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Entry requirements to USA

The authorities of the USA have introduced requirements for customers arriving in the country.

Please note that travel restrictions are subject to change on a short notice. As a traveller you are always responsible for ensuring that you fulfill the requirements of your destination and possible transit country. 

It’s good to be aware that check-in and boarding procedures for flights to USA differ from other destinations, e.g., check-in closes earlier and can be done only at manned counters . You can find more information here.

Entry requirements

Entry to the USA is currently restricted. Foreign nationals who have been in or transited through Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the UK during the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter the USA or travel via USA to any third country.

The above restriction does not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents.  Some exceptions to the entry restrictions are granted to certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as to holders of certain types of U.S. visas, you can find information on them, and on other current requirements that apply for the U.S., here.

You are required to have a certificate of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result or documentation of recovery from coronavirus before boarding a flight to the United States. This applies to all persons above the age of 2, including U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents. The requirement applies also to customers transiting via the U.S. to a third country.

  • The following coronavirus tests are accepted: 
    • RT-LAMP, NAAT, RT-PCR, NEAR, TMA, HDA, PCR-rapid and IgM-rapid tests
    • The test must have been taken earliest 3 days before the scheduled departure time of the first flight in a continuous journey to the U.S.  
  • If you are unable to get a negative test result, due to having had the coronavirus in the last 3 months, you need to present the following documents: 
    • A certificate of a positive viral test result issued at most 90 days before travel, that confirms you have previously had the coronavirus infection. In addition, you need to have a so-called Recovery-letter, issued by a licensed health care provider or public health official, stating that you are symptomless and cleared to travel. 
  • Please make sure the negative coronavirus certificate, or the recovery-document, is in English and states the passenger’s name and date of birth, matching with the passport. 
  • The test requirement does not apply to children below the age of 2 or to U.S. Military personnel when travelling with official travel orders. 
  • You will need to present the coronavirus test result or the recovery-letter to the airline agent before you can be accepted for travel. You will also need to present the same documents to the authorities when you arrive in the U.S. 
  • Please note that vaccination certificates are not accepted by the U.S. authorities at this stage, however if you are fully vaccinated and you have received two vaccinations of Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna or Astra Zeneca or one vaccination of Johnson & Johnson, and there is a minimum of 14 days in between your last vaccination and arrival to the U.S. you may be exempted from the quarantine. This vary depending on the U.S. State that you are travelling to. Please note that you are still required to have a negative coronavirus test result taken earliest 3 days prior to travel to the U.S.

If you travel to New York State, you are required to complete an online Traveler Health Form. You can complete the form here. You will need to present proof of having completed the health form to the airline agent prior to being accepted on the flight.

Customer attestation form 

Every customer 2 years of age or older, travelling to or via USA, are required to complete and sign an Attestation form confirming the negative coronavirus test result. A parent or other authorized person may complete the form on behalf of children aged 2 to 17 years or on behalf of a person who is not able to complete the attestation due to physical or mental impairment. The attestation form is available in paper format only and you can find it here (PDF). Please print and bring the completed form with you to the airport where you need to hand it in to the airline agent at your departure gate. The airline is required to store the form and provide it directly to CDC upon request. You will not need to present the attestation form, when you arrive in the U.S.

Further information

You can find the latest entry restrictions via the destination country's government website, or from the applicable Embassy or Consulate.

Check your options here, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions. 

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