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

(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.

The basics

Nevada lifted its indoor mask mandate on February 10.

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

There are no restrictions on domestic travel to Las Vegas.

What are the restrictions?

Unvaccinated travelers from abroad are no longer allowed to enter the United States, with very limited exceptions. Among those exceptions are unvaccinated children younger than 18.

Every air traveler entering the United States needs a negative Covid-19 test result. Passengers are required to get a test within one day before their flight to the United States departs and to provide documentation of their lab results. Or they must provide documentation of having recently recovered from Covid-19.

The one-day window for testing applies to all international arrivals, including US citizens.

Las Vegas, as well as the rest of Nevada, doesn’t have any testing or vaccination requirements on domestic travelers arriving for a vacation from within the US or its territories.

What’s the Covid situation?

As of March 12, there have been just over t 514,600 confirmed and probable cases and roughly 7,650 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 March 10, there was a seven-day average test positivity rate of 3.6%, down from a peak of 42.9% on January 9 at the peak of the Omicron surge.

What can visitors expect?

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

In a news conference, Gov. Steve Sisolak said, “Now is the appropriate time for me to announce that Nevada will rescind our mask mandate, effective immediately.”

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 — such as The Wynn and MGM Resorts — before you go to see their Covid safety measures.
Also, masks are still required on all public transportation and transportation hubs per guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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