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U.S. COVID-19 Entry Requirements For Travelers

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As the pandemic continues to impact the United States, there are new U.S. Covid entry requirements all travelers need to know.

This article will cover the new quarantine and Covid-19 testing requirements for entry in to the United States. 

Information in this article is based only on United States government sources in an easy to read and understand format. 

Disclaimer: Current U.S travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

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Are The U.S. Borders Open?

By Air: Yes, travelers can enter the United States by air with the exception of the EU, China, Brazil, UK, Ireland and Iran. 

By Land: No, the land borders with Mexico and Canada are closed to all non-essential traffic

By Sea: No, all cruise ships are currently banned from operating in U.S. waters

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Does The U.S. Require Travelers To Have Negative Covid-19 Tests?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the implementation of COVID-19 testing requirements for all international arrivals by air to the U.S. 

All travelers must have proof of a negative Covid antigen test no older than 72 hours before boarding their flight to the U.S. 

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Are there Mandatory Quarantine Requirements When Traveling To The U.S.?

The following States have quarantine measures in place for arriving international travelers:

Guam: All incoming travelers, whether by land or sea, must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government facility at their own expense.

Hawaii: All travelers must undergo a 14 day self quarantine unless they present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result.

Alaska: Alaska no longer allows an option to quarantine and instead requires a negative Covid-19 PCR test result.

Kansas: Any travelers arriving from a level 3 CDC Travel health notice must self quarantine for 14 days.

Maine: All travelers arriving in Maine must self quarantine for 14 days.

Washington D.C.: Travelers arriving from ‘high risk’ areas must self quarantine for 14 days. 

New Mexico: All out of state travelers arriving by air must self quarantine for 14 days.

New York: While it is unclear if the 14 day quarantine applies to international travelers, New York has a mandatory 14 day quarantine for visitors coming from high risk states.

New York now offers a test to release program which can see the length of quarantine shortened. 

North Dakota: Anyone arriving from out of country must quarantine immediately for 14 days.

Puerto Rico: All travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival if they do not present a negative molecular Covid-19 test.

Vermont: Anyone who wants to travel to Vermont will have to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive or a seven-day quarantine followed by taking a Covid-19 test.

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Regular PRE-COVID U.S. Entry Requirements

*Please note that these are the normal entry requirements for the United States before the Covid-19 pandemic. All information above regarding bans overrules the below information. 

Countries That Can Enter The United States Without Prior Approval or a Visa

  • Canada
  • Bermuda

Countries That Can Enter The United States With Online Approval By Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

The following countries do not need a visa and only need to fill out the online ESTA (Visa Waiver Program). 

  • Andorra (Temporarily Banned)
  • Australia
  • Austria (Temporarily Banned)
  • Belgium (Temporarily Banned)
  • Brunei 
  • Chile 
  • Czech Republic (Temporarily Banned)
  • Denmark (Temporarily Banned)
  • Estonia (Temporarily Banned)
  • Finland (Temporarily Banned)
  • France (Temporarily Banned)
  • Germany (Temporarily Banned)
  • Greece (Temporarily Banned)
  • Hungary (Temporarily Banned)
  • Iceland (Temporarily Banned)
  • Ireland (Temporarily Banned)
  • Italy (Temporarily Banned)
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea 
  • Latvia (Temporarily Banned)
  • Liechtenstein (Temporarily Banned)
  • Lithuania (Temporarily Banned)
  • Luxembourg (Temporarily Banned)
  • Malta (Temporarily Banned)
  • Monaco (Temporarily Banned)
  • Netherlands (Temporarily Banned)
  • New Zealand 
  • Norway (Temporarily Banned)
  • Portugal (Temporarily Banned)
  • San Marino  (Temporarily Banned)
  • Singapore 
  • Slovakia (Temporarily Banned)
  • Slovenia (Temporarily Banned)
  • Spain (Temporarily Banned)
  • Sweden (Temporarily Banned)
  • Switzerland (Temporarily Banned)
  • Taiwan 
  • United Kingdom (Temporarily Banned)

Once travel bans end for your region, you can access the ESTA Form here.

All other countries will have to contact the U.S. Embassy in their home country to apply for a visa before traveling to the United States.

All visa services for the United States that were temporarily suspended are beginning a phased reopening of services. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services and will resume routine visa services as local conditions and resources allow.

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Saturday 10th of April 2021

I'm fully vaccinated and can get into certain countries you had on a previous post.the cdc says i can travel anywhere in this country if vaccinated but if i go to 🇲🇽 I need a negative test to come back home.whats the sense in getting vaccinated.

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 10th of April 2021

My educated guess is that the USA will drop the antigen test requirement for returning citizens, especially vaccinated ones, soon.


Sunday 7th of February 2021

Hi, I’m in the UK and wish to travel to US. I have a 10yr B1/B2 visa. I understand I cannot fly direct from the UK but wanted to know if I fly to Costa Rica or one of the Caribbean islands. Stay / Quarantine for 14 days. Would I then be able to fly to US? I will have a RT-PCR test taken to leave the UK. Thank you Joanne

Joe Star

Monday 25th of January 2021

Poland participates in the ESTA Visa Waiver Program also.

Katas Tony

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Please Kashlee , I would want to know if you have any news on if it will be be possible to travel from Europe after 31 December? after the proclamation expires on the 31st December 2020

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 21st of December 2020

Very doubtful at this time

Wesley Levitt

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Hi mate. My partner and I are both Australian's living in Canada and intend to travel to Mexico for a few months to escape the winter then look to travel into the States for tourism. We both have out ESTAs and with have a flight out of the country. Would we have any problems when entering the states? Cheers

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

You likely wouldn't have an issue, but I cannot be sure at this time. I am asking all readers interested in the US right now to contact border police to be 100% sure We just escaped Canada to Mexico and are so glad we did!