Travel Restrictions Entering the United States from the United Kingdom for Unvaccinated Travelers

Travel Restrictions Entering the United States from the United Kingdom for Unvaccinated Travelers

Summary

Border Status
Restricted

Entry restricted for unvaccinated travelers

Restricted

Transit restricted for unvaccinated travelers

Policies
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5 days Recommended Quarantine

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Mandatory COVID-19 Test

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Mandatory Masks

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1x Mandatory Documents

Last Major Change
Cases Per Million
259.67
Decreased by45.70
at 5/15/2022
Vaccinated
77.66%
Increased by0.06%
at 5/14/2022
Return Status
Allowed

Travel is allowed

The information on this page is applicable to people who are unvaccinated and traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States.

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Governments may change their policies with little notice. We recommend checking in regularly and verifying requirements with the linked sources before making travel plans.

Border Status

Restricted

Entry restricted for unvaccinated travelers

Description

Most unvaccinated international travelers are not allowed to enter the United States.

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Entry restrictions do not apply to:

  • US citizens, nationals, immigrants, and lawful permanent residents;
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated;
  • Travelers under the age of 18;
  • Travelers on diplomatic or official foreign government travel;
  • Travelers with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Crew members of airlines or other aircraft operators;
  • Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials;
  • Travelers issued a humanitarian or emergency exception;
  • Travelers with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability;
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under the age of 18);
  • Sea crew members traveling with a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa;
  • Travelers whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees).

For the full list of exemptions, please check the source.

Unvaccinated noncitizens and nonimmigrants qualified to enter the US due to an exemption may be subject to more strict procedures upon arrival. Please check the source for more details.

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Restricted

Transit restricted for unvaccinated travelers

Description

Most unvaccinated international travelers are not allowed to transit via the United States.

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Transit restrictions do not apply to:

  • US citizens, nationals, immigrants, and lawful permanent residents;
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated;
  • Travelers under the age of 18;
  • Travelers on diplomatic or official foreign government travel;
  • Travelers with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Crew members of airlines or other aircraft operators;
  • Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials;
  • Travelers issued a humanitarian or emergency exception;
  • Travelers with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability;
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under the age of 18);
  • Sea crew members traveling with a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa;
  • Travelers whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees).

Unvaccinated noncitizens and nonimmigrants qualified to transit via the US due to an exemption may be subject to more strict procedures upon arrival. Please check the source for more details.

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Visas

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

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Travel Purpose
TourismMedicalBusinessTransit
Description

All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, must have an original printed or electronic negative COVID-19 viral test result (NAAT: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, HDA, SDA, CRISPR, or Antigen: Rapid, Viral, Antigen Chromatographic Digital Immunoassay, Antigen Chemiluminescence Immunoassay, or Antigen Lateral Flow Fluorescence). The test must be taken a maximum of 1 day before the first scheduled departure time in the flight itinerary (if a flight is at 1 pm on a Friday, travelers could board with a COVID-19 negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday).

Test results must include the traveler's full name and at least one other identifier, such as date of birth or passport number. The test must also clearly state that the results are "negative," SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected," SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected," or "COVID-19 not detected." A test marked "invalid" is not acceptable.

This requirement applies to all travelers, including US citizens, residents, and transit travelers.

Travelers may use a self-testing (sometimes referred to as a home test) procedure that must include a telehealth service that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. The test must meet the requirements of the CDC. For more details, please see the source.

Some US states might have more strict rules regarding COVID-19 test types and where they must be administered. Please carefully review the rules before traveling to each state.

More Details

This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 2;
  • United States military personnel traveling under official United States government travel orders;
  • Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19. These travelers are required to present positive COVID-19 test results, taken a minimum of 10 full days (if travelers had no symptoms) and a maximum of 90 days before arrival. Travelers must also provide a letter from their healthcare provider or public health official stating they are cleared for travel.

Please see the source for more details.

Testing Options
  • A Antigen Test Up To 1 day Before Departure
  • A Nucleic Acid Test Up To 1 day Before Departure
  • A Rt Pcr Test Up To 1 day Before Departure
  • A Rt Lamp Test Up To 1 day Before Departure
  • A Tma Test Up To 1 day Before Departure
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Mandatory

Mandatory travel attestation form

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Description

Travelers must complete a travel attestation form before arrival. This form will be provided by the airline.

Airlines may let you complete your attestation electronically during check-in or via partner apps such as VeriFLY. In this case, it is not necessary to print the form, but travelers may do so as a precaution.

Section 1 of the form below must be completed by all travelers, while section 2 must only be completed by travelers that are not citizens or residents of the USA.

Relevant Documents and Resources
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On Arrival

Recommended

Recommended quarantine for unvaccinated travelers

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Description

Unvaccinated travelers are recommended to quarantine for 5 days after arrival in the United States. Travelers are recommended to take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arriving in the USA. Even if the test is negative, it is recommended that travelers complete the 5-day quarantine.

Travelers should check quarantine requirements for the specific state they are traveling to, as some states may require mandatory quarantine for international travelers.

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This recommendation does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 18;
  • Travelers who are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19. These travelers must show proof of a positive viral test from the preceding 90 days and a letter from their healthcare provider or public health official stating they are cleared to end isolation.
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While There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in certain settings

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Description

Travelers are required to wear a mask in indoor public settings such as health care facilities.

Face masks are no longer required for travelers on domestic flights and at U.S. airports. Some airlines may require masks on international flights.

Please note face masks may still be required based on local ordinances, or when traveling to/from certain international locations based on country requirements.

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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in United States.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
259.67
Decreased by45.70
at 5/15/2022
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
9.70%
Decreased by2.90%
at 5/7/2022
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
77.66%
Increased by0.06%
at 5/14/2022
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
257,846,006
Increased by214,079
at 5/14/2022
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.32
Decreased by0.13
at 5/7/2022

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

Although nationwide restrictions are in place, localized safety measures are decided by state authorities. More relaxed or restrictive measures may be in effect depending on the state visited. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in each state can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/publi...
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Use of mask

Recommended
Face masks are not required but the use of a mask or covering is recommended when on public transport. Mask rules may vary depending on the state visited.

Public transportation

Operating
Public transportation is operating but restrictions may vary depending on the state visited.

Restaurants

Open
Restaurants are open but restrictions may vary depending on the state visited.

Bars

Open
Bars are open but restrictions may vary depending on the state visited.

Nightclubs

Open
Nightclubs are open but restrictions may vary depending on the state visited.

Shops

Open
Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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