Quarantine and COVID-19 rules when entering the United States

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Due to the corona crisis, we receive questions about the current U.S. travel restrictions as well as about the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations that apply upon entry and within the United States. We therefore provide general information regarding quarantine in the U.S. and also refer to the current COVID-19 / quarantine regulations of all U.S. states.

 

General information on quarantine and U.S. entry

In general, since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, stricter entry controls and quarantine requirements apply to those travelers who are currently still allowed to cross the border if they

  • travel directly to the U.S. from the Schengen area, Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland or the United Kingdom, or
  • have stayed in the Schengen area, Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland or the United Kingdom within 14 days before entry.

Therefore, the place of residence or the region before entering the U.S. is essential. The respective nationality and residence status of the U.S. travelers are so to speak "irrelevant" here, as U.S. citizens and Green Card holders returning to the U.S. as well as foreign travelers with a valid ESTA or visa and National Interest Exception are subject to the current quarantine regulations.

Although the entry procedure may vary depending on the U.S. state or port of entry, the following quarantine requirements and controls currently apply when traveling from Corona Travel Ban countries:

Departure / flight:

  • disinfection of hands
  • document control
    approved National Interest Exception or valid visa with corresponding annotation "NIE under PP..." for foreign travelers and / or other proofs (Green Card, U.S. passport, etc.)
    Note: We strongly recommend all travelers to check in advance with the respective airline which application documentation is exactly required to avoid problems at check-in.
  • fill in the U.S. traveler health declaration (corona form)

Entry:

  • medical examination / temperature check and corresponding entry in the corona form
  • depending on the state: presentation of a negative corona test or 14-day domestic quarantine according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if you do not show any symptoms of coronavirus
    Note: In some cases, negative test results are no longer required and the 14-day quarantine is "only" recommended
  • If clear corona symptoms are evident, you will be subject to immediate quarantine and, if necessary, receive further treatment in special hospitals.
  • presentation of the corona form
  • additional interviews by CBP officers, if necessary

Note: The U.S. quarantine regulations depend on the current corona case numbers and are therefore subject to constant changes. In addition, the regulations vary greatly depending on the U.S. state through which you enter the United States.

The rerouting to certain U.S. airports equipped with special health centres, introduced in March 2020, has been lifted since September 14, 2020. With immediate effect, U.S. travelers with appropriate National Interest Exceptions (NIE) from Corona Travel Ban regions can therefore use all U.S. airports that are served. It is not yet possible to say whether this will lead to problems upon entry and changes in health checks.

Image of COVID-19 quarantine measures in Florida

On-site quarantine and COVID-19 rules depending on the U.S. state

Since the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is subject to almost constant fluctuations, quarantine rules and regulations in the 50 states are constantly being adapted.

The quarantine and COVID-19 regulations within the USA are very different, which makes it difficult for U.S. travelers to always stay informed. While there are strict quarantine regulations in some U.S. states (Alaska, Hawaii, etc.), there are hardly any regulations in other regions of the United States. Companies and their employees must therefore make sure they are aware of the current regulations before entering the country.

In the following we refer to the official COVID-19 security information of the individual U.S. states. This list is in alphabetical order.

COVID-19 guidelines of the 50 U.S. states
Alabama Tourism Department Department of Public Health
Alaska COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Social Services
Arizona Office of Tourism Department of Health Services
Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism Department of Health
Colorado COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health & Environment
Connecticut COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health
Delaware Tourism Office Division of Public Health
Florida COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Georgia COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health
Hawaii Tourism Authority State Department of Health
Idaho Department of Commerce - Tourism Development Department of Health and Welfare
Illinois City of Chicago COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health
Indiana COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Iowa Tourism Office Department of Public Health
Kalifornien Office of Tourism Department of Public Health
Kansas COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Environment
Kentucky Team Kentucky Department for Public Health
Louisiana Travel Association Department of Health
Maine COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
Maryland Office of Tourism Department of Health
Massachusetts COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health
Michigan COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
Minnesota Tourism Office Department of Health
Mississippi Development Authority State Department of Health
Missouri Division of Tourism Department of Health and Senior Services
Montana Office of Tourism Department of Public Health and Human Services
Nebraska COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
Nevada COVID-19 Advisory Division of Public and Behavioral Health
New Hampshire COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
New Jersey COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
New Mexico Tourism Department Department of Health
New York COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
North Carolina COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
North Dakota COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Ohio COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Oklahoma COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Oregon Tourism Commission Health Authority, Public Health Division
Pennsylvania COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Rhode Island COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
South Carolina COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Environmental Control
South Dakota Department of Tourism Department of Health
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Department of Health
Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Department of State Health Services
Utah Office of Tourism Department of Health
Vermont COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Virginia COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Advisory  
Washington Tourism Alliance State Department of Health
West Virginia Tourism Office Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health
Wisconsin COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health Services
Wyoming COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health

 

For more information about current quarantine regulations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Please note that the final decision on to the eligibility of each individual to enter the United States is made by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the border.

Updated on 7.10.2020


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