COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
Quarantine RequiredUpcoming Rules for Vaccinated Travelers
• FDA-approved or authorized vaccines and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines will be accepted under the November 8, 2021 policy change affecting international air travel.
• Beginning on a yet unspecified date in January 2022, all foreign nationals entering the United States from Canadian or Mexican land (or ferry) borders will be required to be fully-vaccinated in order to enter the United States, including those traveling for work and business who are currently permitted to travel under the existing border restrictions. Quarantine and COVID-19 testing:
• 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 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.
• Cancellation of routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments at U.S. consulates worldwide, effective March 20, 2020. Those with upcoming U.S. visa appointments should continue to check the relevant consular website for updates on consular services. In limited circumstances, those with an urgent matter who may need to travel immediately may request an emergency appointment. 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.
- The State Department issued guidance expanding the validity of NIEs granted under the regional COVID-19 travel bans. NIEs are now valid for one full year after approval and allow for multiple entries; previously, they were valid for 30 days after approval and only allowed for a single entry. This new rule also applies to NIEs issued in the last twelve months, provided that the individual’s purpose of travel remains the same. At this time, however, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not changed the validity of NIEs issued at CBP ports of entry and pre-flight inspection sites. CBP-issued NIEs appear to remain valid for 30 days and a single entry for now. Stakeholders are seeking clarity on CBP’s position following the State Department change.
• 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 a national interest exception (NIE).
• 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.
• U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will continue to implement the ban on “non-essential” travel across U.S. land borders and ferry travel with Canada and Mexico through January 21, 2022 with exemptions going into effect in November 2021 for fully-vaccinated foreign nationals.
• According to White House officials, on November 8, 2021, the United States government is expected to rescind the COVID-19 travel bans currently in place for those recently physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland the Schengen Area, South Africa or the United Kingdom, and replace it with a requirement for foreign nationals to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to board a flight to the United States. Limited exceptions to the new vaccine requirement are expected to apply to children and some others.
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?