Despite the State Department’s advice that Americans reconsider travel to Canada due to COVID-19, it comes as little surprise that U.S. travellers are slightly more confident about venturing north of the border. Canada reopened to fully vaccinated Americans in August. Visiting requires not only proof of inoculation but entering traveller information in the ArriveCAN system and proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or arrival at a land border.
One of five European countries in the top 10, Ireland has travellers who are considering an insurance plan split down the middle, with exactly 50 percent worried about contracting COVID-19 during their trip. Nonetheless, the State Department continues to advise against travel to the Emerald Isle this fall due to the ongoing pandemic. The CDC also warns of a very high level of the virus in Ireland. To visit, Americans will need proof of vaccination or evidence of recovery from COVID-19. Otherwise, testing and quarantine will be required.
T6. British Virgin Islands
While InsureMyTrip’s data suggests that many Americans have reservations about visiting some Caribbean destinations, U.S. travellers appear to be split on the British Virgin Islands, with 50 percent of CFAR calculator tool users expressing concern about contracting COVID-19 in the British territory. The islands remain on the State Department’s lengthy “Do Not Travel” list but are otherwise open for tourism. Visiting will be much easier for fully vaccinated individuals who will only require proof of inoculation and a negative PCR test or an approved rapid antigen test taken five days prior to arrival.
5. Puerto Rico
Although it’s a U.S. territory that Americans can visit without a passport, Puerto Rico is the Caribbean destination instilling the most confidence in U.S. travellers as it relates to the coronavirus this fall. According to InsureMyTrip, approximately 48 percent of CFAR calculator tool users indicated that they’re worried about contracting COVID-19 while visiting Puerto Rico. The CDC currently warns of a very high level of the virus on the island and encourages travellers to get fully vaccinated before visiting. Americans visiting without proof of vaccination will be required to test negative for the virus, providing evidence of either a PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
4. South Africa
South Africa saw roughly four out of 10 CFAR calculator tool users (41 percent) indicate concern about contracting COVID-19. Currently, the State Department encourages Americans to reconsider plans to visit South Africa due to the pandemic and the CDC warns of a high level of COVID-19 in the country, which is open to visitors who can present a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. Otherwise, arrivals will be required to quarantine at their own cost.
3. United Arab Emirates
One of the trendiest destinations in the world on TikTok, the United Arab Emirates is also inspiring quite a bit of confidence in Americans considering a trip abroad this fall, with only 40 percent of CFAR calculator tool users expressing worry about contracting the coronavirus during travel. Still, like South Africa, the CDC warns of a high level of COVID-19 in the country and the State Department recommends Americans reconsider plans to visit for now.
Croatia was among Europe’s hottest destinations, especially among luxury travellers, prior to the start of the pandemic last year. However, it appears the country is still inspiring wanderlust and confidence among Americans, with 38 percent of CFAR calculator tool users indicating that they are concerned about potentially contracting COVID-19 on an upcoming trip to Croatia. The country is open to U.S. travelers with proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result but nonetheless remains on the State Department’s “Do Not Travel” list due to COVID-19 and fluid restrictions related to the pandemic.
Austria is perceived to be the safest overseas destination among Americans this fall, with just over one in four travellers (27 percent) expressing concern about contracting COVID-19, based on InsureMyTrip’s research. Nonetheless, both the State Department and CDC are advising against travel to Austria right now due to COVID-19. As of September 15, 2021, only fully vaccinated travellers age 12 and older or recently recovered from COVID-19 can visit from the U.S. without having to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers can still enter but must pre-register, provide proof of a negative COVID test upon arrival and remain in quarantine for at least five days at a hotel or residence at their own expense, pending a second negative PCR test result. Otherwise they must quarantine for 10 days.
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