After almost 20 months of refusal to allow Europeans to enter the US, Joe Biden has given the go-ahead for tourists to return.
Around four million UK nationals visited the US each year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic as airlines now hope to return to the busy transatlantic corridor where tens of thousands travel to America from the UK and Europe every day.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps hailed the lifting of restrictions as a “significant moment” adding that transatlantic flights are “at the heart of UK aviation”.
Travelers from Great Britain, the Schengen countries (26 different European nations), Iran, South Africa, Ireland, China, India and Brazil can now enter the USA.
Thousands are reunited with loved ones across the pond, while more are expected in popular vacation destinations like New York City and Florida.
Here’s everything you need to know about traveling to the United States.
What are the Covid-19 restrictions in the US?
Covid-19 measures vary from state to state, but 40 out of 50 states have recently either lifted or relaxed their restrictions.
For example, Las Vegas, Nevada is a popular tourist destination, masks are required in casinos, restaurants, shops and attractions. Face covering must be worn when you are not actively eating or drinking.
In California, meanwhile, most businesses are allowed to resume normal operations, and the state’s mask mandate has been lifted for vaccinated individuals.
You can view it in full Details about the individual states, here.
What are the Covid-19 restrictions in New York City?
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that people without a vaccination certificate will not be allowed to enter indoor restaurants, gyms or entertainment venues.
It is optional for these indoor destinations to limit their capacity and maintain social distancing measures.
De Blasio has advocated wearing masks indoors, but it is not mandatory.
What are the Florida Covid-19 restrictions?
The state of Florida has a more relaxed take on Covid-19 measures, despite having one of the highest death tolls in any state.
In May 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis signed law banning vaccine passports. This means that you do not have to show your vaccination status when entering a company.
Florida recommends, but does not require, that the public wear face covering.
Several large counties such as Miami-Dade and Palm Beach had requirements, but DeSantis signed an executive order banning them from enforcing these measures.