The USA reopen its borders to vaccinated travelers in November 2021!

After 18 months of the American borders’ closure for individuals coming from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, The Republic of Ireland, the Federative Republic of Brazil, and the Republic of South Africa, we finally have a date for the reopening !!!
I must admit that this period has been challenging, frustrating, and complicated. So when I saw the news, I didn’t even believe it. And as I write this article, I still can’t believe it 🙂

Mark your calendar: November 8, 2021! Info updated on December 2, 2021, with new measures starting December 6.
Read below for more information.

When could we go to NYC?

On September 20, 2020, 18 months and seven days after the border closure, Jeff Zients, the White House pandemic coordinator, said that vaccinated individuals would be able to travel to the US in early November.
For the moment, we don’t have a specific date. It could be for or after Veterans Day, on November 11, 2021. We will see! Whatever happens, Press Secretary Jen Psaki, talked about early November. She added that the authorities would give more information as we go along to be ready by then.

What will it take to enter the United States starting in November 2021?

First of all, all travelers coming from abroad to the US will have to be fully vaccinated.
Today, it is necessary to prove a negative Covid-19 test, less than 72 hours before landing in the US.
Finally, the US might set up a system of traceability to track each passenger. It will surely be the airlines that will have to collect this information to know where you are going to the USA.

Guidelines in a nutshell

Travel restriction remains in place for individuals coming from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, The Republic of Ireland, the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of South Africa (Biden Proclamation, January 25, 2021) until November 8.

Health protocol as of December 2, 2021, for ALL PERSON traveling to New York with the following recommendations:
– There are generally no quarantine, work furlough, or testing requirements for asymptomatic travelers.
– Monitor symptoms daily from the day of arrival in New York through day 14,
– Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings.

US citizen, national, lawful permanent resident, or immigrant
– CDC and New York State recommend delaying international travel until the traveler is fully vaccinated (FDA approved).
Starting December 6, 2021, proof of negative COVID test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the USA.
– Covid-19 testing 3-5 days after arrival is a recommendation as well as self-quarantine if not fully vaccinated.
– Proof of Vaccination to access indoor activities (see Key to NYC Vaccination Mandate).

Official Information Quiz to find out requirements

Take the quiz before you travel to the USA!

International Travelers
– CDC and New York State recommend delaying international travel until the traveler is fully vaccinated (FDA approved).
– International travelers must comply with CDC requirements:
+ Show proof that you are fully vaccinated to travel to the United States by plane (18+ years old). You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receipt of the last dose (list of vaccines).
+ Starting December 6, 2021, proof of negative COVID test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the USA.
– Covid-19 testing is recommended 3-5 days after arrival in NY, even if fully vaccinated.
– Proof of Vaccination to access indoor activities (see Key to NYC Vaccination Mandate).

Official Information Quiz to find out requirements

Take the quiz before you travel to the USA!

Will children be able to go to the United States from November 2021?

Yes. There is no vaccination mandate for children under 18 years old to enter the USA.

However, the CDC Order (January 12, 2021), requires to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents, to be tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs to the US.

New measures for children visiting NYC:
Starting December 14, children ages 5 to 11 will be required to have proof of vaccination for public indoor activities. They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Starting December 27, people 12 and older participating in public indoor activities will be required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Can you get your plane tickets now?

If you are already fully vaccinated and plan to travel starting on November 8, YES, you can purchase your airplane tickets.

How to prepare your post-Covid trip to New York?

In the next few days and weeks, we’ll try to give you as much information as possible about what you need to know, what you shouldn’t miss, what new places you shouldn’t forget to visit, in short everything!
During these past 18 months, I kept my posts updated, and I also wrote new articles. Of course, there is always more to write and proofread, but you can count on me for any question.
On What you need to know about the Covid-19 health crisis in New York you will find the chronology of the measures taken by the US and New York authorities, with information on vaccines, and Covid tests you can do in NY.

Help me keep NYCTT alive!

As I told you in the introduction, these 18 months have been very long. This blog is my main activity, and I lost a lot of money, like many of us.

Therefore, if you plan to go to New York in the next few months, it would be truly lovely of you to book a maximum of activities on my blog. In exchange of free advice, I receive a little commission from my partners when you book an activity or hotel on my blog. The price you pay is the same as if you were booking directly on the sites I recommend, so you don’t lose money. You may even save a bit as I managed to negotiate some rates and I share coupon codes.

I need to add that I don’t write sponsored articles. So all you can read on NYCTT is my experience and the experience of our team in French and Spanish.

If you don’t know yet New York City, your best bet is to read the “Before you Go” section of NYCTT.

And remember, I am always around to help you. You can leave a comment below my articles, follow NYCTT on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and send me private messages or e-mail me.

So thank you again for helping me keeping NYCTT alive!

Conclusion

I am happy to see the borders reopening soon. Still, my heart also goes out to those who can’t leave their country for sanitary measures or have no access to vaccination yet.
In the meantime, I thank you in advance for your support and kindness.
Love to you all!
Memo.

Memo

My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

2 commentaires

  1. Maria Letizia Laporta says:
    Hi, I’d like to know, if the vaccinated with one dose vaccine because had passed COVID 19 yet, in Italy those who have recovered from COVID 19 only take one dose
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Maria,
      For the moment we don’t have more information about that. The US authorities are only talking about “vaccinated tourists”, which is still very vague… As soon as we receive more information, we will update our article here.

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