Back in March of 2020 the U.S. Government instituted a travel ban that affected most of Europe, including the UK and EU/EEA which has finally been lifted since Monday, November 8th.
This travel ban only affected certain countries/regions while others (with very high Covid numbers) remained untouched and able to send travelers to the U.S. as they pleased.
Now the entry restrictions have been modified and a vaccination requirement was added for non-U.S. citizens (plus a few exceptions) who are traveling to the United States now.
Furthermore a universal testing requirement for inbound U.S. travel remains in place for which both Antigen and PCR tests are acceptable.
Visitors for business or leisure who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program should check their ESTA to make sure it’s still valid.
Customs and border protection CBP also regularly updates their twitter page:
TODAY: Fully vaccinated, legal non-citizens may once again travel to the U.S. for non-essential reasons via land & ferry ports of entry. Make sure you:
💉Bring proof that you are fully vaccinated for #COVID19
💬Can verbally indicate your reason for travelhttps://t.co/nTjpgQLC9L pic.twitter.com/9Lg1u8LBd1
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) November 8, 2021
For non-air arrivals, fully vaccinated, non-citizen travelers with appropriate documentation will be permitted to enter the United States for non-essential travel via land POE and ferry terminals starting on November 8, 2021.
Starting November 8, when arriving at a U.S. land POE or ferry terminal, non-citizen travelers should be prepared to:
- present proof of COVID-19 vaccination as outlined on the CDC website; and,
- verbally attest to their non-essential travel and COVID-19 vaccination status.
This will especially affect Canadian and Mexican travelers as well as foreign nationals currently in those countries seeking to enter the U.S. through a designated land/sea port of entry.
You can find further, up to date information on this on the CDC website (access here).
On November 8, non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States. There will be very limited exceptions to this vaccination requirement for certain non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants, including children under the age of 18.
Fully vaccinated air passengers, regardless of citizenship, will continue to be required to show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before they board their flight to the United States. For passengers who are not fully vaccinated, the rules will tighten to require a test taken no more than one day before departing to the United States. …
I have previously written an article about this when the news broke in late October:
Previously, all travelers were required to show a negative test result within three days of travel to the United States, regardless of vaccination status.
For those U.S. citizens and LPRs who can show they are fully vaccinated, that requirement remains the same – they have to show documentation of a negative test result from a sample taken within three days of travel. However, those U.S. citizens and LPRs who cannot demonstrate proof of full vaccination will now have to show documentation of a negative test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
The United States recognizes the following vaccines for entry into the country:
The on this list are products authorized by the FDA and/or WHO. Obviously absent for some reason is Russia’s Sputnik. This might very well be a political decision given that Sinovac from China is still recognized.
At least in this case the U.S. also recognize WHO vaccines. As John wrote a couple days ago, entry in to Japan for example is restricted to those travelers vaccinated with products approved in Japan only. This shuts out a lot of people including those who received Johnson&Johnson.
These new regulations will kick in on November 8th, specifically for passengers on planes that depart from their foreign destination at or after 12:01 AM Eastern Time on November 8. Different rules apply to land borders.
It certainly put tough restrictions on unvaccinated travelers of either nationality even though U.S. citizens and LPR’s can “test themselves out” of this with a very recent test result (24hr).
I don’t like all these complicated rules and certainly don’t appreciate the direction where this is going in terms of further restrictions and government monitoring but least for now borders are reopening again, making international travel possible.