What you need to know before traveling to Las Vegas during covid-19

(CNN) — If you’re planning on traveling to Las Vegas, here’s what to know and what to expect if you want to visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The basics

Nevada lifted its indoor mask mandate on February 10.

There are no restrictions for domestic travel in Las Vegas or the state of Nevada, but testing and vaccination requirements apply to most international arrivals in the United States.

Las Vegas is America’s playground for adults, and gambling is the main attraction.

For those not inspired by the lure of slot machines and roulette, Las Vegas has become a major foodie destination. Comedians, singers and other artists have also settled here.

The lights of the Las Vegas Strip at night are a sight in themselves, and nearby desert getaways are exceptional.

Who can go?

There are no restrictions for domestic travel in Las Vegas.

Fully vaccinated international travelers can now enter the United States, including Las Vegas. The United States currently does not have a travel ban due to covid-19 against specific countries.

What are the restrictions?

Unvaccinated travelers from overseas are no longer allowed to enter the United States, with some exceptions. Among these exceptions are unvaccinated children under the age of 18.

Every air traveler entering the United States needs a negative COVID-19 test result. Passengers must be tested within a day of their flight to the United States and provide documentation of their lab results. Or they must provide documentation that they have recently recovered from covid-19.

The one-day testing window applies to all international arrivals, including US citizens, and is part of a general tightening of US travel rules due to the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Las Vegas, like the rest of Nevada, has no testing or vaccination requirements for domestic travelers arriving on vacation from the United States or its territories.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated delay travel.

What is the covid situation?

As of February 12, there have been more than 504,000 confirmed and probable cases and more than 7,200 deaths in Clark County, Nevada since the pandemic began. Las Vegas is the largest city in Clark County, which has a population of approximately 2.67 million and accounts for approximately 73% of the state’s total population.

As of February 10, the seven-day average test positivity rate was 14%, down from a high of 42.9% on January 9.

These numbers are updated by the Southern Nevada Health District. Click the link for more detailed stats and breakdowns.

What can visitors expect?

Major Las Vegas attractions — casinos, shows, hotels and restaurants — are open (though a covid outbreak could affect an individual location or location, such as Adele’s planned residence at Caesars Palace).

The state of Nevada lifted its indoor mask mandate on February 10.

At a press conference, Governor Steve Sisolak said, “It’s an opportune time for me to announce that Nevada will be rescinding our mask mandate, effective immediately.”

Sisolak said the state is better equipped to fight the pandemic, citing home testing kits and the state’s overall decline in cases and hospitalizations.

You can check hotel websites, such as The Wynn and MGM Resorts, before you go to see their covid safety measures.

Additionally, masks are still required on all public transportation and transportation hubs based on guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you need to get tested for COVID-19 while visiting Las Vegas, click here for locations.


Nevada Health Response

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Las Vegas Government

CNN’s Forrest Brown, Michelle Watson and Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.

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