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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, United States has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to United States, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 13 October 2021

Last Updated at: 13 October 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – United States

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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, United States has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to United States, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 13 October 2021

Last Updated at: 13 October 2021

THINKING OF MOVING AND LIVING IN UNITED STATES?

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Global Mobility Updates – United States

Latest Update

U.S. to lift Canada, Mexico land border restrictions in Nov for vaccinated visitors

The United States will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November, this ends the curbs on non-essential travelers in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

From early Nov, the US will ease travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19, including those from the U.K. and EU

From early November, the US will lift Covid-19 travel restrictions to allow fully vaccinated passengers from the UK and most European Union (EU) countries to travel into the country.

The move signals the end of a travel ban imposed by Donald Trump more than 18 months ago in the early stages of the pandemic, and comes after intense lobbying from Brussels and London.

Besides the UK and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe, the easing of restrictions will also apply to Ireland, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa and India.

 

The US extends restrictions with Canada and Mexico through Oct 21, barring nonessential travel such as tourism

As of 20 September, the United States extended restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico through Oct. 21, barring nonessential travel such as tourism by foreigners despite Ottawa’s decision to open its border to vaccinated Americans.

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Entering United States Borders

All foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering:

  • This excludes China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
  • Iran
  • European Schengen Area (including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil

All US nationals and permanent residents (including family members) are allowed to enter United States

  • however if they have travelled to any of the listed countries, they will be redirected to one of the 13 designated airports

United States land borders with Mexico and Canada will be closed to all non essential travels.

 

Advice Upon Returning To United States

  • All US residents returning with travel history to Hubei Province, China in the last 14 days prior to their entry to United States will be subjected to 14 days of mandatory quarantine
  • All US residents returning with travel history to any of the listed countries and regions, in the last 14 days prior to their entry to United States will be subjected to “proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry,” and up to 14 days of “monitored self-quarantine”

 

Leaving United States Borders

  • All US residents are urged to stay home and avoid all non-essential international travel during this period.
  • United States will temporarily limit inbound land border crossings from Canada and Mexico to “essential travel”. However, this does not restrict U.S. citizens from returning home.

Visit Travel.State.Gov website on travel advisories during COVID-19 period for more.

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K-12 Schools

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • K-12 schools should be the last settings to close after all other prevention measures in the community have been employed, and the first to reopen.
  • In-person instruction is prioritized over extracurricular activities (such as sports and school events) to minimise the risk of transmission and protect in-person learning.
  • Families of student who are more susceptible to severe illness (such as those with special healthcare needs) or living with people at high risk are given the option of virtual instruction, regardless of the mode of learning being offered.
  • All schools are encouraged to use cohorting.

For more information, you can visit the CDC website here.

 

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

(Including colleges and universities, community and technical colleges.)

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

* For fully vaccinated IHEs

  • IHEs, where all students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated prior to the start of the semester, can return to full capacity in-person learning, without requiring or recommending masking or physical distancing. However, the CDC still encourages students to continued masking and physical distancing for people with weakened immune systems.
  • However, IHEs should encourage handwashing, cleaning/disinfection and respiratory etiquette.

 

* For IHEs not fully vaccinated

  • Mask wearing is required for indoors. Although it is not required to wear masks outdoor, the CDC  recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor or during activities that involve close contact with people who are not fully vaccinated.
  • People not fully vaccinated should perform physical distancing where they should keep space of at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) between people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

For more information, please visit the CDC website here. 

 

Prevention Strategies (All Schools)

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Use of masks required
  • Physical distancing
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
  • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine.

For more information, you can visit the CDC website here.

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Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • As of 2021,  emergency and mission-critical visa services are available. Currently, the U.S. Embassies and Consulates are prioritizing visa applicants who are travellers with urgent needs, foreign diplomat, mission-critical travellers (those who are essential to the America Food and Supply, or those who are assisting the U.S. with the pandemic), followed by students, exchange visitors, and temporary employment visas.
  • From 20th March 2020, The Department of State has suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates with the suspension of issuing new visas.
  • However, Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
  • Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment.
  • Updates on visa information can be found here.

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Home Search

  • Open houses viewing is dependant on each federal, states and local authorities recommendations. The “shelter in place” mandate may affect the permissibility of open houses.
  • No more than 10 people are allowed to tour the home at any given time
  • It is recommended to only allow one buyer group to tour the home at a time.
  • Ensure that guests maintain safe distancing of six or more feet apart.
  • Potential buyers are required to wash their hands immediately upon entry, and remove shoes/covering footwear with booties.

For more information on the COVID-19 guidelines for property viewing, please visit the National Associations of Realtors (NAR) website.

For more information on accommodations in the U.S., you can check out our articles on

A Guide To Short Term Accommodation In The US and Long Term Accommodations In The US: An Expat Guide.

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Importing Dogs

  • With effect from July 14 2021, there will be temporary suspension for importing dogs from countries that CDC considers high risk for dog rabies.
  • All dogs imported into the United States must be healthy on arrival.
  • Vaccination against rabies is recommended by the CDC for dogs that are not from high-risk countries.

 

Importing Cats

  • All cats must be healthy upon arrival in the United States.
  • Vaccination against rabies is recommended.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has additional requirements for importing pets, check it out here.

For more information on importing pets into the United States, please Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on pet relocation in the U.S., check out our article on The Best Pet Relocation Services In The US.

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Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact the nearest here U.S. embassy or consulate
Contact U.S embassy assistance call center:
1-888-407-4747
+1 202-501-4444 (From Overseas)
For COVID-19 updates visit USA.GOV

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Latest Update

U.S. to lift Canada, Mexico land border restrictions in Nov for vaccinated visitors

The United States will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November, this ends the curbs on non-essential travelers in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

From early Nov, the US will ease travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19, including those from the U.K. and EU

From early November, the US will lift Covid-19 travel restrictions to allow fully vaccinated passengers from the UK and most European Union (EU) countries to travel into the country.

The move signals the end of a travel ban imposed by Donald Trump more than 18 months ago in the early stages of the pandemic, and comes after intense lobbying from Brussels and London.

Besides the UK and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe, the easing of restrictions will also apply to Ireland, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa and India.

 

The US extends restrictions with Canada and Mexico through Oct 21, barring nonessential travel such as tourism

As of 20 September, the United States extended restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico through Oct. 21, barring nonessential travel such as tourism by foreigners despite Ottawa’s decision to open its border to vaccinated Americans.

Entering United States Borders

All foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering:

  • This excludes China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
  • Iran
  • European Schengen Area (including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil

All US nationals and permanent residents (including family members) are allowed to enter United States

  • however if they have travelled to any of the listed countries, they will be redirected to one of the 13 designated airports

United States land borders with Mexico and Canada will be closed to all non essential travels.

 

Advice Upon Returning To United States

  • All US residents returning with travel history to Hubei Province, China in the last 14 days prior to their entry to United States will be subjected to 14 days of mandatory quarantine
  • All US residents returning with travel history to any of the listed countries and regions, in the last 14 days prior to their entry to United States will be subjected to “proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry,” and up to 14 days of “monitored self-quarantine”

 

Leaving United States Borders

  • All US residents are urged to stay home and avoid all non-essential international travel during this period.
  • United States will temporarily limit inbound land border crossings from Canada and Mexico to “essential travel”. However, this does not restrict U.S. citizens from returning home.

Visit Travel.State.Gov website on travel advisories during COVID-19 period for more.

K-12 Schools

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • K-12 schools should be the last settings to close after all other prevention measures in the community have been employed, and the first to reopen.
  • In-person instruction is prioritized over extracurricular activities (such as sports and school events) to minimise the risk of transmission and protect in-person learning.
  • Families of student who are more susceptible to severe illness (such as those with special healthcare needs) or living with people at high risk are given the option of virtual instruction, regardless of the mode of learning being offered.
  • All schools are encouraged to use cohorting.

For more information, you can visit the CDC website here.

 

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

(Including colleges and universities, community and technical colleges.)

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

* For fully vaccinated IHEs

  • IHEs, where all students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated prior to the start of the semester, can return to full capacity in-person learning, without requiring or recommending masking or physical distancing. However, the CDC still encourages students to continued masking and physical distancing for people with weakened immune systems.
  • However, IHEs should encourage handwashing, cleaning/disinfection and respiratory etiquette.

 

* For IHEs not fully vaccinated

  • Mask wearing is required for indoors. Although it is not required to wear masks outdoor, the CDC  recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor or during activities that involve close contact with people who are not fully vaccinated.
  • People not fully vaccinated should perform physical distancing where they should keep space of at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) between people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

For more information, please visit the CDC website here. 

 

Prevention Strategies (All Schools)

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Use of masks required
  • Physical distancing
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
  • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine.

For more information, you can visit the CDC website here.

Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • As of 2021,  emergency and mission-critical visa services are available. Currently, the U.S. Embassies and Consulates are prioritizing visa applicants who are travellers with urgent needs, foreign diplomat, mission-critical travellers (those who are essential to the America Food and Supply, or those who are assisting the U.S. with the pandemic), followed by students, exchange visitors, and temporary employment visas.
  • From 20th March 2020, The Department of State has suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates with the suspension of issuing new visas.
  • However, Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
  • Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment.
  • Updates on visa information can be found here.

Home Search

  • Open houses viewing is dependant on each federal, states and local authorities recommendations. The “shelter in place” mandate may affect the permissibility of open houses.
  • No more than 10 people are allowed to tour the home at any given time
  • It is recommended to only allow one buyer group to tour the home at a time.
  • Ensure that guests maintain safe distancing of six or more feet apart.
  • Potential buyers are required to wash their hands immediately upon entry, and remove shoes/covering footwear with booties.

For more information on the COVID-19 guidelines for property viewing, please visit the National Associations of Realtors (NAR) website.

For more information on accommodations in the U.S., you can check out our articles on

A Guide To Short Term Accommodation In The US and Long Term Accommodations In The US: An Expat Guide.

Importing Dogs

  • With effect from July 14 2021, there will be temporary suspension for importing dogs from countries that CDC considers high risk for dog rabies.
  • All dogs imported into the United States must be healthy on arrival.
  • Vaccination against rabies is recommended by the CDC for dogs that are not from high-risk countries.

 

Importing Cats

  • All cats must be healthy upon arrival in the United States.
  • Vaccination against rabies is recommended.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has additional requirements for importing pets, check it out here.

For more information on importing pets into the United States, please Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on pet relocation in the U.S., check out our article on The Best Pet Relocation Services In The US.

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact the nearest here U.S. embassy or consulate
Contact U.S embassy assistance call center:
1-888-407-4747
+1 202-501-4444 (From Overseas)
For COVID-19 updates visit USA.GOV

Summary

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions and visa updates in United States.

Category:Travel History Travel Measures Designated U.S Airports:
USA Residents (including Permanent Residents and their immediate family members)Hubei Province in the past 14 daysAllowed entry, redirected to one of the 13 airports & subjected to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine 13 airports include: Atlanta (ATL)
Boston (BOS)
Chicago (ORD),
Dallas (DFW)
Detroit (DTW)
Honolulu (HNL)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Miami (MIA)
New York (JFK or EWR)
San Francisco (SFO)
Seattle (SEA)
Washington (IAD)
China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland in the past 14 daysAllowed entry, redirected to one of the 13 airports & subjected to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine
All other countries/ regionsAllowed entry
Foreign Nationals
China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland in the past 14 daysNot allowed entry-
All other countries/ regionsAllowed entry -

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