The United States has announced new COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travelers to the United States, which will take effect on November 8.
The travelers would have to be completely vaccinated and submit confirmation of vaccination status before boarding an airline to the country, according to the law.
According to a news statement issued by the United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria’s Public Affairs Section, this has superseded the old country-by-country prohibitions, establishing a uniform approach globally.
According to the new laws, the US administration does not anticipate foreign nationals who have visited one of the 33 countries with limitations to gain national interest exceptions to travel to the US.
The statement reads;
The CDC has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include those FDA approved or authorised, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
When it comes to testing, fully vaccinated air travelers will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test taken within three calendar days of travel to the United States before boarding.
That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. For example, if a vaccinated traveler is traveling to the United States on Saturday, they can test from Wednesday on.
To further strengthen protections, unvaccinated travelers – whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to show proof of a negative test within one calendar day of travel to the United States.