Travel Alerts and Warnings for the USA

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Hurricane Ian approaches west coast of Florida - 28 September 2022

UPDATE - 29 September: Hurricane Ian made landfall as a strong Category 4, causing extensive damage and flooding. The hurricane has weakened to a Tropical Storm and is making its way across central Florida, headed for Georgia and South Carolina. It may strengthen again and is still dangerous. Travelers in the area should monitor the situation and follow official warnings.

Currently a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155mph, Ian is forecast to make landfall on the southwestern coast of Florida near Ft. Myers later today as a hurricane of Category 4 or greater. It is already nearing Category 5.

Catastrophic storm surges of 12 to 18 feet above ground level are expected along with destructive waves. Catastrophic winds are expected to extend well inland.

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.

Can tourists travel to the USA now? COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travelers – updated 17 June 2022

From 12 June 2022, travelers to the USA will no longer require a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Non-citizen nonimmigrants must still show proof of vaccination in order to board a flight to the US. The US authorities will accept any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

More details are available on the CDC website.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a US visa. Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. You should consult the US State Department website to learn more. 

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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 – 26 October 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 – 6 October 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 – 14 September 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 – 25 July 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 forecast 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. A 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 – 3 September 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 - 30 August 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 - 11 July 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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17 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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  • Michelle Goldschmidt said

    I am from Germany and fully vaccinated. Would it be possible if I travel to Canada when they reopen Sept. 7th then stay 14 days and then travel to the US to visit friends?

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  • Jocelyn Read-Clive said

    I am from Australia and want to visit the United States (California and Washington) in December 2021. I am fully vaccinated (Astra Zeneca). I understand that I must have negative Covid test, collected within 3 days of my departure date. I also have an approved and updated ESTA (Visa Waiver). What more do I need to do to ensure I am allowed entry to the United States ?

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  • Scott H. said

    Attempting to travel from Hawaii to Thailand, Phuket Sand Box around September 25 and returning around October 15.
    The immediate plans are currently to stay in the Phuket area for 14 days. This includes the mandatory specific hotels that Thailand currently has outlined.
    I am meeting a Thai resident from the Bangkok area and we will both stay in the Sand Box together. Thailand’s guidance seems to change guidance daily to weekly on the metrics for entrance. It’s a very important time that we are trying to make this happen. I have been completely vaccinated and she will be receiving her second dose on Oct 1, 2021. Thank you fir any guidance! 😊😃

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  • Eddy Torremans said

    I've been searching online at different sources, including CDC, the American Embassy in Brussels and more. Until today I haven't got any solid answer to my request.

    Prior to my arrival in the USA, I will spend at least 3 weeks in Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico combined. I am fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, got the Covid Safe pass.
    Givin the fact that I do not come straight from Europe, am I allowed to enter the USA (Nevada) while I'm fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca please ? Ofcourse, I can provide the Border Control with a valid ESTA, PCR test (not older then 72 hrs).
    While I know that AstraZeneca is'nt approved by the US authorities, I got conflicting information whether or not its accepted to enter the country by air.
    Thank you !

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    • Ellen Hall said

      HI Eddy,
      At this time, according to the CDC, there are no vaccination requirements for visitors to the United States.
      https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/united-states

      However, it's possible this could change. Any updates will likely be posted here.
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

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  • Goldy Singh said

    I am American citizen. if want to see my parents and brother, they are in India. Can they visit to see me?

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  • Ma Doris Obias said

    Plans to travel to Los Angeles California December 1, 2021 . i will be coming directly from Philippines.
    I am fully vaccinated, Do i need to get RT PCR test?. Will I be quarantined upon arrival in US?
    Thank you so much

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  • Ma Doris Obias said

    addendum to my Query..
    I am vaccinated with Sinovac. Somebody told me that US is not allowing travelers to enter with vaccines other than Pfizer, Moderna or Jansen . Am quite worried about this info. Thank you

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  • Donna Yesberg said

    I am planning on travelling from Australia to Chicago in early July, 2022. I am fully vaccinated.
    Do I have to isolate on arrival in USA?

    Thank you

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