CDC Updates Guidance for US International Travelers

On Wednesday, June 10, the US Centers for Disease Control updated its COVID-19 related travel guidance. The prevailing guidance is to not travel internationally until fully vaccinated.

  • Traveling to other countries: travelers should familiarize themselves with local requirements for mask-wearing, testing, and quarantine.
  • Traveling to the United States: All air passengers, including US citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have negative COVID-19 test results no more than 3 days before travel, or evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 3 months.

On Monday, the CDC updated its Travel Recommendations by Destination, easing recommending for more than 110 countries and territories. In the update, 61 countries were lowered from the highest “Level 4” rating, which discouraged all travel to recommending travel for fully vaccinated individuals. Additionally, 50 countries and territories were lowered to “Level 2” or “Level 1.” The US State Department, following the CDC’s lead, adjusted its rating for 85 countries and territories.

Current Travel Suspensions

With specific exceptions, several Presidential proclamations suspend and limit entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of noncitizens who were physically present within the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the relevant proclamations in the links below.


All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.

Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations