Border reopening 2020: USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
Visafoto continues gathering information about international borders opening. The list below is useful for travelers planning a trip to the North America or the Caribbean islands.
The United States of America
The country is not completely closed, but it has strict visitor restrictions, including bans on tourists from Canada, Mexico, Europe and most of Asia. Learn more about USA Travel restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada extended the international travel ban to at least July 31st, but resumed the processing of online visitor visas and eTAs. The resumption of the visa process is aimed to avoid a backlog in the future. It’s still unknown when any visitors will be able to enter the country.
The U.S./Canada border remains closed at least until July 21.
Most of the Mexican international airports are now reopened for domestic and international flights. The capital city began reopening to tourism on June 29. Hotels, restaurants and shopping centers are allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity. Nonessential travel between Mexico and the U.S is restricted at least until July 21.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda has officially reopened to international travellers on June 4th. Each visitor must undergo testing upon arrival and complete a health declaration form.
On July 1, Aruba reopened its borders for countries of the Caribbean (with the exception of the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada. The U.S. citizens will be able to visit Aruba starting on July 10th. Visitors must choose between 2 options:
- Take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure
- Pre-pay for a PCR test upon arrival and self-isolate for up to 24 hours waiting for results.
All visitors must also purchase Aruba Covid Coverage insurance.
The country reopened for tourism on July 1st, 2020. All visitors must bring a negative PCR test made no earlier than 10 days before arrival.
Costa-Rica is not planning to re-open until August 1. Only tourists from low-risk countries will be allowed in.
On 1 July Cuba partially reopened its borders for international tourism. At the moment tourists can visit only the northern islands of the country: Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Cruz and Cayo Santa Maria. Tourists are not allowed to leave the mentioned territories, although some excursions can be organized.
Curaçao started to slowly reopen on June 12, 2020. Currently it can be visited by nationals of the Caribbean, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain.
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic reopened for tourists from July 1. Upon arrival all passengers will have their temperature checked. If a visitor registers a temperature above 100.6 F degrees or has any other symptoms, airport authorities will provide an express COVID-19 test. Social distancing and face-covering requirements remain in force.
Jamaica has officially reopened its borders to all international visitors on June 15th. Prior to the trip, travelers are required to apply for a Travel Authorization via VisitJamaica.com and wait for the approval. Visitors from high-risk countries must undergo a test for COVID-19 upon arrival.
Saint Lucia began reopening its tourism industry in phases on June 4, 2020.
Visitors will be required to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding their flights, and upon arrival in St. Lucia, they must continue to wear facemasks and practice social distancing.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Tourists from all countries are allowed to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines since July 1. All visitors must be tested.
The US Virgin Islands
The country is open to all travelers. Visitors are required to pass a health screening and temperature check upon arrival.