Due to the pandemic, prolonged international flying restrictions have left many of us wanting to travel more than ever before. However, planning a vacation to Las Vegas or anywhere else during COVID will raise a lot of questions: Is there still an international travel US ban? When will international travel resume? Can I visit Las Vegas right now?
Here is what you need to know about international travel to the US and requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you stay safe.
What Are US International Travel Restrictions for Tourists?
The CDC international travel requirements and recommendations¹ state that:
Non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. immigrants must be fully vaccinated to travel to the United States by plane.
Those traveling by plane are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or COVID-19 recovery documentation.
Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth in airplanes and indoor areas of public transportation. This applies if you’re traveling into, within, or out of the USA and indoors in United States airports or other transportation hubs.
As of January 2022, when the CDC updated its details about overseas travel, visitors from most countries can travel to the United States as long as they comply with US requirements. However, there are some exceptions, and restrictions can change depending on COVID-19 statistics and risk assessments.
If you do qualify for international travel to the US, just make sure you follow all rules, guidelines, and recommendations to make your trip as safe as possible.
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What Do I Need to Travel to Las Vegas?
For those planning a trip to Las Vegas from another country, you may be wondering what you will need to comply with health and safety requirements. Here is an international travel checklist for Las Vegas as of January 2022:
Mask - Make sure you and anybody in your group over the age of 2 years have a comfortable mask that covers the nose and mouth. You will need to wear a mask while indoors in Las Vegas.
Negative COVID-19 Test Results - As of January 2022, all international travelers will need to get a COVID-19 viral test one (1) day before flying into the United States, regardless of their citizenship or vaccination status. Make sure you schedule your test and have your results ready before your flight.
COVID-19 Recovery Documentation - For those who recently recovered from COVID-19, you can show documentation of your recovery rather than a COVID-19 test before your flight. Check the CDC website for details on approved documentation².
Passport and Visa - Outside of COVID-related requirements, you will also need your passport and visa (in some cases) to get through Harry Reid International Airport before entering Las Vegas.
International Travel Insurance - As a precaution, it’s a good idea to purchase international travel insurance to cover healthcare costs if you become sick or are injured during your trip. Some policies even cover cancellation fees if you decide to cancel your trip due to coronavirus concerns.
When getting ready for your trip, be sure to add your mask, negative test results, or COVID-19 recovery documents to your packing list! In addition to your passport and visa, you will need these things to enter Las Vegas or anywhere in the United States.
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What Countries Are Open for International Travel from Las Vegas?
If you’re on the other side of the table and want to travel internationally from Las Vegas, there are a couple of things to consider. Overseas travel restrictions are subject to the destination.
First, you must check the international travel requirements and restrictions of the country you plan to visit. Some countries still have a travel ban in place with no international travel allowed, while others have very strict guidelines you must follow to gain entry.
Second, check the CDC’s website for COVID-19 risk assessments by destination³. If the country or region you plan to visit has a high level of risk for COVID-19 transmission, you may want to reconsider the timing of your trip.
Check out this comprehensive list of countries open to US tourists⁴ for a country-by-country guide on international travel from the United States.
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When Will International Travel Resume?
As more people worldwide become fully vaccinated, many countries are lifting travel bans and restrictions to tourists. However, it could be some time before all restrictions are gone. Some experts say it could be another year before all restrictions are lifted, with others predicting pre-COVID travel won’t resume until 2024⁵.
However, it’s important to remember that these international travel COVID restrictions and guidelines are in place to keep us safe. As time goes on and we learn more ways to protect ourselves, we’ll be back to jetting around the world to our favorite destinations. Be sure to check the CDC website for international travel updates.
Staying Safe in Las Vegas
When you get to Las Vegas, make sure you and your traveling companions take steps to keep yourselves safe and healthy during your trip. This includes wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and social distancing from others whenever possible. Avoiding crowds and staying outdoors can help you keep a safe distance from others while in Sin City.
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¹CDC. (10 January 2022). International Travel. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
²CDC. (17 December 2021). Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
³CDC. (18 January 2022). COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
⁴Brown, Forrest. (17 January 2022). The countries welcoming US tourists now -- and some resources for your visit. CNN. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
⁵Wright, Simon. (8 November 2021). International travel will get easier, but restrictions will remain. The Economist. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
Disclaimer: This article is NOT legal or medical advice
This article is not intended to be legal or medical advice and should only be used for informational purposes. Please visit the CDC website for official and updated international travel restrictions and health and safety recommendations for traveling overseas.