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Updated 24th August 2022

UK travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now travel to the US without having to quarantine.

To get you going, we've put together a comprehensive outline of everything you need to know to prepare for what might be your first international trip in a while.

What you'll find on this page:

  • FAQs on vaccine and testing requirements. 
  • Airline, flight and booking information. 


What counts as fully vaccinated?

The US CDC website states you are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*

The CDC adds "If you don’t meet these requirements, you are not considered fully vaccinated. A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement.

"A person who has received only one dose of an accepted 2-dose series and has recovered from COVID-19 does not meet this definition, and therefore is not considered fully vaccinated for travel to the United States."


Can I travel to the US if I'm unvaccinated?

If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in line with the above, you will not be allowed to board a flight to the United States, unless you meet the exception criteria below. 

Exceptions from the CDC website: 

  • Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel
  • Children under 18 years of age
  • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • Persons issued a humanitarian or emergency exception
  • Persons with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (See list for updates effective June 28, 2022)
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age)
  • Sea crew members traveling with to a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa
  • Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees)


How do I apply for an ESTA?

The ESTA was a requirement pre-pandemic and is still required. Here’s the link to apply.


What are the vaccination requirements for New York and the US, and how do I show the result?

The USA will accept the NHS COVID pass on a smartphone or printout, and will also accept the European Digital COVID Certificate. Further information on the forms of acceptable proof of vaccination can be found on the CDC Website. Don’t forget to charge your smartphone battery before travelling.

Adults must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival with a vaccine approved by the FDA or WHO for emergency use. This includes all NHS vaccines.


What can I expect at the airport and when flying?

Please be aware that online check in may not be available for your flight. It is recommended that you arrive to the airport early ahead of your flight to allow extra time for check in, bag drop and security.

The wearing of masks is optional. 


Do I need a COVID test and what’s required?

As of 12th June 2022, the US no longer requires a negative COVID test for entry. 


CDC Travel Assessment

Take this quick quiz to see if you are eligible to travel to the USA. 


Airline verification apps

Airlines have their own verification apps - uploading your documents to these will speed up the check-in process. For more info and to download, check your airline below. 


Does the US still have COVID requirements? 

Rules have relaxed but venues are still entitled to make their own decisions. Make sure you have your vaccination certificate and a mask on you, just in case. 


After arriving in the USA

Recommended for vaccinated adults, mandatory for unvaccinated children. 


Are there any rules around contact tracing?

Prior to travel, your airline may request your contact details including phone number and address while in the US. This can be provided usually in the “Manage my Booking” section of your airline website. For further assistance, speak to your Travel Consultant.


Where can I find more information?

Speak to your Travel Consultant or contact us using the form below to get more information about your upcoming travel plans specific to your requirements and airline.

FCDO travel advice for USA

CDC Travel Guidance

COVID Travel Hub

Don’t get overwhelmed with all the COVID travel information. Use our tool to get specific country information based on where you’re flying to/from, your passport nationality and whether you’re fully vaccinated. 

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Ready when you are! If you’re planning to travel to New York soon, contact your FCM team any time. We'll support you every step of the way, from booking and pre-trip prep, to in-journey assistance.

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Traveller Checklist

Useful for every trip you've got coming up, whether in the USA or elsewhere. Tick off what you need to check before you travel with this handy checklist. 

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What travelling trans-Atlantic is like now

Thanks to our friends at British Airways and American Airlines, Alexandra Cronin was able to experience what it’s like to travel trans-Atlantic again when the US border reopened. Blog from January 2022. 

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