Traveling to Las Vegas during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go
September 5, 2022
Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain in flux. Health officials advise delaying travel if you’re not fully vaccinated and caught up on boosters. This article was last updated on September 5.
(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Las Vegas, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nevada lifted its indoor mask mandate on February 10. There are no restrictions on domestic travel to Las Vegas or the state of Nevada. Citizens of other nations must be fully vaccinated to visit the United States.
What’s on offer?
This is America’s playground for adults, and gambling is the star attraction.
For those not swayed by the allure of slot machines, card games and roulette wheels, Las Vegas has emerged as a major foodie destination. Comedians, singers and other entertainers also set up shop here.
The lights of the Las Vegas Strip at night are a spectacle unto themselves, and nearby desert escapes are outstanding.
Who can go
Fully vaccinated travelers from abroad (people who are not US citizens or lawful permanent residents) are allowed entry into the United States, including Las Vegas.
US citizens or lawful permanent residents do not need vaccines to return to the United States.
What are the restrictions?
Unvaccinated travelers from abroad are no longer allowed to enter the United States, with limited exceptions. Among those exceptions are unvaccinated children younger than 18.
While the CDC still recommends everyone 2 and older wear a well-fitting mask on public transportation, masks are currently not required on airplanes, trains and other means of public transit.
What’s the Covid situation?
As of August 29, there have been almost 575,000 confirmed cases, about 37,500 probable cases and more than 8,900 deaths in Clark County, Nevada, since the start of the pandemic. Las Vegas is the largest city in Clark County, which has about 2.67 million residents and accounts for about 73% of the state’s total population.
As of August 29, there was a seven-day average test positivity rate of 12.2%. That’s down from 26.4% on July 29 and well a peak of 42.9% on January 9 at the top of the Omicron surge.
What can visitors expect?
The big draws in Vegas — casinos, shows, hotels and restaurants — are open. The state of Nevada lifted its indoor mask mandate on February 10.
Gov. Steve Sisolak said the state was better equipped to fight the pandemic, citing at-home testing kits and the decrease in overall cases and hospitalizations in the state.
You can check hotel websites before you go to see their Covid safety measures.
You no longer required wear a mask over your nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation) and indoors in US transportation hubs.
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Top image: Roulette wheel (Shutterstock)
CNN’s Forrest Brown, Michelle Watson and Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.
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