White House Unveils New Requirements for Travel into U.S.
The White house released updated guidelines on Monday for travelers entering the United States. The new rules include stricter requirements on U.S. citizens who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 as well as some very limited exceptions for foreigners.
Starting on November 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S., with only limited exceptions.
The updated travel guidelines also include new protocols around testing. Unvaccinated travelers, whether U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals, will now need to test within one day of departure. Americans who can show they are fully vaccinated, will have to produce a negative test result within three days of travel.
Starting on November 8, all other non-citizen and non-immigrant 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 fly to the U.S.. People coming from countries with vaccination rates under 10% will also have to provide a compelling reason for why they are traveling to the U.S..
Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers, given both the ineligibility of some younger children for vaccination, as well as the global variability in access to vaccination for older children. Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test.
Proof of Vaccination
- For foreign nationals, proof of vaccination will be required – with very limited exceptions – to board the plane.
- Passengers will need to show their vaccination status, and the airlines will need to:
- Match the name and date of birth to confirm the passenger is the same person reflected on the proof of vaccination;
- Determine that the record was issued by an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was given;
- Review the essential information for determining if the passenger meets CDC’s definition for fully vaccinated such as vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date(s) of administration, site (e.g., vaccination clinic, health care facility) of vaccination.