COVID Information

NOTICE: The U.S. Government announced on September 20th that air travel restrictions will be lifted in early November for international visitors who are vaccinated. Visitors will need to be fully vaccinated, show proof of a negative COVID test within three days of boarding a flight and agree to contact tracing. This page will be updated as more details are confirmed. 

Updates on New Orleans COVID protocols

  • Effective August 16, 2021, proof of vaccination for all eligible individuals 12 years and older, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, will be required at most indoor venues in Orleans Parish and outdoor events where more than 500 people are in attendance. In addition, Louisiana remains under a statewide mask mandate.
  • If someone is seeking a location to get tested for COVID so they may show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours, the policy calls for a PCR test which can take a few days for results – NOT a rapid test also known as an antigen test. Please click here for a link to testing sites around the city. When selecting a testing site, please select a place that offers PCR tests.
  • If someone is unvaccinated and chooses to get vaccinated before traveling to New Orleans, they must only show proof of receiving their first vaccine. The full two-dose regimen is not required. Please click here for vaccination sites. Vaccines are also available seven days a week at the Louis Armstrong International Airport.
  • Click here for the most current updates on New Orleans COVID Safety Plan. 

For the most current information on U.S. COVID-19 entry requirements, please visit the U.S. Department of State website:

If you need a letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa, please click here to complete the online request form.