No matter what you hear on the news, entering the US as a European resident is now possible, while the US border is closed to outbound EU flights.
All over the Internet, you can see Europeans trying to figure out how to get to the US like a German, a Brit, an Italian, and so on. The cold truth is, you can’t.
Although most European countries reopened their borders to American visitors on July 1st, the US has yet to return the favor and, what’s worse, the Biden government has repeatedly stated that welcoming Europeans back is not a priority amidst the Coronavirus increase in the entire EU bloc.
Good news first, there is a way around this. It’s not very good news, secondly, this trip won’t take the usual 8-12 hours pre-pandemic, but at least 15 days.
It may seem disappointing and expensive, but it can really turn into an adventurous and affordable experience.
So for all Europeans who have suspended their travel indefinitely, there is a way to enter the United States if you cross the border through a Mexican, Colombian or Costa Rican airport, as well as any other Latin American country that is open to tourism, except Brazil.
Also read: Latin American countries open to tourism
While there are several options, your best bet is Mexico, as it has virtually zero entry restrictions and is the closest country to the US.
As insane as it sounds, the US allows visitors, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, to demonstrate that they have spent the past 14 days in those territories.
While enjoying Playa del Carmen, Cancun or the rest of the internationally famous Riviera Maya, flat the final details for entering the US.
US federal law requires all travelers arriving from abroad to take the COVID-19 test 3 days prior to their flight, even if they are vaccinated. COVID-19 recovery proof is also accepted.
Since you cannot take the test back home because remember, it must be completed 3 days prior to travel, you will likely need to navigate the Mexican (or other foreign) healthcare system to take the test.
There is also another way around this, there are several Mexican hotels that offer packages including free COVID-19 trials or in-situ trials at a reduced cost.
But what would happen if your test was positive and you fell ill with COVID-19 before crossing the border? Easy, you will not be allowed to enter.
In this case, it is highly recommended to purchase an insurance plan that covers COVID-19, not only because it covers medical treatments, but also because it is possible to obtain reimbursement in case of flight cancellations.
Also read: Countries with no travel restrictions (no quarantine, no vaccine, no test)