Summer is usually the peak travel season due to the warm weather and school being out of session. However, we continue to see some of the highest travel numbers since the onset of the pandemic. While many people continue to travel, several coronavirus variants threaten the reopening plans of destinations across the world. Here is a glimpse at the latest travel restrictions for the United States and international travel destinations.
United States Travel Restrictions
There are minimal travel restrictions when traveling within the United States. However, the Delta variant is causing several locations to be more cautious by reintroducing mask mandates. However, we are not seeing states require mandatory quarantines or pre-arrival testing as we did in 2020.
Los Angeles has a mandatory mask mandate for indoor public settings. Other counties across the state have a similar policy.
The city of Chicago assigns a risk level of yellow or orange to each U.S. state. The list updates weekly.
Orange states have a higher daily case count. The city requests returning residents and visitors won’t have to quarantine if fully vaccinated. However, the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated should either get a negative test or self-quarantine for ten days.
The tropical destination of Hawaii continues to have the strictest entry requirements of the 50 U.S. states. Tourists and returning residents will need to show proof of vaccination or have a negative pre-travel test to waive the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
A follow-up travel test is no longer necessary for interisland travel.
New York City
New York City is the first major city in the United States to require full vaccination to enter specific indoor settings, including:
- Public concerts and performances
City residents and visitors will need to show proof of vaccination when the mandate goes into effect on September 13, 2021. The transition period starts on August 16, 2021.
You might be considering a trip to Puerto Rico for a Caribbean getaway that doesn’t require a travel passport. Proof of vaccination or a negative pre-arrival test is necessary to avoid a potential monetary fine or a mandatory quarantine.
International Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions vary by nation. However, it’s possible to fly to several destinations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. When returning from any foreign country, travelers must have a negative test result to re-enter the United States.
Fully-vaccinated Americans will finally be able to travel to Canada for non-essential travel for the first time since the pandemic started. If the health situation doesn’t deteriorate, the travel restrictions ease on September 9, 2021. It will be possible to cross into Canada by air or by land and not have to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine.
However, you will only be able to travel to Canada for essential reasons during August.
It’s possible to fly to Mexico. However, the land border is still not open for non-essential travel. The entry requirements are more lenient than most international tropical getaways. Americans will not have to show proof of vaccination or obtain a pre-arrival test to enter.
You will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative pre-arrival test to enter Belize quarantine-free. Vacationers will also need to stay at government-approved Gold Standard properties.
Entry requirements for the various Caribbean nations can differ widely. Some islands remain closed to non-essential travel.
Most open destinations require a negative pre-arrival test or vaccination proof. Certain islands also require travelers to buy a qualifying coronavirus travel insurance policy.
Some of the islands to consider visiting first include:
- Dominican Republic
- Turks and Caicos
If you prefer staying on the mainland, Costa Rica is also tourism-friendly this summer. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are also welcoming Americans visiting from the 50 U.S. states.
It’s possible to vacation in Europe once again. The entry requirements differ by nation. The European Union is developing a Green Pass to make it easier for fully vaccinated travelers to visit multiple countries participating in the Schengen Agreement.
Here is a look at some of the countries open to Americans and what’s necessary to enter.
The U.K. is the most recent nation to reopen to Americans. Since August 2, 2021, fully vaccinated Americans can fly to England and Scotland without self-quarantining. Unvaccinated travelers will still need to self-quarantine for up to 10 days.
All travelers will need to obtain a negative pre-travel test result to waive the quarantine.
Other travel restrictions may apply for the other United Kingdom member nations, including Wales and Northern Ireland.
The easiest way to fly to Italy from the United States is on a “COVID-tested flight.” The country waives the mandatory quarantine for the fully vaccinated and those with a negative pre-travel test result.
France welcomes fully vaccinated Americans without a quarantine. The unvaccinated will need to get a pre-travel test to waive the quarantine.
You can enter Greece with proof of vaccination or a negative pre-arrival test.
Here are some of the exotic destinations that are open for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, you will need to be willing to fly to the other side of the world.
The Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius began reopening on July 15, 2021, at eligible resorts. The island anticipates a full reopening on October 1, 2021.
Entry requirements require adult travelers over age 18 to be fully vaccinated during the first reopening phase. Being able to enter with a negative PCR test can be possible beginning on October 1, 2021.
The Maldives was one of the first exotic nations to reopen. All tourists must get a pre-travel test, regardless of their vaccination status.
Seychelles are also open for tourism. A negative pre-arrival test is necessary, and the nation recommends eligible travelers to be fully vaccinated.
Traveling within the United States can be the best option for avoiding travel restrictions or strict entry requirements. However, it’s possible to travel for leisure again to many of the favorite spots in the Western Hemisphere and continental Europe.