DOS Announces that on November 8 New Travel Vaccination Policies Start

This past week, the U.S. Department of State announced that it would be lifting the complex COVID-19 travel restrictions and waiver process in early November. We now know that the new travel rules will start on November 8, 2021.

All foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the other federal agencies to develop the rules for airlines, airline passengers, and land travelers to assist them in complying with the vaccine requirement.

We know that the only acceptable vaccines are those already approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing. The Administration will provide additional information about compliance as soon as it is available. Earlier, we reported that new travel rules would be in effect in “early” November. This update provides a confirmed date on which the rules go into effect.