Covid has changed our everyday life in ways we could never imagine, one being traveling. As Covid is slowly coming to a point where it is manageable, traveling and tourism is slowly opening back up.
As much as it is important to have fun and enjoy a vacation during the Covid pandemic, it is also important to stay safe and not spread the virus. Here are 7 destinations that are currently open for tourism and are a more safe destination to travel to. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination to check the status of Covid and safety of traveling at certain destinations.
Lake Powell, Utah
“Socially distant but close to nature.” Lake Powell had all the celebrities coming to visit this scenic lake in summer 2020. To prevent the spread of COVID, they have updated their procedures. Lake Powell resorts now have contactless operations, social distance practices, enhanced cleaning procedures and mandatory mask wearing by employees. Rent a houseboat, stay in their nearby resorts or stay on their campground for your stay.
Any of the beaches in Mexico is perfect for a quick getaway in summer 2021. Mexico is open for travelers and there is currently no requirement to provide a negative COVID test upon arrival, but some hotels may ask for you to fill out a health questionnaire. Remember when returning to the U.S., you will need to provide a negative COVID test 72 hours or less before your flight home.
With amazing food and beautiful beaches, Domincan Republic is another beautiful tropical getaway. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to provide a negative COVID test or quarantine upon arrival. Instead, travelers are required to have their temperatures checked at the airport. The Carribean airports have also implemented random “aleatory breath tests”on travelers unless under the age of five.
If you’re looking for a cooler climate to get away from this summer heat, Alaska is the perfect destination. If you are not vaccinated yet, providing a pre-negative covid test is strongly encouraged. Alaska’s average temperature during summer months range from 60-80 degrees with nightly temperature as low as 40 degrees. Enjoy wildlife, hiking, and glacier tours while on your getaway.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Visit Arizona’s most known landmark, the Grand Canyon. Enjoy your getaway by going water rafting along the canyon, hiking or taking a helicopter tour to see the views from above. If you are looking for just a short getaway, there is a perfect 3-day itinerary you can use to get ideas on what to do. With being outside the majority of the time, the Grand Canyon is perfect if you are wanting to stay safe during COVID-19.
Good news! The Bahamas are open to tourists again and travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need to show proof of a negative COVID test before arrival. Un-vaccinated travelers do still have to show proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than five days prior to arrival. With the crystal clear water and hot sun, the Bahamas is a popular destination for a reason. While there you can snorkel, scuba dive, swim with pigs, island hop, enjoy the food and relax on the beach.
Islands of Tahiti
If you had to pick a dream vacation, this could easily be it. The Islands of Tahiti have just recently reopened for travelers. Posted on the Island of Tahiti website, “Vaccinated and immune travelers who have been in the U.S. for 30 consecutive days, are not subject to quarantine upon arrival.” The Islands of Tahiti have beautiful clear water inhabited with colorful fish and coral reefs. There are plenty of water activities including: jet skiing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, sail boats and deep water diving.