COVID-19 travel restrictions: the US

Travel Restrictions

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Can I enter the United States?

The United States of America is open at the moment, but there are some covid-related travel restrictions.

Can I enter the United States if I am vaccinated?

Suitcase with a passport lying on it, and a surgical mask hanging from its handle Be Covid-ready for the US — Shutterstock

You can enter the United States if you are vaccinated. However, the presence of a negative PCR test is still obligatory when boarding the plane to the US.

Seven vaccine drugs are approved in the US: 

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Johnson&Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

Make sure to have one of the documents listed below to prove you are vaccinated:

  • Verifiable records (for example, the European Union Digital COVID Certificate for visitors from the EU)
  • Non-verifiable paper records (printout of COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorised vaccine provider)
  • Non-verifiable digital records (digital photos of vaccination card or record, downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from an official source)

Every document must contain the QR code to confirm your data is from the official database and protected from tampering.

Can I enter the United States if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter the United States if you are unvaccinated, but conditions for unvaccinated people are tighter. For example, starting from November 8 2021, unvaccinated visitors will have to produce documentation of a negative test result within one day of departure, while fully vaccinated visitors will have a three-day window for COVID-19 testing with negative results.

If you are unvaccinated, and you arrive in the United States from “green”, “orange”, or “red” countries

Regardless of what country unvaccinated travelers come from to the United States, all are required to do the same things:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel;
  • Stay home for the full 7 days even if your test is negative;
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Who cannot enter the United States?

Presently, the US has special limits for the following countries:

  • China
  • Iran
  • European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • India

Unvaccinated travelers who were physically present within the countries listed above during the 14 days preceding their arrival into the United States are prohibited from entering the country.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, you need to have one of two documents:

  • Viral test that was conducted on a sample taken no more than one day before the flight departed from a foreign country
  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (if you have recently recovered and have a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country)

Girl in front of airport check-in desksArrive at the airport prepared with your Covid documentation, which will differ depending on whether or not you’re vaccinated — Shutterstock

Can I leave the United States? 

Presently, the United States has no restrictions on departing the country. 

Can I leave the United States if I am vaccinated?

If you are vaccinated, you can easily leave the US. Check out the list of top 10 warm places to travel to in December. 

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

Make sure to have one of the documents listed below to prove you are vaccinated:

  • Verifiable records (for example, the European Union Digital COVID Certificate for travelers from the EU)
  • Non-verifiable paper records (printout of COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorised vaccine provider)
  • Non-verifiable digital records (digital photos of vaccination card or record, downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source)

Can I leave the United States if I am unvaccinated? 

You may leave the United States if you are unvaccinated. 

Traveling to “green”, “orange”, or “red” countries from the United States if you are unvaccinated

In terms of destinations, the government of the United States divides countries into: 

  • Very High COVID-19 level 
  • High COVID-19 level
  • Moderate COVID-19 level  
  • Low COVID-19 level

Regardless of your destination, they recommend avoiding traveling to any country without a strong reason if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, you need to have one of two documents:

  • Viral test (the conducting period depends on the certain destination)
  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (if you recently recovered and have a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country)

COVID-19 situation in the United States currently

The US has a moderate COVID-19 situation. More and more people are getting vaccinated, and unvaccinated citizens abide by the mask regime. All public places are open. Read our guide on a great American adventure

Public ice rink and autumnal trees in the foreground of the New York City skylineThe US could be the perfect place for your winter escape, providing you follow the rules — Shutterstock

FAQs 

Is it safe to travel to the United States right now?

Your trip to the United States will be completely safe if you follow basic COVID-19 recommendations:
  • Wear a mask indoors if you are unvaccinated
  • Avoid close contact with other people
  • You do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings if they are not crowded.

Is Washington DC open for travel? 

Washington DC is open for travel now. So, feel free to discover amazing sights like the Nation Mall or the White House, the cradle of American history. When you travel there, remember you need to have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at outdoor events of 500 or more people, indoor recreational events or establishments, restaurants, and bars. 

Do I have to be quarantined if I go to the United States? 

You do not need to be quarantined in the United States if you are vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, you must stay home and self-quarantine for seven full days.

How do I get a health pass to travel to the United States? 

You need to download the Clear application to digitise your vaccination status. Find the Health Pass option and upload your vaccination data. 

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