CDC to issue Orders implementing new travel policy

The Biden Administration announced a more strict international travel system
CDC to issue Orders implementing new travel policy
CDC to issue Orders implementing new travel policy

On Monday, Oct. 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Orders to implement the new travel policy announced by the Biden Administration. The policy will safely resume global travel to the United States, while protecting the health and safety of American communities from Covid-19. These Orders put in place a strict and consistent global international travel policy that is lead by public health.

CDC’s announcement means that on Nov. 8, non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants to the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated. They will also have to provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States. There will be limited exceptions to this vaccination requirement for certain non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants, including children under the age of 18.

Fully vaccinated air passengers, regardless of citizenship, will be required to show a negative pre-departure Covid-19 test. They should take a test no more than three days before boarding a flight to the U.S. For non-fully vaccinated passengers, the rules will tighten to require a test taken no more than one day before departing to the United States.

Air passengers to the U.S. will also be required to provide basic contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States. Airlines will use this information to better coordinate with public health agencies to share information when needed. Coordination between the two will help keep the public safe and informed. It will also strengthen their ability to quickly identify and contact people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as Covid-19.

CDC to issue Orders implementing new travel policy – Travel requirements go into effect on Nov. 8 at or after 12:01 a.m. ET

The U.S. Government and the airline industry are committed to making this process as smooth as possible for the traveling public. On Nov. 8, at or after 12:01 a.m. ET, CDC’s travel requirements will become effective for air travel to the U.S. from any foreign country.

CDC’s website also provides further guidance on the limited exceptions, what qualifies as acceptable proof of vaccination and other operational details.

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