This article was originally published on Sept. 21, 2021 and was updated on Oct. 15, 2021 to reflect new information.
Oct. 15 Update: According to news reports, the White House has indicated that the U.S. government will lift country-specific COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers on Nov. 8, 2021.
The admission of fully vaccinated travelers into the country will end travel restrictions that have impacted persons present in more than 30 countries. The lifting of these travel restrictions will permit otherwise eligible travelers from the following countries to enter the U.S.: Schengen Zone, Brazil, China, India, Ireland, South Africa, the U.K. and Iran.
An official government publication is still forthcoming. Envoy Global and Global Immigration Associates (GIA) will provide additional information and guidance once the White House statement is available.
UPDATE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a list of vaccines that it will permit for entry into the U.S. in November. The following vaccines have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- Johnson & Johnson
At this time, the Biden administration has not provided other specifics, including the exact effective date of the new policy and any possible exemptions from the vaccination requirement. This article will be updated when more information becomes available.
The Biden administration will announce that fully vaccinated visa holders may enter the U.S. starting in November regardless of origin.
Many visa holders present in China, Iran, the Schengen Area, U.K., Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India have been unable to travel to the U.S. on account of multiple presidential proclamations put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The administration plans to rescind those proclamations and replace with vaccination requirements for adult foreign nationals traveling to the United States. Although the government has not yet released an official written statement on the upcoming travel modifications, the anticipated requirements for adult visa travelers are:
- Provide proof of full vaccination from a CDC-approved vaccine
- Provide negative COVID-19 test results, taken within three days of travel
- Wear a mask when traveling
- Provide a phone number and email address for contract tracing
The change is anticipated for early November.
Unvaccinated Americans who are traveling outside of the country must provide a negative COVID-19 test with results taken one day before they return to the U.S. They must also provide proof they have purchased a viral test to be taken after arrival.
We are currently waiting for an official announcement from the White House regarding the upcoming travel changes in November, including effective dates, which vaccines the CDC will accept, and other relevant travel information.
Updates will be provided as available.
Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Anne Walsh and Ian Love, who are Partners at Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").
Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.