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International Travel: Most Current U.S. Guidance and Updates

Apr 7, 2022 - Find country specific information and guidance on international travel at the U.S Travel.State.Gov

DHS Travel Requirement for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals

Jan. 24, 2022

Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinatedfor COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide. Read the full message from DHS here.

These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and non-essential reasons. They will not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals.

Travel Advisory and Guidance from the State of California and The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

On December 13, 2021 - The California Department of Public Health released a travel advisory stating that all travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should test 3-5 days upon arrival. Further information on this update can be found on the LACDPH.

Presidential proclamations and orders to limit travel to the United States:

On December 31, 2021 - Proclamation 10329 of December 28, 2021, A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10315, revoked the southern Africa entry ban effective 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on December 31, 2021. Further information is provided on the U.S. Department of State website pages, Rescission of Travel Restrictions on Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

On November 29, 2021 - The Proclamation 10315 November 26 Presidential Proclamation suspends the entry of immigrants and non-immigrant visitors who were physically present within the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the US.

On October, 25, 2021 - The White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced details of the new vaccination policy that will soon go into effect for international travelers arriving in the United States. Beginning November 8, 2021, non-immigrant travelers (age 18 or older at the time of travel) will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to arrival in the United States, subject to limited exceptions. This global vaccine requirement coincides with the end of the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. This is explained in further detail on the U.S. Department of State website. Please visit the CDC website for more information about the global vaccination requirement.

On July 21, 2021 -The U.S., Mexico, and Canada temporarily extended non-essential travel restrictions across the Canada-U.S.-Mexico land borders. For more information, please see this U.S. Customs and Border Protection notification and this Travel Restrictions Fact Sheet from the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Mexico.

On April 30, 2021 - President Biden signed a proclamation suspending the entry of suspending entry into the United States of aliens who were physically present in the Republic of India within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are not subject to the proclamations. Some other exceptions include, but are not limited to: foreign diplomats traveling to the United States on A or G visas and certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents including spouses, minor children, parents (provided that his/her U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21). There is also an exception for air and sea crew traveling to the United States on C, D, or C1/D visas. This travel ban is effective starting 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on May 4, 2021.

  • National Interest Exception (NIE) : On April 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of State decided to apply the same set of National Interest Exceptions to India that applies to all other regional travel restrictions currently in effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see this announcement for more information.
    Students and academics subject to these proclamations due to their presence in China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, or India, may qualify for an NIE only if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later. The automatic NIE appears to apply to continuing and new international students who are subject to restricted entry per COVID-19 related proclamations if they enter the U.S. after August 1 date. Students who wish to enter the U.S. before August 1, must contact the visa post for further instructions. Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program commencing August 1, 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel.

On January 25, 2021 - President Biden signed a proclamation continuing the suspension of entry of certain travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Federative Republic of Brazil, and the Republic of South Africa, and expanding restrictions to include travelers from South Africa. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are not subject to the proclamations. Some other exceptions include, but are not limited to: foreign diplomats traveling to the United States on A or G visas and certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents including spouses, minor children, parents (provided that his/her U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21). There is also an exception for air and sea crew traveling to the United States on C, D, or C1/D visas.

On May 29, 2020 - Presidential Proclamation titled Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People's Republic of China. The proclamation cites INA 212(f) and 215(a) to suspend entry into the United States of certain nationals of the PRC seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an F or J visa to study or conduct research in the United States. The proclamation states that the Secretary of State will provide for the identification of those affected. Specifically included is any national of the PRC seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an F or J visa to study or conduct research in the United States (except for undergraduates) who “receives funding from or who currently is employed by, studies at, or conducts research at or on behalf of, or has been employed by, studied at, or conducted research at or on behalf of” an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s “military-civil infusion strategy.” This travel ban is effective starting 12:00 p.m. eastern daylight time on June 1 , 2020.

On May 24, 2020 - Presidential Proclamation titled Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus. The proclamation cites INA 212(f) to suspend entry into the United States of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present in the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their attempted entry into the United States. This coronavirus travel ban is effective starting 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on May 28, 2020.

On March 21, 2020 - The U.S., Mexico, and Canada temporarily restricted non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S.-Mexico land borders. For more information, please see the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

On March 14, 2020 - Presidential Proclamation titled Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus. The proclamation cites INA 212(f) to suspend entry into the United States of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present in the United Kingdom or Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their attempted entry into the United States. This coronavirus travel ban is effective starting 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 16, 2020.

On March 11, 2020 - Presidential Proclamation titled Proclamation - Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The proclamation cites INA 212(f) to suspend entry into the United States of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present in the Schengen Area ( Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) during the 14-day period preceding their attempted entry into the United States. This coronavirus travel ban is effective starting 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020.

On February 29, 2020 - Presidential Proclamation titled Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus. The proclamation cites INA 212(f) to suspend entry into the United States of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present within the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. This coronavirus travel ban is effective starting 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on March 2, 2020. This proclamation does not apply to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departed prior to 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on March 2, 2020.

January 31, 2020 - Proclamation 9984 titled Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The proclamation cites INA 212(f) to suspend entry into the United States of all aliens (immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens) who were physically present within the People's Republic of China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. This coronavirus travel ban is effective starting 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

State Department Updates on U.S. Embassies/Consulates and Travel

International Travel Recommendations and Requirements