Requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for air travelers

US Citizens, US Citizens, and Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States

Presidential Proclamation and CDC Amendment Order in Action Not Applies to US citizens, US citizens or lawful permanent residents of the US (green card holders).

For additional information about actions to take before, during and after international travel, visit the International Travel website: Information for US Citizens, US Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants.

Migrants and other unaffected people

Presidential Proclamation and CDC Amendment Order in Action Not Applies to immigrants (including holders of special immigrant visas). An immigrant is any non-US citizen with a visa listed in the “Immigrant Visa Categories” on the US Department of State’s Visa Classes Directory webpage.

The Presidential Proclamation and the CDC’s Amended Order do not affect many non-US citizens, including:

  • Non-US citizens eligible for asylum;
  • Non-US citizens eligible to withhold deportation;
  • Non-US citizens eligible for protection under regulations made pursuant to the legislation implementing the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;
  • Non-US citizens have been accepted into the United States as refugees
  • Non-US citizens are granted parole in the United States.

Note: Certain categories of non-US citizens, including immigrant visa applicants/holders, refugees, parolees, asylum seekers, and those seeking to enter the United States via land or sea travel, may be subject to separate COVID-19 vaccination requirements. These individuals are advised to consult and familiarize themselves with all applicable US entry requirements.

For additional information about before, during and after international travel, visit the International Travel website: Information for US Citizens, US Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants.

Air crew members

The Presidential Proclamation and the CDC Amended Order do not apply to airline crew members or other aircraft operators while on official duty if crew members and operators adhere to all industry-standard protocols for COVID-19 prevention as set forth in the Guidelines Relevant to healthy crew members issued by the CDC or from the Federal Aviation Administration in coordination with the CDC. Please see technical instructions for more information.

Aircraft Operators / Airlines / Crew

For more information, resources and frequently asked questions, please visit the following web pages:

Non-citizens and non-immigrants (individuals included)

Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants and seek to enter the United States by air are Required to show proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 Before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country.

If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19you will Not You are allowed to board a flight to the United States, unless you meet the exclusion criteria under the CDC’s Declaration and Amended Order. There is no need for a booster dose to meet this requirement.

Categories of non-citizen nonimmigrants who meet the exclusion criteria under the CDC’s Declaration and Amended Order include:

  • Persons traveling on official foreign diplomatic or government trips
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Participants in some COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • Persons who have issued a humanitarian or emergency exception
  • Persons with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] Citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (see list for updates as of June 28, 2022)
  • Members of the US Armed Forces, their spouse, or their children (under 18 years of age)
  • Marine crew members traveling on a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa
  • Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designee)

If you fly to the United States under one of these exceptions, you will be required to prove that you are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 based on one of the exceptions listed above. Depending on the class of the exception, you may also be required to prove the following:

  1. You will be tested for the COVID-19 viral test 3 to 5 days after your arrival in the United States, unless you have documentation that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days;
  2. You will self-isolate for a full 5 days, even if your post-arrival viral test result is negative, unless you have documented a recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days; And the
  3. You will self-isolate if a post-arrival test result is positive or if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Depending on the category of exception, if you intend to stay in the US for longer than 60 days, you may also be required to prove

  • You agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19; And the
  • You have arranged to receive a full vaccination against COVID-19 within 60 days of your arrival in the United States, or as soon as thereafter as medically appropriate.

For more information on what each exception class must attest to, see Certification

A parent or other authorized person must testify on behalf of a traveler under 18 years of age. An authorized person may testify on behalf of any traveler who is unable to sign his or her own certificate (for example, because they are too young, or because of a physical or mental impairment). Children under the age of 2 do not need to provide a certificate. As required by United States federal law, all airlines or other aircraft operators will provide and collect Passenger Certification on behalf of the United States Government.

If you are a non-citizen, non-immigrant and have been fully vaccinatedMake sure your vaccine is accepted and proof of your vaccination on a flight to the United States.

For additional information on recommendations and requirements before and during travel to the United States and after arriving in the United States, visit Non-US Citizens Non-US Immigrants: Air Travel to the United States

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