Foreign travelers required to get WHO approved vaccines for U.S. entry

The U.S. plans to ease travel restrictions implemented during COVID-19 pandemic from November 8th.

All international travelers will be allowed to enter the United States if they have received any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), including the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines made in China despite the limited data on their efficacy against the Delta variant. The president of the U.S., Joe Biden, signed a presidential proclamation on Monday outlining the country's new international travel guidelines, which would replace the travel restrictions that was in effect since the outbreak began in early 2020. The declaration came with precise instructions for airlines, who will be responsible for enforcing the new vaccination requirements. Anyone vaccinated with one of the seven WHO approved vaccines will be allowed to enter the U.S. by land or air when the guidelines come into effect.

Travelers will also be allowed to have received “mix and match” jabs, receiving one dose from one vaccine manufacturer and a second from another. Children under 18 and people with certain medical conditions are excluded from the new vaccine mandates, according to the Biden administration. Non-tourist travelers from around 50 countries with national vaccination rates of less than 10% will also be exempt from the requirements. However, unvaccinated Americans and foreign nationals who receive exemptions will be required to show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of departing, as per the Biden administration. Foreign flight passengers will be required to submit proof of vaccination from an "official source" and airlines need to confirm that the previous dose was at least two weeks prior to departure.