The United States has a lot to offer to visitors. There are plenty of sites all over the country that attract millions of tourists each year. At least, that’s how it works under normal circumstances. With 2020 being anything but normal, there are some things you should know before you travel to the United States.

Hard-Hit Regions

Virtually every part of the country has been hit to some degree by the coronavirus pandemic. Not all regions have been affected equally, however. Unfortunately, some of the most popular tourist areas are also among those that have been hit the hardest. New York, Florida, and California have had very high case numbers, both per capita and in general, and are popular tourist destinations. Currently, the western and upper midwestern portions of the United States are also experiencing an increase in cases, likely driven by the reopening of schools. As such, it may be best to avoid these areas of the country and make plans to visit elsewhere if possible.

Entering the Country

Entering the country is tougher than usual right now, thanks to the travel restrictions currently in place. If you have been to China, Iran, Brazil, or nearly any part of Europe within 14 days of your planned visit to the US, you likely won’t be allowed to enter. Travel from Canada and Mexico has been restricted as well for the time being. You aren’t necessarily going to have an easy time of it if you aren’t prevented from entering the country either. The CDC operates quarantine stations for incoming international travelers. If you still intend to visit, make sure you plan plenty of time for your trip so you don’t spend it all quarantined.

Traveling Between States

Ordinarily, traveling between states is fairly simple, but that has changed in some cases. Some states have travel restrictions they’ve imposed, depending on the state the traveler is coming from. Depending on the state, those restrictions may include a mandatory quarantine. If you’re intending to travel between states, you might want to reconsider your plans. At the very least, make sure you know what restrictions are in place before you visit.

If you’ve been planning on traveling to the United States, there are some things you should know before you attempt the trip. Some regions have been hit hard by the coronavirus and should be avoided. You should also familiarize yourself with what to expect when entering the country and crossing between states. Make sure you’re well informed before you go to make your trip as successful as possible.

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