Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many countries have closed their borders to visitors to further enforce social distancing rules and keep the virus out of their countries. Places like the Bahamas, Aruba, Bermuda, and Cambodia have started to open their borders back up.
Even with Covid-19 cases rising, these countries have reopened and are allowing American tourists. Steve Carvell, a professor from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, says “The shutdown of tourism has had a massive impact on many countries’ economies…they don’t have the luxury of missing an entire season of income.”
While many travelers do have a negative Covid-19 test before entering a country, airlines are setting up testing areas just to be safe. In countries like Babados, it’s mandatory to get tested within 72 hours of your flight. In Costa Rica, resorts are taking advantage of smaller amounts of visitors to adjust to the new precautions and prepare for holiday vacation travels. For even more reassurance, because it doesn’t hurt to be safe, most countries are limiting visitors to make sure it’s easier to social distance.
While there are still some risks with traveling at times like this, it’s good to see that these countries with usually high tourist rates are taking the proper precautions to make sure everyone has a safe visit.
The below CNN article gives a list of most of the neighboring countries that are reopening: