Biden Administration Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated Int'l Travelers: November 2021
September 20, 2021
Dear Clients and Friends:
The New York Times has announced that the Biden Administration will lift the regime of geographic travel bans in November 2021 for fully vaccinated international travelers who present proof of a negative COVID test obtained within 72 hours before their flight to the US.
Direct travel to the US from the following countries is currently banned (unless the traveler obtains special permission called a National Interest Exception or NIE): United Kingdom, Ireland, Schengen Area, Russia, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. Currently and in the past, travelers from these countries (who were unable to secure an NIE) had to quarantine for at least 14 days in a non-banned country before attempting to travel to the US.
The Biden Administration appears to be abandoning this geographic focus for a regime that requires proof of vaccination and negative COVID test plus the normal immigration documentation (valid passport and visa or ESTA registration).
This announcement should come as a significant relief, particularly for visa holders who have been stranded outside the US in travel-banned countries and who have been unable to fly directly back to the US.
We look forward to guiding our clients through this new regime as its details are further clarified.
Dyer Harris LLP
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