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15 Best U.S. Resorts for Fall Getaways

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As we head into the heart of the fall season, there’s no better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than to escape into nature. Fortunately, many of the country’s best resorts cater to leaf peepers with special tours and programs that allow guests to enjoy awe-inspiring views and the crisp autumn air. Whether you’re looking for guided fall foliage hikes, off-road Jeep excursions, or nightly bonfires, you’ll find perfect fall activities at one of these top resorts in the U.S.

By Zachary Laks

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Resort at Squaw Creek

WHERE: Olympic Valley, California

The valleys of Squaw Creek explode with autumnal colors every fall. In September and October, the plush rooms at the Resort at Squaw Creek provide scenic vistas of the surrounding mountain peaks, blanketed in nearly every shade of yellow and orange. Hiking mountain trails, fly fishing, and biking along the scenic Truckee River are just a few of the resort’s activities. For the best in fall fun, check out the resort’s annual Harvest Festival (October 16–18); there will be hard cider tastings, s’mores, wine tastings, and a pumpkin judging contest.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

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Salish Lodge & Spa

WHERE: Snoqualmie, Washington

Perched at the top of Snoqualmie Falls, Salish Lodge & Spa, a luxury retreat thirty minutes outside of Seattle, offers a whirlwind of outdoor activity in the fall. Whether it’s a hike through the Cascade Mountains to discover the alpine lakes and waterfalls, or a round of golf on one of the six local courses—including TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, the Northwest’s only Jack Nicklaus–designed course—there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the changing of the seasons here.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Seattle Travel Guide

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Blantyre

WHERE: Lenox, Massachusetts

Retire to the lush countryside of the Berkshires, where Blantyre, a stately resort steeped in classic Tudor style welcomes guests to its 117 acres of lush fall foliage. During fall, the Blantyre becomes a destination for leaf peepers seeking solace and luxury in a country manor. Take a stroll through the grounds and nearby October Mountain State Forest to best admire the breathtaking autumn views.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Berkshires Travel Guide

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The White Gull Inn

WHERE: Fish Creek, Wisconsin

As the cool breezes of fall permeate the air, Wisconsin’s Door County shakes off its summertime crowds and returns to being an easygoing Midwestern destination. For the most traditional accommodation in the area, book a stay at The White Gull Inn, a local favorite that’s been open since 1896. The orange and yellow trees that surround the bayside inn set the scene, and days are spent exploring the quaint town’s boutiques and art shops before heading to nearby orchards for apple picking and freshly made pie. When you arrive at the inn, be sure to make a reservation for the fish boil, a long-standing traditional meal of freshly caught Lake Michigan fish, prepared during a live demonstration.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Door County Travel Guide

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The Lodge at Woodloch

WHERE: Hawley, Pennsylvania

A Poconos resort removed from the more commercial mega-resorts that have recently entered the region, The Lodge at Woodloch was built with the fall season in mind. Complete with 57 luxury accommodations and a 40,000-square-foot spa, The Lodge at Woodloch specializes in wellness and relaxation. Start the morning with an outdoor yoga class and then join one of the resort’s guided nature walks, including the unique Edible Plant Walk through its 150 wooded acres. Next up is an afternoon in the company of renowned chefs for demonstrations and cooking classes. With endless places to enjoy the sumptuous surroundings and the serenity of the Poconos, The Lodge at Woodloch is the perfect fall getaway.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Poconos Travel Guide

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Sagamore Resort

WHERE: Bolton Landing, New York

Situated on an island all its own in Lake George, The Sagamore Resort has been welcoming guests to the Adirondacks since 1883. Most picturesque in the fall, the forested banks of Lake George are the main attraction in autumn, with their hues of orange, red, and yellow filling the horizon for miles on end. Weekends at the resort in the fall are filled with scenic cruises on the lake, horse and carriage rides through the picture-perfect woods, and Friday and Saturday night bonfires with s’mores and a rotating roster of entertainment.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Lake George Travel Guide

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Madeline Hotel and Residences

WHERE: Telluride, Colorado

You might think of Telluride as a ski destination, but fall is one of the prettiest times of year to visit. For a fine getaway, Madeline Hotel sets the standard for mountainside luxury. Guestrooms have oversize soaking tubs, slope-side views, and suites with fireplaces; it’s the ideal place to retire after a day of exploring the colorful mountains. A free gondola connects four stations, offers the best views, and is a fun way to get acquainted with the area; it’s operational through October 18 this year before reopening for the winter season on November 20.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Telluride Travel Guide

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Crystal Mountain

WHERE: Thompsonville, Michigan

In the rustic northern woods of Michigan, Crystal Mountain accommodations range from standard hotel rooms to plush cottages and bungalows, appealing to a wide range of price points. Fall activities include a ride on Michigan’s only alpine slide, mountainous bike paths through the multi-colored mountain forest, and the winning Michigan Legacy Art Park ($5), a two-mile sculpture trail that features 47 sculptures. A typical October Saturday at the resort is filled with fun for the whole family as outdoor laser tag, crafts hour, and guided mountain hikes are perfect in the crisp fall air.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Michigan Travel Guide

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St. Regis Aspen

WHERE: Aspen, Colorado

Refined and luxurious, the St. Regis Aspen lends itself to an indulgent fall retreat with its Gilded Age sensibility. Leading into the season with their “Fall in Love with Aspen” program, the resort goes the extra mile in accommodate fall visitors by providing complimentary access to a Lexus vehicle for transportation to special hiking routes, the chance to rent out a GoPro camera for the day to capture your excursion, and private tours of the Ashcroft mining area, one of Aspen’s favorite leaf-peeping spots. With the option to add on a gourmet picnic basket, your hike in the woods becomes a gastronomic experience.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Aspen Travel Guide

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Montage Deer Valley

WHERE: Park City, Utah

Autumn in Park City offers a kaleidoscope of color. For the best views and access to nature’s spectacle, the grand Montage Deer Valley resort is the place to be. With a sprawling main lodge on grounds that include five restaurants and plenty of lounges and vistas, there are countless places to relax and enjoy the views with a drink in hand. For the most thrilling view of the fall foliage, head to nearby Utah Olympic Park where the Xtreme Ziprider (the world’s steepest zipline) can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Park City and the Wasatch Back Travel Guide

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The Greenbrier

WHERE: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Steeped in history, The Greenbrier is a national landmark known for its Federal-style white façade and for having hosted twenty-six presidents on overnight stays since 1858. Spanning 10,000 acres in the Allegheny Mountains, The Greenbrier’s property includes four golf courses, a 43-acre farm that grows food for the resort’s restaurants, and a 103,000-square-foot casino. Dozens of activities are on offer at the resort, including guided hikes, off-road Jeep excursions, and carriage rides. For something a little different, join the resort’s Bunker Tour to see the fallout shelter built for the U.S. Congress during the Cold War.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s West Virginia Travel Guide

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Primland

WHERE: Meadows of Dan, Virginia

Choose your own fall adventure at Primland, a sprawling 12,000-acre resort where treehouses, mountain homes, and country cottages capture the best views of Virginia’s backwoods. The main attraction, The Lodge at Primland, stands at the apex of the property, treating guests to unobstructed views of the sweeping landscapes from twenty-six guestrooms and suites. An architectural achievement in country luxury, the lodge is most recognized for its cedar-and-stone façade and its picture-perfect steel silo. Regardless of where you stay at Primland, daily activities include tree climbing, wing shooting, stargazing, and geocaching.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Virginia Travel Guide

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The Coeur D’Alene Resort

WHERE: Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Featuring the floating green—a world-renowned lake-bound putting green at the fourteenth hole—the Coeur D’Alene golf course makes for a most unique skill test. The property’s luxurious, seventeen-story tower gives leaf peepers incredible vantage points as the lake and surrounding hills glow in the autumnal months. Start the weekend with a sunset cruise on the lake and continue the night at the Lakeview Lounge where drink selections run wild with over 30,000 wine bottles on hand. 

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Idaho Travel Guide

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Triple Creek Ranch

WHERE: Darby, Montana

All-inclusive and only for adult guests, Triple Creek Ranch takes relaxation seriously. An escape to the ranch means you’ll be staying in one of the private luxury cabins or homes on the grounds, offering peace, serenity, and the stillness of the deep woods of Montana. With the all-inclusive rate comes a typical day filled with perfect fall activities, including horseback riding, on-ranch fly fishing, or simply lounging in a heated pool. Join the nature safari for wildlife watching: A seasoned guide takes an SUV through backwoods trails to seek out black bears, moose, big horn sheep, and the rare but occasional mountain lion.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Montana Travel Guide

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Omni Mount Washington Resort

WHERE: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Omni Mount Washington Hotel provides stately charm and a retreat for the whole family. From your first glance at the striking white resort set against Mount Washington, you’ll sense grandeur, a feeling that continues as the resorts’ amenities and activities unfurl throughout your stay. Capture a thumbs-up from the kids with fun touches like the special Omni Kids backpack on arrival and milk and cookies the first night of your stay. Leaf peepers will love the guided hikes throughout the mountainous region as well as incredible photo opportunities available from the Bethlehem Express Quad chairlift as you ascend Mount Washington to the highest point in the Northeast.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s New Hampshire Travel Guide

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COVID-19 Information | U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS

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Eastern Caribbean COVID-19 Status 

Due to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Caribbean, many countries have strengthened measures to combat the further spread of the virus. We urge American Citizens to adhere to the country’s laws, regulations and health protocols in effect.

Many countries in the Eastern Caribbean have also put into place travel restrictions and other health-related measures to include mandatory health screening. Some require advance COVID testing with valid negative test results prior to arrival, testing upon arrival and retesting after a certain number of days. Arriving travelers may also be subject to mandatory quarantine and/or monitoring which may be restricted to a government designated facility or an officially approved accommodation only.

See country-specific information below which includes British territories and French island collectives.

Please note that in some instances current information may not be available for some countries in the list below. For example, in cases where dates have expired government sources have not provided an update.

Anguilla

Anguilla is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Anguilla has reported 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There is currently six active case of COVID-19.
  • The use of masks is required on vessels to Anguilla and in other spaces where persons cannot maintain a physical distance of at least 1 meter/3 feet from others.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Permission from the Government of Anguilla is required prior to traveling.
    • Visitors can apply for entry into Anguilla at the Visitor Application Form An electronic travel authorization will be issued to your email address if your application was successful.
    • Borders are open to approved visitors from certain countries, but all are subject to prior approval, PCR tests upon arrival/return, and a quarantine of at least 10 days.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • All persons traveling to Anguilla are required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 3-5 days prior to arrival date.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • The government of Anguilla has extended border closures for routine passenger movements until January 23, 2021.   For more information visit: https://beatcovid19.ai/new-ministry-of-health-covid-19-regulations/
  • Persons are free to depart Anguilla without special permission from the

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
  • Regulation of boat use – on December 3rd, Executive Council extended the regulations governing the movement of vessels in Anguilla’s waters until January 23, 2021. The current exemptions relating to cargo, emergency services for the transportation of emergency personnel or equipment remain in place. In addition, the revised Regulation allows for:
  1. fishing to the north of the island, including at night, with the prior approval of the Commissioner of Police; and
  2. owners or boat captains to provide scheduled ferry services between Anguilla and Dutch Sint Maarten following approval of Commissioner of Police.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All persons arriving in Anguilla from countries with a high prevalence of COVID-19 (which includes the United States) require a mandatory quarantine of 14 days in a government approved facility.
    • All persons must remain quarantined at their approved location for at least 10 days, undergo regular health monitoring, and will need to obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test to be released from quarantine.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • All travelers will be required to be tested on arrival and, depending on the country they arrived from, will be retested on day ten or fourteen of their visit.
  • For those needing to leave Anguilla for essential reasons, the Ministry of Health offers COVID-19 PCR testing by appointment only. Persons are advised to contact the Ministry of Health at least 72 hours before their intended travel date. The test administration fee is $100US to be paid at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The payment receipt must be presented at the time of the appointment.
  • Questions about COVID-19 testing or concerns can be directed to the Ministry of Health’s hotlines at +1 (264) 476-SOAP or +1 (264) 584-HAND.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Blowing Point Ferry Terminal is open for charters to Dutch St. Maarten.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Persons who fail to provide complete and accurate information on the Visitor Application Form may be subject to a fine of up to $38,400 ECD or an imprisonment of 6 months, or both.

Consular Operations:

Local Resources: 

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Antigua & Barbuda has recorded 148 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • State of Emergency has been extended until December 31, 2020.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) taken within seven (7) days of their flight. This includes transiting passengers.
    • Children below the age of 12 years, entering Antigua, do not require a COVID-19 RT-PCR test.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks by Port Health authorities upon arrival.
    • Arriving passengers with symptoms of COVID-19 may be isolated as determined by the Health Authorities.
    • Passengers arriving by sea (private yachts/Ferry Services) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health.
    • All travelers arriving by sea are also subject to assessment by Port Health Authorities for signs and symptoms through a series of checks and the completion of a health declaration form on arrival. All Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services entering the waters of Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Antigua Port Authority using VHF Channel 16 at least six (6) hours prior to arrival. Instructions will be given to guide the crafts to either the Nevis Street Pier, English Harbour Ports or to a holding area.
  • Please note there have been recent incidents where passengers that have tested positive for COVID-19 have NOT been allowed to travel.All Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services entering the waters of Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Antigua Port Authority using VHF Channel 16 at least six (6) hours prior to arrival. Instructions will be given to guide the crafts to either the Nevis Street Pier, English Harbour Ports or to a holding area.
  • All arriving passengers must wear a face mask on disembarkation and in all public areas. Additionally, the wearing of face mask in public spaces is  mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing       protocols must be adhered to.
  • Arriving passengers are asked to register with the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment by providing information here or by calling 1-268-462-2675.
  • Transiting passengers/Crew members who require an overnight stay will be required to proceed to a hotel or government-designated facility to await departure

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • A curfew is in effect in Antigua and Barbuda until December 31, 2020. During this period, movement is allowed between the hours of 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. During the curfew hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., only essential services will be allowed to operate within public spaces.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • If you are a visitor to Antigua, travel to Barbuda is allowed as an excursion.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Persons travelling from countries within the CARICOM Travel Bubble will be exempt from quarantine. However, all other arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to fourteen (14) days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines.
    • The CARICOM regional travel bubble includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Lucia. St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
    • Visitors may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities.
    • If tested positive, visitors may be subject to isolation. Additional lodging may be at the visitor’s expense. U.S citizens are urged to contact the hotel for details.
    • The recommended quarantine period for COVID-19 is 14 days. However, if you test negative for COVID-19 using a test approved by the MOHWE, you may be released from quarantine.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • If you are tested on arrival and are awaiting results you need to adhere to the instructions of the Quarantine Authority. There is a cost of US$100 for the test. The cost is payable to the Quarantine Authority.
  • Should you feel as if you are showing signs of COVID-19, please contact the COVID-19 Hotline at +1 (268) 462-6843 immediately, where a member of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s medical team will take your call. Please follow their instructions after the call.  If you are at a hotel, please inform a member of your hotel team, who will advise you on your next steps.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Commercial passenger transport vehicles are permitted to carry only 50% of the vehicle seating capacity.
    • All commercial vehicles used for passenger transport must be kept clean, must be sanitized after each trip, and must be equipped with hand sanitizer.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Failure to comply with any order, guideline or direction of the Quarantine Authority commits an offence and can be fined EC$10,000 or imprisonment for 6 months in prison, or both. Details of the Quarantine Act can be viewed

Consular Operations:

  • American citizens seeking consular assistance in Antigua and Barbuda should contact our U.S. Consular Agent in Antigua. The Consular Agent provides passport, citizenship, and notarial services, and assists Americans in emergencies.
  • Visa services for Antigua and Barbuda are available at U.S. Embassy Bridgetown in Barbados. For a list of visa services currently offered by the Embassy, please visit: https://bb.usembassy.gov/resumption-of-limited-routine-consular-services/

 Local Resources: 

Barbados

Barbados is currently under a Level 2 Travel Advisory: Exercise Increased Caution due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Barbados has recorded 297 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Since May 12, all of Barbados’s reported COVID-19 cases have originated with arriving visitors who were screened by Barbados health authorities.
  • Travelers to Barbados must adhere to all COVID-19 protocols.
  • Social distancing measures is 6 feet.
  • Barbados has established a COVID-19 information hotline that can be reached at +1 246-536-4500.  For more information on travel protocols see the links below.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • For information on travel protocols visit: https://www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020
    • All travelers must complete the Online Immigration/Customs form at travelform.gov.bb and submit 24 hours prior to travel.
    • A traveler’s risk category will be determined by the highest risk level associated with any country that they have traveled to or transited through within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados. The United States is currently considered a high-risk country.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • It is mandatory for travelers from high and medium-risk countries to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility / laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival to enter Barbados.
    • Travelers from high and medium-risk countries who haven’t submitted proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result may be denied entry to the country.
    • Persons from High-Risk countries with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be quarantined at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense, or free of charge at a government facility, and will be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms.
    • Persons travelling from Medium-Risk countries who arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials. They will then be subject to a second COVID-19 PCR Test taken 4-5 days after the last negative test.
    • Persons from low-risk countries, in order to expedite processing through the airport, are strongly advised to take, and will be allowed to present results of, tests taken up to five days prior to arrival. Persons from Low-Risk countries who arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials. If you arrive without a negative COVID-19 PCR test, you will be required to take one upon arrival.
    • Persons travelling from countries within the Very Low Risk category, who have not travelled to or transited through any country designated as High, Medium or Low-Risk within 21 days prior to travel to Barbados, will not be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to or on arrival. These travelers will be permitted to leave the airport after clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health Officials.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • The type of public health measures taken upon your arrival and during your stay will be dependent on the risk category of the country you are travelling from.
    • Before disembarking, have your COVID-19 PCR test result visible (if applicable). These results will be screened for validity by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados.
    • Persons travelling from High and Medium-Risk countries will be monitored for a period of 7 days. Travelers must take a second COVID-19 PCR test between 4-5 days after the last negative test accepted by the Barbados Ministry of Health. If the traveler obtains a negative result, that person will likely be released.
  • Masks must be worn while at the airport in Barbados.
  • Specific travelers who have non-standard circumstances that need to be addressed, are advised to contact The Ministry of Health and Wellness via [email protected] at least 72 hours prior to travel to Barbados to have their requests investigated and facilitated. Specific travelers include: Diplomats; Persons with a medical condition warranting special consideration (to be certified by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO)); Persons with a disability or travelling with persons with disabilities.
  • Travelers under 5 years of age will not be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test unless they are symptomatic, or any member of the travel party has a positive test result.
  • Unaccompanied minors will be required to have a valid negative COIVID-19 test result to enter Barbados.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Persons from High-Risk countries with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be quarantined at a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense, or free of charge at a government facility, and will be monitored daily for the onset of symptoms. These persons will be required to take a second COVID-19 PCR test between 4-5 days after the last negative test accepted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Persons will typically be released once the test result is negative.
    • Visit com for list of designated holding hotels. Any villa to be used for the purpose for quarantine must first be approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Request for villa approval must be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Wellness at least 72 hours prior to travel.
    • Those persons who are deemed to have been in close contact with a positive case will be quarantined at approved facilities.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • All travelers from High and Medium-Risk countries must arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR Test or will possibly be denied entry into Barbados.
  • Travelers from Low-risk countries are encouraged to arrive with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival but can be tested upon arrival.
  • Effective October 1st, persons from High and Medium-Risk countries will be required to take a second COVID-19 PCR test 4-5 days after the last test accepted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
  • Persons requiring a COVID-19 PCR test prior to travel from Barbados must submit the request at least 72 hours prior to travel via [email protected].
  • Report any COVID-19 symptoms to public health officials by calling the COVID-19 hotline or contacting relevant hotel/accommodation management.
  • If your test is positive, you may request the option to self-isolate at a designated villa or hotel under strict stipulations that must be signed and accepted and proven to be in place. Alternatively, you will be transported to a government facility for isolation, where you’ll stay until you’ve recovered. Upon recovery, you can resume your vacation or return home.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required for public transportation and taxis.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Persons who have been ordered to self-quarantine in their homes but fail to do so are guilty of an offence under the Health Services (Communicable and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations. Failure to comply may result in the offender being placed in mandatory quarantine at a health facility. Disobeying COVID-19 directives can also result in a maximum fine of $50,000.00, or imprisonment of up to 12 months or both.

Consular Operations:

Local Resources: 

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The British Virgin Islands has reported 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • The Territory’s air borders opened to visitors on December 1. For more information email [email protected] or contact +1-284-496-6129 via WhatsApp. Maritime restrictions are still in place and require prior approval by the Governor.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • S. citizens need a BVI Gateway Traveller Authorisation Certificate which can be obtained via an online portal, called BVI Gateway at http://bvigateway.bviaa.com/. Applications must be completed 48 hours prior to traveling. Each traveler including children must complete an application. On completion of the application you will be prompted to pay $175 for your COVID-19 entry fee.
    • Travelers will be required to download contract tracing software to their mobile phone.
    • Please visit https://bvi.gov.vg/travel-protocols for the current travel protocols.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • A negative PCR test result should be obtained five days prior to arrival.
    • All travelers will be required to test on arrival. Once the result is negative, they will be allowed free movement within the territory.
    • On the fourth day after arrival, travelers will be required to take another PCR test, and once this test also returns negative, travelers will be able to move within the Territory, without limitation.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Persons operating vessels within Territorial waters must do so between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. except for ferry operators who may travel between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All passengers are subject to mandatory quarantine for at least 4 days in pre-approved accommodation until they test negative for COVID-19. Should a person test positive at any point after arrival, they will be isolated, and care provided as needed for a minimum of 10 days.

If you are staying at an Approved Travel Accommodation, you must enter proof of payment for the required minimum 5-day accommodation.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • If you experience any symptoms related to COVID-19, contact the Medical Hotline at +1 284 852-7650 to schedule an appointment for testing. There is a fee for the test.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Passenger seating should be staggered (only one passenger per row). Passengers should not occupy the front sear adjacent to the driver.
  • Any person who operates a private or commercial vessel is prohibited from operating the said vessel within the territorial waters, except where such person is approved by the Governor, in consultation with the Minister responsible for fisheries and agriculture, to operate:
    • A fishing vessel
    • An intra-island ferry, provisioning barge, or any other vessel in exceptional circumstances

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Persons who are found to be breaking curfew or failing to wear a face mask or social distance could be issued a fine on the spot – $100 for individuals and $1000 for businesses. Businesses can risk being shut down if they fail to enforce social distancing measures or open without authorization. Individuals will also be able to report non-compliance or any concerns to the Police by calling 311.

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Dominica

Dominica is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel, due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Dominica has recorded 88 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • The physical distance measure is 3 ft.
  • Travelers must observe physical distancing guidelines
  • Travelers must practice good respiratory and personal sanitization.
  • Travelers must follow all instructions of health care staff and officials.
  • The wearing of masks is mandatory in all public spaces.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Current travel advisory information available at: https://discoverdominica.com/travel-advisory-for-dominica
    • All travelers must:
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • Travelers from High, Medium, and Low-Risk countries are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 24-72 hours prior to arrival.
      • All travelers will be required to undertake a Rapid Diagnostic Test upon arrival, including travelers from the CARICOM “Bubble,” which currently is only Barbados. If negative, travelers will be conveyed to immigration and customs for processing.
      • If a traveler exhibits high temperature, high risk alert from questionnaire or positive rapid test:
        • Travelers will proceed to secondary screening area
        • A PCR test will be administered to the traveler
        • Travelers will be conveyed to mandatory quarantine at a government approved facility or a government certified hotel at the traveler’s expense awaiting results
        • If the test result is positive, traveler may be quarantined until released by an authorized health professional.
      • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
        • Travelers will be required to sanitize their hands at sanitization stations as directed, be required to undergo a health assessment to include a temperature check and provide confirmation of the health questionnaire and negative PCR test results.
        • All travelers must submit to scheduled and unscheduled checks by medical professionals, which may be in person or via telephone.
      • Traveler will be required to wear a face mask at all times during the arrival process up to and including departure from the airport.
      • Departure from Dominica
        • Vehicles will only be permitted to enter the air and seaport with the driver and persons due to travel.
        • Travelers must wear face masks at all times during the departure process until departure from the airport.
        • Travelers must observe physical distancing.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Travelers that have been present in a High-Risk country within the last 21 days are required to quarantine. The U.S. is currently designated as a High-Risk country.
    • All travelers from High-Risk countries are only allowed to book and stay at COVID certified accommodation or a Government operated quarantine facility. On the 5th day of stay in Dominica, a PCR test will be administered. If negative, travelers will be released from quarantine and may leave their accommodation. If test result is positive, visitors will be in isolation until they test negative. Hospital fees apply to visitors in isolation.
    • Travelers from Medium-Risk Countries will be monitored at their place of residence for 14 days. Alternatively, they can take a PCR test on their 5th day and if negative, be released from monitoring.
    • Travelers from Low-Risk Countries will be monitored for 7 days at their place of residence.
    • Travelers from the CARICOM Bubble (Barbados) will not be required to quarantine if rapid test is negative upon arrival.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Airport testing on arrival: Rapid tests are free of charge. Travelers from High-Risk countries will be required to take a PCR test 5 days after arrival. The PCR test costs US$40.00 or EXCD$100.00. Rapid test results will be provided within 30 minutes and PCR test results take about 24-48 hours.
  • If you need COVID-19 testing while in Dominica, follow these procedures:
    • Call +1(767) 611 3905 to make an appointment.
    • Get a requisition from the District Medical Officer at the Roseau Health Center in the Botanical Gardens on Valley Road in Roseau.
    • Pay for the test at the accounts department at the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital (the former Princess Margaret Hospital) located on Upper Charles Avenue in Goodwill.
    • Present your receipt to the secretary at the office of the Primary Health Care Services at the Roseau Health Center.
    • Have your test done at the Roseau Health Center.
    • Anticipate at least 48 hours before test results are available.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Passengers and driver must wear a mask inside the vehicle at all times.
    • The number of passengers will be limited to 70% capacity to allow for physical distancing.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Dominican nationals and non-nationals who fail to adhere to a mandatory quarantine order are subject to a penalty of EC $5,000 or six months imprisonment. All arrivals to Dominica who provide false information on the health questionnaire are subject to a penalty of EC $1,000 or three months imprisonment.
  • Persons who fail to wear a mask in a public setting will face a fine of $75.

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Grenada

Country-Specific Information:

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Guadeloupe has recorded 8,498 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Please visit here for the latest COVID-19 regulations in Guadeloupe.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • If arriving from outside of the French West Indies passengers must carry out a PCR test 72 hours before their departure.
    • Passengers arriving from Saint Martin must also have a negative PCR test.
    • Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 cannot fly.
    • Travelers must also present a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight.
    • As of July 18, airlines will be required to deny boarding to international passengers who do not present the 72 hour negative PCR test and the sworn statement.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Travelers will undergo a temperature check and health assessment upon arrival.
    • The wearing of face masks on the flight, in the airport, and recommended for 7 days upon arrival.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • As of 1 October, travel is prohibited between islands of the French West Indies (except St. Barthelemy) unless it is based on an overriding personal or family reason, an emergency health reason or a professional reason that cannot be postponed.
    • These new conditions do not apply to passengers in transit to and from Paris.
    • Travelers must present to the maritime carrier or the airline, before boarding, one or more supporting documents as well as a sworn statement of the reason for travel available here.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Travelers from the U.S. are not permitted at this time.
    • For passengers arriving from approved countries (not including Guyana) a mandatory quarantine is NOT required as long as they show no symptoms and have their negative PCR test. It is advised to do a seven-day quarantine and have a PCR test done on the seventh day after arrival.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • In case visitors require a test 48-72 hours before they return to their home country, they will have the opportunity to do so at the airport.
  • Visitors will receive results within 24-48 hours via text or email
  • Cost: 84 Euros for foreign visitors (all cards accepted including American Express)
  • Online reservation only (for passengers returning home in need of a test): fr

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Please contact your airline to confirm flight availability or alternate routes.
    • Air traffic from mainland France resumed early June, air traffic from the EU and other countries (except from the U.S.) to Guadeloupe (PTP) resumed on July 1st, 2020.
    • Flights from the U.S. are tentatively scheduled to resume in December 2020.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Mandatory use of masks for driver and passengers.
    • No passengers are allowed next to the driver’s seat.
    • Taxis can take several passengers only if a partition is installed between the driver and his clients, and if all passengers are part of the same household.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory in closed public places. Failure to wear a mask may result in a fine of 135 euros.

Consular Operations:

  • American citizens seeking consular assistance in Guadeloupe should contact the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados or our U.S. Consular Agent in Martinique. The Consular Agent provides passport, citizenship, and notarial services, and assists Americans in emergencies.
  • Visa services for Guadeloupe are available at U.S. Embassy Bridgetown in Barbados. For a list of visa services currently offered by the Embassy, please visit: https://bb.usembassy.gov/resumption-of-limited-routine-consular-services/

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Martinique

Martinique is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Martinique has recorded 5,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Public gatherings of more than 6 people are prohibited.
  • Until January 6, 2021, beaches will close at 7:00 pm every day.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
    • S. travel ban to Martinique will be reviewed every two weeks.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • International Passengers over 11 years old must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departure.
    • Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 cannot fly.
    • Travelers must also present a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight.
    • To enter the French West Indies, you will need to complete a travel certificate. There are different certificates for travel from mainland France to French overseas territories or international travel from abroad to French overseas territories.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • A curfew is in place from 9:00pm to 4:00am until January 6, 2021. Travel during the curfew requires advanced approval.    
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Travelers from the U.S. are not permitted at this time.
    • For passengers arriving from approved countries (not including Guyana) a mandatory quarantine is NOT required as long as you show no symptoms and have a negative PCR test. Passenger must have a PCR test done on the seventh day after arrival.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • A COVID-19 test is recommended 7-9 days after arrival in Martinique.
  • Anyone who has traveled from St. Martin within the last 15 days is encouraged to test as soon as possible.
  • If you have any questions, call 0800 130 000 or email [email protected]

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Mandatory use of masks for driver and passengers.
    • No passengers are allowed next to the driver’s seat.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Failure to wear a mask or comply with curfew regulations may result in a fine of 135 euros.

Consular Operations:

  • American citizens seeking consular assistance in Martinique should contact our U.S. Consular Agent in Martinique. The Consular Agent provides passport, citizenship, and notarial services, and assists Americans in emergencies.
  • Visa services for Martinique are available at U.S. Embassy Bridgetown in Barbados. For a list of visa services currently offered by the Embassy, please visit: https://bb.usembassy.gov/resumption-of-limited-routine-consular-services/

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Montserrat

Montserrat is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last reviewed: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Montserrat has recorded 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders with zero active cases.
  • The maximum numbers of persons allowed to gather is 50.
  • Persons are required to wear face coverings in business places.
  • Shops, restaurants, and bars can open as normal, but must put in place and enforce a strict social distancing policy (six feet) and have approval from the Ministry of Health. Hairdressers, spas etc. can only operate on an appointment basis.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • The only persons allowed to travel to Montserrat are: Montserratians, permanent residents (spouse, child or other dependent of a Montserratian or permanent resident), member of the crew of an aircraft or ship, non-resident technician and persons who owns a habitable house or home in Montserrat.
    • The “Access Declaration Form” must be completed and submitted at least 72 hours/ 3 days prior to the expected date of arrival: gov.ms/register-to-travel-to-montserrat/
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • A negative PCR COVD-19 test result within 7 days prior to entry is required. Technicians will be required to take a COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) after entry into Montserrat.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Persons arriving in Montserrat may be subjected to medical examinations. Medical Officers are authorized to conduct clinical examination and isolate any person considered to be high risk of being infected with COVID-19.
    • All persons must wear a mask or face covering on the aircraft and while being processed at the airport.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All persons arriving in Montserrat must either self-quarantine in their residence for 14 days commencing on the date of arrival or quarantine for 6 days at a designated quarantine facility.
    • After five days in the designated quarantine facility, individuals must pay the prescribed fee for the PCR COVID-19 test and undergo a PCR COVID-19 Test. Team members from the Ministry of Health will visit the quarantine location and collect the sample for testing.  The results will be communicated the following day. Once the PCR Test indicates that the individual is not infected with COVID-19, he or she will be allowed to leave the facility.
    • The Government of Montserrat has certified 5 properties as quarantine facilities. Individuals who intend to quarantine in a designated quarantine facility must make arrangements with the owner of the designated quarantine facility. These arrangements must be made prior to entering Montserrat. Additionally, individuals who are staying at the quarantine facility will be responsible for paying the cost to the owner of that facility.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough fever or difficulty breathing contact St. Peter’s Clinic. Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (9:00am–5:00pm); Telephone Number: +1 664 491-5436 or +1 664 496-9724; After hours & Weekends contact Casualty Department: +1 664 491-2802/2836/2552.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Commercial flights to and from Montserrat remain very limited. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Social distancing requirements have reduced the capacity on buses and taxis.

Consular Operations:

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Saint Barthelemy

Saint Barthélemy is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Saint Barthélemy has recorded 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in closed public places for persons age 11+.  Click here for more information.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Arriving passengers (age 11+) must carry out a PCR test 72 hours before their departure.
    • Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 cannot fly.
    • Travelers must also present a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight.
    • As of July 18, airlines will be required to deny boarding to passengers who do not present the 72 hour negative PCR test and the sworn statement.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Travelers are required to wear a face mask when entering the airport.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Travelers staying on the island for more than 7 days will be required to take a second COVID-19 test on their 8th day following their arrival. The cost is 135 euros. The COVID PCR test center is located on Rue Pitea in Gustavia. Contact the testing facility or make an appointment via your villa rental agency or hotel.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Please contact your airline to confirm flight availability or alternate routes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required in all public transport and taxis.
    • Ferries are operating between St. Barthelemy and St. Martin.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Effective July 20, 2020 wearing a mask is mandatory in closed public places. Failure to wear a mask may result in a fine of 135 euros.

Consular Operations:

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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis is currently under a Level 2 Travel Advisory: Exercise Increased Caution due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis has reported 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Passengers are required to submit an entry form and other travel details to the Government of St. Kitts Form is available at: https://www.knatravelform.kn/
    • All arrivals will be required to download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • All incoming passengers must submit a negative RT-PCR Test 72 hours before arrival
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • All travelers will go through advanced screening process at point of entry which includes a temperature check and health questionnaire.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All arrivals will be required to quarantine. Travelers may quarantine at an approved hotel based on the following guidelines:
    • 1-7 days: visitors are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
    • 8-14 days: visitors will undergo a PCR test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 7. If the traveler tests negative on day 8, they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites (list to be announced later).
    • 14 days or longer: visitors will need to undergo a PCR test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into St. Kitts and Nevis.
    • If the visitors stay is less than 14 days, they will be asked to take a PCR-test (USD 100, visitors’ cost) before departing St. Kitts & Nevis. The test must be negative.
    • International travelers who would like to stay at private rental home or condo must stay at a property that has been pre-approved as a quarantine housing at their own cost, including security to monitor compliance with quarantine rules. Please submit request to [email protected].

COVID-19 Testing:

  • If a visitor tests positive during their stay, they will be placed in isolation at their chosen property or at a medical facility depending on the assessment by the Ministry of Health.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks must be worn at all times.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • The government has mandated wearing face masks in public places. A ticket with a minimum fine of 500 dollars will be given to persons in breach of the public safety regulation. Those who refuse the ticket or do not pay the penalty within 10 days of receiving it will be summoned to court and will be liable to a fine of up to EC $5,000 or a term of up to 6 months’ imprisonment.

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Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Saint Lucia has recorded 278 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Local regulations required that masks are worn during on-island transportation and in public areas.
  • From October 30, events are limited to 25 people.
  • Bars must close by 4:00 p.m. and restaurants must close by 9:00 p.m.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • For information about Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 response, all protocols and details of requirements prior to entry, please visit stlucia.org/covid-19
    • All persons entering Saint Lucia (including persons arriving from within the “Travel Bubble”) must complete a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form to ensure efficient and expedited processing on arrival. Please print and travel with a copy of your registration form. The form can be accessed at stlucia.org/covid-19
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • All arriving passengers 5 years and older (including travelers from within the Designated Travel Bubble) must have a negative result from a PCR test no more than 7 days before arriving in Saint Lucia.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • All arriving passengers to be screened, including temperature checks
    • All symptomatic passengers to be isolated and tested. If test result is positive for COVID-19 the passenger will be transferred to the Respiratory Hospital for treatment and care at their cost.
    • Upon arrival in Saint Lucia, all travelers must continue the use of face masks and physical distancing.
    • Arriving by Sea: Travelers arriving by sea from within the Bubble Countries with a travel history from these areas in the last 21 days will be exempt from quarantine; however, they are required to obtain a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Negative test result no more than seven (7) days prior to date of travel, and are subject to mandatory screening on arrival. Vessels arriving from countries outside of the Caribbean Bubble MUST present a negative COVID-19 test and complete the required 14-day quarantine.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • The Government of St. Lucia encourages staying at home between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., but no mandatory curfew is currently in place.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Hotel guests travelling from outside the designated travel bubble are required to remain on property for the duration of their stay except to participate in water-based excursions arranged by the hotel.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All arrivals from outside the CARICOM travel bubble must either:
    • Have confirmed reservations at a COVID-19 certified accommodation provider for the duration of their stay OR
    • Have a pre-arranged stay confirmed at a Government operated quarantine facility. Effective October 15, 2020 Government operated quarantine will incur a charge.
    • Hotel guests traveling from outside the designated travel bubble are required to remain on property for the duration of their stay except to transfer to another COVID-19 certified property to continue their stay, or participate in excursions arranged by the hotel. Guests may not leave the property by vehicle or on foot during their stay. After 14 days, visitors may leave the resort.
    • Persons found in breach of quarantine will be immediately taken into government quarantine for completion of time.
    • Under the Quarantine Act, Police Officers have the duty to enforce compliance.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • For more information on COVID-19 please contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness via +1 (758) 468-5342 / 468-5347 / 468-5349.
  • All persons who test positive for COVID-19 to be transferred to Respiratory Hospital for treatment and care at their cost.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required for drivers and passengers.
    • Passengers may not sit next to the driver’s seat.
    • There is a limit to the number of passengers allowed in a taxi relative to the capacity of the vehicle.

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Saint Martin

Saint Martin is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • French Saint Martin has recorded 899 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in closed public places for persons age 11+.  Click here for more information.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • If traveler is arriving at Princess Juliana Airport (SXM), a negative rt-PCR test performed within 120 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights) is required for all travelers originating from a country that is categorized as high or moderate risk.
    • Passengers arriving at Grand Case L’Esperance Airport must carry out a PCR test 72 hours before their departure.  Travelers must also present a sworn statement that they have no symptoms and that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the flight. As of July 18, airlines will be required to deny boarding to passengers who do not present the 72 hour negative PCR test and the sworn statement.
    • Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 cannot fly.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • As of 1 October, travel is prohibited between the French West Indies islands of Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, and Martinique (except St. Barthelemy) unless it is based on an overriding personal or family reason, an emergency health reason or a professional reason that cannot be postponed.
    • These new conditions do not apply to passengers in transit to and from Paris.
    • Travelers must present to the maritime carrier or the airline, before boarding, one or more supporting documents as well as a sworn statement of the reason for travel available here.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • Mandatory quarantine is not required, but it is mandatory to monitor temperatures and symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • COVID-19 RT-PCR testing is available at Centre Hospitalier Louis Constant Fleming on Rue du Soleil Levant Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Tel: 05 90 52 25 67).

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required in public transit and taxis.
    • Ferries are available to Saint Barthélemy. Travel between Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin (and vice versa) is not subject to any compelling reason.
    • Ferries to Anguilla are suspended.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Effective July 20, 2020 wearing a mask is mandatory in closed public places. Failure to wear a mask may result in a fine of 135 euros.

Consular Operations:

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is currently under a Level 2 Travel Advisory: Exercise Increased Caution, due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/16/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Travel protocols (as of November 11, 2020) are available here. The arriving traveler must complete the Pre-Arrival Form available at http://health.gov.vc/health/index.php/covid-19-protocols-documents.
    • All passengers from High-Risk countries:
      • Must arrive with a negative result of a COVID-19 test done no more than five (5) days before arrival.
      • Will be retested for COVID-19 on arrival.
      • Must complete mandatory quarantine for five (5) days in a Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (TA/ MOHWE) approved transition/quarantine hotel for five (5) nights at their cost. Must arrive with a fully paid reservation.
      • Must be re-tested for COVID-19 between day four (4) and day five (5) of quarantine.
      • Must continue nine (9) to sixteen (16) days of quarantine in an approved home/hotel at the discretion of the Port Health Officer.
    • All passengers from Medium-Risk countries:
      • Must arrive with a negative result of a COVID-19 test done no more than 72 hours before arrival.
      • Will be retested for COVID-19 on arrival.
      • MUST Mandatory quarantine for twenty-four (24) to forty-eight (48) hours at home to await clearance.
      • May continue Nine (9) to sixteen (16) monitored days in an approved home/hotel/vessel at the discretion of the Port Health Officer
    • All passengers from Low-Risk countries:
      • Must arrive with a negative result of a COVID-19 (RTPCR) test done no more than 72 hours before arrival.
      • May be tested on arrival in SVG at the discretion of the Port Health Officer.
      • No quarantine if no evidence of onboard vessel exposure and not in a high-risk occupation.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • All travelers will be required to monitor their temperatures for the next 14 days and report any elevations to the local health authority.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All arrivals:
      • Will be quarantined in a TA/MOHWE approved hotel for five (5) days.
      • Will be tested between day 4 and 5 for COVID-19 before release from quarantine in the approved hotel.
      • Will continue quarantine in an approved home/facility for a period of nine (9) to sixteen (16) days for a total of fourteen (14) to (21) days at the discretion of the Port Health Officer according their assessed risk.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Emergency Medical Service is asking the public to call the COVID-19 inquiries hotline on (+1 784) 534 4325 or e-mail [email protected] if they suspect they might have contracted the virus, been exposed to it, or any other matters relating to the virus. Antibody and PCR testing can be carried out on island by qualified medical practitioners.
  • All travelers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test result will be isolated in an approved accommodation/facility for the next 14 days at the cost of the traveler.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • There is a limit to the number of passengers allowed in vehicles relative to the capacity of the vehicle.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • On Tuesday April 7, 2020, the Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines passed the Public Health (Amendment) Act (2020) which imposes a fine of $2000 each time the offence is committed or six (6) months in prison for breaching a quarantine order.

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12 Of the Absolute Best Places to Travel in Europe With Kids

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Wondering where to go in Europe with kids? When looking to travel to Europe with your family you have a whole host of stunning options.

How do you know which destinations will be best suited for your children and allow you to have a great time together? Unfortunately, not all destinations are very kid-friendly.

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So in order to compile a helpful list of best places to travel in Europe with kids, we called on the help of well-travelled families to share their expertise of travelling with their kids around this beautiful continent.

Asking them for their opinions and collating the results to bring you the 12 best destinations to travel Europe with kids!

Here are the best places to travel in Europe with kids.

best family vacations in Europe

best family vacations in Europe

Europe is a wonderland of green fields, lush mountains, blue seas and so much more. It’s also a very family friendly destination with many of the best cities to travel in Europe with kids! The transport is easy and generally language is communicable. You can also visit Europe all year round – here is a great post about when to visit Europe.

We find that the absolute best family holidays in europe are always the ones that we found to be a joy to travel around with the children!

These places and cities offered so many fun and exciting activities and outings to do as a family that you may want to consider on your next European family vacation!

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1. Sweden with Kids

Stockholm: Best Family Vacations In Europe

Stockholm: Best Family Vacations In Europe

Sweden and especially Stockholm was voted as one of the best places in Europe for kids! It’s popular among families for good reason.

There are many different attractions, scenic gardens and parks to visit and it’s a stroller friendly destination and one of the best european family vacations!

Where to Go with Kids in Sweden:

There are loads of museums and galleries for some great educational visits and many zoos and amusement parks to keep the kids entertained across various cities in Sweden, however Stockholm is one of our favorites!

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Stockholm with kids:

Stockholm Kids Attractions:

It’s also an English speaking country so you’ll have no problem communicating your needs and getting them met on this European vacation with kids!

If you are looking for the best way to move around town, you can book your Stockholm taxi here!

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2. Austria with Kids

Austria: where to go in Europe with kids

Austria: where to go in Europe with kids

If you are looking for a great country to visit with kids, it’s hard to beat Austria. It has the oldest amusement park in the world, salt mines that are walkable, the world’s biggest ice caves as well as dinosaur parks.

Where to Go with Kids in Austria:

Austria has a plethora of interesting things to do and fun places to visit that will excite the whole family! A country characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture and fascinating history and rugged alpine terrain.

From the world’s oldest amusement park to the world’s largest ice cave, here are the best things to do in Austria in Europe with kids:

Vienna Kids Attractions
Salzburg Kids Attractions

This means that there are a variety of different ways to keep your children entertained no matter how old they are. No wonder this country is a hot favourite as one of the best places to travel in Europe with kids!

The best time to visit Austria is in April and May or September and October. The weather tends to be mild, it’s not as crowded as the busy summer months and hotel rates are generally cheaper during this time.

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3. Croatia with Kids

BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN EUROPE WITH KIDS

BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN EUROPE WITH KIDS

Not many people realize just how family friendly Croatia is. The best time to visit this country is in June or September when it’s not as crowded or hot.

Croatia is one of the best places in Europe with kids because throughout Croatia, you will find that there are strong family values which makes it a very welcoming country for those that are travelling with children.

Where to Go with Kids in Croatia:

Croatia has many safe beaches and hiking trails that suit all abilities, as well as a handful of interactive museums and ancient towns and fortresses that will make the kids feel like they’re in a fairytale!

Some of our favorite destinations in Croatia include both Dubrovnik and Split. Here are some ideas of what to do in both of these:

Dubrovnik Kids Attractions
  • See the scenery marine life, and discover amazing caves from a sea kayak! Book your 3-hour tour here.
  • Explore the Old Town walls and castles in the historic center!
Split Kids Attractions

Many individuals will go above and beyond to make sure that the needs of you and your children are met throughout your time here. Our kids really loved their trip through Austria and without a doubt I can confidenty say that is is one of the best places for kids in Europe.

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4. The Netherlands with Kids

Netherlands: best places in Europe for kids

Netherlands: best places in Europe for kids

Holland is one of the best places in Europe to visit with kids and has numerous attractions that will make your family vacation fun and unforgettable! From zoos to historical squares and lively markets!

We love how children are often catered to and you can easily find someone who speaks English if you are in need of assistance.

Where to Go with Kids in Netherlands

Public transportation is incredibly efficient, so you can easily explore the country and see a lot of the attractions.

But of course we know that most of you would be keen to explore Amsterdam, so here are some of our favorite kids attractions in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Kids Attractions:

It’s a good idea to purchase a Museumkaart because it will allow you to access a lot of different attractions, and many times, skip the lines.

We really believe that the Netherlands is one of the best places to travel europe with kids, whether they are young or older! You can find more info on what to do with kids in Amsterdam here.

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5. England with Kids

London, UK: best places in Europe with kids

London, UK: best places in Europe with kids

Another one of the top favourite countries that proudly takes up its place on the best places to visit in Europe with kids list. The locals speak English, there are efficient public transportation systems in place and the locals are very friendly.

All our favorite features to tick the boxes as one of the best places to visit with kids in Europe.

Where to Go with Kids in England:

We love visiting London with our kids. There’s also so much for kids to do, including going on a Harry Potter Tour, riding the tube to a local market, visiting Legoland or taking a trek to see Big Ben. Here is a list of our favorite kids attractions:

London Kids Attractions:

In fact, because there’s just so many attractions and sights to see throughout the country, you may find yourself having to save some of the sights you wanted to see for your next trip as there just won’t be enough time to do it all.

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6. Italy with Kids

best towns in Tuscany Italy

best towns in Tuscany Italy

Italy was a favourite of ours when traveling around Europe with kids. With a beautiful Mediterranean coastline and ancient ruins and famous art and historic influences, there is so much to be discovered for the whole family!

Don’t forget to enjoy some gelato or a good slice of pizza while you are in Italy.

Where to Go with Kids in Italy:

Italy is a large country that can take up to 12 hours to travel from one side to the other, so you may want to choose a particular part of Italy to visit with your family in Europe.

We spent 3 months traveling around Italy with our kids and there are so many wonderful places to visit. I know that Rome and Florence are two popular destinations, so here are some ideas of what to do in each:

Rome Kids Attractions:

The Colosseum is enjoyed by a lot of travellers as it’s very unique. Make sure you also take your children to the Spanish Steps as long as they are up for a bit of a climb.

Florence Kids Attractions:

Many families make Italy their top choice for travel each year. There’s a lot to do here, no matter how old your children are. It might just be my pick as the best place in Europe for kids – but don’t just take my word for it, book your trip and try it out for yourself!

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7. Belgium with Kids

Brussels Belgium: best places in Europe to visit with kids

Brussels Belgium: best places in Europe to visit with kids

Known for its waffles, how could families not love Belgium? This country is smaller compared to other countries in Europe, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in culture and food.

Where to Go with Kids in Belgium:

Belguim is a great country to explore with kids as you can easily move around by train. We absolutely adore Brussels and Bruges. Here are some suggestions of kids attractions in both of these beautiful cities:

Brussels Kids Attractions:
Bruges Kids Attractions:

Traveling Tip: Best way to get around Brussels is by taxi. You can book your Brussels taxi here

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8. Spain with Kids

Gran Canaria, Spain: best places in Europe for kids

Gran Canaria, Spain: best places in Europe for kids

This country isn’t just for adults. Children can have a great time here too. It has a rich history and plenty of places to explore.

Where to Go with Kids in Spain:

Spain is a beautiful country with so much to offer any type of traveler. Thanks to the country’s high-speed trains, you can access a lot of destinations in a short period of time, but Barcelona were one of our favorites for the kids!

Barcelona Kids Attractions:

Families can also enjoy a lot of historic treasures including Isabella’s Alcazar and Sagrada Familia.

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9. Germany with Kids

Germany with Kids

Germany with Kids

One of the main reasons why Germany is a great destination to travel to with children is that it has affordable public transportation. This means that you can save money by not having to rent a car and can splurge on some of the many activities here.

A lot of individuals do speak English in this country and are more than happy to help tourists with whatever they need.

The winter months are the best time to visit Germany with children as travelers can visit the memorable Berlin Christmas markets.

Where to Go with Kids in Germany:

Families will love the interactive museums and informative outings to keep the kids entertained while exploring the best places in Germany to travel with kids!

You can start out by planning your trip around popular destinations such as Berlin and Munich.

Berlin Kids Attractions:
  • Explore the many sights and landmarks in Berlin on a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour.
  • Take the kids to the Legoland Discovery Center!
  • Visit the Berlin Zoo and Tierpark
Munich Kids Attractions:
  • Kids will love the amazing fairytale-like castles from Munich! Book your day trip here.
  • Explore the beautiful parks and incredible architecture of the churches and cathedrals.

Germany is definitely one of the best places in Europe for kids, with its other worldly charm with castles and medieval towns and all the mythical parks and safe outdoor areas to explore.

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10. Denmark with Kids

Denmark: European Family Vacation

Denmark: European Family Vacation

Wondering where to go with kids in Europe that is a little under-the-radar? 

Denmark is often forgotten about when planning family travel to Europe. It’s a shame as it’s very family-friendly. The public transportation system is extremely efficient which makes it easy to see a lot of the sights while you are here.

Many businesses will go out of their way to accommodate families, and children in Denmark are rarely made to feel unwelcome by the locals!

Where to go with Kids in Denmark:

Copenhagen is a great city to visit with little ones as there’s a lot to do. The Tivoli Gardens was one of our favorites and has theatres, gardens and plenty of rides to keep children entertained. We can also recommend Odense.

Here are some ideas of what to do in each of these destinations.

Copenhagen Kids Attractions:
Odense Kids Attractions:
  • Navigate the charming streets and lovely green parks all around
  • Take the kids to Odense Zoo to see all the animals and shows
  • Enjoy the museums

Denmark is filled with theme parks, amusement parks, zoos and child-friendly beaches that make it one of the best places to travel in Europe with kids.

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11. France with Kids

France with Kids

France with Kids

Being one of the most popular countries to visit for all travelers, it should come as no surprise that France is a great place for families to visit in Europe!

Hower as a word of caution, whilst we list France as one of the best places to take kids in Europe, I didn’t find their culture as welcoming to babies and toddlers. Perfect for older kids though!

Where to Visit in France with Kids:

France has many alpine villages and breathtaking architecture to explore and has many gardens and outdoor activities that make it a great place for a European family vacation!

Of course you can’t go to France and not visit Paris, but we also really love places such as Nice and Colmar for family trips too.

Paris Kids Attractions:

Kids will create memories they cherish forever as they find themselves in awe looking at the Eiffel Tower, enjoy the exhibits at The Natural History Museum and be amazed at the Paris Catacombs.

It is also great to rent a car and go on a road trip to see cities such as Nice and Colmar!

Tip: Despite having a decent public transportation system, you may find yourself doing a lot of walking. Make sure you plan for plenty of breaks and wear comfortable shoes.

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12. Czech with Kids

Prague: best European countries to visit with kids

Prague: best European countries to visit with kids

Czech is one of the most fascinating countries to visit with kids in Europe. It’s full of historical sights and amazing castles with intricate infrastructure, and has many medieval museums to explore!

After the endless stream of exhibitions and walking gets to the kids, it’s also a great place to find some fun child-specific attractions!

Where to go in Czech with Kids:

Czech is a country of many wonders, but one of the best European cities for Kids has to be its capital, Prague. Children often travel free or for a discounted price and have cheaper admission fees to many of the attractions!

Prague Kids Attractions:
  • Visit the Prague Castle and explore its fairytale-like wonder! Grab your small group tour here.
  • Visit Mořský Svět, the country’s largest water tank that is filled with lots of fish!
  • Enjoy the rides at Prague’s Aquapalace waterworld! Grab your tickets online here.
  • Check out the National Technical Museum, which is an oversized room stuffed with huge locomotives and old-fashioned cars.
  • The kids will love the Prague Zoo. It’s a well-tended zoo with an extensive collection of exotic animals.

Typically completely forgotten about, Czech definately deserves a spot on the best places to go in Europe with kids listicle.

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Summary of the Best Family Holiday Destinations in Europe

I know that was probably a bit of a mouth full and I thought it might be a good idea to quickly give you an easy to scan list of best European countries to visit with kids which were mentioned above:

  1. Sweden
  2. Austria
  3. Croatia
  4. Netherlands
  5. England
  6. Italy
  7. Belgium
  8. Spain
  9. Germany
  10. Denmark
  11. France
  12. Czech

Hopefully one of those kid-friendly countries in Europe made your heart fill with excitement.

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Final Thoughts on Your Next European Family Vacation

Europe is a continent that is full of magic and awe-inspiring places that you don’t need to be an adult to appreciate! These were some of the best European vacations with kids.

From the magnificent castles to the cultural ebbs and flows of each incredibly unique place, there is just so much hidden in the mountains and valleys of this vast continent.

These amazing cities were easy to explore with children, and offered safe environments and efficient transport systems that made them some of the best places for family vacations in Europe!

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Best Places to Travel in Europe with Kids

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Leave us a Comment:

  • Have you been to any of these destinations with your kids? Did you have a fabulous time there?
  • Do you have any recommendations on the best family vacations in Europe that you can add to our list?

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9 Best Places to Visit in Europe this Year (2020 Edition)

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Dream travel lists have become a natural accompaniment to a new year filled with possibilities.  While I’ve booked a flight based on little more than a sunny weather forecast, I have come to realize the most memorable trips are those with intention at their core. And intention can help you turn a big dream—say, a general desire to explore some of the best cities in Europe—into an actual travel plan.

That purpose need not be too serious. You might follow your taste buds in pursuit of sampling Sicily’s distinctive wines or the Baltic’s best brews. Or find inspiration exploring Glasgow’s street art or immersing yourself in Beethoven’s Viennese life. Exploring European cities—or anywhere else in the world—with intention can take you beyond the guidebook and beneath the surface of a place.

And while there’s no one-size-fits-all best city in Europe, there are nearly endless opportunities for immersion and purpose-filled pursuits in European cities, especially if you’re willing to slow down, stay in one place longer, and savor the journey.

Ready to find your inspiration? Here are nine of the best places to visit in Europe this year, and some of the many reasons you should go.

Rijeka, Croatia

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Strategically positioned where the Rječina river meets the Adriatic Sea, Rijeka (which means river in Croatian) overflows with multi-cultural richness that reflects the port city’s shipping and trading heritage.

Food and art offer portals to immersion beginning with Croatia’s biggest carnival and continuing throughout 2020 as Rijeka celebrates being crowned as European Capital of Culture (along with fellow recipient Galway, Ireland).

Experience classic influences with Violins Above Borders / Stradivari, an exhibit spotlighting violin craftsmen, paired with city-wide string of recitals and orchestral performances. Or, dive feet first into Rijeka’s famous rock and punk club scene in venues ranging from gritty to glamourous. Feast on Unknown Klimt: Love Death Ecstasy, a rare exhibit of Gustav Klimt’s early works created for Rijeka National Theatre; or, lean toward the cutting-edge with the third annual Industrial Art Biennial, poetically themed “Ride into the Sun.” For foodies, a series of Gastro Weeks spotlight seasonal cuisine ranging from sardines and squid to cherries and figs.

Plus, Rijeka serves as gateway to the Adriatic islands Krk and Cres, making it a snap to cap cultural-hunting with a beach vacay.

Pro Tip: Hilton‘s Costabella Beach Resort & Spa opens nearby this summer as the brand’s first luxury resort in Croatia.

Paris, France

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2020 finds the City of Light radiating irresistible energy. While sadness and hope mingle with the ongoing restoration of Notre Dame, optimism builds for the 2024 Olympic Games. This heady mix promises to feed the traveler’s mind, heart and belly, in ways only Paris is capable of.

A 60-year-quest comes to fruition as the vision of artistic team Christo and Jeanne-Claude to transform a Parisian icon is unveiled. For 16 days beginning in mid-September, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, will shimmer with light reflected from over 250,000-square-feet of silver fabric covering the structure.

Centre Georges Pompidou traces the artists’ years in Paris (running March 18 to June 15); while celebrating the 150th birthday of another visionary with the largest exhibition of Henri Matisse’s work in nearly 50 years (running May 13 to August 31). June brings the highly anticipated opening of a stock exchange reimagined as a contemporary art palace: The Bourse de Commerce promises a grand showcase for the collection of French billionaire François Pinault.

Adding to Paris’ significant wow-factor, this year is the opening of luxury Art Deco resort Cheval Blanc Paris, featuring a restaurant helmed by three-star Michelin chef Arnaud Donckele.

“Save to splurge” is my Parisian motto. Paris Passlib’ ensures discounts on entry to attractions and transportation, along with queue-skipping. Another 2020 bonus: budget carrier Norwegian Airlines will debut a nonstop route from Austin to Paris in May.

Galway, Ireland

galway ireland sunset colorful houses.Luca Fabbian/Shutterstock

Watching the sun set over Galway Bay or drinking Guinness in a cozy pub—those pursuits can be all the purpose one needs. However, 2020 offers even more reasons to experience the west coast of Ireland’s beauty and hospitality. As a 2020 European Capital of Culture, Galway presents over 1,900 events inspired by the fusion of Celtic traditions and natural landscape.

Highlights include high-tech illumination of the Connemara Mountains in a groundbreaking work from Finnish light artist Kari Kola. “This work will underline the beautiful nature of Ireland using light art on an unseen scale,” says Kola. “The lighted surface will be around five- to 6,000,000 meters square (approximately two square miles), so in terms of a lighted area, this is probably the largest installation ever created.”

Other ambitious projects include Borderline, a project from American artist David Best, the visionary behind the temples of Burning Man; and Mirror Pavilion created by Irish artist John Gerrard who uses LED technology to reflect and expand a 4000-year-old bog.

Fittingly, two of the most buzz-worthy events are literature-centric. The event Wild Atlantic Women welcomes Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. And Arts Over Borders will stage readings of Homer’s Odyssey on regional beaches near where many believe parts of the journey took place.

The 43rd annual Galway International Arts Festival showcases blockbuster performances (including Sinead O’Conner, The Pixies, and The Flaming Lips) in July; while the International Oyster and Seafood Festival features oyster shucking and eating competitions, along with cooking demonstrations in September.

Pro Tip: Galway is a relatively small city, so book accommodations well in advance and plan to use public transportation to avoid adding to traffic congestion.

Berlin, Germany

berline germany panoramic view sunset.Subodh Agnihotri/Shutterstock

Continually redefining what it means to be 21st century Europe’s cultural catalyst, Berlin ensures new experiences with every visit. “Berlin is constantly changing, constantly becoming,” says Kirsten Schmidt of VisitBerlin.  Schmidt says Berlin is welcoming “new neighborhood and scenes, and openings of major sights like the James Simon Galerie at Museum Island in 2019 and the Humboldt Forum (housed in the reconstructed Berlin Palace) in 2020.”

Powerhouse events such as the 70th edition of the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and the 11th Berlin Biennale anchor the calendar and promises that the city’s affinity for technical and artistic experimentation will shine in 2020.

The whole city becomes a stage when Berlin Leuchtet (Berlin Illuminated) introduces its first digital-mapping Spring Light Festival from Feb 27  to March 8; as well as with the return of beloved Berlin Festival of Lights for 10 days in October. The fall celebration illuminates the city’s most famous landmarks including Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Cathedral.

Experiment with high-tech time travel and journey to the divided Berlin with Time Ride Berlin, or enjoy new paths for old-school exploration with 20 urban hiking trails covering over 350 miles.

Use public transport and get free or discounted entry into over 200 attractions with a Berlin Welcome Card, starting at $25 for 48 hours. Autumn travelers may fly into Berlin’s long-awaited new airport.

Vienna, Austria

vienna austria aerial view.Calin Stan/Shutterfly

New energy flows through the old-world’s most prestigious coffeehouses and concert halls in Vienna.  This year, Europe’s capital of classical music celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, the visionary who called the city home for over 35 years.

Immerse in the artist’s life with a special exhibit titled Beethoven Moves from Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna from March 25 to July 5; and visit the Beethoven Museum, where the artist composed many marquee works.

Move from history to history-in-the-making with a performance by Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by artistic director and conductor Marin Alsop, the first woman ever at the helm. Don’t miss The Cindy Sherman Effect: Identity and Transformation in Contemporary Art, a new exhibition at Kunstforum Wien.

Pro Tip: Starting in late March, Austrian Airlines offers a nonstop flight from Boston to Vienna.

Riga, Latvia

riga latvia sunset panoramic view.Olesya Kuznetsova/Shutterstock

Beer, beaches and an art biennial—and that’s only the beginning. With the Daugava River running through it and Baltic Sea on the horizon, Riga makes a beautiful and strategic base for exploring this fascinating former-Soviet nation.

Intrepid Travel’s European specialist Stefan Hellmuth says the city’s layers of Art Nouveau architecture, thought to be the largest collection in the world, combined with medieval guildhalls, cobbled streets of Old Town, plus lush green spaces, make Riga one of Europe’s most pleasing destinations.

For deeper immersion, Hellmuth recommends spending time in the eclectic central market set within former zeppelin hangars. “Also, make sure you try Riga’s specialty, the famous Black Balsam, a liquor made from over 20 natural ingredients, among them raspberries, birch buds, peppermint, ginger, oak bark, nutmeg and black pepper,” adds Hellmuth.

As for those beautiful three Bs: From May to October, visitors can experience the return of one of Europe’s most anticipated art fairs, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, also known as RIBOCA2, led by daring French curator Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel. This year’s exhibits showcase artists from the three Baltic nations in tandem with an international roster of boundary-pushing art-makers.

The Baltic’s largest beer festival returns for nine days in May with the 10th annual Latviabeerfest. Project manager Anna Vairoga says to expect over 50 breweries set up in the heart of Riga, serving over 500 brews to taste.

In July, drum beats lead to the sands of nearby beaches for Summer Sound Festival and further along the coast for buzzy Positivus Festival, this summer concert anchored by Of Monsters and Men and A$AP Rocky.

Glasgow, Scotland

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While much about the UK’s post-Brexit future remains uncertain, what we know for sure is Scotland is one of the planet’s most beautiful and welcoming places. For now, the dollar remains strong, making 2020 an exceptional year to chase those Outlander dreams.

Scotland’s cultural capital Glasgow offers an intoxicating blend of contemporary art, pedestrian-friendly streets, and whiskey. All purposes are achieved through one of the city’s walking tours. Layers of the Glasgow’s soul are revealed on a walking tour along the City Mural Trail, while UNESCO’s “City of Music” recognition rings truly during a Glasgow music tour. And, you can embrace the country-wide passion for its signature spirit with a Once Upon a Whiskey Tour.

Yearn to earn your whiskey? Embark on West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s epic long-distance walking trails, spanning 96 miles from just outside Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

Football fans will cheer as Glasgow hosts UEFA’s EURO 2020 championship matches in Scotland’s National Stadium Hampden Park.

Catania, Sicily

catania italy sicily piazza duomo.Yury Dmitrienko/Shutterstock

Deep blue sea, golden sand beaches, and rugged coastline resting beneath terraced vineyards and ancient hilltop villages. If these images fill your European vacation dreams, consider the Mediterranean’s largest island: Sicily.

Andrea Traina of My European Vacay says that for wine lovers, the terroirs of snow-capped Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos, produce distinct wines and unforgettable tastes. To experience the full spectrum of varietals and styles of Vini dell’Etna, it’s smart to hire a guide/driver.

Traina recommends the island’s second largest city, the seaside gem Catania, as a base. Not only are wineries within easy reach, the ancient Greek and Roman ruins of Syracuse and baroque towns of Noto, Modica, and Ragusa are near.

While in Catania, be sure to visit the excellent WWII Landing Museum (Museo dello Sbarco) to discover stories of Italy’s liberation from Nazi occupation and Fascist rule.

And, for cycling fans, follow the route of Italy’s most famous cycling event when Giro d’Italia 2020 finishes a mighty stage on the top of Etna, in May.

Cordoba, Spain

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A bright orange sun reflects the River Guadalquivir onto the arched bridges and tiled roofs of Cordoba. It’s the epitome of Andalusian magic. The city boasts four UNESCO World Heritage designations, including for the mosque-turned-cathedral Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba, its red and white striped columns and arches famously showcasing the region’s rich Moorish heritage.

Local guide José Fabra-Garrido says off-season is a sweet spot, particularly from November through March, when temperatures are mild, prices are lower, and the vibe is more relaxed.

Cordoba is the perfect place in 2020 to indulge your foodie fantasies. The city’s most acclaimed restaurant Noor, led by celebrity chef Paco Morales, recently received a second Michelin star. While coveted reservations are for the few, the restaurant has become a catalyst for a city-wide celebration of regional tastes, from traditional taberna cordobesa to hip new tapas bars.

Discover the pleasure that comes in small bites with Tapas Tours from Fabra-Garrido’s Foodie & Experiences Cordoba. Visitors can enjoy every bite accompanied by the sweet sounds of flamenco and jazz during Cordoba’s renowned International Guitar Festival, celebrating its 40th anniversary in July.

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Tesla’s Price Cut, and More Car News From This Week

Tesla’s Price Cut, and More Car News From This Week

Happy New Year, and welcome back. 2019 is young, and we’ve already got a transportation bombshell on our hands: New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced he wants to cancel a planned subway line shutdown in the country’s largest public transit system. He says a panel of experts found a smarter way to fix tunnels damaged by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy—and according to engineers we spoke to, Cuomo might be right. But what happens now? Will the city stick with its plans, formed over the course of three years, to revamp bike and bus lanes and pedestrian spaces? Transportation advocates hope so.

Meanwhile, we’re still a little stuck on 2018, which was filled with exciting advances for Tesla, scooter-share, and even self-driving cars (sometimes). Read about the happenings, before it all fades away. It’s been a few weeks. Let’s get you caught up.

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She’s baaaack! Rapper Azealia Banks makes another unexpected cameo on the transportation beat this week, as she and Elon Musk’s then-girlfriend, the art pop musician Grimes, became enmeshed in the ongoing lawsuit over the Tesla CEO’s tweets. Investors suing Musk and Tesla for market manipulation want to subpoena both women. Tesla lawyers are displeased.

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The year-over-year increase in new light vehicles prices in the US, which reached $37,577 in December, according to Kelley Blue Book.

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