In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has implemented new vaccination requirements for travelers entering the country. These requirements are designed to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep the population safe. In this article, we will discuss the current vaccination requirements for entry into the United States.
As of January 26, 2021, all air passengers entering the United States are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. However, on November 8, 2021, the United States announced new vaccine requirements for all foreign nationals entering the country. This means that as of January 22, 2022, all foreign nationals entering the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccines accepted by the United States are those that have been authorized by the FDA or have received emergency use authorization from the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received a final dose of the vaccine series at least two weeks before their departure to the United States. For example, if you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is a two-dose series, your final dose must have been received at least two weeks before your departure to the United States.
In addition to the vaccine requirements, travelers must also provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure. This applies to all air travelers, regardless of their vaccination status. Travelers must also complete a travel attestation form, providing information about their vaccination status and travel history.
It is important to note that the new vaccine requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. However, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents must still provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure.
In summary, all foreign nationals entering the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are not subject to the vaccine requirement but must still provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. These requirements are subject to change based on the evolving situation with the pandemic, so it is important to check the latest information before traveling to the United States. Contact the Law Firm of Solomon Musyimi for guidance on your immigration to the US.