USA (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
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 04.05.2021
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, India, 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 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, IV, K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa;
– passengers with a DV visa issued between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020;
– 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 not have been in Brazil, China (People’s Rep.), India or Iran in the past 14 days.
2. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA. 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 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 .
4. Passengers arriving in New York State must complete the “Traveler Health Form” at .
5. Passengers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. More information can be found at .
6. DV visas issued in September 2020 that expired are accepted for entry.
7. Merchant seamen with a C-1 visa must have an NIE waiver.


Detailed Tourist Information

The land borders between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico are closed until at least May 21. There are exceptions of family members, students, and essential traffic.

The USA requires inbound international air travellers provide a negative coronavirus test result that is less than 72 hours old before entering the country.

International air travelers must quarantine upon arrival.

They must:

-Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.

-Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.

-If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.

Most foreign nationals arriving 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, South Africa and Brazil.

Updated Information for Travelers

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

You should continue to follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely and get tested 3-5 days after travel.
You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

Lockdown Details

Restrictions and closures now vary on a state-by-state basis, so please check our state-specific pages for details.

Public transportation in most states is operating with some health regulations in place.

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.

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