Page last updated June 14, 2022.

Many countries currently have travel restrictions in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which may affect your travel.  If you are planning travel, please keep in mind that the restrictions can change with little notice.  Below, you'll find a select list of mainly U.S.-specific travel restrictions and guidance, including information on:

Vaccination & Testing Requirements for Air-Travel to U.S.

Vaccination

Noncitizen travelers by air to the U.S. must present proof of full vaccination with an acceptable COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Exceptions:
    • Categories of "noncitizen nonimmigrants" that meet the criteria for an exception* under the Proclamation and CDC’s Order include:
      • Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel
      • Children under 18 years of age
      • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
      • Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials
      • Persons issued a humanitarian or emergency exception
      • Persons with valid visas [excluding B-1/B-2 visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability
      • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age)
      • Sea crew members traveling with a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa
      • Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees)
    • *Noncitizen travelers who fall under the above exceptions may be required to attest that:
      • You will be tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3–5 days after arrival in the United States, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days;
      • You will self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if the test result to the post-arrival viral test is negative, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days; and
      • You will self-isolate if the result of the post-arrival test is positive or if you develop COVID-19 symptoms.
      • If staying in the U.S. longer than 60 days:
        • You agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19; and
        • You have arranged to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the United States, or as soon thereafter as is medically appropriate, unless (for children) you are too young to be vaccinated.
    • The Presidential Proclamation and CDC’s Order do not apply to immigrants.
    • The Presidential Proclamation and CDC’s Order do not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. lawful permanent residents.
COVID-19 TESTING

As of June 12, 2022, air travelers to the United States no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery before boarding, as annouced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

GENERAL

Wondering if you can board a flight to the U.S.?  Visit the CDC's Find out if you can board a flight to the United States page.

Visit the CDC's Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers page for more information.

Current U.S. Travel Restrictions Tied to COVID-19

Pandemic-related regional travel restrictions: 

  • There are currently no geographic COVID-19 entry ban proclamations in effect.
  • Canada and Mexico "Essential Travel" Restrictions (land borders only)
    • Inbound non-U.S. individual travelers (non-U.S. citizens who are neither U.S. nationals nor lawful permanent residents) can seek to enter the United States via a land port of entry (POE) or ferry terminal if they are fully vaccinated and have appropriate documentation.

      Non-U.S. individuals traveling to the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals, whether for essential or non-essential reasons, must:

      • verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status;

      • provide proof of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the CDC website;

      • present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document, such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program Card, or Enhanced Tribal Card;

      • be prepared to present any other relevant documents requested by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer during a border inspection; and

      • meet all other existing requirements for entry not related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing is not required for entry via a land or ferry port of entry.  See the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada federal notices for details, and visit the FAQs for more. 

Current U.S. visa issuance updates

After announcing a "phased resumption of routine visa services" in the spring of 2020, the US Department of State issued a Visa Services Operating Status Update (November 2020, and updated in April 2021).  Per this update, embassies and consulates that process nonimmigrant visas were prioritizing travelers with urgent needs, foreign diplomats, mission-critical categories of travelers, followed by some students, exchange visitors, and some temporary employment visas.  On November 19, 2021, however, this prioritization guidance was rescinded, giving US embassies and consulates broad discretion to determine how to prioritize visa appointments, subject to local conditions and restrictions.

The US Department of State (DOS) has announced Expanded Interview Waivers for Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants (December 23, 2021), stating that consular officers may continue to waive, in their discretion, the in-person interview requirement for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants, including students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists (F, M, and academic J visa applicants) through the end of 2022.

  • Applicants must apply for a visa in their country of nationality or residence.
  • Consular officers have discretion to waive the interview for F, M, and academic J visa applicants who were previously issued any type of visa, and who have never been refused a visa unless such refusal was overcome or waived, and who have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility; or first-time F, M, and academic J visa applicants who are citizens or nationals of a country that participates in VWP and who have previously traveled to the United States via an ESTA authorization, provided they have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility.

Announcement of Processing Posts for Visa Applicants from Ukraine: Beginning immediately, Ukrainian immigrant visas (IVs) other than adoption cases will be processed at Consulate General Frankfurt, including Diversity Visa (DV) and Fianc(é)e (K-1) visas. The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw will process Ukrainian adoption cases as well as A and G diplomatic and official visas. Contact KyivIV@state.gov for questions about Ukrainian immigrant and fianc(é)e visa cases. Nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications may be processed wherever a Ukrainian applicant is physically located and can schedule an appointment. Interested applicants should follow instructions on the respective Embassy website to apply for an NIV. Please find a list of Embassy websites here: https://www.usembassy.gov.