U.S. rescinds travel bans for vaccinated air travelers beginning November 8 2021

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation removing the geographic travel bans impacting air travelers from China, Iran, the Schengen area, the UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India, effective 12:01 Eastern time on Monday, November 8, 2021. As of this date nonimmigrant travelers in all categories, including B-1/2 visitors, will be able to travel to the United States by air.

All travelers must show proof of vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to entering the United States. All vaccines approved by the CDC and the World Health Organization will be accepted. This includes Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, and Sinovac. All vaccinated travelers must also provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within the three days before traveling to the United States.Both PCR and antigen tests will be accepted.

The proclamation includes certain exceptions to the vaccination requirements. These exceptions include:

  • U.S.citizens and permanent residents
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Humanitarian and emergency exceptions
  • Persons for whom vaccination is medically contra-indicated

There are no exceptions for persons who are opposed to vaccination on moral or religious grounds. Persons covered by the exceptions may be required to quarantine for 7 days and to become vaccinated within 60 days of arriving in the United States.