Travel Rules for USA

Last updated: Tuesday 25th January at 1PM

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I hear you! That’s why I’ve pulled together every test, form and quarantine you need to do abide by all the Covid travel rules and to visit the USA.

⚠︎ Remember, details can change quickly so always check the FCDO site to double check the following information. I recommend signing up for email updates!

USA Travel Rules

Travelling to the USA 🇺🇸

Keep up to date with the latest information on the Government website and the CDC website

Vaccinated UK travellers

The USA opened to fully vaccinated UK travellers on 8th Nov 2021 as long they show a negative lateral flow, LAMP or PCR test – or proof of recently recovering from COVID-19 – when travelling to the USA by air.

Before you travel to the United States

• Complete a Passenger Disclosure and Attestation form within 72 hours of your travel – you can find more information here. Some airlines have a digital version of this, like Virgin and Delta.

• Show proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving – the United States are accepting the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.

• Show a negative lateral flow, LAMP or PCR test taken no more than 1 day before travel. The test must be taken under supervision – either over video or in person.
OR
• Show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 90 days

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

This is not a COVID-19 requirement but please don’t forget to apply for your ESTA (e-Visa) to enter the USA!

After you arrive in USA

• You are recommended to take an additional test within 3 to 5 days of arriving in the US, but this is not mandatory. You can find information about testing sites here. In addition, if you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, no testing is required.

• If you are travelling domestically within the USA, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website.

Whilst in USA

• Please check for more information on the rules around coronavirus whilst in the USA here.

Overview

The USA opens to UK travellers on 8th Nov 2021. Those under 18 are able to travel though their entry requirements are based on their age, who they’re travelling with and whether they’ve recently had COVID-19.

Before travelling to the USA

• Children under 2 years old do not need to fill in a form or provide evidence of a negative test, though the CDC recommends a test for these children where possible (but you will not be asked to show proof)

• Those aged 2-17 will need to have a Passenger Disclosure and Attestation form completed on their behalf within 72 hours of your travel – you can find more information here. Some airlines have a digital version of this, like Virgin and Delta.

• Those aged 2-17 years old and travelling with vaccinated adults need to show a negative lateral flow or PCR test taken no more than 1 day before travel. The test must be taken under supervision – either over video or in person.
OR
• Show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 90 days

• Those aged 2-17 years old and travelling alone or with unvaccinated adults must show a negative lateral flow or PCR test taken no more than 1 day before travel. The test must be taken under supervision – either over video or in person.

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

• This is not COVID-19 requirement but please don’t forget to apply for your ESTA (e-Visa) to enter the USA!

After arriving in the USA

• Under 18* UK travellers must take an additional test within 3 to 5 days of arriving in the US and isolate if the result is positive. However, if you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, no testing is required.

*I assume this requirement is not needed for under 2 year olds but cannot find confirmation online. Please check when travelling and let me know when you do!

You can find more information on the requirements here.

Overview

If you are a non-U.S. citizen non-U.S. immigrant and not fully vaccinated, you will not be allowed to enter the United States. Only limited exceptions apply to the requirement to show proof of vaccination.

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Read up on the full details for USA on the CDC and FCDO website

Travelling back to England

At present, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also have the same rules but you can find more information on the nation’s rules here

BEFORE FRI 11TH FEB AT 4AM

USA is on the “Rest of World” list

Adults entering the UK from a non-red list country need to do a Day 2 test.

This is for passengers who have been fully vaccinated by the UK vaccination programme, or an approved vaccination programme. 

Before you travel to England 

• Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK

• Book and pay for a ‘Day 2‘ test – this can be a rapid antigen or a PCR test.

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately.

After you arrive in England

• Do your ‘Day 2’ test on Day 2 or before – the day you enter the UK is classed as Day 0 and you can take your test on the day you arrive

• You do not need to isolate whilst waiting for your result

USA is on the “Rest of World” list

Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.

This means that they have to take a COVID-19 test after they arrive in England – before the end of day 2 at the latest.

Please see above for what tests are allowed.

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

Read the full details here.

USA is on the “Rest of World” list

  • Non vaccinated travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country will have to do several tests and self isolate when travelling home from a “Rest of World’ country.

Before you travel to England

  • Take a lateral flow or PCR test in the 2 days before your travel to England
  • Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. You do not need to do these tests until you arrive home but you do need this booking reference to add to your passenger locator form 

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

After you arrive in England

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
  • Do your PCR test on Day 2 or before and on Day 8 – the day you enter the UK is classed as Day 0
  • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
  • If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You still need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.

Read the full details here.

Read up on the full details for travelling back to England on the Government website

AFTER FRI 11TH FEB AT 4AM

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Travelling back to England

At present, Scotland has so far confirmed that it will follow suit – you can find more information on all the nation’s rules here

AFTER FRI 11TH FEB AT 4AM

USA is on the “Rest of World” list

Adults entering the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to test or quarantine but they do still need to fill in a passenger locator form.

This is for passengers who have been fully vaccinated by the UK vaccination programme, or an approved vaccination programme. 

Before you travel to England 

• Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK

USA is on the “Rest of World” list

Children aged 17 and under can follow the same rules as fully vaccinated travellers.

Please see the information above.

USA is on the “Rest of World” list

  • Non vaccinated travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country will have to test twice and fill in a passenger locator form. You will no longer have to isolate.

Before you travel to England

  • Take a lateral flow or PCR test in the 2 days before your travel to England
  • Complete a passenger locator form. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 PCR tests. You do not need to do this test until you arrive home but you do need this booking reference to add to your passenger locator form 

NHS tests will not be accepted – you must book your tests privately

After you arrive in England

  • Do your PCR test on Day 2 or before
  • You no longer need to self isolate whilst waiting for your test results

Read the full details here.

Read up on the full details for travelling back to England on the Government website

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