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1. Posted by draize (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I am a US citizen living in UK (dual passports) and want to return to US for a visit at end of August.
Ive had one shot and can't get the other until after I return in September to UK.

Can anyone advise on the current restrictions I will face in flying to US and back?

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2990 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

>Can anyone advise on the current restrictions I will face in flying to US and back?

Restrictions at the end of August may be very different to restrictions in place now. Hopefully they will have been reduced but there are no guarantees.

As things presently stand:

If you use your US passport you are allowed to enter the US from the UK. If you use your UK passport you cannot enter the US.

You can enter the UK from the US using either passport: it makes no difference to what you need to do before travel or after arrival.

Flying to and entering the US:

1. You must provide a negative Covid test result from no more than 3 days before travel (or proof of recovery from the virus within the previous 90 days). Details:

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html

2. You won't be fully vaccinated on arrival so you should take a test 3-5 days after travel and self-isolate for 7 days, even if the test is negative. If you choose not to take a test you should self-isolate for 10 days:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

3. You need to check & adhere to state & local regulations for the place you're going to:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html

Return to the UK: The US is presently an amber-listed country so when you return (regardless of citizenship and/or vaccination status) you must:

1. Have a negative PCR test no more than 3 days before travel.

2. Before you travel you must book and pay for PCR tests to be taken on days 2 and 8 after return.

3. Before you travel you must complete a passenger locator form.

4. On arrival you must quarantine for 10 days in the place you specified on the passenger locator form. Officials do check that you're doing so, by phone and by random visits.

Under the Test to Release scheme you may be able to reduce the quarantine period if you pay privately for a day 5 test.

Details here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#amber-list

As I said above, the restrictions in place at the moment may be nothing like those in place at the end of August....but at least you now have the relevant official links so you can check nearer the time!

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Jun 2021, 15:11 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by draize (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

great info --- thanks!

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2372 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Re that 2nd shot, I believe the UK will give the 2nd now on a walk-up basis so long as you're 8 weeks after your 1st. So it appears you'll be able to get it before you travel. If you can get it a couple of weeks beforehand that will give you more protection.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2990 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

You're welcome, draize.

>If you can get it a couple of weeks beforehand that will give you more protection.

I've read that 2nd jabs no less 3 weeks before travel constitute the generally-accepted 'fully-vaccinated' status.

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Jun 2021, 16:03 GMT by leics2 ]

6. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 146 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Check the individual state requirements as they vary a fair amount. California for example opened up June 15 and while there are still some masking requirements for stuff like public transport and indoor gatherings of 5000 people or more, most other stuff like social distancing and capacity requirements is gone, while other places like Hawaii still have testing and some quarantine requirements in place.

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2990 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

>Check the individual state requirements as they vary a fair amount.

The CDC link I gave in point 3 of my post above lets people to do exactly that. :-)

8. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 146 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

https://covid19.ca.gov/safely-reopening/

Yes but I do not trust CDC to be that up to date, in fact I do not trust CDC period.

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2990 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

>Yes but I do not trust CDC to be that up to date

If you search for California the CDC link takes you directly to the site you've given above.

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Jun 2021, 20:36 GMT by leics2 ]

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