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Updated Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. due to COVID-19
January 13, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new Order for all air passengers traveling to the United States. Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:

  • children under 18
  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions.

For additional information, please visit our FAQs.

The CDC recommends that you do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. International travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you do travel, follow all CDC recommendations before, during, and after travel.

The CDC have determined that, for travel to the United States, accepted vaccines will include the vaccines approved or authorized by the FDA and vaccines listed in the World Health Organization Emergency Use List (EUL). Those vaccines are currently Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and also vaccines such as AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac,  and Sinopharm, listed in the WHO Emergency Use List (EUL).

More details available in CDC annexes here.