Travel Restrictions

Heightened Entry Requirements

Vaccination requirements and enhanced testing


On 21 January 2022, President Biden reiterated his administrations adherence to science-based regulation of travel during the pandemic, including vaccination, testing, and mask-wearing. You can find the Presidential Proclamation here:

Implementation authority is delegated to the Department of Health and Human Services (CDC).

CDC Implementation Information

Required Proof of COVID19 Vaccination for Air Passengers

The Presidential Proclamation and CDC’s Order Implementing the Proclaimation do not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and immigrants. The Proclamation and Order also do not apply to air crew members under certain circumstances. For more information, including exceptions, see below.

Are you Fully Vaccinated for Air Travel to the United States?

You are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine; or

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an “active” (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT considered fully vaccinated.

*CDC has not recommended the use of mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccine primary series. However, such strategies are increasingly common in many countries outside of the United States. Therefore, for the purpose of interpreting vaccination records for travel to the United States, CDC will accept combinations of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.

U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants

If you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or immigrant, visit International Travel: Information for U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants for requirements before arriving in the United States.

If you are a non-U.S. citizen non-U.S. immigrant and not fully vaccinated, you will not be allowed to enter the United States. Only limited exceptions apply to the requirement to show proof of vaccination.

Find out what is required when traveling to the United States by air.

Acceptable Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Verifiable records (digital or paper)

Vaccination certificate with QR code1, digital pass via Smartphone application with QR code1 (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate)

  • Non-verifiable paper records

Printout of COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider (e.g., the CDC vaccination card)

  • Non-verifiable digital records

Digital photos of vaccination card or record, downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without QR code.