In this blog, we will try to shed some light on some of the most searched questions regarding traveling at the moment. Which will include the question everyone is asking “when will flights start in 2021“? The big question – “where can Americans travel right now“? And more importantly -“will plane ticket prices go up with the growing demand“?


Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and India & ISC.


Europe

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Will it be possible for U.S citizens to travel to Europe? Yes!

The EU is planning to introduce a digital green certificate in June. The certificate will prove if the traveler has been vaccinated or has recorded a negative test result. The list of countries outside the EU that will be able to use the green pass is updated every two weeks and can be found here


Are US citizens allowed entry? Not yet

When will the French borders be open?

Beginning June 9, US citizens may enter if they can prove the following:

  • Proof of vaccination. Currently, only the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted. Travelers must also be fully vaccinated, which occurs two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca, and four weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
  • A negative COVID PCR test conducted within the 72 hours prior to departure or a negative COVID antigen test performed within the 48 hours prior to departure. 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

When will Italy’s borders be open?
Visitors flying from the U.S can now enter Italy by booking tickets on “Covid-free” flights. Currently, these flights are available from New York and Atlanta to Rome and Milan.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Not yet

When will Spain’s borders be open?
Effective June 7, vaccinated U.S. citizens can travel from the United to Spain if they present the following documents upon arrival:

  1. QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website, or by downloading the SpTH app in Google Play or App Store for each traveler.
  2.  Vaccination certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 more than 14 days before the flight to Spain.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Not yet

When will Portugals’s borders be open?

Portugal is open for third-party countries from May, as yet an official list of countries allowed entry has not been published.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.

All travelers who are eligible to enter Greece must complete the online Passenger Locator Form (PLF)

Fully vaccinated visitors from the U.S. can enter Greece without a PCR test if they present a vaccination certificate.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Individuals arriving in the UK may need to self-isolate at home for 10 days and book 2 COVID-19 tests. For the latest information check here UK government’s website 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Not yet

When will Sweden’s borders be open?  
As it stands there isn’t any official information on when restrictions will be lifted and Sweden’s reopening of its borders will likely depend on the EU’s green pass.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Not yet

When will the German borders open?

Entry to the Island of Sylt at the end of May will be allowed but there isn’t any official information on the relaxing restrictions for visitors to mainland Germany.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Not yet

When will Norway’s borders open?
There has been no official update, and currently, Americans are being advised not to travel to Norway. This, of course, might change when the green pass has been introduced.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Not yet

When will Finland’s borders open?
Although Finland has started to let countries in for leisure, the US is not currently on the list and there isn’t a time scale as to when the states will be added.


Africa

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When asking the question, “where can Americans travel right now“? The great news is all the African countries listed below are accepting U.S citizens. We suggest checking out their official home pages for the latest news. If you want more information on any of the countries listed below or any other African county, click here for a full breakdown of travel requirements. 


Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

Inbound travelers must complete the health declaration and contact form via Nigeria’s online International Travel Portal

A negative PCR test must also be uploaded to the portal. Also, once you have been in Nigeria for 7 days you will have to register and pay via the portal for a retest.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

Arriving U.S. passengers are allowed entry if the following conditions are met: The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F); 2) The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms; 3) Also, the passenger has to provide a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours before travel. 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.

A negative test result within 72 hours before arrival is required. Passengers not meeting this requirement will undergo testing on arrival at the airport.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

All travelers to Senegal over the age of two years must present a negative result, taken 5 days before entry.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes

Travelers are required to present negative COVID-19 PCR test results dated no more than five (5) days from their arrival date in Cote d’Ivoire.

For those who are entering or departing from Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport-Temperature checks are conducted using thermal cameras.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Incoming travelers will have a mandatory temperature check.

Travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the traveler’s expense. More details can be found here Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Testing Protocol for Travelers.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Travelers age five and over must undergo a temperature screening and COVID-19 test conducted at the airport.

The test will cost a $150 fee per person and must be paid online before departure at https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana. Proof of payment must be provided to the airline before boarding.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

On arrival, travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result no older than 72 hours from the time of departure.

Travelers will be screened on arrival and those emitting symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted.


ASIA

Travelers who want to visit Asia will find they will have to adhere to a mixture of travel requirements, from quarantining in governmental accredited hotels to screening on arrivals. As more and more airlines are adding new flight paths, why not check our blog on the best economy class airlines 2021.


Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes.

14-day quarantine with a confirmed booking for the first ten days at a hotel accredited by the Philippine Tourism and Health Agencies while awaiting their COVID-19 test results.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.

Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry?  Yes.

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

All travelers, who enter China, are screened upon arrival and subject to a minimum 14-day quarantine

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Not yet

As Japan is expecting a fourth wave of the virus there isn’t any official information when the borders are likely to re-open.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

All travelers vaccinated outside of Korea must still quarantine for 14 days

Passengers arriving in the ROK must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of their departure.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Not yet

Travelers must have formal written approval from the Malaysian Government before attempting to enter.  With travel warnings against flying to Malaysia and no updated news, there is no time frame on when the borders are likely to re-open.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No

The Indonesian government has put a foreign and domestic travel ban in place. Depending on the outcome the travel ban may be lifted.


MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Algeria and Morocco are not yet ready to welcome leisure travel. However, Qatar is set to open its borders from August 1st. If you are planning to visit Israel, then you must apply for a visa. Lebanon is allowing U.S tourists, and those who can prove full vaccination will not have to isolate.


To enter Tunisia, you will have to mandatory quarantine at a government-selected hotel. Whereas Iran, Turkey, and Egypt, only require a negative PCR result. As it stands, UAE is not currently on the free list, which means travelers arriving at Abu Dhabi will be subject to a quarantine period of ten days.


Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes

A mandatory seven-day quarantine period at a government selected hotel is required.

Travelers age 12 and older, must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before travel and show the printed results upon entry. 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Not yet 

Entry into Algeria requires dual U.S.-Algerian citizenship or special permission. If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

No time frame has been set for the reopening of Algerian borders. 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Limited entry

When will Morocco’s borders be open?

Beginning June 15, 2021, travelers will be permitted to enter Morocco with a vaccination certificate or a negative result of a PCR test administered within 48 hours of the date entering Morocco.

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

A negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours before departure must be confirmed.

As the US is not currently on the free list, those arriving at Abu Dhabi may be subject to wear GPS tracking bracelets for the duration of the quarantine period – typically ten days. 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Travelers over the age of 2 must provide a negative PCR result. The test must have been conducted within 96 hours before arrival. 

Visitors when undergoing the mandated health screening on arrival, who demonstrate COVID-19 symptoms will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

To gain entry U.S citizens must apply to the Israeli government for a permit to enter Israel. To apply online visit here Apply online for foreign nationals coming to Israel

Passengers from all locations may be required to go directly into Government of Israel-established quarantine centers for 10-day isolation (with 2 tests) or 14-day isolation.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Travelers landing at Sharm El Sheikh are allowed to arrive without a PCR test, subject to taking the test upon arrival. Those who take the test on arrival will have to quarantine until the test results are confirmed.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

From August 1, certain categories of non-Qatari citizens are permitted to enter Qatar. However, tourism is not permitted.

Qatar has established a Green List, which is regularly updated. Currently, the U.S has not been added.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Turkey? Yes

A PCR test is required

If a negative PCR test within 72-hours of boarding their flight has not been submitted- travelers will be required to quarantine where they planned to stay.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

Unless travelers can prove testing positive for COVID-19 more than 15 days before arrival, or proof of full vaccination before arrival.


INDIA & ISC

Indian is currently suffering a new wave of covid and has temporarily banned tourism. However, the borders of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka remain open. In addition, once a negative test is proven on arrival, you can enter Pakistan without having to quarantine.


Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter India? Not yet

With India experiencing a new wave of COVID-19, there isn’t a set time frame on when the borders will be open for tourism.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes

From May 5, all inbound travelers to Pakistan will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at the airport. If the test comes back as positive, passengers will need to self-quarantine for 10 days.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Bangladesh? Yes

Passengers arriving from the U.S will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Bangladesh is currently operating a travel bubble with countries put into groups.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

A Negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours before departure is required. Children under 5 are exempt from this requirement.

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

All international travelers must quarantine for 10 days.

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.

A negative COVID-19 test PCR or serology must be proven on entry.

Passengers are required to quarantine for 14-days.


Will plane ticket prices rise?

Travel airlines and experts are already reporting seeing a spike in flight booking. And, as more countries roll out their vaccination program and with the EU’s green pass on the horizon, the forecast is the demand will not just be over the summer months, but also for the festive and New Year period. Check our blog that looks at the price difference between booking last-minute and booking in advance.


Conclusion

More and more countries are opening up their borders for those who have either been vaccinated or are willing to adhere to the requirements outlined in this blog. The travel industry has taken huge steps to enable safe flights and to bring tourism back into our lives. Subsequently, the demand for travel is affecting flight availability and pushing up ticket prices. Our blog explains just how ASAP Tickets has helped travelers in time of coronavirus.

So, whether you’re looking to head back home over the festive period or planning a summer getaway, now is the opportune time to contact one of our specialists for free assistance and a free quote.

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