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11/01/2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Travelers to the United States

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10294 rescinding the geographic COVID-19 travel bans and adopting COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all international air travelers to the United States. It will be effective at 12:01 AM on November 8, 2021, which means that it applies to air passengers on planes that depart from their foreign destination at or after 12:01 AM Eastern Time on November 8.

The Proclamation governs the entry into the United States of nonimmigrants traveling to the United States by air. With limited exceptions, it suspends entry of noncitizen nonimmigrants who are not vaccinated and requires those individuals seeking an exception to follow health and safety requirements determined by the Director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The White House and agencies such as the Department of State and the CDC have issued additional guidance concerning the implementation of the new travel requirements. AILA (American Immigration Lawyer's Association) applauds the Administration for following our recommendation to implement science-based processes for reopening international travel.