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.
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.
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 going through a 3rd wave of infections and a number of states are experiencing severe outbreaks.
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Airlines currently flying from Europe to the U.S., (Find restrictions below)
Royal Air Maroc
Alitalia, Delta Operated by Alitalia CityLiner
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
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.
Some airlines are operating flights at 60% capacity but others allow travel on a 100% crowded plane.
Different rules may apply for couples holding passports from different countries. Travelers should consult local, regional, and national regulations to ensure they are compliant.
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 you 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.