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US is open for some tourism but plans for reopening with EU and other countries

The U.S. is open for tourism, with the exception of people coming from 35 banned territories. Both national and foreign travelers need to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their flight.

Returning nationals and residents are allowed back from banned countries but they may need to quarantine upon arrival.

Multiple states have lifted all restrictions for domestic traveling, and several of them don’t even require wearing masks anymore.

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June 9 – U.S. to form task groups with Canada, Mexico, the EU and the U.K. to create a strategy to safely reopen borders soon

Multiple EU countries expected President Joe Biden’s announcement about the U.S. border reopening during his visit to the U.K. for the very first G7 summit of his administration.

But instead, the White house has issued a statement informing the country will not reopen just yet.

“While we are not reopening travel today, we hope that these expert working groups will help us use our collective expertise to chart a path forward, with a goal of reopening international travel with our key partners when it is determined that it is safe to do so,” reads the statement.

For now, the U.S. will form task groups with Canada, Mexico, the EU and the U.K to find the safest way to start international travel.

(Source: Reuters)

May 24 – The U.S. has not decided yet whether they will reopen to Europeans or not this summer

On May 19, all E.U. members agreed to welcome back Americans from June. E.U. countries can still enforce extra testing or quarantine requirements, but in principle all vaccinated Americans will be allowed to visit Europe for tourism again. 

Unfortunately, on the other side of the Atlantic things seem to be different. Biden administration has been reportedly holding meetings and contacting tourism industry leaders but reopening decisions have not been made yet. 

Last week, White House spokesman Jen Psaki stated that no changes on current travel restrictions have been planned thus far, when asked if the U.S. would allow vaccinated travelers to visit America Again. (Source: Reuters)

Additionally, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said last Wednesday that travel restrictions are a public health decision led by the CDC. This means, this is more than a political decision that can be made among a few industries and the government.

April 29 – E.U. getting ready to allow U.S. tourists to come back this summer

American tourists who have received two doses of an approved vaccine against Covid-19 will be permitted to visit the E.U. this coming summer, said Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission in an interview on Sunday.

“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” […] “This will enable free movement and travel to the European Union, stated Von der Leyen.

Authorities from both sides of the Atlantic, have been discussing the final details about the digital vaccine certificates acceptable as proof of full immunity. Once it is done, flights between the U.S., and the E.U., will be able to resume.

How safe is it to travel to the States at the moment?

According to America’s COVID Warning System, the country is overcoming the 4th wave of coronavirus infections.

U.S. COVID risk tracker
U.S. COVID risk tracker

As of June 9, the U.S. has recorded 34,243,135 cases and 613,084. The U.S. has the highest death toll in the world.

When is the U.S. and Mexican land border reopening?

The U.S. and Mexican border will not reopen until, at least, June 21. Only essential travel is allowed at the moment.

Is it possible to travel the U.S. for business or tourism? 

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The U.S. is open to most countries for business or tourism. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention with only some specific exceptions, visitors won’t be able to enter the U.S. if they have been to one of these 35 countries over the last 14 days.

(Current at June 9)

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

Airlines currently flying from Europe to the U.S., (Find restrictions below)

U.S. reopening borders for tourism - travel restrictions
  • Lufthansa  United 
  • Air Europa 
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Air France
  • Alitalia, Delta Operated by Alitalia CityLiner
  • Delta
  • KLM, Delta Virgin Atlantic
  • Lufthansa, Air Canada 0perated by Air Canada Express – Sky Regional
  • Lufthansa, Air Canada operated by Air Canada Express – Jazz
  • Lufthansa, United operated by Mesa Airlines DBA United Express
  • Tap Air Portugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic

What are state-related restrictions in the different states of the U.S?

After so many months of high COVID-19 case transmission and local restrictions foreign visitors might be longing to travel again or visit family and friends in other states. In order to make things go smoothly it is important to keep up with the constant fluctuation of rules and regulations.

Some states may ask travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, quarantine upon arrival, or submit a travel declaration and self-isolation plan, some other states may just allow them to freely travel intercity or interstate.

To be sure of what to do and avoid problems leaving or coming back home, travelers can find updated information about every single state on Travel restrictions state by state in the U.S.

Other requirements to take into account

US reopening for tourism - Travel restrictions

To be granted access to the United States travelers may rely on a great variety of factors including but not limited to if they are a foreigner or national, the countries they have recently visited, their visa status, the states where they are supposed to land when they arrive in the country, their current health status, or even their commitment to attend local regulations.

So because rules and regulations updates can be released with short to no prior notice, it’s strongly recommended for everyone to check both their embassy website for unexpected changes and local news for permanent updates on local policies in each state.