On November 8, new rules are going into affect for entry into the US by foreign nationals
AFAR mentions that, “the Biden administration has released the full details of its plan, which requires vaccination for all foreign nationals entering the United States, with few exceptions.”
Rather than have varying rules for each country, Biden decided “to adopt an air travel policy that relies primarily on vaccination to advance the safe resumption of international air travel to the United States.”
Starting next month, unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants won’t be allowed into the country except for special circumstances.
The vaccine requirement is in addition to the negative COVID test required by everyone (including US citizens and residents) coming into the country.
There will be one big change for Americans. Unvaccinated Americans will need to get tested within 24 hours of boarding their flight. Currently, the negative test needs to be taken within three days of the flight.
There are some exceptions to the vaccine requirement:
- Children under 18
- Those with documented medical reason that makes it inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
- Diplomats and foreign officials
- U.S. Armed Forces members, their spouses, and children
- Sea crew members
Citizens of countries where there is limited COVID vaccine availability are also exempt from the new rules.
Find out more from AFAR about the new rules coming next month for entry into the US here.