CLIENT ALERT: Requirements for Those Travelling by Air into the United States

Regional Travel Bans Rescinded

As of November 8, 2021, the United States government has rescinded country-specific suspensions and limitations on travel and entry to the United States:

  1. Rescinding Proclamation 9984 (January 31, 2020) (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk)
  2. Rescinding Proclamation 9992 (February 29, 2020) (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus)
  3. Rescinding Proclamation 10143 (January 25, 2021) (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019)
  4. Rescinding Proclamation 10199 (April 30, 2021) (Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019)

The new travel guidance for nonimmigrants, noncitizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and United States citizens is detailed below and is effective immediately.

New Travel Policy

The Centers for Disease Control announced new travel requirements that go into effect November 8, 2021 for non-immigrant, non-citizen individuals travelling by air into the United States. 

The order states that all non-immigrant, non-citizen individuals entering the United States by air on or after November 8, 2021 must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status before boarding a plane destined for the United States.

Exceptions

Limited exceptions are available under the new order:

  1. Children under 18
  2. People with a medical condition preventing them from getting the vaccine
  3. Emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Please note – there will be very limited humanitarian exceptions granted.

Acceptable Proof of Vaccination Status

Proof of full vaccination status means either a paper or digital record issued by an official source that lists the following:

  1. Traveler’s name and date of birth
  2. The name of the vaccine received
  3. Date(s) the vaccine was administered 

United States Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

United States Citizens (hereinafter “USC”) and Lawful Permanent Residents (hereinafter “LPR”) who are not fully vaccinated but nonetheless eligible to travel will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one day before the departure of their flight.

USC and LPR who are fully vaccinated will be required to provide proof of vaccination status as well as a negative COVID-19 test three days before the departure of their flight.

More information

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding travel to the United States, please see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/requirements-for-air-travelers-to-the-us.html