Applying for a Waiver of COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Entry into the United States

Waivers to the vaccination requirement for entry into the U.S. may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and vaccination cannot be completed before travel. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration. You will be informed via email from the Embassy or CDC of the decision.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  1. Type of Humanitarian or emergency request
    • Exception for requirement for proof of being fully vaccinated
  2. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number, and nationality
  3. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  5. U.S. destination address
    • Is U.S. destination home address?
  6. Flight itinerary, including any connecting flights
    • Airline
    • Flight #
    • Departure airport and date of departure
    • Arrival airport and date of arrival
  7. Vaccination Status
    • Fully Vaccinated
      • Name of vaccine product (or products if a combination)
      • Date of first dose
      • Date of second dose (if a two-dose series)
      • PDF or photograph of vaccination record
    • NOT Fully Vaccinated
  8. Purpose of travel to the United States (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))As applicable:
  9. As applicable:
    • Justification for humanitarian or emergency exception to providing proof of being fully vaccinated (e.g., vaccine availability, passenger ineligible for vaccine at location, insufficient time to become fully vaccinated)
  10. Documentation to support justification for exception if provided (e.g., medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
  11. Information regarding any other solutions that were sought prior to application (e.g., flight changes, testing en route, assistance in obtaining testing/vaccination, etc.)