The White House announced on September 20, 2021 that a new policy will be replacing the regional COVID travel bans that are currently in place.  Expected to start in November 2021, the new policy will require all foreign nationals to show proof of full COVID vaccination in order to board a flight to the U.S.  This requirement will be in addition to the existing COVID testing requirement for all international travelers.

Currently, there are regional COVID travel bans in place for individuals who are recently physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, or the United Kingdom, and these travel bans will remain in effect until they are officially rescinded.

Limited exceptions are expected for children, COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, and those traveling for an important reason who lack access to vaccination in a timely manner.  However, these excepted travelers will be required to provide proof of a negative test taken within one day of their flight, and provide proof that they have purchased a viral test to be taken after their arrival in the U.S. in order to board the aircraft.

SW Law Group will keep you updated with any further details about this matter.