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Airlines Updates
Published on 14.01.2022, Delta Airlines:

Delta Air Lines extends ticket validity through year-end 2023

Published on 14.01.2022, United Airlines:

United Airlines to fly between Denver and Munich

Published on 12.01.2022, American Airlines:

American Airlines and Aer Lingus launch new codeshare agreement

Published on 12.01.2022, United Airlines:

United Airlines cuts flights as workers call out sick

Published on 11.01.2022, American, Delta, United :

China orders suspension of some U.S. flights after COVID-19 cases

Published on 11.01.2022, JetBlue:

JetBlue cuts 17 routes in a sweeping pandemic-era network update

Published on 11.01.2022, United Airlines:

United Airlines to increase flights between San Francisco and Frankfurt.

Published on 10.01.2022, American Airlines:

American Airlines heads back to Sydney

Published on 06.01.2022, Alaska Airlines :

Alaska Airlines to reduce January flight schedule by 10 percent because of Omicron infections and staffing issues

Published on 06.01.2022, Avelo:

U.S. budget airline Avelo raises $42 million in new funding

Published on 06.01.2022, American Airlines:

American Airlines to Begin Daily Service to Anguilla from Miami starting 02APR22

Published on 05.01.2022, Allegiant Air:

US carrier Allegiant Air to buy 50 Boeing 737 MAX jets

Published on 04.01.2022, Delta Airlines:

Delta Airlines named world’s best performing airline in 2021

Published on 03.01.2022, Spirit, United Airlines:

Airlines raise staff pay to keep planes flying.

Published on 31.12.2021, United Airlines:

United Airlines promises sustainable flying – but experts aren’t convinced.

Published on 30.12.2021, United Airlines:

United highlights Manila concerns as American and PAL codeshare delayed.

Published on 30.12.2021, United Airlines:

United wants to be the unofficial US flag carrier flying 8/ 10 longest routes flown by US carriers in 2022.

Published on 24.12.2021, United, Delta:

United, Delta cancel more than 200 flights for 24 December amid COVID-19 variant concerns

Published on 24.12.2021, American Airlines:

American Airlines increases capacity to key Mexican destinations.

Published on 23.12.2021, United Airlines:

United Airlines is dropping 14 more small markets, citing the pilot shortage.

Published on 22.12.2021, Delta Airlines:

Delta Air Lines has expanded its service to Panama City from Los Angeles, New York, Orlando.

Published on 22.12.2021, Delta Airlines:

Delta CEO asks CDC to cut quarantine time for breakthrough COVID cases.

Published on 20.12.2021, United:

United has 100 aircraft on the ground due to pilot shortage.

Published on 20.12.2021, Delta Airlines:

Delta Airlines takes a flexible approach to Europe in 2022.

Published on 17.12.2021, Delta Airlines:

Delta Airlines expects profit in 2022, sees limited hit from Omicron

Published on 17.12.2021, United:

United Airlines CEO defends vaccine mandate at Senate hearing.

Published on 16.12.2021, American Airlines:

American Airlines makes mass changes to flights from Washington.

Published on 16.12.2021, Ryanair:

Ryanair’s CEO calls on unvaccinated to be barred from flights.

Published on 15.12.2021, United Airlines:

US appeals court declines to block United Airlines vaccine mandate.

Published on 14.12.2021, American Airlines:

American Airlines CEO: U.S. COVID-19 aid 'saved' industry

Published on 14.12.2021, American Airlines:

American reduces flights to Argentina, Brazil and Chile

Published on 14.12.2021, Delta:

Delta Air Lines announces USD1.2bn investment in Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico and LATAM.

Published on 10.12.2021, American Airlines:

AA announces service to Doha, Qatar on 04JUN22; start of direct Charlotte, North Carolina to Rome, Italy from Spring 2022.

Published on 10.12.2021, American Airlines:

American Airlines plans to reduce international flights next summer.

Published on 09.12.2021, American Airlines:

American Airlines: The world’s largest airline.

Published on 09.12.2021, American Airlines:

American Airlines plans to reduce international flights next summer because of delays delivering new 787 Dreamliners

Published on 08.12.2021, American Airlines:

American Airlines CEO Parker becomes latest airline chief to exit.

Published on 08.12.2021, United Airlines:

United Airlines CEO discusses Omicron variant, mandatory boosters.

Published on 07.12.2021, American Airlines:

American Airlines, the first US airline to integrate NDC with a Global Distribution System, nears full roll-out.

Published on 06.12.2021, United:

United Airlines resumes flights to South Africa.

Published on 03.12.2021, American Airlines:

Aemetis, American Airlines sign $1.1B 280M gallon offtake agreement for sustainable aviation fuel blend.

Published on 03.12.2021, United Airlines:

United Airlines sees threat to transatlantic travel from Omicron.

Published on 02.12.2021, United Airlines:

United to run a 737 MAX engine on a blend of 100% SAF from Chicago to Washington with more than 100 passengers.

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from USA
Flight Restrictions
Published on 31.12.2021

1. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14
days) before arrival. Passenger details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport/travel document. Vaccines accepted are: -
AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. A combination of these
vaccines is accepted if administered at least 17 days apart. More details can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html This
does not apply to: - nationals of the USA - residents of the USA; - passengers younger than 18; - passengers with a letter issued by a doctor proving that the passenger is
medically unable to receive the vaccine; - passengers with the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1
(as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of
those NATO classifications); - passengers with a letter of invitation or other official document, issued by the USA, by other government or by the United Nations, traveling on
duty; - nationals of Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti,
Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua,
Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen and Zambia, with a visa issued by the
USA, excluding B -1 and B -2 visas; - members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouses, and children younger than 18 years; - merchant seamen with one of the following visas: C, D,
C1/D, B1, H or L. - More details can be found at Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers | CDC

2. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 1 day before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are:
antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA. - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 2 years; - passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at most 90 days before
departure from the first embarkation point; and - a letter issued by a health authority stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel.

3. Passengers must complete an attestation form before departure. The form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/f39bu7dt - This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.

4. Passengers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. More information can be found at
www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html

5. DV visas issued in September 2020 that expired are accepted for entry.

6. Nationals of the U.S.A. are allowed to enter with an expired passport. -This does not apply to emergency passports which must be valid on arrival.

7. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation or self-quarantine. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate proving recovery in the past 90
days; - passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival. Passenger details
(e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport/travel document. Vaccines accepted are: - AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca
(Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. A combination of these vaccines is accepted if administered at
least 17 days apart. More details can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

Published on 29.12.2021

1. Until 30 December 2021, passengers who in the past 14 days have been in, or transited through, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or
Zimbabwe, are not allowed to enter. - This does not apply to: - nationals of USA; -passengers with a Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551); -spouses of nationals and
of residents of the USA; - children of nationals and of residents of the USA, or passengers with an IR-4 or IH-4 visa; - parents/guardians of a national or a residents of the USA,
who is unmarried and younger than 21 years; - brothers/sisters, younger than 21 years, of a national or a resident of the USA, who is younger than 21 years; - members of the U.S.
Armed Forces, their spouses, and children; - passengers with one of the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an
official), E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a
nonimmigrant in one of those NATO categories); -passengers with a letter of invitation or other official document, issued by the USA, by other government or by the United Nations,
traveling on duty.

2. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14
days) before arrival. Passenger details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport/travel document. Vaccines accepted are: -
AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. A combination of these
vaccines is accepted if administered at least 17 days apart. More details can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html This
does not apply to: - nationals of the USA - residents of the USA; - passengers younger than 18; - passengers with a letter issued by a doctor proving that the passenger is
medically unable to receive the vaccine; - passengers with the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1
(as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of
those NATO classifications); - passengers with a letter of invitation or other official document, issued by the USA, by other government or by the United Nations, traveling on
duty; - nationals of Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti,
Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua,
Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen and Zambia, with a visa issued by the
USA, excluding B -1 and B -2 visas; - members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouses, and children younger than 18 years; - merchant seamen with one of the following visas: C, D,
C1/D, B1, H or L. - More details can be found at Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers | CDC

3. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 1 day before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are:
antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA. - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 2 years; - passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at most 90 days before
departure from the first embarkation point; and - a letter issued by a health authority stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel.

4. Passengers must complete an attestation form before departure. The form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/f39bu7dt - This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.

5. Passengers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. More information can be found at
www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html

6. DV visas issued in September 2020 that expired are accepted for entry.

7. Nationals of the U.S.A. are allowed to enter with an expired passport. -This does not apply to emergency passports which must be valid on arrival.

8. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation or self-quarantine. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate proving recovery in the past 90
days; - passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival. Passenger details
(e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport/travel document. Vaccines accepted are: - AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca
(Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. A combination of these vaccines is accepted if administered at
least 17 days apart. More details can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

Published on 09.12.2021

1. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in, or transited through, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe, are not allowed to
enter. This does not apply to: - nationals of USA; -passengers with a Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551); -spouses of nationals and of residents of the USA; -
children of nationals and of residents of the USA, or passengers with an IR-4 or IH-4 visa; - parents/guardians of a national or a residents of the USA, who is unmarried and
younger than 21 years; - brothers/sisters, younger than 21 years, of a national or a resident of the USA, who is younger than 21 years; - members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their
spouses, and children; - passengers with one of the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1 (as an
employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of those
NATO categories); -passengers with a letter of invitation or other official document, issued by the USA, by other government or by the United Nations, traveling on duty.

2. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14
days) before arrival. Passenger details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport/travel document. Vaccines accepted are: -
AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. A combination of these
vaccines is accepted if administered at least 17 days apart. More details can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html This
does not apply to: - nationals of the USA - residents of the USA; - passengers younger than 18; - passengers with a letter issued by a doctor proving that the passenger is
medically unable to receive the vaccine; - passengers with the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1
(as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of
those NATO classifications); - passengers with a letter of invitation or other official document, issued by the USA, by other government or by the United Nations, traveling on
duty; - nationals of Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti,
Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua,
Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen and Zambia, with a visa issued by the
USA, excluding B -1 and B -2 visas; - members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouses, and children younger than 18 years; - merchant seamen with one of the following visas: C, D,
C1/D, B1, H or L. - More details can be found at Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers | CDC

3. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 1 day before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are:
antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA. - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 2 years; - passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at most 90 days before
departure from the first embarkation point; and - a letter issued by a health authority stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel.

4. Passengers must complete an attestation form before departure. The form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/f39bu7dt - This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.

5. Passengers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. More information can be found at
www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html

6. DV visas issued in September 2020 that expired are accepted for entry.

7. Nationals of the U.S.A. are allowed to enter with an expired passport. -This does not apply to emergency passports which must be valid on arrival.

8. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation or self-quarantine. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate proving recovery in the past 90
days; - passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival. Passenger details
(e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport/travel document. Vaccines accepted are: - AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca
(Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. A combination of these vaccines is accepted if administered at
least 17 days apart. More details can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

Published on 03.12.2021

1. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in, or transited through, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe, are not allowed to
enter. This does not apply to: - nationals of USA; -passengers with a Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551); -spouses of nationals and of residents of the USA; -
children of nationals and of residents of the USA, or passengers with an IR-4 or IH-4 visa; - parents/guardians of a national or a residents of the USA, who is unmarried and
younger than 21 years; - brothers/sisters, younger than 21 years, of a national or a resident of the USA, who is younger than 21 years; - members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their
spouses, and children; - passengers with one of the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1 (as an
employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee?s immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of those
NATO categories); -passengers with a letter of invitation or other official document, issued by the USA, by other government or by the United Nations, traveling on duty.

2. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14
days) before arrival. Passenger details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport/travel document. Vaccines accepted are: -
AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. A combination of these
vaccines is accepted if administered at least 17 days apart. More details can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html This
does not apply to: - nationals of the USA - residents of the USA; - passengers younger than 18; - passengers with a letter issued by a doctor proving that the passenger is
medically unable to receive the vaccine; - passengers with the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1
(as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of
those NATO classifications); - passengers with a letter of invitation or other official document, issued by the USA, by other government or by the United Nations, traveling on
duty; - nationals of Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti,
Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua,
Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen and Zambia, with a visa issued by the
USA, excluding B -1 and B -2 visas; - members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouses, and children younger than 18 years; - merchant seamen with one of the following visas: C, D,
C1/D, B1, H or L. - More details can be found at Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers | CDC

3. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are:
antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA. Passengers details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport or other travel document; and
the test result must specify "negative" or "not detected". If marked "invalid" it is not accepted. This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 2 years; - US military
personnel; - passengers with a medical certificate with a positive COVID-19 test result. The test must be taken at most three months before departure from the first embarkation
point; and - a letter issued by a health authority stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel. The test result must specify "positive" or "detected", if marked
"invalid" it is not accepted; - unvaccinated passengers; - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate proving recovery in the past 90 days.

4. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA, who are not fully vaccinated must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 1 day before departure from the first
embarkation point. Tests accepted are: antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA. Passenger details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the
passport/travel document; and the test result must specify "negative" or "not detected". If marked "invalid" it is not accepted. This does not apply to passengers younger than 2
years.

5. Passengers must complete an attestation form before departure. The form can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/NCEZID-FRM-Combo-Passenger-Disclose-508.pdf - This
does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.

6. Passengers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. More information can be found at
www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html

7. DV visas issued in September 2020 that expired are accepted for entry.

8. Nationals of the U.S.A. are allowed to enter with an expired passport. -This does not apply to emergency passports which must be valid on arrival.

9. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation or self-quarantine. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate proving recovery in the past 90
days; - passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival. Passenger details
(e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport/travel document. Vaccines accepted are: - AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca
(Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. A combination of these vaccines is accepted if administered at
least 17 days apart. More details can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to quarantine vaccination status.

If you are travelling domestically within the USA, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease. You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
*If you’re not fully vaccinated: Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated. More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
Children 17 and under who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement after arrival in the US but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
Children 17 and under who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement after arrival in the US but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification is required for entering the country.

Most passengers – regardless of vaccination status – are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. All air passengers to the USA are also required to provide contact information to their airlines before boarding. You should check with your airline before you travel for more details. Full requirements for pre-travel testing can be found on the CDC website. Children under 2 years old do not need to test.
*Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travellers: do not have to quarantine
• are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
• you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
If you are travelling domestically within the USA, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease. You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.

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Vaccination

The US authorities will accept any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated. More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Forign nationals planning to travel to the USA should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.

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Full Restrictions

  • USA Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: You 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.
    You should be aware that if you have travelled to or have been in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen on or after 1 March 2011, you are normally not eligible for an ESTA visa waiver and will need to apply for a US visa.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Most fully vaccinated foreign citizens can enter the USA. The US authorities will accept any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated. More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Forign nationals planning to travel to the USA should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
    All current visa holders based in the USA who leave the country and then re-enter will need to follow the vaccine entry requirements unless they have an exception. This includes students on F-1 and M-1 visas and those previously issued with an existing National Interest Exception.
    Before boarding a flight to the USA, most passengers – regardless of vaccination status – are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. All air passengers to the USA are also required to provide contact information to their airlines before boarding. You should check with your airline before you travel for more details. Full requirements for pre-travel testing can be found on the CDC website. Children under 2 years old do not need to test.
    *Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travellers: do not have to quarantine
    • are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
    If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
    • you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
    If you are travelling domestically within the USA, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease. You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Proof of vaccination status: The USA will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID-19 status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth, that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated. More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
    *If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you’re not fully vaccinated but have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last year you still cannot enter the USA unless you meet one of the exceptions detailed on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you do have an exception to enter the US, you must present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight.
    *Children and young people: Children 17 and under are exempt from the vaccination requirement. Children under 2 years old do not need to take a pre-departure test.
    For travel, the US definition of a fully vaccinated child is the same as the definition of a fully vaccinated adult.
    Children 17 and under who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement after arrival in the US but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
    If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling alone or with adults who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
    If a child (17 and under) is travelling with only one parent or someone who isn’t a parent or legal guardian, you may be asked to provide certain documents at the border. For further information, see the US Customs and Border Protection website.
    *If you’re transiting through USA: Those transiting through the USA will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. You must still follow the COVID requirements detailed above. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    *Exemptions: Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to transit the US unvaccinated. More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Given what we [the CDC] currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional five days. Alternatively, if a five-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day five after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
    .*Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website.
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state and there can often be different rules within different localities in the same state. You should consult the website of the state or city to which you are travelling. Further details are found on the US.GOV site. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    Some areas require proof of vaccination in order to access local amenities. In certain localities, children 17 and under may not be exempt from this requirement. With rising COVID cases across the country, many private venues, including restaurants and concert halls, are making proof of vaccination (or a recent negative COVID-19 test result) a requirement for entry. The precise requirements may vary from venue to venue so you should check on compliancy requirements in advance.
    *Accommodation: Hotels will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some areas require proof of vaccination or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in order to access local amenities. In certain localities, children 17 and under may not be exempt from this requirement.
    You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    On 9 September 2021 President Biden announced details of a 6-pronged national COVID-19 action plan. This includes requiring all employers with over 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. You can find details and requirements of the White House COVID-19 plan on the White House website.
    *If you test positive while in the USA you will be required to quarantine in a private area, likely a hotel or private residence. The length of time will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing. This applies to those under 18 as well. You may also be contacted by local authorities to advise to isolate if you were in close contact with someone else who tested positive. Any assistance for those required to isolate will depend on the local authority. You should check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel planner to verify local state guidance.

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    13.01.2022
  • USA International Restrictions: US government to lift restrictions on travelers from eight southern African countries from 31 December (Reuters, 24.12.2021)

    *Entry to USA: You 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.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Most fully vaccinated foreign citizens can enter the USA. The US authorities will accept any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated. More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . Foreign nationals planning to travel to the USA should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
    All current visa holders based in the USA who leave the country and then re-enter will need to follow the vaccine entry requirements unless they have an exception. This includes students on F-1 and M-1 visas and those previously issued with an existing National Interest Exception.
    Before boarding a flight to the USA, most passengers – regardless of vaccination status – are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. All air passengers to the USA are also required to provide contact information to their airlines before boarding. You should check with your airline before you travel for more details. Full requirements for pre-travel testing can be found on the CDC website. Children under 2 years old do not need to test.
    Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travellers:
    • do not have to quarantine
    • are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
    If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
    • you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
    If you are travelling domestically within the USA, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Proof of vaccination status: The USA will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID-19 status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth, that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated. More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
    *If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you’re not fully vaccinated but have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last year you still cannot enter the USA unless you meet one of the exceptions detailed on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . If you do have an exception to enter the US, you must present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight.
    *Children and young people: Children 17 and under are exempt from the vaccination requirement. Children under 2 years old do not need to take a pre-departure test.
    For travel, the US definition of a fully vaccinated child is the same as the definition of a fully vaccinated adult.
    Children 17 and under who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement after arrival in the US but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
    If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling alone or with adults who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
    If a child (17 and under) is travelling with only one parent or someone who isn’t a parent or legal guardian, you may be asked to provide certain documents at the border. For further information, see the US Customs and Border Protection website
    *If you’re transiting through USA: Those transiting through the USA will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. You must still follow the COVID requirements detailed above. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Given what we [the CDC] currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional five days. Alternatively, if a five-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day five after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
    .*Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website.
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state and there can often be different rules within different localities in the same state. You should consult the website of the state or city to which you are travelling. Further details are found on the US.GOV site. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    Some areas require proof of vaccination in order to access local amenities. In certain localities, children 17 and under may not be exempt from this requirement. With rising COVID cases across the country, many private venues, including restaurants and concert halls, are making proof of vaccination (or a recent negative COVID-19 test result) a requirement for entry. The precise requirements may vary from venue to venue so you should check on compliancy requirements in advance.
    *Accommodation: Hotels will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some areas require proof of vaccination or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in order to access local amenities. In certain localities, children 17 and under may not be exempt from this requirement.
    You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    On 9 September 2021 President Biden announced details of a 6-pronged national COVID-19 action plan. This includes requiring all employers with over 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. You can find details and requirements of the White House COVID-19 plan on the White House website.
    *If you test positive while in the USA you will be required to quarantine in a private area, likely a hotel or private residence. The length of time will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing. This applies to those under 18 as well. You may also be contacted by local authorities to advise to isolate if you were in close contact with someone else who tested positive. Any assistance for those required to isolate will depend on the local authority. You should check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel planner to verify local state guidance.

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    11.01.2022
  • USA International Restrictions: Department of State requires negative COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of flight departure for entry for all international travelers (U.S. Department of State, 16.12.2021).

    *Entry to USA: You 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.
    As of 8 November 2021, the US Government has eased travel restrictions for most foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated.
    More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
    Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
    Foreign nationals planning to travel to the US from 8 November 2021 should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
    From 6 December 2021, before boarding a flight to the USA, all passengers – regardless of vaccination status – are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. All air passengers to the USA are also required to provide contact information to their airlines before boarding.
    You should check with your airline before you travel for more details. Full requirements for pre-travel testing can be found on the CDC website .
    Children under 2 years old do not need to test. Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated.
    You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Omicron COVID-19 variant: Due to concerns surrounding the Omicron COVID-19 variant, from 29 November 2021, the US Government has suspended entry into the USA for non-citizens who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the USA. More details are on The White House website. Restrictions may change at short notice so you should check this regularly in case of further developments.
    *Requirements after arrival in the USA: Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated and are allowed to travel to the USA through an exception must:
    • take a test within 3 to 5 days after arrival in the US
    • self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the US, even if you test negative, unless you have an exception
    • become fully vaccinated, if staying 60 days or longer, within 60 days of arrival in the USA or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.
    Fully vaccinated travellers:
    • do not have to quarantine
    • are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
    If you have recovered from a documentted COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
    • you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
    If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Children under the age of 18: Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
    If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling alone or with adults who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
    For travel, the US definition of a fully vaccinated child is the same as the definition of a fully vaccinated adult.
    *Getting a COVID-19 test in the USA: Details on what tests are acceptable are on the CDC website.
    To find a US COVID-19 testing site, you should check the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: The USA will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID-19 status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth, that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.
    *Transiting USA: Those transiting through the USA will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. You must still follow the COVID requirements detailed in the Entry to the USA section. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    For further information, refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website.
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state and there can often be different rules within different localities in the same state. You should consult the website of the state or city to which you are travelling. Further details are found on the US.GOV site. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    Some areas require proof of vaccination in order to access local amenities. In certain localities, children 17 and under may not be exempt from this requirement. With rising COVID cases across the country, many private venues, including restaurants and concert halls, are making proof of vaccination (or a recent negative COVID-19 test result) a requirement for entry. The precise requirements may vary from venue to venue so you should check on compliancy requirements in advance.
    *Accommodation: Hotels will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some areas require proof of vaccination or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in order to access local amenities. In certain localities, children 17 and under may not be exempt from this requirement.
    You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    On 9 September 2021 President Biden announced details of a 6-pronged national COVID-19 action plan. This includes requiring all employers with over 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. You can find details and requirements of the White House COVID-19 plan on the White House website.
    *If you test positive while in the USA you will be required to quarantine in a private area, likely a hotel or private residence. The length of time will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing. This applies to those under 18 as well. You may also be contacted by local authorities to advise to isolate if you were in close contact with someone else who tested positive. Any assistance for those required to isolate will depend on the local authority. You should check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel planner to verify local state guidance.

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    21.12.2021
  • USA ***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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    07.12.2021
  • USA Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is revising the current Global Testing Order to shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States. This revision strengthens already robust protocols in place for international travel, including requirements for foreign travelers to be fully vaccinated.

    As we learn more about the Omicron variant, this new one-day testing policy will help to protect travelers and the health and safety of American communities from COVID-19. These Orders put in place a stringent and consistent global international travel policy that is guided by public health.

    Today’s announcement means that beginning December 6, all air travelers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, will be to be required to show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States. For example, a passenger whose flight to the United States is at any time on a Sunday would need to have a negative test taken at any time on Saturday.

    CDC continues to recommend that all travelers get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after arrival, and that unvaccinated travelers should quarantine for 7 days after travel.

    Both the U.S. Government and the airline industry are committed to making this process as seamless as possible for the traveling public. These travel requirements will be effective for air travel to the United States from any foreign country departing at or after 12:01AM ET on December 6, 2021.

    Further guidance and operational details are available on CDC’s website.

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    05.12.2021
  • USA Stronger Public Health Protocols for Safe International Travel: Last month, the Administration implemented stronger international travel protocols, including requirements for foreign travelers to be fully vaccinated. The very day the WHO identified the new Omicron variant, the Biden Administration took immediate steps to restrict travel from the countries in the region where it was confirmed to be spreading quickly. The President will announce additional steps to strengthen the safety of international travel as we face this new threat – just as we have faced those that have come before it.

    Strengthening global pre-departure testing protocols: Early next week, the United States will tighten pre-departure testing protocols by requiring all inbound international travelers to test within one day of departure globally, regardless of nationality or vaccination status. This tighter testing timeline provides an added degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the Omicron variant.
    Extending the requirement to wear a mask on airplanes, rail travel, and public transportation: The Administration will continue to require masking during international or other public travel – as well as in transportation hubs such as airports or indoor bus terminals – through March 18 as we continue to battle COVID-19 this winter. The Transportation Security Administration will extend its implementing orders to maintain these requirements through March 18. Fines will continue to be doubled from their initial levels for noncompliance with the masking requirements – with a minimum fine of $500 and fines of up to $3,000 for repeat offenders.

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    03.12.2021
  • USA The Biden administration has today outlined new policies to “protect Americans against the delta and omicron variants as we battle COVID-19 this winter.” In addition to extending the federal transportation mask mandate, there are also new coronavirus testing rules around international travel.

    Starting early next week, the United States will require all international travelers bound for the United States to get tested within one day of travel:

    This applies regardless of nationality or vaccination status
    The test just needs to take place within one calendar day of when your travel to the United States starts; the timing isn’t based on when you arrive in the United States, and it’s based on the calendar day rather than having to be within 24 hours
    For context, currently vaccinated travelers need to get tested within three days of travel, while unvaccinated travelers need to get tested within one day of travel
    There’s no change to the type of tests that will be accepted, so rapid antigen tests continue to qualify

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    02.12.2021
  • USA The Biden administration has today outlined new policies to “protect Americans against the delta and omicron variants as we battle COVID-19 this winter.” In addition to extending the federal transportation mask mandate, there are also new coronavirus testing rules around international travel.

    Starting early next week, the United States will require all international travelers bound for the United States to get tested within one day of travel:

    This applies regardless of nationality or vaccination status
    The test just needs to take place within one calendar day of when your travel to the United States starts; the timing isn’t based on when you arrive in the United States, and it’s based on the calendar day rather than having to be within 24 hours
    For context, currently vaccinated travelers need to get tested within three days of travel, while unvaccinated travelers need to get tested within one day of travel
    There’s no change to the type of tests that will be accepted, so rapid antigen tests continue to qualify

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    02.12.2021
  • USA The Washington Post reports that the Biden administration is preparing to introduce new testing rules around international travel, over fears of the new omicron coronavirus variant. An announcement is expected as soon as tomorrow (Thursday):

    It’s expected that the United States will require all international travelers to get tested within one day of returning to the United States (this would apply to Americans and visitors); currently unvaccinated travelers need to get tested within one day, while vaccinated travelers need to get tested within three days
    While not as sure of a bet, the concept of requiring all travelers to be retested three to five days after arriving in the United States is also being considered (again, for both Americans and visitors)
    The two testing measures are detailed in a draft public health order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is under review by officials at the Health and Human Services Department and the White House. The timeline for these new potential rules taking effect isn’t yet known. One source suggested they could be put into practice within a week or two, but there’s nothing official yet.

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    01.12.2021
  • USA Latest News: CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (CDC, 27.11.2021). U.S. government restricts travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi (Reuters, 26.11.2021). CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Denmark, Germany because of COVID-19 (CDC, 22.11.2021). CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Cayman Islands, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg and Netherlands because of COVID-19 (CDC, 09.11.2021). Border between Mexico and U.S. reopens to nonessential travel; vaccination requirement in place (Reuters, 08.11.2021). Hawaii will accept all vaccinated international travelers under new federal requirements from 8 November (CTV News, 04.11.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to USA: You 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.
    As of 8 November 2021, the US Government has eased travel restrictions for most foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated.
    More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local US Embassy website, which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
    Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
    Foreing nationals planning to travel to the US from 8 November 2021 should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
    Fully vaccinated air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country must get a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before their flight departs. Most travellers that are not fully vaccinated will need to test no more than one day before travel or present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight. You should check with your airline before you travel. Full requirements for pre-travel testing can be found on the CDC website . Children under 2 years old do not need to test. Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated. More details from your local US Embassy. You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Omicron COVID-19 variant: Due to concerns surrounding the Omicron COVID-19 variant, from 29 November 2021, the US Government has suspended entry into the USA for non-citizens who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the USA. More details are on The White House website. Restrictions may change at short notice so you should check this regularly in case of further developments.
    *Requirements after arrival in the USA: Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated and are allowed to travel to the USA through an exception must:
    • take a test within 3 to 5 days after arrival in the US
    • self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the US, even if you test negative, unless you have an exception
    • become fully vaccinated, if staying 60 days or longer, within 60 days of arrival in the USA or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.
    Fully vaccinated travellers:
    • do not have to quarantine
    • are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
    If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
    • you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
    If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website . You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Children under the age of 18: Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
    If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling alone or with adults who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
    For travel, the US definition of a fully vaccinated child is the same as the definition of a fully vaccinated adult. Further details are on your local US Embassy website.
    *Getting a COVID-19 test in the USA: Details on what tests are acceptable are on the CDC website .
    To find a US COVID-19 testing site, you should check the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: The USA may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel.
    The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID-19 status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth, that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.
    *Transiting USA: Those transiting through the USA will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. You must still follow the COVID requirements detailed in the Entry to the USA section. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    For further information, refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website.
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site.
    Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some may require proof of vaccination. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    On 9 September 2021 President Biden announced details of a 6-pronged national COVID-19 action plan. This includes requiring all employers with over 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. You can find details and requirements of the White House COVID-19 plan on the White House website.
    *If you test positive while in the USA you will be required to quarantine in a private area, likely a hotel or private residence. The length of time will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing. This applies to those under 18 as well. You may also be contacted by local authorities to advise to isolate if you were in close contact with someone else who tested positive. Any assistance for those required to isolate will depend on the local authority. You should check the CDC travel planner to verify local state guidance.

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    29.11.2021
  • USA U.S. imposes travel ban from eight African countries over Omicron variant. Countries around the world rushed to suspend travel from southern Africa after the World Health Organization said Omicron was “of concern.”
    The USA imposes restrictions to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. Most non-U.S. citizens who have been in those countries within the prior 14 days will not be allowed into the United States.

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    27.11.2021
  • USA Latest News: U.S. government restricts travel from eight southern African countries (Reuters, 26.11.2021). CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Denmark, Germany because of COVID-19 (CDC, 22.11.2021). CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Cayman Islands, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg and Netherlands because of COVID-19 (CDC, 09.11.2021). Border between Mexico and U.S. reopens to nonessential travel; vaccination requirement in place (Reuters, 08.11.2021). Hawaii will accept all vaccinated international travelers under new federal requirements from 8 November (CTV News, 04.11.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to USA: You 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.
    As of 8 November 2021, the US Government has eased travel restrictions for foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated.
    More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Embassy websites, which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
    Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
    Foreign nationals planning to travel to the US from 8 November 2021 should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
    Fully vaccinated air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country must get a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before their flight departs. Most travellers that are not fully vaccinated will need to test no more than one day before travel or present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight. You should check with your airline before you travel. Full requirements for pre-travel testing can be found on the CDC website. Children under 2 years old do not need to test. Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated.
    You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Requirements after arrival in the USA: Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated and are allowed to travel to the USA through an exception must:
    • take a test within 3 to 5 days after arrival in the US
    • self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the US, even if you test negative, unless you have an exception
    • become fully vaccinated, if staying 60 days or longer, within 60 days of arrival in the USA or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.
    Fully vaccinated travellers:
    • do not have to quarantine
    • are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
    If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
    • you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
    If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Children under the age of 18:
    Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
    If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling alone or with adults who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
    For travel, the US definition of a fully vaccinated child is the same as the definition of a fully vaccinated adult. Further details from your local US Embassy.
    *Getting a COVID-19 test in the USA: Details on what tests are acceptable are on the CDC website. To find a US COVID-19 testing site, you should check the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: The USA may require your proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID-19 status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth, that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.
    *Transiting USA: Those transiting through the USA will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. You must still follow the COVID requirements detailed in the Entry to the USA section. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    For further information, refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website.
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site.
    Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some may require proof of vaccination. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    On 9 September 2021 President Biden announced details of a 6-pronged national COVID-19 action plan. This includes requiring all employers with over 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. You can find details and requirements of the White House COVID-19 plan on the White House website.
    *If you test positive while in the USA you will be required to quarantine in a private area, likely a hotel or private residence. The length of time will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing. This applies to those under 18 as well. You may also be contacted by local authorities to advise to isolate if you were in close contact with someone else who tested positive. Any assistance for those required to isolate will depend on the local authority. You should check the CDC travel planner to verify local state guidance.

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    26.11.2021
  • USA Even though the US has opened its borders for international arrivals, the US Department of State has advised that all its citizens refrain from travelling to another two European Union Member States since their epidemiological situation has worsened.

    Updating the list of countries to which the US citizens are highly advised to avoid travelling, the Department of State has issued a ‘Level Four: Do Not Travel’ advice for Germany and Denmark.

    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Denmark due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting US citizen entry into Denmark,” the travel advice issued for Denmark reads. The same advice was also issued for Germany.

    The travel advisories for the two countries were issued yesterday, November 22, as Germany and Denmark reported increased infection rates.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Germany has reported 340,509 infection cases, and Denmark has reported 26,769 infection cases during the last seven days, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    The ‘Level Four: Do Not Travel’ is the highest advisory level. This means that all Americans, especially those who haven’t recovered or been vaccinated against the virus, have a higher risk of getting infected when travelling to countries against which a travel advisory currently applies.

    Therefore, in order to lower the risk of getting infected, the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has suggested that all those who must travel to one of the countries that have a travel advice are fully immunised with one of the jabs authorised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Except for Germany and Denmark that have just recently been added to the list, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland also have a Do Not Travel advice at the moment.

    The travel advice suggests that everyone should not take any non-essential trips to one of the above-mentioned countries.

    The US has removed its entry ban for 26 Schengen Area countries as well as for the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Brazil, China, and India on November 8. Since then, international travellers have been able to travel to the US provided that they met all the vaccination and other entry rules.

    The US authorities currently recognise for travel all vaccines approved by FDA and WHO.

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    24.11.2021
  • USA Latest News: CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Denmark, Germany because of COVID-19 (CDC, 22.11.2021). CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Cayman Islands, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg and Netherlands because of COVID-19 (CDC, 09.11.2021). Border between Mexico and U.S. reopens to nonessential travel; vaccination requirement in place (Reuters, 08.11.2021). Hawaii will accept all vaccinated international travelers under new federal requirements from 8 November (CTV News, 04.11.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to USA: You 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.
    As of 8 November 2021, the US Government has eased travel restrictions for foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated.
    More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
    Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
    Foreign nationals planning to travel to the US from 8 November 2021 should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
    Fully vaccinated air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country must get a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before their flight departs. Most travellers that are not fully vaccinated will need to test no more than one day before travel or present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight. You should check with your airline before you travel. Full requirements for pre-travel testing can be found on the CDC website. Children under 2 years old do not need to test. Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated. More details are on the US Embassy website.
    You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Requirements after arrival in the USA: Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated and are allowed to travel to the USA through an exception must:
    • take a test within 3 to 5 days after arrival in the US
    • self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the US, even if you test negative, unless you have an exception
    • become fully vaccinated, if staying 60 days or longer, within 60 days of arrival in the USA or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.
    Fully vaccinated travellers:
    • do not have to quarantine
    • are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
    If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
    • you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
    If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Children under the age of 18: Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
    If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling alone or with adults who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
    For travel, the US definition of a fully vaccinated child is the same as the definition of a fully vaccinated adult. This is different to other countries.
    *Getting a COVID-19 test in the USA: Details on what tests are acceptable are on the CDC website.
    To find a US COVID-19 testing site, you should check the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: The USA will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID-19 status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth, that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.
    *Transiting USA: Those transiting through the USA will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. You must still follow the COVID requirements detailed in the Entry to the USA section. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    For further information, refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website.
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site.
    Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some may require proof of vaccination. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    On 9 September 2021 President Biden announced details of a 6-pronged national COVID-19 action plan. This includes requiring all employers with over 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. You can find details and requirements of the White House COVID-19 plan on the White House website.
    *If you test positive while in the USA you will be required to quarantine in a private area, likely a hotel or private residence. The length of time will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing. This applies to those under 18 as well. You may also be contacted by local authorities to advise to isolate if you were in close contact with someone else who tested positive. Any assistance for those required to isolate will depend on the local authority. You should check the CDC travel planner to verify local state guidance.

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    23.11.2021
  • USA As of 8 November 2021, the US Government has eased travel restrictions for foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated.

    More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Embassy websites, which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.

    Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

    British nationals planning to travel to the US from 8 November 2021 should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.

    Fully vaccinated air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country must get a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before their flight departs. Most travellers that are not fully vaccinated will need to test no more than one day before travel or present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight. Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated. More details are on the US Embassy website.

    You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.

    Requirements after arrival in the USA
    Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated and are allowed to travel to the USA through an exception must:

    take a test within 3 to 5 days after arrival in the US
    self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the US, even if you test negative, unless you have an exception
    become fully vaccinated, if staying 60 days or longer, within 60 days of arrival in the USA or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.
    Fully vaccinated travellers:

    do not have to quarantine
    are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
    If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):

    you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
    If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.

    Children under the age of 18
    Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.

    If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling alone or with adults who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.

    For travel, the US definition of a fully vaccinated child is the same as the definition of a fully vaccinated adult. This is different to the UK. Further details are on the US Embassy website.

    Getting a COVID-19 test in the USA
    Details on what tests are acceptable are on the CDC website.

    To find a US COVID-19 testing site, you should check the US Department of Health and Human Services website.

    Demonstrating your COVID-19 status
    The USA will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

    The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID-19 status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth, that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.

    Current visa holders and those with National Interest Exceptions
    All current visa holders based in the USA who leave the country and then re-enter will need to follow the vaccine entry requirements detailed above unless they have an exception. This includes students on F-1 and M-1 visas and those previously issued with an existing National Interest Exception. Further information is on the US Embassy website.

    Visa appointments
    Due to the continuing impact of COVID-19, visa appointments at the US Embassy in London remain limited. Therefore, in making an application, you are strongly advised to plan as far ahead as possible before your date of travel. If you have an urgent need to travel, you can request an expedited interview through the US Embassy’s appointment service provider.

    Further information is available on the US Embassy’s website.

    Transiting USA
    Those transiting through the USA will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. You must still follow the COVID requirements detailed in the Entry to the USA section. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.

    For further information, refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Regular entry requirements
    Passport validity
    Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

    Global entry
    The US Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen you can now register to get a UK background check on GOV.UK. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.

    UK Emergency Travel Documents
    UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren’t valid for entry into the USA or transit through the USA on an ESTA. If you’re planning to enter or transit through the USA using an ETD, you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, which may take a number of days, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card’), which you must have with you on arrival.

    UK ETDs issued in the USA are valid for exit from the USA.

    Bringing medicines into the USA
    There are restrictions and prohibitions on the import of certain prescription drugs into the US. The USA Food and Drug Administration website contains further information and advice on bringing medicines into the USA.

    Travelling with children
    If a child (under the age of 18) is travelling with only one parent or someone who isn’t a parent or legal guardian, you may be asked to provide certain documents at the border. For further information, see the US Customs and Border Protection website.

    Travelling to the USA from Cuba
    It’s possible to travel to the USA after you’ve been to Cuba. However, you may wish to take supporting documents about the purpose of your trip to Cuba in case you’re questioned by US immigration officials at the port of entry on arrival in the USA. If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

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    16.11.2021
  • USA The United States has finally changed its travel restrictions as of today, eliminating the blanket travel bans that were in place for a long time. The United States is now welcoming vaccinated travelers from around the world, which was long overdue.

    The United States is recognizing any FDA or WHO approved vaccines for these purposes. Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement. Furthermore, unvaccinated travelers now need to be tested within one day of travel to the United States, rather than within three days of travel.

    For the purposes of entry into the country, the United States recognizes any vaccines authorized by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). That includes the following vaccines:

    AstraZeneca
    Johnson & Johnson
    Moderna
    Pfizer-BioNTech
    Sinopharm
    Sinovac
    Covidshield
    Covaxin

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    08.11.2021
  • USA Latest News: Hawaii will accept all vaccinated international travelers under new federal requirements from 8 November (CTV News, 04.11.2021). CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Belgium, Burkina Faso, Russia and Slovakia because of COVID-19 (CDC, 01.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to the USA from 8 November: The US Government will lift restrictions from 8 November 2021 for foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated.
    More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which includes a list of exceptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants.
    Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
    Foreign nationals planning to travel to the US from 8 November 2021 should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
    Fully vaccinated air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country must get a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before their flight departs. Most travellers that are not fully vaccinated will need to test no more than one day before travel or present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight. Only those with an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated. You must wear a mask on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Requirements after arrival in the USA: Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated and are allowed to travel to the USA through an exception must:
    • take a test within 3 to 5 days after arrival in the US
    • self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the US, even if you test negative, unless you have an exception
    • become fully vaccinated, if staying 60 days or longer, within 60 days of arrival in the USA or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.
    Fully vaccinated travellers: do not have to quarantine
    • They should take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
    If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
    • you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
    If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Children under the age of 18: Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement but must take a test 3 to 5 days after arrival and should self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.
    If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling alone or with adults who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
    For travel, the US definition of a fully vaccinated child is the same as the definition of a fully vaccinated adult.
    *Getting a COVID-19 test in the USA: Details on what tests are acceptable are on the CDC website.
    To find a US COVID-19 testing site, you should check the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: The USA will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g. public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID-19 status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth, that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination.
    Current visa holders and those with National Interest Exceptions: All current visa holders based in the USA who leave the country and then re-enter after 8 November 2021 will need to follow the new vaccine entry requirements detailed above unless they have an exception. This includes students on F-1 and M-1 visas and those previously issued with an existing National Interest Exception.
    Transiting USA: Those transiting through the USA from 8 November 2021 will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. You must still follow the COVID requirements detailed in the “Entry to the USA from 8 November” section. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    For further information, refer to the US Government’s travel page. *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website .
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site .
    Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some may require proof of vaccination. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    On 9 September 2021 President Biden announced details of a 6-pronged national COVID-19 action plan. This includes requiring all employers with over 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. You can find details and requirements of the White House COVID-19 plan on the White House website.
    *If you test positive while in the USA you will be required to quarantine in a private area, likely a hotel or private residence. The length of time will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing. This applies to those under 18 as well. You may also be contacted by local authorities to advise to isolate if you were in close contact with someone else who tested positive. Any assistance for those required to isolate will depend on the local authority. You should check the CDC travel planner to verify local state guidance.

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    05.11.2021
  • USA Latest News: CDC advises ‘avoid travel’ to Belgium, Burkina Faso, Russia and Slovakia because of COVID-19 (CDC, 01.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to USA: Until 8 November 2021, it is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India within the previous 14 days.
    Those arriving from outside the above 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.
    US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    The US Government will be lifting the restrictions from 8 November 2021 for foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the US based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated. More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which includes a list of exemptions from the vaccination requirements for certain categories of non-citizens and non-immigrants. Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement. British nationals planning to travel to the US from 8 November 2021 should familiarise themselves with the new requirements before booking any travel.
    The CDC requires that all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country get a COVID test no more than 3 days before their flight departs and present a negative result or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight. Although children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement for travellers, children aged between 2 and 17 are still required to take a pre-departure test.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Entry to USA from 8 November 2021: Quarantine requirements: For international arrivals, the CDC recommends that unvaccinated passengers are tested within 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Passengers fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine but need to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival. If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status), you do not need to get a test 3-5 days after travel. Children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated are exempt from the quarantine requirement but the CDC recommends they are also tested 3-5 days after arrival and to self-isolate should any symptoms develop. If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: The USA will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider. Alternatively, digital photos of a vaccination card or record, a downloaded vaccine record or a vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without a QR code. All forms of COVID status must have a personal identifier, at a minimum including full name and date of birth that match the information on a passenger’s passport or other travel documents. It must also include the name of the official source issuing the record and the vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination. Entry for Green Card and Current.
    *Entry for Green Card and Current Visa Holders: New and renewed Green Cards (a Permanent Resident Card) are not currently being issued. However, existing Green Cards remain valid, although individuals who have been away from the USA for a substantial period of time should check their validity with their nearest US Embassy or Consulate before traveling. Further details are on the US Citizens and Immigration Services website.
    Those with existing visas remain valid as long as the holders are in the USA. All current visa holders based in the USA wishing to travel to the UK or any other country covered by the Presidential Proclamation are strongly advised to check before they travel as to whether they would need an exception to re-enter the USA before 8 November 2021. The US authorities only consider applications for these once you have left the USA, so applying before travel is not possible.
    Students travelling from the UK (and the Schengen Area and Ireland) with valid F-1 and M-1 visas, do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel either before or after 8 November 2021.
    *New Visas and Humanitarian Exceptions: The US authorities are only providing emergency and mission-critical visa services at present and visa appointments remain limited. Due to the impact of COVID-19, their visa services and travel restrictions may change rapidly. If you have an urgent need to travel, you can
    Contact the US embassy ascertain if you might qualify for an economic interest, humanitarian, or other exception. However, the criteria for these exceptions are very strict and you should be ready to provide as much information as possible to support your application if you apply for one. Should you not meet the current criteria for an exception, existing appointments for non-urgent non-immigrant visas may be cancelled at short notice. You should continue to check the US Embassy website for any changes.
    *Transiting USA: Before 8 November 2021, you cannot enter or transit the USA if you have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, or South Africa within the previous 14 days. For further information, please check the advice from US Customs and Border Protection website. Those transiting to the USA from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    All passengers transiting the USA by air are asked that they take a COVID test 1-3 days before travelling. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    For further information, please refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website .
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site .
    Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some may require proof of vaccination. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    On 9 September 2021 President Biden announced details of a 6-pronged national COVID-19 action plan. This includes requiring all employers with over 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. You can find details and requirements of the White House COVID-19 plan on the White House website.
    *If you test positive while in the USA you will be required to quarantine in a private area, likely a hotel or private residence. The length of time will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing. This applies to those under 18 as well. You may also be contacted by local authorities to advise to isolate if you were in close contact with someone else who tested positive. Any assistance for those required to isolate will depend on the local authority. You should check the CDC travel planner to verify local state guidance.

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    02.11.2021
  • USA United States will require visitors to be vaccinated.

    Replacing the current travel bans, the United States will instead require visitors to be vaccinated. The policy will kick in as of November 8, 2021. As before, all travelers will need to provide a negative coronavirus test result, taken within three days of travel to the United States. There will be no need to quarantine on arrival.

    It’s expected that children will be exempt from this policy, but it’s not known yet what the cutoff age is for that, and if children will just need a standard coronavirus test, or what.

    Which vaccines will the United States accepted?
    For the purposes of entry into the country, the United States will recognize any vaccines authorized by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). That includes the following vaccines:

    AstraZeneca
    Johnson & Johnson
    Moderna
    Pfizer-BioNTech
    Sinopharm
    Sinovac

    Unvaccinated Americans will have to double test.

    There are also some changes with travel rules for unvaccinated Americans. Currently Americans can always enter the United States as long as they get a coronavirus test within three days of return travel to the country. That will be changing. Unvaccinated Americans:

    Will need to test within a day of returning to the United States, rather than within three days
    Will need to test again after returning to the United States
    The exact details of these new requirements remain to be seen, especially surrounding the testing on arrival. Presumably this wouldn’t happen at the airport, but rather people would have some amount of time to get tested on their own (whether or not that’s using the honor system remains to be seen)

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    15.10.2021
  • USA The United States instituted a travel ban for non-essential travel on its land borders with Canada and Mexico in March 2020 and is now set to lift it in early November.
    Visitors from these two countries or through them have been allowed to enter by air. US citizens have always had the right to enter through the land border too. The Biden administration indicated late Monday that the border would be reopened in early November for fully vaccinated visitors.

    The United States has also indicated that it would lift the air travel ban from the European Union, the UK, and other countries in November for fully vaccinated travelers, but the starting date is still unclear.

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    13.10.2021
  • USA The United States is changing its travel restrictions, eliminating the current blanket travel bans that are in place. Instead, the United States will welcome vaccinated travelers from around the world as of early November 2021. The United States will recognize any FDA or WHO approved vaccines for these purposes. Furthermore, unvaccinated Americans will need to double test when returning to the United States, including getting a test within a day of travel.

    United States will recognize any vaccines authorized by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). That includes the following vaccines:

    AstraZeneca
    Johnson & Johnson
    Moderna
    Pfizer-BioNTech
    Sinopharm
    Sinovac

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    29.09.2021
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  • USA The United States administration has finally taken concrete steps towards the removal of the entry ban on travellers who visited the United Kingdom, Ireland, the 26 Schengen Area countries, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil, after the same have been banned from entering the country for over a year now.

    The decision was announced by the White House on Monday, September 20, noting that air travellers from the countries listed above, including the EU countries and ten UK, will be permitted to enter the US in November if they are vaccinated. The same travellers will also be exempt from the requirement of quarantine.

    Children who aren’t eligible to get the vaccine yet will be exempt from the requirement to be vaccinated.

    The decision does not cover land travel from Canada and Mexico.

    While the Coordinator did not specify the exact date when the ban would be removed, he noted that this would happen in early November.

    The news has been welcomed by many, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    “I am delighted that from November, @POTUS is reinstating transatlantic travel so fully vaccinated UK nationals can visit the USA. It’s a fantastic boost for business and trade, and great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can be reunited once again,” PM Johnson wrote.

    The European Commission has also celebrated the news, calling it a “long-awaited step for separated families & friends, and good news for business.”

    “We welcome US announcement that fully vaccinated EU travellers will soon be able to travel to the US again,” reads a tweet on Commission’s official Twitter account, adding that the same will continue working for safe travel.

    Many others have welcomed and celebrated the news, including EU’s Executive Vice-President for Economy and Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the European Union Ambassador to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis and more.

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    21.09.2021
  • USA President Joe Biden’s administration confirmed late on Tuesday it plans to extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through Jan. 18 to address ongoing COVID-19 risks.

    A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson confirmed the extension, first reported by Reuters. “The purpose of TSA’s mask directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” the spokesperson said

    Major U.S. airlines were informed of the planned extension on a call with TSA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday, four people briefed on the matter said.
    Reuters

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    19.08.2021
  • USA Canada opening to vaccinated travelers
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally announced when the country will be opening to fully vaccinated travelers:

    Canada will be opening to fully vaccinated Americans as of August 9, 2021
    Canada will be opening to fully vaccinated travelers from around the globe as of September 7, 2021
    You’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after having received your last dose of a vaccine approved by Canada.

    The United States hasn’t yet made an official announcement about when Canadians will be allowed to visit, though I’m sure that will follow shortly. Furthermore, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the United States open to all Canadians, and not just vaccinated ones, as the US hasn’t implemented any travel policies based on vaccination status up until now.

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    21.07.2021
  • USA Latest News: Canadian government extends its ban on nonessential travel from U.S. until 21 July (Reuters, 18.06.2021). CDC relaxes COVID-19 travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories (France24, 09.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to USA: It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India 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.
    US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country get a COVID test no more than 3 days before their flight departs and present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorised for emergency use by the World Health Organisation, you should also get a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel. Unvaccinated people should get tested with a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Those who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the last 3 months, should follow all requirements and recommendations for fully vaccinated travellers, except you are not required to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel unless you are symptomatic. In addition, everyone should follow all state and local guidelines. More details are on theUS Centre for Disease Control and Prevention website .
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Quarantine requirements: For international arrivals, the CDC requires that unvaccinated passengers are tested within 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Passengers fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine do not have to quarantine but need to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival. If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website . You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: The USA has not yet confirmed that it will accept the solutions for demonstrating your COVID vaccination status. You should follow guidance for alternative entry requirements. Your appointment card vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination.
    *Entry for Green Card and Current Visa Holders: New and renewed Green Cards (a Permanent Resident Card) are not currently being issued. However, existing Green Cards remain valid, although individuals who have been away from the USA for a substantial period of time should check their validity with their nearest US Embassy or Consulate before traveling. Further details are on the US Citizens and Immigration Services website.
    Those with existing visas remain valid as long as the holders are in the USA. All current visa holders based in the USA wishing to travel to the UK or any other country covered by the Presidential Proclamation are strongly advised to check before they travel as to whether they would need an exception to re-enter the USA. The US authorities only consider applications for these once you have left the USA, so applying before travel is not possible.
    Students travelling from the UK (and the Schengen Area and Ireland) with valid F-1 and M-1 visas, do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel.
    *Transiting USA: You cannot enter or transit the USA if you have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, or South Africa within the previous 14 days. For further information, please check the advice fromUS Customs and Border Protection website .Those transiting to the USA from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    All passengers transiting the USA by air are asked that they take a COVID test 1-3 days before travelling. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    For further information, please refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports.
    Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website.
    A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site.
    Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities will likely be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.

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    19.07.2021
  • USA Latest News: Canadian government extends its ban on nonessential travel from U.S. until 21 July (Reuters, 18.06.2021). CDC relaxes COVID-19 travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories (France24, 09.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to USA: It is not possible for most British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India 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.
    US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country get a COVID test no more than 3 days before their flight departs and present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorised for emergency use by the World Health Organisation, you should also get a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel. Unvaccinated people should get tested with a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Those who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the last 3 months, should follow all requirements and recommendations for fully vaccinated travellers, except you are not required to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel unless you are symptomatic. In addition, everyone should follow all state and local guidelines. More details are on theUS Centre for Disease Control and Prevention website .
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    *Quarantine requirements: For international arrivals, the CDC requires that unvaccinated passengers are tested within 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Passengers fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine do not have to quarantine but need to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival. If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website . You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: The USA has not yet confirmed that it will accept the solutions for demonstrating your COVID vaccination status. You should follow guidance for alternative entry requirements. Your appointment card vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination.
    *Entry for Green Card and Current Visa Holders: New and renewed Green Cards (a Permanent Resident Card) are not currently being issued. However, existing Green Cards remain valid, although individuals who have been away from the USA for a substantial period of time should check their validity with their nearest US Embassy or Consulate before traveling. Further details are on the US Citizens and Immigration Services website.
    Those with existing visas remain valid as long as the holders are in the USA. All current visa holders based in the USA wishing to travel to the UK or any other country covered by the Presidential Proclamation are strongly advised to check before they travel as to whether they would need an exception to re-enter the USA. The US authorities only consider applications for these once you have left the USA, so applying before travel is not possible.
    Students travelling from the UK (and the Schengen Area and Ireland) with valid F-1 and M-1 visas, do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel.
    *Transiting USA: You cannot enter or transit the USA if you have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, or South Africa within the previous 14 days. For further information, please check the advice fromUS Customs and Border Protection website .Those transiting to the USA from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    All passengers transiting the USA by air are asked that they take a COVID test 1-3 days before travelling. All passengers must follow state and local COVID safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    For further information, please refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you. Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on theCDC website . A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site . Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities will likely be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.

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    16.07.2021
  • USA The European Union has reached an agreement to add the United States and several other countries and regions to the list of countries that will be allowed to travel to the block without an essential purpose.

    The recommendation aims to establish unified travel rules within the block and is expected to be finalised during the upcoming days, following the decisions from each Member State, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Non-essential travel from the US and other third countries had been banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the European continent and further in the world.

    However, as the vaccination against the Coronavirus speeds up, ambassadors from the 27 countries of the European Union have recommended that the region permit non-essential travel from several additional countries and regions during a meeting held on Wednesday.

    Except for the US, the other countries and regions that will be added to the EU’s safe travel list include:

    Albania
    Lebanon
    North Macedonia
    Serbia
    Taiwan
    Chinese administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau
    The Chinese administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau will be included as long as they remove the reciprocity requirement.

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    17.06.2021
  • USA The European Union has reached an agreement to add the United States and several other countries and regions to the list of countries that will be allowed to travel to the block without an essential purpose.

    The recommendation aims to establish unified travel rules within the block and is expected to be finalised during the upcoming days, following the decisions from each Member State, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    Non-essential travel from the US and other third countries had been banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the European continent and further in the world.

    However, as the vaccination against the Coronavirus speeds up, ambassadors from the 27 countries of the European Union have recommended that the region permit non-essential travel from several additional countries and regions during a meeting held on Wednesday.

    Except for the US, the other countries and regions that will be added to the EU’s safe travel list include:

    Albania
    Lebanon
    North Macedonia
    Serbia
    Taiwan
    Chinese administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau
    The Chinese administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau will be included as long as they remove the reciprocity requirement.

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    17.06.2021
  • USA The White House is working together with groups of experts to reach a mutual agreement to safely relax the COVID-19 restrictions and resume travel between the US and the European Member States, UK, Canada, and Mexico.

    According to a White House official, it is expected that the working groups will consist of foreign representatives and US experts from the Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.

    Decisions regarding the travel restrictions will be based on public health medical experts’ recommendations, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

    “We heard very clearly the desire of our friends in Europe and the UK to be able to reopen travel across the Atlantic Ocean, and we want to see that happen,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.

    Although it is improbable for the US to lift the restrictions against most foreign travellers, the establishment of such a working group is a significant shift from the stringent measures on international travel that have been in place for more than a year.

    On Tuesday, the US State Department announced that it was moving 58 countries and territories from the Level Four, also known as the “do not travel” list, to the Level Three or “reconsider travel” list. Consequently, the department relaxed its travel warning for several foreign countries, including popular holiday destinations like Greece, Italy, Spain, Canada, France, and Mexico.

    Furthermore, chief executives of six airlines that operate flights between the US and the UK made a call to US President Joe Biden and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reach an agreement that would remove the COVID-19 flight restrictions between the two countries.

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    11.06.2021
  • USA American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer, the head of the bloc’s executive body said in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday, more than a year after shutting down nonessential travel from most countries to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

    The fast pace of vaccination in the United States, and advanced talks between authorities there and the European Union over how to make vaccine certificates acceptable as proof of immunity for visitors, will enable the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, to recommend a switch in policy that could see trans-Atlantic leisure travel restored.

    “The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said Sunday in an interview with The Times in Brussels. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.

    “Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A.,” she added. The agency, the bloc’s drugs regulator, has approved all three vaccines being used in the United States, namely the Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson shots.

    Ms. von der Leyen did not offer a timeline on when exactly tourist travel might open up or details on how it would occur. …

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    26.04.2021
  • USA The border between the US and Canada has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21, 2020. The border closure has consistently been extended for a month at a time. Until now the border closure was in place through April 21, 2021, while the closure has now been extended through May 21, 2021.

    It has now been 13 months since the border between the two countries has been closed, and with this latest extension the border will have been closed for 14 months.

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    21.04.2021
  • USA As of today (April 19, 2021), Greece is open to visitors from European Union countries plus 11 other countries, including the United States. Travelers from the following countries and regions can now visit Greece without having to quarantine:

    Australia
    European Union
    Israel
    New Zealand
    Rwanda
    Serbia
    Singapore
    South Korea
    Thailand
    United Arab Emirates
    United Kingdom
    United States

    Greece is opening its borders gradually, in a safe and doable manner. The first stage, from the 19th of April, has some limitations compared to the generalized opening. In the following paragraphs, we describe what applies as of the 19th of April. Information relating to the generalized opening, which will be affected as of the 14th of May, will be announced in due time.

    For the protection of your own health, your family’s, as well as that of all those involved in offering you a safe hospitality, the following general principles regarding the health protocols apply in Greece as of the 19th of April:

    Every traveler coming to Greece from abroad should have a negative PCR test from a diagnostic laboratory. The test has to be conducted no later than 72 hours before arrival. This test is mandatory for all tourists (including children over the age of 5), regardless of the epidemiological situation prevalent in the country of departure.
    If the traveler has completed his/her vaccination (i.e. 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and is in a position to confirm it by presenting the relevant vaccination certificate, then proof of a negative test is not required.
    Vaccination certificates with vaccines Sputnik, Sinovac, etc., which have not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) also exempt visitors from the obligation of a negative PCR test. For the list of acceptable vaccines, see here: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm
    Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless of the certificate he carries, may undergo a random health check. If selected, the check is mandatory. Otherwise we reserve the right to refuse entry in the country. The selection is made through a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.
    Attention: We clarify that the entry of tourists in Greece is not subject to vaccination. The presentation of a vaccination certificate greatly facilitates the formalities on arrival. However, in no case is a vaccination or an antibodies certificate considered a “passport”.
    The countries from which entry is allowed, under the aforementioned conditions, without the requirement for isolation are: EU + New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, USA, UK, Israel, Serbia and UAE.
    Passengers are allowed to enter the country through 9 airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini).
    Travelers are allowed to enter from the land borders of the country through the land entry gates of Promachonas and Nymphaio
    As of the 23rd of April, blue cruising, i.e. cruising with no intermediate stops in ports, and yachting will be allowed with some restrictions, while the same terms and conditions will apply both for Greek and foreign citizens.
    OBLIGATIONS FOR EVERY VISITOR IN GREECE

    Before arrival:

    Every tourist must fill in the special PLF (Passenger Location Form) no later than 23:59 of the day before arriving in Greece. This is done here.
    Before departure, the traveler must ensure that he/she has some kind of certification of his health condition. The alternatives for that are as follows:

    PCR test from a laboratory, maximum 72 hours before entry.
    Vaccination certificate issued by an appropriate authority.
    All certificates must include the critical information in English and the full name must match with that of the passport or other travel document.

    On arrival:

    For travelers arriving in Greece, the following are provided:

    Sampling RAPID antigen tests at the entrance gates, the selection of individuals drawn from a targeted sampling system, based on the EVA system used in the summer of 2020.
    Mandatory isolation for tourists who have tested positive for SARS-Cov-2, following a sampling test. In this case, the travelers and their escorts are transported to quarantine hotels and undergo further PCR tests to confirm the initial diagnosis. Guests will stay in seclusion hotels for at least 10 days, and they will undergo new tests again. The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
    Compliance with the health protocols during tourist transport and throughout your entire hospitality in Greece is the decisive factor that will allow for all of us to stay safe and return to our normality. We ask for your understanding and apologize in advance for any additional inconvenience. Thank you for the cooperation, thank you for choosing our country for your vacation and we look forward to welcoming you to Greece.

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    19.04.2021
  • USA Latest News: New York State authorities ease many domestic travel restrictions, including COVID-19 quarantine requirement (WGRZ News, 01.04.2021). U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least 21 April (MetroNY, 18.03.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to USA: 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. On 30 January 2021, South Africa was added. 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.
    US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements. Further details are on the US Embassy Website.
    Since 26 January 2021, all passengers aged 2 and above arriving by air into the USA from any foreign country are prevented from entry unless they have either a negative pre-departure test result (NAAT or antigen), or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 provided by a licensed health care provider or public health official. It is recommended that you quarantine for at least 7 days after arriving in the USA, and to take a COVID-19 test (NAAT or antigen) 3-5 days after arrival. You can find the full announcement on the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention website.
    On 21 January 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn on aircraft, trains, buses and at airports.
    Entry for Green Card and Current Visa Holders. New and renewed Green Cards (a Permanent Resident Card) are not currently being issued. However, existing Green Cards remain valid, although individuals who have been away from the USA for a substantial period of time should check their validity with their nearest US Embassy or Consulate before traveling. Further details are on the US Citizens and Immigration Services website.
    Those with existing visas remain valid as long as the holders are in the USA. All current visa holders based in the USA wishing to travel to the UK or any other country covered by the Presidential Proclamation are strongly advised to check before they travel as to whether they would need an exception to re-enter the USA. The US authorities only consider applications for these once you have left the USA, so applying before travel is not possible.
    Students travelling from the UK (and the Schengen Area and Ireland) with valid F-1 and M-1 visas, do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel.
    New Visas and Humanitarian Exceptions. The US authorities are only providing emergency and mission-critical visa services at present and visa appointments remain limited. Due to the impact of COVID-19, their visa services and travel restrictions may change rapidly. If you have an urgent need to travel, you can contact the US Embassy to ascertain if you might qualify for an economic interest, humanitarian, or other exception. However, the criteria for these exceptions are very strict and you should be ready to provide as much information as possible to support your application if you apply for one.
    Further information is available on the US Embassy’s website.
    *Quarantine requirements: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires all arrivals by air into the US to quarantine for at least 7 days, and to take a COVID-19 test (NAAT or antigen) 3-5 days after arrival. If you are travelling domestically within the US, individual states and territories have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Transiting USA: You cannot enter or transit the USA if you have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, or South Africa within the previous 14 days. For further information, please check the advice from US Customs and Border Protection website. Those transiting to the USA from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    As of 26 January 2021, all passengers transiting the USA by air will need to show either a negative pre-departure test result (NAAT or antigen), or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 provided by a licensed health care provider or public health official.
    For further information please refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you. Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on theCDC website . A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site . Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities will likely be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.

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    07.04.2021
  • USA The Canadian border (land and air) will remain closed to non-essential travel for yet another month, extending the current measures through at least April 21, 2021.
    To help reduce the spread of #COVID19, the current restrictions for all non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. remain in effect until April 21, 2021. For more information on current entry requirements
    https://bit.ly/3sd9BpD

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    22.03.2021
  • USA The border between the US & Canada continues to be closed through at least April 21, 2021, which represents a further extension of one month.

    This doesn’t come as a surprise, given that not much has materially changed, and the Canadian government is trying to limit travel as much as possible. The much more interesting question will be what happens in May and June, as the US allegedly plans to lift its travel restrictions in the next couple of months.

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    19.03.2021
  • USA The border between the US & Canada continues to be closed through at least April 21, 2021, which represents a further extension of one month.

    This doesn’t come as a surprise, given that not much has materially changed, and the Canadian government is trying to limit travel as much as possible. The much more interesting question will be what happens in May and June, as the US allegedly plans to lift its travel restrictions in the next couple of months.

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    19.03.2021
  • USA The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of noncitizens who were physically present within the Republic of South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, is hereby suspended and limited subject to section 2 of this proclamation.
    Sec. 2.  Scope of Suspension and Limitation on Entry. 

    (a)  Section 1 of this proclamation shall not apply to:

    (i)     any lawful permanent resident of the United States;

    (ii)    any noncitizen national of the United States;

    (iii)   any noncitizen who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;

    (iv)    any noncitizen who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;

    (v)     any noncitizen who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;

    (vi)    any noncitizen who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications

    (vii)   any noncitizen traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;

    (viii)  any noncitizen traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa as a crewmember or any noncitizen otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew;

    (ix)    any noncitizen

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/25/proclamation-on-the-suspension-of-entry-as-immigrants-and-non-immigrants-of-certain-additional-persons-who-pose-a-risk-of-transmitting-coronavirus-disease/

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    26.01.2021
  • USA Latest News: U.S. president reimposes entry ban on most non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, several countries in Europe, South Africa (Reuters, 25.01.2021). Governor expected to lift COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in California on 25 January (Reuters, 25.01.2021). President Biden signs order to require air passengers to quarantine on arrival in country (Reuters, 21.01.2021). U.S. president reportedly will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for Brazil, much of Europe from 26 January (Reuters, 18.01.2021). CDC will require negative COVID-19 tests for nearly all international air travelers from 26 January (Reuters, 12.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to USA: As of 28 December 2020, all passengers travelling to the US from the UK will be required to test negative, via PCR or Antigen test, no more than 72 hours before departure. The full announcement from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention can be found here. Since 16 March 2020, it is not possible for many 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.
    US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    *Quarantine requirements: Those allowed entry to most parts of the USA are advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to ‘stay at home’ as much as possible for 14 days following arrival. Those arriving into the District of Columbia on non-essential international travel, and from certain high-risk states, are required to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. This advisory and the full list of currently affected states is available on the CDC website here. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.
    *Transiting USA: You cannot enter or transit the USA if you have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days. For further information, please check the advice from US Customs and Border Protection. Those transiting to the USA from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements. Further Presidential proclamations may follow, which could place further restrictions on foreign nationals seeking to travel to/from the USA. For further information please refer to the US Government’s travel page.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you. Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on theCDC website . A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site . Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings.
    Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities will likely be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.

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    26.01.2021
  • USA President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, a senior U.S. public health official told Reuters.

    Biden on Monday is also reimposing an entry ban on nearly all non-U.S. travelers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders.

    “We are adding South Africa to the restricted list because of the concerning variant present that has already spread beyond South Africa,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, in an interview Sunday.

    She added the agency was “putting in place this suite of measures to protect Americans and also to reduce the risk of these variants spreading and worsening the current pandemic.”

    Then-President Donald Trump directed on Jan. 18 those restrictions on Brazil and Europe be lifted effective Tuesday but Biden’s proclamation will rescind that decision. …

    The U.S. restrictions barring most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March when Trump signed proclamations imposing them, while the Brazilian entry ban was imposed in May. The restriction, along with the new South Africa ones, mean most non-U.S. citizens who have been in one of those countries within the last 14 days are not eligible to travel to the United States.

    Permanent U.S. residents and family members and some other non-U.S. citizens are permitted to return to the United States under the order.

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    25.01.2021
  • USA Proclamation Terminating Restrictions on Entry of Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil

    Proclamation 9993 of March 11, 2020 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus), Proclamation 9996 of March 14, 2020 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus), and Proclamation 10041 of May 24, 2020 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus), are hereby terminated effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on January 26, 2021.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-terminating-restrictions-entry-certain-travelers-schengen-area-united-kingdom-republic-ireland-brazil/

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    19.01.2021
  • USA Proclamation Terminating Restrictions on Entry of Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Brazil

    Proclamation 9993 of March 11, 2020 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus), Proclamation 9996 of March 14, 2020 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus), and Proclamation 10041 of May 24, 2020 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus), are hereby terminated effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on January 26, 2021.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-terminating-restrictions-entry-certain-travelers-schengen-area-united-kingdom-republic-ireland-brazil/

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    19.01.2021
  • USA The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of January 26, 2021, international air travelers entering the United States will be required to get tested prior to travel:

    This will apply to all international travelers arriving into the US by air, including citizens and foreigners
    Viral testing will be required within the three days prior to a US-bound flight
    Airlines must confirm the negative test results for passengers at the time of check-in
    As the CDC explains in a statement:

    “Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans.

    Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants. With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public.”

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    13.01.2021
  • USA Latest News: U.S. government to require negative COVID-19 test for visitors from U.K. from 28 December (Reuters, 24.12.2020). Flights resume at Arkansas’ Little Rock airport after closure because of COVID-19 cleaning at Memphis control center (KAIT 8 News, 21.12.2020). Mayor of San Francisco orders mandatory quarantine for all incoming travelers (ABC7 San Francisco, 18.12.2020). U.S. land borders with Canada, Mexico to remain closed to nonessential travel until at least 21 January 2021 (Reuters, 11.12.2020). COVID-19 stay-at-home orders take effect in California; travel is prohibited except for essential activities in several regions of the state; restrictions in place until at least 4 January 2021 (CNN,07.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Some airlines might require travellers, including British nationals, to produce a recent negative COVID-19 test result before flying.
    Since 16 March, it is not possible for many nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran or China within the previous 14 days.
    US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    Entry for Green card and visa holders: new and renewed Green Cards (a Permanent Resident Card) are not currently being issued until at least 31 December 2020. However, existing Green Cards remain valid.
    New and renewed H1-B, H2-B, J and L visas are not currently being issued until at least 31 December 2020. There are some exemptions to certain J visa categories. However, existing visas in these categories remain valid.
    Transiting USA: you cannot enter or transit the USA if you have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days. For further information, please check the advice from US Customs and Border Protection. Those transiting to the USA from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    Quarantine requirements: those allowed entry to most parts of the USA are advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to ‘stay at home’ as much as possible for 14 days following arrival. Those arriving into the District of Columbia on non-essential international travel, and from certain high-risk states, are required to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. This advisory and the full list of currently affected states is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you. Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website. A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site . Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities will likely be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.

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    25.12.2020
  • USA Latest News: COVID-19 stay-at-home orders take effect in California; travel is prohibited except for essential activities in several regions of the state; restrictions in place until at least 4 January 2021 (CNN,07.12.2020). Los Angeles mayor issues emergency ‘stay-at-home’ order to all residents (Reuters, 02.12.2020). Flights in, out of Denver, Colorado, disrupted when air traffic controller tests positive for COVID-19 (AP, 01.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Since 16 March, it is not possible for many nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran or China within the previous 14 days.
    US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    Entry for Green card and visa holders: new and renewed Green Cards (a Permanent Resident Card) are not currently being issued until at least 31 December 2020. However, existing Green Cards remain valid.
    New and renewed H1-B, H2-B, J and L visas are not currently being issued until at least 31 December 2020. There are some exemptions to certain J visa categories. However, existing visas in these categories remain valid.
    Transiting USA: you cannot enter or transit the USA if you have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days. For further information, please check the advice from US Customs and Border Protection. Those transiting to the USA from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    Quarantine requirements: those allowed entry to most parts of the USA are advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to ‘stay at home’ as much as possible for 14 days following arrival. Those arriving into the District of Columbia on non-essential international travel, and from certain high-risk states, are required to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. This advisory and the full list of currently affected states is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in USA: Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you. Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website. A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV site . Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.
    *Public places and services: Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities will likely be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.

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    08.12.2020
  • USA Canada closes border to Americans through November 21
    The border between the US and Canada has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21. Prior to this week the border has been closed for non-essential travel through October 21. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but the border closure has now been extended through November 21, 2020.
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    23.10.2020
  • USA Latest News: U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico will remain closed to nonessential travel until 21 November (Reuters,19.10.20). American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines cut thousands of flights in November (Daily Mail, 06.10.2020). CDC extends No Sail Order for cruise ships through 31 October because of COVID-19 (AP, 01.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Since 16 March, it is not possible for many nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran or China within the previous 14 days.
    US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    Entry for Green card and visa holders: new and renewed Green Cards (a Permanent Resident Card) are not currently being issued until at least 31 December 2020. However, existing Green Cards remain valid.
    New and renewed H1-B, H2-B, J and L visas are not currently being issued until at least 31 December 2020. There are some exemptions to certain J visa categories. However, existing visas in these categories remain valid.
    Transiting USA: you cannot enter or transit the USA if you have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days. For further information, please check the advice from US Customs and Border Protection. Those transiting to the USA from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visa holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements.
    Quarantine requirements: those allowed entry to most parts of the USA are advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to ‘stay at home’ as much as possible for 14 days following arrival. Those arriving into the District of Columbia on non-essential international travel, and from certain high-risk states, are required to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. This advisory and the full list of currently affected states is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some states have rules in place requiring travellers from other states, with high rates of COVID-19, to quarantine for 14 days or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a travel advisory Wednesday 24 June that requires people arriving from US states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. Before travelling you should check the websites of the relevant state governments. Further information can be found on the CDC website. The list of states to which that advisory applies is updated daily and can be found on the websites of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut’s state governments. A number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public. These will vary from state to state. You should consult the website of the state to which you are travelling. Contact details are found on the US.GOV website. Further restrictions will vary locally with some states relaxing lockdown procedures while others are pausing or reversing their re-openings. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state. Hotels are re-opening across the USA but will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations. Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities will likely be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should be aware that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. You should follow local media and any guidance issued by local authorities.
    Hawaii: Hawaii set to welcome Canadians without quarantine restrictions starting 1 September. In Honolulu the Stay-at-home order was extended until 23 September because of COVID-19.

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    19.10.2020
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    Can U.S. Residents travel around the world in a pandemic?

    The whole world is recovering in small steps after a big epidemic, and, in particular, the tourism sector. Today, several countries have already opened their borders to citizens of the United States and other countries. Nevertheless, many countries still do not accept tourists and introduce their tourist ban.

    What is us travel ban 2020

    A tourist or travel ban implies a ban on entry into the country at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each country has its criteria for a ban.

    Keep in mind: All banned countries have their quarantine requirements, that’s why check all information before traveling.

    US travel ban list

    As the tourism industry begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the rules and regulations for air travel are changing significantly. Not all countries are ready to open their borders yet, so here is the list of countries banned.

    US travel ban to Europe

    Many European countries are closed to the public, no matter where people arrive. But, already a clear picture is emerging, some countries still allow entry. For example, an American can visit Albania. To do this, it will be necessary to pass a PCR test, and only with a negative result, you will be allowed into the country.

    US travel ban the UK

    48 hours before arriving in the UK, you need to fill out a special online form: indicate your passport details, the purpose, and route of the trip, and the address where you will serve the 14-day quarantine. You must go there immediately after passing through customs and border procedures and thermometry. Violation of the self-isolation regime faces a fine of £ 100. If you break the rule again, you may be denied entry to the UK.

    US travel ban Mexico

    The Mexican Foreign Ministry proposed that the United States extend the ban on crossing the common land border for 30 days due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus. This restriction does not apply to temporary foreign workers, international students, indigenous Mexicans, and their families.

    US travel ban Nigeria

    Nigeria also has its travel bans. Nigeria is completely open to its citizens and partially to tourists. This means that only people with study or work permits can visit Nigeria. However, upon arrival, everyone must take a COVID-19 test (PCR test) or spend 14 days in self-isolation. Such measures will help to protect the person and public health.

    US travel ban South Korea

    South Korea is closed to tourism, but open to business travel. There are some changes to the usual travel. For example, upon arrival, everyone must spend 14 days in self-isolation and fill out a Travel Record Declaration. Also, there is one more case for crossing the border – when family members want to come to the other member in South Korea (in case if he or she is a resident of South Korea).

    US travel ban Japan

    Japan plans to ease travel restrictions for foreigners from October 1. The softening, however, will not affect tourists. This means that only permanent residents and persons in urgent need can visit Japan (essential traveling). Also, foreign students who receive grants from the Japanese government can come to Japan. Upon arrival, the government asks to spend 14 days at home in self-isolation.

    US travel ban Canada

    Due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the federal government has extended the closure of the land border between Canada and the United States for another month until November 21. This is the seventh extension of restrictions on movement across the land border. The US-Canada border has remained closed since March 19 following government emergency measures to halt the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic situation in the United States remains critical and border closures could continue until the situation improves or after the completion of the third phase of vaccine trials.

    US travel ban Brazil

    Brazil is one of the most affected countries in the world from the coronavirus. Now it is on the second line after the United States in terms of the number of people infected during the pandemic. That is why the country is closed to the public and has no plans to open the border yet. Only permanent residents, students, and workers with special documents can come to Brazil. One more reason for crossing the border of Brazil is essential traveling, but the person should have all the necessary documents that proved it

    US travel ban Ireland

    Ireland became the first EU country to return to full quarantine for six weeks due to an increase in the incidence of coronavirus. The government has decided to return to the highest, the fifth level of restrictions, which was last introduced in the spring. Citizens violating the quarantine will be forced to pay a fine, for example, 60 euros for moving away from home more than 5 km or being in a grocery store or public transport without protective equipment.

    US travel ban news

    Not all of these countries have resumed regular direct international communications. Nevertheless, many places can be reached with a transfer, for example, in Istanbul.

    A hundred more destinations around the world are partially open to travelers from the United States: there is either a quarantine, or no direct flights, or very strict entry requirements.

    US travel ban details

    More and more countries are opening borders and easing quarantine measures, but this does not add confidence. The question of whether it is safe to travel now is even more worrisome after the resumption of international traffic.

    The answer depends on many factors: the way of travel (by plane, train, car, or something else), direction, fresh statistics on cases of coronavirus infection in a certain place, quarantine measures, and current prevention methods.

    If you follow the rules of safety and personal hygiene in good faith, the risk of contracting coronavirus on vacation is low.

    Flights restrictions in the US

    Long queues at the check-in counters, security checks at the airport, waiting for departure side by side with a crowd of strangers, several hours in an airplane seat in the same cabin with other passengers – all this raises doubts about the safety of flights during a pandemic.

    Airports and airlines have already adjusted to the new reality. For example, carriers have introduced flexible rules for canceling and transferring air tickets, and large air hubs are closing some of the terminals to provide more effective security measures in a pandemic. There are also far fewer cafes and shops at airports. Some sell the only takeaway.

    The temperature is measured at anyone who enters the airport building: passengers, greeters, crew members, airport staff, and everyone else. In some cases, non-contact thermometers and thermal imagers are used again – just before boarding a flight.

    Social distancing rules are widely followed. Airlines are changing seating positions in aircraft cabins whenever possible, offering self-check-in instead of check-in at counters, and redesigning the queuing system so that passengers are at a safe distance from each other.

    The approach of airlines to in-flight meals has also changed: some carriers no longer serve food on their flights, others have cut down on the menu and offer only individually packed snacks and drinks in cans. It’s safer to take a snack with you from home – just check the airlines’ requirements for food in hand luggage.

    Wherever you are, you will probably have to wear a mask on board the aircraft – until you land at your destination. But in some places, a face mask is also required and while you get to the airport and from the airport to the city.

    According to WHO, wearing masks on board is one way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It has been proven that coronavirus is primarily a respiratory infection, so if you protect your mouth and nose with a mask, you can reduce the risk of transmission from person to person.

    Wearing a mask is especially important during the flight, because in the cabin you are close to other passengers, and masks create a barrier between you and another person’s germs. The mask, when combined with other preventive measures – maintaining a safe distance and careful hand hygiene – helps travelers protect themselves from the coronavirus.

    US travel restrictions

    Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, Washington makes decisions on opening borders with certain countries, guided by epidemiological indicators, and not political considerations. The government takes into account the parameters that determine when it is appropriate and safe for Americans to travel to foreigners. The American authorities want to restore international passenger traffic as soon as possible, including with countries in the region such as Brazil.

    US travel ban update

    Before making travel plans, you should be prepared for strict quarantine requirements, testing requirements (PRC test), and documentary delays due to Covid-19. Therefore, having decided to go on vacation, it will only work for those who already have a passport and do not need to make new documents. Of course, you can make a passport and other documents now, but this process will take a little longer, which may shift the dates of the holiday.

    US travel ban countries

    With around 7.4 million coronavirus cases in the United States, many countries continue to look at the United States with apprehension. The European Union has removed the United States from the list of countries that can be visited by tourists. Americans are still unable to vacation in Canada or travel to many Asian countries such as Japan. Where are the tourists from the USA allowed to travel?

    Americans looking for a holiday outside of the United States can try the cruise ship traveling and move to the Caribbean, where islands such as the US Virgin Islands, Saint Lucia, and Antigua are already open. It is also possible to visit countries such as:

      • Albania;
      • Aruba;
      • Bahamas;
      • Barbados;
      • Belarus;
      • Brazil;
      • Costa Rica;
      • Czech Republic;
      • Egypt;
      • French West;
      • Tanzania;
      • Dominican Republic
      • The United Arab Emirates, and others.

    US travel restriction

    Remember, each country has its travel requirements. Many countries require a PCR test that lasts 3 days. Some countries have age restrictions, for example, Antigua requires people over 12 years old to complete a medical declaration.

    US travel restrictions list

    Even though borders are opening up, the holiday will never be the same. Major hotel chains and small family hotels are well aware that in the era of the coronavirus, guests’ demands on the hygiene and safety of vacation homes have increased.

    To reduce the risks for guests, many hotels offer contactless check-in and check-out and virtual reception, but almost everywhere they abandoned the buffet and free use of pools and other public areas. In the hotels of large world chains, even the room service has been replaced with an application: you place an order through your smartphone – and it is left under the room door.

    Social markings and machines with sanitizers at every turn are a new reality in the hotel world. Many good hotels use disinfectant mats, ionizers to clean the air, and electrostatic filters, and offer free masks to guests.

    Even when resting, remember to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and keep a distance of 1.5 meters between people.

    After returning from vacation, do not forget to take a coronavirus test (PCR test) or spend 14 days in self-isolation. Such measures will help you understand your health situation, and if your test results are positive for COVID-19, not endanger society.

    US border closing

    Since the whole world is now experiencing the second wave of coronavirus, it makes sense to think about re-closing all borders. US residents are allowed to move from state to state, so why not get to know your country better? Whether you’re planning to travel between states on vacation or a short trip, the situation is constantly changing. Therefore, it is best to check all local travel advice before packing your bags.

    California travel ban

    The California government is currently discouraging long-distance travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but as of October, there are non-essential restrictions on travel from another US state. Travelers are encouraged to wear a mask in public, keep 6 feet away from non-family members, check local health guidelines at all points along the route from start to finish, and refrain from traveling if they have been sick in the past 14 days or are living with someone with COVID-19.

    However, you don’t even need to leave your state to reboot. Add spontaneity: it’s not a to-do list but a coin that decides where and how you spend your weekend. Break your habits: drop by a new cafe – without reading reviews, on a whim. Cycle through the city center or hop on the wrong bus route. Travel to an area you haven’t been in for a century, or stay overnight in a pretty village. Or go for a walk in the forest on the outskirts, and then return home without a map or prompts on your phone.

    When will be U.S travel ban canceled

    It is difficult to say exactly when all prohibitions will be lifted. Unfortunately, the incidence rate in the world is growing, and it is still difficult to make any predictions!

    Therefore, take all precautions and care about your and public health.

    FAQ

    1. What is a travel ban?

    Travel ban is a ban on entry into the country at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, people cannot move from country to country, or from state to state. The main reason for the ban is to reduce the level of pandemia. Each country has its own criteria for implementing the travel ban.

    1. Is the travel ban still in effect?

    Yes, the travel ban is still in effect because of the higher level of morbidity. The government will cancel the travel ban only when the level of pandemic goes down. In this case, people will be able to travel from country to country.

    1. Which countries are banned from entering the United States?

    The information about countries changes every day. Nowadays, the banned countries include: Nigeria, European countries, Brazil, Japan, Ireland, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, UK. These countries do not allow people to cross their borders, but only if you have a strict necessity that is proved by documents – you can visit the country. With strict proved necessity, you also should have the PRC test result.

     


    New U.S travel restrictions due to the Novel Coronavirus
    Added to its usual entrance restrictions, the United States has taken serious measures since 2 February in response to the Coronavirus. The U.S. government announced on May 19 an extension of the temporary travel restrictions until June 22, 2020. These measures naturally focus on the spread of the virus and affect the flow of travel between the U.S. and a long list of countries.

    U.S travel restrictions related to health issues before COVID-19
    The “Do Not Board” and “Lockout” lists have been in effect in the United States for years before COVID-19. Both serve to prevent travelers suspected of posing a threat to public health from entering the country. The US has increased travel restrictions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: measures have been updated between 2 February and 19 May.

    U.S. travel advisory regarding land border entries
    On March 21, 2020, the United States imposed temporary travel restrictions on non-essential mobility across the border with Canada. Together with Mexico and Canada, the U.S. agreed on May 20 to extend these restrictions across their shared borders until June 21. Since March, U.S. travel advisory board from State Department has been recommending that citizens remain in place or return home.
    • The United States, Mexico and Canada will limit border crossings to “essential travels”.
    • These are essential cross-border activities, especially those related to current health needs: support health security, supply security, trade and commerce, etc.
    • No action will prevent U.S. citizens from returning home.

    Restrictions on flights: International-USA travel
    Preventive measures on flights are the ones that most affect the flow of international travel to the United States. Residents and non-citizens who have been in a long list of countries since March are not allowed to enter the country. The U.S. maintains severe travel restrictions with nearly 40 countries:
    • China (first country for travel ban usa)
    • Iran
    • European Schengen area: 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, United Kingdom, Ireland, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.

    There are some exemptions to the preventive measures. For example, no U.S. citizen can be denied entry: those who return from these countries may be asked to stay home for 14 days. The procedure is the same for legal permanent residents, foreign government officials and members of the national Armed Forces. Certain family members are received too.
    The news associated with the local measures are being updated very quickly. More changes are sure to come, especially around June 21. At that time, travel restrictions between the United States and this extensive list of countries could be reduced or extended again. U.S. travel restrictions could also be even more severe if infection statistics do not improve significantly in the near future.