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Key Points

  • The CDC has issued new guidance for inbound international travelers to the US
  • The requirements apply to all individuals aged two and older
  • A negative COVID-19 test result or evidence of recovery from COVID-19 is required before boarding a plane
  • The new requirements apply to air travel only
  • Full vaccination is still required for entry into the US


On December 03, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated guidance for individuals seeking entry into the US.

New guidance from the CDC states that beginning 12:01 EST on Monday, December 06, 2021, all inbound travelers aged two and older who plan to enter the US by air must either provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 24 hours of departure) or verify recovery from infection. An antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) may be used as a sufficient test. Travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter the US.

Individuals who have been infected by COVID-19 and recovered may present documentation of their recovery. Please see the CDC’s guidance for additional information on adequately documenting recovery.

Looking Ahead

This information is an update to the presidential proclamation issued on December 02, 2021. Additional information on travel requirements to the US will be provided as available.

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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