The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is for individuals to get vaccinated. Nearly 70% of Americans ages 12 and older are now considered fully vaccinated.
The USA reopened to global travelers on November 8
US President Biden has issued “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The proclamation has removed the travel ban restrictions on Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
It is replaced with a global requirement that all “non-US citizens who are nonimmigrants” (including F-1 student visa holders) traveling to the United States from any part of the world, must show proof that they are fully vaccinated with an acceptable COVID vaccine, with some limited exceptions.
You can read the full Proclamation here.
Am I fully vaccinated?
You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you received:
- a single dose of the Janssen/J&J COVID-19 vaccine
- a 2-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, or Sinovac vaccines
- 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (listed above) administered at least 17 days apart.
Negative COVID result requirement continues
All travelers coming to the United States, regardless of citizenship, must still present a negative test result on a COVID viral test taken no more than 3 days before departure.
Please review the CDC’s website for full information on acceptable vaccines, testing requirements and other important information.