Archive from August, 2020

Investigation into R400-million EOH tender heats up

The Department of Home Affairs and the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) faced criticism from the parliamentary portfolio committee on Home Affairs in a meeting on Tuesday 25 August.

The committee was unanimously critical of the delay in concluding an investigation into missing “master files” for tender that involved migrating data on the Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS) to a new Automated Biometric Information System (ABIS).

This tender was awarded by Sita to EOH in 2017 and was worth R409 million.

Speaking during the parliamentary committee meeting on Tuesday, Sita said that EOH had wanted to hand the contract over to a subcontractor, a request which the agency would not accept as it was irregular.

The committee also lambasted Sita for losing the tender’s master file, stating that it is concerning that the state’s custodian for technology could misplace a document this crucial to affirming the legitimacy of a contract.

It noted that the Department of Home Affairs only appointed an audit firm to investigate the EOH tender in May 2020, stating that this delay was unfortunate.

“We find the delay unfortunate in the context that the committee had made recommendations for the urgent conclusion of the matter,” committee chairperson Bongani Bongo said.

“The fact that the Department of Home Affairs has only in May 2020 appointed SAB&T audit firm to investigate the entire tender process is unsatisfactory in the context that it will delay the conclusion of the investigation and perpetuate irregular expenditure around the contract.”

Patience running thin

The committee noted that the loss of the master file by Sita has led to an erosion of its legitimacy, adding that it believes it has been accommodating to both Sita and the Department of Home Affairs and the assurances from both that the investigation should be concluded.

“We are in agreement that the matter must be dealt with urgently and those that are found to be in the wrong are brought to book,” Bongo said.

The committee added that while it welcomes the reform of control measures of its supply chain management, its “patience for the conclusion of this matter has lapsed”.

It has subsequently stated that the Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Communication and Digital Technologies, and Sita must give the committee clear progress in finalising the matter by the first week of October 2020.

“Furthermore, the committee has called for enhanced collaboration between the Department of Home Affairs and Department of Communications and Digital Technologies in finalising the investigation,” it said.

According to a report by EWN, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the committee that he would not let this issue go.

“We can’t let this matter slip through our fingers, we can’t let it go,” he said.

“I am as angry as members here because I am now being dragged in front of this committee to try and answer questions about the deeds of other people.”

The report noted that Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams was unable to attend the meeting.

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Africa’s people are under cyber attack and why we need more cyber security awareness and training on the continent

Africa has become the new hunting ground for cyber criminals and fraudsters looking to exploit user vulnerabilities.

2019 KnowBe4 African Report found that Africa is increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. The report highlighted how vulnerable users were when it came to recognising cyber threats and managing their risk profiles. In 2020, Accenture released a report entitled: ‘Insight into the Cyberthreat Landscape in South Africa’ that revealed there are around 577 attempted malware attacks every hour. Cyber crime has turned towards Africa and is putting its people and organisations at risk.

“With cyber crime shifting its attention towards emerging economies and with Africa’s Internet penetration about to double to one billion Internet users by 2022, the African continent has become an attractive target for cyber crime,” says Anna Collard, Managing Director of KnowBe4 Africa. “A lot of these users will be connecting for the first time and will have very little awareness of the risks.”

And the risks are extensive. The Accenture report pointed out that in 2019, many of the attacks were successful, particularly against well-known organisations and service utilities. This draws a picture of a worrying trend that can fundamentally affect the lives and livelihoods of people on the continent.

“Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the most financial transactions happening via mobile devices,” says Collard. “This is another reason why crime is paying attention. If users aren’t aware of the risks or don’t realise that their mobile devices put them at risk, then they are open to fraud and attack.”

ITWeb Security Summit 2020

Many people still think that mobile devices aren’t vulnerable to attack. They don’t realise that fake links, phishing e-mails, scams and malware are as easily perpetrated on a mobile device as they are on a PC. In fact, many cyber criminals use fake links and phishing messages to catch people who are unaware on WhatsApp or SMS. People are often more inclined to believe that a SMS or WhatsApp message is real and are lured into handing over important personal information using these channels.

“The problem is that many people can’t protect themselves because they don’t realise the extent of the threat or how to identify it,” says Collard. “They think they can – our survey found that around 55% of respondents believed they could identify a security threat and yet they gave away personal information or fell prey to scams. There is a desperate need for more education around cyber crime, how to identify it, and the methods that scammers use.”

The continent is lagging on security legislation and education, and is lacking security professionals who can support both business and government in refining their security postures and approaches.

“The high degree of digitisation, combined with the increase in mobile malware and sophistication of social engineering attacks, makes people more vulnerable than ever,” says Collard.

Training is essential in minimising risk. If people understand the processes and methods used by cyber criminals, they are more likely to identify them and to avoid making unnecessary mistakes.

“Training will help people to identify potential risks and be more alert before they commit to sharing information or clicking on images or links,” says Collard. “This can help Africa and its people push back against the rising tide of cyber crime and protect themselves and their personal information.

Table Mountain cableway to reopen

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will reopen to domestic tourists from September 1.

MD, Wahida Parker, said the cableway would operate between 08h00 and 15h00 daily.

“Our goal is to ensure that every visitor has a world-class experience when enjoying the heritage and beauty of Table Mountain. We have taken every step to ensure that the health and safety of our visitors and staff remain our top priority,” said Parker.

Health and safety measures include a limit of 26 people plus the cabin master in the cable cars to ensure social distancing, deep cleaning of the cabins every 24 hours and sanitising after every ride. Guests will be required to wear masks and cashless transactions will be encouraged

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Virgin Atlantic will pay for medical treatment, quarantine, and funeral if you catch Covid-19

Virgin Atlantic announced that any travel booked directly through the airline between August 24, 2020, and March 31, 2021, will come with complimentary coronavirus insurance.

  • Virgin Atlantic will offer free Covid-19 insurance to all of its passengers who travel between 24 August 2020, and 31 March 2021.
  • The insurance covers medical expenses, quarantine costs, and repatriation if medically necessary.
  • It also covers the cost of repatriating your body and your funeral if you die from the virus.

In late July, Emirates announced that it would pay for travellers’ medical treatment, hotel quarantine, and even funeral if they catch Covid-19 while traveling.

Now, Virgin Atlantic is introducing a similar policy.

The airline announced on its website that passengers will get complimentary coronavirus insurance of up to £500,000 (R11 million) for travel between 24 August 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Passengers are eligible for the insurance on Virgin Atlantic flights during this window whether or not they’ve already booked, according to the airline, provided their travel is booked through Virgin Atlantic directly.

Working with insurance company Allianz Assistance, Virgin Atlantic’s website says that its Covid-19 coverage extends to all coronavirus-related costs, from medical expenses to mandatory quarantine. And, in a worst-case scenario, up to £5,000 (R110,000) of funeral expenses are covered.

According to Virgin Atlantic, the insurance will take effect “with no restrictions on age, travel class, or length of journey.” Once you land at your destination, you are free to use other modes of transportation and visit other destinations and still be covered, the airline’s website says, as long as your return flight is also booked through Virgin Atlantic.

For one-way trips, the airline says the insurance will last 12 hours after the arrival time of the traveler’s last flight. However, it’s worth noting that this does not apply to one-way flights that take off on 31 March and land on 1 April.

One other thing to note: The insurance covers all bookings made through Virgin Atlantic, even if flights are operated by partners such as Delta, Air France, and KLM. However, according to Virgin Atlantic’s website, “If you purchased your ticket from delta.com or any another airline’s website, even if they are a partner airline of Virgin Atlantic, you will not be covered, even if one or more flights of your journey is on a Virgin Atlantic aircraft.”

According to Virgin Atlantic’s website, the policy does not have any exclusions for those with pre-existing medical conditions.

With coverage of up to R11 million, the policy has a higher cap than that of Emirates, which says it covers up to around R3 million through 31 October 2020.

You can find out more about Virgin Atlantic’s complimentary coronavirus insurance on the airline’s website.

Representatives for Virgin Atlantic did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Credit bureau data disaster: Here’s what your bank says you should do

  • The personal details of 24 million South Africans have been leaked to an alleged fraudster.
  • In theory, criminals could use these details to attempt to gain access to various accounts.
  • South African banks are now starting to contact affect customers.
  • They’re advising customers to change passwords – and not only banking ones.

The personal details of some 24 million South Africans, and nearly 800,000 businesses, have allegedly been stolen by a suspected fraudster, in one of the South Africa’s largest ever data breaches.

Your bank accounts are not at risk, say banks – but criminals could theoretically use these details to attempt to impersonate you, or trick you into giving them confidential information.

Standard Bank has also suggested you change your online banking password to be safe, as well as your social media passwords. (There is no reason to believe social media accounts can be compromised, but that is good housekeeping anyway, the bank says.)

The information was allegedly stolen from the credit bureau Experian, which collects credit information about consumers from banks, retailers, and other parties. According to Experian, the information was handed over to the fraudster after that individual posed as a legitimate client.

By law, banks are required to share your data with credit bureaus. That means that even if you haven’t interacted with Experian, your personal details and financial history may have been compromised. If so, you may be vulnerable to being impersonated.

If you think your identity has been compromised, then the number one thing you should do, according to the South African Banking Risk Centre (Sabric), is apply for a free registration at the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS).

According to Sabric, “This service alerts SAFPS members, which includes banks and credit providers, that your identity has been compromised and that additional care needs to be taken to confirm that they are transacting with the legitimate identity holder.”

You can apply here, or contact SAFPS at protection@safps.org.za

In addition, a number of banks have used statements advising customers on what steps to take to ensure you’re not compromised.

Here’s what your bank says you should do.

Standard Bank

Standard Bank says some of its customer data was affected by the breach. “The information that has been compromised includes ID number, residential and physical addresses and contact details,” it says.

The Bank says you should take the following steps:

  • Change banking passwords on our digital banking platforms and social media passwords.
  • Register for DigiMe on the Standard Bank App Register for MyUpdates (free Standard bank SMS service) to be notified of all transactions over R100 on your accounts.
  • Contact the bank or your relationship manager immediately if you suspect your bank accounts or cards have been compromised.
  • Do not share your personal details, banking details or one-time pin with anyone.Register with SAFPS for protective registration – if anyone tries to apply for banking products with your ID, it will be declined or referred for further review.

Absa

Absa says it has also been affected and is contacting affected customers.

The banks says to contact them immediately on their Fraud Hotline (0860 557 557) should you notice any suspicious behaviour or if in doubt.

Criminals are likely to approach you via email, phone, or text message and present themselves as members of a reputable organisation

“They will attempt to deceive unsuspecting consumers into disclosing their ‘keys to the safe’ (online PIN, online passwords, card PIN, card CVV number, OTP, and/or authentication messages – RVN/TVN/SureCheck).”

“Never share these details with anyone and report suspicious behaviour immediately,” says the bank.

Capitec

The bank says they’re aware of the breach and are working closely with authorities to ensure their customers are protected.

“While the information cannot be used to access your banking profile, fraudsters may attempt to use it for phishing, where they contact you posing as your bank or other institution in an attempt to trick you into sharing further personal information,” says the bank. “Your bank will never contact you to request information such as your banking pin or account number.”

Capitec also suggests applying for a free registration at the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS), if you suspect your identity has been compromised.

First National Bank

FNB says it’s also reaching out to customers who may have been affected.

“We are working with The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric), The Banking Association of South Africa (BASA), law enforcement and regulatory authorities to mitigate any potential risks on our customers as a result of the incident.”

It gives the following advice:

  • It is vitally important that you never give your Online Banking username and/or password to anyone.
  • Never give your One Time PIN (OTP) to anyone.
  • Never click on links in emails claiming to be from FNB.
  • Never save your passwords to your browsers.

Nedbank

Nedbank says it’s been made aware of the breach and that “the information shared includes names, ID numbers, telephone numbers, physical and/or email addresses.”

“Your bank accounts are not at risk,” says Nedbank. But criminals can use this information to impersonate you, or scam you into giving them access to your accounts.

Nedbank urged its customers to take the following steps:

  • Never share your passwords or PIN with anyone.
  • Never disclose your personal information to anyone who calls you, emails you, or SMSs you.
  • Remember Nedbank will never contact you asking for this information.
  • Contact Nedbank immediately should you suspect unauthorised use of your personal information.

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Countries Allowed to Travel to Italy

Italy has now reopened for tourism and has recently updated the countries and nations that are permitted to visit, both with restrictions and without.

The Italian Tourism Board states:

“Italy’s tourism is ready to start again and to welcome tourists – Italians and foreigners – for the summer season.

It is now again possible to move freely within the whole country and use any normal service: museums and cultural centers, hotels, bars and restaurants have opened their doors; airports, railway stations and transport services are operational; campsites, mountain huts and beach resorts have made arrangements to safely welcome travelers.”

Italy officially reopened borders on June 3rd, first allowing 26 European nations to visit without restrictions. Then on July 1st, Italy further allowed the entry of select third-party nations outside the EU, but with different entry requirements.

Below we have compiled a guide with everything you need to know about travelling to Italy, which countries are allowed to visit, all entry requirements, and any other rules you need to know about.

Which countries are allowed to travel to Italy?

Below you will find 2 lists. One with the EU countries that can visit Italy, and one of third-party countries outside the EU that can now visit Italy.

Here is a list of EU/Schengen nations that can currently visit Italy with no restrictions:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia*
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece*
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta*
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain*
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

July 28 update: Both Romania and Bulgaria have been removed from the above list. Travelers who in the last 14 have spent time in either Romania or Bulgaria can still enter, but they now require a 14-day quarantine.

Third-Party Countries Allowed into Italy

A list of ‘approved safe’ countries was suggested by the EU to all EU members on June 30, 2020. The suggestion outlined that each EU member should consider allowing residents of those nations permission to enter for tourism starting on July 1.

Italy has accepted the suggestion by the EU, but has imposed a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone traveling from those nations.

 The third-party nations now allowed entry into Italy (with quarantine) are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

This list of countries is not final and can change. It is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks. The quarantine requirement will also be reviewed every two weeks.

New Testing Requirements

As of August 13th, now certain EU nations require a PCR test to enter, due to a surge in cases in those areas.

For the purpose of containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, to people who intend to enter Italy who have stayed or transited through Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain in the previous fourteen days, will be required to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry, or undergo a test upon arrival and isolate to await results.

Countries currently BANNED from entering Italy

The following travelers are banned from entering Italy if they have stayed or transited in the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Serbia. Flights have also been suspended from these destinations.

The EU also has a current travel ban in place for the USA.

This current ban is in effect until July 31 when it will be reviewed and either extended or removed.

Is entry into Italy based on physical location for the last 14-days, residency or nationality?

Entry into Italy is based on residency PLUS location for the past 14 days. Italy has approved entry for the above two lists of nation based on travelers being a resident of one of those nations, and have physically been in one of those nations for the last 14 days.

Does Italy have mandatory tests on arrival or quarantines?

Tests = No. For the approved countries listed above, at this time, there is no mandatory testing upon arrival into Italy

Quarantines = Maybe. For the list of third-party countries, a 14-day quarantine is required. For the list of the EU/Schengen nations, no quarantine is needed.

Passengers should expect a health screening from a border officer, as well as agree to temperature scans.

Other entry rules into Italy:

  • Effective July 9th, all foreigners travelling into Italy need to print, fill out, and carry a self-declaration form to show airline carriers and/or border police if stopped. The form can be found HERE
  • All third-party nations that are required to quarantine, as a rule, must do so immediately after entering the country. You are only allowed to reach the address where you have chosen to self-isolate, by the shortest possible route and without using any means of public transport other than the means used to travel to Italy (for example, if you fly into Fiumicino Airport you are not allowed to catch a train into Rome or for any other destination).

Once I enter Italy, can I move freely within the country?

Yes, once approved entry tourists can move freely within the country, with the exception of four regions, for which registration on arrival is still required:

Are masks mandatory in Italy?

Wearing of masks in indoor public spaces in required throughout Italy. It is not mandatory outdoors except in the event that you cannot keep a safety distance; the only exception is in Lombardy.

What is open in Italy?

  • All hotels and accommodation facilities have reopened providing that a safety distance of one metre is guaranteed in all common areas
  • Museums and other places of culture. See a list of all museums now reopen 
  • All restaurants, pubs and bars
  • All beaches with a 1 metre distance between others
  • Access to parks, villas, playgrounds and public gardens is allowed. Outdoor recreational activities are allowed
  • Gyms, swimming pools, sports centres and clubs
  • All places of worship as long as social distancing of 1 meter is observed
  • From the 15th of June, shows in theatres, concert halls, cinemas and other outdoor spaces are allowed. A maximum number of 1000 spectators for outdoor shows and 200 people for performances in closed places have been set.

Have Flights Resumed to Italy?

Yes, all major Italian airports are open and operational.

From Europe:
Countless flights are coming in and out of Italy from other European cities. Too many to list! Basically, every major European city has a daily direct flight.

From Canada:

  • Toronto to Rome direct: Air Canada resumed on July 23, Air Transat resumed on July 27
  • Montreal to Rome direct: Air Canada resumed on July 24

Can I transit through an Italian Airport?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states the foreign residents are permitted transit through Italian airports. Airport transits are allowed (for example, if travelling from Caracas to Frankfurt, with a stopover in Fiumicino), as long as you do not leave the airport. The self-declaration form must be filled out and made clear you are only transiting.

Are Travelers From the USA Allowed To Enter Italy?

No, not at this time, as the USA is still banned entry into EU nations.

There MAY be exceptions made for US residents who have property in Italy, an Italian spouse, and other essential travel situations. Any US citizen seeking an approval should contact the US consulate in Italy.

Read More:  See the complete list of all countries that have reopened for tourism worldwide, and travel insurance that covers covid

Sources: Italian Tourism Board / Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Health Declaration Form /

Disclaimer: Italy’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling

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Countries That Have Reopened For American Tourists

Where can Americans and U.S. passport holders travel right now? Here’s a full list of countries that have reopened their borders for American tourists.

American travelers are eagerly wondering what countries and cities they can travel to right now, should they choose to!

The good news? As many countries start to relax restrictions and reopen borders, many are now accepting tourists from the United States.

The bad news? Since the United States has been the hardest hit nation, some countries are flat out saying “No!” to American visitors, even though their borders are now re-open to other countries.

We’ve compiled all the details of where Americans can currently travel domestically and internationally. As rules continuously change, destinations may suddenly reopen or close to American tourists without notice, so readers need to check with local authorities before booking a trip to ensure entry.

If you are looking for transit rules for Americans, you can find that info in our “Airports in Europe Allowing Americans to Transit” guide.

Please note: Travel Off Path does not endorse travelling against any advisories set by the government. Your decision to travel is your own.

Before we get to the list of countries, let’s clear the air about something else:

Are Americans Allowed To Travel Right Now?

Yes. The U.S. government has recently lifted the blanket level-4 “Avoid All Travel” advisory, and American’s have always been permitted to leave the country as they wish. However, upon returning to the U.S. some travelers may face a 14-day quarantine, based on the state. Some states have no quarantine requirements.

Americans should also ensure they have a travel insurance policy in place that covers covid.

Where Can Americans Travel Internationally Right Now?

Here is the full list of countries currently open to receiving U.S. tourists. (We are only covering countries that do NOT require a quarantine period on this list)

(updates week of August 17)
Recent Countries Added: Montenegro, Ecuador, Armenia, Honduras
Recent Countries Updated:  USVI, Costa Rica (allowing American’s from 6 states only)
Recent Relevant Articles: Countries open to Americans WITH a 14-day Quarantine

Albania

Albania has reopened borders and is now allowing American tourists as of July 1, 2020.

Currently they are just taking temperatures at the airport, but no testing or quarantine periods are necessary.

Read all the details about Albania’s reopening for tourism

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda reopened to Americans on June 4, 2020.

Upon arrival, American tourists will have to take a covid test at the cost of $100 USD.

Direct flights have already started from Miami on American in June.  Come July, New York on JetBlue and Atlanta on Delta will also be flying to Antigua directly.

See all the details for Antigua and Barbuda’s reopening

Armenia

Armenia has reopened for Americans to visit as of August 12

While the country does require a 14-day quarantine, they DO allow testing to leave quarantine early, so we were happy to add it to this list!

Arrivals can go straight to their hotel/rental from the airport, and order a mobile testing unit to come to them, take a PCR test, and upon negative results, leave isolation!

Here are all the entry requirements and tips for visiting Armenia 

Aruba

Aruba is reopening to American tourists on July 10th.

U.S. citizens will have to fill out an online health declaration form and upload a negative covid PCR test 72 hours before boarding. This way, no test needs to be done upon arrival.

Some great direct flights from the US to Aruba include: from New York on United and JetBlue, from Atlanta on Delta, and from Miami on American.

Here is everything you need to know about Aruba reopening for American tourists.

Bahamas

Important update August

Americans CAN travel to Bahamas right now, but require PCR testing AND a 14-day quarantine, which make it for a very hard vacation spot.

After being allowed in July, and then banned, and now allowed again, the Bahamas has had many confusing updates for American tourists.

Original Bahamas Info…

The Bahamas are reopening for U.S. tourists on July 1st, 2020.

A negative-PCR test no older than 10 days before arrival is required and travellers are asked to fill out an online health declaration before they fly.

There are tons of direct flights to the Bahamas from all over the US. Flying from Miami just takes 50 minutes! Other direct flights can be found from New York, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Charlotte, and Orlando.

See all the details about the Bahamas reopening to American tourists.

Barbados

Barbados is reopening for American tourists on July 12th, 2020.

Travelers from the United States are considered ‘high-risk’, so they will need to bring a negative-PCR test no older than 72 hours before departure.

Update Aug: Stricter entry rules and requirements have been implemented since first reopening.

Direct flights resuming from the USA-

  • New York on JetBlue starting July 25
  • Miami on American starting Aug 5
  • Charlotte on American starting Aug 5

See all the details about the Barbados reopening to American tourists.

Belarus

Belarus has reopened for American tourists!

The small landlocked nation in Eastern Europe might not be the tourism hotspot of the world, but another option for Americans looking to reunite with loved ones abroad.

They are accepting over 75 nations with no quarantine, and a 48-hour PCR test has been ‘recommended’ at this point (of course, we’ve reached out and will update if we hear back that its mandatory)

Read more about Belarus reopening for tourism

Bermuda

Bermuda is officially reopening for American tourists on July 1st.

To be able to head down for a vacation, Americans will need to bring a negative covid PCR test no older than 72 hours before boarding AND take another test upon arrival.

Direct flights take just over 2 hours from many US cities! From Atlanta on Delta is 2.45 hrs starting in July, while JetBlue flies from Boston and New York in 2.15 hrs starting in August.

We have all the details about Bermuda’s reopening for tourism here

Brazil

Brazil is now open for American tourists!

In a surprise move, Brazil reopened its borders, basically without any restrictions, and is allowing American tourists to visit as of July 30, 2020.

Brazil is only asking visitors to have valid travel insurance that covers covid, and a visa, however US citizens no longer need a visa to visit Brazil for up to 90 days.

Direct flights are available in August from: NYC, Miami, Atlanta, Houston.

Read all the details on Brazil Reopening for Tourism

Costa Rica

Costa Rica announced that as of September 1st, they will now allow Americans from 6 states to enter.

Travelers will also need proof of a negative PCR test, taken (with results) no older than 48 hours prior to departure.

Read Costa Rica’s reopening information here

Croatia

Croatia officially reopened for American tourists on July 1st.

Americans need to fill out an online form before going, and show proof of accommodation or tourist-based activity .

Update: Croatia is now requiring Americans to bring a negative-PCR test.

See all the info about Croatia’s reopening, including the forms for Americans.

Dominica

Dominica is reopening for American tourists starting on August 7, 2020

US residents will have to bring a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours before boarding, fill out an online questionnaire, and agree to a rapid test upon arrival.

See all of Dominica’s reopening details and entry requirements

Dominican Republic

On July 1st, U.S. tourists can travel to the Dominican Republic. 

As of July 30th, the Dominican Republic is now requiring visitors to present a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed to enter the country.

Miami, Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Boston, Charlotte, and Miami all show direct flights in July and August and will increase throughout the year.

See everything we know about the Dominican Republic’s reopening for tourism

Ecuador

Ecuador has now reopened for American tourists

As of August 16, Americans can now travel to Ecuador WITHOUT quarantine, as long as they bring a negative PCR test, no older than 10 days.

Direct flights from Miami, Houston and New York have already resumed into Quito and Guayaquil

See everything we know about Ecuador reopening for tourism

Egypt

Egypt reopened borders on July 1, 2020

We originally did not include Egypt in this list, because of lack of official government information if American tourists were in fact permitted entry or not.

Now, this update is more loose than we like to publish, but we thought important to share:
An American friend of ours (not an essential traveler, just a tourist) travelled from the US to Egypt on August 6th, no test needed, no quarantine measures, not even a temperature check. He said entry was far easier than he ever could have expected.

Based on his itinerary, we would like to share that at this time Egypt seems to be accepting American tourists with no restrictions. However, please contact local authorities before you go to ensure rules have not changed.

See everything we know about Egypt Reopening

French Polynesia (Tahiti & Bora Bora)

French Polynesia (think Bora Bora, Mo’orea and Tahiti) will reopen for American tourists on July 15, 2020.

U.S citizens must bring a negative covid PCR test before boarding the flight and they will be tested again on arrival.

San Francisco and Los Angeles both fly directly to Tahiti and Bora Bora in 8 hours. (On airlines United, FrenchBee, Air Tahiti and Air France)

Here is everything you need to know about French Polynesia reopening to American tourists.

Grenada

On Aug 1, 2020 Grenada will start accepting American tourists.

The beautiful island nation in the Caribbean currently has zero cases, and they want to keep it that way.

Entry requirements are TOUGH for Americans and include 2 PCR tests, contact tracing, health declaration forms and more.

Flights restart from Miami and New York in late August.

Read more about Grenada reopening for American tourists

Haiti

Haiti reopened for tourism on July 1, but it took us a while to get confirmation!

Many of you know I don’t put countries on here that require a 14-day quarantine, but I have been getting mixed reports about Haiti. Some sources say it’s there, while others say it’s not. Please check before you go!

Otherwise, only a temperature check and a health declaration card will be the only entry requirements.

Flights have already restarted from Miami and New York, and many resorts have just reopened their doors.

Read more about Haiti reopening for American tourists

Honduras

Honduras has reopened for Americans as of August 17

US tourists will need to bring proof of a negative covid test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, but it can be either a PCR -or- a Rapid Test. (The only nation we know accepting rapid tests!) 

Direct flights have already resumed, we have all the flight paths in the link below.

Read more about Honduras reopening for American tourists

Jamaica

Jamaica reopened for American tourists on June 15th!

Jamaica is requiring all American’s visiting to first fill out an online Travel Authorization Card before they fly and they will be testing arrivals at the airport.

American Airlines resumed flights from Miami starting June 24th, Jetblue from New York starting June 25th, and Delta from Atlanta starting June 23rd.

Read more about what Jamaica is requesting from inbound American tourists 

Maldives

The Maldives are officially reopening on July 15th and accepting American tourists at that time.

While there are no mandatory testing or quarantine protocols in effect at the moment, U.S. travelers will have their temperatures taken at the airport and be expected to fill out a health declaration card. Pretty easy!

Here is everything else we know about the Maldives reopening to American tourists

Mexico

Mexico is now open for U.S. passport holders! In fact, it was one of the only countries that never actually really closed its borders to Americans in the first place.

No tests needed.

As of June, many tourist cities like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta have reopened their hotels and are ready to welcome American guests.

Flights by American Airlines, Spirit, Sun Country, United and JetBlue have resumed from many American cities.

See all the detailed information about Mexico’s reopening for US tourists here.

Montenegro

Montenegro is finally open for American tourists!

On August 15th, Montenegro lifted the quarantine restriction for tourists from the USA, and is only requiring a 72 hour PCR test -or- a specific type of positive antibody test! (details at the link below)

Read more information on Montenegro reopening for tourism 

North Macedonia

North Macedonia is now accepting American travelers as of July 1

No tests needed. No quarantine. 

The US does not fly directly into North Macedonia, but some EU airlines WILL allow transit. You must call the airline and the airport to see if you can transit through.
Turkey or Serbia is another way to transit, as both accept Americans.

See all the detailed information about North Macedonia’s Reopening

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is officially reopening its borders for tourism on July 15th, 2020 – and of course Americans are welcome.

Negative-PCR tests are needed to gain access to the island.

July 21 Update: Due to a surge in cases since reopening Puerto Rico is encouraging only essential travel at this time and has postponed its official inbound tourism reopening in order to safeguard visitors and residents.

See more about entry requirements and all the details for Puerto Rico’s reopening

Rwanda

Rwanda has officially reopened for tourism as of June 17, 2020 and is allowing American tourists to visit.

Americans will need to bring a negative-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival and be ready to be tested again upon arrival.

There are currently no direct flights from the USA, but RwandAir is looking into creating a direct NYC to Kigali route.

Here’s all the details about Rwanda’s reopening

Serbia

Serbia reopened to American tourists on May 22, 2020

Where is Serbia? It’s a landlocked European nation that borders Montenegro, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.

New York flies direct on Air Serbia to Belgrade, Serbia’s capital city daily.

Read all the details about Serbia’s reopening for tourism

St. Barths

St.Barths officially reopened its borders for tourism on June 22, 2020 and is allowing American tourists to visit!

Saint Barthelemy, or St. Barths as it’s commonly called, is a beautiful French-speaking Caribbean island known for its white-sand beaches, luxurious hotels, duty-free shopping and stunning views.

American’s only need to bring a negative PCR test with them to be admitted. Flights to St. Barths happen directly from San Juan.

Here is everything you need to know about St. Barth’s Reopening

St Lucia

The beautiful island nation of Saint Lucia reopened for US travellers on June 4th.

Americans are required to fill out an online form, bring a negative covid test, taken no longer than 7 days before departure in order to board their flight to Saint Lucia.

Direct Flights: from Atlanta on Delta, from Miami on American, and from New York on United and JetBlue.

Here is everything else you need to know about Saint Lucia’s reopening for Americans.

St. Maarten

Update July 1, 2020 – St. Maarten has decided to postpone all flights from the USAuntil July 14th, when it will review again. At this time, Americans are NOT welcome on the island. We will update again on July 14.

Update July 15: St. Maarten now states they plan to resume flights from the USA on August 1, 2020

*Update July 30, 2020: The government of St. Maarten has confirmed that the Princess Juliana Airport will reopen for flights coming from the USA on August 1st. 

St. Maarten is officially reopening for international tourism on July 1st 

The minister of tourism stated: “the country is ready to receive travelers from Europe and North America as of July 1st”which means the USA is included.

Direct flights from Miami, NYC, Charlotte, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and San Juan are already scheduled starting July 4th.

Here’s everything we know about St.Maarten reopening to American tourists.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are officially reopening for tourism on July 1, 2020 allowing American tourists to visit.

U.S. citizens will be tested upon arrival.

Direct flights from New York on Caribbean Air start on July 15 and flights from Miami on American Airlines start July 11.

Tanzania 

Tanzania reopened to American tourists at the start of June.

Fancy a safari? Or how about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Maybe just laying on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar? The African nation of Tanzania will allow tourists to come and do all of the above.

Update August 1:
The Tanzanian Health Ministry put out a directive stating all travelers entering Tanzania are now required to present a valid negative PCR test within 72 hours before travel.

Note: There are no direct flights from the USA to Tanzania.

Read more about Tanzania reopening and what there is to do there.

Turkey

As of June 12th, Turkey has now reopened for American tourists.

Under normal ‘pre-covid’ travel rules, Americans need to obtain an e-visa before traveling to Turkey. The visa centres are back up and running to process these.

Direct flights have resumed from 7 American cities already!

At this time, no mandatory testing is required.

See all the details about Turkey reopening 

Turks and Caicos

Turks & Caicos will reopen for Americans on July 22.

US travelers can head down to the Turks and Caicos late July, but only by flying in, as the cruise ports are staying closed until at least September.

A negative-PCR test is required before arrival.

Many cities fly directly into Turks and Caicos, including: New York, Charlotte, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Read more about the Turks and Caicos reopening for tourism

UAE (Dubai)

Dubai, UAE is officially reopening its borders for U.S. tourists on July 7, 2020.

American’s need to: register their ‘health declaration’ on an app before their trip, bring a negative PCR test within 96 hours of boarding, and have health insurance to be able to enter.

Emirates is flying directly to Dubai from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington starting in July.

Read more about Dubai’s reopening for tourism, plus which hotels have reopened.

Ukraine

Ukraine is now allowing US citizens entry, of course with some entry requirements. 

Since Americans are now on the ‘Red Country List’ they will need to: download a health app before arrival, have proof of insurance that covers covid, take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival at an authorized lab, and quarantine 12-48 hours while pending results.

Update: As of August 1, US residents can also bring a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival to bypass the above requirements.

The NYC to Kyiv flight has not yet resumed, but Americans can transit through a few airports 

Read more about Ukraine’s reopening for tourism 

US Virgin Islands

On June 1, 2020 the US Virgin Islands (think St. Croix and St. Thomas) have reopened for tourism. American’s don’t even need a passport to go!

U.S. citizens can fly to the USVI’s directly from Atlanta, Miami, New York, Houston, Charlotte or Fort Lauderdale.

As of July 10 they have recently updated entry requirements. If you are from a state with over 10% infection rate, you MUST bring a negative PCR test with you.

**Important Update August 18: 
The USVI’s are shutting down tourism again due to a surge in cases. As of August 19th there is a 30-day prohibition on tourism, and a ‘stay at home’ order in full effect. We will update in 1-month to see if they reopen again.

Here’s more on the entry requirements on our USVI’s reopening post

The USA!

Sounds crazy to mention, but many states in the USA are open for tourism! If you don’t want to travel out of the country just yet, try exploring your own.

Major US Attractions That Have Reopened:

Las Vegas Casinos

Universal Studios Orlando

Grand Canyon

New York Central Park

Niagara Falls

Yellowstone National Park

Times Square

Golden Gate Bridge

Countries that WILL SOON Permit American Tourists:

These following countries are reopening to American tourists in the very near future:

Belize

Belize is reopening its borders to American tourists on August 15, 2020.

Travellers will have to fill out an online health form before they go and get a negative-PCR test 72 before departure or be prepared to be tested and wait for results on arrival.

Direct flights from Miami have already been scheduled to resume on August 18th with American Airlines. While not announced yet, more direct flights are expected to resume from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and more.

Reopening Delayed 

The airport was originally scheduled to reopen on August 15th for international travel. However, on August 5th the prime minister of Belize announced that the reopening would be delayed until further notice. No new date has been set. If this affects your travel, we recommend contacting your hotel and airline.

Here’s everything else we know about Belize reopening for tourism

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will reopen for American visitors on August 15.

Update July 24: Due to a surge in cases, Sri Lanka has postponed the reopening, but has not provided a new date.

As long as Americans agree to bringing a negative PCR test with them, and agree to have another test upon arrival, they can come for a vacation.

Read more details about Sri Lanka reopening for tourism

Countries that MAY Permit American Tourists:

These following countries may/ may not permit American tourists at this time. Some information is missing which we are trying to clarify for the purposes of this guide. We are currently looking into it and will put them on the main list once we have confirmation.

Bali

Breaking News Update:

The reopening of Bali to foreign tourists could be delayed until the end of 2020

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment,  Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has stated that the reopening of Bali could be delayed until the end of 2020.

Originally Bali planned to reopen for American tourists on September 11, 2020.

After a lot of back and forth, the governor of Bali finally announced on June 17 that he will be reopening international tourism for the island. While no formal country list has been made, American citizens may be able to visit as of Sept 11.

Here is everything we know about Bali reopening to tourists

Malta

Malta Updates July 11:

The bad news – Malta just updated a larger list of countries now allowed to enter, however the USA is absent.

The good news – There are two ways Amerians can still go. 1) Email the border control to apply for an exception 2) Stay in one of the allowed countries for 14 days prior to entering Malta. (get more info by clicking the link below) 

Here is everything we know about Malta’s reopening.

Need to TRANSIT through an EU airport to get to a country that allows US citizens? We have all the info on which airports in Europe will allow Americans to transit through.

Read More: Learn about all of the countries reopening for tourism worldwide and Covid-19 travel insurance policies for Americans

Disclaimer: The above countries reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and requirements before traveling.

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