COVID-19 Entry Requirements USA



As the COVID-19 pandemic still lingers in the United States, the country has laid out entry requirements for all travellers as per the instructions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Can Ghanaians travel to USA now?

Yes, Ghanaians can travel to the USA, however, proof of negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 is required.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 before traveling to the United States?

People whose pre-departure test result is positive should self-isolate and delay their travel until they have recovered from COVID-19.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all passengers 2 years of age and older are required to get a COVID‑19 viral test (nucleic acid amplification / PCR test or a viral antigen test) within 3 days before departure to the US.

Passengers must provide written documentation of their negative test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline. Test results must show the name, specimen collection date and type of test done. Test results where the testing date is more than 3 days before departure will not be accepted.


  • Alternatively, passengers may provide official written documentation of a positive COVID‑19 test result within the last 3 months alongside a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official that they have recovered and are cleared for travel. Together these are referred to as ‘documentation of recovery’.
  • All passengers age 2 and above travelling to the USA will be required to sign an attestation prior to departure (parent or other authorized individuals may attest on behalf of passengers aged 2 to 17) confirming they meet the requirements and thus cleared to travel.

The attestation form must be downloaded, printed, completed and signed before reporting to check‑in at the airport. Passengers who do not attest will not be permitted to travel.

Can tourist travel to USA now?

The USA is currently open for tourism, with the exception of people coming from 34 banned territories.

  • Passengers who have been physically present in the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, India, Iran, China, Brazil or South Africa 14 days preceding their trip are not permitted to travel to the USA.

Exemptions are granted to US citizens, lawful US permanent residents and non‑US citizens who are the spouse of a US Citizen or lawful permanent resident.

  • Passengers who have been in the Democratic Republic of Congo or Guinea within the last 21 days will be permitted entry into the USA only through New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington (IAD).


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Akesse Sanza

Akesse Sanza is a Ghanaian Travel Blogger, Travel and Tourism Consultant, and Anti-human Trafficking And Safe Migration advocate. Akesse loves everything Travel & Tourism and aims to see every single country in the world.


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