Gjipe beach in southern Albania

Albania welcomes US tourists

Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the US passport has shrivels under the cloud of coronavirus. At the moment doors remain shut across the planet to American travelers, but not in countries like Albania, CNN writes.

The US coronavirus cases recently passing the three million mark. Many nations now view America with trepidation. No matter how much they want those tourism dollars, they’re unwilling to take the risk of opening their borders.

Even as restrictions are easing in some places, Americans are still on the danger list. The EU still has the United States in its list of 15 countries whose tourists are not permitted to visit.

Most US travelers are staying close to home this summer. They are preferring short-distance car trips to international air travel. But some voyagers aren’t letting a global pandemic curb their travel plans.

And there are still a handful of options.

Most of the Caribbean, for example, is open for US tourists. Other countries — including Mexico, Maldives and Turkey — aren’t exactly welcoming US travelers with open arms (more like a temperature check and a Covid-19 test). But they are allowing visitors to cross their borders for the first time since coronavirus shut down much of the world.

Whether travel to “open” international destinations is responsible or advisable is up to individuals to decide. But it’s worth noting that since the pandemic is ongoing, anything can change at any time.

While there may be bookable international flights to restricted countries, any outbound US passenger should check with the US Embassy and the airline before finalizing travel plans.

Albania is among the countries where it’s still possible for US passport holders to visit.

As CNN writes:

Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, the former communist country of Albania resumed international commercial flights as of June 15, 2020.

There are no specific details in terms of what US travelers can expect upon arrival to Albania, however, the US Embassy website states that there will be additional medical personnel at all points of entry, as well as screenings and potential quarantine requirements.

“Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice,” it states.

Among the countries that allow American tourists are Kosovo, North Macedonia, Mexico, Serbia, Turkey, Tunisia. Croatia, Egypt, UK and Ukraine, allow them but with some restrictions.

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