Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the world. Health officials caution against travel unless you’re fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on January 27.
After restrictive, nation-specific closures throughout much the pandemic, the United States reopened its borders to fully vaccinated visitors on November 8, 2021.
What’s on offer
There are awe-inspiring landscapes (Alaska, Utah and the Maine coastline) and world-renowned city breaks (New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles).
There’s cultural variety (Boston, Austin and San Francisco) and delicious food (Chicago, New Orleans and Charleston). Finally, it has some of the world’s best road trips (California Highway 1, Route 66 and the Blue Ridge Parkway).
Who can go
The United States no longer has any Covid-related travel bans in place against specific countries. A travel ban on eight nations in southern Africa initially hit by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was recently lifted.
What are the restrictions?
To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received their second dose (or one dose for a single-dose vaccine) 14 days before arrival.
As of January 27, boosters were not required to be considered fully vaccinated.
All air passengers 2 or older with a flight departing to the United States from a foreign country are required to show a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel or present documentation of having recovered from Covid-19 in the past 90 days before they board their flight.
The vaccination requirement does not apply to US citizens, lawful permanent residents or US nationals.
What’s the Covid situation?
What can visitors expect?
Overall, the United States is mostly open for activities tourists typically enjoy: national and state parks, ski resorts in winter, museums, restaurants, entertainment venues, theme parks and such. However, individual shows and venues may close temporarily during Covid outbreaks.
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