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We’ve been keeping an eye out for updates regarding international travel to the United States.
Recently, we shared updates about travel between Canada, Mexico, and the United States; as well as some information about travel to the U.S. from other international locations. Now, guidelines regarding international travel have been released and we’re breaking down the essentials here.
According to NBC News, the Biden administration has released updated guidelines for those wanting to travel to the United States from an international location.
Starting November 8th, 2021, unvaccinated U.S. citizens and long-term residents will need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken 1 day before re-entering the U.S.
Fully vaccinated Americans, on the other hand, will have to get tested 3 days before travel, and they will need to show proof of vaccination.
What about those who are not U.S. citizens or long-term residents? According to USA Today, starting November 8th, foreign travelers will be able to re-enter the U.S. by air if they (1) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19; and (2) show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken within 3 days of boarding a plane to the U.S.
Masks will be required, but there will not be any quarantine requirements.
When it comes to the vaccination requirement for foreign nationals, there will be some exceptions. Unvaccinated foreign nationals coming from countries with vaccination rates under 10% might be exempt, but they will have to “provide a compelling reason for why they are traveling to the U.S.,” according to a senior administration official.
There are other exemptions for visitors under 18, individuals with certain medical conditions, those participating in clinical trials, and individuals traveling on short notice.
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and COVID-19 testing will be required before boarding the plan to the U.S., and it will be up to the different airlines to enforce these guidelines.
The official NBC News spoke with indicated that the U.S. will accept any of the vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organization, including the ones that are not cleared for use in the U.S.
In terms of the Canada and Mexico borders, individuals planning to travel from Canada or Mexico to the United States by land or passenger ferry for non-essential reasons can do so starting November 8th if they’re fully vaccinated.
If you’re planning to travel to the U.S. from a international location, be sure to check with your airline to see how to comply with any and all requirements. We’ll keep an eye out for more details and let you know what we find.