Highlights from the Nov. 8 COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel

– All foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States.

– You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your vaccination round, whether single or 2-dose series.

– Fully vaccinated air travelers will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States before boarding.

– You must be tested with a viral test, either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

– Children under 18 are exempted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers, given both the ineligibility of some younger children for vaccination, as well as the global variability in access to vaccination for older children who are eligible to be vaccinated.

– Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are still required to take a pre-departure test. If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, they can show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within three days before departure (consistent with the timeline for fully vaccinated adults).

– If an unvaccinated child is traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure. While children under 2 years of age are excepted from the testing requirement, CDC recommends a pre-departure test for these children whenever possible.

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