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US is Open for Tourists from Some Countries with Specific Restrictions

The U.S. is open for tourism, with the exception of people coming from 38 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.

31 states have lifted all restrictions for domestic traveling, and 3 of them don’t even require wearing masks anymore.

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USA Reopening Borders – LATEST UPDATES

March 30 – COVID-19 cases increase by 13% nationwide 

According to data from the CDC, 15% of the American population has already been administered two full doses of a vaccine against COVID-19. However, over the last week the country has had an increase of 13% of new infections with more than 63,000 cases per day all over the country. 

Michigan is the state with more new infections and more hospitalizations after one month of relaxing their restrictions.  

Just last week, Congressman Brian Higgins, together with some members of the Canadian government spoke about a plan to reopen the land borders. But with the 4th wave of coronavirus cases around the corner these plans will likely be postponed.

March 18

Quarantines or tests for domestic travelers are no longer necessary in 31 states. Alabama, Mississippi and Texas went a step further and lifted the mandatory masks orders as well as other state-wide restrictions. 

Restrictions still apply in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington State (as well as Washington DC). Source

February 19

South Africa has been recently added to the list of countries banned from entering the United States given the new highly contagious strain first discovered in its territory.

Vaccination Progress

The U.S. has vaccinated 12.4% of its population with 4.9% of people having received both doses of the vaccine. Vaccines are being administered as soon as they are distributed in what has been a very successful campaign.

January 18

From January 26, all air travelers entering the U.S., including U.S. citizens and permanent residents, will need to show a negative PCR COVID test. The decision was announced by the CDC due to new highly contagious COVID strains. Check FAQs answered on CNN.

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

According to America’s COVID Warning System, the country is experiencing the start of the 4th wave of coronavirus infections with an increase of 13% nation wide.

U.S. COVID Risk and Vaccine Tracker
U.S. COVID Risk and Vaccine Tracker

As of March 30, the U.S. has recorded 31,081,020 cases and 563,811. 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, April 21. Only essential travel is allowed at the moment.

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

US reopening borders for tourism - travel restrictions

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 39 countries over the last 14 days.

(Current at March 30)

  • Austria 
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • San Marino
  • South Africa
  • 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. 

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