US President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travellers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe from November 8.
With few exceptions, only foreign nationals with vaccinations approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization will be allowed to board planes to the US.
However, the new order has made the entry of unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants in the US difficult. Those who cannot show a vaccine certificate will have to show a negative test done within one day of travel, as opposed to the prior 72 day directive.
Meanwhile, the fully vaccinated will still have a three-day window for COVID-19 testing with negative results, but if they are not able to show proof of vaccination, they too will be subject to the one-day testing requirement.
The CDC issued three orders regarding travel to the US.
- There is a vaccination requirement for non-citizens who are not immigrants. On November 8th, air travellers to the United States who are non-citizens and who are not immigrants will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of their vaccination status prior to flying to the United States.
The airlines will verify vaccination status in the same way they have been and will continue to do with the proof of a pre-departure negative test result. Only FDA approved and WHO Emergency use listed vaccines will be allowed.
- Fully vaccinated air passengers entering the United States internationally, regardless of citizenship, will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative COVID test taken within three days of travel prior to boarding.
For those vaccinated persons, they will be required to show proof of vaccination to qualify for this three-day testing window. Unvaccinated travellers will need to show a negative test taken one day prior to travel.
- The third order is that all contact information will be collected. Air passengers to the United States will also be required to provide basic, valid contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States.
This will allow airlines to better coordinate with public health agencies, to share information when needed, to keep the public safe and informed, and strengthen their ability to rapidly identify and contact people in the United States who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19.
Other than this all airlines rules or mask-wearing and vaccine certificates will need to be followed separately.