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US Travel Guidance

The Biden Administration has released additional information for resumption of international travel to the US, which is set to begin on November 8, 2021.

Foreign Nationals over the Age of 18:

A passenger will be required to show an official vaccination record to board the plane. To be considered fully vaccinate, a passenger must:

  • Be vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization emergency use listed vaccine; and

  • Have received the last dose of the vaccine at least two weeks before their date of travel.

Airlines will be required to:

  • Match the name and date of birth to confirm the passenger is the same person reflected on the proof of vaccination;

  • Determine that the record was issued by an official source in the country where the vaccine was given;

  • Review the essential information for determining if the passenger meets CDC’s definition for fully vaccinated such as vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date(s) of administration, vaccination site.

The Administration intends to work closely with airlines to assist in the successful implementation of these new requirements. There are a very limited set of exceptions from the vaccination requirement for foreign nationals. New protocols have also been in place for unvaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents. You can read about these exceptions and new protocols here.

Requirements for Children:

  • Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travellers.

  • Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to produce a negative viral test result before departure. Both nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), such as a PCR test, and antigen tests are accepted.

  • If traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, an unvaccinated child can test three days prior to departure. If an unvaccinated child is traveling alone, they will have to test within one day of departure.

The CDC is also issuing a Contract Tracing order requiring all airlines to track contact information that will allow public health official to follow up with inbound air travellers who have potentially been infected or exposed to an infected individual.

For more details, the full White House Statement can be found here.

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