Whilst there are many travel bans still in place worldwide, there are optimistic signs for anyone planning a trip in October either domestically across the U.S. or internationally into the U.S.:
- The Biden administration announced plans to allow fully vaccinated non-U.S. citizens visit, for non-essential travel starting in November. International visitors will need to show proof of vaccination plus a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than three days prior to departure. German airline Lufthansa has since announced a 40% increase in EU-U.S. travel bookings.
- Despite spikes in certain states, notably Alaska, 46 are fully open, as reported by the AARP. That is to say there are no state-wide mask mandates, no limits of any kind on the number of people allowed into businesses or public spaces and domestic travelers can come and go freely without any quarantine or testing requirements.
- For anyone considering a trip, particularly anyone who hasn’t been in the U.S. since the Trump administration implemented the travel ban in March 2020, over 500 days ago, there are several restrictions regarding masks and quarantine in place across some states and in specific situations–these are outlined below.
Mask mandates across the U.S.
There are very few mask mandates at the state level although some do exist. California has implemented mask mandates for anyone attending an indoor event above 1,000 people and Connecticut has mask mandates in place for unvaccinated people and some further local restrictions in public indoor spaces. Hawaii has limits on capacity in certain places and masks are necessary for anyone over the age of 5 in indoor public spaces and Kansas has mask mandates in state buildings. Gov. Steve Sisolak mandated that people in Nevada follow CDC mask guidance and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham reimplemented a mask mandate in New Mexico. Many states also have mask mandates that exist at the local level or in specific circumstances, such as in care homes.
At the other end of the spectrum, governors have signed in bills that forbid the use of mask mandates, such as Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas and Gov. Kim Reynolds in Iowa–the latter signed into law the prohibition of schools and local governments issuing mask mandates.