USA Travel Restrictions amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The United States has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. Some states are gradually opening up, but most still do not welcome even domestic tourists. The land borders between the US and Mexico and the US and Canada are closed for all non-essential travel until at least July 23.
Hotels, resorts, cities, whole states change their restrictions at their discretion based on the current situation.
Visafoto.com has gathered the data about traveling to and within the US in summer 2020.
Can I travel to the US if I already have a visa?
Holders of U.S. tourist visas are allowed in, but not everyone. As always, this is at the discretion of the border officer. There is a general rule: tourists are allowed to visit the country in case of essential travel. But whether your circumstances are “essential” is up to the officer to decide.
In addition, the U.S. has strict restrictions on incoming visitors from some countries, including a ban on tourists from Canada, Mexico, Europe and most of Asia. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the list of travelers prohibited from entry to the US.
USA local travel restrictions
Domestic flights are run as usual.
The U.S. Western National Parks are open. Parks may restrict or close different areas depending on the number of people for safety reasons.
Restrictions have been lifted. Hotels, restaurants and all tourist infrastructure is up and running. From June 5, all visitors must fill out a special form and do one of:
- submit a negative COVID-19 test result made no earlier than 72 hours before arriving in Alaska,
- or undergo a test for COVID-19 on arrival and provide full quarantine (self-isolation) at their own expense until the results are known;
- or undergo a two-week quarantine (self-isolation) in any convenient way at their own expense.
Miami and the rest of Florida are open, and the tourist infrastructure is almost fully functioning. Beaches, restaurants, shops and almost all hotels are open. The amusement parks relaunch sequentially from July 11-15.
The mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for all visitors to the islands has been extended until 31 July. The beaches are open (with restrictions). Until August 1, hotels (if open) accept only Hawaiians.
Officially the city is fully open for tourists from June 4. The hotels are open. Restaurants and casinos are open. Night shows are not yet held.
The hotels will be opened gradually during the summer and towards the autumn most of the tourist infrastructure should be available.
The hotels will be opened gradually during the summer, and closer to fall most of the tourist infrastructure should become available.
Hotels and all tourism infrastructure restart gradually during the summer.