Announced Monday, the new policy from the Biden Administration which will take effect in November states that all foreign nationals flying to the U.S. must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination before boarding a plane. Moreover, travelers will also have to obtain a negative covid-19 test within three days of traveling.
This mandate comes after an earlier press release by the U.S. Embassy, which stated that starting October 1st, 2021, immigrant visa, k-visa, and non-immigrant visa applications recommended for a medical exam will be required to obtain the full covid-19 vaccination according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) policy.
The CDC will determine which vaccines will be accepted under the new policy.
Furthermore, as part of the new international air travel system, the CDC will require airlines to take email addresses and phone numbers from international travelers as part of a contact tracing system.
White House covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients stated “ This follows the science, requiring passengers to be fully vaccinated we will protect Americans here at home.”
Fully vaccinated travelers will not be required to quarantine upon entry into the U.S.