No matter what you have heard on the news, entering the U.S. as a European resident is possible right now while the U.S. border is closed to EU-outbound flights.
All over the internet, you can see Europeans trying to figure out how to make it to the U.S. as a German, Briton, Italian, and so on. The cold truth is that you can’t.
Although most European countries reopened their borders to American visitors on July 1, the U.S. has not returned the favor yet, and what is worse, Biden’s administration has repeatedly stated that welcoming Europeans back it’s not a priority amid the coronavirus surge across the EU bloc.
Good news first, there is a way around it. Not very cool news second, this trip will not take the usual comfortable 8-12 pre-pandemic hours but at least 15 days.
It may sound disappointing and expensive but it can actually turn into an adventurous and affordable experience.
So, for all Europeans who had put their trips on hold indefinitely, there is a way to enter the U.S. if crossing the border through a Mexican, Colombian, or Costa Rican airport as well as any other Latin American country that is open for tourism but Brazil.
Although there are multiple options, your best bet is Mexico because it has virtually zero entry restrictions and it’s the closest country to the U.S.
As insane as it sounds the U.S. allows in visitors who, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status, can demonstrate they have spent the last 14 days in these territories.
September 8 – The U.S continues to be closed to 39 countries but entering from dozens of others is still possible.
On Tuesday, President Biden delivered a speech that was called by the national media as the “biggest announcement about COVID-19,” but not even a word about the borders reopening was said.
So far, the U.S. remains closed to 39 countries including China, Iran, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, India and the entire European Schengen area.
This means that, all people who can afford to stay 14 days in countries such as Turkey, Dubai, Aruba, Canada, as well as other more budget-friendly options such as Mexico, Colombia, Perú, Ecuador and multiple Caribbean islands can still enter the country without only an antigen test taken 48 hours prior to departure.
August 20 – U.S. faces multilateral pressure to reopen to European Travelers
Official sources within the White House have confirmed for Reuters that “at this point”, the US authorities will not lift the travel restriction on flights from the European Union.
In consequence, the U.S. has been facing multilateral pressure from lawmakers to border mayors to European officials as well as citizens seeking to meet up family members in the U.S., but so far, the government has refused to give an approximate reopening date.
“The interagency working groups are currently developing a policy process, and we will be ready when it is the right time to consider reopening travel. And that’ll be guided, as always, by science and public health,” White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said earlier this month.
This means that entering the U.S. through third-party countries is the only option left for travelers for now.
While enjoying Playa del Carmen, Cancun or the rest of the internationally celebrated Riviera Maya, plan the final details to enter the U.S.
Federal U.S. laws require all travelers arriving from abroad to get tested for COVID-19 3 days prior to flying even if they’re vaccinated. Proof of recovery from COVID-19 is also accepted.
Since you cannot take your test back home because remember, it has to be completed 3 days prior traveling, you’ll probably need to navigate the Mexican (or other foreign) healthcare system to get tested.
But what would happen if you test positive and get sick with COVID-19 before crossing the border? Easy, you won’t be allowed in.
In that case, purchasing an insurance plan that covers COVID-19 is highly recommendable, not only because those cover the medical treatments, but also because you can obtain a refund for flight cancellations.
August 11 – U.S. may soon allow inbound travel for vaccinated EU visitors
Washington is reportedly working on a plan to safely re-open for fully vaccinated visitors, a White House official told Reuters last week.
Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that this situation should be solved soon because both the U.S. and the EU are going through similar epidemiology situations.
“The epidemiological situation in the U.S. and the EU today is very similar. We need to solve the problem as soon as possible and we are in contact with our American friends. That shouldn’t drag on for weeks.”
Although the U.S. has been working with their EU counterparts for several weeks now, the country has refused to give any approximate reopening date so far.