New restrictions on travel to the United States
Non-U.S. citizens who qualify for a medical exemption must contact Special Assistance at least 72 hours prior to departure to obtain approval. You must also provide a signed note from a doctor confirming your medical contraindications to the vaccine.
We have eliminated all change fees for First, Executive, Premium Economy and Main Cabin tickets for all domestic and short-haul international flights issued on or after August 31, 2020.
In addition, we have eliminated all change fees for First, Executive, Premium Economy and Main Cabin tickets for all long-haul international flights originating in North or South America issued on or after November 19, 2020.
You can keep the full value of your original ticket, but you must pay the fare difference if your new flight costs more. If your new flight costs less, you will receive the fare difference in the form of travel funds to use for future travel.
Requirements for travel to the United States and Canada 2022
The United States has weathered the current omicron wave with minimal disruption: schools and businesses remained mostly open. As the country emerges from the omicron wave, our path forward rests on maintaining and continuing to improve the many tools we now have to protect ourselves and our loved ones, from vaccines, tests, treatments, masks and more.
To ensure that people remain protected, the U.S. government will continue to use advance purchase agreements where appropriate and work closely with vaccine manufacturers to produce vaccines quickly and safely. Fully supporting this initiative to expand domestic vaccine manufacturing will require additional resources from Congress. In addition, we will maintain a network of tens of thousands of sites to ship vaccines to the American people whenever this is needed.
HHS will continue its work to equip Americans with the tools to identify misinformation and invest in long-term efforts to build resilience against health misinformation.
U.S. U.S. lifts pandemic restrictions on travelers
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.
U.S. booster doses and rules for travelers
The United States is open to receive all fully vaccinated visitors, 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.