Travel to America? Check out the Biden administration’s new COVID-19 guidelines for international travelers

Washington (USA): The Joe Biden administration has announced new COVID-19 international air travel rules starting November 8. Beginning November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. Conditions prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions, read a US Department of State release. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that for purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines approved will include those that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved or authorized, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). Vaccines with Emergency Use List (EUL) from the WHO include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and. Sinovac Vaccines. Mixing and matching of approved shots will be allowed as per the guidelines.

Fully vaccinated air travelers will be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of their travel to the United States prior to boarding. This includes all travelers – US citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals.

To further strengthen protection, non-vaccinated travelers — whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or a small number of unvaccinated foreign nationals — now have a negative viral test from a sample taken within a day of travel to the United States. The US State Department’s travel advisory also states that US citizens and foreign nationals who have been fully vaccinated should be required to provide their airline to their airline before traveling to the United States. Must travel with proof of vaccination status. This proof of vaccination must be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and must include the traveler’s name and date of birth, as well as the vaccine product and date of administration for all doses the traveler has received, the advisory added. .

While vaccination proof is not required for US citizens and LPRs, fully vaccinated US citizens and LPRs (and their dependents) show documentation of a negative viral test from a sample taken up to three days prior to departure to the United States. will be able . They must present proof of vaccination to qualify for the three-day trial window.

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US citizens and LPRs who are unable to show that they have been fully vaccinated must show documentation of a negative viral test taken the day before departure. However, children under the age of 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travellers, the ineligibility of some young children to be vaccinated, as well as the global variability in vaccination access for older children, who may not be eligible to be vaccinated. are eligible, looking at both, the advisory said. .

With regard to testing requirements for children, the advisory stated that children in the age group of 2 to 17 years are required to undergo pre-departure testing. If a child is not fully vaccinated and is traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, they may show evidence of a negative. Viral testing from samples taken within three days from departure (corresponding to the timeline for fully vaccinated adults).

If a child is traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults, they must show evidence of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure. While children under 2 years of age are excluded from the test requirement, the CDC recommends pre-departure testing for these children whenever possible.

The test must be administered no more than three calendar days prior to the date of the international flight to the United States. This new global travel system replaces existing country-by-country restrictions, taking a consistent approach around the world.

By Naveen Bharat Staff


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