We could NOT be more excited to see borders gradually opening up and our first post-COVID American globetrotters embarking on overseas vacations (in Iceland, no less)! January 2020 feels like decades ago and the cabin fever is REAL here at Globetrotting HQ. But while we champ at the bit waiting for Australia to give international travel the go-ahead, our U.S. compadres are already being welcomed by a number of countries.
So here is an alphabetical list of ALL the Globetrotting destinations that U.S. citizens can NOW explore without a quarantine period!
*We will do our very best to keep this article updated, but remember that you should always check official COVID travel and government websites for the most up-to-date information.
Although U.S. citizens can now travel to Botswana as long as they provide negative COVID test results from no more than 72 hours prior to departure, we do not recommend visiting Botswana at this point in time. This is because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Botswana: do not travel. More information here.
However, for later in the year or a 2022 vacation, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more thrilling and beautiful destination than the legendary Okavango Delta! Custom departures are available year-round.
The most recent addition to this list is America’s northern neighbour, Canada! From the 9th of August, Americans who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days will be welcomed. You’ll also need to present a negative PCR or molecular COVID test from within 72 hours of your flight’s departure (or your planned entry into Canada by car). More information here.
British Columbia – THE perfect remedy to lockdowns and cabin fever, this lodge-based adventure in the remote mountains of BC has consecutive departures from NOW right through to mid October.
France is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers from the United States. Vaccinated travellers need to provide proof of vaccination and unvaccinated travellers need to present a negative COVID test conducted within 72 hours of departure. More information here.
The Camargue Ride – if you’re dreaming of riding the Horses of the Sea, you can do so from October 29-November 2 this year, or the same dates next year. Stay tuned for additional 2022 dates.
The Bordeaux Wine Trail – this iconic ride through France’s premiere wine region has saddle seats available in September and October this year, as well as April, May, October and November 2022.
The Loire Valley & Castles – one for the history buffs, the Loire Valley & Castles ride has last-minute saddle seats available from July 31-August 7, and four departures spread across June and July next year.
Iceland now welcomes U.S. visitors who can present either proof of vaccination or proof of full recovery from COVID-19, along with a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. More information here.
Wilderness Expedition – this is a real edge-of-the-world ride: rugged, wild and unforgettable. Experience it this year from August 15-22 or next year from August 14-21.
Touch of the Highlands Ride – for those who like adventure and creature comforts, this holiday has one more departure this year (August 1-7) and three departures scheduled for July 2022.
Travellers arriving from the U.S. are welcome in Ireland as long as they bring proof of vaccination or proof of full recovery from COVID in the past 180 days. More information here.
Cross Country in Tipperary – this jump-aholic’s delight is ideally timed for an autumn escape, with six saddle seats left for September this year. Three dates have been set for September and October 2022 and they’re selling fast.
Castle & Estate Ride – hang tight for updates on getting to this luxurious ride in 2021, globetrotters, and in the meantime you can book custom departure dates for any time in 2022!
Vaccinated American tourists can now visit Italy provided they present a vaccination certificate, a medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID in the past six months, or a negative PCR or antigen test result from within 48 hours of departure. More information here.
Kenya welcomes tourists from the U.S. who can provide negative COVID test results from within 96 hours of arrival and, upon arrival, do not have any flu-like symptoms. More information here.
Maasai Mara – this wildlife-filled savanna should be on everyone’s Globetrotting bucket list. It is open to guests NOW, and departures can be booked year-round!
Commercial flights between Morocco and the United States have resumed, and vaccinated travellers as well as those who test negative for COVID within 72 hours of departure are welcome. More information here.
The Sahara Ride – Escape the daily grind for desert dunes, glittering night skies and vibrant culture from November 28-December 5 this year. 2022 departure dates still to come.
Although U.S. citizens can now travel to Namibia as long as they provide negative COVID PCR test results that are less than 7 days old, we do not recommend visiting yet. Namibia is currently experiencing its third wave of the pandemic and the CDC has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Namibia: do not travel. More information here.
Looking ahead to 2022, you might like to book The Namib Desert Safari for a BIG, bold endurance adventure. The season runs from April through to September next year.
Portugal is currently open to American tourists who can provide proof of a negative NAAT COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of boarding, or a rapid antigen test (TRAg) performed within 48 hours of boarding. More information here.
Costa Azul – Portugal’s tranquil Blue Coast awaits! Our 2021 departures are already sold out, but there are plenty of saddle seats left in March, June and October 2022.
Alentejo Coast – this itinerary takes in the Alentejo Coast’s beaches, cliffs, wetlands and rolling hills. It’s sold out this year, but you can book for April, May, June or September next year.
Kingdom of the Lusitano – as the name suggests, this ride celebrates Portugal’s pride and joy, the noble Lusitano horse. With just two dates available in May 2022, if you’re keen, you’d better get in quick!
Travellers from the U.S. are now welcome in Spain regardless of their COVID vaccination status. All you need to do is fill out a health control form (FCS) via the online Spain Travel Health portal, after which you will be given a QR code that grants you entry to Spain. More information here.
Andalusia – explore the ancient white villages and picturesque landscapes of Andalusia on this eight-day holiday. It’s sold out this year, but next year you can visit in April, May, August or October.
Dressage in Spain – the ultimate holiday for dressage lovers of any level, with three itineraries to suit all abilities and interests. Custom departure dates can now be booked for any time this year or next!
Catalonia – this week-long ride takes you from the Lower Pyrenees mountains to the Mediterranean Sea, and we’ve got two departures leaving VERY soon! July 26-August 1 and August 15-21. Stay tuned for 2022 dates.
Catalan Coast Trail – if you’re looking for a holiday that combines diverse scenery and laid-back vibes, look no further. Saddle seats are available for September 19-26, October 17-24 and November 14-21, with next year’s departures still to be announced.
Bandit Trail – following in the footsteps of Catalonia’s most notorious bandit, this ride could see you hitting the trails as soon as August 8, or you can wait a little longer and ride from September 5-12, October 10-17 or October 31-November 7. 2022 season TBA.
Andorra Trail – this is undoubtedly our most intrepid European ride, lasting 13 days and crossing three countries! Our only departure this year is sold out, but we expect the 2022 season to run from June to September.
The U.K. is still not an easy place to explore as a tourist because a number of restrictions are still in place, including quarantines, and they tend to vary from one country to the next (e.g. Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland). However, the U.K. plans to open up fully in the very near future and U.S. citizens are already permitted to travel from America to the U.K. after submitting a passenger locator form. More information here.
The Scottish Borders Ride – we are champing at the bit to don our tweeds and tartans once again for this epic ride. The 2022 season runs from May to September and there are only two saddle seats remaining!
The Thirlestane Castle Ride – would you believe our 2021 and 2022 seasons of this crowd-pleasing holiday are already SOLD OUT with the exception of ONE departure this year (November 1-7) and ONE departure next year (March 12-18)! Get in quick, globetrotters.
Trans Wales Trail – this fast-paced, adrenaline-filled rollick across Wales is seven days long and we’ve got six departures scheduled from July to October 2022.
National Park Trail – a week-long journey through Wales’s Brecon Beacons National Park, if you’re lucky you could jump on our August 14-20 departure this year; otherwise, stay tuned for 2022 departure dates.
Hay Triangle – this Welsh ride is the perfect minibreak, with three and five day itineraries available. At this stage, our August 3-5 departure is set to go ahead, or you can visit later in the year for the September 14-16 departure. 2022 departure dates TBA.
Black Mountain Explorer – our most flexible and accessible Welsh holiday is one week long and has three dates set for 2022: July 17-23, July 31-August 6 and September 11-17.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’re always here to assist however we can. You can also view our COVID-19 policy here. (Long story short: if you’re unable to go on your Globetrotting ride for COVID-related reasons, you can re-book the same ride at a later date of your choice at no extra cost.)
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