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Top International Destinations Trending for Christmas 2020

Christmastime Abroad

In a recently released, 2020 Holiday Guidance Report, it was revealed that annual price drops on airfare will be compounded by lower demand for leisure travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with holiday airfare expected to drop between 10 percent and 30 percent for international travel. With many places having reopened to Americans, the report also highlighted the hottest Christmas destinations abroad where travelers can save considerably this winter compared to last year.

Waterside Scenery in Belize City
Capital of Belize in Central America (photo via prill / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

10. Belize City, Belize

Belize is heating up two months after reopening to tourism. Flights have resumed from several U.S. cities, including Miami and Houston. In addition to testing for COVID-19, visitors will need to book a certified hotel stay and download and register with the Belize Health App.


Cancun, Mexico
PHOTO: Cancun, Mexico. (photo via pawel.gaul/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

9. Cancun, Mexico

Tourist-friendly Cancun offers international travelers some of the biggest savings this holiday season. Comparing to last year, Christmas vacationers stand to save nearly 50 percent on roundtrip airfare. Cancun was also the third-most-popular international destination for Thanksgiving this year.


Montego Bay, Jamaica.
PHOTO: Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo via iStock / Getty Images Plus / Isabel_HP)

8. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Montego Bay has also emerged as an appealing Christmas destination. In addition to enhanced protocols for visitors, Jamaica is keeping tourism alive in the time of coronavirus thanks to resilient corridors and its travel insurance plan Jamaica Cares.


San Jose, Costa Rica
PHOTO: San Jose, Costa Rica. (photo via mbrand85/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

7. San Jose, Costa Rica

With an average temperature of 72 degrees, it's no wonder that many travelers have their sights set on Costa Rica this winter. The coveted Central American country recently began welcoming all U.S. residents and eliminated coronavirus testing requirements. Visitors should keep in mind that they'll still need to fill out a Health Pass questionnaire and show proof of medical insurance.


Night Time View of Sao Paulo City in Brazil. (photo via dabldy / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
PHOTO: Nighttime view of Sao Paulo, Brazil. (photo via dabldy / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

6. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil reopened to tourism this past summer but remains at a Level 4 on the U.S. State Department's Travel Advisory scale due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, those visiting Sao Paulo this Christmas could save as much as 46 percent compared to last year's holiday.


Medellin, Colombia
PHOTO: Medellin, Colombia. (photo courtesy of Medellin Convention & Visitors Bureau)

5. Medellin, Colombia

Visiting Colombia got a bit easier earlier this month when the country did away with its COVID-19 testing requirement. Christmas travelers could save more than one-third (36 percent) on travel to Medellin compared to the same time last year.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
PHOTO: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (photo via bakerjarvis/iStock/Getty Images Plus

4. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic as a whole is garnering quite a bit of interest this holiday season in part because it's so accessible. The country, which was recently downgraded to a Level 3 travel advisory (reconsider travel) by the State Department, has eliminated the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival, instead implementing rapid random testing on a small percentage of arriving travelers.


Champ de Mars, Paris France
Aerial View on Champ de Mars from the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (photo courtesy iStock / Getty Images Plus / Creativemarc)

3. Paris, France

It's unsurprising that the City of Lights is among the most popular international destinations this Christmas, travelers could save about 14 percent on airfare compared to last year. Unfortunately, Paris and much of Europe remain off-limits to Americans for non-essential travel this winter.

Aerial view of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
PHOTO: Aerial view of San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo via iStock/Getty Images/Medioimages/Photodisc)

2. San Juan, Puerto Rico

A U.S. territory that doesn't require Americans to have a passport, Puerto Rico will prove more challenging to visit this Christmas as travelers must complete a Travel Declaration Form and get a molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Visitors could save as much as 40 percent compared to Christmas 2019.

1Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico
PHOTO: Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico. (photo via agcuesta/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus)

1. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City was found to be the top international destination trending for Christmas 2020, highlighting significant savings to be had this year compared to 2019 (31 percent). It also helps that the Mexican capital, which is renowned for its history and culture, is a relatively short flight from many major American cities.




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