourself if you should travel. Traveling is a personal call, and there are many factors to take into consideration, and they are:

  • your age group
  • your immunity levels and overall general health
  • the prevalence of COVID-19 in the areas you are traveling to
  • travel insurance costs to cover you if you require hospitalization

Naturally, if you have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19, you shouldn’t travel.

Before you start making any significant plans on going anywhere, check out the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory page, which has links to various country pages that explain current restrictions for travelers. The countries included on the following list do not necessarily have low rates of COVID-19. The situation of infections in each state may change rapidly, so always check the government website for updates if you do plan to travel.

The following countries are currently allowing American travelers to visit right now (November 2020) with no testing or quarantine requirements. Here are a few of those countries:

1. Costa Rica

Costa Rica Beach at sunset

All American travelers can now enter the country, and no testing required (at this time).

Costa Rica is an extraordinary South American country that leads the world in eco-luxury, where you can view volcanoes, zip-lining, kayak, spot wildlife, surfing, snorkel, and so much more.

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by doing something charitable by helping out at a medical clinic (if still allowed)caring and assisting Nicaraguan refugees: you would be asked to take patient notes during the consultations, enter the patient data, to dispense medications in the pharmacy, and to help to make the patients feel more comfortable.

Or, if you have children (or the big kid in you), be wildlife conservationists by helping at a local wildlife rescue center or a turtle sanctuary.

2. Mexico

Ancient Ruins of the Mayans.

The borders via land travelers are closed; you can still enter Mexico by plane. The Yucatan Peninsula is a terrific choice destination for Thanksgiving. You can explore the Mayan ruins of Chitzen Itza and Tulum. Go swimming in your very own private cenote (freshwater sinkhole)snorkel or swim with the Whale Sharks (seasonal), or even discover the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. 

3. Tanzania

Tanzanian landscape and hot ballooning

Upon arrival in Tanzania, you may be tested for COVID-19. If possible, best to bring a pre-screened reliable negative test result before leaving the USA. Currently, the mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals is not being practiced.

Activities such as an Epic safari beckon in the spectacular parks such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Selous. You can see and even brave the trek up famous Mt Kilimanjaro. The beaches and the Stone Town of Zanzibar are a great way to round out the trip.

While there, you can make a difference by (if allowed) building a home for a family in need.

4. Brazil

Brazil’s most famous city Rio

Brazil requires Health insurance covering COVID-19.

Brazil is a vast, enchanting country with so much to offer and explore for a traveler. You have the awe-inspiring and dangerous jungles and waterways of the Amazon. The spectacular wildlife in the Pantanal. Festival in Rio and the culturally-rich town of Salvador. Marvel from the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls and the dunes of Lencois Maranhenses. Walks along the gorgeous beaches of Paraty and Buzios for some serious relaxation time. 

5. The Dominican Republic

Hotel Courtyard in the Dominican Republic

Entry to this incredible Caribbean island no longer requires Covid tests so that you can go there with relative ease.

6. The Maldives

A pool and cabana tables at one of many resorts in the Maldives

Currently, Americans can travel to the Maldives and get a visa upon arrival – all you need is a recent (96 hours before departure to the Maldives); they are counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives. Contact your airline or travel agency for more up to day information.

If you can (wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t) tear yourselves away from what are arguably some of the world’s finest beaches and resorts.

The following destinations allow Americans to enter, however with some restrictions:

7. Ecuador

Ecuador town square buildings

A COVID-19 test is currently required. If you are so lucky to see the rare opportunity to encounter so of the wildlife residing on the Galapagos Islands with the fewest tourists await you. The same encounter applies to the Amazon, Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, Otavalo Markets, colonial Cuenca, and more.

8. Kenya

Kenya at sundown

American travelers from all 50 states can now enter Kenya if you meet one or more of the following conditions: 1) your body temperature is above 99.5°F; 2) You do not have flu-like symptoms, a persistent cough, and or difficulty breathing ; 3) You have or had a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test within the 96 hours of the arrival window.

Kenya plays host to some of the world’s finest wildlife parks. The iconic Masai Mara, the Amboseli, Samburu, Selankay, and Tsavo parks, to name just a few. There is also Mt Kenya and one of the gorgeous coastline offered for a casual stroll, as well as the fascinating Nairobi (stay at Giraffe Manor, and giraffes may join you for breakfast!).

9. Rwanda

Rwanda the Silverback Gorillas

A negative COVID-19 test is currently required to enter Rwanda. You must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate (taken no more than 120 hours before the initial flight). The U.S. Embassy (Rwanda) highly recommends that American travelers carry a printed copy of their results during all Rwanda flights.

Rwanda has a lot to offer nature lovers with its mountains and lakes. However, it has had a harrowing recent past that should not be ignored. Plan a visit to the genocide museum and memorial displays are excellent. And of course, the Mountain Gorillas sanctuary (minimum age requirement to hike to them is 15) – the hour you spend with them is unforgettable.

10. Belize

Belize- Lighthouse and Cruise Ship

By taking a PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival date will help ‘fast track’ your arrival process. You may still be required to take a test on arrival. You must stay at Gold Standard approved hotels and travel with Gold Standard approved guides and operators.

This small country, the only English speaking one in Central America, has packed in so much, from jungles to Mayan ruins, to chocolate making and sublime beaches and the Barrier Reef.

Make your trip to Belize fulfilling and inspire your children to be world changers by building an eco-friendly stove for a Mayan family.

Please due Note that COvid 19 is an active situation worldwide, so the status of the destination you are interested in may have changed since writing this blog post. Contact your favorite travel agent or refer to the State Dept. (United States) website for assistance.

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