The United States is still subject to certain travel restrictions, but many countries have recently relaxed their travel policies. Several Southeast Asian countries, including Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Myanmar, have opened their borders to American travelers. Even countries such as Israel and Bhutan are easing travel restrictions for Americans. In addition, the United States has recently relaxed its COVID-19 test requirements for inbound passengers. However, you should check with the relevant countries before traveling.
The CDC and the Department of Homeland Security have partnered to prevent the spread of serious contagious diseases during travel. This includes the CDC’s “Do Not Board” list, which prohibits travelers with certain contagious diseases from traveling on commercial aircraft. The CDC also has a “Lookout” list that detects sick travelers who are entering the United States by land or sea.
The first step towards reopening borders is to remove travel restrictions. While some countries are still closed, others have lifted their travel restrictions and opened their airports. In the meanwhile, Afghanistan resumed international flights. In addition, Bahrain and Georgia have also opened their borders for travellers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Those who are fully vaccinated may travel to the country without testing. However, those who are not vaccinated must still present proof of vaccination. They must also have a negative P.C.R. test result obtained within 48 hours before departure or have proof of recovery from Covid-related illness in the previous month. Those who are unvaccinated should check with their airlines to confirm their requirements. However, the risk of Covid-19 is now Level 3: High.
Travel restrictions in Canada have recently eased. Visitors must show proof of vaccination if they are 18 years or older. Children under five do not need to undergo a test before entering the country. They must also submit to a health screening on arrival and must stay in quarantine for up to three days. Those who are unvaccinated are not allowed to enter the country until the results are negative.
The Japanese government also suspended its visa exemptions and pre-clearances for holders of the APEC Business Travel Card. The country also introduced new measures related to arrival at airports and ports. Foreign nationals will have to apply for a visa before entering the country. However, travelers who hold a re-entry permit do not need a visa.