[Roundup] Americans Can Now Travel To 60+ Countries, Here’s Where You Can Go

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  1. I’m not sure South Korea/Ireland/UK belongs on a list that “welcomes” tourists. “Long-stay forced-quarantine” isn’t exactly a “welcome mat.”

  2. Note that Brazil no longer requires US visitors to have health insurance. This changed earlier in the month. Many sites have not updated with that yet, but it’s disappointing that TPG says it has been updated when it is not. I use this site to check which countries are open: https://bringbacktravel.com/ Then I go to websites from there to see up-to-date requirements, which is one of the ways I learned about Brazil. I am going to Brazil, so I made it my business to find out. Of course, I am carrying health coverage anyway, but it is no longer mandatory to enter the nation.

    Here’s the direct link. https://br.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

  3. Gary really shouldn’t express any pedantic sentiments he might have given his track record on copy editing.

    @Andrew

    The UK’s quarantine enforcement is much laxer than South Korea’s. I’ve passed through a couple times since it was imposed and have not been contacted once by any administrative authority and border controls were quick and easy at the e-gates. No need for Registered Traveller (the UK analog to Global Entry) anymore; the e-gates are better than Global Entry in some cases as you don’t have to interact with any officers at all and the lines can be shorter than with Global Entry. On my last flight I overheard an American couple telling a flight attendant that they were flying to London to celebrate their wedding anniversary, so apparently they found the UK’s policy welcoming enough.

  4. The US added half a million covid cases in one week. Maybe people should not be travelling right now. Some of those countries don’t even have the necessary hospital systems to deal with major outbreaks.

  5. @ Bill

    Cases are increasing, which one would expect when testing more and more people. Deaths per infected person are decreasing. As are hospitalizations. At least in England where I am currently.

  6. That list is so badly wrong that it is almost funny.

    Off the top of my head, the list has left out at least 10 countries where American tourists are welcome right now with pretty much just a PCR test.

    Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Gabon – just to name ten.

  7. @ cargocult – thanks, I saw the fines and policy and assumed that their government would capitalize on that potential. Apparently not. 🙂

  8. It’s one thing to take your chances on flying domestically. If you get sick, you go to an American hospital and your health insurance would likely cover it.

    If you get Covid while abroad – you have to stay wherever you are. No travelling back to the US with fever or a positive test. And, if you need hospitalization, your insurance might not cover it.

  9. @Airfarer The case number is NOT increasing in the US because of the number of tests. Even the top doctors in Trump’s administration are saying that this increase is not because there are additional tests. The only person that pushes that lie is Trump and his political campaign. The medical personnel that work for him are saying that is not true. In some states they aren’t even testing enough.

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