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3 Winter Getaways For U.S. Travelers Without COVID Testing

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The list may be short but there are now tropical destinations this winter that U.S. travelers can escape to without having to get a COVID-19 test. 

Whether it's the fear of getting the swab jabbed up your nose or the hassle and stress of getting those test results in time for your trip, some Americans are looking for destinations that have no COVID testing requirements. 

Couple on beach loungers in Caribbean

The great news is the destinations are right in our back yard and easily accessible with direct flights by every major airline from the U.S. 

Just because these locations do not have COVID-19 testing does not mean that they are free from the virus or even have low occurrences.

tourist on beach in cancun

Disclaimer: The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. There can be increased risks to your health by traveling internationally during COVID-19. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government or health advisories. 

Travel Off Path highly recommends getting travel insurance that covers COVID-19 for you and your family before traveling internationally. 

Winter Getaways Without COVID Testing For Americans

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic purgola blue water

The Dominican Republic has its arms wide open to welcome back American travelers this winter. 

With its turquoise ocean waters, all-inclusive luxury resorts, tropical warm weather and white sand beaches, US travelers will have it near the top of their lists to escape the cold. 

The Caribbean island is a favorite among American travelers looking to sip unlimited margaritas on the beach and work on their tans. 

The Dominican Republic has no mandatory testing before arrival and no quarantines. 

Just a small caveat the some travelers could be randomly selected for a COVID breath test but you won't need a long swab up your nose for that one.

The island is also giving away free COVID-19 insurance until the end of December. 


Mexico white sand beach

Whether you choose the white sand beaches of Cancun or the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Cabo or Mazatlán, Mexico has endless tropical escapes to indulge in this winter. 

Mexico's COVID-19 entry requirements are the same as they were pre-covid. There are no mandatory COVID-19 tests and no quarantines. 

Direct flights from across the U.S. are readily available and operating to all major tourist destination in Mexico. 

Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica originally shut out U.S. travelers when they first reopened, the country has now become much more liberal with their COVID-19 entry requirements

Initially they were allowing select states to enter but as of November 1st, all of the U.S. is welcome!

The U.S recently dropped their Level 4 warning for Costa Rica to a level 3 as well just in time for the reopening. 

Wild caribbean beach of Costa Rica

In another move announced yesterday, Costa Rica will drop its COVID-19 testing requirement effective as of October 26th. 

That means travelers will no longer be required to present a COVID 19 PCR swab test upon entry. 

Costa Rica has beautiful warm weather and stunning jungle lined beaches. If you are more of the adventurous type, Costa Rica is for you! The country is known for its zip-lining tours, whitewater rafting, kayaking, scuba diving, cliff diving, and sky diving, among other adrenaline-pumping activities.

Of course you can always just sit back and just have Margaritas on the beach as well. That works too. 

waterfall in costa rica

BONUS: Brazil

Brazil Coast

While its not quite the backyard and takes a little longer to get there, Brazil is open for American tourists. 

Brazil is a tropical paradise for its 6.5 million yearly visitors and well known for having the longest beach in the world. From its exciting culture, idyllic beach vacations and exotic jungle explorations, the country has something for every U.S. traveler. 

See all the COVID-19 entry requirements for Brazil 

The Redeemer Monument and the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Friday 23rd of October 2020

hi Kashlee im dutch citizen live in Netherlands my fiance Usa Citzen lives in Usa.Which Eu contrys or non Eu we can meet up??? or quarantine free? Thank you! Simon

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 23rd of October 2020

Hi Simon. Your fiance will not be able to come to many EU nations, really only Croatia (with a 48 hour PCR test) However, here is a list of countries that have NO restrictions that will allow any nation, no quarantines, no testing: (Click HERE to read)


Friday 23rd of October 2020

Don't forget for Dominican Republic, a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and from 7 p.m. on weekends . Not really holidays !

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 23rd of October 2020

For the chance to still travel this winter, many people don't mind :)