Many travel restrictions are relaxed. Here’s the latest for March 2022
We are nearing the start of the spring travel season as the weather north of the equator is getting warmer. In addition, many positive national and international travel developments make packing and boarding a plane easier. Here’s some of the travel news you should know for March 2022, including several restrictions that have been eased.
United States Travel Restrictions
Here are some of the relaxed travel restrictions in the United States.
Hawaii remains the only state with a mandatory quarantine, but that’s about to change. Domestic tourists are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or upload a negative pre-arrival test to the Safe Travels program if arriving on March 26, 2022 or later. The mandatory 5-day quarantine is also canceled with the Safe Travels program for US visitors.
Local proof of vaccination requirements for Maui and Oahu expire on March 5, 2022.
However, international visitors must still be fully vaccinated and have a negative test prior to arrival to waive the mandatory quarantine.
Despite waiving vaccination and testing requirements, a nationwide indoor mask mandate remains in effect.
The vaccination regulation for select indoor businesses such as restaurants and entertainment expires on March 7, 2022. This regulation first came into force in August 2021.
Other major cities with similar policies are taking similar steps as novel coronavirus cases dwindle.
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United States immigration regulations
The entry requirements for the USA remain unchanged. Returning U.S. citizens who are at least two years old must have a negative pre-arrival test within 24 hours prior to returning to the country. This testing window applies to fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Non-US citizens must be fully vaccinated up to 24 hours before flying to the United States and have a negative pre-arrival test result.
Fully vaccinated travelers have the option of an antigen or molecular pre-arrival test to allow unrestricted entry. The test window is 72 hours. It is possible to enter Canada from the United States by air or land.
Mexico remains one of the most forgiving international travel destinations. The nation has no requirements for vaccines or pre-arrival testing.
Caribbean and Latin America
Travel restrictions vary by Caribbean island or Latin American destination. Some countries have more lenient requirements, but others require age-eligible travelers to be fully vaccinated.
Here are the current guidelines for the busier resorts.
Travelers who are at least two years old must have a negative test prior to arrival. All visitors are also required to have Covid-19 travel insurance.
The Dominican Republic’s entry requirements remain the most flexible in the Caribbean. There are no mandatory testing, vaccination or quarantine requirements. However, random checks may be carried out at the airport.
Jamaica no longer requires a travel authorization form. However, a pre-arrival test within 72 hours of arrival is still required.
Costa Rica entry requirements will remain in effect until March 31, 2022:
- Unvaccinated visitors: Valid medical insurance and health card
- Vaccinated visitors: proof of vaccination and health card
A pre-arrival test is optional for each vaccination status.
Costa Rica-issued health passport and health insurance requirements are no longer required if you enter the country on April 1, 2022 or later.
Visitors who are at least five years old must have a valid pre-arrival test and be staying at a government-approved lodging facility to enter Belize.
Travelers 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated. Partially vaccinated tourists can visit with a negative test prior to arrival. Unvaccinated travelers cannot currently visit Colombia.
Other parts of Europe may also be able to open up more easily as the EU travel ban on non-essential travel expires on March 1, 2022. This expiration date can help streamline country-specific entry policies.
Here are the current entry requirements for some of Europe’s most desirable destinations.
By at least June 15, 2022, international visitors aged 50 and over must be fully vaccinated. Travelers with proof of recent recovery within the last six months may also be eligible to enjoy Italy.
All other travelers under the age of 50 can enter the country without restrictions if they meet one of these conditions:
- Proof of complete vaccination with the last dose being within 270 days
- A recent rebound within the last six months
- Negative pre-arrival test within the last 48 hours
This policy is currently effective through March 31, 2022, but may be extended.
Iceland was one of the first European countries to reopen its borders. Now it’s one of the first in Europe not to require proof of vaccination or a negative pre-test.
The end of the pandemic-related travel restrictions came into effect on February 25, 2022. This policy change reflects the growing momentum of travel groups to relax international travel testing requirements.
Most of continental Europe still requires full vaccination to enter with restrictions.
Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to complete pre-arrival or post-arrival testing. However, please note that each UK member nation may have additional regional entry requirements. It’s a good idea to check if you’re traveling to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland in addition to England.
Unvaccinated visitors must have a negative pre-arrival test no earlier than two days before departure. These travelers will also need to book and pay for a post-arrival test within the first two days of their stay in the UK.
Both vaccination statuses do not require mandatory quarantine.
Israel has reopened to tourism for fully vaccinated, recently recovered and unvaccinated tourists. In short, most visitors are required to present a negative pre-arrival test and self-quarantine on the first day. This reopening is significant as the Holy Land is a popular destination for religious pilgrimages.
Australian tourism is open to fully vaccinated travelers with a negative pre-test. You can take the test up to three days before your departure. This is one of the few nations in Oceania and Asia to reopen.
New Zealand is still closed to non-essential travel but is gradually reopening. Fully vaccinated travelers from Australia can now visit.
Reopening plans state that international tourists will be able to visit in July 2022. However, skilled workers, students and visa holders may be able to enter earlier.
Travel restrictions for March 2022 are the most flexible since international travel resumed. Many leisure and cultural destinations can be visited again for the first time in two years. Hopefully the trend will continue and there will be fewer restrictions in April.
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