The Presidential Proclamation on October 25, 2021, stated that starting November 8, 2021, nonimmigrant travelers are required to be fully vaccinated with a FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine in order to enter the United States.
There are some exceptions to this requirement, including:
- Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel
- Children under 18 years of age
- Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
- Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials
- Persons issued a humanitarian or emergency exception
- Persons with valid visas (excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas) who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age)
- Sea crew members traveling with a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa
- Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees)
Additional information on the Presidential Proclamation can be found on the White House Fact Sheet.
Technical Instructions from the CDC (includes the list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines)
Please refer to our ISSS Travel Checklist for information on what you need to prepare in order to re-enter the United States.
You must also understand that the additional documentation you must show will be based on your vaccination status. Please review the CDC Requirements for Air Passengers as well as the CDC Find out if you can board a flight to the U.S. page.
Additional U.S. Department of State information can be found in the FAQs on the department's International Travel page.