The US travel ban says:

foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States.

and then goes on to list Schengen, UK, Brazil, China, Brazil, Iran.

However, the Caribbean is opening back up to both US and UK tourists starting 1 July, including Puerto Rico.

Could I not just go to the Caribbean for 14 days, chill on the beach, and then enter the US? I had a big US road trip planned this summer and don't want to give up on it!

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    Puerto Rico is part of the US and has the same entry restrictions as the continental US. Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 10:11
  • In this question travel.stackexchange.com/questions/157770/… you say you are a US citizen
    – Traveller
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 15:51
  • @user253751 I just talked to the US state department and they said she can't come in even after a 14-day stopover in Bermuda Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 14:45
  • @Traveller Yes I am but my girlfriend is not and that's what I'm asking about. I just wanted to make the question as simple as possible. Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 14:46

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Yes, you can!

The document issues by the Whitehouse explaining the ban states:

The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or the Republic of Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is hereby suspended and limited subject to section 2 of this proclamation.

You haven't been to the UK in the past 14 days before your attempted entry so that's fine.

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    Just realize that the USA can and has changed who can enter based on what happens with COVID 19.
    – Willeke
    Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 9:14
  • @Willeke What do you mean?
    – Xnero
    Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 9:17
  • If there are COVID 19 cases on the island you happen to be, or sometimes just somewhere in the region, the USA can change the rules and lock you out because of that.
    – Willeke
    Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 10:04
  • @Willeke Yes, that can be the case
    – Xnero
    Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 10:06
  • Also be aware that depending on where in the US you're going, you may be required to quarantine for a further 14 days after arriving. This rule is still in effect in a number of states. Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 13:22

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