How can I reunite with my partner?

Here are successful stories from couples separated by travel bans
These stories are individual experiences, not official guidelines

Juliette and Felipe

France to United States of America (California)




Istanbul, Turkey

Travelled on

December 3, 2020

  Optional Covid test  
  No mandatory quarantine  
  Proof of relationship     ESTA     Flight tickets  

I am French, living in France, my boyfriend is Brazilian living in California with Green Card. We decided to join for Christmas, and he wasn't able to travel because of his work so I decided to spend 14 days in a third country then to enter the US. I spent 14 days in Bucharest, Romania (which is no Schengen Area so not on the travel ban). From there I flew to Istanbul, I had a 1:30hs layover, it was short, but I stayed in the international area for connection. To enter the boarding gate, they asked me a lot of questions: why was I travelling to the US? To see my boyfriend, I answered, and then they asked me to proof that I spent 14 days out of France, then my address in the US, my ESTA etc. After couple of checkpoints, I was able to get in the plane. Arrived in LAX, the border officer was very chill, he just asked me if I had a ticket to go back to France, I said yes but he didn't ask to see it, then he asked me if I have an ESTA but didn't want to see it. I full a health form during the plane but he didn't ask for it. And then it was it! And I finally met with my love!
Btw: I did a Covid test in Romania, just in case, but no one asked me for it during my path.

Good luck to everyone!

Juliette and Felipe