What you need to know before you go

If you’re planning a trip to the United States, here’s what you need to know and what to expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted the requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States.


After locking down individual countries for most of the pandemic, the United States reopened its borders to fully vaccinated visitors from other countries on November 8, 2021.

While the CDC continues to recommend that everyone aged 2 years and older wear an appropriate mask on public transportation, masks are not currently required on planes, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

What is offered

The size and scope of the United States provides travelers with a wealth of choice.

There are spectacular landscapes (Alaska, Utah and the coast of Maine) and world famous cities (New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles).

There is cultural diversity (Boston, Memphis and San Francisco) and delicious food (Chicago, New Orleans and Charleston).

Finally, some of the best highways in the world (California Highway 1, Route 66 and Blue Ridge Boulevard) pass here.

who can go

The United States no longer has Covid-related travel bans for certain countries.

Visitors aged 18 and over who are not US citizens, US citizens, lawful permanent residents, or green card holders must be fully vaccinated to enter. Children 17 and under are exempt. Click here for other exceptions.

There are no restrictions on domestic travel within the US. However, the CDC recommends that all domestic travelers get tested for Covid-19 as close to departure as possible.

What are the restrictions?

To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must receive a second dose (or one single dose) 14 days prior to arrival.

As of June 21, revaccinations were not required to be considered fully vaccinated.

The vaccine must either be approved by the US Federal Drug Administration or have an emergency use list from the World Health Organization (such as Astrazeneca). Mixed vaccinations are also accepted. Here you will find a complete list of approved vaccines, as well as acceptable ways to confirm vaccination.

The vaccination requirement does not apply to US citizens, lawful permanent residents, or US citizens.

Nose and mouth masks are not currently required in indoor public transport, including on airplanes, buses, trains and other forms of public transport. Find out more here under the heading “During the Journey / Masks”.

All air passengers to the United States must provide contact information to the airlines before boarding a flight to the United States.

What is the situation with Covid?

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, there have been more than 86.7 million cases and more than 1 million deaths in the US (as of June 23). Find out more with the CNN Covid tracker.

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