On September 20, 2021, the White House announced plans to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travelers coming to the United States. Beginning in early November 2021, the White House will rescind the current geographic-related travel bans imposed on certain travelers from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India. Instead, it will focus on implementing policies that facilitate travel while keeping Americans safe from the spread of COVID-19.
What will U.S.-bound international travelers be required to show?
U.S.-bound international travelers will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. They will also be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of boarding a flight to the United States, which is consistent with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
What vaccines will be accepted?
It is not known at this time which vaccinations will be accepted. The CDC will provide additional information soon in determining who is considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of international travel protocols.
What proof of vaccination status will be accepted?
The policy will require U.S.-bound international travelers to show proof of vaccination status before boarding. The type of proof required will be announced as the detailed implementation plan is developed in the coming weeks.
Will there be any exceptions to the vaccine requirement?
Very limited exceptions to the vaccine requirement will be available for children, COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, and for people traveling for humanitarian reasons and who lack access to vaccination in a timely manner. Individuals who are exempted from the vaccine requirement will be required to agree to get vaccinated upon arrival in the United States.