Traveling to Las Vegas during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Editor’s note – Cases of the coronavirus continue to rise. Health officials recommend delaying travel unless you are fully vaccinated and caught up on boosters. This article was last updated on September 23rd.

(CNN) – If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas, here’s what to know and expect if you’re planning to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

the basics

Nevada lifted the indoor mask mandate on February 10. There are no restrictions on travel to Las Vegas or the state of Nevada. Citizens of other nations must be fully vaccinated to enter the United States.

What is offered?

This is America’s playground for grown-ups, and the game is the star.

For those lacking the allure of slot machines, card games and roulette wheels, Las Vegas has emerged as a top foodie destination. Comedians, singers and other entertainers have also set up shop here.

The lights on the Las Vegas Strip are a spectacle at night, and the surrounding desert getaways are a highlight.

Who can go

Fully vaccinated travelers from abroad (persons who are not US citizens or lawful permanent residents) are permitted to enter the United States, including Las Vegas.

US citizens or legal residents do not need vaccinations to return to the United States.

What are the restrictions?

Unincorporated travelers from abroad are no longer permitted to enter the United States, with limited exceptions. These exceptions include unvaccinated children under the age of 18.
While the CDC still recommends that everyone age 2 and older wear a well-fitting mask on public transportation, masks are now not required on airplanes, trains, and other public transportation.

What is the Covid situation?

As of September 19, there have been nearly 578,000 confirmed cases, 38,300 probable cases and nearly 9,000 deaths in Clark County, Nevada, since the pandemic began. Las Vegas is the largest city in Clark County, with a population of approximately 2.67 million and approximately 73% of the state’s population.

As of September 19, the seven-day average test positivity rate was 9.5%. That’s down from 17.7% on Aug. 19 and well below the peak of 42.9% on Jan. 9 at the top of Omicron’s rally.

What can visitors expect?

Vegas’ big draws — casinos, shows, hotels and restaurants — are open. The state of Nevada lifted the indoor mask mandate on February 10.

Governor Steve Sisola said the state was better equipped to deal with the pandemic, citing home testing kits and the state’s overall decline in cases and hospitalizations.

You can check hotel websites for Covid safety measures before you go.

You are no longer required to wear a mask over your nose and mouth on public transportation (including airplanes, buses, trains, and other public transportation) and indoors on U.S. transit sites.

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