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Important Considerations for International Travel: COVID-19 Vaccinations + Negative Test

Beginning November 8, 2021, international travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with limited exceptions. Along with being fully vaccinated, international students will be required to show documentation of a negative COVID viral test taken within three days before departure to the United States. 

Additional details about these requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Proof of vaccination should be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and should include the traveler’s name and date of birth, as well as the vaccine product and date(s) of administration for all doses the traveler received.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include those FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization.  Accepted vaccines are Janssen/J&J, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

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  • Travelers must show documentation of a negative viral COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 90 days before boarding a plane to the United States, along with the proof of vaccination.
  • Only students under age 18 are exempted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers, however, they are required to provide proof of a negative viral test before departure. If they are travelling with a vaccinated adult, the viral test is allowed to be 3 days prior to departure and if the student is travelling alone the test must be taken 1 day before departure.
  • Foreign nationals (non-U.S. citizens) may be considered for an exception to the vaccination requirement only in very limited circumstances, including those with rare medical contraindications to the vaccines, those who need to travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons, and those traveling from countries with low-vaccine availability. Please visit the CDC website for more information on exceptions.

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