Rio de Janeiro, meaning the River of January, is a place that pretty much has it all. With beautiful warm beaches, vibrant city life and luscious green mountains, there really is something for everyone. Whether you want to just relax on the beach, surf, hike the tropical mountains, dance at a local nightclub, explore the metropolitan area, or go on a more extreme excursion – Rio can make for an amazing trip.

If I could describe Brazilian culture using only two words they would be lively and inviting. The Brazilian people are super friendly, welcoming and passionate about enjoying life and living it to the fullest! Each year in February, over one million people visit Rio from all over the world to celebrate Carnival. This festival involves multiple parades throughout the country with massive elaborate floats, music, professional dancers, and more! Traditionally, Carnival celebrates the last days before Ash Wednesday – kicking off the Catholic Lent season. You’ll see the streets come alive with people of all ages dressed up in vibrant costumes, dancing to live music all around. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t forget, Rio is also known for their futebol, or soccer. The season is usually around May through December if you wanted to plan a trip during that time.

Brazil does have some issues with crime, but that shouldn’t steer you away from visiting. There are safety precautions and some tips (mentioned below) you should follow before hopping on the plane to head south of the border.

I hope this blog will not only inspire you to take a trip to Rio, but also to venture off the beaten path and maybe step out of your comfort zone. There’s so much to see and learn from this vivacious culture. Below are some recommendations, tips, and fun information to motivate you to visit Rio. Enjoy!

Dancers in the Carnival Parade, February 2020

Places to see & things to do:

  • Christ the Redeemer – Statue of Jesus Christ, One of the 7 Wonders of the World!
  • Sugarloaf Mountain – Definitely another popular attraction; a fun experience with a beautiful scenic view of the city and open ocean! To get there, you can take the cable car up from the ground station next to Praia Vermelha or you can hike! The hiking trail begins at the bottom of Morro da Urca. For extreme adventurers, you can even rock climb up to the top!
  • Relax or surf at some beautiful beaches! –
    • The most famous beaches are Copacabana and Ipanema (about a mile and a half apart). You can take a stroll down the artsy boardwalk where there’s a plethora of street vendors; plus there are restaurants right there in the sand!
    • Grab some drinks and a bite to eat and enjoy the live music – everywhere!
      If you’re looking for less crowded beaches with good surf, try Macumbo Curvo, Joatinga, or Tropical Beach!
  • Go for a bike ride! – You can rent some bikes (around $5 USD per hour) and explore around the city or different beaches. There are lots of bike trails and routes to take, very walkable and bike friendly!
  • Visit the Jardim Botânico – A beautiful botanical garden, bring your camera!
  • Explore Lapa – See the “Arcos da Lapa” (Lapa Arches, from when the Portuguese empire colonized Rio) Lapa is an area rich in nightlife if you want to get your samba on.
  • Escadaria Selarón- “Selaron Steps” – A set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who described the stairs as his “tribute to the Brazilian people”.
  • Take a dance class and learn how to Samba! I recommend booking with “Rio Samba Dancer” and then taking the night tour to the Samba clubs afterwards. Great for beginners and a fun opportunity to dive into the culture! You can search it on google and call the owner, super easy!
  • Fill your lungs with fresh air & take a nature hike in the Tijuca National Rain Forest. Explore the luscious vegetation and connect with nature! You could even reach the summit of Corcovado (Portuguese for “hunchback”) – where the “Cristo Redentor” statue sits watching over the city.

Before

I didn’t know much about Morocco before going there. I had read The Alchemist, and heard the name a few times, so I knew it existed, but that was about it. Of course when I found out my Peace Corps assignment had been switched from Mozambique to Morocco, I did some research, but I only had a month or two to learn about it before shipping out. A well-traveled friend of ours actually told us not to go there because he had an unpleasant experience when he visited. My mother-in-law was worried about us going to an Islamic country. Meanwhile I watched surf videos and skate videos and became enchanted with the idea of goats in trees, colorful marketplaces and camel rides in the desert. I was enticed at the prospect of learning Arabic because I had been to Israel and Palestine and loved it, and saw a potential future for myself in Middle Eastern conflict resolution. I heard about harassment and unwanted attention, but felt excited to take that on as well as a recently certified empowerment self defense instructor. I wanted to learn more about the most misunderstood and misjudged world religion and study the Quran. What’s more, whenever I mentioned to anyone that I was going to Morocco, the first thing they always mentioned was the food. I didn’t know what tajine was but my mouth watered for it. I fell in love with the idea of the country before I even got there.

Disclaimer

Now, I just want to say that my limited experience with and perspective of Morocco in no way reflects the vastness of this very richly diverse country. I was there as a Peace Corps volunteer, not a tourist or a traveler, and I was only there for six months, with the majority of that time under a travel ban which prohibited me from leaving my region. It’s an interesting phenomenon how we sometimes will visit a place or even live there briefly and then feel a sense of kinship or ownership to that country and culture, as if we are the experts in a conversation, despite the fact that we really have and are no such thing. That being said, I did get a taste of a few different areas in Morocco and I hope to honor it by sharing it as best I can. Here are some of my main takeaways, and advice for anyone looking to add Morocco to their travel list (once the borders reopen).

The Basics

Morocco is such a rich and diverse country, both geographically and culturally. Geographically, when I pictured Morocco in the past, I would think of the desert, but I came to see they also have beautiful mountains – the Rif and Atlas Mountain ranges, and areas that get super green in the spring. They have beautiful beaches and waterfalls as well. I thought it would be hot all over, but some highly elevated places—such as my permanent site assignment—got very very cold in the winter, even down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The big cities are pretty developed, in fact the ones I’ve been to felt European, but the small towns and villages, where you won’t see many tourists—unless just passing through—are quite different.

On the cultural side of things, obviously there is a lot of Arab influence, but what I didn’t know much about before going there was the indigenous people of Amazigh background (commonly known as Berbers, however this name is slightly offensive). There are three different Amazigh languages—Tamazigh, Tashla7it*, and Tarrafit, all spoken in different regions of Morocco. Some Moroccans don’t even speak Arabic at all. Traditional Amazigh people dress slightly differently and have very fun wedding traditions– also face tattoos are a thing. There is some conflict there, as with all indigenous cultures that aren’t properly preserved or respected by the colonizers, but a friend of mine once told me “Underneath every Moroccan is an Amazigh,” meaning we’re all really Amazigh people anyways. He of course was Amazigh. Unfortunately, my site didn’t have much of that because it wasn’t in one of the heavily concentrated Amazigh regions (which are mainly the south and the Rif mountains where they speak Tarrafit).

My Main Takeaways

Honestly, my six months living in Morocco was really difficult, but not because of the country or culture itself. It was just hard spending three months in intensive training with so many cultural adjustments and language barriers. Emotionally, it was fairly exhausting. But from everything I’d heard from other Peace Corps Volunteers, it would also have been the most challenging part of my two years’ service. So I mourn what could have been, the relationships I could have deepened, and the places I could have visited. But I am still grateful for the experience I was able to have and the people I was able to meet. At times it’s hard to share my experience because I want to be authentic and honest about it and not paint an unrealistic fairytale, but I also don’t want to be overly negative. I hope I can share the most beautiful parts of my experience with Morocco and that it can guide others if they choose to visit one day!

Despite all the beautiful geographical features of Morocco, the people definitely had the biggest impact on me. Two families with very little for themselves offered up their homes and the best of what they had, adopting me as one of their own. And countless other families who didn’t host me still treated me as if I was a part of their family, made me feel so welcome and so loved and looked out for. Because that’s what they do in Morocco, they look out for their neighbors. That’s the spirit of Islam as I know it. Visiting Morocco just wouldn’t be the same without those local connections.

Italy is, has, and always will be my dream vacation. The sights, the culture, the FOOD! Who wouldn’t love it? Well that was my exact problem. I had nobody to go with.

A couple months ago I received an email from pomelo travel. I never overlook those emails, especially not now because it had the words Rome, Italy for $300. I thought it was too good to be true. BUT IT WASNT. I found the deal through google flights.

There it was right there SFO to Rome for $288!! Adrenaline shot through my body. Italy is has and always will be my dream vacation. The sights, the culture the FOOD. Who wouldn’t love it. Well that was my exact problem. I had nobody to go with.

 

 

So I put my Instagram to good use and posted a story asking somebody to buy the plane ticket and go with me. It was mostly a joke but I was secretly hoping somebody would take the plunge. And to my surprise somebody did. A girl from my town who I had never met before but had seen at bars occasionally.

She said the magic words “I’m so down” the next 10 minutes I blacked out because not only did I purchase a ticket to Italy but I did it with a total stranger. We didn’t stay strangers for long as the trip planning was coming full speed. We hit it off immediately and became inseparable.

We are counting down the days till our trip happens 75 days to be precise. We have no doubts in our heads that this will be the trip of a life time, all thanks to pomelo travel.

 

About: The Pomelo Travel team has compiled a list of every country in the world that is open, or opening for tourism. It’s exciting! Things are changing very quickly, and countries all over the world are starting to make serious plans to welcome tourists.  The following information is for US passport holders.  Did we miss something? Suggest corrections or submit additional information here. 

List key:

 

 

US Department of State travel advisories: 

 

* Level 4, Do not travel

* Level 3, Reconsider travel

* Level 2, Exercise increased caution

 

Important disclaimer:  This information is subject to change, and could change rapidly depending on the spread of COVID-19. Make travel plans accordingly. Booking through most airlines is flexible right now, meaning that if conditions change after booking you should be able to easily reschedule.

The List:

OPEN FOR TRAVEL:

 

🇦🇱 Albania *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇦🇲 Armenia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇦🇼 Aruba *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇧🇭 Bahrain *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇧🇧 Barbados *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇧🇾 Belarus *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇧🇿 Belize *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here or here.

🇧🇲 Bermuda *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇧🇷 Brazil *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇰🇭 Cambodia *

Open to international travel, but with harsh restrictions, including a $2000 deposit for incoming travelers. For more information, please click here.

🇨🇴 Colombia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇨🇷 Costa Rica *

Open to all October 26th without a test. For more information, please click here, and here.

🇭🇷 Croatia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click hereNew website for tourists here.

🇨🇺 Cuba *

Opening to international travel, with a complicated system. For more information, please click here and here.

🇨🇩 Democratic Republic of the Congo *

Open for Tourism with a visa. For more information, please click here.

🇩🇲 Dominica *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇩🇴 Dominican Republic *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here, here 

🇪🇨 Ecuador *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇪🇬 Egypt *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇸🇻 El Salvador *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇪🇹 Ethiopia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇵🇫 French Polynesia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here 

🇬🇭 Ghana *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇬🇩 Grenada *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇬🇵 Guadeloupe *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here or here.

🇬🇹 Guatemala *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here or here.

🇭🇹 Haiti *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇭🇳 Honduras *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇯🇲 Jamaica *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here, here and here.

🇰🇪 Kenya *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇽🇰 Kosovo *

Open to tourism. However, despite being open to tourists, the Embassy strongly suggests US visitors cancel or postpone any travel plans to Kosovo this summer. For more information, please click here and here.

🇱🇧 Lebanon *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇱🇷 Liberia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇲🇻 Maldives *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇲🇶 Martinique *

Open for Tourism. For more information, please click here or here. 

🇲🇽 Mexico * *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇲🇪 Montenegro *

Open to US with negative PCR test. For more information, please click here 

🇳🇦 Namibia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇳🇮 Nicaragua *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here or here.

🇳🇬 Nigeria *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇲🇰 North Macedonia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here

🇴🇲 Oman *

Open for tourism with restrictions. For more information, please click here.

🇵🇰 Pakistan *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here

🇵🇦 Panama *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇵🇷 Puerto Rico

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇷🇼 Rwanda *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇧🇱 Saint Barths *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇱🇨 Saint Lucia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇸🇹 São Tomé and Príncipe *

Open for international travel. For more information, please click here.

🇷🇸 Serbia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇸🇳 Senegal *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here. 

🇸🇱 Sierra Leone *

Open for international travel. For more information, please click here.

🇲🇫 St. Maarten *

Open for tourism. For more information, click here.

🇹🇿 Tanzania *

Open for tourism.  For more information, please click here.

🇹🇳 Tunisia *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here. 

🇹🇷 Turkey *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇹🇨 Turks and Caicos *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇺🇬 Uganda *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇺🇦 Ukraine *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

🇻🇮 U.S. Virgin Islands

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇿🇲 Zambia *

Opening for tourism. For more information, please click here.

🇿🇼 Zimbabwe *

Open for tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

 

 

 

OPENING SOON or OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS:

 

🇦🇮 Anguilla

Closed to international travel until October 31st. For more information, please click here.

🇧🇴 Bolivia *

International airport open. Country still under quarantine. For more information, please click here and here.

🇻🇬 British Virgin Islands

Open for tourism December 1st. For more information, please click here.

🇨🇦 Canada

Border closed to US until November 21st. For more information, please click here and here.

🇰🇾 Cayman Islands 

Soft opening October 1st, with heavy restrictions. For more information, please click here and here.

🇹🇩 Chad

Open for some travel with a 7-day quarantine. For more information, please click here or here.

🇨🇼 Curacao *

Open to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut November 1.  please click here.

🇮🇪 Ireland *

Open to the US with 14-day quarantine. For more information, please click here

🇮🇹 Italy

Open with heavy restrictions. For more information, please click here 

Sicily to provide subsidized travel.

🇯🇴 Jordan

Open for tourism with restrictions. For more information, please click here and here.

🇰🇼 Kuwait

Open for tourism with restrictions. For more information, please click here and here

🇲🇹 Malta

Open for US only with special permission through email or if you have visited an approved country for at least 14 days prior. For more information, please click here or here 

🇵🇾 Paraguay

Hoping to open borders in October (Delayed). For more information, please click here.

🇵🇪 Peru *

Airport open Oct 5th. Country still under a state of emergency. For more information, please click here and here 

🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis

Open for tourism October 31 2020. For more information, please click here and here.

🇸🇬 Singapore

Open for some business travel. For more information, please click here 

🇸🇮 Slovenia *

Open with neg test and 10-day quarantine. For more information, please click here.

🇿🇦 South Africa *

Open for tourism, but not to the U.S. October 1st. For more information, please click here.

🇰🇷 South Korea *

Open for tourism with 14-day quarantine. For more information, please click here.

🇱🇰 *Sri Lanka

Possibly opening for tourism mid August (opening delayed). For more information, please click here.

🇹🇭 Thailand

Open for extended stay tourists starting October 1, 2020. For more information, please click here, here and here.

🇧🇸 The Bahamas

Open for tourism but with a strict 14-day quarantine (Until November 1st). For more information, please click hereherehere or here.

🇬🇧 United Kingdom *

Open for tourism with a 14 day quarantine. There is no ban on incoming flights, but there remains strict quarantine rules. For more information, please click here and here.

🇻🇳 Vietnam

 E-Visa applications are available but the country’s borders are still closed. For more information, please click here and here.

 

 

Do Not Travel:

 

*Afghanistan

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Algeria

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click

here. 

🇦🇩 Andorra

Closed to  the US. For more information, please click here.

Angola

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Argentina

Closed to international travel until probably 2021. For more information, please click here.

Australia 
Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Azerbaijan

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Bangladesh

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Belgium

Closed to international travel. For more information, please click here.

Benin

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Bhutan

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Bonaire

Closed to international travel until further notice. Tentative reopening of airport after June 15. For more information, please click here.

🇧🇼 Botswana

Closed back down, for more information, please click here and here

Brunei

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇧🇬 Bulgaria

Closed to U.S. citizens. For more information, please click here.

*Burkina Faso

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Burma

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Burundi

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Cameroon

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Canada

Land border closed to US travel. For more information, please click here and here 

🇨🇻 Cape Verde

Closed to the US and international tourism. For more information, please click here and here.

*Central African Republic

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Chile

May open October 1st (postponed). For more information, please click here.

China

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Comoros

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Cote d’Ivoire

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇨🇾 Cyprus

Closed to the US. Virus incentives here. For more information, please click here and here.

🇨🇿 Czech Republic

Open to international travel, but not open to Americans yet. For more information, please click herehere and here.

Denmark

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Djibouti

International airport open. For more information, please click here.

Equatorial Guinea

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Eritrea

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Estonia

Closed to the US. For more information, please click here.

Eswatini

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Fiji

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Finland

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

France

French borders will remain closed to non-European Union countries until at least June 15th and a  mandatory, 14-day quarantine for those entering the country until July 24th. For more information, please click here and here.

French Guiana

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

French West Indies 

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Gabon

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇬🇪 Georgia

Closed to the US. For more information, please click here.

Germany

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here and here

🇬🇷 Greece

Open to travel, except American tourists. For more info, please click here,

Guinea

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Guinea-Bissau

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Guyana

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Hong Kong

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Hungary

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇮🇸 Iceland 

Closed to the US. For more information, please click here.

India

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇮🇩 Indonesia (Bali)

Not open for tourism until 2021. For more information, please click here.

*Iran

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Iraq

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Israel

Closed to Americans for travel until further notice. For more information, please click here

🇯🇵 Japan

Planning opening procedure September 1st, not including US. For more information, please click herehere and here.

Kazakhstan

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Kiribati

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Kyrgyzstan

Closed to US. For more information, please click here.

Laos

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Latvia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Lesotho

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Libya

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Liechtenstein

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Lithuania

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Luxembourg

Closed to American travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Macau

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Madagascar

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Malawi

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Malaysia

Closed to international travel, with a few exceptions. For more information, please click here and here.

*Mali

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Marshall Islands

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Mauritania

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Mauritius

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Micronesia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Moldova

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Mongolia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Montserrat

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇲🇦 Morocco

Just reimposed lock down. Closed to tourism until further notice. For more information, please click here,

Mozambique 

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Nauru

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇳🇵 Nepal

Closed until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Netherlands

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

New Caledonia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

New Zealand

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Niger

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*North Korea

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

North Macedonia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Norway

Closed to U.S. travel. For more information, please click here.

Palau

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Papua New Guinea

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Philippines

Closed to international travel until further notice.For more information, please click here. 

Poland

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here or here.

🇵🇹 Portugal

Closed to US. For more information, please click here.

Qatar

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Republic of the Congo

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Romania

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Russia

Closed to US tourism. For more information, please click here.

Samoa

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Saudi Arabia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Scotland

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇸🇨 Seychelles

Opened August 1st for select countries (excluding the U.S.). For more information, please click here

Slovakia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Soloman Islands

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Somalia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*South Sudan

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇪🇸 Spain

Open for tourism (except US tourists). For more information, please click here or here.

*Sudan 

International flights suspended til October 10th. For more information, please click here.

Suriname

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

🇸🇪 Sweden

Open to other countries in the EU, but no American tourists allowed until further notice. For more information, please click herehere or here.

Switzerland

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Syria

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Taiwan

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Tajikistan

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here

The Gambia

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

The Kyrgyz Republic

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Timor-Leste

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Togo

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here

Tonga

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Trinidad and Tobago

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Turkmenistan

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Tuvalu

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

Uruguay

Closed to international travel until at least October 31st. For more information, please click here.

🇺🇿 Uzbekistan

Closed to US but open for tourism to other nations October 1st. For more information, please click here

Vanuatu

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Venezuela

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

*Yemen

Closed to international travel until further notice. For more information, please click here.

INFORMATIONAL LINKS and SOURCES

https://www.journeysinternational.com/border-report-which-countries-are-open-for-travel-updated-weekly/

https://blog.wego.com/international-reopening/

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

https://www.usembassy.gov/

https://thepointsguy.com/guide/reopening-soon-a-country-by-country-guide-to-coronavirus-recovery/

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/europe-summer-coronavirus-tourism/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/18/europe-holidays-which-european-countries-are-easing-coronavirus-travel-restrictions-lockdown-measures

https://bb.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

https://www.businessinsider.com/travel-warnings-us-state-department-2019-6#turkey-level-3-reconsider-travel-12

https://www.traveloffpath.com/aruba-reopening-to-international-tourists-tentatively-

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-travel-restrictions-border-shutdowns-country-200318091505922.htmlby-july-1st/

https://blog.wego.com/international-reopening/