U.S. Announces New COVID-19 International Travel Requirements

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The Biden administration released new international COVID-19 air travel requirements and rules that will end the 18-month ban on travelers from countries including the United Kingdom, Europe, and more.

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Beginning on November 8, 2021, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions. Additionally, all travelers are required to get a COVID-19 test prior to boarding an aircraft to the United States.

Children under 18 years of age do not have to be fully vaccinated to travel into the United States. This is due to the inconsistency in the global roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. Though they do not have to be vaccinated to travel, those who are 2 years or older must abide by the same COVID-19 testing policy as their parent or guardian.

The new policy also states that those who are unvaccinated will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24-hours (or one day) of travel. Those who are wishing to travel into the United States and are vaccinated will be allowed to present a test taken within 72 hours (or three days) of travel.

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The airlines are required to implement and enforce the new policy and procedure. Airlines are also responsible to verify the COVID-19 vaccine records and match them against identified information. The Biden administration states that airlines that don’t enforce these new requirements could be subject to penalties of up to nearly $35,000 per violation.

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