Updated: July 13, 2021
As the US continues to roll out its aggressive vaccination program and Europe starts to reopen for American tourists in summer 2021, more and more couples are starting to book honeymoon travel. Here’s the latest about domestic and international travel and Covid-19.
The CDC released news April 2, 2021, that “Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling—wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently.”
This is great news for couples traveling in the US!
But what about taking an international honeymoon during Covid?
The great news is that over half the world’s countries are now receiving travelers from the United States.
Here’s what being vaccinated means for your 2021 international honeymoon:
- You can travel internationally without getting a Covid-19 test before travel. (Unless your destination still requires it.)
- You do NOT need to self-quarantine when you arrive at your destination or when you return, unless LOCAL restrictions require it, like your destination country or home state or county.
What you still need to do on your honeymoon, even while vaccinated:
- Get a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours before boarding a flight back to the US (arranged by your destination resort and/or airline).
- Get a negative Covid-19 test 3-5 days after returning from travel.
- Wear a mask during travel*
- Wash hands frequently with soap
- Social distancing
*This could change quickly but expect to wear a mask on airplanes, buses, trains, and in taxis and ride-shares for some time.
Vaccine Passports and Apps
There isn’t a globally accepted vaccine app on the market just yet, but many countries and regions including the EU have been exploring it and may require it as early as Summer 2021. For now, be sure to keep your vaccine card handy, and keep a digital copy on your device so you can easily upload it to your airlines and resorts, if requested.
What if we’re not vaccinated?
Even if you’re not vaccinated, there are plenty of honeymoon destinations open to receive travelers! Note they each have their own rules and regulations, so be sure to check the restrictions in your destination country before booking travel.
So, where can we go?
So where can you go on your 2021 international honeymoon? You can check up-to-date travel advisories related to Covid or other conditions here, plus we’ve curated this list of countries currently accepting US travelers:
- The Bahamas
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Czech Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten)
- El Salvador
- French Polynesia
- French West Indies (St. Barts, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique)
- Kyrgyz Republic
- North Macedonia
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Sint Maarten
- Turks and Caicos
- United Arab Emirates (UAE), including Dubai
- United Kingdom (UK) and other parts of Europe (see next section)
If you’ve got your sights set on Europe, these countries are open for your honeymoon:
- Czech Republic (Czechia)
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
You can book 2021 and 2022 travel to Europe now. Just be sure to book with no change fees or full refund policies, in case of the unexpected.
The bottom line is if you’re ready, travel is ready, too. If you plan to travel this year or next, be sure to book ASAP (changeable/refundable, of course), as flights and hotels are likely to be packed as people rush to get out of the house after a year of pandemic boredom.