Beginning November 8, non-immigrant foreign adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with a few exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding. a plane bound for the United States. , with tighter restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated. The new policy comes as the Biden administration moves away from broader country-based travel restrictions and bans towards what it calls a “vaccine-based” system focused on a traveller’s individual risk. The restrictions in place since early 2020 that prohibit most non-U.S. Citizens from traveling to the U.S. from countries like China, India, South Africa, Brazil, and much of Europe will also expire on November 8.
Under the policy, those who are not vaccinated will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel, while those who are vaccinated will be allowed to present a test performed within three days of travel. trip.
Children under 18 will not be required to be fully immunized, given the inconsistency in global vaccine deployment for their age cohort, but those aged two and over will be subject to the same policy of COVID-19 test as their parent or guardian.
All WHO-approved combination vaccines are accepted
The Biden administration has been working with airlines, which will be required to apply the new procedures, to explain the new policies so they can prepare for implementation. Airlines will be responsible for verifying vaccination records and comparing them to identifying information. They will also need to ensure that the injections given are on the approved list of the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. Mixing and pairing of approved shots will be permitted.
Quarantine officers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will check passengers for compliance after they arrive in the U.S., according to an administration official. Airlines that do not comply with the requirements could be subject to penalties of up to US $ 35,000 per violation.
The administration announced limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement, including children, those who have participated in COVID-19 clinical trials, who have medical reasons not to be vaccinated, or who are from a country where vaccines are not widely available.
Unvaccinated residents of countries with vaccination rates below 10% of adults may be admitted to the United States with a government letter authorizing travel for urgent, non-tourism purposes, the administration said.
The CDC is also asking airlines to collect contact details from international air travelers, regardless of their immunization status, to facilitate contact tracing.