U.S. Releases Updates to COVID-19 Entry Requirements for International Travelers

 

As of 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 12, 2022, the U.S. no longer requires vaccinated foreign travelers entering the country by air to have a pre-departure COVID-19 test and negative result prior to boarding a flight to the U.S. These new requirements are an update to COVID-19 entry requirements issued in April 2022 and October 2021.   

The decision to relax the entry requirements for non-immigrant travelers was made by officials based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In an amended order, issued on June 10, 2022, the CDC Director indicates the new order applies to travelers who are aged two or older and flying to the U.S. from any foreign country.  Travelers under the age of two have been exempt from the testing requirement from the start of the original order. 

The new changes apply only to travelers entering the U.S. by air. Requirements for travelers entering the country by land or ferry will remain unchanged. Persons who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents or U.S. nationals can only enter the U.S. currently if they are fully vaccinated with limited exceptions.    

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Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Susannah Nichols, who is a Partner 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.  

About the Author

Susannah is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates where her practice focuses on H-1B, L-1, TN, E and O-1 nonimmigrant visas, as well as PERM and EB-1 employment based green cards.

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