Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Government has limited the entry of foreign and U.S. nationals into the U.S. based on policies and standards. Travelers are cautioned not to rely on confusing and contradictory policy statements which only have short-term effects.  

General Rule: All persons arriving in the U.S. from countries which have a high rate of Covid-19 infection must not have a positive Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival in the U.S.


Tourist Visa Restrictions. Generally, tourists face restrictions on entry unless they spend 14 days in quarantine in a 'neutral' country like Mexico or Costa Rica. 


Student Visas Students from high-infection countries are permitted to come to the U.S. without spending a 14-day quarantine in a designated country like Mexico or Costa Rica.

National Interest Exceptions. While the U.S. borders are closed to most non-essential workers and business visitors, many exceptions exists for persons who will make contributions in the national interest in areas defined as crucial to the US by CISA (the Critical Infrastructure Security Agency). 

Specific Country Restrictions. Up-to-date bulletins are available on the website of the American Consulates abroad.