Although travel requirements might seem confusing at the moment, for the vast majority of travellers they are actually relatively straightforward and it is just a question of completing each of the steps involved.
We've summarised the requirements for travelling to and from the USA as we understand them as of 8 November 2021. They assume you are travelling from the UK and have not visited any other countries 14 days prior to travel.
We have tried to be as comprehensive as possible, but we cannot account for all circumstances. Requirements are subject to change at any time and we do not take any responsibility for the information provided. You must make your own enquiries to satisfy yourself that you and your party can meet the entry requirements to match your intended travel arrangements.
If you're travelling with children, please read the advice towards the bottom of the page as requirements differ to adults.
For more general information on travelling this winter, please see our Winter 2021/22 FAQs.
To enter the USA, you will need to be able to show your:
- Proof of vaccination
- Pre-entry test result
- Other travel documents including your ESTA
Tip: We highly recommend taking both digital copies on your phone and printed copies of all your required travel documentation, and printing the day before travel to ensure you have the most up to date versions.
Returning to the UK
If you are fully vaccinated or under 18, before you return to England, you must:
- Book and pay for a COVID-19 test - to be taken before the end of day 2 in England
- Complete a passenger locator form - to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
Frequently asked questions about travelling to the USA this winter.