Travel Rules for USA

Last updated: Tuesday 17th May at 9PM

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USA Travel Rules

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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. See below for requirements for children and unvaccinated travellers.

USA travel rules for vaccinated travellers from UK

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 VirginDelta, JetBlue and IAG (British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia & Level).

• 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 and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you are cleared to travel

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)

• 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 – VirginDelta, JetBlue and IAG (British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia & Level)

• 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 the UK

At present, all of the nations have aligned on these travel rules but please keep across the information for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

USA is on the “Rest of World” list

All travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to test, quarantine or fill in a passenger locator form. This includes children and unvaccinated travellers.

Before you travel to England 

• You no longer need to fill in a passenger locator form

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

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