On October 25, 2021, the White House issued a proclamation regarding resuming global travel as soon as November 8, 2021. Beginning November 8, 2021, noncitizen and nonimmigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding a flight to the U.S. Accepted vaccines include all FDA approved or authorized World Health Organization emergency use listed vaccines. Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated 2 or more weeks after receipt of their last dose.
The proclamation revokes country-specific travel suspensions and limitations on entries applicable only to air travel to the United States and will not affect visa issuance. In place of the travel restrictions, the U.S. imposed numerous precautions outlined in the proclamation. Some of which may include public health precautions established by the CDC including the following:
- provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure;
- take necessary precautions during air travel, including wearing a face mask;
- provide proof of post-arrival COVID-19 testing; and
- provide proof of having arranged to self-quarantine after arriving in the U.S.
The proclamation further requires any noncitizen who is a nonimmigrant, who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is permitted to enter the U.S. by air travel but must agree to become fully vaccinated within 60 days of arriving in the U.S or as soon as medically appropriate. Any noncitizen who is a nonimmigrant must then provide proof of having arranged to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This vaccine requirement does not apply to certain groups of individuals, including those whose intended stay is brief, those who have medical exemptions, an individual’s age, and more. For the exact class of individuals, please see Section 2 (c) of the proclamation.
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