September 4th: Mandatory self-isolation for anyone arriving from a state with high COVID-19 numbers.
- Who Must Self-Isolate? https://cv.nmhealth.org/travel-recommendations/
- Persons who have arrived in New Mexico from a state with a positive test rate of 80 per 1 million residents OR a test positivity rate greater than or equal to 5%, over a 7-day rolling average.
- Anyone arriving from outside the United States.
- Self-Isolation/Quarantine: Must not leave one's residence or place of lodging for 14 days or the duration of one's stay, whichever is shorter... The only exception is leave to seek medical care... no shopping, sightseeing or going to a restaurant.
- Who's Exempt?
- People arriving from states with a positivity rate lower than 5% OR a new case rate lower than 80 per 1 million residents—each calculated over a seven-day rolling average.
- Persons with documentation of a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before or after entry into New Mexico.
Face Coverings Required in New Mexico: Face coverings are required in all public spaces except when exercising, eating or drinking.
$100 fine for each violation. Businesses fined if patrons or employees in violation.
Current NM Phase Details - August 29th to September 18th:
- Restaurants, Wineries & Breweries: Indoor seating at 25% and outdoor seating at 75%. Tables must be at least 6 feet apart and no more than 6 people per table. Bar and counter seating are closed and only guests seated at a table may be served.
- State Parks - NM Residents Only: State parks are closed to non-residents. Proof of NM residency is required to enter.
- Day use only. Camping prohibited.
- Physical distancing required.
- Open at 75%: Hotels that have been safe-certified by the State
- Open at 50%: Places of lodging (hotels and motels not safe-certified, RV parks, and short-term vacation rentals).
- Open at 40%: Houses of worship indoors.
- Open at 25%: Museums with static displays (non-interactive), retail, indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, gyms and massage services/spas.
- Closed: Bars, casinos, restaurant counter service and food courts.
- Mass Gatherings of More than 10 People Prohibited/Canceled: All summer concerts, art markets and festivals have been canceled. For Santa Fe that means the Santa Fe Bandstand, International Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market, etc. For Albuquerque that means the NM State Fair and the International Balloon Fiesta.
- Face Coverings Are Law in Santa Fe:
- Everyone must wear face coverings in all public spaces, when inside businesses and outside when 6 feet of distance cannot be achieved.
- Face coverings are not required when eating or drinking.
- Each violator is subject to a $50 or $100 fine.
- NM Public Health Order - August 28th: https://cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/090320-PHO.pdf
- New Mexico Travel Advisory: https://www.newmexico.org/covid-19-traveler-information/
- Pre-Travel Online Form - September 1st: Online Safe Travels application mandatory for all travelers. The application can be found HERE(link is external).
- Quarantine for Out-of-State Arrivals - Extended thru September 30th: A strict 14-day mandatory self-quarantine is required for everyone regardless of resident status. Visitors must stay in their hotel or rental home without ever leaving it for the duration of the quarantine. Violators face penalty of up to $5,000 fine, one year of jail time, or both.
- Pre-Travel Testing/No Quarantine Option - Postponed to October 1st (tentative): Hawaii will allow out-of-state arrivals to forego the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine when they are able to provide proof of a negative COVID test result received within 72 hours prior to arriving in Hawaii. Anyone who arrives without such proof will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Tests will NOT be provided at airports for arriving passengers. This program is still in development and final details have not been announced.
- Quarantine for Arrivals to Kauai, Big Island, Maui & Molokai - August 11th: A 14-day quarantine is required for all inter-island arrivals except to Oahu. All inter-island travelers (except to Oahu) must self-isolate in their home or other place of stay for 14 days or the duration of their stay, whichever is the shorter.
- Oahu Lockdown - August 27th: For the Island of Oahu (Honolulu), all non-essential businesses are closed and everyone is instructed to "Stay at Home, Work at Home". Also, all parks, beaches and recreational facilities are closed. This is in effect for at least two weeks.
20 International Destinations Americans Can Visit - As of August 8th:
- These destinations may require COVID testing, health screenings, special health visas, travel insurance for healthcare coverage, administrative fees and/or quarantines.
🇪🇺 EUROPE - SCHENGEN AREA
US Passport Holders Residing in the US Banned from Entering the EU's Schengen:
US Passport Holders Residing in the US Banned from Entering the EU's Schengen:
- July 1st - The EU is opening its external borders to citizens of 15 non-EU countries, but US citizens will continue to be barred from entering for non-essential travel until a later date when the epidemiological situation in the US improves.
- Yes, flights are currently available from the US to Europe, but those are for EU citizens returning from the US and for airlines to maintain their allocated routes and transport cargo.
- The ability to purchase a ticket does NOT mean that you are allowed to enter Europe.
Non-EU Citizens from "Safe List" Countries [Maybe] Allowed - August 10th:
- Citizens from the following non-EU countries will be allowed to enter based on their acceptable COVID-19 results.
The list will be reviewed and updated every two weeks.
Some or all of these countries may be presently banned by some EU members based on their individual discretion.
- China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- Residents of the UK, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican are also allowed to enter the Schengen bloc by most EU+ members.
- US passport holders residing in one of the allowed "Safe List" countries are allowed to enter based on the destination EU country's entry requirements for third country residents. US passport holders must provide legal proof that they are indeed residing in said "Safe List" country.
- Each EU member country reserves the right to exercise its own restrictions, including exclusive testing and/or quarantine requirements.
- Travelers from these permitted third-countries must first check with the EU country they wish to visit, as the Member States are permitted to exclude some of the countries from the list when it comes to who can enter their borders since the policy is not legally binding.
EU Bloc Not Entirely Open:
- While most Schengen members began opening in June to allow exclusive entry by EU members and partners, some countries did not.
- Some Schengen countries have opted to delay entry by other EU citizens as well as visitors from foreign nationals from third-countries.
🇬🇧 EUROPE - UNITED KINGDOM
- US passport holders may enter the UK, but are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at one's place of stay.
- Authorities will check in on people to assure they are indeed self-isolating. People are only allowed to leave their lodging during the quarantine for medical treatment. Otherwise, all goods must be delivered to them (not allowed to go out to shop or for any other activity).
- Failure to provide accurate contact information will result in a fine of £100 (about $125 USD).
- Violating quarantine will result in a fine of £1,000 (about $1,251 USD).
- The UK's quarantine requirement for anyone entering the UK (visitors and residents) has caused some EU members to reply in kind with similar restrictions for UK passport holders arriving in their countries.
- England to Remove Quarantine for Select EU Countries - July 28th:
Requirements may be different for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Source: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
- US: All US ports are closed to cruise ships until at least September 30th due to a CDC No Sail Order,
- Canada: All Canadian ports are closed to cruise ships until October 31st. This means no Alaska cruises to/from Vancouver and no New England cruises in 2020.
- Voluntary Suspensions:
- CLIA: Cruise Lines Int'l Association members (Carnival, NCL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, etc.) - October 31st 2020
- Princess: December 15th 2020
- Holland America: December 15th 2020
- Crystal: December 31st 2020
- Viking: December 31st 2020
- Windstar: December 31st 2020
- Seabourn: Ovation, January 3rd 2021... Encore, January 6th 2021... Quest, May 10th 2021
- Cunard: Queen Elizabeth, March 25th 2021... Queen Mary II, April 18th 2021... Queen Victoria, May 16th 2021
- Tourists arriving by air and sea are allowed. COVID-19 tests are NOT required for entry.
- Land crossings between the US and Mexico for tourism/recreational purposes are prohibited.
- Passengers and aircrew members arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screening and/or quarantine.
- The Latest on Caribbean Islands' Protocols for US Visitors - August 18th: https://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/Caribbean-readies-for-a-wave-of-reopenings?ct=carib
🇺🇸 UNITED STATES
- Visitors: With specific exceptions, foreign national who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States. No end dates have been announced.
- European Schengen area
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
- US Borders Open for Students, Academics and Business Persons - July 18th: Certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics, and students may enter the US under the National Interest Exceptions which permits travel on a temporary basis that provides a substantial benefit to the US economy.
- Worker Visas - 6/24/20: Non-immigration visas suspended through December 31st, 2020 (pending review every 60 days)... https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/
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