After months-long travel ban, the US has allowed the movement of foreign travellers from November 8. The Joe Biden administration recently signed a new order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign nationals and has lifted Covid-19 restrictions.
Facilitating legitimate travel to support our strong and growing bilateral ties is our top priority. As we build back from COVID-19 related interruptions, we expect significant appointment wait times for some nonimmigrant visa categories at our Embassy and Consulates.
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) October 30, 2021
Here’s All You Need to Know
United States will allow entry only to those foreign nationals who have been fully immunised with a coronavirus vaccine that has been approved either by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
Which Vaccines Are Approved By WHO
Not all COVID vaccines have got the approval of the World Health Organisation (WHO). So far, the WHO has approved seven vaccines which include — Covishield, Moderna mRNA vaccine, Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID vaccine, Oxford’s AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine against coronavirus, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
Who All Need To Undergo Compulsory Tests Before Travelling to the US?
- Children who are below the age of 2 years old do not need to test for Covid.
- However, from November 8, 2021, before traveling to the USA, every passenger (2 Years old or more than that) will have to show/present a negative COVID test result report before boarding the flight.
- Fully vaccinated individuals who are not a citizen of the US will have to show the pre-departure negative COVID test taken within three days of travel.
- And for all those who are unvaccinated but citizens of the US will have to show a negative test result taken within one day of departure.