The president recently reopened U.S. borders and ports of entry to non-immigrant international travelers, which will make it easier for many businesses to get needed workers into the United States. This is also good news for those non-immigrant employees with holiday travel plans. However, keeping up with the latest requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations and documentation isn’t easy, so we will explain these requirements below.
The most recent travel rules for non-immigrants trying to enter or reenter the U.S. require these travellers to be fully vaccinated in addition to providing a negative COVID-19 test that was obtained within the last three days. The necessary entry documents must be presented as well. This includes an unexpired passport as well as a U.S.-issued visa. There are only certain types of COVID-19 vaccines that will fulfill the vaccine requirement. These are:
The individual must have received the vaccine at least 14 days ago. For a two-dose vaccine, the individual must have received the second of the two doses two weeks before entering the U.S.
Just before boarding a flight to the United States, non-immigrants must present proof of vaccination. This proof can be digital or paper and have a QR code. A non-verifiable paper record can be used if it was issued by an authorized vaccine provider or at the national or sub-national level. Digital photos of a vaccine record or card, downloaded records, or vaccine certificates from an official source, or mobile phone apps may be used. Any of these sources are acceptable if they have:
Children ages 2-17 are not required to be vaccinated but must provide a negative COVID-19 test that was taken in the last three days and be traveling with an adult that has been fully vaccinated.
Non-immigrants and their families who are not vaccinated cannot enter or reenter the United States unless one of the following applies:
Non-immigrant employees and their family members that meet one of the exceptions may enter or reenter the United States, providing they show a negative COVID-19 test within one day of boarding their flight.