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COVID Vaccine and Test Requirements for U.S. Entry: What You Need to Know

As of May 12, 2023, the vaccination and testing requirements for nonimmigrant travelers entering the United States have been updated. Let’s take a closer look at the changes and what they mean for travelers.

End of Vaccination Requirement for International Air Travelers

From November 8, 2021, through May 11, 2023, nonimmigrant travelers entering the United States through an air port of entry were required to show proof of full vaccination with an approved COVID-19 vaccine. However, as of 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 12, 2023, this requirement has been revoked.

Air Travel

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Presidential Proclamation 10294, which mandated the vaccination requirement, has been terminated. This means that noncitizen nonimmigrant air passengers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination to board a flight to the United States.

End of Vaccination Requirements for Land or Ferry Entry

Similar to air travelers, nonimmigrant travelers entering the United States through a land or ferry port of entry were also required to show proof of full vaccination from January 22, 2022, until May 11, 2023. However, this requirement has also been lifted.

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Land or Ferry Entry

As of 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 12, 2023, noncitizen nonimmigrant travelers entering the United States through land or ferry ports will no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine.

FAQs

To address some common questions regarding the updated requirements, here are a few FAQs:

Q: Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test to enter the United States?

A: As of June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding their flight. Therefore, for international air travel, a negative COVID-19 test is no longer necessary.

Q: Are there any other requirements I should be aware of?

A: While the vaccination and testing requirements have been lifted, it’s important to stay updated on any new travel restrictions or guidelines implemented by the United States or your home country. Check with your airline and the official government websites for the most up-to-date information before your trip.

Conclusion

In summary, as of May 12, 2023, nonimmigrant travelers to the United States are no longer required to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of vaccination before boarding an aircraft or entering the country through land or ferry ports. These changes aim to facilitate travel while prioritizing the safety and well-being of passengers. For more information and updates on travel requirements, visit iBlog – your trusted source for the latest travel news and updates.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. For official and up-to-date travel guidelines, please refer to the official government websites.

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