Traveling is certainly not as easy as it used to nowadays with most countries' borders still closed to foreigners.
I'm currently in Belgrade, Serbia and been here for about 6 weeks now. I've been here a few times before and while I really like it here, the main reason I chose Serbia this year is it's one of only a handful of countries that's currently open to Americans without quarantine requirements.
Before Serbia, I was in Athens, Greece where I originally planned to stay in for only 2-3 weeks but ended up getting stuck there for almost 4 months (I overstayed as I was waiting for borders in other countries to open but wasn't fined when I left). I actually ended up liking Athens a lot and seeing myself going back there. The lockdown there wasn't that strict (you can go out to exercise or buy groceries any day of the week) and I think it only lasted like 6 weeks. While 6 weeks is still a long time to be locked down, it's nowhere near as bad as other countries with 3-5 month lockdowns.
In Belgrade, there's currently very few restrictions and life here feels pretty much normal. The main restrictions are:
- gathering of no more than 10 people
- wear mask indoors
- shops have to close by 9pm if there's no outdoor seating (11pm for those with outdoor seating)
That's basically it. When I first arrived, those restrictions actually weren't even in place. I did read somewhere that Serbia had one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe back in March-April. The government did try to lock down again a few weeks back for one weekend, but the people protested and they canceled it.
I plan to be here for another month and looking to head to Latin America afterwards. From my research, it looks like the only options for Americans are Mexico and Brazil. No test/quarantine requirements to enter either country. For Brazil, the only requirement is proof that you have health insurance with coverage in the country (though it's not clear whether the insurance needs to have COVID-19 coverage).
As of today, this is a list of countries I'm aware of where American can enter without a negative PCR test or qurantine requirements:
- Brazil (travel by air only, must have health insurance valid in Brazil, more info here)
Yup, I know, that's a sad, short list...
Looking at all the news with scary headlines (which may be totally misleading), I'm not counting on many countries opening up their borders in the next 3 months. I'm actually preparing for at least one year of having limited countries to visit.
Just between Mexico and Brazil, that would give me at least 9 months of tourist visa. And Colombia might open up for tourism around November so with those 3 countries being open, that's actually plenty enough options for me.