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The big travel news this week was that the United States scrapped its testing requirement for international air travellers.
Now that the requirement has been officially dropped effective today, here’s a look at some destinations Americans can travel to without testing this summer. For a trip to these cities, you will not need a test to visit and you will not be required to take a test for your return. No more Covid-travel admin here – just fun and adventure!
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Mexico has never had testing requirements for international travelers, including American Americans. And in early January this year, the country scrapped the health questionnaire form requirement which was the only Covid restriction in place for travelers throughout the pandemic.
Cabo is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico. From top-rated beach resorts to plenty of outdoor adventures and great food, travelers simply can’t get enough. And with cheap flight options from the West Coast of the United States, it’s quite tempting not to take your Cabo these days.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
In February, the Dominican Republic scrapped all entry requirements for travelers, including mask-wearing. At the time, 100% of scheduled flights currently operate to the popular resort town of Punta Cana. So why not take an easy, stress-free getaway to the Caribbean?
Beyond the resort, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy your time in paradise. Visit Los Haitises National Park to see rare wildlife (the only way to get there is by boat!) and explore the caves of Cueva de las Maravillas for a day trip so impressive you’ll think about it for years .
The UK removed all of its Covid restrictions in March, and US travelers do not need to show negative Covid tests before departure to travel. And with US airlines ramping up transatlantic flights to London, it hasn’t been this easy to get to the Big Smoke in a while.
Make the most of London’s hot summer weather and spend your afternoons at Camden Market, stroll Piccadilly Square, visit the many free museums and relax with a pint on a terrace in one of the many pubs famous in the city.
Following some confusion, Mongolia has officially scrapped its entry requirements for international travellers, including testing mandates. This landlocked nation was quite strict with Covid rules throughout the pandemic and remained closed to tourists for two years. But now Mongolia is ready to welcome you back.
Mongolia is a much more low-key destination for travelers, but it’s packed with unique things to do. Fly to the capital Ulaanbaatar and explore the historic city for a few days before heading out into the countryside, which is actually one of the most remote destinations in the world. It is possible to book a local city tour for a day trip or even a week-long adventure depending on your availability.
Find tour ideas here in this Indy guide from the local tourism company.
Italy lifted all of its Covid-related entry requirements for travelers on June 1, so this summer you can visit Rome like it’s 2019 all over again.
The Italian capital is the perfect place to indulge yourself and fulfill those travel dreams you’ve been dreaming about for two years. See the sights, stroll Piazza Novana, start your mornings with a cappuccino on the street, and end your days with a tiramisu – just make sure there’s plenty of ice cream in between.
And don’t forget to bring good walking shoes (not just for exploring the historical sites, but for getting out all that delicious fresh pasta!).
Last month, Croatia scrapped all of its entry requirements for international arrivals, including Americans. On top of that, mask mandates have been scrapped and life in the Balkan country has returned to normal with respect to Covid health guidelines.
The historic, southern city of Dubrovnik is a stunning introduction to Croatia. While many tourists only spend a few days here, consider booking a longer trip to really get to know the place. With breathtaking views, impressive hotel stays, a stunning Old Town, and even sunset kayak tours, you can easily fill your days in Dubrovnik while traveling at your own pace.
Along with Cabo, Cancun is Mexico’s most popular destination and one of the most visited destinations in the world for the past two years. With no travel restrictions and even more direct flight options available from cities across the United States, getting to Cancun has never been easier.
For your vacation, you can fly to Cancun and stay at this popular resort or explore other parts of Quintana Roo. Cancun is only a short drive from Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Puerto Morelos if you’re looking for a more laid-back option.
Germany has removed its entry requirements for US travelers entirely and at the time of writing US travelers can visit Germany without any pre-departure testing requirements.
Germany’s modern capital, Berlin, comes alive in summer. Berliners love parks and this city has plenty of them, so you’ll have no problem finding a beautiful green space to relax in all day with your fellow travelers. You can pack a picnic, attend an outdoor festival or local weekend market, and even shop for thrift in a vintage shop in Neukölln, one of Berlin’s hippest neighborhoods. Next, head to the popular Kreuzberg district to discover some of the city’s best restaurants and bars.
All mask mandates have ended in Germany, except for public transport and healthcare facilities. Masks must be medical grade, so don’t forget to bring your FFP2 mask to ride on Deutsche Bahn!
The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan dropped its entry requirements for international travelers in April, so American travelers can visit visa-free and unrestricted this summer. What better opportunity to explore this lesser-known destination?
Along with Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful landlocked country with so much to offer travelers. Just outside the capital, Bishkek, you’ll find the Altai Mountains, a popular destination for intrepid explorers. The summer months are ideal for exploring this region, as many trails are not accessible in winter.
Iceland scrapped its testing requirements for US travelers in February. And with the warm summer months upon us, this beautiful island in the North Atlantic is ready to welcome tourists once again.
Budget airlines have recently increased flight routes to Reykjavik, so a cheap flight to Iceland is just a few clicks away. What better way to celebrate the end of travel restrictions than by taking a road trip through Iceland? During your summer adventure, you can experience breathtaking waterfalls, hike volcanoes, relax in the Blue Lagoon, and sample Icelandic delicacies at one of Reykjavik’s many top-rated restaurants.
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