Are There Any U.S. Travel Restrictions For The Fully Vaccinated? – Forbes

As a safeguard against new variants and stubbornly high infection rates, more countries require citizens and visitors to have full vaccination status for public activities and tourism. While current U.S. travel restrictions do not prohibit travel for the fully vaccinated, several destinations may require proof of vaccination.

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Current CDC Guidelines For The Fully Vaccinated

The CDC travel guidelines are more lenient for fully vaccinated travelers. Several of the recommendations include:

  • Wearing a mask during commercial travel (it’s currently federal law)
  • Wearing a mask in crowded outdoor events and communities with high case counts
  • Having a negative pre-arrival test before returning to the United States from international travel
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms after travel (no quarantine is necessary)
  • Observing local and state health guidelines

You are currently fully vaccinated if you received your final Covid-19 shot at least 14 days ago or recovered from Covid-19 within the last 90 days.

Now that the first booster shots are available, high-risk individuals may choose to get a third shot and wait 24 hours before traveling to maintain full vaccination status. Government officials still need to provide formal guidance on when a booster shot is necessary for travel. The CDC only approved a 3rd booster shot from Pfizer for 20 million recipients on September 24, 2021.

Also, the U.S. travel restrictions may evolve as the vaccine becomes available to more children. Currently, most destinations with vaccine mandates only require eligible travelers age 12 or older to be fully vaccinated. Ineligible minors may need a negative diagnostic test result.  

Hawaii Requiring Proof Of Vaccine Or Negative Pre-Arrival Test

Hawaii has the strictest statewide travel restrictions of the 50 states. You can waive the mandatory 10-day quarantine by showing proof of vaccine or a negative pre-arrival test.

However, beginning October 15, 2021, some Hawaiian hotels and resorts will require vaccination proof, including the Alohilani Resort in Waikiki and seven Highgate Hotels. Affected guests will receive a notification about the change. 

New York City Vaccine Mandate

On the mainland, several cities are implementing vaccine mandates to visit tourist attractions and other indoor activities such as dining, concerts, theater and conventions.

Some private businesses are also taking an extra step by requiring their customers to be fully vaccinated. One such business is the Equinox Hotel New York.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is rolling out a phased vaccine mandate that impacts indoor dining and tourism. Starting October 7, 2021, you must be partially vaccinated to enter indoor restaurants, wineries, bars, breweries and nightclubs.

The city also has a mandatory indoor mask mandate for all people, regardless of vaccination status.

Los Angeles County will also begin requiring proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test for major events with 10,000 or more people, beginning October 7, 2021. This policy affects Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain as they are an outdoor event of at least 10,000 visitors. Indoor events with at least 1,000 attendees must also abide by these rules.

Disneyland isn’t affected by this county mandate, but the park has a similar entry policy.

Vail Resorts

Colorado’s Vail ski resorts are requiring guests age 12 or older this winter season to be fully vaccinated to eat at the indoor restaurants or quick service cafeterias. The ski school also requires attendees at least 12 years old to be fully vaccinated.

The United States To Allow International Visitors

Fully vaccinated international visitors can soon visit the United States. The doors open again in November for several countries currently under a travel ban. 

However, not all vaccines qualify, and international travelers should ensure they get the correct dose before coming to America. For example, visitors with the Sputnik V may be considered fully vaccinated in their home country but not in the U.S.

More details are expected in the coming weeks.


There are currently no new U.S. travel restrictions for the fully vaccinated. However, more states, cities and businesses are requiring tourists to have both doses. Many destinations are no longer accepting a negative test result instead.

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