Traveling outside the country is more complicated than ever these days, but for those itching to enjoy an international vacation, there is a way. Many international countries are open to US visitors who are willing to meet certain requirements.
Of course, there are many ways to enjoy a vacation without leaving the country. From the Berkshires to California, more than 65,000 home exchanges in the US can offer a getaway, a change of scenery, and a place to relax. However, if you're craving leaving the country and are prepared to take the necessary precautions to travel safely, HomeExchange is a clean, safe way to plan your 2021 vacation.
If you won't let COVID-19 testing, travel insurance, or quarantines get in the way of your overseas adventure, here are seven countries open to the US and their current requirements for travelers, according to CNN.
Vacation in the Bahamas
Currently, visiting the Bahamas requires that visitors age 11 and older must have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than five days old before arrival. Once you have the negative result, you can apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, where you must opt in for COVID-19 health insurance.
Travel to the Bahamas with a home exchange to meet locals and discover local island attractions. Our community will help you plan an authentic Caribbean experience, giving you recommendations of the best beaches, water sports, golf courses, and cultural attractions. The Bahamas is the perfect relaxing Caribbean vacation, if you're willing to meet the health and safety requirements.
Where to stay in the Bahamas
This Bahamas home exchange is located directly on the beach in a calm, shallow, private bay, perfect year round for swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Spot the resident sea turtle, dine in the gazebo beneath coconut trees, or enjoy an evening cocktail while grilling fresh fish and lobster on the outdoor fireplace.
Vacation in the Dominican Republic
People traveling to the Dominican Republic no longer have to show a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival. Authorities will give breath tests to a small percentage of random passengers, plus anyone showing symptoms. You must also fill out a health affidavit.
If the Dominican Republic with its beaches, waterfalls, and rich culture is calling you, vacation with HomeExchange. While the average hotel can be pricey and full of germs (the average hotel elevator button has 737 times more germs than a household toilet seat, according to a study!), HomeExchange allows you to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. In the HomeExchange community, having a safe, secure, clean accommodation is part of our fundamental principles. 98% of exchanges are rated 4 stars or more for cleanliness.
Where to stay in the Dominican Republic
This Perla Marina, Dominican Republic HomeExchange is located right on the beach, with a private balcony overlooking the ocean. The mountains are nearby for hiking, and you're a drive away from rivers and waterfalls for refreshing day trips, plus near plenty of great dining and shopping. Enjoy the best the Dominican Republic has to offer all while staying on budget and having all the comforts of home.
Vacation in Mexico
US travelers can still fly to Mexico, though the land border remains closed. No testing requirements are in place to enter Mexico, but you can expect temperature checks and other screenings upon arrival and you must have a negative COVID-19 test result to return to the US.
If you crave a warm, beach getaway, Mexico may be the spot for you to vacation! Long stretches of virgin beaches, white sand and coastal sunsets await, plus of course authentic Mexican food and margaritas! Enjoy the rich culture, history and relaxation, whether snorkeling in Cozumel, taking in Chichen Itza, or exploring bustling Mexico City. Find more things to do in Mexico here.
Where to stay in Mexico
This Cancun vacation rental alternative is in a private, safe neighborhood is equipped with everything needed for a fantastic family vacation. With a pool, BBQ area, nearby playgrounds, and WiFi, you'll feel at home in this budget-friendly spring break accommodation option. If you want to escape from the busy tourist areas and have some privacy and quiet while being close to the city center, this home is ideal.
Vacation in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is allowing residents from all US states. Visitors must complete a health pass form but are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test. You must have proof of travel medical insurance, which you can get in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica has something for everyone, and is a great family vacation destination. If you're up for adventure, try ziplining, rafting, or horseback riding. If nature destinations are your style, enjoy hot springs, volcanoes, and beautiful beaches. Pack your sunscreen and mosquito repellant and enjoy a well-deserved break in this rainforested Central American country.
Where to stay in Costa Rica
This cozy guest house in El Castillo, Costa Rica is surrounded by lush tropical gardens, with spectacular views of the nearby lake and volcano. You'll feel as though you're on a remote getaway, but stay just minutes from activities, dining, and local markets. This home has something for everyone, from monkeys and toucans to a Wi-Fi, a full kitchen and outdoor dining area.
Vacation in South Africa
South Africa requires a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure. Once you're there, enjoy attractions in nature away from the crowds. Visit a penguin colony or Elephant National Park, hike among diverse flora and fauna with stunning views, or check out a theme park— there's no shortage of things to do in South Africa!
When you travel to South Africa with HomeExchange, you're backed by our COVID-19 guarantees. You can also travel with peace of mind, staying in a private home just for you. No need to wear a mask as soon as you leave your room, no risk of bumping into strangers in the lobby: you are on a vacation with all the comforts and benefits of your own home.
Where to stay in South Africa
This beautiful, spacious HomeExchange in South Africa borders the world famous Kruger National Park. Though the town is rugged, it has everything you might need for your vacation— restaurants, bars, swimming pools, and more. You'll have easy access to game drives, safaris and bush walks, while staying in a luxurious, relaxing home.
Vacation in the British Virgin Islands
US citizens need a travel certificate, which can be obtained at the BVI Gateway website. A negative COVID-19 test result taken five days or less before travel is necessary to enter. Visitors will get another test on arrival and must quarantine while waiting for results.
The British Virgin Islands comprise four main islands and many smaller ones and is known for its reef-lined beaches. The largest and most populated island, Tortola, is a lush mountainous island with stunning beaches.
When you travel to the British Virgin Islands with HomeExchange, you have your own private space just for you and your family. Conscientious hosts make sure the home is thoroughly cleaned before you arrive, and your family is the only one there the whole time.
Where to stay in the British Virgin Islands
Enjoy open air living with unobstructed panoramic ocean views in this Tortola HomeExchange. The tropical yet modern home has all the amenities you could wish for on your island vacation: fully stocked kitchen, cozy living room, and two bedrooms, within walking distance of some of the nicest beaches on Tortola.
Vacation in Peru
US travelers ages 12 and older may enter Peru for tourism with a negative COVID-19 test less than 72 hours old. You must also fill out an affidavit of health. Machu Picchu, the 15th-century Inca citadel, was reopened on November 1, so don't miss the iconic landmark during your visit to Peru. Marvel at ancient ruins, enjoy authentic Peruvian cuisine, and spot colorful wildlife.
Traveling is not always affordable. Between transportation, accommodation, meals, and activities, the list sometimes gets too long to budget for while keeping everyone in the family happy. But with a HomeExchange membership, for just $150 per year, you have the opportunity to go on unlimited exchanges in any of our 450,000+ homes around the world. You can save up to 80% on your vacation accommodation budget and use the opportunity to travel further away and to stay longer.
Where to stay in Peru
This HomeExchange is nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas between Cusco and Machu Picchu, featuring an extensive organic garden and medicinal herb garden. Bask in the beauty of Peru in this rural paradise with views of the Andes, just a five minute drive from town.
How to get started with HomeExchange
The principle of home exchanging is simple: swap your home with someone else and enjoy the wonders of each other's city! HomeExchange also has a points exchange system, offering even more flexibility to members and facilitating non-reciprocal exchanges. Learn more about GuestPoints here.
Signing up for HomeExchange is free, so you can start communicating with members as you organize your next vacation. You are only required to pay the annual membership fee when you're ready to finalize your first exchange.
With the membership, whether you are a host or a guest, you can be sure that you will be supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and covered in the event of unforeseen events with our guarantees.