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USA Reopening Borders to Tourism – [Latest Update]

October 15. The United States is a destination that doesn’t really need an introduction. Most of us have already pictured ourselves having a crazy night in Vegas or strolling down Manhattan. In these days of the pandemic, however,the country’s fame has turned tragic since the U.S has kept the first spot worldwide in COVID-19 contagion figures and death toll.

As of today, the country is “technically” welcoming tourists -by air- from all countries. However, these travellers may or may not be allowed entry depending on their point of departure and other circumstances. 

Keep reading to learn if you are allowed entry and the steps to do so. 

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Are the land borders among Mexico, Canada, and the USA open?

Unfortunately, they remain closed. The good news is the reopening date is set for October 21. However, the date is approaching and the government has not made an official announcement yet.

USA Reopening Borders – LATEST UPDATE (Oct 15)

October 

  • Borders with Mexico and Canada are officially closed until at least October 21. Only essential travel is allowed. 
  • As of today, the COVID-19 contagion figures and death toll has increased over the last few weeks. Nowadays the country is reporting more than 50,000 positive cases per day.

September

  • The country had not managed to keep the spread of the virus under control. Back in September, the US was reporting between 35,000 to 50,000 new daily cases. 
  • The government did not announce the reopening dates to tourists coming from the banned countries (See the list of banned countries below).

Can I visit the USA for business or tourism travel? 

US reopening borders for tourism - travel restrictions

Well, we hope you might. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with some specific exceptions only, nationals from these countries won’t be able to enter the US if they have been to one of these countries over the last 14 days.

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

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

US 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

How dangerous is the COVID-19 situation in the U.S? 

US COVID-19 statistics

Source

It is highly variable. With an estimated population of 330,052,960 inhabitants, this country has reported 7,728,436 positive cases and 213,626 deaths. The highest death toll in the world. 

These are overwhelming numbers, but we do have to remember that the U.S. is a Federal 50-state nation so the level of threat and the type of response vary wildly from state to state. The response to the virus outbreak has been only partially coordinated. 

Last week, on his latest readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices Vice President, Mike Pence encouraged Americans to “adhere to state and local guidelines and to wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained [and asked governors] who have helped manage recent natural disasters to share best practices in storm recovery in a time of COVID-19”. 

Your favorite vacation spot or that national park you always wanted to visit may be COVID-19 safe and open for business. How can you be sure? Keep reading.

What are state-related restrictions in the different states of the US?

We know after so many months of high COVID-19 case transmission and local restrictions you might be longing to travel again or visit family and friends in other states. In order to make things go smoothly for you and your fellow travelers, it is important to keep up with the constant fluctuation of rules and regulations.

Some states may ask you 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 you to freely travel intercity or interstate. To be sure of what to do and avoid problems leaving or coming back home, find updated information about every single state on TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS STATE BY STATE IN THE USA – [UPDATED]

Other suggestions and matters you must take into account

Conclusion

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

So because rules and regulations updates can be released with short to no prior notice, we strongly recommend you to check both your embassy website for unexpected changes and local news for permanent updates on local policies on each state.