A passport from the United States of America doesn’t open as many doors as it used to. In fact, it only opens 79.
American visitors are considered a risk not worth taking for much of Asia, Europe, and Oceania because of the pandemic.
The COVID-19 crisis in the U.S. dwarfs the global outbreak, with the U.S. notching the highest confirmed cases and mortality rate the world over. With those two somber distinctions, other countries are reluctant to welcome Americans, even when it means passing on the tourism dollars that Americans pump into foreign economies.
Despite the U.S. Department of State’s advisory first issued in March advising Americans against international travel, 60% of frequent flyers plan to return to the skies within the next six months. But they have limited options for destinations and some countries require visas in advance or negative COVID-19 results. Additionally, the invitation is only good for a three-month stay in most places.
Here is where Americans can go.
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
Sao Tome and Principe
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
The following welcome American visitors but aren’t recognized by the United Nations because they are sovereign territories overseas.
Turks and Caicos
The travel bans due to COVID-19 have dragged the strength of the U.S. passport down to No. 20, below Moldova and above Malaysia, according to the Passport Index. In relation to the country’s North American neighbors, a passport from Canada ranks third and Mexico’s is No. 29. Japan and New Zealand are tied for No. 1.
The index ranks the 199 countries and territories recognized by the United Nations in terms of mobility, accessibility to other countries, and a metric on the country’s perception abroad.
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