The end of the year holidays are approaching, and for many people, they are traveling for the first time in almost two years. Many families have not traveled since the start of the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not traveling if you are unvaccinated. Traveling is still risky, and the CDC has placed warnings on tourist destinations such as the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and France. Travel is still tricky.
Most experts think that if you drive, you should educate yourself on community spread. Not only at your destination but also in the cities you’ll be passing through in case you need to make an unexpected stop.
Because COVID restrictions and processes may differ depending on where you start and where you go, AAA has created an interactive map that outlines travel limitations within the United States and Canada to assist passengers in planning their journeys.
AAA Covid Restrictions in US and Canada Map Features
This map displays the latest recent information about COVID-19-related travel restrictions inside the United States and Canada. It also includes Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 case count data by county and state. The data sources are WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, national, state, provincial, county, and local governments, and Departments of Transportation. AAA GIS Data Services at the National Office in Heathrow, FL, generated and maintained this map.
Roadway Travel Checkpoints
Checkpoints will be set up along important routes where officials will stop vehicles to inspect them for the origin of travel, destination, and signs of COVID-19. Restrictions differ by state, and extensive information is available on government websites.
Border Crossing Closures
To combat the spread of COVID-19, the borders between Canada and the United States and Mexico and the United States have been closed to all non-essential travel. However, the border is still open for necessary travel.
National Land Closures
National Parks, Monuments, and Memorials that have been closed as a result of COVID-19 concerns.
Citywide Travel Restrictions
Cities in which municipal governments have enacted COVID-19 restrictions and other measures that are more stringent than statewide restrictions.
Countywide Travel Restrictions
Counties where local governments have enacted COVID-19 directives that are more stringent than statewide requirements.
Statewide Travel Restrictions
States in which the governor has issued statewide directives. Restrictions differ by state, and extensive information is available on government websites.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Cases
Counties – The total number of confirmed cases in the United States and Canada, broken down by county. Johns Hopkins University collects and updates this data as new information becomes available.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Cases
Counties – Number of confirmed cases in the US and Canada totaled by state. Data collected by Johns Hopkins University and updated as information is available.
Covid Restrictions LIfted for Foreign Visitors
The White House abolished COVID-19 travel restrictions for properly vaccinated overseas visitors on Friday, November 8th. This puts an end to the historic limitations that have prevented much of the globe from entering the United States for the previous 21 months.
Millions of tourists from China, Canada, Mexico, India, Brazil, most of Europe, and others were kept out of the United States, reducing tourism and harming border communities’ businesses. They made it impossible for many loved ones and foreign employees to reunite with their families.
Final Thoughts on Covid-19 Restrictions
The COVID-19 pandemic is now well into its second year. While the survivability remains high, many of those who have had the virus are still coping with the long-term lingering effects of COVID. The best practice is to heed the advice of health professionals and your doctor.
The interactive map is attributed to AAA GIS Data Services, JHU CSSE. Automation Support: Esri Living Atlas team. Data sources: national, state, provincial, county, and city governments and Departments of Transportation; WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.