Biden administration to replace Regional COVID Travel Bans with Vaccination Requirement for All Foreign Nationals

Monday, Sep 27, 2021

On September 20, the Biden administration announced a new policy, expected to start in November 2021, that will require foreign nationals to show proof of full COVID vaccination in order to board a flight to the United States. The requirement will be in addition to the existing COVID testing requirement for all international travelers.

The administration plans to rescind the regional COVID travel bans and National Interest Exception (NIE) requirements currently in place for those recently physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, or the United Kingdom. The bans will remain in place until officially rescinded, which should occur by early November. It is important to note, the new policy is expected to ease travel for many, but visa application processing backlogs at U.S. embassies and consulates will likely continue or increase, and may impede travel for those who need a U.S. visa.

We will continue to update the Princeton community as we learn more about the new policy and requirements for international travel. Please continue to review and follow University guidance (link is external)regarding any personal travel plans. If you have any questions about your University-sponsored immigration status or travel as it pertains to this announcement please contact your Davis International Center Advisor directly.

Source: Fragomen Worldwide, September 20, 2021