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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

Hollywood sign in the USA

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

united airline

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

There are no PCR or Rapid tests required if you are traveling to the United States with the exception of the following States. 

Alaska: All non-residents must arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure or proof of a pending test result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

Hawaii: All trans-Pacific travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will have the option to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine.

Puerto Rico: All travelers must present a negative COVID-19 molecular-based test or face a 14 day mandatory quarantine at their own cost.

U.S. Virgin Islands: The U.S. Virgin Islands will be closed for tourism as of August 19th. 

Hawaii city on beach

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.

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.

Bear in Alaska

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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