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What do you need to know to travel to the United States after COVID19?


The United States has always been one of the most visited and most touristic countries in the world. And it is that it has tons of incredible places to visit. Be it cities, natural parks, museums, theaters, beaches, historical places, emblematic places… and a long etcetera.

It is also a country where people usually travel to study, establish businesses, work researching, carry out humanitarian or voluntary activities …

In this way, until the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the only thing you needed to go sightseeing in this country was the ESTA visa for the United States, your passport, a plane ticket, a suitcase with your belongings and you really want to go sightseeing!

But what do you need to know today to be able to travel to the United States after Covid19, either for tourism, for work or for studies?

We advise you to continue reading this article, as there are currently many changes that you should know about.

We tell you!

5 Answers to your main questions about traveling to the United States

Whether you were planning a trip to this country, for whatever reason, or if you already had an organized trip, we recommend that you take into account the following information travel to the United States after Covid19:

Can you travel to the United States from Spain today?

If you already had a flight to the United States booked or you intended to book it, we inform you that currently, travel to the United States is limited by the Provincial Proclamation 9993.

What does Presidential Proclamation 9993 mean?

And what exactly is this Presidential Proclamation 9993 that you read everywhere?

Well, it is a regulation that suspends the entry to the United States to all foreign citizens who have been physically present in any of the 26 countries that make up the Schengen area in the previous 14 days.

That is, if you live in Spain or fly from Spain, it is not possible to travel to the United States at this time, with some exceptions.

Who can travel to the United States today?

As we have commented below, there are certain citizens who fall within the exceptions who can travel to the United States after Covid19. And are next.

  • American citizens.
  • Permanent residents of the United States.
  • Holders of the F or M visa (student visa).
  • Holders of the J visa (visa for students, teachers, academic researchers, short-term academics and specialists).
  • Business trips, you need to apply for the ESTA visa and also contact the United States Embassy in Madrid by email ([email protected]) to communicate the trip.
  • Travel of an emergency or humanitarian nature.

What happens if I already had a booked flight and the ESTA visa requested?

Even if you already have an ESTA visa in force, it is not possible to start your trip to this American country, except for the exceptions that we have discussed above.

However, remember that this visa is valid for 2 years, so if you have already been approved, surely you can take advantage of it later.

Regarding your flight and your plane ticket, is a refund possible?

In this case, who you should contact is your airline and they will tell you. These are the ones who are bound to provide you with a solution.

You should probably insist, so do not hesitate to contact your airline via phone, email or social networks.

When will the United States be able to travel normally again?

The million dollar question!

Surely you are looking forward to taking that tourist trip that you have been waiting for so long, or perhaps you have family or friends on the other side of the pond with whom you would love to meet again.

How long should you wait?

Well, the truth is that today there is no information on when these regulations that restrict the travel of Schengen citizens to the United States will be lifted, so much to our regret, we must keep waiting to see how this whole issue is progressing .

In short, if your trip is for leisure or tourism reasons, at this time it is not possible to travel to the United States.

However, if it is due to any of the exceptions mentioned above, you must first request your ESTA visa and then contact the United States Embassy in Madrid ([email protected]) by email, where you must send the required documents.

And you? Did you have thought travel to the United States after Covid19? Do you dare to tell us your experience in the comments? We are delighted to read you!