Starting November 8, COVID-19 Travel Bans Rescinded: Proof of Vaccination Instead Required From International Travelers

The Biden Administration has announced plans to ease travel restrictions on all international travelers coming into the United States, starting in early November of 2021.

** LEGAL UPDATE **

The Biden Administration has announced plans to ease travel restrictions on all international travelers coming into the United States, starting November 8, 2021. Specifically, the White House will cancel the geographic COVID-related travel bans affecting people from:

  • China
  • Iran
  • the Schengen Area of Europe
  • the United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Brazil
  • South Africa, and
  • India.

That doesn't mean travelers won't have to comply with measures instituted to stop the spread of COVID-19. The bans will be replaced by a requirement that all international travelers show proof of having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, plus proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within three days of boarding the flight to the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will provide information regarding which vaccines will be considered acceptable.

Limited exceptions will be made, including for children; COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants; and people traveling for an important reason and who lack access to vaccination in a timely manner (humanitarian grounds). People who are exempted from the vaccine requirement could be required to be vaccinated upon arrival.

The Biden administration also plans to make additional travel-related recommendations, including continuing the mask mandate through January 18, 2022, expanding pre-departure and post-arrival testing requirements, and implementing a contact tracing order for airlines.

Effective Date: November 8, 2021