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COVID-19: US travel restrictions for international travelers – updated April 26, 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, or South Africa 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 January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers 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-Mexico and US-Canada land borders are closed to non-essential travel until at least May 21. 

US visitors are not yet allowed into most EU countries. However, on April 26, the head of the European Commission said American travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to visit the EU this summer. An offical timeline has not yet been announced.

More information is available at the US State Department website.

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COVID-19: US travel restrictions by state or territory – updated April 7, 2021

There are no federal restrictions on travel between US states. However, most states have implemented some level of stay-at-home regulations. Several have prohibited visitors from other parts of the country or are requiring negative COVID-19 tests and/or proof of vaccination for entry, and some have mandatory self-quarantines for visitors. See the list below for restrictions by state and links to government websites.

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

Due to recent spikes in some areas of the country, as well as new variants of the virus, many states have rolled back or suspended their reopening efforts, and some have added to or reinstated orders prohibiting out-of-state visitors. Further restrictions may be announced and are subject to change at short notice.

We will attempt to update this list as much as possible, but please check official state websites for the latest on COVID-19 case numbers, reopening plans, and travel restrictions.

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.

Alabama

Face coverings are required statewide in indoor public spaces, on public transportation, and in outdoor gatherings of 10 or more when within six feet of someone from another household.

Newsroom - Office of the Governor

Alaska

All travelers must complete a Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan in the Alaska Travel Portal. Nonresident travelers must arrive with proof of a negative test or pay for a test on arrival. Learn more here.

Alaska Department of Health and Human Services

COVID-19 Traveler Information

Alaska Reopening Plan

Arizona

COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates have been lifted as of March 25.

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arkansas

Arkansas has lifted its mask mandate as of March 31. The state Department of Health continues to recommend that Arkansans wear masks in public settings when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from people outside their households. 

Arkansas Travel Advisory

California

All persons arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. All people in California must wear a face covering when outside their home. 

Covid19.ca.gov

California Department of Public Health

Colorado

Nonessential travel is discouraged. Face masks must be worn in indoor public spaces, on public transit, or while using ride-sharing services.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Colorado Tourism Board – Colorado Travel and COVID-19

Connecticut

Visitors are advised to follow CDC guidance. Face masks are required in indoor and outdoor public spaces when social distancing can't be maintained, on public transit, or while using ride-sharing services. 

Official State Website

Reopen Connecticut

Delaware

Face coverings must be worn public settings, including in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and on public transportation.

Delaware’s Response to COVID-19

Florida

Face masks are recommended in most counties and required in some counties.

Florida COVID-19 Response

VisitFlorida - Current Travel Safety Information

Georgia

All Georgia residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their home or place of residence, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors. Cities and counties that have 100 or more confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people can enforce mask requirements on public property.

Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Emergency Management 

Guam

All arriving passengers (by air or sea) are subject to a 14-day quarantine period. Neither a negative COVID-19 test result nor full vaccination will exempt travelers from quarantine.

Hawaii

Currently, there is a 10-day quarantine restriction for all in-bound visitors to the Hawaiian Islands. However, there is a pre-travel testing option that will allow travelers an alternative, allowing them to bypass Hawaii's quarantine restrictions, as long as they bring along proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a state-approved trusted testing partner. All travelers must have their negative test results prior to departure as an alternative to Hawaii's 10-day mandatory quarantine. Presently, proof of vaccination is not a recognized exemption to the Hawaii travel quarantine. 

Starting May 11, Hawaii residents can travel to the neighbor islands without having to take a COVID-19 test or abide by quarantine rules as long as they can show proof that they were vaccinated in Hawaii, and that it has been two weeks since they received their last dose.

All arrivals must fill out the online Safe Travels application Travelers to Maui must download the AlohaSafe Alert App in addition to other requirements.

Trans-Pacific travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

All travelers must have a negative test result BEFORE beginning the final leg of their trip. Anyone without a negative test result PRIOR to departure must quarantine upon arrival.

The negative test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii.

For international travelers arriving in the State of Hawaii from Japan, Canada and Korea, only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine. Travelers originating from any other international destination and coming directly to Hawaii do not have the ability to test for purposes of bypassing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine.

Face masks are mandatory.

Travel Overview: Hawai'i Department of health

Hawaii Travel Information

Safe Travels Program

Idaho

Boise and several other cities require face mask to be worn in public.

Official Government Website: Stages of Reopening

Illinois

Face coverings are mandatory in public spaces and in situations where people are unable to maintain social distancing.

As of January 15, 2021 Chicago has implemented a new system which places states in two categories: orange and yellow. Travelers to Chicago from states on the Orange list are directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period. The current Emergency Travel Order can be found here.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Restore Illinois plan

Indiana

Face masks are advised in indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing can't be maintained, and while using public transit, taxis, or ride-sharing servieces.

Indiana COVID-19 Data Report

Indiana Reopening Plan

Iowa

The statewide mask mandate has been lifted, but local mask mandates are in effect in several cities.

Official Iowa Government Website

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

All state residents must wear a mask in indoor public spaces, on public transit, and outdoors where social distancing is not possible. Visitors are advised to follow C.D.C. guidance.

Official state resource for information concerning COVID-19

Louisiana

Face masks should be worn in indoor public spaces and anytime in public when around others not in your immediate household.

Louisiana Department of Public Health

Maine

Visitors to or from other states must get a recent negative COVID-19 test or maintain compliance with a 10-day quarantine (PDF) upon arrival in Maine. As of March 5, 2021, exemptions from testing or quarantine are available for:

  • Residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island or Massachusetts
  • Individuals that have had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This policy applies to Maine residents who travel to non-exempt states as well as non-exempt states’ residents who travel to Maine. It also applies for day trips (e.g., a trip from Maine to New York for medical appointments or shopping) and seasonal home owners.

People who are not residents of Maine will be asked to sign a "Certificate of Compliance" if they seek lodging in Maine. This certificate indicates either that they have received a recent negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 10 days (or the full duration of their stay if fewer than 10 days), or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine, or that they are exempt due to being fully vaccinated or having had COVID-19. This compliance form must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging, including but not limited to campgrounds, seasonal rentals, overnight camps, and other commercial lodging, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative COVID-19 test result or vaccination upon request.

Under the Moving Maine Forward plan, Maine will shift its COVID-19 travel policy by May 1, 2021 to automatically exempt all states, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.

Face masks are required in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Travel and Visitor FAQs | Covid-19

Maryland

Everyone must wear a face covering inside any retail establishment or when riding any form of public transportation in Maryland.

Visit Maryland Travel Alerts

Maryland Department of Health

Massachusetts

As of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival. Travelers in the following categories are exempt from this quarantine advisory:

  • Travelers who have received a negative COVID-19 result on a test administered not more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts. Travelers may also test out of the quarantine advisory after arrival in Massachusetts, as long as they quarantine until receiving a negative test result.
  • Anyone who is entering Massachusetts for fewer than 24 hours
  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after being out of the State for fewer than 24 hours
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) during required commuting to or from work and while at work.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms.

All people in Massachusetts must wear a mask or face covering in any public space, indoors or outdoors.

Official Massachusetts Government Website

Travel information related to COVID-19

Reopening Massachusetts

Michigan

Face masks must be worn in public spaces when in close quarters with others.

Official Michigan Government Website

The Pure Michigan Pledge

Michigan Safe Start Plan

Minnesota

Out-of-state travel is “highly discouraged.” Visitors and returning residents are asked to follow CDC guidance. Face coverings are mandatory in public spaces and in situations where people are unable to maintain social distancing.

Minnesota Department of Health – Situation Update

Stay Safe reopening plan

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Health

Missouri

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Montana

Face masks are required in public in some counties. Some tribal lands may be closed to visitors, and services or access at national parks may vary. Check here for updates.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Nebraska

People arriving in Nebraska from international travel must follow CDD recommendations. Face masks are required at some indoor businesses.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Reopening Phases

Nevada

Face coverings are mandatory in all public spaces.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19 are strongly discouraged from coming to Nevada.

Nevada Health Response

New Hampshire

Travelers arriving from international destinations, cruise ships, or states other than Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island are asked to quarantine for 10 days. (More info here.) Alternatively, they can get a molecular test for COVID-19 on day six or day seven and if it’s negative, leave quarantine on their eighth day after travel. No quarantine requirement is in effect for those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and at least 14 days have passed since their second dose, or for those who had a positive result to a PCR or antigen test for the virus in the previous 90 days, but are no longer ill. As of Nov 20, everyone in New Hampshire should wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained, indoors and outdoors.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

COVID guidance: Out-of-state visitors

New Jersey

Unvaccinated travelers and residents from any US state or territory other than New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware are asked to get a coronavirus test one to three days before their trip, and then again three to five days after arriving in New Jersey. travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time. A seven-day quarantine is still recommended for those who receive a negative test result. If the result isn’t back or the person opted not to get tested, the state requests a quarantine period of 10 days. All travelers are asked to complete an online survey providing details about where they have been and where they plan to stay.

Those who have been vaccinated and people who tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous three months and recovered do not need to quarantine or be tested again as long as they don’t have symptoms.

Face coverings are mandatory in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

New Jersey Department of Health

Reopening Plans

New Mexico

As of Feb 10, any individual traveling to New Mexico from states deemed high-risk based on COVID-positivity rates will be strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico or for the duration of their stay in the state, whichever is shorter. (As of April 7, all states except Hawaii were considered high-risk).

Everyone in the state is required to wear a face covering in public.

New Mexico Department of Health

Traveler Information

New York

Except for those who are fully vaccinated, or who recovered from COVID-19 in the previous three months, visitors are recommended get a viral test 3-5 days after arrival. Even with negative test results, visitors who are unvaccinated are recommended to self-quarantine for a week, and those who didn’t get tested are asked to extend that to 10 days. Those arriving from international destinations must follow CDC requirements for testing and quarantine.

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.

All people in New York State are required to wear a face covering in public when they cannot maintain social distancing.

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Travel Advisory

New York State on PAUSE

North Carolina

While there are no statewide restrictions, travelers are encouraged to check with local tourism organizations about possible restrictions or closures. Face coverings must be worn when people are in public places.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina COVID-19 Travel Resources

North Dakota

The state recommends following CDC guidance for pre- and post-travel testing. There is no statewide mask mandate, but most of North Dakota’s largest cities, including Fargo, Bismarck and Minot, have face-covering orders in place.

North Dakota Department of Health

North Dakota Smart Restart Roadmap

Ohio

People age 10 and older must wear a face mask when in public indoor spaces and outdoors when unable to maintain 6-foot social distancing.

Ohio Department of Health

Stay Safe Ohio

COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Oklahoma

Some cities have mask mandates in place.

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) Plan

Oregon

Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Those who are asymptomatic and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days ago are exempted. Nonessential travel is discouraged.

Facemasks are required in indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

Oregon Health Authority

Reopening Oregon

Pennsylvania

People age two and up must cover their faces indoors (including in homes) when people from other households are present, even if they can stay 6 feet apart, and at all times outdoors when unable to maintain physical distancing.

Pennsylvania Department of Heath

Pennsylvania Reopening Plan

Puerto Rico

All arriving travelers, regardless of vaccine status, must show proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) result that has been taken no more than 72 hours prior. Learn more here.

Travel Guidelines | Discover Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

Anyone returning to the state from international travel must self-quarantine for 10 days, though a negative test result taken 5 days after arrival can shorten the quarantine to 7 days. If you are coming to Rhode Island from a high-risk state, you are required to self-quarantine for 10 days or may provide 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. People who tested positive for the virus in the previous 90 days and are fully recovered do not need to retest or quarantine. Those arriving from within the United States who were vaccinated at least two weeks before arrival but not more than 90 days and have no virus symptoms do not need to quarantine.

Everyone in an indoor or outdoor public place in Rhode Island is required to wear a face mask. Social gatherings are limited to members of the same household.

Rhode Island Department of Health

Rhode Island Reopening Plan

South Carolina

People entering South Carolina should stay at home/isolate as much as possible and monitor their health for the 14 days following their arrival. Numerous states and counties have instituted mask mandates.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

South Dakota

Travel South Dakota – COVID-19

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Health

Texas

Governor Abbot has announced that effective March 10, businesses in Texas will be allowed to reopen 100%. However, face masks are strongly enocuraged in public spaces, and businesses can still require employees or customers to wear masks. Visitors should be prepared to comply with these requirements. Find out more here.

Texas Department of Health and Human Services

Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas

Utah

Face masks are required when within six feet of someone from a separate household. People are asked to reconsider nonessential travel to areas with widespread cases of the virus.

Utah Department of Health

State and local orders and directives

Visit Utah

Vermont

Nonessential travel is discouraged, even within the state. Those who received their second vaccination shot against the virus at least 14 days prior may travel to the state without quarantine. Other out-of-state visitors and returning residents are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Vermont, or complete a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test. Get more information here.

Masks or face coverings are required in public spaces. Multi-household gatherings are prohibited, whether indoors or oudoors.

Traveling Vermont

Vermont Department of Health

US Virgin Islands

All passengers age 5 or older traveleing 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.

Virginia

Though there are no formal travel restrictions restrictions on US travelers who can enter Virginia, visitors are advised to follow CDC guidance.

As of May 31, anyone in an indoor public space is required to wear a mask or face covering.

Virginia Department of Health

Washington

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in public settings. Businesses must require and enforce the use of face coverings by all customers or visitors.

Washington State Department of Health

Safe Start Coronavirus Response

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 a high risk area must get a negative coronavirus test no more than 72 hours before their arrival. If they are staying in DC for more than three days, they must have another test done three to five days after arriving. If the test is positive the visitor, and any close contacts, must complete their isolation before traveling home. A high risk area is considered any jurisdiction with more than 10 positive cases per 100,000 people per day.

Face coverings must be worn in indoor businesses and public settings, on public transit, and in outdoor public settings wehere physical distancing isn't possible.

Travel Status Update

West Virginia

Face coverings are mandatory when entering buildings that are not the person's own home, and where they cannot maintain proper social distancing.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

West Virginia Strong: The Comeback

Wisconsin

The Wisconsin government recommends Wisconsonites cancel or postpone all travel, including travel within the state. Some cities or counties may require a 14-day self-quarantine after travel.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

COVID-19: Wisconsin Travel

Badger Bounce Back – Roadmap to Reopen

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Health

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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.

6.4 magnitude earthquake in California - July 2019

The USGS (US Geological Survey) has reported a 6.4 magnitude earthquake near the high desert city of Ridgecrest, California. Nearby San Bernardino County was also affected, and the earthquake was felt in Las Vegas, Nevada. The earthquake was shallow in depth (5.4 mi, 8.7km) which amplifies its effect to cause damage to infrastructure and services.

At least 20 aftershocks have been felt since the initial earthquake.

Many damaged buildings and roads have been reported, along with fires and rock slides in affected areas. A four-inch crack has formed in major highway 178 in San Bernardino County. 

Travelers are strongly advised to follow all directions by local authorities for their own safety.

Measles outbreak in New York City - July 2019

The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has declared a public health emergency in New York City following reports of over 800 measles cases, mainly in Brooklyn and Queens. 21 of those cases have been admitted to hospital, with 5 in intensive care. The mayor has indicated that people must be vaccinated or risk being fined US$1000. The health department has opened clinics to offer measles vaccinations in order to stem the disease from spreading.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, runny nose, dry cough, fatigue, a red blotchy rash which starts on the face and spreads and conjunctivitis.

Travelers who are planning to visit New York City are strongly advised to make sure their routine vaccinations (including measles) are up to date before arriving.

Flooding in the Midwest - March 2019

Following the bomb cyclone which hit the United States in mid March, the Midwest states are experiencing significant flooding due to the winter snow thaw and impact from the cyclone. Roads and highways are jammed due to ice movement and many are also closed due to flooding. Governments in the states of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa have declared a state of emergency and flood warnings have been issued due to the increase in water, levees breaking and river levels rising. Thousands of people have been evacuated.

Tijuana and San Diego border closure - November 2018

US authorities have closed the major border control point of San Ysidro between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, United States, turning away all vehicles and pedestrians. Thousands of migrants and refugees have been making their way from Central America towards the US to seek asylum from poverty, political persecution and violence only to be met with tear gas launched by US authorities.

San Ysidro is one of the busiest border crossings with nearly 100,000 people and vehicles heading north each day from Mexico.

Further demonstrations are also planned for both sides of the border in days to come. 

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  • 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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