The CDC has updated travel restrictions that go into effect on November 8. New stricter safety protocols were announced by the government on October 25 that affect Americans and foreigners who want to travel to the United States beginning on November 8.
• Anyone – including Americans – traveling to the United States who cannot demonstrate proof of full vaccination will have to produce documentation of a negative test within 1 day of departure, instead of the current 3 days.
• Fully vaccinated Americans will have a 3-day window for COVID-19 testing with negative results, but if they are not able to show proof of vaccination, they will be subject to the 1-day testing requirement.
• Government officials said exceptions to vaccine requirements for foreign visitors would be rare but would be made for children under age 18 and travelers from countries with less than a 10% vaccination rate due to lack of vaccine availability.
• Children under age 2 will not need to test for COVID-19.
• Travelers with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official may be cleared to travel.
There are different requirements for immigrants than for travelers. According to the CDC,
“People applying to enter the United States as immigrants (with exceptions) are required to have a medical examination that includes a COVID-19 vaccination requirement before they are issued an immigrant visa.”
New travel rules go into effect on November 8 for foreign nationals arriving by land or passenger ferry from Mexico and Canada. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals can cross the Northern and Southern land borders for nonessential reasons such as tourism or visiting friends and family.
When the newly eased travel restrictions go into place in November, there will still be some individuals who still cannot travel to the United States.
If you or a loved one has questions about your immigration status and travel outside the United States or when you can travel to the United States, the experienced immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office can help you get answers. Contact our office at 630-912-0322.
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