Update on travel restrictions for April 2022

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When you plan to travel for Easter or a late spring adventure, exploring the latest travel restrictions can help you find the best destination. April 2022 remains one of the best months to travel within the United States or around the world, as the threat of a pandemic remains low and entry requirements are moderate.

Travel restrictions in the United States

The United States is essentially “back to normal” for domestic travel within 50 states without mandatory pre-arrival or quarantine testing. However, the mandate of the Federal Trade Transit Mask remains in force until April 18, 2022 and may be renewed.

Hawaii

For months, Hawaii has been a secluded quarantine site that could have been avoided by a negative test before the vaccine arrived or proved. The state abolished these requirements for mainland visitors and returnees on March 26, 2022. So you can now fly from the continental United States to Hawaii without recording test results or vaccination records.

With the end of the Safe Travel program, the national mandate for inner masks ended on March 25, 2022. However, people at least 65 years of age are still advised to disguise themselves. In addition, individual companies may still require the wearing of a veil.

Foreign visitors must comply federal entry requirements. In most cases, foreigners must be fully vaccinated and have a negative pre-arrival test.

Mandates for indoor vaccination are coming to an end

While state-level entry restrictions ended in 2021, cities and countries across the United States have introduced vaccinations for certain indoor and outdoor activities, such as visiting museums, sporting events, and dining in restaurants.

Municipalities are starting to allow vaccinations for closed vaccinations to expire as the number of hospitalizations decreases and vaccination rates rise.

Some of the selected locations include:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles (city and district)
  • New Orleans
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington DC

Individual businesses may still require a full vaccination or a recent booster dose to enter.

However, most museums, sports grounds, theaters and amusement parks no longer require a vaccination certificate. One of the best examples is Disneyland and its sister park, California Adventure, which does not require a negative test or proof of vaccination from guests.

It is best to check the entry requirements for planned activities before planning a trip to make sure passengers are properly vaccinated and (if necessary) wear a mask.

US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands may have fewer travel restrictions than international Caribbean destinations. Fully vaccinated passengers can enter the United States without restriction. However, unvaccinated US citizens must have a negative pre-arrival test.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico currently does not require proof of vaccination or a negative pre-arrival test from domestic passengers.

Flying to the United States of America

U.S. citizens and residents of at least two years of age returning to the United States from a foreign destination must have a negative test result. There is no vaccination for this travel group.

Foreign visitors at least two years of age must have a negative pre-arrival test. In addition, age-required passengers must be fully vaccinated.

International travel restrictions

The number of countries without travel restrictions continues to increase with the year 2022. Latin America and the Caribbean remain the most accessible places to visit, but several European countries are more lenient with American tourists.

Canada

Canada only allows fully vaccinated visitors to travel by air or land for non-essential travel, including tourism. As of April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated guests may not receive a negative arrival test, but must still use ArriveCAN.

Mexico

Mexico no longer requires a pre-arrival test or a mandatory vaccine for entry without restrictions. Americans can visit by land or air.

Latin America

Costa Rica is one of the most popular Latin American destinations, which no longer requires mandatory testing or vaccination. These entry requirements expired on April 1, 2022, but the country still encourages visitors to purchase coronavirus travel insurance.

Savior also has no incoming testing or vaccination requirements for tourists.

These countries do not require pre-arrival testing for vaccinated tourists, but a negative test result is necessary for unvaccinated travelers:

  • Belize
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Panama
  • Peru

Unvaccinated foreign passengers without permanent residence (aged 18 and over) will not be allowed to enter Colombia. Vaccinated foreign non-resident passengers must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to travel.

Caribbean islands

Entry requirements to the Caribbean are a mosaic of minimum testing requirements and relatively strict guidelines. The mildest islands include:

  • Dominican Republic
  • Aruba
  • Curacao
  • Grenada

These islands may not require a pre-arrival test or proof of vaccine. However, despite no testing requirements, the country may require “visitor insurance” to cover Covid-19 expenses during the visit.

The Bahamas and Jamaica can also be easily accessed as visitors can enter with a negative pre-arrival test.

Europe

While the conflict in Ukraine is the subject of most media and the region is closed to travel that is not necessary, the rest of Europe remains open to tourism.

The following European countries do not currently require proof of vaccine or a negative pre-arrival test:

  • Denmark
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Moldova
  • Black Mountain
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Most Western Europe continues to require visitors to be fully vaccinated so that they can enter without restriction. As a result, unvaccinated passengers can enter countries such as Italy, France, Portugal and Greece with a negative pre-arrival test.

Africa

Most African countries require visitors to be fully vaccinated and have a negative pre-arrival test.

Egypt is one of the few nations receptive to unvaccinated guests. These passengers can enter with a negative pre-travel test result.

Middle East

Jordan and Saudi Arabia currently have no travel restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.

For religious pilgrims wishing to visit the Holy Land, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, only a negative pre-arrival test is required from vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers.

Australia

Australia remains the best choice for visiting Oceania. Fully vaccinated passengers can visit Land Down Under with a negative test result on Covid-19.

New Zealand

New Zealand continues to close its international borders to foreign tourists, but the first guests may arrive soon.

Australians can visit it as early as April 12, 2022. From May 1, 2022, fully vaccinated passengers from other eligible companies can then enter New Zealand.

This accelerated reopening schedule was announced in mid-March. Previously, the international reopening date was July 2022, two months later than currently planned.

Asia

Most Asian countries also have strict requirements for fully vaccinated passengers. Thailand is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers. However, most visitors will need to go to quarantine at an authorized center within the first five days. Fully vaccinated passengers may also consider traveling to Cambodia, the Philippines or Singapore.

Final thoughts

Domestic travel within the United States remains the least restricted, as Hawaii is no longer mandatory. In Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, there are several iconic places to visit with minimal entry requirements, making passengers more willing to book their first international flight since the pandemic.

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