October 29, 2021

United States to Rescind Travel Bans for Nonimmigrant International Air Travel from November 8th

This message relates to the lifting of COVID-19 regional travel restrictions to the U.S. If the information does not apply to your situation, you may disregard it.

President Biden’s proclamation issued on October 25, 2021, rescinds the current regional travel bans and mandates a COVID-19 vaccination requirement on nonimmigrants traveling by air from any country to the United States effective 12:01 am EST on November 8, 2021.

Under the new air travel policy, adult foreign nationals seeking entry to the United States with a nonimmigrant visa or visa waiver will need to provide proof of full vaccination before boarding a flight to the United States. All fully vaccinated air travelers, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding a flight to the United States. Any unvaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative test within one day of departure. The new requirements will not apply to land border travel.

Only the following vaccines are acceptable at this time: Janssen/J&J, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

Some exceptions from the new air travel vaccination requirement include children under 18, most nationals of countries with less than a 10% total vaccination rate, and U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

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