Unvaccinated Americans Face Tougher Restrictions
If you are unvaccinated and are planning to travel abroad, you should be aware of stricter entry requirements upon returning home to the U.S.. The change is part of the new system for international travelers that will kick off sometime in November.
The announcement said that once the new system goes into effect, all adult international arrivals will be able to enter the U.S. with proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight. Foreign nationals who aren’t fully vaccinated won’t be able to visit the U.S..
But, the new entry rules will also affect American citizens and permanent residents. If unvaccinated, they will face tighter testing requirements than they currently do.
A spokesperson for the Department of State confirmed to Lonely Planet that these passengers will be required to provide proof of a negative test taken within one day prior to boarding their flight, rather than three. They also must provide proof that they have purchased a viral COVID-19 test to be taken after arrival.
“The Centers for Disease Control will continue to strongly recommend against air travel by U.S. citizens and [permanent residents] who are not fully vaccinated,” the State Department spokesperson explained.
The CDC has yet to announce an exact date for the launch of the new system.