10 Countries You Can Travel To Right Now

Wondering when you’ll be able to travel again internationally? Here are ten countries you can visit today, including some that never closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

1) ALBANIA

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Rozafa Castle, Shkodër, Albania (Traveling with Kristin)

Albania is a Balkan country on the Adriatic Sea bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia. Albania began opening at the end of May and, the Prime Minister promises the country will be fully open to tourism in 2020.

How to get there

Fly into the capital of Tirana (airport code: TIA). Or, take a road trip through the Balkans and drive in from Montenegro or Greece.

What to see

When planning a trip to Albania, make sure to allocate enough time to visit the country’s historical sites as well as its natural parks. Albania is one of the most mountainous countries in the world, full of fortresses and sites dating back to the Paleolithic period. Must-see destinations include:

2) BELARUS

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Photo by Egor Kunovsky on Unsplash

Located in Eastern Europe, Belarus is one of the few countries that never officially closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the Ministry of Health has reported nearly 40,000 registered cases to-date, the country remains open to tourism.

While you may not have heard much about Belarus in the past, tourism has nearly doubled in the past year thanks to the country’s new 30-day visa-free travel scheme. According to Lonely Planet, Belarus is becoming quite the ‘it’ destination in Europe thanks to its nightlife, museums, architecture, and emerging cafe and art scene.

What to see

Top attractions include the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk, the Mir Castle in Mir, and the National Park. Belarus is also an up-and-coming destination for adventure sports.

How to get there

Fly into the capital of Minsk, airport code MSQ.

3) CAMBODIA

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Cambodia is a top destination in Southeast Asia filled with ancient historical sites, stunning jungle landscapes, and at least sixty tropical islands. If that’s not enough to convince you, the food, shopping, and outdoor markets might be. Cambodia is especially popular among backpackers and digital nomads for its low cost-of-living and friendly locals.

What to see

  • Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, one of the largest and most famous religious monuments in the world.
  • Koh Dach, the Mekong River’s “Silk Island,” near Phnom Penh.
  • Any of Cambodia’s beaches!

How to get there

Travel to Cambodia is complicated but possible. Before departing, you must apply for a visa online. Travelers must also present a heath certificate and proof of a $50,000 medical insurance policy upon arrival, then pass a second COVID-19 test. Even if your results come back negative, you must self-isolate for 14 days under local supervision.

4) CYPRUS

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Fig Tree Bay, Cyprus. Photo: Kristin Wilson / Traveling with Kristin

While Greece and Italy may be the first places that come to mind when planning a Mediterranean vacation, Cyprus is an underrated destination that’s more affordable than Western Europe. The island nation offers pristine white sand beaches, clear blue water, luxurious resorts, and plenty of fresh seafood and wine.

With only seventeen COVID-19 related deaths, Cyprus announced its plans to reopen to international tourism by June 9–20. The country will allow European tourists first (except for the U.K. and Russia), followed by the rest of the world. The Cypriot government will also reimburse your trip costs if you happen to contract COVID-19 while on your trip.

What to see

With its mild climate and 340 days of sunshine annually, you can visit Cyprus year-round. My favorite spot in Cyprus is Fig Tree Bay in Paralimni, but you’ll also want to check out Limassol and Paphos.

How to get there

Fly into Larnaca (LCA) or the capital of Nicosia (NIC). For more updates, refer to the Cyprus Tourism Board website.

5) MEXICO

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Breakfast in Rosarito, Mexico. Pic: Kristin Wilson / Traveling with Kristin

Although Mexico temporarily closed its border with the U.S. in March, the international airports have remained open for tourism throughout the pandemic.

Where to go and how to get there

Mexico would take a lifetime to explore, but here are some of the highlights:

For those interested in surfing, golfing, health and wellness retreats, or experiencing Mexico’s wine country, try Baja California. Californians can cross the border into Tijuana, while visitors farther afield can fly into southern Baja California (Cabo San Lucas) and drive north. Puerto Vallarta is also a popular west coast destination.

To experience city life, fly direct to Mexico City. My favorite neighborhoods to explore include La Condesa, Roma, Polanco, and the city center. Mexico City is also a good central location to take day trips to Puebla, San Miguel de Allende, and the Aztec ruins.

If you’re looking for leisure, I recommended heading to Cancún on the Riviera Maya. Popular destinations include Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, and Tulúm.

History and culture buffs and foodies should consider starting their trips in Guadalajara or Oaxaca.

6) MONTENEGRO

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Budva, Montenegro. Photo: Traveling with Kristin

Montenegro is proud to be the first COVID-19 free country in Europe, reopening its borders on June 1st to tourists from countries with less than 25 active cases per 100 residents.

Montenegro is a great destination for a summer seaside holiday or as part of a road trip through the Balkan Peninsula.

What to see

  • The walled city of Kotor
  • Herceg Novi and Budva in the coastal region
  • Wine country near the capital of Podgorica
  • Lake Skadar National Park
  • The mountains of the northern region

How to get there

Fly into Podgorica, Budva, or neighboring Dubrovnik, Croatia. You can also sail in from the Adriatic or drive over from Albania or Bosnia & Herzegovina.

7) SERBIA

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Life in Serbia (All photos: Traveling with Kristin)

After a tight lockdown throughout March and April, Serbia’s borders and airports have reopened. You don’t need any special paperwork to enter, nor do you need to self-quarantine.

Although the Serbian people suffered greatly during the Balkans War of the 1990s, the country has bounced back in recent years. It’s safe to visit and full of amazing art, food, culture, history, music, nightlife, and people. I’ve traveled there by myself or with friends on multiple occasions, and it’s become one of my favorite countries in the world.

What to do and see

A country about the size of Texas, Serbia is best seen by car. Start your trip in the capital of Belgrade, then rent a car to explore the countryside and towns such as Nis and Novi Sad, site of the famous EXIT music festival held each year in the Petrovardin fortress. Check this list for fifteen more unique destinations in Serbia.

How to get there:

Fly into Belgrade (BEG) or drive in from Timisoara, Romania (TSR), or Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF).

8) SLOVENIA

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Slovenia had very few cases of COVID-19 and was the first European country to reopen to tourism on May 15.

Located at the base of the Alps between Croatia, Austria, Hungary, and Italy, Slovenia is a small country with a population of two million people, but plenty to see and explore.

What to see

Known for its unspoiled nature, you can swim in the Mediterranean and hike Slovenia’s mountains in the same day. Slovenia also has become a burgeoning food and wine destination in recent years, featured in an episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table.

Lake Bled is arguably the most iconic site in the country. And make sure to visit Piran —known as Slovenia’s most beautiful town.

How to get there

The capital of Ljubljana (LJU) is only a two-hour flight from London. You can also drive in from Venice, Italy, or Zagreb, Croatia.

Ready to hit the road? Stoke your wanderlust further at Slovenia.Info.

9) SOUTH KOREA

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Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

South Korea flattened its COVID curve in early May, reopening to tourism under a mandatory 14-day government quarantine at the cost of $100 per night. And, despite a spike in cases originating in Seoul’s party district in late May, the airport (code: ICN) is still open to commercial flights. However, as of June 1, foreigners traveling to South Korea must submit a negative coronavirus diagnosis and pass a temperature check.

The situation and corresponding restrictions in South Korea are changing on an almost daily basis. Make sure to check with your airline and the government website before traveling. However, it is possible to fly in and enjoy some of the nightlife, food, culture, and nature the country is known for. That is, if you’re up for quarantining for 14 days first.

10) ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

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Sailing near St. Vincent. Photo: Kristin Wilson / Traveling with Kristin

The last country on my list is St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This Caribbean nation, located between St. Lucia and Venezuela, never officially shut its borders to tourists, although airports are closed. However, people can still apparently sail in, as long as they quarantine for 14 days upon entry. So, if you find yourself in the Caribbean anytime soon, you know where to go.

Further Information

Those are ten places that people of most nationalities can visit as of June 2020. While Europe is also reopening for business and tourism this month, restrictions vary by country. Most borders are only reopening to travelers from within the E.U. Find more details on worldwide travel restrictions and Europe’s reopening plan in this video.

Where do you want to travel first when borders open? Let us know in the comments.

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Content Creator: Host of Badass Digital Nomads Podcast and www.YouTube.com/TravelingwithKristin. Get my free remote jobs guide at: http://bit.ly/FreeJobsGuide

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