Overview

In view of the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the world, the United States has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of Covid-19. Before making a decision to move to United States, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

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(Last updated on 24 September 2021)


Travel Restriction Updates – Covid-19

UPDATE

 From early Nov, the US will ease travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19, including those from the U.K. and EU. 

 The US extends restrictions with Canada and Mexico through Oct 21, barring nonessential travel such as tourism.

US extends non-essential travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico through at least Sept 21.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department warned on Monday against travel to Turkey because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in that nation but eased its advisories for India.

US extends travel curbs at Canada, Mexico land borders through 21 August 2021.

US eases COVID-19 travel advisories for India, Pakistan to “Level 3 – Reconsider Travel”.

US issues ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory for UK over COVID-19 concerns.

As of 21 June 2021, the US is to extend Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential international and US travel until July 21.

From June 28 2021, US and Canadian Citizens who can prove that they are fully vaccinated can travel to Switzerland without quarantine or PCR tests.

As of 9 June 2021, fully vaccinated residents of all OECD countries (UK, Canada, US and more) can now enter Denmark with no self-isolation required or the need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before or after arrival.

U.S.A. will not be banning flights from the United Kingdom, despite new cases of mutated Covid-19 strain.

As of 26 May 2020, any foreign travelers who have been in Brazil within a 14-day period will not be granted entry into the United States.

Entering United States Borders

All foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering:

  • This excludes China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
  • Iran
  • European Schengen Area (including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil

All U.S. nationals and permanent residents (including family members) are allowed to enter United States however if they have travelled to any of the listed countries, they will be redirected to one of the 13 designated airports.

United States land borders with Mexico and Canada will be closed to all non-essential travels.

Upon returning to the U.S.

  • All U.S. residents returning with travel history to Hubei Province, China in the last 14 days prior to their entry to United States will be subjected to 14 days of mandatory quarantine
  • All U.S. residents returning with travel history to any of the listed countries and regions, in the last 14 days prior to their entry to United States will be subjected to “proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry,” and up to 14 days of “monitored self-quarantine”
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Leaving United States Borders

  • All U.S. residents are urged to stay home and avoid all non-essential international travel during this period
  • United States will temporarily limit inbound land border crossings from Canada and Mexico to “essential travel”. However, this does not restrict U.S. citizens from returning home

Visit Travel.State.Gov website on travel advisories during Covid-19 period for more.


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Visa Updates

Get updates on changes pertaining to Visa information here.

Changes to Visa Applications During Covid-19

  • From 20th March 2020, The Department of State has suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates with the suspension of issuing new visas
  • However, Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment
  • Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment
  • Updates on visa information can be found here

Summary

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in United States.

CategoryTravel HistoryTravel MeasuresDesignated U.S. Airports
U.S. Residents (including Permanent Residents and their immediate family members)Hubei Province in the past 14 daysAllowed entry, redirected to one of the 13 airports & subjected to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine13 airports include: Atlanta (ATL)
Boston (BOS)
Chicago (ORD),
Dallas (DFW)
Detroit (DTW)
Honolulu (HNL)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Miami (MIA)
New York (JFK or EWR)
San Francisco (SFO)
Seattle (SEA)
Washington (IAD)
China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland in the past 14 daysAllowed entry, redirected to one of the 13 airports & subjected to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine
All other countries/ regionsAllowed entry
Foreign NationalsChina, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland in the past 14 daysNot allowed entry
All other countries/regionsAllowed entry

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More Information on Covid-19

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the Covid-19 situation.
Contact the nearest here U.S. embassy or consulate
Contact U.S embassy assistance call center:
1-888-407-4747
+1 202-501-4444 (From Overseas)
For Covid-19 updates visit USA.GOV
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