The White House recently announced by Presidential Proclamation, Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen 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 the United States.
Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited to:
- children under 18
- people medically unable to receive the vaccine
- emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines. See the CDC’s website for more information.
When it comes to testing, starting December 6, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.
Immigrant visa holders are already subject to separate requirements for medical examination and vaccination.
For additional information, please visit our FAQs for answers to questions about the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
For information on applying for a waiver of the testing and vaccination requirement, please click: Waiver Application Instructions.