Biden Administration Releases Additional Details for Implementing a Safer, More Stringent International Air Travel System

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global threat, the Biden Administration has released more details in its plans for implementing both safer and more stringent regulations for international air travel. Guided by public health standards, the updated policy puts an international travel system intended to protect the health and well-being of everyone. The new regulations start on November 8th and so now is the time to learn more about these developments.

Biden Administration Releases Additional Details for Implementing a Safer, More Stringent International Air Travel System

Foreign national air travelers will soon be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter the U.S. The new policy will be implemented starting on November 8th and will require all non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers, with extremely limited exceptions, heading to the U.S to be fully vaccinated and have proof of vaccination status before being permitted to board airplanes with U.S. destinations or with those connecting flights where the U.S. is the final destination.

With passengers traveling to the U.S. being required to show vaccination status, the airlines will need procedures in place that match the passenger’s name and date of birth to that listed on the proof of vaccination. Furthermore, airline employees will need to verify that the record was issued by an official source in the country in which the vaccine was received. To help ensure that these procedures are followed, the Biden Administration plans to work alongside airlines to implement the new requirements and regulations.

Previously, all travelers to the U.S. were required to produce a negative viral COVID-19 test within three days prior to travel. Back in September, it was announced that more restrictive measures would be put in place. Now, any unvaccinated U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents (LPRs) must be able to produce a negative viral COVID-19 test within one day of travel to the U.S.

While vaccinations for children are still in the initial rollout phases, children under the age of 18 continue to be exempted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers. This is due in large part to some younger children being ineligible to receive the vaccine and due to the fact that there is great global variability in vaccine access for older children who may be eligible to receive the vaccine. As the vaccine becomes approved for younger children and becomes more readily available across the globe, the requirements for child vaccinations for U.S. air travel may change, but, as it stands now, there is no such requirement.

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