For 20 long months, the borders of the United States of America have been closed to most visitors. The travel restrictions affected non-American citizens from over 30 countries. This includes Europe, India, China, South Africa, and the UK, causing many businesses and families trouble.
In March 2020, the US closed its borders due to the rising Covid-19 cases. During this time, many struggled to meet loved ones and even travel back to their home country. It was impossible to transit through Europe when arriving from a third country.
From November 8th, fully vaccinated arrivals from all countries can enter the US for non-essential reasons. We gathered for you all the information you need to know.
This is a huge step, but still, many travelers can not enter the country. Only fully vaccinated arrivals can enter.
The land borders with neighboring countries Canada and Mexico are also open now. But just as arrivals by air - only vaccinated individuals can enter the country.
Travelers arriving through land borders don’t have to show a negative Covid test. They need to provide proof of vaccination and show it at the border check. Also, they may need to state their reason for traveling and show more papers.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, arrivals can expect longer waiting times at airports. They suggest travelers make sure they have all the documents they need organized ahead and be patient.
You can check for more updates and information on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.