Can you fly to the United States during the coronavirus pandemic?

Fly to the United States

Being able to fly to the United States is essential for many people for work, residence or personal reasons. Borders have been closed to the world situation. But little by little there is a more hopeful situation.

The entry ban is still in force for those people who have recently been in countries that have suffered a great impact from coronavirus. But little by little all air connections are returning to normal.

Many countries have had to impose border closures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.



Current status of flights to the United States

Entry to the US is still prohibited for those who have been during the last two weeks in countries with a great impact by Covid-19.

Even so, the outlook is very optimistic and international travel is beginning to reactivate. The United States is being allowed to fly.

The airlines that are offering service to fly to the United States are (British Airways, Iberia, Delta Airlines and Lufthansa). These companies are implementing all the appropriate security measures to guarantee the safety of the crew and passengers.


Airline security measures

Airlines are operating more and more frequently, the outlook is increasingly optimistic. Even so, all the appropriate safety and prevention measures are being adopted, such as:

  • Reduce passenger capacity on airplanes.
  • Change shipping processes.
  • Use of HEPA filters.
  • Wear face masks during flights.
  • Use of disinfectant gels.


Are ESTA applications currently being approved?

The answer is Yes. The application for an ESTA USA can still be processed. Despite the current situation, ESTAs are being granted just as quickly as before. If you want to travel to the United States in the next 2 years, you can now apply for the ESTA USA visa.

Can I fly to the United States with my ESTA in the current situation?

Currently all ESTA permits to travel to the United States remain valid, for two years from the date of issue. If the passport linked to ESTA has expired, the ESTA visa will expire earlier. The situation is optimistic, there are fewer and fewer outbreaks and therefore it is expected that everything will be working normally in a very short time, but you should check if you have been in areas designated as risk areas.


Exceptions to the entry ban

Persons residing in the United States and persons of United States nationality and their children or spouses.

They also have exceptions in case of being a parent or legal guardian, and unmarried siblings of people residing in the United States who are under 21 years of age.

Students with F-1 or M-1 visas, business travelers, investors, traders from countries with treaties in force with the USA, academics, and people traveling for humanitarian purposes or great public health professionals.

People who believe that they are subject to an exception and do not travel with a normal visa but with an ESTA, can also request an exception at the US embassy or consulate in Spain. You can process the exception and apply for the ESTA Visa by adding supporting documents.



  • Permanent US residents and in possession of Green Cards.
  • Family members of US nationals or permanent residents.
  • Relatives of United States Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Custodial children of US nationals or permanent residents.
  • Siblings of US Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Foreign students who have a visa to study in the United States.
  • Non-US citizens invited by the US government to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Non-US citizens when their travel is considered to be in the national interest.
  • People who make official government trips or diplomatic trips.
  • Citizens who travel to work in the United States with an employment contract.



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