Travel Tip Tuesday: US Releases New International Travel System effective 11/8/2021

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On 10/25/21, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) issued official Orders to implementing the new travel policy of the Biden administration to safely facilitate international travel in the pandemic era.

This change lifts the current bans on visitors from 33 countries, instead welcoming fully vaccinated visitors. The previous administration and situation banned most non-U.S. citizens who had spent time in the 2 weeks prior in the United Kingdom, Ireland, European Union (including the border-free Schengen zone), China, India, South Africa or Brazil.

The Orders issued set forth the new requirements that all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizens wishing to enter the United States must be fully vaccinated & supply proof of their vaccination. The exemptions to the vaccination requirements would be extremely limited, such as children under the age of 18.

Acceptable vaccine types are those authorized for use in the U.S. or approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), and would also accept mixed doses of the two-dose vaccine types.

On top of proof of full vaccination, there is a requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their departure for the U.S., regardless of citizenship. This rule also applies to vaccinated U.S. citizens as well as legal permanent residents re-entering the United States.

To learn more, visit the CDC’s page here:

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