The US Government has officially outlined the entry requirements for overseas travellers entering the country from 8th November.
Joe Biden’s administration has confirmed foreign passengers who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter the USA from 8th November if they can demonstrate proof of double vaccination before boarding. Travellers will also need to show a negative Covid-19 test result taken within three days of departure to the US. Either a PCR or rapid antigen test can be used for entry. Please note if the traveller chooses a rapid antigen test, this must be supervised, either in clinic or via video link and an email provided stating the traveller is negative.
Airlines will be required to check passengers’ vaccination status before boarding. Vaccines accepted include all those approved by the FCO and FDA. Airlines will also collect personal information for tracking purposes – the information will be kept for 30 days.
Unvaccinated travellers are required to take a PCR or rapid antigen test one day before travel. Due to the time a full PCR takes we recommend the rapid antigen to avoid issues. Most airports have 60 minute supervised Antigen testing which is an alternative to the video option.
Full information can be found here.
Passengers under 18 years old will be exempt from vaccine requirements, as will those with medical conditions, however they must provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 1 day of departure.
All passengers travelling to the US are required to print and sign an Attestation form. Further details can be found here.
All travellers to the US are required to obtain an ESTA this can take up to 72 hours to be approved, so this should be applied for in advance. Any one who has previously had an ESTA should check this carefully that it has not expired.
A government statement reads:
“It is in the interests of the United States to move away from the country-by-country restrictions previously applied during the COVID-19 pandemic and to adopt an air travel policy that relies primarily on vaccination to advance the safe resumption of international air travel to the United States.”