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Vaccination Requirements To Replace Travel Bans on November 8

Kauff McGuire and Margolis LLP
New York, NY
November 2, 2021

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The Biden Administration has released new guidelines regarding the lifting of the travel bans for international travelers. Beginning on November 8, noncitizen nonimmigrant air travelers will need to show proof that they have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 before traveling to the US. All vaccines authorized by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted. Vaccinated travelers will also need to provide proof of a negative Covid test taken within 3 days of their flight to the US.

There are limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement for travelers under the age of 18, those with a vaccine-exempt medical condition, travelers with humanitarian emergencies, and travelers coming for non-tourism purposes from a country with low vaccine availability (<10%).

Unvaccinated travelers—including US citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals who are eligible for an exception—will need to present a negative Covid test taken within 1 day of departure. In most cases, unvaccinated foreign nationals who intend to stay in the US for more than 60 days will also need to agree to be vaccinated in the US.

Children aged 2 to 17 will be required to present a negative Covid test taken within 3 days of departure (if traveling with vaccinated adults) or within 1 day of departure (if traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults).

Finally, all airlines will begin collecting passengers’ contact information to allow for contact tracing. 

If you have any questions about upcoming international travel, please contact us.