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Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?

A guide to 12 Journy-approved international countries open to American travelers.

By Journy Team

21 December 2020

While the safest option right now is not to travel, we also know that people ARE—whether for family/leisure or business. In fact, one of the questions we receive most frequently these days is...where, as a U.S. citizen, can I even travel right now? Entry policies and border closings change ALL the time, making it difficult—not to mention time consuming—for an aspiring traveler to stay on top of everything. Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork for you and put together a guide summarizing what countries accept Americans, along with respective entry requirements, flight routes, best things to do, Journy-approved lodging, and more.

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1. Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Flight route: Several major airlines across the country offer nonstop flights to Costa Rica, including:

  • American: Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Miami, Philly, Phoenix
  • Delta: LA, Atlanta, New York, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta
  • Jet Blue: Orlando, Fort Lauderdale
  • Southwest: Baltimore, Houston
  • Spirit: Fort Lauderdale, Houston
  • United: Denver, Houston, New York

Flights service one of two international airports:

  1. San José (SJO), which is convenient for the Caribbean, Central Pacific, and southern Costa Rican regions
  2. Liberia (LIR), which is your best bet if you’re spending time at the Guanacaste beaches.

Entry requirements:

As of October 26, travelers to Costa Rica are not required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result, nor are they required to quarantine upon arrival. Health officials only ask that travelers…

  • Complete the digital Health Pass form, which is available 48 hours prior to boarding and accessible in an updated browser (except for Internet Explorer)
  • Purchase health insurance to cover accommodation and medical expenses in case of quarantine due to COVID. Specific information on your health insurance policy must be uploaded to your Health Pass for review.

More information can be found on Costa Rica’s official tourism board website.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 10 - 14 days

Best time to go: The dry season from mid-December - April

Best for: Beach bums, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For adventure: learn how to surf, go ziplining, take a dip in a natural hot spring, go whitewater rafting, spot wildlife at Tortuguero National Park
  • For relaxation: lounge on the beach (Punta Uva and Manzanillo are our favorites)
  • For culture: explore the capital city of San José for the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, San José Central Market, Gold Museum, and National Museum

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Nayara Resorts (Arenal)
    This adults-only luxury resort is set in the tropical rainforest region of Arenal. Each spacious villa comes with a private plunge pool, outdoor shower, and tropical garden. The Nayara Tented Camp is the first luxury camp (i.e. glamping) lodging in Central America—treehouse tents included.
  • El Mangroove (Guanacaste)
    Located on the Gulf of Papagayo along the northern Pacific coastline of Guanacaste, El Mangroove is an eco-friendly resort with a stylish boutique edge to it. In addition to its ideal location within close proximity to national parks, the bustling town of El Coco, the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, and thermal mineral pools, it also happens to be the closest beach resort to an international airport (Liberia). 20 minutes from touchdown to sand? Yes, please.
  • Los Altos Resort (Manuel Antonio)
    Los Altos offers unparalleled ocean views at a property surrounded by lush natural beauty. It has all the luxury amenities you’d expect—infinity pool, fitness center, spa, secluded beach—but also manages to evoke a laid back, relaxed vibe.

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2. Maldives

Maldives

Flight route:

If you’re coming from the West Coast, you’ll be in transit for 27+ hours with a layover or two, which makes the Maldives more accessible (but not by much) for those on the East Coast.

Airlines that fly directly to the Maldives include:

  • AirFrance from Paris (CDG)
  • Alitalia from Rome (FCO)
  • Austrian Airlines from Vienna (VIE)
  • British Airways from London Gatwick (LGW)
  • Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Condor from Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Lufthansa from Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Qatar Airways from Doha (DOH)

Regardless of where you’re coming from, you’ll need to take a seaplane from Malé to the resort island.

Entry requirements:

As of July 15, the Maldives has reopened its borders to travelers of all nationalities to uninhabited islands, followed by inhabited islands on August 1. It is not required to show negative test results, nor is it required to quarantine if you are not exhibiting symptoms. The only requirement is for travelers to have a confirmed booking prior to arrival and submit an online health declaration form 24 hours prior to departure.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 5 days

Best time to go: November - April

Best for: Beach bums, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For adventure: take a dolphin-watching trip, go scuba diving at the Banana Reef in North MaleAtoll, Kurumba, Full Moon, or Farukolhufushi (the Maldives is home to 5% of the planet’s reefs!)
  • For relaxation: spend the day on one of the island’s many pearlescent white sand beaches or stilted overwater bungalows

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    With the creation of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Hilton became the country’s first international hospitality brand in 1997, pioneering the now-signature stilted overwater bungalow architecture. Even more impressive, the resort was the first to build an entirely underwater restaurant, and just last year, it debuted The Muraka, its game-changing ultra-luxe residence that sits partially submerged 18 feet below the Indian Ocean.
    READ MORE: How This Maldives Resort Stays True To Its Sustainability Commitments
  • The Standard Huruvalhi Maldives
    The Standard’s first island property is composed of 115 overwater villas, each of which has its own private lounge deck and plunge pool. Spend your days snorkeling in their naturally-protected house reef, deep diving on a boat excursion, or relaxing in the indoor hydrotherapy spa complete with a communal hammam, aroma steam room, and daily yoga classes. Come evening, dance at the beach bonfire or on the glass floor at the overwater nightclub.
  • Taj Coral Reef Resort & Spa
    Taj Coral Reef Resort has swapped out the traditional beach decor for a more sophisticated take on resort accommodation. Attention divers, it’s here where you’ll find dedicated diving sites at their own reefs—plus shipwrecks to explore.

Plan My Trip To The Maldives

3. Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Flight route:

Select airlines offer nonstop flights to Punta Cana (PUJ) from a handful of East Coast, Midwest, and southern cities:

  • American: Boston, New York, Philly, Chicago, Dallas, Miami
  • Delta: New York, Minneapolis
  • Jet Blue: New York, Newark, Fort Lauderdale
  • United: Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston

If you’re traveling from a city that doesn’t offer a nonstop flight (e.g., San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix), you’ll likely have a layover in either Fort Lauderdale or Miami.

Entry requirements:

As of September 15, travelers no longer need to provide a negative PCR test upon arrival. However, 3-10% of travelers may be selected at random for aleatory breath tests and temperature checks at the airport. Additionally, all travelers will be required to submit a Traveler’s Health Affidavit (until December 31, 2020) to declare that they have not felt any symptoms in the past 72 hours and provide contact details for the next 30 days. More information (including the downloadable affidavit form) can be found on Dominican Republic’s official tourism board website.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 7 days, split between Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, and Cabarete

Best time to go: December - April

Best for: Beach bums, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For adventure: explore Los Haitises National Park, hike/bike in the highlands of Constanza, visit the 27 Waterfalls at Damajaqua Cascades, go surfing in Cabarete
  • For relaxation: head to the pristine beaches of Punta Cana, Isla Saona, and Playa Rincon

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Casa de Campo (La Romana)
    Casa de Campo opened 50 years ago as the first resort in the Dominican Republic. Today, it’s celebrated for its golf course (ranked #1 in the Caribbean), dining (seven onsite restaurants), and private white sand beaches.
  • Billini Hotel (Santo Domingo)
    This avant-garde, 24-room boutique design hotel is located in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. From the rooftop Moon Restaurant & Bar, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Zona Colonial and La Regina Angelorum Church. We also love their onsite pizzeria, which dishes out thin-crust pies in a lively atmosphere.
  • Tortuga Bay (Punta Cana)
    As the only AAA Five Diamond-Awarded property in the Dominican Republic, Tortuga Bay is renowned for its principles of responsible luxury, top-notch service, and chic villas designed by Oscar de la Renta himself. The resort is tucked away in a private enclave, with private access to white sandy beaches and crustal-clear blue Caribbean waters.

Plan My Trip To The Dominican Republic

COVID Test Required, But No Quarantine Necessary

4. Jamaica

Jamaica

Flight route:

Caribbean Airlines, Fly Jamaica, JetBlue, and United all offer direct flights to Jamaica from state and cities across the US, including LA, Florida (Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando), Atlanta, Illinois (Chicago—O’Hare, Midway), Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, Minneapolis, Charlotte, New Jersey (Newark), New York (JFK), Philly, Texas (Dallas, Houston).

Flights typically service one of two major airports:

  1. Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), which is ideal for those visiting the capital city of Kingston, Port Antonio, or the Blue Mountains.
  2. Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ), which is the more popular one that services Montego Bay, Ochos Rios, and Negril.

Entry requirements:

All U.S. residents who are 12 years or older must obtain and present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result obtained by a medical laboratory with a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) or ISO 15189 certification (at-home test kits from companies such as Pixel by LabCorp, along with antibody tests, will not be accepted). The date of the test must be no more than 10 days prior to departure. Additionally, travelers must complete an entry application, which can be found on Jamaica’s official tourism board website.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 7-10 days

Best time to go: November - mid-December (to avoid hurricane season and sky-high holiday prices)

Best for: Beach bums, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For adventure: go cliff jumping at Rick’s Café, swim the Blue Hole, go snorkeling in Ocho Rios, hike the Blue Mountains
  • For relaxation: laze away the day at one of the island’s many beaches (Doctor’s Cave Beach and Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay, Seven Mile Beach in Negril)
  • For culture: explore the capital of Kingston for the Bob Marley Museum, Devon House, and National Gallery of Jamaica

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Strawberry Hill (Blue Mountains)
    The cozy bungalows at this luxury resort are nestled in the Blue Mountains for a secluded, one-of-a-kind experience complete with mahogany four-poster beds and hammocks with quite the view. Onsite, you’ll find a wood-paneled bar spinning out classic rum punches, a veranda restaurant specializing in traditional Caribbean fare, and an infinity swimming pool.
  • Round Hill Hotel & Villas (Montego Bay)
    This 110-acre property is dotted with luxury villas, oceanfront hotel rooms (designed by Ralph Lauren) and seaside restaurants. While the little ones are occupied at the Kids Club, you can make your way to the top-notch spa to indulge in one of their many services.
  • The Caves (Negril)
    Located minutes from Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, The Caves is the epitome of laidback luxury and island charm. There are 12 cliffside cottages, one grand villa, two dining gazebos, and their signature Blackwell Rum Bar—not to mention a spa, jacuzzi, sauna, private hot tub, and saltwater swimming pool.

Plan My Trip To Jamaica

5. Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

Flight route:

Several major airlines across the country offer nonstop flights to Guatemala, including:

  • American: Dallas, Chicago, Miami
  • Delta: Los Angeles, Atlanta
  • JetBlue: New York
  • United: Los Angeles, Houston, Newark, Washington DC

If you’re traveling from a city that doesn’t offer a nonstop flight (e.g., Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Portland, Boston), you’ll likely have a layover in either Houston, Fort Lauderdale, or Los Angeles.

Flights primarily service Guatemala City Airport (GUA), aka La Aurora International Airport, which is the largest in the country.

Entry requirements:

All U.S. residents who are 10 or older must obtain and present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival (airlines will request proof upon departure). Additionally, all travelers must fill out an online Health Pass to confirm that you are not experiencing COVID symptoms.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 10-14 days (3-5 days in Antigua, 4-5 days in Lake Atitlán, 2 days in Flores/Tikal, 2 days in Semuc Champey)

Best time to go: November - April

Best for: Beach bums, outdoor adventurers, culture enthusiasts

Best things to do:

  • For adventure: jump off the rope swing, swim in the turquoise pools of Semuc Champey, go tubing in Rio Cahabon, hike an active volcano, hike to Indian Nose
  • For relaxation: spend the day at Lake Atitlán
  • For culture: wander the cities of Antigua and San Marcos, explore the northern Guatemalan Mayan ruins of Tikal, shop at Sololá Market

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Hotel Casa Palopo (San Antonio)
    Casa Palopo is an eco-friendly boutique hotel. It’s situated along Lake Atitlán, offering unparalleled views of its three majestic volcanoes. The spacious rooms are contemporary in design with four-poster mahogany beds, private bathrooms with tubs overlooking the lake, and separate showers. Guests have access to a heated infinity pool and cozy gazebo (fireplace included).
  • Casa Prana (Santa Cruz la Laguna)
    Casa Prana is situated on nine sprawling acres overlooking Lake Atitlán and its volcanoes. Nestled in the Mayan Western highlands of Guatemala, it’s the epitome of seclusion—the only ways to reach the property, which is located next to the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna, is by boat transport or helicopter. There’s no vehicle access.
  • Casa Ovalle (Antigua)
    A centrally-located guest house in a converted traditional home, Casa Ovalle has an intimate, family-run vibe and a beautiful roof deck where you can see the Agua Volcano. All eight rooms are decorated with traditional wood furniture and have private bathrooms, WiFi, cable TV, coffee makers (with coffee from Antigua!), and balconies with garden and patio views.

Plan My Trip To Guatemala

6. French Polynesia (Bora Bora & Tahiti)

Bora Bora

Flight route:

Tahiti is just eight hours from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and the islands’ official airline, Air Tahiti Nui, offers daily non-stop flights to Papeete’s Faa’a Airport (PPT). Air France, Air New Zealand, and Qantas also service Papeete. If you’re coming from the Midwest or East Coast, you will more than likely have a layover in LAX.

Entry requirements:

As of July 15, 2020, all quarantine measures for travelers of all nationalities to French Polynesia were lifted. However, travelers are still required to provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test conducted within three days prior to departure (a list of approved and non-approved diagnostic tests can be found here). Four days after arriving, travelers must complete a self-test. Additionally, travelers must complete a health registration form via an Electronic Travel Information System (E.T.I.S.) platform. More information can be found on Tahiti’s official tourism website.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 7-10 days, split between Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora

Best time to go: May - October

Best for: Beach bums, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For adventure: go snorkeling in the vibrant coral gardens, explore the mountainous terrain of Bora Bora on 4x4 treks, feed sharks and stingrays
  • For relaxation: spend the day swimming, relaxing, and sunbathing on Matira Beach in Bora Bora or Papanoo Beach in Tahiti

READ MORE: Maldives vs Bora Bora: Where Should You Go?

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Four Seasons Resort (Bora Bora)
    The iconic Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora has everything you’d expect from a hotel in the heart of paradise: overwater bungalow suites, private plunge pools, colorful corals, and exotic reef fish. Don’t miss the Kahaia tree-inspired spa nestled at the lagoon’s edge for a well-deserved dose of R&R.
  • Vahine Island Resort (Taha’a)
    Located just northeast of Tahao in one of the most beautiful lagoons of French Polynesia is Vahine Island Resort. With just nine bungalows, it offers ultimate privacy and seclusion. Spend your days relaxing on the white sand beach, indulging in French fare with a local twist, and getting a massage at the spa.
  • Le Méridien (Tahiti)
    Marriott’s Le Méridien is known for its nearby turtle sanctuary and ecological center, which offers a firsthand look at the rehabilitation efforts of the island. From the glass-bottomed bungalows, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the lagoon—and from the hotel beach, views of Mount Otemanu in the distance.

Plan My Trip To French Polynesia

7. Belize

Belize

Flight route:

Only a few major airlines offer direct flights from select U.S. cities, including:

  • American: Los Angeles, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami
  • Delta: Atlanta
  • United: Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Newark

If you’re traveling from a city that doesn’t offer a nonstop flight (e.g., Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Portland, Boston), you’ll likely have a layover in either Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, or Miami.

Flights service Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE), which is located about 30 minutes by car from the city center.

Entry requirements:

Travelers to Belize can opt to either present negative results from a COVID test taken 72 hours prior to departure or be tested upon arrival. (Even if you opt for the former, there is a chance you may be randomly selected for a secondary COVID test.) Additionally, all travelers must download the Belize Health App—used for contact tracing and symptom reporting—at least three days before departure.

Note that travelers must arrange lodging at an approved hotel which complies with the standards put in place by the newly developed Tourism Gold Standard program (things like online check-in, mask mandates, etc). More information can be found on Belize’s official tourism website.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 7 days

Best time to go: November - mid-April

Best for: Beach bums, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For adventure: go snorkeling and diving in Ambergris Caye, scuba in the Great Blue Hole, explore the Mayan ruins of the Cayo District
  • For relaxation: visit the sun-drenched island of Caye Caulker or Placencia Peninsula

Journy-approved lodging:
All of the hotels listed below are Gold Standard-approved.

  • Gaia Riverlodge (Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve)
    If personal cabana lodges and farm-to-table open-air restaurants are your thing, then Gaia Riverlodge—named after the Greek goddess of Earth—is the place to be. Perched atop the Five Sisters Waterfalls in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Gaia is just secluded enough, not to mention incredibly sustainable. As a Green Globe Award-certified hotel, they operate on hydropower and offer an electric tram to transport guests from the lodge to the river.
  • Copal Tree Lodge (Punta Gorda)
    This all-inclusive jungle lodge in the lush Maya Mountains of Punta Gorda is a hub for sustainable food production, agritourism, and eco-luxury. Situated on a 3,000 acre organic farm (the first in Belize), Copal Tree offers 16 private suites and one three-bedroom villa surrounded by 22,000 acres of rainforest preserve. When you’re not at the beach, be sure to visit the onsite Farm Center to learn about the production of chocolate and coffee.
  • Victoria House Resort & Spa (San Pedro)
    Victoria House is a boutique resort and spa located at the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef. It’s the perfect home base from which to explore the neighboring Mayan ruins, divide the Great Blue Hole, or just perch yourself poolside to take in the view.

Plan My Trip To Belize

8. Morocco

Morocco

Flight route:

You’ll only find direct flights to Morocco’s Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc, which flies out of Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Miami.

Entry requirements:

All U.S. residents who are 11 years or older must obtain and present a negative COVID PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival, governmental officials will also conduct a health screening. Travelers must have documentation of a reservation at a Moroccan hotel and/or travel agency and, if they wish to enter or leave Casablanca, must have a letter of permission from Moroccan authorities.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 8 - 10 days

Best time to go: Mid-March - May / September - October

Best for: Foodies, culture enthusiasts, beach bums, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For culture: explore Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakesh, visit the medina in Fez, wander the small UNESCO village of Aït Benhaddou, take a day trip the blue village of Chefchaouen
  • For adventure: explore the Merzouga desert, hike the Gorges of Dades
  • For relaxation: visit the Legzira Beach (known for its red cliffs)

READ MORE: Journy’s Ultimate Marrakesh Travel Guide

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Dar Darma (Marrakech)
    Located in the Hart Essoura neighborhood of North Medina, this gem of a riad is close to the teeming souks—but tucked away on a quieter side street for a more local feel. The meals, especially breakfast served on the roof terrace, are a North African delight of twittering birds, pistachio yogurt, and fresh orange juice.
  • Dar Les Cigognes By Sanssouci Collection (Marrakech)
    This boutique hotel on the southern end of Medina takes its name from the storks that nest on the merlons of the Royal Palace's battlement walls, which can be seen from their spectacular rooftop terrace. Though small, Dar les Cigognes has big aspirations for luxury. Consider a cooking class offered by the hotel, which begins with a market tour through the Mellah or Jewish Quarter. If you enjoy one hammam in Marrakesh, reserve it here. The patience with which the black soap is applied, drubbed, and rinsed is as soothing as any massage.

Plan My Trip To Morocco

9. Peru

Peru

Flight route:

You’ll only find direct flights to Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) from select U.S. cities and airlines, including:

  • American: Dallas, Miami
  • Delta: Atlanta
  • JetBlue: Fort Lauderdale
  • LATAM: Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, New York
  • Spirit: Fort Lauderdale
  • United: Houston, Newark

Entry requirements:

American travelers are permitted to enter Peru with a negative COVID PCR test or Antigen test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. For travelers under 12 years old, a certificate of health from a doctor will suffice. More information can be found on the U.S. Embassy site for Peru.  

Ideal amount of time to spend: 14 days days, split between Lima (1-2 nights), Iquitos (3 - 5 nights), Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve (2 nights), Cusco/Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley (4 nights), and Puerto Maldonado (3 nights)

Best time to go: May - September, which is the dry season. However, the rainy months of December - April are also an option since it doesn't rain the entire time, the greenery is more lush, and the rivers are higher.

Best for: Foodies, outdoor adventurers, culture enthusiasts

Best things to do:

  • For culture: explore the UNESCO-listed capital city of Lima
  • For adventure: explore the Amazon rainforest and the "Forrest of Mirrors" in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (where the sky and trees reflect), hike Machu Picchu, trek to the lost city of Choquequirao

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Atemporal (Lima)
    This Tudor-style mansion in the Miraflores neighborhood is a boutique hotel that feels almost like a private home. There's just nine modern rooms—all of which are small but comfortable, with a colonial vibe throughout.
  • Soy y Luna Relais & Chateaux (Urubamba)
    Soy y Luna is a small hotel that sits on 25 sprawling acres just outside Urubamba, a village between Cusco and Machu Picchu. It feels almost like an oasis complete with indigenous flora and fauna, exotic flowers, endangered trees, and colorful hummingbirds. Carve out some time to relax in the low-lying bungalows near the pool.
  • Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel (Machu Picchu)
    Location-wise, it doesn't get much better than Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel, which just a four-minute walk from the Machu Picchu train station, 4 km from Temple of the Moon and 9 km from Machu Picchu. The rooms feature all the amenities you'd want—and then some (think WiFi, flat-screens, safes, terraces, plunge pools, fireplaces). Onsite, there's a thatched cafe overlooking the Vilcanota River.

Plan My Trip To Peru

COVID Test And Quarantine Required

10. United Kingdom

London

Flight route:

Several major airlines across the country offer nonstop flights to London, including:

  • British Airways: Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Miami, New York, Newark
  • American: Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami, New York
  • Delta: Seattle, New York
  • Virgin Atlantic: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, New York
  • United: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Newark

Flights service six international airports, including:

  1. Heathrow Airport (the main one)
  2. Gatwick Airport
  3. London Stansted Airport
  4. Luton Airport
  5. London City Airport
  6. London Southend Airport

Entry requirements:

All travelers must complete a passenger locator form prior to arrival in the UK. The form—which includes passport information, travel logistics, and lodging address—will be used to contact you if someone you traveled with develops COVID symptoms. It may also be used to check that you are self-isolating if necessary. After 42 days, your information will be deleted.  

Although the UK formerly had a strict 14-day quarantine in place for all travelers, it has been reduced to five days, after which travelers must get a test (which they have booked and paid for themselves).

Ideal amount of time to spend: 7 days

Best time to go: All year round, with spring (late March - early June) and autumn (September - November) as the most popular

Best for: Culture enthusiasts, history buffs, foodies

Best things to do:

  • For history: tour Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace, spend an afternoon at The British Museum, visit The Churchill War Rooms
  • For art: visit the Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum
  • For food & drink: grab a bite at Old Spitalfields Market, Borough Market, and Portobello Market in addition to stocking up on tea at Fortnum & Mason
  • For theater: visit Shakespeare’s Globe and catch a show at The National Theatre
  • For views: go for a ride on The London Eye, walk along Millennium Bridge

READ MORE:

Journy-approved lodging:

  • Rosewood London (London)
    The Rosewood is a stately hotel boasting large, luxurious rooms and impeccable service. It's conveniently located close to Covent Garden, Oxford Street, and the West End, making it a great choice for theatregoers.
  • The Goring Hotel (London)
    If you're looking for old-school London service, the Goring has it. Steps from Buckingham Palace, this property is where the Queen hosts a yearly tea for her staff.
  • Flemings Mayfair (London)
    Flemings is a posh but inviting hotel—and its location, just steps away from Green Park in the Mayfair area, can’t be beat. It’s the second oldest hotel in London and one of the few remaining independent, family-owned properties in the city.

READ MORE: The 27 Best London Hotels

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11. Ireland

Ireland

Flight route:

Several major airlines across the country offer nonstop flights to Dublin Airport (DUB), including:

  • Aer Lingus: San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Newark, Philly, Washington DC, Orlando
  • American: Dallas, Chicago, Philly, Charlotte
  • Delta: Boston, New York City, Atlanta
  • United: San Francisco, Chicago, Newark, Washington DC

If you’re traveling from a city that doesn’t offer a nonstop flight (e.g., Portland, Denver, Minneapolis), you’ll likely have a layover in either Toronto, Calgary, or Chicago.

Entry requirements:

US travelers to Ireland are required to quarantine for 14 days, with the option to cut it shorter if they take a COVID PCR test and receive a negative result a minimum of five days after arrival in the country—a new protocol that was put in place on November 29, 2020. Additionally, travelers must fill out an online passenger locator form, with the option to complete a paper version at the airport in Ireland.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 8 days (3 days in Dublin, 2 days in Kilkenny, 3 days in Cork)

Best time to go: March - May / September - November

Best for: Culture enthusiasts, history buffs, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For adventure…explore the Kells Priory ruins, take a day trip from Kilkenny to Waterford, embark on a road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, take a day trip from Cork to Killarney National Park
  • For culture...visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Book of Kells in Trinity College
  • For food & drink...explore the Guinness Brewery and Jameson Irish Whiskey Distillery, enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast, wander The English Market in Cork

READ MORE: How To Plan Your Multi-City Ireland Itinerary

Journy-approved lodging:

  • The Westbury Hotel (Dublin)
    The Westbury is conveniently located just five minutes from the Little Museum of Dublin and around 10 from the Dublin Castle—making it the perfect home base from which to explore the city. But we wouldn't blame you if you wanted to stay in for an afternoon. The airy, comfortable rooms are outfitted with pillow-top mattresses, custom wool carpets, marble bathrooms with heated floors, and designer toiletries. Certain suites also boast four-poster beds. Be sure to pop by the 30s-era cocktail bar and brasserie.
  • Mount Juliet Estate (Kilkenny)
    This luxury resort encompasses a grand, Georgian-style mansion, cottages, and a stone lodge—along with an elegant onsite restaurant, brasserie, and bar. On the grounds of the estate is an 18-hole golf course, equestrian center, indoor pool and spa, and shooting/archery center. And after a day of activities, there's nothing better than retiring to your country-style suite complete with supremely comfortable four-poster beds.
  • The River Lee Hotel (Cork)
    As you would guess, The River Lee Hotel sits on the banks of the River Lee, just a short walk from Cork's city centre. The River Club restaurant embodies a New York vibe in the bar, an aura of sophistication in the Grill Room, and a relaxed Mediterranean feel on the riverside terrace. There's also The Cocktail Bar, a chic take on a mid-20th century cocktail lounge (think hand-carved mahogany bars, white marble tops, and rare whiskeys from throughout Ireland). A full Irish breakfast and afternoon tea are available, with a spa, indoor pool, and fitness center onsite as well.

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12. Rwanda

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Flight route:

There are no airlines that offer nonstop flights from the United States to Kigali International Airport (KGL). Instead, you’ll travel via Amsterdam or Lagos (some points of departure, such as Austin, have two layovers: Atlanta and Lagos).

Entry requirements:

As of August 1, 2020, Rwanda has opened to international travel for visitors arriving by scheduled commercial flights. There are no restrictions based on nationality or point of departure; however, all travelers must have proof of a negative SARS-CoV 2 Real Time PCR test performed within 120 hours of departure. Upon arrival, a second PCR test is conducted. Until you receive your negative results, you must self-isolate in a pre-booked hotel.

Ideal amount of time to spend: 7 days

Best time to go: December - early February and June - September

Best for: Culture enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers

Best things to do:

  • For adventure: visit the Gorilla Sanctuary in Volcanoes National Park, the Nyungwe Forest National Park, and the Akagera National Park
  • For culture: explore Kigali Heights, visit the Campaign Against Genocide (CAG) Museum and Kigali Genocide Museum, tour the Inema Arts Center
  • For relaxation: visit Lake Kivu

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Journy-approved lodging:

  • Cormoran Lodge (Lake Kivu)
    Each of five wooden bungalows at this boutique lodge offer unobstructed views of Lake Kivu, including the Nyiragongo volcano. They offer kayaking trips, boat excursions, tea tastings, and more.
  • Heaven Rwanda (Kigali)
    This 11-room retreat in Kigali offers African and international fusion cuisine, a mix of mid-range and luxury accommodations, a full-service spa, saltwater pools, and a fitness center—everything you need for a memorable stay in the capital city.

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