What do i need to travel to usa: How to Enter the United States

Coronavirus — USA travel advice

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for the USA on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Testing arrangements vary from state to state, but there are a range of providers available and you should contact local authorities in your location for information on testing facilities. Details of testing options in your area can also be found on State Health Department websites and local health department websites.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in USA.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID-19. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive while in the USA, you may be required to isolate in a private area, likely a hotel or a private residence. Isolation requirements will depend on the guidance in the state where you are residing/visiting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a minimum isolation period of at least five full days. Any assistance for those required to quarantine will depend on the local authority. The CDC has updated guidance with recommendations for what to do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. You should check the CDC travel planner to verify local state guidance.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in USA

Many airports in the USA have implemented safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting to see how these could affect you.

A number of US states no longer mandate the use of masks and face coverings while in public. However, the guidance will vary from state to state and there can often be different rules within different localities in the same state. You should consult the website of the state or city to which you are travelling. Further details are found on the USA.GOV site. Penalties for breaches of regulations will vary between each state and may sometimes vary in different areas in the same state.

Some areas require proof of vaccination in order to access local amenities. In certain localities, children 5 to 17 years may not be exempt from this requirement. Some private venues, including restaurants and concert halls, have made proof of vaccination (or a recent negative COVID-19 test result) a requirement for entry. The precise requirements may vary from venue to venue so you should check on compliancy requirements in advance.


Hotels will be operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.

Public places and services

Local regulations on shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities may be following measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some areas require proof of vaccination or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in order to access local amenities. In certain localities, children aged 5 to 17 years may not be exempt from this requirement.

Healthcare in USA

There are restrictions and prohibitions on the import of certain prescription drugs into the USA. The US Food and Drug Administration website contains further information and advice on bringing medicines into the USA. UK prescriptions are not valid in the USA. In order for a British National to obtain pharmacy drugs, you would need to have a prescription from a US provider. This can be done from attending an ‘Urgent Care’ facility, Emergency Room or a doctor’s surgery.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact a local healthcare provider. More details are available on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in the USA.


For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

You can also find information at:

  • State Government website
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health — USA travel advice

If you have a health condition, or you are pregnant, you may need specialist healthcare abroad. Check whether your destination country can provide the healthcare you may need and ensure you have appropriate travel insurance for unexpected medical evacuation or local treatment.

See the Coronavirus travel health and Healthcare sections in the Coronavirus page for COVID-19 health information.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist are available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you are abroad.

There are restrictions and prohibitions on the import of certain prescription drugs into the USA. The US Food and Drug Administration website contains further information and advice on bringing medicines into the USA. UK prescriptions are not valid in the USA. In order for a British National to obtain pharmacy drugs, you would need to have a prescription from a US provider. This can be done from attending an ‘Urgent Care’ facility, Emergency Room or a doctor’s surgery.

While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Medical treatment

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Medical treatment is expensive and there are no special arrangements for British visitors. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Some hospitals may ask non-US residents to pay a deposit or ‘good faith’ payment on admittance. You should direct any requests for funds to your travel insurance provider in the first instance; only pay the hospital if you’re advised to do so by your travel insurance company. Your level of medical care won’t be affected while your claim is being processed.

Medical facilities in American Samoa are basic and medical evacuation by air ambulance to Hawaii, New Zealand or Australia may be necessary. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Health risks

You should take suitable steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and ticks. There are occasional outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases.

UK health authorities have classified the USA as having a risk of Zika virus transmission in Florida, Texas (Cameron County and Hidalgo County only), Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website: for travel to Florida and Texas (Cameron County and Hidalgo County only) — for travel to Puerto Rico — for travel to US Virgin Islands — for travel to American Samoa — for travel to Guam.

entry rules for Russians in 2023




US Entry Conditions Now (Coronavirus Requirements)

  • Tourists are allowed to enter

  • Conditions of transit

  • What about the tickets?

  • Do I need a visa?

  • Entry documents

  • Are tourist facilities open?

  • Emergency contacts

  • Related materials

Updated: January 10, 2023

Tourists allowed in

US air borders are open. Entry for foreign citizens
including Russians, is allowed, but only if there is a certificate of
vaccination approved by WHO or FDA.

Transit conditions

Must have a transit visa, leave the transit zone

What about tickets?

The United States has banned the flight of Russian aircraft over its territory.
Flights from Russia have been cancelled.

Flights Moscow ✈ New York

Do I need a visa?

Citizens of Russia need to cross the air border with the USA
visa. Applications for tourist visas at the US Embassy are not
accepted. The US Embassy in Moscow is currently processing
only a limited number of applications for C1/D, F, M, P-1, and P-4 visas
without an interview. Applications are not currently being accepted for
other categories of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. AT
consulates of Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok providing consular
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Entry documents

  • Passport valid for at least 3 months;
  • Certificate of completion of the full course of vaccination with the drug,
    approved by the WHO or the FDA (“Sputnik V” is not recognized in the USA). Children under 18
    years and people with a medical exemption are exempted from the requirement to provide
    vaccination certificate, but they need to pass a PCR test within
    one day before the trip.
  • Completed form.

Are tourist facilities open?

Most restaurants, hotels, museums are open, access to
cultural objects. nine0003

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Emergency contacts

US Embassy of the Russian Federation : 81012022985700, 2985701,
Telephone of the Consular Section of the Embassy in the Russian Federation in Washington :
81012029398907, 9398913, 9398918.
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York :
81012125343782, 3480626.
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston :
Emergency number : +12022985704
(Washington), +19176127842 (New York).

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List of Required Documents — U.

S. Embassy & Consulates in Russia

(Documents, other than those previously submitted to the National Visa Center, must be selected from the list separately for each family member)

Important information

Translations: You must accompany all documents with certified translations into English language from any language, except Russian. A certified translation must be signed by the translator and contain a statement of his competence, as well as the conformity of the translation with the source document. nine0003

Additionally, in accordance with the requirements of the US Embassy in Moscow, it is necessary to translate into English (including from Russian ) all extracts from court decisions.

Bring a document confirming the registration of the delivery of visa documents

    1. Questionnaire DS-260, to be completed online. Print out the DS-260 confirmation page and bring it to your immigration interview. More information on completing this form can be found in the DS-260 Frequently Asked Questions section and on the US Department of State Web server. If necessary, use the translation of the questionnaire into Russian. (PDF, 1.71MB). nine0008
    2. Foreign passport: original + photocopy of the photo page. The validity of the passport must be at least 60 days longer than the validity of the visa. The validity of the visa is limited by the duration of the medical examination, but does not exceed 180 days.
    3. Birth certificate: original, photocopy, translation into English, if necessary.
    4. Marriage certificate: original, photocopy, translation into English, if necessary. Married couples submit a photocopy and translation of the certificate for each spouse. nine0008
    5. For those who were previously married, documents confirming the end of ALL previous marriages: originals, photocopies, translations into English, if necessary.
    6. Applicant over 16 years of age must submit a certificate of no criminal record and no criminal records, issued within one year (original and English translation if necessary), to ALL NAME , including maiden name) , that you have ever used, and DATES OF BIRTH, if they have changed . For a certificate from the Russian Federation, you should contact the Main Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation or the Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of your region. The certificate must contain information about EACH PLACE (region, territory, republic of the Russian Federation) where the applicant has lived or lives (including studies) for more than 6 months, starting from the age of 16. The certificate of no criminal record is valid for one year. We recommend that you check the insurance policy and make sure that it was issued no earlier than a year before the interview. Otherwise, you must request a new certificate as soon as possible. nine0148 If you lived abroad, certificates are required from those countries where you have been for more than one year. For detailed information on obtaining criminal records or clearance certificates in various countries, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/reciprocity-by-country.html, Section Reciprocity Table .
    7. Extracts from judgments (originals, photocopies and translations of ): If you have ever been charged with a crime, you must provide a certified copy of every judgment whether you have been amnestied, acquitted or pardoned. nine0008
    8. Military ID, if you served in the army (original, photocopies of all completed pages and translation into English, if necessary ).
    9. The results of the medical examination, which will be delivered directly to the Consular Section. A medical examination can be done at a medical center accredited by the Embassy.
    10. TWO COLOR MATTE full-face photographs 50×50 mm for a visa. The image of the eyes should be at a level of 28-35 mm from the bottom of the photo. Please be photographed without glasses and hats. More information can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos/photo-page.html. (Five additional photographs will be required for medical examination). nine0008
    11. Documents (originals, photocopies, translations , if necessary ) evidencing qualifications required to work in the US / documents evidencing investment in the US economy.
    12. You need to pay the consular fee. Please see the visa fee information on the website: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/fees-visa-services.html. Attention! Due to technical limitations, the US Embassy in Moscow cannot accept MIR bank cards for consular services.

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