We are approaching the start of the spring tourist season as the weather begins to warm up north of the equator. Additionally, there are many positive developments in domestic and international travel that make it easier to pack your bags and board a plane. Here are some of the travel news you need to know for March 2022, including several restrictions that have been eased.
United States Travel Restrictions
Here are some of the eased travel restrictions in the United States.
Hawaii continues to be the only state with a mandatory quarantine, but that will soon change. Domestic tourists will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or upload a negative pre-arrival test into the Safe Travels program if they arrive on March 26, 2022 or later. The mandatory 5-day quarantine also ends with the Safe Travels program for US visitors.
Local proof of vaccination warrants for Maui and Oahu expire March 5, 2022.
However, international visitors must still be fully vaccinated and test negative before arrival to waive mandatory quarantine.
Despite dropping the vaccine and testing requirements, a statewide indoor mask mandate remains in effect.
New York City
The vaccination mandate for certain indoor businesses, such as restaurants and entertainment, expires on March 7, 2022. This mandate first came into effect in August 2021.
Other major cities with similar policies are taking similar action as new coronavirus cases decline.
spring break in college
If you’re looking to go to a beach in the United States during the low season, you should consider checking out the middle school spring break schedule first.
March can be the perfect opportunity for an adult beach trip to escape a late winter cold snap and take advantage of lower accommodation rates. However, you might skip popular spring getaways like Myrtle Beach, SC, Panama City, FL, and South Padre Island, TX to avoid the party crowds.
US Entry Guidelines
Entry requirements for travel to the United States remain unchanged. Returning U.S. citizens two years of age or older must have a negative pre-arrival test within 24 hours of returning to the country. This testing window applies to fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Non-US citizens must be fully immunized and test negative prior to arrival up to 24 hours before flying to the United States.
Fully vaccinated travelers have the option of having a pre-arrival antigen or molecular test for unrestricted entry. The test window is 72 hours. It is possible to enter Canada from the United States by air or land.
Mexico continues to be one of the most forgiving international travel destinations. The country has no requirements for vaccinations or pre-arrival testing.
Caribbean and Latin America
Travel restrictions vary by Caribbean island or Latin American destination. Some countries have lenient requirements, but others require age-eligible travelers to be fully vaccinated.
Here are the current guidelines for the busiest vacation spots.
Travelers two years of age or older must have a negative pre-arrival test. All visitors must also have Covid-19 travel insurance.
Dominican Republic entry requirements continue to be the most flexible in the Caribbean. There are no mandatory testing, vaccine or quarantine requirements. However, random testing may take place at the airport.
Jamaica no longer requires a travel authorization form. However, a pre-arrival test within 72 hours of arrival is still required.
Entry requirements to Costa Rica remain in effect until March 31, 2022:
- Unvaccinated visitors: Valid health insurance and Health Pass
- Vaccinated visitors: Vaccination certificate and Health Pass
A pre-arrival test is optional for any vaccination status.
The health passport issued by Costa Rica and health insurance requirements are no longer necessary if you enter the country on April 1, 2022 or later.
Visitors aged five and over must have a valid test prior to arrival and stay in a government-approved accommodation facility to enter Belize.
Travelers 18 years of age or older should be fully immunized. Partially vaccinated tourists may visit with a negative pre-arrival test. Unvaccinated travelers cannot visit Colombia at this time.
More parts of Europe could also be easier to open up as the EU non-essential travel ban expires on March 1, 2022. This expiry may help streamline country-specific entry guidelines.
Here are the current entry requirements for some of the most sought-after European destinations.
Until at least June 15, 2022, international visitors aged 50 and over must be fully vaccinated. Travelers with proof of recent recovery within the past six months may also be eligible to enjoy Italy.
All other travelers under the age of 50 can enter without restriction by meeting one of these conditions:
- Proof of complete vaccination with final dose less than 270 days old
- A recent recovery in the past six months
- Negative pre-arrival test for the last 48 hours
These guidelines are currently in effect until March 31, 2022, but may be extended.
Iceland was one of the first European countries to reopen its borders. Now it is one of the first in Europe not to require proof of vaccination or a negative test before arrival.
The end of pandemic-related travel restrictions came into effect on February 25, 2022. This policy change reflects growing momentum by travel groups to ease international travel testing requirements.
Most of mainland Europe still requires full vaccination to enter with restrictions.
Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to obtain a pre- or post-arrival test. However, note that there may be additional regional entry requirements for each UK member country. It is a good idea to check if you are traveling to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland as well as England.
Unvaccinated visitors must have a negative pre-arrival test no earlier than two days before the departure flight. These travelers must also book and pay for a post-arrival test to be taken within the first two days of arriving in the UK.
Neither vaccination status requires mandatory quarantine.
Israel is once again open to tourism for fully vaccinated, recently recovered and unvaccinated tourists. In a nutshell, most visitors must present a negative pre-arrival test and self-quarantine for the first day. This reopening is significant because the Holy Land is a popular destination for religious pilgrimages.
Australian Tourism is open to fully vaccinated travelers with a negative pre-arrival test. You can take the test up to three days before your departure flight. It is one of the few countries in Oceania and Asia to open up.
New Zealand is still closed for non-essential travel but is gradually reopening. Fully vaccinated Australian travelers can now visit.
Reopening plans call for international tourists to be able to visit in July 2022. However, skilled workers, students and visa holders may be able to enter earlier.
Travel restrictions for March 2022 are the most flexible since international travel resumed. It is possible to visit many leisure and cultural destinations for the first time in two years. Hopefully the trend continues and there will be fewer restrictions in April.