Many countries have begun requiring travelers to have international health coverage. Traveling abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic is a large risk and has added complications for Americans. Several countries have closed their borders to Americans entirely because of the continued outbreak in the United States, but there are some countries that Americans are still able to travel to with some new requirements.
Many of the countries that have reopened with the added stipulation of having international health coverage to cover the care costs associated with COVID-19 are Caribbean islands. These countries include Aruba, require a specific government distributed travel health insurance, Sint Maarten, and Turks and Caicos. These countries’ tourism industry heavily contributes to their GDP, but opening to tourism during the pandemic represents substantial risk as such they have all taken this measure to limit their health system’s liability.
The news around the European Union closing its borders to United States travelers came out months ago, but there are several countries in Europe that have not closed their borders. These countries include the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Ukraine. In the case of the UK and Ireland, they now require travelers to not only have international health insurance but also require travelers to do a 14-day self-quarantine upon entering their nation. In the case of Ukraine, they require travelers to have health insurance that covers the costs associated with COVID-19.
The UAE has also implemented several measures to alleviate COVID-19 risks associated with having travelers into their country. They require both proof of international health coverage as well as requiring a COVID test upon entry to the nation or recently before arrival.
Travel Is Risky
While these nations are open to American travelers, with these restrictions, it is important to remember that traveling during the pandemic is a very large risk that is not recommended unless it is absolutely necessary.