Biden Administration Releases Additional Detail for Implementing a Safer, More Stringent International Air Travel System

By: oscarcruzdelgado - Published on October 28th, 2021

Starting November 8, 2021, new COVID vaccination and testing requirements will be imposed for all air travel into the United States in lieu of the previous regional COVID travel restrictions. Before being allowed to board a plane, all air travelers coming to the United States will need to be vaccinated with FDA- or WHO-approved or authorized vaccines and provide proof of vaccination. Vaccinated travelers will also need to show a negative COVID test taken within three days of departure. There are very limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement, and non-vaccinated travelers who meet the exceptions will nonetheless need to show a negative COVID test taken within one day of departure.

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