The Best Warm Destinations to Escape Winter in 2020/2021

BEST WINTER-ESCAPE WARM DESTINATIONS

2020 is almost over, and the world is slowly starting to open up again! In this blog post I share with you the best warm destinations to escape winter in 2020/2021!

These countries are open for U.S travelers, some of them require negative PCR tests, and some of them don’t require anything (not a PCR test and not even quarantine).

So, what are you waiting for!? Keep reading to find your next winter-escape destination!

** This blog post will be updated every once in a while during this winter (2020/2021) if anything in this list changes **

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Mexico

What’s a better destination to enjoy beautiful beaches, good food, and luxurious hotels that are currently offered for almost half of the price?!

Mexico never actually closed their boarders for travelers during 2020, and it definitely became 2020’s hot spot for travelers!

They don’t require anything while entering the country. You don’t need to have or show a PCR test, and you definitely don’t need quarantine.

It’s just like the good old days of 2019 ๐Ÿ˜‰

I highly recommend checking out Hotelscombined for funny priced hotels/apartments and Skyscanner to book your cheap flight!

Also, check out Get Your Guide for exteremely discounted attractions in Mexico! (you can book in advance and cancel for free if anything happens until 24 hours before the date of attractions).

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Costa Rica

If you didn’t know, Costa Rica have opened their boarders for multiple countries, the United States included.

You don’t need a PCR test, and you don’t need to quarantine when arriving in Costa Rica.

If you are into beautiful nature, warm weather, beautiful beaches – Costa Rica is the perfect destination for you!

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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is welcoming back American travelers that are into escaping the cold winter.

The beautiful turquoise ocean waters, all-inclusive luxury resorts, tropical warm whether, and beautiful beaches – the Dominican Republic has it all!

This Caribbean island is a favorite among Americans and is a popular winter escape destination!

The Dominican Republic doesn’t require any testing before arrival and doesn’t request quarantine apon arrivel.

With that being said, they will randomly test some travelers for a COVID breath test but you don’t need to do the whole long swab up your nose thing.

Also, the island is giving away free COVID-19 insurance until the end of December! (which can save you a lot of money).

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Colombia

Why not spend the winter in Colombia?

Colombia is known for beautiful nature views, beaches, and lots of fun hikes!

As for entry requierments, there are basically non. 

Colombia does not require anymore a negative PCR test result, and there is no quarantine. But, 24 hours and 1 hour before departure, you must fill out the “Check-Mig” form that is available on the Migraciรณn Colombia website.

Then, you will receive a confirmation email that you need to present upon arrival in Colombia.

Also, when leaving Colombia you will need once again to fill out the “Check-Mig” form 24 hours and 1 hour before departure.

When leaving the country, you will also need to arrive at the airport 3 hours in advance to board the flight and wear a face mask through the whole stay at the airport and flight.

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Panama

Wow, Panama.. the beautiful beaches, nature, hikes, zip lines, and what not?!

Don’t you want to spend the winter in this sunny, beautiful country?

Panama is completely open for all nationalitis. They require a negative COVID-19 PCR test that have been taken no more than 48 hours before arrival.

If you can’t do this, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival at a cost of $50.

If you have a negative result, you don’t need to quarantine at all. If somehow you tested positive, you will be required to quarantine for at least 7 days in a government facility. 

You will be tested after 7 days, if the result is still positive you will need to complete a further 7 days of quarantine, once you are negative you will be able to leave the facility.

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Guatemala

Random fact, I was actually planning on going here this winter, but I ended up going somewhere else (check out my Instagram to find out where I went if you are reading this after 18/11/20 haha)

Guatemala is a beautiful and interesting country that has the perfect weather for someone who’s escaping the cold winter of North America.

As for entry requierments, Guatemala requires social distancing and wearing a mask at all times while at the airport.

24 hours before your arrival, you are required to register via the Guatemalan Health Pass form.

Once you’ve submitted your details, you need to print the form and bring it with you to the flight.

Upon arrival you need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken no more than 72 hours before your arrival.

If you are negative, you won’t be required to go into quarantine at all.

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Belize

I think Belize is the perfect winter escape destination and is one of the best warm destinations to visit this winter!

From the beautiful beaches, to luxuorious hotels and sunny weather – Belize is also perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, and you will definitely enjoy it.

The Philip Goldson International Airtport has reopened on October 1st with strict orders:

  1. You need to download the Belize Health App and complete required information within 72 hours of travel to Belize (and not before that).
  2. Take a screenshot or print the QR Code and trip number.
  3. Book your stay at an approved Gold Standard accommodation.
  4. Take a PCR test withit 72 hours of borading your flight. A negative result will provide you a “fast track” arrival process and you won’t need to quarantine at all.
  5. You may be randomly selected for secondary testing. If you are unable to test prior to the flight, you must take a test on arrival at your own expense for $50

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Brazil

Even though Brazil is one of the most top infected countries in the world, it finally opened it boarders for tourism!

The beautiful beaches, nature, hikes, cities, interesting culture, and adventures are only a part of what Brazil has to offer!

Also, if you didn’t know, Brazil is also well known for having the longest beach in the world!

As for entry requirements, Brazil only requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test result upon arrival (that has been taken prior to the flight), and that’s it! No quarantine needed!

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Tanzania

If you didn’t know, Tanzania is one of the best warm destinations to have the perfect winter escape!

From the beautiful nature, and the amazing safaris, you can also go on a relaxing vacation in the beautiful island of Zanzibar and enjoy luxuorious hotels that are currently almost half priced, whtie sanded beaches, clear water ocean, and beautiful nature and animals to see.

As for requirements, to enter Tanzania you will need to provide a proof og a negative COVID-19 test, performed within the 72 hours prior to boarding their flight.

Also, you will need to fill in a Health Surveillance Form in the place and submit them to Port Health authorities upon arrival.

You won’t need to quarantine at all unless you got a positive COVID-19 PCR test result or if you are showing any symptoms.

And just for you to know, the government of Tanzania is collecting tracking information for all international passengers arriving into Tanzania.

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Morocco

Why not use this cold winter to escape to Morocco? Discover Morocco and it’s interesting culture this winter!

As for requierments, Morocco requires passangers to complete a passenger health form online, then print and sign the form and present it on arrival in Morocco.

Also, you will be required to show a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test that has been taken less than 72 hours before the flight.

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Egypt

Spend the winter in Egypt! Enjoy the historical pyramids, visit the desert, explore the Egyptian culture, and maybe go on a trip to Sinai’s beautiful beaches as well!

Passangers from all countries will have temperatures observed and will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will also need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

You will also need to show a negative PCR test on arrival that has been taken no more than 72 hours prior to the flight.

With that being said, children under the age of 6 don’t need to take a PCR test. 

As for travelers arriving in South Sinai, that weren’t able to take a PCR test, will need to undergo testing on arrival for $30 and will need to self-isolate in their hotel until receiving a negative test result.

Usually, the test results will take 12-24 hours to arrive, so you will need to quarantine during those hours.

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United Arab Emirates

Escape the winter and explore the United Arab Emirates! Explore the culture, enjoy the magical city of Dubai and it’s beautiful beaches!

The UAE requires showing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result upton arrival that have been taken less than 96 hours before the flight.

Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will not be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test at all.

You will also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation for a specific period of time (from what I heard around 24 hours, until the test results will arrive).

As for Abu Dhabi, you will need to quarantine for 13 days on arrival.

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And that’s it! These are the best winter-escape warm destinations that don’t require quarantine for U.S citizens!

Planning a winter-escap getaway? Let me know in the comments below where are you going!

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