International Entry Requirements for U.S.-Bound Travel Changes- November 8, 2021
November 6, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued additional information about required vaccinations for safe travel, negative tests or proof of recovery to enter, and a contact tracing order. Here are some of the key points:
- Starting on November 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S. For foreign nationals, proof of vaccination will be required – with very limited exceptions – to board the plane. One notable exception is foreigners holding non-tourist visas (e.g. students) travelling from countries with limited vaccine supply (e.g. Ghana and Nigeria).
- Vaccines accepted will include FDA-approved or authorized and World Health Organization emergency use listed vaccines. These currently include the vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, and China's Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines.
- The current 3 day testing requirement remains in place for all fully vaccinated travelers. To further strengthen protections, unvaccinated travelers – whether U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to test within one day, rather than three days, of their departure to the U.S. Both PCR tests and antigen tests qualify. Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents will not have any post-arrival requirements.
- United's Travel Ready Center is the most convenient way for all of our customers to prepare for their travel by determining their exact requirements to travel, uploading proof of vaccination and test results and attest to post-arrival testing and self-isolation requirements if required. The post-arrival attestation requirements will only apply to the narrow category of foreign nationals exempted from the vaccination order.
- The contact tracing order CDC issued requires airlines to collect and retain contact information from all international inbound passengers to provide it to the CDC if needed. This will help public health officials prevent the introduction, transmission and spread of new variants of COVID-19 as well as other public health threats.
SYD Changes - With the latest confirmed NSW restrictions requiring non-vaccinated crews to be quarantined in the hotel room, SYD is now a vaccination only destination, effective November 3, 2021.
Updated Mask Requirements for Entering Germany - Local authorities require anyone traveling on public transit (except airplanes) or entering public spaces (including the airport, etc.) in Germany (FRA and MUC) to wear a FFP2 type mask.
N95/KN95 masks are equivalent and have been approved for use by crews. A supply of N95/KN95 masks is being provisioned on flights to Germany for this purpose. These masks are for both pilots and flight attendants. Please take only one mask each and leave any remaining supply onboard in the original stowage location.
Medical-type/surgical masks do not meet this requirement when in Germany.