USA (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Health screening might be required when landing is the US.
Quarantine Required: No
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 14 days is recommended but not required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 04.02.2021
1. Passengers who have transited or have been in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China (People’s Rep.), Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or in the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter and transit.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and permanent residents of the USA;
– spouses of nationals and of permanent residents of the USA. They must have a marriage certificate;
– parents/legal guardians of an unmarried and younger than 21 years national or permanent resident of the USA;
– the unmarried and younger than 21 years brother or sister of a national or permanent resident of the USA, who is unmarried and younger than 21 years;
– the child/foster child/ward younger than 21 years of a national or permanent resident of the USA;
– passengers with the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-1, C-1/D, C-2, C-3, CR-1, CR-2, D, E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee’s immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, IR-1, IR-4, IH-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa;
– members of the U.S. Armed Forces, spouses, and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces;
– passengers with evidence of traveling at the invitation of the USA government for a purpose related to the containment/mitigation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19);
– passengers with documents issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or U.S. Department of State indicating that the passenger is exempt from the restriction;
– B1 crew crewmembers that are engaged in lightering, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew and other similar crewmember activities;
– students with an F-1 or M-1 visa and their F-2 and M-2 dependents. They must not arrive from or have been in Brazil, China (People’s Rep.) or Iran in the past 14 days.
2. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) viral antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA test result. The test must have been taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport or other travel document; and the test result must specify “negative” or “not detected”. If marked “invalid” it is not accepted.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 2 years;
– US military personnel;
– passengers with a medical certificate with a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 90 days before departure from the first embarkation point; and a letter issued by a health authority stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel. The test result must specify “positive” or “detected”, if marked “invalid” it is not accepted.
3. Passengers must complete a disclosure and attestation form before departure. The form can be obtained at https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure-and-attestation-2021-01-12-p.pdf .
4. Passengers arriving in Massachusetts must complete the “Massachusetts Travel Form” at https://www.mass.gov/forms/massachusetts-travel-form
5. Passengers arriving in New York State must complete the “Traveler Health Form” at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Welcome-to-New-York-State-Traveler-Health-Form
6. Passports issued to nationals of Belarus which have expired between 30 April 2020 and 31 July 2020, are considered valid with an extension of 3 months.
7. Passengers are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. More information can be found at www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html .
8. DV-1, DV-2, and DV-3 visas issued after 4 September 2020 with the annotation “Entry Subject to PP 10014” are not accepted for entry until 31 March 2021.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The borders between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico are closed to most travelers, with the exception of family members, students, and essential traffic. Both borders are to remain closed until at least February 21.

People who have traveled internationally are being advised to follow state, regional, or local quarantine guidelines on their return to the US. No mandatory quarantine is in place at the federal level.

As of January 26, the government will require inbound international air travellers to provide a negative coronavirus test result that is less than 72 hours old, before entering the country.

Most foreign nationals from the countries on the US travel ban list are not allowed to enter the US, with specific exceptions.

Currently banned countries are: China, Iran, European Schengen countries, UK, Ireland, and Brazil.
 

Lockdown Details

Though cases are on a downward trend nationally, numbers of cases are currently rising in almost half of the states. Restrictions and closures now vary on a state-by-state basis, so please check our state-specific pages for details.

Phased re-opening
The federal government has released a set of guidelines for re-opening individual states. However, states are under little obligation to follow them.

According to federal guidelines, once states show continued downward trajectory of new cases and positive COVID-19 tests and their hospitals can operate as normal, they may begin to re-open in three phases.

In Phase 1:

People should avoid groups of 10 or more when going out and should maximize physical distance from others.

People should minimize non-essential travel.

Employers should encourage working from home where possible.

Employers should close common areas at work where people are likely to congregate.

Schools and bars should remain closed, while entertainment venues may open if they maintain strict social distancing protocols.

In Phase 2:

People should avoid gatherings of more than 50 and should maximize physical distance from others when out in public.

Vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place.

Non-essential travel may resume.

Employers should encourage working from home where possible.

Employers should close common areas at work where people are likely to congregate.

Schools can re-open.

Large venues will have to maintain moderate physical distancing protocols, while gyms must maintain strict physical distancing.

In Phase 3:

Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions, but should minimize time spent in crowded areas.

Everyone should consider avoiding crowded areas where possible.

Employers may resume unrestricted staffing of work sites.

Most venues may resume business as usual but may have to satisfy certain social distancing and hygiene protocols.

President Joe Biden has mandated the use of masks in all airports, on public transportation that is deemed federal, which includes any transportation that crosses state lines. This includes many trains, airplanes and intercity buses.
 

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html
Data Source: covidcontrols.co