Biden Administration Will Rescind Travel Bans and Instead Require Proof of Vaccination

Update 11/08/2021

Flyer about the New Covid-19 Travel Requirements:

Update 11/05/2021

On 11/08/2021, the previous COVID-19 travel bans will be replaced with a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all international air travelers to the United States.

Passengers must provide proof of vaccination to airlines who will:

  • Match the name and date of birth to the information on the vaccination documentation.
  • Determine that the record was, in fact, issued by an official source (public health agency, government agency, or authorized vaccine provider) within the country it was given.
  • Review the information to determine if the vaccination meets the CDC’s definition of full vaccination, including being approved or authorized by the FDA or included on the WHO list of emergency use vaccines.

Acceptable proofs of vaccination:

  • Verifiable digital or paper records: This includes, but is not limited to, examples such as vaccination certificates or digital passes accessible via QR code (such as the UK NHS COVID Pass and the European Union Digital COVID Certificate)
  • Non-verifiable paper records: A paper vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued by a national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provide (such as the CDC vaccination card).
  • Non-verifiable digital records: Digital photos of vaccination card or record, or a downloaded record or vaccination certificate from an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider), or a record shown on a mobile phone app without a QR code.

Acceptable vaccines:

  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Single Dose)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Exceptions to the vaccine requirement:

  • US Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, travelers with immigrant visas
  • children
  • Clinical trial participants
  • Contraindications
  • Humanitarin and Emergency exceptions – this does not mean religious exemptions
  • Limited vaccine availability
  • US Armed Forces and their dependents
  • National interest exceptions
  • Diplomats
  • UN travel
  • Sea / airline crew

Original Post 09/20/2021

The President announced today that starting in early November adult foreign nationals traveling to the United States must be fully vaccinated. The White House will also rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans implemented for individuals from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, U.K., Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India.

US citizens are not subject to the rule meaning that unvaccinated Americans may travel overseas and return without proof of vaccination. However, they must either: Provide proof of a negative test result taken within one day of their departure or provide proof that they have purchased a viral test to be taken after arrival.

White House FAQ: