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Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

International Travel to and from the United States

International Travel to and from the United States
Updated Aug. 24, 2022
ALL TRAVELERS

This page is for all international travelers including U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, immigrants, and non-U.S. citizens who are not U.S. immigrants.

What You Need to Know

Travel Assessment

A tool to help you know the requirements to board a flight to the United States.

Land Travel

For information about COVID-19 requirements for land travel and at ferry terminals, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals.

Before You Leave the United States

Make sure to plan ahead:

  • Get up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before you travel.
    • Find out when you can get your booster and where to get a vaccine or booster.
    • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people—especially those who are boosted— from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying.
  • Check the current COVID-19 situation at your destination.
  • Follow all requirements of transportation operators (such as airlines, cruise lines, buses) and any requirements, including mask wearing, proof of vaccination, or testing at your destination.
    • Requirements in other countries may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
  • If you have a weakened immune system or are at increased risk for severe disease, take multiple prevention steps to provide additional layers of protection from COVID-19 even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk before travel and consider delaying travel to areas with high COVID-19 levels. Even if you are up to date, you should know what precautions to take.
  • If you will be visiting someone who is at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, learn how to protect them.

Testing

   RECOMMENDED
Can I travel if ...?

I am sick with or tested positive for COVID-19 and am recommended to isolate.

I am sick with or tested positive for COVID-19 and am recommended to isolate.

  • Do NOT travel.
  • Follow recommendations for isolation.
  • Do NOT travel.
  • Follow recommendations for isolation.

I have ended isolation but still need to continue wearing my mask per CDC’s guidance.

I have ended isolation but still need to continue wearing my mask per CDC’s guidance.

  • Do not travel on public transportation such as airplanes, buses, and trains if you will not be able to wear a high-quality mask or respirator when around others indoors for the full duration of your trip.
  • If you travel, wear a high-quality mask or respirator the entire time you are around others indoors.
  • Traveling by private vehicle (if possible) can lower the chances of spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • Do not travel on public transportation such as airplanes, buses, and trains if you will not be able to wear a high-quality mask or respirator when around others indoors for the full duration of your trip.
  • If you travel, wear a high-quality mask or respirator the entire time you are around others indoors.
  • Traveling by private vehicle (if possible) can lower the chances of spreading COVID-19 to others.

I was exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

I was exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

  • Follow CDC guidance, including getting tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure.
  • Do not travel on public transportation such as airplanes, buses, and trains if you will not be able to wear a high-quality mask or respirator when around others indoors for the full duration of your trip.
  • If you travel, wear a high-quality mask or respirator the entire time you are around others indoors.
  • Traveling by private vehicle (if possible) can lower the chances of spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • Follow CDC guidance, including getting tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure.
  • Do not travel on public transportation such as airplanes, buses, and trains if you will not be able to wear a high-quality mask or respirator when around others indoors for the full duration of your trip.
  • If you travel, wear a high-quality mask or respirator the entire time you are around others indoors.
  • Traveling by private vehicle (if possible) can lower the chances of spreading COVID-19 to others.

During Travel

Protect Yourself and Others

   RECOMMENDED

Before You Travel to the United States

Contact Information – ALL Travelers

   REQUIRED

All air passengers to the United States are required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States.

  • This strengthens a travel process already in place to rapidly identify and contact people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19.
  • Access to travelers’ contact information will allow U.S. federal, state, territorial and local health departments, and agencies to share appropriate health and public health information necessary to help keep the public safe.

Testing – ALL Travelers

   RECOMMENDED
  • Consider getting tested with a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) before travel.
  • Make sure you know your test results before travel.
    • Don’t travel if your test result is positive.
Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. Immigrants

Proof of Vaccination

REQUIRED

Air Travel: All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only limited exceptions apply. Learn more about this requirement and accepted vaccines.

If you are not fully vaccinated and allowed to travel to the United States by air through an exception, you will be required to sign an attestation (legal statement) before you board your flight to the United States stating you meet the exception. Depending on the type of exception, you may also have to state you have arranged to take certain protective measures.

For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

After Arrival in the United States

ALL Travelers

   RECOMMENDED

If Your Test Result is Positive or You Develop COVID-19 Symptoms

Isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. Learn what to do and when it is safe to be around others.

Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants who are not fully vaccinated and allowed to travel to the United States by air through an exception must follow requirements of the attestation they signed before boarding their flight. For more information, see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Summary of Recent Changes
Updates as of April 18, 2022
  • As a result of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022, CDC’s January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear high-quality masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.
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