November is a vital travel month for national and international travel. You may be trying to find a discount on travel before the peak holiday season begins. It can also be a great time to get away from it all in a tropical climate to dodge the cool fall temperatures. Here are the latest Covid-19 travel restrictions that may impact your fall travel.
Travel restrictions in the United States
Just like since the start of the pandemic, it remains easier to travel within the United States than to go abroad. In addition, these travel restrictions are relatively minimal for US residents and permanent residents.
The ever-glorious state of Hawaii continues to be the only state with a mandatory quarantine for visitors and returning residents. Fortunately, you can forgo the 10-day self-isolation period with a negative entry test or by being fully immunized.
While the state has never closed its borders, Governor David Ige has discouraged tourism from late summer to late October due to an increase in the number of cases. The infection rate has stabilized and the state is more receptive to Americans and foreigners wishing to visit the islands.
Vaccination warrants for tourists
Many cities require their citizens and visitors to have proof of vaccination to participate in certain indoor activities. These cities include:
- New York City
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- New Orleans
The restrictions for each city vary. In some cases you only need one injection and can enter without restriction if you are partially vaccinated. It might also be possible to enter with a negative diagnostic test result.
Indoor activity restrictions typically include dining, concerts, sporting events, trade shows, and gymnasiums.
Large outdoor gatherings like theme parks can also be affected. For example, Los Angeles County requires proof of vaccination or a negative test result to enter Six Flags Magic Mountain or Universal Studios Hollywood parks.
Commercial Travel Mask Mandate
In addition to local vaccine mandates, the federal mask mandate for commercial travel of any kind remains in effect. Passengers two years of age or older must wear a mask when flying, boarding a train, or taking a commercial bus.
Entry Requirements to the United States
From November 8, 2021, many foreigners will be able to travel to the United States again. Currently, travelers from approximately 33 countries cannot enter the United States due to country-specific travel bans.
After the first week of November, non-U.S. Residents of any country must be fully immunized and (air passengers two years of age or older) must test negative before arrival within the last 72 hours.
Readmission testing requirements are also changing for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated U.S. citizens. They must have a negative test result no more than 24 hours prior to arrival instead of the current 72 hour window.
Fully vaccinated Americans can still get a return test within 72 hours before returning to the United States.
Non-essential travel to Canada is also encouraged, as the state has new guidelines on domestic and international travel. Americans wishing to enter Canada by plane or car must be fully immunized and (if they are five years or older) have a negative molecular test.
All travelers in commercial transit should be fully immunized. This requirement has a greater effect on Canadian citizens making their first domestic trip since 2020.
As of November 8, 2021, Canadians will once again be able to travel to the United States by land. This is the first time that the land border of the United States and Canada will be fully open since the start of the pandemic.
Mexico continues to have some of the most lenient entry requirements for Americans flying into the country. The land border between the United States and Mexico also reopens on November 8, 2021.
Unlike the past few months, it’s now easier to visit more Latin American countries for non-essential travel. However, entry requirements differ significantly as some countries may only require a negative test before arrival, and others only accept fully vaccinated travelers.
Now that spring arrives in countries south of the equator, Argentina is allowing non-essential travelers with a full vaccination and a negative test before arrival. It is also necessary to have a negative follow-up test between days 5 and 7 of your trip.
Visitors will need a negative test before arrival and will be staying at a government approved resort.
You may only need a negative test before arrival to visit Brazil.
Colombia’s entry requirements are similar to Mexico’s since the country does not have any pre-arrival testing, vaccination or quarantine requirements.
The entry requirements for Costa Rica depend on your vaccination status:
- Full vaccination: no entry restrictions
- Partial or no vaccination: must have appropriate Covid-19 health insurance or self-quarantine for 10 to 14 days.
Like mainland Central and South America, the Caribbean islands can have lenient, moderate, or strict entry requirements. Some of the more accessible islands to visit include:
- Dominican Republic
You can expect to need a negative test before arrival, but can enjoy your visit without restriction.
Many other island countries are also opening their doors, including the Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados and Jamaica. But you will need to be vaccinated and even potentially have a negative follow-up test while you are on the island.
With the exception of Norway and Sweden which maintain a tourism ban, the rest of Europe is open to non-essential travel. Most countries require eligible travelers to be fully vaccinated and have a negative test result.
These entry requirements are similar to those in the United States and Canada for foreign visitors. In some cases, unvaccinated travelers can enter but must adhere to a quarantine period.
The European green pass is becoming more common, and tourists can expect to show proof of vaccination or a negative diagnostic test when visiting museums, restaurants and other indoor facilities.
Italy requires a full vaccination and a negative entry test. If you can’t show proof of vaccination or recent recovery, you’ll need to self-isolate for five days and get a follow-up diagnostic test to get out of quarantine.
Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Spain without restriction and do not need a negative arrival test. But, unfortunately, unvaccinated travelers are prohibited from visiting.
Australia is still not open to non-essential travel, but expatriate Australians who are fully vaccinated can now return to the country for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The country still plans to reopen to tourism in 2022. Neighboring New Zealand also plans to host international flights in February 2022 for fully vaccinated travelers.
It is relatively easy to enter the Maldives as you only need a negative test before arrival and stay in an approved accommodation facility.
More and more destinations are opening up, but visitors must be fully vaccinated and test negative before arrival. Latin America and the Caribbean remain the top international destinations due to proximity and more lax entry conditions.
Domestic travel within the United States can also be unrestricted when traveling between most states.