As the coronavirus continues to recede in the United States the government has finalized plans to ease travel restrictions for foreign nationals beginning November 8th. Those wishing to travel to the U.S. will need to be fully vaccine for Covid-19 and show a pre-departure negative test within three days of travel. Acceptable vaccines include all those approved by the FDA as well as those with Emergency Use Listing from the WHO. Currently accepted vaccines include the following:
- FDA Authorized/Approved: Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer-BioNTech
- WHO Approved: Moderna, J & J, Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covidshield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
The lifting of restrictions will apply to land border entries as well as for air travel to the U.S. This development should significantly ease foreign travel into the United States as well as remove the need for NIE letters at visa appointments. However, those planning to travel within the next few months should still consult their immigration attorney to ensure they have all proper documentation to successfully attend a visa appointment and re-enter the U.S.