As announced by the White House on September 20, beginning in early November, all adult foreign nationals will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to boarding a U.S.-bound international flight. Fully vaccinated aircraft passengers departing from any foreign country with a destination in the United States will continue to be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure (or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel). This requirement will end the need for travellers from certain geographic regions to obtain national interest exceptions under the current presidential proclamations in order to travel to the United States.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will continue to strongly recommend against air travel by U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents who are not fully vaccinated. With the new order, unvaccinated U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents who return to the United States will be required to do the following prior to boarding a U.S.-bound flight: 1) Provide proof of a negative test result taken within one day prior to their departure 2) Provide proof that they have purchased a viral test to be taken after arrival.
This announcement in advance of the November start allows airlines and other private businesses lead time to prepare for implementing changes to the current policy. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the U.S. Department of State will work to develop directives for implementing these changes via the boarding process with airlines. The CDC will guide which vaccines will be accepted, as part of their standard role in determining who is considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of recommended or required international travel protocols.
Further information for visa applicants and U.S. citizen travellers will be posted to travel.state.gov as it becomes available.