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Re-openings and Requirements

What you need to get in and back

 

Updated 13 September 2021

We understand that the decision to travel is a personal one. Ultimately, what matters most is that you feel comfortable. We have protocols in place for all of our trips and are proud to report there have been no known cases of COVID transmission on any MT Sobek trip.

On April 19, 2021, the US State Department announced that it would begin to update its travel advisories to more closely align with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Per the CDC, “This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department’s Travel Advisory system to rely more on CDC’s existing epidemiological assessments.” This has resulted on over 80% of countries being placed at “Level 4: Do Not Travel.”

Neither a State Department Level 4 Travel Advisory nor a CDC Travel Health Notice prohibits Americans from traveling to a particular destination. MT Sobek has successfully operated trips in many of the countries now at Level 4 without issue including Ecuador, Egypt, Costa Rica, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda. We will continue to build on what we’ve already learned as the world continues to reopen, allowing us to responsibly operate trips in more and more places across the globe. We encourage all those who are eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 regardless of entry requirements.

Click on the regions below for more information on requirements for countries that currently open to U.S. travelers.

 

Africa

  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Asia

  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan

Europe

  • Croatia
  • France
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Montenegro
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

Latin (Central and South) America

  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Peru

Middle East

  • Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan)
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Turkey

Returning to the United States from Abroad

Travelers must have an original printed or electronic negative COVID-19 viral test result (NAAT: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, HDA, or Rapid Antigen) or documentation of recovery. The test must be performed within 3 days before the first scheduled departure time in the flight itinerary. This requirement applies to all travelers, including US citizens, residents, and transit travelers, as well as travelers that have been vaccinated.

For more details, see CDC – FAQs

MT Sobek will facilitate testing near trip end so that guests will have their results prior to boarding return flights to the USA. Information will be available closer to departure as we align with current requirements at time of departure. Testing fees are not covered by MT Sobek and vary based on type of test and destination and type of test and can range from $25 to $100 or more.

 

 

 

Botswana

Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Travelers are required COVID-19 test to gain entry to Botswana at all border points. If the test is positive or if travelers show COVID-19 symptoms, they may need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival at their own expense. Departing travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure.

For more details, see  US Embassy for Botswana

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

Egypt

Travelers arriving with proof of negative COVID-19 test from before departure will not be required to quarantine. Travelers arriving without a valid negative COVID-19 test result will be required to take a test on arrival at their own expense.

Fully vaccinated travelers to Egypt do not need a negative COVID-19 test result. Fully vaccinated travelers must have a vaccination certificate proving they have been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine. The accepted vaccines are: Astra Zeneca, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac, or Sputnik V. The certificate should show the last dose was administered at least 14 days ago and must have a QR code.

Mandatory health insurance and mandatory health declaration form are also required. Download PDF See US Embassy – Egypt

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Ethiopia


Most travelers from United States can visit Ethiopia, but there are restrictions. Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result. The test must be taken within 120 hours before arrival in Ethiopia. Temperature screening is required for all travelers on arrival in Ethiopia.

All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting through Ethiopia must validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven apps.

For more details, see Ethiopian Immigration Services

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Morocco

Travelers from selected countries with a hotel reservation (or tour reservation), Moroccan citizens and residents, and business travelers invited by Moroccan companies can enter Morocco. Travelers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure to Morocco. A mandatory passenger locator form must filled out and printed before arrival in Morocco.

Vaccinated travelers arriving from 167 countries, including the United States, are still recommended to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

For full details, see US Embassy for Morocco

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Namibia

As of September 6, 2021, anyone who arrives in Namibia with a negative PCR test result which is less than seven days old from the time the test was taken will be able to enter. An antigen test will not be accepted. Namibia will still require a negative PCR test even if travelers have had the vaccine.

International travelers are required to have valid travel health insurance with COVID-19 coverage. A mandatory health declaration form and surveillance form must be completed Health Declaration PDFSurveillance Form PD.

For more details, see U.S. Embassy for Namibia and the 6 September Republic of Namibia Government Notice.

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Rwanda

All travelers must present a negative COVID-19 certificate from a test performed within 72 hours prior to departure. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted.

All travelers are required to take an additional COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport in Rwanda at their own expense. Travelers will be required to quarantine at an approved hotel until they receive a negative COVID-19 result, approximately 24 hours after the arrival. This quarantine can happen at our first hotel. Please arrive before 8 AM on the first day of the trip to facilitate timing for testing. Travelers aged 16 years and older are required to fill out an online passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate to the form before departure for Rwanda.  Complete online

For more details, see Rwanda COVID-19

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Tanzania

Most travelers from United States can visit Tanzania, United Republic of, but there are restrictions. Travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result taken within three calendar days of travel. Temperature and health screening are required for all passengers on arrival in Tanzania. If travelers show symptoms on arrival, they may be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine.

For more details, see US Embassy for Tanzania

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Uganda

Most travelers from United States can visit Uganda, but there are restrictions. Travelers must have a certified negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 120 hours before departure.

Visitors to Uganda who are not fully vaccinated are now required to have a PCR COVID test taken on arrival in Entebbe, Uganda. This test is in addition to other current Covid test entry requirements. All arrivals into Entebbe (EBB), Uganda (vaccinated or not) must carry negative PCR Covid-19 test results from home taken within 120 hrs of arrival into EBB. They must transit through airports without exiting and no stop-overs are allowed en route. The Minister of Health (MOH) has indicated that fully vaccinated, asymptomatic visitors carrying an official COVID-19 vaccine record are exempt from this on-arrival COVID test.

For more details, see US Embassy for Uganda

COVID-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Zimbabwe

Most international travelers are allowed to enter Zimbabwe by air. Non-resident travelers are not required to quarantine after arrival. Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 48 hours before their arrival.

For more details, see Zimbabwean Tourism 

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Mongolia

Mongolia is scheduled to open to international travelers as of July 1, 2021.  Please check back periodically for more updates about requirements.

See US Embassy – Mongolia
COVID-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Pakistan

Most travelers from United States can visit Pakistan, but there are restrictions. Travelers arriving with proof of negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours before departure will not be required to quarantine.  For full details and exemptions, see Pakistani Government

A mandatory contact information form is required   Get iOS app   Get Android app or Complete Online

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Tajikistan

Travelers who do not have a travel history in certain countries during the 14 days prior to their arrival are allowed to enter Tajikistan. Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The results must be issued within 72 hours before arrival.  All travelers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test at the airport on arrival. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 on arrival must quarantine.

For more details, see US Embassy for Tajikistan

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Uzbekistan

Travelers who do not have a travel history in certain countries during the 14 days prior to their arrival are allowed to enter Uzbekistan. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 on arrival must quarantine. Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure to Uzbekistan and must be from an approved lab recognized in Uzbekistan, a list of which can be found here. Temperature screening is required for on arrival in Uzbekistan.

For more details, see Uzbekistan Tourism

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Croatia

Travelers arriving without a valid negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test result must take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

This does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 7, accompanied by a parent/guardian; Travelers who received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior to travel and have a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination(any vaccine);-Travelers with a medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 after having a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result. The certificate is valid 11-180 days after the positive test result. Travelers are required to complete an online form before travelling to Croatia. Complete online.

For more details Croatian Government

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

France

Vaccinated travelers from United States are allowed to enter France. Travelers from United States must have a negative test result. The result must be from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure or an antigen test, taken within 48 hours before departure. Vaccinated travelers from United States (see 187 additional countries) are not required to quarantine on arrival in France.

For more details see French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

Greece

Travelers from certain countries are allowed to enter Greece. Please check the documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling. For full, see General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece

Every tourist must fill in the special PLF (Passenger Location Form) no later than 23:59 of the day before arriving in Greece. This is done here.

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

Iceland

Vaccinated travelers with proper documentation are allowed to enter Iceland.  See details.

Travelers must also complete a mandatory pre-registration form Complete online and register with contact-tracing app Get mobile app

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

Italy

Travelers from United States who do not have a travel history in (specific additional countries) during the 14 days prior to their arrival are allowed to enter Italy. Please check the documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling. Travelers must also complete a mandatory pre-registration form Complete online and register with contact-tracing app Get mobile app.

For full details and exemptions, see  Government of Italy

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Montenegro

Travelers with Montenegrin residency permits and those arriving without a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours will need to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine requirements do not apply to travelers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate; travelers with proof of antibodies.

For more details , see US Embassy for Montenegro  and Montenegro Government 

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Spain

Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Spain. Please check the documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling. Non-compliance may be punished in accordance with Spanish law. All travelers may be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival if the authorities see it necessary.

For full details and exemptions, see  Spanish Government

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

Switzerland

All travelers entering Switzerland by plane, with a proof that they have been fully vaccinated, must complete the online form of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH for incoming travelers. For your upcoming Switzerland trip, please find all the current information about what’s open now and what will open when here.

For more details , see Traveling to Switzerland

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Latin (Central and South) America

or plan any trip in Latin America

Costa Rica

No quarantine required. Travelers are allowed to enter Costa Rica by air. Please check the documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling.

Starting August 1, Costa Rica will allow entry without travel insurance to minors under 18 and tourists fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.   In the case of visitors from the United States, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be accepted.

See details at US Embassy for Costa Rica

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Ecuador

All travelers (including minors) arriving in Ecuador must provide proof of a negative COVID RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than three (3) days before entering the country or present an official vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of a COVID vaccine.

All persons present in Ecuador (regardless of nationality or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must present negative results from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 96 hours (4 days) prior to arrival in the Galapagos. MT  Sobek will facilitate testing in country.

For full details and exemptions, see International Airport of Quito, Ecuador  and US Embassy for Ecuador

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Mexico

No quarantine required. Travelers are allowed to enter Mexico by air.  COVID 19 test is not required for travel. See details US Embassy for Mexico

Mandatory health declaration form to be completed before arrival Complete online    Download PDF

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

 

Peru

Travelers from who do not have a travel history in certain restricted countries during the 14 days prior to their arrival are allowed to enter Peru. Please check the documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling.

Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or antigen test result, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge. The test or certificate must be issued within 72 hours before boarding. 1. Currently, Peru requires inbound international passengers on commercial flights have either a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR), negative antigen test result, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge that is no more than 72 hours old after being issued and before boarding the plane. 2. Antigen tests required to be taken within the first 24 hours upon arrival to Peru – can do at outdoor lab at Lima Airport, or at hotels. 3. Fill your online migration form before departing. 4. Sign a “Electronic Health Affidavit” –Migrations. 5. MANDATORY FACE MASK AND FACE SHIELD USE inside the airport and airplane at all times. 6. Carry your digital boarding pass.

See details Government of Peru  and US Embassy for Peru.

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Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan)

International travelers are permitted to enter Iraq and airports are open throughout the country.  Travelers should be aware that flight suspensions may be implemented at any time and on short notice.  Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) completed less than 72 hours prior to departures for Iraq.  Travelers will then be tested on arrival in Erbil and should be prepared to pay in cash for testing. Standards are unevenly enforced.

For more information, please see US Embassy for Iraq

COVID-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

Israel

As of July 1, 2021, Israel will open to all vaccinated tourists (who have received vaccinations recognized by the U.S. FDA or EU EMA). Vaccinations are verified through two possible tracks: 1) Bilateral agreements giving countries the tools to verify a passenger’s status before departure. Israel signed its first such agreement with Bahrain, and conversations are ongoing with many countries to advance more agreements on this issue. 2) For those from a country without a bilateral agreement, serological tests will be conducted to verify the existence of antibodies in the passengers’ system. The tests will be rapidly conducted at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV), with minimal waiting time for an answer.

Travelers, including those vaccinated and recovered, who have been in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine within 14 days prior to arrival in Israel must go into a 14-day quarantine in a state-allocated accommodation.

For more details see:  Jerusalem Post

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Jordan

Passengers traveling to Jordan are required to visit https://www.visitjordan.gov.jo portal prior to departure, complete the required form, and obtain the QR code which is mandatory to be presented prior to boarding and upon arrival.

Passengers must have a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the first boarded flight and submit Passenger Health Declaration and Locator form before boarding.

A PCR test is required upon arrival and each passenger has to register and pay amount of 28 JOD through the https://www.visitjordan.gov.jo portal

Exemptions include Vaccinated Passengers:
Vaccinations certificates proving that full course of vaccination has been completed issued from the following countries are approved: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, EU Countries, Japan, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunis, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA. The vaccination certificate shall be in the Arabic or English language only and presented to airline personnel prior to boarding.

Health Insurance: 
Proof of health insurance is mandatory for non-Jordanians.

Covid-19 testing required for return entry into the U.S., see details.

Lebanon

All travelers to Lebanon are required to present upon arrival a negative PCR test from within 96 hours of arrival, submit to an additional PCR test at the airport and a 72 hour quarantine, and download the CovidLebTrack app, unless excepted. Exceptions include travelers under the age of 12, and travelers arriving from either Brazil or the United Kingdom who have documented proof of testing positive for COVID-19 more than 15 days prior to arrival as well as vaccinated travelers from the United States and 228 other countries are not required to quarantine on arrival in Lebanon.

For more details see:  US Embassy Lebanon

Turkey

Travelers arriving from selected countries are allowed to enter Turkey. Travelers arriving in Turkey are required to undergo a medical evaluation for symptoms of COVID-19, including temperature checks and if they have symptoms they will take a COVID-19 PCR test. If the test is positive, the traveler will be required to quarantine.

Travelers must have a printed or electronic negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure to Turkey.

Travelers are required to fill a passenger information form upon arrival in Turkey. Download PDF

Travelers must complete an Entry Form online within 72 hours before departure to Turkey. Entry Form Online

For more details, see US Embassy for Turkey 

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