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COVID-19 Travel Restriction Updates

By October 21, 2021No Comments

**Effective January 26, 2020, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed healthcare provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.


U.S. citizens are permitted to enter the Republic of China with valid residence permits and visas to enter the country under certain limited conditions. All travelers entering the Republic of China are required to quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival. All international travelers should be prepared to complete quarantine at a government-selected facility or hotel at their own expense, with no control over the amenities, even if they maintain a residence in China. However, testing upon arrival and for release from quarantine may include blood tests as well as oral or nasal swabs.

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Pre-approved foreigners and their families in exempted categories, including diplomats, officials, experts, business managers, foreign investors, high-tech workers, and other business travelers are permitted to enter Vietnam. However, these individuals will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine upon arrival.

On October 7, 2021 the Vietnamese government announced its plans to prepare for reopening beginning June 2022, with several provinces implementing pilot phases as early as November 2021. The island of Phu Quoc will be the first destination to reopen in the pilot phase to tourism beginning November 2021 to March 2022. Tourists who wish to travel to the island are required to be fully vaccinated with the second dose taken at least 14 days and not more than 12 months before the date of entry and must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their departure.

Khanh Hoa will additionally begin allowing foreign visitors in the first phase of the pilot reopening beginning November 15 to December 2021. The locality will welcome tourists at Bai Dam, Cam Lam. The second phase will begin January 1 to March 31, 2022 allowing for additional resorts to open to tourists, some of which include Vinpearl on Hon Tre Island, Merperle Hon Tam, and Champa Island Nha Trang.

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The government of India has announced that it is set to reopen its borders to overseas travelers as it relaxes COVID-related restrictions amid a drop in daily infections. U.S. citizens who must travel to India are strongly urged to get fully vaccinated before travel and continue to take personal health safety measures to protect themselves.

Travelers are required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to travel regardless of vaccination status. Travel to India for tourism and other short-term purposes will resume fully on November 15, 2021 for individuals holding tourist or e-tourist visas issued on or after October 6, 2021. Tourist visas issued before October 2021 will not be honored. Thus, travelers attempting to enter the country on a tourist visa issued before October 2021 will likely be detained. Certain business travelers as well as individuals moving to India as residents are permitted to travel.

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As of October 21, 2021, non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border continues to be restricted. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. In most cases, business travel and shipments are considered essential travel. A negative COVID-19 test is not required for entry to Mexico. However, passengers and aircrew members arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks.

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