Peak fall travel season is here. Many travelers are looking to see the fall colors across the United States, take a short trip with the children for a fall break, or maybe even squeeze an international trip during shoulder season. Here are the latest travel restrictions you should know about for October 2021.

United States Travel Restrictions

The United States continues to have minimal travel restrictions. However, states and some local cities are implementing mask mandates and vaccination proof for certain activities.


Hawaii continues to have the strictest entry requirements. You will need a negative pre-arrival test or proof of full vaccination to bypass the 10-day quarantine requirement.

There are currently no inter-island travel restrictions.

You can also expect local restaurant restrictions in Honolulu, Oahu, and Maui. Patrons must be fully vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test.

Los Angeles

A growing number of large U.S. cities are adopting a public vaccine mandate or a negative Covid-19 test result to attend indoor events or large outdoor gatherings.

Effective November 4, 2021, Los Angeles will start requiring proof of vaccine or a negative test result from within 72 hours of visiting for these indoor locations:

  • Restaurants and bars
  • Entertainment venues
  • Shopping malls
  • Personal care centers

This city mandate is in addition to the Los Angeles County mandate that impacts several amusement parks.

Starting October 7, 2021, guests age 12 or older will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter Universal Studios Hollywood or Six Flags Magic Mountain.

New York City

New York City was one of the first cities to start requiring vaccine proof for select indoor events. You must have at least one vaccine dose to participate in these indoor events.

  • Dining
  • Entertainment
  • Conventions
  • Fitness


Fully vaccinated Americans can fly or drive to Canada quarantine-free. You must also have a negative pre-entry test result.

Unfortunately, the U.S.—Canada land border remains closed for Canadians hoping to drive into the United States. However, United States citizens can drive across the border back into the U.S.


Mexico continues to have some of the most lenient entry guidelines for Americans wishing to visit for leisure. However, you must fly as the land border remains closed until further notice.

You won’t need to show proof of vaccination or have a negative Covid-19 test to go to popular tourist destinations like Cancun and Quintana Roo.

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