USA (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: If you hold an appropriate vaccine certificate and have not been to the following countries: China, European Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, India, Iran, and European Union countries during the past 14 days you can enter without self-quarantine but you are still required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

Wearing of facemask and social distancing is required.
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
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 31.08.2021
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, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe) or Vatican City (Holy See), 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-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;
– airline crew, if traveling to join an aircraft in the USA; or
– with one of the following visas: C-1/D,B1, H1, L visa if traveling to join an aircraft in the USA;
– merchant seamen, if traveling to join a ship in the USA; or
– with one of the following visas: C-1/D,B1, H1, L visa if traveling to join a ship in the USA; or
– engaged in lightering, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew or other similar crew member activities;
– 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;
– passengers with an NIE exemption;
– students arriving from Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland, United Kingdom;
– students with a F-1 or M-1 visa if participating in an academic program that started on 1 August 2021 or later.
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. The test must be taken at most three months 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://tinyurl.com/58nw6t8v
4. Passengers are subject to 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
5. DV visas issued in September 2020 that expired are accepted for entry.
6. Nationals of the U.S.A. are allowed to enter with an expired passport.
-This does not apply to emergency passports which must be valid on arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The land borders between the US and Mexico are closed until at least September 21 for Americans traveling to Mexico.

The land borders between the US and Canada are now open for American travelers, however Canadian travelers may still not enter the US at land borders.

Canadians are allowed to fly into the US.

There are exceptions of family members, students, and essential traffic.

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

Most foreign nationals arriving from the countries on the US travel ban list are not allowed to enter the US, with specific exceptions (https://bit.ly/37M3XBM).

Currently banned countries are: China, Iran, all European Schengen countries, UK, Ireland, South Africa, India and Brazil.

The US is expected to announce shortly that all travelers to the US will need to be fully vaccinated.

After travel information for people fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization:

-Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.

-If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

-Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

-Follow all governmental recommendations or requirements after travel.

After travel information for unvaccinated people:

-Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.

AND

-Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

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

-If your test is positive, isolate to protect others from getting infected.

-If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

-Avoid being around people who are at at risk or vulnerable for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

-Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

-Follow all governmental recommendations or requirements.
 

Lockdown Details

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

The government has announced plans to mandate vaccinations for employees at any company with more than 100 employees. Unvaccinated worked will need to undergo weekly testing. This has not come into effect yet, as of September 16.

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.

The CDC has announced on July 28 that masks should be worn indoors in any region deemed a hot-spot. On August 12 they announced (https://cnb.cx/3nLmoj5) that 90 percent of US counties were not hot-spots and masks should be worn indoors in these counties. Regions are now adjusting their rules accordingly.
 

Sources

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