USA Reise während COVID Zeiten - Eine Zusammenfassung was Sie vorher wissen sollten

USA travel during COVID times - A summary of what you should know beforehand

On November 8, 2021, the Biden administration lifted the ban on entry into the United States for vaccinated international travelers. On December 2nd, the rules were tightened due to the new “Omicron” variant and from March 7th, 2022 there is no requirement to vaccinate or wear a mask on site in New York. All details are explained below.

Unvaccinated people who are not American citizens are not permitted to enter the United States.

CDC - Centers for Disease Control has also issued an order directing airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses from travelers for contact tracing.

New York State, the City of New York City and their regulations for masks and sightseeing are at the end of the post.

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Questions Answer

Compulsory vaccination to enter?

Yes, full vaccination

Covid test required?

No longer required as of June 12, 2022

Compulsory vaccination for children?


Free on-site testing available?

Yes, at all attractions

Mask requirement on site?

Only on public transport (subway, bus, etc.)

Foreign vaccination app valid in NYC?

Yes, since March 7, 2022, proof of vaccination is no longer required for entry

Does the vaccination need to be “refreshed” or renewed?

No, this is not mandatory or necessary to enter the country

* Details and explanations are listed below

questions and answers

Which requirements apply ?

Everyone who wants to enter the country must be fully vaccinated but must not present a negative COVID test as of June 12, 2022.

How does the control work?

The airline checks the passengers before boarding the plane, USA border authorities usually do not check proof of vaccination.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccination
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you have received 2 doses of any “ mix-and-match ” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart

Which vaccines are accepted?

Single dose :

  • Janssen from Johnson & Johnson/J&J

Double dose:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Quarantine is not necessary!

What about children and others who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons?

Everyone 18 years of age or younger is exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Exceptions apply for visitors who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons; please check with the US Embassy .

Free Covid test in New York

Free Covid testing booths at all attractions

Do I need to take a test before leaving the US?

Since June 12, 2022, there has been no obligation to test for anyone entering or leaving the country.

Free testing stands are set up at almost all tourist attractions in New York.

All information was taken from the official White House and CDC website.

Mask requirement and rules in New York City

As of March 7, the mask or vaccination requirement for indoor business customers has been lifted in New York State, including New York City .

Your European proof of vaccination in conjunction with your driving license/ID card will be accepted normally everywhere, on your mobile phone or printed out.

Mask requirement applies in/on:

  • Hospitals

Mask requirement does not apply, may vary from organizer to organizer:

In my experience: On site in New York, you haven't really been asked for proof since yesterday (March 5, 2021). Every restaurant, every attraction and every bar I've been to doesn't require proof of vaccination or wearing a mask. Masks are required at some Broadway shows .

In almost all stores, most customers wear masks as they please, I personally do it that way and have only been asked to put the mask on once in all this time.

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