COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• There is no federal quarantine requirement, but state and local health authorities often impose requirements regarding international travel and quarantine. Individuals should check with local authorities in their destination state prior to travel.
• There are no medical certificate requirements to enter the United States.
• Airline passengers two years and older entering the United States from another country must either show:
- Documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result within three calendar days prior to departure (if arriving via a connecting flight, each connection must be less than 24 hours and booked as a single passenger record); or
- "Documentation of Recovery", which is written or electronic documentation of a positive viral test result that occurred within the prior three months (90 days) confirming a previous COVID-19 infection and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel.
• The new testing requirements will supersede the testing requirements currently in place for travelers from the United Kingdom. Exemptions exist for certain crew members of airlines and aircraft operators and certain federal law enforcement personnel.
• The State Department plans to resume routine passport processing in three phases over the next few months following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each passport agency will open on a different date based on local conditions and other factors. Significant processing delays are expected to continue.
• The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has re-opened some of its local offices and Application Support Centers for in-person interviews and appointments. Office reopening dates vary by location, so applicants must check the USCIS website for the latest information on a particular local USCIS office. Foreign nationals with green card interviews, naturalization interviews/ceremonies or biometrics appointments that were cancelled during the temporary closure can expect the appointments to be automatically rescheduled after their local office reopens.
• USCIS has resumed its premium processing service for I-129 and I-140 petitions.
• Certain U.S. embassies and consulates are gradually resuming routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services in a phased-in approach, with timelines dependent on local country conditions related to COVID-19. Where consular locations do not resume routine services, those with an urgent matter who may need to travel immediately may request an emergency appointment. Consular operations could continue to be fluid based on changing country conditions.
• Travel Restrictions: Revisions to State Department policy could affect nonimmigrant workers and business travelers (including B, E, H, L, O and P as well as those traveling for business under ESTA) seeking national interest exceptions (NIE) under the COVID-19 regional bans. Eligibility for work and business travel NIEs for the affected bans has been expanded to include those seeking to provide “vital support or executive direction for critical infrastructure,” and for “those traveling to provide vital support or executive direction for significant economic activity in the United States.” NIE policy changes are announced without advance notice.
• Entry ban for foreign nationals who have been physically present in India within 14 days of travel to the United States unless they qualify for an exception.
• The State Department has expanded eligibility for national interest exceptions (NIE) to the regional COVID-19 travel bans in place for Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Foreign nationals seeking to enter on an immigrant or fiancé(e)visa will qualify for national interest exceptions under the new policy. Certain exchange program visitors may also qualify, including certain J-1 au pairs, interns, trainees, and specialized teachers, among others. Although the new policy is already in effect, foreign nationals should expect appointment delays as many consulates worldwide are still operating at reduced capacity and face application backlogs.
• Foreign nationals who have been physically present in Brazil, China, Ireland, Iran, South Africa, one of the 26 countries of the Schengen Area, or the United Kingdom within 14 days of seeking entry to the United States will be denied entry, unless they qualify for an exception. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, their spouses and children under 21, and certain other family members are not subject to these COVID-19 regional bans. National interest exceptions exist for some others.
• An order from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary exempts certain foreign professional athletes who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain leagues, including their essential staff and their dependents, from the COVID-19 public health proclamations barring their entry into the U.S. if they have been present in certain countries within 14 days of attempted entry.
• Only essential travel to the United States across Canadian and Mexican land borders through at least August 21, 2021. The restrictions do not affect air travel. CBP defines non-essential travel as travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, business travelers, and those with valid U.S. travel documents are exempt from the border restrictions. However, it is possible visa waiver and business travelers could face additional scrutiny at the border. The policy may be reviewed for possible extension in August if the COVID emergency remains ongoing. Starting August 9, the Canadian government will permit nonessential travel from the United States to Canada for fully-vaccinated U.S. nationals and permanent residents who reside in the United States.
Home SearchVaries by state, check individual state websites for specific information.
Temporary AccommodationsAvailable as needed.
SchoolsVaries by state, check individual requirements on state and county public school websites.
• Foreign nationals who have been physically present in the Federative Republic of Brazil within the 15 days preceding their intended entry into the US will be barred from entry.
• The ban does not apply to US citizens; others who are exempt include: lawful permanent residents; foreign spouses of US citizens or lawful permanent residents; certain family members of US citizens or lawful permanent residents; foreign nationals whose entry is in the US national interest; and a limited number of other categories of people.
• The US, Mexico, and Canada have each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders until 20 August.
• Chicago has enacted a public health order mandating a 14 day quarantine, effective 6 July, for people arriving from 15 states with growing COVID-19 cases; Please visit https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/COVID-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html for more info.
• Travelers from a total of nineteen states are now subject to a self-quarantine upon arriving in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
- The quarantine rules apply to anyone who travels by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation, officials said; the self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected.
- Individuals who are traveling to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut from impacted states for business are exempt.
• Initial or new F-1 students will not be permitted to take a fully online course of study in the United States for the Fall 2020 semester, according to a DHS announcement; the Department of State will not issue visas to, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not admit, new students enrolled in programs that are fully online for the fall; foreign nationals who have been granted change of status requests to F-1 may be deemed in violation of their status if they engage in fully online study this fall; existing F-1 nonimmigrants who were in active student status on March 9 may continue their studies, obtain F-1 visas, and enter the United States regardless of their school’s instruction format.
• Varies by state
• Widely available
• Social distancing encouraged
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Yes, both in most states
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Air: Yes
• Sea: Yes
• Normal at present
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?