Here are the Current Covid-Related Travel Requirements for Traveling to the U.S.

Figuring out what you need to do to fly to the U.S. can be confusing and difficult—at least when it comes to Covid testing.

As I reported in an earlier post, as of November 8th, 2021, the Biden administration removed the various confusing layers of requirements that prevented people in some immigration statuses and countries from coming to the U.S. The evening news reports this week were filled with videos of families happily reuniting at airports after months of being separated by oceans and our Northern and Southern borders.

Our bar association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association put together this brochure summarizing the current state of travel to the U.S. more clearly. It explains the details of the current rules, including the following:

  • What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated?” Fully vaccinated means that the U.S. only permits people to enter who have received vaccines at least two weeks after receiving the last dose of their vaccine. The vaccine must be one already approved by either the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organizations (WHO).
  • What do you need to provide as proof of vaccination? The best proof is a digital or paper record of vaccination that the airline can easily verify such as digital passes accessible via a QR code.
  • Who is exempt from the vaccination requirement? Several exemptions exist including U.S. citizens, green card holders, and children under 18.
  • What is the situation with showing negative Covid test results? All travelers over the age of two, must nave a negative Covid test before boarding a flight to the U.S. This requirement applies whether or not someone is vaccinated.
  • When will someone be required to quarantine? Unvaccinated people may have to self-quarantine or self-isolate in some situations.

Please contact our office if you need further clarification and continue to watch this blog for updates to travel requirements as the Covid pandemic evolves.