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Covid Vaccine and Testing Requirements When Entering the U.S.: What You Need to Know


The U.S. no longer requires international travelers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19

May 8, 2023


Traveler with covid mask at the airport

The Biden administration will no longer require non-U.S. travelers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 when entering the United States by air, land, or sea starting on May 12, 2023.

If you’re ready to visit loved ones in the United States or you simply want to sightsee, here’s what you need to know before you travel.

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COVId-19 faqs: traveling to the united states

Do I need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test when entering the U.S.?

No, you do not need to present a negative test result before boarding a flight to the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted the Covid-19 testing requirement on June 12, 2022.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the U.S.?

Starting on May 12, 2023, all foreign nationals entering the U.S. will no longer be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 when boarding a U.S.-bound flight. Those applying for a green card will still need to show proof of full vaccination when attending the immigration medical exam.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated if I am an American citizen or lawful permanent resident?

If you’re a U.S. citizen or green card holder you don’t need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

Do children need to get a pre-departure Covid test?

No, the Biden administration no longer requires that any travelers to the U.S. show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before entering.


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