As the United States prepares to welcome back foreign nationals from November 8, the Biden administration issued a proclamation yesterday. Travel bans imposed on several countries, including India. Replacing them with a global vaccination requirement for international travelers.
The proclamation will take effect at 12:01 am EST on November 8, 2021, which means all international travelers boarding a flight to the US that is scheduled to take off after the stated time are expected to abide by the latest US travel guidelines.
Planning a trip to the USA post Nov 8? Read here the latest US travel guidelines that necessitate full vaccination for international air travelers.
- Non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers must provide proof of full vaccination prior to boarding the international flight to USA.
- Fully vaccinated air passengers, regardless of their citizenship. Applicants must present a negative COVID-19 report at least 72 hours prior to departure.For unvaccinated/partially vaccinated Americans and foreign nationals. A COVID-19 report that is negative within 24 hours of departure will be valid.
- There should be a gap of at least two weeks between the last dose and travel date. Airlines will cross-verify this before allowing travelers to board the flight.
- Air passengers must cooperate with airlines in giving their information for contact tracing purposes.
- For international travel to the USA, any vaccine approved by the FDA or WHO is acceptable.CDC stated that it also accepts mixed-dose vaccines.Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine approved for international travel to the USA does not cover India’s Covaxin or Russia’s Sputnik)
Exemption from the global vaccine requirement:
Children below 18 years, certain COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, non-tourist travelers arriving from countries with nationwide vaccination rates below 10%, and people with documented medical contraindication for COVID-19 vaccination will be eligible for exemption. Additionally, persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel, members of the US Armed Forces, their spouses or minor children, sea crew members, as well as persons whose travel to USA is in the national interest (as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security or their designees). Humanitarian or emergency purposes can also travel to USA even though not fully vaccinated.
- Everyone who is exempt from the global vaccination requirement must take and present proof of the COVID-19 test before entering the US.So, They must comply with public health requirements, and must get themselves vaccinated. If they intend to stay here for more than 60 days, as per the latest US travel guidelines outlined in the recent presidential proclamation.
- Children under 18 years, if traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, can take the test 3 days prior to travel. If traveling alone or with an unvaccinated adult, they will have to take the test within a day of departure.
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