The US eased travel restrictions for visitors from the UK in November 2021, with rules around testing eased in June 2022. Find out what all this means for your trip.
Can I travel to the USA?
On Monday 20 September 2021, the White House confirmed that it would lift most restrictions on fully vaccinated international travellers, allowing them to enter the US for the first time since March 2020. We were on the first flight out in early November 2021, so have first-hand experience of the process.
What Covid tests do I need to travel to the USA?
As of June 2022, the requirement for air travellers to show proof of a negative test to enter the USA has been dropped.
"We are able to take this step because of the tremendous progress we've made in our fight against the virus. We have made lifesaving vaccines and treatments widely available and these tools are working to prevent serious illness and death, and are effective against the prevalent variants circulating in the US and around the world," a senior official said in a statement.
Do I need to be vaccinated to go to the USA?
Yes – most international air travellers need to show proof of being fully vaccinated to enter the USA. Any vaccine approved for use by the World Health Organisation or by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be accepted, including AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and others. The final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days before travelling.
Can unvaccinated people travel to the USA?
To enter the USA unvaccinated you must have been granted an exception or be a US Citizen, US National, or US Lawful Permanent Resident. You can find out if you qualify as an exception to the rules by reading the list outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Do I need to wear a face mask in the USA?
In mid-April US authorities ended the national requirement to wear a face mask on public transport, including planes, trains, taxis, and buses, following a ruling by a judge that the mandate was unlawful – however, passengers are still encouraged to wear masks.
Rules on wearing masks differ in each state, so it's important to check before you travel, however there are currently no states requiring people to wear masks in public spaces. You may be required to wear a mask in certain settings, such as healthcare facilities.