Health Alert: Requirements for Air Travelers to the United States (October 26, 2021)

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Location: Worldwide
Event: Requirements for Air Travelers to the United States (October 26, 2021)

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Effective November 8, 2021, 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, with limited exceptions.

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. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. U.S. citizens and LPRs who are unable to show that they are fully vaccinated will have to show documentation of a negative viral test taken no more than one day before departure. For more information please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/covid-19-faqs-for-travel-to-the-us-information.html

What are the testing requirements for children?

  • Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are 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.

The CDC recommends that individuals do not travel international unless they are fully vaccinated. The CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines. For more information please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html.

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