Travel Requirements to Enter the United States Starting November 8, 2021

Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021

U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants 

Beginning November 8, all U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, and immigrants seeking to enter the United States by air will be required to show one of the following before boarding a flight to the United States.

  • If you are fully vaccinated:  Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel.
  • If you are NOT fully vaccinated:  A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
  • Children under 2 years old do not need to test. There are also accommodations for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Learn more about these requirements.

Please refer to the U.S. CDC website for further details and guidance on the new requirement: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html 

Non-U.S. Citizen Non-U.S. Immigrants 

Beginning November 8, all non-U.S. citizens who are non-immigrants and seeking to enter the United States by air will be required to:

  • Be fully vaccinated before boarding a flight to the United States; unless you meet the criteria for an exception.
  • Show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. The timing of this test depends on your vaccination status and age.

Please refer to the U.S. CDC website for further details and guidance on the new requirement: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html

Are You Fully Vaccinated for Air Travel to the United States? 

You are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after an accepted single-dose vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you have a medical condition that weakens your immune system or are taking medication that weakens your immune system, you might NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

* CDC has not recommended the use of mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccine primary series. However, such strategies are increasingly common in many countries outside of the United States. Therefore, for the of purpose of interpreting vaccination records for travel to the United States, CDC will accept combinations of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.

Does a negative test result, document of recovery, or proof of vaccination need to be in English? 

Airlines and other aircraft operators must be able to confirm the test result and proof of vaccination and review other required information and should determine when translation is necessary for these purposes. If your documents are in a language other than English, you should check with your airline or aircraft operator before travel.

I am not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; however, my child is a U.S. citizen.  Will I be able to board a flight to the United States based on my child’s citizenship status? 

No, if you are not a U.S. citizen and are not an immigrant, you are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States. If you do not meet the requirements to be considered fully vaccinated, you will not be able to board your flight to the United States, unless you meet criteria for one of the exceptions.

Do I need to quarantine after arrival in the United States? 

The CDC recommends that all travelers:

For travelers who are not fully vaccinated, the CDC additionally recommends:

  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if you test negative at 3-5 days.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.