Best Tips for Immigrating to the U.S. Legally
The pandemic is conditioning our movements and most countries outside Europe apply entry restrictions for foreign travelers. For example, in the United States there is an entry ban for most travelers from the Schengen area and other regions that authorities have designated as risk zones. However, the travel authorization for this country, the ESTA USA , can still be applied for.
Thus, before traveling to the United States, it is not only recommended to check the entry requirements for each type of visa, but also the travel recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to be up to date with the current situation and travel safely. Perhaps soon we will be able to return to a relatively normal situation and plan a vacation in one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
How to apply for a visa to travel to the United States?
The United States is open to receive all visitors fully vaccinated, although there are some specific rules depending on how they enter the country. (Details in the following intertitle).
The vaccine must have U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or must have an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization (such as Astrazeneca). Mixed-dose vaccines will also be accepted. Find the full list of accepted vaccines here, as well as acceptable proof of vaccination.
However, if you are planning to visit the U.S. in more than 90 days, be aware that the CDC will re-evaluate their decision in that timeframe. And, if they decide that reinstatement is necessary, due to a new variant of concern for example, they will do so.
Hawaii and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean have some of the strictest rules for travel within the United States. Learn more about Hawaii here. Learn more about Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands here.
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For a stay of less than 90 days in the U.S.: It is not necessary to apply for a transit visa. Simply apply for an electronic travel authorization (ESTA) issued by the United States and valid for stays of less than 90 days. To obtain your certificate in a few minutes, click on the online form.
The United States reopened its borders on November 8, 2021, after 20 months of closure to foreign travelers. The U.S. administration has decided to reopen the borders, closed in March 2020, but with certain conditions for travelers. French travelers are subject to the rules imposed on travelers who are nationals of a European Union country. In fact, the United States has defined common and similar rules for all European countries.
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Foreigners are currently allowed to travel by plane to the United States, as long as they do not do so from a country included in the list of countries with an entry ban, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The United States admits the vaccines which is also something relevant, all the vaccines that the World Health Organization approves, the United States is going to accept them because originally they were only vaccines that were made in the United States, this is no longer the case,” he said.
The CDC considers that those who have already received the recommended doses of vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO), but not by the FDA – Sinovac, Sinopharm or AstraZeneca – do not need to receive any additional doses with another formulation.
On the other hand, if a person has only received one dose of these vaccines, he/she can complete his/her vaccination schedule with one of the biologics approved in the United States. This also applies to anyone who has received one or two doses of any of the vaccines that have not been authorized by either the WHO or the FDA, such as Cansino or Sputnik V.