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US open for tourism and business-travel with specific entry restrictions

December 18. U.S. continues to be closed to 39 countries. But, it does not mean that travelers holding passports from that red list are not allowed entry. All air travelers need proof of a negative PCR COVID test from January 16.

The country is “technically” welcoming tourists -by air- from all nationalities. Visitors may or may not be allowed entry depending on their point of departure and other circumstances. 

Keep reading to learn about the steps you need to follow to be granted access to the country.

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USA Reopening Borders – LATEST UPDATES

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.

As of January 18, United States reported 24,485,513 COVID cases and 407,224 deaths caused by the virus.

covid statistics in the US

December 8

How safe is 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 half of the states are experiencing severe outbreaks.

November 20

  • Canada extends the closure of the border with United States until at least December 21st again.
  • Testing flights for reopening the U.S. and Europe route. American Airlines, British Airways, and United Airlines are launching trial flights with pre-flights COVID testing in order to resume regular connections between and the U.S. and Europe. (Source: CNBC)

November 6

Borders with Mexico and Canada are officially closed until at least November 21. However, there is no reason to believe this date will not be put off once again.

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.

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

U.S. and Mexican border will not reopen until at least February 24. 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 coming from these countries won’t be able to enter the U.S. if they have been to one of these 39 countries over the last 14 days.

  • Austria 
  • Belgium
  • Andorra
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Ireland 
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Romania
  • 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

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

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 U.S.

Other requirements you must take into account

US reopening for tourism - Travel restrictions

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. 

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