The United States lifted the ban on international travelers arriving in the US on November 8, 2021. Since then thousands of travelers have touched down in the US for tourist purposes, to reunite with their loved ones, to study, or start their employment in the US.
Here’s What You Need to Know About the Vaccine Requirements Before Traveling to the US
Almost all international travelers are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) before traveling to the US. They will be required to present proof of vaccination before boarding a flight to the US. Foreign nationals traveling to the US on an immigrant visa will have to show proof of vaccination when attending their immigration medical examination.
US citizens and lawful permanent residents, also known as Green Card Holders, will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result taken 24 hours before their scheduled departure. Fully vaccinated US citizens and Green Card Holders will be required to show proof of vaccination along with a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled departure.
Who Is Exempt from the Vaccination Requirements?
The following individuals are exempt from the vaccination requirements:
- Children under the age of 18
- Individuals participating in Covid-19 vaccine trials
- Individuals traveling for humanitarian reasons or emergency purposes
- Individuals traveling from countries where there is low vaccine availability
- Members of the US Armed Forces and their immediate family members
- Airline and ship crew
- Diplomats and their immediate family members