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COVID-19: US travel restrictions for international travelers – updated 20 July 2021

The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have visited China, Iran, the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, or India in the last 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the above countries in the past 14 days may still enter the United States.

Effective 26 January 2021, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers over age 2 entering the United States from a foreign country to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure​. Testing must be done using a viral test - antigen and NAAT tests will be accepted. (A PCR test is a type of NAAT test.) Travelers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine must still show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. If a passenger has already had COVID-19, they must present documentation of recovery.

This order applies to US citizens as well as foreign travelers. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

Passengers allowed entry must self-isolate for at least 7 days on arrival, and take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arrival.

On April 2, the CDC issued new guidance for vaccinated travelers:

  • Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently. (Note: Some states or territories may have additional requirements for entry.)
  • Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the international destination.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.
  • Fully vaccinated people must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the United States and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning from international travel.
  • Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally.

The US land borders with Mexico and Canada remain closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21. However, Canadian citizens can fly into the US if they present a negative COVID-19 test, and as long as they haven't visited Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, the UK, South Africa, or countries in the Schengen Area for 14 days prior..

Where can US residents travel internationally?

As of June 18, the EU has recommeded allowing nonessential travel for visitors from the United States. However, individual member states will still be able to decide what regulations, including quarantines, to impose on visitors. Travelers should continue to check travel restrictions for specific countries and watch COVID-19 case levels before deciding where to travel.

Countries that are currently accepting US travelers (with certain restrictions) include Spain, France, PortugalCosta Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Iceland, and a number of Caribbean nations. Provided the COVID situation is under control, Canada will start accepting fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents coming from the US as soon as August 9. If you travel abroad, be sure to comply with all local safety measures and requirements. 

More information is available at the US State Department website.

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COVID-19: US travel restrictions by state or territory – updated July 5, 2021

There are no federal restrictions on travel between US states. As vaccines continue to be rolled out, many states or regions have relaxed their restrictions. However, some still require negative COVID-19 tests and/or proof of vaccination for entry or to avoid quarantine. See the list below for states that currently have resrictions in place. Please note, these are subject to change with little warning. We will attempt to update this list as much as possible, but be sure to check the CDC COVID-19 travel planner or official state websites for the latest on reopening plans and travel restrictions before you commit to travel plans.

As of February 1, 2021, face masks are mandatory on public transportation (planes, buses, subways, trains) and transportation hubs nationwide.

Bear in mind that just because a state has reopened or has few restrictions in place does not mean there are no risks associated with visiting. Always comply with local measures, wear appropriate face coverings, and practice social distancing.

Alaska

The State of Alaska does not require COVID-19 testing for travelers to enter the state. However, it is recommended that non-vaccinated travelers test prior to travel or take advantage of free and optional COVID-19 testing available at primary ports of entry. As of June 1, 2021, all travelers to Alaska are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, including at participating airports.

Individuals currently positive with COVID-19 cannot travel to Alaska until they have been released from isolation by a medical provider or public health agency. Testing is not recommended for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days.

Fully-vaccinated travelers are not asked to test or self-quarantine. Individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after the receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or the second dose in a two-dose series.

Some communities in Alaska have COVID-19 travel rules. Find out about local restrictions here.

State of Alaska COVID-19 Travel Information

California

The California Department of Public Health asks visitors and residents to delay travel until they're fully vaccinated. If you’re not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, get tested before and after. No matter your vaccination status, wear a mask while on public transportation or in a transportation hub.

Covid19.ca.gov

California Department of Public Health

Guam

All incoming travelers are subject to 10-day quarantine at a government facility, regardless of pre-arrival COVID-19 test results. However, those who are fully vaccinated with a US FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine (i.e. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) may be exempt from quarantine. Those with immediate proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, or proof that they have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 within the three months preceding their arrival in Guam, and who show no symptoms of infection, may also be eligible for exemption. More information here.

Hawaii

Beginning July 8, 2021, individuals fully vaccinated in the United States or its Territories may enter Hawaii on domestic flights without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination. The vaccination record document must be uploaded onto Safe Travels and printed out prior to departure and the traveler must have a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. All other travelers must have their negative test results from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner prior to departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.

As of June 15, all passengers who are not in quarantine are free to travel between islands without restriction.

For international travelers arriving in the State of Hawaii from Japan, Canada, Korea, Taiwan, and Tahiti (beginning August 7) only tests from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine. More information here. Travelers from CDC-prohibited countries are still not allowed to enter Hawaii.

Travel Overview: Hawai'i Department of health

Hawaii Travel Information

Hawaii Travel Restrictions

Illinois

Chicago has implemented a system which places states in two categories: orange and yellow. People from an orange state must quarantine for 10 days unless they have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours old or have been vaccinated and meet inoculation guidelines. As of June 1, 2021, for the first time since July 2020, no states were at case threshold for the orange tier. Chicagoans are urged to get fully vaccinated before they travel. On June 29, the Emergency Order was changed to an Advisory. The most current version can be found here.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Restore Illinois plan

Kansas

Kansas has specific restrictions on travelers arriving from certain states or international destinations. Those restrictions change frequently and can be found here.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Kansas Response and Recovery

Kentucky

Leisure travel is discouraged unless you’re fully vaccinated.

Official state resource for information concerning COVID-19

Maine

Visitors from all states are exempt from travel restrictions unless determined otherwise by the Maine CDC.

Travel Protocols | Visit Maine

Massachusetts

People are asked to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Travelers who are fully vaccinated or who have a negative Covid-19 test up to 72 hours before arrival are exempt. Visitors may also test once they arrive in the state, but are asked to quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Official Massachusetts Government Website

Travel information related to COVID-19

Reopening Massachusetts

New Hampshire

Domestic travelers no longer need to quarantine upon entering New Hampshire, although people are recommended to still follow CDC's travel guidance. People returning to New Hampshire after international travel, or travel on a cruise ship, must quarantine for 10 days. They have the option of ending their quarantine after day 7 (beginning of day 8 after travel) by getting a test on day 6-7 of their quarantine. If the test is negative, the person can end their quarantine but shuold still monitor for symptoms. Fully vaccinated people or those who are within 90 days of a diagnosed COVID-19 infection are exempt from quarantine. More information here.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

COVID guidance: Out-of-state visitors

New Mexico

New Mexico does not require visitors to quarantine.

New Mexico Department of Health

Traveler Information

New York

Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, US state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations, is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months.

All travelers entering New York after 24 hours away must complete a traveler health form unless they are arriving from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Vermont.

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Travel Advisory

New York State on PAUSE

Oregon

People arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. This restriction does not apply to fully vaccinated travelers. Nonessential travel, which includes tourism, is discouraged unless you’re fully vaccinated.

Oregon Health Authority

Reopening Oregon

Puerto Rico

As of May 28, 2021, fully vaccinated domestic travelers can upload their offical COVID-19 vaccination card instead of showing proof of negative COVID-19 test result before entering. Non-vaccinated domestic travelers must show proof of a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test result that has been taken no more than 72 hours prior. International arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must provide negative results from either a COVID-19 PCR molecular test or a rapid antigen test. Learn more here.

Travel Guidelines | Discover Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine if it’s been at least 14 days since your final vaccine. However, vaccinated travelers arriving from a location outside the US or US territories must provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Unvaccinated international travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days, though a negative test result taken 5 days after arrival can shorten the quarantine to 7 days. Unvaccinated domestic travelers coming to Rhode Island from a high-risk state, are required to self-quarantine for 10 days or show proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. The list of affected states can be found here.

Rhode Island Department of Health

Rhode Island Reopening Plan

US Virgin Islands

All passengers age 5 or older traveling by sea or air, including those in transit, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of travel to the US Virgin Islands, or proof of antibodies, regardless of vaccination status. All travelers must use usvitravelportal.com to receive certification prior to travel. A negative test result is not required to travel or return to the US mainland from the US Virgin Islands. More info here.

Washington, D.C.

Except for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and asymptomatic, or those who were infected with the virus in the previous 90 days and are fully recovered, anyone visiting for more than 24 hours from states other than Maryland or Virginia must get a negative coronavirus test no more than 72 hours before their arrival. Those traveling from an international location must show a negative test before boarding a flight to the US and get tested 3-5 days following travel.

Travel Status Update

Wisconsin

The Wisconsin government diccourages non-essential travel unless you're fully vaccinated.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

COVID-19: Wisconsin Travel

Badger Bounce Back – Roadmap to Reopen

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Unrest in Washington, DC - January, 2021

In response to the violent insurrection at the US Capitol Building on January 6, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced a state of emergency, in effect through January 24. National Guard troops have been mobilized in preparation for potential unrest in the days leading up to and during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20. The mayor has urged people to avoid the city during the inauguration.

Protests have also been reported at state capitols around the country, and more may be planned in upcoming days. As violence may break out, people should steer clear of these gatherings.

Wildfires - Western US - Sept-Nov, 2020

Wildfires are raging in several western states, with the most severe currently happening in Colorado, California, and Oregon. Avoid travel to affected areas, and be on the lookout for road closures. Drivers should be sure to carry ample fuel as well as food and water. One of the biggest dangers from the fires is air quality - stay indoors when air quality is poor, even if you don't smell smoke. Ash in the air can also be hazardous.

Protests and potential riots - June-Oct, 2020

Protests against racism and police brutality have been held in cities across the country over the past several months. Some protests have turned violent. Tear gas and non-lethal (but still very dangerous) projectiles have been used against protestors, and there have been sometimes deadly clashes between protestors and anti-protestors. Travelers are advised to use caution if near or attending a protest, and to be ready to leave quickly should violence erupt. Travelers should also keep in mind that coronavirus (COVID-19) is a risk when large numbers of people are gathered, and to take appropriate precautions.

Get tips on staying safe during civil unrest.

Hurricane Zeta approaches US Gulf Coast - October 26, 2020

Currently a powerful tropical storm, Zeta is forecast to strengthen over the next few days, and make landfall on the central Gulf Coast as a hurricane of Category 1 or greater. Landfall is expected on Wednesday, and will likely be centered in Louisiana, but people from east Texas to Florida should begin preparing.

Be sure to check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

If you're in an area where a storm is projected to hit, please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. 

Here are helpful tips on hurricane safety.

Hurricane Delta approaches US Gulf Coast - October 6, 2020

Currently a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Delta is forecast to make landfall on the central Gulf Coast as a Category 3 hurricane or greater. Landfall is expected late Friday or early Saturday, and will likely be centered in Louisiana, but people from east Texas to Florida should begin preparing. Impacts such as flooding and storm surge may start a day or two ahead of the storm, and are likely to be major.

Be sure to check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

If you're in an area where a storm is projected to hit, please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. 

Here are helpful tips on hurricane safety.

Hurricane Sally approaches Gulf Coast - September 14, 2020

Hurricane Sally is currently headed towards the coastline of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and is expected to make landfall tonight or tomorrow morning, possibly as a Category 2 storm. Life-threatening flooding and storm surge are predicted.

Hurricane Paulette is currently impacting Bermuda and may move towards the southeastern United States in upcoming days. Tropical Storm Teddy has also formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it moves west.

Be sure to check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

If you're in an area where a storm is projected to hit, please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. 

Here are helpful tips on hurricane safety.

Hurricane Douglas approaches Hawaii, Hurricane Hanna approaches Texas - July 25, 2020

Hurricane Douglas is currently approaching the Hawaiian Islands. Hurricane Watches are in effect for the Big Island, Maui County, and Oahu. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Kauai County. The storm is forecaset to pass about 30 miles north of Maui with sustained winds of 90mph.

Hurricane Hanna is on course to strike the Texas coast south of Corpus Christi. The storm is expected to make landfall this afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane. Life-threatening storm surge is possible. 

Wildfires in California: a statewide emergency declared – October 2019

Strong winds have spread wildfires in Northern and Southern California, destroying homes and land, and forcing 185,000 people to evacuate.

There are blackouts in Northern California due to Pacific Gas & Electric Co shutting off power to two million people to avoid further fires being caused by fallen electric power lines.

Strong winds are expected to last until Wednesday, so it's important you listen to the advice of firefighters and stay up to date with local news reports.

We suggest you check your government’s travel advisory for their latest advice on travel to the USA, and if you're planning on traveling there soon, contact your tour operator or provider for more information on any changes or updates to your travel plans.

Hurricane Dorian threatens southeastern coast – September 3, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is currently a Category 2 storm heading towards the US mainland, where it is projected to move close to the coast of Florida tonight through Wednesday, and then along Georgia and the Carolinas. Life-threatening storm surge and flooding is possible, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered for dozens of coastal communities. Be sure to check the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, and keep an eye on local media for the latest updates.

If you're in an area where the storm is projected to hit, please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation.

How to survive a hurricane

The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave, make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.

If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.

Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."

  • Fill the gas tank of your car.
  • Check batteries in flashlights and radios.
  • Have extra batteries on hand.
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Close shutters or board up the windows.
  • Have extra supplies with you such as non-perishable food, clean drinking water, a half-gallon of water per person/per day (enough for a couple of days), and prescription drugs.

During the storm

  • Never go out during the storm. The winds can send flying debris into you causing injury and even death.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Keep on the alert for additional storm warnings. Hurricanes are known to spawn tornadoes so be prepared to take cover if one should strike.
  • While the storm is in progress avoid using electrical appliances.
  • Stay off the telephone.
  • All pets should be secured in carriers. The storm will be a frightening experience for them as well, and they could injure themselves or you if they panic.
  • Do not light candles or lanterns; they could get blown over causing a fire.
  • The eye of the storm passing over could make you think the storm is over when the worst is still yet to come. Only use this calm in an extreme emergency to make critical repairs.
  • Only after an official "all clear" has been issued is it safe to come out.

After the storm

  • Beware of downed power lines and gas leaks
  • Stay away from heavily damaged areas
  • Listen to your radio for instructions.

Hurricane warnings and categories

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when wind speeds reach 74 mph or greater - Category 1.

  • Category 2 wind speeds are 96 mph to 110 mph
  • Category 3 - 111 mph to 129 mph
  • Category 4 - 130 mph to 156 mph
  • Category 5 - greater than 157 mph (note, there are no further categories)

A "watch" is issued when hurricane-force winds are possible in the named region (so maybe a hurricane is coming).

A "warning" is issued when hurricane-force winds are expected in the named region (so a hurricane is definitely coming).

Wildfires in southeastern Alaska - August 30, 2019

Several wildfires are currently burning in Southeast Alaska and impacting popular tourist areas, including the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley. At the time of writing, the McKinley Fire in the Mat-Su Valley was at 78% containment, and the Caribou Lake Fire near Homer was at 57% containment. The Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula has been slowly increasing, but has remained at around 20% containment.

For the latest information, check with Alaska Wildland Fire Information. 

On Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service closed portions of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, including all lands in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, as well as parts of the Chugach National Forest.

Travelers should expect delays on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and the junction with the Seward Highway to continue through the weekend. Swan Lake Fire suppression activities and dense smoke have restricted travel on this route recently. Drivers should be sure to carry ample fuel as well as food and water. Do not stop along the highway within the fire area.

One of the biggest dangers from the fire is air quality. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Friday afternoon for the Susitna Valley, Kenai Peninsula and Copper River Valley.

If you’re planning a trip to Alaska in upcoming weeks, be sure to check with your tour operator, airline, and hotel about potential changes or cancellations.

Tropical Storm Barry forming off the Louisiana Coast - July 11, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry is moving across the Gulf of Mexico towards Louisiana and is expected to make landfall Friday or Saturday, possibly as a Category 1 hurricane. A state of emergency has been issued in Louisiana. Heavy rainfall and flooding is expected for much of eastern Louisiana, southern and central Mississipi, and southeast Arkansas.

Please check with authorities, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation.

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8 Comments

  • Olga Lopez-Cotin said

    Information on Puerto Rico, please? Can I travel there with my family, all three fully vaccinated?

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  • Jo said

    Can I travel to the US from UK from 17th May now I have been fully vaccinated without quarantine?

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  • Penny said

    The CDC site says travelers returning to the US from the UK SHOULD test 3-5 days after arriving back in the US, even if vaccianted. There is no additional info on this (what type of test, who to report to, etc.) so I am assuming this is a recommendation and not a legal requirement. In other words you should just take a test - even an at home antigen test - but don't need to go to a testing centre at say an airport and/or report the results? Anyone have any experience with this? Any pre-planning required? Or will the details of that be given when you land in the US?

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  • David said

    As British citizens, aged 77 & 78 and fully vaccinated and with negative pcr covid tests, Can we travel to USA having spent previous 14 days in the Bahamas?

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  • Ellen Hall said

    Hi David,
    Here's what GOV.UK says:
    "Since 16 March 2020, it is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days. Those arriving from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need."
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements
    You'll also need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before entering the US, regardless of vaccination status.

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  • Bea said

    Can full vaccinated Canadians enter the USA for leisure travel atm? And if they do is quarantine required? Canada just changed regulations to allow US citizens in for leisure if they have been fully vaccinated, but I still can't figure out if the reverse is true or not.

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  • Ellen Hall said

    Hi Bea,
    While land borders remain closed, it's our understanding that Canadians are currently allowed to fly to the US for non-essential purposes, provided they present a negative COVID-19 test, and as long as they haven't visited Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, the UK, South Africa, or countries in the Schengen Area for 14 days prior. There is no mandatory quarantine, but CDC recommends that unvaccinated travelers self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, and take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arrival. Vaccinated travelers should also take a test 3-5 days after arrival.
    Here are some links with additional info:
    https://ca.usembassy.gov/travel-restrictions-fact-sheet/
    https://www.npr.org/2021/07/14/1015224534/canadas-taking-it-slow-on-reopening-its-border-to-travelers-from-the-u-s-heres-w

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  • Kaitlynn Ellis said

    I am from Vancouver BC. I'm trying to figure out if I am understanding this correctly. I am fully vaccinated therefore I can fly to LA and go to Disneyland and just need to take another covid test within 3-5 days of arrival in LA?

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