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Is the United States Open for Tourists?

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Last update: 7/24/2021

The United States never fully closed its borders to international travel, instead of restricting travel from certain countries and temporarily suspending tourist visa processing. However, tourist visa processing has resumed and currently, the U.S. is open for tourism from all countries besides China, Iran, the European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, Brazil, India, and South Africa.

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Is the United States Open for Tourists?

All travelers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT or antigen test from within 3 days of departure or provide evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. They must also complete an attestation form.

The CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even with a negative test result, but states may also have their own entry requirements for travelers.

Can I travel to the United States right now?

You can travel to the U.S. from many countries right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit the United States at the moment.

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  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

*U.S. citizens and permanent residents, their immediate family, and a few other exceptions can travel to the United States from these countries. You can find more information on these exceptions here.

U.S. COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

The United States has two main general entry requirements for all travelers.

Is there a travel ban in the United States

U.S. COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

All travelers over the age of 2 must have proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT or antigen test from within 3 days of departure or provide evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Acceptable tests include RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, and HDA.

Travelers must also complete an attestation form and submit it to their airline. The CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even with a negative test result.

However, states also have their own entry requirements for travelers. The CDC Travel Planner offers information on COVID entry requirements for specific cities, zip codes, and addresses. You can also consult the information below on entry requirements for each state.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Alabama. More information on Alabama’s advice for travelers is available here.

Unvaccinated international travelers should get tested prior to entering Alaska or get tested for free on arrival in Alaska. International travelers can complete the optional Safe Travels Form in the Alaska Travel Portal.

In the portal, they can request a free COVID test to be taken on arrival in Alaska, request a free vaccination on arrival in Alaska, and upload viral test results. International travelers are encouraged to take a second COVID test 5 to 14 days after their arrival.

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel and do not need to quarantine on arrival.

More information on Alaskan entry requirements is available here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Arizona. More details on Arizona’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting Arkansas. More information on Arkansas’ advice for travelers can be found here.

Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 1-3 days before travel and 3-5 days after arrival. They should also quarantine for 7 days from their arrival. Unvaccinated travelers who do not get tested should self-quarantine for 10 days from their arrival. More details on California’s entry requirements can be found here.

International travelers should get tested 3-5 days after travel. More details on Colorado’s advice for travelers can be found here.

Connecticut’s government recommends following CDC guidelines. Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival in Connecticut and self-quarantine for 7 days after their arrival. If unvaccinated travelers do not get tested, they should self-quarantine for 10 days from their arrival. More information on Connecticut’s entry requirements is available here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Delaware. More details on Delaware’s advice for travelers can be found here.

Travelers should follow CDC guidelines. Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival and self-quarantine for 7 days after their arrival. If unvaccinated travelers do not get tested, they should self-quarantine for 10 days from their arrival. More information on entry requirements for DC is available here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting Florida. More details on Florida’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Georgia. More information on Georgia’s advice for travelers is available here.

All travelers age 18 and older must register for the Safe Travels Hawaii online program before their departure. They must upload a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of their final leg of travel to the State of Hawaii Travel and Health form.

If travelers do not have a negative pre-travel test result, they will have to quarantine for 10 days from their arrival or for the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. More details on Hawaii’s entry requirements can be found here and here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting Idaho. More information on Idaho’s advice for travelers is available here.

International travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after their arrival. More details on Illinois’ entry requirements can be found here.

It is recommended that visitors to Indiana follow CDC travel recommendations. Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival in Indiana and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Alternatively, they can simply self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. More information on Indiana’s entry requirements is available here.

Visitors to Iowa should follow CDC travel recommendations. Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Alternatively, they can simply self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. More details on Iowa’s entry requirements can be found here.

Travelers who have traveled to certain domestic and international locations must quarantine on arrival in Kansas. A list of these locations is available here. Travelers from these locations must either quarantine for 7 days and get a PCR test on day 6 of their quarantine period or quarantine for 10 days without testing. More information on Kansas’ entry requirements is available here.

It is recommended that visitors to Kentucky follow CDC travel recommendations. Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival in Kentucky and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Alternatively, they can simply self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. More details on Kentucky’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting Louisiana. More information on Louisiana’s advice for travelers is available here.

Unvaccinated international travelers who arrive in Maine within 7 days of entering the U.S. must quarantine for 7 days from their arrival in Maine and get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival. If it has been more than 7 days since international travelers arrived in the U.S., they do not have to get tested or quarantine.

Vaccinated international travelers should still get tested 3 to 5 days after their arrival. More details on Maine’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Maryland. More information on Maryland’s entry requirements is available here.

All visitors entering Massachusetts should quarantine for 10 days from their arrival, except travelers who have a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of arrival in Massachusetts, travelers who will be in Massachusetts for fewer than 24 hours, and travelers who have been fully vaccinated.

More details on Massachusetts’ entry requirements can be found here.

Travelers to Michigan should follow CDC guidelines. They should get tested with a PCR viral test 1 to 3 days before they travel. Unvaccinated travelers should then get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival and self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival. Alternatively, they can simply self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. More information on Michigan’s entry requirements is available here and here.

Travelers to Minnesota should follow CDC guidelines. Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival and self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival. Alternatively, they can simply self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. More details on Minnesota’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Mississippi. More information on Mississippi’s advice for travelers is available here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting Missouri. More details on Missouri’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Montana. More information on Montana’s advice for travelers is available here.

Unvaccinated international travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after travel and quarantine for 7 days from their arrival. Alternatively, if they do not get tested, unvaccinated international travelers should quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in Nebraska. More details on Nebraska’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Nevada. More information on Nevada’s advice for travelers is available here.

Unvaccinated international travelers must self-quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in New Hampshire. However, they can test out of quarantine by taking a PCR test on day 6 or 7 of their quarantine period and obtaining a negative result.

Domestic travelers do not have to quarantine on arrival in New Hampshire, but they should get tested 3 to 5 days after travel. More details on New Hampshire’s entry requirements can be found here.

Any unvaccinated traveler entering New Jersey from an area outside the surrounding region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should get tested 1 to 3 days before traveling and 3 to 5 days after traveling. They should also complete this voluntary survey.

Even if unvaccinated travelers test negative, they should still quarantine for 7 days after arrival in New Jersey. If they do not get tested after they travel, unvaccinated travelers should quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in New Jersey. More information on New Jersey’s entry requirements is available here.

All travelers from high-risk states (all states except Hawaii) should self-quarantine for 10 days from their arrival or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. All travelers should also get tested after arrival. More details on New Mexico’s entry requirements can be found here.

All international and domestic travelers must complete a Traveler Health Form. Domestic travelers from contiguous states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont) do not have to complete the form.

Domestic travelers who are asymptomatic do not have to quarantine or get tested on arrival in New York. Unvaccinated international travelers should either quarantine for 7 days and get tested 3 to 5 days after travel or quarantine for 10 days from arrival without getting tested. More information on New York’s entry requirements is available here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting North Carolina. More details on North Carolina’s entry requirements can be found here.

All unvaccinated travelers should either quarantine for 7 days and get tested 3 to 5 days after travel or quarantine for 10 days from arrival without getting tested. More information on North Dakota’s entry requirements is available here.

Travelers to Ohio should follow CDC guidance. All travelers should get tested 1 to 3 days before travel and get tested 3 to 5 days after travel. Unvaccinated travelers should also self-quarantine for 7 days after travel or 10 days after travel if they don’t get tested. More details on Ohio’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting Oklahoma. More information on Oklahoma’s advice for travelers is available here.

All unvaccinated travelers whose travel is non-essential should self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive in Oregon. More details on Oregon’s entry requirements can be found here and here.

Travelers should download the COVID Alert PA app. More information on Pennsylvania’s entry requirements is available here.

Unvaccinated international travelers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Rhode Island, unless they have a negative test result from within 5 days after their arrival, in which case they only need to quarantine for 7 days.

Unvaccinated domestic travelers from hot-spot states must quarantine for 10 days from their arrival unless they have a negative test from within 72 hours before arrival or after arrival. More details on Rhode Island’s entry requirements can be found here.

All travelers should self-monitor and stay home as much as possible in the 14 days after travel.  More information on South Carolina’s entry requirements is available here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting South Dakota. More details on South Dakota’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Tennessee. More information on Tennessee’s advice for travelers is available here.

Travelers to Texas should follow CDC guidance. All travelers should get tested 1 to 3 days before travel and get tested 3 to 5 days after travel. Unvaccinated travelers should also self-quarantine for 7 days after travel or 10 days after travel if they don’t get tested. More details on Texas’ entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to Utah. More information on Utah’s advice for travelers is available here.

All unvaccinated travelers who are traveling for nonessential purposes must have a negative COVID test from within 3 days before arrival in Vermont. More details on Vermont’s entry requirements can be found here.

All unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after travel and quarantine for 7 days from their arrival. Unvaccinated travelers who don’t get tested should quarantine for 10 days. More information on Virginia’s entry requirements is available here.

All unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after travel. They should also self-quarantine for 7 days after travel if they get tested or 10 days after travel if they don’t get tested. More details on Washington’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for traveling to West Virginia. More information on West Virginia’s advice for travelers is available here.

Travelers to Wisconsin should follow CDC guidance. All unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. If they don’t get tested, they should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. More details on Wisconsin’s entry requirements can be found here.

There are no specific entry requirements for visiting Wyoming. More details on Wyoming’s entry requirements can be found here.

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the U.S.

At the moment, all travelers, even if they have been fully vaccinated, must present a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days of departure or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

However, vaccinated travelers do not have to get tested after arrival or quarantine on arrival according to CDC guidelines. State guidelines may vary.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to the United States?

All travelers over the age of 2 must have proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT or antigen test from within 3 days of departure to enter the United States. Acceptable COVID-19 tests include RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, and HDA.

The United States reopens borders for tourists

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to the United States?

Alternatively, travelers can provide evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. If travelers do not have a valid negative test result or proof of recovery from COVID-19, they will not be allowed to board their flight.

States may also have their own testing entry requirements. The CDC recommends that unvaccinated travelers get tested again 3 to 5 days after travel and that they self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even if they obtain a negative result from their second test.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the U.S.?

There is a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in certain U.S. states. Travelers can use the CDC Travel Planner or check the list of states’ entry requirements above to see if they need to quarantine.

The CDC also recommends that all unvaccinated travelers self-quarantine after travel. Unvaccinated travelers should get tested 3 to 5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even if they receive a negative result. If unvaccinated travelers don’t get tested, they should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Do I need to complete an attestation form?

All travelers must complete an attestation form and submit it to their airline.

The form must be completed before boarding and will be retained by the airline. The form is available in several different languages, including English, Arabic, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit the United States

It is not mandatory to have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit the United States, but you really shouldn’t travel to the U.S. without it. American healthcare is incredibly expensive without insurance. Avoid the risk of having to pay for exorbitant medical bills out of your own pocket by purchasing travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

One of the best travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is Heymondo. Their policies offer extensive coverage, particularly for COVID-19 testing and treatment abroad, at an affordable price. With Heymondo, no matter what happens on your travels, you’ll be covered.

If you want to get 5% off your Heymondo insurance, you can use the discount link below.

Other travel restrictions for the United States during COVID-19

The U.S. has a few other travel restrictions in place:

  • Face masks should be worn in all public areas.
  • Social distancing rules must be observed.
  • You may need a tourist visa to visit the U.S. Check if you need one below.

What’s open in the United States

Wondering what you’ll be able to do if you visit the U.S. right now? Hotels, restaurants, beaches, and attractions are all open, so there is plenty for visitors to do and see. However, each state has its own regulations and restrictions for businesses and attractions, so what is open may vary from state to state. You can use the CDC Travel Planner to check the regulations for the area(s) you’ll be visiting.

Hotels that are open in the U.S.

If you’re looking for a great place to stay, American hotels are open. Hotels and accommodations will have their own specific regulations, but there are some general health and safety guidelines.

Is the United States open for travel

Hotels that are open in the U.S.

Hotels are frequently cleaned and disinfected, particularly high-touch areas. Check-in and check-out are fully contactless. Hand sanitizer will be available in hotel common areas for guests to disinfect their hands. Hotel common areas have been arranged to allow for proper social distancing.

More information on general hotel guidelines is available here.

Beaches that are open in the United States

Beaches across the U.S. are open, but restrictions for them will vary by state. Still, there are some general health and safety guidelines beachgoers should keep in mind.

Beachgoers should wear masks when entering and exiting the beach and should keep a distance of at least six feet away from others who are not in their household. Some beaches may have capacity limits, so be sure to check the restrictions for any beaches you want to visit. You can use the CDC Travel Planner to check beach restrictions in your area.

Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in the U.S.

Attractions, such as museums, monuments, and national parks, are open in many states, and tours are operating. If you have a particular tour or attraction in mind, be sure to check if it’s operating/open, since regulations will vary from state to state.

Is the United States open for tourism

Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in the U.S.

Attractions and tours will most likely have their own regulations, but generally, visitors should wear masks at all times and keep a distance of 6 feet away from others who are not in their household. Visitors should follow all guidelines at the place they are visiting.

More information on attractions and tours is available here and here.

Restaurants that are open in the United States

Whether you want a good old-fashioned burger and fries, clam chowder, or tacos, restaurants in the United States are open for indoor dining, delivery, and takeout. Restrictions will vary by state, so be sure to check the regulations for restaurants in your area with the CDC Travel Planner.

Capacity limits will vary by state, so be sure to check ahead of time and consider making a reservation. Restaurant guests should wear masks when entering, moving around, and exiting restaurants. Many restaurants will have social distancing measures in place.

More details on restaurant regulations in each state can be found here.

Airports that are open in the U.S.

American airports are open and commercial flights are operating.

Can I travel to the United States right now

Airports that are open in the U.S.

Travelers must wear face masks at all times and keep a distance of 6 feet away from others.

Curfew in the United States

There is no national curfew in place, but states may have their own curfew rules in place. You can check if the area you’re visiting has a curfew in place with the CDC Travel Planner.

COVID-19 testing in the United States

The United States officially reopening borders for tourism

Where to get a PCR test in the U.S. – COVID-19 testing in the United States

Your country may require you to take a PCR test to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in the United States, here is a list of testing sites. We have also written a guide on the best places to get a PCR test for travel in the United States.

United States reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to the U.S. reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to the U.S. right now as long as you have not been in China, Iran, the European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, Brazil, India, or South Africa in the last 14 days.

There are currently 6,300,000+ active cases and 590,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States as of today. If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to the U.S. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you should reconsider traveling to the U.S. right now.

Yes, non-citizen travelers who have been in China, Iran, the European Schengen area, the UK, Ireland, Brazil, India, or South Africa in the last 14 days cannot enter the United States.

Yes, quarantine is required to visit certain states. The CDC also recommends that all unvacinnated travelers quarantine for 7 days after travel and get tested 3 to 5 days after travel.

Yes, you must have proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT or antigen test from within 3 days of departure or provide evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Acceptable tests include RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, and HDA. The CDC also recommends getting tested 3 to 5 days after travel.

Yes, certain states may have a curfew in place, so use the CDC Travel Planner to check the restrictions in the area you are visiting.

Yes, certain states require domestic travelers to test and/or quarantine. You can use the CDC Travel Planner to check the restrictions for any states you’ll be visiting.

No, the land borders with Canada and Mexico are currently closed to non-essential travel.

Yes, American hotels are currently open, but restrictions are different for each state.

Yes, airports in the U.S. are open and international flights are operating.

Yes, American restaurants are open, but restrictions vary from state to state.

Yes, beaches in the U.S. are open, but restrictions differ for each state.

Yes, tours and excursions are currently operating.

Yes, attractions are open, but regulations vary from state to state.

Yes, Canadians can visit the U.S. right now.

Sources

We will update this guide on the United States reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to the U.S., you can check these official sources:

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Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

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