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Safe Travel Information

Below is up-to-date information on coronavirus and safety for visitors to San Diego.

Find Happy. Stay Healthy.

San Diego is ready to welcome you back. Our tourism and hospitality businesses are all following best-in-class public health practices so you can feel confident as you enjoy all our destination has to offer. Vaccination rates in San Diego County are high, with more than 75% of residents ages 5 and up fully vaccinated. Check the San Diego County information dashboards on Wednesdays after 5:00 PM PST for weekly vaccination updates.

What's Open

As of June 15, 2021, California has reopened for travel. Most businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions and retail shops, are open without capacity restrictions or social distancing requirements. For full details, please visit the California Department of Public Health.

Mask Requirements

Due to the Delta and Omicron variants, starting December 15, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will require masks to be worn in all indoor public settings irrespective of vaccine status through February 15, 2022, at which point California will make further recommendations as needed in response to the pandemic. Additionally, all individuals are still required to wear masks when using public transportation, aboard trains, and while at the airport.

Meetings and Events

Meetings, conventions and events are permitted. As of December 15, 2021, the CDPH has updated requirements for attending mega events, such as concerts and sporting events. Before attending an event, attendees will now be required to show either proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event. "Mega events" are defined as indoor events of 500 people or more and outdoor events with more than 5,000 attendees. All adult attendees must provide I.D. to confirm the individual presenting proof of vaccination or negative test is the attendee entering the facility or venue. The testing requirement exempts children under 2 years of age.

International Travel

Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide. These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and non-essential reasons. They will not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals.

  • Non-U.S. individuals traveling to the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals, whether for essential or non-essential reasons, must:
  • verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status;
  • provide proof of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the CDC website
  • present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document, such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card, or Enhanced Tribal Card
  • be prepared to present any other relevant documents requested by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer during a border inspection.

COVID-19 testing is not required for entry via a land port of entry or ferry terminal.

As of November 8, 2021, non-essential travel resumed for foreign travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, can present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, and have appropriate documentation to enter the United States.

Although these new vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals, all travelers are reminded to bring a WHTI-compliant document when re-entering the United States. Non-U.S. individuals attempting to enter the United States irregularly, through any illegal means or without proper documentation, will continue to be expelled pursuant to CDC's Title 42 public health order.

To help reduce wait times, travelers can take advantage of facial biometrics and CBP One™, which is a single portal for CBP mobile applications and services. For the most up-to-date information on border wait times, visitors can check with Customs and Border Protection or call 619-690-8999.

For more information, please visit the Department of Homeland Security's website.

For more information on accepted COVID-19 vaccines and acceptable proof of vaccination, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Mexico does not require COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter their country. For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico website.

We look forward to welcoming you back to San Diego so you can create incredible memories — safely.

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