Traveling to the US During COVID-19: What You Need to Know

As an expert in the travel industry, I have seen firsthand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel. With constantly changing regulations and restrictions, it can be overwhelming for travelers to keep up with the latest requirements. That's why I highly recommend using an interactive map to view detailed travel entry requirements related to COVID-19 for the places you want to visit. This page is for all international travelers, including U.

S. lawful permanent residents, immigrants, and non-U. individuals. This tool will help you learn about the requirements to board a flight to the United States. While many of us are eager to resume our travels and leave isolation behind, it's important to continue following CDC guidance and wearing masks when necessary.

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days, it's crucial that you isolate yourself to protect others from infection. But what about traveling to the United States? All air passengers bound for the U. must provide contact information to airlines before boarding their flights. If you are not fully vaccinated and are allowed to travel to the U. by air through an exception, you will be required to sign a certification (legal statement) before boarding your flight stating that you comply with the exception.

Depending on the type of exception, you may also need to indicate that you have taken certain protective measures. For more information, see COVID-19 Vaccination Proof Requirement for Air Passengers.For immigrants who are not fully vaccinated and are not allowed to travel to the U. by air through an exception, they must meet the certification requirements they signed before boarding their flight. It's important for all travelers to review and understand these requirements before embarking on their journey.

And if you need to make any changes, you can always do so on our Privacy Policy page. Specific information about COVID-19: Travelers who want to get vaccinated after arriving in the U. should visit Vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY), 888-720-748 to find a branch near you. It's also recommended to sign up for up-to-date safety and security information and to help us contact you in the event of an emergency abroad. And don't forget to make two copies of all your travel documents in case of an emergency and leave one with a trusted friend or family member. Now, let's talk about the requirements for entering the U.

Anyone traveling to the U. must provide contact tracing information. This includes U. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those traveling on an immigrant visa.

You must show proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and complete a certification form before boarding your flight. Our team at Southwest Airlines will notify you of any restrictions as soon as possible and offer you the flexibility you need to make changes. We appreciate your patience and trust in us as we navigate these unprecedented times together. It's important to note that while federal law no longer requires masks to be worn at the airport or on the plane, certain cities or states may still have their own requirements. Be sure to check the policies of any airport you're traveling to before you arrive. And if you prefer to wear a mask while traveling, we'll have it ready for you at the airport or on board. The government requires that anyone traveling to the U.

provide contact information where we can reach them once they land in the country. You no longer need to submit a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery. These additional requirements and criteria for exceptions can be found on our website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires that all passengers boarding an international flight to the U. provide contact information within 72 hours before the flight departs.

This information may be used by U. public health officials to monitor passengers who may have been exposed to a contagious illness before or during their trip. If there was exposure, public health officials have the information they need to enable rapid monitoring of public health. So, who is required to provide contact tracing information? Any passenger flying to the U. must do so.

And where is this information sent and stored? It will be shared with the U. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data systems, but we will not keep this information in our systems longer than necessary to comply with CDC requirements. It's important for all travelers to understand these requirements and comply with them. Failure to do so may result in additional fees or even being denied entry into the U. Depending on your circumstances and travel itinerary, you may also be responsible for additional travel document requirements by your destination. While arrival test requirements remain in effect for unvaccinated travelers, starting April 25, unvaccinated children between 5 and 11 years old can skip the arrival test requirement if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

Additionally, all travelers must sign a document stating that they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and complete an online EU passenger digital location form before traveling. On March 10, the requirement for domestic travelers to Puerto Rico to show proof of vaccination or a negative test was removed according to updated travel guidelines issued by Discover Puerto Rico. This is great news for those who have been wanting to visit but were hesitant due to confusion over the country's reopening plan.