The recent pandemic has changed the way we travel and how we plan our vacations. We all want to focus on staying healthy and safe while also having fun with friends and family. If you’re thinking of visiting Las Vegas soon, you may be wondering, “Is it safe to travel to Las Vegas during COVID?” and “What precautions are in place for visitors?”
The Gray Line team shares what you need to know about traveling to Las Vegas at this time.
Are There Las Vegas Travel Restrictions?
As of early 2022, many Vegas restrictions have been lifted. Las Vegas is open to travelers and welcoming visitors from across the country. Also, fully-vaccinated tourists from around the world can visit Las Vegas as long as they meet international travel requirements and follow recommended guidelines.
However, you may see a Las Vegas COVID restrictions update based on current trends and statistics of coronavirus in Las Vegas. Before planning your trip to Sin City, be sure to check current info on international travel¹, including from Canada and Mexico.
A tour of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas is a great way to get outdoors during your Vegas vacation. Contact Gray Line to book your tour today!
What Are the COVID Health and Safety Guidelines in Las Vegas?
Nevada state government authorities and Las Vegas local leaders take COVID-19 seriously and have put guidelines in place to keep everybody as safe as possible during this time. Most of these guidelines are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)² and World Health Organization (WHO)³ recommendations.
Some of these safety precautions in Las Vegas include:
Wearing a mask while indoors or in close proximity to others
Social distancing (at least 6 feet away) whenever possible
Avoiding large crowds and spaces with poor ventilation
Washing hands often and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
Using hand sanitizer and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
Full vaccination requirements in many venues or for events
If you’re experiencing common COVID-19 symptoms, it’s crucial to get tested and quarantine if the results are positive. You should not travel or make a trip to Las Vegas if you have or if you suspect you have coronavirus.
Are Masks Required in Las Vegas?
Until mask mandates change, the State of Nevada requires masks in public indoor settings in Clark Country (where Las Vegas is located). This includes:
Restaurants and bars (unless you are consuming food and drinks)
You do not need to wear a mask outdoors or in your private hotel room, but it is highly recommended if you are in a crowd that prevents you from social distancing. In addition, music festivals, conventions, and other entertainment venues can require full proof of vaccination for entry, according to Nevada COVID rules⁴.
When Is the Safest and Best Time to Travel to Las Vegas?
The best time to visit Las Vegas is when you are healthy, fully vaccinated, and not experiencing COVID symptoms. You may want to consider getting tested for COVID-19 before traveling, even if you are fully vaccinated and do not feel sick, as some coronavirus symptoms do not show up right away.
However, if you want to avoid peak season with the heaviest tourist crowds, consider planning your trip for the spring and fall. The weather during this time is mild and not uncomfortably cold, which you may experience in the Vegas winter months.
Although Vegas summers are known for high temperatures, they are also the most popular time to visit Sin City with resort pools open, night clubs hosting headliner DJs and musical artists, and many seasonal restaurants reopening their doors. Just make sure you follow safety guidelines and check Las Vegas COVID restrictions today if you decide to visit Las Vegas in the summer.
Are Las Vegas Attractions Open Right Now?
Many of the most popular attractions in Vegas are open at this time. However, you should always check with the venue itself to see if operating hours have changed. Some attractions may only be open on certain days or have new requirements since the last time you visited.
If you do plan on visiting Vegas for a concert, show, sporting event, or other forms of entertainment, it’s vital that you follow mask directives and safety guidelines.
Can Staying Outdoors Help Keep Me Safe?
By staying outdoors during your Vegas vacation, you make it easier to avoid crowds and stay socially distanced from others. If you’re looking for outdoor things to do in Las Vegas, consider some of these nearby attractions:
Seven Magic Mountains
The Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (at Hoover Dam)
Red Rock Canyon
Lake Las Vegas
The Grand Canyon
Many people don’t realize that The Grand Canyon’s West Rim is only a 2.5-drive from Vegas, and the South Rim is about a 4-hour drive. You can book an all-day Grand Canyon tour to either rim that includes stops at Lake Mead and Hoover Dam to make the most of your day outdoors! The tour bus can even pick guests up at their hotels on The Strip or downtown Las Vegas.
Contact Gray Line Las Vegas to hear about our all-inclusive tours to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas.
Can I Travel to Vegas Safely on a Budget?
If you’re wondering how to travel to Las Vegas on a budget and still stay safe, several free things to do in Vegas are open and practicing strict COVID guidelines and recommendations. You can save money while visiting Las Vegas by checking out these fun free things throughout your trip:
Bellagio Botanical Gardens
Fremont Street Experience (downtown)
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Volcano at the Mirage
The Aquarium at Silverton Hotel
Again, check with each attraction for updated hours or to see if COVID restrictions have changed.
Gray Line Las Vegas Is Committed to Your Safety
At Gray Line Las Vegas, we take every precaution to keep our passengers, drivers, and tour guides safe while on our tours. We thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces on our tour vehicles and require face coverings during transportation. We will also supply hand sanitizer and face masks to those who do not have their own.
If you would like to learn more about our COVID-19 safety protocols and how we take extra measures to protect your health, contact the Gray Line team today.
¹VisitTheUSA.com. Information and tips on visiting the USA. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
²Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (27 April 2021).How to Protect Yourself & Others. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
³World Health Organization (WHO). (1 October 2021). Advice for the public: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Retrieved 17 January 2022.
⁴LasVegasNevada.gov. (12 January 2022). Coronavirus Update. Retrieved 17 January 2022.