International escapes where Americans can live their best quarantine lives

By Physician Sense
Published August 26, 2020

Key Takeaways

Many Americans have spent their summer pining for the days of low-risk travel. Unfortunately for physicians, summer at home has also combined with increased demands from the COVID-19 pandemic. All work and no play makes doctors dull — and possibly burnt out — boys and girls. 

Despite what you might have heard, international travel isn’t off the table entirely. Certainly there are risks involved and logistical hurdles to clear. For example, all destinations in this post remain under travel advisories from the U.S. State Department International travelers also may have to quarantine at their destinations, or submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test. All locales on our list were selected to ensure maximum relaxation, cultural stimulation, and modern comforts (wifi and air conditioning). Here are 5 where you can live your best quarantine life.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

This two-island Caribbean commonwealth offers nearly 100 miles of pristine beaches. Tourists will find resort refinement and rainforest ruggedness. The islands’ many reefs offer snorkeling and other saltwater adventure opportunities. 

The country is under a Level 3 (reconsider travel) advisory from the U.S. State Department. To date, Antigua and Barbuda has had fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths. Anyone flying into the country must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken within 7 days of their flight, according to the latest travel advisory. This requirement doesn’t apply to children under age 12. Sea passengers are “subject to quarantine according to the guidelines issues by Port Health.” All tourists are also subject to screening on arrival.

Accommodations

Bermuda

Bermuda

Bermuda — also under a Level 3 advisory from the U.S. State Department — has been open to travelers since July 1, but to get into this British island nestled in the Atlantic, you’re going to have to jump through more than a few (justifiable) hoops. To date, Bermuda has had 166 COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths, and they aim to keep those numbers low. 

But before you pack your bags, read the travel restrictions from the Bermuda Tourism Authority carefully. They are somewhat complex. For example, all travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken ideally within 72 hours of (but no more than 7 days prior to) departure. You’ll be tested again on arrival (paid for with a $75 travel fee) and have to quarantine until results are ready, which typically takes 24 hours.

Accommodations

Dubai

Dubai

A city and emirate of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a sleek, modern gem on the Persian Gulf. It bustles with nightlife, boasts inspired architecture, and luxury shopping. And compared to some countries, it does not abound with COVID-19 cases. The UAE has had about 67,000 coronavirus cases and 375 deaths. The country remains under a Level 3 U.S. State Department advisory.

Dubai requires that all tourists show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test to get onto an inbound flight. You may need to take another test on arrival and quarantine until results are available. Dubai will also require that you complete several forms and applications prior to departure, so note the requirements well.

Accommodations

  • Check out this charming, 2-bed apartment, just a short walk from Burj Khalifa.

  • This brand new 1-bedroom apartment boasts free Netflix, which may come in handy if you have to quarantine.

  • Or, this more conventional hotel option that includes access to a gym and pool.

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