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Updated U.S. Travel Guidance and Requirements

On October 25, President Biden announced that beginning on November 8, 2021, current travel restrictions will end as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.  In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers.   This proclamation applies to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States on November 8, 2021. For additional information, please visit State Department’s FAQs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has also announced a new Order for all air passengers traveling to the United States Effective November 8, 2021, all nonimmigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:

  • children under 18

  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine

  • emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Details regarding exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC.

Additionally, U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of negative COVID-19 tests, while U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test before their flight.

The CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines.  See here for more information.

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